Magic Kingdom – Listener Questions

Contents

Adventureland

1094 7:18 Ken in North Carolina discusses Peg-leg Pete.

0683 21’00” Ellen from NJ asks about J P and the Silver Stars drum band, the steel drum band in Adventureland.

Enchanted Tiki Room

1177 17:10 Jeff from Ohio comments on the Tiki Room

Jungle Cruise

0821 17’50” Mark from Australia refers to Episode 699 and says that the Jungle Cruise and Main Street USA will not change.

0689 6’15” Andrew from Canada asks why the Jungle Cruise is not open during Parties or EMHs.

0179 Rick of FL wants to know if the humor of the Jungle Cruise is normal. Len says it is a long standing tradition of the Jungle Cruise to make fun of it as a skipper.

 

Pirates League

1295 25:21 Alexandra asks about a Mermaid Package at Pirate’s League

1094 18:10 Jennifer from Indiana asks about scheduling MK’s Pirates League. Mike Scopa shares some insight.

Pirates of the Caribbean

1213 4:26 John from New York comments on the differences between Pirates of the Caribbean at WDW and Disneyland, based on Episode 931 – Go West….Young Man

0755 12’10” Adam from NY says that he found about the history of Pirates at the Caribbean from Martin’s Videos (http://www.martinsvids.net/).

0654 2’25” Chris from NY explains why Pirates of the Caribbean is inferior in WDW.

LS05 Danielle of NY if the touring plan for Pirates of the Caribbean has changed at al.

0092 Simon thinks there is a difference between the left and right sides of the line at Pirates of the Caribbean and one moves faster than the other. Len thinks perhaps once or twice anything can happen but Len had researchers wait in line over and over again for days at a time and found no difference overall in line wait times. Len says there’s less than a 30 second time difference.

0061 Sarah Hurd of San Francisco, CA has heard rumors of the Pirates of the Caribbean closing this year for a refurbishment. Len says it will be closed March 1 through early July, 2006 and should re-open in time to coincide with the opening of the sequel. Mike Scopa says July 7 is the targeted re-opening date but could have some soft openings at the end of June.

0008 Our first question is from Rich of Youngstown, Ohio and he wants to know about when Pirates of the Caribbean will be closed down for rehab to add Captain Jack Sparrow and what web sites are good for reliable rehab information?. Len recommends [1]MousePlanet for reliable rehab information as well as the Disney Travel Agent website, but that isn’t accesible to the general public.. Len hasn’t heard any reliable rehab information for Pirates yet but recommends checking with Mouseplanet and similiar sites for any new developments..

Fantasyland

Ariel’s Grotto

LS30 Part 2 – 53’15” The Panel discuss Ariel’s Grotto.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

0752 19’45” Al from NY refers to Episode 652 and recommends Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and the Harmony Barber Shop.

Cinderella’s Castle

1298 14:48 John from South Carolina talks about the real castle that Cinderella Castle is based on

LS46 19’10” Carol from Ohio asks whether she can get her picture taken outside of Cinderella’s Castle if she got an early Crystal Palace reservation.

1112 19:41 Ken from Indiana comments on the Osborne Lights and the MK Castle Show

0686 6’35” Peter from NY asks whether the Cinderella Castle Lighting is done before the Party starts.

0648 18’45” Craig from UK defends dining at Cinderella’s Castle.

0573 13’20″: Dave asks how long the Castle lights stay up in January.

0549 17’55″: Phil from NY says that stage shows in front of Cinderella’s Castle can be canceled due to rain.

LS28 Part 1 – 47’25” Paul from NY asks about the lights on the castle.

0173 Kevin-John and Chelsea of PA wants to know if Cinderella’s castle will look normal any time soon. Mike Scopa says there was a crane up when he was down last and he’s heard they’re going to be finished very soon.

0152 Jane of MN wants to know when the castle decorations will be taken down for the 50th Celebration. Mike Scopa says it’s happening now and the gold will be taken down and some painting added. Mike Scopa heard a rumor it will be done by December-ish. Len has an updates on the castle refurbishment on his [2]website.

LS05 Josh of PA wants to know why there is a light on in Cinderella’s Castle during Wishes and Spectromagic.

Aaron of IN wanted to comment about the light in Cinderella’s Castle.

Laurie of PA wants to know if they will be changing the castle for Year of A Million Dreams.

John also wants to know what they’re going to do with the Castle.

0089 Sarah Parnell wants to know if the Magic Kingdom castle is going to be decorated this year. Matt thinks perhaps she’s referring to the current 50th Anniversary Celebration gold decorations. Mike Scopa says aside from the gold trim on the castle and it’s coming down at the end of the year and the question is what will be coming up as the next celebration.

0067 Frank wants to know if Walt Disney has a private room in Cinderella’s Castle and if it’s available to tour. It’s not true because WDW was never open when he was alive. Matt says there is an apartment in the castle at Disneyland but in Disney World there is an unfinished room in Cinderella’s Castle.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

1195 23:10 Mark from Illinois asks whether Len has ridden Dumbo

1136 24:34 Al from New York questions the appeal of Dumbo

 

Generally

1328 5:25 Chris discusses the Fantasyland Expansion in relation to the opinions voiced by the hosts on Episode 1264 – The One Thing

1269 25:53 Diane from Illinois asks where the Tangled Restrooms are located

1158 11:58 Tony asks the merits of New Fantasyland and the legacy of Michael Eisner

LS47 63’30” Brian from Michigan asks about changes to the forthcoming Fantasyland expansion.

0728 19’15” Brian from Maryland asks if Fantasyland will still be open late spring 2010.

0710 17’20” Someone asks whether their trip in Fall 2010 will be negatively affected by the Fantasyland expansion.

0689 13’30” Mellissa from Illinois asks if there is anything new coming to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.

0633 Len discusses his blog about the Fantasyland Expansion [3].

0621 3’40” Shawn from TX refers to Episode 609 and says that Cinderella’s Carriage is near Peter’s Pan Flight.

LS30 Part 1 – 21’20” Bradley from FL asks about a complete change to Fantasyland.

It’s a Small World

0740 5’55” Ryan has a website about the World Fair 1964.

0695 15’25” Will from TX asks about the missing children in It’s a Small World.

0403 Kayla of NV wants to know what we think of the incorporation of Disney characters in It’s A Small World.

0206 Jen in MD wants to know why there are no holiday overlays for Haunted Mansion and Small World. Matt says Haunted Mansion has not received the kind of upgrades its Disneyland counterpart has over the years. Len says Jim Hill mentioned on a [4]previous episode that the budget for a Haunted Mansion overlay went to finance Stitch’s Great Escape. Len thinks since Magic Kingdom is the #1 or #2 theme park in the United States, there isn’t a reason to do an overlay. Matt thinks the cost is the primary reason.

0039 Todd Anger of Wisconsin wants to know if It’s A Small World or Haunted Mansion will recieve holiday overlays like their Disneyland counterparts do. Mike found out that due to a management decision, the budget for a Haunted Mansion overlay was put into Stitch’s Escape last year. Mike doesn’t think Small World will get an overlay anytime soon but hopes the Haunted Mansion will get one soon.

Peter Pan’s Flight

0719 17’40” Ken from Minnesota asks about the length of the queue for Peter Pan’s Flight.

LS41 74’15” Anna says that Peter Pan’s Flight’s lines were 90 minutes long first thing in the morning.

Pooh’s Playful Spot

LS30 Part 2 – 47’25” The Panel comment on Pooh’s Playful Spot from Episode 526.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

1418 19:51 Dmitri from North Carolina shares her experiences riding Seven Dwarfs Mine Train under different conditions. She also ponders other Disney attractions that are affected by factors such as time of day or seat location

1412 19:48 Laura from Tennessee asks about her optimized touring plan for the Magic Kingdom, especially when to ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

1409 20:04 Brice from Ohio shares an August trip report highlighting FastPass Plus and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

1382 9:13 Erica from Indiana asks about seeing Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at park opening

1379 23:06 Zack from Tennessee asks if he will be granted an additional FastPass if he can’t fit into the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train’s vehicles

1292 25:49 Josh from Georgia asks how FastPass Plus reservations will be handled for new attractions such as the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

1248 5:35 Dawn from New York ponders the impact Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will have on the atmosphere of Fantasyland

1195 20:14 John from Massachusetts asks about New Fantasyland construction progress

Tea Cups

0379 TJ offers suggestions for how to take a photo on the Tea Cups.

Frontierland

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

0680 20’40” Kevin from Indiana asks about the goat trick on Big Thunder Mountain.

Country Bear Jamboree

LS25 Part 2, 1’00” Kim from Pittsburgh wants to know about the Country Bears refurb.

Splash Mountain

1219 6:49 Stanton discusses the story behind Splash Mountain

1180 17:48 Ryan from Tennessee asks about the wetness of Splash Mountain

1089 25:30 Brian from Oregon clarifies the Splash Mountain storyline.

1085 8:42 Jamie from Rhode Island asks a question about Splash Mountain’s storyline.

0821 25’45” Julie-Ann from WA asks for the best seats on various attractions.

LS39 35’35” KevBot asks when Splash Mountain is open.

LS37 35’05” KevBot from Massachusetts asks about Splash Mountain audio.

0522 Mike from Minniapolis asks about the water on Splash Mountain.

0516 24’50″: Megan from NJ asks why Splash Mountain closes every year.

0329 Steve of CO shares his splash theory on Splash Mountain.

0302 Jonathon of TN wants to know if it will be too cold to go swimming or ride Splash Mountain in February.

0239 Jen wants to know why guests aren’t splashed anymore on the bridge that crosses Splash Mountain. Matt thinks people confuse the Splash Mountain bridge with the [5]Step By Step intro. Matt says there are water cannons on Splash Mountain that can spray the bridge but they turn it off during the colder days of the year.

0176 Kim of WI wants to know about the water effects on Splash Mountain. Matt thinks it was broken. Len says when it’s cold, they tone down the water effects.

Tom Sawyer Island

1106 5:22 Jeff discusses the paint brush adventure on Tom Sawyer Island

0534 19’10″: Catherine from Colorado asks about elusive paint brushes in Tom Sawyer Island.

0074 Len’s daughter likes the secret caves on Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom.

Generally

1399 8:25 Matt from New York thinks about good places to nap at the Magic Kingdom

1313 19:17 Kelly from Florida recollects a bad situation leaving Magic Kingdom at closing

1289 20:33 Howie from Maryland asks about parking at multiple WDW locations in a single day, namely the Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom Lodge

1279 24:31 David from Texas comments on his experience at Magic Kingdom

1272 1:36 Liza from Louisiana asks for good breakfast ADR times for both Cinderella’s Royal Table and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall such as not to negatively impact park touring at Magic Kingdom and Epcot, respectively

LS45 68’00” Doug from Mississippi says that the non-event Magic Kingdom hours have been reduced.

LS41 99’55” Ed from Pittsburgh asks which day is the best to go to the Magic Kingdom, and whether that has anything to do with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

1174 23:34 Ann from Ohio asks about buying a MK brick.

0454 Tim of NJ wants to know why the Magic Kingdom is open so late on Saturday in September.

LS25 Part 1, 36’20” Ted asks about Bricks around the World in the Magic Kingdom.

0427 John of OH wants to know how people got to buy a brick at the Magic Kingdom.

0403 Andy of IN also wants to know if the Magic Kingdom will be less crowded during a Pirates and Princess Party day.

0302 Grant of MN wants to know about a book he found in Epcot that compares the Magic Kingdoms around the World. Len thinks it might be [6]One Day in Disney.

LS07 Part 1, 19’20” Brian from NC asks Lou about changes to Magic Kingdom.

0083 Mickey from Pittsburgh, PA wants to know the official opening date of Walt Disney World. Mike Scopa says it opened October 1, 1971 and explains why it opened in October.

0056 Robert Scott writes in and doesn’t see the appeal of the utilidoors (underground tunnels) at the Magic Kingdom.

0053 Kai Dean of Manchester, United Kingdom and wants to know if the band Tomorrowland Blast is still around at the Magic Kingdom. Mike Scopa mentions that alot of the park entertainment was purged and Tomorrowland Blast has been removed from the park along with many other acts.

0050 Michelle Collins of Michigan asks how big the lockers at the Magic Kingdom are. Mike Scopa mentions the train station rehab is complete and may be a bit smaller than they were before which would mean they’re the size of a cubic foot or so.

0036 Gary Hasty wants to know any truth to Disney offering more bricks for sale at the Magic Kingdom. Len doesn’t see why they wouldn’t but it wouldn’t surprise him if they did it. Mike thinks they’re waiting to see how many people will renew their bricks before going ahead with an extension. Len is surprised how bad the Leave a Legacy tiles at Epcot are doing.

0021 Gary also wants to know some quiety areas in the Magic Kingdom to rest. Len likes the Exposition Hall on Main Street where there’s a small 42 seat theater, it’s air conditioned and there’s never anyone there. Sue likes behind the Christmas Shop because it’s nice and empty and shaded (it is outdoors). Len also likes the seating area by the restrooms between Adventureland and Frontierland by the DVC booth and there’s padded seats & tables.

Inter-land Attractions

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Interactive Adventure

1251 19:08 Jennifer from Pennsylvania asks for strategies to collect Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom cards

Liberty Square

Generally

0089 Darwin Matthews let us know of a [7]caricature location in the Magic Kingdom behind the Christmas Shop in Liberty Square.

Hall of Presidents

1263 19:32 Cassidy questions the organization of the Hall of Presidents

1177 11:11 Dave comments on Episode 1023: Calling an Audible and discusses the merits of Hall of Presidents

0591 19’40″: Mark from WV asks about crowd congestion with the updated Hall of Presidents and the refurb of Space Mountain.

LS34 83’45″: Tim from FL talks about the updated Hall of Presidents.

Haunted Mansion

1424 2:37 Jean from Maryland shares a trip report from Disneyland, California. She mentions the Haunted Mansion Halloween overlay

1412 7:50 Sean from Florida asks what happened to Madame Leota’s ring, which he previously saw in the Haunted Mansion queue

1174 14:40 Mike from New York asks about Haunted Mansion merchandise

0558 Alexis has rewritten the Grin Grinning Ghosts song in line with her school experience, which Len sings.

0552 14’55″: Josh refers to Episode 348 and gives a version of the Haunted Mansion story.

0299 Ryan of CT wants to know about upgrades to the Haunted Mansion rehab.

0285 Michelle of MA wants to know odds of a soft opening of Haunted Mansion are.

0275 Holly complains about the Haunted Mansion closing during the summer and thinks it should be closed during the off season and not in the summer. Mike Scopa thinks there was poor planning and classic attractions shouldn’t be closed between June and September. Mike Newell says summer is the off season because Halloween is the real peak for Haunted Mansion.

0272 Sandy of WA wants to know if the Haunted Mansion is closed for her July trip. Mike Scopa says the Haunted Mansion is closed and wont reopen until October.

0233 Len recommends sitting upstairs at Columbia Harbor House and shares a tip for monitoring the wait at Haunted Mansion.

0206 Jen in MD wants to know why there are no holiday overlays for Haunted Mansion and Small World. Matt says Haunted Mansion has not received the kind of upgrades its Disneyland counterpart has over the years. Len says Jim Hill mentioned on a [8]previous episode that the budget for a Haunted Mansion overlay went to finance Stitch’s Great Escape. Len thinks since Magic Kingdom is the #1 or #2 theme park in the United States, there isn’t a reason to do an overlay. Matt thinks the cost is the primary reason.

0086 Cassandra is going to Disney World the first week in October and wants to know if they re-do the Haunted Mansion in Walt Disney World like they do in Disneyland. Mike Scopa says there were plans to transform the Haunted Mansion however the budget for the plan was used to fund Stitch’s Great Escape. Mike Scopa has no idea if they’re doing it in Walt Disney World .

0039 Todd Anger of Wisconsin wants to know if It’s A Small World or Haunted Mansion will recieve holiday overlays like their Disneyland counterparts do. Mike found out that due to a management decision, the budget for a Haunted Mansion overlay was put into Stitch’s Escape last year. Mike doesn’t think Small World will get an overlay anytime soon but hopes the Haunted Mansion will get one soon.

Liberty Belle Riverboat

0173 Kevin also wants to know if the Liberty Belle is running. Matt says it was running in September and Mike Scopa says it was operating when he was down in October.

Main Street USA

Generally

0821 17’50” Mark from Australia refers to Episode 699 and says that the Jungle Cruise and Main Street USA will not change.

0782 2’25” Jeff from Virginia and Haley from Connecticut refer to Episode 776 and says that some of the penny arcades are located in the Main Street Train Station.

0776 8’15” Brett from NH asks about the old Main Street USA penny arcades.

0671 11’15” Brett from NH asks how he can get a haircut in the Barbershop.

0510 13’50″: Bob from Wisconsin asks about sidestreets in Main Street USA.

LS07 Part 1, 7’05” Becky from Virginia asks about a magic shop and penny arcade originally on Main Street USA.

0158 Mike Scopa says Main Street USA is on a slight incline.

0074 Mike Newell likes the little road that branches off Main Street, USA in the Magic Kingdom for an area to relax.

Harmony Barber Shop

1316 7:09 Melissa from Texas asks about reservations for a first haircut experience at Harmony Barber Shop

0752 19’45” Al from NY refers to Episode 652 and recommends Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and the Harmony Barber Shop.

0645 12’50” Ingrid from SC asks whether the barbershop will do something special for a baby’s first haircut.

Magic Kingdom Train

1266 24:41 Cliff from Texas asks if taking the Walt Disney World railroad from the Magic Kingdom entrance to Fantasyland saves time over walking

LS41 96’15” Geoff from Arkansas asked which way the train goes round the park.

LS28 Part 1 – 32’35” John from Virgania asks about the early Magic Kingdom train at Toontown.

Tomorrowland

Astro Orbitor

0382 JillAnn of IN shares a story of watching Wishes while riding Astro Orbitor.

Buzz Lightyear

1148 23:24 John comments on a glitch in Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin

0341 Chris of FL shares a tip of how to get a high score on Buzz Lightyear.

Carousel of Progress

1109 Joe from Massachusetts asks about donating the Carrousel of Progress if it closed. The hosts discuss the attraction’s merits

1109 Hale from Connecticuit mentions Episode 889-Topsy Turvy and discusses moving Carrousel of Progress to a different part of WDW

0740 5’55” Ryan has a website about the World Fair 1964.

0627 24’25” Albert from Tennessee asks whether Carousel of Progress or the TTA will be closed down.

0341 Chris of MO wants clarification about the Carousel of Progress story that Mike Scopa told during Events.

0260 Amy wants to know if the Carousel of Progress is still open. Annette says it’s still open.

0098 Anna of Port Jefferson Station, NY wants to know if the Carousel of Progress will be open in May. Mike Scopa says it was open during his trip in early May and says the Cast Members have indicated they should be open.

LS01 Part 2 – 14’40″: Deanna from Pennsylvania asks about the future of the Carousel of Progress.

0008 Mike has heard that new carpeting has been installed at Carousel of Progress which would indicate it will not be closed down..

Generally

LS31 Part 1 – 21’50″: Mary-Jo from Tennessee asks about an AAA TomorrowLand Lounge.

Monsters Inc Laugh Floor

0266 William of VA wants to know where they have should have put attractions like Monsters Inc and Stitch if not in Tomorrowland. Len says they should be at the Disney-MGM Studios.

0212 Dave also wants to know wants to know when the Monsters Inc Laugh Floor attraction will be open. Len says it will open by Easter and maybe in time for some of the later spring breaks.

LS09 3’50” Jay asks if the Monsters will still be in the Studios, and about the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor.

0068 Mike of [9]WDWMaps.com wonders if the patent we mentioned on [10]Episode 59 was for the Monsters Inc ride at Disneyland. Len describes the technology and the patent and agrees with Mike.

0062 Mike Scopa says he’s heard a rumor of the Monsters Inc ride coming to the Disney-MGM Studios.

Space Mountain

1424 8:42 Rick from Missouri shares a trip report, including Space Mountain, Yachtsman Steakhouse, using FastPass Plus for Wishes, and ADR tips

1406 6:23 Gerald from Pennsylvania ponders how far a tall person’s head comes from the overhead tracks on Space Mountain

1385 4:06 Van from Georgia ponders the selection of park music, especially that at Space Mountain

1103 2:44 Arianna from Florida asks if Space Mountain is worth a 30 minute wait for a group of children

0743 13’40” Bruce from PA asks whether Space Mountain is open.

0716 27’30” Mike from NY asks about the old pre-show to Space Mountain.

LS40 12’15” Andrew from NY says that Space Mountain is better in Disneyland than in WDW.

0677 5’10” Chaning from Georgia asks about the new Space Mountain.

LS35 15’05” Steve Steifert asks about the different high requirements for Space Mountain in WDW and Disneyland.

0588 12’25″: James asks about the Space Mountain refurbishment.

LS30 Part 1 – 19’50” Bradley from FL asks about the Space Mountain rehab.

0329 Ralph talks about the chicken exit at Space Mountain.

LS07 Part 3, 11’05” Sarah (of Sarah and Josh) got stuck with Matt in Space Mountain with the lights on.

0103 Tyler of San Jose, CA wants to know if Space Mountain in Walt Disney World will change any like the recent changes that has happened in Disneyland to Space Mountain. Mark has heard similiar rumors for a 2008 rehab but it’s strictly still a rumor and has heard no confirmation. Len has heard great reviews of the changes that occured in Disneyland’s Space Mountain.

0068 Steve H from St. Louis, MO wants to know if Spaceship Earth or Space Mountain are in danger of changing since they recently lost their sponsors. Matt mentions that at Space Mountain, Disneyland and Disneyland Paris have both recently rehabbed their Space Mountains. Neither Len nor Mike Scopa have heard any credible rumors about any closures for Space Mountain at Walt Disney World.

Stitch’s Great Escape

1376 16:08 Dan from New Mexico wonders how Stitch’s Great Escape would’ve been received as an opening day attraction at Disneyland

1349 19:21 Lauren from Minnesota ponders a replacement for Stitch’s Great Escape

1112 21:59 Matt from Pennsylvania comments on Episode 955- Cut and Paste, and Stitch’s Great Escape

0266 William of VA wants to know where they have should have put attractions like Monsters Inc and Stitch if not in Tomorrowland. Mike Scopa shares a story about the Stitch opening. Len says they should be at the Disney-MGM Studios.

0206 Jen in MD wants to know why there are no holiday overlays for Haunted Mansion and Small World. Len says Jim Hill mentioned on a [11]previous episode that the budget for a Haunted Mansion overlay went to finance Stitch’s Great Escape.

0039 Todd Anger of Wisconsin wants to know if It’s A Small World or Haunted Mansion will recieve holiday overlays like their Disneyland counterparts do. Mike found out that due to a management decision, the budget for a Haunted Mansion overlay was put into Stitch’s Escape last year.

Storytime with Characters

LS31 Part 1 – 22’55″: Mary-Jo from Tennessee asks about an AAA Storytime with Characters.

Tomorrowland Speedway

1352 12:13 Ryan ponders the future of Tomorrowland Speedway

1316 23:27 Jay from New York discusses the Tomorrowland Speedway

0753 7’55” Rachel’s 2-year-old daughter drove on the Tomorrowland Speedway, and asks whether that was allowed.

0698 25’25” Erica from Georgia asks about fitting the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway into a Touring Plan.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

1421 17:27 Steve from Ohio talks about getting evacuated off the TTA Peoplemover

0707 2’00” Ken from NH enjoys the Garden Grill, and asks the Panel for their favorite things that few others like.

LS37 35’40” KevBot from Massachusetts asks about the updated TTA audio.

0627 24’25” Albert from Tennessee asks whether Carousel of Progress or the TTA will be closed down.

LS31 Part 2 – 50’55″: Gordon asks about Walt’s model on the TTA.

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