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Episode 408 - Toy Story Midway Mania

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Show Notes

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

Topics:

  • Toy Story Midway Mania
  • Mike Scopa thinks Toy Story Midway Mania is what Walt Disney wanted....a ride the entire family can enjoy
  • Len and Matt rate Toy Story Midway Mania as a D-ticket, 4 star ride
  • Len thinks it's very easy to play
  • Mike Newell thinks Toy Story Midway Mania is better than he anticipated and really liked the queue line
  • Matt is impressed with the queue and think Disney did a great job
  • Matt explains the premise of the attraction
  • Mike Scopa mentions the single rider and FASTPASS line bypass much of the queue and has it's own queue area
  • Len mentioned he had a bad experience with the single rider line
  • Len makes suggestions to improve the single rider line
  • Matt and Len discuss what else will be on Pixar Place
  • Len thinks there could be one more game in the ride
  • Len gives a tip on how to do better at the game
  • Mike Scopa discusses his thoughts on Mr. Potato Head
  • Matt describes how Mr. Potato Works
  • Len was surprised by the pace of the ride
  • Mike Newell was surprised by the details in the queue
  • Mike Scopa wonders about future updates to the attraction
  • Len talks about the attention to detail in the queue
  • Matt mentions there is the family friendliness of the ride
  • Mike Scopa and Matt talk about the ride fatigue
  • Mike Newell talks about how smooth the ride is
  • Mike Scopa gives his opinion of the noise issue some have raised
  • Matt mentions a change he has noticed in the first few weeks of the ride

Running Time: 22:29

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Episode 407 - Guest Fleecing

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Show Notes

Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Mike Newell & Van

Topics:

  • Guest Fleecing
  • Matt goes over the price incereases for strollers, ECVs and tickets to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
  • Matt mentions an episode where Mary Waring and Matt argued over price increases
  • Van doesn't understand why the prices are increasing so substantially
  • Van only thinks the ECV price increase is warranted
  • Matt complains about the price increase with strollers
  • Van discusses his stroller strategy
  • Matt mentions Disney's recent revenue details
  • Van discusses how the price increase affects his family
  • Mike Newell doesn't think he will change his hard ticket plans because he goes solo
  • Matt complains about the price increase with nothing new added
  • Van thinks the price increases make competitors look more appealing
  • Mike Newell mentions the price increases outside of Walt Disney World combined with these price increases are making it harder to go on a trip
  • Matt mentions the price increases in new Disney World restaurants

Running Time: 21:51

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Episode 406 - Listener Questions

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Show Notes

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

  • Listener Questions
  • Alex of TX wants to know the difference between an Annual Pass, Premium Annual Pass and a Seasonal Pass
  • Bobby of VA wants to know a spot to watch Block Party Bash parade
  • Doug of IN wants to know Christmas stuff in the parks in July
  • Jeremy of OH wants to know if Extra Magic Hours are the same every week
  • Brian of LA wants to know what kind of discount Cast Members get for dining
  • Michael of MA wants to know if off site guests can have merchandise sent to for pickup to the front of the park
  • William of VA thanks Mike Scopa's recommendation of Trails End
  • Madison of NJ wants suggestions for getting her classmates to wake up early for park days
  • Doug of IL wants to know our thoughts on Night Kingdom
  • Angel of MI wants to know if the Christmas decorations will be up for his trip in mid November
  • Amanda wants to know the restaurants policy on people who go but don't eat anything
  • Nick of IN wanted to know about wireless internet in Pop Century
  • Christina of GA wants to know the best ticket option for her daughter
  • Lionel of GA wants to know if 5 people in a room is going to be too much
  • John of WI wants to know if he can get Disney's Magical Express for just one leg of his trip
  • Taylor of GA wants to know how crowded it is on Christmas in the Magic Kingdom
  • Joey of TX wants to know if he can see most of the Star Wars Weekend events in one day
  • Joey also wants to know the best water park for a 5 year old
  • Joey also wants to know the sort of lines for Disney transportation

Running Time: 29:43

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Schedule for WDW Today May trip

Len TestaFinally here is the schedule for WDW Today trip to the parks...

Saturday (5/10):
Meet us around 12:30 at the entrance to Studios Catering Company.
We'll also be milling about at the Brown Derby around 5 pm.

Sunday (5/11):
Meet us before park opening at the rightmost turnstile at the
Animal Kingdom
We'll also be around Catalina Eddie's at the Studios for lunch,
sometime between 12 and 1 pm.
We'll be in Epcot sometime between 2 and 5 pm.
And we'll be at the MK evening EMHs, too. Meet us in front of
Space Mountain around 11 pm.

Monday (5/12):
We'll be in the Magic Kingdom all day. Meet us at the leftmost
*open* turnstile before park opening, at 12:30 at the Crystal Palace,
or look for us in our t-shirts throughout the day.

Tuesday (5/13): We'll be in Epcot all day. Meet us at the leftmost open
turnstile before park opening, at 1 pm outside Coral Reef at The Seas,
or around 8 pm at Morocco for some espresso. Len is happy to buy an
espresso for everyone who shows up.

Wednesday (5/14): We'll be in the Animal Kingdom all day. Meet us before
park opening at the *rightmost* open turnstile, at 11:45 am outside
Tusker House, or around 4:30 pm in front of the Yak and Yeti sit-down.
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Episode 405 - Creating the Studios Touring Plan

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Show Notes

Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Mike Scopa & Len Testa

Topics:

  • Creating a Studios Touring Plan
  • Len explains the issue with working in Toy Story Midway Mania into the new touring plan
  • Len mentions the first two steps of the Studios touring plan
  • Matt describes the pre-Toy Story Midway Mania touring plan
  • Len describes the next steps in the touring plan to minimize the back tracking
  • Matt offers a solution that ensures the shortest waits, regardless of back tracking
  • Len compares the crowd capacity of Toy Story Midway Mania to other attractions
  • Mike Scopa talks about what families do in the morning at the Studios and how Toy Story Midway Mania will impact families
  • Matt doesn't think backtracking is an issue with Toy Story Midway Mania versus Great Movie Ride
  • Len spells out his touring plan for the Studios for the morning
  • Matt suggests riding Star Tours before the Backlot Tour
  • Len talks of a FASTPASS strategy for Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  • Matt and Len discuss where to eat a counter service lunch
  • Mike Scopa brings up a weather issue with when to work in Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
  • Matt discusses his early afternoon strategy in the Studios
  • Len discusses the remainded of the touring plan
  • Len mentions when to see BlocK Party Bash
  • Matt suggests a spot to see the parade at the last minute
  • Matt suggests to Len a 2 day touring plan that combine the Studios and Epcot

Running Time: 22:29

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Episode 404 - Everything Polynesian

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Show Notes

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

Topics:

  • Everything Polynesian

Running Time: 22:09

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Episode 403 - Listener Questions

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Show Notes

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

  • Listener Questions
  • Nancy of NY wants a Star Wars Weekend touring plan
  • Matt mentions an article about planning for Star Wars Weekends
  • Shannon of NJ reports on NYPD Pizza
  • Kayla of NV wants to know what we think of the incorporation of Disney characters in It's A Small World
  • Matt of TX wants to know tips for making his trip more magical for first timers
  • Matt also wants to know opinions of the time of the year he is going
  • Mark of NC makes some suggestions on bags for bringing cameras and accessories to the parks
  • Steve of NJ comments on a New York Times article
  • Heather of WI wants to know when Disney announces free dining dates
  • Bruce of NY wants to know where the sign in front of Sid Caheunga's is supposed to be in real life
  • Ellen wants to know how FASTPASS works
  • Bill of PA comments on his New Years Eve experience
  • Scott of WI wants to know about the legitimacy of orlandofuntickets.com
  • Enrique of FL wants to know special events for Mothers Day at Walt Disney World
  • Nick of IL wants to know how we rank each of the parks
  • Lois reports on trying to use two park days in one day
  • Chuck of NY wants to know about the kiosks at Pecos Bill
  • Chuck also wants to know how easy it is to drive to the parks and back to the resorts
  • Andy of IN wants to know how the lines during Pirates and Princess party will be for his trip in late May/early June
  • Andy also wants to know if the Magic Kingdom will be less crowded during a Pirates and Princess Party day

Running Time: 25:56

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Episode 402 - The Weekend Getaway

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Show Notes

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

Topics:

  • The Weekend Getaway
  • Len shares a story of his daughter's camping trip
  • Keith writes in to suggest today's show topic and wants tips for quick weekend trips to Walt Disney World
  • Matt mentions his weekend trips were born from good airfares that he's run across
  • Len and Annette describe driving down for weekend trips
  • Mike Scopa describes how a good deal on airfare can make weekend trips
  • Matt talks about why he prefers weekend trips over longer trips
  • Mike Scopa talks of how to tackle park touring for a quick weekend trip
  • Len talks of the fun of spontaniety of weekend trips
  • Mike Scopa compares dining options versus time in the parks
  • Matt doesn't like taking up park time by eating a lot of sit down meals
  • Len mentions a tip for using frequent flier miles

Running Time: 16:21

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Episode 401 - The Magic Makers (Timmy Britt)

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Show Notes

Hosts: Matt Hochberg & Timmy Britt
Topics:

  • The Magic Makers
  • Apologies for the audio quailty on this episode. This episode was recorded at a cast office at WDW, and we're testing a new portable recorder. But, don't let the audio quality discourage you from listening to a great Cast Member interview.
  • Timmy Britt, a Disney artist at the Animation Academy attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios, shares some stories from his experiences working at the Animation Academy
  • Timmy shares a number of stories that show notes can't do justice for. Listen and enjoy

Running Time:27:08

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Episode 400 - Listener Questions

PodcastEpisode 400 is now available for download.

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Show Notes

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

  • Listener Questions
  • Steve of FL volunteers to be a golf researcher for the Unofficial Guide
  • Vicki wants to know the crowd levels for mid-September
  • JillAnn of IN wants to know if VMK is closing and if so, why is it closing
  • Shawn comments on eating at Coronado Springs
  • Jamie of IL wants to know if its worth to buy DVC a year in advance of actually being able to go to Walt Disney World
  • Jamie also wants to know which resort has the best value for a one bedroom
  • Jamie also wants to know the disadvantages of buying DVC resale
  • Ed of OH wants to know of a website that has a list of conventions in Orlando
  • Len mentions the Orlando visitor and convention bureau web site
  • PJ of Las Vegas, NV comments on music playing during hard ticket events in the Contemporary for the fireworks
  • Johnson wants to know of events coming to Walt Disney World in advance
  • Kevin of IN wants to know how someone should train for a visit to Walt Disney World for all the walking
  • Chip wants to know where to get the mini donuts from Blizzard Beach elsewhere on property
  • Dee Dee of IL wants to know about the Shades of Green resort
  • Tony of CA wants to know if he can park somewhere else to avoid parking fees at the Dolphin resort
  • Shane of GA wants to know if he should encourage his group to go to Disney World during Mousefest

Running Time: 31:54

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