WDW Happy Place http://www.wdwhappyplace.com Your unofficial fix for all things Disney! Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:00:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 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 2014 WDW Happy Place Disney, World, Ashley, Kennedy, Turner, Sam, Turner, Epcot, Hollywood, Studio, Animal, Kingdom WDW Happy Place http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/WDWHappyPlaceiTunes.jpg http://www.wdwhappyplace.com 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 Ashley Kennedy Turner,Castle,Cinderella,Disney,Disney Infinity,Disneyland,DisneyLand Paris,Elsa,Epcot,Frozen,Guardians of the Galaxy,Maelstrom 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 As Dreamers Do,Ashley Kennedy Turner,Deadmau5,director,Disney,Disneybound,Logan Sekulow,producer,Sam Turner,Ub Iwerks,Walt Disney,William Haynes 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 America,Ashley Kennedy Turner,Australia,Disney,Epcot,Fife and Drum,Hollywood Studios,Magic Kingdom,Off Kilter,Pirates of the Caribbean,Sam Turner,Star Wars 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 Ashley Kennedy Turner,baby,Disney,dogs,grand dad,Guardians of the Galaxy,hospital,Iwo Jima,Korean war,Magic Kingdom,Maria Maria Laubenstein,Sam Turner 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/ 0 000 Leagues Under the Sea,20,Ashley Kennedy Turner,Aulani,bubblegum,Crown,Disney,Disneyland,facts,food,fun,Guardians of the Galaxy 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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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/08/12/episode-110-august-12-2014/feed/ 0 Aladdin,Amazon,Ashley Kennedy Turner,challenge,Disney,editing,film,Pixie Dust Challenge,pre-order,pull,Robin Williams,RunDisney 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, 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. Gray Flannel Media clean 31:56
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 Ashley Kennedy Turner,Bill Murray,Disney,Epcot,Frozen,Guardians of the Galaxy,Jungle Book,Norway,profit,review,Sam Turner,Tiki Talk 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 alcohol,Ashley Kennedy Turner,beverage,Christopher Walken,Comic-Con,Disney,Jungle Book,Magic Kingdom,Rebel,Sam Turner,Star Wars,steam-punk 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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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/07/22/episode-107-july-22-2014/feed/ 0 Ashley Kennedy Turner,book,cook,Disney,Epcot,fingers,Frozen,injury,James Garner,minimum,pay,Sam Turner 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 ne... 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. Gray Flannel Media clean 29:20
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 Ashley Kennedy Turner,Bob Iger,Epcot,Hero,Infinity,Magic Kingdom,Marvel,monorail,profits,RunDisney,Sam Turner,stuck 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 Ashley Kennedy Turner,Disney,Frozen,Guardians of the Galaxy,Hollywood Studios,ice skating,Infinity,Magic Kingdom,Monorail Media,Sam Turner,Star Lord 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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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/07/01/episode-104-july-1-2014/feed/ 0 4th of July,Ashley Kennedy Turner,Disney World,Disneyland,fireworks,hiring,humanity,humidity,Sam Turner,Stitcheschallenge,tattoos 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 wi... 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? Gray Flannel Media clean 37:36
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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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/06/24/episode-103-june-24-2014/feed/ 0 Animal Kingom,Ashley Kennedy Turner,Avatar,Diagon Alley,Frozen,Harry Potter,Infinity,Magic Kingdom,Marvel,Once Upon a Time,Sam Turner,Star Wars 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. - 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.   Gray Flannel Media clean 41:13
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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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/06/17/episode-102-june-17-2014/feed/ 0 American Idol,closing,dads,deluxe,Disney,Disney World,Epcot,experience,fireworks,Four Seasons,Infinity,resort 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, 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. Gray Flannel Media clean 41:56
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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http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2014/06/03/episode-100-june-3-2014/feed/ 0 Animal Kingdom,Ashley Kennedy Turner,Avatar,Disney,Hugh Jackman,Infinity,Magic Kingdom,Maleficent,Pandora,Sam Turner,Starbucks,thanks 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. - 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. Gray Flannel Media clean 50:34
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 7 Deadly Sins,Ashley Kennedy Turner,Bob Iger,carrot cake cookie,Disney,Dole Whip,emotions,family,Inside Out,Jambo juice,Magic Kingdom,Mid-West 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.

Frozen2

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!!!!

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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

and a Tiki Talk:
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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Disney and Dickens, Part Two: Mickey’s Christmas Carol – Anthony Markham http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/11/26/disney-and-dickens-part-two-mickeys-christmas-carol-anthony-markham/ http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/2013/11/26/disney-and-dickens-part-two-mickeys-christmas-carol-anthony-markham/#comments Tue, 26 Nov 2013 06:11:55 +0000 http://www.wdwhappyplace.com/?p=1667    Read More ...]]> mickeyschristmascarolpicture

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

and a Tiki Talk

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