On this episode of WDW DIS-Cussion, we start off with the news as always. We talk about the controversial new story about people paying disabled people to get on rides quicker, and lighter stories like the Star Wars Weekends schedule. After that , we head into our main topic. This week, we discuss plans for the upcoming 24-hour day at the Magic Kingdom. Official festivities include:
After our main topic, we bring back our History Segment with Nick! This week, we pick up where we left off with Wonders of Life. This was recorded first a few months ago, but for some reason my audio didn’t record. But now we have a full lesson for you all about the Life & Health pavilion at Epcot.
As if the news of Disney keeping the Magic Kingdom open for 24 hours on the May 24th wasn’t big enough, we here at the Wakefield Report and WDW DIS-Cussion Show have big plans of our own for the big night! Throughout the day you will be able to meet up with the hosts of the WR and WDW DIS-Cussion Show at a variety of events that are tailored to make the day even more magical.
These events will give you the chance to meet with fellow listeners, ask the hosts questions, win prizes, and much more. The events for the day include multiple Vinylmation giveaways throughout the day. If you would like to win one of these Vinylmations all you have to do is follow us on twitter @WDWDISCussion, @wakefieldreport, or @madh4773r. During the 24 hour party we will tweet the times and locations to meet us for Disney trivia and your chance to win a Vinylmation. We have a bunch of Vinylmations to giveaway so if you are in the park, make sure you follow us on twitter!
We will also be having an 11AM get together at Pecos Bills for a lunch/chat session. Grab your taco salad and your Kinsey fries because this is your chance to ask WDW DIS-Cussion Show host Brandon Glover any question you want! He will also have a power strip with him, so if you need to charge up there’s your chance!
At midnight put on your favorite pair of pajamas and meet us by the Partners statue for a group picture! Whoever has the best pair of pj’s will win a Vinylmation! After the group picture we will walk over to the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover for a ride!
And there will be much much more to come the day of the event so keep your eyes peeled to those twitter accounts!
On this return episode of the WDW DIS-Cussion Show, we discuss the recent May the 4th Be With You day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Brandon and Chris were both in attendance and they share what activities were going on that day. Then, we hop into a discussion about the newest Marvel movie, Iron Man 3 (Spoiler Alert)! WARNING: This show contains spoilers from the new Iron Man 3 movie.
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This week on WDW DIS-Cussion, we talk all about the Animal Kingdom. Beginning with what’s planned for the day of the 15th Anniversary (Monday, April 22nd), and why we think Joe Rhode won’t be showing up. Then we go on to discuss our first visits to Animal Kingdom, extinct attractions, and dining at the park. We are later joined by Tim Grassey of WDWThemeParks.com as he tells us about opening day at Animal Kingdom. Later on we have our Fav 5 segment and this week we are listing off our 5 favorite Animal Kingdom attractions. All that and a lot more, this week’s show is a long one!
These photos were taken by both Ryan Kennedy and Brandon Glover.
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On this episode of DIS-Cussion, we are joined by the WDW Fan Boys as we discuss the latest news and rumors, including the Disney Springs rumor, new Hidden Mickey pins for this year, Flower & Garden & Food options, PUSH’s 18th b-day, Epcot segway tours, and more. Our main topic for this week is Guest Classifications. We categorize guests into certain groups, particularly ones that we don’t like.
Good evening. We are gathered here around the blog, as Disney nerds have gathered for thousands and thousands of nanoseconds before us to share a story about Illuminations: Reflections of Earth! If you’ve listened to an episode of the WDW DISCussion Show or follow me on Twitter, you probably already know that Illuminaitions is my favorite nighttime show at Walt Disney World. I’ve seen the show more than 50 times over its tenure from various locations around the park, and I’m going to share with you a few of my favorites viewing spots. Recently I’ve begun to take my camera and tripod into EPCOT to take photographs of the show, so I will also share a few of what I consider to be the best locations to set up your gear.
First and foremost I have to mention a few things that could affect your ability to choose a certain location. Disney rents out several of these sites for private parties on any given night, so you may not be able to watch from your preferred location. Another important thing to keep in mind is timing. If you’re at EPCOT on a busy night, you may need to arrive up to 45 minutes or earlier to get a prime viewing location. My suggestion would be to grab a snack or beverage from one of the several locations throughout World Showcase and enjoy the evening until its showtime. The viewing areas in the World Showcase promenade area typically fill up quickly, so be sure to plan ahead according to the location you choose. A note about photography: trees, light poles and torches can be nice things to look at, but you don’t necessarily want them in your photographs. Try choosing an area with an open, unobstructed view of the lake.
World Showcase Promenade
This viewing area is right down on the waterfront, as soon as you enter World Showcase. From here you will have an excellent view of the show with no obstructions. Keep in mind that this area is typically very busy because of its proximity to the exit to Future World and its center view of the lagoon. On recent trips I’ve noticed this area being used for private parties, so if its booked up look to the next best sites, on either side of the shops. I’ve not been able to photograph from this location yet, but it is perfect for capturing the show due to its proximity to the barges.
This viewing area is located between the United Kingdom and France and offers a good angle towards the center of the lagoon. The show is largely unobstructed, save for the island which sits just to the right of the barges in your view. If there is a party at this location (it is the location I’ve seen booked most frequently), try standing on the bridge between the UK and France or the small standing area behind the Yorkshire County Fish Shop. I have photographed from this area on a couple trips and in my opinion it is not the best location to choose from. The island to the right can get in the way of some shots, so keep that in mind when choosing a location based on photography.
The Japanese pavilion has a couple of options to choose from as far as views go. The primary location is along the lagoon where the Torii Gate sits. There is an island to the left of this area and trees can get in the way here, but you do get a nice close-up of the globe barge. I’ve taken some nice photographs from this location, though it is one of the furthest points from the center of the lagoon. The second location to consider is on the second floor of the Mitsukoshi building. There is very limited space here, but it provides a wonderful view of the show. You won’t have to worry about trees blocking your view from up there. If you want to try for this space, grab some tasty snacks from the back room of Mitsukoshi and get there early.
This is my preferred location to set up and watch Illuminations, as you have an unobstructed view and are at a nice angle to the center of the lagoon. There is plenty of room along the railings to set up your tripod and take that perfect photograph. The only drawback is that this is also one of the more frequently occupied locations for private parties. If it is in use for a party, sometimes they do not use all of the location, so you may be able to stand along the railings if you’re lucky.
Norway and Mexico
The last location I’m going to mention is between Norway and Mexico. Here you have a wide and open area to view the show, though if you’re too far into Norway you may be obstructed by trees or the island to the left of you. This area fills up fast and can become extremely crowded on any given night, so make it a point to show up early if you’re going to choose this location. I have not attempted to take photographs in this location because it is usually too crowded for a tripod, but it is very close to the action in the center of the lagoon.
So there you have it, my favorite locations to view Illuminations from around World Showcase. There are plenty of fine places to view the show, which also includes Future World if you want a quieter, less crowded location. If you are like me and interested in taking high quality photographs of the show, arrive to your location up to an hour early to ensure that you have ample time to set up your equipment and that you have a spot along the railing. What is your preferred location to view Illuminations?
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Habit Heroes 2.0
After a year-long absence Habit Heroes reopened this week at EPCOT in Innoventions, debuting a brand new storyline. The former incarnation of Habit Heroes saw recruits visit Will Power’s Gymnasium where they were taken through a series of missions to defeat bad habits. It is speculated that the original version closed due to guests displeasure with the content displayed within the attraction. Today, we have a brand new attraction housed in the same space in Innoventions.
The storyline is essentially that you are recruited to fight bad habits, which is similar to the original, but presented in a different way. The attraction layout has been reversed, with guests now entering what used to be the final showdown with Leadbottom. During the attraction you will train in three areas: Power Moves, Blasters and Shields. The Power Moves section features arm swinging motions (think kung fu moves) used to defeat three different types/strenghts of bad habits. This section is less intense than the previous calisthenics heavy activity featured in the original attraction, and is easy for people of all abilities to participate in. In each section, the team of 12 recruits will earn a score, which is translated into a star rating – 5 being the highest. After completing this task, guests move into the Blasters game. Blasters utilizes the former Sugar Fairy room where guests use blasters akin to the ones used in Toy Story Midway Mania to destroy bad habits. Instead of lobbing carrots and broccoli at a wide array of sweets and junk foods, guests simply target the bad habits with their lasers. The animation in the game is brand new and has two timed contests as before. Finally, guests enter the Shields room where they are given a colored RFID card (which must be returned after finishing the activity). Instead of zapping televisions this version has brand new animation where bad habits are falling on virtua cities. Guests create a shield by tapping their colored RFID card on the Habit Heroes logo on the station under the cities which their colored habit is invading. There are four colors of bad habits in this section, Red, Blue, Green and Yellow. This section underwent the most physical change, as it previously had four colored buttons on each station around the room. They are now each outfitted with a single RFID Habit Heroes logo. After completing this section, guests enter the former Will Power’s Gym to finish their training. Guests are then given one of three colored wrist bands and divided into three teams. Each group is given a pamphlet with a further mission to complete around EPCOT. I was given a red band, so I had the Red Mission which takes you to another Future World pavilion to find a code word. For those guests who are not familiar with EPCOT, there is a map that shows locations of the missions in the attractions exit. The pamphlet also promotes the Habit Heroes app that guests can download for use in park and at home.
The new Habit Heroes is a huge improvement over the former version, as well as a more complete attraction. With the improvements, guests of all abilities will be able to experience this attraction and will certainly enjoy its positive tone. The additions of the app and extra missions gives guests more opportunities to learn about bad habits and how to overcome them. Personally, I didn’t see anything wrong with the original attraction. I experienced it twice during the soft opening period and was not offended by anything in the attraction, though I am not easily offended. In my opinion, it certainly didn’t warrant a one year closure before reopening with a new storyline. Having said that, the new version certainly will be well received by audiences and should remain controversy free.
Disney Infinity Official Announcement Trailer
Fox News Interview With Nomeus, Adam The Woo, And Leonard Kinsey
New Year’s Eve Fireworks from EPCOT
Spaceship Earth with lights on FLURBEX:
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Everyone hates Chris Wakefield
Bonus Episode – Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights 22WARNING: THIS SHOW DOES CONTAIN SPOILERS TOWARDS HHN 22. This episode we are joined by Kristi Gamble of the WDW Lost Girls podcast as we discuss Halloween Horror Nights 22 at Universal Studios Orlando. We rate the houses that were there this year and share stories from the night we went. I apologize if there is any un-bleeped curses in this episode as well.
Posted by: Chris Wakefield
Episode 21 – We Hate Mainstream In this edition of the WDW DIS-Cussion Show, Nick, Brandon, Chris, and I are joined by host of Your Ear to the World on WDWNTunes John Corigliano. Our topic is underrated attractions at the parks. We have fun with what we think of each attraction being underrated, and even through some jokes at Captain Lou. It was nice to have John on and remember you can listen to Your Ear to the World every Tuesday at 8am or 8pm EST. And sorry about the exiting music, Chris picked that one.
Episode 15 – Mix It All In On this week’s episode, Nick and I are joined by Brett Bennett of the WDW Fan Boys Podcast. We cover the latest news stories, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom (yes, again I know,) fastpasses, annual passes, dining at the MK that is (was) open 4th of July week. We also go into Aloha Isle, The Haunted Mansion queue, and WDW DVD’s. Thanks again to Brett for joining us on the show.
Episode 14 – The Parks at Night WARNING: Some profanity is included in this episode. On this episode of the WDW DIS-Cussion Show, Ryan, Chris, and Brandon are joined by Derek Burgan, a freelance contributor to the Orlando Informer, and Alison Gabbard from her blog That Disney Bitch. Our topic this week is Walt Disney World at night. We talk about the different atmosphere in all four parks, while going into sidetracks about Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, Epic Mickey, Finding Nemo, Tron, and the most reliable source of all Disney news, WDW bus drivers.
Episode 13 – Strange Park and Resort Stories We have returned! This week’s hosts are Ryan Kennedy, Chris Wakefield, Nick Deweerdt, and Brandon Glover. We start out with a news segment, then move into a discussion of our strangest park and resort stories we have. Towards the end we have some more topics to work around, and finish up with plugs. Thanks for listening and congratulations to Casey from the Casey Luvs Disney blog for giving birth to Ava!