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Dave’s Disney view

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A view of Walt Disney World


Episode #345 - my summer vacation, and how it relates to Disney
Jul 11 • 25 min
We went on a summer trip up to the Smokey Mountains. I had no expectation that I would see or do anything that related back to Disney. But of course, I was wrong. I seem to always have this lens that is on the lookout for Disney-related things. And I saw…
Episode #344 - Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge
Jun 20 • 24 min
I haven’t made it out to DisneyLand to see Galaxy’s Edge, but I have watched a lot of videos and read a lot of blog posts about the new land - so I thought it’d be fun to provide my own perspective. I’ll be honest and say I don’t love what I see so…
Episode #343 - The Disney Skyway
Jun 7 • 15 min
Long before the Disney Skyliner, there was another skyway at the Disney theme parks (DisneyLand, the Magic Kingdom, and Tokyo DisneyLand). I talk about the design, how it worked, and reminisce a little about riding it. In the show I mention Bob Gurr. You…
Episode #342 - Managing Hotels
May 18 • 23 min
Disney had never managed hotels before, but they decided to get into the business when they opened Walt Disney World. I take a look back at Disney getting into the hotel business in central Florida. There are two parts - the addition of hotels along Hotel…
Episode #341 - my thoughts about another visit
May 6 • 33 min
As I intended to, I visited Walt Disney World last week, and spent a couple of days doing some fun things. Hopefully, I caught some of the things you asked me for….by far my favorite part of this visit was people watching: we had some amusing…
Episode #340 - a couple of personal updates, and some updates about Disney
Apr 18 • 31 min
On this episode, I’ve got some personal updates - I share a couple of interactions with Guest Services online, and talk about my podcast move. Then its on to Disney updates - the Gondola system, a temporary replacement for Illuminations, Star Wars…
Episode #339 - Disney & Data
Apr 8 • 23 min
Overview: I was giving some thought to one big reason Disney is successful, and that’s “big data” - Disney uses a wealth of information to help you to have a magical time. I explore the concept on this podcast. Notes: On a future show, I’ll have to delve…
Episode #338 - news and updates from around WDW
Apr 8 • 26 min
Overview: Today’s main theme is the announcements about Star Wars Galaxys Edge. We have dates, and know many of the shthings that will appear in the land. Plus, I’ve got some other news and notes to share. Notes: Galaxy’s Edge will either be terrific or…
Episode #337 - storytelling, the passing of Dave Smith, and changes to legislation
Apr 8 • 27 min
Overview: I’ve got a couple of personal tales to tell along the way - about a trivia contest I was in, and a friend’s question about a birthday celebration. Then, I talk a little about Dave Smith and his recent passing, and some proposed changes to state…
Episode #336 -Soundsation at the Disney MGM Studios
Apr 8 • 17 min
Overview: Back in 1989, the Disney MGM Studios opened as a real working movie studio. They let us in on some movie making secrets and featured some cool little shows that showed how things work. Soundsation was a booth where you could hear Holophonic…
Episode #335 - an update on Lost and Found at Disney World
Apr 8 • 21 min
Overview: Today’s episode is a look at my YouTube series Lost and Found at Walt Disney World. I talk a little about behind the scenes. I give a sense of what I am doing with the series. And I tell you about the episodes that are currently available. I…
Episode #334 - A quick visit and a look at Wreck-it-Ralph
Apr 8 • 23 min
Overview: I had a chance to visit over the holidays, so I talk about that experience - and mildly rant about the holiday experience at Disney (for me, personally, its too much, but that’s just my opinion). And I provide a review of Ralph Breaks the…
Episode #333 - Vegetarian Dining at Walt Disney World
Apr 8 • 33 min
Overview: Today, I take a look around to see what’s cooking - literally. I’m on a quest to find vegetarian dining at all 4 theme parks, and in some resorts. Here’s to hoping you take some time on your next trip to check out some of these terrific options!…
Episode #332: the Golden Horseshoe
Apr 8 • 32 min
Overview: Today’s podcast is a tribute to the Golden Horseshoe which begat the Diamond Horseshoe at WDW which begat the Tokyo Disneyland version of the Golden Horseshoe. I talk about it’s history, what Walt created, and Disney Legends Betty Taylor (aka…
Episode #331 - a dose of Disney News
Apr 8 • 22 min
Overview: Today, I have a look at some off-the-beaten path Disney news, sprinkled in among stories that may be a little more familiar. Tune in and enjoy! Notes: I include thoughts about Club 33, a lawsuit against Disney, a few guest-related issues, and…
Episode #330 - A visit to “the World”
Apr 8 • 33 min
Overview: I visited Walt Disney World in late October as part of my annual tradition of enjoying the Food and Wine Festival. This time, I went at it alone, but made new friends as I went to various booths. And since I was there, I visited all the parks to…
Episode #329 - Food Rocks
Apr 8 • 21 min
Overview: In 1993, Nestle took over as the title sponsor for The Land. One of the changes they made was to close The Kitchen Kabaret, ending the run of veggie, veggie, fruit, fruit. In March of 1994, Food Rocks was opened in its place. While it was…
Episode #328 - Circle of Life
Apr 8 • 16 min
Overview: After a renovation, Symbiosis was unfortunately closed. Opened in its place was The Circle of Life: an Environmental Fable. This show stretched the nature of The Land to now talk about conservation through the lens of our friends from the Lion…
Episode #327 - Symbiosis
Apr 8 • 28 min
Overview: Within the Land pavilion was a remarkable move called Symbiosis that celebrated man’s creative partnership with the land. It included marvels of past and present technologies and accomplishments. I talk about this film, and what it was all…
Episodes #325 & #326 - The Land Pavillion
Apr 8 • 39 min
Overview: The Land is another of Epcot’s opening day pavilions in future world. The objective was to look at the earth, agriculture, and ecology. in the original design, the large atrium would have been an arboretum. It featured a large mosaic, a pretty…
Episode #324 - Lost & Found Disney
Apr 8 • 27 min
Overview: On today’s podcast, I tell the tale of Disney’s acquisition of the land in Florida, and how the company managed to get autonomy. It’s a tale that I haven’t heard others talk about much and I wanted share some of the details. Notes: I’ve got…
Episode #323 - A little news
Apr 8 • 19 min
Overview: A little news for you - from Disneys environmental consciousness, to new ideas for creating immersive technology, to the nearly final acquisition of 20th century fox, I’ve got you covered. Plus, I take a look at the Solo Star Wars movie. Notes:…
Episode #322 - more of your disney questions answered
Apr 8 • 23 min
Overview: I received so many good questions that I decided to do another podcast that answers them. This time it’s Fast pass+, Pick a Pearl, toy story land, sorcerers of the magic kingdom or agent p? Hope you find it interesting! Notes: keep those…
Episode #321 - Disney’s America (and my summer vacation)
Apr 8 • 33 min
Overview: I took my summer vacation, and went on an historical tour. A tell you a little about that - and then connect it back to Disney and talk about the proposed, but never built, Disney America. Notes: I have to wonder if Disney America would have…
Episode #320 - Dave answers your questions
Apr 8 • 29 min
Overview: Today, I’m back to answer your Disney Questions! From Club 33, to taking a teen to Disney, to renting a car, to solo at the parks, to Food & Wine, I’ve got you covered. Notes: Keep those questions coming! Always happy to help you out! More about…
Episode #319 - Listen to the Land
Apr 8 • 19 min
Overview: Today’s podcast is a look back at the original ride in the Land Pavilion: Listen to the Land. Come along and listen to a live guide recording from sometime in the early 1980s. Its fun. And the song is great! Notes: Although there were some…
Episode #318 - School Trips to Disney World
Apr 8 • 29 min
Overview: After taking my daughter to the Animal Kingdom - and talking about it - I started thinking about all the trips I took to Disney World as a school group. I reflect on that, tell you some stories, and reminisce about the experience. Notes: One of…
Episode #317 - a trip to the Animal Kingdom
Apr 8 • 24 min
Overview: My daughter had an opportunity to go on a school field trip to the Animal Kingdom, and I went along to chaperone. It was fun, but very different. I talk about my day. Notes: My problem with the Navi’i river journey is that there’s no story,…
Episode #316 - Some Disney News
Apr 8 • 26 min
verview: Today, its a dose of Disney news. I’ve got goings on in the WDW parks, and talk about transportation around WDW. I’ve also got some things outside of the Orlando the park - namely some new technology Disney has come up with, and an update on 21st…
Episodes #314 & #315 - Ellens Energy Adventure
Apr 8 • 67 min
Overview: The Universe of Energy closed in 1996, and re-opened as Ellens Energy Adventure later that year. I take a look back at how that all worked, and share the ride audio. Also, I talk about what’s next for this storied attraction Notes: Ellen has a…
Episode #313 - Black Panther review
Apr 8 • 15 min
Overview: I caught the movie Black Panther, and wanted to take a few minutes and talk about it. In short: I enjoyed it. Way to go Disney! Notes: This is the second movie I’ve seen in the “superhero” realm (the first being Wonder Woman). As I note in the…
Episodes #311 & #312 - The Universe of Energy
Apr 8 • 53 min
Overview: The Universe of Energy was an original Epcot opening day pavilion that (as you might expect) devoted itself to energy, starting with an overview, talking about fossil fuels, and then moved on to renewable resources. It was one of Disney’s…
Episode #310 - planning a trip to Disney World
Apr 8 • 24 min
Overview: Today’s podcast is all about planning for a trip. My brother was coming in from out of town, and wondered how to get around without a car. And that’s a good question; I’ve never given it much thought. Notes: The name of the public bus service in…
Episode #309 - Disney and Digital Media
Apr 8 • 22 min
Overview: I ran across a couple of articles about Disney and their work in the digital content world. The acquisition of 21st century fox is the proverbial tip of the iceberg as Disney works to move into a whole new world. But I have a couple of other…
Episodes #307 & #308 - things YOU miss at Disney World
Apr 8 • 40 min
Overview: A few podcasts ago, Gary and I talked about our top ten attractions that we missed. I invited listeners to share what you missed - and I consolidated them here. Its a sort of listener favorite missed attractions! Notes: I have talked about a…
Episode #306 - A trip to the World
Apr 8 • 36 min
Overview: Early this month, I took a trip up to Disney with the family. The temps dipped near freezing, but we were undeterred and had a great time, visiting the parks, meeting princesses, and riding attractions. I’ve got stories to tell, and suggest how…
Episode #305a - more thoughts about the Last Jedi
Apr 8 • 17 min
Overview: More thoughts (and spoilers) about Episode 8: the Last Jedi. I watched a bunch of reviews, and they got me to thinking about the film. So I wanted to share that… Notes: There are a lot of varying views about the movie. Just take a a peek at…
Episode #305 - Star Wars Episode 8 and 20th Century Fox
Apr 8 • 27 min
Overview: I went and saw Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi, and enjoyed it. I present a podcast that’s part moview review - and part a look at Disney’s acquisition of 20th Cenury Fox. Notes: Here are the videos from Bad Lip Reading and Weird Al, which I…
Episodes #303 & #304 - Holidays Around the World
Apr 8 • 44 min
Overview: Just in time for the holiday season, I present a look at what was formerly known as Holidays Around the World - now renamed to International Festival of the Holidays. I talk about what there is to see and do, and present some audio from each of…
Episodes #301 & #302 - My recent trip
Apr 8 • 39 min
Overview: I spent a few days up at the world recently, and I’m talking about it. I did the food and wine festival, checked out progress on Star Wars land, and visited Pandora for the first time. Of course, I have requisite observations and stories to…
Episode #300 - things we miss at Walt Disney World
Apr 8 • 32 min
Overview: Gary Miceli joins me on today’s podcast to talk about some of the shows, attractions, and experiences we miss in WDW. Now there’s a bit of a generational thing happening here, as Dave has some decidedly “old school” takes. But it’s a lot of fun…
Episode #299 - More miscellanous news.
Apr 8 • 22 min
verview: Today’s podcast covers a few items that I left off my last podcast - miscellanous items that cover a wide range of topics. From the family of the boy killed by the alligator, to espn-Disney-trump, to dessert parties, and mobile ordered, and a…
Episode #298 - miscellany and updates
Apr 8 • 29 min
Overview: Today’s podcast takes a look at Hurricane Irma, some fun stories from around the world, Yogi Berra and Disney (really!) and a good article about the magic bands. Notes: As I mentioned, I took a little break, and may take another short one soon.…
Episodes #296 & #297- big changes are a comin’
Apr 8 • 42 min
Overview: Change is in the air! At D23, we heard about a number of new attractions, new experiences, changes, and other assorted announcements about the theme parks, movies, digital content and a whole lot more. And now that I’ve had time to think about…
Episode #295 - Canada and Expo 67
Apr 8 • 29 min
That’s me looking at the Niagara Falls version of the Backside of Water! Overview:What did Dave do on his Summer Vacation? He went to Canada! But here’s the thing - I was amazed at how much I related Disney to things that I saw, and how various exhibits…
Episodes #293 & #294 - Carousel of Progress history part 3 - current show
Apr 7 • 51 min
Overview: In the third part of the series, I talk about how the attraction changed in the 80s, when they lost the GE sponsorship, and 90s, when they made it more like the original attraction, except for the last scene which became a look at the turn of…
Episodes #291 & #292 - Carousel of Progress history part 2 - Disney World
Apr 7 • 61 min
Overview: On this podcast, I talk about the carousel of progress and it’s move to Florida as a part of the expansion of tomorrowland at the magic kingdom. And a new song is introduced: it’s the best time of your life, which evokes the idea of carpe diem.…
Episodes #289 & #290 - Carousel of Progress history part 1 - Progressland and Disneyland
Apr 7 • 53 min
Overview: On this episode, I start a retrospective of the carousel of progress. I first take a look at the general concept, then talk about its design, music, and it’s installation at the worlds fair as Progressland. Afterward, I talk about the move to…
Episode #288 - A Disney World Trip Report
Apr 7 • 27 min
Overview: I took a trip up to the world recently, so naturally I have to tell some stories about my trip. In particular, I tell you about my adventure on the Behind the Steam Trains tour Notes: Many of the tours offered at Disney World are quite good You…
Episode #287 - a little Disney news
Apr 7 • 21 min
Overview: I take a look at some news from around Disney World. Attraction changes - including Ellen’s Energy Adventure, The Jungle Cruise, and of course the Hall of Presidents. Also transportation changes, and a couple of pieces of odd news Notes: As I…
Episode #286 - Pandora
Apr 7 • 34 min
Overview: Some friends of mine visited Disney World recently, and were lucky enough to be selected to get a preview of Pandora the World of Avatar. They were more than happy to share their thoughts about the land (hint: they loved it), so come and hear…
Episode #285 - If You Had Wings
Apr 7 • 30 min
Overview: If You Had Wings was a hybrid of dark ride, creative effort, and advertisement. I took a look back at how it came to be, what it was, and give you the ride audio. I also discuss the Omnimover ride technology. Remember, you do have wings… Notes:…
Episode #283 & #284 - Norway pavillion
Apr 7 • 49 min
Overview: Today’s podcast is a tribute to the Norway pavilion. I take a thorough look at the design, layout, and theming. Then, I spend some time talking about shopping and dining. This was the last new pavilion added to World Showcase, way back in 1988!…
Episodes #281 & #282 - Urban Legends at Disney with Kristi Petersen Schoonover
Apr 7 • 66 min
Overview: I welcome back to the show Kristi Petersen Schoonover. She’s here to share a few not-so-well-known urban legends that include some ghost story-type elements. Put on your headphones and have a listen! Notes: Maybe it is just a trick of the light,…
Episode #280 - a little news and a movie review
Apr 7 • 31 min
Overview: Today’s podcast is a mashup of a little news, a few questions, and a movie review. The movie is Beauty and the Beast, and I also talk about Pandora, Memory Maker, and how I got my tag line. Enjoy! Notes: The movie was quite enjoyable, If you…
Episode #279 - Morocco pavillion
Apr 7 • 33 min
Overview: Today’s podcast is a tribute to the Morocco pavilion. I take a thorough look at the design, layout, and theming. Then, I spend some time talking about shopping and dining. It was the first pavilion to come to world showcase after opening day.…
Episode #278 - A little news and some questions
Apr 7 • 24 min
Overview: WToday’s podcast is a look at a few news items - the loss of a parade in the magic kingdom, a new gondola possibly coming - and I cover the basics of the magic bands. Notes: Visit MouseSavers.com for details on saving at Disney
Episode #277 - Other pavilions planned for world showcase
Apr 7 • 28 min
Overview: World showcase had grand plans and ambitions. There were 21 sites plotted for World Showcase when the original idea was pitched. But, we only got 9 on opening day. Many other countries were oh-so-close to being built, but alas it didn’t happen.…
Episode #276 - Italy pavillion
Apr 7 • 20 min
Overview: Today’s podcast is a tribute to the Italy pavilion. I take a thorough look at the design, layout, and theming. Then, I spend some time talking about shopping and dining. Its the 9th (and final) Epcot opening-day pavilion I discuss. Come and take…
Episode #275 - Disney Tale of the Tape
Apr 7 • 24 min
Overview: Today’s podcast is all about a rather fun book called Disney Tale of the Tape, by Dan Sisneros. Essentially the book “pits” two things head-to-head and has judges compare them on various aspects. And yours truly was a judge in some of the bouts.…
Episodes #272, #273, and #274 - changes coming to EPCOT
Apr 7 • 78 min
Overview: Joining me on today’s podcast is Scott Shindeldecker, owner of epcotmanifesto.com. We talk all about Epcot, from its history, to what we loved (and still love) about it, to what’s in store for its future … at least as far as we know. Notes:…
Episode #271 - MouseMingle
Apr 7 • 29 min
Overview: On today’s show I welcome a fellow Dave - the founder of MouseMingle.com to talk about the site, the service…and of course we talk a lot about fun things to do at the parks! Notes: It was fun chatting with Dave about all things Disney. And…
Episode #270 - Rogue One
Apr 7 • 26 min
Overview: I saw Rogue One this past weekend, and I have a movie review of sorts for you! This episode does have spoilers, so I’ll wait in your queue for you to watch the movie. Notes: The movie was a lot of fun, and fills in many blanks in the storyline.…
Episode #269 - Riding the rails (the WDW Railroad)
Apr 7 • 17 min
Overview: Today’s podcast is quite simply a ride around the Magic Kingdom on the Walt Disney World Railroad. Come along and imagine you are taking the scenic ride from Main Street, to Frontierland, to Fantasyland, and back to Mainstreet! Notes: The WDW…
Episode #268 - Frozen ever after
Apr 7 • 18 min
Overview: On my most recent visit, I got a chance to see the new ride in the Norway pavilion: Frozen Ever After. Come along and hearthe ride audio, my thoughts about the ride, and I toss out a few things about Epcot as well. Notes: I admit that I found…
Episode #267 - Observations and 4 parks
Apr 7 • 15 min
Overview: After my food and wine day, I stayed for another day and park hopped. Come along as I talk about what I did, and make some observations. Notes: Yeah, I caught the clarification that the $5 fee applies to packages coming from outside the resort.…
Episode #266 - Food and Wine
Apr 7 • 15 min
Overview: I went up to the last day of the Food and Wine Festival, so naturally, I have to tell a couple of stories about the day. Also, to celebrate good food, I went into the California Grill to grab a bite to eat Notes: Food and Wine is always a great…
Episodes #264 & #265 -Favorite Disney Movies
Apr 7 • 42 min
Overview: Joining me on today’s podcast is friend of the show Gary Miceli. We are talking all about Disney movies, and share some of our favorites. Come and take a listen as we discuss the history of movies and how Disney continues to churn out memorable…
Episode #263 - Storm preparation at Disney World
Apr 7 • 32 min
Overview: Today, I look at emergency preparedness at the Orlando Theme Park, and how ready Disney World was for Hurricane Matthew. I think overall it was well handled, but there are a few tweaks they could make in the future Notes: Global Climate Change…
Episodes #261 & #262 - Epcot’s France pavillion
Apr 7 • 43 min
Overview: Today’s podcast is a tribute to the France pavilion. I take a thorough look at the design, layout, theming, and talk about the infamous move that is shown: Impressions de France. Then, I spend some time talking about shopping and dining. Its…
Episodes #259 & 260 - United Kingdom pavillion
Apr 7 • 45 min
Overview: Today’s podcast is a tribute to the United Kingdom pavilion. I take a thorough look at the design, layout, theming, and talk about the infamous pub. Then, I spend some time talking about shopping and dining. Its another of Epcot’s opening-day…
Episode #258 - News for August 2016
Apr 7 • 34 min
Overview: Time to catch up on a rather large amount of Disney news. I cover general items, updates at the parks, and some interesting patents that were recently granted. Notes: There is so much going on! Disney has been quite busy. And I suspect I missed…
Episode #257 - Top 10 things to do in the Magic Kingdom
Apr 7 • 28 min
Overview: It’s time to share with you my top 10 things to do in the Magic Kingdom - in order! I have to say that limiting it to just ten was nearly impossible but I give it a shot. Notes: Of course there are many more things to do, but I try and pick my…
Episode #256 - Bob Gurr
Apr 7 • 36 min
Disney Legend Bob Gurr joins me on today’s show. We talk about his new DVD - Turning Dreams into Reality… he’s got some great stories to tell. Notes: Bob sets the record straight on a couple of things that get reported on around the interwebs, which I…
Episodes #254 & #255 - American Adventure
Apr 7 • 61 min
Overview: Today’s podcast is all about the host pavilion - the American Adventure. You may note that this is not called the United States or the American Pavilion, rather it bears the same name as the show that resides within. Come and take a listen to…
Episodes #251, #252, & #253 - Presidents at Disney parks
Apr 7 • 78 min
From the time that Walt Disney opened DisneyLand right up through today, US Presidents have been known to visit DisneyLand and Disney World. Starting with Truman, every one of them - except one - has visited a park, and the one still had a connection to…
My 250th podcast!
Apr 7 • 36 min
Today’s podcast celebrates a milestone - its my 250th show. I tell you a little about this podcast and how its created, some of the fun moments, and tell you which are my 25 most-listened to podcasts. Notes: I would like to thank all of you for your…
Episode #249 - Dali & Disney
Apr 7 • 25 min
Walt Disney and Salvador Dali have an interesting connection, through some time they spent together working on a project called Destino. Its a fascinating story I wanted to share with you after learning more about it at the Dali Museum. Notes:The Dali…
Episode #248 - A visit to the parks
Apr 7 • 37 min
Caption: that’s the tombstone that reads “Dear Departed Brother Dave, Chased a Bear into a Cave” I took a recent trip to the parks, and made sure to stop into all 4 AND take some time at the newly-unveiled Disney Springs. Come along and here my stories,…
Episode #247 - News & Notes May 2016
Apr 7 • 29 min
Overview: Its time to catch up on Disney news - changes to the parks, changes to Fast Pass, enhancements, premium events, parties and a whole lot more. Then, I take a moment to talk about the new documentary about Bob Gurr. Notes: You can read more about,…
Episodes #245 & #246 - China pavillion
Apr 7 • 58 min
Overview: Today’s podcast is a tribute to the China pavilion. I take a thorough look at the design, layout, theming, and talk about the Circlevision movie that’s shown. Then, I spend some time talking about shopping and dining. Its another of Epcot’s…
Episode #244 - Disney’s Vacation Club
Apr 7 • 37 min
Overview: Its the 25th anniversary of DVC, and I have never really given it its due. So today’s episode is all about the vacation club - I give you all the information you need - so you can make an informed decision about whether to buy into it or not.…
Episode #243 - Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
Apr 7 • 29 min
Overview: Today’s show is a look at one of the 1964 Worlds Fair shows: Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. Come and take a listen to how this show came to be, and then hear the current audio track from Disneyland. Notes: In this era of political uncertainty,…
Episode #242 - CircleVision 360
Apr 7 • 22 min
Overview: Come and take a listen as I explore the history of Walt Disney’s Circlevision. There are two remaining daily shows - both at Epcot - but the history is a little surprising. Walt had a greater vision, as he often did. Notes: Much of the…
Episodes #240 & #241 - Canada pavillion
Apr 7 • 49 min
Overview: Today’s podcast is a tribute to the Canada pavilion. I take a thorough look at the design, layout, theming, and talk about the Circlevision movie that’s shown. Then, I spend some time talking about shopping and dining. Its another of Epcot’s…
Episode #239 - Disney, The Corporation
Apr 7 • 20 min
Overview: The recent changes to the pricing model - particularly for a day pass - got me to thinking about how Disney has become more about the bottom line, and more like many other corporations…so I add my two cents to the discussion. The intent is to…
Episode #238 - Disney Podcaster Roundtable
Apr 7 • 0 min
Overview: Barry and Scotty hosted a few podcasters - me included - to talk about what we love about Disney! Its a fun roundtable discussion with Dapsmagic, D-cast, and the Disney Cruising Mom, about what we love about the parks. I wanted to share with my…
Episode #237 - Monorails!
Apr 7 • 32 min
Overview: Joining me on today’s podcast is Kim Pedersen, founder and president of the Monorail Society. Naturally, we’re going to talk about the amazing machines that exist at DisneyLand and Disney World. We’ll explore their history, and what we hope is…
Episode #236 - Wild Africa Trek
Apr 7 • 36 min
Overview: On this podcast, I welcome back my friend Curt to the show. He’s here to talk about the Wild Africa Trek, an “extra” experience where you can go out in the Savnnah to see the animals much more personally, and have a little adventure for a few…
Episode #235 - News and notes
Apr 7 • 17 min
Overview: Today, I explore some of the changes that are coming to DisneyWorld (and DisneyLand) from security enhancements to Star Wars Land, I have you covered - with my personal style! Notes: on April 2 2016, the following are slated to close at…
Episodes #233 & #234 - Mexico pavillion
Apr 7 • 37 min
Overview: Today’s podcast is a tribute to the Mexico pavilion. I take a thorough look at the design, layout, theming, and talk about the ride contained inside. Then, I spend some time talking about shopping and dining. And finally I discuss the original…
Episode #232a - Bonus podcast! More on the Force Awakens.
Apr 7 • 31 min
Overview: I saw the movie again, and had some additional thoughts about it that I want to share. I have a few observations, and some of my own theories that I hope you’ll enjoy hearing. **This podcast is spoiler heavy! *** Notes:Consider this podcast as a…
Episode #232 - Star Wars the Force Awakens
Apr 7 • 34 min
Overview: I went to see the new film, and I wanted to take time to review it, and talk a little Star Wars. There are spoilers in this podcast, but they appear in the second half - and I call out when they’re going to start…before that, I talk about the…
Episode #231 - Epcot Food and Wine 20th recap
Apr 7 • 27 min
Overview: In October, my son and I took a trip to the Food and Wine Fest. We had a great time touring Epcot, getting passports stamped, playing Remy’s Hide and Squeak, being an unpaid intern trying to help catch Doofenshmirtz, touring the festival, and of…
Episode #230 - Lets Make a Deal
Apr 7 • 33 min
Overview: Back in 1990, I tried out to be on Let’s Make a Deal, a game show that was being taped at Disney’s MGM Studios. I tell the story of that long day. Of course I talk about more than just a simple story, because I love to talk. Notes: If you want…
Episode #229 - Disney news, December, 2015
Apr 7 • 37 min
Overview: There’s a lot of news about Star Wars land in the Hollywood studios, and some other related items. I cover it all and give my thoughts about what’s happening. Plus, I’ve got some stories I’ve read about, talk about the taping of the Christmas…
Episodes #227 & #228: History of the Pirates of the Caribbean
Apr 7 • 43 min
Overview: Today, I’m talking about the iconic attraction that made its debut in DisneyLand in 1967…the Pirates of the Caribbean. It truly was groundbreaking when it was created, and really does sum up what the WED designers are all about. Come and take a…
Episode #226 - American Experience: Walt Disney.
Apr 7 • 26 min
Overview: I sat down and watched all 4 hours of the American Experience: Walt Disney, and I provide something that is part review, and part my thoughts about what I saw and heard. I find the man to be complicated and pretty interesting. As I note in the…
Episode #225 - Ticket price increases
Apr 7 • 29 min
Overview: Today’s podcast is my look at the ticket price increases. Come in and take a listen to what I have to say on the topic. Plus, I’ve got a couple of corrections from previous shows. And I’ve got an interesting take on the Magic Band that might be…
Episode #224 - Best of WDW
Apr 7 • 30 min
Overview: Joining me on today’s podcast is Carl Trent, the author of Dad’s Guide to WDW, and publisher of WDW Magazine. We talk about his new coffee table book The Best of WDW (Volume 1), and chat about lots of things related to Disney World. It’s a…
Episode #223 - expansion, news, and changes at Disney World
Apr 7 • 24 min
Overview: A lot is going on at Disneyworld, particularly with Star Wars land slated to break ground in 2016. Mayne changes will be taking place at the Studios as construction begins. But I cover more ground than that on this podcast. There are a couple of…
Episode #222 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
Apr 7 • 20 min
Overview: Today’s podcast is a look at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, held in the fall (September - October) each year in the Magic Kingdom. I tell you what there is to see and do, and try and explain why this is fun and unique….and yes, it is so…
Episode #221 - Epcot’s 20th International Food & Wine Festival
Apr 7 • 26 min
Overview:Today’s podcast is a look at Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, which kicks off September 25th. I tell you about how it works, what you can do “for free” (quotes because theme park admission is required), and about other activities you can enjoy.…
Episodes #219 & #220- Expansion news and some thoughts…
Apr 7 • 41 min
Overview: Last week at D23, Disney announced a plethora of new things come to the parks. I pick some of them to talk about and give some details and my thoughts about what’s coming. Especially intriguing is the 11 acres that will be Toy Story Land, and…
Episode #218 - Counting down the top 20 restaurants in Epcot
Apr 7 • 34 min
Overview: Epcot has a plethora of restaurants. So many that its often hard to decide where to eat, let alone what’s best. But don’t worry, I have you covered. Here are my top 20 restaurants - in order! Sure the list is somewhat subjective, but I give you…
Episodes #216 & 217 - Germany pavillion
Apr 7 • 43 min
Overview: This podcast is a tribute to the Germany pavilion. I take a thorough look at the design, layout, theming, and talk about the model train. Then, I spend some time talking about shopping and dining. And finally I discuss a planned attraction that…
Episode #215 - What does $3B mean to Disney World?
Apr 7 • 23 min
Overview:We’ve been hearing that Disney is planning to spend around $3 billion on its US theme parks, with much of it going to Disney World. Today, I do a little imaginating, and think about what that might mean. Its time to dream and consider the…
Episode #214 - Ask Dave!
Apr 7 • 30 min
Overview: I’m calling this segment Ask Dave as I take some time to answer questions that you have about a variety of Disney topics (my motto: I talk about all things Disney, but mostly Disney world). On this episode, I talk about riding up front on the…
Episodes #212 & #213 News for June 2015
Apr 7 • 44 min
Overview: I cover some recent Disney news, including: The end of Phineaes and Ferb (hey! Where’s Perry?), Social Media Moms, Tiered Ticketing, food offerings, and a whole lot more. Plus I do a review of Tomorrowland (hint: I enjoyed it, Hollywood…
Episode #211 - Star Wars Weekend Recap
Apr 7 • 26 min
Overview: I made it up to the 4th of the Star Wars Weekends, and had a great time. I recount my experience and tell a few stories about my day. Come in and take a listen to a virtual Star Wars Weekend experience. Notes:The person whose name I couldn’t…
Episodes #209 & #210 - Epcot’s Japan pavilion
Apr 7 • 44 min
Overview: This podcast is a tribute to the Japan pavilion. I take a thorough look at the design, layout, theming, and of course the gardens. Then, I spend some time talking about shopping and dining. And finally I discuss a planned attraction that was…
Episode #208 - World Showcase overview
Apr 7 • 29 min
Overview: Today, I explore the history of EPCOT in general, and the rationale for the World Showcase portion of the park. Walt Disney had something specific in mind, and we didn’t get that, but we did get an entertaining place that has a richness to it.…
Episodes #206 & #207 - Star Wars Weekend!
Apr 7 • 41 min
Overview: On today’s podcast, I’m talking about Star Wars Weekend, which is held annually at late May/early June in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Joining me to talk about the event and the awesome parade is Lance Tomkins, Commanding Officer of the Florida…
Episode #205 - Great experiences at Disney World
Apr 7 • 33 min
Overview: Friend of the Show Gary Miceli is back, and today we’re talking about fun experiences at Disney. We all have special memories of our trips to the park, we share ours and what makes them memorable! Notes: I think the changes coming to the studios…
Episode #204 - a tribute to my grandparents; their love of Disney inspired me.
Apr 7 • 35 min
Overview: My grandparents had a tremendous influence on me - and are a large part of the reason that I love Disney. Come in and hear the story about them, and how they shaped me. Its a personal story that serves as a tribute to them. Notes: The top…
Episode #203 - DISNEY’S $1 BILLION BET ON A MAGICAL WRISTBAND
Apr 7 • 24 min
Overview: This podcast is a look at the fascinating article Wired Magazine did about the Magic Bands. You can find the original article here: http://www.wired.com/2015/03/disney-magicband/ They did such a nice job of looking behind the scenes, how could I…
Episode #202 - My favorite Quick Service meals
Apr 7 • 24 min
Overview: I present to you my top 10 Quick Service Meals. I tell you what dish I like, and where you can get it. Of course, I sprinkle in a few helpful tips, and make some suggestions on how to get there and where you might eat the food. Notes: There is…
Episode #201 - updates and thoughts about the Monorail
Apr 7 • 35 min
Overview: Today’s podcast is another look at the monorail. Disney is testing some changes to the monorail, so I wonder what’s up with that? I look back at the history of the monorail, and suggest what this means as it relates to wait times. And, at the…
Episode #200 - Celebrate at Walt Disney World
Apr 7 • 33 min
Overview: Its my 200th show! And to celebrate, I am talking about how to celebrate at Walt Disney World. I’ve got some thoughts, suggestions, and give you some ideas on how you might celebrate on your next Disney vacation! Notes:Just what will you…
Episode #199a - Fastpass+ and Disability Assistance Pass
Apr 7 • 25 min
Overview: I took a trip to Walt Disney World and used FastPass+, and met up with a friend who used the Disability Assistance Pass. I talk about both, as well as Memory Maker. Plus, because I took a trip to the resort, I have some stories to tell. Notes:…
Episode #198 & #199 - Disney’s Fast Pass + ….or how I learned to stop worrying, and learned to love the Magic Band
Apr 7 • 39 min
Overview: Mainly, the questions I have been getting lately revolve around a single theme: tell me more about the Magic Bands and Fast Pass. So, I decided to cover it all in a super-sized podcast! I cover some of the history, what it is and does, how it…
Episode #197 - news for December, 2014
Apr 7 • 31 min
Overview: Today’s podcast is a look at Disney happenings. I cover a lot of things that have been happening over the last few months - the Disney no fly zone, new development and environmental mitigation, some new things to see at Disney World including…
Episodes #195 and #196 - a chat with Andrea (Onnie) about Disney World.
Apr 7 • 40 min
Overview: Onnie applied to be on the Disney Mom’s Panel, and she’s here to tell us all about her experience. Plus, we naturally talk about Disney World, trip planning, and some favorite attractions! Take a listen and see how she followed (and continues to…
Episodes #193 and #194 - First hand experience with MyMagic+ in the Magic Kingdom
Apr 7 • 46 min
Overview: Its a podcast so big that it spans two episodes! Today, I am in the Magic Kingdom trying out my MagicBand, FastPass+, and checking out some of the changes that have taken (or are taking!) place. Come and take a listen as I spend my day wandering…
Episode #192 - Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival
Apr 7 • 28 min
Overview: Near the end of the Food & wine Festival, I finally found a day to enjoy the event. I brought my recorder, and tell you all about my experience! I’ve got some thoughts about the dishes I tried, the app I created, and some of the fun things to…
Episode #191 - The History of the Monorail — and a trip to the Pacific Northwest
Apr 7 • 25 min
Overview: I took a trip to the Pacific Northwest over the summer, and I found some interesting things that tie back to Disney in some small ways. I also rode the monorail in Seattle, and its a cool trip down memory lane…so I spend some time talking about…
Episode #190 - FastPass+ Mayhem
Apr 7 • 22 min
Overview: Mayhem may not be quite the right word, but I do talk about Fastpass+ in general and how it works. And then I move on to some things that are happening around FastPass+. New “limited tests” with Toy Story Midway Mania, and with the Be Our Guest…
Episode #189 - Alien Encounter leads to … Stitch’s Great Escape
Apr 7 • 28 min
Overview: This podcast has some followup thoughts and comments about the ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter, from some of its original concepts, to one part of the show that left…and then I talk about its closure. Afterward, I talk about the show that…
Episodes #188 - The extraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter
Apr 7 • 33 min
Overview: This podcast takes a look at what came after Mission to Mars closed in the Magic Kingdom. In short, it was a creative thrill ride that didn’t provide physical thrills, but rather psychological ones. Seize the future with XS! Notes: Michael…
Episode #187 - changes coming to the World
Apr 7 • 31 min
Its more Disney news, kind of…. I take a look at changes that have come and are coming to the world. In particular I look at Frozen taking over the Maelstrom. Remember there’s a social app to use as you experience the Food & Wine Fest at EPCOT. Its only…
Episode #186 - Some Disney News (Sept 2014)
Apr 7 • 21 min
Its a dose of Disney news. DeadMau5 takes on Disney. An update on the legal action with the old Guest Assistance Card. Information about Disney Springs. Frozen. Frozen. And more Frozen. And a few other updates from around the Parks. Enjoy!
Episode #185 - Food and Wine Festival overview and preview
Apr 7 • 24 min
This episode is an overview - or primer - of the Food and Wine Festival. In it I mention a social app for you to use as you experience the Food & Wine Fest at EPCOT. Its only for the iPhone (sorry other users, but I’m an apple developer)…. The basic…
Episode #184 - a tribute to Robin Williams
Apr 7 • 41 min
We heard the sad news that Robin Williams has died of an apparent suicide. Robin had a long history with Disney, so I thought I would pay tribute by counting down the top 5 appearances in movies and the theme park. This podcast is over the usual time, but…
Episode #183 - Mission to Mars
Apr 7 • 19 min
After Flight to the Moon, Disney closed the attraction and re-opened it as Mission to Mars. Today, we pay tribute to that attraction.
Episode #182 - Flight to the Moon
Apr 7 • 32 min
I look back to original DisneyLand attraction: Flight to the Moon, which took guests on a rocket to the Moon and back.
Episode #181 - Rumors, Random Thoughts, and a bit of News
Apr 7 • 32 min
Its a full dose of …. well, news isn’t quite right. I have a load of rumors and random thoughts mixed in with some news items. Star Wars Land, updates on the monorail, Frozen craziness, and loads more. And maybe even a few opinions for good measure.
Episode #180 - Mickeys Jammin Jungle Parade
Apr 7 • 34 min
Back on March 31st, after 12 years running, Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade had its last run. Here’s a look back at the parade…I decided to put this podcast out now simply because the World Cup is going on now, and there’s a connection to the host country…
Episode #179 - Test Track
Apr 7 • 23 min
After the World of Motion came the idea to take guests through the “proving grounds” …. and that became Test Track. Guests experienced the testing that a car goes through, culminating with high-speed trip outside of the building. Later, this became more…
Episode #178 - World of Motion Expo - The TransCenter
Apr 7 • 23 min
This episode is a look at the Transcenter, which was the exit area of the World of Motion. There were some cool, interactive (and fun) exhibits, and I talk about them and play some audio for you. Enjoy!
Episode #177 - World of Motion ride through
Apr 7 • 34 min
The World of Motion was a somewhat whimsical look at the history of transportation, Come and take a listen to the ride through, and hear how its Fun To Be Free! I would like to thank Mike at Widen Your World for some of the information I present in the…
Episode #176 - World of Motion retrospective
Apr 7 • 27 min
This is the first in a multi-part series that takes a look back at an EPCOT opening day attraction, The World of Motion. On this episode, I delve into its history, how it came to be, and its general nature
Episode #175 - News and Updates from around Disney World
Apr 7 • 28 min
Time to catch up on news from around Walt Disney World! There are anniversaries, openings, celebrations, modifications, some construction, and new events happening around the Orlando themepark - and I’m here to talk about a lot of the goings on
Episode #174 - Its a Small World history
Apr 7 • 32 min
Today’s podcast is a tribute to an attraction that first appeared in 1964, at the NY World’s fair, and now holds the distinction of appearing at every Disney park around the world. Of course, I’m talking about the Happiest Cruise on Earth - It’s a Small…
Episode #173 - A report from my recent trip
Apr 7 • 24 min
I took a trip up to Disney at the end of March, and here are some thoughts from that trip. I’ve talk about some of the things we did and saw, some about fast pass, and other observations.
Episode #172 - tips for taking kids to Disney
Apr 7 • 34 min
I’m joined on today’s podcast by Jennifer, who is also a parent. We chat about taking kids (especially little ones) to Walt Disney World. We have some tips and tricks, and provide some ideas to make your trip magical. Jennifer is Director of Partnerships…
Episode #171 - my experience with FastPass+
Apr 7 • 28 min
I took a trip last week up to WDW, and got to experience FastPass+ first-hand. We were staying off-property, so I had to book my choices at a kiosk on the “day of”… What did I think? Overall, I didn’t like it - but the cast members really did make the…
Episode #170 - another fun chat about Disney
Apr 7 • 35 min
Joining me on this podcast is the editor of Celebrations Magazine, Tim Foster. We talk about the magazine, some favorite Disney things to do and see, and give a few tips from around the world. And for the first time, I am running a contest! In conjunction…
Episode #169 - Disney Travel Planning with Shannon
Apr 7 • 36 min
I welcome Shannon back to the podcast to talk about Disney trvael planning. We talk about some of the ways an authorized Disney travel planner can help you - and some of our favorite things to do and see. Each vacation is unique…so you should make the…
Episode #168 - two guys talkin’ about Disney
Apr 7 • 37 min
On today’s show, I welcome Nick who is a fellow Disney lover, and a local like me. We chat about Disney World, some of our favorite things to do - parks, attractions, restaurants, and more. Plus we simply talk about our shared love of things in the World.…
Episode #167 - where do I stay at Walt Disney World?
Apr 7 • 28 min
Today’s podcast is a look at where to stay when you are at Walt Disney World. I talk about the categories of hotels, the amenities, and which hotels fall into these categories. And I talk about some of the things that you might look for in each type of…
Episode #166 - Fun things to do at Downtown Disney / Disney Springs
Apr 7 • 28 min
Today’s podcast is a look at 4 fun things to do on the western part of what is now Disney Springs. Featured are a look at the AMC 24 theaters, Splittsville, DisneyQuest, and Cirque Du Soleil. Each has something special about it, and yet three of them are…
Episode #165 - Disney News, Jan 2014
Apr 7 • 26 min
This week’s show is another dose of Disney news. First, Downtown Disney’s evolution into Disney Springs is coming together. Next, there was a groundbreaking for Avatarland. And finally, FastPass machines are gone from the Animal Kingdom, Studios, and…
Episode #164 - introduction to Walt Disney World
Apr 7 • 23 min
Today’s podcast is a primer of sorts - a Disney World 101. Over the last few weeks, I got a number of general questions about the resort. So, I thought I’d help set the stage for what’s what at Disney World, and give a sort of ‘lay of the land’…hopefully…
Episode #163 - Saving Mr. Banks
Apr 7 • 31 min
Today’s podcast is a movies review of… Saving Mr. Banks. Short version: I loved this film! I hope you did too. My lone problem with it was that it was a slightly Disney-ised and revised look at the history. It didn’t quite work out this way, and I fill in…
Episode #162 - The latest on MyMagic
Apr 7 • 27 min
Today, I have still more information on MyMagic+. There’s some new news, and a few updates….there is (as we expected) an active and passive RFID reader, and there isa requirement to have a biometric scan for park entrance. Meanwhile, old paper-based…
Episodes #160 & 161 - The Reedy Creek Improvement District
Apr 7 • 46 min
Today’s podcast is a look at the history of the Reedy Creek Improvement District, and how it works within Walt Disney World. Full disclosure: this is not an original work by me. I am reading from a work from the Florida State Law Review, MERGING PUBLIC…
Episode #159 - Disney News for November 2013
Apr 7 • 31 min
Its a full dose of Disney news: Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland, a few MyMagic pieces, holiday “creep”, movie news, and a whole lot more! Check out the candlelight processional video below.
Episode #158 - Enjoying a day at the parks
Apr 7 • 21 min
I went up to the parks at the end of October, and had a chance to check out some of what’s going on with MyMagic, so I talk about that. Plus, I went over to Epcot and ate some yummy food at the Food & Wine Festial. And there are a few other fun things to…
Episodes 156 & 157 - Details and thoughts about MyMagic
Apr 7 • 57 min
Today I have a double podcast! I take a longer look at the Magic Bands, and MyMagic+, and consider why Disney is spending this kind of money on something that has a limited return on it from Disney’s point of view. My approach was to look at in this way:…
Episode #155 — Leftover audio from a recent trip
Apr 7 • 19 min
I have some audio left over from a recent trip. I talk about the monorail being unavailable during off-peak times, and ride the ferry boat to the magic kingdom. Plus, I tell a few stories as I wander around. Of course, the fun part is the history of who…
Episode #154 — Disney News
Apr 7 • 18 min
On this week’s podcast, its a dose of Disney news. I’ve got some info on Cars Land, Star Wars Land, and Avatarland. And I talk about the changes to the Guest Assistance Card, some resort updates, and a whole lot more! I also mention Sam Genneway’s book,…
Episode #153 — Monorail Epcot Loop
Apr 7 • 32 min
On today’s show, I hop onto the monorail at WDW that is heading from the Transportation and Ticket Center (or TTC as they call it in Disney ‘code’) and head over to Epcot. Then, I make the return trip. Come along and take a listen, and enjoy the ride!…
Episode #152 — Monorail Resort Loop
Apr 7 • 21 min
Today’s show is quite simply a ride on the monorail. Come along, close your eyes, and pretend you are there! A couple of thoughts: I don’t really like the new narration. Its not as interesting and the host isn’t as personable. He sounds almost mechanical…
Episodes #150 & #151— Favorite Disney Vacation
Apr 7 • 59 min
Today is my 150th podcast! So, to commemorate the moment, its sort of a double length show! I welcome Curt, Gary, and Doug to a roundtable discussion, where we talk about our favorite Disney vacations. Come and take a listen and see if you catch some…
Show #149 — Free (and cheap!) Souvenirs at Disney World
Apr 7 • 33 min
Want to save a few bucks and still have a memento from your trip? I’ve got you covered! Today’s podcast is a look at some of free souvenirs you can find in the Walt Disney World Resort, and a few that have a nominal cost. You can find a lot of things…
Show #148 — Pirate League and Agent P
Apr 7 • 26 min
On today’s podcast, Dave is off playing games in the park. I’m not talking frisbee or football here, but rather the Pirate League Adventure in the Magic Kingdom, and the Agent P experience in Epcot. Come join me as I try out the activities, and tell you…
Show #147 — The DisneyLand Story
Apr 7 • 36 min
Today’s Podcast features Sam Gennawey, author of The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dreamto talk about Walt Disney’s vision for DisneyLand, how it came to be, and how it shaped the future of the parks and the…
Show #146 — 4 Parks in a Day
Apr 7 • 33 min
Come along with me as I head out on a 4-park adventure. That’s right, I was recently at the WDW resort, and visited all 4 parks in a day. The twist this time is that I only used busses and my feet to get between the parks. Take a listen as I tell stories…
Show #145 — Odd news
Apr 7 • 19 min
I’m trying a different feature. Rather than news, instead I’m brining you the odd news related to Disney. I hope you enjoy!
Show #144 — New FantasyLand (3/3)
Apr 7 • 19 min
In the third part of the look at the new Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, I head into Enchanted Tales with Belle. You do NOT want to miss the video of how the mirror opens! Then, I step out and walk over to the Tangled theme area - which amusingly is a…
Show #143 — New FantasyLand (2/3)
Apr 7 • 23 min
On today’s podcast, I move from the Little Mermaid themed area into the Beauty and the Beast area. I tell some stories, wander into Gaston’s Tavern and hoist a Lefou’s Brew, and eat lunch at Be Our Guest. And you get to come along and hear all about it!
Show #142 — New Fantasyland (1/3)
Apr 7 • 29 min
On today’s podcast, I am at the Magic Kingdom, and I am exploring the new FantasyLand. Most things are open now, except for the Fairy Tale Hall (Princess meet-and-greet) and the Dwarves’ Mine Train. So, join me as I make my way around the StoryBook Circus…
Show #141 — MyMagic Experience
Apr 7 • 23 min
Recently, I took a trip to Walt Disney World, and I got an RFID-enabled card. I talk about the card, the experience, and what I know about the technology and speculate on what they’re doing with it….come along and listen in and please let me know if you…
Show #140 — Top 10 souvenirs at Disney World
Apr 7 • 21 min
On this episode, I share with you the top 10 souvenirs people purchase at Walt Disney World. I explain each, share some info about it - and I tell you where you will find it. Plus, I give some info about how to get some items cheaper than at the theme…
Show #139 — Ticket History
Apr 7 • 34 min
Today’s podcast takes a look at the changes in tickets over the years - both in price and uniqueness (and anti-counterfeiting)…I explore most aspects of the tickets, and talk about where I think it’s headed. Ticket Prices: 1972 — $5.75 for a packet, under…
Show #138 - Dave answers your Disney questions
Apr 7 • 25 min
Dave is back to answer your Disney questions: refillable mugs, advanced dining, tickets, water parks - and a whole lot more! Keep the questions coming: [email protected]
Show #137 - Disney News
Apr 7 • 35 min
There are a number of updates in this podcast. Another 24 hour event, MyMagic and legislation, Disney Springs, closures at DisneyLand, the Festival of the Lion King, Tangled, Small World, and so much more! Its the latest and greatest news from around the…
Show #136 - What happened to 20k? And how did we get here?
Apr 7 • 28 min
When the 20k ride closed at Disney World, there was a lot of discussion. Why did it close? Was it temporary? And then when it became permanent, the discussion turned to the question of what might become of this large plot of land, and the huge water tank…
Show #135 - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (the attraction)
Apr 7 • 27 min
Welcome to part 2 of the 20k Retrospective. Today, I talk about the ride, and just how it all came together, and how massive the project was. The subs were quite the pieces of work, and it was a remarkable feat to build them. And of course, I play the…
Show #134 - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (a trip into history)
Apr 7 • 23 min
Today’s podcast is about 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - that is the Jules Verne novel…and the Disney movie. I talk about the history of the novel and its contents, then I talk about how it came to be a Disney movie. This is part of a multi-part podcast…
Show #133 - the Muppets!
Apr 7 • 29 min
Today’s podcast is a further look at the Muppets, how they ultimately became a Disney property, and how actor Jason Segel revived them on the big screen. Now back in Episode #36, I looked at the history of Henson and stopped around the time that Disney…
Show #132 - Top (or bottom?) 10 Disney World Restaurants that ‘miss the mark’
Apr 7 • 27 min
Today’s podcast is a look at the restaurants that I personally am not that fond of, and probably won’t return to - given the plethora of choices that exist around the resort. Its not that any of them are bad, its about the bang for the buck, given my…
Show #131 - Country Bear Vacation Hoedown
Apr 7 • 23 min
In Walt Disney World, from 1986 to 1992, the Country Bears went on vacation, and had a celebratory hoedown. This is the audio from that version of the attraction. Also, I have added some technical facts that describe how the show works. I hope you enjoy!
Show #130 - the Country Bear Jamboree
Apr 7 • 26 min
This podcast is the full audio from the show before the changes that were made at the end of last year. And of course, I have to provide some context about the show - how did it all start? who was the imagineer behind it? And who are all the bears anyway?…
Show #129 - Disney news for 2/16/13
Apr 7 • 26 min
On today’s podcast, I have a number of things to talk about. Starting with the Star Wars franchise, the rumors about Cars Land, new things to do and see at Walt Disney World, and lots, lots more! I also talk about Tony Baxter retiring, Disney’s effort to…
Show #128 - updates on MyMagic+ and saving on your vacation
Apr 7 • 29 min
Today’s podcast explores topics from previous podcasts. First, there is a more expansive discussion about how to save on your Disney vacation (from podcast #123). Yes, you can save if you look for some discounts or “bundle” tickets, meals, and hotel. And…
Show #127: Top 10 things to do when you arrive at the park
Apr 7 • 29 min
On today’s podcast, Gary Miceli is back to cohost with me as we go through the Top 10 things you should do when you arrive at the parks. Maybe you are a new visitor, or haven’t visited in a long time. We give you some tips to make things flow a little bit…
Show #126 - Hall of Presidents Clinton version
Apr 7 • 21 min
Today’s podcast is the audio of the show that was re-written in 1993 to slightly revise the historical nature of our nation’s history. And some might say its more than “slightly” because it talks about a more politically correct late 20th century version…
Show #125 - Hall of Presidents 1990s changes
Apr 7 • 27 min
The presidential inauguration is coming up soon, so I wanted to continue to look at the Hall of Presidents. Previously, I played the audio from the current show (check out podcast 74). And then on episode 116, I delved the history of the show. On episode…
Show #124 - Dave has some thoughts about some of the changes that are coming….
Apr 7 • 19 min
Today’s podcast is somewhat of a rant. I have some thoughts about FastPass+ and MyMagic, and the potential for Disney to differentiate service, though not necessarily in a good way. I am curious what you think, so please send me an email…
Show #123 - Dave answers your Disney questions
Apr 7 • 28 min
Dave is back to answer your Disney questions! You can send me your questions by email at [email protected], or on twitter, facebook, or as a comment on the blog. This round of questions include: What to do at Disney World with a soon-to-be…
Show #122 - 4 parks in a day (part 3)
Apr 7 • 30 min
Back in May, I took a trip to the parks. I drove up from South Florida, arriving at about 9 and started a 4-park adventure. Now, I did spend the night at the All-Star Sports, so I took advantage of that fact to grab a quick nap in the middle of the day.…
Show #121 - 4 parks in a day (part 2)
Apr 7 • 25 min
Back in May, I took a trip to the parks. I drove up from South Florida, arriving at about 9 and started a 4-park adventure. Now, I did spend the night at the All-Star Sports, so I took advantage of that fact to grab a quick nap in the middle of the day.…
Show #120 - 4 parks in a day (part 1)
Apr 7 • 24 min
Back in May, I took a trip to the parks. I drove up from South Florida, arriving at about 9 and started a 4-park adventure. Now, I did spend the night at the All-Star Sports, so I took advantage of that fact to grab a quick nap in the middle of the day.…
Show #119 - FantasyLand Expansion
Apr 7 • 28 min
Today’s podcast focuses in on all the big changes that are now open at Fantasyland. Come listen as a yak about all the new, fun stuff to see and do at the Magic Kingdom’s largest expansion! Here’s a link to an article with pictures and descriptions….…
Show #118 - Disney news (11-24-12)
Apr 7 • 31 min
On today’s podcast, its a look at some Disney news, including some information about Fantasyland, including alcohol in the Magic Kingdom?, Belles Magic Mirror, the acquisition of LucasFilm, Tom Hanks as Walt, a few words about Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear,…
Show #117 - Hall of Presidents original show
Apr 7 • 24 min
Today, I present the audio from the Hall of Presidents, as it existed from 1971-1993. It is narrated by Lawrence Dobkin, and provides an interesting - and very Walt like - view back into the history of our great country. If its your first time hearing it,…
Show #116 - Hall of Presidents history
Apr 7 • 29 min
In honor of the Presidential election, today’s episode is a retrospective on the Hall of Presidents. I take a look back at the history of the attraction, and how it came to be - and why. Its an interesting look back into Walt’s personal history and into…
Show #115 - Doug Live
Apr 7 • 28 min
Today’s show focuses on a live show that holds a unique place in Disney history. The show is Doug Live! and its unique because it was not based on a Disney property - it was based on a Nickelodeon show that was bought out by Disney, and appeared on ABC…
Show #114 - Haunted Mansion stories
Apr 7 • 41 min
Its Halloween time again and friend-of-the-show Kristi is back to talk about the Haunted Mansion, and beyond. Come and take a listen to the darker side of the park, and hear some fun ghost-oriented stories. (with apologies, the podcast this week is a…
Show #113 - EPCOT opening audio
Apr 7 • 28 min
Today’s podcast is a look back at opening day in EPCOT. I have audio from then-chairman of the board E Cardon “Card” Walker, standing in front of a crowd offering a short dedication ceremony, some audio from the actual park opening - and that includes…
Show #112 - Epcot Stories
Apr 7 • 29 min
Continuing a celebration of EPCOT, on this podcast I have a guest who was on the construction crew and who was there for opening day as a CastMember. My friend Charles is my guest, and we chat about his memories of that time and he gives you a feeling for…
Show #111 - Epcot turns 30, a look back
Apr 7 • 26 min
As Epcot prepares to celebrate its 30th year, I wanted to look back at Walt’s vision, and what was constructed on the Florida property. I delve into the backstory, and what was originally progress city, and how that evolved over time. I hope you take a…
Show #110 - Destinations in Florida
Apr 7 • 28 min
On today’s show, I’m delighted to talk about my new affiliation with Destinations in Florida, an authorized Disney Vacation Planner. Now when someone asks if I can direct them to an agency, I have an answer! Joining me to talk about the service - and…
Show #109 - Inside the Emporium
Apr 7 • 35 min
On today’s podcast, I talk about the ins and outs of working in the Emporium. I talk about its size, how much money is handled, and how it manages to work. I explain how the stock is maintained, and how the finances work. Its sort of an insiders look at…
Show #108 - Dave answers your questions
Apr 7 • 29 min
Dave is back to answer your Disney questions! Is Wi-fi available? What do you do when it rains in the water parks? In the other parks? What do CastMembers do for vacations? Help with park tickets. And some cruise tips. MouseSavers.com Ticket Questions…
Show #107 - a trip report and a good cause
Apr 7 • 20 min
I’ve been doing this for a while now, and one thing that’s missing is a bit of a social conscience. I figure we all should do some good for others, and that’s what I aim to do. Now I know this is not my greatest work. Believe me when I say I had a lot of…
Show #106 - CarsLand and DisneyLand
Apr 7 • 40 min
Today’s podcast pays homage to the park that started it all. Curt was in DisneyLand shortly after CarsLand opened, and he’s here to tell us all about it. Yeah, I know, the podcast runs a little long, but it covers a lot of ground and he gives his…
Show #105 - News for August 2012
Apr 7 • 29 min
Its a dose of Disney news! Included are an update on Fast Pass Plus, The Legend of Jack Sparrow, FantasyLand, Agent P, AvatarLand, updates to Soarin’? And more! Tune in and enjoy!
Show #104 - Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Apr 7 • 32 min
Today, I explore the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. First, I provide some background on the attraction - how did it come to be? What’s the back story? And then, come along and take a walk through the outside and queue of the attraction, followed by a ride…
Show #103 - Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Apr 7 • 31 min
On today’s podcast, I am in the Magic Kingdom, checking out the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. Its a fun, interactive experience. Join me as I describe the experience, how it works, and set out to save the kingdom! First things first. I play part of an…
Show #102 - Disney Cruising (part 2)
Apr 7 • 32 min
Welcome to part 2 of our discussion on cruising Disney Style! “Freind of the Show” Curt recently returned from a cruise into the Caribbean and is here to tell us all about it. Tune in, and enjoy…maybe it will inspire you to take a cruise!
Show #101 - Disney Cruising (part 1)
Apr 7 • 32 min
On this podcast, its all about taking a cruise - Disney style! “Freind of the Show” Curt recently returned from a cruise into the Caribbean and is here to tell us all about it. Tune in, and enjoy…maybe it will inspire you to take a cruise! This is part 1…
Show #100 - 100 fun things to do at Walt Disney World
Apr 7 • 23 min
It’s my 100th podcast! In celebration of this milestone, I bring you 100 fun things to do at Walt Disney World. Think of it as a kind of bucket list. Now they’re done somewhat rapid-fire, and generally look beyond the theme park and just riding…
Show #99 - Star Wars Weekend
Apr 7 • 31 min
Live from Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Dave takes on Star Wars Weekend! Join me as I tour around telling stories, and sharing the experience. Listen in on part of the parade, and HyperSpace Hoopla. And come for a ride on Star Tours. Its a fun time!
Show #98 - FantasyLand and Agent P
Apr 7 • 26 min
Live from DisneyWorld, its a look at the FantasyLand expansion. I wander around and tell you everything I see, read some signs, and explain some of the timelines as I understand them. I also take a ride on the soon-to-be-closed Snow White ride. Then, I…
Show #97 - Q & A with Dave
Apr 7 • 27 min
Time for another round of Q and A! Included this time are questions about day passes to the parks, driving in from a resort off property, what to do with an extra day, gift cards, a question about christmas time, a Horizons throwback of sorts, and finally…
Show #96 - my favorite restaurants in WDW0
Apr 7 • 27 min
I often get asked which ones are *MY* favortie restaurants, so on this podcast I tell you. There are 9 restaurants listed, along with 5 that are no longer the same - but which I loved in their previous incarnation. I won’t tell you my top 9 here (you have…
Show #95 - LegoLand
Apr 7 • 20 min
On this podcast, I am on location. But NOT at Disney World. Instead, I visit the recently-opened LegoLand which is south of the Disney Parks. I give you my thoughts and explain the lay of the land. I know, I’ve been talking about things other than Disney…
Show #94 - Phantom Manor
Apr 7 • 22 min
In the early days of EuroDisney, the Phantom Manor was really something. It featured Vincent Price as your ghost host, and really had a spooky feel to it. This podcast contains that audio from the attraction, as well as a few other thoughts about…
Show #93 - My trip to EuroDisney
Apr 7 • 34 min
DisneyLand Paris - or as it was known at the time, EuroDisney - celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. I reflect back on the park’s early days, and tell you a story about visiting the park about one year after it opened. Enjoy!
Show #92 - Space Ship Earth, Jeremy Irons version
Apr 7 • 21 min
This episode is quite simply the one version of Space Ship Earth that has not previously appeared on my podcast: Jeremy Irons taking on this grand, and miraculous journey…
Show #91 - news for 3-31-2012
Apr 7 • 22 min
Dave is back with another round of Disney News. Included are items about Downtown Disney, Disney’s Heroes Work Here, Flower and Garden Festival, Free DIning, resort updates, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, the new “Agent P” adventure, and much more! Plus,…
Show #90 - Q & A with Dave
Apr 7 • 33 min
Dave is back to answer YOUR Disney questions. What to do about a character meal, and how far in advance to book? Popcorn at Epcot? (and my own home recipe, see below) Where to get discounted tickets? How is it taking 5 people into the parks? Plus,…
Show #89 - my 1,000th Twitter follower and more
Apr 7 • 31 min
First on the show is a quick tribute to Robert Sherman, half of the Sherman brothers. Then, its an announcement about a celebration of Disney Legend Bob Gurr. And finally, I welcome my 1,000th TWitter Follower, Jennifer (a/k/a @DizBuzz) to talk about…
Show #88 - an evening in the Magic Kingdom
Apr 7 • 28 min
This episode is fairly simple: I take a ride on the WDW railroad, then hang out in the evening. Check out some of The Main Street Electrical Parade, and hear some thoughts and comments as I wander the park.
Show #87 - Walter Cronkite and Disney
Apr 7 • 16 min
Walter Cronkite’s relationship with Disney and Disney World is not really that deep. Aside from appearing as the host of Epcot, and narrating Space Ship Earth, his other two notable contributions were the introduction to animation at the Studios, and…
Show #86 - SpaceShip Earth - Cronkite version
Apr 7 • 22 min
The second host of SpaceShip Earth is the one most people remember as being the voice of the attraction - and really the voice of Epcot. Of course, he’s uncle Walter - Walter Cronkite. Respected as a journalist, Cronkite adds a certain authority to the…
Show #85 - Spaceship Earth
Apr 7 • 33 min
This podcast is a look back at the history, design, and construction of Epcot’s signature icon. I talk about what it took to make a complete dome, and how they did it. I start off with the history of domes, then discuss some the engineering, math, and…
Show #84 - news for January 2012
Apr 7 • 21 min
Today I have a small correction to a previous podcast on the country bears. Then, its on to Disney news. Some things to consider about 24 hours of magic, Obama visits Disney without his daughters!, new test track, and more. I mention Xpass technology as…
Show #83 - Another day in the Magic Kingdom
Apr 7 • 29 min
This podcast was recorded on a trip last year. I head into several attractions, and present the ride audio for you. But of course, I have to give my thoughts about some of the things I see and do. Enjoy!
Show #82 - Walt and the Promise of Progress City
Apr 7 • 31 min
On this week’s show, I welcome Sam Gennawey to the podcast. Sam authored “Walt and the Promise of Progress City” (which is available on Amazon), a look at what might have been - Progress City or the Experimental Prototype City of Tomorrow. Sam did his…
Show #81 - Pin Trading
Apr 7 • 31 min
Today, I’m talking about Pin Trading. I follow the history and answer: How did it start? And roll around to : How do I do it? Its pretty thorough except for one simple thing that I failed to mention: green lanyards on CastMembers means they trade only…
Show #80 - Country Bear Jamboree Holiday Hoedown
Apr 7 • 21 min
This the story about the Country Bears, and in particular the Holiday Hoedown show. I give some insights into the attraction, and play the audio for you. The show ran from 1984 until about 2000, and was a bit of fun. The entire building was redecorated,…
Show #79 - My holiday experience as a CastMember
Apr 7 • 21 min
Back in 1992, when I was a CastMember, I had the pleasure of working over the holidays. This podcast is a story about that time, and in particular my experience on New Year’s eve. It was a really fun time, and I still remember it fondly - so I thought I’d…
Show #78 - Holidays at Walt Disney World
Apr 7 • 29 min
The holidays are back! The decorations are back at the Walt Disney World resort, and the fun begins. Join me as I welcome Curt to the podcast. We talk about some of the fun things you can do while at the resort. Sure there’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas…
Show #77 - News from around “the world”
Apr 7 • 22 min
This podcast is News from around WDW, including info about the FantasyLand expansion in the Magic Kingdom, Epcot’s new park entry system using RFID technology, and changes at the Animal Kingdom. Plus some news from D23, a quick look at the new Muppet…
Show #76 - The Enchanted Tiki Room
Apr 7 • 27 min
This podcast is a trip into the tiki room. Hear a little info about it, then come along and listen to the preshow, followed by the full show. Please Enjoy! I have to say that I am really glad they’ve restored this to something more…
Show #75 - A Day in The Animal Kingdom
Apr 6 • 26 min
This podcast is an audio exploration of the Animal Kingdom. I go through the park, and give some thoughts about what I see and experience - and I play some attraction audio for you.
Show #74 - audio from the Hall of Presidents
Apr 6 • 30 min
This episode is simply the audio from the Hall of Presidents. Another time, I will have to look into this attraction in some detail. But for now, enjoy Morgan Freeman talking about our story and the 44 men who have held the highest office in this country.…
Show #73 - Q&A with Dave
Apr 6 • 28 min
Dave is back to answer your Disney questions. This week the questions range from how to retrieve photopass photos after “expriation”?, to what to do with an extra day - maybe Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?, and whether Disney’s Visa card is…
Show #72 - A look at some of the stories of the Haunted Mansion
Apr 6 • 27 min
Because we are getting close to Halloween, I wanted to talk about one of my favorite attractions in the Magic Kingdom: the Haunted Mansion. Joining me on this podcast is Kristi Petersen Schoonover who has her own blog http://kristipetersenschoonover.com…
Show #71 - Hidden Mickeys
Apr 6 • 20 min
This show is all about Hidden Mickeys! What are they? How did they get there? What’s the history behind them? How can I find them? Essentially, they are images of the famous mouse “hidden in plain sight” by imagineers. Its a fun look at something else you…
Show #70 - News for October 2011
Apr 6 • 23 min
Its time for another round of Disney news. This week, I look a little outside of Walt Disney World, and talk about Aulani and the Disney Cruise Line, before returning “home.” I’ve got some info about Avatar, some new in-park experiences, the Verizon app,…
Show #69 - Disney’s Water Parks
Apr 6 • 30 min
Over the summer, the family took a trip to Disney - simply to enjoy the water parks. I talk about both of the parks, and tell some stories about our trip. One of the coolest things has to be the view from the top of Teamboat Springs - from there you can…
Show #68 - My Year With The Mouse
Apr 6 • 29 min
On this episode, I focus on DisneyLand with the help of a guest - Shelby who is your blog host on http://myyearwiththemouse.com. She is a frequent guest to the park (and lives the dream of being so close she can see the fireworks from her kitchen!) and…
Show #67 - Epcot - Living with the Land & Captain EO
Apr 6 • 21 min
I didn’t want to miss these two attractions. I really liked *Listen* to the land, with its guided tour (hey there’s a podcast for the future!), but this one isn’t half bad. Come along as I ride it. And Captain EO is a classic. Sure the technology is now…
Show #66 - Epcot - SpaceShip Earth
Apr 6 • 20 min
On this episode, I take a ride on SpaceShip Earth. Come along and listen to your host, Judi Densch, tell the tale of communications. And hear my comments on a few things as well. I also take a listen to the Spanish version, and find a hidden Mickey.
Show #65 - Epcot World Showcase
Apr 6 • 18 min
On this episode, I present audio from Epcot’s World Showcase…back in March, we took a trip to visit the world, and I made sure to tell a few stories, and capture some ride audio as we went along. Enjoy!
Show #64 - Epcot Future World
Apr 6 • 25 min
On this episode, I present audio from Epcot’s Future World…back in March, we took a trip to visit the world, and I made sure to capture some ride audio as we went along. Enjoy the ride along!
Show #63 - News for 8.7.2011
Apr 6 • 30 min
Welcome to the latest Disney News. I have an update on the Hyperion Wharf area, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, and FantasyLand expansion. Then, I’ve got information about the Food and Wine fest, and some info about upcoming events. Enjoy! A couple of…
Show #62 - The Kitchen Kabaret
Apr 6 • 29 min
On this episode, I look back at the Kitchen Kabaret, a long-gone attraction in EPCOT’s Land Pavillion. It was in the genre of the Country Bear Jamboree, and was a cute look at nutrition and the basic food groups. Plus there was a catchy tune - veggie,…
Show #61 - Q and A with Dave - and Curt (part 2)
Apr 6 • 27 min
Dave and Curt are back to answer more of your Disney questions. What’s a family to do, when they love Disney but want to see the Harry Potter exhibit? And, we talk about the Illuminations cruise options to celebrate a big anniversary. Too bad the…
Show #60 - Q&A with Dave - and Curt (part 1)
Apr 6 • 24 min
Dave is back to answer your Disney questions, and this time I’ve brought some help! Curt and I take on some of the questions I’ve been asked recently. Its a show that’s so big, I had to break it into two parts! In this part, We talk about thanksgiving,…
Show #59 - Married to the Mouse
Apr 6 • 37 min
This week, I welcome Rick Foglesong to the show. Rick wrote Married to the Mouse about a decade ago. The book is about the relationship between Disney, the state of Florida, and the two counties in which it resides. Its an interesting read, and I…
Show #58 - Tapestry of Nations
Apr 6 • 29 min
For the millennium celebration, Disney rolled out the Tapestry of Nations parade, or more aptly show. It was a larger-than-life exhibit with giant puppets (made by the same guy who did the puppets for the Lion King on Broadway), and rotating drums. It…
Show #57 - A few attractions in the studios
Apr 6 • 30 min
In this podcast, I visit the Studios. You can check out the audio from the Toy Story Midway Mania ride, and the Muppet Vision show. Also, I talk about One Man’s Dream, and give some info about the multiplane camera, which is exhibited there. I love how…
Show #56 - Disney news for 6-8-11
Apr 6 • 29 min
Come check out this week’s show, as I start with a discussion about Star Tours 2.0, and include some audio from George Lucas. I also talk about the rumored expansion of the Star Wars area in the Studios. Oh, and I found this clever idea to keep track of…
Show #55 - Sci-Fi Dine In Theater
Apr 6 • 27 min
I still love the kitchy nature of this place - in spite of the fact the car hops aren’t quite as interactive, there are no roller skates, and the menu doesn’t quite evoke the 50s feel that it once did. Its all about the ambiance, the clever selection of…
Show #54 - wrapup from the hunt, and other thoughts on the trip.
Apr 6 • 24 min
I arrived at Disney World on Wednesday, and spent a little time on the Boardwalk, then went to the Studios, and Epcot, before finally heading to Downtown Disney for a while. Then, on Saturday after the hunt, I spent some time in the Animal Kingdom and the…
Show #53 - The Great Disney Scavenger Hunt - part 2
Apr 6 • 22 min
On this episode, Curt and I recap our experiences, and you’ll hear from Becky Cline - who now is the head of the Disney Archives - as she announces the results. We didn’t win (we came in at #264, with 425 points, right in the middle of the pack) but…
Show #52 - The Great Disney Scavenger Hunt. Part 1
Apr 6 • 21 min
May 12 & 13, 2011, the D23-sponsored scavenger hunt was on!! The Blathering Blatherskytes were represented by me and my friend Curt. We took on the hunt thusly: Day 1 - Magic Kingdom, Epcot - and Day 2 - Animal Kingdom, Studios. It was fantastically fun,…
Show #51 - Weird Al’s connection to Disney World
Apr 6 • 19 min
I have seen Weird Al perform many times at the parks. There was Grad Nite for me, and I saw several of his shows that evening. And then there was a night out at Pleasure Island where it was a giant sing-along; he did costume changes and had a really fun…
Show #50 - its the 50th podcast!
Apr 6 • 16 min
Dave made it to 50 shows. I take a few moments to reflect on my past shows, and ask for your input on the future. Plus, I am proud to announce my new site disneypodcast.net, which I hope will become a community site for great content. And, I talk about…
Show #49 - Disney News for 4-26-2011
Apr 6 • 28 min
On this week’s show, I’ve got Disney news to share. I talk about the end of grad nite, a special event for high school seniors. I attended as a senior and worked it as cast member, and remember it fondly. I talk about the possible new DVC property that…
Show #48 - Mickey’s Starland & Toontown
Apr 6 • 21 min
After Mickey’s 60th birthday was over, Disney decided to re-theme Mickey’s Birthdayland as Mickey’s Starland. And later, it became Mickey’s ToonTown Fair. I explore the changes that were made, and how the land evolved over time to become what we saw…
Show #47 - Mickey’s Birthdayland
Apr 6 • 26 min
With the removal of ToonTown, I wanted to pay tribute to the original idea and how it came about. Mickey’s Birthdayland was created to celebrate Mickey’s 60th birthday and was only supposed to be be temporary. But it was fairly popular, and Disney…
Show #46 - Dave answers your questions
Apr 6 • 30 min
I actually do love to answer questions about Disney. Its fun to help others plan so they can enjoy the resort as much as I do. This podcast contains questions about miniature golf (cough! cough! be sure and check out my app in the itunes store), whether…
Show #45 - Why is Disney so Special
Apr 6 • 22 min
In this podcast, I talk about why I think its so special. What makes the parks unique? What makes the experience unique and interesting? How is it different from the other competitors?
Show #44 - Solo in WDW (part 2)
Apr 6 • 23 min
Welcome to Part 2: On this episode I continue discussion with Curt - another Disney lover - about going solo to Disney World. What’s it like? What can you expect? And of course, we encourage everyone to try it!!! Listen in as we talk about our experiences…
Show #43 - Solo in WDW (part 1)
Apr 6 • 27 min
On this pair of podcasts, I delve into what its like to go solo at Walt Disney World. But being the non-conformist that I am, I had to be somewhat ironic and have a guest on. Yes, the two of us team up to talk about going to Disney solo. The humor is not…
Show #42 - Disney News for 2-18-11
Apr 6 • 27 min
Check out the news for 2-18-11 I’ve got a full slate of news for you on this episode: there’s news about Walt Disney’s 40th, the Disney-sponsored scavenger hunt, the Fantasyland expansion, and much, much more!
Show #41- Dave answers your questions
Apr 6 • 26 min
Dave’s back as a Disney dad! Camping, a breakfast dining question, what to do with one day in the park, and more! Feel free to send me questions: [email protected]
Show #40 - Observations based on the recent trip I took to the world
Apr 6 • 16 min
The denouement. As I visited the last time, I had some thoughts about some of the goods and relative bads of Disney World. I share a number of those thoughts with you. But - I still love Disney, so I make every effort to tell you why and what Disney does…
Show #39 - A Disney visit in October 2010 (part 3)
Apr 6 • 28 min
Part 3: I spend the rest of the trip in the Magic Kingdom. Come along as I continue to ride some attractions and tell stories! This time, I do get some audio from the Haunted Mansion (since I missed it on my last trip)
Show #38 - A Disney visit in October 2010 (part 2)
Apr 6 • 23 min
Part 2: I head over to the Magic Kingdom and ride a few attractions, and naturally have some stories to tell.
Show #37 - A Disney visit in October 2010 (part 1)
Apr 6 • 22 min
Back around halloween of 2010, I took a trip to Disney. I present to you a multi-part podcast that captures the trip. Follow me along on my adventures as I tide a few attractions and talk about the parks
Show #36 - A look at Henson’s relationship with Disney…and me
Apr 6 • 20 min
This podcast is simply titled A look at Henson’s relationship with Disney…and me I talk about Jim Henson. I was a huge fan, and loved seeing his thought process and creativity. I explore his relationship with Disney, and talk about a personal experience…
Show #35 - Disney News for 12.12.10
Apr 6 • 22 min
This week, I review the latest in Disney news as of 12-12-10…included are items such as: dates for the scavenger hunt (May 12& 13) new movies an update on the monorail accident a look at hyperion wharf, which will replace Pleasure Island
Show #34 - Disney Holidays
Apr 6 • 30 min
What’s not to love about Disney Holidays? In this podcast, I talk all about the 2010 happenings. The Walt Disney World resort takes on a special nature to it during the holidays.
Show #33 - Dave answers your questions
Apr 6 • 25 min
Every so often, people ask me a question about Disney. I decided to start a recurring topic wherein I answer many of those questions. Think of me as a Disney dad. Feel free to send me questions: [email protected]
Show #32 - All about the monorail (part 3)
Apr 6 • 23 min
This podcast takes a look back at some of the early Jack Wagner monorail spiels. I found some of his original recordings and play them for you here. Enjoy!
Show #31 - All about the monorail (part 2)
Apr 6 • 22 min
I continue my look at the monorail, and the current trains that run on the line and some of the latest safety features. I also discuss the spiels you hear as you ride along
Show #30 - All about the monorail (part 1)
Apr 6 • 20 min
I take a long look at the monorail, its history, and share some interesting pieces of information about the fleet and the loops. Its one of my favorite machines, so I thought I would give it its due.
Show #29 - A team building - scavenger hunt courtesy of Dave
Apr 6 • 27 min
On this week’s show, I present a scavenger hunt I put together. It was a hoot, and I hope you consider doing something similar. Here is my hunt, along with proposed point values, and everything I had the teams doing. Feel free to take it and make it your…
Show #28 - Disney News for 10.10.10
Apr 6 • 23 min
On this week’s show, I take a look at news from around Walt Disney World, including information on the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival and the new restaurants that have recently opened. Plus, I discuss some upcoming events at the world. And I offer my…
Show #27 - Quest for food (part 5)
Apr 6 • 29 min
My attempt to visit every restaurant on Disney property … Its the fifth and final part of my “quest for food” as I tried to get to every restaurant on Disney property in the early 1990s. This segment focuses on EPCOT, and tis dining establishments. And I…
Show #26 - Quest for food (part 4)
Apr 6 • 21 min
My attempt to visit every restaurant on Disney property … We’re winding down the quest for food. In this episode, I wander through all the other hotels in Walt Disney World - the Carribbean Beach, Yacht and Beach Club, Dixie Landings, Port Orleans and…
Show #25 - Quest for food (part 3)
Apr 6 • 21 min
My attempt to visit every restaurant on Disney property … In part 3 of my adventure (the quest for food!), I head over to the Disney/MGM Studios and make an effort to eat at every restaurant there. I also talk about a couple of other locations on property
Show #24 - Quest for food (part 2)
Apr 6 • 22 min
My attempt to visit every restaurant on Disney property … In this episode, I continue the tour with a trip through the Magic Kingdom’s various eateries. As you might have guessed, I have tried them all, but missed one on the quest for food.
Show #23 - Quest for food (part 1)
Apr 6 • 21 min
My attempt to visit every restaurant on Disney property… Back in the early 1990s, a friend and I wanted to try every restaurant on Disney property. It turned out to be more, and I tell you about it in a series beginning with this episode: the monorail…
Show #22 - Pleasure Island
Apr 6 • 26 min
I loved Pleasure Island back in the early 1990s, and went there often. This week, I took a look back at what it was, how it was laid out, and explore the various clubs within it. Come take a trip with me down memory lane.
Show #21 - Disney News for 8.8.10
Apr 6 • 27 min
In this week’s show, I talk about the latest Disney news. Updates on construction projects and the monorail accident last year. Plus, I look at the new pet deluxe resort and the new safari adventure that is soon-to-be-available
Show #20 - Camping at WDW (part 4)
Apr 6 • 22 min
In the final part of this series, follow along as I resort hop. I visit each of the hotels on the monorail loop, stop for breakfast at Chef Mickeys, head over to the Wilderness Lodge and check out some of Walt’s trains. Plus, I spend some time looking for…
Show #19 - Camping at WDW (part 3)
Apr 6 • 24 min
On our last day, we did some resort hopping. But….before we get to that, I bring you the simple pleasure that is the monorail. We rode the resort loop around to each hotel, and I recorded the entire ride. Incidentally, we happened to be on monorail teal.…
Show #18 - Camping at WDW (part 2)
Apr 6 • 29 min
In this episode, I take a day trip to Kennedy Space Center, but make it back in time for the Campfire Movie and fireworks at the Magic Kingdom.
Show #17 - Camping at WDW (part 1)
Apr 6 • 22 min
The week before easter, I went camping at Disney. Come along with me as I go to a spring training baseball game, head over to Boma, and take a stroll around Downtown Disney.
Show #16 - Wait Times
Apr 6 • 34 min
In this episode, I look at the experience of waiting in a queue at Walt Disney World. My guest (Brent Pope) and I discuss the topic, and talk about an app he built for the iPhone, and what the future might be for queues at the parks. Enjoy!
Show #15 - SAK Comedy Lab
Apr 6 • 19 min
This week, its all about improv. Sort of. I talk about SAK and its influence on the shows you see in EPCOT, and streetmosphere in general. And of course, I mention probably their most famous alum, one Wayne Brady who has had a successful career with…
Show #14 - News for 6.6.10
Apr 6 • 30 min
This week, I talk about two returns to the WDW resort. A look at the proposed bullet train, the new hotel, and more info on the Oregon Duck.
Show #13 - My CastMember experience (part 3)
Apr 6 • 25 min
In this episode, I finish my thoughts about being a CM by telling a couple of fun stories and wondering what-if? What if I had stayed? The what-if scenario plays out in my mind all the time. Sure I have no regrets, but everyone asks themselves this…
Show #12 - My CastMember experience (part 2)
Apr 6 • 29 min
There’s not much to add to this podcast. I worked hard and grew in responsibility. I tell some stories about what it was like.
Show #11 - My CastMember experience (part 1)
Apr 6 • 26 min
By far, the number one question I get asked when anyone learns I was a CM is “what was *that* like?” Back in 1992, I decided to be a CastMember. I talk about my experiences with central casting, and what “traditions” was all about. For me, its a fun trip…
Show #10 - What is EPCOT?
Apr 6 • 22 min
Okay, I’ll admit it: this is my weakest podcast. The editing is not what it should be, and the background music is too loud. But, I think the content is good. I talk about what EPCOT was - and is - and provide some insights along with Walt’s audio about…
Episode #9 - A day in the Magic Kingdom (part 2)
Apr 6 • 25 min
There was so much going on in my day-trip! I had to go back and add a second part to the day. Enjoy!
Show #8 - A Day in The Magic Kingdom
Apr 6 • 27 min
The week before President’s Day, my brother visited WDW, and invited me to come along. How could I say no? I brought my mp3 recorder and bring you some audio from around the Magic Kingdom. This was a really fun one-day trip. We saw as much as we could,…
Show #7 - Dave’s Disney News for 4-4-10
Apr 6 • 29 min
This is my first news segment, and I talk about the goings-on at Disney world. I talk about the Fantasyland expansion, the Tron-o-rail, changes coming to Star Tours and more! Also…among the things I talk about is a relationship between the University of…
Show #6 - Mesa Verde Times
Apr 6 • 36 min
To round out the discussion about Horizons, I talked with Hoot Gibson one of the guys who runs Mesa Verde Times website . I had a blast talking with Hoot. He told me some GREAT stories about his time jumping off the attraction in order to document it…
Horizons ride-through - part 2 (Show #5)
Apr 6 • 30 min
Because of the length of the ride - and my verbose talk about it - I split this into a second podcast. Its like being there! Enjoy the ride all over again…
Horizons ride-through - Part 1 (show #4)
Apr 6 • 30 min
In this installment of Dave’s Disney View, join me as I ride-through the attraction and narrate what you’re seeing. Its a virtual journey into Horizons. Its kind of like being back in the attraction. All that’s missing is the smell of oranges (but hey,…
An overview of the pavillion that was “Horizons” in EPCOT (Show #3)
Apr 6 • 30 min
In this episode, I explore “Horizons” in detail. I take a look at its timeline, construction, layout, and how it worked. To be honest, this was one of my favorite attractions in all of WDW, and I was sorry to see it go. You can read more about it on a…
I’m Going To Disney World! (show #2)
Apr 6 • 24 min
In this episode I explore the origins of “I’m going to Disney World!”…which - believe it or not - was first uttered by Dick Rutan after he successfully circumnavigated the globe. Judy Eisner asked him at a dinner what he was going to do next, and he…
Daves Disney view - 1st show
Apr 6 • 19 min
This is my first podcast. I spend a little time introducing myself and talking about why I decided to do this podcast.