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Welcome to WDW Today!





Welcome to WDW Today, a interactive webcast/podcast that covers various topics from around Walt Disney World. This panel podcast airs new episodes every Wednesday with a Live call-in show every month and older episodes available for download at any time that are all full of Walt Disney World trip planning tips. We can also be heard every Saturday morning at 11am Mountain time and our monthly Live shows simulcast on 540am KYAH Radio.

Be sure to send us all your Walt Disney World questions to be featured on our weekly show where we also answer listener mail to questions@wdwtoday.com (don't forget your name and town so we can mention your name on-air!)

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Episode 1450 - Len's Trip/Q&A

General NewsEpisode 1450 is now available for download and instant listening.

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Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len Testa & Mike Scopa & Mike Newell
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  • Episode 1450 - Len's Trip / Q&A

  • Today Len discusses his recent trip to WDW, and what he's experienced and then the guys answer your listener questions..


  • 27:34 Victor asks if Hollywood Studios is worth visiting considering the construction for a Disneyland, California veteran.
  • 29:18 Erica from Indiana shares her experiences attempting free DVC room upgrades.
  • 32:29 Blaze from Pennsylvania discusses park entrance protocol, especially at the Magic Kingdom. Blaze also shares some general observations.
  • 34:58 Karen thinks Refillable mugs are worth the cost at Animal Kingdom Lodge .
  • 36:10 Christina from Kentucky asks about testing the battery of an old Magic Band to see if it still functions.
  • 38:36 Claire from the UK asks if any large groups occupy the All Star Resorts during September and October.
  • 41:21 Matt from Canada asks about driving from Orlando to Miami for a Disney Cruise.
  • 43:32 Steve from Nevada asks if a Disneyland trip during the August D23 Expo is worth it.

Running Time: 49:00

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January 2015 Live Show

Live ShowThe January 2015 Live Show is now available for download and Instant Listening.

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Show Notes

Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Mike Newell, Mike Scopa & Len Testa


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  • Live Show January 2015. Originally aired on am540 KYAH and MouseWorld Radio. Presented by MEI/Mousefan Travel

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    Running Time: 2:00:00

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Episode 1449 - March 2015 Preview /Q&A

PodcastEpisode 1449 is now available for download and instant listening.

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Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len Testa & Mike Scopa & Mike Newell
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  • Episode 1449 - March preview 2015 / Q&A

  • Today the guys preview the events and happenings throughout Walt Disney World and answer your listener questions..


  • 20:39 Stephanie from North Carolina asks if she can find out what rooms have completed renovations at the Caribbean Beach Resort. She also asks about Be Our Guest Lunch reservation protocol.
  • 22:32 Steven from New Hampshire asks about driving non stop to WDW. He especially wonders about dealing with New York City.
  • 29:43 Alicia from Minnesota asks about converting old Tickets to RFID such as to make FASTPASS Plus reservations.
  • 30:59 Lee asks about recent changes to Downtown Disney/Disney Springs.
  • 32:02 James from Virginia ponders good Activities for a solo tourist at WDW.
  • 35:06 Neil asks if the Contemporary Resort's Garden Wing is far from the main tower.

Running Time: 41:00

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Episode 1448 - 2015 Unofficial Guide Dining Results For Resorts and DTD/Q&A

PodcastEpisode 1448 is now available for download and instant listening.

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Questions can be emailed to questions@wdwtoday.com or use this form


Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len Testa & Mike Scopa
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  • Episode 1448 - 2015 Unofficial Guide Dining Results For Resorts and DTD/Q&A

  • Today the guys talk continue to discuss the results to the 2015 Unofficial Guide Dining survey regarding WDW Resorts and Downtown Disney and answering your listener questions..


  • 35:07 Christie from Michigan asks if the Osborne Lights will return in 2015 and, if so, when they will be up.
  • 37:25 Jeff from Pennsylvania asks about the savings account feature, Disney Vacation Account, on the Disney website.
  • 39:07 Tom asks if he can buy a Tables in Wonderland card with an Annual Pass.
  • 39:26 Bill discusses the Touring Plans app.
  • 41:08 Julie from New Jersey asks if it's worth going to WDW in late March with a toddler without going to the parks. Matt recommends trying Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort or Disney's Vero Beach Resort, or taking a cruise.

Running Time: 48:00

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Episode 1447 - 2015 Unofficial Guide Dining Survey/Q&A

PodcastEpisode 1447 is now available for download and instant listening.

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Questions can be emailed to questions@wdwtoday.com or use this form


Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len Testa, Mike Scopa, & Mike Newell
Topics:


  • Episode 1447 - 2015 Unofficial Guide Dining Survey/Q&A

  • Today the guys talk about about the results to the 2015 Unofficial Guide Dining survey and answering your listener questions.


  • 36:11 Shawn from Michigan ponders the best time to take a Disney cruise from a Weather standpoint.
  • 39:01 Beth from Florida asks if Olaf hosts any character meets at WDW. Len says Olaf is coming to Disney Cruise Line.
  • 40:27 Diane from Illinois shares a Trip Report.
  • 42:20 John from New York asks if there is a way to purchase the Disney Dining Plan far in advance to avoid price increases. John also asks whether eating at a single restaurant that doesn't accept the Dining Plan eliminates any potential value.

Running Time: 48:00

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Episode 1446 - Disney Trip Planning Timeline/Q&A

PodcastEpisode 1446 is now available for download and instant listening.

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Questions can be emailed to questions@wdwtoday.com or use this form


Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len Testa, Mike Scopa, & Mike Newell
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  • Episode 1446 - Disney Trip Planning Timeline/Q&A

  • Today the guys talk about steps needed to take and when to maximize enjoyment and minimize cost when planning a Disney vacation and answering your listener questions.


  • 28:49 Mark from Illinois comments on his experiences at Epcot, including Alcohol.
  • 31:34 Kristen thanks the hosts.
  • 31:59 Amanda from Ohio asks if Children under age three should be included when making ADRs.
  • 32:50 Amanda from Ohio asks if Children under age three need a FASTPASS Plus if they meet the height requirement for a ride. She also asks how FASTPASS Plus works with Child Swap.
  • 34:23 Brian from New York asks about the viability of Park Hopping to or from the Magic Kingdom on Memorial Day. Len recalls Disney's 24-hour Events at the Magic Kingdom.
  • 35:52 Eric from Delaware suggests a "B-Team" be hired to record Monday and Friday episodes of WDW Today. Mike Newell refers to Episode 238: Lessons we've learned, where Matt was said to have bolted WDW Today for Lou Mongello's WDW Radio podcast as part of an April Fool's Day joke.
  • 37:19 Allie from North Carolina shares her experience using FASTPASS Plus to meet Anna and Elsa.
  • 38:13 Allie from North Carolina asks the panelists to discuss their "perfect day" at WDW.

Running Time: 44:00

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Episode 1445 - Abe Vigoda/Q&A

PodcastEpisode 1445 is now available for download and instant listening.

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Questions can be emailed to questions@wdwtoday.com or use this form


Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len Testa, Mike Scopa, & Mike Newell
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  • Episode 1445 - Abe Vigoda/QandA

  • Today the guys talk about Abe Vigoda while answering your listener questions.


  • 6:44 Bruce from New York talks about the Polynesian DVC.
  • 8:25 Jeff from New Jersey asks where he can purchase Grand Marnier at Epcot. He also asks the hosts for drink Recommendations.
  • 11:22 Andy from Minnesota wonders why Sum of All Thrills hasn't received more promotion from Disney.
  • 14:24 Andy wonders how Sum of All Thrills impacts CyberSpace Mountain at DisneyQuest. Matt instigates a digression about Abe Vigoda with a metaphor.
  • 18:39 Travis ponders the pros and cons of doing a solo trip to WDW.
  • 21:46 John from Illinois thinks about WDW attractions that might be different if famous Hollywood producers had created them.
  • 22:47 Len talks about Autopia attractions in the early years of Disneyland, California.
  • 23:44 Nick from Texas asks about touring the parks at Disneyland, California.
  • 25:25 Michelle from Massachusetts asks about purchasing Tickets for a Yankees-Braves spring training game at Wide World of Sports. She also asks if Alcohol is served there. Finally, she asks if it has special seats for visually-impaired guests.
  • 29:53 Jacqueline from Maine seeks Transportation options between WDW and Universal Orlando. Len mentions Uber and Lyft.
  • 31:26 Sean from Virginia asks about doing an Anna and Elsa meet using FASTPASS Plus on departure day.
  • 34:14 Brian from North Carolina ponders things he can do for the price of a two-week Polynesian DVC bungalow stay. Len talks about Disney's pricing strategy.
  • 40:22 Brian suggests a ride mashup based on Episode 1423 - Attraction Mashups.

Running Time: 42:00

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Episode 1444 - Magicband Madness/Q&A

PodcastEpisode 1444 is now available for download and instant listening.

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Questions can be emailed to questions@wdwtoday.com or use this form


Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len Testa, Mike Scopa, & Mike Newell
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  • Episode 1444 - Magicbands/QandA

  • Today the guys talk Magicbands, and answer your listener questions.


  • Matt refers to the WDW Today Wiki.
  • 19:03 Will from Texas talks about the Jingle Jungle Cruise and WDW Today Reunion 2014.
  • 21:15 Jay asks about the fate of the Comedy Warehouse Christmas Show at Hollywood Studios. .
  • Len ponders the future of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!.
  • 22:28 Ken asks if Anna and Elsa host meets at the Magic Kingdom. The hosts debate the value of Cinderella's Royal Table versus that of a park hopper ticket.
  • 26:07 Roger shares his experience using the Uber car service at WDW.
  • 26:54 Briana from Rhode Island asks about doing a Land & Sea vacation combining WDW and Disney Cruise Line for as low a price as possible. Briana also asks if she can link the two portions of the trip. She also asks about experiencing Disney Cruise Line with a teenager. Matt recommends resources for planning a Disney Cruise Line vacation.
  • 31:08 Scott from Vermont ponders the least crowded weeks between October and December at WDW.
  • 32:31 A listener asks about renting DVC points.
  • 37:06 TJ from Illinois wonders how much money Disney makes from hat sales.
  • 40:25 Dmitri wonders what WDW really "is", especially in terms of updating attractions.

Running Time: 45:00

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Episode 1443 - Poly DVC/Studios Update/QandA

PodcastEpisode 1443 is now available for download and instant listening.

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Questions can be emailed to questions@wdwtoday.com or use this form


Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len Testa, Mike Scopa, & Mike Newell
Topics:


  • Episode 1443 - Poly DVC/Studios Update/QandA

  • Today the guys talk Poly DVC pricing, give a update of Disney's Hollywood Studios, and answer your listener questions.


  • 22:07 Eric from Delaware asks when he should go to WDW for a long weekend without Children. He mentions WDW Today Reunion, Destination D23, and random off-peak times.
  • 24:10 Allan from Illinois wonders how extending park hours would affect Disney's bottom line.
  • 28:49 Joey from Florida says a Cowfish restaurant has opened at Universal Orlando's CitiWalk. Joey also asks if a party of nine adults and three Children can fit in a suite and a regular room at Art of Animation.
  • 31:25 Andy from Minnesota ponders the fates of the unemployed Star Troopers after the Death Star exploded.
  • 33:36 Doug from Louisiana asks about Park Hopping protocol. Doug also talks about renting a Luxury camper for the Fort Wilderness Campground, and Len discusses Fort Wilderness cabins.
  • 37:58 Ann from Illinois wonders if Memento mori, the Haunted Mansion's gift shop, will be open during the Haunted Mansion's refurb.
  • 38:56 Craig from Canada suggests an attraction mashup based on Episode 1423 - Attraction Mashups.
  • 40:00 Brian from Minnesota asks how MouseWorld Radio operates.
  • Poly DVC pricing from Touring Plans' Twitter feed.

Running Time: 45:00

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