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 celebrate their 100th episode with a Halloween party live on video and in costume! If you want to see the video version of this episode, check out Welcome Home Podcast on Facebook or on YouTube at smarturl.it/WHP100. The guys welcome listeners to the party and answer questions on topics including bringing your dog on a Disney ride, what Disney show you’d save, magical vacation moments, and character meet and greets. Rise of the Resistance is starting a new virtual queue boarding group procedure that will change how guests reserve their spot. The iconic Walt Disney World entrance gate is getting a makeover for the upcoming 50th Anniversary celebration.
The guys answer listener questions on topics including Epcot pavilions, best resort breakfast, best food or meal at Disney, and first/last day rituals. DVC has increased the minimum direct point purchase required to receive member perks. Disney is officially taking over ownership of the Morocco pavilion and the guys discuss if any changes will take place. Damon talks about some new Disney Plus movies and shows that he’s looking forward to. Disney’s All Star Movies resort is now scheduled to open next year and the Friendship boats between Epcot and Hollywood Studios will reopen next month. The sign for Space 220 was accidentally revealed and there is a rumored new opening date. A new rumor states that Disney will be adding Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Jungle Cruise to the virtual queue system. According to another recent rumor, the TRON Lightcycle coaster will not open in time for WDW’s 50th Anniversary.
The guys answer listener questions on topics including baking, Disney rooms at home, Jurassic Park, DVC resort pros/cons, and staying at all the resorts. The guys give an update on the new DVC dues autopay option. One time use and transfer points are now able to be used when booking online. The guys review some upcoming holiday merchandise and discuss some Annual Passholder exclusives. Chocolate covered cricket ice cream is available at Downtown Disney in Disneyland and the guys debate if they’d try it. The International Food and Wine Festival is coming to an end in November. Disney will continue operating at low capacity and the park reservation system has been extended to January 2022. There is a rumor that Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Ride will not open in 2020.
The guys discuss Canadian Thanksgiving and answer listener questions on topics including DVC Resort contract expiration, Halloween costumes, funniest Disney shirt, and their version of a dream Disney vacation. DVC Members will now be allowed to autopay dues with a Credit Card. Disney/Pixar’s Soul is going straight to Disney+ and will not cost extra to watch. Disney is developing a movie based on Space Mountain. Disney’s Winter Summerland miniature golf course to reopen at Walt Disney World in November. New Limited Edition Kitchen Kabaret, Soarin’ Around the World, and The Land EPCOT Posters now available on shopDisney. Disney is holding a Virtual Pin Event to celebrate 20 Years of pin collecting.
The guys welcome Derek and Marissa from DVC Resale Market to answer listener questions about Disney and DVC. Derek and Marissa answer questions about picking a use year, Riviera, pixie dust, recent layoffs announcement, current trends in the resale market, and their favorite off the beaten path spot at Disney. The guys discuss the upcoming layoffs of furloughed Cast Members. For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration is returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. A new Pumpkin Spiced Butter Pecan Shake at Beaches & Cream debuts. Disney files patents for new holographic technology.
Damon talks about his quick trip to Hilton Head Island. The guys answer listener questions on topics including runDisney swag, opening date for the Ratatouille ride, park hours, and if a 2 bedroom is worth extra points. Disney announced that Aulani will be reopening on November 1st. The guys got their first look at the Polynesian Village resort refurbishment. The new Beauty and the Beast ride at Tokyo Disneyland is opening and the guys discuss the incredible effects in the ride. Flame Tree BBQ’s seating area gets some much needed bird deterrent upgrades. A few runDisney events have been cancelled for 2021 and are going virtual. Florida is loosening some of their restrictions on businesses and the guys discuss what Disney will do. Fireworks are being tested at Epcot.
The guys answer listener questions on topics including zebra domes, New Years at WDW, non-Disney theme parks, and poutine. The creepy clown slide at Boardwalk is getting a refurbishment. DVC direct purchase incentives have changed. “Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge” Virtual Reality experience will be available during the holiday season. Guests can vote on the next lightsaber version they'd like to see at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. More Halloween food has been announced, this time at WDW resorts. Disney water parks will remain closed until next year. Permits have been filed for a long awaited Big Thunder Mountain Railroad refurbishment. FastPass+ will make it's return in January 2021.
The guys answer listener questions on topics including DVC Lounges, Halloween parties, new DVC resorts, and favorite non-park activities. Disney has released new details for the upcoming Halloween festivities including the return of the Dapper Dans. Disney has also provided an update on holiday season offerings, which include big changes from previous years. "One Day at Disney" on Disney+ showcased a new look for Figment and the guys speculate on how it could be used.
In episode 92, the guys answer listener questions on topics including visiting Aulani, Big Hero 6, the Polynesian re-theme, Disney scents, and traveling to WDW from Canada. Cinderella's Royal Table is reopening without princesses and Hollywood & Vine is reopening with distanced characters. Disney+ is developing a 'group watch' feature. Disneyland 65th Anniversary Funko POP! figures released including a Walt Disney figure. Freeform will a host Halloween drive-thru event featuring sets themed to “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Hocus Pocus”. Four Seasons Orlando is launching a new 'school-cation' offer.
In episode 91, the guys answer listener questions on topics including first Disney memories, staying overnight at Disney, kids, wives, and dream Disney jobs. Joffrey's is now offering a special blend for the Riviera resort. It's only September, but Halloween is already starting at Disney Parks. The guys preview this years special food, merchandise, and events. The VOID is temporarily closed at Disney Springs. Disney filed a new patent for using drones in shows.
In episode 90, the guys answer listener questions on topics including Disney bucket lists, themed rooms, Disney eats, and the Riviera Resort. There is a rumor that DVC will raise the minimum point purchase to 125 points for direct purchases. DVC is now giving tours of actual resort rooms. My Disney Experience has been updated to show estimated restaurant wait times for walk ups. Avengers Campus at Disneyland installs some new show pieces. A new Jungle Cruise Skipper hat has the guys wanting to make a trip to WDW. Shanghai Disneyland is expanding capacity and making some changes to their entrance procedures. Legendary Imagineer Tony Baxter says he'd come out of retirement to redo Figment.
In episode 89, Tom gives an update on his DVC Resale contract and the guys review a recent trip report from listener Sara. The guys answer listener questions including what home resort they would swap their resort for, resale restrictions, and DVC specific activities. Reflections, the newest announced DVC resort, is removed from the D23 announcement page. DVC has resumed ROFR buybacks. EPCOT's new retro fountain is beginning to take shape. Late Checkout at Disney resorts is currently unavailable. A massive lightning bolt hit Galaxy's Edge recently and may have shut down surrounding rides. A new Magic Shot with Baby Yoda is now available at Galaxy's Edge. There is a rumor that a monorail attraction is coming to the Play! Pavilion at EPCOT.
On Episode 88, the guys answer listener questions including what Disney IP they'd like to see in the parks that's under represented, their desire to take a trip right now, and if anything would make them sell their DVC contract. Damon discusses a recent episode of Amphibia. Moonlight Magic events have been cancelled for the rest of the year. Disney has announced that they will release Mulan on Disney+ for an extra fee and the guys debate if it's worth it. Happily Ever After is now available to watch on resort TVs at WDW. The PeopleMover is closed for an extended refurbishment. Park hours at WDW will be reduced in September. A rumor indicates that Magic Kingdom will still be decorated for Halloween this year. Guests on Splash Mountain recently got a little more wet than usual. A driver at Wilderness Lodge took a very wrong turn.
In episode 87, the guys announce a big change to the show. Damon recently transferred his DVC points to RCI and talks about the experience. The guys answer listener questions including the newly announced Pixar movie Luca, combining points with another member, the Mandolorian, and the Rise of the Resistance virtual queue. DVC Members have a new discount for a limited time. More virtual queue changes have come to Rise of the Resistance. Reopening dates have been pushed back for several resorts. Ample Hills Creamery has closed at the Boardwalk. runDisney is moving to virtual races. The guys discuss a rumor about new festivals possibly coming to Galaxy's Edge.
In episode 86, the guys talk answer listener questions including what Tom thought of Hamilton, the Jungle Cruise Funko Pop, point borrowing restrictions, and working from a DVC resort. Damon gives an update on his recent mask purchases. New renderings and details have been released about the proposed DVC Resort in Disneyland. Disney has announced that several ongoing projects have been delayed. Stitch’s Great Escape, Rivers of Light, and Primeval Whirl Officially closed forever at Walt Disney World. Rise of the Resistance reopens with a modified virtual queue. The repainting of Cinderella Castle is almost complete and the guys give their opinions on the almost finished product.