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Episode #379 - a drive by disney world.

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Episode #379 - a drive by disney world.
I happened to be in Orlando a week or so ago, and took a short drive around property. It was interesting to say the least, so I talk about it. I’m also introducing a new segment I’m calling “one little spark” as kind of a call to action for things we can do to be more engaged in societal issues.
September 7, 2020
Episode #378 - some updates about disney and disney parks
This episode is an update on some of the news around the Walt Disney company. Espn, disneys entertainment business and theme parks all get a nod. And I play an interview with Josh D’amaro which is from the US Travel Association. Listen to the Dow Report here:
August 27, 2020
Episode #377 - This is a podcast about my dad.
Thank you for listening. The music included in this episode is copyright of disney, and I sincerely hope they don’t mind its use in this context. The obituary I wrote:
August 5, 2020
Episode #376 - A few thoughts about where things stand....
Disney has some good going on. But this virus? It’s dangerous and returning to a theme park doesn’t seem like a winning idea.
July 10, 2020
Episode #375a - congratulations graduates!
A kind of, sort of commencement speech from dave.
May 16, 2020
Episode #375 - a pause in my podcast
I’m going to take a break from podcasting for a while. Consider it like I’m temporarily closed, much like the resort. I tell you about my decision.
May 9, 2020
Episode #374 - managing through closures
I gave up my annual pass. And at the moment, things are looking not-so-rosy for theme parks in the immediate future - because there’s still a lot of uncertainty.  I listened in to the 2Q earnings call, and have something to say about what I heard. And of course, I’ve got some more thoughts about it. Plus I hit on a couple of news items that are a little less serious.  Lost (& Found) episode #32 discovery island
May 6, 2020
Episode #373 - Epcot Entrance Music
Today, I have for you the original entrance area music, which played from 1982-2001 in future world. It set the tone for what futureworld was, and carried on the music from the pavilions. Enjoy!
April 29, 2020
Episode #372 - thoughts about closures, and disneys future in general.
I delve into the place we’re in as a nation and a world. I consider how disney really is at the epicenter of everything.
April 22, 2020
Episodes #370 & #371 - the music of mainstreet.
As we roll through another week, I thought I’d provide a little fun - here’s the background music loop that was played along mainstreet from about 1989 until 2012. Of course (as always) there’s a little story to tell. Enjoy!
April 16, 2020
Episode #369 - assorted thoughts and a visit to Walt Disney world during the closure
I took an opportunity to pass by the resort because I wanted to see for myself what it looked was surreal almost like it came from Stephen King’s The Stand. So I talk about what I saw, and have some updates on what’s going on.  Finally, I play the audio from the 1987 resort tv loop, for your enjoyment.
April 8, 2020
Episode #368 - some updates about Disney World
The parks remain closed for now, but there’s news to report in any case. I take you through it. And then play some audio that is kind of fun.
April 2, 2020
Episodes #366 & #367 - some of my favorite musical themes
I present to you my top 20 catchy themes from around disney world. Most of these are older, and many are gone now, but they’re all memorable. Come on a little musical journey around the magic kingdom and Epcot.
March 27, 2020
Episodes #364 & #365 - Sonny Eclipse
Sonny is an audio animatronic fictional alien who plays daily at cosmic rays starlight cafe in Tomorrowland in the magic kingdom. Come and take a listen to the little story of the location and hear his audio.  Plus, there's a bonus on here! I play the audio from the galactic pay phone that is (used to be?) outside of the Peoplemover.
March 19, 2020
Episode #363 - the Contemporary
On this episode, I spend a moment talking about closures, but then move on to talking about the Contemporary, its construction, and the Mary Blair mural on the central pillar. I figure we can all use a break from the every day....
March 13, 2020
Episode #362 - shakeup at Disney? Big deal or Nah?
Bob Iger stepped down. The coronavirus forced the closure of two parks. Streaming continues to evolve. There’s a lot to talk about! But to answer the question in the title, I vote "nah"....there are concerns, but nothing specific, today.
February 29, 2020
Episode #361 - why I love Disney
Joining me on the show is Craig Folsom who hosts the eponymous show. We talk about why we love Disney. Come along, and have a listen to us talking about our experiences.  Visit Craig @
February 17, 2020
Episode #360 - has it really been 10 years?!
If you’ll indulge me, I spend some time talking about *me*, how I got here, and how I’ve seen things change.  My first show aired February 8, 2010. And I simply can’t believe I’ve managed to make it this far.  It’s been a great ride, and I can’t wait to see where I go next!
February 7, 2020
Episode #359 - Canada far and wide
Disney updated the show with new camera shots and a new narration featuring Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy. I present some info and the attraction audio.  Incidentally, the new version of the Canada song was performed by Eva Avila, a Québécois. Circlevision History Canada Pavilion
January 26, 2020
Episode #358 - "Sue" in the Animal Kingdom
I take a look back a the history of Sue at Animal Kingdom.  Its an interesting tale that moved the preparation to the Animal Kingdom.   You can watch my lost and found story about it below: View the episode A blog about the fossil prep lab:
January 9, 2020
Episode #357 - comments about the Star Wars franchise
I give you my perspective on the “state of the franchise” now that we’ve reached the end of the new trilogy. There are some spoilers in here but this is more my general feelings about where it stands, than it is about one movie.
December 29, 2019
Episode #356 - a visit to the parks
I had a chance to visit again last week, and wanted to talk about my experiences, what I saw, share some thoughts, and bring you along.
December 23, 2019
Episode #355 - Top 10 snacks around WDW
I go beyond popcorn and Mickey bars to share with you some of my favorite snacks around the resort.  1. Beignet with Dipping Sauce @ Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory – Port Orleans French Quarter  2. Citrus swirl @ aloha isle magic kingdom  3. Conch Fritters @ Gurgling Suitcase – Old Key West Resort  4. Bavarian Mickey Pretzel @ Baseline Tap House - Hollywood Studios .  5. Anything @ boullangerie pastiserie - epcot  6. Pesto garlic knots @ Pinocchio village house - magic kingdom  7. Naan with dipping sauce @ landscape flavors - art of animation  8. Sushi @ Japan - epcot  9. Totchos @ woodys - Hollywood studios  10. Samosa @ Mr Kamal’s - Animal kingdom  My popcorn recipe is in show #90:  Link
December 5, 2019
Episode #354 - your questions, answered.
Dave is back to answer your disney questions. Traveling over the summer, sorcerers of the magic kingdom, the chicken exit from attractions, fireworks, and more! I’ve got a few nuggets tucked in here as well.
November 21, 2019
Episodes #352 & #353 - a visit to the world
I made a recent trip to the parks and I’m here to break it down. I’ve got 4 parts - food & wine, the disney skyliner, galaxys edge, and some thoughts about construction.
October 28, 2019
Episode #351 - John Lennon, the Beatles, and the Lost Weekend
On this episode, I tell the tale of the visit by John Lennon to Walt Disney World, during which the Beatles were dissolved.  Its a tale that doesn't get enough press, and I thought I'd share it.   You can check out the video I made in my Lost & Found Series: May Pang's photos can be found here:
October 2, 2019
Episode #350 - a look at some of Disney's media relationships
Disney has a complex media empire.  I take a look at a couple of items in the news that caught my attention that bring that mind.  It includes some lawsuits, Star Wars, Spider Man, and more.  Plus I take a look at Freeform TV and explore its history.
September 14, 2019
Episode #349 - Updates from D23, and my thoughts.
I didn't attend D23, but I got all the updates...and I have some thoughts about it all.  Epcot is about to undergo a major overhaul, and while I think its "needed," it changes the very nature of the park.  Plus, there were plenty of other updates that I talk about.  I hope I don't come off as negative - I have strong feelings about the legacy and history, and I feel like the company isn't about that anymore...   Of course, I'm still interested in the history and that's why I started this YouTube Channel! Lost and Found in Walt Disney World. YouTube direct link
August 28, 2019
Episode #348 - an almost visit to Galaxy's Edge
I was in the Orlando area last week, and made an effort to see Galaxy's Edge - but it didn't work out (sadly).  I talk about my time in the area, and about Star Wars Galaxy's Edge - and the emphasis on the newer episodes.  I have a theory about why this is, and it is really just a guess.  Thought I'd share my thoughts.
August 22, 2019
Episode #347 - The Walt Disney Radio Information station
For the first 25 years the Disney World Resort was open, they had an AM radio station (several actually) that broadcast information about the resort - from park hours to special events to things to do.  I talk about the broadcast, and play some clips for you.  Hope you enjoy! YouTube direct link
August 13, 2019
Episode #346 - your questions answered
It's time to answer some of your Disney-related questions.  Should I go for rope drop or stay late? What effect will Galaxy's Edge have on my visit?  Can I upgrade a ticket? And a short primer on FastPass+ FastPass+ guide mentioned in the podcast:  Don't forget about my video series: Lost and Found in WDW or Hit me up on Twitter anytime @DisneyView
July 26, 2019
Episode #345 - my summer vacation, and how it relates to Disney
We went on a summer trip up to the Smokey Mountains.  I had no expectation that I would see or do anything that related back to Disney.  But of course, I was wrong.  I seem to always have this lens that is on the lookout for Disney-related things. And I saw a bunch that I call out in this podcast. The Gargoyle at Denver InternationaL Glass blowing: Don't forget about my video series: Lost and Found in WDW YouTube direct link And hit me up on Twitter anytime @DisneyView
July 11, 2019
Episode #344 - Star Wars Galaxy's Edge
I haven't made it out to DisneyLand to see Galaxy's Edge, but I have watched a lot of videos and read a lot of blog posts about the new land - so I thought it'd be fun to provide my own perspective.  I'll be honest and say I don't love what I see so far....but there's still time to make some adjustments before it opens at Disney World. Of course, remember to checkout my video series, Lost and Found in WDW! And hit me up on Twitter anytime @DisneyView
June 20, 2019
Episode #343 - The Disney Skyway
Long before the Disney Skyliner, there was another skyway at the Disney theme parks (DisneyLand, the Magic Kingdom, and Tokyo DisneyLand).  I talk about the design, how it worked, and reminisce a little about riding it. In the show I mention Bob Gurr. You can find the show he appeared on here: Hope you enjoy this look back in history.
June 7, 2019
Episode #342 - Managing Hotels
Disney had never managed hotels before, but they decided to get into the business when they opened Walt Disney World.  I take a look back at Disney getting into the hotel business in central Florida.  There are two parts - the addition of hotels along Hotel Plaza Blvd, and the Hilton Inn South that taught the new Cast Members how to run a hotel. Two of my videos (Episodes #10 & #16) cover some of this story as well. Of course, remember to checkout my video series, Lost and Found in WDW! YouTube direct link And hit me up on Twitter anytime @DisneyView
May 18, 2019
Episode #341 - my thoughts about another visit
As I intended to, I visited Walt Disney World last week, and spent a couple of days doing some fun things.  Hopefully, I caught some of the things you asked me far my favorite part of this visit was people watching: we had some amusing interactions. I also give you some updates about construction (there's a lot), talk about the monorail, and share some observations. We also had a chance to see the Blue Angels and I was churro guy! Hope you enjoy! Of course, remember to checkout my video series, Lost and Found in WDW! YouTube direct link And hit me up on Twitter anytime @DisneyView
May 7, 2019
Episode #340 - a couple of personal updates, and some updates about Disney
On this episode, I've got some personal updates - I share a couple of interactions with Guest Services online, and talk about my podcast move.    Then its on to Disney updates - the Gondola system, a temporary replacement for Illuminations, Star Wars updates, and some info on Vegetarian/Vegan Dining.  Picture from the KingdomInsider Vegan Disney World did a nice writeup about the brochures I mention in the podcast - its so new not all of them are printed yet! And of course, remember to checkout my video series, Lost and Found in WDW! YouTube direct link And hit me up on Twitter anytime @DisneyView
April 18, 2019
Episode #339 - Disney & Data
    Overview:  I was giving some thought to one big reason Disney is successful, and that's "big data" - Disney uses a wealth of information to help you to have a magical time. I explore the concept on this podcast. Notes: On a future show, I'll have to delve into more of how this data is used. Don't forget to checkout my video series: Lost and Found at WDW! 
April 8, 2019
Episode #338 - news and updates from around WDW
    Overview:  Today’s main theme is the announcements about  Star Wars Galaxys Edge. We have dates, and know many of the shthings that will appear in the land.  Plus, I’ve got some other news and notes to share. Notes: Galaxy's Edge will either be terrific or it will merit a yawn....hard to say which....but they've invested a lot of time and effort (not to mention money) into the parks to make it happen, and the sheer size is massive.  So it certainly has the potential.  I can't wait to see it. My pressed pennies app for iOS is now available for free.  Hope you enjoy! Pressed Penny app: Checkout my YouTube channel: lost & found in Walt Disney World.
April 8, 2019
Episode #337 - storytelling, the passing of Dave Smith, and changes to legislation
     Overview:  I’ve got a couple of personal tales to tell along the way - about a trivia contest I was in, and a friend’s question about a birthday celebration.  Then, I talk a little about Dave Smith and his recent passing, and some proposed changes to state legislation that could impact Walt Disney world.  Notes: IMHO Dave Smith was a Disney legend for the way he preserved history.   Of course, you can learn more about the history of Disney’s relationship with the state in my video series: lost and found in WDW!
April 8, 2019
Episode #336 -Soundsation at the Disney MGM Studios
    Overview:  Back in 1989, the Disney MGM Studios opened as a real working movie studio. They let us in on some movie making secrets and featured some cool little shows that showed how things work. Soundsation was a booth where you could hear Holophonic sound. I explore the history and play the audio for you. Notes: This was a simple pleasure. So technically simple, yet very powerful in its presentation. Checkout my YouTube channel: lost & found in Walt Disney World.
April 8, 2019
Episode #335 - an update on Lost and Found at Disney World
  Overview:  Today's episode is a look at my YouTube series Lost and Found at Walt Disney World.  I talk a little about behind the scenes.  I give a sense of what I am doing with the series.  And I tell you about the episodes that are currently available.  I hope you'll check out the series!  Notes: As I mention in the podcast, these videos are fun to make.  I'm really enjoying it. Don’t forget about my video series: lost and found in WDW!
April 8, 2019
Episode #334 - A quick visit and a look at Wreck-it-Ralph
  Overview:  I had a chance to visit over the holidays, so I talk about that experience - and mildly rant about the holiday experience at Disney (for me, personally, its too much, but that's just my opinion).  And I provide a review of Ralph Breaks the Internet.   Notes: The audio quality is less than perfect, and I apologize for that up front.  :)  Seems I had an issue with the microphone I was using.  By the way the picture is me in front of the purple wall. Oh and....I got my son to try the Beverly.  That was ... amusing.   Don’t forget about my video series: lost and found in WDW!
April 8, 2019
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! >>  I listened to the podcast and realized I made an editing error while in the animal kingdom. Oops. >> I start talking about the vegetable stack at the harambe market then suddenly switch to restaurantasaurus to talk about the black bean burger. >> Then switch back to the stack and back again. >> I must have dragged an edit in error. My bad. 😜 Don’t forget about my video series: lost and found in WDW!
April 8, 2019
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. Don’t forget about my video series: lost and found in WDW!
April 8, 2019
Episode #331 - a dose of Disney News
  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! Checkout my YouTube channel: lost & found in Walt Disney World.
April 8, 2019
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. Checkout my YouTube channel: lost & found in Walt Disney World.
April 8, 2019
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.   Checkout my YouTube channel: lost & found in Walt Disney World.
April 8, 2019
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   Checkout my YouTube channel: lost & found in Walt Disney World.
April 8, 2019
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.   Checkout my YouTube channel: lost & found in Walt Disney World.
April 8, 2019
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.   Checkout my YouTube channel: lost & found in Walt Disney World.
April 8, 2019
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.   Checkout my YouTube channel: lost & found in Walt Disney World.
April 8, 2019
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....   Checkout my YouTube channel: lost & found in Walt Disney World.
April 8, 2019
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:  Checkout my YouTube channel: lost & found in Walt Disney World.
April 8, 2019
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?   Checkout my YouTube channel: lost & found in Walt Disney World.
April 8, 2019
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:  Checkout my YouTube channel: lost & found in Walt Disney World.
April 8, 2019
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.  Checkout my YouTube channel: lost & found in Walt Disney World.
April 8, 2019
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.  Checkout my YouTube channel: lost & found in Walt Disney World.
April 8, 2019
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.
April 8, 2019
Episode #316 - Some Disney News
 verview:  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!
April 8, 2019
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. 
April 8, 2019
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.  
April 8, 2019
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:
April 8, 2019
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: 
April 8, 2019
Episode #309 - Disney and Digital Media
 Overview: I ran across a couple of articles about Disney and their work in the digital content world.  The acquisition of 21st century fox is the proverbial tip of the iceberg as Disney works to move into a whole new world. But I have a couple of other quick fun things to share,  too.  Ad Age article: CNN Money Article: Notes:  Windows 10 rotating through images from Soarin' is kind of fun.  You can make it something you love - perhaps your favorite attractions(s) or areas at Walt Disney World.  Cool Runnings is about the 1988 Jamaican Bobsled team, and came out in 1990. I mention gun control in passing during the podcast.  It fit in thematically with the story I was telling. And, since the recent school shooting was nearby, our daily ives were (and are) impacted, its relevant to me.  To be clear, I have a strong opinion, but I am not going to debate with any of you; its pointless.....instead I will let our youth take this on; they will be engaged in deciding their own I said in the podcast, ignore them at your peril. 
April 8, 2019
Episodes #307 & #308 - things YOU miss at Disney World
 Overview: A few podcasts ago, Gary and I talked about our top ten attractions that we missed. I invited listeners to share what you missed - and I consolidated them here.  Its a sort of listener favorite missed attractions!    Notes:  I have talked about a number of these attractions on previous podcasts.  I invite you to use the search at the top to look through the archive and find ones that you'd like to hear more about.  
April 8, 2019
Episode #306 - A trip to the World
 Overview: Early this month, I took a trip up to Disney with the family.  The temps dipped near freezing, but we were undeterred and had a great time, visiting the parks, meeting princesses, and riding attractions.  I've got stories to tell, and suggest how you can make the most of your vacation.    Notes:  That's the view from the monorail.  Each time I go, I try and find at least one thing I've never done before - or perhaps haven't done in a long time.  It seems like this list can never be exhausted - because there is so much to do, and new things are being added all the time.  Plus, there are some surprises that lurk around many corners.  
April 8, 2019
Episode #305a - more thoughts about the Last Jedi
 Overview: More thoughts (and spoilers) about Episode 8: the Last Jedi.  I watched a bunch of reviews, and they got me to thinking about the film.  So I wanted to share that... Notes:  There are a lot of varying views about the movie.  Just take a a peek at youtube, and you can find good, bad an indifferent reviews.  But there's no denying the popularity of the film; its already exceeded $60 billion in tickets sales. 
April 8, 2019
Episode #305 - Star Wars Episode 8 and 20th Century Fox
 Overview: I went and saw Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi, and enjoyed it. I present a podcast that's part moview review - and part a look at Disney's acquisition of 20th Cenury Fox. Notes:  Here are the videos from Bad Lip Reading and Weird Al, which I reference in the podcast 
April 8, 2019
Episodes #303 & #304 - Holidays Around the World
  Overview: Just in time for the holiday season, I present a look at what was formerly known as Holidays Around the World - now renamed to International Festival of the Holidays. I talk about what there is to see and do, and present some audio from each of the holiday storytellers. Notes:  Check out videos from each pavilion, and other things to do and see.  Although I say in the podcast that I hadn't seen the new Hanukkah-themed exhibition, I did find a video.  Post any comments you have about the festival below! You can arch all of the videos here: 
April 8, 2019
Episodes #301 & #302 - My recent trip
 Overview: I spent a few days up at the world recently, and I'm talking about it.  I did the food and wine festival, checked out progress on Star Wars land, and visited Pandora for the first time.  Of course, I have requisite observations and stories to tell.       Notes:  I had fun riding on Soarin' without shoes, weird as that is. 
April 8, 2019
Episode #300 - things we miss at Walt Disney World
 Overview: Gary Miceli joins me on today's podcast to talk about some of the shows, attractions, and experiences we miss in WDW.  Now there's a bit of a generational thing happening here, as Dave has some decidedly "old school" takes.  But it's a lot of fun to think back to things from the past, whether it's recent or if they are long gone... Notes:  If you have some things you miss, post them below.  I'd be delighted to do another show on this topic in the future! 
April 8, 2019
Episode #299 - More miscellanous news.
 verview: Today's podcast covers a few items that I left off my last podcast - miscellanous items that cover a wide range of topics.  From the family of the boy killed by the alligator, to espn-Disney-trump, to dessert parties, and mobile ordered, and a whole lote more!.  Enjoy!  Notes:  Link to articles I discuss on the podcast: 
April 8, 2019
Episode #298 - miscellany and updates
 Overview: Today's podcast takes a look at Hurricane Irma, some fun stories from around the world, Yogi Berra and Disney (really!) and a good article about the magic bands.  Notes: As I mentioned, I took a little break, and may take another short one soon.  But I'll be back. Links to articles I discuss on the podcast:
April 8, 2019
Episodes #296 & #297- big changes are a comin'
 Overview: Change is in the air! At D23, we heard about a number of new attractions, new experiences, changes, and other assorted announcements about the theme parks, movies, digital content and a whole lot more.  And now that I've had time to think about it, I talk about it!  Notes: There were some announcements made prior to D23, and a few made after - plus there are a few rumors that won't seem to go I've got those here too! At the end of the show, I tell you my big three I'm looking forward to, and three that I'm not so keen on.  What are yours?  Discuss below. I didn't mention it in the podcast, but the one thing I will absolutely miss are the dinosaurs in the Energy attraction! 
April 8, 2019
Episode #295 - Canada and Expo 67
 That's me looking at the Niagara Falls version of the Backside of Water!   Overview:What did Dave do on his Summer Vacation?  He went to Canada! But here's the thing - I was amazed at how much I related Disney to things that I saw, and how various exhibits are influenced by Disney in some way...I also took some time to learn more about Expo67, and I share that with you.    Notes: You should check out my full post of thoughts, and link to the Musee McCord, which had an exhibit of Expo67.   See more about the trip and its connection to Disney, and a few pics here: 
April 8, 2019
Episodes #293 & #294 - Carousel of Progress history part 3 - current show
 Overview: In the third part of the series, I talk about how the attraction changed in the 80s, when they lost the GE sponsorship, and 90s, when they made it more like the original attraction, except for the last scene which became a look at the turn of the 21st century.  But they did restore the original theme song.    Notes: Jean Shepard took over as host in 1993. But the show is mostly the same today as it was back in 1964. Most of the props, set pieces, and the audio animatronics (with of course updates and maintenance) are the same ones used back then.  
April 8, 2019
Episodes #291 & #292 - Carousel of Progress history part 2 - Disney World
 Overview: On this podcast, I talk about the carousel of progress and it's move to Florida as a part of the expansion of tomorrowland at the magic kingdom. And a new song is introduced: it's the best time of your life, which evokes the idea of carpe diem.   Notes: the kitchen is the focal point in all the scenes because that's where family comes together, and perhaps more importantly, that's where you would be most likely to see many GE appliances in one place. 
April 8, 2019
Episodes #289 & #290 - Carousel of Progress history part 1 - Progressland and Disneyland
 Overview: On this episode, I start a retrospective of the carousel of progress. I first take a look at the general concept, then talk about its design, music, and it's installation at the worlds fair as Progressland.  Afterward, I talk about the move to Disneyland.    Notes: "There's a great big beautiful tomorrow" is said to be One of Walt Disneys favorites because it considers the possibility of tomorrow.  And the carousel of progress reflects a lot of good things - moments from the past, hope for the future, and family to name a few key themes.  
April 8, 2019
Episode #288 - A Disney World Trip Report
 Overview: I took a trip up to the world recently, so naturally I have to tell some stories about my trip.  In particular, I tell you about my adventure on the Behind the Steam Trains tour Notes: Many of the tours offered at Disney World are quite good  You should take some time to check them out on a future trip.  
April 8, 2019
Episode #287 - a little Disney news
 Overview: I take a look at some news from around Disney World.  Attraction changes - including Ellen's Energy Adventure, The Jungle Cruise, and of course the Hall of Presidents.  Also transportation changes, and a couple of pieces of odd news Notes: As I noted, the HoP was likely to undergo a change, regardless of who sits in the office.  It was time. Be sure and check out the history here- DDV #74 - audio from the Hall of Presidents (show through 2016) Episode #116 - Hall of Presidents history Episode #117 - Hall of Presidents original show Episode #125 - Hall of Presidents 1990s changes Episode #126 - Hall of Presidents Clinton version
April 8, 2019
Episode #286 - Pandora
 Overview: Some friends of mine visited Disney World recently, and were lucky enough to be selected to get a preview of Pandora the World of Avatar.  They were more than happy to share their thoughts about the land (hint: they loved it), so come and hear all about the new land and Disney's Animal Kingdom.  Notes: They also timed it well enough to see the end of Wishes and the start f the new nighttime show, so they tell us about that experience, too.  My thanks to Mike & John for sharing their experiences and their photos! Photo tour:
April 8, 2019
Episode #285 - If You Had Wings
 Overview: If You Had Wings was a hybrid of dark ride, creative effort, and advertisement.  I took a look back at how it came to be, what it was, and give you the ride audio. I also discuss the Omnimover ride technology.  Remember, you do have wings...   Notes: If You Had Wings was quite memorable in spite of its limited effects, and lack of an immersive storyline.  I suppose it was the music, the general fun of it all, and the fact that it was free in an era where you paid per ride.  People talk about the attraction with reverence.  Or at least I do.  Want to know more about the Omnimover? Check out Disney's Omnimover patent 
April 8, 2019
Episode #283 & #284 - Norway pavillion
 Overview: Today's podcast is a tribute to the Norway pavilion. I take a thorough look at the design, layout, and theming. Then, I spend some time talking about shopping and dining. This was the last new pavilion added to World Showcase, way back in 1988!   Notes: Norway is intriguing because it represents the area known as Scandinavia generally.  I am not a huge fan of what they did to get the fictional area of Arendale into the real country of Norway, even thought it was cute and clever. I did enjoy putting together this retrospective on all 11 World Showcase pavilions.  I hope you enjoyed listening to it, and learning more about the history of Epcot. Want to take a quick photo tour of Norway?  Check out my post here. A reminder that the general overview of Epcot's World Showcase is in podcast #208 I explored the Japan pavilion in podcast #209 The Germany pavilion is in Podcast #216  Mexico is in Podcast #233 Canada is in Podcast #240 China is in Podcast #245 The American Adventure is in Podcast #254 The UK pavilion is in Podcast #259 The France pavilion is in Podcast #261 The Italy pavilion is in Podcast #276 The podcast about other pavilions that were planned but never built is found in Podcast #277  And the podcast about Morocco can be found in Podcast # 279
April 8, 2019
Episodes #281 & #282 - Urban Legends at Disney with Kristi Petersen Schoonover
  Overview: I welcome back to the show Kristi Petersen Schoonover.  She's here to share a few not-so-well-known urban legends that include some ghost story-type elements.  Put on your headphones and have a listen! Notes: Maybe it is just a trick of the light, but who knows?  The stories are fun, in any case. Kristi Petersen Schoonover has been going to WDW since the 1970s, and her favorite ride of all time was If You Had Wings—but since that’s long gone, the Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain, and the Peoplemover top her list. Her collection, Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole, is a collection of ghost stories set in Disney Parks. Her novel, Bad Apple, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in December 2012, and her fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies. She lives in the Connecticut woods with her husband, occult specialist Nathan Schoonover, and still sleeps with the lights on. ------ Thrill Ride, by Bruce Kimmel: Escape from Tomorrow (all formats): Dark Discussions podcast episodes on Escape from Tomorrow:              Part 1:             Part 2: Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole: Tales from Haunted Disney World: 5 Disneyland Ghosts Caught on Video: 
April 8, 2019
Episode #280 - a little news and a movie review
 Overview: Today's podcast is a mashup of a little news, a few questions, and a movie review.  The movie is Beauty and the Beast, and I also talk about Pandora, Memory Maker, and how I got my tag line.  Enjoy!  Notes: The movie was quite enjoyable,  If you want to know more about Horizons, check out the podcasts I did about it, starting in DDV #3 - An overview of the pavillion that was "Horizons"
April 8, 2019
Episode #279 - Morocco pavillion
 Overview: Today's podcast is a tribute to the Morocco pavilion. I take a thorough look at the design, layout, and theming. Then, I spend some time talking about shopping and dining. It was the first pavilion to come to world showcase after opening day. This pavilion also has the distinction of being personally overseen by the King of Morocco.   Notes:The Moroccan pavilion has amazing aesthetics. It’s just beautiful, and makes you feel like you’re actually on the streets of or in a marketplace in Morocco. Part of that feeling is due to the smell of incense that wafts through the area, but more so it is because of the stunning mosaic artwork that fills the pavilion. Want to take a quick photo tour of Morocco?  Check out my post here. A reminder that the general overview of Epcot's World Showcase is in podcast #208 I explored the Japan pavilion in podcast #209 The Germany pavilion is in Podcast #216  Mexico is in Podcast #233 Canada is in Podcast #240 China is in Podcast #245 The American Adventure is in Podcast #254 The UK pavilion is in Podcast #259 The France pavilion is in Podcast #261 The Italy pavilion is in Podcast #276 And the podcast about other pavilions that were planned but never built is found in Podcast #277
April 8, 2019
Episode #278 - A little news and some questions
 Overview: WToday's podcast is a look at a few news items - the loss of a parade in the magic kingdom, a new gondola possibly coming - and I cover the basics of the magic bands.    Notes: Visit for details on saving at Disney 
April 8, 2019
Episode #277 - Other pavilions planned for world showcase
 Overview: World showcase had grand plans and ambitions.  There were 21 sites plotted for World Showcase when the original idea was pitched.  But, we only got 9 on opening day. Many other countries were oh-so-close to being built, but alas it didn't happen. This is the story about some of the proposed countries.    Notes: Its still a remarkable thing that Disney was able to create a permanent worlds fair, that at the time was unprecedented and made the world a little smaller.  But we can only speculate about what might have been had they managed to get even more countries to commit. Thanks to for both photos in this post. A reminder that the general overview of Epcot's World Showcase is in podcast #208 I explored the Japan pavilion in podcast #209 the Germany pavilion is in Podcast #216  Mexico is in Podcast #233 Canada is in Podcast #240 China is in Podcast #245 The American Adventure is in Podcast #254 The UK pavilion is in Podcast #259 The France pavilion is in Podcast #261 And the Italy pavilion is in Podcast #276
April 8, 2019
Episode #276 - Italy pavillion
 Overview: Today's podcast is a tribute to the Italy pavilion. I take a thorough look at the design, layout, and theming. Then, I spend some time talking about shopping and dining. Its the 9th (and final) Epcot opening-day pavilion I discuss.  Come and take a visit to Venice with me.   Notes: Italy is unique among the pavilions, in that there is no ride or show in the pavilion.  Its shopping, dining, and a couple of performers. Primarily the focus of this pavilion is its architecture and things you can see.  No doubt its worth exploring, but its hard to "talk" about on a podcast. Here is an interesting factoid that I don't mention in the podcast: The statues that look like marble in the Italy pavilion are hollow. Since they were so lightweight and liable to blow away during the slightest breeze, they were held in place with rods running from their base through the hollow center. Want to take a quick photo tour of Italy?  Check out my post here. A reminder that the general overview of Epcot's World Showcase is in podcast #208 I explored the Japan pavilion in podcast #209 the Germany pavilion is in Podcast #216  Mexico is in Podcast #233 Canada is in Podcast #240 China is in Podcast #245 The American Adventure is in Podcast #254 The UK pavilion is in Podcast #259 And the France pavilion is in Podcast #261
April 8, 2019
Episode #275 - Disney Tale of the Tape
 Overview: Today's podcast is all about a rather fun book called Disney Tale of the Tape, by Dan Sisneros. Essentially the book "pits" two things head-to-head and has judges compare them on various aspects.  And yours truly was a judge in some of the bouts.  Come and take a listen as Dan talks about the book and what it's all about.  Notes:  This is a clever way to look at rides, accommodations, food, and more in a unique way.  It was a lot of fun to contribute to it. Disney Tale of the Tape is available at Amazon 
April 8, 2019
Episodes #272, #273, and #274 - changes coming to EPCOT
 Overview: Joining me on today's podcast is Scott Shindeldecker, owner of We talk all about Epcot, from its history, to what we loved (and still love) about it, to what's in store for its future ... at least as far as we know.   Notes: EPCOT (in all caps) was an intriguing idea from the mind of Walt himself.  Whether even he could have pulled off is anyone's guess, but what the Disney company did manage to execute was a pretty good alternative.  But the world has changed, and Epcot kind of stayed stagnant, so updates and changes are probably in order. Our hope is that these changes keep the essence of what the 70s designers of Epcot had in mind. Scott's site is a blog about his perspective on the parks, and is a fun read if you are a devotee to the idea that is Epcot. It's a podcast so big it spans three regular shows in length! You won't want to miss it! 
April 8, 2019
Episode #271 - MouseMingle
 Overview: On today's show I welcome a fellow Dave - the founder of to talk about the site, the service...and of course we talk a lot about fun things to do at the parks! Notes: It was fun chatting with Dave about all things Disney.  And hearing that he worked in the roundhouse and was an engineer on the DisneyLand Railroad was pretty cool.  Of course we delve into that for a while and just chat about a shared "passion" for the Disney parks...and that's really what his site is all about anyway...  
April 8, 2019
Episode #270 - Rogue One
 Overview: I saw Rogue One this past weekend, and I have a movie review of sorts for you! This episode does have spoilers, so I'll wait in your queue for you to watch the movie. Notes: The movie was a lot of fun, and fills in many blanks in the storyline.  But (limited spoilers here) it has an unexpected tone, and does a lot of setting up the storyline - perhaps too much to get to the final payoff. Meaning, its good scifi but not good star wars for a period of time.
April 8, 2019
Episode #269 - Riding the rails (the WDW Railroad)
 Overview: Today's podcast is quite simply a ride around the Magic Kingdom on the Walt Disney World Railroad.  Come along and imagine you are taking the scenic ride from Main Street, to Frontierland, to Fantasyland, and back to Mainstreet! Notes: The WDW Railroad is comprised of 3 real working steam locomotive that was purchased and refurbished and run around the park.  
April 8, 2019
Episode #268 - Frozen ever after
 Overview: On my most recent visit, I got a chance to see the new ride in the Norway pavilion: Frozen Ever After. Come along and hearthe ride audio, my thoughts about the ride, and I toss out a few things about Epcot as well. Notes: I admit that I found the ride quite enjoyable.  It was cute and clever and it represented Frozen really well.  But, I honestly don't think the fictional world of Arendale fits into the real world of Norway.  
April 8, 2019
Episode #267 - Observations and 4 parks
 Overview: After my food and wine day, I stayed for another day and park hopped. Come along as I talk about what I did, and make some observations. Notes: Yeah, I caught the clarification that the $5 fee applies to packages coming from outside the resort.  That was not clear in the original announcement.  Also, I don't mention the Cabanas that are for rent at a hefty $700 in the theme parks - but I'll note it here: stupidest. idea. ever.  I don't care if someone is willing to pay it.  Its just dumb. 
April 8, 2019
Episode #266 - Food and Wine
 Overview: I went up to the last day of the Food and Wine Festival, so naturally, I have to tell a couple of stories about the day. Also, to celebrate good food, I went into the California Grill to grab a bite to eat   Notes: Food and Wine is always a great event, and I haven't missed it in many years.  The downside is that it is quite a bit more crowded and that crowd can get a little rowdy as more wine is consumed. But there are tricks, like going early and leaving the park around dinner tine as the crowds swell.  You can definitely make it suit your personal style. 
April 8, 2019
Episodes #264 & #265 -Favorite Disney Movies
 Overview: Joining me on today's podcast is friend of the show Gary Miceli.  We are talking all about Disney movies, and share some of our favorites.  Come and take a listen as we discuss the history of movies and how Disney continues to churn out memorable films.  Notes: If you are lucky enough to one day be able to get a peek behind the shelving over in the shop that sits at the exit of the Mickey & Minnie meet-and-greet, you can see a remarkable mural.  This was at the entrance to The Walt Disney Story, and included drawings of every animated character through the mid 1980s. 
April 8, 2019
Episode #263 - Storm preparation at Disney World
 Overview: Today, I look at emergency preparedness at the Orlando Theme Park, and how ready Disney World was for Hurricane Matthew.  I think overall it was well handled, but there are a few tweaks they could make in the future   Notes: Global Climate Change seems to be bringing more - and bigger - storms along the coast of Florida, so Disney World has to have good plans in place to be ready.  And that's why they started an Emergency Operations Center to run 24/7.  If you want to know more about Disney's Ham Radio Club, check out 
April 8, 2019
Episodes #261 & #262 - Epcot's France pavillion
 Overview: Today's podcast is a tribute to the France pavilion. I take a thorough look at the design, layout, theming, and talk about the infamous move that is shown: Impressions de France. Then, I spend some time talking about shopping and dining. Its another of Epcot's opening-day pavilions, so take a visit to Paris with me.   Notes: The France Pavilion represents what we think of as the romantic city of Paris in the Springtime.  Its a wonderful tribute to the city of Lights, with its architecture and the Eiffel Tower. A reminder that the general overview of Epcot's World Showcase is in podcast #208 I explored the Japan pavilion in podcast #209 the Germany pavilion is in Podcast #216  Mexico is in Podcast #233 Canada is in Podcast #240 China is in Podcast #245 The American Adventure is in Podcast #254 The UK pavilion is in Podcast #259
April 8, 2019
Episodes #259 & 260 - United Kingdom pavillion
 Overview: Today's podcast is a tribute to the United Kingdom pavilion. I take a thorough look at the design, layout, theming, and talk about the infamous pub. Then, I spend some time talking about shopping and dining. Its another of Epcot's opening-day pavilions, so come and explore a look at British history.   Notes: The United Kingdom is a tribute to the island nation, and the area known as Britain, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Naturally, the UK makes perfect sense in an Epcot setting since the British colonized the United States.  Be sure and check out the changes in architecture and historical record of the UK, as well as the sundial in the center of the town. A reminder that the general overview of Epcot's World Showcase is in podcast #208 I explored the Japan pavilion in podcast #209 the Germany pavilion is in Podcast #216  Mexico is in Podcast #233 Canada is in Podcast #240 China is in Podcast #245 The American Adventure is in Podcast #254
April 8, 2019
Episode #258 - News for August 2016
 Overview: Time to catch up on a rather large amount of Disney news. I cover general items, updates at the parks, and some interesting patents that were recently granted. Notes: There is so much going on!  Disney has been quite busy.  And I suspect I missed a fair number of things, that I'll get to another time. 
April 8, 2019
Episode #257 - Top 10 things to do in the Magic Kingdom
 Overview: It's time to share with you my top 10 things to do in the Magic Kingdom - in order! I have to say that limiting it to just ten was nearly impossible but I give it a shot. Notes: Of course there are many more things to do, but I try and pick my favorites. And while I don't include roller coasters (because I don't do them), I do suggest where you can squeeze them in. What's your top 10? Post it below.  
April 8, 2019
Episode #256 - Bob Gurr
 Disney Legend Bob Gurr joins me on today's show. We talk about his new DVD - Turning Dreams into Reality... he's got some great stories to tell. Notes: Bob sets the record straight on a couple of things that get reported on around the interwebs, which I have myself repeated. I appreciate the feedback and candor. Also, he's got a wise suggestion for ensuring accuracy, and it is good advice. Bob is someone I always admired, and I was thrilled to have a few minutes to talk with him. The DVD is available here, and it makes a great gift (ahem!):!bob-gurr-turning-dreams-into-reality-doc/b9n7d  
April 8, 2019
Episodes #254 & #255 - American Adventure
 Overview: Today's podcast is all about the host pavilion - the American Adventure.  You may note that this is not called the United States or the American Pavilion, rather it bears the same name as the show that resides within.  Come and take a listen to what makes this pavilion interesting and unique.   Notes: The American Adventure show is quite a remarkable look back into the nation's history.  And don't miss the museum that exists to the right of the rotunda, nor the hall of flags as you head up toward the show! Want to know more about the iv or iiii on a clock?  Check out this page     A reminder that the general overview of Epcot's World Showcase is in podcast #208 I explored the Japan pavilion in podcast #209 Germany is in Podcast #216 Mexico is in Podcast #233  Canada is in Podcast #240 And China is in  Podcast #245
April 8, 2019
Episodes #251, #252, & #253 - Presidents at Disney parks
 From the time that Walt Disney opened DisneyLand right up through today, US Presidents have been known to visit DisneyLand and Disney World. Starting with Truman, every one of them - except one - has visited a park, and the one still had a connection to Walt himself. A few of the Presidents past had strong ties and shared the love of the parks. I tell you about each one, and mix in some of the Voices of Liberty for you to enjoy.   Notes: Just in time for the 4th of July, its a long form piece about all of the Presidents. When I decided to create this podcast, I was pretty sure most had visited the parks, but it was fun to explore their stories and understand their passion and what they liked about visiting. I wasn't exactly surprised about LBJ, but was glad there was a connection in any case. The Nixon story was probably the most intriguing because he was friendly with Disney. Reagan is a close second, based on his path crossing Disney's many times. The one that surprised me the most was Carter, and his wanting to know more about EPCOT. Want to see some of the pics I mention, check them out here - And here is the audio and story behind the Hall of Presidents: Episode #116 - Hall of Presidents history Episode #117 - Hall of Presidents original show Episode #125 - Hall of Presidents 1990s changes Episode #126 - Hall of Presidents Clinton version DDV #74 - audio from the Hall of Presidents (current show)
April 8, 2019
My 250th podcast!
  Today's podcast celebrates a milestone - its my 250th show. I tell you a little about this podcast and how its created, some of the fun moments, and tell you which are my 25 most-listened to podcasts. Notes: I would like to thank all of you for your support through my five years of doing this.  Its a labor of love, but interacting with you is the biggest thing that keeps me going.  
April 8, 2019
Episode #249 - Dali & Disney
 Walt Disney and Salvador Dali have an interesting connection, through some time they spent together working on a project called Destino.  Its a fascinating story I wanted to share with you after learning more about it at the Dali Museum.  Notes:The Dali Museum is located in St Petersbug Florida.  Its a really interesting place with a lot of original work by Dali. I include some audio clips from the audio tour that was available at the Walt Disney Family Museum.  I use them under the Fair Use Doctrine, and my intent is to hilight the relationship between the men and provide some fundamental pieces to help explain and educate. I hope you will take some time on your next trip to central Florida to head west and visit the museum - particularly while the exhibit is ongoing. It really is quite good! 
April 8, 2019
Episode #248 - A visit to the parks
  Caption: that's the tombstone that reads "Dear Departed Brother Dave, Chased a Bear into a Cave" I took a recent trip to the parks, and made sure to stop into all 4 AND take some time at the newly-unveiled Disney Springs. Come along and here my stories, and the latest updates I saw around the parks. Enjoy!  
April 8, 2019
Episode #247 - News & Notes May 2016
 Overview: Its time to catch up on Disney news - changes to the parks, changes to Fast Pass, enhancements, premium events, parties and a whole lot more. Then, I take a moment to talk about the new documentary about Bob Gurr. Notes: You can read more about, and pre-order Bob Gurr's Turning Dreams Into Reality video at!disney-media-dvds-disneyland/con8 
April 8, 2019
Episodes #245 & #246 - China pavillion
 Overview: Today's podcast is a tribute to the China pavilion. I take a thorough look at the design, layout, theming, and talk about the Circlevision movie that's shown. Then, I spend some time talking about shopping and dining. Its another of Epcot's opening-day pavilions, so come and explore what was once a forbidden land.   Notes: China is an interesting pavilion because it represents a communist nation - but through its culture, history and people. Take time to walk through the Lotus garden; its quite beautiful and includes indigenous plants from China.   A reminder that the general overview of Epcot's World Showcase is in podcast #208 I explored the Japan pavilion in podcast #209 the Germany pavilion is in Podcast #216  Mexico is in Podcast #233 And Canada is in Podcast #240
April 8, 2019
Episode #244 - Disney's Vacation Club
 Overview: Its the 25th anniversary of DVC, and I have never really given it its due.  So today's episode is all about the vacation club - I give you all the  information you need - so you can make an informed decision about whether to buy into it or not.  Notes: I think the properties are beautiful, and they do a nice job of helping you make an emotional connection.  But I am still not a fan, primarily because of the opportunity cost.  Of course renting points from another owner is an option that *is* appealing and solves for that. 
April 8, 2019
Episode #243 - Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
Overview: Today's show is a look at one of the 1964 Worlds Fair shows: Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.  Come and take a listen to how this show came to be, and then hear the current audio track from Disneyland.   Notes: In this era of political uncertainty, I thought it would be good to remind everyone that we are all part of what makes this an amazing country.  Lincoln served during the time when we were most divided as a nation, and his point of view is surely relevant today.  I wanted to put a little spin on political discourse, while presenting a classic attraction. The timing just seemed right. 
April 8, 2019
Episode #242 - CircleVision 360
  Overview: Come and take a listen as I explore the history of Walt Disney's Circlevision. There are two remaining daily shows - both at Epcot - but the history is a little surprising. Walt had a greater vision, as he often did. Notes: Much of the discussion about Walt's vision comes from Theme Park Tourist looks at CircleVision 
April 8, 2019
Episodes #240 & #241 - Canada pavillion
 Overview: Today's podcast is a tribute to the Canada pavilion. I take a thorough look at the design, layout, theming, and talk about the Circlevision movie that's shown. Then, I spend some time talking about shopping and dining. Its another of Epcot's opening-day pavilions, so come and explore our neighbors to the north.  Notes: I find the fact that Disney created a stereotypical view of Canada a little amusing. And the fact that it took them a fairly long time, and several requests from the Canadian government, to acknowledge it and tone down the point of view is striking. Still, the overall design is terrific, and the garden is beautiful.     A reminder that the general overview of Epcot's World Showcase is in podcast #208 I explored the Japan pavilion in podcast #209 the Germany pavilion is in Podcast #216  And Mexico is in Podcast #233
April 8, 2019
Episode #239 - Disney, The Corporation
 Overview: The recent changes to the pricing model - particularly for a day pass - got me to thinking about how Disney has become more about the bottom line, and more like many other I add my two cents to the discussion. The intent is to provide a point of view, not to be negative about the changes.  Notes: I will be curious to see how Disney rolls out the coming changes - and how we'll react as customers. Hopefully they will continue to exceed my expectations!  
April 8, 2019
Episode #238 - Disney Podcaster Roundtable
 Overview: Barry and Scotty hosted a few podcasters - me included - to talk about what we love about Disney! Its a fun roundtable discussion with Dapsmagic, D-cast, and the Disney Cruising Mom, about what we love about the parks. I wanted to share with my listeners (note: this podcast is much longer than anything I typically produce) if you want to hear The Whole podcast, it’s available here:  
April 8, 2019
Episode #237 - Monorails!
Overview: Joining me on today's podcast is Kim Pedersen, founder and president of the Monorail Society. Naturally, we're going to talk about the amazing machines that exist at DisneyLand and Disney World. We'll explore their history, and what we hope is their future! Its a fun talk about Disney, and so much more! Notes: What's Disney's first monorail? Its the Peter Pan ride!   Visit the Monorail Society Kim's Youtube page     Monorails: Trains of the Future-Now Arriving (ISBN-13: 978-0986249488) The book is available through the following locations: The Monorail Store eBay Early reviews: “The author has produced something wonderful here.” JH “I can honestly say this book is well worth the price just for the pictures alone.” SE “This is a masterpiece.  Every technical university should have one.” JK “This is a book to own for any monorail or transportation enthusiast.: TS Since publication in December the large 248-page hardbound book is already being used by monorailists and manufacturers to promote monorail for transit.  Monorails: Trains of the Future-Now Arriving is the definitive book on the topic and after only two months on the market, the color photo-rich book in the libraries of many railfans.  If you don’t have the book on your coffee table yet, it’s time to order it before it sells out! Information at the TMS Book page: And the PRWeb press release: Thanks for your time and support.
April 8, 2019
Episode #236 - Wild Africa Trek
 Overview: On this podcast, I welcome back my friend Curt to the show. He's here to talk about the Wild Africa Trek, an "extra" experience where you can go out in the Savnnah to see the animals much more personally, and have a little adventure for a few hours. Its sounds like a lot of fun - and makes me want to signup to go on safari myself! Notes: This is one of the special tours offered by DisneyWorld. You can read more about it here - You can subscribe to Disney's YouTube channel here:  
April 8, 2019
Episode #235 - News and notes
 Overview: Today, I explore some of the changes that are coming to DisneyWorld (and DisneyLand) from security enhancements to Star Wars Land, I have you covered - with my personal style! Notes: on April 2 2016, the following are slated to close at Hollywood Studios: Lights, Camera, Motorcars Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure playground Monsters Inc. character meet and greet Writer's Stop Watto's Grotto Studio Catering Co. Prop Shop The 130ft Earfell Tower, which served as the parks original icon, will be removed as part of the work on the back of the park. Streets of America So far, Muppet Vision 3-D and the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt show are not impacted.
April 8, 2019
Episodes #233 & #234 - Mexico pavillion
 Overview: Today's podcast is a tribute to the Mexico pavilion. I take a thorough look at the design, layout, theming, and talk about the ride contained inside. Then, I spend some time talking about shopping and dining. And finally I discuss the original attraction, El Rio Del Tiempo. Come take a listen to the tale about this fascinating opening-day Epcot pavilion.  Notes: In the past, I have referred to the pyramid found in Mexico as the Chichinitza. While it does appear similar in style, the pyramid in Epcot's Mexico is not that. Ir is a Mesoamerican pyramid based on an Aztec design. I'll refer to it correctly from now on. Also, the exhibit I mention that is in the entry way does change from time to time. My understanding is that it recently changed to a different part of Mexican heritage, but it was animales fantasticos when I created this podcast. Also, the Kidcot station has been in the house in the back and at times you can find it in the exhibition area.     A reminder that the general overview of Epcot's World Showcase is in podcast #208 I explored the Japan pavilion in podcast #209 and the Germany pavilion in Podcast #216
April 8, 2019
Episode #232a - Bonus podcast! More on the Force Awakens.
 Overview: I saw the movie again, and had some additional thoughts about it that I want to share. I have a few observations, and some of my own theories that I hope you'll enjoy hearing. **This podcast is spoiler heavy! ***      Notes:Consider this podcast as a bonus! I had no real intention of revising the movie, but I was amazed at the detail and wanted to share. One note: the box that contains the light saber is reported to be the same one that Obi Wan opened in Episode 4. 
April 8, 2019
Episode #232 - Star Wars the Force Awakens
 Overview: I went to see the new film, and I wanted to take time to review it, and talk a little Star Wars.  There are spoilers in this podcast, but they appear in the second half - and I call out when they're going to start...before that, I talk about the first 6 films, and Star Wars in general.      Notes: Here's a nugget for you that I didn't mention in the podcast: after "the first" episode (i.e., IV) was filmed, Harrison Ford thought the film was not to his liking, and asked not to appear in subsequent films. After some discussion with Lucas, they agreed to kill him off in Episode V....but he had a change of heart during some of the early reads, and decided to stick it out for the 3 episodes, and was delighted to come back for Episode VII. Also - BONUS! I put a podcast out early for you to enjoy.. 
April 8, 2019
Episode #231 - Epcot Food and Wine 20th recap
 Overview: In October, my son and I took a trip to the Food and Wine Fest. We had a great time touring Epcot, getting passports stamped, playing Remy's Hide and Squeak, being an unpaid intern trying to help catch Doofenshmirtz, touring the festival, and of course trying the food! We talk about the experience and all that we did.   Notes: The event is so much fun. I try and make it up there every year to experience the event, and take it all in. Here are a couple of videos I made that you might enjoy:  
April 8, 2019
Episode #230 - Lets Make a Deal
 Overview: Back in 1990, I tried out to be on Let's Make a Deal, a game show that was being taped at Disney's MGM Studios. I tell the story of that long day. Of course I talk about more than just a simple story, because I love to talk.   Notes: If you want to re-hear (and watch a graphic that depicts what the author is saying) about the odds of winning if you change doors, check out this YouTube video 
April 8, 2019
Episode #229 - Disney news, December, 2015
 Overview: There's a lot of news about Star Wars land in the Hollywood studios, and some other related items. I cover it all and give my thoughts about what's happening. Plus, I've got some stories I've read about, talk about the taping of the Christmas day parade, and a few miscellaneous updates. Notes: The singer is Rhett Wheeler. As it turns out, he isn't an amateur, and this may have been partially intentional on Disney's part. Still, he says this was a “dream come true”...According to his website, Wheeler holds a Bachelor of The Arts degree from the New School University in New York City. He’s traveled the world and keeps on performing in hopes of catching his big break that could send him onto super-stardom. Good luck Rhett! Want to know about the history of the Osborne lights? Check out a previous podcast of mine where I discuss it. 
April 8, 2019
Episodes #227 & #228: History of the Pirates of the Caribbean
 Overview: Today, I'm talking about the iconic attraction that made its debut in DisneyLand in 1967...the Pirates of the Caribbean. It truly was groundbreaking when it was created, and really does sum up what the WED designers are all about. Come and take a listen to the history, and learn about the amazing backstory. Notes: Its the ride that became a movie, that then led to a change to the attraction. There are some subtle differences between the rides at each park: 
April 8, 2019
Episode #226 - American Experience: Walt Disney.
 Overview: I sat down and watched all 4 hours of the American Experience: Walt Disney, and I provide something that is part review, and part my thoughts about what I saw and heard. I find the man to be complicated and pretty interesting. As I note in the podcast, he was larger than life and that really shines through the production. But he also was very family oriented and considered people who worked for him as such - making his life as the head of a company bearing his name....complicated.   Notes: You can watch a preview, order a DVD, or learn more about the show by visiting the PBS website. And if you want to read more, Slate did a nice piece about the show. 
April 8, 2019
Episode #225 - Ticket price increases
 Overview: Today's podcast is my look at the ticket price increases. Come in and take a listen to what I have to say on the topic. Plus, I've got a couple of corrections from previous shows. And I've got an interesting take on the Magic Band that might be of interest.  Notes: Here's A blog where they break down what's inside the Magic Band. Fortune Magazine wrote an interesting article about the price increases. 
April 8, 2019
Episode #224 - Best of WDW
 Overview: Joining me on today's podcast is Carl Trent, the author of Dad's Guide to WDW, and publisher of WDW Magazine. We talk about his new coffee table book The Best of WDW (Volume 1), and chat about lots of things related to Disney World. It's a beautiful book that you should take a peek at.   Notes: You can subscribe to the magazine here: WDW Magazine website His book, The Best of WDW is available through his website. 
April 8, 2019
Episode #223 - expansion, news, and changes at Disney World
 Overview: A lot is going on at Disneyworld, particularly with Star Wars land slated to break ground in 2016. Mayne changes will be taking place at the Studios as construction begins. But I cover more ground than that on this podcast. There are a couple of unusual stories, and a couple of other items worth noting.   Notes: You can find thePodcast about the Osborne lights in Show #78. Its a Holiday themed episode from a few years ago where I talk about the history of the lights. 
April 8, 2019
Episode #222 - Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
 Overview: Today's podcast is a look at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, held in the fall (September - October) each year in the Magic Kingdom. I tell you what there is to see and do, and try and explain why this is fun and unique....and yes, it is so worth doing.   Notes: Party Details, Maps, tips, and more 
April 8, 2019
Episode #221 - Epcot's 20th International Food & Wine Festival
 Overview:Today's podcast is a look at Epcot's Food and Wine Festival, which kicks off September 25th. I tell you about how it works, what you can do "for free" (quotes because theme park admission is required), and about other activities you can enjoy.   Notes:I mention the Ratatouille Hide and Squeak, and say there are 8 pins....well, there are only 6. Oops. Should still be fun! Tons of info is available at Visit iTunes to download a copy of the Food and Wine app (for free!) 
April 8, 2019
Episodes #219 & #220- Expansion news and some thoughts...
  Overview: Last week at D23, Disney announced a plethora of new things come to the parks. I pick some of them to talk about and give some details and my thoughts about what's coming. Especially intriguing is the 11 acres that will be Toy Story Land, and the 14 acres that will be Star Wars Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios, which for now retains that name. Notes: I am amazed at just how much Disney is investing in these upgrades and enhancements. Its a large sum, but could really make the parks amazing . On the map at the top, I have oriented it so the entrance is on the top left; Fantasmic will be all the way at the left. The area outlined at the top is where I think Star Wars Land will net out, and at the bottom is how I think they'll orient Toy Story Land.
April 8, 2019
Episode #218 - Counting down the top 20 restaurants in Epcot
 Overview: Epcot has a plethora of restaurants. So many that its often hard to decide where to eat, let alone what's best. But don't worry, I have you covered. Here are my top 20 restaurants - in order! Sure the list is somewhat subjective, but I give you a sense of what its like and what there is to eat at that location. Hopefully, it will inspire you to try new places and create your own list! Notes: What's your list? Did I miss something you really like? Let me know! 
April 8, 2019
Episodes #216 & 217 - Germany pavillion
 Overview: This podcast is a tribute to the Germany pavilion. I take a thorough look at the design, layout, theming, and talk about the model train. Then, I spend some time talking about shopping and dining. And finally I discuss a planned attraction that was planned, but never built. Come take a listen to the tale about this fascinating opening-day Epcot pavilion.   Notes: Germany feels almost incomplete as a pavilion. While it is interesting, there isn't as much to do there as one might hope. Still, its great to explore what's there, and the details are remarkable. A reminder that the general overview of Epcot's World Showcase is in podcast #208 And I explored the Japan pavilion in podcast #209 
April 8, 2019
Episode #215 - What does $3B mean to Disney World?
 Overview:We've been hearing that Disney is planning to spend around $3 billion on its US theme parks, with much of it going to Disney World. Today, I do a little imaginating, and think about what that might mean. Its time to dream and consider the possibilities. That. Is. A lot. of Money.    Notes:Who knows what Disney will actually do? But I think some major changes at Hollywood Studios are likely, and perhaps some money will be spent over at Epcot to make some long-considered World Showcase pavilions a reality. 
April 8, 2019
Episode #214 - Ask Dave!
 Overview: I'm calling this segment Ask Dave as I take some time to answer questions that you have about a variety of Disney topics (my motto: I talk about all things Disney, but mostly Disney world). On this episode, I talk about riding up front on the monorail, how Disney transportation works, what are some of my favorite places to eat, what to do with used Magic Bands, trip planning advice, and a whole lot more!  Notes: Picking 3 places to eat is hard! There are many good dining choices, and the menus are getting better. Planning a trip? I would suggest contacting Shannon for a quote.  
April 8, 2019
Episodes #212 & #213 News for June 2015
 Overview: I cover some recent Disney news, including: The end of Phineaes and Ferb (hey! Where's Perry?), Social Media Moms, Tiered Ticketing, food offerings, and a whole lot more. Plus I do a review of Tomorrowland (hint: I enjoyed it, Hollywood pbhhhhht) Notes: Here's an article about the Visa program I mention . And here's the podcast (#56) where I discuss it in some detail. How Disney left the Middle Class Behind Social Media moms 
April 8, 2019
Episode #211 - Star Wars Weekend Recap
 Overview: I made it up to the 4th of the Star Wars Weekends, and had a great time. I recount my experience and tell a few stories about my day. Come in and take a listen to a virtual Star Wars Weekend experience.   Notes:The person whose name I couldn't think of was James Arnold Taylor, voice of Obi Wan in the Clone Wars animated TV show. I noted that typically the guests aren't *that* interesting, but I will make an exception for the last weekend (this coming one) as Frank Oz is one of the celebrity guests. Oz, of course, worked with Jim Henson on the muppets, and has a more interesting story. Unfortunately, my schedule didn't work for coming up for weekend #5. 
April 8, 2019
Episodes #209 & #210 - Epcot's Japan pavilion
 Overview: This podcast is a tribute to the Japan pavilion. I take a thorough look at the design, layout, theming, and of course the gardens. Then, I spend some time talking about shopping and dining. And finally I discuss a planned attraction that was mostly built, but never opened. Come take a listen to the tale about this fascinating opening-day Epcot pavilion.   Notes:Japan might very well be the most interesting among the World Showcase pavilions. From dining to shopping, to the zen of it all, Japan has it pretty well covered. A reminder that the general overview of Epcot's World Showcase is in podcast #208. 
April 8, 2019
Episode #208 - World Showcase overview
 Overview: Today, I explore the history of EPCOT in general, and the rationale for the World Showcase portion of the park. Walt Disney had something specific in mind, and we didn't get that, but we did get an entertaining place that has a richness to it. Here's to a little history!   Notes:Its difficult to imagine what Walt's vision was, precisely, so we mainly have to guess at it. The view of Progress City that you can see from the PeopleMover is about 1/3 of the full model. The whole thing took up about 1,500 square feet - that's close the size of a smaller home! 
April 7, 2019
Episodes #206 & #207 - Star Wars Weekend!
 Overview: On today's podcast, I'm talking about Star Wars Weekend, which is held annually at late May/early June in Disney's Hollywood Studios. Joining me to talk about the event and the awesome parade is Lance Tomkins, Commanding Officer of the Florida Garrison of the 501st Legion. He's got some fun stories to tell, and we talk about dressing up and generally having fun at the event. Enjoy!   Notes: Visit the 501st Legion at 
April 7, 2019
Episode #205 - Great experiences at Disney World
 Overview: Friend of the Show Gary Miceli is back, and today we're talking about fun experiences at Disney. We all have special memories of our trips to the park, we share ours and what makes them memorable!   Notes: I think the changes