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

 

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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

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

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

On Today’s show we discuss the current state of Disney animated films and what we think the future holds. We go back in time to talk about the Disney dark period that lasted 20 years from the mid 1960’s when Walt Disney died to the time that Michael Eisner and Frank Wells took over and turned the company around in the mid 1980’s. We discuss our favorite films from the Disney Renaissance era of the 1990’s and the second Disney dark time of the early 2000’s before John Lasseter stepped in as head of both Disney and Pixar studios. We try to determine what Disney’s process is for adding elements of Disney Films to the parks…Why do some films get more attention than others? Finally, we take a look at the future of the Disney/Pixar studios. Are we headed for another dark time in Disney animation history? Or is this just the beginning of our current period of hit after hit film? What do you think?

Today on the show we are continuing to catch up on the Disney News for this month. It has been a busy month for both me and Jon so we are trying to cover the news stories that may have fallen through the cracks. We hope to get back to our regular schedule next week. Also, check out our social media channels for some new content from Disneyland Paris! More on that next week.

Today Jon and I discuss the character meal options at Walt Disney World. We go through each of the on property locations that are considered character meals and give our top 3 favorites. We start by talking about the character meals at the resorts and then move to the ones that are in the parks. We also talk about which ones have the best food, best atmosphere and best character interaction. Between the two of us we have done just about every character meal at Walt Disney World. Which one is your favorite?

Today I go over the basics of the Walt Disney World annual Pass! I start by going over the different types of passes and the current rates for those passes. I then talk about the process of activating your pass and how to get your passholder magic bands and magnets. I also, discuss the benefits of being a passholder including, discounts on hotels, merchandise, and dinning. I talk about what I think is the best benefit…the inclusion of memory maker and some of the other smaller benefits that I think are worth mentioning. I hope that this helps you determine if an annual pass is right for you.

Link to the passholder site

Today marks our one year anniversary! Time sure does fly when you are having fun! On this episode we talk about the latest Disney news and rumors.

The topics are:

  • New Antman based attraction coming to Hong Kong Disneyland
  • Chicken Guy is set to open this month at Disney Springs
  • Disney plans to remove all plastic straws by mid-2019
  • Is Disney designing a new app to help guests take photos?
  • Ziploc is now the official sponsor of Splash Mountain
  • Disney announces casting for live action Lady and the Tramp movie
  • Fox board approved of Disney acquisition in less than 15 minutes
  • Disney is developing a flexible speaker that can be hidden in objects
  • Cast announced for Star Wars episode 9
  • V.I.Passholder event details announced for Magic Kingdom
  • New permits hint at major changes coming to illuminations at EPCOT
  • DVC members can enter the park 2 hours earlier for the Halloween Party
  • Pet friendly policy has been made permanent at select Walt Disney World resorts
  • Production has begun on the new Jungle Cruise film
  • New spaceship installed at Galaxy’s Edge

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.

In Episode 130, Jon and I have a discussion on Disney Trip planning…specifically, Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line. We give our strategies on planning fast passes, dining reservations, and what items that are helpful to bring on a Disney vacation. We give some insight on what we believe are important things to consider when Disney trip planning. We’ve both booked Disney vacations on short notice and also up to a year in advance so we have you covered!

IMG_7823Today we discuss the latest Disney news and then we talk about our experience at Toy Story Land! I recently visited Toy Story Land to get a first hand look at everything and experience as much as it has to offer. I give my thoughts on Slinky dog dash, Alien Swirling saucers, Woody’s Lunchbox and the overall theme of the land.

Link: Original Toy Story Land Concept Art

But first, here are the news topics we discussed:

  • Projection mapping technology coming to Disney hotel rooms?
  • The new restaurant coming to the Japan pavilion is under construction
  • Candlelight processional narrators anounced
  • Company-wide network outage causes issues with my Disney experience app
  • New casting announced for Star Wars Episode 9
  • Expedition Everest could be getting the much needed refurb that it deserves
  • Walt Disney World cast member tragically dies
  • Disney announces some changes to upcoming movies

 

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 we give our review for the Incredibles 2! The first 8 minutes is spoiler free so if you haven’t seen it yet you can pause it there. The rest of the time we spend going through the different parts of the movie that stood out to us for various reasons. We also give our thoughts on whether or not you should bring younger children to see this movie. There are some scenes that can be intense for some viewers and if you or anyone in your family have certain medical conditions be aware that there is a pretty intense strobe effect in the film. Overall we enjoyed it and we think you will too.

 

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

Today Jon and I have another round of Disney Pros and Cons! This is the game where we randomly select something from Walt Disney World and one of us will list the pros and the other has to list the cons. This time we added restaurants and resorts to the list as well. The way it works is that we use a random number generator that we match to a number on our list of attractions, dining locations, and resorts. We go through several rounds and see who can make the best arguments for or against something.

NYC_PicsIn today’s episode I discuss my recent trip to New York city and talk about my experiences at Coney Island and the Bronx Zoo. I compare the two experiences to Disney and compare the similarities. For instance, Disney’s boardwalk is inspired by Coney Island and I believe that Animal Kingdom also took some inspiration from the Bronx Zoo as well. If you find yourself in the New York area I highly recommend the Bronx Zoo!

 

Today’s news stories include:

  • New hotels to be built at Flamingo crossings near Disney
  • The updates to Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland
  • New alcohol infused frozen coke machine at Art of Animation
  • New animated series based on the Rocketeer is coming to Disney jr.
  • The Magic Kingdom omnibus will be out at night during the summer
  • Comcast makes and all cash bid for 20th Century Fox
  • Tokyo Disney Sea is getting new Peter Pan, Tangled and Frozen attractions
  •  Incredibles 2 breaks box office records during opening weekend
  •  Cast member previews have started for Toy Story Land
  • Bus wait times are now part of the My Disney Experience app

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 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?