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!
In episode 42, the guys answer a question from a listener about eating and drinking around Epcot. A new DVC resort has been announced for the former River Country site and the guys discuss their thoughts on the details of this new resort. An exclusive DVC Member Christmas and New Year's Eve party is announced and the guys debate if these parties are worth the price. The guys interview Jim Cummings, the famous voice behind Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and so many classic Disney movies and TV shows. The Bahamas approved Disney's request to purchase a second private island for Disney Cruise Line and the guys discuss what this could mean for future cruises. The full details of Marvel Land at Disneyland have leaked and the guys get excited about this future addition. Disney has filed a new patent for rotating roller coaster vehicles and the guys talk about what this could mean for future rides.
In episode 41, the guys answer a listener question about staying at the Villas at Grand Californian with DVC points. A recent survey of DVC members leaked a possible name for a new DVC resort and the guys discuss their thoughts on the name. Reunion Station at Copper Creek is lifting restrictions on it's up-charge lounge to attract more customers and one time DVC points increase in price. The guys debate what this means for DVC members. Even more details have come out about the Millennium Falcon ride at Star Wars Land and there is a rumor there will be hard ticket preview event for the land. The guys decide if this makes them any more excited for the ride than they already were and if they'd be interested in a paid preview of Star Wars Land. Damon gives a review of a local haunted farm he attended on his latest detour and has some advice for Disney from his experience. Disneyland is ending their Jedi Training (for now) and has cancelled their luxury hotel project. There is a big rumor out that Spaceship Earth will close for a lengthy 2.5 year refurbishment and the guys discuss their thoughts on what the new ride could look like.
In episode 40, the guys talk about a new DVC VIP Experience for the upcoming Nightmare Before Christmas concert in October and whether it's worth the hefty price tag. Disney announced 19 new and limited time experiences for 2019 and the guys discuss which ones they are most excited about. Date based ticket pricing will take effect in October bringing change to the way guests buy tickets. The guys debate what this means for the resort and why they think Disney is making this change. There is a rumor that Disney is planning to build an India pavilion at the World Showcase and the guys talk about what they'd like to see at this pavilion. New details about the Millennium Falcon ride at Star Wars Land have been released and the guys give their thoughts on this upcoming experience. Rafiki's Planet Watch, once thought to be closing forever, will now be closed until Spring of 2019 to accommodate a lengthy refurbishment. IllumiNations is ending in 2019 and the guys discuss what they would like to see in it's place.
In this episode of Welcome Home Waitlist, the guys welcome special guest Ziggy from Ziggyknowsdisney.com to discuss which intellectual properties that Disney owns, but has not yet turned into a ride or attraction. The guys imagine what that ride might look like if it ever came to fruition.
In episode 39, the guys welcome Ziggy from ZiggyKnowsDisney.com to give his review of the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. DVC Resale Market put out a list of the most economical DVC Resale contracts to buy and the guys discuss how that would effect their buying decisions. Minnie Van prices are changing to a flat fee plus a per mile charge and the guys consider whether it's worth it to use the service anymore. The Wreck It Ralph VR experience is confirmed to be coming to the Void later this year. The guys explore other popular franchises that could have their own experience at the Void in the future. There are rumors that a popular parade will be ending this year, that a new Mary Poppins ride is coming to Epcot, and that an opening date is set for the Ratatouille ride. The guys debate whether these rumors will come true.
Welcome to the Waitlist, a mini episode of Welcome Home on off weeks covering non-news Disney topics. In this week's Waitlist, the guys re-imagineer their favorite rides that are no longer operating.
In episode 38, the guys have Marissa and Derek from DVC Resale Market on the show to answer listener questions about DVC Resale. Artist Point is changing from a quiet signature dining experience to character dining this winter, featuring Snow White, Grumpy and Dopey. The guys discuss their thoughts on this change. More details have been announced for one of the restaurants at Star Wars Land. It's called Oga's Cantina and the guys give their opinions on what this restaurant should be. Spaceship Earth is rumored to have an upcoming refurbishment to it's show scenes. The guys discuss what they'd like to see in this update.
In Episode 37, the guys read a listener submitted review of this year's DVC Member Cruise and discuss their thoughts on this special event. The guys answer a listener question about taking a senior guest to WDW. DVC is selling new merchandise in pop up stores around WDW and the guys talk about their favorites. Disney will be closing the Tomorrowland Speedway and the WDW Railroad in preparation for Tron coaster construction and the guys discuss their thoughts on these closures. The guys talk about construction being halted on Disneyland's new hotel project due to a dispute with the Anaheim city council. Damon talks about his recent trips to Busch Gardens, Aquatica, and Seaworld.
In episode 36, Damon and Trevor read listener responses to last episode's Owner's Locker question. The guys also read some suggestions from a listener about traveling with a baby at WDW. A timeshare license has been granted for the newest DVC resort, the Riviera, which is currently under construction. The guys discuss their thoughts on the next steps for this resort. DVC recently announced that the Epcot Member Lounge would be returning for 2019 and that members can get early access to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and the guys give their opinions on these perks. Damon has several non-Disney trips planned for the near future and discusses these plans with Trevor. There are rumors (and permits) that construction has begun on a replacement for IllumiNations. The guys talk about what they think of this rumor.
In episode 35, the guys are joined by Damon's wife and answer listener questions about Owner's Locker and Extra Fastpasses for DVC tours. Toy Story Land will be getting a holiday overlay this year and the group discusses their thoughts on what could be included. Bug's Land in Disney's California Adventure gets a closing date to make way for a Marvel land. The group discusses what could be in store for this area of the park. An old Disneyland and Epcot bus at a museum was accidentally crashed into a tree by some kids and the group discusses their presence in the parks. Rumor has it that Disney will not theme the massive Guardians of the Galaxy ride show building at Epcot and that the Yeti in Expedition Everest will finally get fixed. There's also a rumor that the Void at Disney Springs and Downtown Disney will get a Wreck-It Ralph VR experience. The group discusses their thoughts on these rumors and their hopes for the future of the Void.
In episode 34, Damon returns to the show and gives the guys a report on his latest WDW trip. The guys answer another listener question, this time about taking a baby to WDW and rider switch. DVC Members lose the recently gained ability to modify existing reservations shortly after it rolled out. The guys discuss the news that the controversial pet policy at WDW may be ending in October. The guys have a WDW Speed Round and discuss Toy Story Land opening, Magical Express, Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, New Cars Stage Show, more Star Wars Hotel news, and the Play Disney Parks app. Disney recently filed a patent that will allow them to create interactive "Force Ghosts" and the guys discuss possible uses for this technology.
In Episode 33, the guys welcome special guest Russ from DVCinfo.com. The guys answer a listener question about a first trip to WDW and whether DVC will extend contracts at resorts. The DVC Member site has been updated with new features, including the ability to modify existing reservations and combining the Resort Availability tool with the booking tool. The guys discuss their thoughts on this change. Tom and Trevor ask Russ questions about the possible new DVC resort on the old River Country site, the Riviera, and his thoughts on buying where you want to stay. Disneyland offered guests the chance to preview the land a day early, but access came at a hefty fee. This paid preview event could be a test and the guys talk about where this test could lead. Disney is offering the chance to "glamp" at Pandora and the guys aren't sure what to think. The guys discuss a few new patents filed by Disney and what they could mean for the parks.
In Episode 32, the guys answer DVC questions sent in by listeners. We finally know what Project 89 is and as we predicted, it's a DVC resort! The guys discuss their thoughts on this potential new DVC resort. Disney announces new information about Star Wars: Galaxy Edge including free roaming robots, new information on the Battle Escape attraction and the name of the outpost the land is set in. The guys also discuss the recently confirmed location of the Star Wars Hotel. Annual Passholders at WDW are getting their own special event at Toy Story Land after the land opens. Damon is leaving for WDW in a week, so he tells us all about his upcoming trip. There is a rumor that Disney will employ a new patent for a long range wireless charging system at Star Wars Land. The guys discuss their thoughts on this technology.
In episode 31, Trevor returns to tell the guys all about his recent WDW vacation including a review of the Star Wars virtual reality experience and his first DVC stay. DVC Member Cruise dates have been announced and the guys discuss whether they are interested in booking it. Whispering Canyon Cafe cast members have been asked to tone down the shenanigans and the guys discuss their thoughts on this change. The annual report on Theme Park attendance for 2017 has been released and includes some surprises for Disney Parks. The guys discuss two recent patents filed by Disney that include augmented reality light sabers and an automated narrative builder. Star Wars Land at WDW and Disneyland have general opening seasons announced and the guys discuss how that might change their plans for 2019.
In episode 30, Tom and Damon welcome special guest Chad to talk about Reunion Station opening at Copper Creek Villas. DVC has released a limited time benefit to save points when booking a cruise using points and the guys discuss whether it's worth it. More information emerges about the mysterious "Project 89" by way of permit filings. The guys discuss what this mystery project could end up being. Disney has confirmed that the space themed restaurant at Epcot is still happening and will not take over the space where the Wonders of Life pavilion currently stands. The guys discuss what they think this restaurant will look like. Toy Story Land is opening next month and with it comes a closure of Toy Story Mania. Disney also recently announced that Slinky Dog coaster will end with a serenade from the one and only Wheezy. Disney World is now offering one day tickets with pre-booked fast passes. The guys discuss their thoughts on this new offering. Damon gives the guys a review of his recent visit to Busch Gardens.