Thursday, April 17, 2014

Episode 152 -- Crescent Lake Leveled


This week the team plays Level It, Keep It, More of It with the Crescent Lake Hotels.  Listener Interaction Satchel includes discussion on FP+ kiosks, just how flexible can FP+ be, Dutch's shame, and more.  We also do 3 Good Minutes on the American Adventure with Dutch's list of Great Americans and how we'd fix FastPass +.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Episode 151 -- Tax Cheats!

It's tax season.  The average refund is about $3K, so this week we talk about how we would spend that amount of money to plus an already planned trip.  The News Wheel also turns on a new park in NOLA, parking prices (ugh) and message board outrage. 

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Episode 150 -- Level/Keep/More Monorail Resorts

Level It, Keep It, More of It comes to the Monorail Resorts.  The Listener Interaction Satchel includes lots of beer selections and a ton of tips for bringing small children.  We also close out on 3 Good Minutes on merch we like and wait times that confound us.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Episode 149 -- Citizen's Arrest!

You're under arrest!  Well, not really, but find out what we think should land folks in the theme park jail.  The News Wheel turns on Annual Passholders, leaky aquariums, the Mine Train, and MESSAGE BOARD OUTRAGE!  We also close with 3 Good Minutes on the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique and Universal Studios.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Josh Gonzalez's Festival of Fantasy Photo Report

Note: click on any of the images to view a larger version.  Once you click on an image, you can press the left or right arrows on your keyboard to cycle through the other photos.  Enjoy!

~ Josh

Belle and Beast started the parade on the front of the first float.

Cinderella and Prince Charming on a rotating platform on the first float.

Tiana and Prince Naveen on another rotating platform at the back of the first float.

That brings us to the other performers on the back of the first float: Anna, Elsa and Olaf!  The platforms on the floats rotate very slowly so I almost missed them.

Next float: Tangled!  This guy in the mime suit was one of my favorite moments of the parade.

The Snuggly Duckling float was quite impressive.



Next up was the Little Mermaid float.  It included some of the most creatively dressed performers in the parade.

Coral girl was very mysterious and seductive...



Next up was the Peter Pan float.  The Lost Boys were very funny.



Captain Hook was underneath a giant rainbow for some reason.  Maybe it's something from the movie?  Feel free to let me know in the comments.


Gotta love the Tick Tock Croc.

Next up is the Brave float.  Yes, Merida is riding a giant set of bagpipes.



The Three Good Fairies from Sleeping Beauty.  Maleficent is obviously planning on eating them.

The stilt-walkers were pretty cool.

The raven-masked performer was pretty impressive.  Unfortunately, I didn't get a really good shot of him this time.

Maleficent stole the show.





RAWWWRRRRR!!!!





Still hungry after the Three Good Fairies, Maleficent is going to eat some tourists.

Next up is some shenanigans with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

There were also a lot of other characters thrown in there.



Coming up towards the end is the Monstro float.



And here comes the Donald/Daisy/Fantasia float.

Last up is Mickey and Minnie and some Hippo ballerinas.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Episode 148 -- Listener Interaction Satchel Blow Off

Questions tackled include being a day guest in the days of FastPass Plus, groupthink in the Disney community, how much Disney actually picks your pocket with Disney Dollar$, lessons lawyers can learn from the parks, the business behind the F&W festival, Dutch's beef with Lou, Splash Mountain being screwed, ways to make marriage competitive, the SHAMErock Shake, LEN theft and more!

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Episode 147 -- The Aging Curve

This week the team discusses how the changing, liver spotted face of America is affecting Disney's plan for the resort is going forward.  Many thanks to Jim "Hurricane" Heyward of AtomicGrog.com for the show topic.  We also discuss what a WDW 50 year plan would look like.  We also give three good minutes on spring training at WDW and good reads.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Josh Gonzalez's 3-7-14 WDW Photo Report (Art of Animation, Treehouse Villas, Royal Guest Room, etc.)

Beds in a Pirate Room at Caribbean Beach Resort.

The details at Art of Animation are incredible.





The Little Mermaid section at Art of Animation.


Inside a Little Mermaid room at Art of Animation.


The new Tip Board at Hollywood Studios.

I got to see the inside of a Treehouse Villa.  They are quite spacious and they are very secluded and quiet.






Another incredible room is the three-bedroom, two-story Grand Villa at Saratoga Springs.








My last trip was to a Royal Guest Room at Port Orleans Riverside.  I found it to be more detailed than the Pirate Room at Caribbean Beach.