Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Disney Dream Girls 210 - EPCOT Future World Tour

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 210 for Sunday 20th May 2018. If you want to listen, whilst you read these notes, all you have to do is press the green triangle on the audio player below. Alternatively, why not listen via iTunes, Sticher Radio or any podcast catching place!
Coming up on this weeks show, we have our usual On The Week In Disney History feature as well as a review of EPCOTs Future World with our guests Kat and Lewis from the Dis Down Under Podcast. 

When we think about EPCOT we all immediately think of the stunning park icon. Well here are some facts you may or may not already know about our much loved Space Ship Earth.

It is a geodesic sphere that is supported by three pairs of 'legs'. Theoretically, there should be 11,520 isosceles triangles that make up the sphere however some of these are partialy on not even present due to doorways and such forth.
Inside the sphere, is the attraction Space Ship Earth. This attraction opened on 1st October 1982 and takes guests on a journey through how communication has evolved over the years. Guests sit two to a car and a narrator explains the advancements. There is even a photo op and the opportunity at the end of the attraction to send a postcard home!
Another big draw to the future world part of the park is the pavilions of The Seas and Land. Both house attractions but I must admit you will find the longer queues inside the Land! Here you will find Soarin and Living with the Land. Over in the Seas you will find a very cute dark ride called The Seas with Nemo and Friends and an interactive show called Turtle Talk with Crush.
Near to the Land pavilion you will find Journey into Imagination. This is an attraction where you explore how imagination should be set free and you guide for the experience is a purple and orange dragon called Figment.
Innoventions is a practical area where edutainment can happen. From displays and hands on opportunities it is a great place for families to explore scientific principles together.
Finally, down to the last two attractions: Test Track and Mission Space.  Test Track is gives the rider the opportunity to create their own vehicle and then test it (under a range of driving conditions) against other guests in the vehicle. This is a must do as it has a top speed of just over 60mph.
Finally, Mission Space offers the opportunity to become an astronaut on a mission beyond the earth! The attraction has two options: orange and green. Green is a less intense option and gives views (from the spacecraft) of icons around the world whereas orange is very intensive and ends with a landing on Mars. It is a centrifugual spinner attraction and it is advised to follow the health warnings given.
So that is Future World. However, it wouldn't be the Disney Dream Girls Podcast without some foodie chat but for the full infomation on that you will have to listen to the podcast!

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Disney Dream Girls 209 - A Mixed Bag of Disney Chat

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 209 for Sunday 13th May 2018. If you want to listen, whilst you read these notes, all you have to do is press the green triangle on the audio player below. Alternatively, why not listen via iTunes, Sticher Radio or any podcast catching place!
On this weeks podcast,  Michelle and Jayne take the opportunity to delve through some news items that caught their eye.

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Sunday, 6 May 2018

Disney Dream Girls 208 - Trio of Disney Theme Parks

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 208 for Sunday 6th May 2018. If you want to listen, whilst you read these notes, all you have to do is press the green triangle on the audio player below. Alternatively, why not listen via iTunes, Sticher Radio or any podcast catching place!

Coming up on this weeks podcast, we have this week in Disney news, top planning tips for a Disney Trip (mainly focussing on Walt Disney World), a review of everything you need to know about Pixar Fest in the Disneyland Resort and finishing the show with Fan Daze Disneyland Paris chat.

Pixar Fest
Our good friend Tommy Allison (from the Disgeek and Cruise Dudes podcasts) joins Michelle to talk through Pixar Fest.

Both parks at the Disneyland Resort are beautifully and subtely dressed in the red, yellow and blue Pixar colours.
Disneyland is hosting the Pixar Play Parade, which has let go the Anna and Elsa float and replaced it with new Pixar floats. In addition, there is a new firework show with amazing projections to enjoy being shown on to the buildings of Main Street.
Food and drink features heavily in the offerings with new sipper cups and popcorn buckets as well as lots of themed food. 
Tommy highly recommends Carnation Cafe to try their 'TV Dinner'.
Meanwhile over in Disney California Adventure, the park has an amazing meet and greet that I am sure everyone will want to get!
Again, there are themed foods and drinks and this week saw the introduction of what is an amazing soft serve, which Tommy says is going to be as big as the Dole Whip! The Pixar Pier speciality parfait has the right amount of tart and sweet to make this a very refreshing snack.

We cover lots more on the podcast so why not give it a listen and if you want to share your pictures or comments why not visit and chat with us on Facebook.

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Sunday, 29 April 2018

Disney Dream Girls 207 - A Guide to the Disney Cruise Line

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 207 for Sunday 29th April 2018. If you want to listen, whilst you read these notes, all you have to do is press the green triangle on the audio player below. Alternatively, why not listen via iTunes, Sticher Radio or any podcast catching place!

On todays' Disney Dream Girls, we welcome the lovely Erin Foster to talk about the Disney Cruise Line.

Erin is the co-author to the Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line. In addition, she is a charter member of the official Walt Disney Parks Moms Panel and as part of that role she has answered over 10,000 guest questions about Disney travel. She also has contributed to many Disney websites and podcasts and is a brilliant source of Disney information. If you would like to contact Erin direct, why not drop her a tweet @MomsPanelErin
Our first top tip is to buy the book! It is full of information, viewpoints and has years of contributors advice.
On the show, Erin shares some considerations for those wishing to book at trip. The topics we covered included what type of room to book, cruise itineraries, the time of year to travel and what you should bring with you.
A big part of booking a cruise with Disney is their exemplary service. Erin discusses her thoughts on tipping and whether you should take gifts (instead of a tip) with you for your stateroom cast member. As a note, tips can be paid in advance (with the option to tip extra if you choose). However some services, such as bar tenders, will expect a tip and these can not be pre-paid.
Another draw for many people is the food, whether the convenience of room service to buffets or the rotational table service dining - Disney Cruise Line has something to offer all. We also delve into the more upscale (and additional cost) restaurants that tempt many. We include information on how to book Remy and Palo and whether to go for brunch or dinner. Plus, what to do if you can't get a reservation.
Although we didn't get a chance to discuss this element on the podcast, a big draw for many is a visit to Castaway Cay - Disney's private island in the Bahamas. From discussions on previous shows, we know how much those who have cruised with Disney before have enjoy this, such as our good friend Becky Manion.


On Michelle's trip she is planning to 'run' the 5K that is held on the island each morning. This means she will get her first Disney medal! Kat and Lewis (from Dis Down Under) will be joining her and together the trio will talk about it on upcoming podcasts.
We would like to thank our wonderful guest Erin for taking time out of her busy schedule to join us to talk about the Disney Cruise line and we look forward to talking more Disney with her in the very near future.
Thank you for visiting and we hope you will also listen to the podcast. 

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Monday, 23 April 2018

Disney Dream Girls 206 - A Mix Bag of Disney Theme Park Chat

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 206 for Sunday 22nd April 2018. If you want to listen, whilst you read these notes, all you have to do is press the green triangle on the audio player below.
Today sees the birthday of Animal Kingdom - can you believe it is 20 years young? 
Rafiki with Dr Jane Goodall - Photo Credit D23
For us both, this park gives us upclose experiences with animals we would not normally come across and has a fabulous mix of entertainment and education. Over the years of visiting Animal Kingdom, we both have so many special memories and it is fabulous to see it grow having the addition of a new land. We hope this continues! Why not share yours with us?
On this weeks show, we discuss an array of Disney news items that caught our eye and one of the most delicious was the Disneyland announcement of a doughnut themed to the much beloved Dole Whip. The crowds love it and daily wait in lines of around 30 minutes to take a bite of this $6 snack.


So what makes it so special? It is a regular doughnut filled with pineapple filling, with a pineapple icing topped with toasted marshmallow. For decoration, it is crowned with a paper cocktail umberella. Those who have been fortunate enough to try do say it is an incredibly sweet treat but a delicious one at that. If you haven't tried it, well your luck is currently out as I believe it wont be back out for a few days.
Photo Credit Thomas Allison
Popcorn bucket and sipper cup frenzy has also hit Disneyland with Pixar Fest seeing the release of a Sulley bucket and Mike sipper. Our lovely friend Tommy Allison (from the Dis Geek Podcast and The Cruise Dudes) kindly picked up a bucket for Michelle.

We also review the Paint The Night dinner package you can get via a reservation at the Carthay Circle Restaurant. for $99 you can sample a four course menu and have a seated view of the parade.

We then move on to answering an array of listener questions - from which Adventures by Disney trip we would take to which park we would visit next and lots more! 

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Sunday, 15 April 2018

Disney Dream Girls 205 - Disneyland ABD Disney Trip With Big Fat Panda

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 205 for Sunday 15th April 2018. If you want to listen, whilst you read these notes, all you have to do is press the green triangle on the audio player below.
Coming up on this weeks show, we welcome back to the podcast the lovely John Saccheri - aka the Big Fat Panda.
Those of you who follow John on social media, you will know that he has just returned from an Adventures by Disney trip to California. Here he got to tour the Disney Burbank Studios as well having a stay at the Disneyland Resort.
On the show, we discuss, day by day, his adventures from the highpoints to the parts that were not as great. As this was his first visit to Disneyland there were so many things to see and do. However, sadly, due to time constraints, John did not manage to do everything he wanted. But isn't that the best thing about Disney - making plans to visit again!
John's favourite attraction in Disneyland was the superb Alice in Wonderland ride. He loved it and this attraction, to him, was everything that is great about Disney.
Another big hit of the trip was Radiator Springs Racers. The company he has ties with rented out the entire Cars Land and he was able to have three rides - without interuptions or queues!


Finally,  John answered some listerners questions before signing off on the interview. It was great to chat with him and can't wait to talk Disney once again in the future. 

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Sunday, 8 April 2018

Disney Dream Girls 204 - A Window To Walt Disney World

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 204 for Sunday 8th April 2018. If you want to listen, whilst you read these notes, all you have to do is press the green triangle on the audio player below.

Coming up on this show, Michelle is joined by the host of the Window to the Magic Podcast - Mr Paul Barrie.

It has been quite awhile since Paul visited Walt Disney World and the changes were numerous. However, this was a relatively short trip only allowing him three park days. Some difficult decisions had to be made and on the show Paul shares his thoughts, feelings and revelations about the new attractions on offer. 
Early Dinner at Tiffins
His first full theme park day was at The Animal Kingdom and a big draw was Pandora. Due to motion sickness Paul was unable to have a ride on Flight of Passage, however he did make a Fast Pass reservation for the Na'vi River Ride. He dined well at Tiffins and as you can see, the food is very enticing. 
EPCOT Welcomed Paul!
Onwards to a day at EPCOT and here the selections were more of what was not present rather than additions. However, he did make a stop to see the changes in Norway and enjoy a pleasant rendition of Let It Go! Despite Michelle warning him, he ate at the Rose and Crown and even managed to enjoy the curry he had ordered.

A final day was enjoyed at the Magic Kingdom and time was spent enjoying the changes to Fantasyland. Whilst there, Paul tried out the Minnie Van to the park and could see the massive advantages this, pricey, option offered to families.  
Shepherds Pie
With a trip to Disney Springs and a meal at Ragland Road, his trip was over far too soon! If you want the full details - you will have to listen to the podcast!

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