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

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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.

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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.

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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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Episode 1445 - Abe Vigoda/Q&A

PodcastEpisode 1445 is now available for download and instant listening.

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


  • Episode 1445 - Abe Vigoda/QandA

  • Today the guys talk about Abe Vigoda while answering your listener questions.


  • 6:44 Bruce from New York talks about the Polynesian DVC.
  • 8:25 Jeff from New Jersey asks where he can purchase Grand Marnier at Epcot. He also asks the hosts for drink Recommendations.
  • 11:22 Andy from Minnesota wonders why Sum of All Thrills hasn't received more promotion from Disney.
  • 14:24 Andy wonders how Sum of All Thrills impacts CyberSpace Mountain at DisneyQuest. Matt instigates a digression about Abe Vigoda with a metaphor.
  • 18:39 Travis ponders the pros and cons of doing a solo trip to WDW.
  • 21:46 John from Illinois thinks about WDW attractions that might be different if famous Hollywood producers had created them.
  • 22:47 Len talks about Autopia attractions in the early years of Disneyland, California.
  • 23:44 Nick from Texas asks about touring the parks at Disneyland, California.
  • 25:25 Michelle from Massachusetts asks about purchasing Tickets for a Yankees-Braves spring training game at Wide World of Sports. She also asks if Alcohol is served there. Finally, she asks if it has special seats for visually-impaired guests.
  • 29:53 Jacqueline from Maine seeks Transportation options between WDW and Universal Orlando. Len mentions Uber and Lyft.
  • 31:26 Sean from Virginia asks about doing an Anna and Elsa meet using FASTPASS Plus on departure day.
  • 34:14 Brian from North Carolina ponders things he can do for the price of a two-week Polynesian DVC bungalow stay. Len talks about Disney's pricing strategy.
  • 40:22 Brian suggests a ride mashup based on Episode 1423 - Attraction Mashups.

Running Time: 42:00

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Episode 1444 - Magicband Madness/Q&A

PodcastEpisode 1444 is now available for download and instant listening.

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


  • Episode 1444 - Magicbands/QandA

  • Today the guys talk Magicbands, and answer your listener questions.


  • Matt refers to the WDW Today Wiki.
  • 19:03 Will from Texas talks about the Jingle Jungle Cruise and WDW Today Reunion 2014.
  • 21:15 Jay asks about the fate of the Comedy Warehouse Christmas Show at Hollywood Studios. .
  • Len ponders the future of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!.
  • 22:28 Ken asks if Anna and Elsa host meets at the Magic Kingdom. The hosts debate the value of Cinderella's Royal Table versus that of a park hopper ticket.
  • 26:07 Roger shares his experience using the Uber car service at WDW.
  • 26:54 Briana from Rhode Island asks about doing a Land & Sea vacation combining WDW and Disney Cruise Line for as low a price as possible. Briana also asks if she can link the two portions of the trip. She also asks about experiencing Disney Cruise Line with a teenager. Matt recommends resources for planning a Disney Cruise Line vacation.
  • 31:08 Scott from Vermont ponders the least crowded weeks between October and December at WDW.
  • 32:31 A listener asks about renting DVC points.
  • 37:06 TJ from Illinois wonders how much money Disney makes from hat sales.
  • 40:25 Dmitri wonders what WDW really "is", especially in terms of updating attractions.

Running Time: 45:00

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Episode 1443 - Poly DVC/Studios Update/QandA

PodcastEpisode 1443 is now available for download and instant listening.

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


  • Episode 1443 - Poly DVC/Studios Update/QandA

  • Today the guys talk Poly DVC pricing, give a update of Disney's Hollywood Studios, and answer your listener questions.


  • 22:07 Eric from Delaware asks when he should go to WDW for a long weekend without Children. He mentions WDW Today Reunion, Destination D23, and random off-peak times.
  • 24:10 Allan from Illinois wonders how extending park hours would affect Disney's bottom line.
  • 28:49 Joey from Florida says a Cowfish restaurant has opened at Universal Orlando's CitiWalk. Joey also asks if a party of nine adults and three Children can fit in a suite and a regular room at Art of Animation.
  • 31:25 Andy from Minnesota ponders the fates of the unemployed Star Troopers after the Death Star exploded.
  • 33:36 Doug from Louisiana asks about Park Hopping protocol. Doug also talks about renting a Luxury camper for the Fort Wilderness Campground, and Len discusses Fort Wilderness cabins.
  • 37:58 Ann from Illinois wonders if Memento mori, the Haunted Mansion's gift shop, will be open during the Haunted Mansion's refurb.
  • 38:56 Craig from Canada suggests an attraction mashup based on Episode 1423 - Attraction Mashups.
  • 40:00 Brian from Minnesota asks how MouseWorld Radio operates.
  • Poly DVC pricing from Touring Plans' Twitter feed.

Running Time: 45:00

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Episode 1442 - January 2015 Preview & Listener Questions

PodcastEpisode 1442 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, Len Testa, Mike Scopa, & Mike Newell
Topics:


  • January 2015 Preview & Listener Questions

  • Other months.
  • 15:22 Dave from Illinois asks how the strengthening of the US dollar has impacted foreign tourism, especially from Brazil, and whether Disney alters package prices to account for currency fluctuations.
  • 17:39 Mary Beth wonders when guests will be able to add the bonus FASTPASSes via their mobile devices.
  • 19:28 Chris from North Carolina asks if it's worth skipping WDW for one year to go to Disneyland considering Spring Break Crowds and construction.
  • 22:38 Willie from Georgia comments on the Great Movie Ride and asks the hosts what they'd change about the attraction.
  • 26:17 Marianne from Virginia asks if there is a two- day touring plan encompassing both Universal Orlando parks.
  • 27:45 George from Massachusetts comments on his room at the Polynesian.

Running Time: 30:00

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Episode 1441 - Listener Questions

PodcastEpisode 1441 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, Len Testa, Mike Scopa, & Mike Newell
Topics:


  • Listener Questions

  • 3:39 John from New York asks if Disney will allow one to book a 10-person reservation at an onside resort for one night such as to take advantage of the extended FASTPASS Plus booking window.
  • 4:53 Jennifer from Georgia questions the need for Disney to add an additional track to Toy Story Midway Mania.
  • 5:55 Matthew from North Carolina asks if Disney College Program employees can purchase Tables in Wonderland. Matt mentions Disney's employee discount.
  • 7:33 Craig, Art from Michigan and Doug from Pennsylvania ponders attraction mashups based on Episode 1423 - Attraction Mashups.
  • 9:10 Angela from North Carolina Reviews Memory Maker.
  • 10:28 Gregg from North Carolina considers different FASTPASS Plus strategies.
  • 14:51 Cass from California asks about the value of booking a WDW Vacation Package through Costco.
  • 18:17 Justin asks about the value of a D23 membership. He also asks if there is a related discount for Annual Passholders.
  • 21:51 Vince from Washington shares his experience using the Uber car service.
  • 26:35 TJ from Illinois wonders why Disney monitors FASTPASS queue wait times.

Running Time: 30:00

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Episode 1439 - Reunion Eats

PodcastEpisode 1439 is now available for download and Instant Listening.

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Show Notes

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

Topics:

  • Episode 1439 - Reunion Eats

  • Today, the guys discuss their dining options during this past Reunion.


    Running Time: 26:00

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