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This award-winning podcast features Monday, Wednesday, and Friday shows that focus on Disney resorts, theme parks, attractions, restaurants, dining, runDisney, vacation tips and much more. Join hosts Mike Rahlmann, Rikki Niblett, Scott Gardner, and Pam Forrester and take a fun and family-friendly dive into the world of Disney vacation planning.
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Mike and Scott are here today answering your awesome Listener Questions! First, Scott gives an update on his 19-day European trip that will start just one week from today! Then, we have questions about booking accommodations at DVC resorts for Springtime Surprise Weekend, documentation needed to sail with Disney Cruise Line, planning to use Genie+ …
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This is a BONUS Live Call-in Show today as we had a last-minute cancellation for the Trip Report interview! We opened up the phone lines and got calls from Tricia LIVE from Disney's Coronado Springs with a review of her stay at French Quarter and her meal just an hour prior at Maya Grill! We also got a great review from Marco in South Carolina of h…
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Today Mike and Pam are here discussing some great Quick-Serving dining options at the restaurants along the Skyliner route between Disney's Art of Animation Resort/Disney's Pop Century Resort and Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort/Disney's Rivera Resort! We break down the breakfast/lunch/dinner menus to give some highlights, as well as hit some snacks…
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This is the Live Call-in Show from this past Sunday night, June 2, 2024! Tonight, Mike & Scott were back together and they took your calls for the hour! We lead off the show having a fun discussion about all of the spoiler-FULL videos that Disney is posting around Tiana's Bayou Adventure over the last week. What are their intentions with these? Did…
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Mike and Pam are here today answering some great listener questions! Today we discuss the logistics of taking back-to-back cruises with Disney Cruise Line and why this might be something to consider over a traditional 7-night sailing! We also get a great question about "stroller etiquette" for Walt Disney World transportation and in the theme parks…
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We have one more Disney Cruise Line show for you today as we head to Philadelphia to speak with Listener Sharon about a couple of cruises that she took within a month of each other! We spend the majority of the show discussing her sailing on the Disney Magic on a 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruise out of Miami with her 2 young children and husband. W…
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Mike, Pam, and Scott are here to get the weekend started with some fun Walt Disney World Resort hotel talk! Today, we share one pro & con for each Deluxe Walt Disney World hotel! These are all things to think about before you decide where to stay on your next Walt Disney World vacation. What would you add to our list? Please share your thoughts ove…
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Today we have something totally different for your Thursday! With the Memorial Day Weekend and terrible storms with power outages in the area this past weekend, we didn't have a Live Call-in Show on Sunday night. However, we did have ScottyG in town from Michigan, as well as our friend Jared from over in Illinois! While they were visiting here in t…
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Mike and Pam are here today answering some great listener questions! Today we discuss a couple of questions about the fireworks dessert parties and if they are a good value and if so, which ones might offer the best option for different types of families. We also have a discussion about requesting a private table or dining with other families on Di…
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We are headed to Wisconsin today as we kick-off Summer 2024 with a 4-Generation trip to Walt Disney World! Listener Sarah joins us to share an amazing trip detailing her off-site stay, the logistics of putting together a trip with so many moving parts, meals at Steakhouse 71, the Boathouse, Jiko, Morimoto Asia, Cowfish, and more! We also hear about…
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Mike, Pam, and Rikki are here to get the 3-day weekend started with some fun Walt Disney World Resort hotel talk! Today, we each share one pro & con for each Value and Moderate Walt Disney World hotel! These are all things to think about before you decide where to stay on your next Walt Disney World vacation. What would you add to our list? Please …
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This is the Live Call-in Show from this past Sunday night, May 19, 2024! Tonight, Mike & Scott were back together and they took your calls for the hour! We lead off the show having a fun discussion that came from the BOGP Clubhouse on memories from the old DisneyQuest experience at Downtown Disney! What was your favorite thing to do there? Then, Br…
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Mike, Pam, and Rikki are here today answering some great listener questions! Today we discuss your best options for Brunch around Disney Springs, how to think about dividing your time between two resorts when you do a "split-stay" and give some options for two ideal resorts to consider, discuss some menu options for a nice ice-cream at Salt & Straw…
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Today we are headed down to Dallas, Texas to speak with Listener Kelly about her first experience with Disney Cruise Line when her family of 5 sailed the Disney Fantasy to the Western Caribbean this past Spring Break! We discuss her stay pre-cruise at the Polynesian with some park time, nice meals, and pool time! Then, we talk embarkation, stateroo…
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Pam has just returned from an exciting week at Disneyland where she had access to some amazing places around Disneyland! Hear about that "secret balcony" that you have probably noticed above Pirates of the Caribbean and what is behind those doors! Also, Pam reviews Pixar Fest, with it's new parades, fireworks, merchandise (including an amazing Pizz…
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This is the Live Call-in Show from this past Sunday night, May 12, 2024! Tonight, Mike & Scott were back together and they took your calls for the hour! We lead off the show discussing the "announcement" of the opening date of June 28, 2024 for Tiana' Bayou Adventure at the Magic Kingdom and what this might mean for the park moving forward this sum…
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Mike, Pam, and Rikki are here today answering some great listener questions! Today we discuss the opening date being announced for Tiana's Bayou Adventure and have a discussion on if this will have a Virtual Queue. We also get a question from Rin down in Australia about how this is going to impact plans, as this opening happens right in the middle …
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We are excited to have Ian from the United Kingdom on the show today to talk about his 3 week holiday to Central Florida from back last August! We discuss the planning that goes into such a long trip from overseas, as well as the excitement this can add to the overall experience! Then, we talk about staying in an off-site home rental, Animal Kingdo…
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Mike, Scott, and Rikki are back today and we are discussing things not to miss when you stay at certain Walt Disney World Resorts! For example, when you stay at Disney's Pop Century Resort, don't miss an early morning walk around Hourglass Lake, or a photoshoot with the Cars characters over at Art of Animation, or even doing the "Hustle" in the foo…
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This is the Live Call-in Show from this past Sunday night, May 5, 2024! Tonight, Mike & Scott were back together and they took your calls for the hour! We spoke with Trisha from Iowa who is headed down to Coronado Springs with her sister and staying Club-Level in the Gran Destino Tower and looking for tips to make the most of her stay as well as id…
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Mike, Scott, and Rikki are here today answering some great listener questions! We discuss lots of news from Monday's announcements regarding "Halfway to Halloween" at this year's Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, experiences coming to Halloween on the High Seas, a cool addition you will get to see on the Disney Treasure and more! We also help …
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Today we are headed to Connecticut to speak with Listener Eric about his very first experience with Disney Cruise Line back in February sailing on the Disney Dream on a 4-night Bahamian sailing! We discuss what finally got him on a DCL ship, after being a Disney theme park fan his whole life, thoughts on embarkation, his inside stateroom, rotationa…
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Mike, Scott, and Rikki are back today to have some fun with the Walt Disney World restaurants! We get this show topic from the BOGP Clubhouse as we were wondering what really drives guests to book the ADRs that they do. Are you looking more for the overall theme/experience of the restaurant or is it the food quality that is the most important facto…
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This is the Live Call-in Show from this past Sunday night, April 28, 2024! Tonight, Mike & Scott were back together and they took non-stop calls for the hour on lots of Disney topics! We got a great call from Stephanie from Virginia with two quick trip reports - one discussing taking over 100 band students to Walt Disney World and a second with a f…
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Mike, Scott, and Rikki are here today answering some great listener questions! We discuss which breakfast ADR might be best for a family staying at the Beach Club that is using the Disney Dining Plan this July - Crystal Palace, Cape May Cafe, or Garden Grill, we also have a discussion as to why we are pretty sure Frozen will not be brought to the M…
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We have a lot going on during today's show! We are so luck to have Listener Ashley joining us from down in Atlanta, Georgia to share a bunch of stories with us! Hear about her experience working at The Disney Store for 17 years and even meeting her future husband there! We also hear about how her husband was one of the folks who helped bring about …
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Mike & Scott are wrapping up the week with a great trip report from Scott's Spring Break vacation to Walt Disney World just one short month back! Today we hear about flying out of Indianapolis to save major money (and if it was worth it in the end), getting in to his Walt Disney World Resort past midnight, his Keys to the Kingdom (spoiler-free) exp…
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This is the Live Call-in Show from this past Sunday night, April 21, 2024! Tonight, Mike & Scott were back together and they took non-stop calls for the hour on lots of Disney topics! We got a great call about a special "red carpet experience" at World of Disney at Disney Springs for the first shopper of the day and then talked to Mike who won the …
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Mike and Scott are here today answer some great listener questions! We discuss the two new tours that are available to book now at Disneyland and what you might get to experience! We also address training for the Wine & Dine Half-Marathon while on the Disney Wish over Halloween. Another great question came from a listener about how to really have a…
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Today Listener Simon from the United Kingdom stays up really late to tell us about his amazing trip to Walt Disney World, staying at Pop Century Resort for over 2 weeks! Hear about a first haircut for his two sons at the Harmony Barbershop, first meal of the day at Crystal Palace, tips for using Genie+ and Parent Swap, tips for traveling from the U…
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Today Mike, Pam, and Rikki are here to have some fun to kick off the weekend! We go back to a show that we did over 5 years ago that goes along with a current Walt Disney World marketing campaign where they are showing small moments around property that could be happening at any moment in time. So, today, we do a visualization exercise to take you …
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This is the Live Call-in Show from this past Sunday night, April 14, 2024! Tonight, Mike was flying solo on the show, but the calls ruled the hour! We discussed lots of thoughts on what should happen with the "Beyond Big Thunder" land at the Magic Kingdom and how this process should take place! We also hear from AJ about his "almost-encounter" with…
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Mike, Rikki and Pam are here today answering your Listener Questions! Today, we get a great question about where to have a nice meal after a pool day but before Epcot After Hours for a guest staying at the Grand Floridian. We also have an awesome question about tipping and the many situations around Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line where th…
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We are excited to head out west today to speak with Listener Andrew in Utah about a unique trip down to Walt Disney World where he split time watching his daughter in a soccer showcase tournament and celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort! Andrew and his wife went non-stop for the better part of a week visiting a…
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Today Mike, Pam, and Rikki are here to have some fun to kick off the weekend! First, Mike brings up a current Walt Disney World marketing campaign and he notices a few things that he thinks are very interesting about who and how Disney is targeting their audience. Then, we go to our BOGP Clubhouse to get some "Tough Disney Choices" and pick our fav…
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This is the Live Call-in Show from this past Sunday night, April 7, 2024! Tonight, Mike & Scott were back together and they took non-stop calls for the hour on lots of Disney topics! We discussed an amazing upgrade for a listener from Caribbean Beach Resort to Yacht Club Resort and had a though on why this might have happened, got a great review of…
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Mike, Rikki and Pam are here today answering your Listener Questions! Today, we get a great question about the difference in experiences between the Disney Wish and Disney Wonder, talk about traveling to Walt Disney World for the first time with a baby after many years of "couples trips", give our experiences with Aerophile at Disney Springs, talk …
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Today we are headed to Virginia to speak with Listener Kara about her 7-night Alaska Cruise on the Disney Wonder last May! We know a lot of our listeners are either getting ready to sail to Alaska this summer or are very curious about this itinerary, and Kara really has so much great information in this show! We discuss the pre-cruise logistics lik…
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Today Mike, Rikki and Listener Thomas from Cleveland discuss our best character experiences around Walt Disney World, both current and a couple from the past. What makes the difference when it comes to meeting a character to you? Do you prefer "face" or "furry" characters? Do you think about who the "first" character your child will meet will be? T…
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This is the Live Call-in Show from this past Sunday night, March 31, 2024! Tonight, Mike was in the studio solo as Scott is wrapping up his epic Walt Disney World vacation! Tonight we discussed the new buses that have been seen around property that are more accessible for all guests as well as had many calls! We spoke with a caller from Alabama who…
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Mike, Rikki and Guest Panelist Thomas from Cleveland are here today answering your Listener Questions! Today, we discuss if there is a good way to mount a fan on the strollers you can rent in the Walt Disney World theme parks, also discuss the best steakhouses around Walt Disney World, look for some "A-ticket" attractions around Walt Disney World, …
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We are excited to head to New Jersey today to speak with Listener Jovanni about his unique trip with his extended family in a brand-new RV down the east coast to Disney's Fort Wilderness! We discuss what it is like during the actual trip, staying in an RV during the trip vs. a hotel for a true Disney fan, logistics of staying at Fort Wilderness, as…
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Today Mike, Rikki and Pam discuss some of the announcements that have been made by Disney over the past week about new experiences that we get to have as Disney fans in the near future! We talk about the "Season of the Force" experiences coming to Disneyland this summer, the newly-announced theme and name for the next Wsh-class ship, the Disney Des…
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This is the Live Call-in Show from this past Sunday night, March 24, 2024! Tonight, Mike was in the studio solo as Scott is on vacation down at Walt Disney World! However, we spend the last 10 minutes on the phone with Scott LIVE from Be Our Guest Restaurant hearing about how his trip is going so far! Low crowds, great weather, Flower & Garden Revi…
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Mike, Pam & Rikki are here today answering your Listener Questions! Today we start with a great question about packing some small gifts from "Tinkerbell" to give out throughout a trip and ideas on how to make this happen. Next, we discuss a few special things happening this Sunday for Easter around Walt Disney World for Listener Kevin who just real…
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Today we head to Ohio to speak with Listener Andrea about three different trips she has taken over the past 18 months where she got to experience some amazing Walt Disney World accommodations with her family! We discuss staying at places like the Grand Floridian Villas, Disney's Riviera Resort, a Polynesian Bungalow, and her favorite, a 2 Bedroom V…
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Today Mike, Rikki and Pam share their best tips on packing, getting through airport security, what to bring on the plane, car rental and ride-share strategies at MCO and much more! Thanks to Listener Katelyn over on the Discord for today's show topic, we are discussing all of the aspects on how we actually get our Disney trips started! Please share…
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This is the Live Call-in Show from this past Sunday night, March 17, 2024! During this show, Mike and Scott took your calls on a bunch of different Disney topics! We discussed the luckiest things that have ever happened to us at Walt Disney World (including getting FREE renewals of Annual Passes for our family!) to go along with St. Patrick's Day! …
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Mike, Pam & Rikki are here today answering your Listener Questions! Today we start with a great question and discussion about the evenings around Disneyland and the private viewing areas for things like Fantasmic and World of Color. We also discuss some early morning strategies for a family headed down soon over Spring Break to attempt to avoid som…
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We have friend of the show Matt from New Jersey back on the show today to discuss his trip to the Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge in a 2-Bedroom unit just 2 weeks back today! Hear how this trip was very unique with his 3 & 1 year old daughters, his wife and extended family. We also hear about why Matt thinks the first week of Marc…
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