Monday, 19 February 2018

Disney Dream Girls 198 - Making Marvel Magic for Disney

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On this weeks show, Michelle is joined by good friend and previous guest - Rebecca Manion.
Becky is 31 and lives in London (currently with her parents), is engaged to Luke and has a sausage dog called Daisy. She is a complete Walt Disney World addict however she is currently trying to make her way through travelling on all of the Disney Cruise line ships. Becky has been a friend to the podcast since we were Minnie Minxes and she has been a guest numerous times before. Find out more about Becky and her travels by following her on instagram at what_becky_did or her website https://whatbeckydidblog.com/
Delicious trio from the Brown Derby Lounge
Oh did I say that Becky is a big fan of the WDW lounges and is especially partial to a margarita (or two!)  

On the show, we discuss a blog that Touring Plans published on 12th February 2018. If you would like to read the whole article, please follow this link Top Ten WDW Table Service Restaurants. 
Number One Restaurant in the list
We discuss the list and our opinions on the restaurants that were featured. Luckily between us we have been able to have eaten at the eateries at least once - well all except for one! We must make it clear, the rating was given by those who responded to their survey and is not necessarily Touring Plans opinion (nor ours!) of what is the best Walt Disney World restaurant. But we would love to hear what yours is!
California Grill just scraped into the top ten
We then moved on to look at the plans Becky has made for her two upcoming Disney trips by looking at the first trip she has - the Eastern Carribean. 
As well as this week in Disney history and a dash through the news, that was it for this weeks show. If you have any questions, as always you can contact us social media and we would love to help you! Below are our show links:
 
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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Disney Dream Girls 196 - The Twinkification of the Magic Kingdom

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Coming up on todays show, Michelle and Jayne chat through some historical and recent news items then move on to a feature focussing on Pinocchio in the parks.  

Pinocchio's Daring Journey  
Let’s go back to 1976, when it was decided to remove the Mickey Mouse Club Theater in Disneyland. The plan was to put in a Pinocchio dark ride and this saw guests riding in cars designed to resemble Geppetto's wood-carved toys. However, it was shelved only to be revived to be added into Tokyo Disneyland in 1983. Gone was the toy shaped carts, as guests ride in a non descript ‘wood style’ cart. It then opened in Disneyland a month and a half later as part of a complete overhaul of Fantasyland. Just as originally planned, it is where the Mickey Mouse Club Theater originally stood.

Character Meet and Greets
Pinocchio and Gepetto meet nearly every day in Disneyland Paris, usually in Fantasyland near Bella Notte. However, in the US parks, Pinocchio and Gepetto are tricky to find but they may be found separately in Epcot at the International Gateway or American Adventure.  You can usually find Pinocchio in Fantasyland or World Bazaar at Tokyo Disneyland. 
August 1978 WDW,  Pinocchio and Geppetto along with Stromboli, Lampwick, Gideon, J. Worthington Foulfellow and the marionettes posed together in Fantasyland - photo credit Disney Parks Blog

Sadly the blue fairy has no meets anywhere but sometimes pops up in parades. It is a big no for Stromboli, with no meets anywhere for him. Gideon may meet at EPCOT otherwise it’s over to Paris or Tokyo. If you wan to meet John Worthington "Honest John" Foulfellow , he  can only be met regularly in Fantasyland or the Med Harbor in Tokyo. In previous years he has featured as one of the Villains for Halloween Time at Disneyland CA. 


Pinocchio Themed Eateries
You can eat in a Pinocchio themed restaurant in Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris. They have varied menus and whilst its not the most exciting of food choices, it is solid theme park fare that will suit the fussiest of appetites.

So that basically wraps up this weeks show, if you have any questions, as always you can contact us social media and we would love to help you! Below are our show links:
 
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Monday, 5 February 2018

Planning a Magicial Magic Kingdom Trip

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On this weeks podcast, Michelle is joined by the Dis Down Under Podcast - Kat and Lewis and together they chat through some top tips for visiting the Magic Kingdom. So read on and we will summarise below some key ideas.

1. Fastpasses
If you are an onsite guest you can book three fastpasses per day. These can be booked 60 days in advance and they can reduce your wait times in attraction lines considerably. Once in the park and the three fastpasses have been used, you can visit the WDW app and book further ones (one at a time) to enjoy.
Fastpass Information is Stored On A Magic Band
Depending on your park strategy depends on how you use these. You could be an early morning person and want to use them first thing or perhaps you will leave them til later in the day. Whilst not all attractions have them, some fastpasses are more beneficial than others and we discuss some of the benefits on the show. 

2. Dining
Liberty Tree Tavern Can be a hearty meal
The Magic Kingdom has an array of eating options from snacks, quick service, character meals to table service. In our opinion some are better value than others but again alot is down to your viewpoint as a character meal is great if you want to get to meet and greet some hard to find characters but if you just want food on the go - the value may not be there for you. 
Dole Whip - A Much Loved Snack
We muse over some options and favourites that the three of us will seek to book on our upcoming August trip.

3. Additional Costs
Desserts and Entertainment but at an extra cost
For an additional price you can have the benefit of assured view for the evenings fireworks. The Magic Kingdom offers two dessert parties and also a firework cruise. With prices per adult starting from $59 per adult they are not cheap but for a special occassion or for those on a quick trip (that might not have time to wait for a viewing spot) it may be of interest to them.
Ferrytales Dessert and Fireworks Cruise
However, if you want to get in to the park ahead of the crowds to ride Seven Dwarves Mine Train, The Many Adventures  of Winnie Pooh and Peter Pans' Flight then the magic morning option could be for you as it also includes a breakfast - for the price of $65.
Seven Dwarves Mine Coaster

Whatever you do before going to the Magic Kingdom - do your research! We highlighly recommend buying a guide book - such as the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World and subscribing to Touring Plans as both of these options will give you a wealth of information to save you time and ultimately a lot of money! Find out more by searing for the book title of visiting how to buy the Unofficial Guide.
The Unofficial Guide - A Must Buy!
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Sunday, 28 January 2018

Disney Dream Girls 194 - A Tour of the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 194 for Sunday 28th January 2018. If you want to listen, whilst you read these notes, just click the audio player below. Alternatively, you can find our podcast in all good podcast catching apps or searching on iTunes (click here iTunes link) or Stitcher Radio.

On this weeks podcast, Michelle is joined by her good friend from Canada - Stephen Klimosko. Stephen is a well travelled Disney fan; having visited both Walt Disney World and Disneyland and he also is well known for his amazing portrayal of Walt Disney as a guest at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. However, on todays show he will be reviewing his VIP tour of the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank and you will be stunned by the details he shares. 
Stephen at MNSSHP
As Stephen arrived at Walt Disney Studios, he had no idea of the many surprises his tour guide (Drew Hayashida) had laid on for the day ahead. Whilst he had been to the studios before, he had not seen some of the delights he saw on this trip. First, lets look around the Old Animation Building.

On the podcast, Stephen details some of the items in the display cases he saw.    
Then began the highlight of the tour - a visit to Suite 3H, which is otherwise known as Walt's Office! But first, there was the matter of pre-secretary then secretary and then the discovery that Walt had a meeting office and also a work office!
A secretaries desk
Walt's 'meeting' office
In the meeting office, a piano
Then the working office
The tour continued and along the way there were many many highlights and below are some of the sights Stephen enjoyed.
Legacy Plaza
The Signpost to Nowhere
Only Place You Can Get This Picture
We hope you enjoyed this weeks show. Stephen will be back to share lots more from this trip in the upcoming weeks.


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Sunday, 21 January 2018

Disney Dream Girls 193 - Disney Theme Park Chat

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast number 193 for Sunday 21st January 2018. If you wish to listen to the podcast whilst reading these notes, please click the audio player below. Alternatively, you can subscribe to our podcast in all good podcast hosting places such as iTunes (click here iTunes link) and Stitcher Radio by Searching Disney Dream Girls. 

This weeks show is a fun filled bag of lots of Disney news and views.

Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe Refurbishment
Photo Credit WDW Website
Bad news - the shop is being refurbished. However, the good news is a new kiosk will pop up and enable us all to keep on buying our favourite Norwegian treats - including the school bread. It is due to open up this Summer and will be bigger and brighter than ever before!

Rose Gold Cupcake
Over at The Land Pavilion you can buy a cupcake themed to the much sought after gold ears. Packed with vanilla butter cream this cupcake is selling like hot cakes. However is it a question of style over substance as we feel the flavourings are a little bland with it being a vanilla and marbled chocolate cake with vanilla butter cream. I guess the only answer is to buy one whilst they are available and find out for yourself! 
Photo Credit lea_marie.magic on Instagram
Paradise Pier Construction
We said farewell to Screamin' but you can keep on enjoying it as here is our very own front row video!
Lots of changes are coming to this part of Disney California Adventure - some this Summer and some a little later. On the show we discuss the proposed new logo and its reaction on Social Media. 

Main Street USA Congestion
Photo by Thomas Allison of the Cruise Dudes Podcast
Replacing the trolly tracks in Disneyland is making Main Street a real bottle neck. However, I like the information notices they put up on the construction walls.
Photo by Thomas Allison of the Cruise Dudes Podcast
Disneyland Paris - Fan Daze  
Lots of characters, parades, meeting and greeting and lots lots more will be going in at Disneyland Paris on the 2nd June? We discuss some of the packages and what you can expect.

Have you booked your ticket? Let us know if you are going as we would love to hear from you!
 
Well that's just about it for this week! We hope you enjoyed the show, if you don't already follow us on social media, below are our show links:

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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Disney Dream Girls 192 - My Life and Star Wars by Terri Hardin

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, number 192 released on Sunday 14th January 2018. If you wish to listen to the podcast, whilst reading these notes, please click the audio player below or you can find our podcast on all god podcast hosting places such as iTunes (click here iTunes link) and Stitcher Radio by Searching Disney Dream Girls. 

On Michelle's Christmas trip to Disneyland she managed to find a quiet corner to catch up and discuss the connection Terri Hardin has with the Star Wars film series. 

Firstly, if you are not aware of Terri Hardin, she is a multi talented sculpter, puppeteer and former Disney imagineer. However, you may not know is that she is a massive Star Wars fan.
Terri Hardin bottom left corner
Todays show shares her story and covers how it changed her life and it enabled her to have the career she has. We hope you enjoy the show and please feel free to contact us via our social media links. 

Note - todays show was recorded to the Disneyland Hotel in California - hence the audio quality. 


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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Disney Dream Girls 191 - Disneyland Trip Report

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls podcast for show number 191 aired on Sunday 7th January 2018. If you wish to listen to the podcast, whilst reading this blog, all you have to do is click on the audio player below. Alternatively, our podcast can be found in most places that host podcasts such as iTunes (click here to subscribe) and Stitcher Radio.

Todays show reviews Michelle's Disneyland Christmas trip. Have you ever been to a Disney park at Christmas? Or are you planning at future trip? Well you will need to listen to this weeks show with lots of top tips on how to get the best out of the theme parks at the busiest and merriest time of the year.
First thing to understand is that the parks are busy however, if you do your research it is quite easy to get in 15+ attractions a day! Some of our top tips are:
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to park opening to get through security and be in line at the entrance.
  • Use Fastpasses.
  • Have a plan of which attractions you want to hit - e.g. Michelle went to Space Mountain for a fastpass and then onto Peter Pan as both of these attractions are incredibly busy.
  • Ride Its a Small World in the morning but visit in the evening to admire the exterior. 
  • Queues for quick service food at peak times can be 30 minutes so avoid these  times.
  • Plan to watch shows later in the day.

The highlights of the trip included the cinnamon scented snowfall (always a seasonal favourite), enjoying the stunning Christmas decorations plus riding the Christmas themed attractions and the amazing seasonal Christmas food.
On this trip, I was really pleased to have done two attractions that I had previously ignored - namely the treehouse and the canoes. Lots of fun and I am now pleased to say I have ridden every Disneyland attraction! 

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