This episode details my recent Walt Disney World trip to catch the end of Food & Wine Festival as well as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for this year. This also marks my first stay and a Disney Value resort. I stayed in the Little Mermaid section of Disney’s Art of Animation. Overall I had a good experience but I look forward to checking out other Value resorts that have the newly refurbished rooms! I give my opinion on this year’s Christmas Party and list my favorite treat locations. I also have 2 new restaurant recommendations…I had exceptional meals at Enzo’s Hideaway at Disney Springs and Sebastian’s Bistro at Caribbean Beach resort. I will go out of my way to eat at these locations again!

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Better late then never! Today we are a day later than our normal schedule in getting the news out to you. Jon was a little under the weather and I just returned from Walt Disney World so the recording schedule was a little tough this week. Plus this is a special Birthday weekend for our own Jon Martin who is 50 years younger than Mickey Mouse who also has a birthday this weekend! Happy Birthday to you both!

Here are the news stories for this week:

  • Mickey’s Birthday means that special treats will be available this weekend only
  • Construction update on Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster at Epcot
  • Opening time frame revealed for Disney Skyliner
  • Woman Arrested aver dragging child inside Epcot Bathroom
  • Toy Story 4 Teaser released
  • First look at the new type of ride car for the Guardians coaster
  • The Legendary Stan Lee passes away at 95
  • New Details on Star Wars Hotel
  • New Goofy Passholder magnet available for the Holidays
  • New exit for space mountain opens
  • Disney Plus, Disney’s new streaming service will debut next fall
  • Door falls off of monorail Lime after being struck by motorized scooter

Today we are revisiting our Disney Timeline series! This is a series that we started a few weeks ago where we pick a year at random from Walt Disney World history and we discuss the major highlights (or lowlights) from that year. This episode we randomly picked the following years, 1990, 2002, 1973 and 1996. We discuss short-lived attractions like the Fort Wilderness railroad and Mickey’s Birthdayland. Today’s timeline also includes the opening of several resorts like the Swan & Dolphin, Yacht & Beach Club, Disney’s Boardwalk and Pop Century. There were also several plans that never came to fruition that were announced in 1990. Let us know how you like the random format or if you would prefer chronological order in the future!

Today’s news topics:

  • Christmas is in full swing at Disney Parks
  • New air body dryers at grizzly River Run feature Humphrey the Bear From Classic Disney Cartoons
  • Tom Hanks Says Emotional Toy Story 4 Ending Will Be ‘A Moment In History’
  • Your Google Home Mini Can Be Turned Into A Google Home Mickey
  • Disney Releases five new magic band colors
  • Woman leaves newborn baby with another guest at Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Construction to begin soon on the new hotel tower near Swan & Dolphin
  • Disney After Hours events now offered at Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom
  • Full line-ups for the candle light processional
  • Schedule for the ABC Christmas specials has been released
  • Construction walls have come down in front of the Chinese theater at Hollywood Studios

 

 

Today we take a closer look at Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress! We discuss the importance of this attraction in Disney history and why it is such a special part of the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. This attraction has seen its share of changes over the years but the spirit of the attraction remains the same, progress. There are several hidden gems in this attraction and some aspects of this attraction are included in other Walt Disney World attractions. The songs that have been used for this attraction are both iconic and we reveal which one is our favorite. Finally we discuss the changes that we would like to see for this attraction in the future. I hope that you will give this attraction a look next time you are in Magic Kingdom.

Here are the news topics discussed today…

  • Additional cast members have been stationed at resorts in order to better collect parking fees
  • The main entrance to Hollywood Studios is moving to Osceola Parkway
  • Johnny Depp will no longer be part of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise
  • New Pins/Merchandise release for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
  • Star Wars Path of the Jedi is now on seasonal status at Hollywood Studios
  • Minnie Van services now offered to Port Canaveral
  • Tony’s Town Square has an expensive add-on for the Christmas Party
  • Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is coming to Disneyland?

6237669224_9cc605f55a_bIn honor of Halloween this week, we are discussing the scariest attractions at the Disney Parks. We start by going through the scariest attractions that are still currently in operation. These attractions are not limited to Walt Disney World but also include Disneyland in California, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris all made the list of scary attractions. After we discuss current attractions we go through the attractions that are not longer in operation but definitely deserved a spot on this list! Can you guess what we picked as the scariest attraction of all time? Hint, It is not a current attraction.

 

Today’s news topics include:

  • Disney confirms a New 900 room Nature-Themed Resort
  • Will Pirates of the Caribbean movie series get a reboot?
  • Friendship Boat Service to Epcot Suspended in November-December
  • Filming Schedule released for Disney’s Christmas day special
  • Jungle Cruise Movie Release Date Moved To Summer 2020
  • Disney Patents New Rotating Car Technology for Guardians Coaster
  • Bahamas Government Approves Disney’s Proposal to Purchase Second Private Port

062513_walt-epcot-film-1-750Today’s show starts a new series where we present a Disney film or TV special that we believe had an impact on the Disney Parks in some way. I couldn’t think of a better one to start with than the Epcot film from 1966. This is Walt Disney’s last on camera appearance before his death just 7 weeks later. In the 24 minute film he outlines the plans for Disney World and specifically for Epcot which at that time was actually going to be a living breathing city of the future! This is one of my favorite films to watch on a regular basis because it is full of hidden gems and it is also fun to imagine what Epcot would have been like if Walt’s vision has been fulfilled the way he really wanted it. We break down the film into 3 parts and talk about each one. The first part focuses on Disneyland in California and presents the superior design and function of the Disneyland Park. The next few minutes Walt introduces the overall plans for Disney World. He shows a map of the magic kingdom and resort area which looks very different from what we know today. Then Walt talks about his vision for Epcot and goes into the initial planning for the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Here is the link to the full video so that you can follow along with us.

Other Links: Adam The Woo shows the STOL port at Walt Disney World

Today’s News stories are:

  • Hollywood Studios has begun putting out Christmas decorations
  • Preview of Toy Story Land Christmas overlay
  • First job posting now up for the Disney Skyliner system
  • Southbound overpass is now open on World Drive
  • Opening date announced for Disney Junior Dance Party
  • DVC members received a survey that may have revealed the name of a new resort
  • More price increases for Annual passes, theme park parking and magic bands
  • Operating hours for Animal Kingdom have been reduced for the rest of 2018
  • Epcot construction update, Ratatouille, Guardians, and Mission Space Restaurant
  •  Spaceship Earth could close for 2 years for massive refurbishment

 

Yacht_Club_ViewOn Today’s episode we continue our tour of the Walt Disney World resort hotels with Disney’s Yacht club resort. We discuss the rooms, restaurants, pool and other resort amenities. Jon and I have both stayed at the Yacht club and we talk about our experiences there and how we feel about the resort when compared to the other Epcot area resorts.  The rooms have recently been renovated and have a lot more storage. This resort ranks very high on both of our lists and it is definitely worth a visit!

Today’s news topics are:

  • Peter Pan’s Flight will close in January for a month long refurbishment
  • More details about the Millennium Falcon attraction released
  • First look at Jon Favreau’s new Star Wars live action series
  • 2 Month refurbishment of Tom Sawyer Island will begin soon
  • Construction photos leaked from former Great Movie Ride
  • Anaheim Living Wage Measure Would Not Apply to Disneyland
  • Constructions walls come down at Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Sebastian’s Bistro menu is now available
  • Jack Sparrow meet and greet is now daily at Magic Kingdom
  • Animal Kingdom has limited time photo pass magic shots

Today on the show we are continuing a series that we started earlier this year where we randomly select an attraction, dinning location, or resort and list the pros and cons of them. We also give our overall opinions on each one that is selected. Here are some of the topics that came up during our discussion. Coronado Springs resort, Peter Pan’s Flight, It’s Tough To Be a Bug, Planet Hollywood, Coral Reef, and The Hoop-Dee-Do Musical Review.

Today’s news topics are:

  • Walt Disney World Raises Snack Item Prices
  • the Former Disney Junior Live is will soon be the Disney Junior Dance Party at Hollywood Studios
  • PizzeRizzo is going to seasonal operation
  • Sebastian’s Bistro is now taking reservations at Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Stitch’s Great Escape officially closed for good
  • Earl of Sandwich re-opens and Disneyland’s Downtown Disney
  • New Southbound Flyover ramp on World Drive will open soon
  • Jake meet and greet is ending at Hollywood Studios
  • Rafiki’s Planet Watch will not be closed forever but will re-open in 2019
  • New Details Released for the Millennium Falcon Ride..Will it have low capacity?
  • First look at newly remodeled rooms at All Star Movies resort

 

On Today’s episode Jon and I start a new series where we go through all of the significant (and sometimes not) events that happened during a particular year in the past at Walt Disney World. We are selecting the years at Random and then going through the year that is selected and mentioning the dates where a new ride or resort opened or perhaps when an attraction closed down for good. In this episode the years 1991 and 1988 were randomly selected. The randomness keeps us on our toes because we are relying on our memory and knowledge of the events that occurred in a particular year. Let us know what you think of this format and if we should change it up any.

Here are the news topics for today:

  • Rafiki’s Planet Watch will abruptly close next month at Animal Kingdom
  • Space Mountain’s new exit queue is nearing completion
  • Rumor..is an India pavilion in the works for Epcot?
  • Construction walls have been taken down for Magic Kingdom’s Club 33 location
  • Disney CEO Bob Iger Interview about Disneyland alcohol sales and Star Wars films
  • Comcast bids to acquire majority share hold of Sky TV
  • Schedule finalized for Epcot’s candlelight processional
  • Disney is changing to a New Date-Based Park Ticket Pricing Model
  • Live actors are now being cut from Rivers of Light show at Animal Kingdom

Neil Patrick Harris video

Jurassic park Lunch debate video

B04F896B-72F5-4A13-A0FF-01C600279A38In this episode, I conclude my Paris trip report and discuss the different popular sites that I visited in Paris. I give some advice on how to avoid the opportunists that frequent popular tourist areas. I also answer some of the most common questions that I was asked about the trip. Then I talk about my final day at Disneyland Paris! I got to experience their back-lot tour one last time because it will be going away soon and I didn’t give the one at Hollywood studios in Florida a proper goodbye when it closed in 2014. I rode the Space Mountain at Disneyland Paris which is very different from the ones that we know in the U.S. Parks. We ended our trip with a character meal at Cafe Mickey and I have to say it was one of, if not the best character meal I have ever done! The character interaction was phenomenal and we made a lot of great memories. I end the episode by answering the question…Would I go back?

Today’s News Topics!

  • Will the Disney Skyliner not have air conditioning?
  • 2 Disney Golf courses have added a Mickey shaped bunker
  • Several Longtime “citizen’s of Hollywood” are being let go at Hollywood Studios
  • The Star Wars stage show at Hollywood Studios will be closed for 5 weeks
  • Complimentary zip-lock bags for your electronics coming soon to splash mountain
  • Price change for Minnie Vans Confirmed
  • Is a Marry Poppins spinner ride coming to Epcot?
  • Move it, Shake it, Dance it, Play it street party is ending at Magic Kingdom
  • Hong Kong Disneyland re-opened after being closed for a Typhoon
  • Illuminations will be replaced at Epcot next summer

Video Link: Disneyland 1956

D7E6AC0D-EBFC-41E1-8C58-DF2640CF4381Today I start my day by day walk-through of my recent trip to Paris, which included 3 days at Disneyland Paris. I discuss how we booked our trip and the price of Disneyland Paris compared to the U.S. Disney parks. I talk about what it’s like to commute to Disneyland Paris by train and how the train system in Paris is pretty easy to figure out. I also talk about some of the frustrations that I had with Disneyland Paris…mainly the app. I had the most expensive lunch ever at Walt’s on Main Street but the experience made it acceptable and I give my thoughts on the Ratatouille attraction that will be coming to Epcot soon! I have a lot more to discuss in Part 2 next week so don’t miss it!

 

Today’s News topics include:

  • Disney Springs area hotels are getting Disney resort benefits through 2019
  • Disney After Hours Extends Into 2019
  • New Details Released for Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin’s Third Hotel Tower
  • Rumored opening date revealed for Ratatouille Ride at Epcot
  • New “Per Mile” Pricing Model for Minnie Van Service Being Introduced
  • Stark Industries Takes Over “A Bug’s Land” at Disney California Adventure
  • Spaceship Earth was closed for leaking water…Rumored to receive update
  • Walt Disney World Cast Members  New Union Contract, Raising Wages To $15 An Hour