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Episode 1361 - 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 & Len Testa


  • Listener Questions
  • 2:45 Clenn from New Hampshire asks if he should risk touring an Extra Magic Hour morning park as an offsite guest because low Crowds are predicted. Len says that FASTPASS Plus has mitigated the risk involved in this idea.
  • 4:32 Jason asks the panel to review his trip plan.
  • 6:55 Nancy from Iowa asks if she can make FASTPASS Plus reservations for the three hours prior to the official start of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party if she is only entering on party admission.
  • 7:46 Jim from England asks if he should change his Polynesian Resort reservation due to the construction.
  • 11:22 Jim from England asks if Dole Whips will be available at Captain Cook's in August.
  • 11:55 Michelle from Pennsylvania asks about Annual Passes.
  • 14:03 Pam from Pennsylvania asks about touring the Magic Kingdom in late August.
  • 15:10 Adam from Wisconsin shares his party's experience with Magic Bands.
  • 17:40 Vicky from England asks about touring during the last week of October.
  • 19:49 Randy from Michigan asks if he should buy an Annual Pass.
  • 22:49 Patrick and Lydia from Tennessee think Disney should build more Value Resorts in the southeast.
  • 25:42 John from New York ponders Disney's worst attractions.

Running Time: 30:00

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Xbox Mention
Authored by: shmmrname on Thursday, June 26 2014 @ 04:21 AM CDT
Hey Mike,
I just heard you were on Xbox One from the last podcast. I was pretty surprised. Gaming is the only thing I love about as much as Disney, it's cool to hear your into it too. (I don't know how much you're into it, but still it's cool...)
Anyways, is it possible to get your Gamertag so I can follow you? Stuff like Forza 5 / Powerstar Golf give ways to play against people asynchonously, plus if I ever see you playing something I own it'd be cool to play sometime.
Thanks for the podcasts. I listen all the time, as does my wife. We went to the reunion a few years ago, but we were too shy to say hi, lol (dole whip meet-up in the rain).

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Episode 1361 - Listener Questions
Authored by: EAWildman on Wednesday, July 16 2014 @ 10:49 AM CDT
Your response to the question about making Fastpass + reservations between 4PM and 7PM on Magic Kingdom party nights was incomplete.

If you have ONLY a party ticket linked with your MDE account and Magic Band, then yes, you cannot make Fastpass + reservations for that day.

However, if you have other tickets linked, or say, an annual pass, then you can make Fastpass + reservations for that day. I have done this several times already. I have a 10 day no expire pass on my MDE account. I am heading down to WDW for four days and will be attending the Night of Joy on both nights. I can get into the MK at 4pm with my Night of Joy tickets. Because I have 10 day no expire tickets, and am only going for 4 days, I was able to book Fastpass + reservations for all four days. On the nights I am attending Night of Joy, I adjusted my Fastpass reservations to start at 4PM. So, each night I have Fastpasses for the 4PM, 5PM, and 6PM hours. Then the party starts at 7PM and there are no more Fastpasses.

So, the correct answer to the question is "yes" you can do this, but you have to have other tickets or an annual pass associated with you MDE account. As an aside, I would not bother linking party tickets to your MDE account. When you go to the party, use the hard tickets they give you to get into the entry gate, then use your Magic Band to redeem your Fastpass +. This ensures that you don't accidentally use a regular ticket to get into a party event. So, your Fastpasses are never linked to an individual ticket.


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