Mighty Men of Mouse

The Listener Interaction Satchel is bursting, so the team is going to answer some questions from some listeners on stuff like what properties we want to see in Walt Disney World, drinking during the show, feats of strengths, a live call in show, Disneyland, and more.

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NEWS GALLIMAUFRY! The New Wheel Gallimaufry turns on character meals, Disney's fault for an injury, voluntary wheel chair use, child meltdowns, Jim Hill rumors, and the value of being a celebrity.

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This week the team is joined by Capitain Universal, Derek Burgan, to discuss whether or not there is enough for families to enjoy at Univseral Orlando.  Derek is also interrogated by the indefatigable Russ Lipton about his favorite tastes, what he is most proud of, and the wild frontiers of food classification. The final segment is a discussion on bars in WDW and Universal.  This much fun should not be free.

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This week's topic focuses on the arrival of a 5th diamond to Walt Disney World property.  Joined by John Kivus, the discussion focuses on what goes into a 5 diamond resort, our experiences with them elsewhere, the concept of luxury and why Disney doesn't do one themselves.  John also challenges Kip to Friday Night's Alright and we are joined by Russell James Lipton Shuttlesworth.

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In an abbreviated show this week, the guys talk a little about Thanksgiving.  They also share their annual Christmas gift idea run down.  Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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Guests and gallimaufrys mean that we fell behind on listener questions so we decided to catch up quick with a Listener Interaction Satchel Fiesta blow off.  Topics include corporate's feeling towards Epcot, Poly construction, hairy legs, lax bros and too many drunks at Food and Wine Festival, FastPass + trials, Once Upon a Time, DVC supply and demand, the Dark Side of Disney trailer, the Ultimate Magic Kingdom Touring Plan, trade ideas, and 1%ers.

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Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0182 -- Flying Brian McNichols

We are joined this week by Brian McNichols of Pardon the Pixie Dust, TouringPlans.com, Brooklyn's Finest, and author of the Walt Disney World Bar and Lounge eGuide.  Topics include James Russell Lipton Shuttlesworth, bars, Level/Keep/More and the MMOM draft.

Buy the Walt Disney World Bars and Lounges eGuide

Read Brian on Brooklyn's Finest

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The GALLIMAUFRY Lock Box is open again.  The topic assortment includes the decision to stop touring and go eat, mistakes and lessons learned, our least favorite restaurants, Vince McMahon, money wasting, and how we'd save a counter-service restaurant.  We also do 3 Good Minutes on College Football and @TheMouseSlap.

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GALLIMAUFRY!  This week's episode is a GALLIMAUFRY of various and assorted topics provided by alert and helpful listeners.  The GALLIMAUFRY includes how Disney would craft a "valuable" hard ticket party for RI, underrated movies, the mythical 5th Gate, a fateful choice on the most important part of our vacations, and off-site resources.  GALLIMAUFRY!?

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In an effort to make some deals happen, the team is switching chairs to negotiate some trades for the each of the parks.  The News Wheel turns on FastPass+ trials at Disney Hollywood Studios, Iger's extension, Flamingo Crossings, and renovations coming to the Beach Club.  Also, three calls for help.

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This week we answer a question from Scott about how we would craft the perfect Disney Day.....with an absurd caveat.  The Listener Interaction Satchel is bursting with thoughts on horcruxes, which podcast audience we wish we had, the worst hard ticket party we could imagine, Tim Brooks' article on Moderate DVCs, what Derek Burgan would go back to WDW for one last time, which attractions would we want to bring back, Russ' bottom 3 princesses, and "fun" Halloween costumes. We close with 3 Good Minutes on the NFL.

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Kip went to Universal and we talk about it.  The News Wheel turns on Puerto Rico, monorail service, Frozen as non-fiction, and MESSAGE BOARD OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK covers lumberjacks.

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Do you believe in Epcot? The Listener Interaction Satchel includes questions on new steaks at the Yachtsman Steakhouse, magic bands and credit cards, DVC follow up, drunks at Food and Wine, and trade follow ups.

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Listen as the team discusses what would bring them down for one last ride in the Magic Kingdom.  What if all we had was one last ride in the Magic KingdomThe News Wheel turns on the Backlot Tour and its replacement, Frozen rollback, giving advice, and the Message Board Outrage of the Week.  The show closes with 3 Good Minutes on our favorite princesses.

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DEATH OF WORLD SHOWCASE SPECIAL EDITION OF THE NEWS WHEEL!  Also, find out what in Disney World we would drop everything to experience once last time.  We close on 3 Good Minutes on Tomorrowland.

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This week's discussion focuses on recent DVC rumors and a chat about the program's value for consumers.  The Listener Interaction Satchel has questions on towels redux, Lord of the Rings as a property, robot insurance, what would we re-name the Studios, safety at Food and Wine, Star Wars DVC, a party within a party, making a single day count, the Uh Oh drop, and trip reports...again.

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The boys try to make a couple of deals and try to make all four parks better in segment involving fantasy imagineering and lots of haggling.  The News Wheel turns on confessions of a face character, Magic Kingdom arrival problems, drones, and the death of all that is good in Epcot.

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Dutch wants to live forever and has made Disney Horcruxes.  Russ and Kip must find them and destroy them.  The Listener Interaction Satchel includes info on Disneyland Paris, the Stooges, Magic Bands, irrational spending, and a MMOM Facebook group.  ACCIO DOLE WHIP!

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In light of recent news, Team MMOM decided to discuss the role of intellectual properties within theme parks.  The News Wheel turns on more posh VIP tours for 1%er, changes to Memory Maker, a new paint job at TTA, MOAR MERCHANDISE, 3 day trips, and the Message Board Outrage of the Week.

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In a historic episode, Josh Gonzalez joins us to take on the $40 A Day Challenge and  talk to to Russell Jame Lipton Shuttlesworth.  We also answer a bursting Listener Interaction Satchel that includes questions on touring with the Red Sox, dining math, ideas for new hard ticket parties, Family Feud futility, bad PriceLine reviews, LEN and MM+, towels, and saving the Studios.

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Russ is back from Walt Disney World and there's a bunch that was new to him.  The News Wheel turns on rumors about Soarin', changes to the Food and Wine Festival, the return of paper and the continued travails of MyMagic+, and the Message Board Outrage of the Week.

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This week the boys play The Price is Guessed and discuss Cirque du Soleil, para-sailing dockside fishing, the Best of Italy Wine Flight at Tutto Gusto and the rack rate for the Beach Club on New Year's Eve.  The Listener Interaction Satchel includes follow ups on Escape from Tomorrow, what we'd be doing if we were in Walt Disney World right now, shaving tips, theme park ride technology that we'd like to see WDW embrace, successors to Bob in Burbank, whether or not Disney should buy Lego, what we'd do with $1B, and what we'd change about the Walt Disney World fan community.

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In a valiant attempt to make a bit work, the team tried very hard to play Podcaster Family Feud.  The Listener Interaction Satchel includes questions Brits and tipping in the Disney Parks, Candlelight Processional draft, more Red Sox trades, World Cup in Walt Disney World, pizza again, other great WDW and theme park podcasts, and Fast Pass Plus again. Plus 3 Good Minutes on College Football.

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Dutch and Russ turn their eyes away from Walt Disney World and fix their gaze upon the Alley that Shall Not Be Named. The News Wheel turns on Walt Disney World going on a hiring binge, terror on the Monorail, a happy disaster, an opinion piece from the KC Star, and the accident which occurred on Pirates of the Caribbean. Plus there are two 3 Good Mintes: one for WDW fans and one for Red Sox/Reds fans.

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We blow out one of our favorite bits into a whole topic: Message Board Outrage of the Week is, for one week only, THIS WEEK IN RAGE.  Listener Interaction Satchel contains questions on when good plans go bad, FP+ and children, the sticking power of Potter, getting krunk in the Magic Kingdom, Dutch being a baby about FP+, Russ' dinner draft, book suggestions, Disney Land tips, and DLP tips.

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This week the News Wheel turns on opulence, MOAR FROZEN!?!, and park attendance.  The team also does 3 Good Minutes on Honeymoon Ideas and Middle Relievers.  We also re-do our first episode to celebrate our anniversary. 

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Bad words have been said about My Magic +.  Now hear more words.  The Listener Interaction Satchel is full of questions about scaring your children, drafting Disney's worst, multiple people hating Dutch, Russ getting robbed, Disney's treatment of animals, Restaurantasaurus, and za.  There's also 3 Good Minutes on STING and Star Wars.

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Dutch is back from the world and Russell has some questions for him written on blue note cards in a rather large stack.  News wheel turns on tiering changes at Disney Hollywood Studios and Epcot, Brian McNichol's top character meals, the death of American Idol and the Message Board Outrage of the Week.  There's also 3 Good Minutes on Disney's greatest contribution and advice to a new TouringPlans.com blogger.

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Bob Barker is back!  The Price is Guessed this time by Dutch and Kip.  The Listener Interaction Satchel includes questions on scaring your children, the non-fountain parts of the Poly refurb, ideas for family traditions, alternatives to Avatar, and FP+ and kids.

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This week's show follows up on the replacement level concept and takes a look at the Studios and Animal Kingdom.  News Wheel turns on Derek Burgan's favorite bars, Four Seasons and Message Board Outrage!  The show closes with 3 Good Minutes on British fans of the parks and Disney fan bonafides.

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This is a supplement to Episode 158's attraction draft.  Regular show picks up next week.

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It's here! This is the review show of the 2014 MMOM Attraction Draft held on May 21, 2014.  The winner is reveal at the end.  A special bonus episode with color commentary will be released this coming Thursday.  Many thanks to the competitors who poured themselves into this.

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So you want to start a revolution?  It will be podcasted by the MMOM team.  A very special Listener Interaction Satchel includes an incendiary question on MyMagic+, standing reservations, ideas for for Blizzard Beach, changes for the Swalphin, and the Great Theme Park Wars.  3 Good Minutes on the Dream Team, Nascar and Dutch's favorite person in the world.

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Listen to the team discuss the genesis of the Florida Project and Project Future.  News Wheel turns on the Flower Power concerts, Disney Co. spin on My Magic Plus, and Anna and Elsa OUTRAGE.  Dutch also has three big announcements.

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Listen as Kip quizzes Dutch and Russ to discuss what the "right" price is for various experiences, food, and other things at WDW.  The Listener Interaction Satchel includes praise from Pete Norris for Sanford International, thought on staying DVC and with larger groups,  and the cost of doing everything.

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After a rough couple of weeks of bad news, Team MMOM decides to change the pace and focus on the positive.  Dutch also shares his feelings on Lou's new book.  The Listener Interaction Satchel includes hits on "pro" tips, Jimmy Carter, Theme Park Confessions, and eggselent time sucks.  You also want to listen after the drum break.

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Team MMOM is going to figure out what replacement level looks like in the Magic Kingdom.  The News Wheel also turns on the After Hours Wine Down, Disney and Tech, changes to the Little Mermaid in FantasyLand and Message Board Outrage of the Week.

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This week the team plays Level It, Keep It, More of It with the Crescent Lake Hotels.  Listener Interaction Satchel includes discussion on FP+ kiosks, just how flexible can FP+ be, Dutch's shame, and more.  We also do 3 Good Minutes on the American Adventure with Dutch's list of Great Americans and how we'd fix FastPass +.

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It's tax season.  The average refund is about $3K, so this week we talk about how we would spend that amount of money to plus an already planned trip.  The News Wheel also turns on a new park in NOLA, parking prices (ugh) and message board outrage. 

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Level It, Keep It, More of It comes to the Monorail Resorts.  The Listener Interaction Satchel includes lots of beer selections and a ton of tips for bringing small children.  We also close out on 3 Good Minutes on merch we like and wait times that confound us.

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You're under arrest!  Well, not really, but find out what we think should land folks in the theme park jail.  The News Wheel turns on Annual Passholders, leaky aquariums, the Mine Train, and MESSAGE BOARD OUTRAGE!  We also close with 3 Good Minutes on the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique and Universal Studios.

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Questions tackled include being a day guest in the days of FastPass Plus, groupthink in the Disney community, how much Disney actually picks your pocket with Disney Dollar$, lessons lawyers can learn from the parks, the business behind the F&W festival, Dutch's beef with Lou, Splash Mountain being screwed, ways to make marriage competitive, the SHAMErock Shake, LEN theft and more!

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This week the team discusses how the changing, liver spotted face of America is affecting Disney's plan for the resort is going forward.  Many thanks to Jim "Hurricane" Heyward of AtomicGrog.com for the show topic.  We also discuss what a WDW 50 year plan would look like.  We also give three good minutes on spring training at WDW and good reads.

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This week the teams unloads some message from the Listener Interaction Satchel.  Topics include an Indiana Jones idea or two, a thought experiment on what it would take to never go to WDW ever again, the WWE Network, a Hercules dark ride, getting laid off while on vacation, what podcasts we like or don't like, breast feeding and more.

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Sometimes people have poorly formed opinions.  Sometimes people put them on the internet.  Sometimes we read them on the air and see if there's anything of merit there.  Hilarity ensues.

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The guys just read Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow and they decided to use it as a jumping off point to discuss Real Life WDW.  The Listener Interaction Satchel includes questions on TouringPlans.com's competitors, exotic meats, whether the team would be lifestylers, and a mega email that ends with us playing a game of Either/Or.

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Behold!  The MMOM Olympic Episode.  Lots of silliness this week.  We give medals to best-in-class throughout the resort.  The second topic discusses what events we would put on.  Dutch promises that it'll be more exciting than Bob Costas' droopy eye.

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The Regression Monster eats the Mighty Men of Mouse!  The team discusses their take on regression and Walt Disney World.  Also a couple of listener questions on cheap eats at WDW, Magic Bands and privacy, stuff to do outside of the Disney, and NYE at the parks.

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Can Disney teach us anything about business?  We discuss an article by Darin Gerdes about that very topic (via @MouseSlap).  We also play Level it, Keep it, More of it for the Magic Kingdom.

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Caffeinate your ear holes with venti listener satchel.  Questions asked include a follow up on large tour groups, how the Shuttlesworths pick their ADRs, the Hollow World trailer, our thoughts on a Frozen overlay at Maelstrom, post-trip blues and more. 

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MMOM finally takes a global look at FastPass Plus and take the time think about what success looks like for everyone.  The News Wheel also turns on Disney Savings Accounts, Apple Stores, Disney Dollars, Message Board Outrage of the Week.

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Listen to the boys use Escape from Tomorrow to help them riff on the World.  Also a listener interaction satchel that include questions on LEN, a new idea for Level It, Keep It, More of It, whether we'll review other podcasts, yet more bar ideas, cronuts, Beth the Destroyer of Worlds has some takes on Cali Grill and FastPass +.

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WHOOOO!  After months of planning and scheming, it is here.  The Mighty Men of Mouse proudly present the 2014 Attraction Royal Rumble. 

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