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Episode 1460 - Hidden Mickeys At Sea and Disneyland

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Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len Testa, Mike Scopa & Mike Newell
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Running Time: 32:00

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Episode 1459 - Disney Vs. Non Disney Vacations/Q&A

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Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len Testa, Mike Scopa & Mike Newell
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  • Episode 1459 Disney Vs. Non-Disney Vacations/Q&A

  • Today, we discuss the pros and cons to vacationing in Disney and non-Disney destinations in Florida and beyond.


  • 19:39 Terry praises the Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe and talks about the Norway Restrooms.
  • 21:09 Sheila from Canada asks about Crowds at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, including wait times for attractions.
  • 23:56 Stephanie from Florida seeks discounts for a late-August vacation. She mentions a deal for visitors from the UK.
  • 26:40 Diane from Wisconsin considers Crowds during Spring Break.
  • 29:00 Patrick and Lydia from Tennessee wonder about discounted ticket dealers and timeshare presentations.
  • 31:25 Cindy from Virginia asks about obtaining a FASTPASS Plus for Anna and Elsa for a guest at Shades of Green.
  • 33:33 John asks if one can get the Platinum Plan without park Tickets and whether it is possible to monetarily break even.
  • 37:51 Derek from Ohio asks how Royal Caribbean compares with Disney Cruise Line for Children, especially for Mediterranean Cruises.
  • 41:55 Brian from Tennessee ponders the best way to maximize the value of Free Dining.

Running Time: 44:00

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Episode 1458 - The Very Merry Month Of May/Q&A

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  • Episode 1458 - The Very Merry Month Of May / Q and A

  • Today, we preview the month of May 2015, and answer your listener questions..


  • 16:37 Chris from Massachusetts wonders if new elements for the WDW theme parks will be announced at the upcoming D23 Expo.
  • 18:19 Lisa from Virginia describes her encounter with the talking Mickey at the Magic Kingdom .
  • 22:28 Ann says Dollar Rent a Car offers a good deal for Transportation between Orlando and Miami.
  • 26:23 Willie from Georgia asks about MEI and Mouse Fan Travel's services.
  • 28:43 Angela from Indiana asks about touring the Magic Kingdom, especially New Fantasyland, incorporating FASTPASS Plus.
  • 32:54 Didi shares a tip about Jedi Training Academy.
  • 34:48 Kathleen from New York asks about FASTPASS Plus reservation protocol.
  • 36:02 Claire from the UK seeks the quietest day to experience Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party .
  • 37:06 Ben gives an anniversary shout out .
  • 37:57 Jennifer from Alabama asks if the gyms at Animal Kingdom Lodge are included for guests at both Kidani Village and Jambo House. Jennifer also asks about Running on the roads surrounding Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Running Time: 44:00

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Episode 1457 - Beat The Heat/Q&A

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


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  • Episode 1457 - Beat The Heat/Q&A

  • Today with summer quickly approaching, the guys discuss different ways to tour the parks while staying cool and answer your listener questions.


  • 29:14 Todd from Michigan seeks a trip planning timeline for Disney Cruise Line and Disneyland, California based on Episode 1446 - Disney Trip Planning Timeline/Q&A.
  • 31:06 Doug from Indiana asks about FASTPASS Plus parade and firework seating in the Magic Kingdom hub area.
  • 32:19 Zach from Tennessee seeks a headliner attraction for each park to experience while touring all four parks in one day. He also wonders which order he should see the parks in.
  • 34:43 Nicholas from Pennsylvania ponders the best rooms with a Boardwalk-view at the Yacht Club, and asks if staying Concierge-level would make a difference.
  • 38:03 Nicholas from Pennsylvania seeks special Activities to celebrate an anniversary and a Child's Birthday.
  • 38:44 Sheila from Pennsylvania asks if Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is worth it for a 30-year old.
  • 41:11 Joey from Florida asks about upgrading a one-day ticket in July to a three-day Florida-resident ticket such as to utilize non-blackout dates later.
  • 43:31 Neil talks about the "most ridiculous thing" he's ever felt at WDW.

Running Time: 43:00

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Episode 1456 - Checking In/Q&A

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


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  • Episode 1456 - Checking In/Q&A

  • Today the guys discuss the different options available when checking in to a WDW resort and answer your listener questions.


  • 15:24 Amy wonders why the Touring Plans crowd calendar predicts low Crowds for early September considering Labor Day.
  • 16:31 Tyler from Florida considers the Boardwalk Inn, Beach Club, and Wilderness Lodge for DVC.
  • 22:55 Jason asks if resort guests can make FASTPASS Plus reservations during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.
  • 23:39 Valerie from Pennsylvania asks about AAA discounts.
  • 24:17 Jeff from Michigan wonders if there is a best day to Check into a Disney resort.
  • 25:23 D asks if Walt Disney originally wanted to place WDW in Alabama.
  • 27:33 Drew from Indiana asks about ordering only Appetizers at a Signature WDW restaurant.
  • 31:09 A. Antonio from New Hampshire asks if the overall quality of WDW has declined.
  • 36:22 Pat from Connecticut enjoyed his Concierge- level stay at Disneyland, CAlifornia, and asks about doing Concierge at the Boardwalk Inn. Len praises the Concierge service at the Contemporary.
  • 39:13 A listener asks if he or she can use his or her Magic Band to pay for food at Food and Wine Festival booths.

Running Time: 43:00

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Episode 1455 - Something, Something, Something Star Wars Weekends 2015/Q&A

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Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len Testa & Mike Newell


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  • Episode 1455 - Something, Something, Something Star Wars Weekends 2015/Q&A

  • Today the guys discuss and preview the upcoming Star Wars Weekends 2015 and answer your listener questions.


  • 23:46 Jason from Alabama seeks planning tips for a California trip that will include Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, and D23. Len mentions Episode 931: Go West....Young Man and Episode 934: Go West Young Man Pt. II, highlighting Mike Scopa's first trip to Disneyland.
  • 25:17 Tim from New York asks about upgrading no- expiration park hopper Tickets to Annual Passes.
  • 27:47 Ryan from Missouri ponders defunct food options in the parks.
  • 29:56 Chris and Debbie from England want to do a departure day Lunch at WDW outside the parks. Len mentions Trattoria al Forno at the Boardwalk and the upcoming Boathouse Restaurant at Downtown Disney.
  • 32:20 Greg from Connecticut asks for the best Beach-like resort at or near WDW. Len mentions the Royal Pacific Resort and the Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Orlando.
  • 35:10 Brad from Michigan asks about requesting a specific room at Disney through Touring Plans. He also asks about online Check in.
  • 38:02 John from Illinois recounts his Disney trip including the WDW Today panel.
  • 40:53 Christina from Washington DC asks about "May the Fourth be With You" merchandise at WDW.

Running Time: 46:00

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Episode 1453 - 2015 Disney Platinum Plan/Q & A

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Hosts: Len Testa & Mike Scopa & Mike Newell
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  • Episode 1453 - 2015 Platinum Plan / Q&A

  • Today, We share some news regarding Reunion, discuss the new 2015 Magic Your Way Platinum Package, and answer your listener questions..


  • 32:16 Brett from Pennsylvania asks about using Child Swap on FASTPASS Plus attractions.
  • 34:04 David from Massachusetts ponders Vacation Homes aside from All Star Vacation Homes.
  • 35:52 Leah from the UK asks about securing a table at the Be Our Guest Restaurant when no ADR slots are available online.
  • 37:04 Connor from North Carolina asks Len if Touring Plans has information about the Disney Cruise Line.
  • 37:44 Ralph from Indiana asks about utilizing a no- expiration ticket from 2000. He also asks about Transportation to the Magic Kingdom from an offsite hotel.
  • 39:10 Daniel from Oregon asks about post-Easter April Crowds.
  • 40:08 Len ruminates over changes to theme park Parking protocol, where Magic Bands will be utilized.
  • 42:04 Dan from Maine asks about vegetarian options at WDW.
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Running Time: 46:00

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Episode 1452 - Len's Trip Pt2 / Q&A

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Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len Testa & Mike Scopa & Mike Newell
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  • Episode 1452 - Len's Trip Pt2 / Q&A

  • Today, one week later, Len returns once again to WDW, and what he's experienced and then the guys answer your listener questions..


Running Time: 46:00

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Episode 1451 - Oddsmakers March 2015/Q&A

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Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len Testa & Mike Scopa & Mike Newell
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  • Episode 1451 - Oddsmakers March 2015/Q&A

  • Today, an updated version of Oddsmakers is played and then the guys answer your listener questions..


  • 17:28 Randy from Canada ponders the Crowds at WDW during the week prior to Labor Day in 2015.
  • 19:11 Randy from Canada asks if there will be any Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Parties prior to September 5 in 2015.
  • 19:31 Steven from Texas discusses the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue and the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show .
  • 22:00 Bruce from New York talks about the bungalow DVC rooms at the Polynesian.
  • 23:28 Kyle from South Carolina asks if he can buy food at one World Showcase Counter Service restaurant and eat the meal in another pavilion.
  • 25:35 Michael from South Carolina ponders a lifetime pass to WDW.
  • 28:46 Devon from California wonders when Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party dates will be announced.
  • 31:26 Tim asks if the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! will be replaced.
  • 34:20 Tim asks if the hosts have the old Kim Possible communicator beep from Epcot as a text messaging alert.
  • 34:59 Luke from Canada proposes attraction mashups based on Episode 1423 - Attraction Mashups.
  • 35:56 Catherine from Illinois wants to know if she and her husband should stay at Pop Century, Animal Kingdom Lodge, or Boardwalk Villas for an eight-Night Birthday trip.

Running Time: 43:00

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Episode 1449 - March 2015 Preview /Q&A

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Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len Testa & Mike Scopa & Mike Newell
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  • Episode 1449 - March preview 2015 / Q&A

  • Today the guys preview the events and happenings throughout Walt Disney World and answer your listener questions..


  • 20:39 Stephanie from North Carolina asks if she can find out what rooms have completed renovations at the Caribbean Beach Resort. She also asks about Be Our Guest Lunch reservation protocol.
  • 22:32 Steven from New Hampshire asks about driving non stop to WDW. He especially wonders about dealing with New York City.
  • 29:43 Alicia from Minnesota asks about converting old Tickets to RFID such as to make FASTPASS Plus reservations.
  • 30:59 Lee asks about recent changes to Downtown Disney/Disney Springs.
  • 32:02 James from Virginia ponders good Activities for a solo tourist at WDW.
  • 35:06 Neil asks if the Contemporary Resort's Garden Wing is far from the main tower.

Running Time: 41:00

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