Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Where in Walt Disney World - Parrot Light and The Great Wall of China

By Nick 

 Where in Walt Disney World would you find this Parrot chandelier light as well as what the Cast Members that work here call "The Great Wall of China?"

The answer is below the photo-no peaking!

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Episode 75 of The Disney Exchange- Summer Awakens at Walt Disney World

By Nick

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The Disney Exchange is Lisa Green, Dave Hodges, and me, Nick Maglio.

The show begins with my feedback on last week's show, which I was mostly absent for (I apologize to my legion of fan(s?)), because I was having dinner at Be Our Guest in the Magic Kingdom thanks to friends Alison and Jim, and I share my favorite scene from The Little Mermaid.

This episode continues in the right direction as my favorite topic is discussed. Me.

I share observances and thoughts from my recent trip to Walt Disney World, such as the Casey's Hot Dog Cart that now goes up and down Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom before the Festival of Fantasy, as well as new PhotoPass opportunities which I also noticed prior to the FoF parade.


PhotoPass

There are also a few new surprises to be found during the Hitchhiking Ghosts scene in The Haunted Mansion (wish I had a photo, sorry) which you may find to be very cool or very creepy!

Haunted Mansion

I go on to talk about my After Hours at the Magic Kingdom experience, which was a lovely gift from Alison and Jim.


Also After Hours 





We go on to discuss many of the events that are due to debut this Summer at Walt Disney World.

Well, Dave and I do. Lisa is mostly busy on Twitter!

The Wheel of Distiny topic is brought to us by listener Dexter L : Who was your first Disney guide and how did they help with your love of Disney?

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Liberty Square in Walt Disney World

Magic Kingdom's Liberty Square 
 
By Lisa Green 
 
The Liberty Bell in Walt Disney World's Liberty Square 

So much goodness can be found in a very special little corner of Magic Kingdom – Liberty Square!  I like to approach this section of the park through Fantasyland to fully enjoy this carefully crafted walk through time.  Don’t know what I mean?  Liberty Square is the symbolic beginning of these United States of America!  As you walk towards and through Frontierland, you move through history!

Let’s go back in time to Colonial America.  Check the buildings’ architecture, style, and colors and you’ll be transported back to a time when there were, in this country, just 13 colonies struggling for liberty – thus the name of today’s focus!  Don’t miss the Liberty Bell (reproduction) and the stockade for some great photo ops!  A humble little area with only a very few attractions and eateries, the Magic Kingdom and Walt Disney World would certainly not be the same without it.

Lots of Love for Liberty Square

The Liberty Belle is a beauty!  This paddlewheel boat is graceful and majestic and offers guests a relaxing way to enjoy the Rivers of America.  While I prefer to enjoy her beauty from the shore rather than aboard her decks – there’s no denying how impressive this riverboat is in all her whitewashed glory.

The Hall of Presidents – Don’t be ashamed if you’re a fan!  Go ahead, hold your head up with pride.  You’re not a stuffy, geeky brainiac – you’ve got a great appreciation for a unique and very “Disney” experience.  In New York at the 1964 World’s Fair, Walt Disney’s Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln first appeared in the Illinois Pavilion.  Once Disney had Honest Abe – the very first animatronic human – the rest of the presidents were not far behind.  A virtual haul of presidents!  (Don’t hurt yourself)

Hall of Presidents / Walt Disney World

Haunted Mansion – Don’t tell me this doesn’t rank in your top 10 favorite Disney attractions.  Either I won’t believe you or I’ll have to stop being your friend.  This ride’s got it ALL!  Great sound and special effects, perfect balance of fun and creepy/scary-ness, awesome ride vehicles, great music – what more could a Disney fan ask for?

Walt Disney World's Haunted Mansion

What’s YOUR favorite thing about Liberty Square?   

This article was originally posted on Lisa's Living a Disney Life Blog.
She can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LivingaDisLife and on Twitter at

Please be sure to check out Lisa along with me and David Hodges on The Disney Exchange Podcast!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Tex-Mex at Pecos Bill in the Magic Kindgdom

By Nick


A few months ago there was a change to the menu at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe in Walt Disney World. They started serving Tex-Mex inspired items, replacing their popular burger selections. I gave a couple of items a try back in January.

Let's take a look at the new offerings.




Not shown above is a Taco Burger topped with Seasoned Ground Beef and Pepper Jack Cheese and served with a side of Tortilla Chips and Beef Nachos, Tortilla Chips topped with Seasoned Ground Beef, Tomatoes, and Lettuce.

There is also a fixin's bar, just like in the burger days, this time with salsas and quacamole.  







On my first visit I had the Chicken Burrito, and it was very good, but extremely messy and unwieldy, so I would go for the Fajita Platter as an alternative.



On the next stop, I had the Southwest Burger, and this was also very tasty, and...a burger! So Pecos Bill is still a great stop for that all American favorite.




Monday, May 16, 2016

Episode 74 of The Disney Exchange - Beating the Heat at Walt Disney World

074 The Disney Exchange – Hot Weather Survival Tips 

By Lisa Green 
 
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Nick at Disney Springs 


This week Nick’s at Walt Disney World.  Dave and I are not.  While this episode is not completely Nick-free (he does make time in his precious vacation schedule to call in from Be Our Guest to gloat a bit), Dave and I are left to our own devices to carry on with this week’s topic…

Tree-of-Life 

Hot Weather Survival Tips

To make this easier, we broke down the tips into four categories:
  1. Dealing with the scorching sun & humidity (You will, at times, feel like you are 5 inches from the sun!)
  2. Strategies for staying cool while touring the parks (Yes, you can plan your touring to maximize shade!)
  3. Coping with the daily rain shower (It’s going to happen! Beware!)
  4. Escaping the heat outside the parks (There’s more to do than swim!)
It should come as no surprise to you that we don’t do a great job of staying with the outline.  I’ll blame it on Nick.  Yes, it’s absolutely Nick’s fault for leaving us alone to carry on without him.  He’s having a LOT of fun without us and that hurts our feelings so much we can’t concentrate.  We do manage to list some helpful tips for summer Disney World vacations, I think.  I don’t think I mentioned the cooling effects of a Citrus Swirl, so here’s a bonus tip for reading these show notes!

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We also discuss wether or not I should spend $80 per person for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (7 adults) or use that money to eat dinner at Shula’s Steakhouse instead.  Please help me decide!  Go take the poll Dave set up on Twitter.

As always, we appreciate each and every one of you for listening (and actually reading these show notes!).  We know there are dozens (hundreds?) of Disney fan podcasts to choose from and we’re delighted and proud that you make time to listen to this one!  We love interacting with you on social media, so please!!!! if you don’t already follow us on Facebook and Twitter, pop on over and join the fun!

Here are some pictures of Nick – he told me I had to include plenty of them in the show notes or you’d be unhappy.  Nick says, “You’re welcome.”
 
Nick at WDW


  Nick in the Treehouse

Nick & Beer

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The 7 Styles of Disney Park Walking

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By Lisa Green 
 
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Everyone has a style.  I’d be willing to be that in this particular category of Walt Disney World guest, you have a style from which you rarely deviate!  I’m talking movement – how you travel within a Disney park on foot.  I’ve had the opportunity to observe Disney park visitors over the past couple of dozen years and I’ve identified what I like to refer to as….

The 7 Styles of Disney Park Walking

1. Walk OR Talk – If this is you, a multi-tasker you are not.  This type of traveler cannot walk and talk (or eat) and must stop and start repeatedly.  Walk….stop and turn to a particular traveling companion, speak…..resume walking.  No brake lights makes this type of fellow park guest one we shouldn’t follow too closely or a collision will most definitely occur!


2. Diagonal Walker – At first these cross-movement specialists seem as if they might be trying to traverse the crowd to reach a specific destination, but no…the diagonal path leads to the very edge of the walkway and then, like a pinball, this vacationer bounces back into the crowd in a new direction back across the path of every other visitor.  This is one of Disney vacationing’s greatest mysteries to me – If you’re a diagonal traveler, please enlighten me – Why must you walk that way?

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3. Weavers – These fans of the random zig-zag seem virtually incapable of walking in a straight line from points A to B.  Not to be confused with the Diagonal Walkers, the zig-zag pattern is very narrow and repeats often – most commonly in the very center of paths and sidewalks.  It seems to me that Weavers are more likely to be pushing a stroller which makes me wonder if a faulty stroller wheel may contribute to this phenomenon.

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4. Red Rovers – Remember the semi-violent playground game “Red Rover”?  The premise was to physically band together in an impenetrable straight line – the goal being to remain attached firmly enough to repel attempts by opposing team members to break the line.  The Red Rover style of park crossing involves the same principle:  Walk side by side with friends or family across as much of the walkway as possible, allowing no one to pass between you from either direction.  Oncoming or overtaking foot traffic must not be allowed to pass!  Personally, I find this to be the #1 most annoying type of group walking behavior in Disney parks.  Please don’t tell me if you are a member of this category.

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5. The Classic Mosey-ers – I admire them as much as I dislike this type of Disney guest.  They care not one whit about getting anywhere in a hurry.  The masters of the mosey walk in a straight line while their heads slowly swivel from side to side, soaking up the atmosphere, taking in all the sights and sounds, living the dream, baby!  My problem is that I always seem to be stuck behind them with a FastPass that’s about to expire.

6. Rear Viewers – This style is so difficult to execute successfully, it may be impossible – but that doesn’t keep plenty of brave souls from trying.  This method of reaching a final destination involves walking backwards to converse with other travel party members, check on offspring, or gesture in the direction from which they are moving away.  Rear viewers have absolutely no idea what they may be walking into!  Probably the most entertaining walkers to watch, these Disney tourists are missing some pretty awesome stuff in front of them – mainly the comical flight of the folks they’re about to run down!

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7. Roundabouts (a.k.a. Dodgers or Gappers) – This is the category I call home!  We are the fast paced travelers who swiftly negotiate the other 6 types of walkers by taking advantage of gaps and openings wherever we find them.  Our ninja-like stealth allows us to flow through all the other park guests unnoticed with barely a ripple.  We are always moving forward briskly and with purpose.  Oh, okay, I’ll admit it – I just want all the non-like-minded people to get out of the way so I can be in front!  Since that rarely happens, I’ve developed what I like to believe are some well-honed skills that make me and my family members amazing crowd negotiators.

Yes, I really want to know!  Which type of Disney park walker are YOU?

This article was originally posted on Lisa's Living a Disney Life Blog.
She can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LivingaDisLife and on Twitter at

Please be sure to check out Lisa along with me and David Hodges on The Disney Exchange Podcast!