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 51, the guys answer a bunch of questions from the listeners about DVC and Disney trip planning. Mike asks the guys what they think about his plan to pay for a newly purchased DVC contract and Annual Dues by renting excess points. Lori asks the guys how they structure their Disney trips on a daily basis. Caitlin writes in looking for opinions on how to manage a large group joining her on vacation at Disney. Brian asks the guys their thoughts on what contracts he should buy to get started with DVC. Opening dates have been announced for both Star Wars: Galaxy Edge lands and they are WAY earlier than anyone thought. The guys discuss their feelings on the early opening and all the other interesting details about the opening of these lands. Demolition permits have been filed at Epcot and among the casualties are Club Cool, Starbucks and Innoventions West. The guys lament the loss of these buildings, but mostly Club Cool (#SaveBeverly). A new rumor says that the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular will see some major upgrades before 2021 and the guys debate what could change with the show.
The guys celebrate the return of Damon to the show and the 50th Welcome Home Podcast Episode! A listener writes in to ask if DVC Perks are worth the extra cost of buying direct. The Riviera has finally declared some DVC points and should be on sale soon. The guys discuss their thoughts on the potential point values of the rooms and whether they would buy in. Disney recently announced that the Wonders of Life pavilion will soon transform into an interactive play 'city' and that the park entrance will be getting a makeover. The guys discuss what they think of these upcoming changes at Epcot. The guys speculate about a mysterious structure on a Dinosaur ride vehicle and debate what new construction walls at the International Gateway could be. Disney recently released tons of new information about Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge including food, merchandise, ride walk throughs and more. The guys give their thoughts on these new details and what they are excited about. There is a rumor that Disney is considering selling FastPasses for Galaxy's Edge and the guys debate if Disney should sell them and what the price point should be.
Trevor and Tom revisit their conversation about the 2020 point reallocation from last episode after listener feedback. While revisiting this topic, the guys also discuss the "Lock off Premium" that was part of the 2020 point reallocation. Copper Creek declares more units and is heading towards selling out. Disney has filed permits for a permanent security checkpoint between Bay Lake Tower and Magic Kingdom. The guys discuss their thoughts on this permit and how it effects members stay at Bay Lake. Disney is currently testing utilizing smart speakers in guest rooms and the guys discuss how they'd like to see this technology used. Another piece of the Riviera has been revealed by Disney, this time it's an area called the Voyageur's Lounge. A Coco show is coming to the Mexican pavilion at Epcot and a Lion King show is debuting at California Adventure. Kevin from Up is now roaming around Animal Kingdom and the guys talk about their thoughts on roaming characters making a comeback. World of Color is set to return to Disneyland after a lengthy refurbishment. IllumiNations replacement at Epcot is starting with a mysterious structure in the middle of World Showcase Lagoon and the guys debate what it could be.
Trevor is back from his Disney World trip and gives us a trip report including reviews of the Wreck It Ralph VR experience, Magic Kingdom Dessert party and Disney After Hours. Disney released even more details about the upcoming Riviera resort including the rooftop restaurant, new renderings and a new room category, Tower Studio! The guys discuss their thoughts on this 2 person, compact room and the other amenities of this resort. Booking is now available for cash stays, with points reservations coming soon. After overwhelming negative guest feedback, DVC has walked back it's decision to reallocate 2020 points. They guys give their thoughts on this back track from DVC. Disney announced a new VIP tour that costs $12,000 and includes a tour of suite in Cinderella Castle. Initial testing is underway on the Disney Skyliner and new characters have been added to the Gondola lineup! ShopDisney is now offering the ability to customize official Disney apparel. Project Stardust in underway at Disneyland in preparation for Star Wars Land and the guys discuss their thoughts on these updates. Disney is rumored to be closing a loophole in the FastPass system and the guys discuss the impact of this change.
In episode 47, Tom is joined by Chad from My DVC Points Podcast and Tom's wife, Karyn. Reunion Station is closing in February after testing a premium club level experience. We discuss what we would like to see in this location instead. DVC just raised direct purchase prices significantly and we discuss the reasoning behind this change. DVC members got an email about the opening of the Riviera resort that had some members confused and upset. We try to clear up the confusion around this announcement. A few episodes ago, we speculated on building being built on Grand Avenue in Hollywood Studios and it's finally been revealed what that building is! A new credit card policy is starting in February at Disney resorts. A rumor has recently surfaced saying that Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Star Wars Galaxy's Edge will be a 28 minute experience. We discuss our excitement if this rumor turns out to be true.
The guys are back from holiday break and start off 2019 with special guests, Derek DeBoer & Marissa Vallotton from DVC Resale Market. DVC is making big changes to the way it treats DVC Resale contracts. Marissa & Derek answer all your questions about the upcoming changes and DVC Resale. The guys discuss Trevor's upcoming Disney trip. There is a new premium event taking place at Top of the World lounge and the guys are intrigued by what it offers. Buzzy, the animatronic famous for his role in Cranium Command at the closed Wonders of Life pavilion has been stolen. The guys speculate on how this could have happened.
In Episode 45, Tom talks about his soon to be purchased DVC contract and the implications of having a different use year. Several listeners wrote in giving the positives and negatives of 2 use years and the guys talk about them. Disney recently gave us a first look at the Beauty and the Beast ride being built at Tokyo Disneyland and the guys discuss their thoughts on this new ride. In a new segment called "Rampant Speculation", the guys speculate on what is being built next to Tatooine Traders in Hollywood Studios and what they think the strange design on the Riviera DVC resort could be. The guys answer a listeners questions about Spaceship Earth, Reflections, and Splash Mountain. Moonlight Magic dates have been announced for 2019 and there will be a new way to register. The guys discuss these events and the new registration process. New concept art and a menu has been released for Storybook Dining at Artist Point and the guys give their thoughts on this new offering.
In Episode 44, the guys discuss the new concept art released for the Riviera Resort and the recently announced Reflections resort. 2019 DVC dues are going up a bit more than normal and the guys debate the impact of these increases. Destination D recently gave us tons of news about the Disney Skyliner, Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, the Star Wars hotel, and lots of new attractions coming to the parks. The guys discuss their thoughts on all of these new attractions and what they are most looking forward to. Disney is testing a new method to take PhotoPass pictures at 9 character meet and greet locations. The guys debate what this change could mean for your character pictures in the future. Disney released concept art for the Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster ride vehicles along with a video of the unique ride system in action. The guys discuss their thoughts on these new updates. Disney has filed a new patent for hyper realistic light sabers and the guys debate how this patent could be used in the parks.
In episode 43, the guys answer a listener question about if or when DVC might decide to restrict the 11 month booking window to direct buyers only. Tom is buying a resale DVC contract and talks about the process so far. Disney is launching it's own streaming service, called Disney+, in 2019. They recently announced that one of the shows on this new service will be a docu-series about Imagineering. The guys discuss their thoughts on this upcoming show. New details have been announced about the upcoming Wreck It Ralph VR experience at the Void. The guys talk about the possibilities of a new Disney technology which allows guests to use Augmented Reality to wear Disney character costumes. Disney Resort Speed Round is back! The guys quickly give their opinions on the new Hollywood Studios entrance, Wreck it Ralph meet and greet, the Luxo Jr. Animatronic, and Rosita from the Enchanted Tiki Room. There is a rumor that the new Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway ride (still under construction at WDW) will also arrive at Disneyland.
In episode 42, the guys answer a question from a listener about eating and drinking around Epcot. A new DVC resort has been announced for the former River Country site and the guys discuss their thoughts on the details of this new resort. An exclusive DVC Member Christmas and New Year's Eve party is announced and the guys debate if these parties are worth the price. The guys interview Jim Cummings, the famous voice behind Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and so many classic Disney movies and TV shows. The Bahamas approved Disney's request to purchase a second private island for Disney Cruise Line and the guys discuss what this could mean for future cruises. The full details of Marvel Land at Disneyland have leaked and the guys get excited about this future addition. Disney has filed a new patent for rotating roller coaster vehicles and the guys talk about what this could mean for future rides.
In episode 41, the guys answer a listener question about staying at the Villas at Grand Californian with DVC points. A recent survey of DVC members leaked a possible name for a new DVC resort and the guys discuss their thoughts on the name. Reunion Station at Copper Creek is lifting restrictions on it's up-charge lounge to attract more customers and one time DVC points increase in price. The guys debate what this means for DVC members. Even more details have come out about the Millennium Falcon ride at Star Wars Land and there is a rumor there will be hard ticket preview event for the land. The guys decide if this makes them any more excited for the ride than they already were and if they'd be interested in a paid preview of Star Wars Land. Damon gives a review of a local haunted farm he attended on his latest detour and has some advice for Disney from his experience. Disneyland is ending their Jedi Training (for now) and has cancelled their luxury hotel project. There is a big rumor out that Spaceship Earth will close for a lengthy 2.5 year refurbishment and the guys discuss their thoughts on what the new ride could look like.
In episode 40, the guys talk about a new DVC VIP Experience for the upcoming Nightmare Before Christmas concert in October and whether it's worth the hefty price tag. Disney announced 19 new and limited time experiences for 2019 and the guys discuss which ones they are most excited about. Date based ticket pricing will take effect in October bringing change to the way guests buy tickets. The guys debate what this means for the resort and why they think Disney is making this change. There is a rumor that Disney is planning to build an India pavilion at the World Showcase and the guys talk about what they'd like to see at this pavilion. New details about the Millennium Falcon ride at Star Wars Land have been released and the guys give their thoughts on this upcoming experience. Rafiki's Planet Watch, once thought to be closing forever, will now be closed until Spring of 2019 to accommodate a lengthy refurbishment. IllumiNations is ending in 2019 and the guys discuss what they would like to see in it's place.
In this episode of Welcome Home Waitlist, the guys welcome special guest Ziggy from Ziggyknowsdisney.com to discuss which intellectual properties that Disney owns, but has not yet turned into a ride or attraction. The guys imagine what that ride might look like if it ever came to fruition.
In episode 39, the guys welcome Ziggy from ZiggyKnowsDisney.com to give his review of the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. DVC Resale Market put out a list of the most economical DVC Resale contracts to buy and the guys discuss how that would effect their buying decisions. Minnie Van prices are changing to a flat fee plus a per mile charge and the guys consider whether it's worth it to use the service anymore. The Wreck It Ralph VR experience is confirmed to be coming to the Void later this year. The guys explore other popular franchises that could have their own experience at the Void in the future. There are rumors that a popular parade will be ending this year, that a new Mary Poppins ride is coming to Epcot, and that an opening date is set for the Ratatouille ride. The guys debate whether these rumors will come true.
Welcome to the Waitlist, a mini episode of Welcome Home on off weeks covering non-news Disney topics. In this week's Waitlist, the guys re-imagineer their favorite rides that are no longer operating.