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Episode 64: Star Wars Hype
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Christmas at Walt Disney World
Good: The lights on Cinderella Castle
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
Bad: Ice skaters (aka roller bladers) in Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
Ugly: Mickey and Minnie’s Christmas outfits at Animal Kingdom
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
- Chickens in Splash Mountain
- Ursula in Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Mark Twain in The American Adventure
- Seagull in Pirates of the Caribbean
- Simba in Festival of the Lion King
- Organist in Haunted Mansion
- Bathing elephants in Jungle Cruise
- Dwarfs in Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Benjamin Franklin in The American Adventure
- Donald Duck in Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- Lumiere in Enchanted Tales With Belle
- Hopper in It’s Tough to Be a Bug
- Abraham Lincoln in Hall of Presidents
- Wicked Witch of the West in The Great Movie Ride
- 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.
Listen to the Dapper Dans.
Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater (early in the morning, if possible).
Explore the Main Street railroad station.
Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Main Street Vehicles
Ride Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise.
Experience Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.
Eat a Dole Whip.
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Swiss Family Treehouse
Island Supply by Sunglass Hut
Ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Ride Splash Mountain.
Purchase a Country Bear Jamboree jug at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn.
Country Bear Jamboree
Tom Sawyer Island
Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade
Eat at Columbia Harbour House.
Eat at Liberty Tree Tavern (and buy a $5 souvenir mug).
Ride Haunted Mansion.
Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe
Liberty Square Riverboat
The Hall of Presidents
Ride Peter Pan’s Flight, It’s a Small World, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
The rides in Storybook Circus
Enchanted Tales With Belle
Ride Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover and Space Mountain.
Watch Sonny Eclipse perform at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.
Dining at Cosmic Ray’s
Stitch’s Great Escape
Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor
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.
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 ew.com.
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.
We also discussed the article “Epcot Will Be Disney World’s Least Visited Park by 2020.” You can find the article over on fool.com.