Saturday, October 20, 2018

Episode #329 - Food Rocks

Overview:  In 1993, Nestle took over as the title sponsor for The Land.  One of the changes they made was to close The Kitchen Kabaret, ending the run of veggie, veggie, fruit, fruit.  In March of 1994, Food Rocks was opened in its place. While it was similar in nature - food singing about good nutrition - it was quite a different show.

Notes: Food Rocks was sort of like a rock concert, and featured the voice talents of real world singers such as Tone Loc, The Pointer Sisters, and Chubby Checker.

Don’t forget about my video,series: lost and found in Disney World.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Episode #328 - Circle of Life

Overview:  After a renovation, Symbiosis was unfortunately closed.  Opened in its place was The Circle of Life: an Environmental Fable.  This show stretched the nature of The Land to now talk about conservation through the lens of our friends from the Lion King.


Notes: While Symbiosis was a cinematic marvel, The Circle of Life was less so, though it did reuse scenes from the original film

Don’t forget about my video,series: lost and found in Disney World.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Episode #327 - Symbiosis

Overview:  Within the Land pavilion was a remarkable move called Symbiosis that celebrated man's creative partnership with the land. It included marvels of past and present technologies and accomplishments. I talk about this film, and what it was all about.

Notes: The film was directed by Paul Gerber, and he actually brought people to see it as a living resume.  It was shot in 70mm (large film format) and included shots from around the globe.

Don’t forget about my video,series: lost and found in Disney World.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Episodes #325 & #326 - The Land Pavillion

Overview:  The Land is another of Epcot’s opening day pavilions in future world.  The objective was to look at the earth, agriculture, and ecology.  in the original design, the large atrium would have been an arboretum.  It featured a large mosaic, a pretty amazing film, a boat ride, and a show about food. 

Notes: The pavilion has been through three general iterations in its history, based on sponsorship. But it still kept its focus on earth-based science.

Don’t forget about my video,series: lost and found in Disney World.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Episode #324 - Lost & Found Disney

Overview:  On today’s podcast, I tell the tale of Disney’s acquisition of the land in Florida, and how the company managed to get autonomy. It’s a tale that I haven’t heard others talk about much and I wanted share some of the details. 

Notes: I’ve got additional information contained in my video series Lost & Found in Walt Disney World which I would encourage you to check out.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Episode #323 - A little news

Overview:  A little news for you - from Disneys environmental consciousness, to new ideas for creating immersive technology, to the nearly final acquisition of 20th century fox, I’ve got you covered.  Plus, I take a look at the Solo Star Wars movie.  

Notes: Yeah, I was not a fan of the Star Wars Solo movie.  I wanted to be, I really did.  But it just wasn't good....

Come and check out my new series lost & found in wdw.  Episode 5  is now available!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Episode #322 - more of your disney questions answered

Overview:  I received so many good questions that I decided to do another podcast that answers them.  This time it’s Fast pass+, Pick a Pearl,  toy story land, sorcerers of the magic kingdom or agent p?  Hope you find it interesting! 

Notes: keep those questions coming!

Agent Ps World Showcase Adventure:

Come and check out my new series lost & found in wdw.  Episode 3 is now available!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Episode #321 - Disney's America (and my summer vacation)

Overview:  I took my summer vacation, and went on an historical tour.  A tell you a little about that - and then connect it back to Disney and talk about the proposed, but never built, Disney America. 

Notes: I have to wonder if Disney America would have been a fun place to visit.  Would they have told a good story?  Been historically accurate?  Or a little of both?

Come and check out my new series lost & found in wdw.  Episode 3 is now available!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Episode #320 - Dave answers your questions

Overview:  Today, I'm back to answer your Disney Questions!  From Club 33, to taking a teen to Disney, to renting a car, to solo at the parks, to Food & Wine, I've got you covered.   

Notes: Keep those questions coming!  Always happy to help you out!

More about Club 33:
Epcot Food & Wine:

Come and check out my new series lost & found in wdw.  Episode 1 is now available!

Episode #319 - Listen to the Land

Overview:  Today's podcast is a look back at the original ride in the Land Pavilion: Listen to the Land.  Come along and listen to a live guide recording from sometime in the early 1980s.  Its fun.  And the song is great!  

Notes: Although there were some terrific things I saw on my first couple of visits, the one that made the most lasting impression was Listen to the Land in the (surprise!) Land pavilion at Epcot.  There was something sciencey about it all, and its size was truly amazing.

Come and check out my new series lost & found in wdw.  Episode 1 is now available!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Episode #318 - School Trips to Disney World

Overview:  After taking my daughter to the Animal Kingdom - and talking about it - I started thinking about all the trips I took to Disney World as a school group.  I reflect on that, tell you some stories, and reminisce about the experience. 

Notes: One of the really great benefits of growing up in Florida was having the ability to take annual school trips to the parks, in addition to the regular family trips.  It really couldn't be beat.

Come and check out my new series lost & found in wdw.  Episode 1 is now available!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Episode #317 - a trip to the Animal Kingdom

Overview:  My daughter had an opportunity to go on a school field trip to the Animal Kingdom, and I went along to chaperone.  It was fun, but very different.  I talk about my day.   

Notes: My problem with the Navi'i river journey is that there's no story, nothing to grab you.  It looks nice, but is pointless. IMHO that's exactly what Avatar (the movie) was so, I guess mission accomplished!  And to clarify, I only had enough time at the end of the day to do one attraction - and the short wait time was appealing since I still had to get home.

I've now got a YouTube channel setup for my new series lost & found in wdw.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Episode #316 - Some Disney News

Overview:  Today, its a dose of Disney news. I've got goings on in the WDW parks, and talk about transportation around WDW.  I've also got some things outside of the Orlando the park - namely some new technology Disney has come up with, and an update on 21st Century Fox.  

Notes: The monorail sign at the top of this entry was added to all cars after there was an incident with one monorail where the door wouldn't close.  To be clear, not every car in every monorail has a problem - its just an ongoing maintenance problem.

Happy 20th to the Animal Kingdom!

Here's the tech I talk about -

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Episodes #314 & #315 - Ellens Energy Adventure

Overview:  The Universe of Energy closed in 1996, and re-opened as Ellens Energy Adventure later that year.  I take a look back at how that all worked, and share the ride audio.   Also, I talk about what's next for this storied attraction 

Notes: Ellen has a theory, and I wanted to share...she has a point because it does look a little like her, and the old animatronic at Ellens energy adventure closed in a timeframe that would make this at least possible...its funny in any case.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Episode #313 - Black Panther review

Overview:  I caught the movie Black Panther, and wanted to take a few minutes and talk about it. In short: I enjoyed it. Way to go Disney!


Notes:  This is the second movie I've seen in the "superhero" realm (the first being Wonder Woman). As I note in the podcast, I enjoyed both so much, it might be time to catch up on the movies I've missed.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Episodes #311 & #312 - The Universe of Energy

Overview: The Universe of Energy was an original Epcot opening day pavilion that (as you might expect) devoted itself to energy, starting with an overview, talking about fossil fuels, and then moved on to renewable resources. It was one of Disney’s longest (time wise) rides, lasting around 45 minutes. I talk you through the history and we go on a ride through the attraction. 


Notes: The song was catchy and memorable. The concept was clever. It really was edutainment.  And what's not to love about the dinosaur diorama. That was worth seeing every time!

In the podcast, I mention the outside mural; this site better articulates what the mural is and includes some pictures:

Mickey and Goofy become corporate shills! Check out this site which talks about the comic book that Exxon created:
Thanks to Nicholas for pointing out the whole comic can be found here:

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Episode #310 - planning a trip to Disney World

Overview: Today's podcast is all about planning for a trip.  My brother was coming in from out of town, and wondered how to get around without a car.  And that’s a good question; I've never given it much thought.


Notes:  The name of the public bus service in the area is Lynx.  You can try googling 'taxi cost in orlando' to get an idea of what will cost you.  You can likewise look up shuttle service.

I do note a new parking charge, but it appears to be gone, so its possible took the feedback and rescinded it.

Agent P's World Showcase Adventure can be found here:

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Episode #309 - Disney and Digital Media

Overview: I ran across a couple of articles about Disney and their work in the digital content world.  The acquisition of 21st century fox is the proverbial tip of the iceberg as Disney works to move into a whole new world. But I have a couple of other quick fun things to share,  too.

Ad Age article:
CNN Money Article:

Notes:  Windows 10 rotating through images from Soarin' is kind of fun.  You can make it something you love - perhaps your favorite attractions(s) or areas at Walt Disney World.  Cool Runnings is about the 1988 Jamaican Bobsled team, and came out in 1990.

I mention gun control in passing during the podcast.  It fit in thematically with the story I was telling. And, since the recent school shooting was nearby, our daily ives were (and are) impacted, its relevant to me.  To be clear, I have a strong opinion, but I am not going to debate with any of you; its pointless.....instead I will let our youth take this on; they will be engaged in deciding their own I said in the podcast, ignore them at your peril.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Episodes #307 & #308 - things YOU miss at Disney World

Overview: A few podcasts ago, Gary and I talked about our top ten attractions that we missed. I invited listeners to share what you missed - and I consolidated them here.  Its a sort of listener favorite missed attractions! 

Notes:  I have talked about a number of these attractions on previous podcasts.  I invite you to use the search at the top to look through the archive and find ones that you'd like to hear more about.

And of course, my thanks to all of you that took the time to respond and share the attractions you miss.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Episode #306 - A trip to the World

Overview: Early this month, I took a trip up to Disney with the family.  The temps dipped near freezing, but we were undeterred and had a great time, visiting the parks, meeting princesses, and riding attractions.  I've got stories to tell, and suggest how you can make the most of your vacation. 

Notes:  That's the view from the monorail.  Each time I go, I try and find at least one thing I've never done before - or perhaps haven't done in a long time.  It seems like this list can never be exhausted - because there is so much to do, and new things are being added all the time.  Plus, there are some surprises that lurk around many corners.