Episode 80 Now Available
Wednesday, March 29 2006 @ 06:30 AM CST
Contributed by: Matt
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Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Mike Scopa, Mike Newell & Len Testa
- Listener Questions
- Ryan asks why Beaver Tails have been discontinued at Epcot
- Matt mentions Beaver Tails had a real cult following
- One of Len's researchers got this answer, "I took the boat to the International Gateway and walked over to the Canadian pavilion to settle the beaver tail question once and for all. I had heard that beaver tail pastries had recently been discontinued at Disney World, so I inquired about their status at one of the Canadian kiosks. The two women on duty there (one from Kelowna, B.C. and one from Halifax, N.S.) verified that Disney's contract with the beaver tail distributor had expired and had not been renewed. Drat--guess that means I'll have to go back to Ottawa sometime and get one there! I've been looking for an excuse to visit that charming city again."
- Jen wants to know how we put together our podcast from a technical standpoint.
- Matt says we use Skype to talk and Matt recommends the Logitech 250 USB microphone.
- To record the Skype call, we used to use HotRecorder but now have Mike Newell record with a crazy setup and he does use Adobe Audition as part of the recording process with a MiniDisc recording all the audio as a backup
- George Pierce corrects us about the two themes that are at Port Orleans Riverside, not just the rustic one found in Alligator Bayou
- Len recommends that if you want to get a photo of the grounds in the Mansion part of Port Orleans, wait for afternoon when the sunlight will be beneficial for taking such photos
- Rick of Port Reading, NJ says he doesn't feel the Keys to the Kingdom tour does not "ruin the magic" as Mike Scopa said it did for him. Rick highly recommends the tour.
- Mike Scopa says it varies from person to person and has based his belief on reactions from people who are as "nerdy as he is"
- Rick wants to know what a Concierge room is and how much more it is
- Len says a Concierge room gives a better view, there's a food buffet on the Concierge level for breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Len says the menu offerings vary by resort and you can often save some money by eating the food there
- Len says Concierge level allows you to get last minute restaurant and show reservations
- Len wasn't that impressed with the ability of the Concierge staff in terms of what they can do
- Mike Scopa says it's akin to being pampered
- Matt reads off some rack rates for Concierge level
- Len says all the Concierge levels all have lounges and finds it very relaxing
- Matt mentions many people get a Concierge level rooms due to circumstance and luck
- Len says you might be able to just get access to the Concierge level (thus getting you the ammenities with that) and depending on who you talk to and other circumstances, you might be able to get Concierge access without staying at a Concierge room. You simply need to ask.
- Lisa of Washington, DC wants to know which resort would be best in terms of convenience to the 4 parks
- Matt prefers Boardwalk because it's close to the Studios and Epcot
- Mike Newell picks Boardwalk
- Mike Scopa picks the Polynesian because of it's access to the Magic Kingdom and Ticket and Transportation Center (monorail access to Epcot)
- Len thinks either the Epcot resorts or the Magic Kingdom resorts due to a variety of dining options and would pick either the Boardwalk or Swan
- Jennifer Morgan wants to know how to get autographs from hard to find characters
- Matt finds alot of the new characters are found at the Studios such as Kim Possible, Little Einsteins and the Power Rangers
- Matt mentions also there's a fine line between hard to find and second-tier characters
- Mike Scopa says at the Studios you can find the soldiers from Toy Story at Al's Toy Barn area
- Mike Scopa says you can find Alice or Peter Pan at Tony's Town Square (Magic Kingdom)
- Mike Scopa recommends stopping by Guest Relations and asking which characters will be around and recommends looking in nooks and crannies such as behind the United Kingdom pavillion
- Matt says you can always ask a Cast Member
Running Time: 22:17