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Episode 1216 - Listener Questions

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

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


  • Listener Questions
  • 2:04 Jeff asks about the value of purchasing a single day ticket a la carte for his sixth day such as to save on Park Hopping.
  • 3:23 Gerald in Pennsylvania asks about applying Disney touring strategies to other amusement parks.
  • 5:18 Rachel asks whether staying onsite is better for value and logistics for a large party during Tower of Terror 10K week.
  • 7:48 A listener from Canada asks whether Epcot's International Gateway opens at the same time as the main entrance.
  • 8:06 A listener from Canada asks for the fastest route from the Epcot Resort Area to MK at Night.
  • 8:24 A listener from Canada asks for good Dining options at the Epcot resort area.
  • 9:05 Kayla from Ohio asks what time she should get to Epcot for first Family.
  • 9:24 Kayla from Ohio asks for touring strategies.
  • 10:23 Kayla from Ohio asks about wait times for Be Our Guest Restaurant Lunch.
  • 11:27 Olivia from England asks about ordering a PhotoPass Plus package.
  • 12:52 Michael from Florida asks which MK Party, Not So Scary or Very Merry, is better value.
  • 14:36 Scott from Nebraska refers to Episode 837: Mmmm... brainsss!, and he asks whether the Fantasyland expansion changes the hosts' opinions.
  • 16:05 Colin from Illinois asks whether mid- November or mid-December is better crowd-wise.
  • 17:34 Valarie from Pennsylvania refers to San Angel Inn and asks for non-adventurous World Showcase restaurants.
  • 19:53 Jim asks about WDW Today's intro Music and Scopa's show opening quotes.
  • 22:38 Sydney asks for the pros and cons of working for Disney.
  • 24:06 Robert from Tennessee asks for the panel's opinion on the Swan and Dolphin Resorts.
  • 27:48 Mike from Ohio comments on July 4 touring.
  • 28:29 Mike from Ohio asks about Monorail expansion to the Epcot resorts.

Running Time: 30:00

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Episode 1216 - Listener Questions
Authored by: ddindy on Wednesday, July 17 2013 @ 05:45 AM CDT
For Jim, the opening theme for the episodes without Matt is Rossini's William Tell Overture.

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Episode 1216 - Listener Questions
Authored by: Brian on Wednesday, July 17 2013 @ 07:46 AM CDT
I enjoy the old theme--I think Matt uses it on days when Newell's not there and Matt's doing the production? I've been with you guys since Episode 18, and the old theme is nostalgic to me.

Re Muppetvision getting FP+: it makes me sad to see these attractions that don't need FP getting FP+. IMHO they're doing it so when families don't make the 60-day window for reserving their FP+s and the headliner attractions aren't available, Disney can try to make it look like they're still getting value. "Sure, Mr. Guest, you weren't able to reserve FPs for Toy Story Mania, Tower of Terror or Rock n Roller Coaster, but you were able to get them for Muppetvision, Lights Motors Action and Indiana Jones!" Ugh.
Resort fee theory
Authored by: wdwtodayfanclub on Wednesday, July 17 2013 @ 04:36 PM CDT

I think the better theory to resort fees is what i call the priceline effect. You bid on a hotel or get a mystery hotel with all the amenities you want for what you think is a great price then they are able to add the other fees on top of your bid price after you already booked and cannot cancel. Usually these fees are due when you check in and are separate from the per night price when you book thru sites like that. Not saying you may not get a good deal still just a way they can backdoor to make more money. That's my theory and im sticking to it:)


Yes I am going to Disney ....again! Please stop asking like there is any place else to go on vacation!
Episode 1216 - Listener Questions
Authored by: gamblepsu on Friday, July 19 2013 @ 07:19 AM CDT
Len, nice segue with Gerald's question into Hershey Park... .Palmyra is actually the next 'town' over from Hershey.
Episode 1216 - Listener Questions
Authored by: Betsy on Friday, July 19 2013 @ 10:54 AM CDT
I remember taking the tram to the International Gateway on a 1993 stay at the Swan! The tram was pink and turquoise, almost identically colored to the Swan and Dolphin. This was about 4/5 years before the Boardwalk opened, so the area wasn't so heavily traveled by pedestrian guests. The tram can also be seen in the early 90s souvenir video - A Day at Epcot Center.
Episode 1216 - Listener Questions
Authored by: TheBestMAgic on Sunday, July 21 2013 @ 05:06 AM CDT
Basically everything has gone up because of the New Fantasyland Expansion. Having more options and such a variety of attractions, makes each attraction itself a better ride.