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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

PodcastEpisode 1456 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 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.


Running Time: 43:00

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

PodcastEpisode 1455 is now available for download and instant listening.

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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.
  • #ItsMattsFault

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

PodcastEpisode 1449 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 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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Episode 1448 - 2015 Unofficial Guide Dining Results For Resorts and DTD/Q&A

PodcastEpisode 1448 is now available for download and instant listening.

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Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len Testa & Mike Scopa
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  • Episode 1448 - 2015 Unofficial Guide Dining Results For Resorts and DTD/Q&A

  • Today the guys talk continue to discuss the results to the 2015 Unofficial Guide Dining survey regarding WDW Resorts and Downtown Disney and answering your listener questions..


  • 35:07 Christie from Michigan asks if the Osborne Lights will return in 2015 and, if so, when they will be up.
  • 37:25 Jeff from Pennsylvania asks about the savings account feature, Disney Vacation Account, on the Disney website.
  • 39:07 Tom asks if he can buy a Tables in Wonderland card with an Annual Pass.
  • 39:26 Bill discusses the Touring Plans app.
  • 41:08 Julie from New Jersey asks if it's worth going to WDW in late March with a toddler without going to the parks. Matt recommends trying Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort or Disney's Vero Beach Resort, or taking a cruise.

Running Time: 48:00

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Episode 1447 - 2015 Unofficial Guide Dining Survey/Q&A

PodcastEpisode 1447 is now available for download and instant listening.

Presented By:





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


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


  • Episode 1447 - 2015 Unofficial Guide Dining Survey/Q&A

  • Today the guys talk about about the results to the 2015 Unofficial Guide Dining survey and answering your listener questions.


  • 36:11 Shawn from Michigan ponders the best time to take a Disney cruise from a Weather standpoint.
  • 39:01 Beth from Florida asks if Olaf hosts any character meets at WDW. Len says Olaf is coming to Disney Cruise Line.
  • 40:27 Diane from Illinois shares a Trip Report.
  • 42:20 John from New York asks if there is a way to purchase the Disney Dining Plan far in advance to avoid price increases. John also asks whether eating at a single restaurant that doesn't accept the Dining Plan eliminates any potential value.

Running Time: 48:00

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Episode 1446 - Disney Trip Planning Timeline/Q&A

PodcastEpisode 1446 is now available for download and instant listening.

Presented By:





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


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


  • Episode 1446 - Disney Trip Planning Timeline/Q&A

  • Today the guys talk about steps needed to take and when to maximize enjoyment and minimize cost when planning a Disney vacation and answering your listener questions.


  • 28:49 Mark from Illinois comments on his experiences at Epcot, including Alcohol.
  • 31:34 Kristen thanks the hosts.
  • 31:59 Amanda from Ohio asks if Children under age three should be included when making ADRs.
  • 32:50 Amanda from Ohio asks if Children under age three need a FASTPASS Plus if they meet the height requirement for a ride. She also asks how FASTPASS Plus works with Child Swap.
  • 34:23 Brian from New York asks about the viability of Park Hopping to or from the Magic Kingdom on Memorial Day. Len recalls Disney's 24-hour Events at the Magic Kingdom.
  • 35:52 Eric from Delaware suggests a "B-Team" be hired to record Monday and Friday episodes of WDW Today. Mike Newell refers to Episode 238: Lessons we've learned, where Matt was said to have bolted WDW Today for Lou Mongello's WDW Radio podcast as part of an April Fool's Day joke.
  • 37:19 Allie from North Carolina shares her experience using FASTPASS Plus to meet Anna and Elsa.
  • 38:13 Allie from North Carolina asks the panelists to discuss their "perfect day" at WDW.

Running Time: 44:00

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