Show Notes 55-64

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Episode 64: Star Wars Hype
Episode 63: Top 5 Audio-Animatronics
Episode 62: Do This, Not That (Magic Kingdom)
Episode 60: The Perfect Disney Park
Episode 59: Let’s Talk About Epcot

Episode 64: Star Wars Hype

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Christmas at Walt Disney World


Good: The lights on Cinderella Castle


Photo by Tom Bricker

Bad: The lack of variety in the cookie options at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Ugly: The change from the garland hung across Main Street, U.S.A. to the wreaths now hanging above the sidewalks



Good: The garland on Main Street, U.S.A.


Bad: The dated Christmas music loops

Ugly: The soldiers stationed in Town Square around the Christmas tree



Good: Animal Kingdom Lodge lobby at Christmastime

Animal Kingdom Lodge Christmas

Photo by Mark Willard

Bad: Ice skaters (aka roller bladers) in Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Ugly: Mickey and Minnie’s Christmas outfits at Animal Kingdom

Mickey and Minnie Christmas Sweaters

Episode 63: Top 5 Audio-Animatronics at Walt Disney World

On December 4, 2015, three audio-animatronics from long ago returned to Walt Disney World when The Three Caballeros appeared in Gran Fiesta Tour at Epcot. On show 63 we read a bit about their history. You can find the full article here.

Here’s some footage of their new scene in the World Showcase attraction:

Top 5 Audio-Animatronics


  1. Chickens in Splash Mountain
  2. Ursula in Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid
  3. Mark Twain in The American Adventure
  4. Seagull in Pirates of the Caribbean
  5. Simba in Festival of the Lion King


  1. Organist in Haunted Mansion
  2. Bathing elephants in Jungle Cruise
  3. Dwarfs in Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  4. Benjamin Franklin in The American Adventure
  5. Donald Duck in Mickey’s PhilharMagic


  1. Lumiere in Enchanted Tales With Belle
  2. Hopper in It’s Tough to Be a Bug
  3. Abraham Lincoln in Hall of Presidents
  4. Wicked Witch of the West in The Great Movie Ride
  5. Whistling pirate in Pirates of the Caribbean


Episode 62: Do This, Not That (Magic Kingdom)

It’s hard to do everything at Magic Kingdom in one day. That’s why it’s important to prioritize ahead of time the attractions you don’t want to miss. Here are our tips for the must-do shops, restaurants, and rides at Magic Kingdom, as well as the elements of the park we think you can skip if it comes to that.

Main Street, U.S.A.

Do this:
Listen to the Dapper Dans.
Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater (early in the morning, if possible).
Explore the Main Street railroad station.

Skip this:
Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Main Street Vehicles


Do this:
Ride Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise.
Experience Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.
Eat a Dole Whip.

Skip this:
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Swiss Family Treehouse
Island Supply by Sunglass Hut
Citrus Swirl


Do this:
Ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Ride Splash Mountain.
Purchase a Country Bear Jamboree jug at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn.

Skip this:
Country Bear Jamboree
Tom Sawyer Island
Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade

Liberty Square

Do this:
Eat at Columbia Harbour House.
Eat at Liberty Tree Tavern (and buy a $5 souvenir mug).
Ride Haunted Mansion.

Skip this:
Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe
Liberty Square Riverboat
The Hall of Presidents


Do this:
Ride Peter Pan’s Flight, It’s a Small World, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Skip this:
The rides in Storybook Circus
Enchanted Tales With Belle
Ariel’s Grotto


Do this:
Ride Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover and Space Mountain.
Watch Sonny Eclipse perform at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.

Skip this:
Dining at Cosmic Ray’s
Stitch’s Great Escape
Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor
Astro Orbiter

Episode 60: The Perfect Disney Park

The Disney Fix

Jeremy talked a bit about the new “You Are Here” Christmas ornaments from the Starbucks locations in Walt Disney World. Inside the Magic posted a short piece about the ornaments, as well as a few pictures like the one below.


Matt gushed about the new Twenty Eight & Main line of merchandise for men. You can find out more details over on Disney Parks Blog, but here are a few images of the items we mentioned on the show.

Twenty Eight & Main Nautilus MugTwenty Eight & Main Satchel

Derek talked a bit about the interview he read with Aladdin‘s two directors and its composer, Alan Menken. You can find the full interview on


Episode 59: Let’s Talk About Epcot

This week Disney Parks Blog revealed a few more details about Na’vi River Journey, the upcoming boat ride in Pandora: The World of Avatar. Here’s a look at the new concept art.

Na'vi River Journey Concept Art

We also discussed the article “Epcot Will Be Disney World’s Least Visited Park by 2020.” You can find the article over on