Rider Responses December 2016

Rider Responses December 2016

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Episode_092-_Rider_Respnses_December_2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (34.8MB) | EmbedToday is all about you the listener!  I have been asking for your questions, comments, and feedback since our last Rider Responses episode. You have provided some great encouragement, advice, and questions.  Before we get started, let me say a sincere thank you.  Just by listening and downloading the podcast you encourage me to keep the WDW Ride Guide going.  For those of you that have sent in feedback, it helps more than you know!  I want this podcast to a resource for you, me, and everyone that loves Disney!  The more rider responses we receive the more I know what direction to take the podcast in.  Thank you for making today’s episode possible and for helping me know what you want to hear next. We don’t have any essential facts today, so let’s jump right into the rider responses! Our first rider response today comes all the way from Florida!  Let’s see what’s going on in the Sunshine State. Hello Ben!    Earlier this year I discovered your wonderful podcast, and have been enjoying catching up on the episodes so much. It always makes me smile hearing how excited you are to share what you know about these attractions, and helps me when I am feeling particularly far from the parks (which happens more than you think it may for a native central Floridian). I hope you are having fun on your vacation and enjoy Disneyland!     Whenever I have a Disney parks itch that needs scratching I gather some friends or family and go resort hopping. My question...
Top 5 Ride Hacks

Top 5 Ride Hacks

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Episode_091-_Top_5_Ride_Hacks.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (28.0MB) | EmbedIf you have been following for a while, you know we spend most of our time exploring Walt Disney World one ride at a time.  Sometimes though, we like to talk strategy from an overall planning perspective. What’s the best way to enjoy as many of your favorite rides as possible?  Well, today we are going to help answer that question! I say we, because today we are joined by my good friend Tim Miller.  Tim has been a Top 5 co-host multiple times now, and I love getting to sit down and talk Disney with him.  Tim just returned from Walt Disney World a little over a week ago, and I know he is very excited to share some of the strategies he employed on his most recent trip.  Today’s blog outlines our Top 5 Ride Hacks.  Be sure and listen to the podcast for all the details of these 5 time saving strategies!     You’ve heard of swimming upstream, but today we are going to talk about Riding Upstream.  #5 on our list is… 5. Ride Upstream  Find a schedule that works for your family Early: Rope Drop till early evening Late: Sleep in and stay till closing Midday Break: Arrive early, take a break, stay out late Peak times of day = long lines Pick the least crowded park to visit Check touringplans.com Avoid early Extra Magic Hours Riding in the rain Be prepared with ponchos, small umbrellas, covers for strollers, etc.     If you want to be like Aladdin and keep one jump ahead...
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Episode_090-_Carousel_of_Progress.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (14.4MB) | EmbedThe past couple of weeks we have looked at the strengths of both Walt Disney World and Disneyland when it comes to the same or similar ride.  Those episodes got me thinking a lot about Walt Disney and the unbelievable progress made from opening day at Disneyland until now.  You know, Walt loved progress.  Had he lived longer, it would be fascinating to see how his touch would have shaped Walt Disney World.  Sadly, we didn’t get to see his unique dream come to life exactly as it was in his mind.  However, there have been countless others that have taken up his dream and carried it through with their own unique talents and abilities. With that said, the rides and shows that Walt helped directly develop are that much more special as time goes on.  That was one of the main reasons I was so excited about my first trip to Disneyland.  The original park is the only one where you can physically walk where Walt walked.  You can catch glimpses of the man behind the mouse throughout his park.  The second story apartment of the Firehouse on Main Street still displays the light used to signify Walt was staying in the park that night.  You can actually see the park bench where Walt sat and watched his girls play, dreaming up the idea for Disneyland.  That same building houses an early model for Disneyland and a tribute to one of Walt’s heroes, Abraham Lincoln.  These and many others are wonderful reminders of the man behind the magic. Still,...

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