Thursday, October 23, 2014

Episode 179 -- Trade Scramble

In an effort to make some deals happen, the team is switching chairs to negotiate some trades for the each of the parks.  The News Wheel turns on FastPass+ trials at Disney Hollywood Studios, Iger's extension, Flamingo Crossings, and renovations coming to the Beach Club.  Also, three calls for help.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MMOM FAAB Update 10/22

Scotty's Dominators
+167 Stefan Taylor

James Jammitors
+222 Anthony Dixon

Howie's Festival of Fantasy

Gio's Backfield Timeshare
+148 Travaris Cadet

Russty Dutchmen
+4 Ladarius Green

David's Goin Beastmode
+24 Tim Wright

Pete's Potent Potables
+44 Big Ben

Rusty Liberty Tavern
+49 Geno Smith

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Episode 178 -- Scott's Question

This week we answer a question from Scott about how we would craft the perfect Disney Day.....with an absurd caveat.  The Listener Interaction Satchel is bursting with thoughts on horcruxes, which podcast audience we wish we had, the worst hard ticket party we could imagine, Tim Brooks' article on Moderate DVCs, what Derek Burgan would go back to WDW for one last time, which attractions would we want to bring back, Russ' bottom 3 princesses, and "fun" Halloween costumes.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Episode 177 -- Kip's Universe

Kip went to Universal and we talk about it.  The News Wheel turns on Puerto Rico, monorail service, Frozen as non-fiction, and MESSAGE BOARD OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK covers lumberjacks.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Episode 176 -- Do you believe in Epcot?

Do you believe in Epcot? The Listener Interaction Satchel includes questions on new steaks at the Yachtsman Steakhouse, magic bands and credit cards, DVC follow up, drunks at Food and Wine, and trade follow ups. 

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Believe in Epcot article from Theme Park Insider

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Episode 175 -- Hypothetical Goodbye to the Magic Kingdom

Listen as the team discusses what would bring them down for one last ride in the Magic Kingdom.  What if all we had was one last ride in the Magic KingdomThe News Wheel turns on the Backlot Tour and its replacement, Frozen rollback, giving advice, and the Message Board Outrage of the Week.  The show closes with 3 Good Minutes on our favorite princesses.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Episode 174 -- Here at the end of all things

DEATH OF WORLD SHOWCASE SPECIAL EDITION OF THE NEWS WHEEL!  Also, find out what in Disney World we would drop everything to experience once last time.  We close on 3 Good Minutes on Tomorrowland.

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It's the end of World Showcase as we know it by Tim Grassey

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Episode 173 -- The Hollywood Studs

This week's discussion focuses on recent DVC rumors and a chat about the program's value for consumers.  The Listener Interaction Satchel has questions on towels redux, Lord of the Rings as a property, robot insurance, what would we re-name the Studios, safety at Food and Wine, Star Wars DVC, a party within a party, making a single day count, the Uh Oh drop, and trip reports...again.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Episode 172 -- Dole Whip is for Closers

The boys try to make a couple of deals and try to make all four parks better in segment involving fantasy imagineering and lots of haggling.  The News Wheel turns on confessions of a face character, Magic Kingdom arrival problems, drones, and the death of all that is good in Epcot.

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Confessions of a Face Character

Derek Burgan's Delight

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Episode 171 -- Mighty Men and the Dutchly Hallows

Dutch wants to live forever and has made Disney Horcruxes.  Russ and Kip must find them and destroy them.  The Listener Interaction Satchel includes info on Disneyland Paris, the Stooges, Magic Bands, irrational spending, and a MMOM Facebook group.  ACCIO DOLE WHIP!

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Episode 170 -- Big Hulking Russ smash IPs

In light of recent news, Team MMOM decided to discuss the role of intellectual properties within theme parks.  The News Wheel turns on more posh VIP tours for 1%er, changes to Memory Maker, a new paint job at TTA, MOAR MERCHANDISE, 3 day trips, and the Message Board Outrage of the Week.

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The Park Blogger Podcast

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Episode 169 -- The Josh Gonzalez Experience

In a historic episode, Josh Gonzalez joins us to take on the $40 A Day Challenge and  talk to to Russell Jame Lipton Shuttlesworth.  We also answer a bursting Listener Interaction Satchel that includes questions on touring with the Red Sox, dining math, ideas for new hard ticket parties, Family Feud futility, bad PriceLine reviews, LEN and MM+, towels, and saving the Studios.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Episode 168 -- It's New to Russ!

Russ is back from Walt Disney World and there's a bunch that was new to him.  The News Wheel turns on rumors about Soarin', changes to the Food and Wine Festival, the return of paper and the continued travails of MyMagic+, and the Message Board Outrage of the Week.


Soarin' rumors reported by Theme Park Tourist's blog on changes to Tables in Wonderland article on changes to Food and Wine Festival

Message Board Outrage of the Week

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Episode 167 -- Price is Guessed and Listener Interaction Satchel

This week the boys play The Price is Guessed and discuss Cirque du Soleil, para-sailing dockside fishing, the Best of Italy Wine Flight at Tutto Gusto and the rack rate for the Beach Club on New Year's Eve.  The Listener Interaction Satchel includes follow ups on Escape from Tomorrow, what we'd be doing if we were in Walt Disney World right now, shaving tips, theme park ride technology that we'd like to see WDW embrace, successors to Bob in Burbank, whether or not Disney should buy Lego, what we'd do with $1B, and what we'd change about the Walt Disney World fan community.

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Lisa Green's Living a Disney Life

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Episode 166 -- Family Feud Fiasco

In a valiant attempt to make a bit work, the team tried very hard to play Podcaster Family Feud.  The Listener Interaction Satchel includes questions Brits and tipping in the Disney Parks, Candlelight Processional draft, more Red Sox trades, World Cup in Walt Disney World, pizza again, other great WDW and theme park podcasts, and Fast Pass Plus again. Plus 3 Good Minutes on College Football.

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Message Board post RE: tipping

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Episode 165 -- Obligatory Discussion of You-Know-What

Dutch and Russ turn their eyes away from Walt Disney World and fix their gaze upon the Alley that Shall Not Be Named. The News Wheel turns on Walt Disney World going on a hiring binge, terror on the Monorail, a happy disaster, an opinion piece from the KC Star, and the accident which occurred on Pirates of the Caribbean. 

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When Disney World surprises go bad...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Episode 164 -- All the Rage

We blow out one of our favorite bits into a whole topic: Message Board Outrage of the Week is, for one week only, THIS WEEK IN RAGE.  Listener Interaction Satchel contains questions on when good plans go bad, FP+ and children, the sticking power of Potter, getting krunk in the Magic Kingdom, Dutch being a baby about FP+, Russ' dinner draft, book suggestions, Disney Land tips, and DLP tips.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Episode 163 -- There can only be one....or not.

This week the News Wheel turns on opulence, MOAR FROZEN!?!, and park attendance.  The team also does 3 Good Minutes on Honeymoon Ideas and Middle Relievers.  We also re-do our first episode to celebrate our anniversary.  

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Episode 162 -- Listener Interaction Satchel, MM+ Update and 3 Good Minutes

Bad words have been said about My Magic +.  Now hear more words.  The Listener Interaction Satchel is full of questions about scaring your children, drafting Disney's worst, multiple people hating Dutch, Russ getting robbed, Disney's treatment of animals, Restaurantasaurus, and za.  There's also 3 Good Minutes on STING and Star Wars.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Episode 161 -- Inside the Tourist's Studio

Dutch is back from the world and Russell has some questions for him written on blue note cards in a rather large stack.  News wheel turns on tiering changes at Disney Hollywood Studios and Epcot, Brian McNichol's top character meals, the death of American Idol and the Message Board Outrage of the Week.  There's also 3 Good Minutes on Disney's greatest contribution and advice to a new blogger.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Episode 160 -- Picasso Whale Guesses the Price

Bob Barker is back!  The Price is Guessed this time by Dutch and Kip.  The Listener Interaction Satchel includes questions on scaring your children, the non-fountain parts of the Poly refurb, ideas for family traditions, alternatives to Avatar, and FP+ and kids.

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Iwate Beef

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Episode 159 -- Redo, Rethink, Retry

This week's show follows up on the replacement level concept and takes a look at the Studios and Animal Kingdom.  News Wheel turns on Derek Burgan's favorite bars, Four Seasons and Message Board Outrage!  The show closes with 3 Good Minutes on British fans of the parks and Disney fan bonafides.

Burgan's Bar List on

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Thursday, May 29, 2014


This is a supplement to Episode 158's attraction draft.  Regular show picks up next week.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Ultimate Touring Plan Pro Tips & "Rock Your Disney Side" Commentary

As many of you know, I attempted a Magic Kingdom Ultimate Touring Plan on May 23, the day of the 24-hour "Rock Your Disney Side" event.  Some of you may not be familiar with an Ultimate Touring Plan. defines an Ultimate Touring Plan as "...seeing every attraction, show, parade and live performance in a Disney Theme Park in a single operating day."  A day where the Magic Kingdom was going to be open for 24-hours straight seemed like the perfect opportunity to accomplish this feat of strength.  But my goal was to not only complete an Ultimate Touring Plan, but break the record for most experiences completed which currently stands at 82.

I'll go ahead and cut to the chase and tell you that I was not able to break the record and I was not able to complete an Ultimate Touring Plan.  I did, however, complete 62 experiences in just over 22 hours.  For those of you keeping track, that would have put me at 8th most All-Time if I had completed all the required Attractions.  I want to hand out a few tips for those of you who may want to consider taking a crack at one of these some day and let you know what I learned.  I want you know what mistakes I made and what I learned.  I learned so much from my first attempt that I am already planning on attempting another one in less than a week.

Feel free to follow me at @joshgonz on Twitter as I had a blast updating my progress on my first attempt.  On to the tips!

1. I feel like the biggest mistake I made was not paying enough attention to show times or to which attractions were closing early.  I think this is the most important part of your planning if you want to attempt this some day.  I feel like I did an excellent job of avoiding lines, but I got into trouble a couple of times where I practically had to be in 2 or 3 places at once or face disqualification.

1a. This goes along with number one.  Do not wait until the last minute for things that have a definitive time.  I'm the type of person that likes to be as efficient as possible and I wanted to fill every single minute of my time with something meaningful, but sometimes you have to show up to something early or risk missing out on it.  Things happen.  More to the point, character attendants at the meet and greets LOVE to shut down the line well before the meet and greet is scheduled to end.  Do yourself a favor and get there 20-30 minutes early and make sure you don't miss out on a required meet and greet and get disqualified.

2. Have a plan for how you are going to keep your phone charged.  This slowed me down and almost got me disqualified a couple of times for having a dead battery when I needed to get a picture of myself during a show or a ride.  If you have a small digital camera it might be worth it to use that to take all of your required pictures because in a 15-17 hour day your phone will need to be charged.  There are lockers in Tomorrowland where you can leave your phone charging, but if your phone is your only means of taking the required photos then you won't be able to do anything while your phone is charging... and those things charge very slowly.  I brought my cell phone charger and spent a lot of precious time hunting for unused power outlets.  PRO TIP: The Tomorrowland Arcade next to Space Mountain has a ton of open outlets.  Unfortunately I didn't find this out until after midnight.  Another good option is to bring one of those nifty portable charging devices.

3. My last tip is don't try to be a hero your first time trying to complete one of these.  I would not recommend trying to break the record on your first time out of the gate.  Just focus on completing one first.  After you've got one under belt, then feel free to up the ante and include some of the bonus attractions.

I'll leave you with a few helpful links.  Thanks for reading.


Do not be afraid to rope drop Anna & Elsa.  However, to qualify for an Ultimate Touring Plan, you only need to do one side of FairyTale Hall.  Grab a FastPass+ for Rapunzel & Cinderella and use your rope drop on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (which was spectacular, by the way).

This guy dressed as Stinky Pete wins.

Tom Sawyer Island almost broke me.  I was straddling the dehydration and overheating lines and this place couldn't have been more confusing and athletically challenging for someone who had already done so much with so little rest and food.

However, I did get to take this photo so it was all worth it.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Episode 158 -- 2014 MMOM Attraction Draft

It's here! This is the review show of the 2014 MMOM Attraction Draft held on May 21, 2014.  The winner is reveal at the end.  A special bonus episode with color commentary will be released this coming Thursday.  Many thanks to the competitors who poured themselves into this.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

MMOM Attraction Draft -- Team-by-Team

It's here!  Below is a team-by-team breakdown of each competitor's WDW roster. It lists each man's hotel, meals and attractions/experience.  The number in parenthesis after each is the pick that each experience was taken overall.  For instance, "Shula's Steakhouse (67)" indicates that Shula's was taken 67th overall.

Josh Gonzalez (@joshgonz)
Team Gonzo
Grand Floridian proximal to vending macines (44)
Akershus (89
Biergarten (88)
Shula’s Steakhouse (67)
Toy Story Midway Mania (1)
Star Tours 2.0 (22)
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin (45)
Festival of Fantasy Parade (66)
Tomorrowland Speedway (132)
Fairy Tale Hall: Anna and Elsa (23)
Town Square Theatre: Meet Mickey (110)
Lights Motor Action (133)
Mad Tea Party (111)

Mike Nelson (@NHMikeNelson)
The Master Gracies
Beach Club (2)
Chef Mickey’s (46)
50’s Prime Time Café (87)
Be Our Guest (43)
Jungle Cruise (24)
Wild Africa Trek (131)
Main Street Electrical Parade (21)
Disney World Railroad (109)
Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream (90)
Alien Encounter (65)
Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room (68)
Pangani Forest Trail (112)
Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular

Ryan Kennedy (@Imagineer6)
The Echo Lakers
Wilderness Lodge (42)
Trails End (135)
Yak and Yeti (86)
Sanaa (64)
Tower of Terror (3)
Fantasmic (20)
Horizons (47)
It’s A Small World (91)
Dinosaur (25)
Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun (69)
Cranium Command (108)
Monsters Inc Laugh Floor (113)
Kitchen Kaberet (130)

Pete Norris (@_petenorris)
Peter Pan’s Beer Flight
Polynesian (41)
Boma (85)
Rose and Crown Dining Room (114)
Splash Mountain (4)
Spaceship Earth (19)
Boo to You Parade (63)
Great Movie Ride (70)
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride (26)
Celebrate the Magic  (92)
Astro Orbiter (129)
Jedi Training Academy (107)
Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow (136)

Cole Monroe (@mcolem2v)
The Making of Monroe
Bay Lake Tower Grand Villa (MK view)
Whispering Canyon (93)
Le Cellier (62)
Citricos (137)
TestTrack (18)
HalloWishes (5)
Keys to the Kingdom (128)
Living with the Land (27)
Carousel of Progress (49)
Country Bear Jamboree – Original Version (71)
Snow White’s Scary Adventure (84)
Maharajah Jungle Trek (106)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (115)

Kip Springfield (@kipspringfield)
Eye on Springfield
Dolphin Grand Suite (127)
Kona Café (83)
Beaches and Cream (94)
Yachtsman Steakhouse (39)
Soarin (6)
MuppetVision 3D (17)
Festival of the Lion King (28)
American Adventure (50)
Grand Fiesta Tour (61)
Universe of Energy (116)   
Liberty Square Riverboat (105)    
Magic Kingdom Welcome Show (72)
Sounds Dangerous (138)
Brian McNichols (@yesthatbrian)
I need TP
Animal Kingdom Lodge DVC Grand Villa (38)
SciFi Dine In – Star Wars Dine-in Galactic Breakfast (95)
Raglan Road (104)
Hoop Dee Doo Dinner (60)
Space Mountain (7)
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights (16)
Finding Nemo the Musical (73)
World of Motion (51)
The Barnstormer (82)
Journey into Imagination with Dreamfinder (29)
Tom Sawyer’s Island (139)
Disney Junior Live on Stage (117)
Hyperspace  Hoopla (126)

Brian Perkins (@wdwpodreview)
Crescent Lake Pod Racers
Treehouse Villas (118)
Crystal Palace (37)
Sunshine Seasons (140)
Flying Fish (74)
Expedition Everest (8)
Peter Pan’s Flight (15)
Symphony in the Stars (30)
Maelstrom (52)
Primeval Whirl (81)
Hall of Presidents (96)
Dumbo the Flying Elephant (59)
Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure
Skyway (125)

Russ Shuttlesworth (@MMOMRuss)
Mission: Russ
Yacht Club
Tusker House 8AM (80)
Via Napoli (141
Victoria and Albert’s (31)
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster (9)
Pirates of the Caribbean (14)
Mission Space (58)
Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (53)
Candlelight Processional (36)
Body Wars (119)
Tough to be a Bug (124)
Beauty and the Beast (97)
Backlot Tour Legacy (102)

James O’Connor (@jamesiscoolbean)
Tenacious Disney
Coronado Springs
Starring Rolls (123)
Brown Derby – Cobb Salad (57)
Chefs de France (98)
Big Thunder Mountain (10)
Haunted Mansion (13)
TTA People Mover (35)
Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid (54)
Mickey’s PhilharMagic (32)
Delta Dream Flight (120)
Sum of All Thrills (76)
Magic Carpets of Aladdin (142)
Flights of Wonder (79)

Howie Berman (@HOCOHowie
Jose & Pierre’s Enchated Adventure
Kidani Village 2BR ClubLevel
Cinderella’s Royal Table
The Wave
California Grill
Kilimanjaro Safaris (11)
Illuminations (12)
DiveQuest (143)
Kali River Rapids (56)
Seas with Nemo
Enchanted Tales with Belle (33)
Mickey’s Jammin Jungle Parade (121)
Turtle Talk with Crush (78)
Adventurer’s Outpost (100)