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Thank You!!!

General NewsJust wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all of you who donated to Lou Mongello's Dream Team during the Live broadcast at the 2008 MagicMeets.

Together, online donations totaled $1637, which added to the auction, and other contributions (and Lou) for a grand total of $20,000!!!!!!!

You guys are AWESOME! Thanks again so very much!
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Episode 438 - Avoiding First Time Mistakes

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Show Notes

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

Topics:

  • Avoiding First Time Mistakes
  • Matt urges those going to Walt Disney World to plan ahead
  • Annette mentions looking at the different seasons of crowd levels at Walt Disney World
  • Matt recommends avoiding the off site hotel shuttles
  • Mike Scopa encourages coming up with a realistic budget for your trip
  • Annette talks of the importance of choosing the right ticket option
  • Mike Scopa explains why Walt Disney World isn't the place for last minute reservations for dining
  • Matt talks of the importance of researching height requirements for children
  • Annette mentions Episode 426 where we discussed kid friendly attractions
  • Mike Scopa emphasizes the importance of being ready for the physical demands of walking all over Walt Disney World
  • Matt encourages first timers to embrace the afternoon break
  • Matt finds it interesting to see how many guests don't know how FASTPASS works
  • Annette finds many parents don't know about the child swap option
  • Mike Scopa recommends looking for discounts that may be available
  • Mike Scopa thinks researching staying on Disney property vs. off property is an important decision to weigh

Running Time:20:05

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Episode 437 - 5 Attractions/$50 Revisited

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Show Notes

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

  • 5 Attractions/$50 Revisited

Running Time: 16:57

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Episode 436 - Listener Questions

PodcastEpisode 436 is now available for download.

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Show Notes

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

Topics:

  • Listener Questions
  • Roger of OR wants to know how rooms are assigned at Walt Disney World resorts
  • Melanie of TN noticed Google Images infatuation with Len
  • Matt of PA wants to know tips for a first timer
  • Jeff of RI wants to know the differences between a Category 5, 6 and 7 stateroom on the Disney Cruise Line
  • John of AR wants to know how the crowds will be in mid-October compared to the second week in November
  • John also wants to know if he can use two park days without the park hopper option
  • Jay of VA suggests an alternate 4 days in one park plan
  • Sharla of GA shares her experience trying all four parks in one day
  • Kelly wants suggestions on going to WDW with her kids alone
  • Bruce of NY wants to know which videos of attractions we would watch
  • Nicole of PA wants to know about king size beds at Port Orleans Riverside
  • Nicole also wants to know what we think of the restaurants she is dining at
  • Julie of WA wants to know if she is crazy for trying to do Walt Disney World during Christmas
  • Simon of UK wants suggestions for a romantic night

Running Time:30:42

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Episode 435 - Counter Service - The Good & The Bad

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Show Notes

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

Topics:

  • Counter Service - The Good & The Bad
  • Favorite Counter Service in Epcot
    • Len likes the Kringla Bakery (Norway)
    • Matt likes Sunshine Seasons (Land Pavilion)
    • Mike Scopa likes the Tangerine Cafe (Morrocco)
    • Annette likes Electric Umbrella (Future World)
    • Mike Newell likes Electric Umbrella (Future World)
  • Worst Counter Service in Epcot
    • Matt doesn't care for Liberty Inn (America)
    • Mike Scopa doesn't like Liberty Inn (America)
  • Favorite Counter Service at Disney's Hollywood Studios
    • Matt likes Backlot Express
    • Mike Newell likes Backlot Express
    • Len likes Starring Rolls Cafe
    • Annette likes Backlot Express
    • Mike Scopa likes Backlot Express
  • Worst Counter Service at Disney's Hollywood Studios
    • Mike Scopa dislikes Toy Story Pizza Planet
    • Annette dislikes Toy Story Pizza Planet
    • Matt doesn't like Studio Catering Co.
    • Len doesn't like Pizza Planet
    • Mike Newell doesn't like Pizza Planet
  • Favorite Counter Service at Disney's Animal Kingdom
    • Len likes Flame Tree BBQ
    • Mike Scopa likes Flame Tree BBQ
    • Matt likes Restaurantasaurus
    • Mike Newell likes Yak & Yeti
    • Annette likes Pizzafari
  • Worst Counter Service at Disney's Animal Kingdom
    • Matt doesn't like Pizzafari
    • Mike Newell doesn't like Pizzafari
    • Annette and Len doesn't like Restaurantasaurus
    • Mike Scopa doesn't care for Pizzafari
  • Favorite Counter Service at Magic Kingdom
    • Mike Newell likes Pecos Bill(Frontierland)
    • Matt likes Pecos Bills (Main Street USA)
    • Len likes Pecos Bills
    • Mike Scopa likes Pecos Bills
    • Annette likes the Main Street Bakery (Main Street USA)/li>
  • Worst Counter Service at Magic Kingdom
    • Mike Newell dislikes Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe (Tomorrowland)
    • Annette dislikes Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe (Tomorrowland)
    • Mike Scopa dislikes Casey's Corner (Main Street USA)
    • Len dislikes Pinocchio's Village Haus (Fantasyland)

Running Time:20:37

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Episode 434 - Deluxe Resorts

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Show Notes

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

  • Deluxe Resorts
  • Len compares the trade off between price and convenience for deciding to go to a deluxe resort
  • Matt thinks it's important to consider how much time you're planning on spending at the resort
  • Annette talks about the pools at deluxe resorts
  • Mike Scopa says the value of a deluxe resort can vary from person to person
  • Len talks about the benefits of concierge level at a deluxe resort
  • Matt describes concierge as a perk and something that is a splurge
  • Annette mentions who is better suited for a concierge level stay
  • Mike Scopa gives an example of when a Magic Kingdom deluxe resort can save you money on transportation
  • Mike Newell talks about his experience checking in at the Polynesian concierge
  • Len gives his top two resorts for concierge level access

Running Time: 16:20

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Episode 433 - Listener Questions

PodcastEpisode 433 is now available for download.

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Show Notes

Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Mike Scopa, & Mike Newell

Topics:

  • Listener Questions
  • Kristin of OH comments on Episode 401 and how much she enjoys the Animation Academy now
  • Kristin also shares how she thinks an effect in Journey into Imagination works
  • Aziz of NC wants to know how bad the crowds will be the week of Thanksgiving
  • Aziz also wants to know how often Annual Pass discounts are available
  • Melanie of TN wants to know about fraternizing with Cast members
  • Keith of MA wants to know when his Annual Pass activates
  • Anka wants to know if you can exchange a table service credit for a counter service location
  • Jessica of PA wants a recommendation for a restaurant to dine with 9 people
  • Ken of NC shares some tips with bringing kids under 2 to Walt Disney World
  • Dan of DE wants to know if the Magical Beginnings and the Playhouse Disney Concert series will return for 2008
  • Bruce of PA wants to know the best building to stay in at Pop Century
  • Bruce also wants to know how the child swap works
  • Matt mentions an explanation of the child swap
  • Jordan of MN wants to know the best way to go to the beach for a day
  • Brian of GA shares his strategy for four parks in one day
  • Jamie of NY wants to know what we think of his new strategy for dining

Running Time:32:10

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Episode 432 - Theme Park Etiquette Revisited

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Show Notes

Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Mike Scopa, & Mike Newell

Topics:

  • Theme Park Etiquette Revisited
  • Matt shares his thoughts on the proper ettiquite for getting a spot for a parade or fireworks
  • Mike Scopa shares a story of bad theme park ettiquite during Wishes
  • Matt talks about taking photos with flash on attractions
  • Mike Scopa talks of the safety issues with flash photos during stage shows
  • Mike Newell comments on flash photography during rides
  • Matt and Mike Scopa discuss saving spots in line for an attraction
  • Mike Scopa gives his thoughts on what to do during character meet-n-greets
  • Matt emphasizes not monopolizing the time of a character
  • Mike Scopa shares a story of ordering at a counter service restaurant
  • Matt talks of the proper use of strollers
  • Mike Scopa mentions how to keep the line at the security check moving fast
  • Mike Scopa comments on guests who stop in the middle of a row instead of moving all the way down the row

Running Time:22:33

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Episode 431 - Moving To The Magic

PodcastEpisode 431 is now available for download.

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Show Notes

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

  • Moving To The Magic

Running Time: 21:32

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Episode 430 - Listener Questions

PodcastEpisode 430 is now available for download.

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

Show Notes

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

Topics:

  • Listener Questions
  • TikiKate corrects Len on the proper pronounciation of a treat from Norway
  • Kevin wants advice on where to eat in the Downtown Disney area
  • Michael wants to know if he can get the free dining plan if he is an Annual Pass
  • Lisa of AZ shares a positive experience with Interval International
  • Saundra corrects us on which hotel the Canada Pavilion is based on in Ottawa, Canada
  • Jenny of PA wants to know if Disney gift cards can be used in the parks
  • Gary wants to know if Annual Pass discounts for resorts typically are blacked out during Thanksgiving
  • David of TN wants to know where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will train at the Wide World of Sports
  • Susan of NJ would like some dining recommendations that have the best holiday theming and decorations for the holidays
  • Shelby wants to know an affordable way to come to WDW without spending a lot of money on a hotel
  • Matt mentions Episode 425 for finding cheap airfare
  • Kenneth of NC likes the 192 West area, specifically the Comfort Suites
  • Roger of OR wants to know if the Unofficial Guide will ever publish a book or chapter about the differences between the various Disney Parks around the world
  • Gary of UK wants to know if he should stay at Caribbean Beach or the All Star Family Suites
  • Monica of OK mentions a blurb in Motorhome Magazine about pool enhancements for Fort Wilderness
  • Bob of Ottawa, Canada corrects us about the Canada Pavilion
  • Joe of NY mentions NY Pizza World as having good pizza
  • Keith mentions that Giordanos is a chain from Chicago

Running Time:28:16

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