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Episode 398 - Even More Listener Questions

PodcastEpisode 398 is now available for download.

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Show Notes

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

  • Even More Listener Questions
  • Oscar of Madrid, Spain wants to know how to plan a trip 2 years out
  • Jordan wants to know if he should upgrade to an annual pass
  • Jordan also wants to know if they can apply an annual pass discount when they arrive at the resort
  • Brian of TX wants an explanation of the annual pass discount perk
  • Nicole and Theresa of CT wants to know if they should stay at the Beach Club Villas or Boardwalk villas for the marathon
  • Lynn of ME wants to know why Pop Century is called Scopa Towers
  • Lynn also wants to know if she should rent a car or use Disney transportation
  • An emailer writes in to tell us of her experience learning that Dole Whip is available at the Polynesian Resort as well as the Cheesecake Factory at Downtown Disney
  • Dan of NC wants to know what we all do in real life

Running Time: 22:04

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Episode 397 - Listener Questions

PodcastEpisode 397 is now available for download.

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Show Notes

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

  • Listener Questions
  • Fred wants to know if he can get annual pass discounts with using a travel agent
  • Robert of MA thinks he had Mike Scopa as a teacher in Junior High
  • Jennifer of MA wants advice for Star Wars Weekends
  • Matt mentions an article he wrote on different "tracks" at Star Wars Weekend
  • William wants to know how Matt found a place to live in Orlando
  • Bridget of VA wants to know how Halloween affects crowds
  • Matthew wants birthday suggestions for his solo trip
  • Rick wants to know if he should stay at Boardwalk (Boardwalk view) or Beach Club Villas
  • Matt mentions an episode about a trip Len took
  • Mario of TX wants to know if he should use the Candlelight Processional Dinner Package
  • Holly of MO wants to know if the views at the Beach Club villas aren't that good
  • Holly also wants to know if she should take the bus to the Magic Kingdom with kids and a stroller
  • Enrique writes in about how well Disney handled a medical emergency
  • Andy of CT wants to know if there are resorts we recommend for short trips
  • Andy also wants to know why there are only hard ticket events at the Magic Kingdom
  • Wayne and Donna wants to know how to get a discount on the deluxe dining plan for his trip
  • Brian of OH wants a show about Matt's move to Orlando
  • Craig of OH wants to know if he should do the race at the beginning or end of his trip
  • Philip of Australia wants to know how the crowds will be for his trip as well as which resort is best for a first time visitor

Running Time: 28:25

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Episode 396 - The World In Focus

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Show Notes

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

Topics:

  • The World In Focus
  • Today, we talk with Barrie Brewer of AllEars.net about the best tips for taking great photos at WDW.
  • Barrie's WDW photo gallery can be found here
  • Barrie describes the blog she writes and what can be found there
  • Barrie recommends taking photos of the people in your group
  • Barrie recommends bringing extra memory cards with you rather than lump them all on one card
  • Barrie also suggests giving your camera to someone else to take photos
  • Barrie talks about what makes a good photo at Walt Disney World
  • Barrie shares a tip about a photo at Expedition Everest
  • Barrie talks about photo tips for when it's not a nice day out
  • Barrie and Len discuss prices for an entry level digital SLR camera
  • Barrie discusses parade photo tips
  • Barrie shares a tip for a good spot for taking photos during the parades
  • Barrie talks of her favorite place to take photos in the Magic Kingdom for fireworks
  • Barrie discuses the right settings on her camera for fireworks
  • Barrie recommends using a tripod for pictures

Running Time: 21:36

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Episode 395 - Four Parks, One World, One Day

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Show Notes

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

  • Four Parks, One World, One Day
  • Len mentions you have to be selective when riding rides at each park and a willingness to ride the headliner attractions in each park
  • Matt mentions you have to be on hand for opening at the park
  • Len talks of the advantage of Extra Magic Hours
  • Matt mentions going during a time of the year when park hours are longer will help you do all four parks
  • Matt and Mike Scopa pick Animal Kingdom as their first park
  • Mike Scopa talks of the attractions he would ride and which day he would prefer to try this
  • Len talks of the strategy to use for Animal Kingdom attractions to maximize your time
  • Mike Scopa picks Hollywood Studios as the second park and explains why
  • Len and Matt discuss FASTPASS strategies at Hollywood Studios
  • Len thinks lunch at the Studios at a counter service restaurant would work while still at the Studios
  • Matt and Len discuss attraction options in Epcot
  • Matt and Len talk about renting a car versus taking Disney transportation
  • Mike Scopa talks of a strategy of combining Soarin' with dinner at Sunshine Seasons
  • Mike Scopa says ending the day in the Magic Kingdom can work since you will likely be at the Magic Kingdom in time for SpectroMagic along with the other major attractions in the Magic Kingdom
  • Matt talks about swapping attractions for more popular attractions

Running Time: 16:53

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Episode 394 - Listener Questions

PodcastEpisode 394 is now available for download.

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Show Notes

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

  • Listener Questions
  • Cory wants to know what to spend $250 on besides just dining in the parks
  • Cory also wants to know about crowds in June
  • Matt mentions a private dinner at Star Wars Weekend on June 8
  • Bob wants an explanation of the Mongello joke is all about
  • Matt refers Bob to the WDW Today Wiki
  • Ted of NJ wants to know if he can check how many days are left on an old ticket before he leaves
  • Ted also wants to know the best ticket options for him on his trip
  • Brett of OR wants to know how to plan for a trip that is 4 years in advance
  • Kim of MA wants to know if she should go to the parks on July 4th and if so, what park to go to
  • Joe of NY wants to know what week between Thanksgiving and Christmas is the best in terms of crowds
  • Joe also wants to know about the hotel rates for that week
  • kitts21 wants to know if the crowd calendar predictions are accurate or if they will go up
  • kitts21 also wants to know if between Pop Warner and Christmas will be a good time of the year
  • Darren of CT comments on the hand washing tips in the rest rooms
  • Jenny of MS wants to know of any information about Disneyland Paris
  • Matt recommends dlrpmagic.com
  • Mario wants to know our experiences at Coronado Springs resort
  • Aaron of ME wants to know about Malificent and if you can meet her or see her
  • Aaron also inquires about a villain shop on Main Street
  • Brent of CO wants to know when Disney announces Annual Pass discounts

Running Time: 31:32

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Live Show 21 Is Now Available

Live ShowLive Show #21 is now available for download.

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Show Notes

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

Topics:
  • Live Show 21. Originally aired 03/30/08 on MouseWorld Radio 1



Running Time: 1:36:14

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Episode 393 - Off Site Dining

PodcastEpisode 393 is now available for download.


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Show Notes

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

Topics:

Running Time: 19:29

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Episode 392 - Maximizing Free Dining

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Show Notes

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

  • Maximizing Free Dining
  • Len speculates on possible dates for free dining dates in 2008
  • Len says one way to take advantage of free dining is to order the expensive entrees and going to the popular restaurants
  • Mike Scopa says free dining package is good for trying out new restaurants or to go to your favorite restaurants and trying new entrees
  • Matt discusses how the new dining plan with no appetizer and no gratuity affects the deal
  • Mike Scopa talks of if free dining will entice him to make a trip to WDW
  • Matt mentions the pitfall of the dining plan
  • Len lists the best sit down restaurants for use on the dining plan that are one dining credit
  • Matt suggests how buffets could be a better value with the new dining plan for 2008
  • Len lists the better character buffet meals
  • Len mentions the better counter service options
  • Len talks of the counter service restaurants that rate poorly
  • Mike Scopa talks about how he plans his dining plans
  • Matt reitterates the most important thing to do for free dining

Running Time: 20:33

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Episode 391 - Listener Questions

PodcastEpisode 391 is now available for download.

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Show Notes

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

  • Listener Questions
  • Brian wants to know which rooms at the Beach Club have a good view at the Concierge Level
  • John mentions some legal language related to Kingdom Tower DVC property
  • Jason wants to know about a resort to the east of the Caribbean Resort
  • Brenda of CA offers New Years Eve recommendations
  • Chris wants to know the difference in crowds on the crowd calendar between his trips
  • Kevin shares a Disney World Mom's panel answer with us
  • Shawn wants to know is there always going to be a convention at Coronado Springs
  • Shawn also wants to know if his entire family can stay in one room
  • Bill of PA wants to know if an investment in a 10 day pass is worth it
  • Jenny of OH mentions she can pay for her hotel reservations with cash
  • Deedee of IL writes in to follow up her original question about using cash for booking a resort
  • Brian thanks us for the Mousefest Cruise shows
  • Desiree of TX wants to know about the gratuity with the Disney Dining Experience Card
  • Jennifer of IN wants to know if she should book early or not
  • Terri comments on the crowds during Martin Luther King weekend
  • Michael wants to know if the Minnie marathon is for women only
  • Mary wants to know about the wireless capabilities at Pop Century
  • Adam want to know about Yacht & Beach club or Boardwalk rooms getting renovated

Running Time: 26:16

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Episode 390 - Dining On Main Street

PodcastEpisode 390 is now available for download.


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Show Notes

Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Mike Scopa, Len Testa , & Annette Owens

Topics:

  • Dining On Main Street
  • Matt thinks that Crystal Palace is one of the top 2 buffets at Walt Disney World
  • Len talks about the selection available at Crystal Palace
  • Annette mentions the characters at Crystal Palace
  • Mike Scopa mentions the Plaza Restaurant has not changed much over the years
  • Mike Scopa says seating can be an issue at Plaza Restaurant
  • Len likes the sandwiches that are offered at the Plaza Restaurant
  • Mike Scopa shares a story about the Plaza Restaurant
  • Annette enjoys the sundaes at Plaza Restaurant
  • Len comments on the enormous size of the food available at the Main Street Bakery
  • Len says the Main Street Bakery is quite crowded in the morning
  • Matt has noticed the crowds at the Main Street Ice Cream
  • Matt doesn't like Tony's Town Square
  • Len mentions Tony's is a bit below average in terms of reader surveys
  • Matt loves the hot dogs at Casey's Corner
  • Len mentions the hot dogs are expensive
  • Fastest Service
    - Mike Scopa selects Casey's Corner
    - Matt selects Casey's Corner
    - Len selects Casey's Corner
    - Annette selects Casey's Corner
  • Best Value
    - Annette selects the Main Street Bake Shop
    - Len selects the Plaza Restaurant
    - Mike Scopa selects the Plaza Restaurant
    - Matt selects Crystal Palace
  • Best Food Quality
    - Len selects the Crystal Palace
    - Matt selects the Crystal Palace
    - Mike Scopa selects the Plaza Restaurant
    - Annette selects the Crystal Palace
    • Running Time: 23:00

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