Sunday, September 17, 2017

Audio-Animatronics at Walt Disney World - Episode 144 of The Disney Exchange Podcast

The Disney Exchange is Lisa, Dave, and me, Nick

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The show starts with a critique of my wardrobe.

Lisa shares a list of what is rumored to be some of the new names being floated for Disney's Hollywood Studios. We aren't really fans of any of them.

We would love to know what you think!

Our main topic this week is favorite and not so much beloved audio-animatronics at Walt Disney World, both present and past.



We would also like to hear some of your choices!

Listener Poll: Are the audio-animatronics in the Voyage of the Little Mermaid good or mediocre?


The Wheel of Distiny topic this week: If you could go to any Disney park outside of the United States, which would it be?

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Magical Memories at AK and DHS - Episode 143 of The Disney Exchange Podcast

The Disney Exchange is recorded live in a trailer via Skype and perhaps with Lisa underwater. Along with the aquatic Lisa is Dave and me, Nick.

We intended on sharing favorite memories and moments from ALL of the Walt Disney World parks but the show ran long, so we cover Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios on this episode.











Please stop back in a few weeks for our memories from Epcot and Magic Kingdom.

The Wheel of Distiny topic: There have been rumors saying Disney will start charging for FastPasses. 
Discuss.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Epcot Quick Serve Restaurant Roundup - Episode 142 of The Disney Exchange Podcast

The Disney Exchange is Lisa, Dave, and me, Nick  

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This week we take you to Epcot and look at the Quick Serve restaurants and kiosks, sharing our experiences, or lack thereof. 


The Wheel of Distiny topic: Submitted by my cousin Zach: Have you ever used an app other than My Disney Experience to book an ADR at a Walt Disney World Restaurant?

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Coming Clean About Disney - Episode 141 of The Disney Exchange Pocast

The Disney Exchange is Lisa, Dave, and me Nick

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Dave talks about his latest trip to Walt Disney World. Apparently it was HOT.



And CROWDED. And people left their trays and trash on the tables at Pinocchio's in the Magic Kingdom.

Don't do this!



Did I mention it was hot and crowded?

Did you see the Eclipse?

Disney has switched from individual toiletry products in some rooms in various resorts to soap, shampoo, etc., dispensers.

We share our opinions as well as random social media posts. WOW.

Photo : WDW News Today

Discuss. Really, please share your thoughts, social media links are below!

The Wheel of Distiny topic this week: Disney and AMC Theaters are teaming up to bring us Dream Big Princess. Participating AMC Theaters will be showing the animated classics Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, Tangled, The Princess and the Frog, and Brave. Will you go see any of these? 
I know I will!

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Epcot's Food and Wine 2017 - Episode 140 of The Disney Exchange Podcast

The Disney Exchange is Lisa, Dave and me, Nick

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After news and shout outs, Dave makes a big announcement!

There is much confusion as to when Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party begins we eventually get to our main topic, which are the latest offerings at this year's Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
Lisa shares a few of the special events, and we go on to talk about which offerings we would like to try from each of the food booths.


Ladies and gentleman : Yucca 

photo: Wikipedia

The Wheel of Distiny topic this week : Have you ever taken a survey at Walt Disney World?

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

4 Parks in 1 Day at WDW, Eclipse Edition - Episode 139 of The Disney Exchange Podcast

The Disney Exchange is Lisa, Dave, and Nick

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 Disneyland will start charging for parking at Downtown Disney District.

There are 30% discounts at several restaurants for Annual Passholders now through September 30th.

We thank 2 listeners for their wonderful reviews on iTunes! Thank you Suzanne and MHolley!

Our main topic has the 3 of us visiting Walt Disney World on Eclipse day, August 21st, and we are visiting all 4 parks!


The Wheel of Distiny topic this week: Disney has announced it will be starting it's own streaming service in 2019. Will you subscribe?

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Why You Shouldn't Ride Space Mountain - Episode 138 of The Disney Exchange Podcast

The Disney Exchange is Lisa, Dave, and me, Nick

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We take a look at some of the most popular rides in each of the parks at Walt Disney World and talk about why people should NOT ride them.

For instance, if you are not a fan of thrill rides, or perhaps quick, herky-jerky unexpected turns in the dark, then you may want to avoid Space Mountain.


The Wheel of Distiny topic this week: What is the one thing you would like to say to Walt Disney?

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Eat Here Not There at Walt Disney World : Episode 137 of The Disney Exchange Podcast

The Disney Exchange is Lisa, Dave, and me, Nick

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This week we take a look at very popular, hard to get into, perhaps even overrated restaurants in Walt Disney World, and offer alternatives.





We also look at table service restaurants and counter service substitutions.

The Wheel of Distiny topic this week: Are you still pin trading at Walt Disney World?


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Friday, July 28, 2017

Food Court at All Star Music

by Gaylin

The Intermission Food Court at All Star Music, is not as large as the food court I am used to at Pop Century. This means the selection of food is smaller as well. It still has a decent choice of entrees and desserts. I didn't have breakfast there but I did pick up yogurt and boiled eggs at the market section of the food court to add to breakfast in my room.

The food court can be accessed by doors on the exterior of the building or . . .


this large opening in the lobby of the building.


There are three booths where you can pay for your food, each booth can contain 2 cast members, on on each side of the booths.


I had lunch at the resort one day and was happy to be able to get this lovely gluten-free meal. A tasty quinoa salad, topped with a beautifully cooked piece of chicken with a side of freshly made tomato soup. For my drink, I had this bottled Odwalla juice drink, yum! I got all of this for one Quick Service credit.


I enjoyed dinner a couple of times at the food court. I had this lovely turkey dinner, sliced turkey breast, corn and mashed potatoes. Take away the gravy and the dinner roll and voila, a gluten free meal. Again, this was one Quick Service credit.


When I had lunch at the resort, it was beautiful sunny day and I sat at one of these tables and enjoyed my meal outside!


On the exterior wall of the food court is the bar, Singing Spirits. It was never very busy while I was there, I don't drink alcohol so I didn't stop, but I did take a couple photos for you. It appeared that when there was a football game on, the televisions behind the bar had the games playing, loudly . . .


Here is the drink menu, they do have non-alcoholic options but I was happy with my Odwalla drinks from the food court.


All in all, the food court at the resort was not fancy but did have enough options for everyone. I liked all the meals I had there and since I could get allergy safe meals, whew, I was very relieved!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Future Looks Fantastic at Disney Parks : Episode 136 of The Disney Exchange Podcast

The Disney Exchange is Lisa, Dave, and me, Nick

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The culmination of our contest is upon us! Nobody chose the right spinner ride, but everyone who guessed wins!

The 3 of us share our thoughts on all the amazing announcements out of D23, including:

The official name of the Star Wars themed lands at Walt Disney World and Disneyland:
https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2017/07/star-wars-galaxys-edge-announced-as-name-for-star-wars-lands-at-disney-parks/

A attraction replacing The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios featuring Mickey and Minnie:
https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2017/07/first-mickey-themed-ride-through-attraction-mickey-and-minnies-runaway-railway-coming-to-disneys-hollywood-studios/

A brand new attraction themed around Ratatouille coming to Epcot's France Pavilion and a Guardian's of the Galaxy atraction replacing Universe of Energy:
https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2017/07/guardians-of-the-galaxy-ratatouille-attractions-coming-to-epcot/


A Star Wars themed resort:
https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2017/07/plans-unveiled-for-star-wars-inspired-themed-resort-at-walt-disney-world/

A new Tron attraction coming to the Magic Kingdom:
https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2017/07/tron-attraction-coming-to-magic-kingdom-park-at-walt-disney-world-resort/

Plus much more!

The Wheel of Distiny topic: Have you seen the new Spider-Man movie, and what did you think?

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Do Not Block Driveway- Where in Walt Disney World

By Nick

This is a tough one.

Where in Walt Disney World would you find this "office?"

 Answer below photo.


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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Under the Sea!

by Gaylin

At the Magic Kingdom, in Fantasyland, you can find the Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid. This is a slow ride, bright and colourful, it tells the story of The Little Mermaid in songs and is loud enough that you can sing along . . . without bothering the other guests in their clamshells.

The theming of the ride starts at the entry and continues through the line-up. While you can fastpass this ride, if the standby line isn't too long, go in that way. I love the attention to detail from the sidewalk on up!





You need a way better camera than mine to get good photos on the ride, remember - no flash photography.


Across from the entry is your only chance to get your photo with King Triton. This statue can be a busy spot, lots of folks want their photo here.

If you look at the back of the Disney Vacation Club booth that is right there, this map is on the wall and it is beautiful.

Have fun!


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Making the Magic Kingdom More Magical - Episode 135 of The Disney Exchange Podcast

The Disney Exchange is Lisa, Dave, and me Nick

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#confirmed - TRON Lightcycle Power Run coming to the Magic Kingdom. And by #confirmed we mean this has NOT been confirmed by Disney.

Due to having to record earlier in the week than previously planned, the T- shirt giveaway winners will be announced next week. So get in your entry! Simply guess which was the first spinner ride Lisa ever rode, on her recent vacation! Please submit your guess to our email: info@thedisneyexchange 

On this week's show we share our suggestions for making a day at the Magic Kingdom...magical! Well, even more magical!


The Wheel of Distiny topic this week was from listener Mike over on Twitter: Where do you cut back on your budget to compensate for price increases at Disney Parks? 

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Dressing up for Disney

by Gaylin

I love the Animal Kingdom park, I especially enjoy going on the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail and the Maharajah Jungle Trek. On my second day at the Animal Kingdom, we were enjoying the Gorilla Falls walk, we got to a spot where you can watch the gorillas and a lot of people had stopped and were laughing. Why? Because this guy was wandering around with a bucket on his head. Everyone kept saying it looked like a top hat - glad he dressed up for us!


I don't think this fellow was impressed with the 'man in the hat'.


The little guy was having too much fun to worry about anyone else!




Sunday, July 9, 2017

Progressive Dining at Walt Disney World - Episode 134 of The Disney Exchange Podcast

The Disney Exchange is Lisa, Dave, and me, Nick
 
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Please excuse the technical difficulties.

Thank you Georgia for being the state with the most downloads last episode.

Back on Episode 55 of the podcast we did progressive dining around Disney Springs. So much has been added since that time we decided to re-visit this location.


 What, you may ask is progressive dining? We visit a different dining location for several courses, including an appetizer, soup and salad course, entree, dessert, and a beverage.


The Wheel of Distiny topic this week was submitted by listener #13, Andy: If you could take one ride, area of the park, or food from Disneyland and bring it to Walt Disney World, what would it be?

What is a Listener #? Back in the early shows we would joke about our low listener numbers, saying we had 12 whole listeners, and that included us and my wife! People started giving themselves numbers and it became a badge of honor for some!

You can request your Listener Number on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedisneyexchange, Twitter: https://twitter.com/disneyexchange  or email us at: info@thedisneyexchange 

And if you are so inclined, a 5 start review on iTunes would go a long way towards getting our show out to the masses!

We are giving away 3 Disney Exchange Podcast tee shirts! Please choose a size Large, Extra Large, or Double Extra Large.

To win simply answer the following question:

When Lisa was at Walt Disney World recently, she rode her first spinner ride ever. What was it?

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Not-So-Hidden Mickey

by Gaylin

I love looking for Hidden Mickeys. I admit, I also love when they are not-so-hidden, like this one at Disney Springs.

In the Marketplace, near the Leftys kiosk, you can find this one!



Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Meet & Greets at the Magic Kingdom

by Gaylin

There are lots of ways to meet characters at Walt Disney World. You can Fastpass a meet and greet, you can have a meal at a character dining restaurant or you can randomly come upon a character. While I was at the Magic Kingdom, one day of my vacation (I visited the Magic Kingdom 4 times on my recent trip), I met a few lovely characters!

I stopped at Pete's Silly Sideshow and the line-ups were quite short so I went in and met with both these lovely ladies.

The lovely Daisy, in all her mind-reading finery.


 Minnie is pretty in pink and oh, so polite!


Then I was over at Fairytale Hall and there was no wait! I went in and talked recipes with Tiana, wearing her gorgeous ball gown.


And Rapunzel, wow - that braid must get heavy after a full day of photos!


I did have a Fast Pass to meet Ariel but wouldn't have needed it, the line was only 10 minutes. I don't know why but any photo I take with Ariel - I always look so awkward. I must be in awe of her beautiful tail.


One short day at the Magic Kingdom and 5 characters meet ups! If you have never done a meet-up and are worried about feeling uncomfortable or silly, don't - the wonderful characters know exactly how to treat a guest!