Episode 263 – Friday with Friends 02/16/18

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This week’s Listener Interaction show was recorded on Facebook LIVE while taking comments and questions from our viewers watching from home. We also answer questions submitted by our listeners via social media. This week we’ll discuss some of our favorite Disney afternoon TV shows and other TV shows we watched while growing up, rumors about the monorail cars being updated … Read More

Walt Disney World ticket prices are on the rise

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Ticket prices at Walt Disney World will increase, effective Sunday. The increase comes as Disney tries to even out attendance throughout the year so guests aren’t stuck waiting in line and have a better time. Walt Disney World posted record-breaking attendance in the quarter that ended in December, Disney executives said during an earnings call Tuesday with investors. The cost … Read More

Episode 259 – Disney News 02/07/18

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This week on our Disney News episode of the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, we get a peek at the latest Star Wars film, “Solo: A Star Wars Story”, new dance party offerings are coming to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom, Mobile Ordering in Walt Disney World incorporates the Dining Plan, Walt Disney World’s All-Star resorts to get … Read More

Guardians of the Galaxy Dance Party coming to Epcot

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Super Heroes take over the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot this summer with a Guardians of the Galaxy Dance Party. Star-Lord and Gamora from the Guardians of the Galaxy will join an alien band, taking guests on a journey through the cosmos. The party will feature hits from Awesome Mix Tapes 1 and 2 – fun and favorite tunes from … Read More

Episode 256 – Disney News 01/31/2018

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This week on our Disney news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, Star Wars Galactic Nights returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Flavor Lab is working up new desserts for Disney theme parks, Disney’s Minnie Van service begins making runs to Orlando International Airport, the Egg-stravaganza Easter egg hunt returns to Epcot, a man finds a kidney … Read More

Egg-stravaganza Returns to Epcot This Spring

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The 2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will offer a new scavenger hunt this year in addition to the returning Egg-stravaganza hunt. From March 16 through April 1, guests can participate in an Egg-stravaganza scavenger hunt – hunting high and low in World Showcase for “eggs” that portray favorite Disney characters. As you find the hidden Disney Character-themed “eggs” … Read More

Episode 254 – Listener Interaction 01/26/18

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This week’s Listener Interaction show was recorded live on Facebook LIVE while taking comments and questions from our viewers watching from home. We also answer questions submitted by our listeners via social media. This week we’ll discuss and explain DVC point rental, give some suggestions on things to do for extended stays in Walt Disney World, give our thoughts on … Read More

Episode 252 – Club Level Fastpass+

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Disney’s announcement of additional Fastpasses available for purchases for guests staying Club Level at WDW resort hotels has sparked a lot of polarizing discussion. On one side, many people think this is a blatant money grab by Disney to show favor and provide additional Fastpasses for guests who art fortunate enough to be able to spend massive amounts of money. … Read More

Episode 251 – Listener Interaction 01/19/18

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This week’s Listener Interaction show was recorded live on Facebook LIVE while taking comments and questions from our viewers watching from home. We also answer questions submitted by our listeners via social media. This week we’ll talk about whether or not Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is worth the cost, our thoughts on the new Fastpass+ options for Club Level … Read More

WDW Confirms New Option To Add More Fastpass+ Selections

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Ever since the introduction of FastPass+ there has been speculation that Disney will one day begin selling additional FastPass+, and it looks like this week will see that service introduced. Beginning Friday January 12 2018, guests staying in eligible rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels will be able to purchase a new theme park extra that includes additional … Read More

Episode 248 – Listener Interaction 01/12/18

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This week, for our Listener Interaction episode, we invite one of our good friends, frequent fill-in co-hosts, and loyal listeners Sara Evans to join us. Recently, Sara posted a question on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast Facebook group looking for ideas for places to go to or bars to check out while she and her husband are down … Read More

Episode 247 – Disney News 01/10/18

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This week in Disney news we get official word of another Epcot attraction closure, Disneyland gets first ever complete street car rail replacement, Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts workshops are announced, Black Panther trailer premiers, and much more! FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2018 SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2018 SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, 2018 MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018 TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2018 WEDNESDAY, … Read More

The Land pavilion to close Circle of Life theater in February

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The ‘Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable’ at The Land pavilion in Epcot will have its final showing on February 3, 2018. In the short term, Disney Performing Arts, a youth program by Disney, will begin using the space for performances and classes. It is expected that the theater will be used again for a permanent attraction at a later … Read More

Episode 243 – A First-timer’s WDW trip report

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Happy New Year!! We kick off 2018 with our first episode of the year on our new release format. It’s Monday and that means it’s our feature discussion show. This week we are featuring part 1 of a two-part discussion we had with Jonathan’s good friends Jen and Lindsay, who recently took their first trip to Walt Disney World with … Read More

Episode 242 – 2017 Ear In Review

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It’s that time of year again! As 2017 comes to an end, we take a look back at all of the Disney news and announcements that took place over the course of the year. Join us, along with Window to the Magic host Paul Barrie, as we remember the many pieces of news that had us all talking about Disney … Read More

Episode 241 – Extinct Attraction Audio

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This week on All About the Mouse, our good friend Sam Polkinghorne has put together a special collection of extinct attraction audio based on listener feedback and requests. This episode features some of the most beloved and reminisced-about attractions like America Sings, The Timekeeper, Kitchen Kabaret, and more. Jonathan will also give us his SPOILER FREE review of Star Wars: … Read More

Frozen Ever After Fastpass+ now available beginning at 9:00 AM

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One of the most popular attractions in Epcot is, no doubt, Frozen Ever After located in the Norway pavilion. Until recently, Fastpass+ selections were not available until 11:00 am when the rest of World Showcase officially opens. This meant that guests wanting to hit up Frozen Ever After early in the morning had to wait in standby lines with lines … Read More

Episode 238 – Positively Disney

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This week we are joined by author Kimberly Bouchard to talk about her “Positively Disney” book series, which features feel-good stories inspired by Disney theme parks, movies, fans, and more. We all have our favorite memories from the parks as well as other aspects of Disney that make us feel good inside, and they all mean different things to each … Read More

SpectacuLAB coming to Epcot’s Innoventions

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A new show called The SpectacuLAB will open in Epcot’s Innoventions later this fall. Located in Innoventions East and presented by Murata, the show will feature demonstrations that bring to life the wonders of science and innovation.  Guests visiting The SpectacuLAB will be invited to step inside and join a group of real scientists, along with their eager tech-savvy intern, for a … Read More

Epcot’s 2017 Candlelight Processional Celebrity Narrator Line-up

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Disney has completed its line-up for celebrity narrators for this year’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot. Completing the line-up from the first update, Ana Gasteyer and Jodi Benson both return, along with a first appearance from Disney Legend Kurt Russell. Here is the full list of narrators: The Candlelight Processional is performed three times per night (5:00, 6:45 and 8:15pm) during … Read More

Episode 231 – Disney Cruise Line Revisited

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast we revisit a subject we haven’t really talked about in quite some time – Disney Cruise Line. One of our loyal listeners, Stefani, joins us to talk about her experiences on several Disney Cruise Line sailings including her most recent sailing to Alaska and a repositioning cruise going from Vancouver to … Read More

Disney makes “The Dream Called EPCOT” available

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As Epcot is celebrating its 35th anniversary, Disney has made available the original promotional video made to show guests what was to come entitled, “The Dream Called EPCOT”. The film ran at the EPCOT Preview Center in Magic Kingdom and it served as an introduction to this exciting new theme park based on Walt’s original idea of the Experimental Prototype … Read More

6 Reasons Why I Love Going to Disney In October

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One of the questions we ask out listeners whenever we do a Mouse Call on the podcast is, “What is your favorite time of year to go to Disney and why?”. Some people may tell you that it doesn’t matter. After all, a bad day at Disney is better than your best day at work, right? Well, that may be … Read More

Episode 224 – Tribute to The Great Movie Ride and Ellen

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast we take a look at two Walt Disney World attractions that are going to be closing down for good. The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Ellen’s Energy Adventure in Epcot have both entertained millions of guests over the years, and they have both deservedly earned their spot … Read More

Epcot retro merchandise commemorates 35th anniversary

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This October, Epcot celebrates its 35th Anniversary at Walt Disney World Resort. To commemorate this milestone occasion, the Disney Parks Merchandise team has created a retro-inspired merchandise collection that captures the essence of a spirited phrase from Epcot’s beginnings, “We’ve just begun to dream.” I spoke with Eric Caszatt, Creative Manager with the Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media Creative … Read More

New Mission: Space missions open August 13th

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Mission: SPACE will reopen August 13 2017 with a brand new family friendly mission and a reduced height requirement. The Orange Mission will continue to offer an intense experience that lets you feel the force of an actual space launch en route to Mars. On this mission, you’ll dodge meteoroids, slingshot around the moon and attempt a precision landing on … Read More

Legendary Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar passes away

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Legendary Disney Imagineer Martin A. “Marty” Sklar passed away in his Hollywood Hills home on Thursday. He was 83. During an illustrious career spanning 54 years, Marty worked closely with Walt Disney and was instrumental in creating, enhancing and expanding Disney’s creative vision. Named a Disney Legend in 2001, he is best remembered and revered by fans around the world … Read More

Ratatouille attraction coming to Epcot’s France pavilion

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A Disney•Pixar’s “Ratatouille”-inspired attraction is coming to the France Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. The attraction will expand the pavilion and will be similar to the 4-D attraction Ratatouille: The Adventure that opened at the Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris in 2014. Guests will be able to shrink to Remy’s size and scurry to safety in a dazzling chase … Read More

Guardians of the Galaxy attraction coming to Epcot’s Future World

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Disney has today announced that a “Guardians of the Galaxy”-inspired attraction will be coming to Future World, replacing the Universe of Energy. Epcot’s brand new E-ticket attraction will be based on the rockin’ and action-packed world of “Guardians of the Galaxy.” No further details were announced, beyond an opening ahead of 2021, in time for the 50th anniversary of the … Read More

New space-themed restaurant coming to Epcot’s Future World

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The Space theme is about to expand at Epcot’s Future World, with the addition of a new “out-of-this-world” dining experience. The restaurant, which will be located adjacent to the park’s Mission: SPACE attraction, will invite guests to travel into space for amazing dining experiences in the stars. Walt Disney Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald shared a first look at the restaurant during … Read More

Mission: Space and Epcot’s China pavilion to get updated films

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Mission: Space and the China Pavilion at Epcot will see new films as the first part of a major overhaul of Epcot. A new Green Mission at Mission: SPACE will take guests on a stunning tour around the Earth, and an updated Orange Mission will make the trip to Mars even more spectacular with new display systems. The new Green … Read More

New Disney Riviera Resort to join DVC near Epcot

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Disney has today announced plans to build a brand new Disney Vacation Club Resort near to Epcot called Disney Riviera Resort. The new resort will open in the fall of 2019, featuring 300 accommodation units, and linked via the new Disney Skyliner gondola system. Disney Skyliner will connect the new Disney Vacation Club property, Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century … Read More

Siemens ends sponsorship of Spaceship Earth at Epcot

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Siemens, the company that sponsors Spaceship Earth, Illuminations, and It’s A Small World in Disneyland, has decided to not renew their 12 year long contract with Disney. Siemens is one of the largest industrial manufacturers in the world, and have helped with developing a number of items used in the parks. Siemens also sponsored the ABC studio sign in Times … Read More

Episode 218 – Disney Gaming (Board/Table-top Games)

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast we talk with Kelly and Sarah, two of our listeners who love Disney games. To be exact, we’re talking about Disney-related board games and table-top games. There are some fun and exciting games out there for Disney fans of all ages, and we’re going to talk about some of our … Read More

Free Dining Returns to Walt Disney World

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The much anticipated free Disney Dining Plan has been announced for 2017! Guests visiting August 21-September 30, November 14-20, November 25-27, and December 8-23, 2017 can get a free dining plan when they purchase a non-discounted Walt Disney World Resort hotel and ticket package. Guests looking to take advantage of this limited time offer must purchase a 5-night/6-day Magic Your … Read More

Episode 207 – The Hodge Podge Episode

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast we are talking about a variety of different Disney-related topics. There have been a number of things that we’ve been meaning to talk about on the show lately from movie reviews to news items, and this week we’re going to catch up with an all-inclusive discussion about all things Disney. … Read More

Episode 206 – The Dreamfinder

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, we interview Ron Schneider, famous for playing the walk-around Dreamfinder character from Epcot. Ron has had an amazing career in theme parks and more for nearly 40 years. With his years of experiences in the parks and entertainment industry, he has amassed some terrific stories, and he’s here to share … Read More

Episode 204 – Attractions You Don’t Need A Fastpass For

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, Jessica Sanders from The Happiest Blog on Earth and author of “Disneyland on any budget” joins us to talk about attractions at both the Walt Disney World resort and the Disneyland resort in California that you don’t need to waste a Fastpass on. Everyone wants to make the most of … Read More

Episode 199 – Captain EO with Imagineer Terri Hardin

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast we welcome back legendary Disney Imagineer Terri Hardin to talk about Captain EO. Terri worked alongside Michael Jackson, Francis Ford Coppola, and Anjelica Huston on Captain EO, which opened up at Epcot in the Magic Eye Theater in 1986. Terri shares her experiences with working with this amazing group of … Read More

Episode 197 – Bring Back That Old Disney Magic

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, we invite one of our loyal listeners on the show to co-host and participate in a discussion that he suggested. We all have things that we originally fell in love with all throughout the Disney organization. Whether it’s theme parks or movies, a lot has changed over the years, and … Read More

Episode 195 – Add, Remove, and Change (Epcot)

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This week we have a surprise guest host on the show. We welcome one of our loyal listeners, Sara from Maryland, to talk about changes that we would like to see come to Epcot. Epcot is a classic Disney theme park that has stood the test of time for almost 35 years, but with all of the things being added … Read More

Special Annual Passholder Lines Open in Walt Disney World This Week

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Starting December 21 2016, all four parks will offer dedicated entrance lines for Annual Passholders. Passholders, who are typically very familiar with the entry process, should be able to move through the lines faster by using the dedicated entry lines. The service is expected to be available throughout the holiday period until at least the end of January 2017. Story … Read More

Episode 191 – An Epcot Christmas

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney podcast we are playing Christmas audio specifically from Epcot. Since this show is coming out just in time for Christmas, we thought it would be nice to feature some audio from current and past attractions from Epcot that are special to the holiday season. First, we feature one of the true … Read More

Episode 189 – Trip Report

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This week Bryce Yelverton fills in for Jonathan Dichter as co-host and we talk about some Disney experiences that are new to the parks and also just new to him. There is so much that has been added to the Walt Disney World resort over the last couple of years, and we’ll talk about some of these new experiences as … Read More

Muppet Mobile Lab Returns To Epcot

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Muppet Mobile Lab, featuring Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant Beaker, has returned to Epcot this week! The Mobile Lab is a Walt Disney Imagineering Character creation that rides around Epcot interacting with guests. While the Muppet characters are riding around, they engage in a 6-8 minute comedy skit. Dr. Honeydew and Beaker first make their appearance in Epcot with … Read More

Crash Resulting In A Fallen Sign Closes World Drive

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There was a bit of a shake-up on World Drive heading into Magic Kingdom and the Epcot area yesterday. At approximately 2:10 pm on Saturday, 20-year-old Joemar Torregrosa Matos was driving southbound on World Drive and veered off the road, according to Sgt. Kim Montes, near Epcot Center Drive. When he did, his Dodge Durango plunged into a guard rail … Read More