Phat Cat Swinger Interview
To go along with the blog post, here is the full Phat Cat Swinger Interview. Thanks to Marco and Mark for sitting down with me. Phat Cat Swinger has become a California Adventure festival staple, performing swing versions of originals, classic Disney songs, and other recognizable tunes. Enjoy!
November 10, 2022
Episode 40 - Something Underappreciated at each Disney Park
Every Disney Park has something undervalued with low wait times, no crowds or great prices. Melissa and Andrew jump into that subject today, coming up with at least one thing each for every Disney Park they have been to. Before that they discuss park hopping coming back to WDW and Joe Rohde's retirement. Enjoy and thank you for listening!
November 27, 2020
Episode 39 - DinoLand USA, A History & Review
Andrew, Mackenzie, Melissa, and Michaela are back to dive deep into DinoLand USA talking about the land's creation, inspiration and current iteration. They discuss some broad theme park ideas as well as get into specific opinions on this Animal Kingdom land. Enjoy and thank you for listening!
November 20, 2020
Episode 38 - Our Top 20 Disney Attractions
It's the two year anniversary of the Wandering in Disney Podcast so we're back counting down our top 20 attractions! All 5 co-hosts list their favorites, counting down from 20. There's a few usual twists and turns along the way. Enjoy and thank you for listening!
July 06, 2020
Episode 37 - Ranking the Walt Disney World Resorts
Melissa and Andrew are back to continue their series of ranking places they have been, this time focusing on Walt Disney World hotels. They go through the 15 they have stayed at and explain why they rank where they rank. Enjoy and thank you for listening!
June 11, 2020
Episode 36 - Our Disney Nightmare Park
After discussing what would be in their dream Disney theme park a few weeks ago, Michaela and Andrew are back to talk about what would be in their Disney nightmare park. They pick their least favorite attractions, shows, restaurants to put into one terrible theme park. They also discuss just a little bit of the recent Disney Parks news. Enjoy and thank you for listening!
May 22, 2020
Episode 35 - Ranking Disney World's Counter-Service Restaurants
Andrew & Melissa move from table-service restaurants to counter-service restaurants, ranking all of the Disney World ones they have been to. Listen as they rank all 40 from worst to first, as well as cover some news! Enjoy and thank you for listening!
May 16, 2020
Episode 34 - New Orleans Square, A History and Review
Michaela and Andrew start a new series on the podcast, this time diving into Disneyland's New Orleans Square. They talk about what came before the land, how the land came to be and then dive into what makes up the land now. Enjoy and thank you for listening!
May 03, 2020
Episode 33 - Top Five Disney Parks Songs
The group is all back! Andrew, Darin, Michaela, Mackenzie, and Melissa are back to discuss their favorite Disney songs. Anything goes! They talk about music loops, attractions songs, and just sounds. Before that they go through their usual segments and talk a little news. Enjoy and thank you for listening!
April 29, 2020
Episode 32 - Disney College Program Stories & Our Dream Park
Andrew and Michaela are back with another episode of the Wandering in Disney Podcast. The first 35 minutes of the show details a few of Michaela's favorite memories from working in the Disney College Program at Disneyland. Then they turn their attention to building their dream park, choosing attractions, restaurants, shows and other things that would fit inside of their pretend theme park. Enjoy and thank you for listening!
April 23, 2020
Episode 31 - Ranking Disney World's Table-Service Restaurants
Andrew & Melissa do a special episode of the Wandering in Disney Podcast, ranking every table-service restaurant in WDW that they have been to. Enjoy and thank you for listening!
April 19, 2020
Episode 30 - Disney Parks COVID Q&A (And Rise of the Resistance Review)
Andrew, Melissa, Mackenzie, and Michaela are back to talk about how CoronaVirus is affecting the parks going forward. They go through some general questions. Before that, they have a Craft of the Week and play Guess the Price. The episode finishes off with some quick thoughts on Rise of the Resistance. Enjoy and thank you for listening!
April 15, 2020
Episode 29 - Our Best Disney Parks Tips
Andrew, Melissa, Mackenzie and Darrell are back for their first February episode of the Wandering in Disney Podcast. After going through quite a bit of news, we play Guess the Price and do a Disney Craft of the Month. This episode's topic showcases some of our best Disney tips that we have, hopefully making your vacation planning easier.
February 10, 2020
Episode 28 - Epcot Overview
Andrew, Melissa, Darrell and Mackenzie get together in our 2nd January episode. We start by covering the news of the last few weeks, have a Disney Craft of the Month, Play 'If We Were Imagineers' and Guess the Price. Following that we continue our series of going through all of the parks, this time moving to Epcot. After a brief history of the park, we go through the lands and then do some categories. Please subscribe to the show and give it a rating on wherever you get your podcasts!
January 15, 2020
Episode 27 - New Year's Resolutions for the Disney Parks
Andrew, Michaela, Darrell and Mackenzie get together in the new year to talk all things Disney Parks. We discuss the latest news, along with a rousing rendition of the Guess The Price. Eventually we get to the topic where we each come up with a New Year's Resolution for each American Disney Park. Thank you for listening, please subscribe to the podcast and give us a rating!
January 03, 2020
Episode 26 - Top Five Disney Parks 'Wow' Moments
All of the Wandering in Disney people are in a room together for the first time! Andrew, Melissa, Michaela, Darin and Mackenzie get together for Christmas and record the latest episode. We go through all of the usual segments before talking about our favorite Parks memory of the last year and our top five 'Wow' moments in the Disney Parks. Thank you for listening, please subscribe to the podcast and give us a rating!
December 18, 2019
Walt Disney World's Faults
In our first ever bonus episode, Andrew and Darrell break down what they see as two of Disney World's biggest faults. The format is a little different than usual, hence the bonus episode, and there might be a little too much complaining but we hope you enjoy it anyway! Thank you for listening.
December 12, 2019
Episode 25 - Darrell and Mackenzie's WDW Trip Report
Our first December episode is out and we're talking about Darrell and Mackenzie's trip to Walt Disney World. We discuss everything new to them including Galaxy's Edge, Pandora, Toy Story Land and Christmas decor. Before that we tackle the news of the last few weeks including opening dates for Hollywood Studios and Epcot attractions. Thank you for listening and please subscribe to the podcast and give us a rating!
December 04, 2019
Episode 24 - Top Five Attractions That We Haven't Been On
Michaela and Andrew are here with our second November episode. We discuss some news before moving on to a discussion about the Disney College Program, which Michaela is enrolled in. Finally, our topic for the week is a draft of the top 5 rides we've never been on in any Disney Park. Thank you for listening and please subscribe to the podcast and give us a rating!
November 23, 2019
Episode 23 - Disney Park Trades
Our first November episode jumps into a strange topic of trading between each Disney Park. The four cohosts try to make fair trades between all of the Disney Parks, sending attractions, restaurants, shows and more to and from parks in an effort to make everything better. Spoiler: Not everything gets better. Before the topic we dive into the news of the last few weeks and go through our usual segments. Enjoy!
November 07, 2019
Episode 22 - Disney's Worst Rides
Our second October episode of the month counts down our least favorite Disney attractions. Before that, we go through the news of the past few weeks and play Guess the Price. Enjoy!
October 24, 2019
Episode 21 - Disney Parks Questions of the Month
We're back with our first October episode, asking each other Disney Parks questions and answering them. The questions cover souvenirs, dining, festivals and some overrated aspects of the parks. Before that we cover a little bit of news and do our usual segments.
October 04, 2019
Episode 20 - A Disneyland Trip Report
For our second episode in September, Melissa and Andrew discuss their recent trip to Disneyland Resort. They give their thoughts on recent additions including Pixar Pier, Mission: BREAKOUT! and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Darrell is also there. They cover the recent Disney news, as well.
September 26, 2019
Episode 19 - Top 5 Themed Areas
Our first September episode dives into our favorite themed areas in the Disney Parks. Instead of our usual top 5 list, we do this one as a draft and we'll move to that format from now on. Before the topic, we'll cover a little bit of news and play a rousing game of "Guess the Price" and "If we Were Imagineers". Enjoy!
September 02, 2019
Episode 18 - Disney Parks D23 Expo Breakdown
Andrew is joined by Darrell as they run down every park announcement from the D23 Expo. There are hot takes and plenty of discussion about naming things. Enjoy!
August 26, 2019
Episode 17 - Top Five Attraction Villains
The group's all back plus our special guests, Dana, for this first episode in August. We discuss the latest news including Universal's theme park announcement, Disney's holiday parties, and Haunted Mansion's 50th Anniversary. After our usual segments we get to the topic which is the best villains in Disney attractions. Thank you for listening!
August 03, 2019
Episode 16 - Rapid Fire: Here's the (Disney) Question
The gang's all back to talk the latest Disney news. Then we break out a new segment having to do with the blog's Question of the Week posts. We answer each others Disney Parks questions.
July 20, 2019
Episode 15 - Top 15 Disney Parks Attractions
The gang is all back for the one year anniversary of the podcast! We brought back the topic from the first episode and added a few attractions to the list. Before they give their top-15 attractions they break down the news from the last few weeks including Epcot closures, parades, Soarin' and more! Enjoy and thank you for listening!
July 05, 2019
Episode 14 - Top Ten Things You Shouldn't Do At Walt Disney World
The Wandering in Disney Podcast is back with our second episode of the month. Andrew and Melissa tackle the news (Galaxy's Edge opening, Tokyo Disney Halloween, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, and more) before getting into the topic. Our subject for this episode was the top things to not do at Disney World. From overheating to ignoring FastPasses, we try to list the most important things guests shouldn't do at WDW.
June 17, 2019
Episode 13 - Our Favorite Disney Restaurants
In our June episode of the Wandering in Disney Podcast we talk about the recent news (DisneySea expansion, Animal Kingdom Christmas decor...), cover all of our favorite segments and then get to this episode's topic. Our topic covers all of our favorite table-service and counter-service restaurants at Disneyland, Disney World and Tokyo Disney Resort. Thank you for listening!
June 02, 2019
Episode 12 - Darrell & Mackenzie's Disneyland Trip Report
In our second May episode, Darrell & Mackenzie talk about their recent trip to Disneyland. They recap the highs and lows of their trip (there weren't many lows) and answer a few questions along the way.
May 23, 2019
Episode 11 - Magic Kingdom Overview
In our May episode of the Wandering in Disney Podcast we discuss the news of the month (Star Wars, Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, and more) before moving on to the topic, an overview of Magic Kingdom. We walk through Magic Kingdom's lands and then give our top 3 snacks, restaurants, rides and places in the land. Enjoy!
May 21, 2019
Episode 10 - Ten Reasons Why Everyone Should Visit Tokyo Disney Resort
In our April episode of the Wandering in Disney Podcast we discuss the Disney Parks news of the last month (Beauty and the Beast Lounge, Epcot additions) before moving on to the topic - Ten Reasons Why Everyone Should Visit Tokyo Disney Resort. Everyone lists a few of their favorite aspects of Tokyo Disney Resort.
April 14, 2019
Episode 9 - One Improvement To Each Park
In our March episode of the Wandering in Disney Podcast we discuss the Disney Parks news of the last month (Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, Epcot's entrance and Play Pavilion, etc.) before moving on to the topic - one improvement we'd make to each park. We take away or add something to each American and Japanese Park.
March 10, 2019
Episode 8 - Disney Parks Fantasy Draft
For our February episode we went through the news of the last month and then went through a Disney Parks Fantasy Draft that we held earlier in the month. We go through what was picked first, our worst picks and then list what's in our new 'theme parks' that we created. Enjoy!
February 10, 2019
Episode 7 - Top 10 Non-IP Attractions
We're back with our January episode of the Wandering in Disney Podcast. We discuss the news from the last month and then the topic (starting at 47 minutes). For the topic we discuss our favorite non-IP attractions in the Disney Parks.
January 20, 2019
Episode 6 - Top 5 Disney Parks Memories
We're back with a more sentimental episode of the Wandering in Disney Podcast. With the holidays as inspiration, we discuss our favorite memories from the parks. Before we get to that we discuss the news of the last month along with a few quick segments. Topic start at 56 minutes.
December 10, 2018
Episode 5 - Disneyland Overview
We're back with the November episode of the Wandering in Disney Podcast. After discussing the news of the last few weeks and playing Guess the Price, we move on to a new series. In this series we'll be going through each Disney Park (that we've been to) and discuss it land by land before moving on to a few Top-5 lists. Today we start with Disneyland.
November 12, 2018
Episode 4 - Top 10 Disney Park Characters
We're back with our October episode of the Wandering in Disney podcast. We cover the news from the last month. For this month's topic we discuss our favorite characters in Disney Parks. Enjoy!
October 31, 2018
Episode 3 - Disney's 5 Year Construction Plans
We're back with our September episode. Catching up on all of the news and a few small segments. Our topic for this week was going through all of Disney's current construction plans over the next 5 years. We rate how excited we are for each one. Thank you for listening!
September 14, 2018
Episode 2 - Top 10 Disney Parks Shows
After reacting to last month's news the group talks about their 10 favorite shows, parades and nighttime spectacular. Enjoy!
July 31, 2018
Top Ten Disney Parks Attractions
Welcome to the first episode of The Wandering in Disney Podcast. Today, we'll discuss all of the news that came out in June regarding Disney Parks and each of us will give our top-ten Disney Parks attractions. Enjoy!
July 04, 2018