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Disney Parks Podcast Show #48 – The Top ten Places to Watch Fireworks at Walt Disney World and A BIG Announcement!

Published June 3, 2013 by Disneyways.com

Please click here to read more about our relationship with the Disney Parks Podcast and all the different ways you can tune in!

This week we shared some of our ideas for favorite places you can watch Fireworks at Walt Disney World!

We think it’s a great show with some ideas for viewing spots that you many not have yet thought of.

This show is about 17 minutes long. You can click on the photo to be taken to the DPP site,

and from there you just click on the gray circle with the white triangle inside of it to play the show.

You will also find detailed show notes there.

Show 48

We would love to hear from you and gather some listener suggestions for YOUR favorite places to see the fireworks!

Please write to us at TheCrew@DisneyParksPodcast.com or call the podcast hotline to leave a message 24 hours a day for the DPP Crew!

The number to call is 407-476-8898



Tuesdays we will have the latest news and rumors for you each week!

Thursdays we will posts special shows with guest interviews, and so much more!

Our goal is for these Thursday shows to be more timeless and always relevant  so you can go back in the archives and listen over and over if you choose to do so.

We hope you will enjoy this new schedule. Mark your calendars and be sure to subscribe to us in iTunes so you never miss a new show!

Still Don’t Fully Understand MagicBands and My Magic+? This video is for YOU!

Published June 2, 2013 by Disneyways.com

I want to thank Tony from DisneyByTheNumbers.com for sending me this link today! It was so awesome I thought it worthy of a blog post for you!!

The best part is a few minutes in. Edna “E” Mode (one of the minor characters in The Incredibles) – helps us fully understand what all the fuss over Magic Band and My Magic+.


Maybe it’s just because I like cartoons, but this is the most informative and complete explanation I have ever seen in one place. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Thomas Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, joined Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher onstage at our D11 conference to demo how the MagicBand works and explain how the company has been using technology to enhance the guest experience.

Click HERE to see the video!

Disney Parks Podcast Episode #47 Weekly News

Published May 30, 2013 by Disneyways.com

Please click here to read more about our partnership with the Disney Parks Podcast!

Episode 47 brings you a recap of the 24 Hour All-Nighter, Car Masters Weekend and a SPECIAL announcement!!

Short and sweet at just around 15 minutes!

Click here to listen to Show #47!


Special thanks to these fine companies for providing goodie bags that we gave away on the evening of the all-nighter.

Please show these folks some love:

Ramon from ThemeParkConcierges.com

Sarah from Gluten Free and Dairy Free at WDW

Sam from WalterandRosie.com

and Julie from  Chuckle JAL on Etsy

***Disney Parks Podcast Meetup at the Cars Master Weekend***

Tony , Parkhoppers John and Sid will meet you at 2Pm Between Wolfgang Pucks and Bongos near the waterfall.

Join them to afterwards to walk around and check out the cars and entertainment. It’s going to be a great time, these 3 are SO much fun!

(I am sad that I have to miss out but I have a family commitment that day.)

Click HERE to see more upcoming events!

Show Notes

Cars Masters Weekend at Downtown Disney’s Westside

June 15 and June 16, 2013   from  9:30 AM to 6:00 PM

  • Cars Meet ‘n’ Greet

  • Downtown Disney Car Show

  • Special appearances by automotive legend Chip Foose, as well as Disney•Pixar’s Cars filmmaker Jay Ward.

  • Exotic Driving Experience

  • Idle over to the Chevrolet Showcase

  • Disney•Pixar’s Cars Movie Marathon at AMC® Downtown Disney 24.
  • Car Masters Merchandise

  • Exclusive Disney Activities — Race over to play Disney Infinity; then get revved up for future Disney film releases with interactive fun.

So come on down for a rev’d up a good time!

Disney Parks Podcast Meetup at the Cars Master Weekend

We will meet at 2Pm Between Wolfgang Pucks and Bongos near the waterfall.

We will then walk around and check out the cars and entertainment

The 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival , September 27 – November 10, 2013

Food and Wine Eat to the Beat Concert Lineup

  • Sept. 27-29 – Starship starring Mickey Thomas

  • Sept. 30-Oct. 1 – Go-Go’s

  • Oct. 2-4 – Air Supply

  • Oct. 5-6 – Sister Hazel

  • Oct. 7-9 – Sugar Ray

  • Oct. 10-11 – Edwin McCain

  • Oct. 12-13 – Manhattan Transfer

  • Oct. 14-15 – Wilson Phillips

  • Oct. 16-17 – The Pointer Sisters

  • Oct. 18-20 – Night Ranger

  • Oct. 21-23 – Boyz II Men

  • Oct. 24-25 – Survivor

  • Oct. 26-27 – 38 Special

  • Oct. 28-30 – Smash Mouth

  • Oct. 31-Nov. 1 – Spin Doctors

  • Nov. 2-3 – Christopher Cross

  • Nov. 4-5 – Hanson

  • Nov. 6-8 – Dennis DeYoung

  • Nov. 9-11 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Enter to Win a Monstrous Mint Candle from Walter&Rosie

Published May 23, 2013 by Disneyways.com


Enjoy a Monstrous 24-Hour Event
On May 24, 2013, for one day and one night only, Guests will have the chance to spend 24 whole hours inside select Disney parks!

Click hereto listen to the latest podcast from DPP for more on this fabulous event!

The Disney Parks Podcast team will be streaming live and holding meetups at Walt Disney World throughout the evening to celebrate the event. In an effort to help you continue the celebration at home all summer long, we have a special offer for you! My beautiful friend Sam from WalterAndRosie.com has created this special edition candle inspired by the Monstrous All-Nighter. It has the light scent of peppermint which has a reputation as being wonderful aromatherapy for any time you need a “pick-me-up.” Perfect for an all-night party, don’t you think?

Here are the 2 steps it takes to get entered. Deadline is Monday June 3rd 2013 at 11:59 pm

1. Head over and “Like” the Walter&Rosie Facebook page here.

2. Send an email to Disneyways@Disneyways.com  with the subject line Monstrous Mint Summer Giveaway and let us know you’d like to be entered to win.

That’s it! One lucky winner will be chosen and notified by email on Tuesday, June 4th 2013. Thank you for playing along and have a magically monstrous day!

Disney Parks Podcast Show #46 Top 5 things to do at the WDW Monster-ous All-Nighter

Published May 22, 2013 by Disneyways.com


Please click here to read about out partnership with the Disney Parks Podcast! We have a short and sweet show (just over 13 minutes!) for you this week. Tony, Parkhopper John, Parkhopper Sid, and I will share with you our top 5 things to do while you attend the Monster-ous Summer All-Nighter at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

Remember the live event kicks off  on Friday, May 24th at 6am!

If you are unable to make the event in person this year, we will be bringing the festivities to you by broadcasting live periodically throughout the evening.

Be sure to listen all the way to the end of this DPP episode to catch Tony’s secret word! Repeat that secret word to Tony on Friday night and you will receive a very special Disney By The Numbers pin!

Spend time with friends at the Disney Parks Podcast Meetups throughout the evening! We would love to see you there.

1st Meet location – Meet at 7 PM Train station 2nd floor

2nd Meet Location – Meet 9PM The old swan boat dock (Rose Garden)

3rd meet location – Meet Midnight Tomorrowland Terrace ( Upper eating area

 Can’t be here in person? No problem! We will be LIVE STREAMING, tweeting  & posting to Facebook  through the night.  Follow @DBTN & @Disneyways @wdwparkhoppers  on twitter for updates!

We have lots of additional surprises and special guests in store –  so don’t miss the live streaming as we broadcast periodically through the night.

Click here to go to the Disney Parks Podcast website and catch episode 46 – just in time to plan your Monster-ous All-Nigter!


Disney Parks Podcast Meetups During the All-Night Party May 24th!

Published May 16, 2013 by Disneyways.com

Are you coming to the  all-night party on Friday May 24th?If you missed the announcement, Magic Kingdom Park in Florida will be staying open from 6AM May 24th  – to 6AM on May 25th , 2013, local time.

I would LOVE to meet you during this Monstrous event!

Won’t you stop by and say hello?

The Disney Parks Podcast Team, including myself,  is hosting meetups at various times and places:
1st  Location – 7PM May 24th on the train station 2nd floor
2nd Location – 9PM  May 24th at the Rose Garden near Tomorrowland – this is also known as the  old swan boat dock
3rd Location – 11:59PM May 24th at Tomorrowland Terrace ( Upper eating area)

If you get a minute, please RSVP here, so we will know to look for you!

While you’re on the event page – please drop us a line. We look forward to hearing from you!
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Disney Parks Podcast Episode 44! Lots and Lots of Disney News!

Published May 10, 2013 by Disneyways.com

Please click here to read more about our relationship with the Disney Parks Podcast and all the different ways to listen in!

This episode was recorded on the heels of all the major announcements for the this summer!

Disney Parks are bursting with a Monstrous lineup of unforgettable thrills and entertainment, so you’ll want to listen in and get to get up to date.

Just click on the photo below to be taken to a direct link to connect from your PC.


As always, I want to thank the fabulous teams at WDWParkHoppers.com and  DisneyByTheNumbers.com! We are so honored to be a part of the show.

WDW Parkhoppers


Disney Parks Podcast Show #43 – Disney News Reviews and The Top 5 Disney Songs

Published May 8, 2013 by Disneyways.com

Please click here to read more about our relationship with the Disney Parks Podcast and all the different ways to listen in!

Episode #43 has been uploaded! During this episode, you will hear me mention the contest Julie’s Contest. That contest has already completed and you can see the contest results here.

Thank you Julie for your amazing generosity in sending every single person who entered their requested piece of jewelry.

Check out the winning stories here.

Even though the contest is over – you can still shop with Julie at a discount by using the keyword Disneyways at checkout.

Tony mentions a podcast where we got updates on Polynesian Resort rumors from the Tikiman. Please check out the WDW News Today podcast featuring the Tikiman here.

Click here for a direct link to check out episode #43 of Disney Parks Podcast from your computer, and thanks in advance for tuning in!

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As always, I want to thank the fabulous teams at WDWParkHoppers.com and  DisneyByTheNumbers.com! We are so honored to be a part of the show.


WDW Parkhoppers

Focused on the Magic Bloghop ~ A Wild Ride!

Published April 24, 2013 by Disneyways.com

This week’s theme is Disney Parks Wild Side. Deb from FocusedonTheMagic.com mentioned wild rides are included – so my thoughts immediately went to this photo.

Yep – that’s me – backseat left.

Rockin' Rollercoaster

Glamour shot right? I can’t look at this photo without cracking up laughing. I hope you have the same reaction!

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

I hadn’t been on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster® Starring Aerosmith in quite some time. Perhaps it was the promise of my friend Ramon to sit next to me since I was afraid – or the sheer joy and anticipation in this little girl’s face while we were in line – but something inside me said I needed to take this thing on again – and quit being such a wimp.

This photo was taken at the very beginning of the ride, during the high-speed launch that goes from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. After that – it was actually VERY fun for me!!

I love the music of Aerosmith so hearing the tunes while enjoying the ride was an added bonus!  In fact, I can’t wait to go on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster® Starring Aerosmith again!

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Do YOU have any photos of yourself and your family enjoying the “wild” rides at Disney? Please send them to me at Disneyways@Disneyways.com and we will post them here on the blog!

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World Secrets – The Lucky Combo!

Published March 15, 2013 by Disneyways.com

What comes to mind when you think of the gorgeous China Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase?

Sure, China has lots to offer. The pavilion is decorated with serene ponds, crossed by fantastic bridges, and is dominated by a replica of the Temple of Heaven. Here you will also find Reflections of China, a Circle-Vision 360° movie – and  there is a museum containing several ancient Chinese artifacts. You don’t see that every day.

China’s Nine Dragons is one of the most beautiful restaurants in all of World Showcase, and the Lotus Blossom Cafe has some of the best orange chicken in town. Shopping at Good Fortune Gifts and House of Good Fortune is a wonderful air-conditioned past time in the hot Florida summers.

Agent P World Showcase Adventure? Check. Dragon Legend Acrobats? Yep – China has those too – and what visit to China would be complete without actually meeting Mulan and Mushu? Speaking of Mulan, did you know Epcot’s China Pavilion served as a backdrop for the music video “Reflection,” performed by Christina Aguilera? You may recall that “Reflection” was from Mulan’s 1998 film – and nobody knew who Christina Aguilera was back then.

But what is China’s BEST kept secret?

To me, it is a wonderful little thing called the Lucky Combo – located right here at the Joy of Tea kiosk – only found at Epcot’s China pavilion.


It’s not new – it’s just that the The Lucky Combo has been hiding from me

(in plain sight).

For just $9.98, The Lucky Combo includes a Chinese BBQ Pork Bun, a Curry Chicken Pocket and an Egg Roll with your choice of a canned soft drink and a pretty generous serving of ice cream.

No…for real…this is an actual thing.

I had to take a picture because I couldn’t believe my own eyes. 


The extra ice cream you see pictured here belonged to my dining companion. We got one of each option – Strawberry Red Bean and Caramel Ginger.

Trust me – you need to try them BOTH.

But wait – there’s more!

Tea here comes in all forms – hot, iced, spiked or slushie –  and it is the only location in Epcot that carries real brewed tea instead of pre-made tea beverages. 

Not a fan of hot tea? Here’s another little secret:

The extremely friendly cast members that staff this location will gladly provide you a cup of ice to make your own iced version. They will also offer you a tasting of any (non-spiked) beverage, if you want to try before you buy.

Even though it’s hard for me to look past the Lucky Combo, here are more details on the menu, in case you want to plan ahead:

Sweetened Iced Teas: Peach Oolong and Mango Green (both $4.25 or one snack credit)
Hot Teas: Ginseng Oolong, Jasmine, Dragon Well, Green (all $3.19 or one snack credit)
Soft Drinks: Soda ($1.59 or one snack credit); Bottled Water ($2.50 or one snack credit)
Alcoholic Beverages: Mango Gingerita w/vodka and rum ($7.50); Canto Loopy w/vodka and cantaloupe juice ($7.50); Peach Snap w/Schnapps ($7.50); Green Tea Plum Slush w/plum wine ($7.50); Tsing Tao Beer and Tsing Tao Pure Draft Beer (both $5.75); Plum Wine ($4.99); Tipsy Ducks in Love ($8.50 or non-alcoholic $5.50)
Ice Cream: Strawberry Red Bean or Caramel Ginger (both $3.25 or one snack credit)
Snacks: Chinese BBQ Pork Buns ($4.50); Curry Chicken Pockets ($3.99 or one snack credit); Pork and Vegetable Egg Rolls ($3.99 or one snack credit)

So what are your thoughts? Do you agree that the Lucky Combo might be one of Epcot’s best kept secrets?

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