WDW Happy Place http://www.wdwhappyplace.com Your unofficial fix for all things Disney! Thu, 21 May 2015 04:30:59 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.4 Welcome to the WDW Happy Place Podcast, your unofficial weekly fix for all things Disney. From news, fun facts, listener questions, collectibles, and Disney Travel, if it’s Disney…we’re going to talk about it. Gray Flannel Media clean Gray Flannel Media wdwhappyplace@gmail.com wdwhappyplace@gmail.com (Gray Flannel Media) © Gray Flannel Media 2015 WDW Happy Place - Disney World, Disneyland and all things Disney WDW Happy Place http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/WDWHappyPlaceiTunes.jpg http://www.wdwhappyplace.com Episode 152 – May 21, 2015 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/05/21/episode-152-may-21-2015/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/05/21/episode-152-may-21-2015/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 04:30:59 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2628 On this Transformation Thursday episode of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about the challenges of dieting at Disney. They offer suggestions for minimizing calories and remind everyone don’t feel guilty when you stray from your plan.

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Episode 151 – May 19, 2015 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/05/19/episode-151-may-19-2015/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/05/19/episode-151-may-19-2015/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 07:00:54 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2623    Read More ...]]> On this episode of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including;

Disney News: Star Wars Disney Infinity 3.0, more Disney river cruises announced and possible Marvel and Star Wars channels hinted at by Bob Iger.

Tiki Talk: Discussing the possibility of next years 24 hour event whether it will be on leap year day or on the Friday before Memorial day or both. Also who might want to join us in California next year maybe Dutch Lombrowski of the Mighty Men of Mouse podcast.

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Episode 150 – May 14, 2015 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/05/14/episode-150-may-14-2015/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/05/14/episode-150-may-14-2015/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 07:00:36 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2619    Read More ...]]> On this Transformation Thursday episode of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about listening to your body when it comes to training.

Guest Interview:  Talk to Helen Dunn about her running experiences, her first marathon and other thoughts on training. Helen is an ambassador for skirtsports.com. If you want to receive a discount when ordering items use the code SSHMR20 to receive a 20% discount. If you want to enter their contest remember to use the #REALwomenmove when you use Twitter,  Instagram or Facebook showing your current activity in picture and words.

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Episode 149 – May 12, 2015 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/05/12/episode-149-may-12-2015/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/05/12/episode-149-may-12-2015/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 07:00:06 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2613    Read More ...]]> On this episode 149 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney.

Disney News: Best 20 villain songs from Disney, cats of Disneyland have a Twitter account, why Disney didn’t want George Lucas notes, Tomorrowland premier in Downtown Disney in Disneyland and Disney XD now showing Doctor Who.

Tiki Talk:  Disney 24 hour event meet to take place at Tomorrowland Terrace area and Disney Parks blogs lists their 24 things you should try to do while enjoying the 24 hour event.

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Episode 148 10&6 – May 7, 2015 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/05/07/episode-148-106-may-7-2015/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/05/07/episode-148-106-may-7-2015/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 07:00:01 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2606    Read More ...]]> On this Transformation Thursday 10&6 episode, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about the weeks challenges. Ashley talks about triggers and being able to recognize the triggers. Sam shares the recipe for Crock Pot Lasagna.

Ashley also talks about her crazy dream of meeting Walt Disney and having J.J. Abrams playing the piano during the encounter.

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Episode 148 – May 5, 2015 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/05/05/episode-148-may-5-2015/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/05/05/episode-148-may-5-2015/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 07:00:45 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2601    Read More ...]]> On this episode 148 of the WDW Happy Place, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including:

Disney News:  May the Fourth merchandise, Avengers Age of Ultron, Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars, and the origins of the saying May the Fourth be with You.

Tiki Talk:  Excitement for the 24 hour as it approaches, treats looking forward and do listeners want a meet up.

 

Vanity Fair Star Wars

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Episode 147 10&6 – April 30, 2015 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/04/30/episode-147-106-april-30-2015/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/04/30/episode-147-106-april-30-2015/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 07:00:56 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2597 On this Transformation Thursday 10&6 episode, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about the next 6 months of the challenge and how they want to take it 21 days at a time. They interview Britney Bear Brown about her challenges of loosing weight and the process she went through.

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Episode 147 – April 28, 2015 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/04/28/episode-147-april-28-2015/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/04/28/episode-147-april-28-2015/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 07:00:54 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2591    Read More ...]]> On this episode 147 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk –

Disney News: Avengers $200 million overseas open, free dining plan and which Disney park only costs you about $60 to get in.

Travel Tip/Guest: Stepanie Miller of MEI-Mouse Fan Travel

Tiki Talk: Why we want people to get healthy and why doing this show is about an escape.

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Episode 146 10&6 – April 23, 2015 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/04/23/episode-146-106-april-23-2015/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/04/23/episode-146-106-april-23-2015/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:00:07 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2585    Read More ...]]> On this 10&6 Transformation Thursday episode, Ashley and Sam talk about the importance of setting goal, writing them down and making them obtainable. Don’t let guilt pay rent any more. Serve that guy an eviction notice. Excuses are tools of incompetence, those who make use of this tool will build monuments of nothings and those who specialize in this are seldom capable of accomplishing anything.

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Episode 146 – April 21, 2015 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/04/21/episode-146-april-21-2015/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/04/21/episode-146-april-21-2015/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:00:20 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2580 On this Episode 146 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk:

Disney News: Infinity 3.0, Bobba Fett alive, Star Wars celebration, BB8, DareDevil on Netflix and Battlefront video game from Dice and EA.

Tiki Talk: Transformation Thursday starting May 1, 2015.

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Episode 145 10&6 – April 16, 2015 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/04/16/episode-145-106-april-16-2015/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/04/16/episode-145-106-april-16-2015/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:00:34 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2564    Read More ...]]> On this special episode of the WDW Happy Place, Ashley and Sam release the new Transformation Thursday 10&6 episode. We will talk about the weight loss challenge which will start on May 1, 2015 and will conclude on November 1, 2015.

Whether you want to loose weight or train for your first 5K, we want to do this together. Accountability helps you do more. If you want to know more click on this link: http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/transformation-thursday/ ‎

Interview with Lindsay Fischer of Beach Body and Dr. Stuart Shepheard.

Always remember to consult with your physician before starting any major change in diet or before a training program.

Join us as we take on the next 6 months together.

 

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Episode 145 – April 14, 2015 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/04/14/episode-145-april-14-2015/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/04/14/episode-145-april-14-2015/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 07:00:27 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2549    Read More ...]]> On episode 145 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney.

Disney News: Boathouse opens in Disney Springs, death at Richard Petty Driving Experience and Adventures by Disney to offer select river cruised in Europe.

Travel Tip: More information about the Adventures by Disney river cruise offering.

Tiki Talk: Laugh-O-Gram Kickstarter project 10 days to finish and announcement of upcoming weight loss challenge starting May 1st.

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Vader – a blog by Anthony Markam http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/04/14/vader-a-blog-by-anthony-markam/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/04/14/vader-a-blog-by-anthony-markam/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 07:00:14 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2542 vader

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Episode 144 – April 7, 2015 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/04/07/episode-144-april-7-2015/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/04/07/episode-144-april-7-2015/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 07:00:30 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2532    Read More ...]]> On this episode 144 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk:

Disney News: $115 steak at new Boathouse, Draft King to see Disney money, Star Wars coming to digital HD download this week and selfie sticks look to be banned.

Interview: We talk to Logan Sekulow of As Dreamers Do and his latest Kickstarter project, Laugh-O-Gram. #SAVETHEFUNNIES

Tiki Talk: Share thoughts about upcoming trip and using Periscope app for live Tweeting.

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Classic Disneyland Attraction Posters http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/04/04/classic-disneyland-attraction-posters/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/04/04/classic-disneyland-attraction-posters/#comments Sat, 04 Apr 2015 16:04:02 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2503    Read More ...]]> As much as I absolutely adore Disney, I’ve never been someone who ever bought Disney merchandise. I’m not much of a T-shirt and Mickey ears kind of person. Honestly, I’d rather spend that money on one more snack and drink around the World Showcase! However, I recently heard about some Disneyland Attraction posters that were released last year, both in the form of a calendar and individual prints. Out of curiosity, I searched for them online and I was instantly smitten. Unfortunately, they are no longer available through the Disney Store. However, I was able to find them on ebay at a reasonable price, so I went for it!

This set includes twelve 12″x18″ attraction posters: Disneyland Railroad, it’s a small world, Space Mountain, Mad Tea Party – Dumbo – Carousel, The Enchanted Tiki Room, Country Bear Jamboree, Pirates of the Caribbean, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Submarine Voyage, The Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Snow White’s Scary Adventures.

Unpacking the loot!:

I could not have been happier with quality of these posters. They are printed on a sturdy, acid-free, lignin-free paper and the sharpness and brilliance of the art is just stunning. Now comes the reality check…the framing. Because these posters are 12″ x 18″, they require custom framing. This can be quite an expense. Luckily, the craft chain in my area was having a pretty good sale. The consultant that worked with me was wonderful. She took the time to help me decide on every mat and frame to bring out the best in each selection. Here’s just a sampling of the result!

Set of three posters

This is my favorite set: “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “The Disneyland Railroad” and “The Country Bears Jamboree.” There are so many details in each print! The colors and themes work beautifully together.

Country Bears

The original Country Bears attraction poster was designed by Jim Michaelson, Marc Davis, and Eddie Martinez. A closer look at this print shows a date stamp of 1848-1928. I have no idea what it signifies. Anyone out there know?

Country Bears Close up pic

I chose these frames to echo the carved wood look of the Country Bears print.

Frame cloe up

The next set is a more mid-century style and the frames and the mats reflect this design. The “Matterhorn Bobsled” poster was originally designed by Paul Hartley in 1959. The “it’s a small world” print is based on classic Mary Blair art, but it’s not clear if she actually designed this poster. I chose these sleek frames to compliment the clean design.

Mattehorn

it' a small world after all

I never realized before now that the title of “it’s a small world” is always in lower case to reflect the diminutive theme of the ride.

Lower case title

These next two prints were quite individual so they have unique frames. The cutesy and sweet “Fantasyland” print, designed by Bjorn Aronson and the bright and colorful “Snow White’s Scary Adventures”:

Fantasyland

 

Snow White

This Snow White poster really shows the quality of the prints. The colors are brilliant and there is absolutely no blurring of any kind.

Snow White close up

The last set we’ll look at are  “The Enchanted Tiki Room” created by Paul Hartley in 1963 and “The Haunted Mansion” designed in 1969 by Ken Chapman and Marc Davis.  The framing consultant worked her magic here, suggesting an orange double mat. This really brought these two prints together!

Tiki: Haunted set

Tiki Birds

 

Haunted Mansion

My son has assured me that this one is going with him when he gets his own place.

Haunted Mansion Close up

Phineas, Ezra and Gus approve!

I’m delighted with my investment in Disney art! The good news is that there are many, many more attraction posters to collect from all the Disney parks around the world. I just need a bigger budget and some more wall space.

You can read my Disney trip reports as well as other destinations HERE.

 

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Episode 143 – March 31, 2015 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/03/31/episode-143-march-31-2015/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/03/31/episode-143-march-31-2015/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:00:19 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2497 On this episode 143 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk Disney News and have a Tiki Talk.

Disney News: Trader Sams soft open, charity of Disney and live action of Mulan.

Tiki Talk: Millennials don’t want to hold on to stuff like their parents.

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Episode 142 – March 24, 2015 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/03/24/episode-142-march-24-2015/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/03/24/episode-142-march-24-2015/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:00:00 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2484    Read More ...]]> On this episode 142 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including:

Disney News: Loki and Falcon coming to Disney Infinity, Braves maybe looking for new spring home, baby rhino born at Animal Kingdom and Disney won’t promote Rogue One until later in the summer.

Tiki Talk: sharing some thoughts about listeners and what does Disney mean to you.

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Episode 141 – March 17, 2015 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/03/17/episode-141-march-17-2015/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/03/17/episode-141-march-17-2015/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:00:47 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2479    Read More ...]]> On this episode 141 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk Disney:

Disney News: Frozen 2, Josh Gad in live action of Beauty and the Beast, Disney bans all smoking in films PG-13 and younger and Cinderella grosses $70 million at weekend boxes off.

Movie Review: Cinderella.

Tiki Talk: Bucket list for needing to stay in the bungalows at the Polynesian Village Resort.

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Episode 140 – March 10, 2015 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/03/10/episode-140-march-10-2015/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/03/10/episode-140-march-10-2015/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 07:00:50 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2471    Read More ...]]> On this episode 140 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss all things Disney.

Disney News: Orlando City Soccer Club, Big Hero 6 number 3 and missing the Wheel of Fortune puzzle.

Tech Talk: Apple watch introduced including a Mickey Mouse as a face option and a great new free app to share your Disney side.

Tiki Talk: Answering a listener questions about quick service favorites.

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Episode 139 – March 3, 2015 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/03/03/episode-139-march-3-2015/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/03/03/episode-139-march-3-2015/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:00:13 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2444    Read More ...]]> On this episode 139 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss all things Disney.

Disney News: drowning at Castaway Cay, Mulan being used by ISIS, Disney only “true vacation” and Dapper Days in Disneyland.

Tiki Talk: what ride Sam can’t ride after two attempts and heading to Florida in May no matter a 24 hour event is announced.

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Episode 138 – February 24, 2015 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/02/24/episode-138-february-24-2015/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/02/24/episode-138-february-24-2015/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:00:19 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2435 On this episode 138 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss all things Disney.

Disney News: rate increases for the parks, new head of Parks and Resorts, big Oscar wins for Disney animation and Disney Cruise Line wins awards.

Tiki Talk: what about changes that might come to Aloha Aisle.

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Art of Big Hero 6 Review – Anthony Markham http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/02/24/art-of-big-hero-6-review-anthony-markham/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/02/24/art-of-big-hero-6-review-anthony-markham/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:00:09 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2438 The Art Of Big Hero 6

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Episode 137 – February 17, 2015 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/02/17/episode-137-february-17-2015/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/02/17/episode-137-february-17-2015/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 08:00:55 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2427 On this episode 137 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about all things Disney including:

Disney News: Grown-Ups enjoy Disney cruise, Disney tech making it better than Universal and tackling succession the Disney way.

Tiki Talk: Short talk about meeting some Disney artists and next trip to Disney World.

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Episode 136 – February 10, 2015 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/02/10/episode-136-february-10-2015/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/02/10/episode-136-february-10-2015/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 08:00:39 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2406 On this episode 136 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including:

Disney News: New COO selected, Disney World hotels are very busy & Luigi flying tires going away.

Tiki Talk: Share their experiences at Walt Disney Studios and visit to Tam O’Shanter.

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A Tour of Walt Disney Studios – by Anthony Markham http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/02/10/a-tour-of-walt-disney-studios-by-anthony-markham/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/02/10/a-tour-of-walt-disney-studios-by-anthony-markham/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 05:43:07 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2413 Disney Studio Tour by Anthony Markham

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Episode 135 – February 3, 2015 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/02/03/episode-135-february-3-2015/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/02/03/episode-135-february-3-2015/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 05:03:49 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2382    Read More ...]]> On this episode 135 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, with Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about –

Disney News: Lay off to IT who built My Magic +, 60th Anniversary of Disneyland, and enjoying Disney for zero dollars.

Disney Guest of the Week: Kathy Kelly of the Special Mouse Podcast.

Tiki Talk: More food and being overweight on Space Mountain.

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Episode 134 – January 27, 2015 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/01/27/episode-134-january-27-2015/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/01/27/episode-134-january-27-2015/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:00:15 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2376    Read More ...]]> On this episode 134 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney.

Disney News: which is better Disneyland vs Disney World, F-Word themed Disney cruises coming this Summer and Emma Watson to play Belle in live action of Beauty and the Beast.

Tiki Talk: Super 8 review and all the food you can handle in one show without being pulled off Space Mountain in Disneyland.

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Episode 133 – January 20, 2015 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/01/20/episode-133-january-20-2015/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/01/20/episode-133-january-20-2015/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 07:30:52 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2370    Read More ...]]> On this episode 133 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk Disney including:

Disney News: Sling TV to feature lots of Disney owned content and if Disney villains were to be entered into Hunger Games who would win.

Tiki Talk: First impressions comparing Star Wars Half Marathon weekend to Avengers Half Marathon weekend.

 

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Episode 132 10/6 – January 16, 2015 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/01/16/episode-132-106-january-16-2015/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/01/16/episode-132-106-january-16-2015/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:25:56 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2363 On this special 10 and 6 edition of episode 132, Ashley and Sam talk about the deluxe accommodations at the Super 8 on West Katella in Anaheim. Bring your comforter, your sheets, your pillows and while your at it, bring some white noise.

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Episode 132 – January 13, 2015 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/01/13/episode-132-january-13-2015/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/01/13/episode-132-january-13-2015/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:00:57 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2359    Read More ...]]> On this episode 132 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about Disney.

Disney News: Disney closing arcades at the resorts, Disney Magic crew help rescue passenger from Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Sea, measles outbreak in Disneyland, Disney’s Animal Kingdom gets on a list they don’t want to be on and Disney robot turtle.

Tiki Talk:  Share some thoughts on the new bungalows at the Polynesian and about heading to Disneyland more often.

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Episode 131 – January 6, 2015 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/01/06/episode-131-january-6-2015/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2015/01/06/episode-131-january-6-2015/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:00:53 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2354    Read More ...]]> On this episode 131 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about;

Disney News: Discounts for Florida residents on 3 day ticket, Ultra HD Alliance, alcohol at Starbucks in Downtown Disney, Disney savings account for vacation and 11 Disney treats to enjoy at the parks.

Tiki Talk: Short talk about Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride Train and the need to ensure the queue elements work properly.

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Episode 130 – December 30, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/12/30/episode-130-december-30-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/12/30/episode-130-december-30-2014/#comments Tue, 30 Dec 2014 05:00:55 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2348 On this Episode 130, of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including;

Disney News: Christina Aguilera calls Mickey an A%&-hole, more DVC units to help bolster attendance, and Bob Iger in Fortune.

Tiki Talk: Share some funny stories about the previous years adventures and some great memories.

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Episode 129 – December 23, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/12/23/episode-129-december-23-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/12/23/episode-129-december-23-2014/#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 05:00:57 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2345    Read More ...]]> On this Christmas episode 129, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including:

Disney News: Trattoria al Forno restaurant opens on Boardwalk and Apple Pay starts Christmas Eve at DisneyWorld resorts.

Guest interview: Ashley and Sam talk to their friends Josh Phelps and Beth Aigner about their experiences on the 7 night Disney Fantasy.

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Episode 128 – December 16, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/12/16/episode-128-december-16-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/12/16/episode-128-december-16-2014/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:55 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2341    Read More ...]]> On this episode 128 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about all things Disney including:

Disney News: New Frozen themed keyboards for iOS devices, car crash on Disney property kills 1, and VP Phil Holmes is interviewed and explains all things My Magic+ and Magic Bands.

Tiki Talk: Sharing a couple of stories from the recent trip including dinning at Remy’s.

 

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Episode 127 – December 9, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/12/10/episode-127-december-9-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/12/10/episode-127-december-9-2014/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:00:53 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2315    Read More ...]]> On this episode 127 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including:

Guest of the Week: Jae Brattain of Magical Food Tour. We talk food and Disneyland. If you want to know more about Jae and Magical Food Tour visit his website http://www.magicalfoodtour.com.

Tiki Talk: Talk about the foods we tried while in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.

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Episode 126 10/6 – December6, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/12/06/episode-126-106-december6-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/12/06/episode-126-106-december6-2014/#comments Sat, 06 Dec 2014 20:19:08 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2334 Bon Voyage, on this special edition of the WDW Happy Place, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam share quick thoughts on the recent Reunion event which is sponsored by MEI Mouse Fan Travel and The WDW Today podcast.

 

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The Waiting is the Hardest Part – by Heather Whitney Jones http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/12/04/the-waiting-is-the-hardest-part-by-heather-whitney-jones/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/12/04/the-waiting-is-the-hardest-part-by-heather-whitney-jones/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 04:27:25 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2317    Read More ...]]> The long drought between trips to Disney can be very difficult indeed. My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Walt Disney World in 1989. Our next trip to the World wasn’t for another twenty years. Twenty years!!!!

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Since that long awaited reunion, we’ve been able to go to a Disney Park about once a year and the fever has continued to grow. Now, with two kids in college draining the vacation account we won’t be able to return until at least 2016. How can one endure such a long absence from the magic? Of course, listening to excellent Disney Podcasts is a must, but I’ve gathered a few more ideas to help you (well, mostly me) manage the waiting.

1.Organize Memories from previous trips.  

Scrapbooking your pictures and thoughts from previous trips will help keep those precious memories fresh for years to come. Now, I’m long past my Martha Stewart stage, so crafts are not my thing. Instead I started a blog. WordPress makes it simple to create. This doesn’t have to be for anyone but yourself or heck; you may even discover that writing is your forte! I post pictures and just write down a few thoughts and details that would surely be forgotten as time passes.  Rereading these definitely helps to keep the blues away.

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2. Connect with a group. 

There are many message boards and Facebook groups out there dedicated to all things Disney. Find a friendly one (sadly, some are not) and join in the conversation.  You’ll be kept abreast of all the happenings (rumored or otherwise) in the world. Chances are if you’ve been to Disney more than a couple times, you have some knowledge to share. The Facebook group I’ve joined is focused on answering questions and helping newcomers navigate their vacations. It’s great to be able to point folks in the right direction and help to make their Disney experience wonderful.

3. Plan another trip. 

“Well, duh!” you might say. What I mean is plan a trip even if it doesn’t seem possible. My husband and I don’t really know if we will have the means to go on this next hypothetical trip, but we’ve put a pin on the calendar and we are hoping for the best. If the goal post needs to be moved, so be it. I just need to have something to look forward to.

4. Shoot for the moon.

With all this time to meticulously plan your next visit, make it fanstastical. Look into staying at a deluxe resort (even for one night) or unusual experiences like a carriage rides or special Fireworks viewings.  Realistically most of us can’t make all these things happen, but in the searching you may find something that you can add to your next trip that you may not have considered before.

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5. Look on the bright side

Ugh, not this Pollyanna stuff! Yes, I know there’s not much of a bright side to potential years away from the parks, but for you Walt Disney World fans there’s a couple good reasons to be glad to be on the sidelines for the next couple years. First off, the whole Magic Band, My Disney Experience craziness. WDW seems to be a bit of a stressy place to be right now. God willing, the powers that be will have ironed out all the wrinkles that we are hearing about at the moment and the system will be running smooth as glass when we get back. We can hope, right? Second CONSTRUCTION! There’s so much in flux right now. By the time we get back down, hopefully the current construction will be done and new experiences; even new Lands may await us…or at least the new parking garage at Downtown Disney.

Until next time!

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Episode 126 – December 2, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/12/02/episode-126-december-2-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/12/02/episode-126-december-2-2014/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 05:00:02 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2307    Read More ...]]> On this episode 126 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney.

Disney NewsStar Wars trailer garners 54 million views in less than 4 days, Frozen 2, Turner Classic Movies to be sponsor for the Great Movie Ride and Hyperion the technology that is behind Big Hero 6 will help power all future Disney Animated films.

Tiki Talk: Ashley and Sam talk about Disney California Adventure and differences between runDisney events on the west coast parks compared to the east coast.

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Episode 125 – November 25, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/11/25/episode-125-november-25-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/11/25/episode-125-november-25-2014/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:42:31 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2303    Read More ...]]> On this episode 125 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney.

Disney News: Into the Woods enters awards season and other stuff.

Tiki Talk: Ashley and Sam talk about the differences between Disneyland and Disney World. Break down between Magic Kingdom and Disneyland. Also shout to quite a few listeners. Thank you all so much.

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Episode 124 – November 18, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/11/17/episode-124-november-18-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/11/17/episode-124-november-18-2014/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 04:00:52 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2296 On this Episode 124, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk some Disney News while being in Disneyland and Ashley shares her experience about finishing her first Disney Half Marathon.

Ashley shares her musical inspiration while she ran including Cold Plays’s Ghost Stories featuring A Sky Full of Stars and Katy Perry’s PRISM (Deluxe Version) album featuring Roar.

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Episode 123 10/6 – November 15, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/11/15/episode-123-106-november-15-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/11/15/episode-123-106-november-15-2014/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 17:54:15 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2292 On this special edition, let’s call it an appetizer for Tuesday. Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk briefly about some first impressions of Disneyland and the Avengers 5K. We can’t wait to share more on Tuesday.

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Episode 123 – November 11, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/11/11/episode-123-november-11-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/11/11/episode-123-november-11-2014/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 05:32:35 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2289    Read More ...]]> On this episode 123 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk –

Disney News: No fly zone over Disney parks, Big Hero 6 wins the weekend box office and Bog Iger, CEO of Disney, says now is not the right time for unbundling.

Movie Review: Ashley and Sam talk about Big Hero 6 and their thoughts about the picture.

Tiki Talk: The final count down is on to Disneyland and the Avengers Half Marathon.

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Episode 122 – November 4, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/11/04/episode-122-november-4-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/11/04/episode-122-november-4-2014/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 05:00:43 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2284    Read More ...]]> On this episode 122 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam chat about a few Disney things including:

Disney News: Sound Lion official announced in Disney Springs filing along with STK a restaurant, My Magic + band adds photos to the app experience, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train catches fire and some other stuff.

Travel Tips: Ashley shares few pointers about best ways and time frame to pack.

Tiki Talk: Ashley shares the cool experiences still coming from Adventures by Disney more than 5 years after taking trip with the latest being 4 free tickets to Big Hero Six.

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Episode 121 – October 28, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/10/28/episode-121-october-28-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/10/28/episode-121-october-28-2014/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 04:22:12 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2278    Read More ...]]> On this episode 121 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including:

Disney News: First night of the Very Merry Christmas is sold out, Sorcerer’s hat to removed, new restaurants to come to Disney Springs including Morimoto Asia, and Dr. Strange to be played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Tiki Talk: Ashley and Sam share some of the Halloween costume ideas that were shared by listeners. Shout out to our listeners and friends who ran the Marine Corp Marathon.

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/10/28/episode-121-october-28-2014/feed/ 0 On this episode 121 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including: - Disney News: First night of the Very Merry Christmas is sold out, Sorcerer's hat to removed, On this episode 121 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including: Disney News: First night of the Very Merry Christmas is sold out, Sorcerer's hat to removed, new restaurants to come to Disney Springs including Morimoto Asia, and Dr. Strange to be played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Tiki Talk: Ashley and Sam share some of the Halloween costume ideas that were shared by listeners. Shout out to our listeners and friends who ran the Marine Corp Marathon. Gray Flannel Media clean 31:57
Episode 120 – October 21, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/10/21/episode-120-october-21-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/10/21/episode-120-october-21-2014/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:16:03 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2273    Read More ...]]> On this episode 120 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including:

Disney News: Moana being released in November 2016, special sneak peak of the trailer for Feast, and some food reasons you have to visit Tokyo Disney.

Guest Interview: Talk with Christine Surh about her recent Adventures By Disney trip to California and Disneyland. If you have questions please contact Christine at christine.surh@mei-travel.com

Tiki Talk: Ashley and Sam talk about the future trips coming and Sam asks listeners who should he go as for a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party.

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/10/21/episode-120-october-21-2014/feed/ 0 On this episode 120 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including: - Disney News: Moana being released in November 2016, special sneak peak of the trailer for Feast, On this episode 120 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including: Disney News: Moana being released in November 2016, special sneak peak of the trailer for Feast, and some food reasons you have to visit Tokyo Disney. Guest Interview: Talk with Christine Surh about her recent Adventures By Disney trip to California and Disneyland. If you have questions please contact Christine at christine.surh@mei-travel.com Tiki Talk: Ashley and Sam talk about the future trips coming and Sam asks listeners who should he go as for a Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party. Gray Flannel Media clean 49:50
Episode 119 – October 14, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/10/14/episode-119-october-14-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/10/14/episode-119-october-14-2014/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 04:00:10 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2270    Read More ...]]> On this episode 119 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including:

Disney NewsGuardians of the Galaxy animated series coming to Disney XD, more reservation only coming with Be Our Guest lunch now by Fast Pass + only and Disney Bucket List.

Guest Interview: Talk with Kathy Kelly of the Special Mouse Podcast concerning bringing a child or a person with special needs

Tiki Talk: Ashley talks about friend and listener, Helen Dunn, sharing the rumored movie poster of Mary Poppins. The poster can be seen here and the movie trailer here.

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/10/14/episode-119-october-14-2014/feed/ 0 On this episode 119 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including: - Disney News: Guardians of the Galaxy animated series coming to Disney XD, more reservation only coming with Be Our Guest lunch now by... On this episode 119 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including: Disney News: Guardians of the Galaxy animated series coming to Disney XD, more reservation only coming with Be Our Guest lunch now by Fast Pass + only and Disney Bucket List. Guest Interview: Talk with Kathy Kelly of the Special Mouse Podcast concerning bringing a child or a person with special needs.  Tiki Talk: Ashley talks about friend and listener, Helen Dunn, sharing the rumored movie poster of Mary Poppins. The poster can be seen here and the movie trailer here. Gray Flannel Media clean 1:08:29
Episode 118 – October 7, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/10/07/episode-118-october-7-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/10/07/episode-118-october-7-2014/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 04:00:48 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2264    Read More ...]]> On this episode 118 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including:

Disney News: Euro Disney needs Disney cash for a bailout and Disney testing need for FastPass + for rides.

Guest Interview: Talk all things Universal with our personal travel agent Stephanie Miller. If you have questions about Universal or anything Disney, or any travel plans feel free to contact Steph atstephaniem@mei-travel.com

Tiki Talk: Ashley talks about the cooler weather and getting more in the mood for travels to Disney while Sam seems to be chewing on the by appointment only rides.

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/10/07/episode-118-october-7-2014/feed/ 0 On this episode 118 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including: - Disney News: Euro Disney needs Disney cash for a bailout and Disney testing need for FastPass + for rides. - On this episode 118 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including: Disney News: Euro Disney needs Disney cash for a bailout and Disney testing need for FastPass + for rides. Guest Interview: Talk all things Universal with our personal travel agent Stephanie Miller. If you have questions about Universal or anything Disney, or any travel plans feel free to contact Steph atstephaniem@mei-travel.com Tiki Talk: Ashley talks about the cooler weather and getting more in the mood for travels to Disney while Sam seems to be chewing on the by appointment only rides. Gray Flannel Media clean 50:33
Episode 117 – September 30, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/09/30/episode-117-september-30-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/09/30/episode-117-september-30-2014/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:00:25 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2239    Read More ...]]> On this episode 117 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including:

Disney News: New Jersey woman sues Disney for stealing “Frozen” plot from her life story and Pandora to have November debut of Disney charms.

Tiki Talk: Shout to some of our listeners… explaining the use of the “F-Word”. Stayed to future episodes to have your travel questions and running questions from some special guests.

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Episode 116 – September 23, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/09/23/episode-116-september-23-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/09/23/episode-116-september-23-2014/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 04:00:56 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2233    Read More ...]]> On this episode 116 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including:

Disney News: Closings for Maelstrom and Back Lot Tour in Disney Hollywood Studios, Would you wear a Frozen-inspired wedding dress?, Star Wars, Pixar or Cars Land what would you want in DHS?

Travel Tip of the Week: 10 things NOT to do at Walt Disney World. 

Tiki Talk: Ashley talks about recap of last weeks shows and who submitted answers to the questions about the movie clips. Listeners if you have plans for fall, like Halloween, consider sharing your pictures.

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Episode 115 – September 16, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/09/16/episode-115-september-16-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/09/16/episode-115-september-16-2014/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:00:38 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2230    Read More ...]]> On this episode 115 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including:

Disney News: Disneyland Paris to get new Star Wars Attraction to celebrate the parks 25th anniversary, Guardians of the Galaxy seeing success in Disney Infinity 2.0 and of course…. Maelstrom getting Frozen make over and Frozen to take over much of holiday celebrations in Magic Kingdom.

Technology Tip of the Week: With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus coming out and more phones having NFC, Disney will support Apple Pay.

Tiki Talk: Ashley talks about visiting Disneyland and Sam gives his what he is looking forward to most about visiting the park where Walt walked.

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/09/16/episode-115-september-16-2014/feed/ 0 On this episode 115 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including: - Disney News: Disneyland Paris to get new Star Wars Attraction to celebrate the parks 25th anniversary, On this episode 115 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including: Disney News: Disneyland Paris to get new Star Wars Attraction to celebrate the parks 25th anniversary, Guardians of the Galaxy seeing success in Disney Infinity 2.0 and of course.... Maelstrom getting Frozen make over and Frozen to take over much of holiday celebrations in Magic Kingdom. Technology Tip of the Week: With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus coming out and more phones having NFC, Disney will support Apple Pay. Tiki Talk: Ashley talks about visiting Disneyland and Sam gives his what he is looking forward to most about visiting the park where Walt walked. Gray Flannel Media clean 32:55
Episode 114 – September 9, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/09/09/episode-114-september-9-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/09/09/episode-114-september-9-2014/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 04:17:26 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2219    Read More ...]]> On this episode 114 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including:

Disney News: Deadmau5 sending Disney a cease and desist order while Disney sends 171 pages in legal filings for infringement and street wear meets Disney in “Disneybound” style.

Guest of the Week: From As Dreamers Do, director – Logan Sekulow and Ub Iwerks/Producer – William Haynes.

Tiki Talk: Ashley talks about life and never know what people are going through at a given moment. Congratulations to Maria Laubenstein and her husband Sean for their new baby boy.

 

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/09/09/episode-114-september-9-2014/feed/ 0 On this episode 114 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including: - Disney News: Deadmau5 sending Disney a cease and desist order while Disney sends 171 pages in legal filings for infringement and stre... On this episode 114 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including: Disney News: Deadmau5 sending Disney a cease and desist order while Disney sends 171 pages in legal filings for infringement and street wear meets Disney in "Disneybound" style. Guest of the Week: From As Dreamers Do, director - Logan Sekulow and Ub Iwerks/Producer - William Haynes. Tiki Talk: Ashley talks about life and never know what people are going through at a given moment. Congratulations to Maria Laubenstein and her husband Sean for their new baby boy.   Gray Flannel Media clean 1:05:23
Episode 113 – September 2, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/09/02/episode-113-september-2-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/09/02/episode-113-september-2-2014/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:00:16 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2213    Read More ...]]> On this episode 113 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including:

Disney News: Villains Sinister Soiree, Off Kilter and Fife and Drum among several EPCOT entertainers who are being removed to make way for new acts, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 to film in Australia, Star Wars rumors continue and 8 not so magical secrets of being a Disney Princess in the park.

Tiki Talk: Ashley throws out the what would you consider your 3 must dos while at Disney.

Great to see Anthony Markham, Joe Weeks, Brittany Bear-Brown, Carolyn Musselman, DeeDee Webster, Jake Webster, Kelly Mitchell and some other Mickey Milers.

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/09/02/episode-113-september-2-2014/feed/ 0 On this episode 113 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including: - Disney News: Villains Sinister Soiree, Off Kilter and Fife and Drum among several EPCOT entertainers who are being removed to make wa... On this episode 113 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including: Disney News: Villains Sinister Soiree, Off Kilter and Fife and Drum among several EPCOT entertainers who are being removed to make way for new acts, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 to film in Australia, Star Wars rumors continue and 8 not so magical secrets of being a Disney Princess in the park. Tiki Talk: Ashley throws out the what would you consider your 3 must dos while at Disney. Great to see Anthony Markham, Joe Weeks, Brittany Bear-Brown, Carolyn Musselman, DeeDee Webster, Jake Webster, Kelly Mitchell and some other Mickey Milers. Gray Flannel Media clean 40:02
Episode 112 – August 26, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/08/26/episode-112-august-26-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/08/26/episode-112-august-26-2014/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:02:43 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2208    Read More ...]]> On this episode 112 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk Disney.

Disney News: Guardians of the Galaxy back atop the box office earnings for the summer, travel agents income to drops because of changes Disney is making to how they pay agents and Disney to have a day allowing dogs in the park dressed up.

Fun Facts: 54 fun facts about Disney Villains.

Tiki Talk: Ashley sends Maria Laubenstein and her husband Sean some virtual hugs, prayers and pixie dusts. Ashley also talks about her Grand father’s service to this country. 

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/08/26/episode-112-august-26-2014/feed/ 0 On this episode 112 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk Disney. - Disney News: Guardians of the Galaxy back atop the box office earnings for the summer, travel agents income to drops because of changes Disney is making t... On this episode 112 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk Disney. Disney News: Guardians of the Galaxy back atop the box office earnings for the summer, travel agents income to drops because of changes Disney is making to how they pay agents and Disney to have a day allowing dogs in the park dressed up. Fun Facts: 54 fun facts about Disney Villains. Tiki Talk: Ashley sends Maria Laubenstein and her husband Sean some virtual hugs, prayers and pixie dusts. Ashley also talks about her Grand father's service to this country.  Gray Flannel Media clean 28:53
Episode 111 – August 19, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/08/19/episode-111-august-19-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/08/19/episode-111-august-19-2014/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 04:00:02 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2198    Read More ...]]> On this episode 111 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss all things Disney.

Disney News: Disney Infinity 2.0 now getting some Big Hero 6 treatment, Disney live action of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Hopeless romantic proposes to a bunch of the Disney Princesses, and Guardians of the Galaxy maybe hitting the parks.

Fun Facts: Some interesting facts you may have not known about Disney and the parks.

Guest Interview: Interview with Ana Silva Rausch talking Disney Aulani Resort. 

 

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/08/19/episode-111-august-19-2014/feed/ 0 On this episode 111 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss all things Disney. - Disney News: Disney Infinity 2.0 now getting some Big Hero 6 treatment, Disney live action of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, On this episode 111 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss all things Disney. Disney News: Disney Infinity 2.0 now getting some Big Hero 6 treatment, Disney live action of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Hopeless romantic proposes to a bunch of the Disney Princesses, and Guardians of the Galaxy maybe hitting the parks. Fun Facts: Some interesting facts you may have not known about Disney and the parks. Guest Interview: Interview with Ana Silva Rausch talking Disney Aulani Resort.    Gray Flannel Media clean 52:12
Episode 110 – August 12, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/08/12/episode-110-august-12-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/08/12/episode-110-august-12-2014/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 04:00:40 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2189    Read More ...]]> On this Episode 110 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss all things Disney.

Disney News: Disney tech auto edits your movies, Tsum Tsum craze catching on with Disney collectibles, Amazon and Disney battle it out over terms, and the passing of Disney Legend Robin Williams. Take a look at this video from D23 from 2009 shot by Ricky Brigante.

Tiki Talk: Share a rumor about Disney cruises with a prediction of a possible new ship (not responsible for this if it’s wrong) and runDisney adding to the Tinker Bell with the new Pixie Dust Challenge.

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Episode 109 – August 5, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/08/05/episode-109-august-5-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/08/05/episode-109-august-5-2014/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 12:15:25 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2181    Read More ...]]> On this episode 109 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss all things Disney including:

Disney News: Bill Murray to play Baloo, Muppets to be in digital series, Disney’s profit not Frozen, and Guardians of the Galaxy weekend haul.

Movie Review: our take on Guardians of the Galaxy.

Tiki Talk: update to what’s up with the training for upcoming runDisney events.

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/08/05/episode-109-august-5-2014/feed/ 0 On this episode 109 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss all things Disney including: - Disney News: Bill Murray to play Baloo, Muppets to be in digital series, Disney's profit not Frozen, On this episode 109 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss all things Disney including: Disney News: Bill Murray to play Baloo, Muppets to be in digital series, Disney's profit not Frozen, and Guardians of the Galaxy weekend haul. Movie Review: our take on Guardians of the Galaxy. Tiki Talk: update to what's up with the training for upcoming runDisney events. Gray Flannel Media clean 34:48
Episode 108 – July 29, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/07/29/episode-108-july-29-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/07/29/episode-108-july-29-2014/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:00:51 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2175    Read More ...]]> On this episode 108 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam share a few light news items and have a Tiki Talk.

Disney News: Comic-Con 2014, Christopher Walken joining the new Jungle Book, name that Disney tune, new Star Wars Rebel trailer and Disney steam punk style.

Tiki Talk: Share funny stories about house move and having no running water or AC the first night and Sam asks… I don’t drink but what drink would you recommend that tastes delicious but you can’t taste the alcohol.

 

 

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/07/29/episode-108-july-29-2014/feed/ 0 On this episode 108 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam share a few light news items and have a Tiki Talk. - Disney News: Comic-Con 2014, Christopher Walken joining the new Jungle Book, name that Disney tune, On this episode 108 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam share a few light news items and have a Tiki Talk. Disney News: Comic-Con 2014, Christopher Walken joining the new Jungle Book, name that Disney tune, new Star Wars Rebel trailer and Disney steam punk style. Tiki Talk: Share funny stories about house move and having no running water or AC the first night and Sam asks... I don't drink but what drink would you recommend that tastes delicious but you can't taste the alcohol.     Gray Flannel Media clean 30:28
Episode 107 – July 22, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/07/22/episode-107-july-22-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/07/22/episode-107-july-22-2014/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:18:49 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2171 On this episode 107 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk:

Disney News: James Garner, Epcot cookbook, more injuries, more Frozen and union’s settle.

Tiki Talk: Ashley shares some “moving” stories and we discuss the need for a trip to Disney just like being named MVP.

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Episode 106 – July 15, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/07/15/episode-106-july-15-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/07/15/episode-106-july-15-2014/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 04:00:04 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2164    Read More ...]]> On this episode 106 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about all things Disney.

Disney News: Disney $2.2 billion profit, monorail evacuated, Bob Iger wins CEO of the year, Disney researches even on animation, and get an extra Marvel hero with new purchase of Disney Infinity 2.0.

Training Update: It’s tough being foodies, it’s much easier to be complacent.

Tiki Talk: Thank you to all of the nice comments about our show after celebrating 2 years.

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/07/15/episode-106-july-15-2014/feed/ 0 On this episode 106 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about all things Disney. - Disney News: Disney $2.2 billion profit, monorail evacuated, Bob Iger wins CEO of the year, Disney researches even on animation, On this episode 106 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about all things Disney. Disney News: Disney $2.2 billion profit, monorail evacuated, Bob Iger wins CEO of the year, Disney researches even on animation, and get an extra Marvel hero with new purchase of Disney Infinity 2.0. Training Update: It's tough being foodies, it's much easier to be complacent. Tiki Talk: Thank you to all of the nice comments about our show after celebrating 2 years. Gray Flannel Media clean 32:51
Episode 105 – July 8, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/07/08/episode-105-july-8-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/07/08/episode-105-july-8-2014/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 04:00:09 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2158    Read More ...]]> Episode 105 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, hosts Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including:

Disney News: Comcast to cream Disney, get your villain side on during Hollywood Studios party, Disney Infinity 2.0 more characters announced and finally part 2 of Sherry Kuehl Disney experience “Snarky in the suburbs: Crying it out at Disney World“.

Tech Tip: Make sure you turn your smart phone on its side making the home button face the left or right side to ensure the correct recording of the video that you want to share with family and friends.

Tiki Talk: What we have enjoyed about hosting the last 2 years of the show.

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/07/08/episode-105-july-8-2014/feed/ 0 Episode 105 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, hosts Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including: - Disney News: Comcast to cream Disney, get your villain side on during Hollywood Studios party, Disney Infinity 2. Episode 105 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, hosts Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk all things Disney including: Disney News: Comcast to cream Disney, get your villain side on during Hollywood Studios party, Disney Infinity 2.0 more characters announced and finally part 2 of Sherry Kuehl Disney experience "Snarky in the suburbs: Crying it out at Disney World". Tech Tip: Make sure you turn your smart phone on its side making the home button face the left or right side to ensure the correct recording of the video that you want to share with family and friends. Tiki Talk: What we have enjoyed about hosting the last 2 years of the show. Gray Flannel Media clean 55:49
Episode 104 – July 1, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/07/01/episode-104-july-1-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/07/01/episode-104-july-1-2014/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:00:33 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2155    Read More ...]]> Episode 104 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss,

Disney News: 57 Disney Inspired Tattoos, Disney 4th of July celebrations, Disney to add 1000 employees, Sherry Kuehl’s: Disney World in the Summer positively drips with humanity and humidity and charity efforts of Phil Vanderpool, Stitchechallenge.

Tiki Talk: What job in the park would you want to have in employed by Disney?

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Episode 103 – June 24, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/06/24/episode-103-june-24-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/06/24/episode-103-june-24-2014/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 04:00:18 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2144    Read More ...]]> Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about all things Disney. On this Episode 103 they talk:

Disney News: Star Wars changing directions (Harrison Ford), Frozen will change Once Upon a Time, Disney Infinity 2.0, and Rejected Princesses.

Travel Tip: We share comments by Leslie Rask a listener and her families experience with the Four Seasons.

Tiki Talk: Going to Disney to get your mind right and a little Harry Potter and Diagon Alley talk.

 

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Disneyland Hotel – Heather Whitney Jones http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/06/23/disneyland-hotel-heather-whitney-jones/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/06/23/disneyland-hotel-heather-whitney-jones/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 02:23:53 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2148 Disneyland Hotel

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Episode 102 – June 17, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/06/17/episode-102-june-17-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/06/17/episode-102-june-17-2014/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 04:00:27 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2137    Read More ...]]> On this episode 102 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk Disney News, a Travel Tip and a Tiki Talk.

Disney News: American Idol experience closing, Disney Infinity heading over $1 Billion, Steven Spielberg movie, and the 15 best animated dads.

Travel Tip: Four Seasons to open the new Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World. 

Tiki Talk: Little chat about runDisney and the addition of the Star Wars Rebel Challenge.

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Episode 101 – June 10, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/06/10/episode-101-june-10-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/06/10/episode-101-june-10-2014/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 04:00:13 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2120    Read More ...]]> On this episode of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss:

Disney NewsHarambe Nights, Leia Toys are coming, Disney making more live action films, Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy in Disney World & the Co-Op opens in Downtown Disney.

Disney Fun Facts63 Magical Disney Movie Facts.

Tiki Talk – we read a few reviews from iTunes and wish Happy Birthdays to Donald Duck and Johnny Depp

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Christmas in July – Anthony Markham http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/06/09/christmas-in-july-anthony-markham/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/06/09/christmas-in-july-anthony-markham/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 02:51:01 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2128 Christmas in JulyChristmas in July

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Episode 100 – June 3, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/06/03/episode-100-june-3-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/06/03/episode-100-june-3-2014/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 04:00:33 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2107    Read More ...]]> On this episode 100 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss:

Disney News: Disney Infinity 2.0, box office spell cast by Maleficent, Pandora: The Land of Avatar, and Starbucks opens in Downtown Disney.

Movie Review: Quick review of XMen: Days of Future Past and longer review of Maleficent.

Tiki Talk: Thanks for 100 great episode to our listeners.

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Rocking Your Disney Side – Anthony Markham http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/06/02/rocking-your-disney-side-anthony-markham/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/06/02/rocking-your-disney-side-anthony-markham/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 03:20:13 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2116 A Rockin

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Episode 99 10/6 – May 27, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/05/27/episode-99-106-may-27-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/05/27/episode-99-106-may-27-2014/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 00:58:42 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2102 On this special 10/6 edition of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss…. RunDisney announcement of the Star Wars Half Marathon weekend in Disneyland for January 15, 2015.

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Episode 99 – May 27, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/05/27/episode-99-may-27-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/05/27/episode-99-may-27-2014/#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 04:01:15 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2094    Read More ...]]> Episode 99 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss:

Disney News: Bob Iger next commissioner of Major League Baseball, Disney Speedway to debut experience for kids, Disney Descendants cast set, what do all Disney female villains shareDisney & Pixar announces official synopsis for Inside Out to release on June 19, 2015 & the 7 Deadly sins of theme parks.

Listener Questions: Responses to our question from Episode 97 about who should play Queen Elsa on ABC’s Once Upon a Time. After seeing Queen Elsa walk away seeing only her back and what looks like a trail of ice who should play the part: Maria of Wisconsin – Kate Hudson, Susan of Wisconsin – Megan Hilty, Lori of Florida – Reese Witherspoon, Anthony of North Carolina – Diana Agron, Stacie of Arizona – Blake Lively, Sharon of Georgia – Portia De Rossi, Rosie of California – Maggie Grace, and Stephanie of California – Kristen Chenoweth.

The winner is…….from Redwood City, California…… Stephanie. Congratulations to our winner, we will have a care package in the shipping lane leaving this week. Thank you everyone who participated.

Tiki Talk:  Taking Dole Whip to more parks…. Ashley shares her thoughts about leaving well enough alone.

 

 

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/05/27/episode-99-may-27-2014/feed/ 0 Episode 99 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss: - Disney News: Bob Iger next commissioner of Major League Baseball, Disney Speedway to debut experience for kids, Disney Descendants cast set, Episode 99 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss: Disney News: Bob Iger next commissioner of Major League Baseball, Disney Speedway to debut experience for kids, Disney Descendants cast set, what do all Disney female villains share, Disney & Pixar announces official synopsis for Inside Out to release on June 19, 2015 & the 7 Deadly sins of theme parks. Listener Questions: Responses to our question from Episode 97 about who should play Queen Elsa on ABC's Once Upon a Time. After seeing Queen Elsa walk away seeing only her back and what looks like a trail of ice who should play the part: Maria of Wisconsin - Kate Hudson, Susan of Wisconsin - Megan Hilty, Lori of Florida - Reese Witherspoon, Anthony of North Carolina - Diana Agron, Stacie of Arizona - Blake Lively, Sharon of Georgia - Portia De Rossi, Rosie of California - Maggie Grace, and Stephanie of California - Kristen Chenoweth. The winner is.......from Redwood City, California...... Stephanie. Congratulations to our winner, we will have a care package in the shipping lane leaving this week. Thank you everyone who participated. Tiki Talk:  Taking Dole Whip to more parks.... Ashley shares her thoughts about leaving well enough alone.     Gray Flannel Media clean 41:41
Heather Whitney Jones Disneyland Trip Report http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/05/20/heather-whitney-jones-disneyland-trip-report/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/05/20/heather-whitney-jones-disneyland-trip-report/#comments Tue, 20 May 2014 05:11:20 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2076 Heather Whitney Jones Disneyland

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Episode 98 – May 20, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/05/20/episode-98-may-20-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/05/20/episode-98-may-20-2014/#comments Tue, 20 May 2014 04:36:12 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2087 Episode 98 of WDW Happy Place Podcast

Disney News
Disney hikes up pricing in the Disneyland Resorts
MyMagic+ Executive will leave company
Disney Cruise Line returning to Hawaii

Tiki Talk
Review of the Backstage Safari Tour

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Episode 97 – May 13, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/05/13/episode-97-may-13-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/05/13/episode-97-may-13-2014/#comments Tue, 13 May 2014 04:00:41 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2070    Read More ...]]> Episode 97 of WDW Happy Place Podcast

Disney News
Walt Disney World to hire 1200 via online job fair
Iconic Japanese cartoon ‘Doraemon‘ acquired by Disney
New value oriented hotels at Disney ‘Flamingo Crossing

Listener Questions
Matthew Birdsey family decision to wait in line
Michael Yates recommending Podcast Addict for Droid
Constance Pressley asks about Crocs at Disney World

Tiki Talk
Review of the tasty treats at the Flower and Garden Expo at EPCOT and the eating of the Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream.

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Episode 96 – May 6, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/05/06/episode-96-may-6-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/05/06/episode-96-may-6-2014/#comments Tue, 06 May 2014 04:54:34 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2063    Read More ...]]> Episode 96 of WDW Happy Place Podcast

Disney News
Official Star Wars Episode 7 cast announced with picture
Polynesian Resort Village is officially named
Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride dedication
Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes

Tiki Talk
View is not quite what it was from the swing at the Poly
25th Anniversary at Hollywood Studios and fireworks
Carrot Cake Cookie, yes please may I have another
Carriage Ride on Main Street

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Episode 95 – April 29, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/04/29/episode-95-april-29-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/04/29/episode-95-april-29-2014/#comments Tue, 29 Apr 2014 04:03:34 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2052 Episode 95 of WDW Happy Place Podcast

Disney News
Disney FastPass+ changes
Disney’s Hollywood Studio 25th Anniversary
Star Wars Studios inside Walt Disney Imagineering
Shanghai Disney Resorts adding another $800 million

Tiki Talk
Announce The Earvengers Podcast
Discuss our weight loss challenge and why

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Poster Art of the Disney Parks – Anthony Markham http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/04/29/poster-art-of-the-disney-parks-anthony-markham/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/04/29/poster-art-of-the-disney-parks-anthony-markham/#comments Tue, 29 Apr 2014 04:03:12 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2055 Poster Art of the Disney Parks

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Episode 94 – April 22, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/04/22/episode-94-april-22-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/04/22/episode-94-april-22-2014/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:40:13 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2047    Read More ...]]> Episode 94 of WDW Happy Place Podcast

Disney News
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride media event
10 most disappointing vacation destination
James Cameron comments on Avatarland
Star Wars Rebel coming soon

Travel Tip/Listener Question

Movie Review
As Dreamers Do – directed by Logan Sekulow and written by Wendy Ott

Tiki Talk
Weight loss challenge and were going to Disney

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Episode 93 – April 15, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/04/15/episode-93-april-15-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/04/15/episode-93-april-15-2014/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:00:09 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2041    Read More ...]]> Episode 93 of WDW Happy Place Podcast

Disney News

Disney offers look at animatronics of 7 Dwarfs Mine TrainDancing with the Stars celebrates Disney nightDisney and Marvel to collaborate for Infinity 2.0Disney offers $1 million for a Golden ArmParents sue for their autistic kids over new line-waiting and DCL worker accused of molesting passenger 13 years of age.

Tiki Talk

Epcot After-Hours Wind Down and Polynesian resort continues its move towards DVC

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Episode 92 – April 8, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/04/08/episode-92-april-8-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/04/08/episode-92-april-8-2014/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 04:49:41 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2026    Read More ...]]> Episode 92 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk

Disney News: Captain America has strong opening weekend at the box office, Captain America 3 will battle directly against Batman & Superman, Wreck It Ralph 2 in the works, Star Wars Episode 7 has started filming5 must not skip Disney World attractions and It’s a Small World turns 50.

Movie Review: Captain America -The Winter Soldier

Tiki Talk: Which race should we run, Disney Marathon weekend or Disney Princess Weekend?

 

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Episode 91 – April 1, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/04/01/episode-91-april-1-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/04/01/episode-91-april-1-2014/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 05:00:29 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2021    Read More ...]]> Episode 91 – April 1, 2014

Disney News
Disney raises parking prices by $2 and $5 for valet parking
Disney TV app from the Parks and Resorts
Frozen officially becomes highest grossing animated film
Tim Burton, Disney Poppins poster

Listener Questions
James December, 10 day no expiration ticket price?
Erica Barthel, how does Disney control pest problems?
Jamie Cash, logistics for registering for runDisney?

Tiki Talk
Cruising Norway

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Episode 90 – March 25, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/03/25/episode-90-march-25-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/03/25/episode-90-march-25-2014/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 04:12:05 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=2015    Read More ...]]> On this episode 90 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast for March 25, 2014, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk –

Disney News
Cat Cora’s restaurant closing
Massachusetts fire fighters sing Frozen during rescue
Buzzfeed – Frozen, Tangled, Little Mermaid… Connection
Disney characters drawn as if Zombie Apocalypse (you will have to look this one up for yourself)

Fun Fact
Facts about It’s a Small World

Tiki Talk
runDisney, Avengers and future trip plans

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Episode 89 – March 18, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/03/17/episode-89-march-18-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/03/17/episode-89-march-18-2014/#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2014 03:53:50 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1993    Read More ...]]> On this episode do the WDW Happy Place Podcast Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about all things Disney including:

Disney News
runDisney changes policy on packet pick up
Disney unit to produce largest UK production to date
Disney’s Frozen opens in Japan with strong box office
Disney duel between Disneyland and Disney World
Disney’s March Magic bracket

Tiki Talk
To DVC or not to DVC, that is the question

For more information click the links which are the news items

Sites mentioned during the Tiki Talk: DVC by Resales  and  David’s Vacation Club Rentals

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Episode 88 – March 11, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/03/11/episode-88-march-11-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/03/11/episode-88-march-11-2014/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 04:41:16 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1986    Read More ...]]> Episode 88 – March 11, 2014

Disney News
AT&T completes work on microcell cites in the parks
Edgy posters for Mondo art show in Austin, Texas (2) (3)
Disney to spend $200 million on Marvel shows for Netflix
Jungle Book to have Idris Elba to voice of Shere Khan
New Parade finally hits Magic Kingdom

Travel Tip
Research, great travel agent & know the Disney app

Tiki Talk
No Dole Whip for you get out
Plans for future trips

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Episode 87 – March 4, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/03/04/episode-87-march-4-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/03/04/episode-87-march-4-2014/#comments Tue, 04 Mar 2014 05:00:23 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1981    Read More ...]]> Episode 87 – March 4, 2014

Disney News
Shout out to Christine Suhr
Disney 24 hour special
Win, Lose, or Draw on the Disney Channel
Disney Frozen goes over $1 Billion, wins Oscar for Animated Feature Film and Original Song 12 other Disney Songs that have won Oscars!

Technology Tips
Apple Car Play, get your favorite podcast right there

Tiki Talk
Let’s turn Tomorrow Land Speedway……

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Episode 86 – February 25, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/02/25/episode-86-february-25-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/02/25/episode-86-february-25-2014/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 02:56:13 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1959    Read More ...]]> On this episode 86 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss

Disney News
Disney increases price of single day tickets
Disney Infinity to release new game discs for power ups
RunDisney Princess half marathon record shattered
RunDisney “Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend” November 14-16, 2014

Technology Tip
Disney Anywhere Movies app for iOS only

Tiki Talk
With Fantasy Land almost complete what would should be done with Tomorrow Land speedway? Keep it, tweak it or make a change?

 

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Disney Book Reviews…From Screen to Page – Anthony Markham http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/02/18/disney-book-reviews-from-screen-to-page-anthony-markham/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/02/18/disney-book-reviews-from-screen-to-page-anthony-markham/#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2014 05:35:31 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1930    Read More ...]]> Hey gang!  It’s been a while since I’ve had an opportunity to share with you.  Thanks for taking the time to read WDW Happy Place blogs.  I hope 2014 is treating you all well, and you are incorporating a little Disney magic into your everyday lives. Thought I’d kick off my 2014 blogs with a report on a couple of Disney book reviews.  Both of the titles relate to recent and future movie releases.

Frozen

The Art of Frozen was released in late 2013.  I’m not going to rave about the movie itself (love it!!), but will focus on the book.  This was my first “Art Of..” Disney volume, but I know the Studio releases a similar title with each animated movie.  These books show images of storyboards, describe how characters were conceptualized, new techniques were created to make the virtual worlds.  You will find concept sketches, photographs of the actors at work in the recording booth, photos from the research process (the landscapes and stave churches of Norway are magnificent).  By reading this book, I got an appreciation of the lengths the animators went to try to make the kingdom of Arendelle as “real” as possible, from the building architecture, fabrics and patterns in garments of the characters, and how difficult it must have been for them to create such detailed landscapes with a limited color palette.

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Each character has a separate chapter, showing the progression of design as the story evolved.  So glad they opted to revise Elsa’s earlier look.  Yikes Frozen3

The Art of Frozen is a great addition to your library.  For those who just love art, you’ll be delighted in the images you find throughout.  For the FrozenFans like myself, you will appreciate the movie even more at your next viewing.  Little princesses will likely enjoy all the beautiful images of the sisters.  Hard core Disney enthusiasts should like the introductions from the director, and the foreward from “The Man” himself, John Lasseter.  I found the book on both Amazon, but using a good coupon, got it a little cheaper at Barnes & Noble.

The second selection was just released last week, and is already out of stock at Amazon (I imagine they didn’t make a huge order initially).  Again, used a coupon at my local B&N, and got it for less than Amazon’s listed price.  The book focuses on a gang of wackos I’ve loved since I was in diapers, The Muppets!!!!

Muppets

The Muppets Character Encyclopedia is just what you’d expect; a visual “encyclopedia” of over 150 of the gang.  Of course, you’ll find the main characters; but what is truly a treat is finding all the 2nd and 3rd tier Muppets getting equal “page time.”  Each Muppet has its own page, where you will get a brief character bio (treated just as if they were real), including their debut episode/movie, and “fun facts” about each character.

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 You’ll find Muppets from the classic show, The Muppets Tonight show, & all the movies.  A particular treat is the inclusion of images from the upcoming Muppets Most Wanted (c’mon March 21!).  The book focuses on the Muppets as characters, not the perfomers behind/below the camera.

The book is arranged in an A-Z fashion, just like your typical reference material.  In addition to scattered shots from the upcoming film are pages dedicated to skits from the original Muppet Show, like Veterinarian’s Hospital.” What a trip down memory lane! Fer Sure… (Janice voice)

I feel that NOT ONLY will Muppet fans love this book, but it could help spark interest in the younger generation who didn’t grow up with the classic series.  Personally, I’d love it if my nieces and some of their generation went beyond the new films and “rediscovered” the classic movies and TV shows.  Plus, this book was only $16 with my 15% off coupon (sign up for B&N emails—I’m not a member of their Members Club, which you have to pay for…).  A good value, I thought.

So, long story short… 2 really good reads!  Great for many generations and levels of “fandom.”  Check them out & I believe you’ll be pleased!  Mahna Mahna and Warm Hugs to you!

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Episode 85 – February 18, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/02/18/episode-85-february-18-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/02/18/episode-85-february-18-2014/#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2014 05:00:55 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1925    Read More ...]]> Episode 85 of WDW Happy Place Podcast

Disney News
Disney to partner and encourage digital start-ups
Hong Kong Disneyland to invest on third hotel
Disney and Netflix further deal to offer only Lucasfilm exclusivity for streaming upcoming media
Disney workers try to get more pay and benefits
Animal Kingdom ending Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade

Travel Tip
Disney Half Marathon this upcoming weekend for Princess Half Marathon, be flexible and be informed

Tiki Talk

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Episode 84 – February 11, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/02/11/episode-84-february-11-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/02/11/episode-84-february-11-2014/#comments Tue, 11 Feb 2014 06:07:43 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1903    Read More ...]]> On this episode 84 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast for February 11, 2014, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss:

Disney News

Disney removes PUSH the Talking Trash Can 
Richard Sherman on Disney: the best gag man on the lot
Disney’s “Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story” & Google Play
Frozen cast performs music live over weekend
Festival of Fantasy parade floats and costumes showcase

Disney Collectible

D-TV, Disney Television combining rock music to classic Disney cartoons

Tiki Talk
Crowd levels seem higher than ever before
Danish zoo kills healthy giraffe

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Episode 83 – February 4, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/02/03/episode-83-february-4-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/02/03/episode-83-february-4-2014/#comments Tue, 04 Feb 2014 04:41:47 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1890    Read More ...]]> Episode 84 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast

Disney News:
Disney Interactive to lay off hundreds of workers
Disney doing Chip-N-Dale Rescue Rangers live action
Teen girl starts petition for a plus-size Disney princess
Gargoyles show now on Disney’s You Tube channel

Diney Fun Facts:
Walt enjoyed lawn bowling and hot dogs

Tiki Talk:
Recap of stories from most recent trips including be
careful what you say in line, Splitsville, hairy No Way
Jose and our angel who got us through security Harry

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Episode 82 10/6 – January 30, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/01/29/episode-82-106-january-30-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/01/29/episode-82-106-january-30-2014/#comments Thu, 30 Jan 2014 03:52:58 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1849    Read More ...]]> On this episode 82 10/6 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast with Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam. It so feels like groundhog day. We interview Arthur L. Bernstein, the executive producer and writer of the film, Walt Before Mickey. The movie to be released June 2014 stars: Thomas Ian Nicholas, Jon Heder, Jodie Sweetin, David Henrie, Ayla Kell, Taylor Gray & Hunter Gomez. Directed by Khoa Le, executive producers Arthur L. Bernstein, Armando Gutierrez and Jeff Rice.

For more information about Walt Before Mickey go to their Facebook page or head over to IMDB.

 

 

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Episode 82 – January 28, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/01/28/episode-82-january-28-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/01/28/episode-82-january-28-2014/#comments Tue, 28 Jan 2014 05:00:26 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1841    Read More ...]]> On this episode 82 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast for January 28, 2014, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk:

Disney News
Small business learns some Disney tricks
My Magic+ gets more personal
Marvel Universe Live
Pan from Warner Brothers depicting Peter Pan

Listener Question
Kim Watkins asks how did we start training for running

Tiki Talk
Wishes, using MyMagic+, and comparing the bigger
ships to the smaller ships

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Episode 81 10/6 – January 24, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/01/24/episode-81-106-january-24-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/01/24/episode-81-106-january-24-2014/#comments Sat, 25 Jan 2014 01:44:22 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1832 Episode 81 10/6 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast

Special Interview:
Executive Producer and Director, of the indie film about the early life of Walt Disney, about the early years of Walt Disney from As Dreamers Do, Logan Sekulow.

For information about the film go either
www.waltmovie.com
like them on www.facebook.com/waltmovie or follow them on Twitter @WaltMovie

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Episode 81 – January 21, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/01/20/episode-81-january-21-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/01/20/episode-81-january-21-2014/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 04:40:34 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1829 Episode 81

Disney News:
Wilderness Lodge makes it back to 4 diamond status
Disney’s Animal Kingdom may need more than Avatar
Frozen continues strong box office

Travel Tip:
Pros and Cons of staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge

Tiki Talk:
Sharing Ashley’s experience on a cheer team for runners

 

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Episode 80 10/6 – January 17, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/01/17/episode-80-106-january-17-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/01/17/episode-80-106-january-17-2014/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:46:39 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1823    Read More ...]]> Episode 80 10/6 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast. Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam have a quick chat about their cruise on the Disney Magic, how a Park Avenue attitude stealing a chair can be a bit annoying, the Aqua Dunk is no match for the Happy & Grumpy hosts and finally what happens when your dinner table mates are like a scene from Talladega Nights.

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Episode 80 – January 12, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/01/12/episode-80-january-12-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/01/12/episode-80-january-12-2014/#comments Sun, 12 Jan 2014 23:38:03 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1817 Episode 80 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast

Disney News:
Brazilians dominate Disney Marathon
26,000 runners participate in Marathon with
7K being Dopey Challengers

Special Running talk:
Recap of the Grumpy Host, Sam Turner’s perspective
of the Dopey Challenge.

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Episode 79 10/6 – January 10, 2014 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/01/10/episode-79-106-january-10-2014/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/01/10/episode-79-106-january-10-2014/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:51:49 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1813    Read More ...]]> On this special 10 and 6 show for January 10, 2014:

Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about a few news items and a Tiki Talk.

Disney News:
7000 Dopey people running 48.6 miles
Avatar Land ground broken with big blue shovels
Meryl Streep sounds off without a script
Meet Captain America in Disneyland this spring

Tiki Talk:
Travel on day before Expo of Marathon Weekend
Get to Marathon Expo at 8AM to get what you want
Food truck, it’s delicious, if you don’t believe me ask
the empty wrapper
Animal Kingdom Lodge a great value for a deluxe
Thank you to all the support

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Episode 79 – January 7, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/01/06/episode-79-january-7-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/01/06/episode-79-january-7-2013/#comments Tue, 07 Jan 2014 03:59:52 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1808    Read More ...]]> Episode 79 on the WDW Happy Place Podcast

Disney News-
Disney reveals more about 7 Dwarfs Mine Train
Rumor Disney to spin off Boba Fett film
Frozen putting the deep freeze on the competition
Watch out Norway Maelstrom at Epcot, Frozen coming
Disney Magic giving more options at Port Canaveral

Travel Tip-
SunPass for use on the tolls
Use a great travel agent

Tiki Talk-
Thank you to our listeners for helping us with both purchasing shirts and donations that helped us with an employer match for a total of $1500.

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Episode 78 – December 31, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/31/episode-78-december-31-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/31/episode-78-december-31-2013/#comments Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:18:32 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1798    Read More ...]]> On this episode 78 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast:

Disney News:    New collector pins coming in 2014, the best bargain meals on Disney property and what to expect from Disney in the upcoming year.

Training Update:  9 days remain until the Dopey Challenge begins and one more opportunity for you, our amazing listeners, to contribute to Running with Purpose for Team AllEars. If you wish to share this with friends here is the link

http://info.avonfoundation.org/site/TR/DIY/General?px=4463615&pg=personal&fr_id=2350

And of course a Tiki Talk:  What made traveling with family so different to our normal Disney trip.

 

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Episode 77 – December 24, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/29/episode-77-december-24-2013-2/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/29/episode-77-december-24-2013-2/#comments Sun, 29 Dec 2013 17:28:34 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1790    Read More ...]]> On this the 77th episode of the WDW Happy Place Podcast with Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss –

Disney News:
Jon Hamm’s The Million Dollar Arm (http://variety.com/2013/film/news/jon-hamm-million-dollar-arm-1200991059/)
Disney gives away over 36000 toys
Jack Dorsey of Twitter appointed to Disney Board
The Disney Savings Account

Movie Review:
Saving Mr. Banks(http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-12-20/features/chi-saving-mr-banks-valerie-lawson-20131220_1_saving-mr-p-l-travers-p-l-travers/3)

Frozen

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A few of our favorite things recent Disney trip version

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Episode 76 – December 17, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/16/episode-76-december-17-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/16/episode-76-december-17-2013/#comments Mon, 16 Dec 2013 05:00:54 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1770    Read More ...]]> Disney News:

Disney Newest Princess Moana coming in 2018 – a Polynesian adventurer will come to life from the creators of Aladdin and Princess and the Frog. Using techniques brought out in Disney’s Paperman which included hand drawn and CGI.

How to have a great trip to Disney World – start with staying off property, seek out good places to eat and some random thoughts.

MyMagic+ – the rollout “is going well.” It’s all about the money.

Tiki Talk: Reunion 2013 recap

 

 

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See you real soon! http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/13/see-you-real-soon/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/13/see-you-real-soon/#comments Fri, 13 Dec 2013 20:31:32 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1766 See you real soon!

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And still TSA awaits. #stressing http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/13/and-still-tsa-awaits-stressing/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/13/and-still-tsa-awaits-stressing/#comments Fri, 13 Dec 2013 19:41:19 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1764 And still TSA awaits. #stressing

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One last day. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/13/one-last-day/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/13/one-last-day/#comments Fri, 13 Dec 2013 19:13:23 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1762 One last day.

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Lambo. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/12/lambo/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/12/lambo/#comments Fri, 13 Dec 2013 04:32:58 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1760 Lambo.

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Braise Be Beef. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/12/braise-be-beef/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/12/braise-be-beef/#comments Fri, 13 Dec 2013 04:32:38 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1758 Braise Be Beef.

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Soul soup. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/12/soul-soup/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/12/soul-soup/#comments Fri, 13 Dec 2013 04:32:18 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1756 Soul soup.

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George Banks scallops. Mmmmm http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/12/george-banks-scallops-mmmmm/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/12/george-banks-scallops-mmmmm/#comments Fri, 13 Dec 2013 04:31:58 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1754 George Banks scallops. Mmmmm

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From RR to TOT. That's the way do it. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/12/from-rr-to-tot-thats-the-way-do-it/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/12/from-rr-to-tot-thats-the-way-do-it/#comments Fri, 13 Dec 2013 00:56:45 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1752 From RR to TOT. That's the way do it.

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Closing down the Magic Kingdom. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/11/closing-down-the-magic-kingdom/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/11/closing-down-the-magic-kingdom/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 03:20:12 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1750 Closing down the Magic Kingdom.

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Yo ho! http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/11/yo-ho/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/11/yo-ho/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 01:31:04 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1748 Yo ho!

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Did someone say Tiki. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/11/did-someone-say-tiki/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/11/did-someone-say-tiki/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 01:30:44 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1746 Did someone say Tiki.

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Another wonderful evening at MK. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/11/another-wonderful-evening-at-mk/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/11/another-wonderful-evening-at-mk/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 01:30:24 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1744 Another wonderful evening at MK.

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Episode 75 – December 10, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/10/episode-75-december-10-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/10/episode-75-december-10-2013/#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:46:35 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1738 Episode 75 December 10. 2013

Disney News: Disney Cruise Lines on Wheel of Fortune
Mr. Banks opens December 20
Frozen puts the freeze on Catching Fire
Disney Shanghai and its friends garden

Tiki Talk: Get off my bench (swing)
Extra Magic Hours and AP
Consistency of closing procedures

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Closing down MK once more. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/10/closing-down-mk-once-more/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/10/closing-down-mk-once-more/#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2013 05:57:41 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1735 Closing down MK once more.

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The beautiful castle. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/10/the-beautiful-castle/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/10/the-beautiful-castle/#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2013 05:36:20 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1733 The beautiful castle.

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More magic. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/10/more-magic/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/10/more-magic/#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2013 05:36:00 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1731 More magic.

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Very quiet this evening in MK. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/10/very-quiet-this-evening-in-mk/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/10/very-quiet-this-evening-in-mk/#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2013 05:35:40 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1729 Very quiet this evening in MK.

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Enjoying some extra magic hours. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/10/enjoying-some-extra-magic-hours/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/10/enjoying-some-extra-magic-hours/#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2013 05:35:20 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1727 Enjoying some extra magic hours.

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So we are officially having an amazing time. WOW! http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/09/so-we-are-officially-having-an-amazing-time-wow/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/09/so-we-are-officially-having-an-amazing-time-wow/#comments Mon, 09 Dec 2013 06:31:52 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1725 So we are officially having an amazing time. WOW!

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Does it get any more precious & innocent, ok so I'm a little biased. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/08/does-it-get-any-more-precious-innocent-ok-so-im-a-little-biased/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/08/does-it-get-any-more-precious-innocent-ok-so-im-a-little-biased/#comments Mon, 09 Dec 2013 01:10:27 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1723 Does it get any more precious & innocent, ok so I'm a little biased.

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The kids are having great times. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/08/the-kids-are-having-great-times/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/08/the-kids-are-having-great-times/#comments Mon, 09 Dec 2013 01:10:07 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1721 The kids are having great times.

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Where's my MasterCard priceless tag. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/08/wheres-my-mastercard-priceless-tag/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/08/wheres-my-mastercard-priceless-tag/#comments Sun, 08 Dec 2013 22:52:17 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1719 Where's my MasterCard priceless tag.

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Enjoying another Reunion 2013 meet. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/08/enjoying-another-reunion-2013-meet/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/08/enjoying-another-reunion-2013-meet/#comments Sun, 08 Dec 2013 17:04:57 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1717 Enjoying another Reunion 2013 meet.

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A view down Main Street after the kiss good night. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/08/a-view-down-main-street-after-the-kiss-good-night/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/08/a-view-down-main-street-after-the-kiss-good-night/#comments Sun, 08 Dec 2013 06:55:00 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1715 A view down Main Street after the kiss good night.

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Actual translation is, it's 1AM get out of my park. Closing it down. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/08/actual-translation-is-its-1am-get-out-of-my-park-closing-it-down/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/08/actual-translation-is-its-1am-get-out-of-my-park-closing-it-down/#comments Sun, 08 Dec 2013 06:22:17 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1713 Actual translation is, it's 1AM get out of my park. Closing it down.

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Closing down Epcot with friends Reunion 2013 style. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/07/closing-down-epcot-with-friends-reunion-2013-style/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/07/closing-down-epcot-with-friends-reunion-2013-style/#comments Sun, 08 Dec 2013 04:11:46 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1711 Closing down Epcot with friends Reunion 2013 style.

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Enjoying Epcot with family. Long time coming. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/07/enjoying-epcot-with-family-long-time-coming/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/07/enjoying-epcot-with-family-long-time-coming/#comments Sun, 08 Dec 2013 00:23:28 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1709 Enjoying Epcot with family. Long time coming.

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Getting ready for round 2 at Epcot. Waiting for family. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/07/getting-ready-for-round-2-at-epcot-waiting-for-family/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/07/getting-ready-for-round-2-at-epcot-waiting-for-family/#comments Sat, 07 Dec 2013 23:15:43 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1707 Getting ready for round 2 at Epcot. Waiting for family.

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Trains. Epcot. Glorious. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/07/trains-epcot-glorious/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/07/trains-epcot-glorious/#comments Sat, 07 Dec 2013 18:41:51 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1705 Trains. Epcot. Glorious.

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Obligatory selfie at Epcot. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/07/obligatory-selfie-at-epcot/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/07/obligatory-selfie-at-epcot/#comments Sat, 07 Dec 2013 18:41:31 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1703 Obligatory selfie at Epcot.

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Day 3 of reunion 2013. Great breakfast at Kona with friends. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/07/day-3-of-reunion-2013-great-breakfast-at-kona-with-friends/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/07/day-3-of-reunion-2013-great-breakfast-at-kona-with-friends/#comments Sat, 07 Dec 2013 16:00:04 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1701 Day 3 of reunion 2013. Great breakfast at Kona with friends.

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Yo ho yo ho….covering all the major stops. #wdwhp http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/06/yo-ho-yo-ho-covering-all-the-major-stops-wdwhp/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/06/yo-ho-yo-ho-covering-all-the-major-stops-wdwhp/#comments Sat, 07 Dec 2013 02:40:23 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1699 Yo ho yo ho....covering all the major stops. #wdwhp

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Back car just like @TheGoofyJordan #wdwhp http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/06/back-car-just-like-thegoofyjordan-wdwhp/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/06/back-car-just-like-thegoofyjordan-wdwhp/#comments Sat, 07 Dec 2013 02:40:03 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1697 Back car just like @TheGoofyJordan #wdwhp

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All aboard. The Big Thunder Mountain. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/06/all-aboard-the-big-thunder-mountain/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/06/all-aboard-the-big-thunder-mountain/#comments Sat, 07 Dec 2013 02:39:43 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1695 All aboard. The Big Thunder Mountain.

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On the way to Big Thunder Mountain. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/06/on-the-way-to-big-thunder-mountain/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/06/on-the-way-to-big-thunder-mountain/#comments Sat, 07 Dec 2013 02:39:23 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1693 On the way to Big Thunder Mountain.

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Enjoying the evening with family. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/06/enjoying-the-evening-with-family/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/06/enjoying-the-evening-with-family/#comments Sat, 07 Dec 2013 01:03:09 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1691 Enjoying the evening with family.

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Win for the ages for the grumpy host. #Hipstamatic #Oggl #Loftus #Inas1982 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/06/win-for-the-ages-for-the-grumpy-host-hipstamatic-oggl-loftus-inas1982/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/06/win-for-the-ages-for-the-grumpy-host-hipstamatic-oggl-loftus-inas1982/#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:24:24 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1689 Win for the ages for the grumpy host.  #Hipstamatic #Oggl #Loftus #Inas1982

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About to board the Reunion 2013 version script by Len Testa #Hipstamatic #Oggl #Foxy #BlankoFreedom13 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/06/about-to-board-the-reunion-2013-version-script-by-len-testa-hipstamatic-oggl-foxy-blankofreedom13/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/06/about-to-board-the-reunion-2013-version-script-by-len-testa-hipstamatic-oggl-foxy-blankofreedom13/#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:11:01 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1687 About to board the Reunion 2013 version script by Len Testa  #Hipstamatic #Oggl #Foxy #BlankoFreedom13

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Started the day with obligatory selfie. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/06/started-the-day-with-obligatory-selfie/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/06/started-the-day-with-obligatory-selfie/#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:36:01 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1685 Started the day with obligatory selfie.

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A wonderful day at the Magic Kingdom with wonderful friends. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/05/a-wonderful-day-at-the-magic-kingdom-with-wonderful-friends/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/05/a-wonderful-day-at-the-magic-kingdom-with-wonderful-friends/#comments Thu, 05 Dec 2013 23:40:29 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1683 A wonderful day at the Magic Kingdom with wonderful friends.

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Episode 74 – December 3, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/03/episode-74-december-3-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/03/episode-74-december-3-2013/#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 00:48:43 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1673    Read More ...]]> Did someone say Reunion? Much more enjoyable than any family reunion you might attend, remember these people your choosing to be around! So on this eve of Reunion 2013 we discuss just a couple of news items including: Disney passing the $4 Billion at the box office for the year, lights camera action – red light traffic cameras to be place near major intersections very close to Disney and WestJet out of Canada has the most Magical of planes flying to Orlando.

A short Tiki talk about the emotions of being at the happiest place on Earth for Ashley as for the first time her family joins her on one of the Disney trips. Bring your tissues.

See you all real soon!

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Disney and Dickens, Part Three: The Muppet Christmas Carol by Anthony Markham http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/03/disney-and-dickens-part-three-the-muppet-christmas-carol-by-anthony-markham/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/12/03/disney-and-dickens-part-three-the-muppet-christmas-carol-by-anthony-markham/#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 14:42:10 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1677    Read More ...]]> image

 

Let me start with a disclaimer:  I was a Muppet fan from my diaper days.  My parents have pictures of me, in my tiny rocking chair, watching the original show in 1978; I was so entranced and animatedly watching the TV, I had no idea they were snapping pictures.  So, in 1992, my entire family went to the movies to see The Muppet Christmas Carol.

Some general info about this production: this was the first Disney-produced Muppet film following the merger of the two properties.  Originally pitched by Jim Henson, it was directed by his son Brian following his father’s death.  The production was also the first without original puppeteer Richard Hunt, who performed Scooter, Janice, Beaker.  The movie opens with a dedication to these two amazing men.  The film was the first Muppet outing wherein the puppets “act” as characters in an established story.  Of course, there is still plenty of Muppet zaniness that is injected throughout, and the characteristics of our Muppets are often played for laughs. This version is a musical, using original music written by Paul Williams (“Rainbow Connection”) and Miles Goodman.

The majority of the “cast” is the familiar Muppet family, but  The Ghosts were played by “new” Muppets.  Sir Michael Caine portrayed Ebenezer; human roles were very limited, and there were no star
cameos that had marked earlier Muppet films.

I could, honestly, pick apart this movie, and spend 4 pages raving about this film.  I will spare you though.  The film sticks very close to the original Dickens story.  Notable changes-adding a Marley brother allowed the filmmakers to use Statler and Waldorf both very effectively (who else from the Muppet cast was so grumpy, as Marley had been in life?).  Also modified from the tale was the character of Fezziwig’s mother (played by Fozzie{wig}’s mother), versus a wife character.  If you are a Muppet geek like myself, you can spot minor characters from the Muppet Show (Wayne and Wanda!) in various crowd scenes.  Gonzo is used as Charles Dickens and serves to guide the tale.  Rizzo serves as his sidekick, and much of the humor of the film is driven by these two characters and their “commentary” on the action, in addition to some slapstick situations they encounter.

So, with slapstick comedy for the younger kids, and some humor that is derived from knowledge of the Muppet characters themselves, it is a definite laugh-out-loud treat for the whole family.  There are a couple of double entendres (Rizzo complains about landing on a hot goose, and Gonzo replies “lucky”.  Good thing Camillia the chicken wasn’t around) that I live for!  The roles are “cast” very well.  Following the text more closely than Mickey’s Christmas Carol, you can see more of Ebenezer’s conversion arc (plus, Michael Caine is just all around awesome).  The music is fun, and many songs are earworms, getting “stuck” in my head.

I will share one thing I dislike about the BluRay version.  It’s missing a song, that while some find sappy, I feel is crucial! The Belle character sings a song in the DVD version entitled “When Love is Gone” after she and Ebenezer separate.  It is a little dramatic, but is a simple, pretty tune.  Michael Caine’s acting during the scene is wonderful.  The song is then used as a reprise in the final scene of the movie and is entitled “When Love is Found,” and is a great counterpoint to illustrate Scrooge’s redemption.  Why have a reprise without the original?  According to Wikipedia, the theatrical release did not have the first song either!  As I have worn a groove in my DVD, I am accustomed to hearing this song during the story.  And the BluRay release from last year reverted to the original (it does have it as a bonus feature, and the song is also on the soundtrack album).  A plus for the BluRay is the HILARIOUS Carols you see and hear whenever you press pause while watching the main feature.

A classic story, as told by my favorite film collaboration.  It’s part of my holiday rituals.  Hope you think the same, but if you don’t, tell me why. What are your thoughts on “The Muppet Christmas Carol”… let’s discuss it on WDW Happy Place’s Facebook Page, or feel free to tweet me at @atrane74.  My opinions are mine alone, and don’t necessarily represent Ash & Sam.  OR… if you’d like a more lengthy recap, with more background information, listen to the December 2rd episode of The Disney Film Project podcast.  I was a special guest, and we discussed the film at length.  They do some quality reviews over there… give them a listen!

 

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This week, let’s look back at a version of the classic “A Christmas Carol” that is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year (I feel old).  Mickey’s Christmas Carol was released theatrically as a short film in front of the re-release of “The Adventurers” in 1983.  Although he plays Bob Cratchit, and is essentially a secondary character to Scrooge McDuck as Ebenzer, Mickey leads the marquee as this was his first appearance in a theatrical short in over 30 years!  Most of us actually saw this version first from our living rooms, as it aired initially on NBC in 1984; it has aired on many other networks over the past 3 decades.  This year, to celebrate its anniversary, the Walt Disney Corporation released it for the first time on Bluray, and is available as a combo pack with DVD and digital download.  Also included are several classic shorts, and the recent “Yodelberg” short.  No making-of featurette is here, but can be found on older DVD releases.

So… “Mickey’s Christmas Carol”… Overall, it has a special place in my heart, as I remember many a December night watching this in my little pjs.  Through adult eyes, I appreciate the inclusion of many classic Disney characters: minor characters from Disney shorts are peppered throughout.  The roles are nicely “cast” (except for Goofy as Marley-I appreciate the clutziness from his chains, but the Goof has never been cruel or mean like Jacob Marley) and also many “long lost friends” can be found in crowd scenes.  It moves very rapidly, as the total running time is a mere 26 minutes!  The hand drawn animation is warm, and the characters automatically connect with most of Disney fans.  I feel it is a good introduction to the tale for young viewers, who have not read the Dickens tale and is definitely not as terrifying as the (poor) Zemeckis version.  As an aside, the dioramas along Main Street in the MK are decked out with scenes from this short during the holiday season, which is one of my personal favorite pieces of décor!

Shortcomings of “Mickey’s Christmas Carol”?  There are a few, and most of it is due to the short length!  Many things are omitted; Ebenezer’s sister Fan, the present-day scene in Fred’s home, etc.  Other scenes are too abbreviated-does Minnie even get to speak??  Also, there is no real sense that Ebenzer and Isabelle/Daisy had any degree of relationship (this may be hampered too because we are accustomed to seeing Daisy with Scrooge McDuck’s nephew!).  But I’m nitpicking.  This version is solid, and is a classic gem.

Should you cough up the $ for Bluray? If you have it on DVD already, I would not.  The update adds the “Yodelberg” short, true, but you can find that on various other outlets, including YouTube and the Mickey Video app.  The Digital Copy is available only through Vudu, Amazon Instant Video—I use iTunes!!!  Grumble, grumble.  Poor form!

So, in summation; “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” is a classic, and zips right along!  It’s ideal for younger audiences and for those who may have never been exposed to the Dickens classic.  Think of it as an “abridged” classic.  The film itself ranks number 2 in my personal Disney/Dickens countdown.  Skip the recently released 30th Anniversary Edition if you already have it; if you don’t, try to track down a DVD version on Amazon or eBay.

Thank you again for taking a minute or two to read my thoughts on “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.”  Feel free to share your comments on Facebook, or with me directly on twitter @atrane74.  NEXT week, I’m going to review my Favorite version of the tale, “Muppet’s Christmas Carol”… and try to condense my love into a short blog post.  I hope ALL of you have a Blessed and Safe Thanksgiving holiday this week, and are surrounded by good eats, good friends, dear family, and good sales (Black Friday?).  Take care and Disney love to you!

 

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Episode 73 – November 26, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/11/26/episode-73-november-26-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/11/26/episode-73-november-26-2013/#comments Tue, 26 Nov 2013 05:51:24 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1663 Episode 73 – November 26, 2013

Disney News:
Pixar layoffs
Disney Infinity New Characters
Sequel to Alice and Wonderland
Disney online store sales
The passing of Diane Disney Miller

Training update:
Week 22 of the Dopey Challenge training
Give up a dollar or StarBucks money for charity

Tiki Talk:
The Final Countdown

 

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Disney and Dickens: An Overview in Three Parts… (Part One: Technology doesn’t make a classic) – Anthony Markham http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/11/19/disney-and-dickens-an-overview-in-three-parts-part-one-technology-doesnt-make-a-classic-anthony-markham/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/11/19/disney-and-dickens-an-overview-in-three-parts-part-one-technology-doesnt-make-a-classic-anthony-markham/#comments Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:30:23 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1659    Read More ...]]> Christmas will soon be here, friends!  The holiday season is my favorite time of year, and I hope all of you experience wonderful times with your loved ones in the upcoming weeks.  Having shared with you my experiences from a 2011 trip to The World, I wondered how I could offer some additional Disney knowledge with you, with a holiday spin…

So I began to think about some of my holiday traditions-food, decorating, music, stories and … Movies!! Since Mickey’s Christmas Carol was just released on BluRay, it gave me an idea to look back through the Disney Movie catalog and to research/review/discuss a few versions of the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol.”  I will discuss three versions of the tale, which, if you have never read it, is worth picking up for its own merits!  I scored a free Kindle download a couple of years ago; and it has been a December staple since.

My first, and least favorite, selection is “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” released in 2009 from Robert Zemeckis (director, screenplay, producer).  The animated film was made using motion capture technology, and was part of the recent 3D resurgence.  Jim Carrey voiced Scrooge & all three Ghosts, while Gary Oldman voiced Bob Cratchit and Jacob Marley (see Wikipedia for full credits).

I saw this movie opening weekend, and had not re-watched it until I chose the theme for this series of blogs.  So, you can imagine, this is NOT my favorite version!

On the plus side, I liked that Zemeckis kept the Fan character from the source material; losing his sister soured Scrooge’s soul early in life.  Although their scene is quite brief, it is touching.  Also, this version gave us a nice glimpse into the Cratchit home.  And the opening transition, from book page to the image of Marley’s corpse was depicted nicely.

The list of what I didn’t like is much longer, but I will keep it brief and highlight only a few bits.  First, the movie itself tries to scare the audience too much.  I like my version heartwarming!  I want to Scrooge’s conversion to come from love instead of fear.  I understand that England in 1863 was not a “sunny” place, but why add the scene in the insane asylum or the chase scene through London during the 3rd ghost’s scene?  Why did Marley’s jaw have to come unhinged?

Technology can be impressive, and can add nice embellishments to a story; however, I don’t believe that 3D was needed.  The floor “viewer” used by the Ghost of Christmas Present falls flat.  The novelty of the falling snow is rather trite.  And personally, I don’t like stop motion animation for humans—everything seems unreal, and in a story like this, taken from a piece of classic literature, and set in the real world, it falls flat (unlike stop motion in Tin Tin; human characters taken from a “comic book” universe that was never 100% photorealistic)

And, not to be a negative Nancy… but Jim Carrey—automatic 10 yard penalty coach!  I truly cannot understand why this was released with “Disney” in the title.  I feel that should have been used for next week’s feature “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” … you like what I did there?

What are your thoughts on “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”… let’s discuss it on WDW Happy Place’s Facebook Page, or feel free to tweet me at @atrane74.  My opinions are mine alone, and don’t necessarily represent Ash & Sam.

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Episode 72 – November 19, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/11/19/episode-72-november-19-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/11/19/episode-72-november-19-2013/#comments Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:00:09 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1656 Episode 72

Disney News:
Disney to keep all 4 of its cruise ships in Florida in early
2015
Thor still dominates at box office
MyMagic+ rollout delayed
Zoetrope toy rolls out in Disneyland
Did someone say 85 years young?

Guest:
Tiki Man Steve Seifert Part 2

and a Tiki Talk

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Episode 71 – November 12, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/11/12/episode-71-november-12-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/11/12/episode-71-november-12-2013/#comments Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:30:25 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1645 Episode 71

Disney News:
Princess Bride goes Broadway with Disney help
Marvel Exclusives with Netflix
Thor dominates box office

Guest:
Tiki Man Steve Seifert

Movie Review:
Thor: The Dark World

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Episode 70 – November 5, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/11/05/episode-70-november-5-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/11/05/episode-70-november-5-2013/#comments Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:30:49 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1620    Read More ...]]> On this episode 70 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk some Disney news including: Disney Men as Pop Culture Heroes, 67th anniversary for Song of the South, Disney and Dish Network still in talks, Disney Institute and NBA to work on customer service in the arenas.

Training update with Ashley making it official she will be medically unable to run the Half Marathon in 2014.

Interview with Beth Aigner about the meet at Reunion 2013 to be hosted by Megan Marx and herself. For more information you can reach out to them on Twitter.

We close with a Tiki Talk.

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Episode 69 – October 29, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/10/29/episode-69-october-31-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/10/29/episode-69-october-31-2013/#comments Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:30:11 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1607    Read More ...]]> On this episode…..69 dudes, of the WDW Happy Place Podcast. Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss:

Disney News – new Disney show to appear on iPad app before hitting the television, renovated Disney Magic including the Aqua Dunk, Disney Springs to add pedestrian bridge to Downtown Disney area, contracts to end Marvel and Star Wars appearing on slot machines and lottery tickets, Disney to open the largest Disney Store in Shanghai district totaling 53,000 square feet and finally Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark) to take over the screenplay duties for Star Wars episode 7.

Fun Facts – 16 tidbits about DisneyLand that you may not have known.

Tiki Talk – review of our experience at the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

 

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Episode 68 – October 22, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/10/22/episode-68-october-22-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/10/22/episode-68-october-22-2013/#comments Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:30:39 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1586    Read More ...]]> On this long episode 68 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam share some Disney news:

Lion King breaks $1 Billion on Broadway, Demi Lovato’s new song for Frozen released, and now Mickey talks during certain character meets.

Reviews of Disney dining including Garden View Tea Room at the Grand Floridian, lunch at the Grand Floridian Cafe, and dinner at RagLand Road.

Travel tip about the importance of travel insurance.

Technology tip about app for Disney princess lovers for iOS.

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A Couple of “Non-Disney” Disney Trip Experiences… Got some time to kill? – Anthony Markham http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/10/22/a-couple-of-non-disney-disney-trip-experiences-got-some-time-to-kill-anthony-markham/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/10/22/a-couple-of-non-disney-disney-trip-experiences-got-some-time-to-kill-anthony-markham/#comments Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:30:04 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1590    Read More ...]]> During my last trip to Disney in September, I made it a point to try new things—I hopped on attractions that I’d never experienced, went to my very first Not So Scary Party (Totally worth it!), experienced Food & Wine (Epic “meh”), stayed at a Deluxe Resort for the first time (thanks Disney Visa discount), and travelled over to Universal to see The Wizarding World (it was awesome, but the rest of IOA was not for me).  I’m sure you’ve read plenty of blogs or listened to podcasts about these things, so I think I’ll share with you a few other, less common, experiences.

These could be ideal, in particular, if you have some “time to kill”—a great way to occupy yourself if you need a break from the Parks for a day, or if you just need to entertain yourself for the morning (are you headed to the Very Merry Christmas Party??).  You would need a vehicle for the final two, though, as they were offsite experiences.

Ever wanted to take one of those Park tours, but balked at the price?  What about a resort tour?  The Wilderness Lodge has a FREE tour, led by a CM, which departs from the lobby at 9 AM, most mornings (last month it was Tuesday-Saturday, but the exact schedule could change.  Contact the front desk at (407) 824-3200 to verify it will be offered and to sign up.  The tour lasted about an hour.  We learned about the beautiful architecture of the resort as we explored the lobby, and a couple of the resort’s restaurant facilities.  We also made our way over to the Villas, and saw the Carolwood Pacific Room, which contain some of Walt’s personal trains.  Although I was a guest at the Wilderness Lodge, from what I read at disneytourreviews.com, even those who aren’t guests can participate in the tour!

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In the mood to shop, but on a limited budget?  Want to find some truly rare Disney merchandise?  Head over to Theme Park Connection, which is a large warehouse store that has an amazing array of Disney products—pins & vinylmations, pictures, clothing (and old CM costumes?), posters, sculptures, snow globes, books, plush, magnets, signs from the parks, props from old parades and park attractions… It is truly a wonderland of merchandise.  All of the items are secondhand, though, and some items may be a little damaged.  However, prices are really cheap, and it was kind of amazing to see old props up close and personal (I wanted to buy an old costume from a parade and also a 3 ft tall Shere Khan head from an old attraction) Theme Park Connection will also buy Disney merchandise from you!  To get an idea of what they have in their store, I’d check out their website at www.themeparkconnection.com.  Their phone number, address, and hours of operation are listed on the main page.  Also, they have an online store and auction items through ebay (links for both are accessible through their main page); but they list a mere fraction of selections online.  Since I went in September, they have now moved to a new site, which they told me would be closer to the Resort.  On Wednesdays, the YouTube show “Orlando Attractions” films – I was a studio audience member!  The hosts and production crew were awesome, and it was really cool to watch a taping!

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Want to eat like a local?  Whenever I vacation, I try to find a place where the local population dines.  I know WDW has tons of restaurant choices, but I wanted to try to new, and cheaper option.  As luck would have it, I watched an OLD episode of “$40 a Day with Rachael Ray” that focused on Orlando on Food Network about a month before my trip.  I dined at one of the places she went and had a great meal!  The restaurant was White Wolf Café (www.whitewolfcafe.com for hours, address, phone and menus.)  I wound up meeting the owner (who is also a NC native like me!) and had a nice chat, and some “yum-o” vittles (a Mediterranean style salad that I wasn’t finding at WL).  It has won many local Orlando “best of” awards. The store also sells antiques, if you that’s to your liking.  Since it could be hard to find “local restaurants” if you’re in the Disney bubble, I recommend downloading the FREE app “Food Network On the Road” onto your phone.  You can then find local restaurants that have been profiled on various FN shows in cities throughout the US.  Users can search by city, cuisine type, by chef.  Users can also rate these restaurants, so that you’re not just using the Celebrity Chef’s rating.  It’s a really useful app-check it out!

Each of these experiences were a real “plus” on my most recent trip.  As I mentioned earlier, you would need a vehicle for the last two, but I think you’d find them worthwhile.  If you have similar recommendations or experiences, please share your comments with the WDW Happy Place community over on the Facebook page.  Thanks for taking a few minutes to read this blog; I’d love some feedback if you’d contact me on Twitter @atrane74.  May your Disney countdown, however many days it may be, speed by… pixie dust to all!

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Episode 67 – October 15, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/10/15/episode-67-october-15-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/10/15/episode-67-october-15-2013/#comments Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:30:27 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1581    Read More ...]]> On this episode 67 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, for October 15, 2013, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about Disney news:

Avatar Land in Animal Kingdom is a go with a Jungle Cruise with lights, a flying Banshee ride and floating mountains.

Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD to be out next year where the Imperial Inquisitor will go out to hunt the remaining Jedi Knights.

JC Penny will return to handing out Disney Christmas snow globes during Black Friday.

We also have a Tiki Talk about our experience at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Ten Miler.

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/10/15/episode-67-october-15-2013/feed/ 0 On this episode 67 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, for October 15, 2013, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about Disney news: - Avatar Land in Animal Kingdom is a go with a Jungle Cruise with lights, a flying Banshee ride and floating mountains. - On this episode 67 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, for October 15, 2013, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about Disney news: Avatar Land in Animal Kingdom is a go with a Jungle Cruise with lights, a flying Banshee ride and floating mountains. Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD to be out next year where the Imperial Inquisitor will go out to hunt the remaining Jedi Knights. JC Penny will return to handing out Disney Christmas snow globes during Black Friday. We also have a Tiki Talk about our experience at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Ten Miler. Gray Flannel Media clean
Episode 66 – October 8, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/10/08/episode-66-october-8-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/10/08/episode-66-october-8-2013/#comments Tue, 08 Oct 2013 12:30:52 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1578    Read More ...]]> On this episode 66 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam  discuss Frozen coming Epcot to the Norway pavilion for limited time in November 27 through January 4 and be included in Magic Kingdom show “Celebrate the Magic”, October 9 Disney will roll out the new Disability Access Service Card according to reports, Jack Skellington arriving on Disney Infinity exclusive at Game Stop through October and Disney research working on screens that will offer tactile response back.

Tiki talk includes chat about trip just returned from which included the Tower of Terror 10 Miler, weird smells in your room, so you want a refrigerator for your drinks and heart ache upon returning.

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/10/08/episode-66-october-8-2013/feed/ 0 On this episode 66 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam  discuss Frozen coming Epcot to the Norway pavilion for limited time in November 27 through January 4 and be included in Magic Kingdom show "Celebrate the Magic", On this episode 66 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam  discuss Frozen coming Epcot to the Norway pavilion for limited time in November 27 through January 4 and be included in Magic Kingdom show "Celebrate the Magic", October 9 Disney will roll out the new Disability Access Service Card according to reports, Jack Skellington arriving on Disney Infinity exclusive at Game Stop through October and Disney research working on screens that will offer tactile response back. Tiki talk includes chat about trip just returned from which included the Tower of Terror 10 Miler, weird smells in your room, so you want a refrigerator for your drinks and heart ache upon returning. Gray Flannel Media clean
Episode 65 – October 1, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/10/01/episode-65-october-1-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/10/01/episode-65-october-1-2013/#comments Tue, 01 Oct 2013 12:30:04 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1574    Read More ...]]> On this the 65th episode of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss big spenders at Food and Wine at Epcot, live action Cruella being written for future film, the new floats and new merchandise coming from Disney including some amazing mustaches.

Running update including shirts being mailed and improvements in times.

Tiki talk where Ashley discusses packing and our upcoming trip.

 

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/10/01/episode-65-october-1-2013/feed/ 0 On this the 65th episode of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss big spenders at Food and Wine at Epcot, live action Cruella being written for future film, the new floats and new merchandise coming from Disney including so... On this the 65th episode of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss big spenders at Food and Wine at Epcot, live action Cruella being written for future film, the new floats and new merchandise coming from Disney including some amazing mustaches. Running update including shirts being mailed and improvements in times. Tiki talk where Ashley discusses packing and our upcoming trip.   Gray Flannel Media clean
Episode 64 – September 24, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/09/24/episode-64-september-24-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/09/24/episode-64-september-24-2013/#comments Tue, 24 Sep 2013 12:30:28 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1572    Read More ...]]> On this episode 64 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss some Disney news including:

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride, Limited Time Magic Friday 13th, Disney and Bruckheimer part ways, Disneyland and Disney World to change access to program for disabled and Disney Cruise Lines cancels a trip and gives customer no explanation and no recourse for a new trip.

Training update: continue the training for the Dopey Challenge and announced the t-shirts officially raised $500 which will receive a matching contribution from our employer making the total $1000 raised for Avon Breast Cancer walk for Deb Wills of All Ears.

Tiki Talk: which park would you visit first? Ashley shares our most recent trip and why she really enjoyed having the Magic Kingdom be her last park. What would you order be for going to the parks?

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/09/24/episode-64-september-24-2013/feed/ 0 On this episode 64 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss some Disney news including: - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride, Limited Time Magic Friday 13th, Disney and Bruckheimer part ways, On this episode 64 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss some Disney news including: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride, Limited Time Magic Friday 13th, Disney and Bruckheimer part ways, Disneyland and Disney World to change access to program for disabled and Disney Cruise Lines cancels a trip and gives customer no explanation and no recourse for a new trip. Training update: continue the training for the Dopey Challenge and announced the t-shirts officially raised $500 which will receive a matching contribution from our employer making the total $1000 raised for Avon Breast Cancer walk for Deb Wills of All Ears. Tiki Talk: which park would you visit first? Ashley shares our most recent trip and why she really enjoyed having the Magic Kingdom be her last park. What would you order be for going to the parks? Gray Flannel Media clean
Episode 63 – September 17, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/09/17/episode-63-september-17-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/09/17/episode-63-september-17-2013/#comments Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:30:14 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1567    Read More ...]]> On this episode 63 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about Into the Woods, Aladdin the musical, Tomorrowland, and who is Alex Trabek? TCM cruise where classic movies and panel discussions about these movies.

During the training update Ashley gives updates about the Dopey challenge training and the final totals for the fundraising for Team All Ears.

Tiki talks about excitement about upcoming Disney trip and running at night during Tower of Terror.

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/09/17/episode-63-september-17-2013/feed/ 0 On this episode 63 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about Into the Woods, Aladdin the musical, Tomorrowland, and who is Alex Trabek? TCM cruise where classic movies and panel discussions about these movies. - On this episode 63 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about Into the Woods, Aladdin the musical, Tomorrowland, and who is Alex Trabek? TCM cruise where classic movies and panel discussions about these movies. During the training update Ashley gives updates about the Dopey challenge training and the final totals for the fundraising for Team All Ears. Tiki talks about excitement about upcoming Disney trip and running at night during Tower of Terror. Gray Flannel Media clean
Episode 62 – September 10, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/09/10/episode-62-september-10-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/09/10/episode-62-september-10-2013/#comments Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:30:50 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1546    Read More ...]]> On this episode 62 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about some Disney news including:  Glow with the Show ears, Disney inks deal with Tencent (Chinese Netflix) to allow streaming of Disney, Pixar and Marvel films, Disney to begin negotiating with Dish Network about carriage agreement, Princess Fairytale Hall to open, Disney Infinity off to strong start in the gaming world and Disney Research working on a microphone that will translate a whisper into a high voltage low current message that gets passed along by touch to the ear lobe.

This weeks Tiki talk includes conversation about a sentiment story that can be found on Main Street Mouse. Ashley shares how the Magic Kingdom connects with her emotionally like no other Disney park. Whether it’s entering the park, Wishes fire works or the “Kiss Good Night” Ashley is known to shed a tear of happiness each time she walks into the Magic Kingdom.

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/09/10/episode-62-september-10-2013/feed/ 0 On this episode 62 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about some Disney news including:  Glow with the Show ears, Disney inks deal with Tencent (Chinese Netflix) to allow streaming of Disney, Pixar and Marvel films, On this episode 62 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about some Disney news including:  Glow with the Show ears, Disney inks deal with Tencent (Chinese Netflix) to allow streaming of Disney, Pixar and Marvel films, Disney to begin negotiating with Dish Network about carriage agreement, Princess Fairytale Hall to open, Disney Infinity off to strong start in the gaming world and Disney Research working on a microphone that will translate a whisper into a high voltage low current message that gets passed along by touch to the ear lobe. This weeks Tiki talk includes conversation about a sentiment story that can be found on Main Street Mouse. Ashley shares how the Magic Kingdom connects with her emotionally like no other Disney park. Whether it's entering the park, Wishes fire works or the "Kiss Good Night" Ashley is known to shed a tear of happiness each time she walks into the Magic Kingdom. Gray Flannel Media clean
Something Wicked This Way Comes… http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/09/10/something-wicked-this-way-comes/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/09/10/something-wicked-this-way-comes/#comments Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:30:34 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1550    Read More ...]]>

Are you going to the Unleash the Villains event at DHS on September 13th?  If so, I’m jealous!!  This Limited Time Magic event has piqued my interest since it was mentioned months ago.  Not that I’m a wicked person, but as I grew into adulthood, I’ve become more fascinated by the villain in most of the classic Disney stories.  They initiate the conflict which drives the hero on his or her journey, provide excitement along the way, and often times are just plain more memorable!  Yes, the princesses are a beautiful and lovely, and a Cash Cow for the company, but give me Maleficent and Ursula any day (they always seem to have better lines…)

“The Disney Villain” is a wonderful guide to the classic villains of the Disney Family.  This beautiful work was written by two of the “Nine Old Men,” Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas, animators who worked directly with Walt Disney, bringing us the golden age of Disney animation until their retirement from animation in the 1970s.  This book was published by Hyperion in 1993, and was part of a series of 4 from these 2 influential men.  It is a truly work of art; the main draw is its combination of original sketches, concept art, story boards, completed cels and backgrounds.  Intermixed throughout are several of the studio’s promotional art posters and photos of the studios and voice over actors, and a couple of a very young Walt.

The book opens with a chapter entitled “What Is a Villain?” which gives a great overview of the villain concept—what constitutes an antagonist, how necessary they are to a plot, and highlights how they can truly be the most interesting character.  The second chapter then looks at the early Disney shorts, looking at the various villain characters from the classic Pete, and Big Bad Wolf, to lesser knowns like “the Devil” character who’d show up on the shoulder of our hero.

Then, the book follows the filmography of Disney Studios.  The first section, “The Golden Age” showcases villains from Snow White through The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.  Each film is a separate subsection; and all villain characters are listed and described, including lesser characters and henchmen(the Fox and the Cat from Pinocchio).

The second section, “The Nine Old Men,” truly shines.  It is astonishing to think that the authors of this book created the iconic characters from Cinderella all the way through The Rescuers.  This era brought us so many memorable characters.  Often, in these films, our hero faced multiple villains in the struggle to the end goal.  Personally, I feel strong attachment to this era’s villains (Smee! Madam Mim! Cruella!  Maleficent!)

The final section is entitled “The New Era Begins” and picks up with some of the Studio’s lowest points. The Black Cauldron and The Great Mouse Detective definitely weren’t big box office hits, but the visuals of the Horned King and Ratigan are impressive.  But, a new day dawned as the studio produced The Little Mermaid, and rebuilt its reputation.

The book closes with Jafar; and this is the WORST part of the book-20 years of delicious villians have danced across the screen since then.  It definitely leaves you wanting more!  I’d love to see concept art and sketch work for latter villains like Dr. Facilier, Yzma.  Maybe someone in the Disney hierarchy will revisit this concept, either with a “Volume 2” or an updated re-issue.

So, how could you get one of these?  I found mine on eBay.  When I search now, there are varying options from “mint” condition that ask upwards of $200!!  I found my used copy perfectly acceptable.  Look at all the pictures the vendor has and don’t be afraid to ask them for more!  I’ve had mine awhile, but know that I didn’t pay more than $50, including shipment (I’m a little more thrifty).  Occasionally, you can hit a luck find—my copy was being sold by a Goodwill store somewhere in CA!  Score!  If you are madly obsessed with Disney history, this is a great book.  It has beautiful artwork, and is a classic “Coffee Table” book.

Thanks for checking out my blog!  I appreciate you taking a couple of minutes out of your day to read it, and would appreciate any feedback.  My Twitter account is @atrane74, if you’d like to offer any.  ALSO, if you’d like to follow my upcoming trip to WDW during the last week of September, I’ll be posting pictures on Instagram as well.  My feed is the same—atrane74.  I’ll be experiencing the Not So Scary Halloween Party, Food & Wine, eating at Be Our Guest, and staying at the Wilderness Lodge all the for first time!!  I’m even heading over to “that other place” to see that “Boy Who Lived” exhibit.  Follow along if you’d like, and I’d love to hear any tips you could suggest for any of these exciting adventures!  Much love, pixie dust, and magic to you all!!

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Episode 61 – September 3, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/09/03/episode-61-september-3-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/09/03/episode-61-september-3-2013/#comments Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:30:12 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1537    Read More ...]]> On this episode 61 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about some Disney news. Stories about Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Disney Witchhunt for the leak at Dancing with the Stars, Los Angeles county approves Golden Oak Ranch project for new studios, Apple TV adds Watch ESPN, Disney Channel, Disney XD, and finally twerking did someone say twerking…. Miley Cyrus says she’s far from the good girl Disney portrayed according to a NY Dailey News story.

Training update for running the Tower of Terror and update to the fundraising. Twenty shirts ordered…. still available by clicking the charity section of the web page.

Tiki Talk discussing Ashley’s encounter with Disney Cast Member “Iceman” of the TTA. Shout out to Chris about taking his family to the Poly to enjoy their first Dole Whip and Wishes fireworks on the beach.

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/09/03/episode-61-september-3-2013/feed/ 0 On this episode 61 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about some Disney news. Stories about Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Disney Witchhunt for the leak at Dancing with the Stars, On this episode 61 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about some Disney news. Stories about Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Disney Witchhunt for the leak at Dancing with the Stars, Los Angeles county approves Golden Oak Ranch project for new studios, Apple TV adds Watch ESPN, Disney Channel, Disney XD, and finally twerking did someone say twerking.... Miley Cyrus says she's far from the good girl Disney portrayed according to a NY Dailey News story. Training update for running the Tower of Terror and update to the fundraising. Twenty shirts ordered.... still available by clicking the charity section of the web page. Tiki Talk discussing Ashley's encounter with Disney Cast Member "Iceman" of the TTA. Shout out to Chris about taking his family to the Poly to enjoy their first Dole Whip and Wishes fireworks on the beach. Gray Flannel Media clean
Episode 60 – August 27, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/08/27/episode-60-august-30-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/08/27/episode-60-august-30-2013/#comments Tue, 27 Aug 2013 12:30:59 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1530    Read More ...]]> On this episode 60 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley and Sam talk Disney news including: the movie Tomorrowland slated for release December 2014 which will star George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, MyMagic+ bands in-depth review provided by TechnoBuffalo with some great photos of the packaging and accessories that allow you to make the bands very personal, Star Wars Episode 7 release date month confirmed, Alaska Cruise for Disney Cruise lines and some Halloween items already out in the parks.

Training update specifically as we continue to sell the Running with Purpose t-shirts where the proceeds go to raise money for Team All Ears. Help partner with us to raise money that will go to Deb Wills and her Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

During the Tiki Talk Ashley recaps dining experiences at Mama Melrose as part of the Fantasmic Dining Package and dinner at Ohana. She talks about some of the absolute best service at any Disney dining experience.

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/08/27/episode-60-august-30-2013/feed/ 0 On this episode 60 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley and Sam talk Disney news including: the movie Tomorrowland slated for release December 2014 which will star George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, MyMagic+ bands in-depth review provided by TechnoBuffa... On this episode 60 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley and Sam talk Disney news including: the movie Tomorrowland slated for release December 2014 which will star George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, MyMagic+ bands in-depth review provided by TechnoBuffalo with some great photos of the packaging and accessories that allow you to make the bands very personal, Star Wars Episode 7 release date month confirmed, Alaska Cruise for Disney Cruise lines and some Halloween items already out in the parks. Training update specifically as we continue to sell the Running with Purpose t-shirts where the proceeds go to raise money for Team All Ears. Help partner with us to raise money that will go to Deb Wills and her Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. During the Tiki Talk Ashley recaps dining experiences at Mama Melrose as part of the Fantasmic Dining Package and dinner at Ohana. She talks about some of the absolute best service at any Disney dining experience. Gray Flannel Media clean
Episode 59 – August 20, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/08/20/episode-59-august-20-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/08/20/episode-59-august-20-2013/#comments Tue, 20 Aug 2013 14:30:52 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1523    Read More ...]]> On this episode 59 of the WDW Happy Place, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss some Disney News including:

Windows on Main Street, California Grill reopens, Disney Infinity finally released, Disney to toughen smoking rules on cruise ships while relaxing wearing shorts rule for dinner on the ships, unauthorized movie “Escape from Tomorrow” and so you want to make your house remodel look more like Space Mountain or have your bathroom look more like Disney Senses Spa.

It’s not too late to check out the limited edition t-shirts to help the Avon Breast Cancer walk and Team All Ears as they cheer on Deb Wills and help her raise funds.

To subscribe to the new episodes of the podcast check out TouringPlans.com Podcast.

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/08/20/episode-59-august-20-2013/feed/ 0 On this episode 59 of the WDW Happy Place, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss some Disney News including: - Windows on Main Street, California Grill reopens, Disney Infinity finally released, Disney to toughen smoking rules on cruise ships while re... On this episode 59 of the WDW Happy Place, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss some Disney News including: Windows on Main Street, California Grill reopens, Disney Infinity finally released, Disney to toughen smoking rules on cruise ships while relaxing wearing shorts rule for dinner on the ships, unauthorized movie "Escape from Tomorrow" and so you want to make your house remodel look more like Space Mountain or have your bathroom look more like Disney Senses Spa. It's not too late to check out the limited edition t-shirts to help the Avon Breast Cancer walk and Team All Ears as they cheer on Deb Wills and help her raise funds. To subscribe to the new episodes of the podcast check out TouringPlans.com Podcast. Gray Flannel Media clean
Interview – Steve Seifert the TikiMan Pages http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/08/13/interview-steve-seifert-the-tikiman-pages/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/08/13/interview-steve-seifert-the-tikiman-pages/#comments Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:30:23 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1513    Read More ...]]> Here is the full interview in its entirety with Steve Seifert of the TikiManPages.com. We talk about some of the history of the Polynesian Resort at Disney World, Orlando. We also talk about where the Polynesian Resort goes next with DVC coming soon and how Trader Sam’s fits in on the overall experience at the Polynesian.

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Episode 58 – August 13, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/08/13/episode-58-august-13-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/08/13/episode-58-august-13-2013/#comments Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:00:59 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1516    Read More ...]]> On this episode 58 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about couple of news items including: sinkhole in Clermont, possible Star Wars additions for Disneyland, D23 overload on social media and Steve Jobs receives posthumously the Disney Legends Award where John Lasseter accepted. Part 2 of our interview with Steve Seifert of the TikiManPages.com. During this portion we talk about Polynesian getting the DVC treatment and how Trader Sam’s will fit in with the Polynesian. The 60 shirts in 30 days continues promotion continues where all proceeds go to Team All Ears to support Deb Wills Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/08/13/episode-58-august-13-2013/feed/ 0 On this episode 58 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about couple of news items including: sinkhole in Clermont, possible Star Wars additions for Disneyland, D23 overload on social media and Steve Jobs receives posthumo... On this episode 58 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about couple of news items including: sinkhole in Clermont, possible Star Wars additions for Disneyland, D23 overload on social media and Steve Jobs receives posthumously the Disney Legends Award where John Lasseter accepted. Part 2 of our interview with Steve Seifert of the TikiManPages.com. During this portion we talk about Polynesian getting the DVC treatment and how Trader Sam's will fit in with the Polynesian. The 60 shirts in 30 days continues promotion continues where all proceeds go to Team All Ears to support Deb Wills Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Gray Flannel Media clean
Episode 57 – August 6, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/08/06/episode-57-august-6-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/08/06/episode-57-august-6-2013/#comments Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:30:05 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1504    Read More ...]]> On this episode 57 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast part of the Tourinplans.com Podcast Network for August 6, 2013, we talk about some Disney news: baby giraffe gets official name based on the votes, the Gaither quintuplets visit Disney celebrating their 30th birthday, real life Griswolds take the Family Truckster to Disney World, graphic novel based on Space Mountain, over $900 million for Disney’s top 4 2013 movies made at the box office and the Teen Beach Movie is a hit by all accounts becoming the second most watched cable movie behind only  High School Musical 2.

Training update and reminder about Running with Purpose the 60 shirts in 30 days campaign trying to raise money for Team All Ears and Deb Wills. If you interested in ordering a shirt for you or someone you know click on our Charity link at the top of the menu page of our site.

Part 1 of our interview with Steve Seifert of the TikimanPage.com He offers some great insight about history of the Polynesian Resort and will have more on future episodes.

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/08/06/episode-57-august-6-2013/feed/ 0 On this episode 57 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast part of the Tourinplans.com Podcast Network for August 6, 2013, we talk about some Disney news: baby giraffe gets official name based on the votes, the Gaither quintuplets visit Disney celebrating their... On this episode 57 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast part of the Tourinplans.com Podcast Network for August 6, 2013, we talk about some Disney news: baby giraffe gets official name based on the votes, the Gaither quintuplets visit Disney celebrating their 30th birthday, real life Griswolds take the Family Truckster to Disney World, graphic novel based on Space Mountain, over $900 million for Disney's top 4 2013 movies made at the box office and the Teen Beach Movie is a hit by all accounts becoming the second most watched cable movie behind only  High School Musical 2. Training update and reminder about Running with Purpose the 60 shirts in 30 days campaign trying to raise money for Team All Ears and Deb Wills. If you interested in ordering a shirt for you or someone you know click on our Charity link at the top of the menu page of our site. Part 1 of our interview with Steve Seifert of the TikimanPage.com He offers some great insight about history of the Polynesian Resort and will have more on future episodes. Gray Flannel Media clean
Running with Purpose! http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/31/running-with-purpose/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/31/running-with-purpose/#comments Wed, 31 Jul 2013 21:36:01 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1469    Read More ...]]> Sixty shirts in thirty days! That’s the goal. From August 1st to August 31st you have an opportunity to make Team All Ears last year their best! When we achieve this goal we can take all profit raised and have our employer match those proceeds. So we have 30 days to reach this goal as we raise money for Team All Ears which supports Deb Wills annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer!

To ensure correct shirt sizes and delivery we ask you email the following information: This can be done by using the contact us tab on the site. When entering your amount on PayPal you will need to put $42.50 if ordering one shirt or the total amount based on number of shirts ordered i.e. $85 for 2 shirts $127.50 for 3 shirts and so on.

1. Name and email you used for donation on PayPal.

2. Address.

3. Total shirts ordered and size(s).

The shirt shown below represents the final shirt and color selection. Sizes will range from Adult Small – Adult 3XL.

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A Jolly Holiday (part 2) and I Thought I Liked Christmas… http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/30/a-jolly-holiday-part-2-and-i-thought-i-liked-christmas/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/30/a-jolly-holiday-part-2-and-i-thought-i-liked-christmas/#comments Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:35:20 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1426    Read More ...]]> So, when last we met, the tour had finished its time in MK, and we loaded up on our charter bus.  Now, we time travelled…

Our next stop was the Mother Lode of Christmas!  We arrived at a nondescript warehouse somewhere in the backstage area.  Roughly the size of two airport hangar, this building had four massive bay doors, and a couple of normal sized doors.  White exterior.  Nothing special exterior-wise; but WOWZA, the interior!  This building is where Disney Christmas Happens!  A staff of 30 works on Christmas year-round.  That’s it—other holidays are handled elsewhere, by general landscaping/décor departments.  Can you imagine seeing Christmas stuff everyday?  And we think retail outlets roll out stuff early.

This place was like Santa’s Workshop, without the elves!  Decorations big, small and in-between were stored in this massive facility.  (here’s the time travel bit)  But guess what year’s decorations were being prepped in 2011—yep, 2013!!  The sketches we saw in the work rooms were for the upcoming holiday season!  The partially completed model items we saw on the work desks wouldn’t be seen in public for almost 23 months!  Per the CMs, raw materials must be ordered at least 18 months in advance so that everything is received and assembled in enough time.  Bear in mind that this one facility manufactures every piece of holiday décor for ALL Disney Parks, all the resorts; and even the offsite properties like Hilton Head and Vero Beach.  I wonder if they do Aulani as well?

Alas, as this was a backstage area, NO pictures were allowed.  I am sorry to be a tease, but this was truly impressive.  I wish I could have taken some; I wonder if some soul with Google Glass will try it this year… I’m not advocating it, Disney Legal Department!!!

With my mind sufficiently blown, we hopped back into the Tardis (bus) and returned to 2011.  And we got a snack too—a Holiday Rice Cereal treat (I would’ve preferred some of the yummy snickerdoodles like they give out at the Very Merry Christmas party, but I guess they needed to keep it gluten free)

And off we went to our last stop, the beautiful Grand Floridian! True, anyone can go there without the ticket, but via our headsets, we heard stats about how long it takes to assemble and decorate the massive Christmas tree which towers in the lobby…

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Or how much gingerbread is needed to make the 16 ft tall house – where they sell gingerbread cookies.  The lobby smells amazing, by the way…

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Here’s a picture of some of the small intricate finishing touches…

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As if that weren’t enough, there were several, smaller trees scattered throughout the lobby.

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And the grounds weren’t shabby either, of course

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And, sadly, that was the last stop.  Well, there was a bonus “gift” for all of us.  I don’t want to spoil what it was, but there is something that has a long association as a souvenir from Disney.  People even trade them; hmmm… and the specific item we received is not sold ANYWHERE.  The design changes yearly, per our CM guides.  A good memento for my trip.  My friends who do collect them were impressed!

So, that was my Yuletide Fantasy experience.  I feel it is a “must do” if you are a big time Christmas person like myself.  I don’t know how it compares to the other, longer, tour.  But pricewise, I felt I got my money’s worth (helped by the discount from Disney Visa).  The Holiday D-Lights experience was beyond my budget.  With a heavy heart we got off the bus at Epcot.

What to do next without using a day from your Park Ticket package?  You could fill out your day with a tasty Holiday Sandwich at Earl of Sandwich at DTD, and then do some shopping; or hop a bus any Epcot resort and then do a self-led walking tour of the lobbies of the Beach and Yacht Club, and the Boardwalk Inn.  The gingerbread houses are just as epic!  I’ll spare you the pictures… you may be OD’d on Christmas by now!

Thank you so much for letting my share my experience with you.  I hope you enjoyed the pictures, and if time and budget allow, you get the opportunity to check out this tour.  Bear in mind, it’s been a couple of years, and I’m sure that there have been a few changes… but I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!  Merry Merry, ya’ll!!

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Episode 56 – July 30, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/30/episode-56-july-30-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/30/episode-56-july-30-2013/#comments Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:00:34 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1402    Read More ...]]> On episode 56 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, we talk about a few news items including Saving Mr. Banks, name the new baby giraffe, Star Wars Celebration leaving Orlando to head to Anaheim, California, “Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story,” Disney Infinity to handle all blockbuster game tie ins for up coming movies, Papillon: Expressive Eyes on Robots and finally help support Ashley and Sam while they are Running with Purpose!

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The shirt with cost $42.50 which includes shipping. Each shirt with be numbered and hand signed by the artist. Help us while we are Running with Purpose. The link will be added on August 1, 2013 and available on our Facebook page and Twitter for PayPal and ordering.

 

 

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Disney Research – Aireal Haptic Feedback http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/29/disney-research-aireal-haptic-feedback/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/29/disney-research-aireal-haptic-feedback/#comments Tue, 30 Jul 2013 03:55:10 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1416 ]]> http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/29/disney-research-aireal-haptic-feedback/feed/ 0 Disney Research – Papillon: Expressive Eyes from Interactive Characters http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/29/disney-research-papillon-expressive-eyes-from-interactive-characters/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/29/disney-research-papillon-expressive-eyes-from-interactive-characters/#comments Tue, 30 Jul 2013 03:14:45 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1414 ]]> http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/29/disney-research-papillon-expressive-eyes-from-interactive-characters/feed/ 0 Disney’s “Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story” http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/29/disneys-blank-a-vinylmation-love-story/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/29/disneys-blank-a-vinylmation-love-story/#comments Tue, 30 Jul 2013 03:07:34 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1410 ]]> http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/29/disneys-blank-a-vinylmation-love-story/feed/ 0 A Jolly Holiday, Indeed Or… Christmas 2013: Been There Done That by Anthony Markham http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/23/a-jolly-holiday-indeed-or-christmas-2013-been-there-done-that-by-anthony-markham/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/23/a-jolly-holiday-indeed-or-christmas-2013-been-there-done-that-by-anthony-markham/#comments Tue, 23 Jul 2013 14:00:52 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1382    Read More ...]]> In December 2011, I was fortunate enough to see the World in all its glory.  It was truly wonderful!  I am a huge Christmas fan, and of course, love the Parks!  I’d like to share my experience on the Yuletide Fantasy Backstage Tour (and it even involves “time travel”—hop on the Wayback Machine, Mr. Peabody).

Yuletide Fantasy is one of the two special holiday tours offered at WDW.  Each is a separate ticketed event, and must be ordered in advance by calling 407-WDW-TOUR.  Ticket prices and general descriptions for the tours are located in the “Events & Tours” section of the Walt Disney World Park main page.  2013 dates & times have not been announced yet, but will be listed soon, per a cast member I spoke with on 7/19.  Tip: ask about discounts when you call—there was a discount for Disney Visa cardholders in 2011!

My friends & I took the morning tour, which ran a little over 3 ½ hours (we had participated in the Very Merry Christmas Party the night before—another Must Do!!).  The group meets outside the gates at Epcot.  Wear comfortable walking shoes, because you will be doing a good amount of walking.  I’d also recommend bringing a refillable water bottle, and be sure to remember your camera.  Your group will be taken to a waiting charter bus; we were split into 2 smaller groups, which helped as we maneuvered our way around some smaller spaces in the Parks.  BRING YOUR ID—one of my friends had left hers in the room, and she couldn’t get on the bus! (A cast member did take her back to the Wilderness Lodge to get her ID, and they caught up with us at our first stop)

First stop—World Showcase!  Our smaller groups separated, and we put on our headsets (I felt like a Secret Service Agent).  Our CM took us through the countries of Germany, Italy, Japan & America; all while telling us about holiday traditions in each place.  Plus, we were the only people in the World Showcase, except for the now departed Segway Tours.  Great opportunity to snap pictures (you are NOT allowed to take photos backstage!)  The buildings were open to us, but shopping locations are not open for business.  Here’s a couple of my favorite photos from this stop… Germany

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Italy…

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The American Adventure…

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After Epcot, we hopped back onto the bus and we went off to the Magic Kingdom.  The CM’s kept us entertained with amusing stories, great Disney trivia, and stories from their years working for the Mouse.  We entered MK from the backstage area behind the Haberdashery.  With headsets on, we made our way up Main Street as our guides told us stories about Walt’s history with the park, the filming of the annual parade for ABC TV (which is done in early December, and most of the spectators are cast members).  The park was open by this time; we exited Main Street via a side door and hopped back onto our bus…  Here’s a shot from Main Street…

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And here’s Town Square

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So, 2 stops down… and 2 more to go for the YF tour.   Are you ready to time travel?  We’ll catch the Tardis in my next blog…  Thanks for letting me share with you!

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Episode 55 – July 23, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/23/episode-55-july-23-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/23/episode-55-july-23-2013/#comments Tue, 23 Jul 2013 14:00:18 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1376    Read More ...]]> WDW Happy Place Podcast – Episode 55 – July 23, 2013

We talk about a variety of topics in Disney news:

Guardians of the Galaxy
Age of Ultron: Avengers 2
Hasbro extends merchandise deal for Marvel & Star Wars
X Men future announcement
Phineas & Ferb meet Star Wars
Felony charges from soccer fight at Wide World of Sports
Disney Beach Movie 5th highest Disney TV movie
25 years later chef Scott Hunnel remembers his time at JCC
Technology:

RFID on your next drink mug at Disney resorts
Aireal creating haptic experiences for people

Tiki Talk:

Thinking about expectations of staying concierge level

 

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A Brief Book Blurb – by Anthony Markham http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/16/a-brief-book-blurb-by-anthony-markham/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/16/a-brief-book-blurb-by-anthony-markham/#comments Tue, 16 Jul 2013 13:30:58 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1349    Read More ...]]> Screen Shot 2013-07-15 at 9.50.20 PM

The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom by Aaron Wallace is a new publication that presents the rides and attractions from Magic Kingdom in a new and informative manner.  The author presents each ride separately, weaving a story of its creation, why it fits within each land (or doesn’t), and paints a description so rich that you can easily appreciate rides and attractions which you may skip over.  Instead of cold facts and numbers, the author weaves a story for each attraction, and his love for the parks is evident.  This could lead to repeated readings!  Personally, I have a new appreciation for several rides (Jungle Cruise, anyone?) thanks to the book.  And a unique feature of Aaron’s work is that he links each attraction to a movie, television program, or other media that is similar in theme (some of the connections are quite unexpected)

This book is NOT, however, a typical guide book.  There is no information about trip planning, touring plans, restaurant information, etc.  Let’s face it though, WDW Happy Place family… we have plenty of other sources we can tap into for that information.  The text, while current, does not have information about the New Fantasyland attractions that opened in December.  Currently, Amazon sells the book for nearly half its retail price!

The author plans to continue his series of Thinking Fan’s Guides in the future.  I will be anticipating these, and will add them to my collection.

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Episode 54 – July 16, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/16/episode-54-july-16-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/16/episode-54-july-16-2013/#comments Tue, 16 Jul 2013 13:30:47 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1341    Read More ...]]> On the WDW Happy Place Podcast for the week of July 16, 2013 Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss a few items including, American Airlines and Disney Planes, Bastille Day celebration in Disneyland Paris, Hulu no longer for sale by Disney and other partners, Disney XD to become Disney Fandom for couple of nights with special programming, and a new Disney Princess with Nordic inspiration… can you say Norway needs a princess. Also during a movie review we talk about how many buckets of popcorn for Monsters University and The Lone Ranger. Also a brief update for the Dopey training.

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Episode 53 – July 9, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/09/episode-53-july-9-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/09/episode-53-july-9-2013/#comments Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:00:50 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1335    Read More ...]]> On this episode of WDW Happy Place Podcast, we discuss limited time magic including the Mickey’s American Street Beat and other extra Magic hours, Candlelight Processional at Epcot, Disney Infinity Summer tour, Scavenger Hunt Animal Kingdom, Old Navy vintage Disney shirts, Lone Ranger financial write off, and Pop Century menu gets major overhaul. Interview with Ana Silva Rausch about cruising Europe. Top ten things about 1 year of doing the podcast:

10.  Got to talk to technical support from other countries about website issues
9.  Improved audio during the year
8.  Interviews of guests talking passions of Disney
7.  Discovered the Microsoft makes a phone and people want our podcast on it
6.  Formed friendship with international podcast hosts
5.  Actually hired professional voice over guy
4. Have taken up wogging more seriously
3. Monster All Nighter
2. Being accepted as one of the first batch of shows on the TPN
1. Friends we have made, gotten to know, shared meals with and just hung out with during the year.

Ashley also mention a blog from Jeanine Yamanaka at All Ears.net

Proud member of the TouringPlans.com Podcast Network.

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Episode 52 – July 2, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/02/episode-52-july-2-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/02/episode-52-july-2-2013/#comments Wed, 03 Jul 2013 03:38:27 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1300    Read More ...]]> WDW Happy Place Podcast
Episode 52 – July 2, 2013
News -Monsters U still Number 1
Disney & Marvel come together in Phineas & Ferb
D23 celebrating 60 years of Imagineering
Vans bringing classic Disney back
Marvel future opportunity Black Panter
Grand Floridian celebrates 25 years
Bob Iger to remain CEO till June 2016
Snow White and 7 Dwarfs car for ride arrives
Collectibles – Disney Infinity
Training – 4 mile Training for Dopey
Tiki Talk – First episode on
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                     Short Intro of who we are

 

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Where Dole Whip and Tiki Merge http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/02/where-dole-whip-and-tiki-merge/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/02/where-dole-whip-and-tiki-merge/#comments Tue, 02 Jul 2013 17:41:00 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1312    Read More ...]]> So with Ashley and I running together on Team All Ears, which helps raise money with Deb Wills through Avon Breast Cancer program. We wanted to maximize how much money we are able to contribute to the team. So we came up with the idea of creating a shirt with a unique design. All but the coast of the shirt and shipping will go towards raising money for the this cause. We will take all the money we receive and have our employer double that by submitting through the matching program.

So we called on our amazing friend Steve Townsley who was willing to utilize his amazing art skills and design and redesign the look and feel of our logo and make it memorable. Where else will you find such a melting of pirates, tiki, dole whip, the castle and some fire on a beach then the scenic shot and the new logo. Stay tuned for a future design.

Dole whip meet Tiki meet Pirate.

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Disney Infinity http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/01/disney-infinity/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/07/01/disney-infinity/#comments Tue, 02 Jul 2013 00:41:14 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1325 Disney Infinity release August 18, 2013. The next generation for gaming and collectible.

 

 

 

 

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Episode 51 – June 25, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/06/25/episode-51-june-25-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/06/25/episode-51-june-25-2013/#comments Tue, 25 Jun 2013 04:00:37 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1257    Read More ...]]> WDW Happy Place Podcast
Episode 51 – June 25, 2013

News – Disney testing Video On Demand while movie still in theater
Lone Ranger, Disney bets on the old west
Monsters University strong box office open
Disney Infinity changing the licensing of games
D23 adds free site including pictures of Walt
Tiki Talk – Update to TouringPlans Podcast Network (TPN)

Disney Parks Blog wallpaper to download  http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/disney-parks-wallpapers/

Mantia.me Unique Disney wallpaper  http://mantia.me/wallpaper/

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Episode 50 – June 18, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/06/18/episode-50-june-18-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/06/18/episode-50-june-18-2013/#comments Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:22:56 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1252    Read More ...]]> WDW Happy Place Podcast
Episode 50 – June 18, 2013

Ashley Kennedy Turner hosting joined by Sam Turner. This episode they talk about:

News – Muppets on Broadway,
Upcoming movie announcements
Disney Infinity Trailer 2
Rumors about Cars Land & Star Wars Land to HS

Training – Ongoing training with Jeff Galloway

Tiki Talk – Relections about getting to 50
Update to TouringPlans Podcast Network (TPN)
Update to girls trip in August

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Episode 49 – June 11, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/06/11/episode-49-june-11-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/06/11/episode-49-june-11-2013/#comments Tue, 11 Jun 2013 05:00:12 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1243    Read More ...]]> WDW Happy Place Podcast – Episode 49 – June 11, 2013

Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam Turner talk -

News: Snow White and Seven Dwarfs Mine Coaster last piece of track laid.Saudi Prince spends $20 Million in DisneyLand Paris. Epcot Summer music lineup announced. Donald Duck birthday. “Hungry Hobos” to premier at UCLA.

Movie Review: Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness

Training Update: Countdown to Tower of Terror.

Tiki Talk: Announced shirts for charity and TouringPlans Podcast Network.

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Episode 48 – June 4, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/06/04/episode-48-june-4-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/06/04/episode-48-june-4-2013/#comments Tue, 04 Jun 2013 05:00:54 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1217    Read More ...]]> On this episode 48 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast for June 4, 2013, Ashely Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss a few Disney News items including new buses with old paint schemes, increase in Disney ticket park prices, people hiring those with “physical challenges” to cut lines and the concert series for Food and Wine officially announced. In technology, they talk about Tom Staggs announcement at All Things D conference about the My Magic+ bands coming on line this fall starting with the Disney World resorts in Orlando.

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/06/04/episode-48-june-4-2013/feed/ 0 On this episode 48 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast for June 4, 2013, Ashely Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss a few Disney News items including new buses with old paint schemes, increase in Disney ticket park prices, On this episode 48 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast for June 4, 2013, Ashely Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss a few Disney News items including new buses with old paint schemes, increase in Disney ticket park prices, people hiring those with "physical challenges" to cut lines and the concert series for Food and Wine officially announced. In technology, they talk about Tom Staggs announcement at All Things D conference about the My Magic+ bands coming on line this fall starting with the Disney World resorts in Orlando. Gray Flannel Media clean
The Governor's Palace in Colonial Williamsburg. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/06/01/the-governors-palace-in-colonial-williamsburg/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/06/01/the-governors-palace-in-colonial-williamsburg/#comments Sat, 01 Jun 2013 23:57:58 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1215 The Governor's Palace in Colonial Williamsburg.

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Episode 47 – May 28, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/28/episode-47-may-28-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/28/episode-47-may-28-2013/#comments Tue, 28 May 2013 04:02:41 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1206    Read More ...]]> On this episode 47 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast for May 28, 2013, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about the Manhattan moms who were using a tour company with person who had a handicap sign on their scooter allowing them to gain faster access to lines on attractions. The focus was on the 24 hour All-Nighter being hosted by the Magic Kingdom to kick of the Monstrous summer anticipating the release of Monsters University by Pixar. Also they talk about Star Wars Weekend and the excitement surrounding Star Wars and Disney.

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One last breakfast before we hit the happy trails. #disneymemories http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/26/one-last-breakfast-before-we-hit-the-happy-trails-disneymemories/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/26/one-last-breakfast-before-we-hit-the-happy-trails-disneymemories/#comments Sun, 26 May 2013 13:16:46 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1203 One last breakfast before we hit the happy trails. #disneymemories

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You have to close down MK http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/26/you-have-to-close-down-mk/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/26/you-have-to-close-down-mk/#comments Sun, 26 May 2013 04:24:49 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1201 You have to close down MK

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Episode 46 10/6 – May 25, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/25/episode-46-106-may-25-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/25/episode-46-106-may-25-2013/#comments Sat, 25 May 2013 21:16:35 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1194 On this special edition of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss very briefly initial thoughts about the Monstrous 24 hour All-Nighter at Magic Kingdom. What take aways did they learn to improve the next time they come for an event of this magnitude.

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Great night. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/25/great-night/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/25/great-night/#comments Sat, 25 May 2013 09:35:27 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1192 Great night.

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180 minute wait for Space Mountain. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/25/180-minute-wait-for-space-mountain/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/25/180-minute-wait-for-space-mountain/#comments Sat, 25 May 2013 05:10:09 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1190 180 minute wait for Space Mountain.

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It started with a mouse. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/24/it-started-with-a-mouse/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/24/it-started-with-a-mouse/#comments Sat, 25 May 2013 03:01:00 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1188 It started with a mouse.

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One of many colors. Celebrate the Magic. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/24/one-of-many-colors-celebrate-the-magic/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/24/one-of-many-colors-celebrate-the-magic/#comments Sat, 25 May 2013 03:00:40 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1186 One of many colors. Celebrate the Magic.

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So beats working. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/23/so-beats-working/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/23/so-beats-working/#comments Thu, 23 May 2013 20:43:22 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1180 So beats working.

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Believe me when I say it's toasty out here. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/23/believe-me-when-i-say-its-toasty-out-here/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/23/believe-me-when-i-say-its-toasty-out-here/#comments Thu, 23 May 2013 19:21:29 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1178 Believe me when I say it's toasty out here.

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Deluxe accommodations. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/23/deluxe-accommodations/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/23/deluxe-accommodations/#comments Thu, 23 May 2013 16:55:06 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1176 Deluxe accommodations.

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Episode 46 – May 21, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/20/episode-46-may-21-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/20/episode-46-may-21-2013/#comments Mon, 20 May 2013 15:59:26 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1163    Read More ...]]> On this episode 46 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about some Disney news “rumors” about Hollywood Studio possibly getting their own Cars Land attraction, removing the Sorcerer’s Hat and Avatar Land seems still good to go. They also interview Amy Falk Petermann of the Relocated Tourist Blog about recent Disney events including May the 4th be with You, Coronation of Merida and tips for surviving a 24 hour event in the Magic Kingdom.

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Episode 45 – May 14, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/14/episode-45-may-16-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/14/episode-45-may-16-2013/#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 04:15:35 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1159    Read More ...]]> On this episode 45 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss some current Disney news including the announcement of Disney and ABC streaming live broadcast during primetime to iOS devices. They also talk with Steve Townsley about Marvel Hero 6 and Brave’s Merida officially becoming the 11th Disney Princess and her “make over.”

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Episode 44 – May 7, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/07/episode-44-may-7-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/05/07/episode-44-may-7-2013/#comments Tue, 07 May 2013 04:00:36 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1138    Read More ...]]> On this episode 44 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast for May 7, 2013, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about Disney news including, Mother’s Day gift ideas (Disney style), EA and Disney ink deal for Star Wars games, fun facts including a glass eye, a prosthetic leg and potty trainer. Ashley also announced we’re going to Disney in two weeks and some amazing Iron Man pictures (by Nelson Ruger) from the Tony Stark’s Expo.

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Episode 43 – April 30, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/04/29/episode-43-april-30-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/04/29/episode-43-april-30-2013/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 03:38:06 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1130    Read More ...]]> On this episode 43 of the WDW Happy Place for April 30, 2013, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss Disney News including Monstrous Summer plans including 3 park all-nighter, RunDisney new challenges and a new race, Disney Cruise ship the Magic gets a huge dry dock session later this year with epic changes and May the Fourth Be With You. Also a short travel tip why having a travel agent can make life easier when you need to make travel plan changes.

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Episode 42 – April 23, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/04/22/episode-42-april-23-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/04/22/episode-42-april-23-2013/#comments Tue, 23 Apr 2013 03:05:35 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1118    Read More ...]]> On this episode 42, 2013 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss Mystic Manor in Hong Kong DIsneyland, new ice cream cones, Animal Kingdom celebrates 15 years, what if Illuminations got jazzed up with some World of Color, Tomorrowland Speedway needs some carbon cleaning and finally what do when your show turns 1.

 

 

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Episode 41 – April 16, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/04/15/episode-41-april-16-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/04/15/episode-41-april-16-2013/#comments Tue, 16 Apr 2013 03:48:45 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1108    Read More ...]]> On this Episode 41 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley and Sam Turner talk about news including Tokyo 30th, possible new ship, no segway for you and Chase Lykken. They also give travel tip about saving money to enjoy your next Disney trip.  A tiki shout out to Nelson Ruger and rumor about DVC and Polynesian.

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Episode 40 Part 2 – April 9, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/04/09/episode-40-part-2-april-9-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/04/09/episode-40-part-2-april-9-2013/#comments Tue, 09 Apr 2013 14:48:49 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1091    Read More ...]]> On this episode 40 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast for April 9, 2013, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about a number of topics. In the Disney news they discuss with guest Steve Townsley Disney shutting down Lucas Arts Studios. They also talk about the passing of the original Pineapple Princess and Mouseketeer, Annette Funicello. During their Tiki talk they reveal what events they will run during the 2014 Disney Marathon weekend.

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Episode 39 – April 2, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/04/01/episode-39-april-2-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/04/01/episode-39-april-2-2013/#comments Tue, 02 Apr 2013 03:49:28 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1075    Read More ...]]> Picture taken by Jordiferrer and used under creative commons license. Not endorsed by Jordiferrer.

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On this Episode 39 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast for April 2, 2013, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about Blizzard Beach celebrating 18 years. They also talk about Disney announcing an additional eatery in Epcot along the waterfront of Morocco. They also talk briefly about the trans-Atlantic cruise in September 2014 and the connection of Barcelona to Disney.

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Episode 38 – March 26, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/03/25/episode-38-march-26-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/03/25/episode-38-march-26-2013/#comments Tue, 26 Mar 2013 03:10:08 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1067    Read More ...]]> On this episode 38 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss some news including Minnie gets a Paris make over, new iPhone 5 cases and RunDisney adds a 10K to marathon weekend creating the new Dopey Challenge which includes running the 5K, 10K, half marathon and the marathon. Sam also provides some technology tips including backing up your smart phone to make the most of your next Disney trip. Finally they conclude with discussing which events they will run during the Disney Marathon weekend.

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Episode 37 – March 19, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/03/19/episode-37-march-19-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/03/19/episode-37-march-19-2013/#comments Tue, 19 Mar 2013 04:32:55 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1060    Read More ...]]> On this episode 37 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast for March 19, 2013, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about how Downtown Disney is being transformed into Disney Springs, Star Wars Weekends, and Limited Time Magic in Disneyland where you can go on an Easter egg hunt. They also have a technology tip about hopefully being added to the Microsoft Marketplace and future shows including some tips to get your technology ready for your next Disney vacation. Also they interview Greg Gaines of Vinylmation World.

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Disney Topiary Comes to Life http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/03/12/disney-topiary-comes-to-life/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/03/12/disney-topiary-comes-to-life/#comments Tue, 12 Mar 2013 04:40:49 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1040 ]]> http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/03/12/disney-topiary-comes-to-life/feed/ 0 Episode 36 – March 12, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/03/11/episode-36-march-12-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/03/11/episode-36-march-12-2013/#comments Tue, 12 Mar 2013 03:43:19 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1021    Read More ...]]> On this episode 36 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast for March 12, 2013, Ashley Kennedy Turner and her husband Sam talk about Disney canceling Star Wars Clone Wars animated series as well as the planned Star Wars: Detours. They also talk the year 1985 and what Disney ticket prices were as well as other interesting fun facts happening  in Disney during that year. Finally during a Tiki talk they discuss entering the Tower of Terror 10 miler and plans to go to the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party.

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Episode 35 – March 5, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/03/05/episode-35-march-5-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/03/05/episode-35-march-5-2013/#comments Tue, 05 Mar 2013 05:19:56 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=999 On this episode 35 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley and Sam Turner talk about news including Marvel area coming to Disneyland Hong Kong. They also talk about the Flower and Garden Expo located in EPCOT. Finally they discuss a travel tip as they plan for their 2014 Disney Cruise.

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Episode 34 – February 26, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/02/26/episode-34-february-26-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/02/26/episode-34-february-26-2013/#comments Tue, 26 Feb 2013 06:19:05 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=944    Read More ...]]> On this episode 34 for February 26, 2013, WDW Happy Place Podcast Ashley and Sam talk about the recent Valentine’s Day vowel renewal. They also talk about RunDisney and the Princess Half Marathon also the limited time magic will feature the Dapper Dans singing boy band tunes. Also Ashley and Sam talk about why its so much easier to go to the Magic Kingdom to celebrate a birthday rather than trying to plan birthdays at home.

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Episode 33 – February 19, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/02/19/episode-33-february-19-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/02/19/episode-33-february-19-2013/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2013 06:10:53 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=938 On this episode 33 of WDW Happy Place Podcast for February 19, 2013,  Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about Push the Talking the Trash Can in TomorrowLand. They talk about hand dryers and the Scorers Cards. They also talk about upcoming trips including a 14 day westbound cruise.

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Episode 32 – February 12, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/02/11/episode-32-february-12-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/02/11/episode-32-february-12-2013/#comments Tue, 12 Feb 2013 02:36:04 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=933    Read More ...]]> On this episode 32 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast for February 12, 2013, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about the retirement of Tony Baxter from Disney. Also the fun facts about the New Fantasyland expansion and if you were in Disney and Groundhog Day happened and you had to relive the same day over what and where would you have that happen.

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Episode 31 – February 5, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/02/05/episode-31-february-5-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/02/05/episode-31-february-5-2013/#comments Tue, 05 Feb 2013 05:24:17 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=929    Read More ...]]> On this episode 31 for February 5, 2013 of WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and her husband Sam discuss some news including Limited Time Magic: Romance Week and Joe Flacco Super Bowl 47 MVP visits Disney World. They also talk about what would your playlist for running be including some apps for the iPhone that might be helpful and finally they talk if you had your own Groundhog Day, how would you experience it and in what park.

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Episode 30 – January 29, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/01/28/episode-30-january-30-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/01/28/episode-30-january-30-2013/#comments Tue, 29 Jan 2013 02:44:32 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=911    Read More ...]]> Image courtesy of and property of Disney

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On this Episode 30 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley and Sam discuss a recent announcement of “A Pirates’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas” in the Magic Kingdom. They also talk about a recent announcement in the technology sector about a great new game called Disney Infinity and of course the big announcement for Star Wars Episode 7 director being named, J.J. Abrams. Also they talk about Annie Leibovitz recent portrait of Taylor Swift as Rapunzel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Episode 29 – January 22, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/01/22/episode-29-january-22-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/01/22/episode-29-january-22-2013/#comments Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:41:51 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=904    Read More ...]]> On this episode 29 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast for January 22, 2013, Ashley and Sam talk about Tables of Wonderland and their dinning experience on their recent Disney trip. They also discuss the new Limited Time Magic and the amazing volunteers of RunDisney along with running team members Dee Dee and John Webster on finishing the Coast to Coast.

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Episode 28 – January 15, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/01/15/episode-28-january-15-201s/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/01/15/episode-28-january-15-201s/#comments Tue, 15 Jan 2013 06:00:13 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=896    Read More ...]]> On this Episode 28 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast for January 15, 2013, Ashley and Sam talk about which Disney characters they would want as their inner circle to take on the zombie apocalypse. Who would it be, Jack Sparrow, Genie, Stitch, or maybe someone else? They also talk about the recent trip that was centered around Disney Marathon weekend and their experiences.

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Episode 27 – January 8, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/01/08/episode-27-january-8-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/01/08/episode-27-january-8-2013/#comments Tue, 08 Jan 2013 05:00:38 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=889    Read More ...]]> On this episode 27 for January 8, 2013, Ashley and Sam talk with Greg Gaines of Vinylmation World. They discuss what’s new in Disney Vinyls and his recent family trip down to Disney World during the Christmas holiday. Greg also talks about Commons 4 Kids and how they were able to spread some holiday cheer to some deserving kids. Also don’t forget to go to the WDW Happy Place Podcast Facebook page to answer the question about if you were Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead what 3 Disney characters would you want as your inner circle to take on the zombie apocalypse.

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/01/08/episode-27-january-8-2013/feed/ 0 On this episode 27 for January 8, 2013, Ashley and Sam talk with Greg Gaines of Vinylmation World. They discuss what's new in Disney Vinyls and his recent family trip down to Disney World during the Christmas holiday. On this episode 27 for January 8, 2013, Ashley and Sam talk with Greg Gaines of Vinylmation World. They discuss what's new in Disney Vinyls and his recent family trip down to Disney World during the Christmas holiday. Greg also talks about Commons 4 Kids and how they were able to spread some holiday cheer to some deserving kids. Also don't forget to go to the WDW Happy Place Podcast Facebook page to answer the question about if you were Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead what 3 Disney characters would you want as your inner circle to take on the zombie apocalypse. Gray Flannel Media clean
Episode 26 – January 1, 2013 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/01/01/episode-26-january-1-2013/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/01/01/episode-26-january-1-2013/#comments Tue, 01 Jan 2013 05:00:20 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=861 On this episode 26 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, for January 1, 2013, Ashley and Sam talk about the new Fantasyland Expansion. They talk about the past year for them visiting Disney.

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Episode 25 – December 25, 2012 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/25/episode-25-december-25-2012/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/25/episode-25-december-25-2012/#comments Tue, 25 Dec 2012 07:27:42 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=836 On this episode 25 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast for December 25, 2012, Ashley and Sam Turner discuss a couple of Disney News items. They talk about the new RFID access for ticketing, payment and FastPass +.

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Episode 24 – December 18, 2012 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/18/episode-24-december-18-2012/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/18/episode-24-december-18-2012/#comments Tue, 18 Dec 2012 05:00:32 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=829    Read More ...]]> On this episode 24 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast for the week of December 18, 2012, Ashley and Sam Turner talk about their recent trip to Disney including first time experiences. Included in the topics: Dinner at Artists Point, Lunch at the Brown Derby, fireworks on a boat and a personal Richard Petty driving experience in the TTC parking provided by Jordan Wiggins while Josh Phelps rode passenger laughing all the way. Also discussed the helpful knowledge of Turner Drug which can deliver to your Disney resort.

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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/18/episode-24-december-18-2012/feed/ 0 On this episode 24 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast for the week of December 18, 2012, Ashley and Sam Turner talk about their recent trip to Disney including first time experiences. Included in the topics: Dinner at Artists Point, Lunch at the Brown Derby, On this episode 24 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast for the week of December 18, 2012, Ashley and Sam Turner talk about their recent trip to Disney including first time experiences. Included in the topics: Dinner at Artists Point, Lunch at the Brown Derby, fireworks on a boat and a personal Richard Petty driving experience in the TTC parking provided by Jordan Wiggins while Josh Phelps rode passenger laughing all the way. Also discussed the helpful knowledge of Turner Drug which can deliver to your Disney resort. Gray Flannel Media clean
Episode 23 – December 11, 2012 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/11/episode-23-december-11-2012/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/11/episode-23-december-11-2012/#comments Tue, 11 Dec 2012 05:56:12 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=821    Read More ...]]> On this episode 23 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast for December 11, 2012, Ashley and Sam talk about the first two days of their trip for Reunion 2012. They recap an “unexpected” 13 hours of sleep and eating lunch for the first time at Trails End. Sprinkle this with a few fun facts and a travel tip and you have a jam packed show.

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Episode 22 10/6 – December 5, 2012 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/05/episode-22-106-december-5-2012/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/05/episode-22-106-december-5-2012/#comments Wed, 05 Dec 2012 19:51:39 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=811    Read More ...]]> On this episode 22 10/6 of WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and her husband Sam talk about the fun evening they had taking a horse drawn carriage ride at Fort Wilderness. They talk about two of the lots that caught their attention including Ray Chamberlain, author of Tola Two Bears and the Black Secret, and another lot decorated by Jeanne and Charlie. Ashley and Sam also talk about the gem of a tour the Marceline to Magic Kingdom. There they share secrets about The Haunted Mansion and fun facts about the Carousel of Progress.

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Early morning fire run in the Magic Kingdom. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/05/early-morning-fire-run-in-the-magic-kingdom/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/05/early-morning-fire-run-in-the-magic-kingdom/#comments Wed, 05 Dec 2012 14:16:41 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=809 Early morning fire run in the Magic Kingdom.

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So happy the Christmas Tree in on Main Street is up! http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/05/so-happy-the-christmas-tree-in-on-main-street-is-up/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/05/so-happy-the-christmas-tree-in-on-main-street-is-up/#comments Wed, 05 Dec 2012 14:16:21 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=807 So happy the Christmas Tree in on Main Street is up!

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Had the most interesting evening meeting Ray Chamberlain who made this Disney fun. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/05/had-the-most-interesting-evening-meeting-ray-chamberlain-who-made-this-disney-fun/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/05/had-the-most-interesting-evening-meeting-ray-chamberlain-who-made-this-disney-fun/#comments Wed, 05 Dec 2012 06:13:45 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=805 Had the most interesting evening meeting Ray Chamberlain who made this Disney fun.

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Getting ready for horse drawn carriage ride through Fort Wilderness. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/04/getting-ready-for-horse-drawn-carriage-ride-through-fort-wilderness/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/04/getting-ready-for-horse-drawn-carriage-ride-through-fort-wilderness/#comments Wed, 05 Dec 2012 02:18:15 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=803 Getting ready for horse drawn carriage ride through Fort Wilderness.

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Episode 22 – December 4, 2012 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/04/episode-22-december-4-2012/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/04/episode-22-december-4-2012/#comments Tue, 04 Dec 2012 08:00:32 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=798    Read More ...]]> On this episode 22 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast for December 4, 2012, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about their current trip that they are on. They have a Tiki talk about their adventures so far. The first part of their trip centers around Reunion 2012 sponsored by WDW Today  and MEI, Mouse Fan Travel. They also sprinkle in a few fun facts. The show was recorded live from the Tahiti building of the Polynesian Resort. This show is the first of a few to come that will talk about the trip. They give small glimpse at some of the great people they met on this trip including Joshua Phelps, Beth Aigner, Megan Bliss Marx, and Jordan Wiggins.

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Hanging with friends. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/03/hanging-with-friends/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/03/hanging-with-friends/#comments Tue, 04 Dec 2012 04:05:38 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=795 Hanging with friends.

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Wrapping up EPCOT visit for the day with quick stop into Mouse Gears http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/03/wrapping-up-epcot-visit-for-the-day-with-quick-stop-into-mouse-gears/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/03/wrapping-up-epcot-visit-for-the-day-with-quick-stop-into-mouse-gears/#comments Mon, 03 Dec 2012 21:26:35 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=793 Wrapping up EPCOT visit for the day with quick stop into Mouse Gears

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11 total tree's in the lobby of the Grand Floridian. This is an ornament on 1 of the 2 smaller trees. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/03/11-total-trees-in-the-lobby-of-the-grand-floridian-this-is-an-ornament-on-1-of-the-2-smaller-trees/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/03/11-total-trees-in-the-lobby-of-the-grand-floridian-this-is-an-ornament-on-1-of-the-2-smaller-trees/#comments Mon, 03 Dec 2012 06:18:47 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=791 11 total tree's in the lobby of the Grand Floridian. This is an ornament on 1 of the 2 smaller trees.

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Another ornament on the Grand Floridian Tree. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/03/another-ornament-on-the-grand-floridian-tree/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/03/another-ornament-on-the-grand-floridian-tree/#comments Mon, 03 Dec 2012 06:18:27 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=789 Another ornament on the Grand Floridian Tree.

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This is an ornament on the tree at the Grand Floridian. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/03/this-is-an-ornament-on-the-tree-at-the-grand-floridian/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/03/this-is-an-ornament-on-the-tree-at-the-grand-floridian/#comments Mon, 03 Dec 2012 06:18:07 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=787 This is an ornament on the tree at the Grand Floridian.

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The main tree for Grand Floridian http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/03/the-main-tree-for-grand-floridian/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/03/the-main-tree-for-grand-floridian/#comments Mon, 03 Dec 2012 06:17:47 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=785 The main tree for Grand Floridian

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Grand Floridian at Christmas time. Beautiful. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/03/grand-floridian-at-christmas-time-beautiful/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/03/grand-floridian-at-christmas-time-beautiful/#comments Mon, 03 Dec 2012 06:17:27 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=783 Grand Floridian at Christmas time. Beautiful.

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Way to close MK http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/02/way-to-close-mk/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/02/way-to-close-mk/#comments Sun, 02 Dec 2012 06:58:04 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=781 Way to close MK

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Never gets old. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/02/never-gets-old/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/02/never-gets-old/#comments Sun, 02 Dec 2012 06:57:44 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=779 Never gets old.

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Great view with terrific new friends. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/02/great-view-with-terrific-new-friends/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/02/great-view-with-terrific-new-friends/#comments Sun, 02 Dec 2012 06:57:24 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=777 Great view with terrific new friends.

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Great end to the night. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/02/great-end-to-the-night/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/02/great-end-to-the-night/#comments Sun, 02 Dec 2012 06:57:04 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=775 Great end to the night.

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Spaceship Earth always a welcome site. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/01/spaceship-earth-always-a-welcome-site/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/01/spaceship-earth-always-a-welcome-site/#comments Sat, 01 Dec 2012 19:37:17 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=773 Spaceship Earth always a welcome site.

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Bambi. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/01/bambi/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/01/bambi/#comments Sat, 01 Dec 2012 19:36:57 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=771 Bambi.

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Stitch in the Christmas spirit http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/01/stitch-in-the-christmas-spirit/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/01/stitch-in-the-christmas-spirit/#comments Sat, 01 Dec 2012 19:36:37 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=769 Stitch in the Christmas spirit

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Thumper & Flower. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/01/thumper-flower/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/01/thumper-flower/#comments Sat, 01 Dec 2012 19:36:17 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=767 Thumper & Flower.

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EPCOT always so well decorated. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/01/epcot-always-so-well-decorated/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/01/epcot-always-so-well-decorated/#comments Sat, 01 Dec 2012 19:35:57 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=765 EPCOT always so well decorated.

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With @wdwhappy ready to start enjoying this beautiful day. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/01/with-wdwhappy-ready-to-start-enjoying-this-beautiful-day/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/12/01/with-wdwhappy-ready-to-start-enjoying-this-beautiful-day/#comments Sat, 01 Dec 2012 19:35:37 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=763 With @wdwhappy ready to start enjoying this beautiful day.

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Waiting with @wdwhappy to ride for the 1st time. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/11/30/waiting-with-wdwhappy-to-ride-for-the-1st-time/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/11/30/waiting-with-wdwhappy-to-ride-for-the-1st-time/#comments Fri, 30 Nov 2012 19:15:50 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=761 Waiting with @wdwhappy to ride for the 1st time.

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With @wdwhappy @theprecog waiting for Tower of Terror meet Reunion 2012 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/11/30/with-wdwhappy-theprecog-waiting-for-tower-of-terror-meet-reunion-2012/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/11/30/with-wdwhappy-theprecog-waiting-for-tower-of-terror-meet-reunion-2012/#comments Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:59:37 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=759 With @wdwhappy @theprecog waiting for Tower of Terror meet Reunion 2012

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Another meet at reunion. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/11/30/another-meet-at-reunion/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/11/30/another-meet-at-reunion/#comments Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:59:17 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=757 Another meet at reunion.

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What a great way to recover from lunch. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/11/29/what-a-great-way-to-recover-from-lunch/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/11/29/what-a-great-way-to-recover-from-lunch/#comments Thu, 29 Nov 2012 19:26:34 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=755 What a great way to recover from lunch.

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Tri-circle D ranch http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/11/29/tri-circle-d-ranch/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/11/29/tri-circle-d-ranch/#comments Thu, 29 Nov 2012 18:57:45 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=753 Tri-circle D ranch

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Episode 21 – November 27, 2012 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/11/27/episode-21-november-27-2012/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/11/27/episode-21-november-27-2012/#comments Tue, 27 Nov 2012 05:00:35 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=750 WDW Happy Place Podcast for November 27, 2012, Ashley and Sam have a short show discussing preparing for the upcoming trip to Walt Disney which starts November 29, 2012. Main focus of the trip among other things is enjoying the opening of Fantasy Land.

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Episode 20 – November 20, 2012 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/11/20/episode-20-november-20-2012/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/11/20/episode-20-november-20-2012/#comments Tue, 20 Nov 2012 05:00:00 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=738 On this episode 20 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and her husband Sam interview Amy Falk Petermann from The Relocated Tourist. They talk about Amy’s experience and the all new dinning of “Be Our Guest”. This restaurant is part of the new Fantasy Land expansion.

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Episode 19 – November 13, 2012 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/11/13/episode-19-november-13-2012/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/11/13/episode-19-november-13-2012/#comments Tue, 13 Nov 2012 05:00:15 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=731 On this episode 19 of WDW Happy Place Podcast for November 13, 2012, Ashley Turner and Sam discuss Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party. They also talk about the Candlelight Processional in EPCOT. Also news items including reopening of Test Track, Starbucks taking over Main Street Bakery and Santa Goofy at the Osborne Family Lights.

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Ashley great job on finishing the Freedom 5K. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/11/10/ashley-great-job-on-finishing-the-freedom-5k/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/11/10/ashley-great-job-on-finishing-the-freedom-5k/#comments Sat, 10 Nov 2012 17:59:26 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=722 Ashley great job on finishing the Freedom 5K.

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Episode 18 – November 6, 2012 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/11/06/episode-18-november-6-2012/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/11/06/episode-18-november-6-2012/#comments Tue, 06 Nov 2012 05:00:42 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=716 On this episode 18, 2012 of WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss some fun facts about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties and in the news the big item, Disney is buying Lucas Films for $4.05 Billion.

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Cupertino hanging with us after just competing in the ring at Tidewater Kennel Club. http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/11/03/cupertino-hanging-with-us-after-just-competing-in-the-ring-at-tidewater-kennel-club/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/11/03/cupertino-hanging-with-us-after-just-competing-in-the-ring-at-tidewater-kennel-club/#comments Sat, 03 Nov 2012 20:07:20 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=713 Cupertino hanging with us after just competing in the ring at Tidewater Kennel Club.

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Cupertino with Ash at Tidewater Kennel Club in Virginia Beach http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/11/03/cupertino-with-ash-at-tidewater-kennel-club-in-virginia-beach/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/11/03/cupertino-with-ash-at-tidewater-kennel-club-in-virginia-beach/#comments Sat, 03 Nov 2012 20:07:00 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=711 Cupertino with Ash at Tidewater Kennel Club in Virginia Beach

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Episode 17 – October 30, 2012 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/10/30/episode-17-october-30-2012/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/10/30/episode-17-october-30-2012/#comments Tue, 30 Oct 2012 04:00:14 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=705 On this episode 17 of WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley and Sam talk about Not So Scary Halloween parties at Disney World. Ashley interviews senior blogger, Kim Mullins to discuss the recent Fantasy and Dream cruises that were effected by hurricane Sandy.

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Episode 16 – October 23, 2012 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/10/23/episode-16-october-23-2012/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/10/23/episode-16-october-23-2012/#comments Tue, 23 Oct 2012 04:00:20 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=699 This Episode 16 of WDW Happy Place Podcast Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss Disney. Ashley spends time talking to some old Disney friends Amy Falk Petermann from The Relocated Tourist and Kim Mullins, our very own senior blogger.

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Episode 15 – October 16, 2012 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/10/16/episode-15-october-16-2012/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/10/16/episode-15-october-16-2012/#comments Tue, 16 Oct 2012 10:00:42 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=677    Read More ...]]> On this episode of WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam talk about their training that starts and how they will give weekly updates as they prepare for the half-marathon that will be run in January 2013. They also talk about the big news about the official opening of the Fantasy Land Expansion is almost here and how you can check out some videos posted on-line about the amazing attractions.

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Episode 14 – October 9, 2012 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/10/09/episode-14-october-9-2012/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/10/09/episode-14-october-9-2012/#comments Tue, 09 Oct 2012 05:04:42 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=665    Read More ...]]> Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss a recent luncheon Ashley attended where she heard former Executive Vice President of Operations for Walt Disney World Resort, Lee Cockerell. He shared his insights of what it means to be a leader. They also discuss upcoming guests sharing their insights on all things Disney including Michelle Cunningham of MEI, Mouse Fan Travel and Amy Falk Petermann of the Relocated Tourist.

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Episode 13 – October 2, 2012 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/10/02/episode-13-october-2-2012/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/10/02/episode-13-october-2-2012/#comments Tue, 02 Oct 2012 04:00:44 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=648    Read More ...]]> On this Episode 13 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and her husband Sam converse about their future trip coming in December and what plans they have including some Disney Dinning. For news you can use they talk about the rumor that Avatar Land will not be making its way to Animal Kingdom while Hollywood Studios may be getting their own version of Cars Land.

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Episode 12 – September 25, 2012 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/09/25/episode-12-september-25-2012/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/09/25/episode-12-september-25-2012/#comments Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:00:12 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=640    Read More ...]]> On this episode 12 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, never has the line from “UP” been more helpful, “squirrel!” to describe what will be celebrating its birthday coming up.  Ashley and Sam interview Greg Gaines of Vinymation World. They talk about all the new and exciting vinyls that will be coming out over the next several months.

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My Disney Experience – Walt Disney World – Review by Kim Mullins http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/09/24/my-disney-experience-walt-disney-world-review-by-kim-mullins/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/09/24/my-disney-experience-walt-disney-world-review-by-kim-mullins/#comments Tue, 25 Sep 2012 02:51:25 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=630    Read More ...]]> My Disney Experience – Walt Disney World

Available for Apple and Android devices – FREE

iTunes App Store (itunes.apple.com) or the Google Play Store (https://play.google.com)

* Please note that this review is based on the Apple iPad version of the app

My Disney Experience is a new FREE app from Disney. This Walt Disney World app provides users with the ability to check up-to-the-minute wait times, character meet and greet times, view park maps with detailed attraction and restaurant info, fast pass availability, entertainment schedules and even a dining reservation option. It is available for the iPhone and/or iPad and makes a great in-park companion guide.

While the home screens focus on the four major parks (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom), the Explore feature offers maps and attraction/entertainment information for the water parks, too. Within the Explore feature, users will also find an in-depth list of entertainment offerings, restaurant descriptions and detailed maps for each of the Disney resorts. I really loved this feature, as many of the Walt Disney World apps out there don’t provide any coverage of resorts. See the map of Animal Kingdom Lodge below…

Using the built-in Here & Now feature, users can find attractions, restaurants and services nearest to them while they’re at Disney World (I can only assume this will work from any location on property, not simply the parks but I’ll have to do an on-site test to confirm). If you’re not currently visiting the resort, users are instead connected to the Times Guide, which shows attraction wait times and a countdown to parades, fireworks and other entertainment options.

For those who like to plan their trips in advance, My Disney Experience offers a Wish List to keep track of those attractions, entertainment offerings and restaurants you desire to try on your upcoming trip.

From what I’ve read about this new offering, it seems poised to replace the Mobile Magic app as the “official” Disney Parks app. I also read that a Disneyland version is expected in early 2013. There is rumor that My Disney Experience will eventually link to Disney’s next generation Fastpass system…we’ll have to wait and see. I can neither confirm nor deny the rumor, but it would make perfect sense, combined with the fact that Disney is in the process of installing in-park free WI-FI for guests.

I found this app very easy to use and navigate. Load time was minimal on my iPad 3 with WI-FI, even when pulling up park maps. This app is perfect for all users – whether a new visitor or a frequent park hopper, thanks to the inclusion of attraction wait times and fastpass information. Disney has done a great job with this app – and it’s FREE. I hope you’ll all check it out on your next trip – and let me know what you think!

 

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Episode 11 – September 18, 2012 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/09/18/episode-11-september-18-2012/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/09/18/episode-11-september-18-2012/#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:03:14 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=624    Read More ...]]> On this episode 11 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley and Sam discuss some current Disney news including the not so scary Halloween activities that will be starting. They also talk about the Magic Kingdom to start selling limited alcohol in the Be Our Guest Dinner in the Fantasy Land expansion area. They also talk collectibles specifically Vinylmations that have been released and are coming up.

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Episode 10 – September 11, 2012 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/09/11/episode-10-september-11-2012/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/09/11/episode-10-september-11-2012/#comments Tue, 11 Sep 2012 10:00:19 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=619    Read More ...]]> On this episode 10 of WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley and Sam discuss a FoxNews article about the best resorts to stay at on Disney property from romantic get aways, to college fun spots, to the family place and a girls retreat. They also share some fun facts about Finding Nemo and somethings you may not know about the movie. Finally Ashley interviews Amy Falk Petermann from The Relocated Tourist. They  talk about what it was like moving a family from Wisconsin to Orlando and to follow your dreams.

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Episode 9 – September 4, 2012 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/09/04/episode-9-september-4-2012/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/09/04/episode-9-september-4-2012/#comments Tue, 04 Sep 2012 05:16:32 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=612 On this Episode 9 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner gives Disney news about the Fantasy Land expansion and also about the new collectible Mouse Ears. Also Ashley and Sam discuss RunDisney and some of the races that people can look forward to participating in at Walt Disney World and Disney Land.

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Episode 8 – August 28, 2012 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/08/28/episode-8-august-28-2012/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/08/28/episode-8-august-28-2012/#comments Tue, 28 Aug 2012 04:20:09 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=595 On this Episode 8 of WDW Happy Place Podcast for August 28, 2012, Ashley and Sam talk Disney News including the new Segway tour in Epcot, the D-tech Princess Me and have a Tiki talk about Adventures by Disney.

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Episode 7 – August 21, 2012 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/08/21/episode-7-august-21-2012/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/08/21/episode-7-august-21-2012/#comments Tue, 21 Aug 2012 10:00:54 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=545 Where else can you combine Elvis and Doctor Who with Disney? On this episode of WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam discuss Elvis’s Birthday, which park would Doctor Who like better and a helpful travel tip when planning your next Disney Vacation.

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Episode 6 – August 14, 2012 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/08/13/episode-6-august-14-2012/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/08/13/episode-6-august-14-2012/#comments Tue, 14 Aug 2012 03:59:55 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=527    Read More ...]]> On this episode of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley and Sam discuss the promotion of a Disney Imagineer, Kathy Magnum, who was responsible for overseeing the Cars Land expansion in DisneyLand to a position that has her located in Orlando. Having wishful thoughts of our very own Disney World Cars Land at maybe Hollywood Studios. In addition we interview our guest blogger, Kim Mullins. We discuss her Disney passions.

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Episode 5 – August 7, 2012 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/08/06/episode-5-august-7-2012/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/08/06/episode-5-august-7-2012/#comments Mon, 06 Aug 2012 22:15:22 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=515    Read More ...]]> On this episode 5 of the WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam chat briefly about Wi-Fi being added to the Disney World parks and mention the latest blog by Kim Mullins. In this blog Kim reviews the Disney Dining App. Also the focus of this episode is the interview with Steve Barrett of www.hiddenmickeyguy.com.

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Disney Dining App – Reviewed by Kim Mullins http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/08/05/disney-dining-app-reviewed-by-kim-mullins/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/08/05/disney-dining-app-reviewed-by-kim-mullins/#comments Mon, 06 Aug 2012 03:27:37 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=496    Read More ...]]> Cost: $2.99 (designed for iPhone and iPad)

Available at www.apple.com/itunes

I’m back! Life has thrown me a few lemons over the last week and a half, so I’ve been busy making lemonade. As our friend Dory says, just keep swimming! So I’m doing just that and am happy to have a new review for you!

Before I start this week’s review, I wanted to comment on the recent announcement that all Walt Disney World theme parks and Downtown Disney will provide free Wi-Fi for guests; as of today, Magic Kingdom is already “live” with the other parks getting connected over the next few months. This will certainly make a difference in how we use our Wi-Fi only devices and apps in the parks. I’m excited about this news and am eager to try it out by taking my iPad into the park on my next visit. Did someone say RESEARCH TRIP??

Will you tour the parks differently now that you’ll have Wi-Fi? Let us know!

This week’s review focuses on the app called Disney Dining. When my husband and I travel to the parks together, any dining reservations we make require a lot of research, as I’m an adventurous eater married to a picky eater with a limited palate. Therefore, when I suggest we try a new restaurant, hubby must review the menu in advance and determine whether there’s anything he will eat before I make reservations.Disney Dining breaks down your culinary choices by park or resort and includes table service, counter service and snack locations. A search by name function is also available. Once you select your desired restaurant, the app provides a brief description, restaurant photo, menu(s) with prices and additional information about available discounts (annual passholder, Tables in Wonderland, etc.). The information is presented in an easy to use format with just enough detail. Within the restaurant, you can also keep track of any reservations you may have. For those using the app within the parks, there is a Near Me option, showing those restaurant choices closest to you. The app will also alert you twice for those walk-up reservations you may make while in the parks – 40 and 20 minutes before the return time.

The app provides a location for users to make notes and any restaurant can be added to a favorites list with just one click. This makes the app perfect for my husband – he can research the restaurants I recommend, make notes on what dishes he wants to try and he can mark the restaurants he likes the best. Then when we sit down to make a plan, he’ll have his app to refer to for restaurant choices!

One of the features that drew me to the app initially was the ability to link pictures to each restaurant. Had I read the description more carefully, I would have realized it said picture not pictures. Yes, I am that person who takes pictures of her food (and my husband’s food, which sometimes drives him crazy). I thought this would be the app where I could keep track of all our Disney meals. Alas, Disney Dining gives the user space for just one personal photo. I’ll have to keep using Evernote Food instead…for now!

The app looks great on both the iPad and the iPhone. The seller indicates that they will update the app with menu changes every two weeks and provide an email address for new or updated menu submissions from users.

Disney Dining app offers users a one-stop shop for restaurant information and menus. One thing it lacks for this user is easy access to restaurant reviews. Other than that, this is a solid app for planners at all levels. I could see a family planning for a first-time trip, for example, using this to research and track each family member’s restaurant choices during the initial planning process.

If you have any recommendations for other Disney apps I should check out, please let me know! I look forward to hearing from you!

 

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Episode 4 – July 31, 2012 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/07/31/episode-4-july-31-2012/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/07/31/episode-4-july-31-2012/#comments Wed, 01 Aug 2012 03:30:35 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=489 On this episode of WDW Happy Place Podcast Ashley Kennedy Turner and her husband Sam will discuss Disney and the Olympics and mention a special guest coming up on the next episode.

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Episode 3 – July 24, 2012 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/07/24/episode-3-july-24-2012/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/07/24/episode-3-july-24-2012/#comments Tue, 24 Jul 2012 06:32:29 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=472    Read More ...]]> On this episode 3 of the WDW Happy Place, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam relive their Disney Fantasy Cruise from May of 2012. They talk about all things related to the cruise including fun activities and amazing foods. Also on this episode the fun fact they share about the video of the dedication of Disneyland from July 17, 1955. Who was the emcee of the television broadcast who would refer to President Ronald Reagan as Ronnie?

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Walt Disney World Touring Guide (Unofficial) http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/07/17/walt-disney-world-touring-guide-unofficial/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/07/17/walt-disney-world-touring-guide-unofficial/#comments Wed, 18 Jul 2012 02:32:52 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=451    Read More ...]]> Review by Kim Mullins

Walt Disney World Touring Guide (Unofficial)

Available at www.apple.com/itunes

Cost: $1.99

Last week, I reviewed an app that I’ve owned for a while and used a number of times.  For this post, I decided to take a look through the iTunes app store and choose something that’s new to me.  And I’m sure glad I did!  I found Walt Disney World Touring Guide.  The app, which is designed for both iPhone and iPad, is brimming with attraction and restaurant details from each of the six Walt Disney World theme parks (yes, water parks too!).

First let me say that this app is built for park touring ONLY.  It is not intended to use to plan a complete trip, as it is focused specifically on the theme parks.  This is not a bad thing by ANY means, but I want to be sure you guys understand what you’re getting.

What is covered:

  • A concise overview of each park
  • Attraction details, including a photo, height/weight restrictions, history and facts, touring tips and even Hidden Mickeys
  • Restaurant listing with menu and prices
  • Link to Google map of the area (requires a WIFI or data connection)
  • Current park weather and temperature

What’s not covered:

  • Wait times or show times
  • Specifics on any Disney entertainment, such as fireworks cruises or park tours
  • Resort information

A menu at the bottom of the main screen lists each park (water parks share one tab).  Once you’ve selected your park, you’ll find a beautiful photo and park summary, broken down by land/area.  All photos are high-res, so they look great on the iPhone and iPad retina displays.  From here, you can select either Attractions or Restaurants for a more detailed view of the park.

Attractions are listed by land/area by default; you can also sort by type or FASTPASS (versus Non-FASTPASS).  Similarly, restaurants are listed by location, but can be viewed by type or price.  Each attraction or restaurant can be marked as a favorite for quick viewing later.

My husband and I are partial to Epcot, so I spent some extra time reviewing that chapter.  Each country’s pavilion is given a page in the Attractions section, which drills down into each aspect of the land – dining, shopping, entertainment, attractions and lots of facts about the layout of the pavilion.  I learned a lot while preparing for this review and I can’t wait to keep reading!

I’m a Disney guidebook junkie, so I’ve read and own a lot of them.  This app is like a mobile, summarized version of my beloved guidebooks.  There is enough information included to satisfy Disney fans old and new.  The app would make a great Disney trip companion – I envision users reading through some of the history to pass the time while waiting in line or reviewing touring tips over lunch.  Overall, I’m very impressed with what is available for just under $2.  I’m eager to use this one the next time I’m in the park!

PLEASE NOTE: This is a new app – it was just released in May 2012.  I just hope the seller keeps the information current with regular updates as the parks make changes.  Enjoy!

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Episode 2 – July 17, 2012 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/07/17/episode-2-july-17-2012/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/07/17/episode-2-july-17-2012/#comments Tue, 17 Jul 2012 06:00:02 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=438    Read More ...]]> This, Episode 2 for July 17, 2012, of WDW Happy Place Podcast, Ashley Kennedy Turner and Sam share a great travel tip about some recent Disney announcements and how you can utilize the services of www.mousefantravel.com for any and all questions related to travel. Also on this episode they are joined by special guest Greg Gaines of www.vinylmationworld.com to talk about all things Disney vinyls.

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Disney purchasing more of A&E Networks http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/07/11/disney-purchasing-more-of-ae-networks/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/07/11/disney-purchasing-more-of-ae-networks/#comments Thu, 12 Jul 2012 02:16:35 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=387    Read More ...]]>  

So you want to get the attention of Donald, Daisy or the nephews while at Disney?  Why not turn to the Duck Commander. Well that’s just what Disney along with Heart Publishing did, when they spent approximately $3 billion (foxbusiness.com) to purchase another 15% interest in the A&E Networks which airs Duck Dynasty and Storage Wars just to name two.  The A&E Networks also include the History Channel with shows like American Pickers and most successful cable show not involving news or sports the mini series, Hatfields & McCoys, Lifetime Network which airs shows like Dance Moms.

Why would Disney want to make such a large investment to increase its stake in the networks? Well, let us look back at their large purchase from just about three years ago when they bought Marvel Entertainment for only $4 billion. Increase your customer base. Reach out to markets that may or may not yet be tapped into. Look at the channel line up and show offerings. From people who love to duck hunt, to parents whose kids are into competitive dance. Disney is making sure they have multiple revenue streams to maximize their exposure to families of every socio economic background. Whether it is just to have a more diverse viewership to add revenue by way of advertising or looking at long term increases to visitors to the Disney family of parks.

The Marvel purchase took three years to show a huge return on investment with the release of The Avengers. With the movie fast approaching $1.5 billion it is clear that Disney made a great investment. Only time will tell whether increasing their share in the A&E Networks pays off, but if history is any indicator I am sure that Disney has made a wise move. Heck, I have Storage Wars on in the background as I write this. Do you think this was a wise investment?

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Episode 1 – July 10, 2012 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/07/09/episode-1-july-10-2012/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/07/09/episode-1-july-10-2012/#comments Mon, 09 Jul 2012 16:05:40 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=272 Meet the hosts, Ashley Kennedy Turner and her husband, Sam as they introduce themselves, offer you a travel tip and some fun facts.

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Mouse Memo App – Reviewed by Kim Mullins http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/07/06/mouse-memo-app-reviewed-by-kim-mullins/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2012/07/06/mouse-memo-app-reviewed-by-kim-mullins/#comments Fri, 06 Jul 2012 15:24:52 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=59    Read More ...]]> Available at the Apple iTunes Store (www.apple.com/itunes)

Cost:  $0.99

If you’re anything like me, I love planning my Disney trips almost as much as I love taking them!  Over the years, I have used of everything from index cards to handwritten planning guides to spreadsheets as my planning tools.  Since I am rarely without my iPhone, it only stands to reason that I would want to use my favorite device to aid in the planning process!

I am forever on the iTunes app store looking for the latest and greatest Disney apps.  A while back, I ran across the Mouse Memo app.  Mouse Memo provides users the opportunity to store all their pertinent Disney vacation information in one, easy to use iPhone/iPod Touch application.

Here is a screen shot of Mouse Memo’s home page:

The app allows users to track reservation details for dining, entertainment, travel and lodging.  Once your trip details are entered, the app puts them in chronological order by category.

In order to help you in making the difficult decisions of where to dine on your trip, Mouse Memo’s Restaurant Information tab connects you to the AllEars site where you can view each restaurant’s menus with prices (requires Wi-Fi or data connection).

Below is a screen shot of the available fields in the Dining section. The Restaurant field provides a list of all available restaurants on property.  Notice the in-app option to call Disney Dining.  The app tracks not only those reservations you’ve already made, but those you are considering for future trips.  If those future trips are outside your 180-day reservation window, Mouse Memo even lets you know when you can call Disney Dining!  Very handy!

 

The Entertainment section keeps track of your reservations for a plethora of Disney entertainment options: childcare, cruises, hard ticket events, recreation, shows, spas and tours.  Available fields include confirmation number, balance due and more.

The remaining options for travel and lodging details contain all the fields you’ll need to easily organize your flight, ground transportation (including Magical Express) and hotel information.

Once your reservation details are entered, you can email your trip itinerary to yourself, friends and relatives who may be joining you.  If I had one complaint about the app, it would be the lack of a full itinerary view WITHIN the app. But for the low price of $0.99, I think you’re getting a great value for your dollar.

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