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Episode 645 - Listener Questions

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


  • Listener Questions

  • Tim from DVCNews refers to Episode 638: AP FAQ and says that DVC Annual Pass vouchers do not have an expiration date, and that DVC members can only buy 8 Annual Passes.
  • Sharon from NY cannot phone on a landline for her ADRs.
  • Mike from NY asks about closures in Downtown Disney.
  • Kevin from Nebraska comments on the downside of accessible-rooms.
  • Keith makes a suggestion for the UK pavilion in World Showcase.
  • Tim emails to say that he likes WDW Today.
  • Jordan from FL got confirmation from a CastMember that you can use a FASTPASS past its expiration time.
  • Ingrid from SC asks whether the barbershop will do something special for a baby's first haircut.
  • Steven from Louisiana asks accommodation and Dining Plan options for a family of five.
  • Mike from Massachusetts mentions the Toy Story Midway Mania video game, and asks about other attractions that could be video games.
  • Tamera asks which is worse for touring Hollywood Studios: days with EMHs;, or days with Fantasmic!.
  • Gwen asks for help with very travel-sick family.
  • Kim from Canada asks if she can upgrade part of her Free Dining Plan to the Deluxe Dining Plan.
  • Mellissa asks for Disneyland advice.
  • A couple of weird Disney freaks, kids (Unofficial Guide) from Palm Springs asks about the weirdest accidents that have happened in the World.

  • Running Time: 33:33

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Matt: "Would you guys agree with me that the United Kingdom pavilion is on the bottom three?"
Authored by: AquaViola on Wednesday, November 18 2009 @ 06:24 AM CST
I know who wouldn't agree with Matt's statement - the Matt Hochberg who was on Episode 274: Ranking World Showcase. This Matt thought it was the number one best pavilion.

So Matt - why don't you agree with Matt? What's changed in the last 2.5 years? :-)

First Haircuts...
Authored by: jcodirewolf on Wednesday, November 18 2009 @ 07:20 AM CST
The last time I was involved in a First Haircut was 2006. My nephew was getting his.. The barbershop doesn't take reservations so if you are going to do it, get to the park early, got to the shop first. As for what "happens" they will save some of the locks for you, and you get a certificate and a set of mickey ears that have "first haircut" or something like that on them. I don't remember if you had to go to Le Chapeau to get the ears. But the barbershop is small, and has 2 chairs and is very busy. We waited over 2 hours on the street in front of the Emporium for a haircut, good thing we go a lot and didn't feel like it was a $200 child's haircut.

Next june., I'm on the hook for another one for little TJ who is now 5 and half months old.

Episode 645 - Listener Questions
Authored by: disneymusiclov4 on Wednesday, November 18 2009 @ 10:47 AM CST
Hey, that game that you played a while back where you raced with disney characters was "Walt Disney World: Magical Racing Tour". I have it for the Nintendo Gameboy Color. It is a really fun game. I would like to see them remake it for a modern gaming system too, it would sell great if they made the vehicles customizable kinda. I could expand on the idea so much cause racing games are my favorite.
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Authored by: EmilyIsAwesome on Wednesday, November 18 2009 @ 11:15 AM CST
Oh my gosh oh my gosh. Does anyone remember the game Disney Adventures in the Magic Kingdom for Nintendo? This is hands down, the best video game ever created... I'm serious.

The premise involves collecting keys in order to open the gate to the castle and start the parade in the Magic Kingdom (no holes in that plot at all). Anyway! You have to go through attractions (Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Pirates, the Autopia and Big Thunder) and complete certain tasks in order to collect the keys, you also have to answer trivia questions asked by guests throughout the park to collect an additional key. I have flashbacks of trying to beat the Space Mountain board to this day.. it was really stressful for 8 year old me.

I think you can play it here and share in my joy: http://nintendo8.com/game/730/adventu...c_kingdom/
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Authored by: SorcererG on Wednesday, November 18 2009 @ 02:30 PM CST
As for Pirates in Disneyland vs WDW, As I understand it when they were building WDW they were feeling that since people in Florida were closer to the actual Caribbean they wouldn't be as interested in the Pirates ride. As such Pirates wasn't an opening day attraction at MK. As it turned out they were wrong. People came to the "east coast" Disneyland expecting to ride Pirates and were disappointed when it wasn't there so Disney had to quickly build one.
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Authored by: sgennawey on Thursday, November 19 2009 @ 12:51 AM CST
SorcererG is absolutely correct. The big dark ride that was proposed was going to be Imagineer Marc Davis's masterpiece - Western River Expedition. It's show building was going to be so large it would take up the land now used by Splash Mountain and BTMRR. You would have sailed down a river with singing cowboys, singing horses, and all sorts of fun by the same guy who designed the original Pirates, the funny stuff in Haunted Mansion, and whose characters ended up in Splash Mountain in Disneyland. Speaking of which, the main reason Splash Mountain exists is because the park wanted a flume ride like the popular one at Knotts Berry Farm and they had all of these critters from American Sings ready to go into a closet. Tony Baxter along with Bruce Gordon and others figured out a solution for both problems.
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Authored by: sgennawey on Thursday, November 19 2009 @ 12:59 AM CST
Oh one more...deaths in the parks.
Columbia accident: One of the cleats from the dock came loose when and flew into a guy, killed him and disfigured his wife's face. Disney's fault.
BTMRR: Wheel on the locomotive came off and pretty much decapitated the guy. Gruesome. Disney's fault.
PeopleMover - Disneyland: a few folks (usually grad nights) jumping between cars and getting smash underneath.
Mission Space:: Can you say Orange team?
Monorails: This summer's tragic accident. Disneyland's has had a few guys get run over as they tried to hop the fence and walking the beam.

Oh lot's more.

first haircut
Authored by: georgesgirl1 on Saturday, November 21 2009 @ 12:26 PM CST
We just had our son's first haircut on our trip in July 2009. It cost $17 and included a certificate and Mickey Ears that say "First Haircut." I thought it was quite the deal since Mickey Ears on their own cost about $12, so you are getting a haircut for $5. You cannot make reservations, but if you go early in the morning the wait usually isn't too bad. We went at 1pm and waited about 45 minutes.