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Episode 464 - Touring Commandments

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Show Notes

Hosts: Len Testa, Mike Scopa, Mike Newell


  • Touring Commandments

  • Today, we discuss the top commandments we like to use while touring the parks.
  • I. Thou shalt never eat in Fantasyland (or Dinoland)
  • II. Thou shalt never covet thy neighboor's ears
  • III. Thou shall take naps
  • IV. Thou shall leave when thou is not having any fun
  • V. Thou shall not be ignorant
  • VI. Thou shalt not pay full price
  • VII. Thou shall make a touring plan
  • VIII. Thou shall be considerate to others
  • IX. Thou shalt never go into Dinoland
  • X. Thou shalt call attractions by their right name
  • XI. Thou shall make ADR's early (especially if you are considering the Disney Dining Plan)
  • XII. Thou shall make use of Extra Magic Hours
  • XIII. Thou shall use the FASTPASS
  • XIV. Thou shall be an early bird
  • XV. Thou shall write a journal/trip report
  • XVI. Thou shall be flexible
  • XVII. Thou shalt bite off more than thou can chew

Running Time: 21:12

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Matt's wedding and honeymoon
Authored by: AquaViola on Friday, September 19 2008 @ 07:08 AM CDT
A comment to Matt, on the occasion of his wedding:

Good luck, bro'!
One of your best
Authored by: SusanDS on Friday, September 19 2008 @ 08:02 AM CDT
Just wanted to say - I thought that was one of your best shows. I really enjoyed it! I found myself laughing out loud several times. Thanks!
Episode 464 - Touring Commandments
Authored by: chopsva on Friday, September 19 2008 @ 08:15 AM CDT
Great show!
Best Wishes to Matt & Wife!
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Authored by: abramdf on Friday, September 19 2008 @ 08:17 AM CDT
The show was very funny! Good commandments that make good sense.

I especially enjoyed the musical break this week, too. Instrumental version of Red Barchetta-Rush Rules!

"If you're disembarking, gather your belongings and watch your head and step."
Episode 464 - Touring Commandments
Authored by: jcodirewolf on Friday, September 19 2008 @ 10:20 AM CDT
So the comment about a log/journal is a great one. I also use mine to kept track of CM that have gone above and beyond. EVERY TRIP, I've found someone that I think really made things special and I've sent a comment to Guest Relations about it. Although with the comments about them changing things I might have to change how I do that.

Does anyone know if they really are ignoring comments sent to <guest.relations@disney.com>

Congratulations Matt

Episode 464 - Touring Commandments
Authored by: greggmcg on Friday, September 19 2008 @ 10:52 AM CDT
One of the commandments was "Thou shalt have a touring plan" if I remember correctly. That's one that I break just because I don't hit that many rides while I'm in the parks. As long as I get on Pirates and the Haunted Mansion I'm good. Everything else is gravy.
Congrats Matt
Authored by: timmyR on Friday, September 19 2008 @ 10:54 AM CDT
Good luck, from a child groom, we just celebrated 20 years, and we are not that old.

Try to enjoy the event,

Episode 464 - Touring Commandments
Authored by: StephinMA on Friday, September 19 2008 @ 11:34 AM CDT
I just wanted to relay that I heard that one reason, maybe the main reason, the wristbands were eliminated for EMH is enviornmental. Disney is trying to eliminate their carbon footprint. I don't think the room card thing is going to last though. I think they should switch to stamping your hand if they are really concerned about the enviornment.

Matt & Marissa - Best of luck to you! Don't let anyone bring you down. Marriage is the best thing you can ever do!! =)
Episode 464 - Touring Commandments
Authored by: SamIAm on Friday, September 19 2008 @ 12:14 PM CDT
Wouldn't it have been great to be Len Testa's dorm roommate!! Drinking and Naps! Honestly, life is significantly better with both those events thrown in often!
Episode 464 - Touring Commandments
Authored by: BFIrrera on Saturday, September 20 2008 @ 11:05 AM CDT
re: no more wristbands for Evening EMH -

This may be a little cynical, but I think it's that the guests without wristbands would have previously been encouraged to leave the park for just the resort guests. Now, that no one is wearing wristbands, cast members (except those at attraction queues) are not turning guests away...leaving more people to still SHOP AND DINE. Also, the wristbands must have been an easy expense to wipe from the yearly budget for the beginning of the new fiscal year.
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Authored by: Jedwbpm on Sunday, September 21 2008 @ 11:28 AM CDT
You forgot a very important one. Mike Scopa came close at one point. Thou Shall Make Only One ADR Per Meal.

Episode 464 - Touring Commandments
Authored by: medicstewie on Wednesday, September 24 2008 @ 11:56 AM CDT
Mike, Mike and Len.... Good show.. I'm relatively new to the podcasts, but so far so good..

Not sure who picked the opening credits music, but nice nice nice.. Never heard a classical version of Rush's "the Trees"

Episode 464 - Touring Commandments
Authored by: poeticeclipse on Thursday, September 25 2008 @ 09:07 AM CDT
What a great show! Hilarious.
Marry me, Scopa? haha!
The commandments
Authored by: stevestoneky on Thursday, September 25 2008 @ 04:35 PM CDT
Did I get them all?

Touring Commandments

1. Thou shalt not eat in Fantasyland (or probably Dinoland)

2. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's ears
The funny hat that looks good in the parks won't look great won't look good in back home in Omaha.

3. Thou shall take naps
They aren't for the kids, they are for the adults, so that you can keep up with the kids

4. Thou shalt leave when you are no longer having fun
At least get a break, swim, do something else.

5. Thou shalt not be ignorant
(read things, talk to people, be prepared)

6. Thou shall not pay full price
(eventually everything goes on sale, use discounts, coupons, check AP, AAA, mousesavers.com, allears.net)

7. Thou shalt have a touring plan
If you don't priorities and a plan, you WILL get stuck in long lines, and you won't have fun

8. Thou shall be considerate
If there is a line cutter, or a foot stepped on, let it go. Help make it the happiest place on Earth.

9. Thou shall not even go to Dinoland
If you are old enough, and experienced the real thing the first time, you can walk right past it.

10. Thou shalt call it Pecos Bill's (not Pico's Bill's)
Call the attractions by the right names, or you will go to Mickey's Judgement Tent

11. Thou shalt make ADRs early
Especially if you are thinking about the dining plan
(and only one ADR per meal, don't double/triple book)

12. Thou shalt make use of Extra Magic Hours
If you can get in early, or stay late, use those hours (it is one of the huge benefits of staying in a Disney hotel)

13. Thou shalt use the FastPass
It saves your time: unless you like waiting in line, get a FastPass

14. Thou shalt be an early bird
You need to see the rope drop, if you want to get a lot done

15. Thou shalt write a trip report
Even if you don't share it, it will help with your next trip. What did you like, and not like.

16. Thou shalt be flexible.
It rains sometimes. Attractions close. Enjoy something that is not on your plan, or have a plan b.

17. Thou shalt not bite off more than thou can chew.
You can't get everything in the world done in a day or week or probably month.
Unless you eat entire cheesecakes at a single sitting, it is better to see less and enjoy all you do,
and write down what you want do do next time, rather than kill yourself trying to do everything.
Episode 464 - Touring Commandments
Authored by: Love That Duck on Saturday, September 27 2008 @ 04:29 PM CDT
I enjoy all of your shows VERY much and this was one of your best. You guys had me in stitches again. Great Commandments. I journal as well, if not throughout every day, I journal at meals and back in my room at the end of the day. Thanks for another bundle of laughs along with useful information.

Nancy Ann

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's ears
Authored by: TiggerRay on Friday, October 03 2008 @ 11:45 AM CDT
Hopefully this wasn't dig at everyone's favorite ear wearin' podcaster in Omaha....Lou from Beyond Main Street.
Episode 464 - Touring Commandments
Authored by: BmsLou on Tuesday, October 07 2008 @ 05:47 PM CDT
Oh man. I sure hope it wasn't directed to me. If so, not sure what I did? Oh well I guess.!?!?