Episodes featuring discussion of hotels.

See Also: Dining for discussion of resort restaurants and food delivery services, Guests for discussion of Kids' Clubs, Special WDW Activities and Programs for resort activities, Outside WDW for discussion of offsite DVC resorts, and Trip Planning for related planning info

General

Major Episodes
Episode 1152 - Summer 2017 at Walt Disney World (3:52-13:36)

Episode 1105 - The Walt Disney World That Never Was (29:23-35:42)

Episode 1069 - The Frugal Mouse with Kevin (15:13-22:05)

Episode 1020 - Unofficial Guide Reader Survey Results with Len Testa (7:19-16:09)

Episode 957 - Betting On 2016 (14:19-23:40) New Resort?

Episode 952 - Surviving Christmas Week at WDW (9:31-12:48; 14:44-15:49)

Episode 900 - Never Been There, Not Done That (To 15:11)

Episode 855 - Even More Tough Disney Choices (32:57-37:05) Refurbishments

Episode 850 - IFTTT WDW-Style (Alternatives)

Episode 819 - What We Love About Walt Disney World (25:54-27:35)

Episode 780 - Our Overlooked WDW Resorts

Episode 597 - WDW Landscaping

Episode 552 - WDW Resort Room Options

Episode 486: Tipping Around WDW-INCLUDES DISCUSSION ABOUT TIPPING AT HOTELS

Episode 407: Resorts, Parks, and Holiday Fun

Episode 390: Choosing Your WDW Resort

Episode 388: Best Value in WDW Resorts

Episode 366: Five Senses of the WDW Resorts

Episode 198 - Top and Bottom 2 Resorts

Episode 76: WDW Resorts During the Holidays

Episode 47: Three Resorts and DVC

Listener Questions
Episode 1250 - Listener Questions
-29:10 Tracy from Australia asks about taking advantage of Annual Pass discounts with low on-site room availability

Episode 1232 - Listener Questions
-9:44 Billy from Australia seeks an onsite hotel for four adults and a child on a budget. Moderate and Value resorts are discussed

Episode 1229 - Listener Questions
-11:00 Carolyn from New York asks about touring the Magic Kingdom for a birthday treat during Princess Marathon Weekend and whether a fireworks Dessert Party is worth it. Carolyn also seeks resort recommendations and tips for flying to Orlando from Pittsburgh

Episode 1226 - Listener Questions
-4:34 Emily from Washington asks if she can book multiple rooms with a bounceback offer

Episode 1220 - Listener Questions
-9:52 John asks about modifying a room-only reservation. Pam mentions length-of-stay requirements

Episode 1208 - Listener Questions
-36:27 Robin asks about potential Annual Passholder room-only discounts for November

Episode 1199 - Listener Questions
-18:19 Erin from New Jersey ponders accommodations for Princess Marathon Weekend. Erin also asks how far in advance she should book her trip

Episode 1196 - Listener Questions
-6:15 Theresa asks if Disney offers group resort discounts or allows for booking a block of rooms for a large party

Episode 1184 - Listener Questions
-37:24 Rachel from New York seeks tips for a two-day trip to Walt Disney World with a family of five in late February

Episode 1166 - Listener Questions
-6:15 Kerry asks if she should stay at All Star Sports or at Pop Century. Kerry also asks if she can change her resort reservation after final payment has been made. Mike ponders the differences in value between the Port Orleans resorts

Episode 1143 - More Listener Questions
-4:14 Sandra from Australia asks about planning a three-week trip to Walt Disney World. Ticket and resort options are discussed

Episode 1136 - Listener Questions
-13:26 Lucy seeks a good hotel for commuting to the University of Central Florida

Episode 1133 - Listener Questions
-21:48 Kris from Illinois asks about informing Disney resorts and restaurants about a wedding anniversary

Episode 1130 - Listener Questions
-24:11 Jessica from Canada seeks good resorts for resort-hopping

Episode 1115 - Listener Questions
-4:36 Paul from the UK asks the hosts to name defunct attractions at the time of their first trips that they wish they could have experienced, defunct attractions that they have experienced and miss, and current attractions that they would miss if removed. Mike adds resorts to the equation

Episode 1099 - Mike Takes Your Questions Live
-33:03 Rogers from Arkansas asks about fitting additional people into a single hotel room

Episode 1076 - Listener Questions
-27:36 Christopher asks if there is a daily limit for charging to one's resort room and if said limit varies by resort level

Episode 1058 - Listener Questions
-15:33 Mike asks if he should explore Disney Springs and some resorts, visit a Disney water park, or buy a one-day ticket to Epcot to kill a few hours before his wife arrives in Orlando for their October vacation

Episode 1049 - Listener Questions
-26:02 Erica from Indiana previews a trip where she will stay at numerous resorts and asks about touring Walt Disney World solo

Episode 1023 - Even More Listener Questions
-30:33 Max ponders resort options for an approximately 17-person party at Walt Disney World. Max also seeks general tips on touring with a large group

Episode 1022 - Listener Questions
-14:27 Barry from Virginia asks if guests staying off-property can tour the on-site Disney resort hotels, and, if so, which ones he should make a priority
-23:42 Pam from Canada asks about staying at a Disney resort with her grandchildren and not visiting the parks

Episode 1021 - More Listener Questions
-17:56 Robert from Illinois asks about impressing his fiancee, a newbie to Walt Disney World. Restaurants and resorts are discussed

Episode 995 - Listener Questions
-4:12 Tony from Ohio asks if multiple Disney discounts can be used on a single reservation

Episode 992 - Listener Questions
-6:14 The panel discusses preferred parking at the theme parks, rumored resort fees, and the new "Disney After Hours" event at the Magic Kingdom

Episode 977 - Listener Questions
-18:08 Mindy asks about resort hopping to view Christmas decorations and dine. Mindy also asks if Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is a good option to conclude a day of resort hopping with two four-year old children

Episode 959 - Listener Questions
-8:13 John from Kentucky asks if Annual Passholders staying on-site are limited to 7 days of advance FastPass Plus reservations and if a split-stay impacts the FastPass Plus reservation process

Episode 941 - Listener Questions
-5:59 Lynn ruminates on the best hotel at Walt Disney World if cost is not a factor. The Animal Kingdom Lodge is discussed

Episode 938 - Listener Questions
-14:20 Alex from Pennsylvania asks if it is worth it to use FastPass Plus on parades or Wishes with children. Alex also asks about resort package delivery from the theme parks. Rikki discusses lockers at the Magic Kingdom

Episode 929 - Listener Questions
-7:48 Cheryl from Maine asks if four adults, two couples, can book a trip on a single reservation and Disney package. Pam mentions a surcharge for adults staying in one room

Episode 923 - Listener Questions
-5:45 Al from Texas seeks a hotel that can accommodate five adults. Mike recommends connecting rooms at Pop Century. Al also seeks a special activity to celebrate a wedding anniversary. Mike and Rikki recommend a Wishes or Illuminations cruise. Rikki also recommends the Behind the Seeds Tour at Epcot
-11:16 Julia from Massachusetts asks about hotel bounceback-offer protocol, including their viability for Annual Passholders

Episode 920 - Listener Questions
-6:10 Holly from California wonders if switching her Christmastime reservation from Wilderness Lodge to Coronado Springs because of construction at the former resort and the availability of a discount at the latter resort was a good decision

Episode 914 - Listener Questions
-16:34 Alex from Pennsylvania seeks a hotel with accommodations similar to a suite at Art of Animation that is closer to the Magic Kingdom. Pam discusses the cabins at Fort Wilderness for large parties. Mike recommends Coronado Springs

Episode 911 - Listener Questions
-3:04 Erica from Indiana seeks good snacks at the resorts

Episode 908 - Listener Questions
-8:10 Christina ponders must-do restaurants, must-see resorts, and other special activities at Walt Disney World

Episode 905 - Listener Questions
-7:34 Susie ponders a trip to Walt Disney World with a 50-person group during the summer, including the best month to go and accommodation options
-23:22 Allie from Pennsylvania seeks the best resort transportation-wise for Marathon Weekend

Episode 893 - Listener Questions
-5:46 Dominick from Pennsylvania ponders unique activities for a month-long trip to the Orlando area, both inside and outside Walt Disney World. Pam recommends taking tours and enjoying the different resort hotels. Mike suggests Cocoa Beach. Rikki talks about budgeting shopping money in World Showcase

Episode 890 - Listener Questions
-22:29 Matt from North Carolina ponders crowds in the week following January Marathon Weekend. Matt also wonders if he should avoid specific resorts during this period from a crowd standpoint

Episode 878 - Listener Questions
-10:00 Tom asks if a single Magic Band can open multiple rooms

Episode 866 - Listener Questions
-15:14 Melissa asks if she can use package park tickets and the Disney Dining Plan during a room-only day at the beginning of the trip

Episode 845 - Listener Questions
-24:47 Tami from Ohio asks whether she should have breakfast or dinner at Cinderella's Royal Table based on Magic Kingdom park hours and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Tami also asks about transportation to the Contemporary Resort from the Animal Kingdom Lodge, preferably including resort-hopping to see Christmas decorations along the way

Episode 842 - Listener Questions
-25:21 Angie from Ohio asks if her friends will need separate Magic Bands for a resort-only stay on the first night of their vacation, which will otherwise be on a package. Angie also asks for tips on resort hopping the following morning

Episode 836 - Listener Questions
-19:50 Conner from North Dakota asks how long he should train prior to a 10K or a half-marathon, and where he should stay at WDW during a race weekend

Episode 833 - Listener Questions
-10:03 Katie talks about paying for a relative's room in conjunction with My Disney Experience

Episode 824 - Listener Questions
-18:09 Julie from Indiana ponders an itinerary for Easter Sunday at WDW. The panel recommends resort hopping. Mike wonders where you can meet the Easter Bunny, while Rikki laments the demise of Disney's Easter Parade, which ended in 2000

Episode 820 - Listener Questions
-2:23 William suggests getting a tabletop stove from Amazon for a resort room in place of a microwave. He also recommends a snack from the Rainforest Cafe at Animal Kingdom

Episode 812 - Listener Questions
-23:32 Jenny seeks ways to decorate her hotel room window

Episode 794 - Listener Questions
-9:59 Christie from Canada asks about non-DVC resorts that accommodate five people. Pam mentions Caribbean Beach

Episode 791 - Listener Questions
-7:13 Angie from Ohio asks about organizing her family's room reservations such as to best manage the Disney Dining Plan

Episode 788 - Listener Questions
-8:45 Robbie from Tennessee ponders the best resort for each season and Christmas

Episode 755 - Listener Questions
-16:46 Brian asks if he should book his Tower of Terror race weekend trip on his own or through a RunDisney package.

Episode 665 - Listener Questions
-6:59 Holly from Texas asks what hotels are best for parents with an infant. Mike references the 2014 Monorail renovation

Episode 656 - Listener Questions
-10:12 Connie asks about the status of the In-Room refrigerators at WDW resort hotels. Pam says that most resort rooms have them again, but they can be requested regardless for medical reasons.

Episode 642 - Listener Questions
-12:07 Jeanine from Kentucky asks for advice on vacationing with her mother-in-law. Mike recommends splurging on a larger room.

Episode 638 - Listener Questions
-3:28 Tara from Canada asks if any moderate or deluxe resorts offer four beds in a single bedroom for around the cost of two rooms at a value resort. Rikki recommends renting points at a DVC Resort

Episode 632 - Listener Questions
-7:38 Jimmie and Rhonda from Texas ask about "host resorts" for Disney race weekends

Episode 623 - Listener Questions
-7:10 Dominique from New York asks about places to watch the Super Bowl at WDW, especially ESPN Club. Mike recommends resort lobbies and lounges.

Episode 611 - Listener Questions
-2:57 Lisa asks about late night activities at WDW, whether in the parks, at Downtown Disney, or at the resorts.

Episode 602 - Listener Questions
-11:53 Ana asks what happened to the former Disney Institute. She also asks why there are turkey vultures and a strange smell near Coronado Springs

Episode 596 - Listener Questions
-13:53 Nikki from England asks where to stay on a three-week honeymoon vacation

Episode 581 - Listener Questions
-21:53 Rachel from Indiana asks about the value of the events associated with the Princess Half Marathon. She also asks for good resorts to stay at for the race.

Episode 578 - Listener Questions
-9:18 Nikki from the UK asks for good WDW hotels to explore

Episode 575 - Listener Questions
-16:38 Abby asks about the "guest-decorated windows" at WDW resorts

Episode 566 - Listener Questions
-22:28 Kim from Connecticut asks about privacy at moderate and value resorts, where there are no interior hallways

Episode 563 - Listener Questions
-5:30 Constance asks how far in advance she can book a Fort Wilderness reservation. Packages and room-only reservations are discussed

Episode 536: Listener Questions
-8:46 Julie from Indiana asks the hosts for their favorite Epcot-area resort

Arcades

Episode 858 - Just a Bit Better (11:07-15:38)

Episode 822 - Arcades, ADRs, and Efficiency (After 30:08)

Episode 558 - Cruise Update and Package Bonuses (25:00-27:18)

Check In and Check Out

Major Episodes
Episode 979 - Split Stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge & Disney’s Grand Floridian Villas (4:20-5:40)

Episode 970 - Spring and Fall Trips to All-Star Music & Port Orleans French Quarter (14:42-15:30) Online

Episode 853 - Hour 7 of 2014 12-Hour Live Show (52:24-56:50)

Episode 837 - Jungle Cruise Restaurant, Innoventions Changes with Listener Dean (30:11-33:17)

Episode 822 - Arcades, ADRs, and Efficiency (19:49-30:07) New system

Episode 738 - Mike’s Wilderness Lodge Stay & More! (7:41-11:18) Bell service

Episode 717 - Mike’s Pre-trip Thoughts (12:28-15:25) New system test

Listener Questions
Episode 1253 - Listener Questions
-22:47 Rachel from Nebraska asks about transferring resorts. Check in is discussed

Episode 1250 - Listener Questions
-36:41 Amy from Alabama asks if she can charge with her Magic Band after checking out of Port Orleans Riverside and transferring to the Dolphin

Episode 1241 - Listener Questions
-11:40 Karen from Michigan asks if she can utilize online resort check-in at Port Orleans Riverside if she intends to pay using Disney gift cards
-34:02 Barbara from Massachusetts asks if she can change a room request using on-line check-in. Barbara also asks about rooms generally at the Beach Club

Episode 1238 - Listener Questions
-14:05 Katie from Wisconsin asks if her parents can check into Pop Century before she arrives when she has the room request and Annual Pass room discount documents

Episode 1223 - Listener Questions
-15:42 Robin from North Carolina asks if Disney resort guests can obtain free parking at the theme parks before check in and about Dining Plan activation. Touring with a large group is discussed

Episode 1214 - Listener Questions
-8:00 Missy from Pennsylvania asks if she can obtain a refillable mug before entering her hotel room. Online check in is discussed

Episode 1199 - Listener Questions
-8:49 Adam asks about luggage delivery protocol with Disney's Magical Express for flights that arrive prior to late-afternoon resort check in times

Episode 1169 - Listener Questions
-17:49 Robbie from Maryland asks if he can utilize the Dining Plan immediately after using on-line resort check in

Episode 1160 - Listener Questions
-8:22 Josh from Louisiana asks about parking for a Chef Mickey's breakfast prior to actually checking in for his stay at the Contemporary Resort

Episode 1115 - Listener Questions
-33:49 Jared asks about transferring between the Grand Floridian and the Boardwalk on the day of the Walt Disney World Marathon, which he will be running. Room requests and check-in are discussed

Episode 1099 - Mike Takes Your Questions Live
-3:26 Jennifer from California asks about touring Walt Disney World when she is tired from a red-eye flight and her hotel room will not be ready. The Deluxe Disney Dining Plan is discussed

Episode 1073 - Listener Questions
-32:46 Matt from New Jersey asks if other guests in his party can check into their resort room at Bay Lake Tower, which is reserved under Matt's name, prior to his arrival. Pam recommends online check-in

Episode 1040 - Listener Questions
-6:35 Ariel from Washington asks about check-in procedure at Disney resorts, considering her red-eye flight will arrive well before the 3PM check-in time. Ariel also ponders good activities for first-time Walt Disney World visitors as well as pitfalls that such guests should avoid

Episode 1023 - Even More Listener Questions
-14:24 Steve from the UK asks if he can park at the Animal Kingdom Lodge for free prior to checking in
-16:47 Steve from the UK asks if he can linger at the Animal Kingdom Lodge for activities after checking out

Episode 1001 - Listener Questions
-14:08 Heather from New Hampshire offers a warning concerning automatic resort checkout

Episode 938 - Listener Questions
-16:41 Erin asks if guests retain charging privileges through the entirety of their check-out day

Episode 881 - Listener Questions
-15:15 Angela from Missouri asks if someone can enter a park prior to checking in at a resort hotel when staying as part of a package
-20:31 Kent asks if resort check in is required to activate park tickets on a party's Magic Bands

Episode 812 - Listener Questions
-15:04 Ashley from Georgia asks if she must actually check into her onsite resort to obtain free parking at the theme parks

Episode 806 - Listener Questions
-15:45 Lisa ponders the best way to check into a Disney resort such as to obtain certain room requests

Episode 758 - Listener Questions
-25:09 David from California asks if he must check out of his room and then check back in after the 14th day of his 15-day stay

Episode 731 - Listener Questions
-17:26 Gretchen asks if resort-check in is required to activate park tickets on the Magic Bands

Episode 722 - Listener Questions
-23:23 Erica from Indiana describes her experience with bell service protocol at Bay Lake Tower. Mike ponders related tipping protocol.

Episode 710 - Listener Questions
-21:13 Brett asks if resort check in is required prior to utilizing the Deluxe Dining Plan

Episode 692 - Listener Questions
-24:28 Brett asks if he must check in at his resort first in order to activate the Disney Dining Plan

Episode 590 - Listener Questions
-13:23 Ariellie from Texas asks for the pros and cons of Online Resort Check-in

Episode 587 - Listener Questions
-15:59 Jackie asks whether there are any benefits to online resort check in

DELUXE RESORTS

Concierge Level
Episode 1204 - Port Orleans Riverside, Yacht Club, Wilderness Lodge - Club Level (13:04-16:17; 34:06-35:11)

Episode 1168 - Grand Floridian - Club Level over Thanksgiving

Episode 1132 - Grand Floridian Club Level, Character Meals and a Hurricane (3:38-9:48; 14:38-17:26)

Episode 1040 - Listener Questions
-38:28 Stacy asks about maximizing club level service at the Beach Club

Episode 989 - Listener Questions
-6:37 Cindy from Virginia asks about taking advantage of a club level room at the Contemporary. Pam discusses food offerings. Mike discusses business class rooms at Coronado Springs

Episode 976 - Once in a Lifetime Double Club-Level Trip (12:19-16:47; 27:22-29:20; After 35:07)

Episode 889 - Disneymoon on the Platinum Plan at Christmas (At Contemporary)

Episode 881 - Listener Questions
-28:21 Brandon asks if a Boardwalk-area resort or the Animal Kingdom Lodge has better club level accommodations. Brandon ponders potential transportation difficulties from Animal Kingdom Lodge

Episode 851 - Listener Questions
-8:50 Nicholas from Pennsylvania ponders the best rooms with a Boardwalk-view at the Yacht Club, and asks if staying Concierge-level would make a difference. Nicholas also seeks special activities to celebrate an anniversary and a child's birthday

Episode 836 - Listener Questions
-15:35 Sue from Pennsylvania asks if a resort concierge can schedule the bonus fourth FastPass Plus if a party takes an afternoon break after utilizing the first three FastPass Plusses. Sue also wonders if Disney sells cases of bottled water in its gift shops; Pam recommends Garden Grocer

Episode 771 - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (22:05-22:50)

Episode 761 - Listener Questions
-10:51 Vicky from England asks if an Annual Pass affords discounts on Club Level resort rooms. She also ponders the resort with the best Club Level rooms for a boy and a girl

Episode 620 - Listener Questions
-5:47 Scott asks how the price of a club-level room at the Yacht Club compares to that of a standard room at that resort in August

Episode 619 - Yacht Club & Disney Fantasy Experience (4:00-4:58)

Episode 616 - Honeymoon at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Club-Level (2:29-5:50; 24:23-26:20)

Episode 606 - Pam’s Fall 2013 Trip Report (13:22-14:56)

Generally
Episode 1172 - Listener Questions
-20:45 Shaif from Israel asks about strategies for touring the Monorail resorts
-36:11 Chase from Texas asks about moving from a Deluxe Resort to a Value Resort

Episode 1163 - Listener Questions
-21:57 Lisa from Massachusetts wonders which Deluxe Resort she should spend a night at for her 40th birthday

Episode 1115 - Listener Questions
-20:02 Allison from Canada seeks a Disney resort for a 10-day birthday trip with her husband and three children, between ages eight and thirteen. Art of Animation, All Star Music, and deluxe resorts are discussed

Episode 1059 - WDW Nostalgia Vs. Universal Hipness (30:38-36:27)

Episode 1049 - Listener Questions
-19:06 Brendan from New Hampshire asks if he should choose a Magic Kingdom resort or an Epcot resort for Marathon Weekend, where he and his wife will be running and their children cheering. Brendan also asks what corral he will be placed in based on his qualifying time

Episode 839 - Listener Questions
-14:52 (Question read at 20:57) Erica from Indiana ponders the best moderate and deluxe resorts for guests not visiting the theme parks.

Episode 815 - Listener Questions
-20:55 Erica from Indiana ponders the best WDW resorts for accessing parks without using a car or a bus

Episode 750 - Even More Listener Questions
-22:59 Lauretta asks about Christmas decorations at Deluxe Resorts

Episode 718 - Walt Disney World Resort Scouting Trip (After 12:05)

Episode 677 - Listener Questions
-20:52 Valenie from Texas ponders the best deluxe resort for her family's summer trip, considering especially the scheduled construction at the Polynesian. She also asks about bed availability at the Beach Club. Finally, she asks if Food and Wine Festival commencement was moved to September in order to increase crowds and limit the need for Free Dining

Episode 603 - Traveling with Vintage Adults (9:34-10:45)

Episode 494: Which Disney Deluxe

Animal Kingdom Lodge
Episode 1249 - 2 Weeks at Animal Kingdom Lodge from the United Kingdom (9:13-14:30)

Episode 1247 - Listener Questions
-13:59 Sabrina asks about about Wild Africa Trek for a child with a fear of heights, and other activities at the Animal Kingdom and Animal Kingdom Lodge

Episode 1244 - Listener Questions
-16:34 Bjorn from Spain chooses between the Polynesian and Animal Kingdom Lodge for two adult couples

Episode 1194 - From a Kid’s Point of View (6:08-7:35)

Episode 1193 - Listener Questions
-32:19 Kelly from New York asks if she should stay at the Polynesian for a week for her honeymoon or if she should try to save some money by doing a split-stay with the Animal Kingdom Lodge

Episode 1168 - Grand Floridian - Club Level over Thanksgiving (25:25-28:21)

Episode 1136 - Listener Questions
-6:01 Jennifer asks for a comparison of Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House and Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village

Episode 1134 - Pandora, Rivers of Light, Wishes & More (25:23-27:44)

Episode 1130 - Listener Questions
-29:46 Kerry from New Hampshire decides among staying at Art of Animation, Port Orleans, or doing a split-stay between Pop Century and Animal Kingdom with her husband and two-year old daughter. Kerry also asks about making ADRs and purchasing Memory Maker in conjunction with a party on a different package

Episode 1072 - A Trip Fit For a King (7:04-12:56)

Episode 1070 - Listener Questions
-12:51 Julie from Indiana asks if she should choose a different second resort for a split-stay vacation including Marathon Weekend rather than staying at the Beach Club twice on separate reservations. Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Contemporary, and the Polynesian are mentioned as other options

Episode 1041 - Mike’s Disney Cruise, Animal Kingdom Lodge & More (34:37-36:04)

Episode 1030 - Tink, Princess, and Animal Kingdom Lodge Fun (17:17-22:32)

Episode 1023 - Even More Listener Questions
-14:24 Steve from the UK asks if he can park at the Animal Kingdom Lodge for free prior to checking in
-15:59 Steve from the UK ponders activities at the Animal Kingdom Lodge
-16:47 Steve from the UK asks if he can linger at the Animal Kingdom Lodge for activities after checking out

Episode 1019 - Listener Questions
-5:34 Drew shares two mini trip reports. He discusses the transportation from and the swimming pool at the Boardwalk Inn; optimal rooms at the Animal Kingdom Lodge for animal viewing; the Impressions de France film at Epcot's World Showcase; appetizers at California Grill; and using Uber to move between resorts

Bonus Episode: Mike and Mallory Preview Their Summer 2016 Vacation (After 17:22)

Episode 1012 - Honeymoon Split-Stay at Beach Club and Animal Kingdom Lodge (16:12-20:18; 24:12-28:15)

Episode 975 - Is This Romantic? (9:52-11:57)

Episode 945 - Culinary Tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Episode 944 - Listener Questions
-4:07 Paul from Ohio asks about doing Animal Kingdom and Animal Kingdom Lodge on the same day using Disney transportation or Uber. Paul wonders if he should go to Animal Kingdom Lodge in the evening after leaving Animal Kingdom or in the afternoon before returning to the park. Rivers of Light is discussed, as are dining options

Episode 941 - Listener Questions
-5:59 Lynn ruminates on the best hotel at Walt Disney World if cost is not a factor. The Animal Kingdom Lodge is discussed

Episode 923 - Listener Questions
-13:47 Mike talks about Zebra Domes at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Animal Kingdom Lodge generally

Episode 910 - Panama Canal Cruise on the Disney Wonder (5:54-7:03)

Episode 892 - Mike’s Summer WDW Vacation Thoughts (5:06-5:20; 17:54-21:51; 29:01-30:26)

Episode 881 - Listener Questions
-28:21 Brandon asks if a Boardwalk-area resort or the Animal Kingdom Lodge has better club level accommodations. Brandon ponders potential transportation difficulties from Animal Kingdom Lodge

Episode 874 - 3 Weeks in Florida - Fantasy, Pop, Give Kids the World, & More (17:45-22:53)

Episode 869 - Listener Questions
-8:15 Julie from Indiana shares a trip report from her vacation around Easter, especially highlighting the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Julie talks about requesting a room upgrade

Episode 860 - Listener Questions
-13:04 Ann from Virginia asks if a savanna-view room at the Animal Kingdom Lodge is worth paying for at the expense of special activities and dining

Episode 857 - Listener Questions
-28:09 Lauren asks if she should stay at French Quarter, Animal Kingdom Lodge, or Beach Club

Episode 851 - Listener Questions
-23:20 Andrew from Oklahoma asks if he should stay at the Jambo House or Kidani Village section of Animal Kingdom Lodge assuming equal cost

Episode 838 - Disney’s Beach Club Perfect for Food & Wine Festival (3:31-5:59)

Episode 832 - Listener Questions
-6:35 Amy from Washington ponders a resort restaurant for lunch. Mike recommends exploring the Polynesian; Rikki suggests the Wilderness Lodge and the Animal Kingdom Lodge

Episode 830 - Listener Questions
-22:24 Bob from Massachusetts ponders the culinary tours at Animal Kingdom Lodge

Episode 824 - Listener Questions
-10:40 Julie from Indiana asks about the quality of bus transportation at Animal Kingdom Lodge
-13:46 Julie from Indiana seeks the best restaurant at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Jiko is especially discussed

Episode 818 - Listener Questions
-22:38 CJ ponders the most romantic places at WDW for his honeymoon vacation. Mike recommends checking out Port Orleans French Quarter. The Animal Kingdom Lodge is discussed.

Episode 809 - Listener Questions
-6:48 Brett ponders activities and restaurants outside the parks to enjoy on a four-day anniversary trip. Mike recommends the Maya Grill. Debbie suggests riding the monorail system. Rikki recommends exploring the Animal Kingdom Lodge

Episode 798 - Listener Questions
-4:34 Brad from Michigan ponders the odds of obtaining a room upgrade at Wilderness Lodge after making a standard room request. Mike says he received an upgrade at the Animal Kingdom Lodge

Episode 791 - Listener Questions
-26:03 Vicki from England asks if she should stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge or at the Wilderness Lodge

Episode 775 - Yacht Club, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Deluxe Dining Adventure (13:06-16:09)

Episode 771 - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Episode 725 - Listener Questions
-26:34 Pat asks about activities, amenities, and restaurants at the Animal Kingdom Lodge

Episode 702 - Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Media Event Recap (5:22-6:41)

Episode 684 - Pam’s Spring Break 2014 Trip Report (15:57-17:09) Culinary Tours

Episode 657 - A Lesson in WDW Settings (28:49-31:16)

Episode 544 - Old Key West, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Family Fun

Episode 471: Renting DVC Points at Animal Kingdom Lodge

Episode 457: Kids' Surprise First Trip to Animal Kingdom Lodge

Episode 387: Animal Kingdom Lodge and 2 Disney Cruises

Episode 355: Pop Century, Animal Kingdom Lodge, and Segways

Episode 233 - First DVC Trip To Animal Kingdom Lodge over Spring Break

Episode 231 - A Trip To Kidani Village & DVC Discussion

Episode 215 - Honeymoon at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Episode 141 - Kidani Village with a family

Episode 53: Debbie Live from Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas

Episode 22: Wilderness Lodge, Anniversary Getaway, Jiko

Episode 6: Animal Kingdom Lodge, Photography, Touring with Small Kids

See Also: "Kidani Village" and "Jambo House" under "DVC Resorts" below

Beach Club
Episode 1250 - Listener Questions
-14:18 Dawn from Tennessee decides between staying at the Polynesian or at the Beach Club during the first week of October. Mike and Rikki recommend the Beach Club because of Stormalong Bay and the Food and Wine Festival

Episode 1241 - Listener Questions
-34:02 Barbara from Massachusetts asks if she can change a room request using on-line check-in. Barbara also asks about rooms generally at the Beach Club

Episode 1144 - All-Star Movies, Port Orleans French Quarter, Beach Club & Free Dining (14:23-17:39)

Episode 1143 - More Listener Questions
-22:34 Christie asks if her party, which includes two children, should stay at the Beach Club or at the Boardwalk, especially considering the pools

Episode 1068 - Would You Rather? (23:20-28:22)

Episode 1055 - Listener Questions
-21:54 Danielle from New York wonders if she should stay at the Grand Floridian or at the Yacht Club with a large party that will include both adults and young children. Pam mentions the recent renovation at the Beach Club

Episode 1039 - Cool Off with a Christmas Season Trip Report in July (10:29-13:29)

Episode 1033 - Disney Springs Dining Reviews with Chef Todd (3:57-5:09)

Episode 1012 - Honeymoon Split-Stay at Beach Club and Animal Kingdom Lodge (7:40-16:01) Including Nantucket Suite

Episode 985 - The Premium Food & Wine Festival Experience (20:08-25:51)

Episode 974 - Listener Questions
-17:59 John from Michigan asks if the Yacht Club could really be sold out a year in advance. Pam recommends checking out the Beach Club

Episode 928 - Beach Club, November Fun and Friends (6:39-9:46)

Episode 911 - Listener Questions
-22:41 Vikki from the UK considers the differences between the Yacht Club and the Beach Club

Episode 857 - Listener Questions
-28:09 Lauren asks if she should stay at French Quarter, Animal Kingdom Lodge, or Beach Club

Episode 838 - Disney’s Beach Club Perfect for Food & Wine Festival (Esp. 3:31-7:24)

Episode 810 - The Other Things (15:52-17:32)

Episode 798 - Listener Questions
-14:20 Karen from Massachusetts talks about bringing a young child to a Disney park. She asks about staying at the Beach Club over Labor Day 2015 because of renovations

Episode 780 - Our Overlooked WDW Resorts (24:42-26:26)

Episode 767 - Listener Questions
-9:19 Angie from Ohio asks if evening turndown service can be requested at the Beach Club

Episode 764 - Listener Questions
-24:56 Barbara asks for room recommendations at the Beach Club. She also asks if she can walk through Epcot and take the Monorail to the TTC such as to make a 9:45 AM reservation at Kona Cafe

Episode 689 - Listener Questions
-20:05 Paul shares a descriptive setting of the Beach Club based on Episode 657 - A Lesson in WDW Settings

Episode 677 - Listener Questions
-20:52 Valenie from Texas ponders the best deluxe resort for her family's summer trip, considering especially the scheduled construction at the Polynesian. She also asks about bed availability at the Beach Club. Finally, she asks if Food and Wine Festival commencement was moved to September in order to increase crowds and limit the need for Free Dining

Episode 671 - Listener Questions
-10:10 Ryan ponders good rooms and amenities at the Beach Club for his anniversary trip

Episode 657 - A Lesson in WDW Settings (After 31:20)

Episode 652 - Pop Century & Beach Club Family Fun (26:12-30:35) Upgrade

Episode 606 - Pam’s Fall 2013 Trip Report (12:00-13:21)

Episode 499: First Time Visiting Beach Club

Episode 447: Couple-Only Trip to Beach Club

Episode 405: Pam's 4 Resort WDW Extravaganza

Episode 429: Disney Dream and Beach Club

Episode 385: Pop Century with a Side of Beach Club

Boardwalk
Episode 1246 - A Land/Sea Christmas and New Year’s Adventure (8:59-12:54)

Episode 1244 - Listener Questions
-31:16 Jennifer from Virginia decides between Wilderness Lodge and the Boardwalk Inn for a long-weekend with her new husband. Jennifer also asks about refillable mugs at the Boardwalk

Episode 1226 - Listener Questions
-14:25 Ben asks about counter service dining options near the Boardwalk. Pam mentions the Beach Club Marketplace and Boardwalk Bakery

Episode 1211 - Listener Questions
-15:11 Andrew from California ponders romantic spots in World Showcase during the Food and Wine Festival. The Boardwalk is discussed. Andrew also asks about visiting Walt Disney World as a Disneyland veteran.

Episode 1196 - Listener Questions
-12:03 Keith from Georgia asks about the schedule for the nighttime performers at the Boardwalk

Episode 1194 - From a Kid’s Point of View (6:08-7:35)

Episode 1186 - Walt Disney World is a Family Tradition (30:08-34:10)

Episode 1175 - Listener Questions
-5:12 David asks about spending an entire day at the Yacht Club. Rikki discusses activities and dining at the Boardwalk

Episode 1147 - Boardwalk 2 Bedroom Villa in August

Episode 1143 - More Listener Questions
-22:34 Christie asks if her party, which includes two children, should stay at the Beach Club or at the Boardwalk, especially considering the pools

Episode 1133 - Listener Questions
-16:53 Bill decides among staying club level at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Grand Floridan, or the Boardwalk during the Food and Wine Festival. Pam discusses transportation to the Wine and Dine races from the Epcot-area resorts

Episode 1131 - Is This Romantic? - Part 2 (18:42-20:48)

Episode 1091 - Listener Questions
-5:08 Maddie from Pennsylvania asks about ordering a birthday cake or cupcakes at Walt Disney World and about obtaining last-minute FastPass Plus reservations. Hanna shares a tip about the Grand Floridian's afternoon tea party, and Mike discusses activities at Disney's Boardwalk

Episode 1068 - Would You Rather? (23:20-28:22)

Episode 1044 - I Always Mean To.. (14:29-16:48)

Episode 1038 - 5 New Things from Mike’s Walt Disney World Vacation (After 43:10)

Episode 1019 - Listener Questions
-5:34 Drew shares two mini trip reports. He discusses the transportation from and the swimming pool at the Boardwalk Inn; optimal rooms at the Animal Kingdom Lodge for animal viewing; the Impressions de France film at Epcot's World Showcase; appetizers at California Grill; and using Uber to move between resorts

Episode 1014 - Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Resort

Episode 990 - Pam’s Disney Magic & 3 Resort Flower & Garden Getaway (9:23-11:25)

Episode 986 - Listener Questions
-3:36 Jolyn ponders activities at Disney's Boardwalk area

Episode 898 - Listener Questions Live from the Disney Dream
-15:37 A listener asks about celebrating a wedding at Walt Disney World with 12-15 people. The Illuminations Dessert Party, Whispering Canyon Cafe, Boma and Jiko tours, and the Boardwalk Inn are mentioned

Episode 865 - Boardwalk Inn, Cabins at Fort Wilderness & Flower and Garden Festival (Esp. 16:54-22:29)

Episode 845 - Listener Questions
-14:44 Elizabeth seeks the best restaurants and entertainment options at the Boardwalk for an anniversary trip. Rikki recommends the Yacht Club's Captain's Grille for breakfast

Episode 836 - Listener Questions
-22:44 Kendra from Nebraska ponders memorable experiences outside the parks for teenagers. Mike recommends mini golf; Rikki recommends Splitsville; Pam suggests Disney's Boardwalk. Kendra also asks about pin-trading protocol

Episode 780 - Our Overlooked WDW Resorts (23:03-24:42; 27:05-28:13)

Episode 761 - Listener Questions
-25:37 Jessica asks about Art of Animation, Shades of Green, and the Boardwalk

Episode 706 - Multi-Generational WDW & DCL Experiences (9:28-12:23)

Episode 680 - Listener Questions
-16:57 Jeff ponders fun activities for children at the Boardwalk

Episode 671 - Listener Questions
-15:09 Tim from Michigan shares his favorite WDW setting, the Boardwalk Inn, based on Episode 657 - A Lesson in WDW Settings

Episode 655 - Couples Trip with Split Stay & Great Dining (9:45-11:19)

Episode 654 - Pam’s Boardwalk, Old Key West, & Wilderness Lodge Vacation (11:08-14:07)

Episode 548 - Listener Questions
-5:31 Bob from Massachusetts asks about activities and amenities in the Boardwalk area

Episode 513: Ft. Wilderness, Boardwalk, and Riverside (18:45-20:20)

Episode 449: Boardwalk Inn and First Disney Cruise

Episode 415: Boardwalk Resort, Flying Fish, and Family Fun

Contemporary
Episode 1250 - Listener Questions
-25:23 Justin from Rhode Island asks if staying at the Contemporary with his fiance on the night before their wedding is worth it

Episode 1244 - Listener Questions
-26:16 Donald seeks resort recommendations for a party of five that includes an infant and has staggered bedtimes. Donald also seeks in-room babysitting services. The Contemporary, one-bedroom DVC villas, and Art of Animation Family Suites are discussed

Episode 1238 - Listener Questions
-4:51 Whitney from Kentucky seeks quiet places with some atmosphere at Walt Disney World at Christmastime. Pam mentions the Contemporary, Fort Wilderness, and Wilderness Lodge. Rikki suggests the side street off Main Street USA and Baseline Tap House at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Episode 1211 - Listener Questions
-37:05 Amy asks how the Garden Wing rooms at the Contemporary compare to those in the main tower

Episode 1150 - Summer at Disney’s Contemporary Resort (10:46-15:21; 27:59-29:21)

Episode 1139 - Listener Questions
-37:47 Emily ponders ways to maximize her time over Wine and Dine Race weekend, staying at the Contemporary

Episode 1109 - Listener Questions
-24:45 Natalie asks if Magic Kingdom-view rooms at the Contemporary include an audio service to hear the music from the Wishes fireworks

Episode 1070 - Listener Questions
-12:51 Julie from Indiana asks if she should choose a different second resort for a split-stay vacation including Marathon Weekend rather than staying at the Beach Club twice on separate reservations. Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Contemporary, and the Polynesian are mentioned as other options

Episode 1059 - WDW Nostalgia Vs. Universal Hipness (30:38-36:27)

Episode 1039 - Cool Off with a Christmas Season Trip Report in July (7:59-10:27)

Episode 989 - Listener Questions
-6:37 Cindy from Virginia asks about taking advantage of a club level room at the Contemporary. Pam discusses food offerings. Mike discusses business class rooms at Coronado Springs

Episode 889 - Disneymoon on the Platinum Plan at Christmas

Episode 857 - Listener Questions
-4:15 Denise from Louisiana ponders the feasibility of resort hopping with three children and using Disney transportation. Denise also asks if the Contemporary's Garden Wing rooms are excluded from discounts and promotions

Episode 855 - Even More Tough Disney Choices (11:43-16:18)

Episode 842 - Listener Questions
-14:57 Christopher from New York suggests paying for valet parking at the Contemporary Resort if you plan to eat both lunch and dinner at that resort and tour the Magic Kingdom in between the meals. Christopher also discusses transportation between the Contemporary and the Magic Kingdom. Pam offers a contrary opinion

Episode 820 - Listener Questions
-2:23 William suggests getting a tabletop stove from Amazon for a resort room in place of a microwave. He also recommends a snack from the Rainforest Cafe at Animal Kingdom

Episode 802 - Listener Questions
-19:41 Lance from Illinois asks about reserving a microwave for his room at the Contemporary

Episode 766 - Surprise 18th Birthday at 3 Walt Disney World Resorts (4:16-6:51)

Episode 750 - Even More Listener Questions
-3:37 Brock from Texas ponders must-do attractions for adults at WDW. Brock also asks if he should utilize DVC points for a two-night birthday stay. Mike recommends staying at the Contemporary Resort

Episode 703 - Contemporary Resort, First runDisney Experience, & Family

Episode 606 - Pam’s Fall 2013 Trip Report (10:50-11:59)

Episode 361: 20th Anniversary, the Contemporary, and Magical Cast Members

Episode 242 - Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Episode 207 - Bay Lake Towers, California Grill, and Nighttime Events

Episode 67: Saratoga Springs Resort, The Wave, MNSSHP

Dolphin
See Swan/Dolphin below

Four Seasons
Episode 900 - Never Been There, Not Done That (10:44-13:40)

Grand Floridian
Episode 1198 - A Girls’ Slumber Party Weekend at the Grand Floridian (6:05-10:18)

Episode 1168 - Grand Floridian - Club Level over Thanksgiving

Episode 1133 - Listener Questions
-16:53 Bill decides among staying club level at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Grand Floridan, or the Boardwalk during the Food and Wine Festival. Pam discusses transportation to the Wine and Dine races from the Epcot-area resorts

Episode 1132 - Grand Floridian Club Level, Character Meals and a Hurricane (3:38-9:48; 14:38-17:26)

Episode 1112 - Listener Questions
-10:59 Erica from Indiana asks about the best way to return to the Grand Floridian from the Magic Kingdom after late night fireworks. Mike mentions a special ferry option
-12:59 Erica from Indiana asks about the best way to return to the Grand Floridian from Epcot after later night fireworks on New Year's Eve

Episode 1088 - Listener Questions
-7:12 Melissa from Georgia asks about the Grand One Yacht Cruise from the Grand Floridian to view Wishes

Episode 1060 - Girls Weekend at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort (5:05-7:34; 9:31-11:39)

Episode 1055 - Listener Questions
-21:54 Danielle from New York wonders if she should stay at the Grand Floridian or at the Yacht Club with a large party that will include both adults and young children. Pam mentions the recent renovation at the Beach Club

Episode 1052 - Listener Questions
-30:39 Bobby asks about the free Alice in Wonderland Wishes Fireworks Viewing Party at the Grand Floridian

Episode 1039 - Cool Off with a Christmas Season Trip Report in July (4:08-7:59)

Episode 1010 - Listener Questions
-6:17 Artie seeks tips for his extended family's trip to Walt Disney World. The Grand Floridan and lounges are discussed

Episode 992 - Listener Questions
-18:47 Angie asks about the Grand Floridian

Episode 977 - Listener Questions
-46:13 Rikki mentions a new princess experience at the Grand Floridian

Episode 976 - Once in a Lifetime Double Club-Level Trip (21:50-24:37; 26:32-29:20; After 35:07)

Episode 972 - Everything But Running (6:46-13:35)

Episode 965 - Listener Questions
-5:19 Peter from Canada shares his family's experience dining at numerous counter service restaurants on the Magic Kingdom monorail loop, eating different courses at different restaurants. Peter also mentions music at the Grand Floridian

Episode 949 - A Fairytale Wedding at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Episode 917 - Listener Questions
-4:35 Terran from South Carolina asks if he can park his car at the Grand Floridan for the entirety of his vacation, which also includes time at the Yacht Club

Episode 883 - Couples Getaway to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (7:32-12:46)

Episode 860 - Listener Questions
-7:08 Joe from New Jersey ponders private dining at the Grand Floridian for his anniversary and asks if private dining is available elsewhere on Disney property. Joe also asks about booking private dining as a DVC owner

Episode 780 - Our Overlooked WDW Resorts (22:34-23:03)

Episode 766 - Surprise 18th Birthday at 3 Walt Disney World Resorts (8:25-11:42)

Episode 682 - Toddler’s First Trip to Port Orleans - French Quarter (27:19-30:35)

Episode 662 - Listener Questions
-6:07 Camille from Texas asks for good adult-only activities to do with her husband while their children are taking a two-hour Pirate Cruise. The Grand Floridian and Polynesian are emphasized.

Episode 661 - Unexpected Magic with Family and Friends (29:32-33:09)

Episode 405: Pam's 4 Resort WDW Extravaganza
See Special WDW Activities for Discussion of High Tea and "Spas" below for Grand Floridian Spa

Polynesian
Episode 1247 - Listener Questions
-40:04 Michael from Canada decides between staying at the Polynesian and Port Orleans Riverside for at least ten days with three children

Episode 1244 - Listener Questions
-16:34 Bjorn from Spain chooses between the Polynesian and Animal Kingdom Lodge for two adult couples

Episode 1242 - Rikki’s Walt Disney World Fall Adventure (3:37-6:46)

Episode 1240 - Hurricane Irma Comes to Disney’s Polynesian Village

Episode 1193 - Listener Questions
-32:19 Kelly from New York asks if she should stay at the Polynesian for a week for her honeymoon or if she should try to save some money by doing a split-stay with the Animal Kingdom Lodge

Episode 1184 - Listener Questions
-29:31 Liz from Pennsylvania asks how Disney transportation from the Polynesian differs from transportation from the Epcot-area resorts. Liz also asks about requesting a specific building at the Polynesian

Episode 1138 - Kids First Trip at the Polynesian Resort

Episode 1121 - Listener Questions
-9:57 Kristen wonders what her party should do on its arrival day after eating dinner. Mike and Rikki recommend just relaxing at the Polynesian

Episode 1079 - Listener Questions
-6:36 Natalie from Illinois ponders dining options, nighttime spectaculars, and other non-hard ticket New Year's Eve activities to enjoy with three children under age 10. The Polynesian is discussed

Episode 1071 - Rikki’s Polynesian Stay and Food & Wine Festival Preview (5:19-14:01)

Episode 1070 - Listener Questions
-12:51 Julie from Indiana asks if she should choose a different second resort for a split-stay vacation including Marathon Weekend rather than staying at the Beach Club twice on separate reservations. Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Contemporary, and the Polynesian are mentioned as other options

Episode 1059 - WDW Nostalgia Vs. Universal Hipness (30:38-36:27)

Episode 1052 - Listener Questions
-17:37 Matt and Steph ask about honeymoon activities at the Polynesian and Coronado Springs. Pam discusses the resort pools. A listener mentions room service delivery from Ohana

Episode 988 - 2 Week Polynesian Village Honeymoon from the United Kingdom (Esp. 6:30-9:16)

Episode 961 - Three Resorts and Many Magical Experiences (2:51-7:01)

Episode 869 - Listener Questions
-14:31 Mike from Connecticut asks if he can view the July 3 Magic Kingdom fireworks from the Polynesian beach without paying a separate charge

Episode 866 - Listener Questions
-11:48 Erica from Indiana wonders if she should spend the last night of her trip at the Polynesian

Episode 861 - More Listener Questions
-21:11 Kayley from Florida asks about construction at the Polynesian

Episode 854 - Listener Questions
-13:22 Ann from Virginia seeks a quiet longhouse at the Polynesian considering construction and the Luau, and asks for optimal viewing locations for the Electrical Water Pageant. She also asks about the Portofino Bay Resort at Universal Orlando
-29:26 Ann from Virginia asks about the state of construction at the Polynesian

Episode 844 - Bay Lake Towers for Summer Fun (After 30:21)

Episode 834 - Talking runDisney, Canada, and More with Brett Young (26:54-28:32)

Episode 832 - Listener Questions
-6:35 Amy from Washington ponders a resort restaurant for lunch. Mike recommends exploring the Polynesian; Rikki suggests the Wilderness Lodge and the Animal Kingdom Lodge

Episode 818 - Listener Questions
-5:32 Nicola from England ponders good activities and meals for her two-week honeymoon trip to WDW. Mike recommends a fireworks cruise, and Pam recommends PhotoPass, private dining at the Polynesian Village Resort, and custom-ordered cakes. Tours are also discussed

Episode 810 - The Other Things (31:03-33:11)

Episode 794 - Listener Questions
-22:27 Wenonah ponders the odds of obtaining a parking spot at the Polynesian around 5:00 for an ADR at 'Ohana. She also asks about the path between the Polynesian and the TTC

Episode 764 - Listener Questions
-22:11 Jamie asks about eating at 'Ohana and exploring the Polynesian in January 2015 considering the construction

Episode 677 - Listener Questions
-20:52 Valenie from Texas ponders the best deluxe resort for her family's summer trip, considering especially the scheduled construction at the Polynesian. She also asks about bed availability at the Beach Club. Finally, she asks if Food and Wine Festival commencement was moved to September in order to increase crowds and limit the need for Free Dining

Episode 662 - Listener Questions
-6:07 Camille from Texas asks for good adult-only activities to do with her husband while their children are taking a two-hour Pirate Cruise. The Grand Floridian and Polynesian are emphasized.

Episode 634 - Disney Land & Sea Family Fun (33:12-36:41)

Episode 596 - Listener Questions
-18:17 Diana from Massachusetts asks about the Torch-Lighting ceremony at the Polynesian

Episode 579 - Thoughts on Summer 2013 WDW Vacations (12:26-13:53)

Episode 523 - Polynesian, PhotoPass+, and Deluxe Dining

Episode 503: Couples-Only Trip to Polynesian

Episode 367: The Polynesian, Great Dining, and Family

Episode 319: The Polynesian, Flower and Garden, and Memories

Episode 192 - Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Episode 77: Polynesian, Food and Wine, and Kids' Night Out

Episode 14: Polynesian, MLK Weekend, Star Wars Weekends

Swan/Dolphin
Episode 1250 - Listener Questions
-36:41 Amy from Alabama asks if she can charge with her Magic Band after checking out of Port Orleans Riverside and transferring to the Dolphin

Episode 1238 - Listener Questions
-12:26 Lisa from Florida asks about scheduling FastPass Plus reservations and whether she can book FastPass Plus reservations for two days when she is staying one night at the Dolphin

Episode 1098 - New Holiday Offerings at Walt Disney World (6:34-13:26) Swan

Episode 1082 - #AskBOGP Listener Questions
-36:19 Chad asks if there is a noticeable difference between the experiences at the Swan and the Dolphin. Pam mentions the beds, the prices, and the lobbies

Episode 998 - Listener Questions
-28:37 Ashley from Ohio asks about the Swan and Dolphin, especially transportation from Orlando International Airport

Episode 980 - Listener Questions
-3:34 Pam talks about transferring luggage from the Swan and Dolphin to official Disney-owned resorts

Episode 772 - Villains, Animal Kingdom Lodge, & Dolphin (8:07-10:54)

Episode 770 - Listener Questions
-5:59 Renee asks how the Dolphin compares to Disney-owned resorts, especially in terms of amenities. She also asks about Magic Band protocol at the Dolphin and FastPass Plus protocol when the room reservation isn't in her name. Pam discusses the detriments of upgrading discounted tickets upon arrival at Walt Disney World

Episode 670 - Pop Century, Great Meals, Extended Family (5:53-6:37)

Episode 634 - Disney Land & Sea Family Fun (11:02-13:45)

Episode 622 - 3-Day Trip Staying at the Dolphin

Episode 569 - Listener Questions
-5:32 mnmaier from Texas asks how the Swan and Dolphin resorts compare to Disney-owned deluxe resorts

Episode 357: July Trip to Swan with Extended Family

Wilderness Lodge
Episode 1244 - Listener Questions
-31:16 Jennifer from Virginia decides between Wilderness Lodge and the Boardwalk Inn for a long-weekend with her new husband. Jennifer also asks about refillable mugs at the Boardwalk

Episode 1238 - Listener Questions
-4:51 Whitney from Kentucky seeks quiet places with some atmosphere at Walt Disney World at Christmastime. Pam mentions the Contemporary, Fort Wilderness, and Wilderness Lodge. Rikki suggests the side street off Main Street USA and Baseline Tap House at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Episode 1204 - Port Orleans Riverside, Yacht Club, Wilderness Lodge - Club Level (34:06-35:11)

Episode 1175 - Listener Questions
-9:08 David asks about exploring the Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness late in the afternoon with two children

Episode 1112 - Listener Questions
-16:03 Cherie from New Jersey shares a Jersey Week trip report, including the Wilderness Lodge and meeting Star Wars characters at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Episode 955 - Summer Split Stay at Art of Animation and Wilderness Lodge (3:56-6:29; After 32:21)

Episode 936 - Mike Flew, Rikki Ran - 2015 Wine & Dine Half-Marathon Recap (8:19-9:24)

Episode 920 - Listener Questions
-6:10 Holly from California wonders if switching her Christmastime reservation from Wilderness Lodge to Coronado Springs because of construction at the former resort and the availability of a discount at the latter resort was a good decision

Episode 899 - Listener Questions
-11:03 Maddie from Texas ponders good birthday activities for her husband at Walt Disney World. Mike mentions the Segway tour at Fort Wilderness. Rikki suggests Characters in Flight at Downtown Disney. Pam recommends exploring the Wilderness Lodge

Episode 878 - Listener Questions
-6:07 Lynne considers ways to spend an afternoon break from the Magic Kingdom with two boys. Resort pools and the Wilderness Lodge are discussed

Episode 875 - Listener Questions
-25:14 Scott from Wisconsin asks if he can leave his car at the Wilderness Lodge and tour the Magic Kingdom after breakfast at Whispering Canyon Cafe

Episode 855 - Even More Tough Disney Choices (11:43-16:18)

Episode 832 - Listener Questions
-6:35 Amy from Washington ponders a resort restaurant for lunch. Mike recommends exploring the Polynesian; Rikki suggests the Wilderness Lodge and the Animal Kingdom Lodge

Episode 817 - Christmas on the Disney Fantasy (After 25:11)

Episode 798 - Listener Questions
-4:34 Brad from Michigan ponders the odds of obtaining a room upgrade at Wilderness Lodge after making a standard room request. Mike says he received an upgrade at the Animal Kingdom Lodge

Episode 791 - Listener Questions
-26:03 Vicki from England asks if she should stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge or at the Wilderness Lodge

Episode 752 - Listener Questions
-16:31 Amanda from Ohio asks about traveling from the Wilderness Lodge to Epcot
-17:17 Amanda from Ohio asks when the first boat to the Magic Kingdom departs from Wilderness Lodge

Episode 738 - Mike’s Wilderness Lodge Stay & More! (7:41-25:00; After 37:15)

Episode 728 - Listener Questions
7:31 Angie from Ohio asks about the Wilderness Lodge and good one-credit restaurants in the Magic Kingdom resort area. Mike discusses his breakfast at Whispering Canyon Cafe and another meal at Kona. Pam mentions Trail's End; Rikki mentions 1900 Park Fare

Episode 702 - Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Media Event Recap (4:15-5:20)

Episode 657 - A Lesson in WDW Settings (22:40-28:24)

Episode 654 - Pam’s Boardwalk, Old Key West, & Wilderness Lodge Vacation (17:13-24:19)

Episode 616 - Honeymoon at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Club-Level

Episode 580 - Extended & Couples Trip at 3 WDW Resorts (17:16-20:52)

Episode 521 - Family Magic at Wilderness Lodge

Episode 496: Virtual Holiday WDW Walkaround (15:10-17:20)

Episode 405: Pam's 4 Resort WDW Extravaganza

Episode 243 - DVC, Wilderness Lodge, Pop Century, and Great Meals

Episode 109 - Final trip to WDW at Wilderness Lodge

Episode 95 - Wilderness Lodge, Celebrating a Birthday

Episode 22: Wilderness Lodge, Anniversary Getaway, Jiko

Yacht Club
Episode 1243 - Honeymoon at the Yacht Club from the United Kingdom (8:08-12:30)

Episode 1208 - Listener Questions
-23:01 A listener asks whether a split stay between Port Orleans Riverside and the Yacht Club is worth it considering the price, and the short distance between the Yacht Club and Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios

Episode 1204 - Port Orleans Riverside, Yacht Club, Wilderness Lodge - Club Level (13:04-16:17)

Episode 1175 - Listener Questions
-5:12 David asks about spending an entire day at the Yacht Club. Rikki discusses activities and dining at the Boardwalk

Episode 1168 - Grand Floridian - Club Level over Thanksgiving (After 28:23)

Episode 1157 - Listener Questions
-16:42 Jenny Lee asks if she can link one-day tickets to her hotel reservation and make FastPass Plus reservations sixty days in advance. Jenny Lee also asks about construction at the Yacht Club

Episode 1126 - Disney’s Boardwalk Villas & Yacht Club Resort (6:25-12:42; 30:54-32:47)

Episode 1092 - Wine & Dine Weekend 2016 Recap (12:10-14:01)

Episode 1068 - Would You Rather? (23:20-28:22)

Episode 1055 - Listener Questions
-21:54 Danielle from New York wonders if she should stay at the Grand Floridian or at the Yacht Club with a large party that will include both adults and young children. Pam mentions the recent renovation at the Beach Club

Episode 976 - Once in a Lifetime Double Club-Level Trip (5:58-16:47)

Episode 974 - Listener Questions
-17:59 John from Michigan asks if the Yacht Club could really be sold out a year in advance. Pam recommends checking out the Beach Club

Episode 911 - Listener Questions
-22:41 Vikki from the UK considers the differences between the Yacht Club and the Beach Club

Episode 851 - Listener Questions
-8:50 Nicholas from Pennsylvania ponders the best rooms with a Boardwalk-view at the Yacht Club, and asks if staying Concierge-level would make a difference. Nicholas also seeks special activities to celebrate an anniversary and a child's birthday

Episode 775 - Yacht Club, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Deluxe Dining Adventure (8:00-10:30; 16:13-21:03; 34:08-36:03)

Episode 684 - Pam’s Spring Break 2014 Trip Report (10:17-15:56)

Episode 681 - WDW For the Sports Fan (8:31-10:13)

Episode 620 - Listener Questions
-5:47 Scott asks how the price of a club-level room at the Yacht Club compares to that of a standard room at that resort in August

Episode 619 - Yacht Club & Disney Fantasy Experience (2:37-4:58)

Episode 599 - Listener Questions
-3:49 Shawn from Florida asks about room requests at the Yacht Club

DVC RESORTS

Generally
Episode 1244 - Listener Questions
-26:16 Donald seeks resort recommendations for a party of five that includes an infant and has staggered bedtimes. Donald also seeks in-room babysitting services. The Contemporary, one-bedroom DVC villas, and Art of Animation Family Suites are discussed

Episode 1240 - Hurricane Irma Comes to Disney’s Polynesian Village

Episode 1202 - Listener Questions
-12:56 Amelia from Ohio asks about attending DVC presentations, including extras given to attendees

Episode 1112 - Listener Questions
-26:16 John from New York wonders if DVC is worth purchasing into, especially considering that new moderate DVC resorts are being rumored

Episode 1087 - Treehouses, Old Key West, DVC Life

Episode 1069 - The Frugal Mouse with Kevin (15:58-17:04)

Episode 1061 - Listener Questions
-5:34 Brad from Indiana asks about staying in a Bay Lake Tower Deluxe Studio with three other people, including two toddlers. Rikki discusses DVC studios generally

Episode 1051 - Party of 8 at Grand Floridian Villas Who Awaken Summer (3:54-5:35; 15:50-18:52)

Episode 1041 - Mike’s Disney Cruise, Animal Kingdom Lodge & More (39:45-41:57) DVC Member Lounge

Episode 1039 - Cool Off with a Christmas Season Trip Report in July (4:08-7:59)

Episode 986 - Listener Questions
-14:06 James from Louisiana shares his experience buying into DVC. James also asks about Free Dining and other Disney promotions, especially the popularity of such promotions

Episode 968 - Listener Questions
-11:32 TJ liked Magical Mouse Radio's Christmas schedule and asks about requesting a room at Kidani Village through Touring Plans after having rented DVC points

Episode 958 - Bonus Listener Questions
-14:48 Joe asks if Park Hopper tickets can be applied towards an Annual Pass renewal. Joe also asks if DVC owners should renew Annual Passes through DVC member services or at a theme park Guest Services location

Episode 929 - Listener Questions
-10:07 Cheryl from Maine asks about renting DVC points. Cheryl also ponders offseason rates at the Beach Club

Episode 917 - Listener Questions
-16:40 Nick ruminates on DVC perks

Episode 915 - The Agent Education Experience (22:56-26:29)

Episode 914 - Listener Questions
-31:31 Paul from New Jersey thinks DVC members should receive more perks. Pam offers her opinion

Episode 899 - Listener Questions
-24:16 Paul from New Jersey thinks DVC owners should receive more ticket perks

Episode 861 - More Listener Questions
-27:34 Stacey from Illinois seeks the best DVC units at WDW for guests not going to the parks. Stacey also considers Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort and Disney's Vero Beach Resort

Episode 842 - Listener Questions
-24:01 Leslie talks about DVC upgrades

Episode 834 - Talking runDisney, Canada, and More with Brett Young (13:54-16:02)

Episode 833 - Listener Questions
-12:01 Jenny from Kentucky asks about renting DVC points

Episode 821 - Listener Questions
-24:52 Joel ponders the value of a Canadian buying into DVC

Episode 818 - Listener Questions
-10:58 David from California offers a reason why he thinks Disney does not allow free DVC room upgrades

Episode 806 - Listener Questions
-5:00 Lisa from Missouri asks when she can add a fifth person to her party's Beach Club Villas reservation, which was obtained through a DVC point rental website, because such rooms will only be available after ongoing renovation. Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando are discussed

Episode 802 - Listener Questions
-7:52 Erica from Indiana discusses her experiences with requesting free room upgrades while staying on DVC points

Episode 776 - Listener Questions
-4:17 Jason from Michigan says you can save money by renting DVC points

Episode 731 - Listener Questions
-11:10 Erica from Indiana asks how far in advance DVC owners can make FastPass Plus reservations

Episode 719 - Listener Questions
-22:30 Derek from Ohio ponders the value of DVC

Episode 701 - Listener Questions
-9:48 Nikki from the UK asks about renting DVC points

Episode 698 - Listener Questions
-11:20 Chris asks why he's seeing huge discounts offered through third-party DVC vendors

Episode 695 - Listener Questions
-26:28 John from Pennsylvania talks about upgrading from a WDW Annual Pass purchased with a DVC discount to a Premier Annual Pass, which includes admission to Disneyland

Episode 674 - Listener Questions
-22:08 Tim asks how many premium Annual Passes he's allowed to buy with a DVC discount

Episode 671 - Listener Questions
-9:15 Zachery, who isn't a DVC member, asks if he can get a DVC-discounted Annual Pass through his grandparents, who are DVC members

Episode 635 - Listener Questions
-14:29 Minnie411 asks about using My Disney Experience features as a DVC Resort guest

Episode 545 - Listener Questions
-10:00 Joel asks about pitfalls with DVC resorts, particularly with Beach Club Villas and Bay Lake Towers

Episode 541 - Two Amazing WDW Trips (9:00-17:10; 17:35-20:37)

Animal Kingdom Lodge
See "Jambo House" and "Kidani Village" below

Bay Lake Tower
Episode 1216 - Multi-Generational Trip to Bay Lake Towers (9:26-15:33; 28:30-28:51)

Episode 1086 - Breaking Down an Itinerary

Episode 1073 - Listener Questions
-32:46 Matt from New Jersey asks if other guests in his party can check into their resort room at Bay Lake Tower, which is reserved under Matt's name, prior to his arrival. Pam recommends online check-in

Episode 1061 - Listener Questions
-5:34 Brad from Indiana asks about staying in a Bay Lake Tower Deluxe Studio with three other people, including two toddlers. Rikki discusses DVC studios generally

Episode 1045 - Bay Lake Towers with Extended Family in February (6:20-8:12)

Episode 909 - Rikki’s WDW Labor Day Weekend Trip (24:25-28:18)

Episode 896 - Listener Questions
-26:28 Shantee from Ohio asks if staying at Bay Lake Tower is worth it for a family with an infant that will mainly tour the Magic Kingdom. Pam mentions the family suites at Art of Animation

Episode 877 - Bay Lake Tower, Anniversary and First-timers Celebration (5:11-9:59)

Episode 844 - Bay Lake Towers for Summer Fun

Episode 722 - Listener Questions
-16:41 Eugene discusses his experience with viewing and hearing Wishes from Bay Lake Tower
-23:23 Erica from Indiana describes her experience with bell service protocol at Bay Lake Tower. Mike ponders related tipping protocol.

Episode 706 - Multi-Generational WDW & DCL Experiences (9:28-12:23)

Episode 698 - Listener Questions
-19:06 Nicole from Florida asks about watching the Magic Kingdom's Fourth of July fireworks from her room at Bay Lake Tower

Episode 577 - Deluxe DVC Stay, Upscale Dining & More (2:44-8:09)

Episode 545 - Listener Questions
-10:00 Joel asks about pitfalls with DVC resorts, particularly with Beach Club Villas and Bay Lake Towers

Episode 395: Bay Lake Tower & a Disney Cruise

Episode 207 - Bay Lake Towers, California Grill, and Nighttime Events

Episode 136 - Bay Lake Towers & Kidani Village

Beach Club Villas
Episode 1048 - Grand Floridian Villas, Disney Dream, Beach Club Villas (28:02-31:42)

Episode 917 - Listener Questions
-19:46 Nick asks about construction at the Beach Club Villas

Episode 862 - 3 Sisters, 3 DVC Resorts, 1 Awesome Vacation (9:16-9:47)

Episode 811 - Grand Floridian & Beach Club Villas Stay

Episode 806 - Listener Questions
-5:00 Lisa from Missouri asks when she can add a fifth person to her party's Beach Club Villas reservation, which was obtained through a DVC point rental website, because such rooms will only be available after ongoing renovation. Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando are discussed

Episode 577 - Deluxe DVC Stay, Upscale Dining & More (9:59-13:20)

Episode 545 - Listener Questions
-10:00 Joel asks about pitfalls with DVC resorts, particularly with Beach Club Villas and Bay Lake Towers

Episode 533 - Roadtrip to First DVC Stay & Disney Cruise (6:25-8:20 and 17:20-19:35)

Boardwalk Villas
Episode 1147 - Boardwalk 2 Bedroom Villa in August

Episode 1126 - Disney’s Boardwalk Villas & Yacht Club Resort (6:25-12:42; 30:54-32:47)

Episode 1075 - Bachelorette Party at the Boardwalk (8:46-11:52)

Episode 972 - Everything But Running (13:47-19:05)

Episode 915 - The Agent Education Experience (25:12-26:29)

Episode 809 - Listener Questions
-24:50 Caitlin from New Jersey asks about booking room-only reservations for a large group at the Boardwalk Villas when some members of the group will not be present for the entire reservation period

Episode 661 - Unexpected Magic with Family and Friends (8:10-9:11)

Boulder Ridge Villas
See "Wilderness Lodge Villas" below

Copper Creek Villas and Cabins
See "Wilderness Lodge Villas" below

Grand Floridian Villas
Episode 1051 - Party of 8 at Grand Floridian Villas Who Awaken Summer (6:44-7:07; After 33:34)

Episode 1048 - Grand Floridian Villas, Disney Dream, Beach Club Villas (5:08-9:56)

Episode 1039 - Cool Off with a Christmas Season Trip Report in July (4:08-7:59)

Episode 979 - Split Stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge & Disney’s Grand Floridian Villas (23:20-25:13)

Episode 972 - Everything But Running (6:46-13:35)

Episode 862 - 3 Sisters, 3 DVC Resorts, 1 Awesome Vacation (8:42-9:14)

Episode 811 - Grand Floridian & Beach Club Villas Stay (4:00-9:59)

Episode 685 - Princess Weekend With Friends at Grand Floridian Villas (3:24-12:39)

Jambo House
Episode 1136 - Listener Questions
-6:01 Jennifer asks for a comparison of Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House and Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village

Episode 1096 - A Party of 18 at Animal Kingdom Lodge in October

Episode 1030 - Tink, Princess, and Animal Kingdom Lodge Fun (17:17-22:32)

Episode 979 - Split Stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge & Disney’s Grand Floridian Villas (4:20-10:37; 13:50-17:57)

Episode 862 - 3 Sisters, 3 DVC Resorts, 1 Awesome Vacation (9:48-11:30)

Episode 740 - Listener Questions
-17:11 Johnny from Texas asks about getting an extra person into a Jambo House Villa, which he booked through an outside rental agency.

Kidani Village
Episode 1225 - Disney’s Kidani Village and Memories for a Lifetime (8:02-12:10)

Episode 1136 - Listener Questions
-6:01 Jennifer asks for a comparison of Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House and Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village

Episode 1135 - A Most Romantic First-time Trip to Walt Disney World (Esp. 5:07-6:27)

Episode 1096 - A Party of 18 at Animal Kingdom Lodge in October

Episode 979 - Split Stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge & Disney’s Grand Floridian Villas (4:20-10:37; 13:50-17:57)

Episode 968 - Listener Questions
-11:32 TJ liked Magical Mouse Radio's Christmas schedule and asks about requesting a room at Kidani Village through Touring Plans after having rented DVC points

Episode 961 - Three Resorts and Many Magical Experiences (7:09-16:26)

Episode 949 - A Fairytale Wedding at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort (20:21-21:48)

Episode 937 - Father/Daughter Trip with Early December Magic (23:23-27:28)

Episode 888 - More Listener Questions
-8:04 Brett shares a non-park trip report, including his stay at Kidani Village; dining at Disney Springs/Downtown Disney, Maya Grill, and Boatwrights; and mini golf at Fantasia Gardens

Episode 851 - Listener Questions
-23:20 Andrew from Oklahoma asks if he should stay at the Jambo House or Kidani Village section of Animal Kingdom Lodge assuming equal cost

Episode 772 - Villains, Animal Kingdom Lodge, & Dolphin (13:03-20:29)

Episode 731 - Listener Questions
-20:55 Erica from Indiana asks if she should drive or take a resort bus to the Magic Kingdom from Kidani Village and Saratoga Springs

Episode 661 - Unexpected Magic with Family and Friends (6:02-9:11)

Episode 583 - Mother & Son Trip to Kidani Village (Esp. 12:00-15:10;After 33:16)

Episode 507 - A Transitional Time at WDW

Episode 475: Enjoying Family at Walt Disney World

Episode 471 - Renting DVC Points at Animal Kingdom Lodge

Episode 231 - A Trip To Kidani Village & DVC Discussion

Episode 141 - Kidani Village with a family

Episode 136 - Bay Lake Towers & Kidani Village

Old Key West
Episode 1241 - Listener Questions
-20:59 Lori asks if bell services can move her bags from Port Orleans French Quarter to Old Key West and how long such a transfer will take

Episode 1210 - Mallory Recaps the Be Our Guest Podcast Cruise and Walt Disney World Trip (19:11-20:39; 22:36-22:51)

Episode 1194 - From a Kid’s Point of View (4:35-6:07)

Episode 1191 - What We Are Looking Forward To (10:44-12:19)

Episode 1171 - A Big Family Trip to Old Key West Resort

Episode 1154 - Listener Questions
-28:49 Sarah from Michigan asks how far in advance she can purchase Memory Maker. Sarah also asks about planning a multi-generational trip. Old Key West is discussed

Episode 1148 - Listener Questions
-5:47 Megan from North Carolina asks about switching a July reservation at Port Orleans Riverside to Caribbean Beach in conjunction with a current discount offer. Construction at Caribbean Beach is discussed. Mike mentions Old Key West

Episode 1087 - Treehouses, Old Key West, DVC Life (16:03-17:06)

Episode 991 - UK Family Visits Old Key West, Surfs, and Enjoys Great Dining Experiences (16:26-21:13)

Episode 990 - Pam’s Disney Magic & 3 Resort Flower & Garden Getaway (29:15-30:04)

Episode 875 - Listener Questions
-15:06 Jordana from Tennessee asks whether Old Key West or Saratoga Springs is better

Episode 872 - Listener Questions
-14:26 James from New York asks about using Disney's child swap program with an infant, staying at Old Key West, and touring generally with an infant. James also asks if his party can wear fake beards in conjunction with its Seven Dwarfs' costumes at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Episode 810 - The Other Things (20:42-22:54)

Episode 780 - Our Overlooked WDW Resorts (28:51-33:35)

Episode 708 - WDW Trip Reports from Debbie and Rikki (22:23-25:52)

Episode 654 - Pam’s Boardwalk, Old Key West, & Wilderness Lodge Vacation (14:08-17:12)

Episode 646 - Old Key West, Multiple Families, & Food and Wine (1:52-5:41)

Episode 633 - Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Episode 599 - Listener Questions
-9:16 Gretchen asks about the lizards at Old Key West

Episode 580 - Extended & Couples Trip at 3 WDW Resorts (11:23-17:15)

Episode 544 - Old Key West, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Family Fun (6:05-11:19; 19:00-20:10)

Episode 229 - Pam’s Mother’s Day Trip To Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Episode 107 - Old Key West & Mousefest Memories

Episode 71: Old Key West, DVC, and Traveling with an Infant

Episode 18: Old Key West, Renting DvC Points, Photopass Tips

Polynesian Villas
Episode 1071 - Rikki’s Polynesian Stay and Food & Wine Festival Preview (5:19-14:01)

Episode 857 - Listener Questions
-15:54 Erica from Indiana asks for suggestions on spending time at Disney's Vero Beach Resort and the Polynesian Villas

Saratoga Springs/Treehouse Villas (Formerly The Disney Institute)
Episode 1201 - Wine & Dine Week at Caribbean Beach and Saratoga Springs Resorts (19:46-22:21)

Episode 1195 - Saratoga Springs, Fort Wilderness, and Coronado Springs All-In-One

Episode 1193 - Listener Questions
-16:10 Kathy asks about the best pool area at Saratoga Springs for a five-year-old and a two-year-old. Pam offers tips about requesting specific areas at Saratoga Springs

Episode 1186 - Walt Disney World is a Family Tradition (19:10-19:54)

Episode 1145 - Listener Questions
-24:55 Madeline from Pennsylvania asks if the new Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at the Wilderness Lodge will be similar to the Treehouse Villas. Madeline also asks about the future of Universe of Energy. Renovations to the Disney Fantasy are discussed

Episode 1129 - The Disney Institute

Episode 1087 - Treehouses, Old Key West, DVC Life (4:41-12:15)

Episode 1061 - Listener Questions
-20:17 Becky from the UK seeks tips for newbies to Walt Disney World, and asks about Saratoga Springs and good restaurants. Mike and Rikki discuss Disney Springs, 50's Primetime Cafe, Whispering Canyon Cafe, and Chef Art Smith's Homecoming

Episode 978 - The Disney Institute

Episode 937 - Father/Daughter Trip with Early December Magic (8:32-9:21)

Episode 920 - Listener Questions
-10:35 Vanessa from Maryland asks if she should stay at the Boardwalk, the Beach Club, or Saratoga Springs. Rikki suggests Saratoga Springs because of its proximity to Disney Springs. Vanessa also ponders activities for a group of women with varying levels of previous experience at Walt Disney World

Episode 875 - Listener Questions
-15:06 Jordana from Tennessee asks whether Old Key West or Saratoga Springs is better

Episode 823 - Couples-Only Trip For a Family Man (5:29-6:04; 9:12-12:05)

Episode 780 - Our Overlooked WDW Resorts (After 33:39)

Episode 758 - Listener Questions
-16:13 Laurie from Maine asks about Saratoga Springs

Episode 731 - Listener Questions
-14:52 Erica from Indiana asks if she should request a Downtown Disney-view room at Saratoga Springs considering the construction at Downtown Disney
-20:55 Erica from Indiana asks if she should drive or take a resort bus to the Magic Kingdom from Kidani Village and Saratoga Springs

Episode 684 - Pam’s Spring Break 2014 Trip Report (4:59-5:59)

Episode 602 - Listener Questions
-11:53 Ana asks what happened to the former Disney Institute. She also asks why there are turkey vultures and a strange smell near Coronado Springs

Episode 279: Disney's Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs

Episode 270 - Live Show from Disney’s Treehouse Villas

Episode 127 - Celebrating a Birthday at Saratoga Springs

Episode 99 - Vero Beach, Saratoga Springs, and a Surprise

Episode 97 - Saratoga Springs during December

Episode 67: Saratoga Springs Resort, The Wave, MNSSHP

Wilderness Lodge Villas
Episode 1187 - Listener Questions
-35:12 Jimmie from Texas asks about the new DVC options, Copper Creek and Boulder Ridge, at the Wilderness Lodge

Episode 1183 - Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort

Episode 1145 - Listener Questions
-24:55 Madeline from Pennsylvania asks if the new Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at the Wilderness Lodge will be similar to the Treehouse Villas. Madeline also asks about the future of Universe of Energy. Renovations to the Disney Fantasy are discussed

Episode 1114 - Looking Forward to 2017 at Walt Disney World (25:09-28:48) Copper Creek Villas and Cabins

Episode 813 - Debbie Wilderness Lodge Villas Staycation (6:18-9:33; After 20:26)

Episode 780 - Our Overlooked WDW Resorts (28:30-28:50)

Episode 674 - Listener Questions
-9:08 Erica from Indiana compares Wilderness Lodge Villas to the main building

Episode 659 - Listener Questions
-8:57 Adam from the UK asks about the quality of the Wilderness Lodge Villas

Episode 541 - Two Amazing WDW Trips (17:35-20:37)

Episode 20: Wilderness Lodge Villas, Pirate & Princess Party, Dining Plan

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Listener Questions
Episode 1001 - Listener Questions
-7:46 Heather from New Hampshire says Art of Animation's laundry machines are coin-operated and are not connected with Magic Bands

MODERATE RESORTS

Generally
Episode 1232 - Listener Questions
-9:44 Billy from Australia seeks an onsite hotel for four adults and a child on a budget. Moderate and Value resorts are discussed

Episode 1002 - Quantifiable Walt Disney World (After 29:14)

Episode 992 - Listener Questions
-36:31 Chris from Massachusetts seeks the best moderate resort for a non-park trip

Episode 965 - Listener Questions
-28:28 Kristen seeks the best moderate resort for transportation to the parks, contemplating a return to the resort for a midday rest

Episode 942 - Best WDW Shopping Experiences (After 32:25)

Episode 839 - Listener Questions
-14:52 (Question read at 20:57) Erica from Indiana ponders the best moderate and deluxe resorts for guests not visiting the theme parks.

Episode 827 - Listener Questions
-10:42 Chris from Massachusetts asks how Port Orleans Riverside compares to the other moderate resorts

Episode 821 - Listener Questions
-16:01 Michael from Michigan ponders the pros and cons of each of the moderate resorts. He also asks about traveling to WDW with a toddler

Episode 782 - Listener Questions
-19:37 Brad from Indiana asks if his party, four adults and two young children, should stay in an Art of Animation family suite, in connecting rooms at Pop Century, or in connecting rooms at a moderate resort

Episode 591 - The Moderate Resort “Sweet Spot”

Episode 557 - Listener Questions
-3:16 bterrier516 asks whether a family suite at Art of Animation or a standard moderate room is better for her family.

Episode 546 - Table Service Dining at Moderate Resorts

Episode 502: Which Disney Moderate?

Episode 178 - Disney’s Moderate Resorts

Caribbean Beach
Episode 1253 - Listener Questions
-15:08 Paul from North Carolina asks about running at or near the Caribbean Beach Resort

Episode 1252 - 10 Day Trip in February over the Princess Half-Marathon Weekend (6:27-9:24)

Episode 1201 - Wine & Dine Week at Caribbean Beach and Saratoga Springs Resorts (5:06-6:51)

Episode 1148 - Listener Questions
-5:47 Megan from North Carolina asks about switching a July reservation at Port Orleans Riverside to Caribbean Beach in conjunction with a current discount offer. Construction at Caribbean Beach is discussed. Mike mentions Old Key West

Episode 1137 - Coronado Springs Expansion, Caribbean Beach Upgrades & Gondolas (After 21:30)

Episode 1046 - Listener Questions
-16:27 Tim shares a trip report, including the Caribbean Beach Resort, touring with an infant and a grandparent, changing an ADR, and creating a scavenger hunt for his wife

Episode 1020 - Unofficial Guide Reader Survey Results with Len Testa (11:58-16:09)

Episode 994 - Caribbean Beach Resort in the Fall While Expecting (6:02-12:03)

Episode 926 - Listener Questions
-6:59 Phil wonders whether he should stay at Coronado Springs or at Caribbean Beach with two young children. The respective pools are discussed

Episode 915 - The Agent Education Experience (19:29-21:20)

Episode 884 - Listener Questions
-7:54 Scott from Indiana asks about the Caribbean Beach Resort and counter service breakfast options utilizing the Disney Dining Plan

Episode 826 - Girls Trip with Free Dining at Caribbean Beach Resort (5:07-7:32; After 25:39)

Episode 820 - Listener Questions
-25:10 Stephanie asks if she can request a recently-refurbished room at the Caribbean Beach Resort. Stephanie also asks if any buildings are logistically preferable for Princess Race Weekend

Episode 810 - The Other Things (28:32-31:02)

Episode 794 - Listener Questions
-9:59 Christie from Canada asks about non-DVC resorts that accommodate five people. Pam mentions Caribbean Beach

Episode 780 - Our Overlooked WDW Resorts (9:08-12:11; 13:39-14:44)

Episode 667 - Caribbean Beach Resort over Christmas 2013 (2:29-3:20; 17:34-20:07)

Episode 657 - A Lesson in WDW Settings (5:30-7:18)

Episode 637 - A Trip for a Princess (5:40-8:07)

Episode 550 - Spring Training at Walt Disney World (15:15-17:00)

Episode 417: Caribbean Beach, Solo Touring, and Light Crowds

Episode 308: Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Episode 281: Honeymoon Trip at Caribbean Beach

Episode 35: Anniversary at Caribbean Beach, DCL

Episode 3: Touring Solo, Caribbean Beach, DVC

Coronado Springs
Episode 1241 - Listener Questions
-14:25 Alyssa asks about attending a martial arts tournament at Coronado Springs over July 4 week, especially considering crowds and Coronado Springs construction. Alyssa also asks whether travel agents can book a trip when ticket and room discounts are already provided through the competition

Episode 1226 - Listener Questions
-28:08 Justin decides between Port Orleans French Quarter and Coronado Springs for ease of transportation to the theme parks during Marathon Weekend

Episode 1222 - Coronado Springs, 4th of July, Romantic Proposal

Episode 1199 - Listener Questions
-31:43 Jacob asks about construction at Coronado Springs

Episode 1195 - Saratoga Springs, Fort Wilderness, and Coronado Springs All-In-One (24:16-28:43)

Episode 1154 - Listener Questions
-23:45 Lacie from North Carolina asks about bounceback offers and the effect of construction at Coronado Springs

Episode 1145 - Listener Questions
-35:57 Laura from Michigan asks if she can use her package tickets early if she books a stay at another on-site resort. Laura also asks if vacancies will open at Coronado Springs during September

Episode 1142 - Listener Questions
-28:18 Stephanie from Oklahoma decides between staying at Coronado Springs and Pop Century, with a comfortable bed and the pool being the biggest factors and the construction at Coronado Springs taken into consideration

Episode 1137 - Coronado Springs Expansion, Caribbean Beach Upgrades & Gondolas (6:14-21:29)

Episode 1125 - Top 3 Underrated “Things” at Walt Disney World (14:27-16:25)

Episode 1106 - Listener Questions
-37:29 Wendy asks Mike to emphasize the positive aspects of Coronado Springs and recommend the best room locations

Episode 1052 - Listener Questions
-17:37 Matt and Steph ask about honeymoon activities at the Polynesian and Coronado Springs. Pam discusses the resort pools. A listener mentions room service delivery from Ohana

Episode 1046 - Listener Questions
-11:59 Amanda from Michigan asks if she should take advantage of an offer to upgrade from All Star Movies to Coronado Springs for $33 a night

Episode 1038 - 5 New Things from Mike’s Walt Disney World Vacation (9:44-20:44) Including business class rooms

Episode 1001 - Listener Questions
-14:55 Jimmie from Texas discusses his stay at Coronado Springs and a meal at The Boathouse. Rikki shares tips for spending a long-weekend at Walt Disney World

Episode 989 - Listener Questions
-6:37 Cindy from Virginia asks about taking advantage of a club level room at the Contemporary. Pam discusses food offerings. Mike discusses business class rooms at Coronado Springs

Episode 961 - Three Resorts and Many Magical Experiences (16:27-19:36)

Episode 926 - Listener Questions
-6:59 Phil wonders whether he should stay at Coronado Springs or at Caribbean Beach with two young children. The respective pools are discussed

Episode 920 - Listener Questions
-6:10 Holly from California wonders if switching her Christmastime reservation from Wilderness Lodge to Coronado Springs because of construction at the former resort and the availability of a discount at the latter resort was a good decision

Episode 914 - Listener Questions
-16:34 Alex from Pennsylvania seeks a hotel with accommodations similar to a suite at Art of Animation that is closer to the Magic Kingdom. Pam discusses the cabins at Fort Wilderness for large parties. Mike recommends Coronado Springs

Episode 911 - Listener Questions
-17:44 Adam from the UK discusses his first experience at Coronado Springs and asks about room locations at the resort

Episode 808 - Coronado Springs Business Class August 2014 Trip (4:48-6:44; 8:46-9:06; 17:01-18:25)

Episode 780 - Our Overlooked WDW Resorts (6:43-9:07;12:45-13:39)

Episode 602 - Listener Questions
-11:53 Ana asks what happened to the former Disney Institute. She also asks why there are turkey vultures and a strange smell near Coronado Springs

Episode 579 - Thoughts on Summer 2013 WDW Vacations (41:14-43:17)

Episode 550 - Spring Training at Walt Disney World COMPARED TO CARIBBEAN BEACH(15:15-17:00)

Episode 318: Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

Fort Wilderness
Episode 1251 - Pam talks Pop Century Refurbishment, Cabins at Ft. Wilderness, Mobile Ordering & More (12:57-18:51)

Episode 1244 - Listener Questions
-11:10 Jillian from Ohio asks about viewing the Christmas decorations and other activities at Fort Wilderness

Episode 1241 - Listener Questions
-29:07 Bob asks if Shades of Green or the Fort Wilderness Campground would be a better place to stay for a month-long visit

Episode 1238 - Listener Questions
-4:51 Whitney from Kentucky seeks quiet places with some atmosphere at Walt Disney World at Christmastime. Pam mentions the Contemporary, Fort Wilderness, and Wilderness Lodge. Rikki suggests the side street off Main Street USA and Baseline Tap House at Disney's Hollywood Studios
-31:01 Jeffrey from Pennsylvania asks about Disney's new pet-friendly resort policy and whether Amazon will deliver directly to Fort Wilderness Cabins. Jeffrey also asks about renting a golf cart at Fort Wilderness

Episode 1220 - Listener Questions
-4:28 Jason seeks evening and nighttime anniversary activities. Pam mentions Trail's End, Fort Wilderness, and Mizner's Lounge at the Grand Floridian
-12:02 Luke from California decides between staying all eight nights of his vacation at one resort or doing a split stay. The All-Star Resorts and the Fort Wilderness Cabins are discussed

Episode 1207 - Fort Wilderness Cabins during Food & Wine Festival (4:09-11:59)

Episode 1195 - Saratoga Springs, Fort Wilderness, and Coronado Springs All-In-One (13:23-17:14; After 21:46)

Episode 1175 - Listener Questions
-9:08 David asks about exploring the Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness late in the afternoon with two children

Episode 1125 - Top 3 Underrated “Things” at Walt Disney World (18:46-21:13)

Episode 1044 - I Always Mean To.. (20:16-23:25)

Episode 980 - Listener Questions
-27:58 Caitlin from Indiana seeks activities outside the parks. Fort Wilderness is discussed

Episode 968 - Listener Questions
-14:18 Matt from New Jersey asks about having a Bachelor Party at Walt Disney World. Matt specifically asks about accommodations for six people during the winter at a Fort Wilderness Cabin. Pam suggests family suites at Art of Animation and All Star Music. Bars are discussed

Episode 961 - Three Resorts and Many Magical Experiences (30:30-36:04)

Episode 914 - Listener Questions
-16:34 Alex from Pennsylvania seeks a hotel with accommodations similar to a suite at Art of Animation that is closer to the Magic Kingdom. Pam discusses the cabins at Fort Wilderness for large parties. Mike recommends Coronado Springs

Episode 902 - Listener Questions
-13:20 Wade from Alabama seeks optimal places to run at Walt Disney World. Fort Wilderness and Port Orleans are discussed. Mike discusses animals

Episode 899 - Listener Questions
-11:03 Maddie from Texas ponders good birthday activities for her husband at Walt Disney World. Mike mentions the Segway tour at Fort Wilderness. Rikki suggests Characters in Flight at Downtown Disney. Pam recommends exploring the Wilderness Lodge

Episode 890 - Listener Questions
-30:14 Angie from Iowa asks how early she should arrive for the 6:15 Hoop Dee Doo Revue show and how seating arrangements are determined. Mike mentions child-friendly activities at Ford Wilderness adjacent to Pioneer Hall

Episode 872 - Listener Questions
-9:15 Travis asks about parking at the Transportation and Ticket Center for eventual meals at Trail's End and 'Ohana. He also asks if he can park at Wilderness Lodge for his meal at Trail's End. Pam discusses Fort Wilderness

Episode 865 - Boardwalk Inn, Cabins at Fort Wilderness & Flower and Garden Festival (22:09-31:23)

Episode 824 - Listener Questions
-26:25 Janette from Delaware seeks the fastest route from Fort Wilderness to the theme parks using Disney transportation

Episode 798 - Listener Questions
-19:28 Elisa asks about horseback riding at Fort Wilderness

Episode 785 - Listener Questions
-4:53 Bronwin asks if Fort Wilderness provides comfort stations such that the party can wash and change after horseback riding, and before a reservation at 1900 Park Fare

Episode 779 - Listener Questions
-8:59 Brad asks if he should stay at the Fort Wilderness campground during his November trip just to save money. He also asks if Tables in Wonderland is worth purchasing for an Annual Passholder

Episode 749 - More Listener Questons
-23:46 Jamie Lee from Canada asks if Fort Wilderness has facilities for tent camping. She also asks if you can rent tents at Fort Wilderness

Episode 704 - Listener Questions
-12:13 Karen from Michigan asks about transportation to Fort Wilderness from other resorts

Episode 697 - Florida Resident Touring & Fort Wilderness (4:59-14:15)

Episode 659 - Listener Questions
-29:08 Shelley from Canada asks if she can park at Fort Wilderness, where her in-laws are staying, to visit them

Episode 657 - A Lesson in WDW Settings (20:14-22:35)

Episode 624 - WDW Holidays: Undiscovered (13:30-15:39)

Episode 605 - Listener Questions
-14:13 Angela from Illinois asks if Fort Wilderness offers carriage rides during Christmastime

Episode 563 - Listener Questions
-5:30 Constance asks how far in advance she can book a Fort Wilderness reservation. Packages and room-only reservations are discussed

Episode 513: Ft. Wilderness, Boardwalk, and Riverside (12:02-18:40)

Episode 445: The Wonderful World of FT Wilderness

Episode 373: Ft. Wilderness Cabins, Deluxe Dining Plan, and Family

Episode 49: Ft. Wilderness and Traveling with a Special Needs Child

Port Orleans French Quarter
Episode 1226 - Listener Questions
-28:08 Justin decides between Port Orleans French Quarter and Coronado Springs for ease of transportation to the theme parks during Marathon Weekend

Episode 1210 - Mallory Recaps the Be Our Guest Podcast Cruise and Walt Disney World Trip (5:42-6:42)

Episode 1196 - Listener Questions
-25:28 Carla from Connecticut decides between staying at Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter

Episode 1191 - What We Are Looking Forward To (24:40-26:41)

Episode 1184 - Listener Questions
-12:16 Connor asks if changing some nights of his seven-night vacation from Art of Animation to Port Orleans French Quarter for the larger beds is worth the extra expense

Episode 1166 - Listener Questions
-6:15 Kerry asks if she should stay at All Star Sports or at Pop Century. Kerry also asks if she can change her resort reservation after final payment has been made. Mike ponders the differences in value between the Port Orleans resorts

Episode 1144 - All-Star Movies, Port Orleans French Quarter, Beach Club & Free Dining (9:51-14:21)

Episode 1124 - Listener Questions
-31:06 Wade from Georgia discusses temporary safety tattoos and shares a story about the street lights near Port Orleans French Quarter

Episode 1097 - Listener Questions
-16:25 Julie from Brazil asks about Port Orleans French Quarter and upgrading to a river-view or king room, Victoria and Albert's for guests with special dietary needs, and romantic restaurants to celebrate a honeymoon vacation. Rikki mentions Tiffins, Mike recommends Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs, and Pam discusses California Grill

Episode 1073 - Listener Questions
-28:39 Carol asks about good rooms at Port Orleans French Quarter

Episode 1052 - Listener Questions
-22:14 Jason asks about room locations at Port Orleans French Quarter. Jason also asks about the Candlelight Processional

Episode 1043 - Listener Questions
-6:34 Mindy from Tennessee decides among a carriage ride with beignets at Port Orleans French Quarter; an Illuminations dessert party; and Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue to celebrate her parents' 50th anniversary on a budget of about $150. Mike also mentions Yehaa Bob Jackson's show at Port Orleans Riverside

Episode 1009 - Honeymooning at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter (7:45-9:48; 16:10-17:04)

Episode 974 - Listener Questions
-13:38 Tiffany wonders why Mike prefers Port Orleans Riverside to Port Orleans French Quarter

Episode 970 - Spring and Fall Trips to All-Star Music & Port Orleans French Quarter (33:11-35:53)

Episode 952 - Surviving Christmas Week at WDW (9:31-12:48)

Episode 902 - Listener Questions
-13:20 Wade from Alabama seeks optimal places to run at Walt Disney World. Fort Wilderness and Port Orleans are discussed. Mike discusses animals

Episode 901 - 30 Years Between Disney Trips (7:23-9:18; 21:48-23:23)

Episode 892 - Mike’s Summer WDW Vacation Thoughts (2:29-4:09)

Episode 857 - Listener Questions
-28:09 Lauren asks if she should stay at French Quarter, Animal Kingdom Lodge, or Beach Club

Episode 818 - Listener Questions
-22:38 CJ ponders the most romantic places at WDW for his honeymoon vacation. Mike recommends checking out Port Orleans French Quarter. The Animal Kingdom Lodge is discussed.

Episode 817 - Christmas on the Disney Fantasy (23:06-25:11)

Episode 682 - Toddler’s First Trip to Port Orleans - French Quarter (4:56-7:24)

Episode 580 - Extended & Couples Trip at 3 WDW Resorts (9:22-11:20)

Episode 572 - Listener Questions
-7:17 Heather from Maryland asks whether Port Orleans French Quarter or Port Orleans Riverside is better for her and her husband

Episode 509: Extended Family and Traditions at WDW (French Quarter- Between 8:15 and 10:30)

Episode 234 - Disney’s Port Orleans - French Quarter Resort

Episode 8: Port Orleans French Quarter, Disney Dining Plan, Disney Dream Squad

Port Orleans Riverside
Episode 1249 - 2 Weeks at Animal Kingdom Lodge from the United Kingdom (9:13-13:06)

Episode 1247 - Listener Questions
-40:04 Michael from Canada decides between staying at the Polynesian and Port Orleans Riverside for at least ten days with three children

Episode 1234 - Traveling from Canada to Riverside for an Adult Trip (9:53-11:49)

Episode 1226 - Listener Questions
-10:08 Ryan from California decides between staying at Port Orleans Riverside for easier access to adult entertainment and staying at an Art of Animation family suite for more space with a four-person party

Episode 1208 - Listener Questions
-23:01 A listener asks whether a split stay between Port Orleans Riverside and the Yacht Club is worth it considering the price, and the short distance between the Yacht Club and Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios

Episode 1204 - Port Orleans Riverside, Yacht Club, Wilderness Lodge - Club Level (9:38-12:58)

Episode 1196 - Listener Questions
-8:51 Erin ponders arrival day activities at or near Port Orleans Riverside with two children, ages seven and five. Disney Springs is discussed
-25:28 Carla from Connecticut decides between staying at Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter

Episode 1190 - Listener Questions
-39:14 Megan from North Carolina decides between staying at Alligator Bayou and Magnolia Bend at Port Orleans Riverside when she wants to be close to the food court

Episode 1177 - Party of 8 at Walt Disney World for the First Time (8:56-13:38)

Episode 1166 - Listener Questions
-6:15 Kerry asks if she should stay at All Star Sports or at Pop Century. Kerry also asks if she can change her resort reservation after final payment has been made. Mike ponders the differences in value between the Port Orleans resorts

Episode 1148 - Listener Questions
-30:57 AJ from Georgia asks if there are open spaces for fitness activities at Port Orleans Riverside

Episode 1123 - A Sibling Trip to Port Orleans Riverside

Episode 1100 - Listener Questions
-20:59 Ashley from Georgia asks about staying at Port Orleans Riverside on New Year's Eve and whether she can visit the Grand Floridian or Polynesian on New Year's Eve without an ADR

Episode 1081 - First time trip to Walt Disney World (10:24-12:11)

Episode 1078 - Multi-Generational Trip over Spring Break 2016 (8:45-11:31)

Episode 1043 - Listener Questions
-6:34 Mindy from Tennessee decides among a carriage ride with beignets at Port Orleans French Quarter; an Illuminations dessert party; and Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue to celebrate her parents' 50th anniversary on a budget of about $150. Mike also mentions Yehaa Bob Jackson's show at Port Orleans Riverside

Episode 1024 - Disney Vets Bring 1st Timers to Walt Disney World (13:06-14:05)

Episode 999 - Chef Todd’s 2016 Flower & Garden Outdoor Kitchens Review (22:35-23:02)

Episode 974 - Listener Questions
-13:38 Tiffany wonders why Mike prefers Port Orleans Riverside to Port Orleans French Quarter

Episode 972 - Everything But Running (19:16-21:35)

Episode 944 - Listener Questions
-18:55 Lee from the UK seeks romantic experiences to celebrate his 25th wedding anniversary at Walt Disney World. Port Orleans Riverside is discussed

Episode 932 - Listener Questions
-19:42 Melissa from Wisconsin asks about the general popularity of the Royal Rooms at Port Orleans Riverside, especially the discounted rooms

Episode 902 - Listener Questions
-13:20 Wade from Alabama seeks optimal places to run at Walt Disney World. Fort Wilderness and Port Orleans are discussed. Mike discusses animals

Episode 899 - Listener Questions
-6:11 Vikki from the UK seeks a different room location at Port Orleans Riverside after staying in the Magnolia Bend Mansions on previous trips. Mike says that the Alligator Bayou rooms do not have elevators, and Pam shares a related story

Episode 892 - Mike’s Summer WDW Vacation Thoughts (4:10-5:05; 16:02-17:51)

Episode 839 - Listener Questions
-21:21 (Question read at 26:24) Denise from Louisiana asks if she should book a room at Port Orleans Riverside or an Art of Animation family suite. Her party consists of five people including four-year-old twins

Episode 827 - Listener Questions
-10:42 Chris from Massachusetts asks how Port Orleans Riverside compares to the other moderate resorts

Episode 782 - Listener Questions
-22:36 Matthew from South Carolina asks if his eight-person party should book adjoining rooms at Port Orleans Riverside. He also asks about room reservation protocol when different members of an overall party are on different reservations. Finally, he asks about dining when members of the same party have different packages

Episode 735 - Mike’s June 2014 Port Orleans - Riverside Trip

Episode 704 - Listener Questions
-4:15 Karen from Michigan asks about transportation to Port Orleans Riverside from other resorts, notably Art of Animation and the Beach Club

Episode 695 - Listener Questions
-9:26 Rachel asks about activities at Port Orleans Riverside

Episode 673 - Being a Spectator at WDW Marathon Weekend (4:18-6:42) Royal Room

Episode 579 - Thoughts on Summer 2013 WDW Vacations (5:03-10:39)

Episode 573 - Best Experiences For Your Princess (After 25:07)

Episode 572 - Listener Questions
-7:17 Heather from Maryland asks whether Port Orleans French Quarter or Port Orleans Riverside is better for her and her husband

Episode 565 - A Deluxe Dining Trip Report (esp. from 3:02-5:24)

Episode 547 - Port Orleans Riverside & Great Cast Members

Episode 513: Ft. Wilderness, Boardwalk, and Riverside (20:51-22:58)

Episode 258 - Disney’s Port Orleans - Riverside Resort

Episode 159 - Port Orleans Riverside and a Birthday

Episode 139 - Port Orleans Riverside, Ye-Haw Bob, & A Fun Birthday

Episode 125 - Port Orleans Riverside and Traveling with a First-timer

Episode 59: First Trip for Kids at Port Orleans Riverside

Episode 16: Port Orleans Riverside, Free Dining, Traveling with Infant

Episode 4: Port Orleans Riverside, Pirate and Princess Party

See Special WDW Activities for episodes about YeeHaw Bob Jackson's show

OFFSITE RESORTS

Major Episodes
Episode 1116 - Rikki’s 2016 Walt Disney World Christmas Adventure (7:25-8:19) Wyndham Lake Buena Vista

Episode 1110 - “Do’s” and “Don’ts” for a Long Weekend Trip (13:43-15:19)

Episode 1057 - WDW Spring Break Off-Site Trip with Legoland Detour (6:14-7:06) Wyndham Cypress Palms

Episode 994 - Caribbean Beach Resort in the Fall While Expecting (8:22-9:12) Wyndham Lake Buena Vista

Episode 922 - Last Minute Trip to See Osborne Lights (4:01-6:01)

Episode 874 - 3 Weeks in Florida - Fantasy, Pop, Give Kids the World, & More (25:25-28:06)

Episode 781 - Two Off-Site Stays, Extended Family, Low Crowds (4:27-8:34; 25:55-27:10) Windsor Hills Resort and Residence Inn Lake Buena Vista

Episode 730 - Group of 14 Staying Off-Site Trip (10:07-12:52) All-Star Vacation Home

Episode 721 - Work Conference Turns Into Anniversary Getaway (3:21-5:31; 22:51-26:59) Caribe Royale Resort

Episode 718 - Walt Disney World Resort Scouting Trip (5:08-5:53) Holiday Inn on Hotel Plaza Blvd.

Episode 679 - Embassy Suites Orlando and a 3-Month Old Princess (5:44-9:20) EMBASSY SUITES LAKE BUENA VISTA SOUTH

Episode 664 - 10-Night Off-site Visit to Central Florida Attractions (8:16-13:53) BUENA VISTA SUITES

Episode 613 - Bonnet Creek Resort & Pirate Fun (1:34-2:42; After 27:45)

Episode 549 - Rikki’s WDW Trip (MOUSEPAD)

Episode 523 - Polynesian, PhotoPass+, and Deluxe Dining (4:35-5:10) HYATT ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT)

Episode 515: 84 Students Makin' Magic and Music at WDW (12:40-14:13) HOLIDAY INN MAINGATE

Episode 405: Pam's 4 Resort WDW Extravaganza (Hilton Orlando International Airport)

Episode 69: Bonnet Creek Resort and Seven Friends

Listener Questions
Episode 1241 - Listener Questions
-29:07 Bob asks if Shades of Green or the Fort Wilderness Campground would be a better place to stay for a month-long visit

Episode 1136 - Listener Questions
-13:26 Lucy seeks a good hotel for commuting to the University of Central Florida

Episode 1127 - Listener Questions
-4:01 Keith from the UK asks about planning for Marathon Weekend 2018, including the dates of the races, the feasibility of staying at a rental house while also running, the general occupancy of these rental houses, the feasibility of reserving outdoor seating at Rose and Crown to see Illuminations with a large group, packages for visitors from the UK, the value of buying an Annual Pass or Tables in Wonderland, and general tips on traveling with a large group

Episode 1085 - Listener Questions
-15:52 John from New York ponders accommodations, whether offsite at the Hyatt Grand Cypress or onsite at a Disney hotel, for a conference at the Orlando Convention Center. Uber is discussed

Episode 1076 - Listener Questions
-22:15 Ethan and Sidney from Missouri ask about driving to Walt Disney World and offsite hotels for a honeymoon vacation

Episode 1022 - Listener Questions
-14:27 Barry from Virginia asks if guests staying off-property can tour the on-site Disney resort hotels, and, if so, which ones he should make a priority

Episode 1005 - More Listener Questions
-20:23 Beth from New Jersey asks if guests staying at an offsite resort can join her on the Magical Express bus back to Orlando International Airport

Episode 869 - Listener Questions
-26:07 David from the UK asks for general tips for first-time visitors to Orlando staying offsite for two weeks

Episode 848 - Listener Questions
-28:00 Mark and Debbie seek a good hotel near Downtown Disney to spend one night

Episode 809 - Listener Questions
-14:25 Tara from Canada asks about coordinating transportation to the WDW parks for a special-needs guest staying offsite. She also asks for FastPass Plus tips for a group consisting of members staying both onsite and offsite

Episode 791 - Listener Questions
-24:11 Jeff asks what the reservation-window for the Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort is

Episode 761 - Listener Questions
-25:37 Jessica asks about Art of Animation, Shades of Green, and the Boardwalk

Episode 752 - Listener Questions
-22:14 Vicky from New Jersey asks about Christmas activities at the Gaylord Palms Resort

Episode 748 - Listener Questions
-11:06 Aisha from Alabama asks if off-site guests can make ADRs 180 days in advance

Episode 740 - Listener Questions
-25:06 Christine asks about Disney's military discounts and the Shades of Green resort

Episode 710 - Listener Questions
-6:14 Elizabeth asks about booking FastPass Plus reservations when staying at an offsite condo, which will afford her a voucher.

Episode 677 - Listener Questions
-4:08 Todd from Virginia discusses the amount of money one can save by staying offsite

Episode 662 - Listener Questions
-23:13 John from New York asks if guests at the Downtown Disney hotels [on Hotel Plaza Blvd.] can make advance FastPass Plus reservations

Episode 614 - Listener Questions
-4:44 William from New York asks for transportation options from his offsite hotel to Orlando International Airport for an early morning flight

Episode 611 - Listener Questions
-27:35 Gretchen asks about FastPass Plus for offsite guests

See "Deluxe Resorts" above for Four Seasons

Parking

Major Episodes
Episode 960 - More Oddsmakers for 2016 (7:53-19:26) Charge for offsite visitors?

Listener Questions
Episode 1160 - Listener Questions
-8:22 Josh from Louisiana asks about parking for a Chef Mickey's breakfast prior to actually checking in for his stay at the Contemporary Resort

Episode 1100 - Listener Questions
-20:59 Ashley from Georgia asks about staying at Port Orleans Riverside on New Year's Eve and whether she can visit the Grand Floridian or Polynesian on New Year's Eve without an ADR
-32:11 James asks if he can leave his car at the Contemporary after breakfast at The Wave on New Year's Eve while his party tours the Magic Kingdom

Episode 1023 - Even More Listener Questions
-14:24 Steve from the UK asks if he can park at the Animal Kingdom Lodge for free prior to checking in

Episode 917 - Listener Questions
-4:35 Terran from South Carolina asks if he can park his car at the Grand Floridan for the entirety of his vacation, which also includes time at the Yacht Club

Episode 911 - Listener Questions
-25:21 Andrew asks if he can park at Coronado Springs to eat at Maya Grill when he is staying at an All Star resort

Episode 875 - Listener Questions
-25:14 Scott from Wisconsin asks if he can leave his car at the Wilderness Lodge and tour the Magic Kingdom after breakfast at Whispering Canyon Cafe

Episode 872 - Listener Questions
-9:15 Travis asks about parking at the Transportation and Ticket Center for eventual meals at Trail's End and 'Ohana. He also asks if he can park at Wilderness Lodge for his meal at Trail's End. Pam discusses Fort Wilderness

Episode 842 - Listener Questions
-14:57 Christopher from New York suggests paying for valet parking at the Contemporary Resort if you plan to eat both lunch and dinner at that resort and tour the Magic Kingdom in between the meals. Christopher also discusses transportation between the Contemporary and the Magic Kingdom. Pam offers a contrary opinion

Episode 815 - Listener Questions
-6:34 Rene asks if she can leave her car at the Contemporary all day if she has a 7:30 AM breakfast ADR at Chef Mickey's and a dinner ADR at The Wave. She also wonders if the monorail will be running prior to her Chef Mickey's ADR if she has to park at the TTC

Episode 803 - Listener Questions
-19:22 Teren from South Carolina says her party was able to get free valet parking at the Grand Floridian for an ADR at Victoria and Albert's with no time restriction

Episode 779 - Listener Questions
-37:04 Lindsey asks about parking when she is touring multiple parks in one day. She also asks if she can leave her car at the Contemporary after breakfast at Chef Mickey's. Finally, she asks if she has to pay for parking at each park she visits on a day

Episode 725 - Listener Questions
-13:33 Riley asks if he will still receive free parking at the theme parks after he's checked out from his resort

Episode 575 - Listener Questions
-19:08 Lori asks about resort parking protocol at WDW, as well as general tips for driving at WDW

Pools

Major Episodes
Episode 1191 - What We Are Looking Forward To (24:40-26:41)

Episode 1125 - Top 3 Underrated “Things” at Walt Disney World (14:27-16:25) Coronado Springs

Episode 1107 - Very Unique Experiences at Walt Disney World (23:48-25:41) Family of the day at Stormalong Bay

Episode 994 - Caribbean Beach Resort in the Fall While Expecting (10:09-12:03) Caribbean Beach

Episode 979 - Split Stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge & Disney’s Grand Floridian Villas (13:50-14:59) Kidani Village pool

Episode 876 - Water, Water Everywhere! (19:52-27:57)

Episode 775 - Yacht Club, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Deluxe Dining Adventure (34:08-36:03) Stormalong Bay

Listener Questions
Episode 1145 - Listener Questions
-20:23 Laura from Tennessee asks about non-park activities at Walt Disney World in early December, with an emphasis on Christmas activities. Pools are discussed

Episode 1143 - More Listener Questions
-22:34 Christie asks if her party, which includes two children, should stay at the Beach Club or at the Boardwalk, especially considering the pools

Episode 1142 - Listener Questions
-28:18 Stephanie from Oklahoma decides between staying at Coronado Springs and Pop Century, with a comfortable bed and the pool being the biggest factors and the construction at Coronado Springs taken into consideration

Episode 1124 - Listener Questions
-18:42 Matthew asks if his party can swim at other pools while staying at Pop Century

Episode 1052 - Listener Questions
-17:37 Matt and Steph ask about honeymoon activities at the Polynesian and Coronado Springs. Pam discusses the resort pools. A listener mentions room service delivery from Ohana

Episode 1019 - Listener Questions
-5:34 Drew shares two mini trip reports. He discusses the transportation from and the swimming pool at the Boardwalk Inn; optimal rooms at the Animal Kingdom Lodge for animal viewing; the Impressions de France film at Epcot's World Showcase; appetizers at California Grill; and using Uber to move between resorts

Episode 956 - Listener Questions
-14:42 Nikki from Pennsylvania asks about All-Star Movies, including how it compares to Pop Century. Pam mentions the pools

Episode 926 - Listener Questions
-6:59 Phil wonders whether he should stay at Coronado Springs or at Caribbean Beach with two young children. The respective pools are discussed

Episode 878 - Listener Questions
-6:07 Lynne considers ways to spend an afternoon break from the Magic Kingdom with two boys. Resort pools and the Wilderness Lodge are discussed

Episode 752 - Listener Questions
-Julie asks if Pop Century Resort guests can swim at Art of Animation's pool

Episode 740 - Listener Questions
-14:03 Angie from Ohio asks about touring in September, including swimming at her resort's pool

Episode 572 - Listener Questions
-8:37 Heather from Maryland asks what Disney's pool-hopping policy is

Requests

Listener Questions
Episode 1253 - Listener Questions
-11:05 Paige seeks room recommendations at All Star Music

Episode 1241 - Listener Questions
-34:02 Barbara from Massachusetts asks if she can change a room request using on-line check-in. Barbara also asks about rooms generally at the Beach Club

Episode 1238 - Listener Questions
-14:05 Katie from Wisconsin asks if her parents can check into Pop Century before she arrives when she has the room request and Annual Pass room discount documents

Episode 1184 - Listener Questions
-29:31 Liz from Pennsylvania asks how Disney transportation from the Polynesian differs from transportation from the Epcot-area resorts. Liz also asks about requesting a specific building at the Polynesian

Episode 1115 - Listener Questions
-33:49 Jared asks about transferring between the Grand Floridian and the Boardwalk on the day of the Walt Disney World Marathon, which he will be running. Room requests and check-in are discussed

Episode 1023 - Even More Listener Questions
-27:42 Paige from Illinois asks if she should use the room-request feature on TouringPlans.com if her travel agent has already made a request

Episode 992 - Listener Questions
-31:25 Debby talks about requesting a Disney hotel room via TouringPlans.com

Episode 968 - Listener Questions
-11:32 TJ liked Magical Mouse Radio's Christmas schedule and asks about requesting a room at Kidani Village through Touring Plans after having rented DVC points

Episode 869 - Listener Questions
-8:15 Julie from Indiana shares a trip report from her vacation around Easter, especially highlighting the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Julie talks about requesting a room upgrade

Episode 806 - Listener Questions
-15:45 Lisa ponders the best way to check into a Disney resort such as to obtain certain room requests

Episode 802 - Listener Questions
-19:41 Lance from Illinois asks about reserving a microwave for his room at the Contemporary

Episode 798 - Listener Questions
-4:34 Brad from Michigan ponders the odds of obtaining a room upgrade at Wilderness Lodge after making a standard room request. Mike says he received an upgrade at the Animal Kingdom Lodge

Episode 740 - Listener Questions
-17:11 Johnny from Texas asks about getting an extra person into a Jambo House Villa, which he booked through an outside rental agency.

Episode 599 - Listener Questions
-3:49 Shawn from Florida asks about room requests at the Yacht Club

Room Service

See "Delivery" under Dining

Spas

Major Episodes
Episode 1168 - Grand Floridian - Club Level over Thanksgiving (19:19-21:34)

Episode 988 - 2 Week Polynesian Village Honeymoon from the United Kingdom (9:40-12:10)

Episode 889 - Disneymoon on the Platinum Plan at Christmas (22:59-24:27) Grand Floridian

Listener Questions
Episode 1223 - Listener Questions
-11:47 Julie seeks inexpensive activities for a mother-daughter day at Walt Disney World. The Grand Floridian Afternoon Tea, Salon, and Spa are discussed

Episode 1031 - Listener Questions
-32:17 Sarah from Illinois ponders anniversary activities. Pam talks about upgrading to a different hotel for one night. Rikki mentions spas, boat rentals, and afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian

Episode 983 - Listener Questions
-21:07 Erica from Indiana asks about the spas at the Grand Floridian and Saratoga Springs

Transferring Resorts

Major Episodes
Episode 1195 - Saratoga Springs, Fort Wilderness, and Coronado Springs All-In-One

Episode 1186 - Walt Disney World is a Family Tradition (18:40-21:36)

Episode 1144 - All-Star Movies, Port Orleans French Quarter, Beach Club & Free Dining (14:23-17:39)

Episode 1126 - Disney’s Boardwalk Villas & Yacht Club Resort (6:25-12:42; 30:54-32:47)

Episode 979 - Split Stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge & Disney’s Grand Floridian Villas (17:59-20:29)

Episode 955 - Summer Split Stay at Art of Animation and Wilderness Lodge (3:56-6:29; 8:26-8:41; 31:09-32:20)

Episode 862 - 3 Sisters, 3 DVC Resorts, 1 Awesome Vacation (Esp. After 30:38)

Episode 823 - Couples-Only Trip For a Family Man (9:12-12:05) DVC to Value

Listener Questions
Episode 1253 - Listener Questions
-22:47 Rachel from Nebraska asks about transferring resorts. Check in is discussed

Episode 1250 - Listener Questions
-18:32 Erica from North Carolina asks about transferring from All Star Music to Port Orleans Riverside in the early morning

Episode 1241 - Listener Questions
-20:59 Lori asks if bell services can move her bags from Port Orleans French Quarter to Old Key West and how long such a transfer will take

Episode 1220 - Listener Questions
-12:02 Luke from California decides between staying all eight nights of his vacation at one resort or doing a split stay. The All-Star Resorts and the Fort Wilderness Cabins are discussed

Episode 1211 - Listener Questions
-23:07 Robert from Washington asks how a split resort stay affects Memory Maker

Episode 1208 - Listener Questions
-23:01 A listener asks whether a split stay between Port Orleans Riverside and the Yacht Club is worth it considering the price, and the short distance between the Yacht Club and Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios

Episode 1193 - Listener Questions
-32:19 Kelly from New York asks if she should stay at the Polynesian for a week for her honeymoon or if she should try to save some money by doing a split-stay with the Animal Kingdom Lodge

Episode 1187 - Listener Questions
-20:32 Erica asks how a split-resort stay affects Magic Bands and FastPass Plus protocol

Episode 1169 - Listener Questions
-27:49 Sherry asks about making FastPass Plus reservations during a split resort stay and about luggage transfer for a split stay

Episode 1145 - Listener Questions
-7:34 Hally from North Carolina asks if a Disney Dining Plan will carry over to the second portion of a split-resort stay. Obtaining the Disney Dining Plan as an Annual Pass holder is discussed. Hally also asks how a split-resort stay will affect her ability to make ADRs and FastPass Plus reservations

Episode 1142 - Listener Questions
-19:42 John from New York talks about his experience with Disney transferring luggage between resorts

Episode 1139 - Listener Questions
-16:37 Cliff asks if Disney can transport luggage between resorts during a split-resort stay

Episode 1133 - Listener Questions
-14:41 Mark asks if his party will need to use distinct sets of Magic Bands for the two parts of a split-resort stay

Episode 1130 - Listener Questions
-29:46 Kerry from New Hampshire decides among staying at Art of Animation, Port Orleans, or doing a split-stay between Pop Century and Animal Kingdom with her husband and two-year old daughter. Kerry also asks about making ADRs and purchasing Memory Maker in conjunction with a party on a different package

Episode 1115 - Listener Questions
-33:49 Jared asks about transferring between the Grand Floridian and the Boardwalk on the day of the Walt Disney World Marathon, which he will be running. Room requests and check-in are discussed

Episode 1103 - Listener Questions
-23:23 Melissa from Pennsylvania asks if a Disney Dining Plan package can be extended by adding a night at a different resort prior to her original reservation

Episode 1070 - Listener Questions
-9:06 Julie from Indiana asks if she can use the same refillable mug during both parts of a split-resort stay
-12:51 Julie from Indiana asks if she should choose a different second resort for a split-stay vacation including Marathon Weekend rather than staying at the Beach Club twice on separate reservations. Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Contemporary, and the Polynesian are mentioned as other options

Episode 1049 - Listener Questions
-26:02 Erica from Indiana previews a trip where she will stay at numerous resorts and asks about touring Walt Disney World solo

Episode 1031 - Listener Questions
-32:17 Sarah from Illinois ponders anniversary activities. Pam talks about upgrading to a different hotel for one night. Rikki mentions spas, boat rentals, and afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian

Episode 1016 - Listener Questions
-26:28 Jeff from Oklahoma asks about the Disney Dining Plan and transferring resorts

Episode 983 - Listener Questions
-18:56 Joey asks if he should do a split stay between a value resort and a deluxe resort, or stay at a moderate resort for his entire trip

Episode 980 - Listener Questions
-3:34 Pam talks about transferring luggage from the Swan and Dolphin to official Disney-owned resorts

Episode 959 - Listener Questions
-8:13 John from Kentucky asks if Annual Passholders staying on-site are limited to 7 days of advance FastPass Plus reservations and if a split-stay impacts the FastPass Plus reservation process

Episode 917 - Listener Questions
-4:35 Terran from South Carolina asks if he can park his car at the Grand Floridan for the entirety of his vacation, which also includes time at the Yacht Club
-9:01 Heather asks if she can activate a Free Dining package at All Star Music, where she is staying on a room-only reservation before transferring to Port Orleans French Quarter for her package stay. Pam talks about staying at two resorts in a single day
-12:13 Matt from New Jersey asks if an 11-night vacation with resort transfers is worth doing with two toddlers. He also asks about handling resort transfers, including Magic Bands and Magical Express reservations

Episode 896 - Listener Questions
-4:55 Beth from New Jersey asks if she can book FastPass Plus reservations for the days she is staying on a room-only reservation following a package stay at the start of her vacation. Pam discusses upgrading a ticket while at Walt Disney World

Episode 857 - Listener Questions
-4:15 Denise from Louisiana ponders the feasibility of resort hopping with three children and using Disney transportation. Denise also asks if the Contemporary's Garden Wing rooms are excluded from discounts and promotions

Episode 842 - Listener Questions
-25:21 Angie from Ohio asks if her friends will need separate Magic Bands for a resort-only stay on the first night of their vacation, which will otherwise be on a package. Angie also asks for tips on resort hopping the following morning

Episode 827 - Listener Questions
-17:01 Chris from Massachusetts asks if doing a split stay between a value resort and a deluxe resort is a better option than staying at a moderate resort for his entire stay

Episode 818 - Listener Questions
-15:56 Rene asks if her son can stay in her in-laws' room at a different resort for one night during their concurrent trip

Episode 782 - Listener Questions
-8:35 Lisa from Ohio asks if she can use package park tickets during the room-only portion of a split stay at the same resort. She then asks about Magic Band and FastPass Plus protocol if she can use the aforementioned tickets early. Then, Lisa ponders a "phantom" ticket that's showing up on her account. Finally, Lisa asks about Memory Maker under the aforementioned split stay scenario

Episode 779 - Listener Questions
-13:23 Christina from Missouri asks about Magic Band and Memory Maker protocol during a split stay

Episode 764 - Listener Questions
-9:27 Mark from Illinois asks about planning a seven-day split stay at WDW that will be broken up by a cruise. He asks about tickets, the Dining Plan, and Memory Maker

Episode 734 - Listener Questions
-12:06 Cheryl from Maine asks if her park tickets will transfer Magic Bands when her party transfers resorts
-14:21 Cheryl from Maine asks about luggage transfer between resorts

Episode 731 - Listener Questions
-11:40 Erica from Indiana asks if she can use just one Magic Band when transferring resorts

Episode 722 - Listener Questions
-18:20 Jessica asks if switching resorts in the middle of her trip will cause problems with the extended ADR window for Disney resort guests

Episode 704 - Listener Questions
-9:39 Karen from Michigan asks about luggage-transfer protocol during resort hopping, including the refrigeration of groceries

Episode 692 - Listener Questions
-19:48 Kaitlin from New Jersey asks about booking a single trip that will span two resorts, especially concerning Magic Bands and bag transfer

Episode 677 - Listener Questions
-11:48 Riley from Canada asks about Magic Band protocol during a resort transfer

Episode 668 - Listener Questions
-8:47 Craig from Minnesota asks if Disney will transport some of his family's luggage from the Beach Club to the Grand Floridian while the group breaks up the land portion of its vacation with a cruise

Episode 617 - Listener Questions
-23:21 NJDisDad asks about refillable mug protocol when resort hopping

Episode 569 - Listener Questions
-10:54 Tony from Long Island asks about transferring tickets between Key to the World cards during resort transfer
-16:50 Abby from Ohio asks about transferring resorts mid-trip. The panel discusses the pros and cons of doing so.

Upgrades

Major Episodes
Episode 1060 - Girls Weekend at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort (5:05-7:34; 9:31-11:39)

Episode 976 - Once in a Lifetime Double Club-Level Trip (7:10-12:18; After 37:55)

Episode 883 - Couples Getaway to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (7:32-12:46)

Listener Questions
Episode 1142 - Listener Questions
-40:46 Amy asks about getting an upgrade at the Polynesian

Episode 1064 - Listener Questions
-32:36 John from Missouri asks if a preferred room at Pop Century is worth upgrading to. John also asks about preferred rooms generally

Episode 1046 - Listener Questions
-11:59 Amanda from Michigan asks if she should take advantage of an offer to upgrade from All Star Movies to Coronado Springs for $33 a night

Episode 1031 - Listener Questions
-32:17 Sarah from Illinois ponders anniversary activities. Pam talks about upgrading to a different hotel for one night. Rikki mentions spas, boat rentals, and afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian

Episode 869 - Listener Questions
-8:15 Julie from Indiana shares a trip report from her vacation around Easter, especially highlighting the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Julie talks about requesting a room upgrade

Episode 845 - Listener Questions
-5:52 Rob suggests romantic activities for a Disney World honeymoon. He also discusses room upgrades

Episode 842 - Listener Questions
-24:01 Leslie talks about DVC upgrades

Episode 818 - Listener Questions
-10:58 David from California offers a reason why he thinks Disney does not allow free DVC room upgrades

Episode 802 - Listener Questions
-7:52 Erica from Indiana discusses her experiences with requesting free room upgrades while staying on DVC points

Episode 798 - Listener Questions
-4:34 Brad from Michigan ponders the odds of obtaining a room upgrade at Wilderness Lodge after making a standard room request. Mike says he received an upgrade at the Animal Kingdom Lodge

VALUE RESORTS

Generally
Episode 1232 - Listener Questions
-9:44 Billy from Australia seeks an onsite hotel for four adults and a child on a budget. Moderate and Value resorts are discussed

Episode 1172 - Listener Questions
-36:11 Chase from Texas asks about moving from a Deluxe Resort to a Value Resort

Episode 1166 - Listener Questions
-6:15 Kerry asks if she should stay at All Star Sports or at Pop Century. Kerry also asks if she can change her resort reservation after final payment has been made. Mike ponders the differences in value between the Port Orleans resorts

Episode 1161 - Right Now at Walt Disney World (26:44-29:59)

Episode 980 - Listener Questions
-13:48 Johnny from the UK ruminates on a value resort for 14 nights
-16:45 Johnny from the UK asks if any value resort features superior transportation on race days for both runners and cheerers

Episode 956 - Listener Questions
-14:42 Nikki from Pennsylvania asks about All-Star Movies, including how it compares to Pop Century. Pam mentions the pools

Episode 863 - Listener Questions
-4:54 Dan from New Jersey wonders how long Disney races take to reach capacity. Dan also asks if value resorts fill up quickly on Marathon Weekend
-16:34 Brian from Connecticut asks how far in advance he should book a value resort during the Food and Wine Festival such as to obtain the best rate

Episode 584 - Listener Questions
-15:48 Connie asks for the best Value Resort for air conditioning, as well as the best for food courts

All Stars
Episode 1253 - Listener Questions
-11:05 Paige seeks room recommendations at All Star Music

Episode 1244 - Listener Questions
-4:26 Megan from Illinois asks about the All Star Resorts in comparison to Pop Century

Episode 1220 - Listener Questions
-12:02 Luke from California decides between staying all eight nights of his vacation at one resort or doing a split stay. The All-Star Resorts and the Fort Wilderness Cabins are discussed

Episode 1189 - Mother/Daughter Trip on a Budget (9:03-10:08)

Episode 1187 - Listener Questions
-4:51 Ashley from Georgia asks if she should change a one-night reservation at All Star Movies to the more-expensive Art of Animation

Episode 1165 - All-Star Music Family Suite Over the Summer

Episode 1144 - All-Star Movies, Port Orleans French Quarter, Beach Club & Free Dining (14:23-17:39)

Episode 1121 - Listener Questions
-19:05 Alyssa from Maine asks how Pop Century compares to All Star Sports

Episode 1115 - Listener Questions
-20:02 Allison from Canada seeks a Disney resort for a 10-day birthday trip with her husband and three children, between ages eight and thirteen. Art of Animation, All Star Music, and deluxe resorts are discussed

Episode 1111 - All-Stars and Star Wars in the Spring (5:30-6:04)

Episode 1103 - Listener Questions
-11:53 Rob from Virginia wonders if the rate he paid for a preferred room at All Star Sports includes an Annual Pass discount

Episode 1092 - Wine & Dine Weekend 2016 Recap (10:41-12:09) All Star Sports

Episode 1067 - Listener Questions
-16:24 Andrew from Minnesota asks if he can bring his Apple TV to All Star Sports

Episode 1046 - Listener Questions
-11:59 Amanda from Michigan asks if she should take advantage of an offer to upgrade from All Star Movies to Coronado Springs for $33 a night

Episode 1009 - Honeymooning at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter (17:07-19:07)

Episode 1002 - Quantifiable Walt Disney World (7:51-12:27)

Episode 990 - Pam’s Disney Magic & 3 Resort Flower & Garden Getaway (7:07-9:22; 11:35-12:17)

Episode 970 - Spring and Fall Trips to All-Star Music & Port Orleans French Quarter (13:56-15:30)

Episode 968 - Listener Questions
-14:18 Matt from New Jersey asks about having a Bachelor Party at Walt Disney World. Matt specifically asks about accommodations for six people during the winter at a Fort Wilderness Cabin. Pam suggests family suites at Art of Animation and All Star Music. Bars are discussed

Episode 924 - I Miss __ at Walt Disney World Today (8:09-9:06) Music

Episode 780 - Our Overlooked WDW Resorts (18:22-21:11)

Episode 760 - Solo at WDW and Cruising the Dream with Friends (9:15-11:51) Music

Episode 745 - Father & Son Sharing the Magic (5:57-8:47) Movies

Episode 704 - Listener Questions
-16:15 Riley from Canada asks if Cherry Coke is available at either Caribbean Beach or Pop Century. Mike thinks it's available at All Star Sports

Episode 698 - Listener Questions
-7:40 Justine ponders good character meals for a large group of 5-8 year old girls and their parents. She also asks if All Star Music will be receiving a food court renovation in the near future. Mike recommends Crystal Palace for the character meal

Episode 683- Listener Questions
-21:57 Erica from Indiana ponders good on-site resorts for a seven-person group with 4 adults and 3 children. The panel recommends an All Star Resort suite

Episode 681 - WDW For the Sports Fan (7:13-8:27)

Episode 621 - WDW for Pixar Fans (16:39-16:56)

Episode 589 - Solo Trip for Expedition Everest Challenge (6:49-8:14)

Episode 511: All Star Movies and Birthday Celebrations

Episode 24: All Star Sports and the kids first Trip to WDW

Art of Animation
Episode 1250 - Listener Questions
-23:19 Brendan asks about staying at Art of Animation with a party of five adults and two children

Episode 1244 - Listener Questions
-26:16 Donald seeks resort recommendations for a party of five that includes an infant and has staggered bedtimes. Donald also seeks in-room babysitting services. The Contemporary, one-bedroom DVC villas, and Art of Animation Family Suites are discussed

Episode 1237 - Art of Animation Resort for Thanksgiving Holiday

Episode 1228 - First time to Walt Disney World and Disneyland (10:31-12:14)

Episode 1226 - Listener Questions
-10:08 Ryan from California decides between staying at Port Orleans Riverside for easier access to adult entertainment and staying at an Art of Animation family suite for more space with a four-person party

Episode 1220 - Listener Questions
-25:18 Scott asks how Pop Century's Food Court compares to that at Art of Animation
-35:50 Adam asks about activities for young children after his plane lands and before his room at Art of Animation is ready

Episode 1211 - Listener Questions
-34:57 Donny asks about visiting Art of Animation just to view Cars decor. Rikki mentions a related meet-and-greet at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Episode 1187 - Listener Questions
-4:51 Ashley from Georgia asks if she should change a one-night reservation at All Star Movies to the more-expensive Art of Animation

Episode 1184 - Listener Questions
-12:16 Connor asks if changing some nights of his seven-night vacation from Art of Animation to Port Orleans French Quarter for the larger beds is worth the extra expense

Episode 1143 - More Listener Questions
-40:56 Tanya asks about good resorts for young children with interior hallways. Art of Animation is discussed

Episode 1130 - Listener Questions
-29:46 Kerry from New Hampshire decides among staying at Art of Animation, Port Orleans, or doing a split-stay between Pop Century and Animal Kingdom with her husband and two-year old daughter. Kerry also asks about making ADRs and purchasing Memory Maker in conjunction with a party on a different package

Episode 1115 - Listener Questions
-20:02 Allison from Canada seeks a Disney resort for a 10-day birthday trip with her husband and three children, between ages eight and thirteen. Art of Animation, All Star Music, and deluxe resorts are discussed

Episode 1091 - Listener Questions
-30:35 Amy from Texas asks about the drawing class at the Art of Animation Resort

Episode 1025 - Listener Questions
-23:57 Stephanie from North Carolina asks about using Disney's DAS card in conjunction with a touring plan. Stephanie also asks about running at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Episode 1001 - Listener Questions
-4:24 Heather from New Hampshire recollects her journey using Disney transportation from Art of Animation to the Magic Kingdom over Princess Marathon Weekend for an early breakfast ADR at Be Our Guest Restaurant
-7:46 Heather from New Hampshire says Art of Animation's laundry machines are coin-operated and are not connected with Magic Bands

Episode 992 - Listener Questions
-28:28 Debby talks about watching a "Movie Under the Stars" at Art of Animation

Episode 986 - Listener Questions
-8:23 Diana from Ohio shares a trip report including Disney's Magical Express, Pop Century, Art of Animation, bad weather, and Memory Maker protocol with Annual Passes. Mike and Rikki discuss a rumor that RunDisney photographs will soon be included with Memory Maker

Episode 982 - Family of 7 at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort (5:02-8:23)

Episode 968 - Listener Questions
-14:18 Matt from New Jersey asks about having a Bachelor Party at Walt Disney World. Matt specifically asks about accommodations for six people during the winter at a Fort Wilderness Cabin. Pam suggests family suites at Art of Animation and All Star Music. Bars are discussed

Episode 955 - Summer Split Stay at Art of Animation and Wilderness Lodge (3:56-6:29; 29:00-31:08)

Episode 914 - Listener Questions
-16:34 Alex from Pennsylvania seeks a hotel with accommodations similar to a suite at Art of Animation that is closer to the Magic Kingdom. Pam discusses the cabins at Fort Wilderness for large parties. Mike recommends Coronado Springs

Episode 896 - Listener Questions
-26:28 Shantee from Ohio asks if staying at Bay Lake Tower is worth it for a family with an infant that will mainly tour the Magic Kingdom. Pam mentions the family suites at Art of Animation

Episode 841 - 3 Princesses Experience Walt Disney World (10:45-15:18)

Episode 839 - Listener Questions
-21:21 (Question read at 26:24) Denise from Louisiana asks if she should book a room at Port Orleans Riverside or an Art of Animation family suite. Her party consists of five people including four-year-old twins

Episode 782 - Listener Questions
-19:37 Brad from Indiana asks if his party, four adults and two young children, should stay in an Art of Animation family suite, in connecting rooms at Pop Century, or in connecting rooms at a moderate resort

Episode 761 - Listener Questions
-25:37 Jessica asks about Art of Animation, Shades of Green, and the Boardwalk

Episode 742 - Let Them Eat Cake at Disney’s Art of Animation (14:28-19:43)

Episode 736 - Princess Weekend with a Large Group (5:23-6:10)

Episode 729 - Landscape of Flavors

Episode 707 - Listener Questions
-24:02 Abby asks about the Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation. She also ponders optimal places to view Wishes outside the Magic Kingdom

Episode 621 - WDW for Pixar Fans (13:59-16:38)

Episode 592 - Multi-Generational Magic in May (21:30-22:37) FOOD COURT

Episode 557 - Listener Questions
-3:16 bterrier516 asks whether a family suite at Art of Animation or a standard moderate room is better for her family.

Episode 541 - Two Amazing WDW Trips (20:35-25:30)

Episode 533 - Roadtrip to First DVC Stay & Disney Cruise (5:20-6:20 and 15:02-17:19)

Episode 530 - Art of Animation and a No Parks Trip

Episode 509: Extended Family and Traditions at WDW (Between 4:18-6:40)

Pop Century
Episode 1251 - Pam talks Pop Century Refurbishment, Cabins at Ft. Wilderness, Mobile Ordering & More (4:30-12:56)

Episode 1244 - Listener Questions
-4:26 Megan from Illinois asks about the All Star Resorts in comparison to Pop Century

Episode 1220 - Listener Questions
-25:18 Scott asks how Pop Century's Food Court compares to that at Art of Animation

Episode 1217 - Listener Questions
-19:59 Danny decides between staying at Pop Century during Star Wars Half-Marathon Weekend and one of three cheerleading weekends

Episode 1211 - Listener Questions
-25:54 JR asks when Pop Century room refurbishments will be completely finished

Episode 1196 - Listener Questions
-16:21 Matt from Connecticut asks about renovated rooms at Pop Century near the lobby

Episode 1153 - Pop Century, Blizzard Beach, Resort Hopping over Memorial Day Holiday (4:52-9:13)

Episode 1151 - Listener Questions
-33:37 John from Missouri asks what happens if the number of preferred room reservations exceeds the amount of preferred rooms at Pop Century during construction

Episode 1142 - Listener Questions
-28:18 Stephanie from Oklahoma decides between staying at Coronado Springs and Pop Century, with a comfortable bed and the pool being the biggest factors and the construction at Coronado Springs taken into consideration

Episode 1130 - Listener Questions
-29:46 Kerry from New Hampshire decides among staying at Art of Animation, Port Orleans, or doing a split-stay between Pop Century and Animal Kingdom with her husband and two-year old daughter. Kerry also asks about making ADRs and purchasing Memory Maker in conjunction with a party on a different package

Episode 1130 - Listener Questions
-13:23 Joe from Florida asks about room amenities at Pop Century and about Pop Century's bacon-chocolate shake

Episode 1125 - Top 3 Underrated “Things” at Walt Disney World (21:14-22:50)

Episode 1121 - Listener Questions
-19:05 Alyssa from Maine asks how Pop Century compares to All Star Sports

Episode 1108 - Pop Century in the Spring for 10 Days (10:15-11:42)

Episode 1090 - A Pop Century Stay with a Visit from Hurricane Matthew (6:37-8:11; 21:12-31:02)

Episode 1065 - 21 with Hanna and Paige (10:59-13:40)

Episode 1064 - Listener Questions
-32:36 John from Missouri asks if a preferred room at Pop Century is worth upgrading to. John also asks about preferred rooms generally

Episode 1016 - Listener Questions
-21:48 Pamela from Alabama ponders activities for her husband and infant son outside the parks. Pop Century is discussed

Episode 1015 - Pop Century Stay for Karate Competition at ESPN Wide World of Sports (14:56-18:02)

Episode 1002 - Quantifiable Walt Disney World (7:51-12:27; After 29:14)

Episode 986 - Listener Questions
-8:23 Diana from Ohio shares a trip report including Disney's Magical Express, Pop Century, Art of Animation, bad weather, and Memory Maker protocol with Annual Passes. Mike and Rikki discuss a rumor that RunDisney photographs will soon be included with Memory Maker

Episode 964 - Mother/Daughter 10-Day Pop Century Resort Trip (5:02-9:53)

Episode 962 - Listener Questions
-16:03 Jenny from Australia asks about the quality of Pop Century, especially in comparison to Art of Animation

Episode 943 - Annual Extended Walt Disney World Vacations (23:09-24:38)

Episode 934 - Toddler’s First Trip (5:27-6:42)

Episode 923 - Listener Questions
-5:45 Al from Texas seeks a hotel that can accommodate five adults. Mike recommends connecting rooms at Pop Century. Al also seeks a special activity to celebrate a wedding anniversary. Mike and Rikki recommend a Wishes or Illuminations cruise. Rikki also recommends the Behind the Seeds Tour at Epcot

Episode 887 - Listener Questions
-13:05 Nikki from Alabama seeks a quiet, centrally-located room at Pop Century

Episode 881 - Listener Questions
-22:31 Rachel from New York asks if there are must-dos at Pop Century. Mike talks about Tie-Dye Cheesecake

Episode 874 - 3 Weeks in Florida - Fantasy, Pop, Give Kids the World, & More (17:45-18:43)

Episode 837 - Jungle Cruise Restaurant, Innoventions Changes with Listener Dean (30:11-33:17)

Episode 835 - First Disney Fit Challenge Weekend (24:21-26:10)

Episode 826 - Girls Trip with Free Dining at Caribbean Beach Resort (17:57-19:10)

Episode 784 - Pop Century, Disney Dining Plan, October 2014 (3:54-8:18)

Episode 782 - Listener Questions
-19:37 Brad from Indiana asks if his party, four adults and two young children, should stay in an Art of Animation family suite, in connecting rooms at Pop Century, or in connecting rooms at a moderate resort

Episode 780 - Our Overlooked WDW Resorts (14:52-18:21)

Episode 778 - Pop Century, 1st Timer, Summer Heat and Harry Potter (3:01-3:54; 4:50-5:41;13:40-15:24)

Episode 766 - Surprise 18th Birthday at 3 Walt Disney World Resorts (6:52-8:24)

Episode 737 - Listener Questions
-6:37 Allison asks for "hidden gems" at Pop Century

Episode 721 - Work Conference Turns Into Anniversary Getaway (3:21-5:58; 18:13-22:50)

Episode 670 - Pop Century, Great Meals, Extended Family (5:23-5:52; 26:26-28:31)

Episode 655 - Couples Trip with Split Stay & Great Dining (8:04-9:44)

Episode 652 - Pop Century & Beach Club Family Fun

Episode 648 - Mike’s WDW Winter 2013 Vacation (4:25-14:00; 31:04-34:13)

Episode 613 - Bonnet Creek Resort & Pirate Fun (17:58-22:26)

Episode 595 - Friends Visiting over Easter Break (6:38-7:58)

Episode 592 - Multi-Generational Magic in May (8:27-10:22)

Episode 568 - Teens, Infant, and Spring Break at Pop Century (6:00-7:57; After 29:52)

Episode 436: Everything Pop

Episode 389: Pop Century, Outlet Malls, and New Experiences

Episode 385: Pop Century with a Side of Beach Club

Episode 355: Pop Century, Animal Kingdom Lodge, and Segways

Episode 243 - DVC, Wilderness Lodge, Pop Century, and Great Meals

Episode 219 - A Last-Minute Surprise Trip to Pop Century

Episode 45: Pop Century and All Four Parks

Episode 10: Pop Century, Free Dining, Planning Advice

Episode 2: Pop Century in June

Episode 1: A Visit To Pop Century in March