DIS Unplugged Podcast – 04/29/14 – Orlando Show

| April 29, 2014

In this week’s show credible rumors are showing up about Free Dining for 2014 and we have the details, we’re anxiously awaiting the opening of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Craig Williams is standing by at the Magic Kingdom with an update, a leadership change at WDW has lots of people talking, and some long awaited changes to FastPass+ went into effect this week. Plus, we’ll talk about keeping your expectations realistic when planning your WDW vacation. All this and more in this week’s edition of The DIS Unplugged!

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04/29/14 – News, Housekeeping, Rapidfire:
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04/29/14 – Managing Expectations When Planning A WDW Vacation:
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I'm the Director of Video and New Media for The DIS and the Producer of The DIS Unplugged. I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011 and promptly moved to Florida. I've been here ever since!
  • Heather Cross

    Please, can you remind me of the EPCOT fan site that you mentioned a few weeks ago? My phone deletes old episodes, so I can’t find it!! TY!

  • Brian Peters

    Couldn’t agree more about how exciting it is to see Universal actually invest so meaningfully and inventively in their properties. We are a DVC family who loves the Disney resorts and restaurants, but who find the Disney parks to be dated and irrelevant.

    And that’s something Disney will need to recognize – hopefully – soon. DVC is designed to brings us down to Florida more often than ever right? But that means we are seeing the same damn rides more than ever. “Magic” requires a few surprises every now and then.

    Epcot and Hollywood Studios have literally not added a significant new attraction in over 10 years. Going to see the same Muppet movie for a quarter of a century is getting down right silly. Animal Kingdom has not introduced a new attraction in 8 years. Magic Kingdom is finally adding something new bringing their grand total to 1 new attraction in all of WDW in eight years.

    Meanwhile, Universal Orlando is clearly interested in being current and relevant: 1. Wizarding World, 2. Minions, 3. Transformers, 3. Rip Rocket, 4. the Simpsons and now 5. Diagon Alley have all been released in relatively short order.

    In June, we are heading to Disney World for an 8-night stay at the Villas of Grand Floridian and then the Boardwalk Villas. And fancy new reservation system aside, we will not be using it to book appointments on the same tired old rides. Instead we have bought a 1-day ticket to the Magic Kingdom to see the new Fantasyland. The other days? Our family of four purchased a $1,600 Flex ticket to go to Universal, Islands of Adventure, Sea World, Aquatica, and Busch Gardens. Four out of five of these parks are releasing new attractions this year. And, for the first time in years, we’re excited about hitting the parks again.

    In other words, we’re investing our theme park dollars in theme parks that are reinvesting those dollars.

    Maybe Disney thinks that my DVC membership will force us to stay on property. But for our family, it’s only forcing us to sleep on property.

  • Kim Armour

    For our first family trip to WDW, we had no idea what to expect and we just winged it. We also thought it would be our only one because it was so expensive and we had scrimped and saved for it. That was five trips ago! :)