Sunday, May 28, 2017

Episode #287 - a little Disney news








Overview: I take a look at some news from around Disney World.  Attraction changes - including Ellen's Energy Adventure, The Jungle Cruise, and of course the Hall of Presidents.  Also transportation changes, and a couple of pieces of odd news.  


Notes: As I noted, the HoP was likely to undergo a change, regardless of who sits in the office.  It was time. Be sure and check out the history here-





Saturday, May 20, 2017

Episode #286 - Pandora







Overview: Some friends of mine visited Disney World recently, and were lucky enough to be selected to get a preview of Pandora the World of Avatar.  They were more than happy to share their thoughts about the land (hint: they loved it), so come and hear all about the new land and Disney's Animal Kingdom.  


Notes: They also timed it well enough to see the end of Wishes and the start f the new nighttime show, so they tell us about that experience, too.  My thanks to Mike & John for sharing their experiences and their photos!

Photo tour:
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http://mydisneyworldblog.blogspot.com/2017/05/navii-river-journey-12.html?view=sidebar
http://mydisneyworldblog.blogspot.com/2017/05/navii-river-journey-22.html?view=sidebar 
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Episode #285 - If You Had Wings







Overview: If You Had Wings was a hybrid of dark ride, creative effort, and advertisement.  I took a look back at how it came to be, what it was, and give you the ride audio. I also discuss the Omnimover ride technology.  Remember, you do have wings...  





Notes: If You Had Wings was quite memorable in spite of its limited effects, and lack of an immersive storyline.  I suppose it was the music, the general fun of it all, and the fact that it was free in an era where you paid per ride.  People talk about the attraction with reverence.  Or at least I do.

Want to know more about the Omnimover? Check out Disney's Omnimover patent



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Episode #283 & #284 - Norway pavillion




Overview: Today's podcast is a tribute to the Norway pavilion. I take a thorough look at the design, layout, and theming. Then, I spend some time talking about shopping and dining. This was the last new pavilion added to World Showcase, way back in 1988!  





Notes: Norway is intriguing because it represents the area known as Scandinavia generally.  I am not a huge fan of what they did to get the fictional area of Arendale into the real country of Norway, even thought it was cute and clever.

I did enjoy putting together this retrospective on all 11 World Showcase pavilions.  I hope you enjoyed listening to it, and learning more about the history of Epcot.

Want to take a quick photo tour of Norway?  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
  • The podcast about other pavilions that were planned but never built is found in Podcast #277 
  • And the podcast about Morocco can be found in Podcast # 279


  • Saturday, April 8, 2017

    Episodes #281 & #282 - Urban Legends at Disney with Kristi Petersen Schoonover









    Overview: I welcome back to the show Kristi Petersen Schoonover.  She's here to share a few not-so-well-known urban legends that include some ghost story-type elements.  Put on your headphones and have a listen!  


    Notes: Maybe it is just a trick of the light, but who knows?  The stories are fun, in any case.

    Kristi Petersen Schoonover has been going to WDW since the 1970s, and her favorite ride of all time was If You Had Wings—but since that’s long gone, the Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain, and the Peoplemover top her list. Her collection, Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole, is a collection of ghost stories set in Disney Parks. Her novel, Bad Apple, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in December 2012, and her fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies. She lives in the Connecticut woods with her husband, occult specialist Nathan Schoonover, and still sleeps with the lights on.

                                       www.kristipetersenschoonover.com

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    Thrill Ride, by Bruce Kimmelhttp://a.co/bdCwtlc

    Escape from Tomorrow (all formats): http://a.co/gv2D4Yx

    Dark Discussions podcast episodes on Escape from Tomorrow


    Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole: Tales from Haunted Disney Worldhttp://amzn.to/SkeletonsPrint

    5 Disneyland Ghosts Caught on Video

    Monday, March 27, 2017

    Episode #280 - a little news and a movie review








    Overview: Today's podcast is a mashup of a little news, a few questions, and a movie review.  The movie is Beauty and the Beast, and I also talk about Pandora, Memory Maker, and how I got my tag line.  Enjoy!  


    Notes: The movie was quite enjoyable,  If you want to know more about Horizons, check out the podcasts I did about it, starting in DDV #3 - An overview of the pavillion that was "Horizons"





    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


    Sunday, January 1, 2017

    Episodes #272, #273, and #274 - changes coming to EPCOT


    Photo from Epcotmanifesto.com



    Overview: Joining me on today's podcast is Scott Shindeldecker, owner of epcotmanifesto.com. We talk all about Epcot, from its history, to what we loved (and still love) about it, to what's in store for its future ... at least as far as we know.    



    Notes: EPCOT (in all caps) was an intriguing idea from the mind of Walt himself.  Whether even he could have pulled off is anyone's guess, but what the Disney company did manage to execute was a pretty good alternative.  But the world has changed, and Epcot kind of stayed stagnant, so updates and changes are probably in order. Our hope is that these changes keep the essence of what the 70s designers of Epcot had in mind.

    Scott's site is a blog about his perspective on the parks, and is a fun read if you are a devotee to the idea that is Epcot.

    It's a podcast so big it spans three regular shows in length! You won't want to miss it!