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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

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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

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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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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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Episode 429 - Planning Primer

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Show Notes

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

Topics:

  • Planning Primer
  • Annette discusses what she thinks the most important aspect of a Disney World trip to book first
  • Mike Scopa explains why the resort is easier to book than airfare
  • Matt compares cancelling resort versus airfare
  • Annette emphasizes the importance of booking early for those with specific requests for room types
  • Mike Scopa talks about the research needed to see if the dining plan is a good option
  • Mike Newell tells a story of trying to book ADRs
  • Annette comments on purchasing tickets and how you can adjust your ticket options
  • Mike Scopa emphasizes the importance of looking at the calendar to try to match Extra Magic Hour
  • schedule to your schedule
  • Annette reminds people to consider hard ticket parties in their planning

Running Time:16:08

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Episode 428 - Beat The Heat

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Show Notes

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

  • Beat The Heat
  • Annette recommends taking advantage of Extra Magic Hours during the summer months
  • Mike Scopa makes a recommendation of when not to be in the parks during the day
  • Matt likes to take the Disney buses for the extra air conditioning
  • Annette comments on how to tackle the afternoon rain in the summer
  • Mike Scopa talks about the benefits of the water mister fans
  • Matt shares his strategy for what he does in the parks to feel better
  • Mike Newell shares a story of mister at the Fountain of Nations
  • Matt emphasizes the importance of an afternoon break
  • Mike Scopa talks about keeping hydrated
  • Matt shares a tip on how to get cold water for free
  • Matt thinks a day off is important in the summer

Running Time: 16:25

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Episode 427 - Listener Questions

PodcastEpisode 427 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
  • Bunny of IA wants to know if Len secretly loves the Beatles
  • Kala of SC wants to know if they sell egg nog flavored fudge is sold year round at the Main Street Confectionary
  • Andy of CT asks us all some personal questions
  • Matt mentions an article about how he fell in love with the Studios
  • Matt mentions an article Mike Scopa wrote about Mike Newell
  • Stuart wants to know if we've considered drinking around the world
  • Kristin of MA wants to know what's happened with the Nintendo DS program Disney tested out earlier
  • Nicole of WI wants to know if she should stay at Shades of Green or Caribbean Beach
  • Chris of MA wants to know how late you can be for an ADR
  • Chris also wants to know about Disney cracking down on FASTPASS return windows
  • Jason of IL wants us to rank the four weeks of February 2009 in terms of crowds
  • Chris of TX wants to know if he should transfer to a resort before he goes to the parks or after a day in the parks
  • Chris also wants to know what order he should stay at the resorts
  • John of OH wants to know how people got to buy a brick at the Magic Kingdom
  • John also wants to know if the Steam Train tour is worth the time and money
  • Bob of KS suggests how youth groups can receive discounted dining vouchers
  • Jordan of FL says he's done 4 of the items Matt mentioned on a Netcot Podcast
  • Randy comments on fishing at Walt Disney World
  • Amy of FL wants to know if she can get the free dining plan with an Annual Pass
  • Pam of AL wants to know if they should go Easter or July
  • Shantel comments on taking kids out of school to go to Walt Disney World
  • Will of FL wants to know how to ride all 4 parks in one day
  • Matt mentions Episode 395 where we discussed the theory of doing 4 parks in one day where we did 4 parks in one day, and Episode 411 where we documented 4 parks in one day
  • Colin of PA wants to know if his plan to use child dining plan credits will work
  • Heather talks about the Disney wedding registry
  • John of WI comments on what he thinks is the best Mousefest meet idea ever

Running Time:28:34

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Matt HochbergWe get a lot of nice emails from fans of the show but one fan, Croaker of WY, has gone above and beyond the usual. He has drawn the WDW Today caricature in chalk. Since Scopa invented chalk, we figured we'd share the photos...

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