Welcome Home: A Disney Parks & DVC Podcast
Summary: A Disney Parks & Vacation Club Podcast. Tom, Damon and Trevor are Disney enthusiasts who can't stop talking about anything and everything Disney. On Welcome Home, they talk about everything related to Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Vacation Club (DVC). As DVC Owners and Disney Parks enthusiasts, the guys have extensive knowledge of everything Disney and Disney Vacation Club. Let Welcome Home help you and your family be more knowledgeable about Disney!
In episode 66, the guys work on their podcasting skills based on listener feedback. Tom is back from his WDW trip and gives a trip report including riding the Skyliner, the last IllumiNations, Epcot Forever, Food and Wine, and Galaxy's Edge. DVC announced a new Moonlight Magic date for Disney's California Adventure for this November and the guys discuss this last minute announcement. Bell Services at Disney resorts has changed their policy on holding third party deliveries of ECVs and strollers. The guys debate the impact of this policy change. Disney Credit Card holders are being offered 40% off cash stays at the new Riviera resort during the beginning of 2020. Disney recently filed a patent for a new kind of trackless ride where guests would have to work together to move the vehicle. The guys give their thoughts on what IP this could be used with and how it would work. The Epcot Experience Center has opened and revealed the new name for Spaceship Earth after refurbishment. Disney is now offering a USB backup of PhotoPass photos for an additional fee. As part of a new initiative, Disney will be offering new plant based meat products at all quick service and table service restaurants.
In episode 65, the guys discuss the show's new Facebook group and Trevor's upcoming video game marathon for charity. With an assist from Marissa at DVC Resale Market, the guys answer a listener question about future DVC contract values. Tom will be headed to Disney in a week and he discusses his upcoming trip. DVC recently increased it's minimum direct point purchase to 100 points and the guys discuss what this means for resale buyers. Entertainment cuts are occurring across the WDW resort and the guys give their thoughts on what they'll miss. Disney released a video of the first look at the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride vehicles. Automated PhotoPass boxes are expanding to new character locations after a limited test and guests are not happy. The new Tomorrowland sign debuts and new attraction posters are released. The guys recklessly speculate on what could happen to Primeval Whirl now that it's gone to seasonal operation.
The guys announce their new Facebook group and a contest to name it. Damon answers a listener question about Disney Cruise Line. The guys give advice to a new DVC member on how many points a member should have. Disney has another special event coming to Reunion Station, this time it's a football party. The guys discuss the most recent updates to Star Wars Galaxy's Edge including new concept art for the Star Wars hotel, a themed drink stand, and an amazing video preview of Rise of the Resistance. It's the end of an era, with Club Cool, Character Spot, Fountain of Nations, and Fountain View closing at Epcot. The guys discuss these closures and their thoughts on the future of the area. Disney patents a new boat launch system to make boat rides more efficient.
Episode 63 is all about every parks announcement that happened at the D23 Expo 2019. The guys talk all about the confirmed and rumored details of the Star Wars hotel including the possible cost of this experience. There were a ton of Epcot updates at D23 this year including Guardians of the Galaxy, Space 220, new neighborhoods, Epcot Experience Center, Journey of Water, HarmoniUS, Cherry Tree Lane, and Spaceship Earth. The guys discuss their thoughts on all of these Epcot updates. A new Disney vacation planning app called "Disney Genie" was announced and will debut in 2020. Among the announcements were more details for Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway and the upcoming Tron coaster. Marvel Land at Disney California Adventure has an official name, Avengers Campus, and some new details were revealed about the land. There are some rumors that Jungle Cruise and Big Thunder Mountain will undergo extensive refurbishments before the 50th Anniversary of WDW. The guys also address a rumor about a new E-Ticket attraction in Animal Kingdom.
In episode 62, the guys discuss recently leaked concept art of the upcoming DVC Resort, Reflections. Galaxy's Edge is currently in Passholder Previews, but reservations for the experiences in the land are now available. Disney is now offering a discounted mid-day entrance ticket and the guys discuss their thoughts on this new ticket option. For this year's Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party, Disney is offering a "Party Pass", which gives guests the ability to attend almost every party this season. The guys debate the appeal of this new party option. D23 is coming up and the guys will cover all the announcements on the next episode. Until then, the guys give a preview of what they expect to see announced and what they hope will be announced.
In episode 61, the guys discuss a survey of DVC members asking about possible new resort locations. Reflections is the next DVC resort and part of the plans call for an over the water restaurant on Bay Lake. The guys debate what this restaurant experience could look like. A recent article asked if DVC should expand to Moderate resorts and the guys give thoughts on this idea. Disney has announced a ton of new limited time benefits for Passholders over the next month, including secret menu items, PhotoPass opportunities, and special character meetings. New Holiday overlays are coming to WDW this year and the guys give their thoughts on these new additions. Marvel Land is under construction at Disneyland and concept art for the Spider Man ride and Ant Man microbrewery have been revealed. Disney files a patent for Augmented Reality glasses and the guys debate how this technology could be used. Disney will announce a secret parks project at D23 this year and the guys give their thoughts on what it could be.
In episode 60, Chad from the My DVC Points podcast joins Tom and Damon to discuss the recently announced New Year's Eve event at Topolino's Terrace. Disney has confirmed they are completing a pathway that goes from the Grand Floridian to Magic Kingdom. The guys discuss how this could change transportation for Magic Kingdom. Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is getting many upgrades this year including a new fireworks show and attraction overlays. The iconic Tomorrowland sign has been removed and will be replaced this summer. The guys discuss their thoughts on the possible replacement for this sign. Disney has announced when Rise of the Resistance will be opening at Disneyland and WDW with the Hollywood Studios attraction surprisingly opening first. One thing that won't be ready for Galaxy's Edge is the Disney Skyliner, which received a September opening date. Ahead of the closure of Club Cool in September, fan favorite (or least favorite) flavor Beverly has seemingly gone out of stock. This weeks rumor is that Citrico's will be closing for a re-imagining and will reopen as Victoria and Albert's Bistro. The guys give their thoughts on the possibility of this restaurant closing.
In episode 59, the guys get an update on Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and debate why the crowds are so low. Epcot is going through major changes and Disney just announced many closures coming in September. The guys discuss these changes and what they mean for the future of Epcot. Takumi-Tei, the new Signature dining experience at Epcot's Japan pavilion, has opened with a very expensive menu. The guys give their thoughts on this new experience. Damon has returned from his trip to Silver Dollar City and gives a trip report. The Liberty Inn will be closing at Epcot and will be replaced by a modern BBQ restaurant called the Regal Eagle. Water bottle refilling stations are popping up around WDW and the guys discuss their thoughts on these additions. Newly refurbished buses featuring the Sensational Six, USB phone charging and possibly WiFi are debuting at WDW. Monorail Silver has been updated with a new paint job and new interior. Does this mean that the trains aren't being replaced any time soon? The guys debate what this new look means for the future of the monorail. The Gran Destino tower at Coronado Springs will open with Smart TVs in the room. The guys give their thoughts on how this technology could change the guest experience.
In episode 58, the guys interview Derek and Marissa from DVC Resale Market. They answer questions about DVC Resale basics, Right of First Refusal, Closing Costs, and buy backs. Topolino’s Terrace reservations are now open and the guys discuss their excitement for this resort. DVC is hosting a special 4th of July part in the Top of the World lounge, closing it off to members. The guys give their thoughts on this event and why some members are upset about it. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland is no longer using reservations and is moving to a Virtual Queue. The guys discuss the details of this system and whether they think it should be used at WDW. Select WDW Passholders will get an early preview of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. There is a rumor that the ImageWorks Rainbow tunnel will return at the Epcot Experience Center currently under construction. The guys give their thoughts on the return of this classic attraction feature. A rumor is circulating that the closure of Country Bear Jamboree at WDW is imminent with a Toy Story show replacing it. The guys discuss their thoughts on this possible change.
In episode 57, listener Andres joins the guys to give his review of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland. Tom is back from his WDW trip and discusses his thoughts on Old Key West, character experiences and his daughter’s first time at WDW. Andres gives a review of Galaxy’s Edge including a spoiler free review of Oga’s Cantina and Smuggler’s Run. FastPass tier changes are coming to Hollywood Studios with the arrival of Galaxy’s Edge. The guys debate the reasoning behind these changes and how permanent they may be. The guys discover that there is a Photopass studio at Disney Springs which allows for pictures in different Disney Parks locations. Rafiki’s Planet Watch is reopening on July 11th with a new Animation Experience which will teach guests to draw some of Disney’s most famous characters. Rumors of a new Epcot World Showcase pavilion are starting to come up again. This time the rumor is that Disney will immediately start building a Brazil themed pavilion which will include a store and a restaurant, but no attraction to start. The guys discuss their thoughts on this rumor. Another rumor that made big headlines recently was that Disney is planning on demolishing both the Land and Living Seas pavilions at Epcot. The guys debate the merits of this rumor.
In episode 56, the guys discuss the different ways they have brought Disney into their homes. Tom goes over his plans for his upcoming Disney vacation and the guys get into a debate on when to introduce certain rides to kids. As Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge approaches it's opening date at Disneyland, more and more new information is coming out including the cost of the merchandise and some hidden features of the land. The guys discuss these new details and their thoughts on it's upcoming opening. A new restaurant is coming to Epcot's Japan pavilion this summer. Disney announced new holiday decorations for Animal Kingdom coming this holiday season. The guys discuss the new PhotoPass opportunity in front of Cinderella Castle. Soarin' over California is coming back to California Adventure for June only and the guys discuss what they think of this limited return. There is a rumor that a Wreck It Ralph experience is going to replace the former Stitch's Great Escape attraction with a interactive show that will feature video game controllers at every seat. The guys speculate on what an attraction like this could look like.
In episode 55, the guys catch up on some listener emails about DVC changing use years, owning at different DVC resorts, favorite dining locations and traveling with large groups. New permits for the new DVC resort, Reflections, reveal details about the location of the resort and the relocation of several buildings at Ft. Wilderness. Even more new Star Wars Land information has been released and the guys discuss their thoughts on the wristband policy and storm troopers kicking guests out of the land. Disneyland will also use a Virtual Queue for Star Wars Land after the initial reservation period. Disney World will have extra, extra magic hours during the first few months of Star Wars Land being open. The guys debate how may people will really show up at Hollywood Studios at 6am. Damon is taking a trip to Silver Dollar City and he gives the guys all the details on his upcoming trip. In the resort speed round, the guys quickly give their thoughts on Hollywood Studios new logo, the new BBQ restaurant in Toy Story Land, Play Pavilion at Epcot and MagicBand upgrades. The guys discuss a rumor about a new ride being developed for Hollywood Studios called a 'black box'. This ride would be able to be completely changed overnight. The guys debate their feelings about this rumor.
In episode 54, Trevor and Tom discuss a recent rule change by DVC that gives them more flexibility with Use Years. There are a bunch of Galaxy's Edge updates that the guys talk about including new toys, the reservation system at Disneyland, rumors about roaming droids and the potential name of the Star Wars hotel. Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway is coming to Disneyland, but will be delayed at WDW. The guys discuss their thoughts on this announcement. Rivers of Light is getting an upgrade even though it just opened a few years ago. HalloWishes will be replaced with a new nighttime show and there is a rumor that WDW will not debut a new nighttime show for it's 50th Anniversary.
In episode 53, Tom and Trevor catch up on some listener email about buying resale or direct and what the resale market will look like for the Riviera. Disney recently changed their Bell Service fees to include a $6 charge for groceries delivered to your hotel room. The guys discuss their thoughts on this change for DVC Members. The Star Wars DVC Galactic Gathering was cancelled after possible lack of interest. On ride PhotoPass is now available for the Haunted Mansion and the guys discuss other rides they wish had PhotoPass. This summer, Disney will offer Villain themed After Hours events which include special food, merchandise and a stage show. The guys debate whether this special event is worth the cost. There are several new nighttime shows coming to Disney parks over the next few months and the guys give their thoughts on recent updates given about these shows. There is a rumor that Epcot will be replacing the Agent P attraction in the World Showcase with a DuckTales themed game. In other Epcot rumors, the guys discuss some new rumors about the upcoming re-imagining taking place at Epcot over the next several years.
In episode 52, the guys welcome special guest Drew from DVC Rental Store. Drew answers all the questions sent in by listeners about renting DVC points and renting out points as a DVC member. The Riviera resort finally has an opening date, price, point charts and model rooms. The guys discuss their thoughts on this recently announced news. DVC is hosting a special Star Wars party that is controversial among some members. The guys debate if this party is worth the high cost. Disney announced that there will be new restrictions on strollers, smoking in the parks and ice in coolers. The guys discuss what they think of these new rules. The personalized bricks around the entrance of Magic Kingdom and the TTC are being removed and the guys give their thoughts on their removal. There is a rumor that a Frozen 2 VR experience will be coming to the Void when the new movie is released.