The guys announce their new Facebook group and a contest to name it. Damon answers a listener question about Disney Cruise Line. The guys give advice to a new DVC member on how many points a member should have. Disney has another special event coming to Reunion Station, this time it's a football party. The guys discuss the most recent updates to Star Wars Galaxy's Edge including new concept art for the Star Wars hotel, a themed drink stand, and an amazing video preview of Rise of the Resistance. It's the end of an era, with Club Cool, Character Spot, Fountain of Nations, and Fountain View closing at Epcot. The guys discuss these closures and their thoughts on the future of the area. Disney patents a new boat launch system to make boat rides more efficient.
Episode 63 is all about every parks announcement that happened at the D23 Expo 2019. The guys talk all about the confirmed and rumored details of the Star Wars hotel including the possible cost of this experience. There were a ton of Epcot updates at D23 this year including Guardians of the Galaxy, Space 220, new neighborhoods, Epcot Experience Center, Journey of Water, HarmoniUS, Cherry Tree Lane, and Spaceship Earth. The guys discuss their thoughts on all of these Epcot updates. A new Disney vacation planning app called "Disney Genie" was announced and will debut in 2020. Among the announcements were more details for Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway and the upcoming Tron coaster. Marvel Land at Disney California Adventure has an official name, Avengers Campus, and some new details were revealed about the land. There are some rumors that Jungle Cruise and Big Thunder Mountain will undergo extensive refurbishments before the 50th Anniversary of WDW. The guys also address a rumor about a new E-Ticket attraction in Animal Kingdom.
In episode 62, the guys discuss recently leaked concept art of the upcoming DVC Resort, Reflections. Galaxy's Edge is currently in Passholder Previews, but reservations for the experiences in the land are now available. Disney is now offering a discounted mid-day entrance ticket and the guys discuss their thoughts on this new ticket option. For this year's Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party, Disney is offering a "Party Pass", which gives guests the ability to attend almost every party this season. The guys debate the appeal of this new party option. D23 is coming up and the guys will cover all the announcements on the next episode. Until then, the guys give a preview of what they expect to see announced and what they hope will be announced.
In episode 61, the guys discuss a survey of DVC members asking about possible new resort locations. Reflections is the next DVC resort and part of the plans call for an over the water restaurant on Bay Lake. The guys debate what this restaurant experience could look like. A recent article asked if DVC should expand to Moderate resorts and the guys give thoughts on this idea. Disney has announced a ton of new limited time benefits for Passholders over the next month, including secret menu items, PhotoPass opportunities, and special character meetings. New Holiday overlays are coming to WDW this year and the guys give their thoughts on these new additions. Marvel Land is under construction at Disneyland and concept art for the Spider Man ride and Ant Man microbrewery have been revealed. Disney files a patent for Augmented Reality glasses and the guys debate how this technology could be used. Disney will announce a secret parks project at D23 this year and the guys give their thoughts on what it could be.
In episode 60, Chad from the My DVC Points podcast joins Tom and Damon to discuss the recently announced New Year's Eve event at Topolino's Terrace. Disney has confirmed they are completing a pathway that goes from the Grand Floridian to Magic Kingdom. The guys discuss how this could change transportation for Magic Kingdom. Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is getting many upgrades this year including a new fireworks show and attraction overlays. The iconic Tomorrowland sign has been removed and will be replaced this summer. The guys discuss their thoughts on the possible replacement for this sign. Disney has announced when Rise of the Resistance will be opening at Disneyland and WDW with the Hollywood Studios attraction surprisingly opening first. One thing that won't be ready for Galaxy's Edge is the Disney Skyliner, which received a September opening date. Ahead of the closure of Club Cool in September, fan favorite (or least favorite) flavor Beverly has seemingly gone out of stock. This weeks rumor is that Citrico's will be closing for a re-imagining and will reopen as Victoria and Albert's Bistro. The guys give their thoughts on the possibility of this restaurant closing.
In episode 59, the guys get an update on Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and debate why the crowds are so low. Epcot is going through major changes and Disney just announced many closures coming in September. The guys discuss these changes and what they mean for the future of Epcot. Takumi-Tei, the new Signature dining experience at Epcot's Japan pavilion, has opened with a very expensive menu. The guys give their thoughts on this new experience. Damon has returned from his trip to Silver Dollar City and gives a trip report. The Liberty Inn will be closing at Epcot and will be replaced by a modern BBQ restaurant called the Regal Eagle. Water bottle refilling stations are popping up around WDW and the guys discuss their thoughts on these additions. Newly refurbished buses featuring the Sensational Six, USB phone charging and possibly WiFi are debuting at WDW. Monorail Silver has been updated with a new paint job and new interior. Does this mean that the trains aren't being replaced any time soon? The guys debate what this new look means for the future of the monorail. The Gran Destino tower at Coronado Springs will open with Smart TVs in the room. The guys give their thoughts on how this technology could change the guest experience.
In episode 58, the guys interview Derek and Marissa from DVC Resale Market. They answer questions about DVC Resale basics, Right of First Refusal, Closing Costs, and buy backs. Topolino’s Terrace reservations are now open and the guys discuss their excitement for this resort. DVC is hosting a special 4th of July part in the Top of the World lounge, closing it off to members. The guys give their thoughts on this event and why some members are upset about it. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland is no longer using reservations and is moving to a Virtual Queue. The guys discuss the details of this system and whether they think it should be used at WDW. Select WDW Passholders will get an early preview of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. There is a rumor that the ImageWorks Rainbow tunnel will return at the Epcot Experience Center currently under construction. The guys give their thoughts on the return of this classic attraction feature. A rumor is circulating that the closure of Country Bear Jamboree at WDW is imminent with a Toy Story show replacing it. The guys discuss their thoughts on this possible change.
In episode 57, listener Andres joins the guys to give his review of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland. Tom is back from his WDW trip and discusses his thoughts on Old Key West, character experiences and his daughter’s first time at WDW. Andres gives a review of Galaxy’s Edge including a spoiler free review of Oga’s Cantina and Smuggler’s Run. FastPass tier changes are coming to Hollywood Studios with the arrival of Galaxy’s Edge. The guys debate the reasoning behind these changes and how permanent they may be. The guys discover that there is a Photopass studio at Disney Springs which allows for pictures in different Disney Parks locations. Rafiki’s Planet Watch is reopening on July 11th with a new Animation Experience which will teach guests to draw some of Disney’s most famous characters. Rumors of a new Epcot World Showcase pavilion are starting to come up again. This time the rumor is that Disney will immediately start building a Brazil themed pavilion which will include a store and a restaurant, but no attraction to start. The guys discuss their thoughts on this rumor. Another rumor that made big headlines recently was that Disney is planning on demolishing both the Land and Living Seas pavilions at Epcot. The guys debate the merits of this rumor.
In episode 56, the guys discuss the different ways they have brought Disney into their homes. Tom goes over his plans for his upcoming Disney vacation and the guys get into a debate on when to introduce certain rides to kids. As Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge approaches it's opening date at Disneyland, more and more new information is coming out including the cost of the merchandise and some hidden features of the land. The guys discuss these new details and their thoughts on it's upcoming opening. A new restaurant is coming to Epcot's Japan pavilion this summer. Disney announced new holiday decorations for Animal Kingdom coming this holiday season. The guys discuss the new PhotoPass opportunity in front of Cinderella Castle. Soarin' over California is coming back to California Adventure for June only and the guys discuss what they think of this limited return. There is a rumor that a Wreck It Ralph experience is going to replace the former Stitch's Great Escape attraction with a interactive show that will feature video game controllers at every seat. The guys speculate on what an attraction like this could look like.
In episode 55, the guys catch up on some listener emails about DVC changing use years, owning at different DVC resorts, favorite dining locations and traveling with large groups. New permits for the new DVC resort, Reflections, reveal details about the location of the resort and the relocation of several buildings at Ft. Wilderness. Even more new Star Wars Land information has been released and the guys discuss their thoughts on the wristband policy and storm troopers kicking guests out of the land. Disneyland will also use a Virtual Queue for Star Wars Land after the initial reservation period. Disney World will have extra, extra magic hours during the first few months of Star Wars Land being open. The guys debate how may people will really show up at Hollywood Studios at 6am. Damon is taking a trip to Silver Dollar City and he gives the guys all the details on his upcoming trip. In the resort speed round, the guys quickly give their thoughts on Hollywood Studios new logo, the new BBQ restaurant in Toy Story Land, Play Pavilion at Epcot and MagicBand upgrades. The guys discuss a rumor about a new ride being developed for Hollywood Studios called a 'black box'. This ride would be able to be completely changed overnight. The guys debate their feelings about this rumor.
In episode 54, Trevor and Tom discuss a recent rule change by DVC that gives them more flexibility with Use Years. There are a bunch of Galaxy's Edge updates that the guys talk about including new toys, the reservation system at Disneyland, rumors about roaming droids and the potential name of the Star Wars hotel. Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway is coming to Disneyland, but will be delayed at WDW. The guys discuss their thoughts on this announcement. Rivers of Light is getting an upgrade even though it just opened a few years ago. HalloWishes will be replaced with a new nighttime show and there is a rumor that WDW will not debut a new nighttime show for it's 50th Anniversary.
In episode 53, Tom and Trevor catch up on some listener email about buying resale or direct and what the resale market will look like for the Riviera. Disney recently changed their Bell Service fees to include a $6 charge for groceries delivered to your hotel room. The guys discuss their thoughts on this change for DVC Members. The Star Wars DVC Galactic Gathering was cancelled after possible lack of interest. On ride PhotoPass is now available for the Haunted Mansion and the guys discuss other rides they wish had PhotoPass. This summer, Disney will offer Villain themed After Hours events which include special food, merchandise and a stage show. The guys debate whether this special event is worth the cost. There are several new nighttime shows coming to Disney parks over the next few months and the guys give their thoughts on recent updates given about these shows. There is a rumor that Epcot will be replacing the Agent P attraction in the World Showcase with a DuckTales themed game. In other Epcot rumors, the guys discuss some new rumors about the upcoming re-imagining taking place at Epcot over the next several years.
In episode 52, the guys welcome special guest Drew from DVC Rental Store. Drew answers all the questions sent in by listeners about renting DVC points and renting out points as a DVC member. The Riviera resort finally has an opening date, price, point charts and model rooms. The guys discuss their thoughts on this recently announced news. DVC is hosting a special Star Wars party that is controversial among some members. The guys debate if this party is worth the high cost. Disney announced that there will be new restrictions on strollers, smoking in the parks and ice in coolers. The guys discuss what they think of these new rules. The personalized bricks around the entrance of Magic Kingdom and the TTC are being removed and the guys give their thoughts on their removal. There is a rumor that a Frozen 2 VR experience will be coming to the Void when the new movie is released.
In Episode 51, the guys answer a bunch of questions from the listeners about DVC and Disney trip planning. Mike asks the guys what they think about his plan to pay for a newly purchased DVC contract and Annual Dues by renting excess points. Lori asks the guys how they structure their Disney trips on a daily basis. Caitlin writes in looking for opinions on how to manage a large group joining her on vacation at Disney. Brian asks the guys their thoughts on what contracts he should buy to get started with DVC. Opening dates have been announced for both Star Wars: Galaxy Edge lands and they are WAY earlier than anyone thought. The guys discuss their feelings on the early opening and all the other interesting details about the opening of these lands. Demolition permits have been filed at Epcot and among the casualties are Club Cool, Starbucks and Innoventions West. The guys lament the loss of these buildings, but mostly Club Cool (#SaveBeverly). A new rumor says that the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular will see some major upgrades before 2021 and the guys debate what could change with the show.
The guys celebrate the return of Damon to the show and the 50th Welcome Home Podcast Episode! A listener writes in to ask if DVC Perks are worth the extra cost of buying direct. The Riviera has finally declared some DVC points and should be on sale soon. The guys discuss their thoughts on the potential point values of the rooms and whether they would buy in. Disney recently announced that the Wonders of Life pavilion will soon transform into an interactive play 'city' and that the park entrance will be getting a makeover. The guys discuss what they think of these upcoming changes at Epcot. The guys speculate about a mysterious structure on a Dinosaur ride vehicle and debate what new construction walls at the International Gateway could be. Disney recently released tons of new information about Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge including food, merchandise, ride walk throughs and more. The guys give their thoughts on these new details and what they are excited about. There is a rumor that Disney is considering selling FastPasses for Galaxy's Edge and the guys debate if Disney should sell them and what the price point should be.
Trevor and Tom revisit their conversation about the 2020 point reallocation from last episode after listener feedback. While revisiting this topic, the guys also discuss the "Lock off Premium" that was part of the 2020 point reallocation. Copper Creek declares more units and is heading towards selling out. Disney has filed permits for a permanent security checkpoint between Bay Lake Tower and Magic Kingdom. The guys discuss their thoughts on this permit and how it effects members stay at Bay Lake. Disney is currently testing utilizing smart speakers in guest rooms and the guys discuss how they'd like to see this technology used. Another piece of the Riviera has been revealed by Disney, this time it's an area called the Voyageur's Lounge. A Coco show is coming to the Mexican pavilion at Epcot and a Lion King show is debuting at California Adventure. Kevin from Up is now roaming around Animal Kingdom and the guys talk about their thoughts on roaming characters making a comeback. World of Color is set to return to Disneyland after a lengthy refurbishment. IllumiNations replacement at Epcot is starting with a mysterious structure in the middle of World Showcase Lagoon and the guys debate what it could be.
Trevor is back from his Disney World trip and gives us a trip report including reviews of the Wreck It Ralph VR experience, Magic Kingdom Dessert party and Disney After Hours. Disney released even more details about the upcoming Riviera resort including the rooftop restaurant, new renderings and a new room category, Tower Studio! The guys discuss their thoughts on this 2 person, compact room and the other amenities of this resort. Booking is now available for cash stays, with points reservations coming soon. After overwhelming negative guest feedback, DVC has walked back it's decision to reallocate 2020 points. They guys give their thoughts on this back track from DVC. Disney announced a new VIP tour that costs $12,000 and includes a tour of suite in Cinderella Castle. Initial testing is underway on the Disney Skyliner and new characters have been added to the Gondola lineup! ShopDisney is now offering the ability to customize official Disney apparel. Project Stardust in underway at Disneyland in preparation for Star Wars Land and the guys discuss their thoughts on these updates. Disney is rumored to be closing a loophole in the FastPass system and the guys discuss the impact of this change.
In episode 47, Tom is joined by Chad from My DVC Points Podcast and Tom's wife, Karyn. Reunion Station is closing in February after testing a premium club level experience. We discuss what we would like to see in this location instead. DVC just raised direct purchase prices significantly and we discuss the reasoning behind this change. DVC members got an email about the opening of the Riviera resort that had some members confused and upset. We try to clear up the confusion around this announcement. A few episodes ago, we speculated on building being built on Grand Avenue in Hollywood Studios and it's finally been revealed what that building is! A new credit card policy is starting in February at Disney resorts. A rumor has recently surfaced saying that Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Star Wars Galaxy's Edge will be a 28 minute experience. We discuss our excitement if this rumor turns out to be true.
The guys are back from holiday break and start off 2019 with special guests, Derek DeBoer & Marissa Vallotton from DVC Resale Market. DVC is making big changes to the way it treats DVC Resale contracts. Marissa & Derek answer all your questions about the upcoming changes and DVC Resale. The guys discuss Trevor's upcoming Disney trip. There is a new premium event taking place at Top of the World lounge and the guys are intrigued by what it offers. Buzzy, the animatronic famous for his role in Cranium Command at the closed Wonders of Life pavilion has been stolen. The guys speculate on how this could have happened.
In Episode 45, Tom talks about his soon to be purchased DVC contract and the implications of having a different use year. Several listeners wrote in giving the positives and negatives of 2 use years and the guys talk about them. Disney recently gave us a first look at the Beauty and the Beast ride being built at Tokyo Disneyland and the guys discuss their thoughts on this new ride. In a new segment called "Rampant Speculation", the guys speculate on what is being built next to Tatooine Traders in Hollywood Studios and what they think the strange design on the Riviera DVC resort could be. The guys answer a listeners questions about Spaceship Earth, Reflections, and Splash Mountain. Moonlight Magic dates have been announced for 2019 and there will be a new way to register. The guys discuss these events and the new registration process. New concept art and a menu has been released for Storybook Dining at Artist Point and the guys give their thoughts on this new offering.
In Episode 44, the guys discuss the new concept art released for the Riviera Resort and the recently announced Reflections resort. 2019 DVC dues are going up a bit more than normal and the guys debate the impact of these increases. Destination D recently gave us tons of news about the Disney Skyliner, Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, the Star Wars hotel, and lots of new attractions coming to the parks. The guys discuss their thoughts on all of these new attractions and what they are most looking forward to. Disney is testing a new method to take PhotoPass pictures at 9 character meet and greet locations. The guys debate what this change could mean for your character pictures in the future. Disney released concept art for the Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster ride vehicles along with a video of the unique ride system in action. The guys discuss their thoughts on these new updates. Disney has filed a new patent for hyper realistic light sabers and the guys debate how this patent could be used in the parks.
In episode 43, the guys answer a listener question about if or when DVC might decide to restrict the 11 month booking window to direct buyers only. Tom is buying a resale DVC contract and talks about the process so far. Disney is launching it's own streaming service, called Disney+, in 2019. They recently announced that one of the shows on this new service will be a docu-series about Imagineering. The guys discuss their thoughts on this upcoming show. New details have been announced about the upcoming Wreck It Ralph VR experience at the Void. The guys talk about the possibilities of a new Disney technology which allows guests to use Augmented Reality to wear Disney character costumes. Disney Resort Speed Round is back! The guys quickly give their opinions on the new Hollywood Studios entrance, Wreck it Ralph meet and greet, the Luxo Jr. Animatronic, and Rosita from the Enchanted Tiki Room. There is a rumor that the new Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway ride (still under construction at WDW) will also arrive at Disneyland.
In episode 42, the guys answer a question from a listener about eating and drinking around Epcot. A new DVC resort has been announced for the former River Country site and the guys discuss their thoughts on the details of this new resort. An exclusive DVC Member Christmas and New Year's Eve party is announced and the guys debate if these parties are worth the price. The guys interview Jim Cummings, the famous voice behind Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and so many classic Disney movies and TV shows. The Bahamas approved Disney's request to purchase a second private island for Disney Cruise Line and the guys discuss what this could mean for future cruises. The full details of Marvel Land at Disneyland have leaked and the guys get excited about this future addition. Disney has filed a new patent for rotating roller coaster vehicles and the guys talk about what this could mean for future rides.
In episode 41, the guys answer a listener question about staying at the Villas at Grand Californian with DVC points. A recent survey of DVC members leaked a possible name for a new DVC resort and the guys discuss their thoughts on the name. Reunion Station at Copper Creek is lifting restrictions on it's up-charge lounge to attract more customers and one time DVC points increase in price. The guys debate what this means for DVC members. Even more details have come out about the Millennium Falcon ride at Star Wars Land and there is a rumor there will be hard ticket preview event for the land. The guys decide if this makes them any more excited for the ride than they already were and if they'd be interested in a paid preview of Star Wars Land. Damon gives a review of a local haunted farm he attended on his latest detour and has some advice for Disney from his experience. Disneyland is ending their Jedi Training (for now) and has cancelled their luxury hotel project. There is a big rumor out that Spaceship Earth will close for a lengthy 2.5 year refurbishment and the guys discuss their thoughts on what the new ride could look like.
In episode 40, the guys talk about a new DVC VIP Experience for the upcoming Nightmare Before Christmas concert in October and whether it's worth the hefty price tag. Disney announced 19 new and limited time experiences for 2019 and the guys discuss which ones they are most excited about. Date based ticket pricing will take effect in October bringing change to the way guests buy tickets. The guys debate what this means for the resort and why they think Disney is making this change. There is a rumor that Disney is planning to build an India pavilion at the World Showcase and the guys talk about what they'd like to see at this pavilion. New details about the Millennium Falcon ride at Star Wars Land have been released and the guys give their thoughts on this upcoming experience. Rafiki's Planet Watch, once thought to be closing forever, will now be closed until Spring of 2019 to accommodate a lengthy refurbishment. IllumiNations is ending in 2019 and the guys discuss what they would like to see in it's place.
In this episode of Welcome Home Waitlist, the guys welcome special guest Ziggy from Ziggyknowsdisney.com to discuss which intellectual properties that Disney owns, but has not yet turned into a ride or attraction. The guys imagine what that ride might look like if it ever came to fruition.
In episode 39, the guys welcome Ziggy from ZiggyKnowsDisney.com to give his review of the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. DVC Resale Market put out a list of the most economical DVC Resale contracts to buy and the guys discuss how that would effect their buying decisions. Minnie Van prices are changing to a flat fee plus a per mile charge and the guys consider whether it's worth it to use the service anymore. The Wreck It Ralph VR experience is confirmed to be coming to the Void later this year. The guys explore other popular franchises that could have their own experience at the Void in the future. There are rumors that a popular parade will be ending this year, that a new Mary Poppins ride is coming to Epcot, and that an opening date is set for the Ratatouille ride. The guys debate whether these rumors will come true.
Welcome to the Waitlist, a mini episode of Welcome Home on off weeks covering non-news Disney topics. In this week's Waitlist, the guys re-imagineer their favorite rides that are no longer operating.
In episode 38, the guys have Marissa and Derek from DVC Resale Market on the show to answer listener questions about DVC Resale. Artist Point is changing from a quiet signature dining experience to character dining this winter, featuring Snow White, Grumpy and Dopey. The guys discuss their thoughts on this change. More details have been announced for one of the restaurants at Star Wars Land. It's called Oga's Cantina and the guys give their opinions on what this restaurant should be. Spaceship Earth is rumored to have an upcoming refurbishment to it's show scenes. The guys discuss what they'd like to see in this update.
In Episode 37, the guys read a listener submitted review of this year's DVC Member Cruise and discuss their thoughts on this special event. The guys answer a listener question about taking a senior guest to WDW. DVC is selling new merchandise in pop up stores around WDW and the guys talk about their favorites. Disney will be closing the Tomorrowland Speedway and the WDW Railroad in preparation for Tron coaster construction and the guys discuss their thoughts on these closures. The guys talk about construction being halted on Disneyland's new hotel project due to a dispute with the Anaheim city council. Damon talks about his recent trips to Busch Gardens, Aquatica, and Seaworld.
In episode 36, Damon and Trevor read listener responses to last episode's Owner's Locker question. The guys also read some suggestions from a listener about traveling with a baby at WDW. A timeshare license has been granted for the newest DVC resort, the Riviera, which is currently under construction. The guys discuss their thoughts on the next steps for this resort. DVC recently announced that the Epcot Member Lounge would be returning for 2019 and that members can get early access to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and the guys give their opinions on these perks. Damon has several non-Disney trips planned for the near future and discusses these plans with Trevor. There are rumors (and permits) that construction has begun on a replacement for IllumiNations. The guys talk about what they think of this rumor.
In episode 35, the guys are joined by Damon's wife and answer listener questions about Owner's Locker and Extra Fastpasses for DVC tours. Toy Story Land will be getting a holiday overlay this year and the group discusses their thoughts on what could be included. Bug's Land in Disney's California Adventure gets a closing date to make way for a Marvel land. The group discusses what could be in store for this area of the park. An old Disneyland and Epcot bus at a museum was accidentally crashed into a tree by some kids and the group discusses their presence in the parks. Rumor has it that Disney will not theme the massive Guardians of the Galaxy ride show building at Epcot and that the Yeti in Expedition Everest will finally get fixed. There's also a rumor that the Void at Disney Springs and Downtown Disney will get a Wreck-It Ralph VR experience. The group discusses their thoughts on these rumors and their hopes for the future of the Void.
In episode 34, Damon returns to the show and gives the guys a report on his latest WDW trip. The guys answer another listener question, this time about taking a baby to WDW and rider switch. DVC Members lose the recently gained ability to modify existing reservations shortly after it rolled out. The guys discuss the news that the controversial pet policy at WDW may be ending in October. The guys have a WDW Speed Round and discuss Toy Story Land opening, Magical Express, Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, New Cars Stage Show, more Star Wars Hotel news, and the Play Disney Parks app. Disney recently filed a patent that will allow them to create interactive "Force Ghosts" and the guys discuss possible uses for this technology.
In Episode 33, the guys welcome special guest Russ from DVCinfo.com. The guys answer a listener question about a first trip to WDW and whether DVC will extend contracts at resorts. The DVC Member site has been updated with new features, including the ability to modify existing reservations and combining the Resort Availability tool with the booking tool. The guys discuss their thoughts on this change. Tom and Trevor ask Russ questions about the possible new DVC resort on the old River Country site, the Riviera, and his thoughts on buying where you want to stay. Disneyland offered guests the chance to preview the land a day early, but access came at a hefty fee. This paid preview event could be a test and the guys talk about where this test could lead. Disney is offering the chance to "glamp" at Pandora and the guys aren't sure what to think. The guys discuss a few new patents filed by Disney and what they could mean for the parks.
In Episode 32, the guys answer DVC questions sent in by listeners. We finally know what Project 89 is and as we predicted, it's a DVC resort! The guys discuss their thoughts on this potential new DVC resort. Disney announces new information about Star Wars: Galaxy Edge including free roaming robots, new information on the Battle Escape attraction and the name of the outpost the land is set in. The guys also discuss the recently confirmed location of the Star Wars Hotel. Annual Passholders at WDW are getting their own special event at Toy Story Land after the land opens. Damon is leaving for WDW in a week, so he tells us all about his upcoming trip. There is a rumor that Disney will employ a new patent for a long range wireless charging system at Star Wars Land. The guys discuss their thoughts on this technology.
In episode 31, Trevor returns to tell the guys all about his recent WDW vacation including a review of the Star Wars virtual reality experience and his first DVC stay. DVC Member Cruise dates have been announced and the guys discuss whether they are interested in booking it. Whispering Canyon Cafe cast members have been asked to tone down the shenanigans and the guys discuss their thoughts on this change. The annual report on Theme Park attendance for 2017 has been released and includes some surprises for Disney Parks. The guys discuss two recent patents filed by Disney that include augmented reality light sabers and an automated narrative builder. Star Wars Land at WDW and Disneyland have general opening seasons announced and the guys discuss how that might change their plans for 2019.
In episode 30, Tom and Damon welcome special guest Chad to talk about Reunion Station opening at Copper Creek Villas. DVC has released a limited time benefit to save points when booking a cruise using points and the guys discuss whether it's worth it. More information emerges about the mysterious "Project 89" by way of permit filings. The guys discuss what this mystery project could end up being. Disney has confirmed that the space themed restaurant at Epcot is still happening and will not take over the space where the Wonders of Life pavilion currently stands. The guys discuss what they think this restaurant will look like. Toy Story Land is opening next month and with it comes a closure of Toy Story Mania. Disney also recently announced that Slinky Dog coaster will end with a serenade from the one and only Wheezy. Disney World is now offering one day tickets with pre-booked fast passes. The guys discuss their thoughts on this new offering. Damon gives the guys a review of his recent visit to Busch Gardens.
In Episode 29, the guys revisit last episodes topic of the "First Welcome Home" benefit with poll results from Facebook. Copper Creek Villas are 50% declared and the guys try to tell you what that means (they may be totally wrong). Donald's Dino Bash is premiering next month at Animal Kingdom and the guys discuss what they'd like to see with this new offering. Woody appears in giant form at the Toy Story Land entrance. In a new segment called DisTech, the guys discuss Disney technology breakthroughs and what they could mean for the parks. This week, they discuss Magic Band Tech, the new Play Disney Parks app, WDW's new Solar Farm, a patent for interactive hotel rooms, new VR tech, and a patent for automatically adjusting a guests ride based on fear levels. The guys also discuss the rumored addition of bus wait times to the My Disney Experience app and the possibility of a new monorail fleet.
In episode 28, the guys discuss the 'First Welcome Home' offered by DVC to first time buyers. Disney will soon allow guests to open their hotel rooms with the My Disney Experience app and the guys aren't sure why. At Pandora, a man in a large robotic utility suit debuts and Damon is less than impressed. Early ride footage from the upcoming Millennium Falcon is released and the guys discuss their thoughts on it. We are just a few months away from Toy Story Land opening and we are just learning how FastPass tiers will change at Hollywood Studios. The guys discuss how this could impact their trips. Is a new permit filed for behind Star Wars Land the location of the Star Wars hotel? The guys talk about what they think the hotel will look like.
In episode 27, the guys celebrate the 1 Year Anniversary of Welcome Home Podcast! They discuss the newly reported details about WDW Club 33 pricing and whether it's worth the cost. New on-ride footage of the Millennium Falcon ride at Galaxy's Edge (aka Star Wars Land) is released as well as some technical details of the technology being used to bring this experience to life. The guys discuss how this technology could make or break the ride. Staying in Hollywood Studios, Disney Parks Blog announced that Woody, Buzz and Jessie will be greeting guests around Toy Story Land. The guys discuss this announcement and imagine what other characters could show up in this land. Could the ride system for the new Guardians of the Galaxy coaster have been leaked? The guys discussed the latest pictures of what might be the new coaster at Epcot.
In Episode 26, Trevor and Tom discuss the mysterious "Project 89" that is currently happening on the former site of River Country. Could it be a new DVC resort that was announced, but never built? The guys also discuss the controversial announcement that Disney will start charging fees for overnight parking at their resorts (but not for DVC Members). More details are released about the Club Level type experience at the soon to open Reunion Station and new details emerge about Disney's replacement for the recently shuttered Child Activity Centers. Club 33 gets another doorbell at Hollywood Studios and Wonders of Life is looking for an interior designer. The guys also discuss the removal of the Citrus Swirl at Magic Kingdom and it's quick return.
In Episode 25, Damon is back and the guys discuss the new DVC Member benefit of booking Disney Cruises earlier than the general public. A recent ranking came out of WDW area hotels and 6 DVC hotels made the list. Flight of Passage Cast Members are now handing out cards warning guests of the intensity of the ride due to guest complaints. The guys discuss their thoughts on this change at Pandora. Trevor and Damon give updates about their upcoming trips to WDW. Is IllumiNations ending soon? The guys discuss the possible loss of this show. Strange things are going on at the Wonders of Life pavilion and the guys discuss what this could mean for the long closed Epcot pavilion.
In episode 24, Tom and Trevor give a shout out to all the Welcome Home listeners who completed their "How DVC Are You?" quiz and named those who reached the Master level! The guys also discuss DVC making it more difficult for resale buyers to get Membership Extras. The annual Disney price increase has arrived in the form of higher prices for Annual Passes and regular park tickets. The guys discuss the impact of the increases. D23 Japan was full of updates for WDW and Disney Parks around the world. The guys share their thoughts on these updates. Trevor gives his tips on luggage choices while traveling internationally. Is a new hotel being planned for Epcot? The guys discuss some new information about this rumor.
In Episode 23, the guys talk about a recent DVC member survey and do a quiz to show how many DVC related activities they've completed. Go to Welcome Home on Facebook to take the quiz for yourself! More details are coming out about Walt Disney World's version of Club 33 and the guys discuss their interest in joining. The guys talk about some new rumors about a new name for Hollywood Studios and possible operational changes at Be Our Guest. The guys also discuss the new Minnie Van service now taking some guests to the airport.
In Episode 22, Tom is back from visiting DVC's Hilton Head Island resort and talks about his experience. Disney has filed additional patents for real life light sabers and the guys discuss how they think they'll be used. At WDW, Disney is running several pilots including going completely cashless at Animal Kingdom Lodge and opening your room door from your phone. The guys also discuss the new club level up charge now available to guests. A listener writes in asking how to sell the idea of DVC to her husband and the guys discuss they best way to present it. Trevor discusses his tips for traveling to Disney from international locations. And of course, the guys talk WDW rumors!
In episode 21, the guys are joined by Nick Cotton from www.DVCResaleMarket.com to talk about the upcoming price increases to Direct DVC Purchases and how that will effect DVC members. They also discuss the new security procedures at WDW resorts and daily trash pick up! To get ready for Toy Story Land, Midway Mania will be periodically closing parts of the ride and the guys discuss the impact on wait times. Plus, Annual Passholders are having a benefit modified and a long running Epcot show is ending.
The guys discuss their Disney Holiday traditions and read listener submissions. The guys also discuss the recent updates to Star Wars Land, the theater in Magic Kingdom, and a few attraction closures. Happy Holidays everyone!
DVC has announced 2018 Moonlight Magic dates, all 14 of them! The guys discuss their thoughts on these events and answer a listener question about Moonlight Magic. A new DVC Member exclusive paid lounge has been announced. The WDW Skyliner project is coming along and the guys discuss newly released concept art. Is there a new hotel coming to the entrance gates of Epcot? Will Guardians of the Galaxy in Epcot have no inversions? The guys discuss the latest Epcot rumors.
Happy Thanksgiving! In episode 18, the guys wish Mickey a Happy 89th Birthday and discuss newly released details about his very first ride at WDW. Star Tours no longer has random sequences featuring new characters mixed with old characters. The guys discuss how this could factor into the plans for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Tom discusses his upcoming stay at Disney's Hilton Head DVC resort.
In Episode 17, the guys welcome Damon back from his Disney Cruise and hear all about his experiences. DVC dues are released and Top of the World is renewed for another year. Paradise Pier at Disneyland is becoming Pixar Pier and the guys discuss how this change will benefit the park. There are rumors that Disney will purchase Fox and gain back the rights to make X-Men movies. The guys discuss how that could effect the Disney parks.
In Episode 16, the Damon & Trevor try to convince Tom to watch Disney XD show 'Gravity Falls'. Also, a rumor is going around that WDW will soon allow 'Good Neighbor' hotel guests to book FastPasses 60 days ahead of arrival, just like WDW Resort guests. The guys discuss how this might impact WDW. A new Quick Service restaurant was just announced for Toy Story Land and a new show was announced for Epcot's Future World. Disneyland releases concept art for a new 700 room hotel in the Downtown Disney area. Trevor & Tom discuss how this will help Disneyland.
In Episode 15, the guys welcome back Trevor from his recent WDW trip! Trevor discusses all the details of his vacation. Disney is testing a free roaming robot at Disneyland for future use at Star War's Galaxy's Edge. The guys discuss how this technology can impact the parks. In other Star Wars news, Disney's new Star Wars VR experience is set to open in just a few months. Disney recently filed a few interesting ride patents and the guys discuss how these might be used in the parks, including the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy ride. Dogs in Disney World resorts? The guys talk about the controversial new test at select Disney resorts.
In Episode 14, the guys welcome a special guest; Ziggy from Ziggy Knows Disney on Facebook and www.ziggyknowsdisney.com. The guys discuss Epcot's 35th Anniversary and all of the exclusive events and merchandise Disney is offering in celebration. One of the special items is a park exclusive Pop Vinyl Figment figure, which Tom talks about trying to obtain while not being in the park. Ziggy gives his reviews of the booths at the Epcot Food & Wine festival and makes Tom and Damon extremely hungry. The guys talk about an upcoming DVC Thanksgiving feast and a new way for families on a budget to eat dinner while at WDW. The guys also talk about some new rumors including the end of one of Damon's favorite's, Stitch's Great Escape and the Jingle Cruise. Damon discusses his upcoming Disney cruise.
In Episode 13, the guys welcome Trevor back to the Podcast after Hurricane Irma caused him to reschedule his WDW vacation. Trevor talks about everything that went into the decision to delay his trip, how Disney assisted him, and his new WDW vacation plans. The guys also talk about the damage caused by Irma at WDW. A listener writes in to ask about purchasing more DVC points and Tom and Damon attempt to answer. They also discuss the upcoming DVC Halloween parties, the return of a controversial premium event, and the new holiday events announced for WDW. Legendary Imagineer, X. Atencio, passed away recently and the guys pay tribute to his legacy.
In Episode 12, The guys talk about Trevor's upcoming trip to Walt Disney World. They discuss traveling to WDW from outside of the US, special DVC events, dessert parties and resorts. Trevor also talks about dealing with the impending Hurricane Irma. Slinky Dog has made an appearance at Hollywood Studios in the form of a roller coaster train. A new VIP tour at Animal Kingdom is announced and the guys discuss if it's worth it. Is a name change imminent at Hollywood Studios? If a recent survey is to be believed, then maybe! The guys discuss the rumored names and what their thoughts are on the change. As promised, the guys also discuss the new DuckTales reboot on DisneyXD.
In Episode 11 of Welcome Home, the guys welcome back Damon from his recent WDW trip. Damon talks about his opinions and experiences with the Minnie Vans, Pandora, Frozen Ever After, Boardwalk Villas, and much more. The guys also talk about the closing of the Great Movie Ride and Universe of Energy. Is Disney getting rid of individual toiletries in guest rooms? The guys discuss their thoughts on their removal from Value and Moderate Resorts. Is the next reimagined WDW land going to be Dinoland USA? The guys discuss the possibility of Indiana Jones coming to Animal Kingdom.
In Episode 10 of Welcome Home, the guys honor to the legacy of legendary Imagineer Marty Sklar. They also talk about the new DVC and Annual Passholder discounts recently announced for WDW. Speaking of DVC, the guys talk about the best ways to secure your waitlist. Damon is going to WDW soon and the guys discuss what he will be doing on his trip. The guys also talk about the recently announced new area in Hollywood Studios and finish up their D23 discussion.
The guys welcome Chris from Disney Talk as a special guest to talk about D23. There were so many announcements at D23 this year that the guys had to spend a whole show (and then some) talking about it. Warning listeners, this is a long one! From the new DVC Resort, to Star Wars Land (Galaxy's Edge), to Tron, to Guardians of the Galaxy, this year's D23 was bigger than any other. The guys discuss everything that was announced at D23 and what it all means for Walt Disney World.
On this episode of Welcome Home, Tom returns from his WDW trip and talks about everything he did while at Disney World. The guys discuss the latest news about Pirates of the Caribbean changing, Siemens ending their sponsorship's at Epcot and the new DVC Annual Pass Discount. They also discuss all of the rumored updates coming to Epcot and much more!
In Episode 7, Tom is on vacation, so it's a quick one! The guys talk about how early you can book your DVC resort based on whether it's your home resort or not. They also discuss the recently released 2016 Theme Park Attendance report and what it means to Disney and Universal. Toy Story Land details are starting to come out, so the guys discuss their thoughts on this new (and maybe soon to open) land. The guys also discuss a few rumors, the new Pixar show, and the new projection show at Hollywood Studios.
In Episode 6 of Welcome Home, the guys talk extensively about Tom's upcoming Walt Disney World vacation and how he planned for it. They also discussed the different ways you can plan a Disney vacation. During the planning discussion, the guys talk about dining, fast passes, resorts, celebrations, Magic Bands, and more! Follow along with Tom's vacation by looking for #WelcomeHomeWDW and watching our social media accounts. Tom will be posting live videos and lots of pictures on Instagram throughout next week. Later in this episode, the guys talk about the new fast pass policy just implemented at Walt Disney World, as well as the new skull souvenir mugs now available at Magic Kingdom. The guys discuss the long lines at Pandora and Guardians of the Galaxy and what that means for future park development. All this on Episode 6 of Welcome Home! #WDW #Pandora #FlightofPassage #WelcomeHomeWDW #Guardiansofthegalaxy #skullmug #fastpass #disneydining #polynesian #boardwalkvillas
This is a Disney World sized episode of Welcome Home! In Episode 5, the guys talk extensively about DVC Perks, including the Top of the World Lounge & the Epcot Member Lounge. They discuss how to keep your family secure at WDW in light of recent news articles. They discuss the possibility of Paint the Night coming to WDW, the future of the Universe of Energy pavilion at Epcot & the seasonal operation of Stitch's Great Escape.
The guys welcome special guest Nick Cotton from dvcresalemarket.com to answer their questions about DVC Resale. They revisit Damon's point dilemma from the previous episode, thanks to a tip from a listener. Tom & Trevor bid farewell to wishes because Damon doesn't care about nighttime shows. They also talk about some interesting rumors coming out of Walt Disney World.
In Episode 3 of Welcome Home, Trevor tells us all about Dining at Disney. Also, the guys talk extensively about the newly released information about Star Wars Land, including the rumored Luxury Star Ship Hotel. They also try to help Damon figure out how to spend his points on his next vacation.
Tom, Trevor & Damon discuss Damon's recent trip to Universal Studios Orlando and how Damon thinks Disney can learn from Universal. They get into basics about the Disney Vacation Club program, rumors about Gondolas and new rides at WDW, and new security procedures at the Magic Kingdom.