Today we try to answer the question…Why is Disney World so spread out? The answer is more complicated than you might think. It spans several decades and involves a lot of different people. We try to break this question down by going back to the beginning of Walt Disney World’s history and work our way to present day.

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We go through each park at Walt Disney world and decide which attractions (past or present) are the worst of all time. Deciding which attractions should be on this list is harder than you would think. We debate about some attractions that one or both of us have had bad experiences on and try to decide if that should be a deciding factor in what attractions belong on the worst list. What attractions would go on your worst list?

In the early plans for Walt Disney World there were plans for 5 resorts. Only 2 of these original resorts were built (The Polynesian and the Contemporary) What ever happened to the other 3 resorts and why were they never built? The other resorts that were planned were the Asian resort, the Venetian resort, and the Persian resort. Jon and I talk about these resorts and examine their proposed locations. Do you wish that any of these resorts were ever built?

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Today Jon and I talk about our favorite music from Walt Disney World. We list our favorite music by attraction and by area. We list our favorite music from the resorts as well. We had a lot of fun with this episode so we added in some honorable mentions in addition to our favorites. Take a listen and let us know what is your favorite music from Walt Disney World.

Today we talk about some of the rumors that have been floating around about possible new attractions coming to the world showcase. We talk about the rumored Coco makeover of the Mexico Pavilion and the rumors of a new attraction coming to the U.K. pavilion. We also talk about past attractions that never came to fruition and even make up our own rumors about what attractions should go into other world showcase pavilions.

Today we talk about the Disney Dinning Plan. Is it worth the cost? Can you get out of it what you invest into it? We answer these questions and more. We go over the pros and cons of using the dining plan and give our experiences with using it. Let us know what you think about the dining plan.

Today is our monthly news round up show. We go over stories from Disneyland, to Walt Disney World. Here are the links to what we discussed for November 2017.

News Articles:

Disney’s requirements for the new ‘Star Wars’ movie have angered some movie theaters

Pixar Pier to Bring New Incredicoaster and More to Disney California Adventure Park

New Hotel Coming to the Disneyland Resort in 2021

House of Magic Facade Returns to Main Street USA

Stitch’s Great Escape’ to Temporarily Re-Open in December

 

In Episode 29 we take you through a lot of the different Christmas festivities going on at the Walt Disney World Resort this holiday season. We cover the different decorations and activities at the Parks, Resorts, and Disney Springs. There’s a lot of hidden gems to discover by exploring the entire Walt Disney World resort during the Christmas season. What are some of your favorite holiday activities at Disney? Let us know.

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Jon and I prepare you for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party. We talk about our experiences from our times going to the party. We list out our favorite things about it and give our advice on how to maximize your time. Are you planning to go this year? Let us know.

Link to the Video Mentioned in the Episode: From Disney’s Sing Along Songs – Very Merry Christmas Songs

 

 

Hoop-Dee_DooToday Jon and I talk about one of the longest running stage shows at Walt Disney World, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review. This is a show that Jon and I have both done multiple times over the years and we have always enjoyed it. This show has been entertaining guests for over 43 years now. We talk about what we love about the show and we give our review of the food as well. We also let you know if we think it is worth it to take young children to this show. Let us know what you think about the Hoop-Dee-Doo!

Disney_ShopsToday we reveal our favorite places to shop at Walt Disney World. We give your our thoughts on the best shopping locations at all of the parks as well as the resorts and Disney Springs. Our favorite shops are typically ones that have unique merchandise, have excellent theming, or a great location. Some shops may even have all 3! Speaking of Shopping, TODAY (11/3/2017) is the last day to get 20% off your order of Traveling With The Mouse gear at our Spreadshirt store. Use the coupon code 20wishes to get your discount!

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Today we talk about one of our favorite things at Walt Disney World, The Electric Water Pageant. We simply call it The Water Show. Jon and I have memories of this show almost as far back as we can remember. The Electric Water Pageant started operating in late October of 1971 and has changed a few times over the years. Jon and I talk about the 2 versions that we remember most from our childhood up to current day. For those who don’t know much about it, we also give some details on when and where to catch this unique and free show. Let us know what you think about it!

View the Electric Water Pageant from my room at the Polynesian in 2016

In this episode, I talk about my recent trip to Walt Disney World with my one month old son. I do a mini review of some of the products that I used in the parks. I especially liked using the Dad Shirt from Lalabu. I lost count of how many people came up to me just to ask about it. I also do a quick review of the baby care centers and reveal which one was my favorite. Thanks for listening and If you want to help support the show, visit our store on spreadshirt.com. If you make a purchase between Today (10/30/17) and November 3rd 2017 you can save 20% on your order with the coupon code: 20wishes

List of Products mentioned in this Episode:

The Dad shirt from LALABU

Hydro Flask Water Bottle

Bebamour Backpack/Diaper Bag

Draw String Bag (With TWTM Logo)

Today we narrow down the top 10 attractions at Walt Disney World that are not at Disneyland. We took rides from all four Disney World parks and narrowed them down to our top 10. We found it very difficult to pick a number 1 attraction from this list. We could have easily made a case for all 10 of them! What is your favorite attraction at WDW that is not at DL? Let us know.

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In today’s episode, I give my review of my recent stay at the Swan & Dolphin resort. I talk about my experience booking the room and Jon and I go over some of the differences are between these hotels and Disney operated hotels. I talk about some details of the rooms and the dining options at the Swan and Dolphin. (One of the meals I had here was outstanding!) This was my first experience at this resort and overall I would recommend giving it a try. Tune in to this episode for all of the details.

Links: https://www.swandolphin.com/

In this episode we narrow down the attractions that are at Disneyland but are not at Walt Disney World. We decide on a top 10 and discuss what of those attractions make our top 5. As I say in the episode, if you haven’t been to Disneyland…Jon and I give you 10 reasons why you need to go. What attractions made your list? Let us know.

In this episode of Traveling with the mouse, we break from our typical format of focusing on a single subject and we talk about some recent Disney related news items. We give our thoughts on the Star Wars The Last Jedi trailer, Bob Iger once again announcing his retirement date, New interactive character meet and greets that Disneyland has been testing and much more. Let us know what you think of this format. We are considering doing a “News” show once a month.

Links some of the items we discussed:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer

BOB Iger Confirms plans to Step down in 2019

Talking Mickey, Minnie, and Donald character debut at Disneyland Resort

Imagineers Ready Slinky Dog Dash Ride Vehicle For Testing

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It’s that time of year again…in this episode we give our thoughts on Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party. Is it worth the ever increasing price? We give you our opinions as well a complete overview of the party. Let us know what you think. Is the party worth it to you? Why or Why not?

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In this part 2 episode on the Disney Cruise line, Jon continues to take us through his experiences on Disney Cruises. We begin by comparing staterooms between Disney and other cruise lines. Next we discuss the amenities that Disney includes in their cruises. Jon then talks about his experiences on Castaway Cay (Disney’s Private Island). He also discusses the dinning and entertainment options available on Disney Cruises. Let us know your thoughts. podcast@travelingwiththemouse.com

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Today Jon talks about his experiences with Disney cruise line. He gives us his tips on when to book and discusses how Disney compares to other cruise lines. He talks about why going on a Disney cruise keeps you wanting more. If you are considering going on a Disney cruise for the first time like I am, then this is the episode for you. Stay tuned for Part 2!