Today’s News topics:

  • Annual Passholders now have to show ID for Disney Parking
  • Completed Millennium Falcon is now at Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge
  • Joey Fatone will now be the narrator for the Christmas Candlelight processional
  • Gardian’s Coaster track now being installed
  • Monorail has another incident this time the doors wont open for several stops
  • Disney Bus crash sends 15 to the hospital
  • New high speed rail proposal could include a stop at Walt Disney World
  • Disney Skyliner testing seen at Caribbean Beach resort
  • Disney After Hours debuts at Hollywood Studios
  • Disneyland is cracking down on Merchandise re-sellers by revoking annual passes
  • Tokyo Disneyland’s new Beauty and the Beast attraction looks amazing
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Today’s episode centers around a largely abandoned pavilion at Epcot known as the Wonders of Life Pavilion. This Pavilion was part of the original plans for Epcot center but didn’t find a sponsor until the mid-1980’s. The Wonders of Life housed Epcot’s first thrill attraction with Body Wars. We detail this and other attractions that were part of this pavilion over the years. We also discuss the current state of the building and speculate as to what the future holds for the Wonders of Life.

On this episode of Traveling with The Mouse Jon and I take a trip down memory lane and discuss some of the things from Walt Disney World that either have changed since we were kids or the rare things that haven’t really changed much over the years. We discuss everything from a promotional sign for Tower of Terror to extinct attractions at Epcot. We also talk about our home resort as kids, The Polynesian and how much it has changed as well as the restaurants that we frequented when we were young. We even cover things that we wished we had known more about back in the day like Beastly Kingdom plans at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We hope you enjoy this somewhat open discussion/walk down memory lane.

Today we are thankful that you have joined us for this Thanksgiving day news episode of Traveling With The Mouse! We discuss the latest news that came out of the Destination D (D23) event that happened over this past weekend at Walt Disney World. We got updated information on the new attractions at Star Wars Galaxy’s edge, The Ratatouille attraction, and new concept art for upcoming attractions.

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!

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

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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 Jon and I conclude our deep dive into the menus for this year’s EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival! We released part one last Thursday so if you want to hear the complete list of all menus…go back and listen to that episode first. We have fun going through the menus and selecting one food item and one beverage that we are most interested in trying. Also, enjoy listening to us try to pronounce all of the food and drink items on the menu. I’m pretty sure we got most of them wrong.

 

Today on the show we are putting out Part one of our deep dive into the menus for the 2018 Epcot international Food & Wine festival! This was originally going to be one big long episode but we haven’t been able to record the whole thing yet because Jon’s daughter Olivia decided to discover America a few weeks earlier than expected. Everyone is doing well but obviously Jon is a little preoccupied with more important things this week! We will finish up with part two soon and get back to our regular schedule. In this episode we start going through the menus in alphabetical order and decide which items we are most looking forward to trying. The Epcot food & wine festival runs from August 30th through November 12th!

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.

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.

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!

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Today’s news topics include:

  • New Monorail Trains coming to Walt Disney World (Rumor)
  • Fast Pass Plus selections are now available for Toy Story Land
  • Minnie Vans are now permanent at Walt Disney World
  • Epcot France pavilion construction update
  • Tokyo Disneyland will have an expansion but no 3rd gate
  • Guests are no longer able to transfer Fast Passes

Today on the show we wrap up the world showcase at EPCOT. We start with the American Adventure and walk all the way through Canada. We discuss all of the attractions, shows, entertainment, and dinning options available at each pavilion. This episode includes: The American Adventure, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, and Canada. For the rest of world showcase go back and listen to part 1 of the world showcase (Episode 84)

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Today on the show, I go over the highlights of my 9 day March trip to Walt Disney World. I talk about staying at an off property hotel…(Hilton Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs). I got to explore Disney Springs while I was there so I give my thoughts on the dinning and shopping options that are available. I then stayed for a few days at the Dolphin hotel where I had a different experience than I did the last time I stayed there. I also, tried the Minnie van service so I give a short review on that. I give an overview of the Flower & Garden festival and I finally got to experience Flight of Passage at Pandora!