Mighty Men of Mouse: Your Unofficial Walt Disney World Podcast

Final episode of the 2015! This week we completely clean out the Listener Interaction Satchel to make way for the new year. 

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Donald Trump and the Muppets, Kenz Korner, Lake Buena Vista and it's residents (h/t Eric Laycock), backup show names, fixing ADRs, whether or not Disney cooked the books crowd levels, Modern Man followup, Uni vs. Disney, favorite podcasts, and the eternal question of whether or not Boathouse is a boatride.

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Two for the price of one! Dutch is back from a quick trip to WDW.  He shares his thoughts on the Poly Villas, his goodbye to the Osborne Lights, crazy crowd levels, Star Tours and more.  After the end of the show, Wes James joins the conversation to discuss the Force Awakens and their predictions.  SPOILER: They hype.

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GALLIMAUFRY!  Topics this week include moving WDW lands, careers we would accept in the Disney Company, time travel (SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED), and buffet strategy.

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GALLIMAUFRY! Fun hodgepodge of WDW discussion this week. We go on the record with some Walt Disney World news.  After that, we tackled whether or not a vlogger should have called for the firing of a Disneyland CM.  We close out the show by talking WDW BANG BANGS.

Forbes article on Star Wars: The Force Awakens box office outlook

Vlogger's video on Disneyland

Louis CK Bang Bang skit

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Happy Thanksgiving! This week we answer your listener questions which feature reactions to Howie's survey, favorite background music, comparing Disney prices to other attractions on a per hour basis, virtual reality, and what is a BOATRIDE.  Russ, Kip and Dutch also share what gifts they think folks would like to see under their Christmas tree.  After the formal end of the show, the team discusses the question of our time: would we kill Baby Hitler.

Link to Episode 234 with excellent comment from Chris W.

Josh's Personal Land Ranking

Fool.com article on virtual reality

Jeb Bush on Baby Hitler

 

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This week we are joined by Scott Adams to discuss his experiences at Epcot's Food and Wine Festival and other thoughts from his annual trip to Walt Disney World.  Topics covered include restaurants, traveling with a toddler and more.

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This special edition of Mighty Men of Mouse features Wes James and his final vision for the the Save Tomorrowland! project. 

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Howie joins the conversation this week to share the results of the survey he posted about the best land in Walt Disney World.  He will also be going down to WDW in a few weeks and has some difficult choices to make about his trip.  Finally, he challenges Kip to $40 at Disney Springs.

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Russ, Dutch and Kip create their own restaurants this week through a draft.  They also tackle listener questions.

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This week's show gets started with the team getting caught up on the latest news about Walt Disney World.  Bitez include magic bands, Soarin' closure, hard ticket events, the Star Wars trailer, a ridiculously terrible Business Insider piece, and 7 pieces of advice for going to WDW.

Thanks to AccioFirebolt29 and Jason W (@JayRW) for their kind reviews.

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This week we are joined by Curtis Stone of Geekin on WDW.  After the questionnaire with Russ Liption, we tackle what the modern man would appreciate in Walt Disney World.  Curtis also challenges Kip to a $40 Challenge at the WDW Food and Wine Festival.

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Satchel! Listener generated discussion this week on the source of happiness in travel, war zones and theming, domes, man buns, tickets, outrage over delicious booze, those who live on property, EGOT touring, Olive Garden (ugh), the middle class, thoughts on Wes' plan, the Mom's Panel, Brazil, Canadian food, Eater follow up, and more.

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SPECIAL EDITION! Howie and Wes join us this week to share some of their adventures in Disneyland this past week.  Episode 230 comes out later this week.

SAVE TOMORROWLAND!

WDW Stroller Talk

 

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John Kivus, the mastermind behind internet sensation ROPEDROP DOT NET, joins us to discuss three different topics. First, we touch recent price changes to Walt Disney World's Annual Pass rates and Tables in Wonderland. Next up is a discussion on segmenting and our individual trip planning processes. Finally, we take a look at some of the interesting articles up on a site that has changed forever how we all consumer WDW information on the internet.  The show closes with the listener interaction satchel.

ROPEDROP DOT NET RUNDOWN

Brekkies ranked

Follow up on AP price increase

Interview with Sharla Manglass

ADRs and WDW Dining Scarcity

Follow John on Twitter dot com

 

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The first topic this week is a Federalist article on the merit of Walt Disney World.  The second topic, inspired by the news, is what we would like to know if we had access to Bob in Burbank's private server.  We also tackle a 3 Good Minutes on Defending the Berm and the Patriots.  Here's the link to the Federalist article on Tangled.

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This week we try to empty the Listener Interaction Satchel.  Topics include BBQing on vacation, how to prep kids for a trip, Josh Thoughtz, worst counter services in each park, rapid fire takes, China vs. America, bare minimum for advice, shortcuts, BOATRIDE power rankings, Minneapolis, Disney shame, advice for Disneylanders, what it would take for us to walk away, what a competitor would have to do to steal our business, and more!  We give away a Class Hat and also need your help. 

Howie's survey on WDW Land Rank is available here.

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This week's topic is a ranking of all lands in Walt Disney World. There's also a discussion about the planned finale for the Osborn Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights in WDW this year.

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GALLIMAUFRY! Three GALLIMAUFRY topics this week.  Up first, we discuss an article that discusses what the TSA could learn from Disney. After that, we discuss Eater.com's attempt at helping people navigate the food of Walt Disney World.  Finally, we discuss Ken Storey's question of what chains we believe would fit in WDW.

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This is a bonus edition of Mighty Men of Mouse where we are joined by Wes James to discuss his vision of what Star Wars land should be in Anaheim and Orlando.  Check out theLINElab here.  NOTE: Wes' proposed site plan is all the way at the bottom of the page.

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Listener Interaction Satchel to close out the summer.  Interactions include nostalgia and Future World, EGOT touring plan, industry restaurant rankings, no expiration options, long travel times, ranking ideas, The Middle Class and the cost of a vacation, the Boardwalk, why the Little Prince Hates Our Favorite Marylander, Olive Garden (yuck), World Showcase entertainment, when to play John Law, and the most that we would pay for a deluxe resort.  We also have details on how you can win a CLASS HAT.

ACSI restaurant survey results are here.

Article on Marvel movies is here.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the show better this week!

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This week we are joined by James Rosemergy to discuss a few of his recent blogs for TouringPlans.com.  First up, we discuss the current state of Disney's Hollywood Studios and what value it may offer to visitors.  We also discuss our thoughts on the value of an annual pass and how we decide whether or not to take the plunge.  The show closes out with a game of the Price is Guessed.

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This week we are joined by Wes James to discuss his experience at D23 and our thoughts on the announcements. 

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Ken Storey joins the show this week to talk Orlando attractions.  We discuss I-Drive 360, FunSpot, GatorLand, Kennedy Space Center and more.  Ken also has a chat with Russ Lipton.  Russ and Dutch also discuss what they're expecting at D23 and some discussion on ADR services.

Check out the Orlando Tourism Report.

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GALLIMAUFRY! This Summertime GALLIMAUFRY includes discussions of Universal and WWWD, when we feel "there," traveling with 2-year-old, frightening small children, and Outback Steakhouse.  GALLIMAUFRY contributors this week are Derry, Keith, Cassie, and Matt "HouserPain" Houser.  You can also buy this classy hat

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Russ brings a topic this week.  We discuss a Gawker article that discusses dining at Epcot.Russ and Dutch also shares some thoughts from their recent trips.

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Topics include Disneyland, planning spreadsheets, Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake, carrot cake, THE MIDDLE CLASS, future rankings, Ultimate Insider's Guide to Disney,  is Epcot a terrible tourist trap, podcasts and exercise, hiring a personal guide in the parks, our archives, Hooters, and France.

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This week, MMOM get caught up on news items such as Disney Hollywood Studios rumors, changes to the Disney Dining Plan, and the Message Board Outrage of the Week.  Also, lots of great notes from the Listener Interaction Satchel.

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This week we discuss what an old school trip through Walt Disney World would look like by creating an artisinal touring plan.  Howie sits down and bares his soul with Russ Lipton.  We'd also really appreciate you taking Kivus' survey about a meetup.

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Dutch talks about meeting his favorite face character and what a MMOM meet-and-greet would look like.  You can even take a survey to help us find a date by clicking here.   The Listener Interaction Satchel includes discussion on easyWDW inspired message board outrage, transportation at the Swalphin, Disneyland and FP+, dining draft, crazy alcohol abuse at Bay Lake, the attractions Epcot needs, restaurant improvements, saving the America pavillion, opulence, BIG GROUPS, HuffPo love for Disney, AP Magic Bands, and campsites revisited.

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We haven't recorded in a while, so we decide to catch up on news.  Newz Bitez on extra magic hour changes maybe coming to Walt Disney World, Frozen Ever After, poop, more bad advice and Message Board Outrage of the Week.  The team also draft desserts on property.  The show closes with some thoughts Dutch has from his trip.

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This week we are joined by Sam and Ashley of WDW Happy Place Podcast and the Earvengers to catch up.  They answer The Questionnaire, talk about Transformation Thursday, and Disney Fandom generally. They also challenge Kip to a game.

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This week's discussion starts with the potential of tiered pricing for the WDW parks.  Dutch also shares some stolen moments he'll be getting in Walt Disney World come July.  Brian reveals the winner of the Spring 2015 Draft.  The final discussion is a follow up on chain restaurants with listener feedback.

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A recent episode of Radio Harambe asked the question of how much of Epcot, and WDW generally, is educational.  We try to answer that this week.  We also discuss what we would do if we were Park Commissioners.  Hint: We're better than Goodell.

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An ethical question about booking a campsite at Fort Wilderness.  Dutch also shares his chain restaurant power rankings.  The Listener Interaction Satchel has thoughts on the show and its community, the Boathouse, Annual Passes and the limits on booking FastPass Plus, Lou, movies, Cracker Barrel, and extinct attractions.

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Looking through the prism of Russ' trip to Disneyland, the team discusses surprises, missing old friends, and ticket prices.  MMOM also discus Alone in the Disney World.  3 Good Minutes on Derek and Lou, improving the show, and the Fourth of July.

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This week the team helps solve a marital dispute about restaurants.  Also, we follow up with Brian on the draft.  Newz Bitez: pre-ordering food at Disney Hollywood Studios, the robot death of humanity, Morimoto at Disney Springs, Disney's Q2, and Uni Corner. 

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This week on the show, MMOM examines what Dutch should maybe say "goodbye" to, just in case, when he goes down to Walt Disney World in June.  They also answer a wide variety of WDW questions, including resort specific merchandise, Tesla and monorail expansion, spam, Octonauts, chain restaurants again, what would we bring from New England to Disney World, getting kids familiar with characters, Disney Dining Buddy, and more.

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This week the team is joined by Brian (@ligthemandhyde) to discuss the MMOM Spring Attraction Draft.  We also prime the pump on Project 103 Ways and talk about how to save money on a Disney vacation.  We close out with the Listener Interaction Satchel.

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This week MMOM get caught up on the news, share the results of the wait time draft and answer listener questions.

FastCompany.com Article on MyMagic+

Article on 2D Animation

Wired article on Magic Bands

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This week MMOM is joined by Howie to talk about lodging.  Howie thinks Dutch is all wrong on hotels and tries to convince the team that off-site hotels aren't hot garbage.  Howie shares some of his favorite properties, methods for finding a spot and traps to avoid.

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This week the team welcomes John and Elyssa Kivus to discuss two topics.  First, John shares his study of the value of character meals, including this article by Brian McNichols and an old episode of our show.  We also discuss a wonderful review of Be Our Guest breakfast by Josh of easyWDW. In our second topic, Elyssa explains to us what DisneyBounding is. 

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This week the Mighty Men of Mouse are joined by Wes James, an architect and author of Save Tomorrowland! at theLINElab.com.  Wes can be found on Twitter here.

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Starting the next 200 episodes off with a jam-packed show.  The show starts off with Dutch sharing some stolen moments he was able to snag in Walt Disney World last week.  Russ also shares some Newz Bitez.  News items include the Aloha Isle-Sunshine Tree Terrace swap, news about a new restaurant in Adventure Land, updates at Under the Sea, and the closure of Innonventions West.  Russ and Dutch also do a draft about wait times. The show closes with a discussion with The Park Blogger Podcast crew in response to Josh's Universal review.

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We have done 199 of these shows before this one. We celebrate with lists, a look back and Russ Lipton.

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Derek Burgan's Top Six Attractions at Walt Disney World is live and we have the results.  Using the magic of pivot tables, we crunch the numbers on what the experts say is the very best that WDW has to offer.  The Listener Interaction Satchel is teeming with great questions, including food at Disney Hollywood Studios, Disneyland's 60th Anniversary, Spaceship Earth merchandise, Tim Horton's coming to Epcot's Canada Pavilion, a WDW loyalty program, zombies, Walt Disney World breastaraunt opportunities, and Avatar hubris.  We also give 3 Good Minutes and relaxing and another on Big Daddy Mongello.

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The Listener Interaction Satchel is teeming with great feedback this week. We talk Gary Sinese and Mission: Space, John and Elyssa's Top Six WDW Attractions, Star Tours 2.0, how Walt Disney World treats customers at the Grand Floridian versus how they do business at the Waldorf, Comcast acting like Comcast, whether we like surprises, scrapping FastPass Plus, how we'd change WDW ticket prices, revamping a resort restaurant, and team nicknames.  Josh also joins us to talk his day at Universal and share a song at the very end of the episode.  We've also got a great crop of listener voice mails.

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Russ shares an article this week about how wrong it is to go to Walt Disney World with your kids.  Dutch and Kip rant like lunatics.  News Bites include banned substances, mugs, a different twist on three Disney Parks in one day, arcades, and Walt Disney World ticket scams.

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Gallimaufry!  Gallimaufry includes the next 10 years of theme parks, including Walt Disney World, replacement level meals at WDW, sophistry, a WDW rewards program, and the zombie apocalypse at WDW.

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Safari Mike of Radio Harambe and the Jambo Everyone blog joins the Mighty Men of Mouse this week to discuss some things that they wish would come to Walt Disney World.  Safari Mike steps Inside the Tourist's Studio to discuss whether Disney's Animal Kingdom is a half-day park, lawyers as WDW fanboys, Pizzafari, and the Wanamaya Safari.

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Different type of show this week.  The first topic is a discussion of the Top Six Attractions at Walt Disney World for Friend of the Show DEREK BURGAN.  The second topic is discussion on article about a woman who wants to spend the rest of her life cruising.  We ask ourselves how much it would cost and if we even would want to do it.

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Gallimaufry! Gallimaufry discussions include the decision to go when a pregnancy may happen, tech ideas, Groundhog Day in Walt Disney World.  News Bites include quick discussion on DVC prices, slashing of WDW Annual pass discounts, pirates of the Caribbean, Disney Springs' lineup, George Lucas' story ideas, and Starbucks mugs.

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It's time to rumble.  It's time for the Walt Disney World Attraction Royal Rumble.  The Royal Rumble features old attractions and your current favorites.  The 2015 version showcases 15 attractions that weren't in the inaugural rumble!  Go over the top!

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With recent news in Walt Disney World, it's time to consider what makes WDW what it is.  This week's topic is about what is sacred, if anything actually is.  The Listener Interaction Satchel contains responses to Burgan-a-mania, If I ran the zoo, Russ rants, Die Hard in the Great Movie Ride, and Easter brunch ideas. 

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The Listener Interaction Satchel includes questions on what to do if Avatarland dies, Disney's allures, Epcot drinking teams, and more on hotels.  There was to be a topic about Horcruxes, but someone whose name rhymes with Dip Flingfield muted his mic.  On the brightside, Dutch announces the winner and medalists for the Fall 2014 MMOM Draft.

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This week Team MMOM talks to the combatants of the Fall 2014 Draft. 

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