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Episode 867 - Listener Questions

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

Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Mike Scopa, & Mike Newell


  • Listener Questions

  • Angela from CA asks what day of the week she should go to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.
  • Gerald from PA asks if he can use the resort pool after check-out.
  • Don from IL did not like Kouzzina by Cat Cora. Scopa loves it.
  • Dan thanks the Panel.
  • Matt from IL asks what Christmas stuff will be happening in November.
  • Greg from FL wants a virtual walk-through for WDW.
  • John says that returning a rental car early can have penalties.
  • Brett from NH extols the virtues of a late-evening flight to WDW.
  • The Panel comments on a iTunes review which called the Panel "a bit spoiled and even a bit arrogant".

  • Running Time: 22:44

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You? Arrogant?
Authored by: pensfan71 on Thursday, April 21 2011 @ 10:47 PM CDT
Hi WDW Today crew,

Just finished listening and wanted to let you know that I personally find all of you the opposite of arrogant. If anything, you all are quick to laugh at yourselves and welcome differing points of view. And would a bunch of "know-it-alls" go through the trouble of planning events in which WDW fans of all stripes can come together to share some laughs and experiences? Clearly that iTunes poster has never heard of Tentfest, Reunion, or Sip Snack and Sick! Keep up the great work and thanks for all the time you put into delivering the show to us! Deb
Episode 867 - itunes comment
Authored by: Kfischler on Friday, April 22 2011 @ 06:40 AM CDT
I strongly disagree with that comment on itunes. Over the past few years, I have tried several different podcasts on WDW and yours is only one of two that I still listen to. I find your shows to be fun and insightful, blending a perfect mix of fact, opinion, humor, and relevant information. Please keep your format and styles. We are headed to WDW tomorrow for a week. We are flying into Melbourne to save over $500 in airfare, staying at a rental home for $840 which is less than 3 miles from WDW using the Sherbreth entrance, renting a car from Melbourne to save a few hundred dollars, and have planned off-site meals. All these money saving tips come from your shows. Thanks and keep up the good work. Obviously that itunes poster never had to plan for a zombie apocalypse while on vacation.
Episode 867 - Listener Questions
Authored by: disneylover4me on Friday, April 22 2011 @ 07:28 AM CDT
Just wanted to let you know that I listen to several Disney podcasts, including yours, and it is very very rare that i post comments, but I felt I had to post to this show and let you know that I have NEVER felt that your group was in any way arrogant...in fact, I always feel quite the opposite and feel that you are down to earth average people and have always tried to give the listeners ideas on how to save money and time -- and it is obvious that you yourselves had these experiences and weren't just listing off ideas that you had heard of. I personally am someone who is pretty tight on money and time and appreciate all your advice. It is obvious to me that whoever posted that on ITunes has really not listened to your show at all. Thank you for everything you do and keep up the great work :)
Episode 867 - Listener Questions
Authored by: chopsva on Friday, April 22 2011 @ 08:29 AM CDT
May bet is that the reviewer only heard a small sample. Just as with any podcast, tv show, etc.with any history, one exposure does not give the full picture of the charactors/people involved. All of the things mentioned about where the guys/gal stay, how often, etc in response were true and if you've listened to a few episodes, you learn that BUT after just one, depending on the show, you could get the wrong impression.
In listening to other podcasts, some of them, to me, came off as this reviewer descibed WDWtoday, but once I listened to 2 or 3, the full story of the people involved comes out and my opinion changes.
I don't think there is anything that can be done to combat this phenomenon.

Keep up the great work.
Episode 867 - Listener Questions
Authored by: llastovica on Friday, April 22 2011 @ 09:13 AM CDT
WOW! This sounds juicy. I haven't listened to the pod cast yet, but now I am intrigued. I will simply chime in on what everyone else has said. A. You don't make it to nearly 900 episodes by alienating your audience. B. I too have subscribed to several WDW pod casts, I was only able to keep two in rotation based on several of them were unable to keep me engaged. C. I think someone just really likes T-Rex restaurant, Dino Land and Photopass. Nothing like disagreeing with someone to make you write a nasty review. Keep up the great work guys/ girls! Thanks for taking your time each week to do the pod cast and keep us informed.
Episode 867 - Listener Questions
Authored by: TinkyBell on Friday, April 22 2011 @ 10:55 AM CDT
I haven't listened to this show yet, but in reading these comments, I felt I also had to give you my two cents. There is nothing arrogant about you guys (and Annette). You all have extremely engaging personalities and a great sense of humor. I especially like Len's sense of humor. Truth be told, I listen more for the interplay between y'all than the advice. You always manage to make me laugh. I do listen to other WDW podcasts, but not on a regular basis, and mostly run about a month or two behind. WDW Today is the only podcast I listen to no more than a week later, but usually just a couple of shows behind. I've tried a few WDW podcasts that I very actively disliked, but that hasn't made post nasty comments about them. That's just plain mean! You just keep doing what you're doing, and we'll all keep listening and laughing. Love ya!
Episode 867 - Listener Questions - Meh?
Authored by: WDWGolfer on Friday, April 22 2011 @ 01:36 PM CDT
Hi all,

I wanted to echo comments from others regarding the iTunes review in which you were called arrogant.

I can't disagree more with the reviewer. I have been listening to WDWToday for several years now and since I have been listening, I have missed very few of the shows. I have also interacted with Mike Newell for a longer period of time as a result of MouseWorldRadio (though I finally met Mike and the rest of the gang this past December at Disney World).

I can say without any hesitation, that the word arrogant would never enter my vocabulary in reference to any of the WDWToday hosts.

I would implore the iTunes reviewer, if he/she is reading these comments, to take the time to listen to a series of shows and perhaps get a better sense of the character and personalities of the hosts before rushing to judgement.

Thanks to Matt, Mike, Mike, Len and the Fabulous Annette for providing a great resource to the Disney Community.
Episode 867 - Listener Questions
Authored by: gwcahill on Friday, April 22 2011 @ 02:32 PM CDT
I have never thought you guys were arrogant or disconnected from your listeners. In fact, you are probably one of the most accessible groups of Disney podcasters out there. Thank you for all of your hard work and your first hand knowledge of all things Disney, we all appreciate it VERY much!!

What time is the 3 o'clock parade?
Episode 867 - Listener Questions
Authored by: ranseus on Friday, April 22 2011 @ 05:23 PM CDT
Arrogant? Sometimes, yeah.

Mostly when you're asked questions like "would it be worth it for me" (the listener). It's a difficult question, and you sometimes do a great job, often not. You always try to preface your answers with "it depends" but then answer through the lens of "worth it to me" (the host) instead of something like "it might be worth it if..."

Two hypothetical examples would be "is the Dumbo ride worth a hour wait in line?" and "is staying in a Deluxe resort worth the expense?"
Episode 867 - Listener Questions
Authored by: cgessner on Friday, April 22 2011 @ 06:01 PM CDT
Hello, crew:

It's so unfortunate that a group of individuals such as yourselves can provide such a great service, and yet at the same time have "others" pick on you without much merit or personal knowledge of all of you. I think back to when the net first started covering all-things Disney, and I can honestly say that between Deb Wills' site and your podcast, the amount of info you bring (and humor) has proved invaluable. Go back twenty years ago and you would never even have access to this type of information, so from where I stand, every podcast I can listen to proves information-worthy or at least fun (Zombie-apocolypse!!). Keep doing what you do and please know that the rest of us do care. As an audience, maybe we don't say it enough, but THANK EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU!! Keep providing the magic in your own personal way!!
Episode 867 - Listener Questions
Authored by: brian666 on Sunday, April 24 2011 @ 04:06 PM CDT
been listening to you guys since i went to fred blocks meet in allentown and along with mongello podcast and i listen to you and mongello only.i ran the half in 2011 and trained with you guys on my player.i also subscribed to live 365 to get mouseworld radio. i have never seen or listened to any arrogance on anyones part including mongello,deb willis,steve barret shontell from dvc and others.i have gone to all the meets that block had from allentown on,i am on the wdw radio running team and all i have ever seen is a love for all the good things disney and a desire to spread the disney magic.i am 55 and in 5 years when i retire i plan to move to the orlando area to be around other geeks like myself.lastly lets go yanks
Episode 867 - Listener Questions
Authored by: jdmesq on Monday, April 25 2011 @ 10:42 AM CDT
Just wanted to respond to the iTunes rating. You guys and gal produce a top shelf podcast. I find the show warm and inviting. I took my wife to the World for the first time back in December. She is someone who hated the parks previously and was not into the idea at all. Thanks to the knowledge base of each of you, I was able to plan a trip that would work for her and our then-9-month-old. We are going back in September, in large part, due to you folks.

Never commented on a board before and only called in for the first time last night to your live show. You all have made my long commute bearable and something to even look forward too. I suspect that I am not alone in that sentiment as your five-star rating attests. Keep up your great work and thank you for everything.
Episode 867 - Listener Questions
Authored by: TiggerRay on Tuesday, April 26 2011 @ 06:08 PM CDT
Arrogant? Give me a break!
Episode 867 - Listener Questions
Authored by: andrewilley on Wednesday, April 27 2011 @ 05:17 AM CDT
It really irks me when someone writes that sort of thing about people who freely devote so much of their own time and money into a project which simply aims to help others. With nearly 1,000 episodes under your collective belt there are bound to be a few moments when individual opinions get aired - but isn't that the point of having a diverse group of hosts?

But the very fact that you were concerned enough about the comment to discuss it on the show only serves to prove that you guys are NOT arrogant; to have simply ignored it would have been the more arrogant thing to do.

Keep up the good work!
Episode 867 - Listener Questions
Authored by: Betsy on Wednesday, April 27 2011 @ 06:57 AM CDT
Just wanted to chime in with my support for the whole WDW Today crew. I've been a Disney fan for years, but have only been trolling around the online community for a little over a year now. While I think there are certainly some in the Disney internet community that can come across as arrogant or spoiled, I have always found the WDW Today crew to be the exception to that - you all are nothing but delightful, fun, informative, and most of all down to earth. Thanks for all that you do and for keeping the magic and the laughter going!
Episode 867 - Listener Questions
Authored by: EldonAsher on Wednesday, April 27 2011 @ 10:06 AM CDT
Knowledge has power and the Phab 4 and the Marvelous Annette make traveling to the WDW better due to their years of experience. Arrogant Ha!!! I have asked questions and written in and in a timely fashion I get a response. I also was a reunion and had a great time meeting them. Thanks for the free fish and chips Len great meet. To the person that gave the bad review they need to listen more and get the scope and breath of the podcast and then they just need to loosen up.

Authored by: AquaViola on Wednesday, April 27 2011 @ 11:23 AM CDT
The best answer I can think for this is Episode 817 - New Year's Resolutions. Whilst all of the episode is an answer to this accusation, I think the following is particularly relevant:

Matt: ...obviously because we are exposed to the Disney parks so often, it's important to remain as much as an open book as you can and be objective as you can and give things the proper chance you deserve...I have to look at this from a couple of different perspectives and be as objective as you can, so I agree with what you are saying, Mike.

Scopa: Yes, you have to be objective and you have to be fair.
Episode 867 - Listener Questions
Authored by: disneyeater on Wednesday, April 27 2011 @ 03:31 PM CDT
Out of touch with the average family going to WDW.....maybe. You visit more often than the average family and often go solo. Nothing wrong with that, but it would naturally give you a different perspective. Arrogant, not that I have heard. You guys do a great job and I never miss a show. Keep up the good work.
Episode 867 - Listener Questions
Authored by: Kidztheater on Wednesday, May 04 2011 @ 02:59 AM CDT
Just wanted to type a quick comment. I have been listening to the podcast for the past 2 years planning 2 trips to WDW for our youth theater group which performs in DTD. I gravitated to WDW Today after downloading a few different ones and this one really feels like "home". I feel that you are the most accessible and the most "down to earth". Your tips have helped make dreams come true for many teens who are living their dream of performing in WDW. Thanks so much!
Episode 867 - Listener Questions
Authored by: Brian on Friday, May 20 2011 @ 09:27 AM CDT
Definitely not spoiled or arrogant, and I've been listening since Episode 12. Just proves one of my Universal Truths of Life: not everybody is going to like you, and frankly, there are some people out there you don't want to like you. :)
Episode 867 - Listener Questions
Authored by: Clairebear77 on Wednesday, September 07 2011 @ 02:41 PM CDT
Several years ago I planned a trip to WDW, one that I had dreamed of since I was a little girl. However there never was enough money to go, but promised myself that one day, my family would go. So at 19 years old, having saved for over a year and a half, working a full time job, and going to school we were able to go. The only time that would work was the week of Thanksgiving, and as you all know that's one of the busiest times to go.

So I picked up this guide book called the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, that I learned about from this wonderful site called All Ears.Net. From there I learned about this Pod cast with several people that involved with both the unofficial guide and All Ears.

At 19 years old I was able to plan everything from all three sources, the Pod Case, Web Site, and book. The longest wait time we experienced in all 4 parks was 15 minutes, and that was for just one ride. That trip became a turning point for me! I realized that if I could pay for, plan, and execute something like this trip that I never thought would happen, I could do anything.

Since then I have gone from working at a receptionist in a small law firm to Resource Management for one of the largest telephone companies in the nation. I look at those pictures and it reminds me that dreams are obtainable.

We could not have done this without the brilliant WDW team, and never in that whole year of scrimping and saving for the trip did I think that any of you were pompous; far from it.

My husband and I will be returning for our 5th WDW trip the first week of December 2011, and I still listen to your pod cast, read the book, and tour Deb's site!

Lot's of Love from Claire Carrington, Monroe, LA