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Disneyland Vacation Planning

Disneyland Vacation Planning

June 25, 2022

Frequent Walt Disney World guests will often ask me if Disneyland is worth a visit. Not surprisingly, the answer is a resounding yes! Disneyland is an especially magical place for Disney fans, and even for those who infrequently visit Disney, there's a good reason Disneyland is called the "happiest place on earth". With two incredible theme parks (Disneyland and Disney California Adventure), Downtown Disney, and three Disney Resorts (The Disneyland Hotel, Disney's Grand Californian, and Disney's Paradise Pier), Disneyland packs an enormous number of attractions, dining options, entertainment and activities into a space so small that you can easily walk from one end to the complete opposite end of the resort in a matter of 10-15 minutes.

In this episode, I'm joined by Brooke McDonald and Philander Butler to discuss our tips, strategies and advice for planning a first visit to Disneyland. We discuss the reasons you should consider making the pilgrimage to Disneyland, differences between the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, where to stay (including some incredible "good neighbor" options), how many days to visit the parks, Genie+, and more.

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  • WDW Park Planners: work with a concierge vacation planner to create a personalized Disney itinerary for you and your family.
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Designing the Disney Wish (Imagineering Disney Cruise Line with Theron Skees)

Designing the Disney Wish (Imagineering Disney Cruise Line with Theron Skees)

June 11, 2022

Disney Cruise Line's newest ship, the Disney Wish sets sail this summer (2022), and I had the opportunity to chat with former Walt Disney Imagineer and Portfolio Creative Executive of Disney Cruise Line, Theron Skees about the design of this newest ship. In this episode, I chat with Theron about the Imagineers' approach to designing a cruise ship, attractions and amenities we can look forward to aboard the Disney Wish (including the Aquamouse, Disney's first ever attraction at sea), and reasons to consider sailing with Disney Cruise Line.

Be sure to learn more about Theron and follow him online by visiting his website.

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Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (Walt Disney Imagineering Interview)

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (Walt Disney Imagineering Interview)

May 28, 2022

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind opened at EPCOT in Walt Disney World on May 27, 2022. Replacing the Universe of Energy pavilion (Ellen's Energy Adventure), this attraction became the first roller coaster at EPCOT, the first backwards launching coaster for the Disney Parks, the first E-ticket Marvel attraction at Walt Disney World, and one of the longest indoor roller coasters in the world. Featuring six unique soundtracks (Disco Inferno, September, Conga, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, One Way or Another, and I Ran (So Far Away)), this attraction is the first of its kind (an omnicoaster), taking EPCOT travelers to the Wonders of Xandar Pavilion.

In this podcast episode, I chat with Senior Producer of Walt Disney Imagineering, Wyatt Winter, who assumed the same role for Cosmic Rewind. Wyatt and I discuss his role on the attraction, the ride's storyline, the Wonders of Xandar pavilion, the innovative ride system, Easter eggs, and more.

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Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser In-Depth Review (Part 2)

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser In-Depth Review (Part 2)

May 14, 2022

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is an immersive 2-night adventure that opened at Walt Disney World in March 2022. Disney calls Galactic Starcruiser the most immersive Star Wars story ever created, and it's an accurate statement. This overnight experience combines elements of a cruise, a theme park, and an interactive stage show. Guests who board the Halcyon will truly feel as if they've stepped into a Star Wars story and will be fully immersed nonstop from beginning to end (it might sound like hyperbole but is quite an accurate statement, as you'll find out in this episode).

In this two-part podcast episode, I chat with Stephanie & Danny Shuster, owners of WDW Magazine, to learn about their experience aboard the Halcyon. In our previous episode (Part 1), we discuss their Disney media preview day, the booking process, arrival and departure, and dining. In this episode (part 2), we discuss the state rooms, merchandise, itinerary, story, and recommendations for guests considering Galactic Starcruiser. We also discuss who would find this experience most enjoyable and why if you're a frequent visitor to Walt Disney World it might even be worth replacing one of your Walt Disney World vacations with this revolutionary journey.

What questions or thoughts do you have about Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:

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  • WDW Park Planners: work with a concierge vacation planner to create a personalized Disney itinerary for you and your family.
  • Magical Park Tours: hire an in-person guide to help your family navigate the parks and mitigate crowds.

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Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser In-Depth Review (Part 1)

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser In-Depth Review (Part 1)

May 7, 2022

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is an immersive 2-night adventure that opened at Walt Disney World in March 2022. Disney calls Galactic Starcruiser the most immersive Star Wars story ever created, and it's an accurate statement. This overnight experience combines elements of a cruise, a theme park, and an interactive stage show. Guests who board the Halcyon will truly feel as if they've stepped into a Star Wars story and will be fully immersed nonstop from beginning to end (it might sound like hyperbole but is quite an accurate statement, as you'll find out in this episode).

In this two-part podcast episode, I chat with Stephanie & Danny Shuster, owners of WDW Magazine, to learn about their experience aboard the Halcyon. Part 1 includes a discussion of their Disney media preview day, the booking process, arrival and departure, and dining. In part 2, we'll discuss the state rooms, merchandise, itinerary, story, and recommendations for guests considering Galactic Starcruiser. We also discuss who would find this experience most enjoyable and why if you're a frequent visitor to Walt Disney World it might even be worth replacing one of your Walt Disney World vacations with this revolutionary journey.

What questions or thoughts do you have about Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:

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  • Magical Park Vacations: plan a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani, or any other Disney (or Universal) destination. These services are complimentary.
  • WDW Park Planners: work with a concierge vacation planner to create a personalized Disney itinerary for you and your family.
  • Magical Park Tours: hire an in-person guide to help your family navigate the parks and mitigate crowds.

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The Living Seas (The Seas with Nemo and Friends)

The Living Seas (The Seas with Nemo and Friends)

April 23, 2022

The Seas with Nemo and Friends opened at Epcot in 1986 as The Living Seas Pavilion. The original version of this Walt Disney World attraction took guests to the depths of the ocean via hydrolators to an underwater research facility known as SeaBase Alpha. Up until 2005, the pavilion featured the world's largest saltwater tank, home to 3,000 oceanic creatures representing 200 species. Between 2003 and 2007, the pavilion began to transform to The Seas with Nemo and Friends as the Imagineers added Turtle Talk with Crush, replaced the original seacab omnimover ride with an updated Finding Nemo experience, and replaced the hydrolators and preshow with an expanded queue and ride experience.

In this podcast episode, we discuss the history of The Living Seas Pavilion, including early concepts, and its ultimate transformation to today's attraction experience.

Special thanks to Martin Smith for lending audio recordings to this episode. Be sure to check out Martin's full Living Seas video and subscribe to his YouTube channel.

What is your favorite memory of The Living Seas or The Seas with Nemo and Friends? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:

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Disney Travel Advice: Disney Genie+, Traveling On a Budget, Where to Stay

Disney Travel Advice: Disney Genie+, Traveling On a Budget, Where to Stay

April 9, 2022

In hosting Imagineer Podcast, I receive many questions about how to best plan for and make the most of a Disney vacation, whether it's a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or any other Disney destination. To further complicate planning, Disney has created many new systems, procedures, and options in recent years. Despite these changes and additions, a trip to Disney can still be just as magical, if not even more. It just requires knowing what to expect and planning out the optimal vacation experience for you and your family.

In this podcast episode, I chat with Colleen Bentley from WDW Park Planners and Kim Collins from Magical Park Vacations to answer your questions about traveling to Disney. We discuss such topics as Disney Genie+, traveling to Disney on a budget, choosing a resort, making the most of a one-day park visit, selecting dining options, and more.

When is your next trip to Disney? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:

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  • WDW Park Planners: work with a concierge vacation planner to create a personalized Disney itinerary for you and your family.
  • Magical Park Tours: hire an in-person guide to help your family navigate the parks and mitigate crowds.

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How to Become an Imagineer (Advice from the Imagineers)

How to Become an Imagineer (Advice from the Imagineers)

March 26, 2022

"How do I become an Imagineer?" Not surprisingly, it's one of the most common questions I'm asked on Imagineer Podcast. As I've continued to interview Walt Disney Imagineers, I've found there's no easy answer to this question, but there are a few pieces of wisdom that can help get you started, whether you want to work with this legendary Disney team as an engineer, artist, architect, programmer, project manager or beyond.

In this podcast episode, I compile some of the advice I've received from Imagineers interviewed on the show, including advice from McNair Wilson, Jim Sarno, Bob Gurr, Leslie Iwerks, Russell Brower, Brian Collins, Timmy Britt, Theron Skees, Brian Crosby, Tony Baxter, and more. Whether you're an aspiring Imagineer or just need some career advice, I hope this episode will provide you with some inspiration and wisdom on your journey to accomplish your career goals. I also strongly encourage you to head back to previous Imagineer Podcast episodes to listen to the full discussions with each of these Imagineers.

What goal are you hoping to accomplish this year? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:

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Jock Lindsey‘s Hangar Bar (Disney Springs)

Jock Lindsey‘s Hangar Bar (Disney Springs)

March 12, 2022

Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar opened at Disney Springs in September 2015 just prior to the formal renaming of this part of Walt Disney World from Downtown Disney. This Indiana Jones themed bar is the only one of its kind in the world, and it's loaded with Easter eggs from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, The Last Crusade, and even Indiana Jones Adventure. The backstory of this restaurant focuses around Indy's friend and pilot, Jock Lindsey, who was featured in the first Indiana Jones film. Whether you visit this dining location for the food, drinks, or atmosphere, it's worth putting on your checklist for a future Disney vacation.

In this podcast episode, I chat with Theron Skees, the lead Imagineer for Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar and Disney Sprigs, about this part of Walt Disney World (live on location). We discuss the location's backstory and many details, plus the food and connection to the rest of Disney Springs. Be sure to learn more about Theron and follow him online by visiting his website.

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Brian Crosby (Marvel Themed Entertainment, Imagineering)

Brian Crosby (Marvel Themed Entertainment, Imagineering)

February 26, 2022

Brian Crosby is the current Creative Director of Marvel Themed Entertainment for Disney, and it's a role he was practically destined to hold. Growing up near Disneyland in Southern California, Brian developed both a Disney and Marvel fandom from an early age. After winning the Imaginations competition from Walt Disney Imagineering, Brian began as an Imagineering intern before making the jump to a full-time role, where he spent the next decade of his career. A few years after the Marvel acquisition, Brian made the jump to working in Marvel Themed Entertainment, where he currently ideates how to bring Marvel characters and stories into the real world, both at the Disney Parks and beyond the berm.

In this podcast episode, I chat with Brian about his Marvel and Disney fandom, his work on projects like the Iron Man Experience at Hong Kong Disneyland and Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout at Disney California Adventure, and his more recent work at Marvel. Be sure to also follow Brian on Instagram for Marvel content and beyond.

Which themed Marvel experience is your favorite, and which Marvel story would you turn into a new Marvel experience if you were in Brian's role? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:

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