IMG_6321To  day we are talking all about Disney Springs! We discuss the past present and future of this area. Originally opened as the Lake Buena Vista shopping village in 1975, This area  has seen a lot of changes over the years. Mostly during the late 80’s and of course the recent changes that transformed this area from Downtown Disney into Disney Springs. Jon and I talk about some of our earliest memories here which includes a character meal at the Empress Lilly restaurant (now Paddlefish). Below is the photo from 1983 where Pluto jumped into Jon’s Dad’s arms (can you imagine this happening today?)

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There is so much to see and do here that it is worth your time to come to Disney springs at least for a half-day.

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In this episode…I walk through my recent trip to Walt Disney World. The primary purpose of the trip was to visit Toy Story land. I talk more in depth on Toy Story land in Episode 127 but this episode focuses on the entire trip. I talk about our stay at the Yacht club and all of the activities that we experienced at the resort. I also go over the meals that I had this time which includes another trip to California grill at the Contemporary! (My favorite place to eat on property right now) I also give some construction updates and a few tips on Fast Passes and Photo Pass.

Today we are doing our resort tour of Disney’s Caribbean Beach resort! This resort is one that Jon and I both stayed at together. However, it was 26 years ago…I guess we need to plan our return visit to this resort soon. Jon has visited the resort recently and we have had friends and family who have stayed at the resort recently as well. We give you an overview of all of the amenities and special things that this resort has to offer. We also give an update on the massive construction going on in this area….There’s construction on the resort itself, the Disney Skyliner, and the Riviera resort which is just footsteps away. This is Walt Disney World’s original moderate resort and the only one to be considered an EPCOT moderate resort.

Today’s News topics include:

  • Disney announces the new heads of Pixar and Disney Animation studios
  • Fox approves of Disney’s newest bid for 20th Century Fox
  • Lucasfilm denies rumors that Star Wars spin off films have been put on hold
  • Pixar Pier opens at Disney’s California Adventure
  • World of Color delays return at least until the end of the year
  • Toy Story Land opening this week
  • First Skyliner vehicle spotted on Disney property
  • Frozen Ever After will be duplicated in Hong Kong and Paris
  • Inside out attraction coming to Pixar Pier
  • Fourth of July fireworks schedule for Magic Kingdom
  • Person suing Disney for plagiarism for Inside Out script

In Today’s episode Jon and I preview the 2018 Food and Wine festival! This year the festival is 75 days starting at the end of August and ending in mid-November. We give a  general overview of the festival and share some of our tips and experiences from our times visiting during Food and Wine. We share what we currently know about the new things coming to this year’s festival! Be on the lookout for future episodes on Food and Wine once we know more details.

Today on the show we decide to have a little fun and randomly select an attraction and one of us has to only speak positively about it and the other can only talk negatively about it. Since Jon is the host for this episode he decided that the host should be the one to list the pros or just give the positives of the attraction so that means that I must list the cons for each attraction. We used the same random number generator to select the attractions for us on the spot without us knowing ahead of time. Let us know who you think made the best argument for each attraction! Next time we will add in other things like shopping and dinning locations.

Today’s news topics include:

  • John Lasseter will step down from Disney by the end of the year.
  • Walt Disney World monorail has another unique breakdown
  • My Disney Experience app went down for 45 minutes
  • 2019 vacation packages will be available starting June 19th
  • Block-out dates for Certain Annual Passes lifted for the month of June
  • Richard Gerth…the longtime greater at the Grand Floridian dies at age 92
  • Frozen on Broadway is 0-3 at the Tony awards
  • Solo is estimated to lose $80 million dollars
  • More details on the delays around the release of Toy Story 4
  • Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean re-opens
  • New contest gives the winner a night to camp in Pandora for a night
  • Disney Visa card members can purchase Disneyland’s Halloween party tickets early
  • New merchandise debuts at Contemporary, Polynesian, and Grand Floridian

 

Today we continue our resorts series and take an in depth look at Disney’s Fort Wilderness resort and campground. This massive resort opened shortly after the Contemporary and Polynesian Village resorts in 1971. We take a look at details of this resorts including the different accommodations, dinning options, shopping and recreational activities. Let us know what you think of this resort and which resort should we cover next?

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In Today’s episode we give a general comparison of Disneyland to Walt Disney World! In previous episodes we compared attractions from Disneyland to the ones at Walt Disney World but today we compare and contrast the parks as a whole. We discuss the geographical location of each park and things like the weather at Disneyland vs Disney World. We also get into things like the queue lines and some of the more subtle differences between the two. While we agree that Disneyland and Magic Kingdom are similar…we also agree that there’s enough differences that it is definitely worth visiting them both!

 

Today we are giving our picks for the best 3 snacks, dinning locations, and attractions for Hollywood Studios! We found that at Hollywood studios it is tough to find snacks that stand out and are also unique to this park. I think we made some solid choices that we think you will enjoy if you give them a try. Also, we ended up picking some of the same things for our dinning and attraction choices but not in the same order. Let us know if you agree or disagree with our choices!

 

Today’s News topics include:

  • Solo Box Office results are below expectations
  • Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge reveals the name for it’s outpost
  • Pirates at Disneyland will now be added to their Maxpass service
  • Alcohol Sales at Magic Kingdom expands to more dinning locations
  • Construction update on the Riviera Hotel
  • Update on construction at Coronado Springs
  • Epcot Construction updates
  • Donald’s Dino Bash at Animal Kingdom
  • Incredible Tomorrowland Expo
  • Animal Kingdom testing an in park ticket center

In this episode we talk about the largely unsuccessful Disney property known as Disney Quest. This started out in the late 90’s as the next big Disney indoor theme park that would be in major cities across the globe. However, only two were ever built…One in Chicago and one at Walt Disney World. The only one to last more than two years was the one located in Downtown Disney (now Disney Springs) at Walt Disney World. Jon and I talk about our experiences with the attractions here and talk about what could have been if some of the attractions were updated.

 

IMG_6294In today’s episode we discuss the many different types of weather that you will encounter during a Walt Disney World Vacation. We go through some of our weather related stories from our past experiences. We’ve dealt with fast developing thunderstorms, heavy rain, hot weather, cold weather, tropical storms, and even a tornado warning. We also give some of our tips one where to go or what do if you run into unexpected bad weather in each of the 4 theme parks…

Today’s news topics include:

  • New Construction projects for Magic Kingdom Area and EPCOT area
  • Maleficent Dragon Catches fire during the Festival of Fantasy parade
  • Whispering Canyon at Wilderness Lodge is toning down their shenanigans
  • Talking Mickey at Town Square Theater is now silent
  • Toy Story Midway Mania will close for a week in June
  • New Signature restaurant coming to the Japan pavilion
  • New dates added for the Disney After Hours event at Magic Kingdom (See my Review here)
  • Tony’s Town Square restaurant has some new menu items.
  • Sifi Dine-in Theater also as new menu items
  • Coronado Springs construction update

These Stories and More!

Pandora_MountainsToday we conclude our walk through the parks series with part 2 of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. This episode includes a walk through of Asia, Africa and Pandora. As usual we discuss the rides, attractions, shows, shopping and dinning options in each area. We go through detail of everything that Pandora has to offer so if you are planning a trip and want to include Animal Kingdom in your plans I highly recommend listening to the section on Pandora. We cover everything you need to know!

Today’s news topics include:

  • Avenger’s Infinity War reaches 1 Billion faster than any movie in history
  • First look at Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Animatronic Wheezy is added to the end of Slinky Dog Dash
  • Disney previews some Toy Story Land Merchandise
  • Mobile Ordering is coming to Disneyland
  • Limited Edition Toy Story Land Magic Bands released
  • Paradise Pier hotel’s Pixar overlay has started
  • Disney Confirm’s Night of Joy will not return in the Future
  • Guardian’s of the Galaxy construction update ad EPCOT
  • Construction begins in the old WDW  STOLport site  (mentioned video)
  • New Lost and Found Process coming to Walt Disney World
  • New Character coming to Disney Junior Breakfast at Hollywood and Vine
  • Disney World is going to offer fast pass packages for one day tickets
  • John Boyega gives a hint at the timeline of Star Wars Episode 9
  • Slinky Dog Dash Fast Passes are going fast at the 60 day mark

We made it to 100 Episodes! In this episode we answer your questions. A few episodes back we asked for your questions or suggestions for topics that you would like for us to cover. Keep them coming! podcast@travelingwiththemouse.com. We home that this episode will help you get to know us a little better. We answer some questions about ourselves and our love for Disney which sparked some really good conversation. We will see you in Episode 101!

Today’s news topics include:

  • Infinity War breaks opening weekend box office record
  • Bob Gurr believes that Walt Disney World is getting new monorails
  • Navi River journey re-opens after being closed for 3 straight Days
  • Disney announces their upcoming movie release dates
  • Minnie Vans are now available at all Walt Disney World resorts
  • The new Queue for Dumbo opens at Disneyland
  • New attractions are coming along at Tokyo Disneyland
  • An update on Walt Disney’s Plane (From our Hollywood Studios Episode)

And Much More!

Tree_of_LifeWe are changing up the order of the shows this week because of a special day this Friday (May the 4th…aka Star Wars day) So we are doing our Part 1 walk-through of Animal Kingdom Park today and Friday will be a Star Wars themed Episode. In Part 1 of our Animal kingdom episode we give our impressions of the park from when we first visited back in 1999. Then we walk-through the Oasis, Discovery Island and Dinoland USA. We discuss the rides, attractions, dinning and character meets along the way.

Today we say “that’s a wrap” on our walk-through of Hollywood Studios! We begin the episode by taking a trip back in time and talk about the backlot area. This is where the studio backlot tour was located as well as Lights, Motors, Action and the streets of America. We discuss some of our favorite things that used to be located here and go into a preview of what will be coming soon to this area…Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land. We then finish our tour by walking down Sunset Boulevard. We talk about the shops, food options, attractions, and even our favorite bathrooms in this area. Join us next Friday as we begin our Tour of Disney’s Animal Kingdom!