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Show Notes

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

  • What we've learned in the past year
  • Matt learned why Le Cellier is so booked up
  • Len talks about the lack of slow season anymore
  • Mike Scopa learned that the Picabu Buffeteria is open 24 hours a day and you can get something to eat there
  • Mike Newell talks about his trying new restaurants each trip
  • Len talks about the better off site hotels close to Walt Disney World
  • Mike Scopa talks about the mini-utilidor systems around Walt Disney World
  • Matt mentions the Rocketeer stuff hidden in the Studios
  • Mike Newell has learned the benefit of taking time to relax
  • Matt has become a fan of Saratoga Springs resort
  • Mike Scopa has learned the story of the Haunted Mansion
  • Matt (re)learned that Kali River Rapids is short
  • Mike Newell has discovered Cinderella's Carousel
  • Matt tried Pinnochio's Village Haus
  • Apologies for the audio, Mike is still rebuilding his system from a crash

Running Time: 20:05

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Episode 366 Now Available
Authored by: Laurel on Monday, February 04 2008 @ 03:18 PM CST
What I have learned in the last year:
  • Waterparks are fun!
  • If your traveling companion/spouse isn't agreeable to getting up for park openings, just plan to meet back up for lunch.
  • There's no shame in someone over the age of 10 hitting the sack at 9:00 (or earlier!).
  • Renting a car doesn't make you less of a person.
  • Eating table service every day of your vacation is overrated.
Episode 366 Now Available
Authored by: dxwwf3 on Monday, February 04 2008 @ 03:54 PM CST
I actually think Le Cellier does have those mirrors. Could be wrong though.

I learned....
Disneyland is the best Disney park in America. Period.
The Magic Kingdom needs a lot of work in the attractions and food department.
I will now be able to try some new places in World Showcase now that Alfredo's is gone.
Episode 366 Now Available
Authored by: Chris on Monday, February 04 2008 @ 05:41 PM CST
Okay. Is anyone else excited to see Scopa in a Giants shirt? :)
What I Learned This Year
Authored by: mommyl on Monday, February 04 2008 @ 09:01 PM CST
This is the first year I've traveled with small children, so I learned lots:
- You need to leave the park at 11:30 in order to make "naptime" work.
- Getting to the park BEFORE it opens really does make a world of difference
- Restaurantosaurus has the best character breakfast (not that this is relevant anymore)
- A thirty-something grouchy man will stand in line for 30 minutes in the hot, noonday sun so that his preschool-age daughter can meet Jasmine... even if she really would rather go back to the room and take a nap. He will NOT do this for Winnie the Pooh. Can't quite figure this out...
- Victoria and Albert's is worth every penny when you can leave the kids with a sitter and go with your best friends in the world (other than your kids of course... *cough*). Oh, and if you have the DDE card.
- The Chuck Bubba relay is fabulous, as is the Dumbo or Die in a Day touring plan (*ding*)
- The playgrounds scattered around Magic Kingdom (and Epcot during the Flower and Garden Festival) really do have a purpose.
- DisneyWorld becomes even more magical when you see it through your children's eyes. Even it's a small world. Seriously.
Le Cellier
Authored by: TiggerRay on Tuesday, February 05 2008 @ 06:31 PM CST
According to a CM we spoke with at Le Cellier is one of the most popular (if not the most popular) Epcot restaurant and also the smallest. Matt and Len you were dead on as to why you can't get a ADR.

I wouldn't be surprised if they started asking for a CC deposit at some point.
Driving is Easy....er
Authored by: TiggerRay on Tuesday, February 05 2008 @ 06:38 PM CST
We've been going to WDW since 1990 and up until 2006 always flown and used Disney Transportation. On two short trips in 2006 and two trips in 2007 we have driven our car and we love having a car at WDW. We can get to the parks quicker and leave when we want and not wait for buses. We can go to resorts to eat without taking the Bhutan Death March with Disney Transportation. My wife was very skeptical but one trip convinced her....and even if you get lost, with Disney's roads you're generally back on track in a few minutes.
Fantasyland is Not Just for Kids
Authored by: TiggerRay on Tuesday, February 05 2008 @ 06:40 PM CST
Newell....you have to suspend belief dude. We've gone and done Fantasyland without kids...and probably would still go there when the kids are grown and gone. I love it. It's probably my favorite MK land.
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Authored by: AllanADale on Friday, February 08 2008 @ 11:05 AM CST
What Mr. and Mrs. Voice have learned in the past year:

-- You can't put a value on having a rental car at the World. Completely changes your vacation.
-- Try on your swimsuit BEFORE leaving home.
-- One time through the Nemo ride is quite enough for adults.
-- Le Cellier's pretty damn tasty. And Canadian food isn't 'ethnic'.
-- We have to be more forceful about what type of room we would like. Yes, we'd like a balcony. The very last building in OKW, though, doesn't work for us.
-- Pleasure Island, sadly, just isn't the same. Especially now that R'n'R is gone. Really, really sad.
-- If you want to play a working video game at Walt Disney World, better bring it from home.
-- American Idol doesn't belong at WDW (wait, that's a look ahead at next year's list, my bad)
-- Pineapple is better than bananas foster.
-- I think I'm giving California Grill one, maybe two more tries. Like it, over the novelty.
-- Wolfgang Puck's is underrated. We knew that already, but have reinforced (strongly) our view.
-- I like turtles.
Lessons Learned
Authored by: Jeanine on Wednesday, February 13 2008 @ 12:20 AM CST
--You can see all/any hard-ticket event fireworks from the CA Grill deck with the music piped in, and then use your $50 to go have sushi.
--Do not expect to get a luggage cart without a 30 minute wait if you check out on a Saturday, around 1030.
--Sunshine Seasons has eliminated their flatbreads and their large drinks, making them only a mediocre choice for the dining plan.
--Spoodles has improved their menu, although not to their pre-dining plan standards.
--If you do not make a specific plan for dinner, you may wind up driving around at 2300 looking for someplace open, ending up at Waffle House.
--The Singing in the Rain Umbrella hates me.