Saturday, December 8, 2018

Episode #333 - Vegetarian Dining at Walt Disney World

Overview:  Today, I take a look around to see what's cooking - literally. I'm on a quest to find vegetarian dining at all 4 theme parks, and in some resorts. Here's to hoping you take some time on your next trip to check out some of these terrific options!

Notes: Its not all that hard to find really good (and tasty!) vegetarian options around the parks at counter service restaurants.  And even vegan options are popping up more and more.

As I noted in the podcast, when in doubt about any ingredients for vegetarian reasons or allergies, just ask!

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Episode #332: the Golden Horseshoe

Overview:  Today’s podcast is a tribute to the Golden Horseshoe which begat the Diamond Horseshoe at WDW which begat the Tokyo Disneyland version of the Golden Horseshoe. I talk about it’s history, what Walt created, and Disney Legends Betty Taylor (aka Slu Foot Sue) and Wally Boag (aka Pecos Bill).

Notes: I find it intriguing how much Walt loved the old west and included many elements at DisneyLand.

I wanted to point out that while it’s clearly a “saloon” and modeled as such, Walt was careful to have Slu Foot Sue refer to it as a “cafe”

The audio of Wally Boag as Jose is pulled from the “barker bird” who sat outside the Tiki Room for many years.

Here’s Walt and Lillian’s anniversary party.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Episode #331 - a dose of Disney News

Club 33 in Epcot

Overview:  Today, I have a look at some off-the-beaten path Disney news, sprinkled in among stories that may be a little more familiar.  Tune in and enjoy!

Notes: I include thoughts about Club 33, a lawsuit against Disney, a few guest-related issues, and things like that.  I wanted to try something different this week.  Let me know what you think!

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

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Episode #330 - A visit to "the World"

Overview:  I visited Walt Disney World in late October as part of my annual tradition of enjoying the Food and Wine Festival.  This time, I went at it alone, but made new friends as I went to various booths.  And since I was there, I visited all the parks to check out construction activities, see what was new, and to of course ride a few favorite attractions.

Notes: I had some fun hanging around, working on my video series, and enjoying some food!  I noticed with iOS12 my iPhone automatically added a location name to each recording, which was pretty slick.  And except for one recording, it was accurate.  The one that was wrong was when I was near the Tusker House in the Animal Kingdom.  For some reason, it said the recording was "Restroom" which I thought was pretty amusing.

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

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: