DizFanatic Podcast Episode #22 “EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival”

EPCOTFlowerGardenCleavenger01.jpgWelcome to Episode #22 of the DizFanatic "Ears On Ears" Podcast!

This episode Mike and Anna discuss some of the latest news and rumors from around the Disney universe and talk a little more about the EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival going on now in Walt Disney World, Florida.

Be sure to head over to DizFanatic.com to read more about about the Flower & Garden Festival and some of the latest news and rumors.  Be sure to also take a look at some recent photos from above the Fantasyland expansion as some great progress has been made and parts of Storybook Circus are now open!  We would like to give a big Thanks to our good friend Gary Cleavenger for providing these great photos of this year's Flower & Garden Festival!!  You can see our preview video of the event here: Flower & Garden Preview Video

This episode of the DizFanatic Podcast is sponsored by WDWTravels.com which is a full service travel company specializing in Disney vacations.  Visit http://WDWTravels.com for a free quote today! WDWTravels is an authorized Disney Vacation Planner.

Please visit our main website site http://DizFanatic.com for more information.  Friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel.  Just search for DizFanatic.

As always, feel free to email us at Mike@DizFanatic.com or leave us a voice mail on Skype.  Thanks for joining us!

(Note: Because of some technical issues, we have moved Gary's photos over to DizFanatic.com on the "Flower & Garden" page)

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DizFanatic Episode #21 - “Disney Cruise Line Fantasy”

EarsOnEarsGuySailorw-noshirt500x500.jpgWelcome to Episode #21 of the DizFanatic "Ears On Ears" Podcast!

This episode Mike and Anna discuss the brand new Disney Cruise Line "Fantasy". Our dear and beautiful DisneyAnna was invited aboard the Fantasy for a special tour of this awesome new ship when she arrived in New York City.  We decided not to edit this show so that we can get the information out as quickly as possible.  With that said, I must apologize for the silliness and goof-ups that you may be subjected to.  I hope that you enjoy listening as much as we had fun discussing the amazing ship.

Be sure to head over to DizFanatic.com to read more about about the Fantasy and see the exclusive photos!

This episode of the DizFanatic Podcast is sponsored by WDWTravels.com which is a full service travel company specializing in Disney vacations.  Visit http://WDWTravels.com for a free quote today!

Please visit our main website site http://DizFanatic.com for more information.  Friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check out our Youtube channel.  Just search for DizFanatic.

As always, feel free to email us at Mike@DizFanatic.com or leave us a voicemail on Skype.  Thanks for joining us!

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DizFanatic Episode #20 - “Romantic Disney”

sq-ears-VALENTINE.jpgWelcome to Episode #20 of the DizFanatic "Ears On Ears" podcast!

This episode Mike and his guests get into the mood and spirit of St. Valentine's Day. The discussion includes the many romantic aspects of Disney Dining, parks, movies, gifting and more. So this is a great time to think about Romance, Disney style and you can take these ideas and apply them any time of year, be it an anniversary, birthday, Valentines day, or you just want to be romantic with that someone special who happens to be a Disney Fanatic!

Be sure to head over to DizFanatic.com's "Seasonal Events" section to read more about Romance and Disney!

This episode of the DizFanatic Podcast is sponsored by WDWTravels.com which is a full service travel company specializing in Disney vacations.  Visit http://WDWTravels.com for a free quote today!

Please visit our main website site http://DizFanatic.com for more information.  Friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check out our Youtube channel.  Just search for DizFanatic.

As always, feel free to email us at Mike@DizFanatic.com or leave us a voicemail on Skype.  Thanks for joining us!

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DizFanatic Episode #19 - “EPCOT Top 5 Restaurants with Angie & Chuckie”

Welcome to Episode #19 of the DizFanatic "Ears On Ears" podcast!

tangerine_cafe.jpgThis episode Mike and his guests Angie Kennard and Chuckie Blades discuss their top 5 restaurants in EPCOT. Of course, this was a hard undertaking as EPCOT has so many wonderful restaurants to serve any taste and budget.

This episode of the DizFanatic Podcast is sponsored by WDWTravels.com which is a full service travel company specializing in Disney vacations.  Visit WDWTravels.com for a free quote today!

Please visit our main website site dizfanatic.com for more information.  Friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check out our Youtube channel.  Just search for DizFanatic.

As always, feel free to email us at  mike@DizFanatic.com or leave us a voicemail on Skype.  Thanks for joining us!

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DizFanatic Episode #18 - “Magic Kingdom Top 5 Attractions w/Chuckie

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Princess Sofia the FirstWelcome to Episode #18 of the DizFanatic "Ears On Ears" podcast!

This episode Mike and his guest Chuckie discuss their top 5 attractions at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.  Check out the "Official News" page on DizFanatic.com for more details on the news topics discussed in this show and see the "Galleries" for the latest construction photos as well!

 

This episode of the DizFanatic Podcast is sponsored by WDWTravels.com which is a full service travel company specializing in Disney vacations.  Visit http://WDWTravels.com for a free quote today!

 

Please visit our main website site http://DizFanatic.com for more information.  Friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check out our Youtube channel.  Just search for DizFanatic.

 

As always, feel free to email us at Mike@DizFanatic.com or leave us a voicemail on Skype.  Thanks for joining us!

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DizFanatic Episode #17 - MouseVent 2010 re-broadcast

sq-noears-400-santa2.jpgWelcome to the DizFanatic "Ears on Ears" podcast! This is a special re-broadcast of last year's MouseVent bonus day where we were invited to take part in an audio advent calendar. We've been invited back this year so be sure to check out http://MouseVent.com for this year's countdown to Christmas, in Disney style!

Be sure to check out the bonus video on our youtube channel after our episode airs on MouseVent.com!

Please visit our main website site http://DizFanatic.com for more information.  Friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check out our Youtube channel.  Just search for DizFanatic.

As always, feel free to email us at Mike@DizFanatic.com or leave us a voicemail on Skype.  And if your looking into booking a Disney vacation, contact Anna to answer all of your questions or for a free quote. Email her at Anna@WDWTravels.com or call 1-877-635-5362.

Thanks for joining us and Merry Christmas!

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DizFanatic Episode #16 - “Disney’s RFID Wristbands, NextGen, Photopass & In Park Experiences

This episode of DizFanatic.com's "Ears on Ears" podcast is joined by the creator of the DisTech blog and author of the     popular DizTech column to discuss some interesting new enhancements to your Disney experience.

Code named "NextGen" by Disney several years ago, a large sum of cash is being invested in technologies to create new and innovative experiences to your Disney vacation. Although we haven't heard much as of yet, some new details have been leaking out and we have the scoop! We discuss Disney's new RFID wristbands, upgrades to the PhotoPass system, possible changes to FastPass, awesome new in-park experiences and more. We have tons of concept art and actual photos of some of these "unofficial" things as well as more in depth details over on the DizTech column on our main site, so be sure to visit http://dizfanatic.com/DizTech000.aspx

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We also spent a few minutes talking about our predictions and wish lists for announcements that may be headed our way at the D23 Expo later this week.

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Please feel free to leave you comments as we would love to hear your thoughts on these new technologies.

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DizFanatic Episode #15 - “Valentines Lovey Dovey Episode!”

sq-ears-VALENTINE.jpgWelcome to Episode #15 of the DizFanatic "Ears On Ears" podcast!

This is our "Lovey Dovey" episode. Thinking of popping the big question in Disney? Well some special friends have joined us to discuss getting engaged in Walt Disney World. We share their experiences and some advice on this magical subject. Of course we also talk a bit about some recent exciting Disney news. As promised, our guests sent in a brief overview of their stories. Of course it's more fun to hear all of the details, but here are some quick notations:

 

Kristin & Cory:

EoE015-KristinAndCory3.jpgMy fiance Cory is everything in a man that I always hoped I would have – he’s smart, he’s funny, he’s always there for me, he’s just amazing.  We’ve been together for four years now – and we’re a great team. 

On our vacation to Disney World in July 2010, Cory proposed to me on the beach of the Polynesian Resort, right before the fireworks.  He was so nervous!  He got down on one knee, and told me that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me.  It had to be the most magical night of my life.  Standing there, watching the fireworks surround the Magic Kingdom, with a brand new ring on my finger and a future to look forward to, was like a dream.  It's like we were in another world and the fireworks were just for us!   When Cory proposed I was so surprised, and so so happy!  Disney is such a special place for us.  My parents brought my sister and I to Disney every year as kids, and we have continued to go every year as adults.  It has always been a special place to me and my family, even more so since my father passed away unexpectedly 2 years ago.  It was his favorite place in the world and we feel like a piece of him is there on the Seven Seas Lagoon by the Magic Kingdom.  This made the proposal location that much more meaningful.  Cory wanted to propose in Disney because it was a special place to us, but knew that that particular location meant even more to me.  It’s as if my dad was there with us, giving us his approval (and a pat on the back to Cory for choosing to propose in Disney)

We are now planning our wedding in Disney World for November 2011.  It is so very exciting and we just can’t wait.   Thanks to Mike and Anna for having us on their amazing Disney podcast!  We had a great time!  See ya real soon! =)

Kristen & Dave:

EoE015-KristenAndDave2.jpgDave, his family, and I were in Disney World December 29-January 2. We went to Yachtsman Steakhouse for a New Years Eve/birthday dinner (his dad's birthday was December 31st and my 21st birthday was January 1).

After dinner, we went to the Magic Kingdom for the fireworks. After the fireworks, we walked up closer to Cinderella's Castle. I had wanted to get our picture taken the entire time we were in Disney in front of Cinderella's Castle. Dave kept putting it off... until that night. He took me to a place on the side of the castle where there was a Photopass photographer. We were standing there around 12:10am. I was getting so frustrated because Dave wouldn't look towards the camera to have our picture taken. He kept looking at me and trying to get me to face him. Finally, I turned towards him. Out of nowhere, he grabbed my hand and dropped to one knee. I was completely speechless and started crying.

The Magic Kingdom was loud that night with a DJ playing in the background. I don't remember the music or the people around. I just remember looking down at him on one knee. It felt as if it was just Dave and I. Everything around me completely disappeared. It was the most magical moment of my life. I'm so happy I found my prince charming. And, dreams really do come true.

And, the link to the video :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUd0EO0xaAY

 

And finally, Adam & Denise who were unable to be with us:

EoE015-AdamAndDenise.jpgWe got engaged in January 2008. We were both in college working part time retail jobs, so we weren't making very much money. We had to drive down, because there was no way we could afford a flight, a car, park tickets, meals, gas, and the rest. So we decided to drive straight through overnight because we just wanted to get down there ASAP. We were absolutely exhausted the next day, and spent most of it sleeping. We stayed with my aunt and uncle who live about 45 minutes from the parks.

We went to the Magic Kingdom a few days later, and we went with my aunt and uncle who knew what was about to happen. Before we got to the Magic Kingdom, we stopped for a big breakfast. It was a nice way to start the day, but I was already jittery and stopping to eat just made me more anxious! When we got to the park, we spent some time walking down Main Street and even got our picture with Daisy Duck. Denise said later that she thought I was going to pop the question that day, but I kind of threw her off by stopping to take pictures and such on the way to the castle. Also, she said she was looking for a ring box but couldn't find one so that confused her, too. The truth was that I was carrying the ring around in my pants pocket, which made me extremely nervous. I was checking my pocket about every 30 seconds to make sure it was still there!

When we got to the Castle, there was already a small crowd of people taking pictures, so we had to wait for a little bit to get our chance in front of the Castle. It finally came down to Denise and I and another family. The gentleman from the other family asked us if we wanted to go next, and I'm usually always courteous in this situation and allow the other person to go first, but in this case I said "Yes, thank you." So we gave our camera to my aunt who said she would take the picture, and took our place in front of the castle. When we were up there, I dropped to one knee and asked her to be my princess. She said yes, of course. When it was over, we walked back to my aunt and uncle and the gentleman from the other family told us he was really glad he let us go first! There were also more people there that came as the whole thing happened, and one lady was even crying! It was a pretty awesome thing, and it's a memory we'll share forever. What was the first thing we did after getting engaged? We hopped on the newly refurbed Haunted Mansion! Nothing starts off a life of togetherness like the Haunted Mansion!

We spent most of the rest of the day enjoying the Magic Kingdom. At dinnertime, my aunt and uncle treated us to a meal at the Kona Cafe in the Polynesian. It was a wonderful meal, and it's made that restaurant one of my personal favorites ever since. While we were eating, it rained pretty hard outside. That was perfect, because we missed all the weather and by the time dinner was over a lot of people had actually cleared out of the park. After dinner, we decided to take the monorail over to Epcot (we had a Park Hopper option on our tickets). Denise had never been to Epcot, and I wanted to take some time and show her some of the countries. We had a really romantic stroll around World Showcase and had a blast walking through some of the shops. After that, we went back over to the Magic Kingdom for SpectroMagic and Wishes. It was a wonderful day full of memories and magic, and it was special that we got to spend some of it with family also.

If I have one piece of advice to give for someone planning on doing this, I'd have to say that you need to pick something special. The Castle may not be the perfect spot to do this, even though it might be tempting to do it there. WDW is full of romantic and fun things, so you have to pick the one thing that you and your special someone relate to. I can't really recommend one particular spot because there are so many, but I'm sure there has to be one that fits just right. Do some research and see what WDW has to offer. I'm sure you'll find the right place!

This episode of the DizFanatic Podcast is sponsored by WDWTravels.com which is a full service travel company specializing in Disney vacations. Visit http://WDWTravels.com for a free quote today!

Please visit our main website site http://DizFanatic.com for more information. Friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check out our Youtube channel. Just search for DizFanatic.

As always, feel free to email us at Mike@DizFanatic.com or leave us a voicemail on Skype. Thanks for joining us!

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DizFanatic Episode #14 - “Onboard The Disney Dream!”

DCL_Dream_M01.jpgWelcome to Episode #14 of the DizFanatic podcast!

This episode, Angie Kennard joins us to talk about the exciting Disney Dream Christening Cruise!  An exciting few days that began with a sneak peak at some brand new Walt Disney World attractions and shows, continuing on to an exciting DCL Dream Christening Event followed by an "Invitation only" cruise on Disney's amazing new ship!  You can see all of the details about this wonderful new ship, including tons of photos and some videos at our parent site http://dizfanatic.com/DCLdream7.aspx. We start off the show with some of the latest Disney news and rumors which is much shorter than normal as DisneyAnna is "away on special assignment."

This episode of the DizFanatic Podcast is sponsored by WDWTravels.com which is a full service travel company specializing in Disney vacations and an Official Disney Vacation Planner!  Visit WDWTravels.com for a free quote today!

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DizFanatic Episode #13 “Year in Review”

Happy New Year from all of us at DizFanatic.com and Welcome to Episode #13 of the DizFanatic podcast!!

tinkerbell-new-year.gifThis episode, Mike (Diz) is joined by DisneyAnna DiMare, Brent Dodge (Author of "From Screen to Theme" and host of the W.E.D.nesday Show) and Angie Kennard (Owner of WDWTravels.com) to discuss all of the happenings throughout 2010 in the Disney Empire and a look ahead to 2011 and beyond.  Topics discussed range from Disney movies and TV, Resorts, Theme parks, Cruise Line, Products and the new Disney Store.

The DizFanatic's "Ears on Ears" podcast is a show created by Disney fanatics for the purpose of enhancing your enjoyment of all things Disney.  We intend on making this show informative, entertaining and most of all, fun.

This episode of the DizFanatic Podcast is sponsored by WDWTravels.com which is a full service travel company specializing in Disney vacations.  Visit WDWTravels.com for a free quote today!

Please visit our main website site DizFanatic.com for more information.  Thanks for joining us, and Happy New Year!

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