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Episode 456 - More questions

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Show Notes

Hosts: Matt Hochberg & Len Testa
Topics:

  • More listener questions
  • Eileen of IL wants to know what an E-Ticket attraction is
  • Greg of GA comments on price increases at Walt Disney World
  • Heather of IN wants to know how picky eaters can fare at Teppan Edo in Japan, Epcot
  • Yvonne of MD wants to know about the weight limits for the Segway tours
  • Justin of MA wants to know if there is a limit to the number of rooms one can book with an Annual Pass
  • Pam of AL wants to know the cheapest option to get to the Swan and Dolphin from the airport
  • Pam also wants to know about walking to the Studios and Epcot from the Swan and Dolphin
  • Laurie wants to know if she could be upgraded at the Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Laurie also wants to know if the resort mugs are worth it and if juice is included
  • Laurie also wants to know about leaving Animal Kingdom to go to the Magic Kingdom for the fireworks

Running Time: 20:51

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Episode 455 - Annual Pass discount on rooms

PodcastEpisode 455 is now available for download.




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Show Notes

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

  • Annual Pass discount on rooms
  • Len talks about which resorts tend to be targeted for annual pass discounts
  • Len discusses the different times of the year and how much of a discount is offered during those times of the year
  • Mike Scopa speculates the future of annual pass discounts
  • Matt talks about the deep discounts Disney offered following September 11th
  • Len doesn't think Disney will have to do a whole lot more in terms of offering deep discounts
  • Len mentions which class of resorts dont make sense to get an annual pass discount
  • Mike Scopa encourages using a travel agent for getting an annual pass discount as soon as it is available
  • Matt describes how a good Disney travel agent can help get a discount quicker
  • Matt and Mike Scopa discuss how to target a specific resort for a discount
  • John of RI wants to know if he should buy an annual pass for the purpose of a discount
  • Mike Scopa and Len discuss if a deluxe resort gets the best discount
  • Laura of NJ wants to know if she needs to buy an annual pass before seeing what the discounts are that are available
  • Len says it's important to factor in parking if you are considering off site resorts
  • Matt mentions a strategy for buying one annual pass for the entire group

Running Time: 18:28

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Episode 454 - Listener Questions

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Show Notes

Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len Testa & Mike Scopa

Topics:

  • Listener Questions
  • Doug of WA wants to know about the most cost efficient way of getting from the port back to the airport
  • Doug also mentions how Cast Members keep track of guests at Stormalong Bay
  • Meredith of Canada comments on the tea room at the Grand Floridian
  • Meredith also comments on Marakesh Restaurant
  • Joe of NY wants suggestions on how to propose to his girlfriend at Walt Disney World
  • Karen wants to know if it's practical for her to power walk the half marathon
  • Karen also wants suggestions
  • Len recommends HalHigdon.com
  • Mike Scopa recommends Marathon for Mortals
  • Jayson of CA complains about the breakfast options in the parks and wants to know if Disney will expand its breakfast offerings
  • Aileen wants to know what the Mongello joke is about
  • Jim of NC wants to know about the kennels in the parks and any pet friendly rooms at Walt Disney World
  • Rick of MO wants to know how was Coral Reef in May
  • Rick also wants to know restaurants that would be good for a group of 10
  • Jonathan wants to know if you can buy a no expiration option after a few days
  • Stephanie of MI wants to know if her Magical Express theory could work
  • Justin of MA shares his experience of Wishes during the week of Halloween
  • Tim of NJ wants to know why the Magic Kingdom is open so late on Saturday in September
  • Raffy of the Philippines wants to know the difference in rooms between the Wilderness Lodge Villas versus Wilderness Lodge
  • Raffy also wants a restaurant recommendation for seafood and steak
  • Ted of NY wants to know if there is a privacy divider in the Port Orleans resort
  • Mike of MA wants to know what we think of his 3 parks in one day plan

Running Time:33:20

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Episode 453 - Ace Ventura

PodcastEpisode 453 is now available for download.




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Show Notes

Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Mike Newell, & Dewey Chaffee
Topics:

  • Ace Ventura
  • Matt mentions Episode 109 where we talked to Dewey about his character of Francis Floot
  • Matt mentions a video of Dewey portraying Ace Ventura
  • Dewey talks about how he got the role of being Ace Ventura
  • Dewey describes a typical show rundown
  • Dewey talks about the stunts he had to perform and how he trained for them
  • Dewey shares some stories of when things went wrong during the show
  • Dewey shares a story of how resourceful Disney is
  • Dewey comments on interacting with guests
  • Dewey comments on why the Ace Ventura show ended
  • Dewey will be performing Wayburn Sassy on September 11th, 2008 at a fundraiser

Running Time: 19:18

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Episode 452 - Second Choice Resorts

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Show Notes

Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len testa, Mike Newell , Steve Seifert , & The Fabulous Annette Owens

Topics:

  • Second Choice Hotels
  • Len wants a second choice for the Beach Club resort
    • Annette suggests the Beach Club studios at the Beach Club villas
    • Matt suggests Caribbean Beach
    • Steve suggests a monorail resort
  • Second choice for a monorail resort
    • Matt suggests Fort Wilderness cabin or Wilderness Lodge
    • Steve suggests the Swan & Dolphin
  • Second choice for Port Orelans resorts
    • Len suggests Caribbean Beach resort
    • Steve suggests Wilderness Lodge or Animal Kingdom Lodge as an alternative
  • Second choice for All Star Movies
    • Mike Newell likes the Touchdown building in All Star Sports
    • We discuss the All Star resorts in-depth
    • Annette suggests checking value resorts again for availability closer to your arrival date for group cancellations

Running Time: 15:05

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Episode 451 - Listener Questions

PodcastEpisode 451 is now available for download.

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Show Notes

Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len testa, Mike Newell , Steve Seifert , & The Fabulous Annette Owens

Topics:

  • Listener Questions
  • Vinnie wants to know about using two table service dining credits during free dining
  • Vinnie also wants to know about paying for a dining plan upgrade
  • Jerry of IL wants to know if attendance is down for summer 2008 due to the economy
  • Stacey of MO wants to know what building to request for a king size bed at Caribbean Beach and be close to it all
  • Stacey also wants to know if she will go crazy without a rental car at Caribbean Beach
  • Stacey also want to know if any of the rooms at Caribbean Beach have been updated recently
  • Rob of WI wants to know if he can upgrade his tickets he bought on his last trip
  • Rob also wants to know the dining plan is good for his entire stay even if he doesn't get tickets for his entire trip
  • Eric of OH wants to know if he can take the monorail at Epcot to the Magic Kingdom in the morning
  • JillAnn and Lisa of IN wants to know if it's worth splurging to stay at the Polynesian
  • Chuck of NY wants to know about rides that close down during rain
  • Sarah of MO wants to know about an early checkin at the Polynesian at Club Level
  • Sarah also wants to know if she should book the Fantasmic! Dinner Package
  • Matt mentions an explanation of why the Fantasmic! Dinner package is unnecessary
  • Becky of IN wants to know if there are any bounce back offers being offered in September
  • Tania of IN wants to know about 2009 rates and packages
  • Francina of FL wants to know if she should get a the dining package or stick with her Disney Dining Experience card
  • Francina also wants to know about trip insurance
  • Evan wants to know if the Podbusters song is available for download
  • Click here to listen to the Podbusters song

Running Time:31:27

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Episode 450 - Dining We Avoid

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Show Notes

Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Mike Newell, The Fabulous Annette Owens & Van

Topics:

  • Dining We Avoid
  • Restaurants we discuss in this episode
  • Rainforest Cafe
  • Tony's Town Square Restaurant
  • Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater
  • Biergarten
  • San Angel Inn
  • Coral Reef
  • Olivia's Cafe
  • Boatwrights
  • Artists Point
  • Cinderella's Royal Table
  • Spoodles

Running Time: 23:00

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Episode 449 - Touring On The Cheap

PodcastEpisode 449 is now available for download.

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Show Notes

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

  • Touring On The Cheap
  • Matt mentions spending money on an Annual Pass to get the best discount for on-property discounts
  • Len mentions the cheapest off site hotels he would stay at
  • Matt talks about the merits of Priceline
  • Len shares his experiences bringing food into the parks
  • Matt mentions the free water you can get in the parks
  • Len talks of people bring eggrolls to the park
  • Matt says you can also return to your resort for a meal or two
  • Mike Newell usually brings his own bottled water
  • Mike Newell talks about the good prices on food and drinks at the Hess stations
  • Matt mentions the Least-expensive ticket calculator
  • Mike Newell usually rents a car from Dollar for their good specials
  • Matt mentions the 10% off Alamo offers for pre-paying
  • Len mentions Thrifty and Dollar having the best rates usually
  • Matt talks of some free souvenirs in the parks
  • Matt says Wal-Mart and Walgreens have great deals on souvenirs

Running Time: 20:00

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Episode 448 - Listener Questions

PodcastEpisode 448 is now available for download.

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Show Notes

Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len testa, & Mike Newell

Topics:

  • Listener Questions
  • Simon of UK wants to know if he can get into Epcot at around noon on New Years Eve
  • Simon also wants to know what to do on Christmas day
  • Simon also wants to know the best location at Saratoga Springs for bus service
  • David shares a tip for eating late at sit down restaurants
  • A listener complains about the rising prices at Walt Disney World
  • Scott of OH mentions an ironic reference we made to the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald
  • Tracy comments on how Disney has changed it's pricing from what Walt intended
  • Sue comments on the rising prices at Walt Disney World
  • Duane of FL comments on the rising prices of the Disney races and wants to know if we're going to participate in any of the Disney races this year
  • Dr. Don comments on how to use a rental car to get a grocery stop for a cheaper option than a taxi
  • Bernie of MD wants to know if we ever made it to the Animal Kingdom during our May trip
  • Mike of MO wants to know how the new Simpsons ride at Universal Studios affects the touring plan at Universal
  • Natalie shares her experience with the luggage tags on Disney's Magical Express
  • Bret of IL wants to know where else we go for vacations
  • Miki wants to know the best way to get a good priced Walt Disney World room 3 weeks before the date one wants

Running Time:29:35

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Episode 447 - Trip Reports

PodcastEpisode 447 is now available for download.

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Show Notes

Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Mike Newell, & Mike Scopa
Topics:

  • Trip Reports
  • Mike Scopa talks about how he first got started writing trip reports and why he started
  • Mike Scopa talks about why you should write a trip report
  • Matt comments on why he likes to write a trip report
  • Mike Scopa offers advice on how to start writing a trip report
  • Matt emphasizes the importance of taking notes during the trip
  • Matt thinks trip reports are a great tool for those travelling solo
  • Mike Scopa comments on what you ought to include in your report
  • Mike Newell liked reading trip reports that occured during special events that he had never been to before
  • Mike Scopa shares stories of taking notes in the parks for his trip reports
  • Matt mentions ADP's recent trip report
  • Mike Scopa sums up his thoughts on writing a good trip report

Running Time: 19:56

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