Podcast Episode 139: Jillian’s Spring Break Trip Report

Join us this week as Jillian fills is in on all the amazing things she did, saw, and ate on her most recent vacation to Walt Disney World!  With her group of 14, they ran into some challenges, but ultimately had a magical time!  Find out where they ate, what new experiences they had (there was a tour!), and how they ended up with an adults’ night out!

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Podcast Episode 138: Goofus and Gallant Go To Disney

For just a bit of fun, we take characters, Goofus and Gallant from Highlights magazine and use them to demonstration how to plan a Disney vacation.  Goofus does things his way and Gallant plans how he likes.  See which one plans the more magical vacation!

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Podcast Episode 136: Character Dining Overview

One of the most popular activities you can do at Disney is to have a character meal!  This is a great way to see your favorite characters without standing in line and while having a delicious meal.  Join us as we talk all about the character meals you can find at Walt Disney World!

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Podcast Episode 130: Early 2017 News

We’re back with more updates all about what’s happening at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Disney Cruise Lines!  We’ve got dates for the new shows (Rivers of Light), new attraction openings (Pandora, anyone?), and more!

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Podcast Episode 121: Interview with Disney Insiders – RJ and Suzanne Ogren

Our listeners must have been really good this year because we’ve got an amazing gift for you!  This week, we talked to RJ and Suzanne Ogren, a wonderful couple who used to work as Cast Members at Walt Disney World!  RJ was an artist that worked on such classic attractions as Peter Pan’s Flight and The Haunted Mansion, while Suzanne was friends with many characters but mostly Sleepy the Dwarf!  They have some incredible stories to tell about their time working at Magic Kingdom and you don’t want to miss it!

After you’ve heard their stories here, there are lots of places for you to find these amazing people and learn more about their lives at Disney  – I highly recommend their book, “Together In The Dream”, available at Amazon.com.

You can find more of RJ’s artwork at his website, RJOgren.com

Check out his awesome Facebook site:

RJ Ogren and Disney – 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/654133961404374/

 

The Haunted Mansion and Beyond with RJ Ogren –

https://www.facebook.com/groups/681479622001556/

 

Twitter – Randy Jack Ogren @DisneyRJogren

 

 

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Podcast Episode 118: November Girls Trip Report

Join us as we talk about all the fun things we did during our recent girls trip to Walt Disney World!  We tried new food (hello, Food & Wine Festival!), new attractions, and new shows!

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Podcast Episode 114: Fall 2016 Disney News

Here at Dole Whipped, we like to keep you informed of all the Disney information available so this week we bring you Fall 2016 Disney news!  We hope this helps you better plan your upcoming Disney vacations!

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Podcast Episode 110: Shannon’s Disneyland Trip Report

A few weeks ago, Shannon attended an agent education program at Disneyland in California.  She’s back to tell us all about what she learned and how Disneyland differs from Walt Disney World in Florida!

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A First Timer’s Review of Disneyland Resort

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Last week, I had the opportunity to attend an Agent Education Program at Disneyland in California.  I’d never been there before (in fact, I’d never been to California before), despite having been to Walt Disney World in Florida numerous times.  While I knew things were similar between the two parks, I wasn’t prepared for what was different.

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Weather

If you’ve ever been to Walt Disney World in August, you know that just saying “it’s hot” is kind of an understatement.  Not only is it hot, it’s extremely humid and that can make you quite uncomfortable.  It also rains a lot in Florida in summer.  Not so in California.  The weather was absolutely perfect.  Because there’s relatively low humidity in that part of the country, the breezes were cool and refreshing.  It did get quite warm in the late parts of the day but overall the temperatures were great.  It was sunny, not at all rainy, and generally perfect park weather.

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Tickets and Fast Passes

Disneyland still uses paper tickets and Fast Passes.  I’m quite used to Magic Bands in Florida so it was a little jarring going back to using paper for everything.  You have to make sure you hang onto your paper ticket at Disneyland at all times.  If you lose it, you’re out of luck.

Smaller Parks and Locations

The absolute BEST thing about Disneyland and California Adventure parks are how condensed and close they are to each other.  It’s amazing to walk around Disneyland Park and see how close and tightly packed with attractions it is.  It’s so nice not to have to do quite as much walking as you would have to do at Walt Disney World.  Plus, if you like to park hop, you can exit one park and be inside the other in less than 5 minutes.  It’s amazing!  With their Downtown Disney location being so close, it’s easy to leave a crowded park for lunch and head back in later.  You definitely don’t have the insane commuting times like you do at Walt Disney World.  It’s pretty awesome!

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Fewer onsite resort options

One thing I do think Disneyland lacks over Walt Disney World is their onsite resort options.  Disneyland has three onsite hotels, Disneyland Hotel, Grand Californian, and Paradise Pier.  While all three of them are nice hotels, they are quite expensive compared to the offsite Good Neighbor hotels in the proximity.  I wish Disneyland had a Value resort option, but they don’t.  Stay tuned for more blog posts soon for my review of all three Disneyland resort hotels!

Attractions, shows, and characters

Since I was there for such a limited amount of time, I didn’t get to do all the attractions and see all the shows I wanted.  What I did see was fantastic and I love that Disneyland has some of the heritage options that Walt Disney World no longer has, like the trolley rides down Main Street, and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (now rebranded as Finding Nemo, but still the same general concept).

The other really cool thing that Disneyland does well is spontaneous character interaction.  I was sitting in the Corner Cafe having a snack when Alice and the Mad Hatter walk up (sans handlers, by the way!) and start playing musical chairs with all the kids in the restaurant.  While that was happening, Genie from Aladdin is just strolling down Main Street like that was just a regular thing that happens.  It was really cool and lent such a great vibe to the whole place.

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General Atmosphere

I think Disneyland has a great, fun, laid-back atmosphere that is definitely not the same as Walt Disney World.  Since Disneyland is such a local’s park, I think there’s not the same need to keep up such a frantic pace, like you might see in Florida.  The locals have been there so many times and come back whenever they want so they’re not in such a rush to make sure they see everything all at one time.  That’s not to say that Disneyland isn’t just as full of tourists as Walt Disney World, just that it doesn’t seem to be so do-or-die in California.

Overall, I don’t think it’s really fair to compare Disneyland to Walt Disney World because they each stand alone.  Yes, they have similarities, but they each have their own history and their own way of doing things.  I greatly enjoyed my time at Disneyland and I truly can’t wait to go back with my family!

5 Things You Didn’t Know You Were Missing At Hollywood Studios

5 Things You Didn't Know You Were Missing at Hollywood Studios

In the last installment of this series, we’re going to cover Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  This park is in a bit of a transitional phase right now with the construction of the new “lands”, but there are still some things that you might not notice.

Character Palooza – It doesn’t happen often, but once in a while, lots of characters from “Fantasmic” get together and mingle for 20-30 minutes with no lines.  They just sort of walk around and interact with everyone.  This is great for seeing some hard to find characters.

Citizens of Hollywood – These folks make up an improv group that sort of mingles with the crowd and interacts with them as well as doing some skits.  Find them on Sunset or Hollywood Boulevards.  They’re usually dressed like workers, police officers, directors, aspiring actors.  They’re a lot of fun so don’t miss them!

MuppetVision 3D – Now, I know this attraction has been around for a long, long time, and hasn’t changed much but don’t discount it. There are tons of little jokes throughout.  In the queue, right underneath the sign that says “Back in 5 minutes” you can see a welcome mat.  Lift it and find a key underneath.  Inside the waiting area, hanging from the ceiling is a net filled with Jello cubes.  It’s a play on words for Annette Funicello – a net fulla jello…get it?  A lot of these you will probably have to explain to your kids but even though this attraction is old, it’s still really fun!

PB& J milkshake – Even if you don’t have reservations at 50’s Prime Time, you can go into the bar and order one to go.  This is a favorite of Dole Whipped!

Carrot Cake Cookie – Used to be at Writer’s Stop, now at Beverly Sunset.  They are delicious, try one!