Thursday, July 28, 2011

DDV #62 - The Kitchen Kabaret

On this episode, I look back at the Kitchen Kabaret, a long-gone attraction in EPCOT's Land Pavillion. It was in the genre of the Country Bear Jamboree, and was a cute look at nutrition and the basic food groups.

Plus there was a catchy tune - veggie, veggie, fruit!, fruit! - that made it memorable.

So come hear all about it, and listen to the attraction audio.

I'd like to throw a plug out the for Mike Lee and his hard work putting together a lot of information about the attraction. You can visit him on the web at

Friday, July 22, 2011

DDV #61 - Q and A with Dave - and Curt (part 2)

Dave and Curt are back to answer more of your Disney questions. What's a family to do, when they love Disney but want to see the Harry Potter exhibit? And, we talk about the Illuminations cruise options to celebrate a big anniversary.

Too bad the Breathless suffered a "career ending injury" and is no longer in service. But there are still pontoon boats, and other options. Or you could dream big and rent the luxury yacht at the Grand Floridian for a Fireworks cruise.

At the end of the show, Curt brings up a point that I tend to think like relative local, and prefer short more-frequent trips, where most visitors like to take in the whole Disney experience on less-frequent trips.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

DDV #60 - Q&A with Dave - and Curt (part 1)

Dave is back to answer your Disney questions, and this time I've brought some help! Curt and I take on some of the questions I've been asked recently. Its a show that's so big, I had to break it into two parts! In this part, We talk about thanksgiving, the weather in late summer, fun things to do with kids in EPCOT, and what's a Disneyland vet to do in WDW?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

DDV #59 - Married to the Mouse

This week, I welcome Rick Foglesong to the show. Rick wrote Married to the Mouse about a decade ago. The book is about the relationship between Disney, the state of Florida, and the two counties in which it resides. Its an interesting read, and I recommend it.

We delve into this complex relationship, and talk about some general topics in political science as they relate to Disney. But fear not! This is a fun discussion and there is no final exam.

Among the topics:

  • Did you know that Walt was *this close* to opening a park in St Louis before he found Florida?
  • Did you know that Disney has tremendous authority for land use?
  • Would you believe that Walt understood the issues of having permanent residents in his EPCOT?
  • Did the company use the concept of EPCOT to its advantage after Walt's death?

    And there's so much more. The show is longer than usual (about 37 minutes), but I think you'll agree it is well worth it.

    Rick was great to talk with, and I think you'll enjoy the conversation.

    Married to the Mouse is available on Amazon. Please consider making a purchase through my Amazon affiliate store. (use the text link above)

    You can visit Rick on the web at