Episode 196 – Disney News – March 18, 2019

Today’s News topics:

  • Opening Dates for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge
  • Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run will be the only attraction on opening day
  • Disney+ Streaming Service will include entire Disney film library
  • Walt Disney World Ticket Prices have increased for this coming holiday season
  • Demolition work has started on the old River Country site
  • The former Wonders of Life pavilion has started the transformation into the new Play pavilion
  • Highlights from the Walt Disney World maintenance report
  • Inside look at Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy
  • Water Parks will now have dedicated Bus Transportation from resorts
  • My Disney Experience App Issues with Fast Pass Plus
  • Magic Kingdom Guest Experience Team is now permanent
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Episode 195 – Today we are joined once again by our friend Jason. We go through our recent attempt at the Parkeology/Every Ride Challenge! We break down our run and pinpoint the mistakes that we made as well as the breakthroughs that we had during our 15 hour day. We had some really good breaks and a few that didn’t go our way. The important thing is that we had fun and we raised some money for Give Kids The World. You can still give through our link Here and it will go to the overall goal of $100k by the end of this year!

Episode 193: Howdy Folks, and welcome to this episode dedicated to one of our favorite Walt Disney World Attractions…The Country Bear Jamboree! We dig into the history of this attraction and talk about its connection with Walt Disney himself. It turns out that this may have been the last attraction that Walt ever saw in development. We then go through the current version of the show and discuss our favorite songs and the memories that we have of this show. Then we take a look at the different seasonal overlays of the show and talk about what caused the Disneyland version of the show to close permanently. Whether you love it or tolerate it, there’s no question that this attraction has its place in Disney history.

Episode 193

Today’s news topics are mostly about Star Wars but don’t worry we pepper in other Disney news along the way…Disney released a plethora of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge news and even more is breaking today as we should find out the exact date that Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge will open…See I knew it would be [insert date here]!!!!! (Just assume that I guessed it correctly on the show)

Here are the specifics:

  • Disney revealed the cast member costumes for Galaxy’s Edge
  • Slinky Dog’s tails have returned to Slinky Dog Dash coaster trains
  • The Joffrey’s locations at Walt Disney World are now using paper straws
  • We now know what’s on the drink menu at Oga’s Cantina
  • New Bus Stops at Hollywood Studios are almost finished
  • Construction has already begun on new Epcot Entrance project
  • New details on the Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run attraction
  • New details on the Rise of the Resistance attraction
  • Will Disney start selling fast passes for the Star Wars attractions?
  • New details on the shops and merchandise available in Galaxy’s Edge
  • Construction work has begun on the new hotel connected to the Swan & Dolphin
  • Disney Junior’s Fancy Nancy will make her theme park debut this spring
  • Pathway between the Castle and Sleepy Hollow at Magic kingdom will be widened
  • Permits filed for Innoventions East demolition at Epcot
  • Disney Cruise Line debuts a reusable shopping bag
  • We try to guess the opening dates for Galaxy’s Edge on both coasts

Episode 192: Today on the show we welcome our first guest! Mr Jason Poovey is a very good friend of mine and a long time supporter of the podcast. Jason is our expert on the Parkeology and the Every Ride WDW challenge. Jason and I will be attempting the challenge this Saturday March 9, 2019 and today’s episode is walking you through the meticulous plan that Jason and I have put together (mostly Jason). We go through the entire day that we hope will end with a victorious celebration at Trader Sams in Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Win or lose we plan to go to Trader Sam’s! You can follow along with us on Twitter on Friday and Saturday @twtmpodcast. Also, be sure to click here or the link below to help us raise money for Give Kids the World! You can give a one time amount or pledge a certain dollar amount for every ride we complete. You can even give us additional challenges or things to do within the challenge for a certain dollar amount. See the links below for details! Thanks for cheering us on and look for much more content coming up on this!

Links:

http://www.parkeology.com/

https://everyridechallenge.com/

http://support.gktw.org/site/TR?team_id=6845&fr_id=1862&pg=team

https://www.gktw.org/

 

 

Episode 191 – It’s time to discuss the latest Disney news!

Here are today’s topics

  • Height requirements revealed for Rise of the Resistance attraction
  • Guests visiting Oga’s Cantina at Disneyland will not be allowed to leave with alcoholic beverages
  • Construction updates for Epcot and the Skyliner
  • What is the future of the X-Men movie franchise?
  • Disney files permits for Future Construction projects
  • Hei Hei Dole Whip cone is finally available at Magic Kingdom
  • The DVC point requirements have been released for Rivera resort
  • Flower and Garden Festival topiaries are already springing up at Epcot
  • Some notable repairs have been made to Disney attractions
  • Epcot will get a redesigned entrance area
  • The former Wonders of Life Pavilion is being transformed into a new “play” Pavilion

Horizon’s opened back in 1983 and is one of the best attractions that Disney ever created! today on the show we go into the history of the attraction and walk through each part of the ride. This is one of our personal favorite attractions and we were sad to see it go. There is a whole community centered around the love for this attraction and the hope of one day Disney bringing it back in some form. We also mention a documentary about 2 friends who loved this attractions so much that they spent a lot of time documenting the attraction and found a way exit the ride vehicles and sneak through the attraction without being noticed. We highly recommend this documentary called Remain Seated Please

Other links mentioned in the episode

Martins Complete Ultimate Horizons tribute

Hoot and Chief’s blog

Here are the news topics discussed this week.

  • Names of the Flower and Garden outdoor kitchens have been announced
  • The ability to modify dinning reservations has returned to the My Disney Experience app
  • New Tsum Tsum game for the Nintendo Switch
  • Tower of Terror will be undergoing a partial referb through the summer
  • Update on the Walt Disney World maintenance issues report
  • The first teaser for Frozen 2 was released this week
  • More delays with the newest Disney Springs parking garage construction
  • The founder of the Disney Archives passed away this week
  • Ron Jon surf shop location is coming to Disney Springs
  • A guest reported having a gun pointed at them over a parking space at Animal Kingdom
  • A new Moana hei hei themed Dole Whip is coming to Aloha Isle at Magic Kingdom
  • Star Wars Speeder bike photo opp officially removed from Hollywood Studios
  • Two mystery structures are being built at Epcot and Animal Kingdom
  • New Ducktales merchandise now available

Today’s episode is about the Parkeology Challenge. This challenge involves riding every ride at all four Walt Disney World Parks in one day.  There are a lot of rules and regulations around this challenge in order for it to be considered official. There are currently 49 attractions that are considered rides at Walt Disney World. I go into the list and explain constitutes a “ride” in the challenge. We wrap up by going through some of the strategies that can be used to take on this challenge. I will be taking part in this challenge on March 9, 2019. Make sure to follow @TWTMPodcast on twitter to follow along with us! www.parkeology.com

Link to video discyssed in the Episode

It’s our second episode of the day! In all of the valentines day fun we didn’t want to miss out on the news so here are the topics that we cover today.

  • Casey Jr. Circus Splash n Play area is finally under refurbishment
  • Coco street show coming to Epcot for the flower and Garden Festival
  • New details on lounge opening at Rivera Resort reveals a Disney connection
  • More dates added for the Early Morning Magic event at Magic Kingdom
  • You can no longer modify dinning reservations on the My Disney Experience app
  • Skyliner gondola testing can now be seen by guests
  • The return date is set for World of Color at Disney California adventure
  • Former Disney CEO and Walt Disney’s Son-In-Law passes away at age 85
  • New Trailer for the Live Action Aladdin released
  • Kevin from the movie UP is now a live character at Animal Kingdom
  • Cinderella’s Carriage will be out at Magic Kingdom for Valentines photo opp
  • Wreck it Ralph meet and greet now open in it’s new location at Epcot
  • Park hours at Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom have been extended for March and April
  •  New permanent security structure coming to the pathway checkpoint between Magic Kingdom and Contemporary
  • Disney after Dark returns this year at Disneyland Resort with a Marvel Theme

Happy Valentine’s day everyone! In honor of this special occasion we are giving you our list of most romantic things that you can do at Walt Disney World. We go through each of the four parks at Walt Disney World and give you our most romantic attractions and reasons why we picked them. We of course go into our picks for most romantic Disney World Restaurants. There’s a lot to choose from but we pick the ones that offer the most romantic atmosphere, food, and experiences. Finally we give our picks for the most romantic experiences that you can have at Walt Disney World with your significant other. Let us know if you think we missed something on our list!

Today on the show we list the pros and cons of the Disney Moderate and Value Resorts! We hope that this episode (and last week’s episode) will be helpful if you are trying to decide which Disney resort is right for you. (Also, We realized that we left out Animal Kingdom Lodge from the last episode so we include it as well. As we found out with the deluxe resorts there are conveniences that come along with them but with a hefty price tag. The Moderate and Value resorts have a much more reasonable price tag but with that you are giving up some of those deluxe conveniences. We hope that this series of episodes will help you weigh the pros and cons of the Disney resorts to find the one that is just right for you!

Today’s news topics Are:

  • New “I’m going to Disney World” T-shirts are available
  • Tom Brady and Julian Edelman visit Walt Disney World after Super Bowl win
  • Rumor, is Disneyland Paris getting a Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway?
  • Rock N’ Roller coaster’s Fast Pass Entrance is moving
  • Guest exits coaster train during the ride on Space Mountain at Disneyland
  • Tron Coaster construction update
  • Disney World brings back the VIPassholder events for Magic Kingdom and Epcot
  • Guest Experience teams are continuing through Spring 2019 at Magic Kingdom
  • Beaches and Cream Soda Shop will close for lengthy refurbishment in August
  • New Trailer for Toy Story 4 released right after the Super Bowl
  • Disney testing out smart speakers in hotel rooms at Yatch & Beach Club
  • Rumored opening date for Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris
  • Disney testing new acrobatic robot technology
  • Return of the Jedi speeder bike photo opp is currently behind a wall…Maybe gone?
  • Disney is closing a loophole in the Fast Pass Plus system…More Fast Passes now available

 

Today on the show we continue going through the unofficial guide to Walt Disney world to discuss more tips, tricks, and helpful information. We start by discussing online check-in and how Disney uses the Magic band’s RF technology.  We go through the 2018 Disney resorts report cards to see which resorts had the best overall ratings for things like, check-in efficiency, cleanliness, Transportation, staff, and quietness of the rooms. We list the pros and cons of every Disney Deluxe resort. We hope that this information about the resorts will be helpful If you are planning a Disney vacation and are trying to decide which resort is the best for your needs. Next week we will go through the pros and cons of the Disney Moderate and Value resorts.

Let’s talk Disney news!

Topics:

  • Maleficent dragon returns to the Festival of Fantasy parade at Magic Kingdom
  • Construction updates for Mission Space Restaurant and Guardians coaster
  • Annual Passholder suing Disney over scooter incident at Epcot
  • It is Rumored the Millennium Falcon attraction will have a single rider line
  • Disney movie line-up for 2019
  • Some maintenance issues at Disney World have been fixed after internet story
  • New details on the ride vehicles for the Disney Skyliner
  • Disney Princess breakfast adventures are coming to Napa Rose at the Grand Californian hotel
  • New rare character meet & greets at Town Square in the Magic Kingdom
  • Worker at Hoop-Dee-Doo diagnosed with Hepatitis A
  • New $12k  per day VIP tour available at Walt Disney World

In today’s episode we continue going through the 2019 unofficial guide to Walt Disney World and give some more insight into the resorts and theme parks. This guide is really helpful when selecting a resort and room location because of the extensive survey data that touring plans collects. We go through several of those survey results, I think you will find them quite interesting. We may continue with a part 3 soon as we really enjoy discuss this topic. Let us know what you think!

Let’s Discuss the latest Disney news! Join us…Shall you?

  • Ghirardelli shop at Disney Springs stopped giving out free samples…received huge backlash
  • New Mickey Burger at Cosmic Rays is now available
  • The list of Walt Disney World maintenance issues keeps growing
  • Move it Shake it Mousekedance it! street party opens at Magic Kingdom
  • Opening Date set for Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy
  • Sebastian’s Bistro is ending their lunch service at Caribbean Beach
  • Disney’s Rivera Resort is now available to book for late December
  • Lee Unkrich is Leaving Pixar
  • The new rooftop restaurant at Rivera resort will be called Topolino
  • Skyliner gondolas have been spotted at Epcot and Caribbean Beach
  • Zootopia Land is coming to Shanghai Disneyland
  • New details on the Disney Cruise line Ship under construction

 

In this episode, I discuss my recent Walt Disney World trip. This time I stayed at Pop Century resort and I give my opinion on my first stay at this resort. I also had 2 meals at the Japan pavilion at Epcot. Both were very good but all things considered I liked one a little better than the other. I also had a very special experience on Kilimanjaro Safari…We were there the day that a giraffe gave birth. Also, I discovered a nice quiet spot to view the Happily ever after fireworks at Magic Kingdom. This trip was also my first time visiting over a marathon weekend. I have some tips one how to make the most of the time if you are not involved with the marathon.

Today on the news episode of Traveling with the Mouse we discuss the following stories…

  • Latest Construction update on Tron Coaster
  • Disney Purchases even more land in Osceola County near Celebration
  • Disney Skyliner construction update
  • Cosmic Rays main dining area and Sonny Eclipse are under refurbishment
  • New DVC Kiosk at Hollywood Studios is near completion at Grand Avenue
  • Walls removed around future exit for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Construction worker files lawsuit against Disney for injury at Animal Kingdom
  • New credit card policy at Disney resorts will go into effect February 27th.
  • Halloween Party tickets are now available to purchase
  • H2O Glow Night tickets at Typhoon Lagoon available now to purchase as well

 

Today we take a look at the 2019 unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World and discuss some of the major topics in the book. We start by going over the top guest complaints from recent Disney World vacations and give our thoughts on those. We also discuss things like the weather patterns in Florida to the Rides that have the most likely chance of experiencing downtime during a typical day. We had a lot of fun with this discussion and will definitely have a part 2 coming soon!