Monday, December 27, 2010

Team AllEars Donation Update

Well, the goal was $500, and WE MADE IT!!!!!

As I posted over on Facebook, I have been absolutely floored by the generosity of the people here.  From our daycare provider to a breast cancer survivor to a childhood friend battling her own disease, from my postmaster to a group of online freaks who used to hang out at the same place, from family members to a family I met but one time in passing in the Disney World parks, you all have humbled me.

A big THANK YOU needs to go out to those who helped out by donating to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.  If you did donate on my behalf and your name is not listed below (especially if you made an online donation), please let me know at so we can link up your donation. If you made an anonymous donation online, again please let me know, and while keeping your anonymity, I'll add your total to the list below.

The race is coming up...quicker than I was expecting!  If you would like to follow my progress in the half-marathon, you can sign up to receive e-mails/texts/etc at certain distance locations at

DONATIONS AS OF 02/21/2011

Anonymous                                       $100
Avanti's Dine to Donate Program    $67
Jim and Jean Beierlein                      $50
Jim and Karen Guglielmo                  $50
Ed and Judy Hines                             $50
Bob and Cindy Miller                         $50
Kelly Peck                                           $50
Annette Rutledge                              $50
Jim and Carol Kunce                         $30
Anonymous                                         $25
Anonymous                                         $25

Eric Berger                                          $25
Double 'C' Boutique                          $25 
The Manning Family                          $25
Cathy and Jim McConnell                $25
Harold and Diane Melton                 $25
Dan and Jayne Mushrush                 $25
Anthony Ostrosky                              $25
Kathi Schaeffer                                  $25
Brian Swann                                       $25
Thia Stevens-Wagner                       $25
Chili's Normal Pepper Profits           $23
Francisco Arceo                                 $20
Mary Bargmann                                 $20
Sandra Perkins                                   $10 

Total: $870!

Monday, December 13, 2010

From 0 to 13...

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR HOW TO DONATE, PLEASE READ BELOW - instructions on how to donate are included at the end of this post!

Ten months…it was ten months ago that my craziest journey began. After hearing about all the experiences about the 2010 Disney World half-marathon, mostly from the Running to Disney, WDW Today, and Mousetimes podcasts, the idea of actually contemplating doing my own half-marathon crept into my mind. I won't rehash what I've already written; this entry takes me from my very first run on March 25th to today. I vividly recall thinking to myself as I was walking around the track that doing 13 miles at one time was going to be extremely difficult, if not impossible. Still, I remember the elation when I crossed the finish-line and noticed that I made that mile in under 16:00, which is the required pace to complete the half. April 6th was the day I took the big step and registered for the half, not having completed another run – my next run wasn't until a week after I registered, and it was a 2-miler. I walked 80% of it and still maintained a 15:39 pace.

With each successive week, I'd make a new discovery in the sport of running – things like: understanding what pronation was and that having the right shoes were a very importing thing to have; figuring out stride/gait/foot-plant/etc; and understanding that not every run will be the best one yet. The 2.5 mile threshold was crossed in late April, and my pace was its best yet (14:07). May 10th marked the first time I hit 3 miles, and the thought of doing that 4 times over in a mere 8 months was simply too much to ask. Just a few days later, I accidentally crossed the 4-mile mark. I skipped 5 miles and went directly to six in late June. Mid-July was meant for 7 miles, and early August for 8. The ninth month found me at nine miles – I liked it so much that I cleared 10 miles at the end of September. October 21st was what I consider the major milestone – 11 miles in just under 2:30. It wasn't so much the distance as it was the time. This was the first time I felt confident that I would actually be able to make the complete run in January and not be swept off the course. November 4th got me to 12 miles, and, finally, 13 miles was reached on November 23rd. It took over 7 months, but I'm just about there. Not only is the distance there, the time is, too. Using a run/walk ratio (thanks to Jeff Galloway for his training plans!), this 5'8", 250 lb sprinter completed 13 miles in just over 3 hours at a 14:04 pace – well below the 16:00 pace.

As I write this, we are a mere 4 weeks away from Marathon Weekend. I fear that I have peaked already and will regress before the run. I already feel it to a certain extent – I lost over 20 lbs from the time that I started; however, I've put back on about 10. With my schedule and the weather, I'm not able to get out as much, and I fear that I'll lose the endurance I've built up to. I'm going to try to get at least one more 13-mile run in before the race.

Am I thrilled with this? Undoubtedly. Never in my life would I ever have guessed I'd be doing what I'm doing now. As I look at my training log, I have run 275.51 miles, burned off over 24 lbs (around 455 donuts). Over 68 hours have been devoted to running, which, when you think about it, really isn't a lot over the ten-month period. I can definitely tell that it has helped me physically and emotionally; Before I started running, I would feel my pulse race to over 120 on occasion – even when sitting down. That doesn't happen now – my resting heart-rate has dropped to a more acceptable level, and I no longer get tired walking up flights of stairs. My blood pressure has also happily moved downward. Though my weight has moved back up a bit, I'm still down 10 lbs, and I can tell by the way the clothes are fitting that there's a definite difference. Mentally, I seem to be better able to focus on things, and (though some may argue), I feel I don't "explode/connipt" as fast I as used to (a definite win-win situation). In fact, if I don't run for a few days, I get antsy to get out there.

But there's something else that I have gained in the training – another circle of colleagues and friends. One of the main reasons I'm doing this is because of Team AllEars.

Who is Team AllEars?

 Who are the members of Team AllEars?   Below is a list of the people officially on the team (links to websites/blogs are included for those that I know):


Dominic AbramTacey Atkinson
Holly AulenDebra Belloli
Eric BouchetJessica Brach
Barrie BrewerTrey Bush
Steve CantafioJamie Curci
Jessica CutlerHelen Dunn
Melanie CamphouseMichelle Cunningham
Evelyn DeLucciaDave Dunkowski
John EilerSuzanne Farnan
Dan FulkBrad Garfinkel
Cailin GidlewskiJosh Gidlewski
Laura GilbreathByron Hall
Stan HarrisGordon Harvey
Erika HellerJeffrey Heller
MaryJean KancelJeanette Krause
Scott LebeauKerry Lenny
Tommy LewisHeather Little
Julie LoiselleSharla Manglass
Erwin MascardoJulia Mascardo
Chris Mushrush (ME!)Stephanie Mathias
Amanda McKittrick GonzalesShawn Moffett
Helen NorlandJulie Olson
Kristen OstregaMike Paxton
Heather PrzystasDan Rajnik
Andy ReiserApril Reynolds
Jamison ReynoldsSara Rhodes
Julie RogersTracy Sabotin
David SchaeferMarc Schreiber
Rhonda SpeerTim Tosten
Molly TroostTom Troost
Ashley TurnerRobert Wilhelm
Andrea Williams


Mike ScopaMichelle Scribner-Maclean


The Reason We're a Team:

We are 66-strong...of all ages, locations, income levels, occupations, and levels of fitness.  And we have been working on preparing for our task; for some, our 3rd, 4th, even 5th race...and for many, our very first one.  Some are running 5k.  Some are preparing for 13.1.  Others are gearing up for 26.2...and then there are the Goofy ones who are running the 13.1 on Saturday and the 26.2 on Sunday (the really Dopey ones are adding a 5K on Friday on top of that).  This group has shared triumphs and tribulations.  Many have fought injury in their training - some, unfortunately, have had to end their training because of it.  We have asked each other about training, about fundraising, about what to expect and what to avoid.  We have celebrated births...and we have consoled those losing loved ones.

In a few weeks, I'll be fortunate enough to meet nearly every one of these people for the first time.  I have a sense, though, that we'll already know each other, and, when we meet up, it will seem like we're more like friends that simply haven't seen each other in a long time. We're all Disney freaks - that goes without saying.  There's another bond that we share, though...we're in this to raise money - money that goes to more than just trying to find a cure.  Much of this money goes towards awareness and education; screening and diagnosis; access to treatment; and support services...all in addition to scientific research.  

If you haven't donated yet, please consider doing so..even if it's a single dollar (imagine how much could be raised if all the online Disney freaks donated just $1).  We broke the $25,000 level a couple of weeks ago, but we want to see that number keep on going up!!!  If you want to donate online, go to the Avon Walk donation page and fill it out.  All of us on Team AllEars has agreed to raise a minimum of $500 - to have your money count towards our goals, please add the following in the "Personalize your gift" line: (your name), Team AllEars (name of runner).  Example for those who want to have your donation go towards my'd enter: John Smith, Team AllEars Chris Mushrush.  You can make it anonymous - just leave out your name and put in "Team AllEars (runner's name)".  If you do a donation online, please make sure the runner you're donating in the name of knows about what you've done.

If you would rather donate without doing it online (and want it to count for my goal), you can send me a check (payable to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer) to:

Chris Mushrush
P.O. Box 55
Downs, IL 61736

Originally, I was shooting for a goal of $1,000, but I have since decided that, being new to fundraising, $500 should be the goal.  I'm not quite there yet as I write this, but we're getting closer.

The excitement factor is starting to build.  This won't be a typical Disney World trip for us - we fly down on a Thursday, going to bed early on Friday, running EARLY in the morning on Saturday, and will be back on Sunday.  I hope to be able to provide pictures and updates of all that is going on in the short time we'll be down there.  In the next couple of weeks, I'll post information on how you can follow me during the race (to see if I make it!).  You'll be able to receive texts as I pass certain mile markers.  Let's do this thing!!!




Friday, December 3, 2010

Disney Podcast Updates, August 1-15, 2010

GOOOOODDDDDD AFTERNOON!!!!! (or whenever you read this)  Those who follow me on Facebook know I've been dealing with laptop issues, and it finally came to the point where I had to put the old laptop down and get a new one. Luckily, I've got all the episodes saved on another computer, so I'll be able to provide an unbroken chain of updates. The only problem is that I'm so far behind that most won't take the time to look for a show that far back. I'm going to start getting more current updates (< 1-2 weeks old) again and will fill in the August-November time span as I can

58 Shows in this round of updates...several talk about the opening of Via Napoli in the Italy Pavilion at Epcot.  Some "Not to be missed" include an R-rated Disney Dudes episode, some really good interviews on Inside the Magic and WaltCast, and some great videos all-around!

If you are interested in listening to any of these episodes, I have links to subscribe for most of these shows in my post HERE. Also, if you're willing, you can help these shows out by posting a review over on iTunes. The more they get, the higher up they appear on searches. If you do start listening to a podcast as a result of what you've seen on here, please let the podcasters know!

As always, please note that this again is not a comprehensive list of the Disney Podcasts that are out there. Mike Hamilton has created, which he periodically updates with new podcasts and removes dead casts. He also has the automated RSS (historical) feeds of the podcasts. This is more of a cross-section of what is currently being talked about…perhaps something may sound interesting, and you'll subscribe to listen to that topic.

Any and all comments are welcomed! Also, if you know of another podcast that fits here, let me know.


    • 08/01/10 – Episode 251, Today we discuss the original Disney theme park with listeners Jillian and Susie.  We talk about their feelings upon arrival at Disneyland, the differences between Disneyland and Walt Disney World, the dining options, as well as lodging at Disneyland.  We also spend some time talking about World of Color! Time: 39:17
    • 08/05/10 – Episode 252, Today we get together, around the iPod, like listeners for years and years before us, to share a podcast!  We talk about our feelings on Illuminations!  We discuss what comes to mind first when we think of the show, where best to see it, variations on the show, how we might improve it, and more! (Mush: cute description! I've never been a huge fan of the show – only seen it twice. Thanks for the information in the show!) Time: 37:39
    • 08/08/10 – Episode 253, Today we are lucky to have Debbie share her amazing trip to Walt Disney World!  Today's podcast shows that even Floridians can totally get away from it all and head to WDW!  We hear about her amazing surprise in staying at a different resort than she expected, then a great upgrade upon arrival!  We discuss Disney's Old Key West Resort, the Sum of All Thrills at Epcot, spending time with great friends of the show, and more!  Debbie also gives her thoughts on a trip eating at only new restaurants for the entire trip!  Time: 33:41
    • 08/12/10 – Episode 254, Today we discuss the highlights of the recently-released 2011 Magic Your Way Package details.  We discuss the changes to the Disney Dining Plan, Resort Room Category changes, as well as the little "extras" that are included in Magic Your Way packages.  Thank you so much for supporting our podcast!  Please let us know what you think about the 2011 MYW Packages at 41:52
    • 08/15/10 – Episode 255, Happy Monday, everyone!  Today we are looking at details all around Walt Disney World, literally!  Keith and Jackie from our Be Our Guest Podcast Forums recently got together and authored a new book called, "Attention to Detail!"  This is an amazing book for all Disney fans, and a great example of friends chasing down their dreams!  Listen to Keith and Jackie talk about what the book is like, and why they decided to take on this adventure!  The book is available at!  Time: 24:09
    • 08/12/10 – Episode 26, Four of the five members of TEAM BETAMOUSE recently visited the Disneyland Resort and this week we'll share with you a number of very Betamouse moments and other features from our visit. Time: 36:40
    • 08/15/10 – BMS 89, Day 1 footage from May/June 2010 WDW vacation. Enjoy. (Mush: wait for it……………almost there……..yes, it was pretty!) Time: 11:07
    • 08/01/10 – Episode 96, The crew is back from a little break and gives you 2 hours of Disney fun. On this episode: The World In News - Disney World News; Monorail Station - Park Icons; Disney Dance Floor - Future World Re-do; Email Time - Listener Emails Time: 1:57:42
    • 08/15/10 – Episode 97, The Disney vibe is going strong this week on CB. Another huge show, so strap on those earphones. On this episode: The World In News - Disney World News; Disney Dance Floor - World Showcase Bests; Monorail Station – Characters. Show Members: Sorcerer, Imagine, Pluto, Jeff. Time: 1:44:01
    • 08/15/10 – Episode 47, Disney Dudes Podcast Show #47 is one for the big boys and girls! Thank you to a listener that email Wayne with a Disney sex issue. As you can tell The Disney Dudes handled the issue with the maturity of a teenager. Well, what do you expect? Next we listen to actual Walt Disney World 911 calls. (Mush: Oh….my….Gawd!!!!!! If only Lisa were on this show too to get her reactions to Trace's comments!!! I might have to sit my wife down to watch her reaction as she hears this. The musical interludes were AWESOME!!!). Time: 1:24:06
    • 08/15/10 – Episode 81, Today we sing a happy American tune, accompanied by Burl Ives (Mush: a tisket, a tasket…gonna have that song in me head for a while!) Time: 13:46
    • 08/08/10 – Episode 54, In this episode, Scott heads to Flynn's Arcade to review the Toy Story 3 home video game, while Tracey sits down with two fellow Disney fans, Mel and Debbie King to talk about their travel adventure to Walt Disney World earlier this summer.  Buzzy plays some music and park audio on WWED and Scott and Tracey wrap up the show with some feedback. Time: 1:24:48
    • 08/04/10 – Episode 47, To begin with each of us brings you our own Disney Bucket List. Those things at Walt Disney World we haven't done yet but want to do before we pop our clogs. We have some serious but also weird and wacky suggestions from us and some of the members of the forum. Next up, we replay a segment we brought to you just over a year ago entitled "Beating the Heat in Walt Disney World". Although several of you may have heard this before we have a huge listeners' base who have joined us in the past year and felt it was a worthwhile segment to repeat. Last but certainly not least is the return of Disney Island Discs. On this edition, Juz brings us the 3 Disney songs (well, it was supposed to be 3) he would take with him if he was stranded on a desert Island. Time: 1:52:23
    • 08/01/10- Episode 278, Beyond several exciting Disney announcements, Transformers and former Disney voice actor Peter Cullen joins us to discuss his roles including Autobot leader Optimus Prime. This week's extra brings a quick look at a unique Toy Story 3 magazine that paves the way for future Disney publications. Plus, we catch up on all listener feedback (finally). Time: 1:02:18
    • 08/06/10 – Video Extra, On August 5, 2010, the Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria grand opened at Walt Disney World's Epcot theme park in Orlando, Florida. The partnership between Disney and the Patina Restaurant Group offers authentic Italian flavors with a focus on Neapolitan pizza. Time: 5:10
    • 08/08/10 – Episode 279, Get ready to get hungry as Ricky reviews the new Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria at Epcot, including interviews with Epcot vice president Dan Cockerell, Patina Restaurant Group CEO Nick Valenti, and executive chef Charlie Restivo. We also take you to the latest Disney Store opening in Santa Monica where Amy Rocchio follows up with Disney Store president Jim Fielding to find out guest reactions to the new store designs. Plus, we have plenty of exciting Disney news and answers to your Disney questions. Time: 1:10:20
    • 08/15/1 – Episode 280, Following news of big changes in the Fantasyland expansion and possible new theme park ticket options, we visit Star Wars Celebration V for Disney's panel discussion about the upcoming Star Tours reimagining as well as the ride's development along with the history of Indiana Jones in Disney's parks. The discussion features special guests Walt Disney Imagineer Jason Surrell and none other than C-3PO himself, Anthony Daniels. Time: 1:42:11
    • 08/03/10 – Episode 136, Favorite Rides at Hollywood Studios - latest Disney news and event. The podcast team discusses the best rides at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Time: 1:14:32
    • 08/12/10 – Episode 137, Today's feature is favorite rides at Animal Kingdom. Also featured today is the latest Disney News. The podcast team talks about the new price increases from Disney. Time: 1:25:20
    • 08/08/10 – Episode 78, On this episode of the Magic Never Ends Podcast, we travel back to our 2009 shenanigan-filled Summer Walt Disney World vacation. A vacation that celebrated Will and Shannon's 9 Year Wedding Anniversary as well as our 2 year friendship anniversary with the Dysfunctional SuperFamily. This episode celebrates those two big events by riding Expedition Everest! Will and Keegs share special moments on the Animal Kingdom thrill ride and then Will and Shannon celebrate together. But first, we begin the episode saving the World with the Kim Possible Epcot World Showcase Game. Then we gather our big silly, crazy group to ride Rock'N Roller Coaster and Dinosaur! (Fun show!) Time: 1:06:20
    • 08/01/10 – On this week's show, Nathan Rose and Jim Hill discuss San Diego Comic Con 2010, what projects Disney showed off, and what to expect to from the Disney Company this upcoming year. Time: 1:09:18
    • 08/08/10 – On this week's show, Nathan Rose and Jim Hill discuss the upcoming projects from the Disney Channel, as well as how they will integrate them in the park. Time: 23:04
    • 08/04/10 – Episode 170, Your hosts read various e-mails that cover a wide range of topics and have interesting and lively discussions because of them. This show was streamed live so you may hear references to chat window inputs. Time: 2:11:42
    • 08/01/10 – "Alice in Wonderland", We watch and review Walt Disney's animated classic from 1951, Alice in Wonderland and play an audio ride thru of the Disneyland attraction. (1 million billion google thumbs up here!) Time: 37:06
    • 08/10/10 – Episode 82, MCP #82-Jonathan rejoins the show with his "short" list of attractions and lame excuses. BUT at least he is back and is his usual self once again-This week we steal attractions from coast to coast. (Mush: $100 says that Tairy did the show info). Time: 51:24
    • 08/12/10 – Season 2, Episode 1, On this episode, Matt searches out the enigmatic, secret, members-only club for Disney vacationers. He needs to find it for the big Mouse Droppings Season Two release party!! (Mush: and, yes, I did move this to the front of the queue when I heard about its release…still waiting for my invitation!) Time: 27:46
    • 08/07/10 – Episode 263, A shorter show this week, since there hasn't been a whole heck of a lot of news from Disney, and we don't have much feedback to cover.  Seriously, folks - make Eric's day and send in some feedback!  Meanwhile, ticket prices rise, the TTA changes its name (sorta) and the Candlelight Processional now has a pretty nifty dinner package for those who are interested.  Plus we've got a little audio gem provided by Gary Chambers of the Mouse Lounge podcast! Time: 34:58
    • 08/14/10 – Episode 264, It's time for yet another entry in our ride-along series!  This week, we take a gander at SpectroMagic, share a little knowledge, and try to remember the names of the Three Little Pigs. Time: 25:50
    • 08/11010 – Season 4, Episode 12, In this episode, the Mouse Lounge presents a rootin' tootin' tooth shootin' good time in Frontierland!  From the Walt Disney Archives:  Walt introduces Frontierland to an eager America on Disneyland's opening day in 1955.  Each week, in From the Vault we sample a clip from a classic Disney film, short, television or radio program, or Disneyland Record.   This week, we travel back in time, to the late 1800's for Slue Foot Sue's Golden Horseshow Revue!  Each week we present a high definition ride-through from a Disney Park East or a Disney Park West.   This week, we hop on board the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.   We'll close this week's show with a couple of jumpin' Frontierland tracks from the Mark Twain Riverboat, enjoy Come Back, Sweet Papa, and Milenberg Joys! (Mush: AWESOME!) Time: 1:41:32
    • 08/02/10 – Episode 92, It's a Mousetalgia Emporium! Jeff reports on the pros and cons of taking a toddler to the parks, the whole team reports on the "Disney Parks Around the Globe" panel discussion at the Walt Disney Family Museum, and we answer listener email. Plus, a special "Ears to the Ground" segment on the last flight of Star Tours. Also: High School Musical 3 saves a life, Dave looks at the "Disney Parks" DVD set, Kristen hosts a giveaway, and more! Time: 1:17:24
    • 08/08/10 – Episode 93, Late summer reading and relaxing with Mousetalgia! This week, the team recommends their top twelve places to escape the summer heat at the Disneyland Resort, and four great books to while away the time. Also - the Haunted Mansion turns 41, the team prepares for the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet, Zorro invades San Juan Capistrano, and a chance to win a character key sericel of Jedi Mickey! Time: 1:22:40
    • 08/09/10 – Episode 58, Welcome to the Northern Mouse Podcast Episode 58 with your hosts Carlos, Kevin and Robb. Robb an I bring you the fourth episode of Running to the Magic we talk about some of the Disney Endurance events. Then Sean from answers Robb and my Questions about DVC as they still attempt to convert me.  Then we go to part five of around the world in a day. Today we'll be in Italy again this time to catch Romeo and Edna, then Mexico for the Three Caballeros and end with the Dragon Legend acrobats in China be sure to subscribe to our new video feed I have posted the video portion of the show there along with the other around the world in a day videos. (Mush: Loved the audio in the "Around the World" segment. Also, there was some really good info in the DVC discussion!) Time: 2:10:30
    • 08/03/10 – Episode 28, Join Jennifer and Sara as they discuss this week's newsletter, compare their Top 10 Meals List and answer listener questions. Time: 35:08
    • 08/10/10 – Episode 29, Join Jennifer and Sara as they discuss this week's news, chat with special guest Quicksilver Tours owner Gregory Nicolas, and answer listener questions. Time: 31:53
    • 08/01/10 – Episode 41, In this week's show we'll be giving you attraction audio from both Kyra and Marc's favorite attractions. So sit back and relax as we broadcast the magic to you from high a top Tomorrowland. Time: 36:50
    • 08/05/10 – Episode 74, Gordon and Megan (Run Vegan Run Podcast) go for a run in Dayton, Ohio and reflect upon their experience as crew members for Mike (DirtDawg's Running Diatribe Podcast) and Kevin ( at the 2010 Burning River 100 Mile Endurance Race. Time: 1:07:05
    • 08/10/10 – Episode 75, Gordon updates his training, his weight, his open water swim for the upcoming Triathlon, and ruminates on why we should be who we were made to be, and not who others think we should be or who we think others want us to be. (Mush: Another amazing show, Gordon!) Time: 57:38
    • 08/08/10 – Episode 130, This episode marks the 5th Anniversary (more or less) of Trapped on Vacation, we're still the Longest Running Non-Commercial Disney Podcast on the Internet, and we'd like to thank you for listening and sticking with us for all of these years!  Without our listeners like you, I'd just be a guy talking to myself with a wife staring at him wondering what the hell I was doing.  So thanks for not making me look like an idiot.  Well... like more of an idiot I guess... This week we head back in time with all new audio from the Opening Night Preview of the Main Street Electrical Parade at the Magic Kingdom.  Yes, that's how long it's been...  After that we head up north to Dearborn, MI and hear an original recording by Thomas Edison.  Without Edison's invention of the phonograph, I doubt you'd be hearing my voice today!  So thanks Mr. Edison!  (Also thanks for the lightbulbs in MSEP!) Time: 37:56
    • 08/03/10 – Episode 54, Zac Hanson joins us this week to talk about Hanson's concerts at EPCOT this fall. Time: 28:35
    • 08/10 /10 – Episode 55, Sister Hazel's Ken Block joins us this week to discuss their EPCOT concerts in October. Time: 24:38
    • 08/03/10 – Episode 155, To kick off this week's show, we have the fifth edition of our newest segment called "The Top Ten". It's an interactive and fun segment where the WDWNT Podcast Team and our listeners come together to create top ten lists for Walt Disney World in many different categories. We continue this week with the top ten table service restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort (Mush: another great TT segment!). Following that, we have another edition of Town Square Talk without Mayor Justin Heyman. On this trip down Main Street WDWNT, we'll be providing information on WDWNT: The Weekend (which, might I add, is just three weeks away), the season finale of "See Ya' Real Late", the return of the Super Obscure Show to WDWNTunes, WDWNT: The App, and we'll also be informing you of a very important change that will affect how you download this program every week. Time: 2:35:47
    • 08/10/10 – Episode 156, On this week's show, we have another installment of our Walt Disney World history segment, Back to the Future. In this week's trip through time, we'll be looking at the history of singing food, rockin' parodies, and flying hang-gliders inside The Land pavilion at Epcot. We'll travel back to the Kitchen Kabaret, and take our time machine all the way up to the cloning of a California Adventure attraction, and beyond. Time: 2:29:03
    • 08/01/10 – Episode 181, I'll open up the inbox this week and answer more of your questions about everything from the rooms at Bay Lake Tower versus Kidani Village; visiting Pixie Hollow in the Magic Kingdom; Flight to the Moon and Mission to Mars; traveling the resort using the WDW bus system; annual passes for the family; signature restaurants and the best Italian food on property; resort-specific merchandise, going alone, and so much more! Time: 1:12:09
    • 08/04/10 – Video Extra, Disney's Wedding Specialists have worked with couples from all over the world since 1991 and hosted over 40,000 unique weddings. Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings provides a one-stop shopping experience for couples' every wedding planning need. Join Lou Mongello in Walt Disney World as he tours Franck's and the Disney's Wedding Pavilion and discusses the variety of options with Korri McFann from Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons. (Mush: Great video!!! I'll forego the obvious Trace and Lisa comments). Time: 6:27
    • 08/07/10 – Video Extra, Via Napoli, located next to Tutto Italia Ristorante, the restaurant in the Italy pavilion in Epcot World Showcase at Walt Disney World Resort, is the first authentic Italian pizzeria to ever open in the park. Join Lou Mongello from WDW Radio as he visits the restaurant on its opening day, talks with Patina Restaurant Group CEO Nick Valenti, and samples the flavors and culture of Italy in this new Walt Disney World dining experience. Via Napoli features a selection of classical Neapolitan pizzas, created water calibrated specifically to the pH found in Naples, Italy. A unique feature at Via Napoli is the wood-burning ovens, which are named after the three active volcanoes in Italy -- Mount Etna, Mount Vesuvius and Stromboli. Each oven is sculpted with the "face of the volcano" -- reflecting the gods whose mythology surrounds each volcano's history. (Mush: It's food, which means Lou was in Heaven in this video…I may have to rethink my marathon weekend dining after watching this one). Time: 9:19
    • 08/08/10 – Episode 182, We'll start off this week's show with a visit to what has recently become one of my favorite areas of the Magic Kingdom, as we look at the Top Ten Things We Love About Liberty Square. Beyond the Haunted Mansion, it is a land filled with incredible details, historical importance, and wonderful opportunities. I'll then take you to the waters of the Seven Seas Lagoon and aboard the Grand One, the most luxurious watercraft at Walt Disney World, as we explore how this cruising experience is perfect for parties, a romantic evening and special occasions. I'll announce the winner of our last Walt Disney World Trivia Contest, have a few announcements and then play more of your voicemails at the end of the show. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this week's episode of the WDW Radio Show. Time: 1:14:00
    • 08/02/10 – Episode 754, Today, we compare the old WDW Ticket system with today's attractions. (Mush: loved this one!!!) Time: 28:11
    • 08/04/10 – Episode 755, Listener Questions Wednesday! Time: 34:15
    • 08/06/10 – Episode 756, Today, we discuss what senses trigger our reactions and memories while touring the parks. Please feel free to add yours at (This one made me long to be down there soooo badly!) Time: 23:36
    • 08/08/10 – Episode 757, A recording of our live show aboard Royal Caribbean's Grandeur Of The Seas during MagicMeets 2010. Time: 47:20
    • 08/08/10 – Episode 758, Today, we discuss recent rumors regarding some changes to the WDW resorts. Time: 16:41
    • 08/11/10 – Episode 758 (again), Today, we answer your listener questions all about planning trips to Walt Disney World. Time: 35:40
    • 08/13/10 – Episode 759, Today, author Tracie Cook joins us to discuss her new book "Kid Tips For Walt Disney World..Touring Advice By Kids For Kids." Time: 19:34
    • 08/04/10, Episode 47, Tour de Disneyland Paris! (le Mush: Aujourd'hui, Matt et Nate jeter un oeil à Disneyland Paris. C'est un joli parc et un grand spectacle à écouter. Temps: 1 :25 :54
    • 08/01/10, Episode 247, This week, we begin season 6 of the show with a look at Paul's day at Disneyland on July 17th, 2010... Disneyland's 55th Anniversary. Paul is joined on the actual day of WTTM's 5th Anniversary by Brian Sommer, Magic Joe, & Magic Teri... Thanks to and for their unknowing contributions to this episode. Thanks to everyone who has made the first 5 years of WTTM truly amazing, and for helping to make WindowtotheMagic the ULTIMATE Disneyland Audio Adventure Experience
    • 08/08/10 – Episode 248, This week, Magic Joe steps in to provide part two of his special celebratory show series. Time: 52:29

Monday, November 22, 2010

Mushfam Disney Family Vacation, June 2010; Day 2, Part 4: Nautazu!!!

Part 3 of Day 2 is located HERE (sorry it took so long to post this one)

2 hours later, I awaken, with Sheri giving me this "grin" (you can imagine what it looked like). "I guess I was tired," I groggily say. "Did I snore?" Sheri turns to the boys and repeats the question. The boys then give me a symphony of snoring sounds.

Keep it up, guys…just see if y'all ever get to use the car when you're 16.

I hop online and work on my summer online class a bit. I then send a quick message to AJ Wolfe of the Disney Food Blog to see if she wanted any pics of dishes from places we were dining at. She immediately texts me back and lets me know what they're up to (so, yes, she would be very happy with pics). After that, wifey starts getting a little agitated and wants to get going for our ADR at Sanaa. We're still a good 20 minutes away from our time, but, being the good husband, I just look at her funny and go along with it - we get ready and head back to the lobby. It was then that I realized why she was so antsy…she thought it was over at Jambo House.

Well, now what?

We look around the lobby for a bit and take in its grandeur. A cultural rep CM talks with us for a bit and takes a family pic. Still early, we chance it and head downstairs to the desk at Sanaa to check in. We get a pager and look around the bottom floor for a moment.

The pager goes off in Eric's hand, and he doesn't even notice it. It's the Miller side of the family. We head in and start to look over the drink menu. As we do so, Aaron comments that it's the exact same kids' menu here as it was at the Coral Reef. EXACT! We let them order a special lemonade that came with a light-up Buzz, not even thinking that, since it was the EXACT same menu, it was likely the EXACT same not-so-tasty lemonade they tried at Coral Reef.

It was.

They swapped out drinks (smoothies) . Still, the boys got collector figures that apparently were somewhat special. They were supposed to glow blue, but an ordering snafu gave them green-glowing figures, which apparently are pretty rare.

Sheri and I both ordered the same drink…the flight of 3 white wines:

Right: Delheim Gewurtzraminer
Center: Gunderlach Diva Spatlese Riesling
Left: Cline Viognier

That done, we order. Sheri surprises me and gets a New York Strip along with me. I usually go either medium or medium-rare, but Sheri wants her steak somewhere between extra-well done and shoe-leather texture. Though there's a significant difference between the way we ordered our steaks, they both came out at the same time. This usually means mine will be overdone and hers underdone.

Both of us took one bite of our steaks, with the raisin-chutney topping and the potato-spinach mixture…

…and contemplating conceiving a girl just to name her "Sanaa" in honor of our new favorite restaurant at Walt Disney World. That steak was perfect, as was Sheri's. It blew away the mushroom filet at Le Cellier. It sank the strip I had at the Coral Reef the night before. It even blitzed and sacked the strip I had at Shula's a few years back in Boston during a conference. It was cooked to absolute perfection, and the chutney, with just a hint of sweetness, perfectly balanced the spinach and onions in the potatoes. Whatever the boys had, they liked it too (I was too busy enjoying my meal).

The manager took the time to spend a few minutes talking with us. We talked about the Indian influence on the food and how he would classify the type of restaurant. This was a really nice touch, having the manager do more than just "how's the food? Good? Great. Seeyabyebye!" The server also talked with us a bit about the décor and how people actually stole some of the artifacts bolted to the walls.

For dessert, Sheri copied me again, and we got the dessert sampler:

Top, Chai cream Right, African ice cream. Left, chocolate cake.

We got a quick pic before starting the dessert course.

Then we tried the dessert.

We nearly tried conceiving that daughter right then and there at the table.

Our server warned us that the Chai cream would be dangerously addicting. I'm not a fan of anything Chai-related, but one taste of that cream instantly changed my mind. The chocolate cake was ehhh, and the African ice cream was good, but the Chai cream was out of this world! I got every single drop of the stuff out of the ramekin and nearly ate that too.

If you are looking for a VERY good meal at Disney World without taking a major risk with the cultural flavors, I cannot recommend Sanna highly enough. Granted, I can't speak for the ethnic foods, but the Strip is hands-down amazing.

It wasn't busy yet, and our server still had rooms in what I assumed was her section, so we stayed and talked for a few minutes before paying and heading out. We head back upstairs and make our way to Johari Treasures for tomorrow's breakfast (donuts and milk). We then make our way back to the room and start changing into our swimwear to check out the pool area. 5.3 miles later, we pass through the lobby and resist the urge to go left to the bus stops (the only way we ever seem to go out of the lobby). We head right and, a couple of minutes later, we pass the fitness center and are in the swimming area. At first glance, it's BIG. After looking at the main pool area, we turn right and look at the "water playground" area. Most documents have this part of the pool area in the pictures, and it is impressive. The only real issue (and it's not an issue) is that it seems to be set up to cater to the 1-5 age group. Our boys both walked around for a bit and squirted each other once before heading out. Oh well.

We head back to the main pool and start searching for life preservers for them, as they immediately saw the water slide. While getting the floatation thingys, I see Eric (from yesterday…not SyracuseWolvrine nor the 5 year-old kid that follows me around) walking by. He stops and talks for a second…he mentioned that he looked over my blog the previous night and liked what he saw (the podcast updates). I was genuinely touched…I always expected family and friends to read the blog. This is the first time I've met someone in person who has seen the writing. We talked for an instant before he headed out. An instant later, the boys were equipped and ready to tackle the water slide. They thought they were big enough to find the way up themselves, and I grudgingly let them go. Of course, they didn't notice me lagging behind them by about 10 seconds…good thing, too, because they missed the stairs and were heading towards the exit. I holler at them and point them in the right direction. When they started running (despite my threats not to earlier), they found me heading up to the top with them. They were the only ones up there, so I give them the short safety briefing (one at a time, wait until the light turns green, no head-first, etc…) before sending Aaron down. As Eric hops in and waits (wow…he listened!), we see about 5 family's worth of kids head up. After Eric goes down, I start to make my way back down the stairs…until I see Aaron heading up the stairs for another trip. I sigh and tell him to wait for Eric before I head back up. The kids up there are now wondering what the heck I'm doing up there with no intentions of going down the slide. Aaron and Eric make it up, and rest of the kids now understand. The boys head down and make their way back up.

I was up there for a good 15 minutes.

Luckily another couple of adults made their way up…mostly so they could try the slide themselves.

Finally, only 1 kid comes up (Eric) and tells me that this is the last run for them. After he goes down, I decide to tempt fate (and the chance of getting stuck) and head down it myself. You should have seen the face of the mother who was expecting to catch her 4 year old daughter coming down the slide. I had my arms out for her to catch me and everything…

We mess around for a bit in the pool, and I start hearing the pool bar calling my name. I look to Sheri, who balks and doesn't want a drink. I decide to get a drink later on just before we head back to the room. I'm more than ready to get out (because of the pruniness, the forthcoming drink, and the movie that had started, etc.) Eventually, the boys release us from lifeguard duty, and we head back to the room. Anyone want to guess what I forgot to order and drink on the way back?

After the journey back to the room, we start getting the boys in the shower. I notice that I had a voice message. It was our neighbor who was feeding the cats. Apparently, Mac was acting a little different tonight. I call back and talk about it. He's acting a little lethargic. We know he sometimes mopes around a little when we aren't around. Couple this with the insulin, and we hope that that's the problem. I thank them, and they tell me that they'll text with an update in the morning.

The boys are a little tired, so we don't have to fight them too much to get in bed. We quickly find out that there's not a ton of variety on the tv selection. I'm still partial to the selection at ASMO (love the classic cartoons).

Day 2 is in the books, and things are going perfectly!

Day 3 starts HERE

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Disney Podcast Updates, July 16-31, 2010

Yeah, yeah, those of you who get this via an RSS feed are probably trying to figure out what this blog is about as you've likely forgotten about it…go ahead and let me have it! Before this round of updates, I was nearly 4 months behind on shows. Here's the absolutely crazy thing, though – I added several new shows to the lineup!!! First-timers in this update include a rapidly-becoming-a-must-listen-to show called Mousetalgia (yeah, I'm a little late to the party on that one), the PassPorter Mom's podcast, and the return of Walt's Girls to the podcasting world! 60 shows are included in this one, with a couple of milestones: Disney, Indiana celebrated its 2-year anniversary, Mouse Guest Weekly passed the 5-year mark, and Gordon (the Disney Runner) celebrates his one-year mark of changing his lifestyle. WDW Today played catch-up with e-mails, and the WDWNT crew was in their usual rare form (wait, that's an oxymoron) on the commentary in their shows. Keegan nearly makes our ears bleed with audio from a western seal show (no, I'm not making that up!). With the 55th anniversary of Disneyland's opening contained in this time frame, LOTS of shows have segments dedicated to covering this. As for interviews, WaltCast doesn't disappoint with talks with members from Jefferson Airplane Starship and Expose, while Inside the Magic gets Weird with a interview with one Al Yankovic. And no set of updates is complete without food…Disney dining is all over the place in these shows (yes, folks, A.J. in on a couple of them).

If you are interested in listening to any of these episodes, I have links to subscribe for most of these shows in my post HERE. Also, if you're willing, you can help these shows out by posting a review over on iTunes. The more they get, the higher up they appear on searches. If you do start listening to a podcast as a result of what you've seen on here, please let the podcasters know!

As always, please note that this again is not a comprehensive list of the Disney Podcasts that are out there. Mike Hamilton has created, which he periodically updates with new podcasts and removes dead casts. He also has the automated RSS (historical) feeds of the podcasts. This is more of a cross-section of what is currently being talked about…perhaps something may sound interesting, and you'll subscribe to listen to that topic.

Any and all comments are welcomed! Also, if you know of another podcast that fits here, let me know.


    • 07/30/10 – Mousefest 08 Video Teaser (Mush, no, I'm not THAT far behind on these!). What can I say?  Almost two years later I am showing my footage from mousefest 08?  WHat about my westfest 08 footage?  Well let's say what I had left has already been covered pretty much and no sense of rehashing it BUT there will be a TOAST greatest hits. ;) Time: 0:34
    • 07/22/10 – Episode 70, This show, we'll be going outside of the Disney bubble a little bit for a trip to Hershey park. We ride the Ferris wheel and then take in what is probably the worst show of all time. Then we head back to the Disney bubble to take a ride on Tower of Terror. Have fun! (Mush: listen to him when he says it's probably the worst show of all time…HOLY COW!!!) Time: 1:17:23
    • 07/18/10 – Episode 247, Today we are pumped to share some audio that we recorded with Matt Hochberg from the WDW Today Podcast as well as  We talk about all things Disney as well as other fun topics with Matt during our 12-Hour Live Be Our Guest Podcast to benefit the Give Kids The World Village!  Time: 58:22
    • 07/22/10 – Episode 248, Happy Friday!  I'm so glad to be back talking Disney with you!  Thanks so much for listening!  Today I discuss the highlights of my recent trip to Walt Disney World for 10 days during July, 2010.  We stayed at Pop Century, had driving issues on the way down, experienced Summer Nightastic, met with lots of listeners of the show, plus much more!  Hear my thoughts on what a fun place Walt Disney World is!  Thank you so much for supporting our podcast! (Mush: I'm still miffed that we missed the fireworks when we were down there in June…you'll have to read my Trip Report as it'll take too long to put it in here). Time: 51:27
    • 07/25/10 – Episode 249, Today Pam discusses her recent trip to both Universal Studios Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Walt Disney World.  She discusses her thoughts on the theming, crowds, and staying on-site at Universal.  We also discuss her stays at both Disney's Old Key West Resort and Disney's Beach Club Resort.  We also talk about her dinner at Victoria 8 Albert's at the Grand Floridian. Time: 50:09
    • 07/29/10 – Episode 250,   Today Mike discusses his dining adventures on his recent Walt Disney World Vacation.  We discuss places like Garden Grill, Kona Cafe, Boma, Hollywood 8 Vine, 50's Prime Time, Teppan Edo, Coral Reef, Princess Storybook Dining, and more!  We also discuss the positives and negatives of the Disney Dining Plan! Time: 50:23
    • 07/21/10 – Episode 24, Disney Apps! Disney's Official Apps, Music Apps, Photo Apps, Gaming Apps, and Wait Time Apps! We cover (nearly) it all, in short 5-minute breakout sessions. (man, the orchestra was playing people off the stage all over the place in this show. Great show, folks – it made me even more jealous that I don't have a smart phone yet grrrrr. I might have to sit my wife down and have her listen to this one). Time: 44:45
    • 07/29/10 – Episode 25, BETAMOUSE goes UNPLUGGED this week and harks back to a time before future boxes, the "internet," and before the words "amped" and "jazzed" were even known of. Marc Lorenzo (LOOOOORREEEENZOOOO) of the Disney World Moms panel joins us with a great show topic: How would TEAM BETAMOUSE cope in 1990? The guys take over this episode — Katie is on her honeymoon! (Congrats KidaniKatie on the wedding!!! Another good topic…and I can't believe you've already done 25 shows!) time: 41:46
    • 07/27/10 – IYEE 62, Spending my last few hours of DPN Westfest alone in DCA. (Whenever Lou's got the audio going while he's touring, you can always expect some awesome one-liners!) Time: 31:26
    • 07/31/10 – BMS 88, In this episode I lay down some Disney's Animal Kingdom music to some video of my local zoo I shot on July 31, 2010. I hope you enjoy it. I wanted to do a new show and practice shooting video on my new iPhone 4. Let me know what ya think. Time: 8:56
    • 07/27/10 – Episode 46, Dallas in getting a what? The Disney Dudes are joined by a Triviateer for a new segment, voice mails and a Skurvy Monkey Iron Man II review. (Mush: Really interesting parallels with Iron Man and Disney! I actually subscribed to the Skurvy Monkeys after listening to this show). Time: 1:12:24
    • 07/25/10 – The Park Hoppin' Party takes a real live California Adventure, as we join our good friend Ron Dias in beautiful Oakhurst to hear his amazing story. And yes, as the episode title says, it all started with a stamp. A true fairy tale about a young man who achieved his dream of helping to create Disney animation magic. From Sleeping Beauty to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Ron has lent his talents to many films, animated TV series and now commemorative Disney art for fans and collectors. He is also a mentor to young animators and has been named the Monterey County Film Commission's 2010 Lifetime Champion of the Arts. You'll love this guy...and, as you'll see, the mosquitoes love him too… Time: 48:06
    • 07/18/10 – Episode 119, Join John Rick for Disney Pin Trading news, upcoming pin trading opportunities around the world; profiles of I.P.L.S. member numbers #98 (Dennis Conroy from Lawrence, MA) and 99 (Alex Cheatley from Tampa, FL); pin releases from the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, a listener segment and much more!!! Time: 2:00:14
    • 07/25/10 – Episode 120, Join John Rick for Disney Pin Trading news, upcoming pin trading opportunities around the world; profiles of I.P.L.S. member numbers #100 (Michel Lichand, hailing from Brazil) and 101 (Patrick Anderson residing in Lexington, KY); pin releases from the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, a listener segment and much more!!! Time: 2:10:30
    • 07/18/10 – Episode 79, What a GREAT day for a DL CELEBRATION!!! Time: 15:22
    • 07/25/10 – Episode 80, Better late than never - Let us be ENCHANTED! Time: 14:47
    • 07/25/10 – Episode 53, in this episode, your hosts Tracey and Scott look back at two years of the Disney, Indiana podcast.  They discuss how the show started and some of their favorite high lights from the town's history. Then they jump in the way back machine and look at what was happening with the Walt Disney Company in 2008, the year Disney, Indiana was founded. Finally, they wrap up the show with several second year anniversary well wishes from some of the residents. (Congrats on 2 years, guys!!!) Time: 1:14:08
    • 07/21/10 – Episode 46, The first of our two segments for this week is our usual news and rumours as we bring you all the latest information from the parks around the world (The humour in this segment gets funnier with each show!). Our final segment takes an in-depth look at Disney/Pixar's latest creation, Toy Story 3 as we give you our opinions on the film (interesting take on the opinions). We also bring you audio from the press conference held in London last week. Time: 1:55:35
    • 07/21/10 – Episode 223, "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" Time: 1:12:01
    • 07/21/10 – Episode 224, "Happy 55th at the HOJO" Time: (sorry..deleted before I got the time)
    • 07/21/10 – Episode 225, "The 55th Wrap-up" time: 51:08
    • 07/29/10 – Episode 226, Star Tours Shuts down for the year, and becomes an Extinct Attraction. Time: 1:21:30
    • 07/18/10 – Episode 276, Happy 55th birthday Disneyland! After the news, we take you to Disneyland on July 17, 2010 for a special dedication ceremony in Town Square followed by a park-wide Happy Birthday greeting to the park that started it all. Skipper Ben also weighs in with his own thoughts on what makes Disneyland such a special place. Time: 1:06:52
    • 07/24/10 – Video Extra, Three hours before his July 21, 2010 concert at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, we sat down with "Weird Al" Yankovic backstage mainly to discuss his song "Skipper Dan" and its related topics of Disney's Jungle Cruise attraction and theme parks in general. (Great interview, Ricky!) Time: 8:39
    • 07/25/10 – Episode 277, Following BIG Disney movie news from the San Diego Comic Con (The Haunted Mansion!), we're joined by special guest "Weird Al" Yankovic in an interview backstage at Hard Rock Live Orlando just hours before his concert to discuss his song "Skipper Dan," the Jungle Cruise, Disney, and a few other topics. Plus our own former Jungle Skipper, Skipper Ben, dives into the mailbag and has Princess Lisa answer a few questions about Fantasyland. Time: 1:14:35
    • 07/19/10 – Episode 135, Favorite Rides at EPCOT - latest Disney news and event. The podcast team gets together this week to discuss the latest Disney News and to share their favorite and least favorite rides at EPCOT. Mendy is back in the studio this week. Time: 1:06:25
    • 07/18/10 - On this week's show, Nathan Rose and Jim Hill discuss the upcoming San Diego Comic Con 2010, what projects Disney is showing off, and what to expect to hear coming out of the Con next week. Time: 37:58
    • 07/25/10 – Episode 81, MCP #81 and Jonathan is nowhere to be found BUT he did call in his excuses at least. (Mush: word of advice, do NOT try listening to this one at faster than 100%!) Time: 14:16
    • 07/22/10 – EpisoWAAAAIIIITTTTT A MINUTE!!! Matt's supposed to be taking a break over the summer!!! (It's a special episode). Is it a salute to all nations' birthdays (but mostly America)? Is it Christmas in July? Or does Matt just want to keep his listeners happy during the Mouse Droppings hiatus? Who cares, it's a cheat sheet for Toy Story Mania! Time: 7:24
    • 07/17/10 – Episode 260, It's another video from our Ride-Along Series, this time taking a ride on (and waiting in line for) Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  It's a bumpy ride, so hold on tight!  Next week is our 5th Annual Vidcast, so be sure to give our Hotline a call and leave a message... 407-2791-MGW (Mush: Nice video…I was hollering GOATGOATGOAT when I saw it.) Time: 7:33
    • 07/24/10 – Episode 261, That time of year has finally come around again!  And no, we're not talking Christmas.  It's the 5-year anniversary vidcast!  And it's on time, too!  This year, we present some footage from Eric, Cathy and Casey's recent trip, where they enjoy some musical streetmosphere from the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.  We also present our take on a Pixar classic, which is sure to either entertain or confound.  Finally, we wrap things up with some messages from our faithful listeners... we love you all! (Mush: LOVED the 'UP…in under 2 minutes' segment!!! Oh, and Congrats on 5 years!!!). Time: 20:37
    • 07/31/10 – Episode 262, Back to the ol' grind!  In the aftermath of last week's vidcast, we share some of the feedback you gave us.  Plus, we've got some more Pixar ratings, a quick review of Sorcerer's Apprentice, a Disney newbie's experience with the Magic Kingdom and that wizard-y place over at the U-word park, and news on some of the changes and extensions going on at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Time: 48:18
  • Mouse Lounge    
    • 07/25/10 – Season 4, Episode 10, In this episode, the Mouse Lounge presents Disney's fascination with the automobile, or cars… to you and me. From the Walt Disney Archives:  At the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair, Ford presented Disney's "The Magic Skyway," the second most popular exhibit at the fair, using Ford cars in an early prototype of the Omnimover system to move the audience through scenes featuring life-sized audio-animatronic dinosaurs and cavemen.   Walt narrates this forgotten attraction of Yesterdayland. Each week, in From the Vault we sample a clip from a classic Disney film, short, television or radio program, or Disneyland Record.   This week, we take a ride back in time to June 6, 1952 for the release of Susie the Little Blue Coupe.  The incomparable Sterling Holloway narrates. Each week we present a high definition ride-through from a Disney Park East or a Disney Park West.   This week, we double dipstick.  First into Yesterdayland for a compilation track from Disneyland's Autopia.  Then we motor back east for a ride on Test Track in Epcot. We'll close this week's show with a replay of the Mouse Lounge Mix of John Mayer's Route 66 from Disney/Pixar's Cars. (Mush: EXCELLENT Show!!!) Time: 1:06:15
    • 07/28/10 – Season 4, Episode 11, Pixie Dusted Productions presents….Epcot's World Showcase: Miyuki! (Vidcast…I have tried to see her over 5 trips, and I always miss her! Thanks for the video!!!) Time: 8:29
    • 07/19/10 – Episode 90, Animation Then and Now: Disney producer Don Hahn presents his Animation master class at the Walt Disney Family Museum, and Mousetalgia reports on the event! Hahn presents a history and overview of Walt Disney Feature Animation, from prehistoric art through Pixar's latest characters; and Hahn details some of Walt Disney's personal innovations in the history of the cartoon art form. Also, Disneyland turns 55, and we list our favorite '55 attractions from the park... plus more! Time: 55:23
    • 07/26/10 – Episode 91, Disney legends celebrate Disneyland's 55th birthday at the Walt Disney Family Museum, and Mousetalgia takes you inside the sold-out event! Marty Sklar, Jack Lindquist, Tony Baxter, and Matt Ouimet all discuss the history of Disneyland, managing the park's programs, and its continuing legacy. Plus, Team Mousetalgia review the Sorcerer's Apprentice and discuss Guillermo del Toro's recent announcement of a Haunted Mansion movie remake! Also - Tron in D-Box, and more! Time: 1:11:15
    • 07/21/10 – Episode 9, Frank , Heather & guest-host Jared discuss: Jared's college course in Theme park Mgmt. His time as a Disney CM & working for Universal; Our favorite WDW Restaurants;    Interview with A.J. of; Disney News; Mr Frank's Mousetapiece theater: Mickey & Goofy in "Batman" (Mush: whoah…interesting audio there!); & Info on Mr Franks Trivia Tournament. Time: 1:23:49.
    • 07/21/10 – Episode 26, Learn about scrapbooking from PassPorter Forum Guide Dawn Erickson, plus news and tidbits from hosts Jennifer and Sara. Time: 34:45
    • 07/28/10 – Episode 27, Join Jennifer and Sara as they discuss this week's news (including the recent arrival of the new Disney Cruise Line guidebook and Alexander's first visit from the tooth fairy!) and learn about Owner's Locker from John Van Meter. They also answer a handful of great reader questions. Time: 31:42
    • 07/21/10 – Episode 71, It is the first anniversary of Gordon's quest to reclaim his health. He reflects on where he has been and where he is going as he rides his bike to the pool to train for, gulp, a triathlon for which he has yet found the guts to register. (Mush: very inspiring show!) Time: 1:15:17
    • 07/22/10 – Episode 72, Gordon shares the VMs and emails he received on July 20th 2010, the anniversary of his decision to reclaim his health and longevity. He is humbled and speechless. Truly honored. (Mush: I didn't listen to this until September, so I wasn't able to call – I would have as you are one of the reasons I'm doing the half – giving the motivation that I can actually do it! Thanks, my friend, and I look forward to shaking your hand at Marathon Weekend). Time: 49:08
    • 07/27/10 – Episode 73, Gordon discusses two ways of viewing the marathon and how cross-training and new goals work into the mix. He updates his training, talks about swimming, his weight, and his recent run in Chattanooga. He also announces that he's registered for a sprint triathlon in August. Big shout out to Megan from the Run Vegan Run podcast for her recent PR/BQ at the San Francisco Marathon. WOOT!!!. Time: 1:11:01
    • 07/20/10 – Episode 113, Lisa and Trace went to see Toy Story 3, and we all need to regroup a bit. Not everyone is as big a fan of the film as the Watchamacallit. Plus, not everybody stayed awake for the whole film. And those Toy Story 3 Vinylmation that Trace mentioned? Oh yeah, Jennifer's gonna be looking for those in the parks. Time: 46:01
    • 07/27/10 – Episode 114, This week's show features a recap of Trace and Lisa's recent wedding planning session at WDW. (Mush: This one's going to get a lot of downloads from the masses who want to get married down there…good show!). Time: 33:53
    • 07/19/10 – Episode 11, Happy summer everyone! Long time, no post. As the summer has dragged on, the Walt's Girls have been busy with life, school, and work, but have now found the time to come back to their love, podcasting! Come with us, if you will, on a journey through what's going on and what's to come at Walt Disney World. Time: 46:53
    • 07/20/10 – Episode 52, Mickey Thomas of Starship joins us this week to discuss his concerts at EPCOT this fall. Time: 46:31
    • 07/27/10 – Episode 53, Jeanette Jurado of Expose' joins us this week to talk about EPCOT's Food and Wine festival. We also have a few other celebrities poking around our episode. Next week we welcome Zac Hanson and the following week we'll welcome Ken Block of Sister Hazel. Time: 1:04:02
    • 07/22/10 – Episode 153, To kick off this week's show, we have another edition of "The Golden Age". In this discussion featuring the Magic Kingdom Resort area, we will continue our quest land by land, area by area, and space by space, throughout the Vacation Kingdom to find what is truly the Golden Age of the entire Walt Disney World Resort. Following the report, we have a special piece of audio I recorded while out at the Disneyland Resort last week, featuring the re-dedication of the park for its milestone 55th anniversary. (Mush: yes, a strip club would be a bit inappropriate on a monorail resort). Time: 52:37
    • 07/29/10 – Episode 154, On this week's show, we have a huge edition of the Walt Disney World Resort News and Rumor Report. In this week's report, we have a lot to discuss, including the 2010 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, the return of Captain EO, a new experience coming later this year to Disney's Animal Kingdom, and what you can expect during the 2010 holiday season at the Walt Disney World Resort, just to name a few of the topics we'll be covering. (Mush: I nearly had to pull the car over from laughing so hard at the parasailing cat). Time: 1:52:04
    • 07/18/10 – Episode 179, Walt Disney World traces much of its roots to the original Disneyland in California. And with July 17 marking Disneyland's 55th anniversary, it's only appropriate that we take a look at how some of Disneyland's origins have impacted Walt Disney World. Jim Korkis joins me again this week to share some of the true stories behind the stories, as we start in Fantasyland with Cinderella Castle and look back at exactly how and where Disneyland began. And Jim will share with us not just stories that have never been told before, but Walt's own words that served as the proposal for what would become Disneyland, and includes many amazing ideas that carried forward to become what we see today in Walt Disney World. Time: 1:28:01
    • 07/25/10 – Episode 180, This past month, the streets of Harambe Village in Africa in Disney's Animal Kingdom came to life with a brand new, special event - the nightly Taste of Africa Street Party. Celebrating the culinary and cultural traditions of many African nations, guests could sample a variety of different foods, wines and beers, as well as meet artisans practicing their crafts, all within a high-energy, festival-like atmosphere. This week, I'm joined on the roundtable by others who experienced the party as we discuss all that it entailed, our review of the food and party as a whole, and what the future may hold for this, or other events of this type. I'll test your knowledge of Walt Disney World trivia in this week's contest, where I'll give you a chance to play and win some Disney prizes, have a few announcements and then play more of your voicemails at the end of the show, so sit back, relax, and enjoy this week's episode of the WDW Radio Show. Time: 1:03:25
    • 07/16/10 – Episode 747, Today, AJ from the Disney Food Blog joins us to preview this year's Food And Wine Festival at Epcot. Time: 21:51
    • 07/19/10 – Episode 748, Today, Tim Krasniewski from joins us to discuss what will be Disney's newest DVC resort in Hawaii. Time: 20:45
    • 07/21/10 – Episode 749, Today, we answer your listener questions about planning a trip to Walt Disney World. Time: 31:41
    • 07/23/10 – Episode 750, Today, Gavin Ferguson rejoins us to talk about his honeymoon trip we helped him plan. (Mush: Nice Freudian Slips LOL). Time: 21:45
    • 07/26/10 – Episode 751, Today, we answer your listener questions about planning a trip to Walt Disney World. Time: 24:17
    • 07/28/10 – Episode 752, Today, we answer your listener questions about planning a trip to Walt Disney World. Time: 24:39
    • 07/30/10 – Episode 753, Today, we answer your listener questions about planning a trip to Walt Disney World. (Mush: No, it's not a typo…they did 3 in a row on listener questions). Time: 19:09
    • 07/26/10 – Episode 46, In Episode 46, Matt poses the question 'Which Disney Films Have Inspired the Most Attractions?' In true WEDway Radio fashion we set out to tour the parks and determine the origin of different attractions answer this question.  In the news this week we discuss the Last Tour of Endor which is rapidly approaching and the plans that Celebration V has for a final sendoff for Star Tours 1.0.  Also in the news we discuss a film, Waking Sleeping Beauty, that is touring the country.  The film examines the rise of Disney Feature Animation from its depths in the early 1980's to the release of The Lion King in 1994.  Enjoy! Time: 1:02:40
    • 07/22/10 – Episode 246, This week, WE END SEASON 5 OF WTTM, as TJ takes us on a trip down Main St USA, to discover the "SECRETS of Disneyland's MAIN STREET."This is why TJ is on the team. This show is simply BRILLIANT! Time: 51:16