Saturday, March 18, 2017

Episode #279 - Morocco pavillion






Overview: Today's podcast is a tribute to the Morocco pavilion. I take a thorough look at the design, layout, and theming. Then, I spend some time talking about shopping and dining. It was the first pavilion to come to world showcase after opening day. This pavilion also has the distinction of being personally overseen by the King of Morocco.  





Notes:The Moroccan pavilion has amazing aesthetics. It’s just beautiful, and makes you feel like you’re actually on the streets of or in a marketplace in Morocco. Part of that feeling is due to the smell of incense that wafts through the area, but more so it is because of the stunning mosaic artwork that fills the pavilion.

Want to take a quick photo tour of Morocco?  Check out my post here.





  • A reminder that the general overview of Epcot's World Showcase is in podcast #208
  • I explored the Japan pavilion in podcast #209
  • The Germany pavilion is in Podcast #216 
  • Mexico is in Podcast #233
  • Canada is in Podcast #240
  • China is in Podcast #245
  • The American Adventure is in Podcast #254
  • The UK pavilion is in Podcast #259
  • The France pavilion is in Podcast #261
  • The Italy pavilion is in Podcast #276
  • And the podcast about other pavilions that were planned but never built is found in Podcast #277


  • Thursday, March 2, 2017

    Episode #278 - A little news and some questions









    Overview: WToday's podcast is a look at a few news items - the loss of a parade in the magic kingdom, a new gondola possibly coming - and I cover the basics of the magic bands.   







    Notes: Visit MouseSavers.com for details on saving at Disney

    Thanks to The Disney Blog for the photo above.





    Friday, February 17, 2017

    Episode #277 - Other pavilions planned for world showcase








    Overview: World showcase had grand plans and ambitions.  There were 21 sites plotted for World Showcase when the original idea was pitched.  But, we only got 9 on opening day. Many other countries were oh-so-close to being built, but alas it didn't happen. This is the story about some of the proposed countries.   






    Notes: Its still a remarkable thing that Disney was able to create a permanent worlds fair, that at the time was unprecedented and made the world a little smaller.  But we can only speculate about what might have been had they managed to get even more countries to commit.

    Thanks to Yesterland.com for both photos in this post.



  • A reminder that the general overview of Epcot's World Showcase is in podcast #208
  • I explored the Japan pavilion in podcast #209
  • the Germany pavilion is in Podcast #216 
  • Mexico is in Podcast #233
  • Canada is in Podcast #240
  • China is in Podcast #245
  • The American Adventure is in Podcast #254
  • The UK pavilion is in Podcast #259
  • The France pavilion is in Podcast #261
  • And the Italy pavilion is in Podcast #276



  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    Episode #276 - Italy pavillion








    Overview: Today's podcast is a tribute to the Italy pavilion. I take a thorough look at the design, layout, and theming. Then, I spend some time talking about shopping and dining. Its the 9th (and final) Epcot opening-day pavilion I discuss.  Come and take a visit to Venice with me.  






    Notes: Italy is unique among the pavilions, in that there is no ride or show in the pavilion.  Its shopping, dining, and a couple of performers. Primarily the focus of this pavilion is its architecture and things you can see.  No doubt its worth exploring, but its hard to "talk" about on a podcast.

    Here is an interesting factoid that I don't mention in the podcast: The statues that look like marble in the Italy pavilion are hollow. Since they were so lightweight and liable to blow away during the slightest breeze, they were held in place with rods running from their base through the hollow center.

    Want to take a quick photo tour of Italy?  Check out my post here.



  • A reminder that the general overview of Epcot's World Showcase is in podcast #208
  • I explored the Japan pavilion in podcast #209
  • the Germany pavilion is in Podcast #216 
  • Mexico is in Podcast #233
  • Canada is in Podcast #240
  • China is in Podcast #245
  • The American Adventure is in Podcast #254
  • The UK pavilion is in Podcast #259
  • And the France pavilion is in Podcast #261


  • Friday, January 13, 2017

    Episode #275 - Disney Tale of the Tape





    Overview: Today's podcast is all about a rather fun book called Disney Tale of the Tape, by Dan Sisneros. Essentially the book "pits" two things head-to-head and has judges compare them on various aspects.  And yours truly was a judge in some of the bouts.  Come and take a listen as Dan talks about the book and what it's all about.   



    Notes:  This is a clever way to look at rides, accommodations, food, and more in a unique way.  It was a lot of fun to contribute to it. Disney Tale of the Tape is available at Amazon