Welcome Home: A Disney Parks & DVC Podcast
Summary: A Disney Parks & Vacation Club Podcast. Tom, Damon and Trevor are Disney enthusiasts who can't stop talking about anything and everything Disney. On Welcome Home, they talk about everything related to Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Vacation Club (DVC). As DVC Owners and Disney Parks enthusiasts, the guys have extensive knowledge of everything Disney and Disney Vacation Club. Let Welcome Home help you and your family be more knowledgeable about Disney!
The guys answer listener questions on topics including starting over with DVC, underrepresented and overrepresented IPs at Disney Parks, the next immersive hotel after Star Wars, and strollers. There’s a rumor that DVC will increase the minimum direct purchase to 150 points this week. Disney filed a new patent for virtual queues to replace standby lines. Disney CEO Bob Chapek confirmed this week that Park Passes and Virtual Queues are here to stay. Disney is selling a very limited time Wonders of Life Pavilion poster.
The guys answer listener questions on topics including the future of FastPass, an Action Park ride at Disney, background characters in Disney movies, Dinoland overlay, and Nutella Waffles. DVC has announced that 200 existing rooms at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will be converted to DVC rooms and will open next summer. Avengers Campus is opening soon and Disney gave a preview of the food and merchandise that will be available in the new land. A new Gravity Falls themed MagicBand is now available. WDW Annual Passholders will no longer receive complimentary MagicBands and the guys speculate on whether passes may be available for sale again soon. BoardWalk Ice Cream is taking over the former location of Ample Hills Creamery. The Three Caballeros animatronics have returned to Gran Fiesta Tour and Space 220 may finally be opening soon.
The guys answer listener questions on topics including advice for a first time Disney visit with kids, witnessing Tom on Space Mountain, Mobile Checkout, DVC Resale prices, and overrated princesses. WDW has updated their COVID safety measures and the guys give their thoughts on the changes. DVC is issuing a tax credit to some resale buyers. Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will include ‘Concierge Services’ and the guys discuss what that could mean. Disney has confirmed that Beverly will return to Club Cool when it reopens this summer. The Jungle Cruise movie will debut in theaters and Disney+ in July. The guys address a rumor that EPCOT Forever will return before the debut of Harmonious.
The guys answer listener questions on topics including one time use points, Hilton Head, moving a DVC resort to another location, and DVC cash reservations. Disney has announced that the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will open in 2022 and revealed the new realistic lightsaber in the announcement. New details about the Galactic Starcruiser were also released including dining and experiences. A new Muppets Haunted Mansion series has been announced for this fall on Disney+. A new Halloween event called ‘Disney After Hours BOO BASH’ will replace Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party this year. Tom gives a breakdown of his recent WDW trip.
In this episode of the Waitlist, the guys come up with their own restaurants, retail stores and experiences that they would like to see at Disney Springs. Also in this Waitlist episode, the guys celebrate their 4th Anniversary by reviewing parts of their very first episode.
Curtis from Geekin’ On WDW joins the show. The guys answer listener questions on topics including temporarily closed attractions, the EPCOT DVC Lounge, a Disney tattoo shop, ideal no park day, favorite picture spot, and a Universal trip. Curtis tells the guys about his favorite food at WDW. The PeopleMover is finally reopening after being closed for a year. The guys announce their secret project. Another Haunted Mansion movie is in production and the guys give their thoughts on what kind of movie it will be. Imagineering has released a video of a realistic free-roaming Groot animatronic character. They are also playtesting a meet and greet with a live interactive tiny Tinkerbell character at Disney California Adventure. The guys address a rumor that Merchant of Venus is closing to make way for the long rumored Wreck-It Ralph attraction.
The guys answer listener questions on topics including Magical Express, the PeopleMover, the Ratatouille ride, VIP Tours, moving to Disney, and non-park day activities. Damon gives an update on his custom woodcarving and discovers FootGolf at WDW. DVC acknowledges long wait times at member services and promises improvements. More information has been revealed for the upcoming expansion at Tokyo DisneySea called Fantasy Springs. My Disney Experience is testing a new on-ride photo identification feature. Disneyland has released a new attraction poster for Snow White’s Enchanted Wish and details about the upgrades made to the Haunted Mansion. The guys discuss some of the food that will be available when Disneyland reopens.
The guys answer listener questions on topics including DVC research, free upgrade or refund, reflecting on 4 years of the show, cabana rentals, and international DVC members. Guests are now able to take photos without a mask at WDW. Club Cool will make it’s return this summer with “new magic” for guests. Along with the reopening of Club Cool, the former site of MouseGear will reopen as the “Creations Shop” this summer at EPCOT. Mears has announced their Magical Express replacement service called “Mears Connect”. Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro showed off a “real” lightsaber at the end of a virtual event. Disney announced that MARVEL Avengers Campus is opening June 4th at Disney California Adventure.
The guys welcome Kerri from DVC Rental Store to the show to answer questions about the DVC Rental process. Kerri answered questions on topics including the rental process for both renters and members, combining points, the cancellation policy, renters that turn into DVC buyers, and international renting. Permits have been filed to remove the construction trailers at the future site of Reflections DVC resort. Disney has announced that the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival Begins July 15 and ends November 20th. The guys discuss some of the current food items around the parks including the new Pickle Corn Dog at Disneyland.
The guys answer listener questions on topics including the future of FastPass, staying at Poly with no monorail, RunDisney, prioritizing rides during a busy day, and the Disney movie release strategy. DVC dedicated an article in the most recent Disney Files Magazine to explaining the recent point chart adjustments in more detail. When MagicMobile launches on guest phones, it will include a variety of animated ticket designs. WDW has started testing facial recognition technology at the entrance gate of Magic Kingdom to replace the fingerprint scan. The Brightline train connecting Orlando International Airport to Disney is not expected to be completed until mid-2026 at the earliest. Disney revealed a special Florida license plate to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of WDW. The rumor of a hotel at the entrance of EPCOT has resurfaced. Disneyland announced their plans for the future including expansions of both parks, new retail, new hotels, and new parking structures.
Damon talks about the upcoming trip to WDW that he recently booked. The guys answer listener questions on topics including what park you’d go to for a one day visit, Disney life, Disney picture traditions, DVC across generations, and Disney advice for Senior Citizens. Imagineering released concept art of the Cinderella Castle 50th Anniversary design which was inspired by Mary Blair. Disney’s CEO said in an interview that guest satisfaction is higher now than pre-pandemic and the guys discuss why they think guests are happier. The famous souvenir spork returns to Galaxy’s Edge along with new plant based food options. Imagineering released images and video of the installation of new lighting on Spaceship Earth. More details have been released about the upcoming update to Jungle Cruise including a new character. Disneyland will reopen on April 30th and the Haunted Mansion will have ‘new magic’ when the park reopens.
The guys answer listener questions on topics including attractions close to home, DVC friends, the total number of DVC members, keeping vacations exciting, Disney subscription boxes, and when Moonlight Magic might return. Two DVC Member themed MagicBands are now available to order. Disney has announced when Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will Open at EPCOT. MagicMobile is a new service coming this year which will allow guests to enter parks and automatically sync ride photos with phones and other devices. The Main Street Confectionery is closing for a two month refurbishment. Disney has announced that Disneyland will reopen some time at the end of April with more details to be announced soon.
The guys answer listener questions on topics including their worst WDW restaurant experience, Disney’s core business, Damon’s imaginary restaurant, hidden details at WDW, Hollywood Studios park icon, and what pandemic changes Disney should keep. DVC is returning to standard point management policies in May, but keeping the borrowing limit. EPCOT debuts a new background music loop and nighttime lighting package. Disney gave a sneak peek at the new Moana themed rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and hinted at future character overlays in other resorts. Disney filed a patent for a new multimedia show system. Disneyland can reopen on April 1st and the guys discuss what reopening will look like.
The guys answer listener questions on topics including DVC Bungalows, favorite restaurants, driver’s licenses, stand by line experience, the Grand Californian, and a follow up to the Hilton Head question from last episode. Damon talks about a special piece of art he is commissioning and about a potential trip to Vero Beach. Disney’s Grand Californian Resort is reopening on May 2nd. Sources indicate that the new nighttime show at EPCOT, Harmonious, will debut by October 1st. A new series based on the Society of Explorers and Adventurers (S.E.A) is in development for Disney+ along with several new shows about Disney attractions. The guys go over the food offerings for the upcoming Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, opening March 3rd. More details have been released about the upcoming special ticketed event at Disney California Adventure.
The guys answer listener questions on topics including store bought cookies, Jambo House, getting rid of a resort, park hours, and buying DVC at Hilton Head. The Disney Theme Park Reservation system has been extended through January 2023. WDW has filed permits for the “Fantasmic!”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and “Indiana Jones” Theaters at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the guys speculate on what the permits could indicate. MagicBands now have a warning on the box about not implanting the chip within the band into your skin after someone tried to do it. Disney gave a preview of the 50th Anniversary celebrations coming to WDW this year.