Sunday, 5 July 2020

322 Disney and Alice in Wonderland

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 322, for Sunday 5th July 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. Welcome to this week's show notes and we have one main topic - Alice in Wonderland.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, under his pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It was originally published in 1865 and has been translated into 97 different languages. From the book, there have been many film versions over the years - including an X rated version! And to find the link to that one and Star Wars - you will have to listen to the podcast!

The Disney version of the film was released in 1951 and even today, the characters are known and loved by many. This shows that they may be identifiable to modern society as well as well-crafted. We start our discussion by looking at the characters and where to find them in the Disney theme parks. 
Photo Credit WDW Mickey Hunter
For many, character meals are the best places to guarantee meeting characters from this franchise and Disney has a few options from a children's party to breakfast or dinner. 
Michelle reminisced back to her first Disneyland Resort trip and shared about meeting the Mad Hatter and Alice at Goofy's Kitchen. 

Meanwhile, Jayne recalled meeting characters at 1900 Park Fair, where Alice took a shine to a then young Ethan. 
Then, we look at Alice in Wonderland in the parks, and there are the teacup rides, a dark ride, and mazes plus character meets.



Additionally, the Disneyland Hotel at Tokyo Disneyland has the most amazing themed hotel rooms to this franchise.
We then daydream a little about how else these characters could be more present in the parks.

What else would you like to see in the parks to enhance this franchise?
  
That's about it for this week. 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. 

Saturday, 27 June 2020

321 - Disney Countdown Magic

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 321, for Sunday 28th June 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.
Welcome to this week's show notes, which are a little briefer than usual.
Disneyland Paris The countdown is on for re-opening and they have announced that unless you have a hotel/ticket package booked with them you will have to make a theme park reservation. 

Disneyland Resort
The State of California has now said that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until after 4th July. Hence Disney has no choice but to remove their provisional re-opening dates.  
Disneyland previous re-opening dates
Walt Disney World
Michelle detailed her cancellation procedure for her December 2020 trip, which seemed to differ from that offered to USA guests. As of recording, WDW is still on track with its re-opening plans. 
Then Michelle and Jayne discussed the park enhancements - such as tours or the barbers will not be open as well as having reduced food and beverage options. 

On the show, they revealed their plans on what they would do in the Magic Kingdom for food.

Lego
Michelle now has built her Disneyland Lego trainset and she tracked down (via eBay) a Walt Disney World castle. 
Photo Credit Victor Leparc
 They discussed the Tower of Terror set that is currently being pitched to Disney and share listener ideas on other sets they would like.

Splash Mountain
At recording, the news broke about this iconic rides refurbishment plan to be themed around The Princess and The Frog and set just after their kiss.


That's about it for this week. 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. 

Sunday, 21 June 2020

320 - Disney Discussion from DLP to WDW to Legends

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 320, for Sunday 21st June 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, we chat about a whole host of topics, and below you will find some show notes to support what you hear.
Paul Frees - A Disney Legend
On 22nd June 1920, Solomon Hersh Frees was born in Chicago, Illinois. 
Credit D23
To read his D23 biography, follow the link Paul Frees bio. Floyd Norman - A Disney Legend On 22nd June 1935, Floyd Norman was born in Santa Barbara, California. 
Photo Credit D23
To read his D23 biography, follow the link Floyd Norman bio.

Incredible Theme To Re-Opening
Dr. Pamela Hymel, Chief Medical Officer of Disney Parks, announced the companies health and safety campaign. This uses the popular film franchise to deal with the topic in an informative but fun way. We discuss our thoughts on this and on the current re-openings of the Disney theme parks around the world.

Disneyland Paris Re-Opening
It is anticipated Natasha Rafalski (President of Disneyland Paris) will announce park re-opening details on 22nd June. It is expected to set capacity at 12,000 and as yet we do not have further details on how that will be achieved.

Watch to Watch on Disney+ 
Available now - Artemis Fowl
3rd July Hamilton 
3rd July Frozen 2 (was the 17th)
10th July Solo: A Star Wars Story
17th July re-opening report from Disneyland

Looking further ahead, Mandalorian season 2 is coming in October 2020. 

Gideon's Bakehouse
This cookie shop is set to open at The Landing in Disney Springs later this year. It is well-known by many as the go-to place for their signature 1/2 lb cookies. Prices currently range at $5. 

That's about it for this week. 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. 

Sunday, 14 June 2020

319 Show Notes for our Disney musings

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 319, for Sunday 14th June 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 talk about a whole host of topics and we hope you enjoy them. Below, you will find some show notes based around some of the things we discuss.

We celebrate the talents of Cliff Edwards born on 14th June 1895.
To read an article from D23 about Cliff, visit Cliff Edwards D23.

Splash Mountain Re-Theme
Yet again, rumours have resurfaced about Splash Mountain losing its tie into Song of The South. So, on the show, we share opinions from Jim Korkis and Len Testa. Before we share some 'armchair imagineering' thoughts of our listeners.

Jim Korkis has been on these previous show and I highly recommend you pop back and listen to these shows:

Disney Dream Girls Show 93 - Song of The South
Disney Dream Girls Show 122
Disney Dream Girls Show 122 - Minnie Mouse History
Disney Dream Girls 171 - Walt's Love of Trains
Disney Dream Girls 185 - Water Pageant
Disney Dream Girls 294 - Walt at Christmas 
If you haven't read any of his books, search your local bookshop (or online retailer of choice) for Vault of Walt and books by Jim Korkis. 

We end the show, by talking about what Disney foods we would order if they were offered for delivery.

That's about it for this week. 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. 

Sunday, 7 June 2020

318 Seth Kubersky's Guide to Universal Orlando Re-opening

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 318, for Sunday 7th June 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 via any good podcast catching apps.
On this week's show, we celebrate BBC television coming back on the air - after World War 2 and share the Disney connection to this, remember the birthdate of a Disney Legend and welcome back to the show Seth Kubersky to talk about the next level of theme park openings in Orlando.  

Mickey's Gala Performance
On 7th June 1946, British Broadcasting Company came back on air following World War 2 and on this day in history, this cartoon was shown. 
It was directed by Burt Gillett, produced by Walt Disney and the music was by Frank Churchill. It was originally released on 1st July 1933 and runs for seven minutes, twenty-one seconds. What makes this special is that this feature was the final item shown on the BBC on 1st September 1939 as it then stopped broadcasting.  

Milt Albright
Born on this day in 1916, Milt went on to be the first Disneyland employee.
Hear us on the show share his legacy was much more than that. We detail some of his achievements on the show but invite you to visit the Disney Parks Blog and read this fascinating piece about his life - Milt Albright.
Seth Kubersky
We are joined once more by the travel writer - Seth Kubersky. He joins us to review opening day at Disney Springs and then in detail share his experiences of visiting Universal Orlando on their re-opening day. We end our discussion looking ahead to what we can anticipate when Walt Disney World starts to re-open from the 15th July 2020. 
Photo Credit Seth Kubersky Unofficial Guides
On show 315, Seth spoke about the parking and it appears to be running just as smoothly now the main theme parks are open. 
Photo Credit Seth Kubersky Unofficial Guides
As he walked in, there were no park maps. He urges everyone to ensure they have the Universal Orlando app downloaded and ready to go prior to visiting. 
Photo Credit Seth Kubersky Unofficial Guides
He details the ride reservation system and shared the ease he found in obtaining on the day passes to ride his favourite attractions. 
Photo Credit Seth Kubersky Unofficial Guides
Mask compliance was good: all staff wore them however, he did see guests with lowered masks during his visits. Characters were able to be seen in the park but there were no photo opportunities and they wore themed/co-ordinating masks.

Top Tips:
Consider the ages of your family grouping - there isn't very much for younger children to do as they play areas are not currently opening. 
Travel light - lockers have been seeing a delay as much as 30 minutes to store and then to retrieve items. 
Arrive early and once in the are you should be able to obtain your first ride reservation 15 minutes prior to park opening. 

We urge you to keep up to date with the theme park news by visiting https://theunofficialguides.com/also, follow them on Facebook. Seth can be found on Twitter @Skubersky 

That's about it for this week. 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.

Friday, 5 June 2020

317 Awakening Disney Theme Parks

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 317, for Sunday 31st May 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 via any good podcast catching apps.

On this week's show, we discuss the information that has been released about the re-opening of Walt Disney World. 
As keen Disney fans, we are excited about this development but as we are not permitted to travel out of the UK - visiting is not an option for us as yet. 

If you want to read the guidance yourself, you can find the link here: 
WDW re-opening plans 

That is about it for this week's show - sorry about the shorter than usual show notes. 

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See you next time - lots of love Michelle and Jayne xx

Monday, 25 May 2020

316 - Tales From Terri Hardin

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 316, for Sunday 124h May 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 via any good podcast catching apps.
On this week's show, we welcome our good friend Terri Hardin to join us to share some more of her entertaining Tales. In her career, she has worked with some very famous people and on today's show we asked her to share some of her memories. To find out the stories behind the pictures, you will have to listen to this week's show!

Elizabeth Taylor - The Flintstones
Sigourney Weaver - Ghostbusters

Whoopi Goldberg - Theodore Rex
Dolly Parton - Theme Park Work
This particular song, means a great deal to Terri and I have included it for you all to enjoy. 

Michael Jackson - Captain EO
If you want to hear more tales from Terri Hardin, follow the links below:
Show 277 - Galaxy's Edge
Show 201 - Imagineer Chat 
Show 192 - My Life and Star Wars 
Show 139 Terri Visits Disneyland Paris 
We hope you enjoy the show! But until next time, it is goodbye from us and until then, keep up to date with us by ensuring you follow along in all of our social media sites:

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If you choose to support us financially (via Patreon) we offer a range of incentives and our eternal thanks for your support. 
 


Monday, 18 May 2020

315 Seth Kubersky's Unofficial Guide to Disney and Universal Re-opening

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 315, for Sunday 17th May 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 via any other good podcast catching places.
On this week's show, we welcome Seth Kubersky as our guest.
Seth attended City Walk Orlando on its re-opening date (14th May 2020) and he joins us to describe what he saw. Then, he shares what information he has on the planned Disney Springs opening.
Throughout this blog, we use a range of photos that Seth took, which build upon the discussion we had on the show. All photo credits go to Seth Kubersky The Unofficial Guides.
Parking was free, and vehicles were parked at one vehicle spacings. Signs immediately reminded people of the expectations. 


Staff all wore protective equipment; this altered depending on their role. Cleaning was quite visibly taking place.

For those without masks, kiosks had them for sale - as yet these are unthemed. Entry to City Walk depended on guests wearing a mask. 
On his visit, Seth could not resist a trip to Voodoo Doughnuts. He was impressed by the measures taken by them to ensure social distancing. 


Of course, there is always time for a quick survey!

To reach out to our guest, please find Seth on Twitter @skubersky and he frequently writes for Touringplans.com and theunofficialguides.com

If you are wanting to daydream about your happy place or use a guide to plan your trip, we highly recommend purchasing The Unofficial Guide books to Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, Disney Cruise Line amongst the many other places that they produce.

We will be back next week with some more Disney escapism. 
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Sunday, 10 May 2020

314 Merchandise and Memories

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 314, for Sunday 10th May 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 via any good podcast catching apps.
On this week's show, we give an update on our upcoming trips, how Michelle will celebrate her lockdown birthday and then we muse about merchandise and memories. 

Merchandise
Star Wars Day saw Shop Disney fail its customers. Michelle managed to get the UK key, which was free of charge. However, the pins disappeared and there was not much else. Whereas the USA site had much more merchandise but you couldn't get on it! Their key was $12.95. Sadly, Michelle was unable to get the special Starbucks Star Wars mugs - currently, the site has them on backorder for July. 

However, Michelle is over the moon to have finally ordered the Lego Disneyland Station station set - updates soon!
Disney Sentimental Items
Jayne shared the story of her Star Wars tattoo on her left shoulder. This is a symbol taken from Star Wars Rebels, representing the character Sabine Wren.
The tattoo marks the spot where Dave's hand was placed. This was done to connect with a memory from Star Wars Celebration in London in 2016. This memory links to when Jayne met Dave Filoni and below there is a great picture of them. 

Michelle
Michelle shared the story of her Disney Pandora bracelet; she began collecting charms all the way back in 2006! She now has sufficient to fill a necklace and have some to spare. Each one of the charms on the necklace is linked to a memory.
Michelle has now completed a necklace and has a range of charms. From gifts from friends to the charm given to her in 2018 when her now-husband proposed to her in the hub at the Magic Kingdom using the attached Mickey and Minnie charm; she has a pretty impressive collection. 
Photo Credit - The Art of Pandora
What collectibles spark memories with you? We would love to hear from you so please share yours.

Back next week with some more Disney escapism. 
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