Sunday, January 15, 2017

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at Disney's Animal Kingdom-109 of The Disney Exchange

Lisa, Dave and me, Nick = The Disney Exchange Podcast

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Smooth. Like ESPN? Dave does too.

We talk about Disney "Dine on the Go" which debuts January 12th at the Magic Kingdom, and if we think it is worth it.

It's a windy day at The Disney Exchange.

Dave my be bad luck. Maybe don't visit while he is at Walt Disney World.
He goes on to share his Disney Marathon Weekend experience, including the cancellation of the half marathon, the expense, weather conditions, and characters.



The Epcot International Festival of the Arts Merchandise is amazing!

Spring has sprung early at Walt Disney World!

Our main topic: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a snack at Disney's Animal Kingdom!
We each go around and share our choices for each meal of the day!
Most of the venues at DAK are discussed in some capacity, and really, there are so many amazing options!


Pea-can. Pea-kahn. Puh-kahn.

Birdfood. Thems good eats

The Wheel of Distiny topic this week: It seems that food booths will be a part of Epcot year round eventually, how do you feel about that?


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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Lisa's WDW Christmas Week Trip Recap - 108 The Disney Exchange

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

All photos this week are courtesy of Lisa Green.

A smoooooth start to the first episode of 2017 awaits you lucky listeners.

Lisa thanks some very lovely people for wonderful reviews on social media. Thank you all!

We are some people's favorite Disney podcast. Please don't let them know there are other Disney Podcasts. Shhhhhh.

We're charismatic. So there!

We discuss the Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 preview, and talk briefly about Rogue One. Possible spoiler alert!
I mess up all sorts of stuff, such as the Rogue One droid's name, which is K-2SO, and call Baymax from Big Hero Six Betamax. Yes, Betamax. Oops.

Lisa goes on to share highlights and lowlights from her trip to Walt Disney World during Christmas week.


She shares her experience with the new-ish Express Bus service between parks was well worth the price of $24 per day.


 Her Bay Lake view at Bay Lake Tower was spectacular!


Lisa was not overly impressed with the Wild Africa Trek, and talks about her experiences, good and bad.


Lisa got to meet friends, Carmen and Brian aka Peas and Carrots on YouTube.


The Candlelight Processional, with special Cal Ripken Jr. She got a dining package, and that worked out well.


Lisa's review of Flying Fish is not stellar. The food was very good, but her service was lackluster.

She wants her money back for the Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam dessert party. We go on to talk about the best way to get your money's worth. Hint, it involves alcoholic beverages.



Lisa and her son had a great time doing the Wilderness Explorer program at Disney's Animal Kingdom.



Dave and Lisa share their thoughts on the announcement of the new opening show at the Magic Kingdom starting this month, which leads to a discussion on the new Annual Pass lines at the parks.


Dave is currently (if you are listening Sunday 1/8 in the morning) running the WDW marathon! Go Dave!

The Wheel of Distiny topic this week: What was your favorite Disney movie of 2016?

On a very serious note, the Disney Podcast community suffered the loss of one of it's own when Alan of the Enchanted Tiki Talk Podcast passed away on Christmas Eve. He leaves behind a wife, Blair and baby daughter, Grace. A GoFundMe page has been set up to collect for Grace's college fund. 
https://www.gofundme.com/college-for-normnb8s-daughter

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And, as always, thank you for listening to The Disney Exchange!
 

Friday, January 6, 2017

January 2017 Walt Disney World Trip Plans

By Nick

Our trip is just 2 weeks away from tomorrow, and there is so much to see and do, as well as so many people to see and spend time with, it's going to be a jam packed visit!
What we have planned so far:

Saturday, January 21st: 

Fly out of Philly EARLY. The earliest ever, a 5:55am flight! There are reasons why I booked that flight. Weather. I find the 1st flight of the day is the least likely to be delayed if there are weather issues. And it is non-stop. That is pretty much essential. As an extra bonus, it was the least expensive flight.

Finally, more park time=more better. This is especially true because there is a new special event at Epcot, International Festival of the Arts, which is going to be held Friday-Monday, January 13th-February 20th.

I hope to experience as much as this event as possible early Friday, as we have plans for dinner with long time friend and frequent blog contributor, Gaylin, at Disney's Hollywood Studios in the evening, as well as, hopefully, a meet up with friends Heather and Rich.

Sunday, January 22nd:

As mentioned in a previous trip planning article, our itinerary is an ever evolving thing. On this Sunday, I'd hoped to spend the late morning and early afternoon at Disney Springs, shopping and having lunch. But because of the above mentioned International Festival of the Arts, we've decided we'd just do Epcot for most of the day, and visit Disney Springs Tuesday. That evening Barbie and I have ADRs at Flying Fish on the Boardwalk.

Monday, January 23rd: 


We are doing the Keys to the Kingdom Tour at the Magic Kingdom at 730am. After this 5 hour experience we're meeting with friends Kandi, John, and their 2 kids at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge for dinner at Sana.

Tuesday, January 24th: 

Morning and early afternoon at Disney Springs.
The Magic Kingdom in the evening and dinner at Skipper Canteen with Kandi, John, Gaylin and the kids.

Wednesday, January 25th:

Our friends Meghan and Todd and our Godson Flynn will be in, so hopefully we'll meet with them at Epcot. That evening we meet up with the gang at Whispering Canyon at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, followed by another evening at the Magic Kingdom.


Thursday, January 26th:  



Animal Kingdom to start the day, with an evening at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and dinner at 50s Prime Time with most of the group.

Friday, January 27th:

Magic Kingdom in the morning for a couple of hours before flying home.

Whew!
So, like I said jam packed, but if you will be there that week, please let me know, we'd love to say hello!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

...Happy New Year- Episode 107 of The Disney Exchange Podcast

The Disney Exchange is Lisa, Dave, and me Nick! Happy New Year!
 
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We discuss new stuff coming to Walt Disney World in 2017, and whether or not Rivers of Light will ever open at Disney's Animal Kingdom.



Dave talks about running the Dopey Challenge during the 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.

I talk very briefly about plans for my January trip and we talk about meeting up in April.

We go on to talk about Disney Movies coming out this year, and somehow neglect mentioning a movie I am extremely excited about, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2!

Have you seen the preview for Pirates of the Caribbean 5? What did you think?

We talk about our Disney plans for 2017.

Wheel of Distiny: Best piece of advice for listeners headed to WDW in 2017.

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If you would be so kind as to leave us a 5 star review on any of the social media sites or iTunes, we'd really appreciate it. Thank you!

And, as always, thank you for listening to The Disney Exchange!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas... - Episode 106 of The Disney Exchange Podcast

The Disney Exchange is Lisa, Dave, and me, St. Nick. Ho ho ho! 

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First off, I'd like to thank all our listeners for their support on social media, we've had some new 5 star reviews and that means a lot to us!

We go on to talk about the recent announcement that alcohol will be served at 4 more venues, besides Be Our Guest, which has served it since it's opening, in the Magic Kingdom. The other venues are Cinderella's Royal Table, Tony's Town Square, Skipper Canteen, and Liberty Tree Tavern, thus finally making that last one a real tavern! We share our feelings and discuss the uproar on the internet.
We go on to discuss the Annual Pass Holder lines that appear to be in a test phase at Walt Disney World.

Dave has seen Rogue One: A Star Wars Story before both Lisa and me? What the...?!
Have you received the new Disney Magic Bands with the magic pucks yet? We have not! If you have, please share a picture via email or social media (links below).

We have our annual Disney Exchange Gift Exchange, and there are some, hmmmm, interesting gifts given and received.


The Wheel of Distiny topic: Favorite Disney Ornament  




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And, as always, thank you for listening, Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas from The Disney Exchange!



Sunday, December 18, 2016

Signature Dining at Walt Disney World - Episode 105 of The Disney Exchange

The Disney Exchange is Lisa, Dave, and me, Nick. Hi There! 

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We start off thanking a listener for the newest 5 star review on iTunes. Those are most appreciated because they help get us out to the masses, and everyone should have the opportunity to hear my voice. And Lisa's and Dave's too, of course.

The main topic is, as the main title indicates, Signature Dining at Walt Disney World. Restaurants that have been designated Signature Dining are 2 credits on the Disney Dining Plan.


A majority of these establishments are at resorts:

Jiko at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Jambo House
Flying Fish at The Boardwalk
California Grille at The Contemporary
Citricos and Narcoossee's at The Grand Floridian

  Citricos
Artist Point at The Wilderness Lodge
Yachtsman at The Yacht and Beach Club

There are just a few at the parks:

Cinderella's Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom
Le Cellier in Epcot
Tiffins in Disney's Animal Kingdom

Tiffins

The Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney's Hollywood Studios

The Brown Derby

We also add in the dinner shows that are 2 credits on the DDP:

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Mickey's Backyard BBQ at Fort Wilderness
Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at the Polynesian.

We share our thoughts on the places we've experienced, both good and bad, as well as the restaurants or shows we'd like to visit, and if we think these venues are worth 2 credits on the Dining Plan.

The Wheel of Distiny topic :  What is your favorite Disney Detail that you have to look down to see?

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Fun With Fours - Episode 104 of The Disney Exchange Podcast

The Disney Exchange is Lisa (The Brains), Dave (The Tech) and me Nick (The Talent and the Beauty).

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We begin by discussing the new Express Transportation service at Walt Disney World.
You can hear the 3 of us talk more about transportation on Episode 2 and 102.

Star Wars will be featured at Disney's Hollywood Studios big time in December.

Our main topic is based on something that seemed to go around social media for about 5 minutes called FUN WITH FOURS, in which friends or groups asked your favorite, you guessed it, four things on a multitude of subjects. Since we are nothing if not right on top of the latest crazes, we share ours on the following: (Note, I've added a blank so you can print it out and play along, cause, yea, I believe THAT will happen).


Four favorite rides at a Disney park

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Four Favorite non ride attractions at a Disney Park (including parades / shows /fireworks)
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Four Favorite Disney characters
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Four favorite Disney Animated Movies including Pixar
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Four Favorite Disney Live action (including Star Wars and Marvel)
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Four favorite Disney Restaurants:
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Our Wheel of Distiny Topic: Are you looking forward to Star Wars: Rogue One?!

Finally, we got some nice emails from listeners (and, yes, I confess, one was family) and we want to say thank you!

You can send us an email and tell me how great I am us how great we are, or just say hi at info@thedisneyexchange and reach out with show suggestions, submit Wheel of Distiny topics, or request a listener number (which was a thing for about 5 minutes, just like Fun With Fours) on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedisneyexchange, Twitter: https://twitter.com/disneyexchange

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

Thank you for listening to The Disney Exchange

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Disney Gift Guide - Episode 103 of The Disney Exchange Podcast

The Disney Exchange is Lisa, Dave and me, Nick   

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This week we share our Disney Holiday shopping suggestions for people of all ages. 

The criteria was that everything be available online, and we take a look at obvious sites such as the Disney Store and Target, but also other sites such as Etsy and Redbubble

The Wheel of Distiny topic: Have you ever been to a non Disney Park Disney attraction or historical site? No Dave, Disney Springs doesn't count.

You can make show suggestions, submit Wheel of Distiny topics, request a listener number, or just say hello 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!

Thank you for listening to The Disney Exchange!