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Episode 466 - Listener Questions

PodcastEpisode 466 is now available for download.

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Show Notes

Hosts: Mike Newell, Mike Scopa, Len Testa, Chris Eliopoulos, & The Fabulous Annette Owens,

Topics:

  • Listener Questions
  • Amanda of Barcelona, Spain wants to know when she should come to Food & Wine Festival
  • Amanda also wants to know about the Dine with an Imagineer program
  • Rhonda of PA wants to know crowds for her trip in November
  • Doug wants to know about the T-Rex restaurant opening
  • Mark of NJ wants to know the least expensive way to get his park hopping tickets
  • Ted of NY wants to know if he can change into a Candlelight Processional dinner package
  • Abby of CT wants to know if there are going to be touring plans for the water parks or DisneyQuest
  • Brian wants to know about Christmas in the parks
  • Wayne of AZ wonders what the future plans are for buildings like Wonders of Life
  • Wayne also wants to know what Discovery Island and Rivery Country are being used for
  • Carl wants to know about attraction closing times in Epcot
  • Shannon of PA wants to know about the rates for a possible trip in December
  • Shannon also wants to know what Pop Warner is
  • Shannon also wants our thoughts on the Deluxe Dining Plan
  • Joe of MA wants to know a reason to choose the Swan or the Dolphin

Running Time: 32:43

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Episode 465 - To Sleep, Perchance To Dream

PodcastEpisode 465 is now available for download.




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Show Notes

Hosts: Len Testa , Mike Scopa, Mike Newell, Chris Eliopoulos & The Fabulous Annette Owens
Topics:

  • To Sleep, Perchance To Dream

  • Today, we discuss our favorite places to nap while touring the parks and resorts.

  • Also, check out our friend Lori Burke (who outbid Len as co-host for a day) on this week's WDW Radio Show with Lou Mongello
  • Hall of Presidents (duh)
  • Mike Scopa reports falling asleep during Mousefest at Mickey's Philharmagic
  • Mike Scopa also says he's fallen asleep in the Tiki Room
  • Len likes Exposition Hall to sleep in
  • Chris thinks the caves on Tom Sawyer Island would be a good choice for a nap
  • Mike Newell has fallen asleep on the TTA
  • Mike Newell also likes going to the Carousel of Progress to sleep in
  • Len tells a story of a place his brother fell asleep in the Mexico pavilion
  • Len likes the gazebo in the UK pavilion
  • Annette likes a nap at the Universe of Energy
  • Mike Newell has fallen asleep on the acsension up on Spaceship Earth
  • Chris has fallen asleep on the descent on Spaceship Earth
  • Len used to fall asleep in the Wonders of Life pavilion
  • Len has fallen asleep on the Great Movie Ride and Playhouse Disney
  • Chris has fallen asleep in Sounds Dangerous
  • Len likes to nap between Asia and Africa at Animal Kingdom
  • Annette mentions the possibility of sleeping at Finding Nemo: The Musical
  • Len talks of a place at Animal Kingdom Lodge to sleep at
  • Mike Scopa thinks inside Wilderness Lodge near the fire would be a good place to sleep

Running Time: 23:40

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Episode 464 - Touring Commandments

PodcastEpisode 464 is now available for download.

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Show Notes

Hosts: Len Testa, Mike Scopa, Mike Newell

Topics:

  • Touring Commandments

  • Today, we discuss the top commandments we like to use while touring the parks.
  • I. Thou shalt never eat in Fantasyland (or Dinoland)
  • II. Thou shalt never covet thy neighboor's ears
  • III. Thou shall take naps
  • IV. Thou shall leave when thou is not having any fun
  • V. Thou shall not be ignorant
  • VI. Thou shalt not pay full price
  • VII. Thou shall make a touring plan
  • VIII. Thou shall be considerate to others
  • IX. Thou shalt never go into Dinoland
  • X. Thou shalt call attractions by their right name
  • XI. Thou shall make ADR's early (especially if you are considering the Disney Dining Plan)
  • XII. Thou shall make use of Extra Magic Hours
  • XIII. Thou shall use the FASTPASS
  • XIV. Thou shall be an early bird
  • XV. Thou shall write a journal/trip report
  • XVI. Thou shall be flexible
  • XVII. Thou shalt bite off more than thou can chew

Running Time: 21:12

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Episode 463 - Listener Questions

PodcastEpisode 463 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, Len Testa, Mike Scopa, & Mike Newell

Topics:

  • Listener Questions
  • Mindy of NJ wants to know which day would be the best day to attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party for her trip
  • Mark of Scotland, UK wants to know our opinions of the Fantasmic! cuts coming in January
  • Matt mentions an article he wrote about the Fantasmic! cuts
  • A listener wants to know a good off site hotel near the Disney College Program area
  • Kaylie wants to know if she can find better seats on her own rather than take the Fantasmic! dinner package
  • Todd comments on booking 180 days in advance of his trip
  • Chris of FL wants to know if he can go to California Grill and go to the bar and then see the fireworks
  • Sarah wants to know if we would do Chef Mickeys followed by Extra Magic Hours at the Magic Kingdom
  • Sarah also wants to know the best strategy for arriving at the parks for Extra Magic Hours
  • Sarah also wants to know if she should avoid Extra Magic Hour mornings
  • Doug wants suggestions for overlooked attractions
  • Mark of IL comments on Allegiant Air
  • Jason wants to know about extending the Year of a Million Dreams into 2009
  • Dave wants to know if we've ever been to the Disney parks outside of the United States
  • Matt mentions DLRPMagic
  • Dave also makes a show suggestion
  • Christine of CT wonders about park commandments
  • Scott of Scotland, UK wants to know the best day and time to go to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party for his trip
  • Bob of Ottawa, Canada wants to know if there is a best day of the week to check into his resort
  • Bob also wants to know if Mike Newell thinks DVC has been worth it
  • Kelly of GA wants to know if Len has come up with a touring plan for Food & Wine Festival
  • Kelly also wants to know about her park touring plans

Running Time:31:39

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Episode 462 - Hurricanes

PodcastEpisode 462 is now available for download.




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Show Notes

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

  • Hurricanes
  • Deb reflects on her experience on a Disney Cruise during hurricane season
  • Deb talks about planning future trips during hurricane season
  • Mike Scopa talks about his experience with Disney during hurricanes at Walt Disney World
  • Len shares Unofficial Guide reader letters he's recieved regarding hurricanes
  • Mike Scopa talks about Disney's management response to guests when a storm is expected
  • Deb shares a story of what happened when a storm impacted the cruising itinerary
  • Matt mentions a mini-mutiny aboard a Carnival cruise ship
  • Mike Scopa sums up his thoughts on traveling to Walt Disney World during hurricane season
  • Mike Scopa announces that Mousefest 2008 registration is open

Running Time: 19:19

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Episode 461 - Listener Planning III

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Show Notes

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

Topics:

  • Listener Planning III

  • Matt mentions we've helped plan other listeners trips in Episodes 380 and Episode 413
  • Mike Scopa outlines the challenges for a large group
  • Jeremy wants to know if he can arrange his trip so he can stay for 9 nights but only pay for the dining plan for 7 or 8 nights
  • Jeremy wants to know if there is a better value than Pop Century for his group
  • Jeremy wants to know if he can order off the dining plan for his child who is picky and just pay cash
  • Jeremy wants suggestions for sit down restaurants that are good for large groups
  • Jeremy wants feedback on a resort to choose for a photo sitting
  • Jeremy wants to know about Fantasmic! in June
  • Jeremy wants feedback on an Illuminations cruise
  • Jeremy wants to know about the different tiers of seats at Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
  • Jeremy wants to know if an annual pass would be a smart investment
  • Jeremy wants to know about the future of Star Tours as it relates to his trip in June

Running Time:21:37

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New survey: How do you get your family excited about a trip to WDW?

Len TestaLet us know your best tips, tricks and resources! Hey folks,

We're interested in hearing from you! When planning a trip to WDW, what do you do to get the whole family excited about planning the trip? Take this very short survey and let us know!

Thanks!

Len Testa
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Episode 460 - Listener Questions

PodcastEpisode 460 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, Len Testa, Mike Scopa, & Mike Newell

Topics:

  • Listener Questions
  • Matt mentions an article in Go Magazine he read on AirTran
  • Dean of CT wants to know the best approach for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
  • Matt mentions his Fantasmic! Dessert Party that is occuring during Mousefest 2008
  • Jennifer of NY wants to know if the Polynesian or Beach Club resorts have playgrounds
  • Brian of NY wants to know if he should bring his friends to the after party for the Everest race or send them to Pleasure Island on its last night
  • Nora wants to know when events for Mousefest 2008 will be posted
  • Nora also wants to know which attractions are worth going through the queue to see what they have before taking the chicken exit
  • Abigail wants to know the story behind Newell and camera shop
  • Jess of VA wants to know if she should get an annual pass for her trip for the discounts
  • Phil of England wants to know a good long distance running trail
  • Mike Scopa recommends MapMyRun.com
  • Chris of MI wants to know how he can photograph rides with no people
  • Megan of PA comments on the touring plan for Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Tim of MA comments on the Beach Club resort
  • Sue comments on her own experience at Artist's Point
  • Joel of MI wants to know the best way to get from Port Canaveral to Disney World
  • Mike Newell suggests Mears

Running Time:31:14

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Episode 459 - First Timers Guide To Car Rentals

PodcastEpisode 458 is now available for download.




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

Show Notes

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

  • First Timers Guide To Car Rentals
  • Mike Newell explains why he buys the LDW insurance when he rents a car
  • Matt explains the insurance options available
  • Len mentions the on-airport rental companies have good rates
  • Matt walks through the rental process
  • Mike Scopa gives his opinion of to rent from a company that is on airport property versus one that is not
  • Matt talks about the two easiest routes to Walt Disney World from the airport
  • Matt mentions the virtues of the Florida EPass
  • Mike Scopa talks about the rental car companies at the Car Care Center (near the Magic Kingdom)
  • Len talks about parking at Walt Disney World
  • Len explains when you wouldn't want to drive yourself to the parks
  • Mike Scopa and Len discuss their thoughts on renting a car with higher gas prices
  • Mike Newell and Matt argue over the merits of the pre-paid gas option
  • Matt mentions topping off the gas when filling up to keep it full
  • Mike Scopa recommends looking into the perks and options each rental car company offers
  • Matt talks about the benefits of signing up for the rental car company frequent renter program to bypass the rental counter

Running Time: 25:18

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Live Show 25 (August 2008)

Live ShowLive Show #25 is now available for download.

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Audio:


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Show Notes

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

Topics:
  • Live Show 25. Broadcast LIVE from Disney's Old Key West Resort and Originally aired 08/24/08 on MouseWorld Radio 1



Running Time: 2:02:43

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