Where is the Round Table for DVC ???
We, Will, have a DVC Roundtable show out later this Month! Stay Tuned!
Love DVC Roundtable shows
Any advantage in owning more than one blue card with benefits
Hi Tom! Thank you for reaching out to the DVC Roundtable! We had recorded the most recent show before we got your email. We will answer your question on the next show! If you would like an answer sooner please let me know! Thanks for listening! Tim
Thankyou soo much Tim for all your shows, but I’ve really enjoy the round table DVC Shows. We are also DVC members but I love to listen and sometimes do lean some new things ,
Thank you, Rob! I think you will really enjoy the new show!
Love the Roundtable! Thanks for the reminder to check the DVC website more regularly to keep up w/the exclusive offers—it’s true! Easy to look over great opportunities just b/c you’re not aware.
Hi Tim and Bob: I’ve been away for a while doing a Mediterranean cruise, unfortunately not Disney. But I’m back now and we have begun planning for next years vacation, a week in Disney. On first blush, we are shooting for maybe the last week of November, or the first week of December. I love the parks at Christmas. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that catching up on your pod cast got me through a long grueling drive to Chicago and back on a business trip. I had a lot to catch up on. Thank you for what you do and just keep on being you.
Welcome back Jim!!!
Quick question for the DVC Round Table. This might stump them. I’m a DVC member (200 point level at the Grand Floridian). Due to unexpected life changes (unexpected ongoing medical expenses, moving a child to private school, etc.), we are in a position to where we need to cut back and unfortunately the budget cut that bubbles near the top of the list is our DVC membership. We are in the beginnings of selling. I’m looking for tips and tricks on selling DVC memberships, not just points, but the whole shebang. Depressing topic, I know, but I thought I and others in my position might benefit. Thanks a bunch!
Todd, I am very sorry for your life changes that are putting you in this difficult position. I too had something happen and needed to sell off my ownership interest in Disney Vacation Club. Luckily, I have some good news, once you come to the decision that selling is necessary.
First off, do you only have one contract? We were lucky that we bought our initial amount of points, and then added on a small amount. The reason why I ask is that you do have to sell an entire contract, but if you have multiple, you can sell off some and not all. In our case, we had 240 to start and then added 80. We sold the 240 and hung on to the 80 for now.
Regardless of whether you are selling one or multiple, the good news is that there are many time share resellers out there to utilize, and several focus on DVC primarily. We used The DVC Resale Market, but all of the are very similar and charge the same broker fee, which isn’t collected until the property sells. No cost to list the property. I’d recommend researching the various options, particularly to see how they value your home property and point amount.
Once you settle on one, it works very much like a real estate transaction from there. They will assist in valuing how much to list the contract for per point, and then list it on their website. Once they have an interested buyer, they let you know, there may be some offer-counteroffer negotiations until there is an agreement. Disney does have the right to purchase the contract back at the agreed upon deal, however that does not change anything for you, the seller. It would just mean the prospective buyer loses out on the deal. Either way, they overnight to you the closing documents, you sign them and send them back. They process that rather quickly and send you a check and you’re all done.
I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any additional questions. Again, I am sorry you are faced with this tough decision, but once you make it, it goes pretty smoothly from there.
Hi! I am new to the podcast world and I am LOVING that I can get my Disney fix at anytime! I love to listen to people talk about Disney when I can’t be there! I just listened to your episode #542 about MGM’s birthday. Remember the store on the left when you first walk into the park? It had all movie memorabilia! I LOVED that place!
Thanks for the kind words Holly!!! Yes I remember that store!! I used to stop by and play every time I went.
Hi Tim & Bob,
We started listening to your podcasts when we started to plan our trip for this summer. We have tried a few of the other Disney related podcasts but none are so amusing, informative or easy to listen to as yours. We will be visiting from the UK in July staying for two weeks in a cabin at Wilderness Lodge and can’t wait! We have been a few times before but still learnt a lot from you both and the guests you have on. Keep up the good work. Can’t wait to hear the next one and give us a shout – it would make our children’s day!!
Thank you for the kind words!!!! Welcome aboard the ResortLoop! Hope you have a great fortnight at WDW!!!! A shout-out is on the way!
Hi Bob and Tim (or Tim and Bob?)!
I am a new fan–I’ve been planning my first ever trip to WDW for May of 2019, and I’ve listened to a lot of Disney podcasts to help, but you guys are by far my favorite! Entertaining, informative, and all pronounced incorrectly!
Thanks for being awesome!
Thank you for the kind words Jordan & welcome aboard the ResortLoop!!!!!
Great podcast love listening to you guys i’ve Just recently subscribed. It’s nice listening to other Disney enthusiasts, wife and i have been DVC since 1997 our kids are grown we still go 3 0r 4 times a year by the way we do consider ourselves Disney (“experts”) Lol but i learn a lot from your show cant wait for the next episode.
Thanks Everett & welcome aboard!!!!
Was doing a Google search for Disney loop music and found your Looper podcast…love it soooo much! You guys are awesome…thanks for your time and all you do! I’m a Florida born and raised/once-upon a time passholder now transplanted to the Blue Ridge mountains. I miss my monthly Disney access lol, but you guys bring the magic to me in NC. Have a great 2018!
Thank you for the kind words Michelle!!!
Thanks for the shout out! That was a wonderful surprise! 🙂
I just finished Episode 513 – Top 5 Most Emotional Disney Songs…WORST podcast episode EVER. I am a grown man sitting at my desk at work with my eyes “watering”. Man, just hearing the submissions, so moving. And I love the combination of both the Parks and movie music. I think it’s time to create a photo slideshow with Disney music.
Now excuse me while I go listen to some Metallica to get my testosterone levels back up!
Hi! I am catching up with the podcast that I missed. Listening to Episode 513….the emotional songs podcast.
One of you mentioned Illuminations with the tag “Let Their Be Peace On Earth”, it is truly amazing. You really should make a point to see it. The fireworks that explode with the tag are crazy awesome! My eyes leaked a lot!
That is a good one Shannon!
Yep, I just realized I recently heard episode 500, and didn’t correlate that to episode 153, from years past.
Hey guys, love the podcast; listen to every episode. I’m sure you have already received a note on this, or I misunderstood, but on your latest episode (153), Bob asked Emily Hicks about Poly dvc, in which she stated it was maybe going on sale next year. My wife and I bought Poly dvc direct from Disney in Nov ‘17, and at the time our dvc rep spoke as if it may be sold out within the next few months. What we were tracking was the only direct purchase options are Poly, Copper Creek at Wildreness, and Ahlani. We actually received a ‘deal’ of 185 points for the cost of 175. After purchasing, I discovered the insane dvc platinum plus AP discount, so we jumped on that before expired on 3 Jan ‘18. Hope this help, if you guys did t know it already. Again, love the show and really appreciate the dedication and time you two put forth, take care!
Warmest Regards, Matt from Tennessee
Hi Bob and Tim or Tim and Bob, I love listening to your podcasts! Your on air dynamic and fun topics make for an entertaining and informative broadcast. My family is off on our second WDW trip in a couple of weeks. We are adding a day at Universal for our Harry Potter loving family. Any recommendations on the best travel options to get to and from Universal back to our WDW resort? We need a carseat and preferably at least one booster available.
We have used both Uber & Lyft, but only around the WDW Resort area. There is an Enterprise Rental Car location in the Disney Springs Resort area (https://www.enterprise.com/en/car-rental/locations/us/fl/b-resort-07v6.html) that may be a good option and cheaper than either Uber or Lyft. Wish we had more experience with your question Kim, however, we both typically drive to WDW.
I’m very sorry and totally embarrassed that I called Tim, Tom. I am sorry guys.. won’t happen again.
No big deal Jim, don’t give it a second thought! Thank you for reaching out!
Hi Tom and Bob and all loopers everywhere:
I was away during the holidays and didn’t get a chance to wish you well until now. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season filled with wonder and hope. I wish you peace, success and, of course, Pixie dust this coming new year.
Good Morning Bob and Tim:
I just got back to Indiana from a trip to the L. A. area. My company has an office there and the they are moving their office down a floor. I was asked to assist them with moving their network infrastructure. Fortunately for me, I didn’t have to work Sunday and you know that any good Disney fan will do when he is off and close to a Disney park. Anyway, I made my way down to Disneyland last Sunday. I just heard your wonderful podcast about the Holidays in Disneyland and couldn’t help but make some comments. You said you wanted to go sometime, I would take it a step further and say you have to go to Disneyland sometime over the holidays. First, the park decorations are lovely. The decorations that festoon Disneyland are different than Disney World and maybe a little more understated but still amazing. I particularly wanted to comment on the Small World and the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlays. Both are amazing. If you imagine a smaller version of the Osborne Family Spectacular of Dancing Lights on a smaller scale with actual animatronic dancers they you might get a idea of what Small World looks like. If I could send you pictures of small world I would. If you liked Nightmare Before Christmas then you will love the Haunted Mansion this time of year. I have to get my grown kids out there sometime, because they are big fans of Nightmare Before Christmas. Anyway, Thanks for the great podcasts. They kept me entertained all the way to L.A.
Thank you Jim for the kind words & for being a #SuperLooper!!!! One of these days!
Just found the podcast and have been listening to them. Currently listening to the DVC Roundtable from October. Regarding the Trader Sam’s gripe from whoever that was….. kids are not allowed in there the entire time. I do believe that they are not allowed after 8, because they told us we could only have him in there for a certain time. Because yep, I had my kids there. We wanted to see the lounge as did my son. It’s not like I had someone else to watch him. So just be mindful of the time that you go and you shouldn’t have to worry about those pesky kids.
Great point Jennifer!!! It’s a cool place and a lot of kids would enjoy looking around and interacting with cast members. Thanks for listening & welcome aboard the ResortLoop!
Hi Guys! Just wanted to drop in to say hello from San Diego, CA. I’m a lifelong Disneylander in a deep love affair with Walt Disney World. My husband and I are DVC members (Aulani home resort) and I’ve found your podcast to be really helpful. I listen to you as I take my morning walk and feel like I’m walking with friends. Especially enjoy the round table talks – I’ve gathered some great ideas for future trips from you guys. Keep spreading the magic… I’m listening!
Lannie (rhymes with “Annie”) Bartlett
Thanks for the kind words Lannie!!!! No better friends than Disney friends (we understand!)!
Hi guys! Fellow NE Ohioan, here (in the soon-to-be frozen snowbelt). I wanted to drop a quick note of appreciation for this fantastic podcast. I found you in mid-August and have listened to your first hundred or so shows while keeping up with the new episodes.
I’ve been a fan from the first minute of the first episode I downloaded – you’ve never failed to entertain or enlighten. You’ve been a great inspiration for future park visits, a tour guide for trips down memory lane, and – maybe above all – a worthwhile retreat when life just feels rough.
Thanks for everything you do!
Thank you for the kind words Ian!!! Glad we can help brighten your day. Hope you’ve joined the conversation over at our LooperNation Live Facebook page. There are a lot of great Disney Fans over there.
Thanks for being a #SuperLooper!!!!!
Guys: I just found your podcast in July and have been enjoying it ever since. However, I feel the need to turn advocate for those of us who love Disney but can only get there every one to two years. You probably know how it is. I would go all the time but others of my family want to go other places. I can’t deny them the opportunity to do other things. So my point is, With more perks going to the AP holders and to the DVC members there is less and less opportunity for those of us who can’t get to the parks as often to get fast passes and ADRs. For example, since it has been open we have never been able to score ADR’s for dinner at Be Our Guest even with us in the phone queue or online when the ADR’s for our trip opened up. I shutter to think how difficult it will be to get Flight of Passage fast passes and the new Galaxy’s edge attractions Now that I have finally been able to get my wife to go in 2019. I agree whole heartedly that the perks that come AP and DVC are a magical reason for people to buy into them. Believe me, If I could come to Disney World more often, I would be all over those opportunities. I just hope that Disney doesn’t forget those of us that can only make it periodically.
I agree Jim. Although it does seem that with all of the new restaurants the ADR situation “seems” to be easing, slightly. Always check the day before you want to eat at a restaurant. Most cancellations happen just before the 24 hour deadline. FastPasses on the other hand will be an issue until the new lands open up. We’re heading toward some exciting times at WDW . . . hang in there!!!
Thanks for listening & the kind words!
Thanks for reading my comment. Listening to your Pod Cast about Dogs at the resort now… LOL…. I think I will stay away from that.
Hey Jim… thanks for tuning in to the podcast. Your frustrations are more than legitimate. I myself have only been able to get into Be Our Guest for dinner twice. I do hope I can relieve your concerns though… the perks that afforded to AP and DVC owners really have no impact on making it easier to get fastpasses or ADR’s. Those booking systems are the same for DVC, AP, or any other onsite guest at Disney World. My top recommendation to you is to 1) Book onsite hotel even if its a value, so you can get the 60 day FP window.. 2) Use a travel agent who specializes in Disney. Most of them offer concierge service (they get up at 6AM to book your FP’s and ADR’s so you don’t have to) and they often can help you plan your day to avoid lines and get best use of FP. Simply put, the perks and advantages we talk about on the podcast for DVC and AP will have no negative impact on your ability to come every few years and still have a great experience… just don’t be afraid to get some seasoned vets to help you out 🙂 As far as Disney keeping their “ears” in tune to the occasional attender, I wish they would find a way to make things easier for all of us in that regard. Here’s hoping you have an amazing trip in 2019 and finally get a shot to experience BoG!!
I just got to reading your response. I have to say I am very happy that you took the time to give me advice about fastpasses and ADR’s It was perhaps a little bit of sour grapes that I wrote the comment in the first place. Thanks again and I keep listening.. even to the DVC round table albeit with some Jealousy. 🙂
Hi Bob & Tim!
I just found your podcast, and only one episode in, I’m already loving it. I’m an avid podcast listener, and I’ve found that so many podcasts miss what you guys have: a conversational tone, truly helpful information, and an easy-to-listen-to experience!
It also happens that I’m also a DVC member, and am looking forward to listing to your countable episodes. There’s not enough DVC podcast content on the Web, and I’m glad you guys are providing some!
Looking forward to listening my way through your catalog!
Hi Venny!!! Welcome aboard the ResortLoop!!! Thanks for listening and for the kind words.
Hi Tim and Bob or Bob and Tim, Been listening for awhile and love the show, especially the monthly DVC Roundtable. You both and the rest of the panel always provide such great insight and information! Any chance you might be able to have someone from a DVC rental company as a guest on a future show, just to hear a different perspective about using DVC? Personally, my family and I can’t afford purchasing a contract direct from Disney, but I would like to learn more information about possibly renting DVC through a company. Maybe even some suggestions about which website/company might be the best to use!
Thank you in advance, Robert
Hi Robert! Thanks for being a #SuperLooper! Love the idea of focusing a show on DVC Rentals!!!
Hi Bob and Tim,
My name is Todd Davenport and I am from Massillon, Ohio and I really, really like your podcast, I think it’s awesome. I like Disney and going to the Disney parks. This podcasts lets me enjoy my memories all over again.
Thank you Todd! We appreciate the kind words, and love hearing from fellow Ohioans!
Hi! I just found your podcast and LOVE it! I listened to Episode 460 with Brittany and Justin and they talk about an app regarding people watching and bingo. Can you share what app that is! We would love to play that game!
Hi Holly!!! Welcome aboard the ResortLoop! Here you go: App: uBingo by Jared Egan https://appsto.re/us/7sl1C.i Directions 1. Create Bingo 2. Copy & paste list 3. Add Your Own Sights to the Board Categories (Each board is random, so not every item will appear) Kid on a Leash Family T-Shirts Crying Child Mickey & Minnie Wedding Ears Triple Stroller My Mickey/Minnie Shirts Yelling Parent runDisney Shirt Star Wars Ears Talking as if they are an expert Waiting for a Parade Kids with Ice Cream in face Kid Dropping Something Loose Balloon Captain America Shirt DVC Item Girl Dressed Princess Matching Sports Team Outfit Man Wearing Pants Boy Dressed as Pirate Using iPad as Camera Light Up Mickey Ears Happily Ever After Button Grumpy Shirt Running for Transportation Wearing Jeans Hit by a Scooter Turned away from the fast pass line Disney Tattoo Couple having a fight
Hi guys! My name is Caroline, and I’m from Charleston, West Virginia. I discovered your podcast a few weeks ago and have been listening almost nonstop. Not only have I subscribed, but I am also working on catching up on your previous shows (currently on episode 68= I definitely have my work cut out for me!). I am a student at West Virginia University, but I am working a summer internship in Kentucky that requires me to drive anywhere from 60 to 120 miles a day. Listening to your show makes all the driving much more pleasant, and I enjoy getting to hear to your old podcasts alongside your new ones. While there are new sponsors and advertisements, it’s nice to know some things (the tangent bell, “the” Twitter, and Bob’s struggle to get into ‘Ohana) never change. Thanks for sharing your insight and your love for all things Disney. Keep up the good work!
Thank you so much for the kind words Caroline!!!!! Welcome aboard the ResortLoop!!!
Good afternoon Loopers, I recently purchased a 70 point contract at Grand Floridian and realized 70 points isn’t enough. I am now looking to purchase at least 50 additional points but wondering if buying at a different home resort would be an issue. Would you recommend purchasing more Grand Floridian or something like Polynesian? And if I purchased a different home resort, would the use year matter? Thanks, -Hooked DVC member Skyler
The use year ABSOLUTELY matters (take it from someone who made the mistake of buying 2 different ones). The fact that your first contract is that small and isn’t big enough to handle your trips by itself, it might be wisest to buy your second contract at Grand Floridian. The reason is because of the 7/11 booking window, where you can only book 11 months out at your home resort… and that holds for each contract. So you can’t buy AK points but then use them 11 months out to book at GF just because you have a contract there. At 7 months out, you can combine your 2 contracts to book anywhere, but 7 months can be risky. So, if your favorite resort is clearly GF… buy points where you plan to vacation. We wish you the very best Disney experience!
Hi guys. I have a question for the DVC Jedi Masters. We purchased our DVC membership in 2015 through Disney. We have 200 points at the Villas at The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. We are planning on using next year’s points at the Grand Californian. (We’ve never been to Disneyland before.) We’d like to book two Deluxe Studios for 5 nights. We plan to go in late May or early June of 2018, not long after our 3 kids (ages will be 16, 13, & 11) get out of school for summer break. Question: How important is it for us to have a contingency plan in place? We definitely want to do a Disney vacation next year. Should I be concerned about the possibility of not getting in at the Grand Californian? Should/Could I book 11 months in advance at the Grand Floridian (home resort) and then switch to the Grand Californian 7 months out if there are studios available? Other ideas to consider? Help me DVC Round Table…you’re my only hope.
Sadly, you have more than enough to be concerned about. The studios are pretty much impossible to get in anything but the slowest times, and you are actually wanting 2 of them, making it even more difficult. The good news is, you can try to get them the very minute the 7 month window opens, and if no luck, you can still use your points to get Disneyland Hotel (better chance of ding that if you are set on Disneyland). NOt as good of a value, so weigh out how important it is to go to Disneyland first… then go for it! You can also start checking availability with the availability tool a few days before the 7 month window to see what chance you have.
Tim and Bob….or Bob and Tim, Love the show and especially really look forward to your monthly DVC roundtable discussions. Thank you SO much for answering my question a few months back it really did help us. It actually helped us so much that it was one of the deciding factors in allowing us to take the plunge and become DVC members!!! As we are planning our next trips for the next 5 years we are so excited about the whole process in general that I wanted to see if you guys would be willing to help clarify something for us. We initially were thinking about buying more points than we ended up with however we wanted to make sure that we had some points through Disney for the perks of buying through them as well as lock down our spot on the monorail over at the Poly. We plan in the next 2 years or so to add on more points to our DVC more than likely through a resale market and also more than likely NOT at the Poly however I am somewhat confused on the process in making reservations with DVC points if you own at 2 separate resorts. For example, say we have 100 points at the Poly and at Saratoga and wanted to go down with the grandparents and have a bigger room or stay longer. I am under the impression that we can ONLY make reservations at our home resort at 11 months but at 7 we can pretty much go anywhere as long as their is availability. If I wanted to use all 200 points, can I even make a reservation for the Poly for the 200 points in good faith that I utilize my points from Saratoga, or how does that work? I appreciate any input you guys and your brain trust have for us and look forward to the next show. Thanks from us way down here in Cincinnati!
Hey Nick! So excited to welcome you to the DVC famliy. I hope you have the as much joy from your decision as we have had for the past 10+ years. In response to your question, I can speak answer first hand as the owner of 2 contracts to 2 resorts… Saratoga and Animal Kingdom. YOu are correct in your understanding with the 11 month/7month scenario. Each contract is locked to its own home resort’s use date. But if you wait until 7 months to book, you can rest easy… using both contracts for one trip is easy… I have done ti many times. The only thing I would add is don’t make the mistake we made. Make sure that both contracts have the same use year. In other words, if your Poly points are an October UY, then make sure the contract you buy after market is October UY. That is literally more important than which resort you pick to buy points from (since you are waiting to the 7 month booking window, they all work the same). We wish you the absolute best…. and Welcome Home!
Hey Bob & Tim,
Thanks for episode 429. Your input really helped! I did find Canadian Visitor discounts. 25% off Park Tickets of 4 days or more and….25 – 30% off Resort Rooms! Port Orleans sounds like the spot.
After a lot of research, spreadsheets, and listening to your expert opinions, I made the jump (feels great) and bought a 70 point contract at the Grand Floridian through the resale market.
Now I have a few questions: 1. Will my points be worth less in the future? ( I can stay for 7 days at Animal Kingdom during adventure season, but in 10 years will it cost more, points wise? ) 2. I bought resale due to the huge savings. Are the perks of DVC worth it buying through Disney?
Thanks Skyler! We will put this question out for the next DVC Roundtable show! Thank you for the question!!
Hey Bob and Tim or Tim and Bob,
Great podcast! Love the show, especially the DVC Roundtables! Lots of helpful information!
I have a question.
My family typically travels to Walt Disney World during the summer months. So considering the 7 and/or 11 month booking windows for DVC and vacationing during summer, if I decide to buy a DVC contract from Disney what month do I need my points to become available or what “use year” should I be looking for in order to nail down a specific property or reservation that time of year?
I’ve been listening to your DVC shows and researching myself but haven’t been able to quite figure this important part out. Please help!!
Also, when are you planning a Looper Meet at Disneyland? We’d love to have you visit the west coast sometime!
Thanks, Robert Spence
Hi Bob & Tim,
Stupid question time! You have probably been asked this a million times but, what time of year would be the most economical time for a family of four to go down to Walt Disney World? I ask this because I am going down from Canada and our dollar is only worth about 70 cents U.S. (sometimes even less!) and this really puts a kink in the budget! What time of year would have the most reasonable ride wait times?
As well, what Disney Resort would be the best, especially for the down times, when going with 8 and 9 year old boys?
If going down for 5 days is it worth buying the “Hopper” option on the Park passes?
I wanted to add an additional perspective for the people considering DVC ownership – the key word in there is the last one. You are not paying for 50 years of hotel stays, you are becoming a property owner in FL. With property ownership comes costs (i.e. maintenance, insurance, the fact that the room is made up once while you stay, etc) and that is all wrapped in to the annual charge. It is important to factor that in as it helps when writing that check even in years you are not using the property. It is still an asset. You can even include it in your will to pass down to children.
If you can afford it, I would highly recommend it. It has given us several years of joy and a sense of pride as an owner of a vacation property.
Lastly, keep the Top 10 List!! I loved it. Should be a regular bit from time to time.
Thanks Phil! That is a great point regarding the DVC! We will mention that in the next DVC Roundtable Show! I’m thrilled you enjoyed the Top 10 List!!
Bob and Tim….or Tim and Bob I had a question for you guys or more so your brain trust you guys have at the DVC round table. My wife and I are considering DVC and on one of your roundtables you guys mentioned that Disney Cruises were not worth the points and gave options on what to do with points instead of using them for the cruise. I was wondering, do any of you guys have any experience with Adventures by Disney trips? I saw that other resorts such as Hilton Head or Vero Beach could be booked and obviously not as many points as WDW but what about Adventures by Disney trips? is that worth spending the points on or would that be a similar situation as the cruises? If any of you did go on the Adventures by Disney trips what did you think of them? Love the show guys and really enjoy the DVC roundtable. I hope Bob can keep things together with all the changes coming to WDW. I know I personally am looking forward to a Gondola ride in the future!!
Thanks Nick! We will put this out there for the next DVC Roundtable! Don’t worry to much about Bob, we are keeping hiim mildly sedated!
I have been a Dvc member since 92. And your concerns are valid. Yes the maintenance fee goes up and up. And since we have had it gone up over 140 per month. Remember the higher points you have the more the payment balloons. Still you are financing your vacations for you and your family. Disney hotel rooms go up every year. And it is drastic. if you come down at least once a year it is worth it to buy.
I have been considering DVC for a while now and after doing multiple spreadsheets, I am concerned about the maintenance fees. I was looking at a 100 point resale contract at Animal Kingdom and in 2017, maintenance fees will be $659. After following the trends (increase of 3.6%), in 2058 (41 years left on the contract), the maintenance fees will be $2,711. That seems ludicrous and I cant buy knowing the maintenance fees can raise 15% each year, if necessary. What do y’all predict and am I over analyzing?
Hi there! We do hope you enjoy the DVC show. I can definitely relate to feeling overwhelmed when we first bought when you look at projected numbers… kind of like the 1st house we bought. When my wife saw how much we would end up paying for our house at the end of the 30 yr mortgage, she just started to cry. She said, “we will never have that much money, we can’t do it.” 🙂 Here’s another way to view it. Yes, the CAN go up 15% in a year, but they have been doing this for 25 years and it never has. It would have to take a massive destruction event for them to enact that. Multiple years and hurricanes have not done it (insurance usually picks up chunk of the tab). And at the same time the fees are going up each year, so do the hotel room rates. The research I did awhile back showed they were pretty much the same, so my “value” compared to paying for room directly kept pace. The only thing lately that has changed that has been the barrage of discounts they are doing for cash rooms lately. But even now, it would take an over 50% to come close to the “value” my points give me in a kind for kind comparison. DVC is not for everybody, but don’t let concern over rising maintenance be the only reason you say no. 🙂
I am a huge WDW fan and I recently stumble upon your podcast. I love it. My cousin and I are home brewers and Disney geeks. Almost all of our beers are named after things found in WDW. We have Uncle Orville’s Peach Milkshake IPA, Madame Leota’s Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ale just to name a few. I wanted to let you know about our instagram account in case you wanted to follow us (fingers crossed). We are @just_west_brewery. We think that beer is both a growing and under appreciated part of the World. If there is ever a time you guys want to talk beer and Walt Disney World, I’ll be right here!
Keep making an awesome podcast. You make my commute into work much more enjoyable!
Thanks for the kind words Justin!
Love the naming of your brews!!! Great idea!
Great show as always! Fort Wilderness is definitely the place to be during Christmas season.
Thanks Rob & thanks for being a #SuperLooper!!!
Hey guys… sorry I missed this months dvc podcast. Just a little FYI for the couple looking to buy DVC and we’re interested in renting concierge rooms. You mentioned they were looking at BCV and AKV, the concierge rooms at BCV are not DVC rooms so they aren’t part of the DVC rental inventory like ones at AKV.
Good Information Brad! Hope you can make it on the next show to straighten us out! 😉
I hope so too! Love to hang with the ResortLoop crew 🙂
Really enjoy your podcast. I’ll admit that I didn’t want to hear about the coffee so much when I first heard the in depth interview on coffee. However, I’m all in now. I’m very interested in Joffrey’s and hope that you guys keep up the relationship. You could almost start up a new podcast specifically on coffee.
Keep it up and thank you.
Thank you Michael! Joffrey’s has been a great way to start your Disney Day at Walt Disney World and it’s wonderful at home too!!! Thanks for being a #SuperLooper!
Hey guys! I love yalls podcast! I love hearing about peoples fondest memories of Disney during your segments… If you don’t mind, I would like to share one of my fondest memories of Disney with you.. First I would like to say that my mom has taken us to Disney World every year since 1998… She started my Disney craze and I never looked back. In fact, when I first talked to my now fiance over 7 years ago, I told her that one day I would marry her and bring her back to Disney World so we could watch Wishes together as married couple. Of course, haha I was being cheesy and just trying to romance her at the time. In fact, she probably thought that I was crazy lol. four years later, I proposed to her on a trip to Disney World and now we will spend ten days at Disney World for our honeymoon, and on our first night we will watch Wishes together as husband and wife.. Every time I think about Disney now, I think about the memories and love that it creates in the hearts of millions and the reflection of the fireworks glistening off of her green eyes…
PS. Keep up the good work guys! only 329 days until our honeymoon… Also, I would like to give a shout out to all guys out there that are more obsessed with Disney than their girlfriend,fiance, or wife. haha
Thanks for sharing Chase! Great personal story! Thanks for listening and have a great honeymoon!
Hi Bob and Tim or Tim and Bob, I’m a little late to the Summer Senses Series on sounds but wanted to share my memories. As a former Disneyland Castmember, I can remember working the closing shift and standing on Main Street about and hour after the last guests had left. While standing still, below the store fronts I could hear the tick, tick, tick of the filaments in the bulbs as the lights raced around the store signs! Another memorable sound is hearing the “tick-tock” from the It’s A Small World Clock across the park, all the way over in New Orleans Square. The park is so quite after closing that you could literally hear a pin drop. In those moments it was like having the whole park to myself. These are experiences that the paying guests will never have!! Love the show. Keep up the great work.
Hi T & B…or B & T! Just a suggestion…it would be really great if you could carry a Resort Loop T shirt in a girls style……perhaps w/ a v neck & smaller sleeves. Many of us don’t like to wear the bulky mens styles with no shape to them. I would love to sport your logo in the parks! Love the show! Lori
We will definitely work on that Lori! Thanks for being a #SuperLooper!!!
Hey all! We will be at Art of Animation from 12/27 – 1/1. We are planning on 4 days in the parks. Last time we spent New Years Eve at Epcot and really enjoyed it. However, we are planning on chilling at the resort on New Years Eve and doing the countdown there. Does anyone know what New Years parties are like at the resorts? What else could we do that day outside the parks?
Did you not do a July DVC episode?
We did! You can find it at here!
My wife, two girls (7 and 3), and myself will be in Epcot on 9/16/16. I have a fast pass for Frozen Ever After from 8:45pm – 9:45pm, but Illuminations starts at 9pm. Do you think I can make the fast pass by 9:45pm if we watch Illuminations from or near Norway? I don’t want to disappoint my wife by missing Illuminations, or my girls by missing the new Frozen ride.
Love your show!
I actually found the answer on Touring Plans ( thanks Len!). Illuminations is only a 12 minute duration so I should have plenty of time to make the fast pass. Being the only male in a house with three girls I need to make sure I’m on top of things.
Thank you and I look forward to future shows!
Glad we could help?
Have a GREAT trip Blake!!!
You can give them to someone. The only thing is there will be no Dvc discount to the individuals.
Thanks for helping out Gary!!!!
For your next DVC round table. Can DVC points be given away? If so would they have the same restrictions on them as resale points?
We will ask our panel. Thanks Russ, for being a #SuperLooper!!!
Hey guys I have a great topic for you. If Disney were to add a 5th gate what should it be?? A “futureworld” like the 70’s movie maybe? A whole park Star Wars land?? Or maybe “The Floridian” all things Florida?? What are your thoughts?
Love the idea Russ!!!
Hey Tim and Bob,
I heard you mention my name during your review segment on Ep 334. It totally caught me off guard that I had to stop work to tell a co-worker that I’m now famous. What I loved was when you guys were trying to figure out how to pronounce my iTunes alias, yes that is not my real name. The “C” is pronounced like a hard “K” and yes I am a guy. The name Cade is from the Star Wars “Legends” comics series done by Dark Horse Comics before Marvel took it over. It was centered around “Cade Skywalker” who is a direct descendant of Luke Skywalker. I’ve included a link if you guys wanted to check it out. Hope this explanation helps.
Love the show, keep up the great work.
One last thing (because I can hear this one coming) no, I do not look like the photo on Wookieepedia. Far from it.
Still love the show.
Thanks for listening Cade! Love the Name!!
Are all the resortloop pins sold out? if so when will they be back for purchase?
The “Highly Coveted” ResortLoop pins aren’t for sale Steve. However, why don’t you shoot me an email and I’ll see if we have any lying around. bob [at] resortloop [dot] com
Just wanted to say that was a great Royal Caribbean infomercial on your latest podcast.
Episode 326 was an eye opener as far a planning a family summer vacation. Although I’m curious as to what week in June, Bob ran his comparison! Keeping in mind kids get out of school in mid to late June, and that Disney like most places raises their prices on rooms after schools out during summer vacation. Also, on a side note, we live in California so we would have to add airfare to that price as well. Love the show! Always lots of entertaining topics and great banter between Bob and Tim or Tim and Bob!! Thanks again!
I used June 11 – 17, Robert. I wanted to exclude travel & food expenses because those can vary a great deal. Thanks so much for the kind words & for being a #SuperLooper!!!
Thank you very much for Episode 326 – Cost Comparison! I feel like I constantly debate people on this topic. It is great to have some validation from an “unbiased” source. Please keep up the great topics and news…the banter is fantastic too!
Thank you Kristi!!!!
Hi Guys! I’ve just started listening to podcasts at work and on my nightly walks and absolutely love listening to you guys! I go to Disney usually about twice a year (or even more if I can swing it!) and was even a cast member for a short period of time! I just realized though that you are from Ohio and I am from central Ohio! I actually attend OSU right now. I just wanted to let you know that you guys are awesome and thank you for bringing a little bit of Disney magic into my everyday life!
Hi Brooke, Thank you so very much for the kind words!!! Always love hearing from a #BuckeyeLooper! Disclaimer: We are not responsible for bad grades due to “binge listening”! Do great things at OSU!!! Thanks for listening!
Tim & Bob
I just heard the shout out from last week! I worked in the Magic Kingdom as the greater at Pecos Bills! So I was the one who did Sheriff of the day, held the puppet and created lots of magical moments!
That is awesome Brooke!!!! We’ll be looking for you the next time we’re down. Thanks for being a #SuperLooper!!!
I’ve been a listener for a few months, and I had to let you guys know that I think you guys are the best disney podcast out there. Not only does it seem like you all love disney but you have a great time doing it. It’s definitely cheerful every time and I always look forward to new episodes. Thanks for being awesome guys (I have android so I can’t leave 5/5 rating but it would be worth it)
Keep making the show amazing guys
Hi Kalvin, Thank you so very much for the kind words! We love feedback from our listeners (#LooperNation)! Thanks for taking the time. Tim & Bob
Hey bob and Tim. Love your podcast that I have recently discovered. Ive been listening to every episode since 3 weeks ago. If you’re ever running low on ideas I have a list below that you could use. Since I am fairly new I wont know if you have already did these topics. I am a huge fan of Disney and love listening to youre podcast.
My list: -Best times to visit WDW -Overall best resteraunts in WDW -Best WDW Resorts -Top things to do while @ WDW -Little things that remind you of WDW and why -best festivals at WDW -Top counter resteraunts (Disney Dining plan) -Most deleicous snack (Dining plan) -Top things to do at Disney springs -Improvents to Dinsey based on your opinion (Prentend your the CEO of Disney parks)
I have way more. Lol. Keep up the great work!
Thank you Brandon for listening! I’m sure we can use these topics! Thanks for being a part of LooperNation!
Anytime. Just a quick question. Where do you ask the questions that i see as the topic of your podcast, like the First memories?
Sometimes it is an email, usually we put it out on Facebook. We also have our Facebook group “LooperNation Live”!
I posted a response to episode 311 on the FB and realized I probably should have put it here. Joe & Emily… great job on the show. I would add a couple things… 1) Transfer points. It was mentioned that this was for transferring points from one owner to another, which is true. It is also used for people like me who have 2 separate contracts where you can “transfer points from one of your contracts to another, making it easier to book using the combined points. 2) Renting points. Didn’t hear it mentioned, but any changes or addons to a reservation have to be done by the original owner for the person renting (ex. if they want DDP or DME, the renter has to call and have owner put it on account… but you can still use renter’s credit card to pay for DDP, etc.).
Great job guys! (and gal) 🙂
Hi Tim and Bob, On your next DVC round table could you ask your panel what websites they would recommend and why for both DVC Rentals and DVC Sales? As a follow up, what are 3 things the panel would make sure to look for when you rent or buy from Disney or other websites, such as: minimum number of points to be allotted each year and what are things to avoid, like rules or policies Disney might be vague about? Enjoy the show thanks!!
Thank you Robert, great questions!
My wife and I are researching whether to buy from Disney, resale or rent points. I find the DVC podcasts very interesting, but I wish the panel would help out by defining the terms they use that are associated with DVC or the “DVC lingo”!! Thanks for all the great info!!
Thank you Robert, we appreciate the feedback! We will talk about that on the next roundtable show! If you have any specific questions you would like us to talk about for you please let us know! questions [at] resortloop [dot] com
ive been there countless times and am going back in july, its one of the only hoetls ive stayed at in disney so i cant really compare but i definitly love it the food is really good in the mill and the pools are really cool they have a slide and a waterfall also you can get hair wraps (always a favorite of mine haha i know im weird) umm what else you can rent bikes which is actually kind of fun, the rooms arent really anything special but usually you dont spend too much time in there anyway, the bathrooms are good because the sinks are outside the bathroom so you can be doing your hair or brushing your teeth while your parents or whoever else showers, the grounds are really pretty and are fun to just walk around if everyone else is still sleeping or getting ready or whatever, the buses are usually kinda full because they share buses with port orleans french quarter and they get picked up first, thats pretty much all i can think of
Aby, POR is our favorite resort too. We’ve stayed at other moderates, but always seem to come back “home” to Riverside!
We have stayed there and really loved the pool area!!
Just wanted to say ty for putting my opening on episode 276. It was great to see my wife do the half and my 7 year old do the 5k. Was able to see my wife go back and do the full in January, it was a great event! Thanks again for allowing the shout out! Great show, keep it up please!
Thank you Aires for the kind words, and for listening!
We are staying 4 nights in the Poly and another 6 nights at BLT. We were thinking of buying annual passes but I read on Disney’s website that annual pass holders can book up to 7 days of Fast Passes in a 30 day window.
Does this means even though we are staying on site for 10 nights, that we can only book up to 7 days of fast passes if we get an annual pass?
Thanks and I love/promote the podcast to anyone considering Disney World trips!
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Hi John, We were lucky enough to be recording a show with Mike Rahlmann, of Be Our Guest, and he answers your question on our next show (Ep.273 12/2/2015). The short answer is, you will be able to get Fast Passses for your length of stay. Thanks for the great question and for being a #SuperLooper!
Great show Bob and Tim. I loved the show on where to stay off property while on property. However, you missed one of the best hotels in all of WDW, Shades of Green. It is exclusive and only available to active military, retirees and certain government personnel but, if you have an in, the experience is comparable to anything else on property. The location is nestled between two golf courses across from the poly, you can hear the train whistle from Main St. The rooms are among the largest on WDW. Transportation is quick and easy (not Disney transport). My wife and I visit WDW about once a month (we’re locals) and try many of the different on-site hotels. We always come back to Shades. Great show
Thanks so much for reminding us about this hidden gem! We are not eligible to stay there so it slips our mind! It is an excellent option and we love that it gives our military families a resort on property! Thank you for the kind words!
Great Show about the food and wine. I will be headed there for the 7th year in a row, and agree with everything Rebecca said! I will be there for 10 days during the half marathon as well! So I will send a short report and a show opening from Food and Wine. I am so excited to be there! Tim and Scott the show remains amazing. Keep it up!!!!
Thanks Aires! We will keep an eye out for your open and report! Have a great time!!
Love your show- found it 3 or 4 months ago & binge listened, now I just wait for new shows. Enjoyed Tim & his wife talking about their trip so much that I made my husband listen to it as an example of communication:)
I just wanted to say thanks to Bob for the show about the PBS documentary. He stated his case very well, and even though I haven’t seen it yet, I am also frustrated by shows that clearly have an agenda being presented as “documentaries”- to the point that I rarely watch such things anymore.
Waiting for the next show!
Thank you so very much Nancy! Welcome aboard the ResortLoop!!!
I’am sooooo sad about the Osborne lights as well Bob! I think Tim needs to give us more sympathy! I’m all for change but that is just too much! I hope by some miracle they find a new home for them. Thanks for getting me to laugh during a podcast that could have been so much more negative, I appreciate it!
I went to the Tea Traders café at Disney Springs last weekend (9/5/15). The shop looks very nice and the staff was right there to greet you and pass out samples. The best part was that they were not “All over you” were in the store. I asked for a tea recommendation and the staff member gave some suggestions and then went to ask another staff member if they had any other suggestions.
I purchased a bag of loose tea and ordered the Root Beer float thingy… It was served to me and I sat at the little counter area to enjoy it. It tasted great and I would have it again, but not in September when it is 95 degrees and 75% humidity. I will try the cold drinks next but I just had to try the root beer one.
Samples were offered by the staff and they took time to explain about the tea being sampled. They were not pushy about selling the sampled beverage which I appreciate. I hate when you try a sample and then they push it on you to buy.
I will definitely return each visit.
So very glad to hear your great experience at Tea Traders, Darrin! The folks at Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company are First Class!!!!
You had me at “Por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas”. One of my earliest memories of my first trip in 1973 at age 3 was riding the monorail. I’ve loved it ever since. For some odd reason I love the announcements and for many years thought I was alone in my mental instability; now I know I’m not. My people have united on the ResortLoop.Com podcast and I love the opening sound clips.
So have you guys done a show just about the monorails? I’ve searched the archives but didn’t see anything. As a new listener, I’ve not had time to download and listen to all the episodes so I thought I’d write.
I’d l love to hear about how ResortLoop.Com came to use the monorail as its name sake and logo.
Thanks for the great podcast and fun topics you guys pick (just listened to the bathroom episode).
Thanks Loren! I can’t say we’ve done a show exclusively on monorails, but we will definitely add it to our list!
Hey guys, great show. Please keep up the great show topics! One comment on the Aug 25, 2015, Episode 243 (What! Half Empty?!). Every time we plan our yearly Disney trips and we try to make two meal ADRs within 30-45 mins of each other, the app/web site won’t let us and instead presents us with an error stating that you have another reservation within the same time frame. Also, the charge if you miss your reservation is not unique to Disney. We run into it all the time especially in larger cities (ie, NYC). We always make our ADRs at 180 days, then plan our park trips around what we could get. Usually, we need to change our ADRs the day before or day of and I’ve always had luck calling the dining line, even during the dreaded Easter Week.
On another note, how was the flight down for this reviewer and his family? I would love to hear what he said about that.
Just wanted to share that I love the podcast. By far my fav of all the Dis podcasts out there. Thanks for all your work!!
Thank You Aires for the kind words and thanks for listening! What is your favorite show topic? Just Curious.
I loved the series on the quick service. I am a big fan of anything resort related and the top 5’s!!! Would love to hear something on the food and wine festival (my favorite Disney thing). Haven’t missed one in a few years. I am headed there in November for 10 days. My wife is doing the half. So I am all in for any pre game F&W talk. I already have a spreadsheet created with all the menu items (food and beer) that I am looking forward to hitting!!! The Len Testa show was great as well!
I am new to the Disney game. My wife is the nut and has been to WDW like 30 times. She got me hooked when we met. Now I have three girls 7,6, and 3 and they are nuts for it we go sometimes twice a year!!! Traded my Boston Bruins Season Tix for DVC. Lol Anyway, the point is with all that my wife is involved with (BOGP Lizard, podcast, and she writes for WDE fanzone) it was you guys that have added to my Disney insanity. You guys hit all the right points without over doing it! Sorry for the babble!
Thanks Aires! We are lookiing forward to doing some Food and Wine shows!
Love the show! Just listened to last two episodes and have two things to comment on. In a RunDisney race you can not get a refund but you can always defer your entry to another race later in the year. Also, yes, being an annual pass holder makes visiting Disney World so much more relaxing. You never feel like you have to spend the entire day at the park. And never worry about taking an afternoon break at the pool. And lastly I am an airline pilot and I have an Orlando overnight next week. Can’t wait to visit the parks for the afternoon! Keep up the great show!
Thanks Kellon! Great tip about RunDisney! Have a great visit next week!
Hey guys! I was wondering what the special code for the joffery’s coffee k-cups is? I’m trying to order some for my new keurig and remembered hearing that we could get a special discount for being loopers!
Hi Meagan! The code is “kcup” and it will give you 15% off. It is good through 8/3/2015. Enjoy!
Could you guys give me some good inside tips on the Food and Wine Festival events. We will be in the park during that time. Thanks
Food and Wine is my favorite time of year!! My wife and I love it and are head back for 11 days in November. A few tips. (1) Get yourself a tray. We bought a cheap tray online and use it to carry around food items. Tables are hard to come by. (2) Speaking of tables. I set up a shop at one location that I can found a table and keep someone there while the other person runs to the nearby booths. This way we never lose a spot. Once we are ready to move down to a different part of the world showcase only one person goes and finds a table and wait until the other meets them. (3) Grab the menus of all the booths and start a spreadsheet of exactly what you are looking for. (I already have mine done for 2015). This way you know exactly what you want and can hit those booths, and not waste time looking at menus and can enjoy the scenery. (4) Get yourself a passport that they handout, they stamp your book once you have purchased something at the booth. My kids love that part. (5) If you do not have kids, buy the Premium Package. Here is a link to it, http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2015/07/30/2015-epcot-food-and-wine-festival-premium-package-details/. You can use this site for the menu as well. Getting the package gets you the tables, some cool souvenirs, and you will get your money worth. Hope this helps!
Makes my day every time I get a notification that there is a new podcast ready! You are both great!
Thank you Barbara for the kind words!
You guys are great, love the podcast. Best Disney podcast I’ve heard on itunes or The stitcher. Keep up the amazing work and thank you for providing great disney content and lots of funny moments to listen to
Thank you Dan for the nice words, and thanks for listening!!
So…… Tim’s voice reminds me of Harold Ramis in GhostBusters! Is that a bad thing?? 😉
Bill, I’ll take it as a compliment! That’s a first for me though! Thanks for listening!!
It is a compliment. Enjoy your podcasts. Thanks for the entertaining show.
I am waiting anxiously for any info to come out of the Magic Kingdom on Fall events. Heading down that way in November. You guys have any inside scoop??
Hi Robin, Historically the Fall discounts come out in May. In the past they have included free dining. We’ll see if that is an option this year!
I have just ordered my Joffrey’s coffee using the Looper discount- thanks Resort Loop! Can’t wait to bring the taste of Disney World to my home in UK!
So i just came back from an 11 day vacation to disney world. we had a great time and made alot of memories, like my 4 year old son getting to do the Jedi training academy for the first time, and riding star tours for the first time where he got to be the rebel spy. it was also our first time using magic bands and mymagic+ which we loved and had no problems using it. but after spending 7 days in the parks i noticed a problem and its people are glued to their cell phones. and im not talking about people usung them to take pictures or post status updates. i noticed alot of people(mainly teeneagers) walking around with headphones in listening to music as they walk around with their families, or they were playing games. i even saw one man in line reading a book on his kindle. some people are spenmding too much time looking at their phones and not enjoying the parks. it made me wonder, why spend all that money and not fully enjoy it. is it nice having a smartphone that can share all of these moments instantly? yes, i was able to share certain moments with my family back home, but i believe that there is a point where it becomes too much. i’m only 27 years old, but i remember coming to the parks as a kid and cell phones wernt like they are now and people actually enjoyed the parks rather than stare at a device all day.
Thanks for reading guys! love the show and congrats on 200 episodes!
Mike, I am glad to hear that you and your family had a great time! Thanks for sharing your experience. And regarding your thoughts, I couldn’t agree with you more. Although I am a bit older than you, I can appreciate your sentiment about enjoying every moment. Stay magical!
Hi Eric, DVC rooms are at the Deluxe resorts .. no moderates. Our home resort is Bay Lake Tower. We love the monorail and the “ResortLoop” 😉 so we chose there. Our second choice was the Boardwalk. I love the Crescent Lake area and would love to stay at a Boardwalk view Villa . We do love Coronado Springs though, like you with Port Orleans .. it has always called us back. I am actually worried I won’t like Bay Lake as much! Maybe one day they will add the mods to DVC! Bob & Tim, John & I are still up to doing a show on the resale process if you are interested!
I want to say how great it was to hear of another late blooming Disney lover – Greg Nevius on episode 190! We don’t know personally, the history of every attraction in the parks and didn’t go as a child, but our love of Disney had taken hold and is not letting go any time soon! We mentioned before our first trip together was our honeymoon in 2002, and for our 5 year anniversary in 2007. We loved our trips and, I especially, didn’t want to leave. We didn’t get to go on vacation often then due to money spent on medical bills and then saving for a house. In 2012 we went at the holidays with my MIL and something just .. clicked! We have been back every year since (this year going for the first time as DVC owners)! We figured, at this point we are at a place where we can go every year, so it made sense to buy in! Enjoy every minute Greg!!! °o°
Howdy Susan, Thanks for sharing your story and most importantly, congratulations on your DVC ownership!!! Fantastic! As American Express used to say, “Membership has it’s privileges.” Am I dating myself with that one? Personally, I don’t know how anyone cannot enjoy something at Disney World, so why not go every year, right??? If we could afford DVC, I would certainly make Port Orleans Riverside my home resort. There’s something about that place that keeps calling us back! What’s your home resort? May you have many, many years of magical memories!
Tim and Bob, if you haven’t covered that already, it might make for a great show topic. “If you could buy into DVC, what would be your home resort and why?”
Mike, you can give the photographer your phone or camera and they will take the pics. You won’t get the ride photos and videos though. Disney has upped their game and made it very tempting to buy the MM.
How often do you go to Disney? If you only plan on going a few times in your life, I would say Make the Memories last. We will be down there the same time. Where are you staying?
We’ve been going once a year since our little guy was born, this will be his 4th time going, but me and my girlfriend have been going to the parks since we were kids. this year we are staying at the all star movies.
So im headed down to the world on march 9th for 10 days with my family. We have 7 day park tickets and this is the first time we are getting to use the magic bands and my disney experience app. I was wondering if you guys have any opinions on memory maker and if it is worth the $170 to buy it. Anyones opinion would be great! Thanks guys love the show and keep up the good work!!
Thank you Robin, and thanks for Listening!!
Hello Guys, Just started listening to your podcast so I am catching up on them. I just listened to the show on staying off property. We live in Naples Florida, which is about 3 hours drive (depending on how many laws you bend). We travel up to Disney about once a month staying one night to up to 5 nights. We did stay at most of the resorts when they were affordable in the late 80’s and 90’s.
The last straw for staying on property was when I paid $125.00 to stay at a standard room at the All-Star Sports… Seems like I was always waiting on a bus… then standing in a packed bus. No more…..
Now I only stay off property, but I stay away from the 192 hotels… mostly bad experiences along there. The time share places do offer villas and my favorite in that category is The Grande Villas by Diamond Resorts. Nice clean property, everything you need is there and it is close to the East entrance of WDW. They offer specials and I regularly get the studio villa with living room and kitchen for $59.00
But now I have expanded into the “home rental” places… And I will never go back to a “standard” hotel room. My last stay was in a beautiful home in a clean community that was 15 minutes from WDW. The home had 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, huge master suite, huge kitchen, separate dining room, two living rooms (one fancy, one comfortable) the garage was built out to be a game room with pool table, air hockey, darts, tons of books. The home also had it own private swimming pool with huge lanai. I paid $117.00 a night… honest…
True, I did not have the free buses on property.. that you have to wait up to 20 minutes for them to arrive, then pile into a sometimes packed bus… and travel to the park… I also didn’t get the privilege of paying $10 for a sandwich in a busy food court at the hotel… I also didn’t get the soothing sounds of children screaming and running up an down the halls with the occasional nearby door being slammed.
Now when we go, we still enjoy the resorts and visit the nice ones each Holiday season to see the decorations and eat in the nice restaurants and sometimes spend a few hours just exploring the resorts.
I love the resorts but the cost per benefit ratio is just way to high when there are better and much less expensive alternatives close by.
Thanks for listening & the information Darrin.
Happy Holidays Looper Nation. We are a proud group and share our fondness for the best WDW podcast in the nation and world, or it is world and nation.
Keep up the good work Tim and Bob, or is it Bob and Tim. We all love the show. Happy New Year.
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Thank you Sean & all of Looper Nation!!! You are the BEST listeners on the face of the planet!!!!
We wish you all a very Happy , Healthy & Prosperous 2015!
Have a wonderful Holiday season fellow loopers! Tim and Bob thanks for making me laugh every podcast! I also think they are very informative and upbeat! I was at Disney a month ago and you guys keep me going in between trips!
Thank you Barbara for the kind words! Hope you have a great holiday season as well! Thanks for listening!
This morning was freezing. It was dark. It was 6:45am, raining, and I was on the way to work..But INSIDE my car it was a balmy 78 degrees and sunny thanks to resort loop and a good imagination. Thanks for the great podcast, guys.
Thanks Tim for the kind words! Glad we can help you escape. It looks like it is going to be a long winter!
Love the podcasts, spent the last fortnight listening to all 163 episodes, couldnt get enough. Acccidentally gave you a thumbsdown on the sticher and spent the next 20 minutes trying to undo it and give a thumbs up.
Website looks great! Nice work – always enjoy the casual style of each and every podcast. I really appreciate how your unique personalities have come through…just 2 friends talking about their love of Disney… Happy Holidays!
Hey Guys been loving the shows. Finally a Looper having listened to all the shows. Have to let Joffreys know that they have a new and loyal because of being turned on to their product because of you. Heading on the Road Trip from CT tomorrow doing a “spilt stay” between French Quarter and Wilderness lodge. Plan on listening on the way down. Like you guys its commando straight through. Looking forward to the ADR’s Biergarten, Boma for Thanksgiving and of course Ohana- Sorry Bob had to. Please keep up the fantastic up beat shows that always give me and the family a smile. Thanks Matt
Just discovered your podcast and love,love, love it!! Your banter back and forth makes me laugh out loud at times! Listening to you on my hour commute each way, makes the drive bearable! We are heading down in November and very excited! Thanks again for your great podcasts!
Thanks Barb! We’re thrilled you found the show! Be sure to share with your friends! Let us know how your trip in November goes!
Great show today guys! I was just listening to your DVC show last week! It’s easy to find because it is one of your longest episodes! John and I are looking to become members (LOL, sounds like a cult!!!) and I remember learning most of what I know from that podcast. Safari Mike and Sean Duffy were very helpful and knowledgeable on DVC. We are looking to go resale as well since we plan on using it for just Disney vacations, we don’t need the “extras” Disney took away from those buying resale. Also, it is not worth using your points for a cruise or to stay at a non DVC Disney resort anyway. If we want to go back to our beloved CSR (wink , wink) we can always rent out points for the cash to stay there! It’s fun going back through the archives and listening to how you guys started… Keep the fun and informative podcasts coming! °o°
Hi guys! My sister and I (@brownsfan317) are going on our first adult only trip to Disney in October for the Tower of Terror 10 Miler. Assuming that we survive running 10 miles :), we wanted to try a couple of table restaurants that we normally would not eat at because they were not worth wasting a dining credit (we will not be on a dining plan). For example, we are going to try Kona Cafe for breakfast because it will only be about $15/person. I would love to see what other recommendations the Super Loopers have for table service restaurants that are not worth using a dining credit. Hope that makes sense!! Thanks guys for the great podcasts!
Hello Tim and Bob,
I found your podcast about a month ago. Not sure how I came across but I am glad I did. I introduced it to my wife about halfway through my first episode. Your insight and discussion about Disneyworld is entertaining and informative. Every time we get in the car together we both look to see if there is a new episode up.
In about a fortnight and half we will be embarking on the DVC Member cruise. It has been nice to hear your experiences. We even got into a fish extender group.
Thank you for making many car rides enjoyable!
That’s awesome, you will have a great time! Let us know how you enjoy the “Fish extender experience”! Thanks for listening!!
Hi Bob & Tim! Enjoy your Podcast a ton-thank you for your hard work and great efforts – it’s much appreciate on this end. Tim: on Episode 132, you talk about your upcoming trip and purchasing your park tickets separately from your resort tickets. Is there a tremendous savings over going with the package deal? Congrats on your trip and have a great time 🙂
Thanks for listening Greg! We saved $22 a ticket which saved us $88 for the family. Tickets linked to our account with no problem!
Hey guys I have a cool picture that was taken by me at the Magic Kingdom in June this year waiting in line . I didn’t photoshop this would like to send it to you. Let me know how I can send it.
Thanks John! You can send it to Tim [at] resortloop [dot] com or Bob [at] resortloop [dot] com!!!
Would love to hear Bob’s review of his Disney cruise! Do you plan an upcoming podcast on it?
Absolutely!! Stay tuned!!
In Episode 124 you mentioned using Undercover Tourist to purchase Disney World tickets but that neither of you had used them personally. I have purchased tickets from Undercover Toursit four times now and highly recommend them. It’s easy to order online, you receive an email letting you know when they were shipped and when to expect them, and they have the best prices. Trust me on the prices – I am a Mom who is a very detailed, budget minded, Disney vacation planner that does countless hours of research so our family of 5 can experience the “Magic” at least once a year.
Hi there just wanted to say I enjoyed The podcast with Disney Driven Life! I might be biased because Richard is my dad (lol) but I thoroughly enjoyed hearing him being apart of something he’s so passionate about. Thanks for having him on the show, he was so excited. It made me so happy to see him smile so big and get that excited. So thank you so much ❤️
It was our pleasure! It was a lot of fun!
We just traveled from Lexington, KY to Coldwater, MI with our 2 week old son. It was his first road trip and all the way we were catching up on the Resort Loops we have missed out on. When he was fussy we just had to play an episode of Bob and Tim and he would calm down almost immediately! His first Disney trip will be over 4th of July weekend. Happy that he is such a fan already…the newest Super Looper!!!
That is awesome! Glad we could help! Sounds like you will have great little traveler. Please let us know how your trip over the fourth goes!! Love to hear about it!!
I wanted to let you know that my Disney Pixar’s Up inspired DJ mix (using Disney music from film and theme park) that has been out since 4/14/14, is about to come out on Limited Edition Dual CD! It can be downloaded/streamed for free from http://www.Adventurtorium.com! The CD is 10$ and 25% goes to Give Kids the World Charity! Please check it out and help this great cause out!
Thank you! Joe Pardo http://www.Adventurtorium.com
You said in your latest podcast that you were getting back to the parks and resorts. I think it would be great to talk about the differences between the value, moderate, and deluxe resorts. Besides the prices, is it worth the money to stay at a deluxe resort?
Thanks for all that you do!
Sounds good!!! Thanks for the show idea Jenna!!!!
Hey guys! With all the projects going on in WDW, New Fantasyland finishing up, Disney Springs in progress and Avatar land just beginning, I think Disney Springs has potential for a very exciting new experience there. My husband and I were there in Sept. It was in the evening and after a long day we were looking for coffee. there really was no where to get a good cup as we were walking around. We are happy about the Starbucks moving in – much better there than in the parks! What about a show asking the Loopers what they would like to see added to DTD – oops, I mean Disney Springs! 😉
Hello Tim and Bob! I am a new listener and I have to say I love listening to you guys. Thanks for all the work you do. I currently live in Washington D.C. but grew up in Michigan (my mom is from Ohio), so I appreciate all of the Midwest sense of humor and hospitality. I grew up road tripping to Disney and now, since I actually have to pay for it myself, my husband and I do not go as often as I would like☺ I have a couple of questions for you guys. I have friends who just moved to Florida and they are taking me on a trip with them in a month. I was wondering if you have any ideas of fun ways I could surprise them at the parks or anything that would make their trip special (I feel like they have done it all) I offer to pay for things but my friend will not let me. So a surprise would be great! Also, the last time I went to Disney they did not have Disney + Magic Bands. It is a bit confusing to me. Could you shed some light on the Magic Bands. Thanks!!!
Hey guys, I love your show its one of my favorites, been a listener for a while now. But I have a question, my girlfriend and I are thinking about road tripping it down to Disney World this year for Star Wars weekends with our 3 year old and our best friend. We live in New Hampshire, so its about a 22 hour drive for us. Do you have any tips for us on road tripping?
Great question Mike! I’d like to know as well (coming from NJ though). I’d be the only driver along with my wife, 3 year old son and 5 year old daughter.
I’m quite familiar with the drive from Maine to Florida, which is very similar, so I can share some insight. When driving straight through, I like to let the primary driver sleep in as late as possible and leave early in the afternoon, between 12 and 2 PM. This puts us through Maine, NH, Mass, and into Connecticut around dinner time. Take a break and stop for dinner, allowing some of the traffic in front of you to clear. I like to stop at a place that has an indoor playground and let the kids can run around and play for a bit while the adults eat. Once back on the road, the kids can eat in the car and watch a movie before drifting off to sleep for the night.
Unless you’re driving through NYC in the middle of the night, I’d recommend avoiding NYC and the George Washington Bridge altogether and crossing the Tappan Zee bridge to the north instead. There’s traffic on that bridge during peak travel times, too, but overall it’s less likely to be congested. One minor issue around NYC can easily add an hour or two to your trip…that’s a lesson I learned the hard way.
Once past the NY metro area, the trip is a breeze. By leaving when I do, I get through NY/NJ just after the evening rush and through Baltimore/DC/Richmond after midnight, so there’s no traffic there either. Despite throwing down a 5 hour energy drink around 11 or midnight, my eyes will start getting heavy and playing tricks on me sometime around 3 AM…At this point, switch drivers if at all possible, even if just for a few hours. If you can’t, find a safe place to pull off for a quick cat nap until sunrise. By the time everyone wakes up with the sun, you’ll be somewhere in SC looking for a place to stop for breakfast! At that rate, you’ll make it to WDW in time to check-in before dinner.
Great tips! I love letting the kids burn off energy at the indoor playground! That will make it a better drive for everybody!
Hello Guys. I just started listening and I’m hoping that you can help me with my question. We have a family of 5 and I’m looking for On Property Lodging on a Moderate/Low Deluxe Budget. Do you have any recommendations that don’t include the Art of Animation, All Star Music, or upgrading to a Suite at one of the deluxe resorts? I’d really like to stay at the Wilderness Lodge or the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Our children will be 8, 5, and 3 at the time of our trip.
Bob and Tim;
Thanks so much for your quick response! Both Port Orleans Riverside – Alligator Bayou and The Cabins at Fort Wilderness seem like great options! Just some background that I didn’t give before: I have 2 daughters, ages 8 and 3, and a son who is 5. We are planning a September trip and I am the only one who has to been to Disney before. I’ve researched based on the options you gave and I’m torn between the two. I’m sure that either will be great!
Always glad to help & thanks so much for listening. Also, want to pass along some info from another listener, Matt Holley: “@mholley579: @ResortLoopBob @ResortLoopTim have done both ep. 89 options and Fort Wilderness is a much better option! More room, full kitchen!!”
Hope this helps you have a great trip!!!
Just thought of another option…Invite the Grandparents to tag along and one of the kids can sleep in their room.
Hello Tim and Bob, In Episode 77 where you did Rewind Remove or Refurb on Sunset I had a suggestion for Fantasmic. I have thought for a while now that Fantasmic was a one and done kind of attraction. I think it would be good to work in a World of Color type show where it could be constantly changed like World of Color in California. I think this would help with the repeatability of the attraction. Just a thought. Keep up the great work!
I couldn’t agree more Michael. Would love to see a World of Color (or similar type show) at the studios!
Tim and Bob,
I’ve been meaning to send you this comment since Episdoe 68 (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner). For something a little different for Lunch at Magic Kingdom, I highly recommend the Sweet and Spicy Waffle Sandwich at Sleep Hollow in Liberty Square. Give it a try sometime. It’s awesome
A dumb question, but what’s the best way to send over some pics of our recent trip to Disney World. (if you want them) You were right about wilderness lodge. LOVED IT!
PS – I don’t have twitter
James, try emailing them to bob or myself. We would love to see them!
On your rewind, refurb or remove episode covering test track, I would like to suggest that you rewindfurb (my new word) combining the best of the old and the new. Have the ride start off in the current vehicle showing the history of motion like the original ride. Then move into the present showing how things have changed and have been made safer by test tracks. This could be demonstrated by having you ride through one or two tests finishing with the high speed ride outside.
Pat, love the idea, and the word “RewindFurb”! You may want to trademark that! 😉
If you’d imagineer of those message-board-signature-links, I’ll stick one on my DISboard signature! I am not an HTML genius or I’d construct it myself.
Emily, Thanks for the great idea! I will need to look into how to do that. I’m not an HTML guy either. I’m open to suggestions if anybody has some ideas! Thanks Again!!
First let me say… I love anything and everything Disney! I listen to several different podcast and appreciate all of them! I was born in Florida but have lived in Texas since I was 6 yrs. old. I visit at least once a year with my kids and sister. Notice I said SISTER!!! I am married but my husband does not like Disney! He has gone with me and the kids but I feel I suffer more than he does! Going anywhere with someone who pouts like a child just brings you down! Please do a podcast on spouses who dislike Disney! I actually could help do it since I’ve gotten to be a pro at finding things he may like while at the park. It’s so sad to me that he doesn’t see the beauty and magic that we all see! WHY??? Thanks-Dawn
I just started listening to your podcasts and I am hooked! You two crack me up! Thank you for your honest opinions and simple tips! I am trying to catch up on your older podcasts. While we have been to WDW several times, along with my older son (now 12), my husband and I will be taking our younger son (age 6) for his first time in November and can’t wait to see the look on his face! 🙂 We will be staying for the first time at Caribbean Beach Resort. Keep the great podcasts coming and thank you!
Hey guys, Super Looper Steve here and I was wondering if you could assist in some Disney magic. We are taking my kids (Evan -13 and Lindsey – 11) on a surprise trip to the world in late October. They think we are going for a long road trip to Southern Indiana to see my family (we live in Northern Indiana), but they don’t know that we are going a bit farther. I heard you did this a few weeks ago and I’m sure you get hit up alot, but if you’d be kind enough to be the ones to break them the news, that’s fine by me! Even if you can’t, I will still love the show! Keep up the great work guys!!
No problem Steve! What’s the last name?
I’m a new listener (In about 15 pod casts deep and already hooked) Question. I purchased a bunch of 5 day non expiration tickets back in 2011 as kind of a savings account knowing that the pricing would every year. I would now like to add the park hopper option to the tickets. Do I now have to pay the difference of what I paid in 2011 and what the price of the hopper ticket is today or just a standard upgrade of going from a non park hopper to a park hopper….
Hope this makes sense.
Awesome show Loopers !!! I got a question on a Road Trip to Walt Disney World what kind of food do you pack in your car for about a 8-10 hour drive down to WDW? Any Suggestions ??
Yeah, it was one of those nights when there were 2 Fantasmics and extra hours in MK. We have not been able to repeat it for a few years. Will definitely tweet during our next trip.
Hi Tim and Bob,
I’ve been listening since episode 18 and really enjoy your podcast. I listen to several WDW podcast and Resort Loop is the one that I don’t have a backlog to listen too… My wife and I are empty nesters and we spend 3-4 weeks every year at WDW. I appreciate your perspective on how to do WDW. Keep up the good work. I would love to hear tips from your listeners. Our favorite time of the “day” is night time. Ironic, i know… pun intended. We once did 3 fireworks shows in one night. Fantasmic, Wishes and Illuminations. The stars don’t align that way too often, but its fun to try. I wonder how many of your listeners have other stories on how to maximize the fun. Might make a good show subject. Headed back for a fortnight on October 5. Will try to tweet some while we’re there.
Three fireworks shows is very impressive! We will be looking forward to your tweets on your fortnight!
Hey guys. Finally updated with your entire pod cast. If you ever want a perspective from someone who’s a College Program Alumni or visits the parks Solo, feel free to get a hold of me. I absolutely love your show. It’s one of my favs and you have provided so many great tips to make my next trip to the world special. Keep at it!
First day back to work, we got in last night 🙁 . Wanted to share my favorite resort lobbies. 3 – Wilderness Lodge. I know it is similar to Animal Kingdom Lodge, but I liked the river rock stream that starts in the lobby of Wilderness Lodge. I also like the view of the pool and Bay Lake, the animals outside would not be a plus for me. 2 – Polynesian – Now, I LOVE the Polynesian resort. Kona is my favorite place for breakfast, I am also now a big fan of the Tambu Lounge. I still haven’t snagged the elusive ‘Ohana reservation – maybe next time. Love the waterfalls and foliage everywhere. One reason this is not #1 is the crowds that build close to breakfast and dinner. 1 – I am sure many people would not agree with me on this, but I love Coronado Springs lobby. It is close to my heart since we honymooned there, but i love walking in to that fountain, and it never feels overly crowded. We visited other moderate resorts our last visit and they always seemed too noisy and crowded, not so here. It is always comforting to me to enter this resort.
I love your podcasts! I just started listening 2 weeks ago and now I’m playing catch up on the older podcasts. There’s tons of great information that I will take with me on my September trip to Disney World with my wife and 2 kids (2 and 4). We are staying at the Wilderness Lodge for the first time and I’m extremely excited. The kids don’t know yet so I’m sure they’ll be just as excited. I have most of the itinerary planned but I do have one questions for the Disney experts like yourself would most likely have the answer to: When going to the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parade (for the first time), what should we do about dinner? Currently we haven’t booked anything since we were thinking about doing counter service. Would it be wise to try and book table service instead with our Dining Points. I was just afraid of the time that table service would take away from doing all the Halloween activities. Thanks!
Hi James! Thanks for listening! First you will love the Wilderness Lodge! I agree with you, I would definitely figure on having a counter service meal for dinner in the Magic Kingdom during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. The party will feel short enough. There is nothing wrong with a turkey leg or Mickey bar for dinner on vacation (probably not at the same time though)! Consider a nice lunch before you get to the park. Something like Whispering Canyon Cafe at at the Wilderness Lodge, or Kona Cafe at the Polynesian? Have a great time and let us know how you enjoy the party!
Hey guys, loved the show about great cast members. I also enjoyed the one about attractions you wouldn’t miss . I would replace captain eo with a pixar action movie to utilize the great theater and redo the figment ride , as they are now under appreciated
Hey guys, @NORMNB8S here, love the site. You already know I love the show. Keep up the great work!
Hi guys! Still catching up on your older episodes. Listening to episode 27, rating your favorite pavillions at EPCOT. I LOVE the dining ideas for the American Adventure! Cape Cod has some of the best seafood I have ever had! I am also a lover of good BBQ – another brilliant idea. Disney goes above and beyond on so many things, they should definatley pay more attention to our own Pavillion, especially with all the new restaurants popping up or revamping there.
thought I would try out the new and improved comment section I have been hearing about and give twitter a break. Just wanted to say that I am really enjoying the podcast, you guys do a great job! Bob, how could you give Fantasmic a 7?? Other then that I think you were pretty spot on with your reviews of the shows. Keep up the good work, look forward to each new show!
Just started listening to you guys, I love your show! I checked out your newer podcasts, loved the one on the DVC. All info on that is helpful! I am going back listening to your older (the first ones) and have to agree, The Grand Floridian is my #3 as well on the resort loop (episode #3)! Also, Contemporary is my #2, with the Poly being #1. Mind you, i have never had the chance to actually stay at any of these, but one day, I would definitely want the Polynesian. The Contemporary is a close #2, and I think Hubby might rate it as his #1. We are heading back in Sept and staying at old faithful – Coronado Springs. Love the tropical feeling there. Keep up the good work, I am now a faithful listener. You definitely help fill the void while waiting for our trip!
Susan, thanks for listening! We’re glad you found the show! We enjoyed doing that episode. We love Cornado Springs as well, some of the best theming on property! Thank you also for taking the time to post a comment!!
Hello guys, I absolutely love the podcast!!! I am a 30 year old die hard Disney fan. I live in Lexington, KY but travel to Disney World all the time. We go visit so much that my wife and I and friends we go with actually bought annual passes. Its the way to go! One of my best friends actually wrote to you guys before. (UKYRob27) ie…University of Kentucky. Anyways, I am the other airline guy he mentioned. I’m a pilot so my wife and I get the privilege of flying for free to Disney World any time we want. We absolutely love going there. We all love what your doing and always look forward to the next podcast. If you guys ever want to do a podcast on what young adults like to do at Disney World then feel free to let us know. We would be glad and happy to help out and have lots of examples. Great Job Gentlemen! Keep up the great work.
Thanks so very much for listening Kellon!! We truly appreciate you guys listening and always want feedback. We would love to have you on the show and will be in touch. Thanks again!!!
Great Podcast. Regular guys having fun, no hidden agenda, no marketing. It is a great podcast. Keep up the good work.
Hey guys, I contacted you on Twitter but would also like to leave a comment on your site. First off, great podcast! I listen to 4 different ones and you guys are my favorite. You don’t just discuss the parks, you talk about the resorts and food. I love it! I am listening to Episode 24 right now and I heard you say why would young people want to listen to old guys? I am 28 years old and also run wdwsource.com and thoroughly enjoy your views and content. Great job and keep up the good work.
Hello from Dublin, Ireland! Your last podcast mentioned there we no Irish listeners! Just wanted to correct you on that one – here is one at least! Great podcasts by the way! Have been to paris and tokyo disney a few times, but first visit to wdw in May so cant wait!
Hi Mark! Thanks for listening and letting us know we are in Ireland! That just made my day! Be sure to let us know how your WDW trip goes. We’d love to have you on the show to share it!
Hi Dan, thank you so very much for listening and we are glad you like the show! We’ve gotten a little feedback for you; Rob says: Would do Mr. Toad, pirates, Matterhorn, castle walk through, train around park, small world, haunted mansion, tiki room. Would start there. Skip tarzans treehouse. For DCA, see mermaid, California screaming, toy story, cars land, possibly Mickey ferris wheel. Skip Soarin(same as Epcot), skip carnival rides, bugs life area, tower of terror is not as good. Erin says: Pirates, for sure–so much better than WDW MK. I agree completely!!! Tim hasn’t been there yet and I have only been once as an adult. I don’t know where you are staying but I cannot say enough good things about The Park Vue Inn (http://www.parkvueinn.com/). It’s an older hotel, but very nice! As far as the parks go, we only ate one sitdown meal at DCA, Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante. It was very good if you like mexican food. Trying to fit in 2 parks in one day was overwhelming!! I would have liked to have spent at least one day per park. Maybe you could give us a trip report when you get back?! Hope this helps and you have a great trip!!! Thanks again!
SOS!!! Hey guys! Love your show, I listen to it every week at work haha a little Disney magic makes my day go by just a little smoother. Anyways, I need your expert help. I’ve been to Walt Disney World many times, I’m kind of a Disney freak but I’ve never been to Disneyland or California Adventure. This May will be my first trip to California and I’m only getting two days of Disney!! So I was wondering if you could help me navigate these California parks so I don’t miss anything of importance, It will probably be my only trip to the west coast and I want to make sure it’s the most productive experience I can have! Hope you can help me, Keep up the good work fellas. P.S. my wife loves when your wives participate lol she says its a bit of good “mom” advice!
Hi Dan! Thanks for the feedback. We will definitely talk about this on an upcoming episode of ResortLoop.com! Thanks again, and stay tuned!
I love your podcasts! 😀 please could you do a shout out for @Disney_Dreamer_ on one your podcasts it would really help 🙂
Thank you for mentioning our little site on podcast # 13. We try so hard to help people traveling with special needs to Walt Disney World and Disneyland, especially the kids.
I loved the story about my buddy Kieth and his dangerous towel!
Best regards, Tom Henry aka: @mouseaider
Tom, thanks for all the kind words, but thank you especially for all you do on your site to help those with special needs. It is our pleasure to share your site with others.
We enjoyed Keith’s story off the towel as well. I guess we may be patted down for a towel instead of with a towel!
Like your show guys. I have a question maybe you could answer annual passholders now have the option to get RFID passes from march through may. If I am not going to be in Disney at that time frame how can I replace my paper pass with the RFID. I called Disney they had no answer. Also I herd you say about transportation cards given out to kids who ask. My twin daughters found out that they also give driver license at tomorrowland speedway if you ask. Take care waiting for your next podcast.
Thank You very much for the feedback. We’re happy your enjoying the shows! Thanks for listening!
The new podcasts are great. I listen to about 5 other podcasts and its nice to see other perspectives. Keep up the good work and I can’t wait to here some more.
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