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 traveling to WDW with a group, DVC breakeven, Disney personal shoppers, and buying movies or streaming them. A new limited release Walt Disney World 25th Anniversary Cinderella Castle Cake MagicBand is now available for purchase. Disney revealed the new home and design of the “Leave a Legacy” pictures at EPCOT. Cultural representatives may be starting to return to the World Showcase in the near future. The Contemporary is undergoing a room refurbishment and rumors point to a possible Incredibles re-theme. Disneyland continues to be closed, but California Adventure will host a special ticketed food festival event in March.
The guys answer listener questions on topics including planning surprises at WDW, resort only stays, free time, Zootopia at Animal Kingdom, Disney snacks, and EPCOT festivals. Damon talks about his experience making an imitation Gideon’s cookie recipe. Riviera and Aulani DVC direct prices increased. Disney is testing compostable cups and cutlery at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. WDW debuts new designs for Key to the World cards. Disney Cruise Line warns guests currently booking that their cruise may be abruptly ended. The guys recklessly speculate on the future of DinoLand USA.
The guys answer listener questions on topics including Aulani, Raya and the Last Dragon, DVC resort showdown, eliminating a DVC resort and the DVC lounge. DVC recently streamed a 30th Anniversary musical event where they made a few DVC announcements. Disney has announced that they will update both the WDW and Disneyland version of the Jungle Cruise to include a new cohesive story and new scenes. A new lightsaber prototype has been revealed for Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. A full list of outdoor kitchens has been announced for the upcoming Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. Disneyland Resort Passholders are now known as Legacy Passholders and they will retain some perks. Through a series of tweets, Eric Idle revealed that he doesn’t seem to remember working on Journey Into Imagination with Figment at EPCOT. Disney has announced new Ratatouille merchandise.
The guys welcome Derek & Marissa from DVC Resale Market to answer listener questions on a variety of DVC topics. Damon has more mask reviews and discusses a Disney themed dream he had recently. Disney released a behind the scenes look at the upcoming WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure ride opening in 2021 at Disney California Adventure. Live entertainment will return to WDW with a modified version of ‘Festival of the Lion King’ at Animal Kingdom debuting this summer. Disneyland is surveying guests on potential ‘membership’ options that will replace annual passes. Imagineering files a permit for a new popcorn cart at EPCOT and the guys recklessly speculate on what it could look like.
The guys answer listener questions on topics including surprises at WDW, off property entertainment, activities for international visitors, and DVC contract extension. DVC has announced a 30th Anniversary merchandise collection. The Magical Express bus service is ending in 2022. Extra Magic Hours will soon be replaced by early theme park entry, which will allow resort guests to enter any Disney World park 30 minutes early every day. Disney executives recently got a tour of the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser hotel rooms and shared new pictures. Disneyland announces the end of the current Annual Passholder program while the park’s reopening remains uncertain.
Damon’s wife joins the show to detail her experience with transferring DVC points to RCI. The guys answer listener questions on topics including Spirit Jerseys, travel insurance, and Disney YouTubers. The guys also discuss a listener idea for a new park filled with retired Disney attractions. Damon discusses new mask brands he’s trying out and new Lego sets he’s interested in. Disney has filed a patent to limit vibrations in robots and some people are speculating that it could be used to fix the Yeti. Everglazed Donuts opens at Disney Springs. Disney is now offering robotic golf carts at their golf courses. The 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts has opened and the guys review the food offerings.
The guys start the new year by answering listener questions on topics including RCI transfers, getting rid of banking or borrowing points, Non-DVC Resort stays, and transportation while at WDW. The new EPCOT fountain has been revealed along with some new themed manhole covers. Damon wants Disney to bring back customized commemorative items in the parks. The guys discuss a rumor that the construction of the Tron coaster at Magic Kingdom has come to halt. MagicBands are no longer complimentary for Disney guests. A new Rebel X-Wing helmet is now available in Hollywood Studios. A gourmet marshmallow kiosk opened at Disney Springs. A new Disney Parks Sunrise series is now streaming on Disney+. Disney has released a first look at the reimagined Snow White’s Scary Adventures at Disneyland.
The guys are joined by Brian from DCLDuo Podcast to discuss the viability of a Disney Vacation Club property on a Cruise Ship.
The guys are joined by Caity from the Disney+ Roulette Podcast to discuss all of the recently announced Disney+ shows and movies. Disney’s Riviera Resort is celebrating it’s one year anniversary and to commemorate the occasion, DVC commissioned a Lego replica of the resort. DVC members can get a special ticket deal for trips in 2021. Disney revealed the new design for the Keister Coaster at Disney’s Boardwalk resort, now featuring Mickey & Friends. The Electrical Water Pageant is returning to Walt Disney World.
The guys answer listener questions on topics including what we’re looking forward to on our next Disney trip and Disney holiday traditions. Disney Vacation Club announces a 2021 dues credit for the 2020 resort closures. DVC also announced an updated resort refurbishment schedule and 2022 point charts were released. The guys discuss Walt Disney Imagineering’s “12 Days of DIY Ornaments'' printables that let you build your own Jungle Cruise Boat, Big Thunder Mountain Train, Astro Orbiter, and more. Disney has announced that they will not have fireworks for New Year’s Eve this year, but fireworks will be streamed to guest rooms. The guys discuss even more holiday food at WDW.
The guys answer listener questions on topics including TRON Lightcycle, disliking rides, length of Disney trips, in park DVC hotels, Christmas trees, and first trip plans. DuckTales is reportedly ending on Disney XD. Disney confirms that Mickey and Friends are replacing the clown at Disney’s Boardwalk resort. Disney Legend Tony Baxter suggests making a full length Figment movie. The guys discuss more holiday food offerings around WDW parks and hotels.
The guys answer listener questions on topics including favorite things to do and eat in the parks, filling time between trips, banned attractions, last minute trips, and birthday trips. Legendary Imagineer Joe Rohde is retiring next year. Disney has reached an agreement with Brightline to build a train station at Disney Springs. Marvel Avengers Campus merchandise is being released next week at Disneyland Resort. Random fireworks are now happening nightly at Magic Kingdom. The guys go over some of the food at the Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays.
A new walkway between the Grand Floridian and Magic Kingdom has finally opened. Damon talks about the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge VR game. Disney has released a picture from inside the much anticipated Space 220 restaurant. New photos have been released from inside an actual cabin at the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser hotel. Disney gave a first look inside the new Guardians of the Galaxy – Cosmic Rewind Rollercoaster. A new enhanced lighting package is coming to the outside of Spaceship Earth. The Italy pavilion at EPCOT will soon be home to a new gelato quick service location. When the Harmonious show debuts at EPCOT, the show barges will act as World Showcase fountains during the daytime. The guys discuss the new Castle of Magical Dreams at Hong Kong Disneyland. Park Hopping returns to WDW in 2021 with some new rules.
Trevor is having a difficult time deciding what he wants for Christmas this year and wants the listeners to help him with some ideas. The guys answer listener questions on topics including hanging with Walt Disney, DVC member special gifts, in park restaurants, being a Disney ride operator, quiet spots in the parks, and queue preferences. Proposed 2021 DVC dues have been announced and the guys discuss the reasons behind the increases. Disney Vacation Club Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa are reopening on December 6. Damon continues his holiday gift guide, this time discussing gifts for teens. The guys discuss the rumored Darkwing Duck reboot and a new snow based attraction in Florida. New holiday food has been announced for Disney Springs.
The guys answer listener questions on topics including first time WDW visits, holiday traditions, holidays at WDW, and camping. Disney shared a first look at the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride vehicles. Damon gives his holiday shopping gift guide. Holiday food is arriving at WDW and the guys go over their favorites. A new Spaceship Earth cookie jar is now available. Permits have been filed for a new food location in the Italy pavilion at EPCOT. Disney Research introduces humanoid animatronic with realistic eye movements and the guys are a little creeped out.