Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Walt Disney World and the Florida Shore, April 2017: Part 2

By Nick

Sunday, April 23rd 

We slept in a bit and had breakfast at the Pepper Market at Coronado Springs before heading to Disney's Animal Kingdom.



After riding Dinosaur we walked back towards Discovery Island Trails and walked through the shops. I was in search of a hat. I'm not a big hat fan, but I'm even less of a fan of putting sunscreen on my face as I generally break out from it and just don't like how it feels. 

Me, Trevor, Zach, Barbie and Jill

While in the shop I received a text from my Disney Exchange co-host Lisa saying that she, her husband Raymond, and their son Joseph were in DAK also, at the Nomad Lounge, located inside Tiffins. I texted our other co-host, Dave, and told him where we were all meeting up.

We spent a couple of hours having adult beverages, snacks and a good time together!


  Lisa, Dave and me

We left there and took photos in front of the Tree of Life, and said goodbye to Dave. 


Joseph, Raymond, Lisa, Dave, Barbie and me

We headed to Kilimanjaro Safaris, stopping at Dawa Bar, because, well, it is a long walk and it was a hot day.




Lisa and her family left for awhile, and our group had dinner at Yak and Yeti.  We ran into friends Jennifer and Chris (see part one) on our way over to meet Lisa, her family and Dave at the Fastpass entrance to Rivers of Light.


While waiting for Lisa, our friends Beth and Amanda spotted us, and we sat with them during the show.



Ah, Rivers of Light. It is, well, it's okay. It isn't something that I would wait to see again. For one, the bleacher seats are not comfortable enough for prolonged periods. And the show is sort of aimless. The music and visuals were pleasant enough, but it lacks a hook.




We said goodnight to everyone and headed back to the resort for the evening. 

Part one can be found here : http://disneymusings.blogspot.com/2017/05/walt-disney-world-and-florida-shore.html

You can hear a full review by Lisa, Dave and myself on Episode 124 of The Disney Exchange Podcast.




Sunday, May 21, 2017

Dave's Pandora Preview Review - Episode 127 of the Disney Exchange

The Disney Exchange is Lisa, Dave, and me, Nick
All photos this week are courtesy of Dave.

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Welcome to the latest episode of The Disney Crime Report Podcast!

We have a new iTunes 5 star review! Thank you Gingerstorm.

Dave talks about the new Caring for Giants Tour at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Speaking of Disney's Animal Kingdom, have you heard about Pandora-The World of Avatar? Well,

Dave got to check it out during an Annual Passholder preview, and he shares his experience here talking extensively about the overall theme, attractions, souvenirs and dining! So, obviously, SPOILERS!


 Dannielle, Anne, Dave, and Gabe








The Wheel of Distiny topic: Do you accept random friend requests on Facebook, or vet the them, even if they appear to be Disney fans? 

You can send us an email at info@thedisneyexchange and reach out with show suggestions, submit Wheel of Distiny topics, or request a listener number on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedisneyexchange, Twitter: https://twitter.com/disneyexchange 

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Walt Disney World and the Florida Shore, April 2017: Part 1

By Nick

Barbie's Aunt Sandy, Uncle Roger, cousin Jill and Jill's husband Zach rented a house in Ormond Beach, Florida for the month of April and invited us down to stay with them.

We took them up on the offer the last week of the month, staying there 1 night,  followed by 3 nights at Disney's Coronado Springs with Jill, Zach, and friend Trevor, then back to the house for 4 more nights.

Friday, April 21st 

The day started very early indeed, with a 2:30 am Rapid Rover Airport Shuttle pickup to get us to the Philadelphia International Airport for our 5:30 am flight to Tampa.

Let me tell you why we wound up in Tampa. I had a "senior moment" when I booked our flights for this trip waaaay back in December of 2016.

Somehow I confused Tampa as being on the east coast of Florida. Ormond Beach is north of Daytona. This whole thing is even more confounding as I collect maps and globes. Geography was one of my best subjects in school. I have been to every state in the United States of America. Heck, I  have been to Busch Gardens IN TAMPA! Ridiculous.

I even remember the exact moment I realized my blunder. I was on a hayride through a Christmas light display at a farm. I was telling my friends about our plans when I said aloud we would fly into Tampa. That's when it hit me. Wrong coast.

I texted Zach, and we decided I should keep the inbound flight as Tampa and change my outgoing flight to Orlando.

Why keep our incoming flight to Tampa?

2 reasons. The Salvador Dali Museum and Cigar City Brewing.

 Barbie, me, Jill and Zach in front of the Salvador Dali Museum.


After our visit to Tampa, we went across the state to the house at Ormond Beach.

Saturday, April 22nd

The whole family was up at 5a.m. to get ready to head to Walt Disney World. Aunt Sandy and Uncle Roger were just spending the one day, so we wanted to get to the Magic Kingdom as early as possible.

The ladies took one vehicle, while the guys went to pick up our friend and Zach's co-worker Trevor at his hotel by the Orlando airport.

The gals went to the Magic Kingdom while we checked into Coronado Springs. There was a bit of confusion around Trevor's room which made us arrive a bit later than anticipated to the MK.

Meanwhile, at the MK, Barbie was recognized by a friend from Facebook, I'm gonna say her name is Jan. No, wait, Jean. (Why am I pretending I don't know her name? I'll explain shortly.)
It was actually Jennifer! Hi Jennifer! Hi Chris!


What was I doing while Barbie was having fun. I was on the bus.


We finally arrived, grabbing a few quick pictures of the 4 of us, before meeting the girls at Gaston's Tavern.

Trevor, me, Zach and Uncle Roger 

When we got there we ran into Jennifer and Chris! Sooo, it turns out I had met Jennifer and her husband back in 2015, at Star Wars Weekends, but, um, didn't remember. I felt awful, but it has now become our "thing."


The group split up again, with Zach, Trevor and me heading off to Big Thunder Mountain while the rest of the family headed off to explore more of Fantasyland, before we all met back up again.

 Nick, Barbie, Uncle Roger, Aunt Sandy, Jill, Zach and Trevor

We went over to Pirates of the Caribbean, but it was down, so we headed to Epcot

After grabbing a bite to eat at Yorkshire County Fish and Chips in the UK pavilion, who should we run into but my Disney Exchange Podcast co-host Lisa and her family! Aunt Sandy had very much looked forward to meeting Lisa, as she is a fan of the show.


We all met up with our other co-host, Dave, his wife Anne and daughter Dannielle, as well as a few of our listeners at Epcot's France Pavilion. You can hear about the meet up on Disney Exchange episodes 124 and 125.

  me, Lisa and Dave

Dannielle, Anne and Barbie

After we said our goodbyes, we went to the American Adventure, followed by dinner at The Biergarten.


We headed back to the Magic Kingdom to ride Pirates before saying goodbye to Aunt Sandy and Uncle Roger for a couple of days before heading to the resort.




Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Animal Kingdom – Fun and Educational!


by Gaylin

In the movie UP, Russell is a Wilderness Explorer, intent on getting his last badge so he can become a Senior Explorer. When you visit the Animal Kingdom, pay attention to the kiosk on the bridge going to Discovery Island and you too can become a Wilderness Explorer!

Stop at the kiosk and you can get your Wilderness Explorer badge (sticker) and a booklet to find all the WE stops all over the Animal Kingdom to collect more badges!

The booklet has pages and pages of adventures to go on, things to learn and see.


Here are some sample pages, as you can see I got all 4 stickers!


At the bottom of the right hand page, when I met someone from the Asian Culture, the lovely young cast member was from Indonesia and was kind enough to write my name out in her language (Hindi).


As you can see, I proudly wore my WE badge all day.


Here is a sample of the Wilderness Explorer signposts, this is what you are looking for when you are adventuring about.



I did my best to get all 32 badges but I was 3 short. Maybe next time I can become a Senior Explorer.

Near the It's Tough to be a Bug theatre entrance, you can often find this handsome young Explorer and get your photo with him. The one, the only . . . Russell!

This is a standard photo, both of us smiling away. 


Personally, I like this one better, Russell and I having a good laugh together, being Explorers - Caw Caw!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Water at Walt Disney World - Episode 126 of The Disney Exchange Podcast

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

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This week we are talking about water at Walt Disney World, including attractions at the parks...


water ways that are used for transportation...



pools...



and landscape features.





The Wheel of Distiny topic: Did you see Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, and what did you think?

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Disney Treasures By Funko

By Nick

Back in 2015, Funko teamed up with Lucasfilm to bring the world Star Wars Smuggler's Bounty, and I jumped right on that train.

A couple of months ago I started getting emails from Funko about a new collectible subscription box. This time they were teaming up with Disney!



Disney Treasures offers a unique themed box every other month filled with 100% exclusive Disney Classic & Disney Theme Park collectibles created by Funko especially for the Disney fan, with each containing goodies such as Pop! Vinyl and other figures, pins, accessories and more (hoping tee shirts, as they asked my shirt size when I signed up).

There are 3 types of plans. Traveler is pay as you go, and $30 a month. Adventurer is the 6 month plan, and the boxes are $29. I went with the Explorer, 12 month program for $28 a box. This plan offers an anniversary gift at the end of my year.

I got my first delivery a few weeks ago, just before we went on our most recent trip to Walt Disney World, and I didn't open it up until we got back. 

The box is designed like a treasure chest.




Let's see what's inside.

A Mickey Mouse Pirate Pin and a Captain Hook patch.





Smee Pop! 




Wicked Wench Captain with Pirate Ship Dorbz.



A Mystery Mini with collectible tin



Beautiful graphics.




What is the figure? 



Captain Jack Sparrow!



 As a pioneer member, I received an exclusive pin.



Some great information about what to expect in the coming deliveries as well and information about the collectibles in this box.

You can get in on the next box by visiting  -