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!
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.
In episode 85, the guys answer listener questions, starting with their face mask preferences. DVC recently released new Riviera and Copper Creek promotions and the guys debate if they make buying direct worth the extra cost. The guys discuss what changes could come to DVC due to the ongoing pandemic. Is 'buy where you want to stay' still a good strategy? The guys debate if this advice is still relevant. Jambo house will now be reopening on July 10th for DVC members only. Imagineering gives an update on the ongoing construction projects at WDW. WDW resorts will be opening in phases over the next few months. Garden Grill will reopen at Epcot with a modified character experience. The guys discuss temporary changes to the PhotoPass service. Imagineer Joe Rohde weighs in on the broken Yeti again.
In episode 84, the guys review the worst Disney advice the listeners can give. The guys answer listener questions including Geoffrey's backstory, dining reservations by phone, Riviera sales, and Disney+ favs. There are rumors that the new DVC resort, Reflections, has been cancelled or delayed. The guys discuss Jambo House not opening with the rest of the DVC resorts. Disney is testing a contact-less security scanner at Disney Springs. Complimentary MagicBands for Disney Resort stays are being discontinued in 2021. The International Food & Wine festival at Epcot will be the longest it's ever been this year and the guys debate how Disney will pull it off. Gideon's Bakehouse, known for their half pound chocolate chip cookies, is opening a new location at Disney Springs.
In episode 83, the guys give a recap of Disney trivia and some updates on their Disney vacation plans for this year. WDW is set to reopen in July with many restrictions. The guys give their thoughts on these new changes and how it will impact guests. Construction projects at Magic Kingdom have resumed. Shaghai Disneyland is testing the 'Disney Standby Pass' Virtual Queue system and the guys debate if this could expand to WDW. It's rumored that the Spaceship Earth refurbishment has been pushed back and the attraction will open with the park reopening. A firework barge from IllumiNations is up for auction and the guys speculate on why someone would buy it. Disney is awarded a patent for the 'lightsaber dojo' at the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel.
On episode 81, the guys are joined by Chad from My DVC Points podcast to talk about his new DVC app. Damon announces his new podcast, Boomtron. The guys continue to answer listener questions including another round of "Would you Rather?" and a question about flipping DVC contracts. New concept art has been released for the proposed DVC tower at Disneyland. Disney leadership is going through a reorganization. Disney Springs has mostly reopened and Universal Studios sets a reopening date. Disney is in talks with the NBA to finish the remainder of their season at WDW. A patent has been filed which would allow Disney to detect guest preferences by scanning images their shirts.
In episode 81, the guys welcome special guest Ziggy from Ziggyknowsdisney.com. The guys answer listener questions including a game of 'Would You Rather', Pixie Dust Experiences, and movies that should be made into rides. A new Pirate Ship playground is being built near the Disney Hilton Head resort and the guys interview the designer. An interview with a former WDW Vice President revealed that the original plans for a Star Wars land included Tatooine and Endor. In the same interview, it was confirmed that a Monsters Inc. themed 'door' coaster was once planned for Hollywood Studios. Disney is developing a live action version of Hercules and the guys try to cast the main roles. A Florida man tried to camp at the abandoned Discovery Island and the guys have some thoughts about where they would camp on Disney property.
On episode 80, the guys discuss the recently announced DVC updates related to the resort closure and member compensation. Moonlight Magic event registrations have been delayed due to the resort closure. Construction continues on WDW hotels despite the resort closure. A recent survey by Universal Studios reveals some of the possible restrictions that Orlando theme parks are considering to reopen. Shanghai Disneyland is also reportedly testing procedures for reopening. Disney Imagineering releases a video of their DISH system, which lets them walk through the parks virtually. The Disney Bedtime Hotline returns for a limited time.
In episode 79, the guys answer listener questions on topics including favorite DVC staycation, best Disney experience, and Disney+. With the parks and resorts still being closed, DVC has a points problem. The guys discuss why DVC has a dilemma with points and what they could do to resolve it. The guys debate what Disney needs to do to reopen the parks and when they think they could reopen. Annual Passholders are being offered refunds and extensions. Disney has made yet another land purchase during closure. Despite construction being stopped during the closures, Disney is filling permits for projects like Reflections and Guardians of the Galaxy. Avengers Campus opening has been officially delayed.
The guys host their first live show with listeners Jeremy, Tiffanny, and Kati joining in. To watch the a replay of the live video, visit Welcome Home Podcast on Facebook. WDW and Disneyland will now be closed indefinitely and the group discusses their plans for their next visit. An update to the My Disney Experience app suggests that Disney may be moving more rides to virtual queues in the near future. The classic 'film strip' entrance to Disney's Hollywood Studios has recently been fully demolished. A baby Porcupine and baby Zebra were born recently at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Permits have been filed for the destruction of the theater that contains Stitch’s Great Escape. The group answers various questions from listeners about a variety of Disney topics.
In episode 77, the guys welcome back to the show Nick Cotton from DVC Resale Market to discuss the impacts of the park closures to DVC. Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line are all closed due to the global pandemic and the guys discuss their feelings on the closures. DVC has instituted a cancellation policy for members impacted by the closures, but not everyone is happy. Space 220 may (finally) have an opening month. Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway opens with exclusive merchandise designed by Imagineers. Avengers Campus will open at DCA in July and there is a cool new technology behind the Spiderman ride.
In episode 76, the guys discuss listener submissions of jokes that Jungle Cruise skippers could make about the recent boat sinking incident. The guys answer listener questions including the recent Disney CEO change, earliest Disney memories, favorite IP, and Tron. Disney has announced a new dining plan that has the guys reconsidering the value of the dining plan. Spaceship Earth is closing soon and the guys have mixed feelings. Cinderella Castle is receiving a makeover in time for the park's anniversary. A new easter egg has been revealed for Smuggler's Run called 'Chewie Mode'. There are rumors of a Mandalorian meet and greet coming to the parks. Tiffins Talks featuring Joe Rohde are coming to Animal Kingdom in April. The guys discuss a rumor involving the reasons for Space 220's delayed opening.
In episode 75, the guys answer listener questions including Hollywood Studios FastPass strategies, DVC Bucket list, Disney with a teen, and member lounges. The new Lava Dole Whip has Trevor & Damon wanting to take an immediate WDW trip. Ticket price increases have taken effect for WDW and Disneyland. DVC has instituted new account security for the member website. We now know that Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway will open with FastPass and Standby lines. The new sign for the ride has been unveiled and it's neon! Disney has announced that Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will start taking reservations at the end of the year and the guys have questions. Disney is offering a new service where you can have a private photo session with a PhotoPass photographer. Disney has filed some new patents, including one that could mimic when a super strong fictional character strikes the floor nearby.
In episode 74, the guys announce a listener meet up event at the upcoming Magic Kingdom Moonlight Magic. More details of the proposed DVC resort in Disneyland have been released including concept art of the tower. The guys answer some listener questions about Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, Space 220, and WDW's 50th Anniversary. FastPass changes are coming to Hollywood Studios in February which will include the addition of Smugglers Run and new tiers. Disney is surveying guests about potential changes to the virtual queue system. The Pirates League is closing in July at Magic Kingdom. Disney is now selling the infamous Space Sporks in Galaxy's Edge. When Avengers Campus opens this year at Disneyland, it will feature Spider-Man flying above the land doing acrobatic stunts. New concept art has been released for the new Disneyland parade "Magic Happens".