Thursday, December 26, 2013

Episode 136 -- It's a Hollow World After All


This week the team uses Hollow World by Nick Pobursky as a jumping off point to discuss some WDW topics.  The listener interaction satchel is emptied by answering questions about Johnny Mac, Dutch and Kip's experience with FastPass+, castmember training, advice for MLB's Winter Meetings, Couzzina, Be Our Guest Restaurant and Sanaa.  There's also a fun question about the best way to commute to work using a ride vehicle.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Episode 135 -- Mighty Men of Manners




Mighty Men of Manners this week as the the guys tackle a blog by Erin Foster of TouringPlans.com about being well-behaved while on vacation.  Atrocities discussed include loud talkers, dirty diapers, Brazilian tour groups, room service trays, loud talking, and foul language.

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A previous discussion on ethics can be found here.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Episode 134 -- Kickstarter Ideas and Return of the New Wheel

All in all, Dutch prefers chicken tenders.

Give me back my son!  The main topic is a discussion of what we would like to start up a Kickstarter for the Disney community.  News Wheel is back and turns on Gary Sinese's face, the Candlelight Processional, Joffrey's Coffee, the sad state of the monorail fleet, closures at Animal Kingdom, and improving Disney transportation.  

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Episode 133 -- Lots of Drinking Ideas and $40 at Downtown Disney


The first half of this week's episode is the boys taking on the Listener Interaction Satchel.  Topics include child sleep and Len, Victoria and Albert's, signature cocktails, more bar ideas, difficulties booking DVC, chafing again, and Dylan McDermott.  The second topic is $40/day at Downtown Disney.  Dutch has an anger-fueled Backpage.  We answered questions from the following listeners:

@joshgonz
@adambritten
@theagentkaye
@mwbrown25

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Episode 132 -- Christmas Edition of Level It, Keep It, More of It and Gift Guide for Guys


This week the Team ask what they want to level, keep and more of when it comes to Christmas in WDW.  It's also Thanksgiving Tradition time!  The boys share their ideas for gifts for the men in your life.  Highlights include beer, Grand Theft Auto: Metropolitan Orlando, tech gear and other fun stuff.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Episode 131 -- Troll Feeding

This week the Team hop in Doc Brown's Delorean to ask what events in the history of the Disney Company would have caused the internet to light itself on fire. 

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Episode 130 -- Kip Trip Highlghts and Listener Questions


Kip is back from the World and has some observations from his trip on dining with little ones, dealing with illness while on vacation, and a private party at Hollywood Studios.  The team also tackles listener notes on chafing, customer sevice, the College Program and traveling with a three year old.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Episode 129 -- Listener Interaction Satchel

This week features Dutch, Russ and Kip emptying out the Listener Interaction Satchel.  Questions tackled include the decline in customer service, honeymoon planning, tips for saving for trips, the benefits of DVC, ideas for bars, and more.  What a rush!

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Episode 123 -- Listeners and $40 at the Monorail Resorts

Listener questions start the show off.  Topics include a Fastpass+ review, a discussion on how to cut through the noise on customer service perception, thoughts on which professional sports franchise the Disney Company would be, and pizza.

This week’s topic is how to get by on the Monorail Resorts on $40.  Dutch has the Backpage.

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Episode 122 -- Eisner DisneyWar and the Eisner Era

This week Team MMOM does a deep dive on the book DisneyWar by James B. Stewart.  Looking at the book affords the Team the opportunity to closely examine the Eisner era.  Kip has the Backpage.

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Episode 128 -- Dutch Does It Solo and a Room with a View

Dutch is going to the World and enlists the rest of the Team to help figure out what he should do when he’s down there all by his lonesome.  The Boys also discuss their favorite new feature over at TouringPlans.com.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Episode 127 -- Mousetrapped

Mousetrapped discussion on seeing how the sausage is made, would you want to live this life, how would you kill time in the World without cash or a pass, and more.  Listener questions include a romantic dinner with Lou, a HuffPo October Preview, and a follow up on the future of travel agents.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Episode 126 -- Kip is going back & Listener Contact Satchel

Kip takes the team through some odd quirks on his upcoming trip.  The Listener Contact Satchel includes detailed trip notes from a mysterious benefactor.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Episode 125 -- Magic Kingdom Government Shutdown

This week Team MMOM imagines what would happen if the Magic Kingdom were shut down like the federal government.  A listener mailbag include whether or not Disney Co. is on the decline, worst possible advice, bad tasting water, and bracketology.

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Episode 124 -- Level, Keep, More at the Studios and Listener Mail Box

Team MMOM continues to bend the parks to their iron will with another game of Level it, Keep it, More of it.  The guys also tackle questions on Disney Company’s financial health, the death of the GAC, and the Red Sox.  Russ has the Backpage.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Episode 121 -- AAA Hotel Diamond Ratings and Other Hotel Resources

Team MMOM takes an in-depth look at hotel ratings and a deep dive AAA Diamond Ratings.  They also take a peek at Fodors, the Unofficial Guide, PassPorter, and aggregators.  Kip ties the record for most Carl Lewis appearances in under a minute.  The News Wheel turns briefly on RCS Champion California Grill and the future of travel agents.  Russ has the backpage.


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Monday, September 9, 2013

Episode 120 -- Epcot Level It, Keep It, More of It and Listener Stuff

Team MMOM plays a new game:  Level it, Keep It, More of it with Epcot.  They discuss what they want gone, what they want to stay exactly the same forever, and what they want to see expanded in everyone’s favorite park.  The Listener Satchel includes some fun new ideas for rich people, tips for beginner’s tips, and an update on the Platinum package.  Dutch has the Backpage.


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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Episode 119 -- Beginners' Guide to Beginners' Guides



This week Team MMOM help you help the people in your life their Beginner's  Guide to Beginner's Guides to Walt Disney World.  The men also talk back at some listeners.  Topics include Testa Bombing, Mike Newelling, our underdeveloped drinking palates, the best place to have a cocktail at the Swalphin, the role of Scotland in the UK Pavillion, L.E.N. criticism, and overaggressive crowd negotiation.  Kip has the Backpage.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Episode 118 -- Black AmEx presents Platinum WDW


After tackling Epcot Resorts on a budget last week, Team MMOM takes a look at how the other half lives with top shelf experiences that include VIP tours, the Platinum Dining Plan, private planes, and more.  Dutch also shares his experience planning a last minute trip and the unique challenges that opportunity represents. Russ has the Backpage. 

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Episode 117 -- Advice on Advice and $40 a Day at the Epcot Resorts

Team MMOM takes a look at "travel tips" from a couple of news sources.  Issues tackled include the scourge of over packing, the danger of sneaky wording in hotel ads, ways to lie/cheat/steal/ask for politley hotel upgrades, and what to expect from hotels when traveling.  The boys also do their best Rachel Ray impression and try to get buy at the Epcot Resorts on $40 a day.  Dutch has the Backpage.


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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Episode 116 -- L.E.N.

This week Dutch unveils a formula for calculating the cost of your time in Walt Disney World.  The Team uses the formula to discuss the value of renting a car, FastPasses, curbside check-in, and more.  Team MMOM also read two listener e-mails about the direction of the resort.  Kip has the Backpage.

 If you'd like to join the MMOM Listener Fantasy Football League e-mail the guys at show@mightymenofmouse.com to sign up.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Episode 115 -- Win if you can, Lose if you must, Always Cheat


Let's get ethical!  This week Team MMOM tries to do the right or at least figure out what that is.  Ethical dilemmas tackled include sham hotel reservations, being too fat the sky, aggressive rope drop tactics, FastPass cheats, and phony ADRs.  As a bonus, we also read an e-mail from Robert about Kip's backpage.  Russ has the Backpage.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Episode 114 -- Rating Restaurants



This week Team MMOM tackles the art of restaurant reviews.  They review the reviews of AAA, the Unofficial Guide, the Bar and Lounge Guide, and Zagat's.  An abbreviated News Wheel turns on a Facebook post from Mike Scopa and a blog from the Disney Hipsters.  Dutch has the Backpage.


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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Meet Team MMOM


Patrick "Kip" Springfield

Kip Springfield is from New Jersey, came of age in Philadelphia, and now lives in Northern Rhode Island with his wife Lisa Springfield, M.D. (nee Cantalupi).  Kip brought his Jersey Strong mentality to the courtrooms of Pennsylvania as a prosecutor where he put the criminals of the Keystone State in the hard vice of justice.  After a layoff from the World, Kip feel back in love with all things Disney in a trip to Disneyland in 2011.  He enjoys baseball, the Simpsons, and arguing with Dutch.


 
Russell Jameson Shuttlesworth

Russell "Russ" Shuttlesworth is an avid Disney fan.  Born in New York, Russ currently lives with his wife Felicity Shuttlesworth (nee McAfee) and handsome son Jameson Thompson (JT) in Warwick, RI.  When not plying his trade in risk management, Russ relaxes by watching baseball, reading non-fiction, and drafting incredibly detailed podcast notes.



John "Dutch" Lombrowski

Dutch Lombrowski lives in Providence, RI with his wife Sarah ("Honey") and their two children, Millie and Dutch Jr.  In addition to chasing around his near-indestructible son, Dutch enjoys football, basketball, fantasy sports, and professional wrestling.  He has been traveling to the World since he was six and cries every time during the Illuminations Christmas tag. 


Episode 113 -- Waiting is the Hardest Part



Team MMOM discusses all aspects of waiting in line this week. Armed with David Maister’s The Psychology of Waiting in Lines, Kip, Russ and Dutch tackle what Disney does right, what needs to be fixed, and the science of waiting. Kip has the Backpage.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Episode 112 -- Guy Weekend

Team MMOM discusses their favorite topic this week:  their adventure getaway to WDW.  On that trip, the Boys plan to tackle the Ultimate Magic Kingdom Touring Plan and Eating and Drinking Around the World during the Food and Wine Festival.  The NewsWheel turns on recharging stations in the park, wait times during the 4th of July, and Bob in Burbank getting to stay in Burbank an extra year.  Russ has the Backpage.

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Episode 111 -- Stats are for nerds

This week Team MMOM introduce themselves by discussing lessons of how the statistical revolution in sports like baseball can inform thoughtful analysis of trip planning and discussion of all thing WDW.  The New Wheel turns on Sofia the First taking on a bigger role at the Studios, the death of room service in New York City, and a tweet from @tom_bricker on reduced EMH in the Magic Kingdom.  Dutch has the Backpage.


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Monday, July 1, 2013

Episode 110 -- The End of the Beginning

Discussion this week on the theme park attendance report, a listener e-mail about the Wonders of Life Pavillion, and a major announcement.  Listen to the end.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Episode 109 -- Reasoning Behind Ticket Price Increase and News Wheel

This week the team tackles Beth Kassab's take on recent ticket price news.  News Wheel turns on umbrellas at Be Our Guest, Magic Bands and more.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Episode 108 -- Bob the Butcher

We missed an e-mail from Bob in Burbank and he ended up making a sequester-like cut across the board.  We tell him what we would have told him if we had only read his e-mail in time.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Episode 107 -- Uneven Steven

This week the Boys handle the Bi-Annual E-mail from Steve-o on the parks.  Lots of Epcot talk and the News Wheel in the Sky is turning too.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Episode 106 -- Renting People

This week The Team discusses the practice of hiring special needs people to cut lines at the parks.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Episode 105 -- It's Ain't All Pixie Dust

This week the Team tackles some of the worst and not-really-the-worst-but-these-people-are-really whiny of WDW.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Episode 104 -- Lady Parts

This week's discussion centers around Beth Kassab's article about the changes to Merida and other princesses.  The Team also goes over the Craft beer cart and Hawaii booth at the Food & Wine Festival.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Episode 103 -- News Wheel

This week the boys spin the New Wheel and discuss taco carts, Starbucks, Fantasmic FastPass, California Grill's new menu and more.  They also cover the F&W Australia and Caribbean booths.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Episode 98 -- $40 at the Animal Kingdom and the Lounge Guide

This week the Team shares some ideas on how to survive at the Animal Kingdom.........on $40.  The show closes with a discussion of Touring Plan's Bar and Lounge Guide.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Episode 97 -- Lucky Strikers

This week the team react to what's happening in and around the world.  Topics include Wawa, Be Our Guest, and  Splitsville.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

Episode 92 -- Miracle


This week the team watches a movie:  Miracle.  They also follow up on Dutch's experience with the Dolphin.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Friday, February 8, 2013

Apparently there doesn't need to be grass on the field to go to Disney World

I've brought younins to Disney, but this video reminds me of the old prank where some high school kids steal a lawn ornament and take picture of it in front of landmarks.  You can tell that Junior really loved the hell out of meeting Buzz Lightyear.


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Follow Up to Episode 89: Bad PR?


In Episode 89, Kip and I got into an argument over what Disney should do with Escape from Tomorrow.  I argued that Disney must take action to intervene to protect their intellectual property.  Kip argued that doing so would make for bad public relations.

My follow up question:  How would suing these chuckle heads be bad PR?  Look at this:

This looks terrible.  It looks like that guy is ready to do something horrible in that pool if he doesn't stop peeping those French girls. 

Is there anyone in the world who would say that Disney was being a bully unfair for trying to shut this crap down?  Is there someone that would say that Disney is targeting a little guy unfairly for saying "You did not have permission to do this in our parks and you do not have our permission to use our characters or use our buildings which we have been the stewards of for decades?"  Who would think that Disney is the bad guy in this scenario?

Kip's only counter would be that it would draw extra attention to the movie.  Hasn't that already happened?  The New York Times and New Yorker are kind of famous papers.  Blogs about the movie are already all over the internet.

How can you say that there would be bad PR for protecting your rights when weighed against all the negatives.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Episode 88 -- Dutch Seeking Answers



Dutch breaks down how his trip went.  High/lowlights include Seek 2013, Centre Care, staying on points, character meet and greets, and the Fantasyland expansion.


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Tuesday, January 8, 2013