Sunday, 18 October 2020

DDG 335 With Terri Hardin aka the Pumpkin Queen

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 335, for Sunday 18th October 2020. If you want to listen, whilst reading these notes, just click the player below or alternatively find us on iTunes, Libsyn, Stitcher Radio, or any good podcast catching apps.

On this weeks show, we are joined by our friend (and former Disney imagineer) Terri Hardin, who we have nicknamed the Pumpkin Queen.

Terri shares her love of pumpkin carving and how she got into this fascinating art craft. Below you can see some of the amazing pumpkins she has carved but you will find more information on her website terrihardin.com 

Terri shares how she got began pumpkin sculpting to now being a judge on the Food Network show - Outrageous Pumpkins. Have you seen the show yet?

Any chat with Terri would not be complete without the many digressions - so listen in and enjoy!

To find out how you can join one of her group online pumpkin carving sessions, visit her website TerriHardin.com and whilst there you can see some of the other projects she is involved with. She is an amazing artist, below I have shared one of the many videos from her YouTube page - the Cheshire Cat.

That is about it for this week and we hope you have enjoyed reading this blog as well as listening to the podcast. You can find us @DisDreamGirls on Instagram and Twitter. We have the Disney Dream Girls page on Facebook as well as the Disney Dream Girls Podcast Family.

If you wish to support us financially and keep the show advert free then pop over to Patreon and find out the benefits of doing so, including some additional podcasts!

That's it for this week, so thank you for reading and listening to our Disney musings.
Much love,
Michelle & Jayne xxx

Friday, 16 October 2020

DDG 334

 Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 334, for Sunday 11th October 2020. If you want to listen, whilst reading these notes, just click the player below or alternatively find us on iTunes, Libsyn, Stitcher Radio, or any good podcast catching apps.

That is about it for this week and we hope you have enjoyed reading this blog as well as listening to the podcast. You can find us @DisDreamGirls on Instagram and Twitter. We have the Disney Dream Girls page on Facebook as well as the Disney Dream Girls Podcast Family.

If you wish to support us financially and keep the show advert free then pop over to Patreon and find out the benefits of doing so, including some additional podcasts!

That's it for this week, so thank you for reading and listening to our Disney musings.
Much love,
Michelle & Jayne xxx

 

Sunday, 27 September 2020

333, Disney Musings

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 333, for Sunday 27th September 2020. If you want to listen, whilst reading these notes, just click the player below or alternatively find us on iTunes, Libsyn, Stitcher Radio, or any good podcast catching apps.

Coming up on this week's show;

If you could go visit a Disney them park, without any quarantine restrictions, would you go? Michelle and Jayne share their thoughts for visiting WDW or Disneyland Paris.

But what about the Cruise Line? Sailings are suspended until early December at the moment and there is no indication as to what a cruise may look like should they resume. So would you be signing up if they became available? Would they be worth the cost?

We then try, in our own style, to help a listener with a question - just where would you propose in Disneyland? We all know that proposals in front of the castle are becoming quite common occurrences but where else could that special moment be delivered? We have a few ideas and food may have even been mentioned!

That is about it for this week and we hope you have enjoyed reading this blog as well as listening to the podcast. You can find us @DisDreamGirls on Instagram and Twitter. We have the Disney Dream Girls page on Facebook as well as the Disney Dream Girls Podcast Family.

If you wish to support us financially and keep the show advert free then pop over to Patreon and find out the benefits of doing so, including some additional podcasts!

That's it for this week, so thank you for reading and listening to our Disney musings.
Much love,
Michelle & Jayne xxx

Sunday, 13 September 2020

332, Walt Disney World the New Normal

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 332, for Sunday 13th September 2020. If you want to listen, whilst reading these notes, just click the player below or alternatively find us on iTunes, Libsyn, Stitcher Radio, or any good podcast catching apps.

Coming up on this week's show, we are joined by the wonderful Len Testa of TouringPlans to talk through trip planning strategies for Walt Disney World in these Covid times we are living in. 

Len has spent the majority of the Summer months at Walt Disney World, which is unusual for him, but great news for us as we get to hear first hand just what being there is like at the moment.
Len Testa from Touring Plans
From dining experiences to appreciating new queuing systems to ways to tackle the parks. Listener Anthony is visiting Walt Disney World at the end of September and Len is able to provide some great tips on how to get the best out of his time there.

That is about it for this week and we hope you have enjoyed reading this blog, as well as listening to the podcast. You can find us @DisDreamGirls on Instagram and Twitter. We have the Disney Dream Girls page on Facebook as well as the Disney Dream Girls Podcast Family.   

If you wish to support us financially and keep the show advert free please visit us at Patreon and there you can find out the benefits of doing so, including exclusive additional podcasts!

That's it for this week, thank you for reading and listening to our Disney musings.
Lots of love
Michelle & Jayne xxx

Sunday, 6 September 2020

331 News, Disney History and Favourite WDW Rides

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 331, for Sunday 6th September 2020. If you want to listen, whilst reading these notes, just click the player below or alternatively find us on iTunes, Libsyn, Stitcher Radio, or any good podcast catching apps.

So this show has quite a bit of news in it and then we moved on to a history segment before finishing off the show talking a little bit about our favourite Disney attractions. 

Felix Salten
Disney used stories from the likes of Hans Christian Anderson and P L Travers to create his versions in the media of film. But if I mention Felix Salten to you - would you be able to guess the book he wrote that so many of us hold dear to our hearts?
Photo Credit - Wien Museum

On 6th September in 1869 in Austria-Hungary, Felix Salten was born and the family shortly after relocated to Vienna. Around the age of 16, he began work for an insurance agency but also wrote reviews and poems. He became known within the 'Young Vienna' movement and some of his stories were published. 
In 1923 Bambi was published (being translated into English in 1928). Five years later he sold the rights for $1000 to American director Sidney Franklin, who in turn eventually sold them to the Walt Disney Studios. 

Theme Park Closures
16th March 2020, Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland Paris closed. This got me thinking to when else the park had closed. I was surprised that Disneyland had close on three prior occasions (Day of Mourning after the assassination of JFK, Northridge Earthquake, and September 11th).  
Disneyland Closed due to 9/11 Photo Credit Laughingplace.com

However, I hadn't realised what Walt Disney World had closed so many times and that these closures were mainly due to Hurricanes (Floyd in September 1999; Charley, Frances, and Jeanne in August/September 2004; Matthew in October 2016; Irma in 2017 and Dorian in 2019). Additionally, Walt Disney World closed due to September 11th. 

Some Disney News
Olu Mel character takes to the stage in Shanghai Disneyland for A Month with Duffy and Friends. 
Photo Credit WDW News Today
Super cool foam beverage cups, designed by Jeff Granito have arrived in the parks. 

The start of Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railroad has begun in Disneyland with the fixing of massive steel beams. 

Nighttime offerings will be starting in Tokyo Disneyland.

Favourite Things
We then got down to discussing favourite attractions and why they pulled so much on our heartstrings - especially when there's so much choice! Jayne shared three of her favourites and the reasons why she loves them so much.

That is about it for this week and we hope you have enjoyed reading this blog as well as listening to the podcast. You can find us @DisDreamGirls on Instagram and Twitter. We have the Disney Dream Girls page on Facebook as well as the Disney Dream Girls Podcast Family.  

If you wish to support us financially and keep the show advert free, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/DisneyDreamGirls and there you can find out the benefits of doing so including exclusive additional podcasts!
Whilst mentioning Patreon, we have released a special show reviewing one of Michelle's favourite attractions so why not check it out! 

That's it for this week, thank you for reading and listening to our Disney musings. 
Lots of love 
Michelle and Jayne xxx

Sunday, 30 August 2020

330 Disney Dream Girls Theme Park Chat

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 330, for Sunday 30th August 2020. If you want to listen, whilst reading these notes, just click the player below or alternatively find us on iTunes, Libsyn, Stitcher Radio, or any good podcast catching apps.
On this week's show, Michelle and Jayne re-cap their summer, celebrate a much loved Disney character, and look ahead to Autumn in the Disney parks. 
Photo credit Mitchell Taylor
On the 30th August 1936, the very first cartoon strip solely devoted to Donald Duck was published in newspapers. So to celebrate this, Michelle quizzed Jayne about her Donald Duck knowledge. So look below to see how you would do on these questions?

1. What is Donald's full name?
2. What year was the character Donald Duck created?
3. What was the name of the feature cited as being Donald's first appearance? 
4. Can you name any of the voice talents who have provided the voice of Donald Duck? 
5. Can you name any of Donald's relatives?
Photo credit Mitchell Taylor
We have posted the answers at the bottom of these show notes!

It is fairly easy to find Donald at Walt Disney World and he can be found in Mexico (EPCOT), Dinoland USA (Animal Kingdom), Silly Sideshow (Magic Kingdom), and at the entrance to Disney Hollywood Studios. 

At the Disneyland Resort, he can be found around Main Street (Disneyland Park) or around Buena Vista Street (DCA). 

Over in Disneyland Paris, he can be found around the hub area or either in Fantasyland or Adventureland. For the Studios, he is usually in the Production Courtyard. 
Our next feature reviewed the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris offerings for the Halloween season.   

Disneyland Paris

The season starts on the 26th of September and runs through to the 1st of November.  There will be no soirees to attend; early park closings; no parades and no fireworks.  But there will be lots of villains out and about and characters in their spooky finery. 
What we are excited about is the food and drink offerings - it sure looks like Disney is upping their game for this season and we can not wait to report back on these. 
Walt Disney World
This year, the season starts on the 15th of September and will run until 31st October. As with Paris, the experience will be very much paired back but Main Street USA will be decorated and there will be an abundance of treats and merchandise to tempt you. 
The big news is costumes - during this time guests are going to be allowed to attend the parks in costumes (something previously reserved for the Halloween party). However, guests must abide by the costume rules of Disney and of course - wear a face mask. 
We are incredibly fortunate as many listeners have already let us know that they will be travelling to the parks during this time and we can not wait to see their pictures and hear their trip reports.  

That is about it for this week and we hope you have enjoyed reading this blog as well as listening to the podcast. You can find us @DisDreamGirls on Instagram and Twitter. We have the Disney Dream Girls page on Facebook as well as the Disney Dream Girls Podcast Family.   

If you wish to support us financially and keep the show advert free, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/DisneyDreamGirls and there you can find out the benefits of doing so including exclusive additional podcasts!

Answers
1. Donald Fauntleroy Duck
2. 1934
3. The Wise Little Hen
4. Clarence Nash, Tony Anselmo, and Daniel Ross.
5.Scrooge McDuck (uncle), Ludwig Von Drake (uncle), Della Duck (sister), Huey, Duwey, and Louie (nephews), Duck family (paternal family) and Drake family (maternal family).