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Episode 934 - Go West Young Man Pt. II

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


  • Episode 934 - Go West....Young Man Pt. II

  • Today, In the next of a series, Mike Scopa describes his first ever visit to Disneyland, and makes comparisons between the Anaheim and Orlando parks.

Running Time: 25:00

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WDW Space is Superior/Matterhorn
Authored by: frandog on Sunday, September 25 2011 @ 10:16 PM CDT
I kind of disagree with Scopa-and thus mainly agree with Len- on Space Mountain. I know I'm in the minority on this but I felt the WDW version actually felt faster because of the smaller-single file cars. I also agree with Len on the dips-the DL version felt like I was just going straight whereas the WDW version was more "wild."Also, the queue at DL was awkward-I iinitially couldn't find it because it was stuck in the back of a long hallway that also houses Pizza Port.
I was not a fan of Matterhorn-I agree with Len that it was too rough.
Episode 934 - Go West Young Man Pt. II
Authored by: braindew on Monday, September 26 2011 @ 09:05 AM CDT
Help Mr. Scopa...It's "Gigglebytes" not "Gigabytes".
The intangibles
Authored by: ErwinM on Monday, September 26 2011 @ 08:44 PM CDT
Now that we've heard both parts, here are a couple of things that I'm surprised didn't make it in.

1) As I mentioned in one of my posts from part 1, the older attractions have very limited queue management compared to the newer attractions or almost everything at WDW. On even a moderate crowd day, navigating Fantasyland in DL can be a real adventure, particularly the cluster of Pinocchio, Alice, Storybookland/Casey Jr., and the Matterhorn. Queues spill out into the walkway when they get more than 10-15 minutes long. It's a marked difference from WDW where the extra space was used to get more of the queues into the show buildings and to keep them out of the walkways.

2) This observation is almost 5 years old, but when I was last in DL in 2006, I saw a lot more cast members "dropping character" than I typically see doing so at WDW. The most glaring example was at the Haunted Mansion, where Jul and I saw a knot of 3 or 4 CMs gabbing like the college kids they were while waiting for the next stretching room elevator to show up. Definitely not behavior that you would have seen onstage at WDW's Mansion. There were a few other instances, but this one particularly stood out.

3) I'm surprised that Mr. Scopa sounded like he hadn't heard about the revision to DL's Small World. When the announcement was made a couple of years ago that they were going to put Mary Blair-esque versions of a number of characters into Small World out there, the wailing and gnashing of teeth was on par with what we're hearing concerning Avatar today...before anyone saw any of the results. The conclusion to be drawn, I guess, is that those in the Disney community who oppose major change often do so because they didn't think of it themselves, therefore it's a bad idea. (Not pointing fingers at any individual, on this site or any other.)

4) Aladdin is indeed a fantastic show. I wonder how many of the West Coasties got the joke about Iago getting kicked out of the Tiki Room, though?
Episode 934 - Go West Young Man Pt. II
Authored by: Bigwig30 on Tuesday, September 27 2011 @ 06:59 PM CDT
DCA was really short-changed in this episode. Mr. Scopa, I don't mean to be rude, but perhaps you might have enjoyed the place a little better if you had experienced a few of the attractions? Advice from Len's book (paraphrased) is that you should give everything at least one chance before making a decision. California Screamin' may be "just a coaster", but it is a good one. What about World of Color, or the Monsters Inc dark ride? Grizzly River Run? There are some stand out attractions at DCA, and the park is going to become quite a gem when it is fully realized. I just think you gotta give things a chance, that's all.

As a faithful listener, I listen in part to live vicariously through your adventures, and while I know it is a tough job, suck it up and experience a few attractions, why don't ya?! My goodness!
Episode 934 - Go West Young Man Pt. II
Authored by: Kfischler on Wednesday, September 28 2011 @ 08:31 AM CDT
We visited DLR two years ago and it looks like I will be able to make a day trip there next month while traveling for business, so I am really enjoying these shows. I have to say however that for all the "plusses" at DLR and DCA, I really love WDW and consider that my home park. It's hard to put my finger on, but there is different "feel" to each and the left coast feels more like a day park to me while WDW feels like a destination. It probably has to do with what I am accustomed to, but given a choice, I prefer vacationing in Florida over California.
How Many Days?
Authored by: TiggerRay on Saturday, October 01 2011 @ 12:21 PM CDT
How many days were you in the parks Scopa? I'm really surprised what you didn't do. You didn't go on Pinocchio….because you thought it was the same as the WDW version…but there is no WDW version? You didn't go on California Screamin' because it's "just a roller coaster"? You've never been to Disneyland….what happened to experiencing everything "at least" once?