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 29, the guys revisit last episodes topic of the "First Welcome Home" benefit with poll results from Facebook. Copper Creek Villas are 50% declared and the guys try to tell you what that means (they may be totally wrong). Donald's Dino Bash is premiering next month at Animal Kingdom and the guys discuss what they'd like to see with this new offering. Woody appears in giant form at the Toy Story Land entrance. In a new segment called DisTech, the guys discuss Disney technology breakthroughs and what they could mean for the parks. This week, they discuss Magic Band Tech, the new Play Disney Parks app, WDW's new Solar Farm, a patent for interactive hotel rooms, new VR tech, and a patent for automatically adjusting a guests ride based on fear levels. The guys also discuss the rumored addition of bus wait times to the My Disney Experience app and the possibility of a new monorail fleet.
In episode 28, the guys discuss the 'First Welcome Home' offered by DVC to first time buyers. Disney will soon allow guests to open their hotel rooms with the My Disney Experience app and the guys aren't sure why. At Pandora, a man in a large robotic utility suit debuts and Damon is less than impressed. Early ride footage from the upcoming Millennium Falcon is released and the guys discuss their thoughts on it. We are just a few months away from Toy Story Land opening and we are just learning how FastPass tiers will change at Hollywood Studios. The guys discuss how this could impact their trips. Is a new permit filed for behind Star Wars Land the location of the Star Wars hotel? The guys talk about what they think the hotel will look like.
In episode 27, the guys celebrate the 1 Year Anniversary of Welcome Home Podcast! They discuss the newly reported details about WDW Club 33 pricing and whether it's worth the cost. New on-ride footage of the Millennium Falcon ride at Galaxy's Edge (aka Star Wars Land) is released as well as some technical details of the technology being used to bring this experience to life. The guys discuss how this technology could make or break the ride. Staying in Hollywood Studios, Disney Parks Blog announced that Woody, Buzz and Jessie will be greeting guests around Toy Story Land. The guys discuss this announcement and imagine what other characters could show up in this land. Could the ride system for the new Guardians of the Galaxy coaster have been leaked? The guys discussed the latest pictures of what might be the new coaster at Epcot.
In Episode 26, Trevor and Tom discuss the mysterious "Project 89" that is currently happening on the former site of River Country. Could it be a new DVC resort that was announced, but never built? The guys also discuss the controversial announcement that Disney will start charging fees for overnight parking at their resorts (but not for DVC Members). More details are released about the Club Level type experience at the soon to open Reunion Station and new details emerge about Disney's replacement for the recently shuttered Child Activity Centers. Club 33 gets another doorbell at Hollywood Studios and Wonders of Life is looking for an interior designer. The guys also discuss the removal of the Citrus Swirl at Magic Kingdom and it's quick return.
In Episode 25, Damon is back and the guys discuss the new DVC Member benefit of booking Disney Cruises earlier than the general public. A recent ranking came out of WDW area hotels and 6 DVC hotels made the list. Flight of Passage Cast Members are now handing out cards warning guests of the intensity of the ride due to guest complaints. The guys discuss their thoughts on this change at Pandora. Trevor and Damon give updates about their upcoming trips to WDW. Is IllumiNations ending soon? The guys discuss the possible loss of this show. Strange things are going on at the Wonders of Life pavilion and the guys discuss what this could mean for the long closed Epcot pavilion.
In episode 24, Tom and Trevor give a shout out to all the Welcome Home listeners who completed their "How DVC Are You?" quiz and named those who reached the Master level! The guys also discuss DVC making it more difficult for resale buyers to get Membership Extras. The annual Disney price increase has arrived in the form of higher prices for Annual Passes and regular park tickets. The guys discuss the impact of the increases. D23 Japan was full of updates for WDW and Disney Parks around the world. The guys share their thoughts on these updates. Trevor gives his tips on luggage choices while traveling internationally. Is a new hotel being planned for Epcot? The guys discuss some new information about this rumor.
In Episode 23, the guys talk about a recent DVC member survey and do a quiz to show how many DVC related activities they've completed. Go to Welcome Home on Facebook to take the quiz for yourself! More details are coming out about Walt Disney World's version of Club 33 and the guys discuss their interest in joining. The guys talk about some new rumors about a new name for Hollywood Studios and possible operational changes at Be Our Guest. The guys also discuss the new Minnie Van service now taking some guests to the airport.
In Episode 22, Tom is back from visiting DVC's Hilton Head Island resort and talks about his experience. Disney has filed additional patents for real life light sabers and the guys discuss how they think they'll be used. At WDW, Disney is running several pilots including going completely cashless at Animal Kingdom Lodge and opening your room door from your phone. The guys also discuss the new club level up charge now available to guests. A listener writes in asking how to sell the idea of DVC to her husband and the guys discuss they best way to present it. Trevor discusses his tips for traveling to Disney from international locations. And of course, the guys talk WDW rumors!
In episode 21, the guys are joined by Nick Cotton from www.DVCResaleMarket.com to talk about the upcoming price increases to Direct DVC Purchases and how that will effect DVC members. They also discuss the new security procedures at WDW resorts and daily trash pick up! To get ready for Toy Story Land, Midway Mania will be periodically closing parts of the ride and the guys discuss the impact on wait times. Plus, Annual Passholders are having a benefit modified and a long running Epcot show is ending.
The guys discuss their Disney Holiday traditions and read listener submissions. The guys also discuss the recent updates to Star Wars Land, the theater in Magic Kingdom, and a few attraction closures. Happy Holidays everyone!
DVC has announced 2018 Moonlight Magic dates, all 14 of them! The guys discuss their thoughts on these events and answer a listener question about Moonlight Magic. A new DVC Member exclusive paid lounge has been announced. The WDW Skyliner project is coming along and the guys discuss newly released concept art. Is there a new hotel coming to the entrance gates of Epcot? Will Guardians of the Galaxy in Epcot have no inversions? The guys discuss the latest Epcot rumors.
Happy Thanksgiving! In episode 18, the guys wish Mickey a Happy 89th Birthday and discuss newly released details about his very first ride at WDW. Star Tours no longer has random sequences featuring new characters mixed with old characters. The guys discuss how this could factor into the plans for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Tom discusses his upcoming stay at Disney's Hilton Head DVC resort.
In Episode 17, the guys welcome Damon back from his Disney Cruise and hear all about his experiences. DVC dues are released and Top of the World is renewed for another year. Paradise Pier at Disneyland is becoming Pixar Pier and the guys discuss how this change will benefit the park. There are rumors that Disney will purchase Fox and gain back the rights to make X-Men movies. The guys discuss how that could effect the Disney parks.
In Episode 16, the Damon & Trevor try to convince Tom to watch Disney XD show 'Gravity Falls'. Also, a rumor is going around that WDW will soon allow 'Good Neighbor' hotel guests to book FastPasses 60 days ahead of arrival, just like WDW Resort guests. The guys discuss how this might impact WDW. A new Quick Service restaurant was just announced for Toy Story Land and a new show was announced for Epcot's Future World. Disneyland releases concept art for a new 700 room hotel in the Downtown Disney area. Trevor & Tom discuss how this will help Disneyland.
In Episode 15, the guys welcome back Trevor from his recent WDW trip! Trevor discusses all the details of his vacation. Disney is testing a free roaming robot at Disneyland for future use at Star War's Galaxy's Edge. The guys discuss how this technology can impact the parks. In other Star Wars news, Disney's new Star Wars VR experience is set to open in just a few months. Disney recently filed a few interesting ride patents and the guys discuss how these might be used in the parks, including the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy ride. Dogs in Disney World resorts? The guys talk about the controversial new test at select Disney resorts.