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Episode 1466 - July 2015 Preview/Q&A

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Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len Testa & Mike Newell
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  • Episode 1466 - July 2015 Preview / Q and A

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


  • 17:06 Dave from Ohio noticed a connection between "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" and "Frozen".
  • 18:30 Jimmie from Texas asks about making ADRs at Cinderella's Royal Table on the Dining Plan in terms of the credit card guarantee.
  • 19:53 Matt from Colorado questions Disney's Free Dining release.
  • 23:19 Matt from California asks about Disney's Premier Pass.
  • 24:16 Stanton from California wonders if FASTPASS Plus has increased wait times and wonders which attractions dispense their FASTPASS Plusses the fastest. Stanton also asks if FASTPASS Plusses can usually be obtained by day guests.
  • 26:07 Leonard asks about applying to the Disney College Program.
  • 27:24 Alex from Kentucky asks if the selection of a "home resort" for DVC is significant. The hosts discuss the effects of guests staying on rented points.
  • 30:30 Alex from Kentucky ponders the availability of various DVC rooms. The panel discusses Saratoga Springs, including the Turf Club.
  • 32:41 Erin from Michigan asks about visiting Walt Disney World without Children in September.
  • 36:23 Shawn asks about planning a vacation that incorporates both WDW and Universal Orlando.
  • 38:15 Adam asks whether he should choose two Fort Wilderness cabins or three rooms at Port Orleans Riverside/French Quarter for his nine-person party. Adam considers the size of Fort Wilderness.

Running Time: 45:00

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Episode 1465 - Len Went To Disney And He Liked It

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Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len Testa, Mike Scopa, & Mike Newell
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  • Episode 1465 - Len Went To Disney And He Liked It


  • Today, Len returns from a non-working vacation to Disney as a tourist. (Show runs long so no Q&A this week)



Running Time: 49:00

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Episode 1464 - Additional App Services/Q&A

PodcastEpisode 1464 is now available for download and instant listening.

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Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len Testa, Mike Scopa, & Mike Newell
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  • Episode 1464 - Additional App Services/Q&A


  • Today, Len provides an update to the Lake Buena Vista Resort And Spa that was discussed on last week's show, then we discuss using services like Uber, Lyft, Seamless and Grubhub while on vacation, and we also answer your listener emails

  • 22:11 Brian from New Jersey asks if he can ascertain the value of an old paper ticket.
  • 24:09 David talks about buying into DVC.
  • 25:04 David talks about ordering Appetizers for entrees.
  • 25:33 David talks about eating at restaurant Bars in lieu of making ADRs.
  • 26:05 Howie from Canada asks if he should rent a car during his Disneyland vacation. Howie also asks about shuttle service from LAX to Disneyland.
  • 26:47 Mike from Connecticut seeks preferred rooms at Port Orleans French Quarter.
  • 27:57 Matt from Colorado asks about T-shirts at WDW, as well as TouringPlans T-shirts.
  • 30:19 Jean from Maryland asks if US residents can purchase Canadian or UK Tickets for discount purposes.
  • 31:15 Tim from Illinois asks about using the Disney Vacation Account savings plan in conjunction with a Travel agent.
  • 32:25 Art from Michigan seeks a restaurant in each park that can accommodate a large party with diverse palates.
  • 34:29 Christopher recaps his Disneyland trip, and asks if there's ever a period when locals dominate the WDW parks.
  • 35:42 Andrew from Massachusetts asks if he should stay at Universal Orlando's Cabana Bay Resort for early entry into the parks.
  • 36:53 Brandon from North Carolina asks about bus arrival time information at the WDW hotels.
  • 37:43 Scott from Wisconsin asks how long he can leave his car at Wilderness Lodge after a Breakfast at Whispering Canyon Cafe.
  • 39:08 Christine from Massachusetts ponders a refurbishment of Bay Lake's Discovery Island.


Running Time: 43:40

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Episode 1463 - Tiered Ticket Pricing/Q&A

PodcastEpisode 1463 is now available for download and instant listening.

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Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len Testa, Mike Scopa, & Mike Newell
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  • Episode 1463 - Tiered Ticket Pricing/Q&A


  • Today, we discuss a recent survey to guests about a possible tiered pricing structure towards ticket media during specific times of year, and we also answer your listener emails

  • Touring Plans Blog - 3 Things to Like (and Hate) with Disney’s Tiered Ticket Price Proposal.

  • 22:22 Brett from Pennsylvania asks if Disney is going to offer extra FASTPASS Plus reservations.
  • 24:05 Patrick from Virginia wonders if Disney is planning special Star Wars Events for the upcoming movie.
  • 27:48 Dave from Oklahoma asks if most Disney Cruises sell out. Dave also asks if there is a crowd calendar for Disney Cruise Line.
  • 30:32 David from the UK seeks general tips for a first-time visitor to Orlando staying offsite.
  • 35:27 Howard seeks good table service restaurants at Disneyland and asks about making reservations for these restaurants.
  • 38:29 Steve from Ohio asks about adding another Night to his stay at Pop Century during Free Dining.
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Running Time: 43:00

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Episode 1462 - Disney Vs. Universal With Sam Gennawey

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Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len Testa, Mike Scopa, Mike Newell & Sam Gennawey
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Running Time: 36:00

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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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Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Mike Scopa & Mike Newell
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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

PodcastEpisode 1457 is now available for download and instant listening.

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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

PodcastEpisode 1456 is now available for download and instant listening.

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


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


Topics:


  • 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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