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.

Download Episode 158

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)

Friday, May 23, 2014

MMOM Attraction Draft Results by Round

Below are the results of the Mighty Men of Mouse Attraction Draft with round-by-round results.  They are presented without comment.


Team Name
Draft Pick
Josh Gonzalez
Team Gonzo
Toy Story Midway Mania
Mike Nelson
The Master Gracies
Beach Club
Ryan Kennedy
The Echo Lakers
Tower of Terror
Pete Norris
Peter Pan’s Beer Flight
Splash Mountain
Cole Monroe
The Making of Monroe
Kip Springfield
Eye on Springfield
Brian McNicols
I need TP
Space Mountain
Brian Perkins
Crescent Lake Podracers
Russ Shuttlesworth
Mission: Russ
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
Tenacious D(isney)
Big Thunder Mountain
Howie Berman
Jose & Pierre’s Enchanted Adventure
Kilimanjaro Safaris