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WDW Prep To Go - a Disney World planning podcast
Erin's Ft Wilderness trip (w/accessibility considerations)

WDW Prep To Go - a Disney World planning podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 186:26


Post Trip: 43:34  Erin and her 12 year old daughter Abby had a wonderful 2-week stay tent camping at Fort Wilderness! Abby is medically complex and improves when she is able to go to Disney, so they make it happen when they can. Their trip included one night at the Halloween party, Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue, and two dessert parties at Magic Kingdom. Erin shares her experiences camping, seeing lots of fireworks, utilizing DAS, and following interpreters from park to park. They drove to Disney and had access to their vehicle during their long trip. At the end of their trip, they spent time at Give Kids the World because Abby was a wish kid in 2015. There is much more information in the audio, we hope you enjoy Erin's fantastic trip report! Links for this episode: Disney DAS Information Disney Services for Guests with Hearing Disabilities Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Leave me a message (including trip report submissions) Please use the SpeakPipe link below to leave us a message with your first name, location, and trip info. You can do that using your computer or phone at https://www.speakpipe.com/WDWPrepToGo.   Subscribe to get new episodes There are a few ways to get new episodes of WDW Prep To Go (if you're used to listening on the website, subscribe so you can take new episodes with you on your phone) Subscribe in iTunes  (and please leave a review!) Subscribe in Google Play Subscribe to the feed Listen on Stitcher Follow on social media Instagram Twitter Facebook Pinterest TikTok YouTube Become a Patron Get a quote request for a future trip from Small World Vacations Visit the site Check out the new WDW Prep Merch!  

Be Our Guest WDW Podcast
Fort Wilderness Pop-Up Campsite, 12 Night Trip, 10 Day of Theme Park Fun, Financial Discussion - BOGP 2161

Be Our Guest WDW Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 61:30 Very Popular


Today we are headed to Birmingham, Alabama to speak with Listener Justin about his epic 12-night trip to Disney's Fort Wilderness Campgrounds where they stayed in a pop-up camper back in February! We talk about the logistics of staying at The Fort, fun times in the theme parks (10 days worth) with his wife and 2 boys, great meals, awesome snacks, and a discussion on the breakdown of the finances from the trip! We hope you enjoy today's podcast!  Please visit our website at www.beourguestpodcast.com.  Thank you so much for your support of our podcast! Become a Patron of the show at www.Patreon.com/BeOurGuestPodcast.  Also, please follow the show on Twitter @BeOurGuestMike and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beourguestpodcast.   Thanks to our friends at The Magic For Less Travel for sponsoring today's podcast!

Be Our Guest WDW Podcast
Listener Questions - September 21, 2022 - BOGP 2158

Be Our Guest WDW Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 49:18 Very Popular


Mike and Pam are here today answering your awesome Listener Questions! Today's topics include holiday events to experience at Walt Disney World other than the Deluxe Resorts, theme parks and Fort Wilderness, tips for getting your room request granted, solo runDisney race advice, a special "thank you" meal for a group of 15, and much more! We hope you enjoy today's show!  Please visit our website at www.beourguestpodcast.com.  Thank you so much for your support of our podcast! Become a Patron of the show at www.Patreon.com/BeOurGuestPodcast.  Also, please follow the show on Twitter @BeOurGuestMike and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beourguestpodcast.   Thanks to our friends at The Magic For Less Travel for sponsoring today's podcast!

Capture The Magic - Disney World Podcast | Disney World Travel Podcast | Disney World News & Rumors Podcast
Trip Tales Ep 58 - Kindall P.'s Long Weekend at Fort Wilderness

Capture The Magic - Disney World Podcast | Disney World Travel Podcast | Disney World News & Rumors Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 137:28 Very Popular


On this episode, Kindall P. had a whirlwind long weekend, where her and her family stayed at Fort Wilderness, attended Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, did the Hoop De Doo Revue dinner show. Lots of rain and changes in plans kept them their toes!CTM Apparel Shirt ReleaseYou can get CTM shirts at ctmshirts.com!1901 Candle Co is LIVE!Visit 1901candleco.com for sign up for the email list!Subscribe To The Show & Leave Us A ReviewApple Podcasts - Click HereStitcher - Click HereSpotify - Click HereGoogle Podcasts - Click HereAmazon Podcasts - Click HereFollow Us on Social MediaCTM Facebook Community: @capthemagicInstagram: @capthemagicTikTok: @capturethemagicTwitter: @capthemagicVisit Us OnlineSubscribe to our YouTube Channel!Capturethemagicpodcast.com - Listen to our weekly podcast!Ctmuniversal.com – find the latest episodes!Join Club 32! Our private group with access to exclusive livestreams, podcasts, and MORE! Visit ctmvip.comOur SponsorsZip A Dee Doo Dah Travel - visit travelwithzip.com to see how they can help you have the vacation of a lifetime!Kingdom Strollers - visit kingdomstrollers.com to save up to 50% off theme park stroller rental prices

MY TALK
Interview With Undercover Disney World Fan:UNDERATED

MY TALK

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 15:14


Fort Wilderness in Disney World during Halloween and Christmas. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/c-sincere/support

Dont Do Disney ... Without Us
021 - Howdy Doo Pin Traders!

Dont Do Disney ... Without Us

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 32:59


We are back from the 2022 One Family Pin Trading event at Epcot and we tell you about what the event was like. We also talk about our recent trip to the Hoop Dee Doo review at Fort Wilderness and how our expectations met reality. Typhoon Lagoon has a summer after hours event called H2O Glow Nights - we attempted to go during our trip but it was cancelled due to weather. Finally, tell you our Heroes and Villains of the week. Email: dontdodisney@gmail.com

That Park Life Podcast
Disney Potpourri #6: Greg's Fort Wilderness Staycation, Genie+ Tips, and Smuggler's Run Fun Facts

That Park Life Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 63:55


While Beth was traveling the world, Greg was busy all around WDW. Catch up with his adventures including: truly fun facts about the Millennium Falcon attraction in Hollywood Studios, a rundown of his stay at Fort Wilderness, and a high-risk, high-reward Genie+ trick!   Exclusive Bonus Episodes are available at  our Patreon page.   Shop WorldTravelerTradingCo and use code "ThatParkLife" to save 15%   Follow us on IG Podcast Account: @ThatParkLifePodcast Beth: @TheRealBethMcDonald Greg: @TheDisneyGreg

Main Street Magic - A Walt Disney World Podcast
486: Trip Review: The Hoop-Dee-Doo-Revue, Sea World, and Aquatica

Main Street Magic - A Walt Disney World Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 64:33 Very Popular


Jeremy and Rhonda review the newly returned Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue, talking all things show, food and more, as well as have a special guest to talk about her recent trip to Sea World and Aquatica.Follow Us on Social MediaFacebook GroupFacebook: @MainStMagicTwitter: @MainStMagicInstagram: @MainStMagicVisit Us Onlinewww.MainStMagic.comwww.WonderlandCrew.comwww.MainStreetShirts.comGet Dining Alerts!Find last-minute and hard-to-find Disney dining reservations with MouseDining.com! Get text and email alerts when popular theme park dining reservations open up. Get last-minute seating! Get the next table! Set your alerts now! Get the next reservation!Visit our Partnerswww.MSMFriends.comGet a FREE vacation quote to your favorite destinationChuck Marchetti, Main Street Magic TravelMainStMagicTravel.com for a free quoteThanks to TFresh Productions for our theme songFollow Travis on Instagram @tfresh_productions

Not To Be A Bitch, But...
The Princess of Fort Wilderness, Stop Supporting Abusers & Trying To Be Y/N

Not To Be A Bitch, But...

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 69:12


Brooke and Katie talk about Bl*ckp*nk stans bullying Namjoon online, the interesting fans of a certain Diz Knee vlogger, and Brooke's Y/N experience seeing High School Musical The Musical The Series' Matt Cornett LIVE at Diz Knee Springs. We also discuss our visit to Fort Wilderness and how underrated it is, Joe Jonas soft launching being bi, and we unbox our new Ateez albums. For our NTBABBs we talk about hating Brad Pitt and his fans, and the fact that beans are such an underrated food.

Main Street Magic - A Walt Disney World Podcast
485: Trip Review: Fort Wilderness and Camper Adventures Rentals

Main Street Magic - A Walt Disney World Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 56:00 Very Popular


Jeremy and Rhonda review their latest trip to Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort, Camper Rental Adventures, golf cart and and scavenger hunt fun, Vacation Grocery Delivery, and Kailyn take a trip to Sea World and Aquatica.www.camperrentaladventures.comwww.vacationgrocerydeliveryfl.comFollow Us on Social MediaFacebook GroupFacebook: @MainStMagicTwitter: @MainStMagicInstagram: @MainStMagicVisit Us Onlinewww.MainStMagic.comwww.WonderlandCrew.comwww.MainStreetShirts.comGet Dining Alerts!Find last-minute and hard-to-find Disney dining reservations with MouseDining.com! Get text and email alerts when popular theme park dining reservations open up. Get last-minute seating! Get the next table! Set your alerts now! Get the next reservation!Visit our Partnerswww.MSMFriends.comGet a FREE vacation quote to your favorite destinationChuck Marchetti, Main Street Magic TravelMainStMagicTravel.com for a free quoteThanks to TFresh Productions for our theme songFollow Travis on Instagram @tfresh_productions

A Spoonful of Podcast
Episode 95 - Vanessa's family trip to Fort Wilderness !

A Spoonful of Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 57:15


Join Evan and Bryan as the welcome Vanessa to the podcast as she gives us some insight on her recent trip to WDW where she stayed at Fort Wilderness with her family, It was an exciting and unique trip and worth a listen. So kick off your boots and spurs and tune in to see a different flavor of the resorts.  if you want to join us and discuss your trip to Ft Wilderness or any other resort or topic please reach out to us on our Facebook page , Spoonie Nation, Instagram or Twitter ------------------------------------------------------ Find everything here 

Theme Park Rangers
Disney's Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue returns at Fort Wilderness (Ep. 150)

Theme Park Rangers

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 34:54


Disney's Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is back and Orlando Sentinel tourism reporter Dewayne Bevil has the scoop on the hokey, high-energy show. A familiar feel (1:19) Tweaks (4:27) Hokey with high energy(9:10) Menu updates (12:01) The details (14:35) Guest experience (17:56) Fort Wilderness campout (20:55) Is it really camping? (24:14) No bugs and maid service (30:12)

Off The Monorails
Ep. 21 - Staying at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground for Father's Day Weekend

Off The Monorails

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 71:24


*This episode contains moderate language and suggestive themes. Discretion is advised. On today's episode, we dive into another trip recap. This time it's Justin and Ryan's experience staying at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground during Father's Day Weekend 2022. This was Ryan's first time staying at The Fort, so you'll want to listen to this. Get your smores kit out and let's fire it up.Products Mentioned in Episode:  Sequence Card Game: https://amzn.to/3zWzWOU  Fire Ring: https://amzn.to/3Oiih8OVisit the Website: OffTheMonorails.comRead the Blog: https://bit.ly/3rdnoNY[Follow Us]

Magic on a Dollar Podcast
The One with Going Solo at Disney

Magic on a Dollar Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 54:25


In the 110th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave are ready to tell you why you need to take a trip all by your lonesome to Disney World! First, Jenn is getting ready for another trip, while d$ has signed up for a runDisney event... the Disney Wish has a home, leading to a random Bob Seger tangent... are robots coming to Disney soon?... and the return Chip n Dale at Fort Wilderness, Donald at Animal Kingdom, Minnie rejoining Mickey, Maribel making her MK debut and so many more familiar faces returning!  Then, d$ gives his take on Pixar's "Lightyear", the good, the bad, the marketing mistake, and of course, the controversy.  Finally, Jenn and Dave walk through all the great advantages of doing a solo trip to the parks -- moving at your own pace, making your own decisions about food and resorts, staying safe, -- and even some of the cons, like not having a good way to save your spot during the fireworks!   

Off The Monorails
Ep. 20 - Part 2: Our Trip to Walt Disney World During Memorial Day Weekend 2022 | Coronado Springs Resort, Fort Wilderness Campground and More!

Off The Monorails

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 55:00


On this edition of the Off The Monorails podcast, it's Jordan's turn to recap his time at Walt Disney World during Memorial Day Weekend. From starting at Coronado Springs Resort, to grilling from the cabins at Fort Wilderness, the extended weekend had a lot to offer. So strap in for Part 2 of Our Trip to Walt Disney World During Memorial Day Weekend 2022.Visit the Website: OffTheMonorails.comRead the Blog: https://bit.ly/3rdnoNY[Follow Us]

The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network
The Disney Dish with Jim Hill Episode 378: Looking back on Fort Wilderness' abandoned expansion plans from the mid-1970s

The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 51:53


 Len Testa starts off this week's show by sharing a fairly blunt survey that the WDW Resort recently sent out about Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park. Then Jim Hill talks about how – once upon a time – Pioneer Hall was supposed to have been the very first part of Florida's Frontier Town project Show Notes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Disney Dish with Jim Hill
The Disney Dish with Jim Hill Episode 378: Looking back on Fort Wilderness' abandoned expansion plans from the mid-1970s

The Disney Dish with Jim Hill

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 51:53


 Len Testa starts off this week's show by sharing a fairly blunt survey that the WDW Resort recently sent out about Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park. Then Jim Hill talks about how – once upon a time – Pioneer Hall was supposed to have been the very first part of Florida's Frontier Town project Show Notes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Off The Monorails
Ep. 19 - Part 1: Our Trip to Walt Disney World During Memorial Day Weekend 2022 | Pop Century, Animal Kingdom Lodge, and More!

Off The Monorails

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 100:43


On this edition of the Off The Monorails podcast, Justin and Ryan recap their time at Walt Disney World ahead of Memorial Day Weekend. From staying at Pop Century Resort together, to hitting the food booths at Epcot, to relaxing during a mutliple night stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge, there was A LOT covered and they're ready to share.Visit the Website: OffTheMonorails.comRead the Blog: https://bit.ly/3rdnoNY[Follow Us]

The Thirty20Eight: Disney History & Disney Listory
Thirty20Eight #232 - Disneyland's OG Fort Wilderness!

The Thirty20Eight: Disney History & Disney Listory

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 35:31 Very Popular


Before there was Fort Wilderness, there was...Fort Wilderness! This week, Matt and Kevin dive into Disneyland's original Fort Wilderness on Tom Sawyer Island. SUPPORT THE SHOW AND WIN! Right now, you can support the show by visiting our friends at privacypros.com/3028, where if you sign up for a free, no obligation consultation, you can win sold out Disneyland Paris merch!

Disney Chat With Pixie Dust Fan
Podcast 149 - So, we're Canadian eh?

Disney Chat With Pixie Dust Fan

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 71:59


Inspired by a review on Apple Podcasts that said they loved their Canadian accents, Carrie and Fran are sharing their views on being Canadian.  From Tim Hortons to Hockey, saying sorry and 'aboot' - the ladies are sharing their perspective and history.  At the end they circle back to the Walt Disney connection to Canada. Show Notes: The Canadian connection to Walt Disney as written by our friend Gary is on the Pixie Dust Fan website. Gary chatted with us about Fort Wilderness on episode 37 On episode 16 of the podcast we shared why it is difficult being a Canadian Disney fan You can buy the Tim Horton's steeped tea on Amazon  Carrie and Glenda went to Puzzles Canada If you want a YouTube puzzler - check out Karen Puzzles like Carrie recommended The spa that Francine goes to is called JC Spa in Toronto Find Francine and Carrie online: Website: https://PixieDustFan.com Instagram: @PixieDustFan Carrie on Instagram: @MuppetCrazy Facebook: Pixie Dust Fan  Pixie Dust Fan Facebook group: PixieDustFanGroup Support Pixie Dust Fan by shopping our affiliates Find Pixie Dust Fan on YouTube: PixieDustFanSite

You Were Made for This
159: For an Interesting Conversation Listen to a Missionary

You Were Made for This

Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 38:43


When we listen to a missionary it often causes us to reflect. Does my life have a larger meaning like there's? Do I see God at work as they do? Listen in to today's show where we hear the story of a couple who changed the trajectory of their lives by leaving the business world to become missionaries. Why this topic at this time? Today's episode is in response to a podcast listener by the name of Patty who said she'd like to hear more interviews with missionaries. I can see why. They are some of the most interesting people around. To talk with a missionary is almost always an interesting conversation. And more than interesting, whenever we truly hear the story of another person, whether they're a missionary or not, it can't help but cause us to reflect upon our own story. For today's show, I interviewed two of my friends, Billy and Laura Borkenhagen, to learn from them and their life-changing missionary story. One thing that's different about today's episode is that I have a word-for-word transcript of my interview in the show notes. It was done using AI - artificial intelligence software. I have been wanting to experiment with this for a while. And if actual transcripts are something you'd like to see more of, please let me know. Okay. Let's get on with it. Interview transcript John: So Laura and Billy, tell us a little bit about your journey to becoming missionaries. I mean, you both had pretty great careers and you left all of that to become missionaries in a camping ministry. Laura, why don't we start with you first? Laura: Sure. So yeah, Billy and I met in college and Billy became an architect and I began working in marketing. We both worked at the Kohler Company for our careers. I even traveled internationally for, a bit of time, which was really fun and fixed up a house. And I, I ran, I started my own photo business and Billy started working downtown in Milwaukee. We had three kids and life was, you know, kind of how I had it planned in my Excel spreadsheet of how I wanted my life to be. Yeah. And so we had taken our family with our three kids up to camp just to attend a winter camp and, just really had a great time. And so the next year we decided to go back and while we were there, I was reading in the dining hall. They have all the missionaries, like a little bio about each one of them and I was reading them. And at the end there was a job posting. I wasn't looking for a job, but I just, in that moment, I knew that that was my job. And that kind of just started a journey of us asking questions. And yeah, it was a bit of a story, but we, we ended up both joining as missionaries at, at Fort wilderness. And now we're here in the north woods. John: Well, tell us a little bit about what camping is at Fort wilderness and what your role is there. Laura: Sure. Fort wilderness is a camping ministry it's in Northern Wisconsin and it really aims to do, do four things. They get people out in God's creation in the outdoors just immersed, in what God's created, gives people God's word. So at all the different camps and retreats, there's always a speaker or, or way for you to hear, hear God's word. And then they use adventure programming. So things like horses and water slides and tubing Hills, and swimming and all sorts of adventure things. And then the fourth one is community. And so, so you're, you're always in Christian community. So it uses those four things and it's year round, summer, winter fall. And then there's camps for families. There are things just for youth where they get dropped off for, for a week or so there's a college age program. And then there's adult programs where it's like, just adults, like a men's retreat or women's retreat. John: So you're doing, you're doing your marketing thing, part-time from your home and Billy's still working in the Milwaukee area as an architect, correct? Laura: Yeah. That's how it started. I, I saw this job posting and I said, Hey, would you consider someone working part-time remote because I'm not moving that was my quote. And funny how, how God, every time I've said I would not do something, I feel like I've done it. John: Yeah. Laura: Yeah. So the, they were like, well, maybe like why? And I was like, well, I'm not interested in moving, but oh, I'd love to like work for Fort. And so they entertained the idea. They're like, sure, like think about it, pray about it. So I applied, I interviewed and I became the first ever remote employee. Working from the Milwaukee area while Billy was working in Milwaukee and the plan, I was willing to raise support as a missionary, but they said, well, we've never had anyone working remotely. So they offered me a six month contract where they paid me and they said at six months, if it works out, then we'll talk about raising support said, okay. So the six month mark comes and, and COVID had hit. And so I, I was not the only remote employee anymore cuz lots of people were working remote at that point. Laura: But the six month mark came and we were up at camp helping out and I was supposed to have this meeting about raising support. But before that meeting Billy's boss approached him and said, Hey,, there's really no job available, but I really need an architect. And you're married to Laura. Like, would you guys consider moving up here and, joining staff. And we were like, um maybe I'm not sure. And so the short story, they sent us home and said pray about it for the next 30 days. And we said yes, after that 30 days, cuz we really felt, felt the Lord every, there was a hundred instances where we felt like, wow, the Lord is just really showing us and opening this door. John: Yeah. And Billy, that was quite a, I mean it was big change for Laura, but, but you actually gave up a pretty great job as an architect. How did, how did that, how did God work in your life to, to do such a thing? Billy: Yeah. I really thought that I would retire at HGA cuz it was a really good firm and my opportunity to work there was pretty unique and through one of my college professors, so I had a good job and I liked it. I think the shortest way I can answer that. The short story is that by a combination of the opportunities at Fort wilderness, the special needs that they had and then some things that God was doing, not only in my life, but in Laura's life, separately, but at the same time. And each of us made it pretty clear to us that this is something that, we should step into. And that was kind of the answer to the prayer that we got. So that's the very short version of that story. I think the longer version is that God had showed me very clearly that we weren't in total control of our lives. Billy: As much as you think you are, as much as you think the way you live or the job you have or the community you're in is giving you some sense of control God had shown us in personal ways that we're actually not in control. And so that put our minds in a place where I think we were willing to consider leaving all of the stuff that we've built up over the years and taking a risk of stepping in, into sort of this unknown role and fulfilling this, what was a, a clear need, but an unknown role for us. And so the timing of that sensation with the open doors and the opportunities and all of that is really what compelled us to seriously pray about it and determined this is where God was leading us. John: Mm yeah. So it's not like you were, you were running away from something that, you know, things are going along pretty well. And, but here is something that was better that God was leading you to. Billy: Yeah,Absolutely. I mean, it's still to be honest, you know, sometimes at our worst we're tempted to think like, man, did we, you know, you get to this point where can't go back and you're like, did we make a mistake? You know, going forward. And yeah. And I think a lot of that is just the enemy tempting us and trying to, you know, keep us from what God's called us into. But yeah, absolutely. It wasn't certainly wasn't running away. In fact it was quite when we came to Fort wilderness, for me personally, I had a lot of support and encouragement from peers and coworkers and even my own supervisor when I left and broke the news to him that I was, you know, gonna be resigning in the next month and talked to him. He this was God's grace. Billy: He had offered that, you know, he is like, he's like, I, I'm not gonna ask you to stay and offer you more money cuz I understand why you're doing this, he's like, but if things don't work out in spring and your support raising, isn't going well, he's like just call me, you know, I could throw some work your way and you could work remotely. Everybody was working remotely at that time. Anyway. So things like that were super helpful and leaving on leaving with good rapport and on good terms is, you know, something you still think about, especially in those moments when you're doubting and you know, wondering, and life is seeming more complicated than it probably should be. John: Yeah. Yeah. Interesting, you know, one definition of a missionary is someone who goes from one culture to another culture to, in some ways spread the good news of Jesus Christ. Now you move from one part of Wisconsin to another part of Wisconsin, but did you notice any cultural differences between where you were living in, in an urban setting compared to ....your smiling ... Um compared to living in the north woods? Tell us about the change in culture. Laura: Yeah, yeah. That's such a good, good question. You know, I think, I think I know that I downplayed this. I was like, and we've, we've had this whole discussion of what is the definition of a missionary and, and there's different ones. You know, at Fort we raise, we raise our support, meaning that our salaries paid to us. We had to talk to our church and friends and family and they support us monthly and that money pays our salary. So you know, that, that was one thought I had and because we were doing that support raising, I was like, yeah, I'm mean, and there isn't really the cultural thing because we're in Wisconsin and we're still gonna be in Wisconsin. And I, I should have, have thought about that more. It's been a drastic cultural change, both from just living in the city to living in the north woods, but also just not being on the corporate world schedule economy. Laura.: It's been challenging. I think mainly because I downplayed it. It was like, it's no, no big deal. We're just moving four hours away. It's no big deal.... And it, it has been a big deal. Mm. And I, you know, John, you told us, you have a lot of people that listen to your podcasts that are missionaries. And so I don't want that to come across as we did something as, as hard as moving to another country. In fact, I'm saying, wow, this has been a struggle. And we moved four hours and I can't imagine someone moved actually to a different our country. Yeah. we, you know didn't have language barriers or, or any of, of those things. So I don't, I don't wanna diminish, I mean yeah. Mm-Hmm, even more strength it must take to, to go to another country. John: Yeah, yeah. Yeah. How about for you, Billy? What, how has the cultural change, affected you or did it,? Billy: Yeah, certainly I think, especially cuz we moved from a pretty tight knit community and we had a lot of overlap between our church community and our living community mm-hmm . And so the people that we'd see and bump into at church on Sunday were also people that we'd see and bump into, you know, walking around sidewalks and we're just kind of doing life together. And that's, so it's a little, it's much more spread out up here just physically and logistically to overlap and to kind of get insights into people's lives or invite people into your lives is just logistically more challenging. So that was a, that's a big thing. I think that just drives sort of a different culture in the way. Probably that people are just and this is, I don't like to make general statements, but are just less accustomed to always being around mm-hmm you and other of people, you know, it's just, it's just kind of, there's a different vibe to it. Billy: But I think to add to what Laura was saying one of the challenges, and maybe this is less about culture is just being, feeling unestablished. I think when you go from a place where you feel established or you built a home and a life and you go to another place, whether that's 30 minutes away or on the other side of the world, there's a part of you. I think that I felt that where we feel like foreigners a little bit, like we're not, we, we didn't grow up here. You know, we haven't, our kids weren't raised here. We don't have the history, we don't know the places. We don't know the landmarks, all the, all the things that make you kind of have this sense of home and establishment, we're trying to piece together and, you know, get a grip on a little bit. So in that sense, maybe that amplifies the, what we perceive as like a difference in cultures from one to the other. But I think, that's a big part of it. John: Mm. Yeah. You know, one of those things that, we talk a lot about on the podcast is relationships. Have you noticed any differences in relationships where you're living now compared to where you were living, where you came from? Are they, are they different? Are they the same? How has your move affected the relationship between the two of you and, you know, your children, your parents? Has that been affected in any way? Billy: Yeah, I think , sometimes there might be the sense that if God's calling you to something and you understand that call and you accept that call, that you've arrived and you've, you've kind of done it and accomplished, you know, like the rest of this story is, and they lived happily ever after, you know, and I think that one of the things I've come to recognize, especially with relationships is that God doesn't, you know, call the equipped, but that he calls everybody, especially us to come here to grow. And so we've, I think that Laura and I, you know, between the two of us have had growth in our relationship, even in the past weeks. And some of that, I contribute to God, specifically pushing us and growing us in areas together as a married couple. And a lot of it has to do with, you know, that whole being established thing. I think that maybe he hasn't let us get too established yet because he does want us to not be too dependent on things. He loves us too much to let us get established in maybe bad routines or things like that. Mm-Hmm so he's working on us and you know, would he have done that? Had we not slipped into this fall? I don't probably, I don't know, but it seems like as we're here specifically, you know, making our work, his work, he's been pretty intentional in growing us as a married couple. John: Mm-Hmm. Yeah. Laura: I think yeah, our relationships have, have definitely every single one has changed. One thing we were talking about just tonight was so we had this great community where we lived and with our church and our neighborhood and Bible studies, we were in, like, we just, we had this great, great community. Right. And like, lots of people knew we were Christians, but yet we become a missionary. Right. And, so now all these friends know that we did this big thing and moved, right. And like Billy said, like, somehow you can feel like you've arrived. And, and cuz people would say that to you like, oh, I could never do that, but I'm so glad you're doing it. Like as if we're all of sudden somehow elevated, which is just not true, God comes to us in our brokenness. But, the really surprising, you know, the sad change is like, of course, like you don't keep in touch as much as you want because we're here now. Laura: And a lot of our relationships where we lived, like everyone walked places, we only had one car and we almost never used it. Like, so you would just run into people and connect with them. And so that's gone, like, you know, you still can text people and call people, but like that daily interaction it's not there. And so that, that was a great, great loss, but this beautiful thing that's come is people, whether they support us financially or not, we'll text us prayer requests. And it's like, I used to talk to you every day and you never asked me to pray for you. but now I'm a missionary. And like, I get the honor of people reaching out and being like, Hey, this is going on. I know you said that we could reach out for prayer you prayed for this. And I was like, wow, like, so that's been a beautiful change in, in the relationship. Mm-Hmm. That I wasn't expecting to be honest, like I was not expecting that at all. So, yeah. John: Cool. And, tell us about your, kids. You got three young kids. What about your relationship with them and their own individual relationships? Can you comment on that? Laura: You know, it was, it was a really big change for them too. And, and for context, our kids, when we moved were, seven, five and three, when we moved and, and I thought, you know, yeah, they've got friends, but they're super young. You know, they're not gonna, I, I didn't think it would be a huge deal, but there was a lot of factors. They were in public school, COVID hit. Then they were home. Then we decided to homeschool. Then we decided to become missionaries. And so they had like major change after major change, after, or major change. So I, I think there's been highs and lows mm-hmm and I think, I think something God's taught me in it is you can plan all you want and pick out, oh, this community is gonna be best for my kids, or this school is gonna be best, or this church home is gonna be best. But at the end of the day, there's not one perfect place to raise kids. And it's gonna be hard whether we're missionaries in the Northwood of Wisconsin or we're in this perfect picked out community. Mm-Hmm because we had picked out, you know, where we lived was because of the schools and the church and the community and, and there's pros and cons to any place you live. And at the end of the day, you have to put the time into parenting and you've got to rely on the Lord. John: Mm-Hmm Laura: I think the Lord's for sure. Been teaching me that since we've been here. John: Yeah. Yeah. Were there any surprises when you started, when you moved? Laura: Was that a yes, no question? The answer is yes. John: . Can you share one ? Billy: Yeah, I don't want, I don't mean this to sound critical or anything. But I think that for some reason, I thought that I worked in the secular world and that the secular world was very secular. And then you come and where I was going to work , you know, is kind of the church and the ministry. And so I had sort of this ideal in my mind about how that would look and function, and honestly you get into it and you start to discover like, oh, wait a minute. There's actually like, people are still people even here. And there's brokenness mm-hmm and there's challenges. And there's, you know, places where maturity is needed or places where maturity is really strong. And so one surprises that I found myself in moments, like looking back and thinking like, wow, actually in some ways I found my, my company that I worked for to be, you know, in moments could be more empathetic and in moments could be more concerning about, you know, like work life balance or stuff like that. Billy: And, again, I don't mean that to sound like a criticism, especially Fort wilderness is an amazing organization. And, you know, I think we're super blessed and impressed with it, but there's just a, you know, a reckoning of the ideals that we sometimes falsely build up in our mind about how, how ministry is gonna be this perfect place. Everyone's gonna be working hand in hand in community. But like, in fact it is work and , it's called work for a reason because it is difficult and people aren't perfect and we aren't perfect. And, but yet by God's grace we all, you know, so somehow come together and do something. John: Yeah. Yeah. Cool. For each of you, what have you found to be some of the more rewarding things about what you do? Billy: Do you wanna go, Laura: You can go first. Billy: Well, I think it's really cool being like I'm, so I'm a registered architect and I'm an architect by trade and been doing that for years. And I came from a firm of, you know, there are 110 people in it and like 80 architects, people who think and work like I do. And we, you know, we understand the craft that we come together around to do. So being, being the only architect now has on one hand challenges, because you don't have the depth of resources you had and you know, you're always kind of comparing yourself to your, your past or your peers, in the industry. But on the other hand it's really cool cuz you feel like, man, I really matter here. Like I really like I'm bringing the skillset that's unique and prepared us for it. And I matter in this role and I, I really feel like I belong here. And so I think that's been rewarding as we've seen projects come together and as we kind of solidify with our teams and you know, work together really well and actually see stuff get done, it's, it's kind of a cool feeling. You feel like you really had a big impact on it. John: Mm-hmm great. Laura: Yeah. And I'd, I'd say I think our unique area of ministry of, what Fort does, family camps in general, the people coming are all Christians to the family camp. Like you come to family camp to have a certain experience and you likely wouldn't sign up to attend a Christian family camp if you're not Christian in general. Right. So, so that part of the ministry people come and they are expecting and willing to talk about deep things because you're the missionary staff. And so, you know, I worked years at the Kohler company and had maybe one spiritual top discussion with a colleague because it's like taboo in the workplace to talk about anything. Right. Spiritual. Yeah. Yeah. And so if to get on that level with someone took years of working with them and it's like, we're up here at camp. And like our first summer I'm like, I just had this incredible conversation and this camper was talking to me about that. Laura: Right. And it's just like happening all over. And so that was like super encouraging. And then the youth camps and all winter, the youth groups come up all winter and, and so that you've got just all sorts of people. Like they're not, not all Christians and they're seeking and so yeah, I've just been, just touched the whole, the whole year. And I, I guess maybe it, it, after working corporate world for a long time, I hope that I never lose that this first year joy that every time campers are there, there's an opportunity for an incredible conversation. Yeah. yeah. Yeah. You know, and, and the flip side of that, honestly, though, John is like, there are days when I'm doing my marketing stuff that I just feel like I'm doing marketing stuff. Right. And, and I think as someone who, this is our first time working in ministry and I, I cringe at that term because you work as a Christian, I think you're always working in ministry. You're just not always being paid. Right. Like, yeah. So I guess I think, you know, we're one year in living up here and, and I'm still, I'm still wrestling through, I think a lot of that of am I, am I doing ministry when I'm plugging away at my computer? Mm-Hmm you know, or is it only when I'm talking with campers? Billy: Yeah. Laura: And there's a guilt in that right. Of like, and then you have camp is fun. So it's like, I never wanna leave because I might miss out on some incredible conversation. And then I'm like, but wait, like this isn't about me. Like God is actually doing the work. So I can go home like, , I can go rest. Right. Billy: It's a bit of an identity crisis at times, because it's like on one hand, I'm, I'm a professional who came from the corporate world and I'm, for me, I'm an architect and I do architect and we drive projects and I know what to do as an architect. So I've got that title. But on the other hand, I'm sort of this, I guess, cliche, missionary title too, you know, it's like, and so I feel like, like you're saying, if I'm doing my architecture stuff really well, it takes a lot of, you know, time and dedication. And I feel like, okay, I'm, I'm being a good architect, but now I'm not being a good mission area because I'm not doing ministry with people and you know, and so then it's like, all right, now, what is mission? What is ministry then? Billy: Is it designing the projects and, you know, making them successful or is it serving lunch with a camper or having the spiritual conversation or preaching, or, you know, where, when I'm an architect one minute, and the next minute i'm a missionary and, you know, maybe, you know, why doe it gotta be so complicated? but, but there's a bit of that where you feel like you're doing one well, and you're neglecting the other, or you're doing the other well, and you're neglecting the first and mm. It's kind of a strange gray area. Cause you're, yeah. You know, you're compared to professionals on one hand, but also this definition of a missionary on the other hand. John: Yeah. That was interesting. What have you learned about yourself? You've been there now? What a year and a half, two years, is it Billy: Deep questions. You know, I think, I think one thing that I've learned is I didn't think that where I lived and the house I had mattered to me as much as it apparently did. I Billy: Hmm. You know, and I think that we were talking a little bit earlier about, you know, this idea of being established and all that, and it's, it's more uncomfortable than I probably thought it would be. You know, I kind of had this idea that I could live. We could live anywhere. You know, we're pretty flexible. We're nimble all this stuff, but it's just weird how these silly thoughts come to you. You like the neighborhood we live in now, demographically is, is much poor, very different, mostly all rentals. Like, so you have, you know, it's, it's not hard to see that there's like a lot of brokenness and the families and things around here. And, you know, in Wauwatosa I think we lived across the street where our next neighbor's house was a $600,000 house. And now , I think the house across the street from us is probably worth $60,000, you know? Billy: So it's like Uh, starkly different. And so you have these dumb thoughts of like, man, my kids, like, what are they gonna grow up understanding of it? You know, like how is this gonna affect them and all this stuff. So I think God has used our living situation to expose idols in our hearts and in his grace has pushed us to deal with those things and to really understand what, you know, what is, what is important. And so I think that's a way that I've seen, I know I've been growing in that. I think we've both been growing in that. Mm. Laura: Yeah. I think the biggest thing I've learned about myself is that I had a lot of deep rooted pride in, in money and my own achievements. Like, like I went to college and, you know, I was a straight A student. And so then you, you get the job and your paycheck comes and you're like, yeah, I deserve that money. In fact, I probably should be paid more because mm-hmm. , I've worked for this and I'm a hard worker and right. Like it, you can just, I mean, I never said those words out loud, but I definitely thought them in my head. And then the Lord leads us to this thing that we have to raise support. Right. And every time, so how it works when we get a paycheck, every paycheck there, we get a sheet in it with all these names and the amount that that person gave in that two week pay period. Laura: Mm. And it's really hard to be prideful when you get a sheet like that every week. And you're like, no, like the reason I get to do this work is because all these people believed that this ministry was worth it and believed that Billy and I were being called to it and are willing to give the funds so that, so I can get paid. And every time I open those little envelopes, I'm like, oh, it's not about me. Like it, like, I just it's. I mean, we've been getting them for a year. Like, and I still can just feel like I need that reminder every two weeks to not be prideful. And I'm like, wow, I had a way bigger pride issue than I thought I had. John: Mm-Hmm. Laura: Like, like, okay, like, you know, and so it gets back to this like dual purpose. It's like, has the Lord called us here because we're, we have skill sets and we have something to offer that Fort needs. Yes. But has he equally called us here because he's working in us and, and through us, like, because we're broken sinful people, like yes. Like both those things are true. Billy: Yeah. Laura: And, I think that's a good place to be, to have both those being true. John: Yeah. What advice would you have for someone who is where you were a year and a half, two years ago? What advice would you have for someone who would be considering leaving a secular job to be, to become a missionary? Billy: I would say that if, if God is really calling you to that, then you can't go wrong and he, he's not calling you because you're equipped and you may, and you may be, and maybe you have a skillset to offer, but it's like, Laura was just saying, he's calling you to equip you. He will equip you. And in ways that are far reaching beyond the actual work that he's calling you to do, mm-hmm,, he's deeply concerned with you. He's deeply concerned with the condition of your heart and he loves you. And that's why he's calling you into it. So if he's, yeah, if you, if he's calling you then do it, but it doesn't mean that the rest of the story is, and they lived happily ever after mm-hmm John: Yes. Billy: He calls us to grow us. Laura: Yeah. I'd echo that. And, and I would also say if you feel the Lord's leading, you, you know, you need to get on your hands and knees and, and make sure that he's, he's the one leading that it's not something in your own mind. And, and I think you do that in prayer. I think you do that in, in his word, you do that by reaching out to, to some really trusted friends, which, you know, John, that, we did that when we were in our, our discernment time period. And for us, all three of those areas in our individual prayer in our time spent in the word and the trusted friends we met with all three pointed to, to going. And at that point we said, yes, we didn't, we didn't ask about the money. Or we were like, well, we can't say no. Now, like, if God has said yes, in all three of those areas, like, I mean, that that's, I that's how we discerned our decision. And so I, I put that time in that discernment process, for sure. John: Yeah. Yeah. Well, this has been great. It's getting going longer than I told you it would go. So I appreciate your appreciate your time. If people wanted to find out more about Fort wilderness, how could they do that? What's the website and all of that. And I'll have it in the show notes too. Laura: Yeah. So it's, it's fortwilderness.com. It's a new website that I had the privilege of working on. So thanks for asking about that, John. John: That's right. I forgot. Yeah. That's a great website. Laura: That's been my big work for the last like eight months. It's not perfect, but, but we did launch the new website and you can find out about the ministry there. You can see the missionaries that are serving there and many are still raising support. Yeah. And you can, you can get in touch with us. We love praying for people and getting to know people so, yeah, that'd be great. John: Mm-Hmm. Good. Well, thanks again. We love you guys and we, we miss you, but we're just really, really excited to see how God is using you for his glory in Northern Wisconsin and all the people that come from all over to learn more about Jesus and you are important parts of that ministry, important parts of facilitating that kind of activity and advancing God's kingdom. So we applaud what you do, that's for sure. So again, thanks for your time. And we will stay in touch. So what does all this mean for YOU? Some of the questions I asked Billy and Laura I found helpful for all of us to ask ourselves How has God led us to what we are doing now? How are relationships impacting our lives? What are the rewarding things about our jobs, or if we're not employed, what's rewarding in the ways we spend our time? What have we learned about ourselves in the last year or two? Here's the main takeaway I hope you remember from today's episode Taking the time to listen to a missionary, to hear their story of how God has led them and is growing them, can inspire us to listen more deeply to God so that we can grow too. I'd love to hear any thoughts you have about today's episode. Closing In closing, I hope your thinking was stimulated by today's show to think about how you can listen to a missionary, or even your friends, to hear their story of how they got to where they are today. For when you do, it will help you experience the joy of relationships God intends for you. Because after all, You Were Made for This. Well, that's it for today. In the meantime, create a little joy for the people you meet this week. Spread some relational sunshine. And I'll see you next time. To check out Fort Wilderness, go to fortwilderness.com Related episodes you may want to listen to 139: Why Should I Listen to This Podcast? 143: Initiate with People to Enrich Our Life - Part 1 144: Initiate with People to Enrich Our Life - Part 2 Our Sponsor You Were Made for This is sponsored by Caring for Others, a missionary care ministry. We are supported by the generosity of people like you to continue this weekly podcast and other services we provide to missionaries around the world.

Soundscapes by Here With the Magic
Fort Wilderness Kayaking

Soundscapes by Here With the Magic

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 64:01


Soundscapes: Fort Wilderness Kayaking ----- Want More Here With The Magic? Visit The Website: https://herewiththemagic.com Watch Here: https://www.youtube.com/HereWithTheMagic Connect on Social Media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/herewiththemagic Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/herewiththemagic/ -- Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground holds a very special place in my heart. It was here that I began my love for Walt Disney World back in 1976, during my very first trip to the Vacation Kingdom. Through the eyes of my three year old self, this place was amazing. Expansive and woodsy. Nightly campfire singalongs attended by dancing chipmunks. The sweet smell of pine in the air. Boat rides to a place where a monorail went right through the center of a building -- not to mention that arcade! To this day, I can't even drive by the Fort Wilderness entrance without feeling a deep nostalgic joy. As an adult, I find that it's a haven for the soul. There's simply no other place like it in any Disney space anywhere. It is, perhaps, the most audacious and wonderful example of Walt's impact on this Florida project. Can you imagine anything like this being created today? Just around the corner from the most visited theme park in the world, there is this respite from the whirlwind of adventure and celebration. Here, Disney has allowed the natural environment to deliver the Magic in the most subtle ways. Everything moves at a decidedly slower pace, and this mixture of simplicity and ease grants us moment after moment of undisturbed, untouched serenity. And I can't think of a better way to explore this Magical space than by a slow morning meander in a kayak. Here, we have a chance to be unhurried. To release, to surrender…an opportunity to give ourselves over to the journey and the steady rhythm of rowing, the catharsis of the methodical movement. Where we're going doesn't matter. All that matters right now is that we're Here. Listen to the rustle of a breeze through the branches; the chirp of cicadas; the occasional trill of a songbird; the lap of an oar on the water. Imagine the ripples of water dappled by sunlight; the oak trees waving lazily beneath Toy Story clouds. Feel the gentle swaying of our kayak as we glide past grassy banks and under bridges. Now sit back and relax. We'll take care of the rowing.

Let's Talk Dis
#125 Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort

Let's Talk Dis

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 25:48


Jeff and Sandy bring you the next episode of the resort series with this unique option - camping! One of the original 3 resorts to open in 1971, Fort Wilderness has welcomed many visitors.  Sandy take's a stroll down memory lane sharing about the airstream campers that were originally available for rent, River Country - Disney's first water park, the Marshmallow Marsh and Mickey's Backyard Barbecue.   Hear about resort options from cabins that sleep six to campsites with full or partial hook and premium locations.   Did you know you can even rent a tent for your vacation?Start vacation planning your vacation with a resort that offers more recreation than anywhere.  Everything from Horseback riding, Archery, tetherball, tennis, basketball, fishing and more!   Reach out to our friends at ezdisez.com to get started.

Off The Monorails
Ep. 16 - Our Interview with a Disney Cast Member: Inside Walt Disney World Operations and More!

Off The Monorails

Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 71:26


*This episode contains explicit language; discretion is advised.Have you ever wanted to know what it's like to work for Disney? Have you ever wanted to work for Walt Disney World? On this episode, we sit down with our friend, Gil, a current Disney Cast Member, who takes us behind the curtain and answers some of most burning questions. Visit the Website: OffTheMonorails.comRead the Blog: https://bit.ly/3rdnoNY[Follow Us]

The WDW Radio Show - Your Walt Disney World Information Station
WDW Radio # 677 - Hidden History: The Fort Wilderness Adventure House and Sadie Mae's

The WDW Radio Show - Your Walt Disney World Information Station

Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 84:47 Very Popular


WDW Radio # 677 - Hidden History: Hidden History: The Fort Wilderness Adventure House and Sadie Mae's Journey with me back in time for a piece of Walt Disney World's Hidden History and a well-developed concept that you probably never heard of - The Fort Wilderness Adventure House. We'll look at the origins of this "funhouse" (including when it was going to be called "The Roost"), Marc Davis' designs and gags, changes, relationship to a classic Disney attraction, and take a virtual walk-through. We'll explore the concepts for the Fort Wilderness Stockade and Western Town (aka Fort Wilderness FrontierTown) and also look at another lost concept, Sadie Mae's Palace, that would have significantly changed the Fort Wilderness Resort as a whole. ---------------------------------- WDWRadio.com - Visit the site and blog WDWRadio.com/Clubhouse - Join the community and conversation on Facebook WDWRadioNATION - Get monthly rewards, and help support the show WDWRadioLIVE.com - Watch and chat LIVE Wednesdays at 7:30pm ET WDWRadio.com/Podcasts - Show notes, past episodes, links, and photos WDWRadio.com/Events - WDW Radio Disney meets, events, cruises, and more! WDWRadio.com/Shirts - Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, logo gear and more! 407-900-9391 - Call the voicemail with a question, comment or "Hello!" from the parks THANK YOU for your support by voting WDW Radio Best Travel Podcast for 9 consecutive years! Sit back, relax, and enjoy this week's episode of the WDW Radio show. Thanks for listening! Be sure to tune in next week! ---------------------------------- LouMongello.com- Let me help you turn what you love into what you do with one-on-one mentoring, mastermind groups, and my Momentum Workshop in Walt Disney World. I can also speak at your event, conference, business, or school. ---------------------------------- LET'S CONNECT! WDWRadio.com/Community Facebook.com/WDWRadio Instagram.com/LouMongello Twitter.com/LouMongello YouTube.com/WDWRadio Pinterest.com/LouMongello LinkedIn.com/in/LouMongello

Off The Monorails
Ep. 14 - Things We Learned Booking Reservations for Walt Disney World, and More!

Off The Monorails

Play Episode Play 27 sec Highlight Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 42:28


On today's episode, we provide feedback on our recent experiences booking some upcoming reservations for Disney World, including dining and other activites to do at Walt Disney World. We also discuss some more Disney news and of course fall of the train and discuss some food options as well. All of that and more, is ready now!In Episode Links:Disney Events and ToursDisney Enchanting Extras (Cabanas, Golf, etc.)Visit the Website: OffTheMonorails.comRead the Blog: https://bit.ly/3rdnoNY[Follow Us]

The Disney Crush Podcast
"The Princess Squad"

The Disney Crush Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 69:33


On episode #235 "The Princess Squad" AKA The Wilderness Explorers Rachel Miller and Amanda Bond join us this week and tell us all about a recent all girls trip to Walt Disney World. New Lounges found new adventures in Fort Wilderness, meet ups with friends and a whole lot more all this week on the show. Plus a special visit from Travis Detrick to discuss his Small World Challenge for Give Kids The World. Find us at: www.thedisneycrush.com Contact us at: thedisneycrush@gmail.com And if you would like to support the show please go to: www.patreon.com/thedisneycrush      

WDW Beyond The Gates Podcast
Episode #421 - Fort Wilderness Trip Review

WDW Beyond The Gates Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 73:22


Episode #421 - Fort Wilderness Trip Review In this week's episode of the WDW Beyond the Gates podcast, Mike & Gary discuss Mike's recent trip to Fort Wilderness and visiting the parks. Hear about what he experienced with some first time visitors from his family! Thanks for listening, Mike & Gary

Be Our Guest WDW Podcast
Fort Wilderness Campground, From '71 to '21, Celebrating 50 Years of Being at Walt Disney World - BOGP 2072

Be Our Guest WDW Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 43:52 Very Popular


Today we are heading to Tennessee to speak with Listener Sheri about her trip to camp at Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground last October to celebrate 50 years of Walt Disney World! Sheri's first trip to Walt Disney World was in November 1971, so being there for the 50th anniversary was very special! We discuss what it is like to spend lots of time at Fort Wilderness, touring all four theme parks, being there the day Genie Plus launched at Walt Disney World, great meals at Liberty Tree Tavern, Flame Tree BBQ, and much more! We hope you enjoy today's podcast!  Please visit our website at www.beourguestpodcast.com.  Thank you so much for your support of our podcast! Become a Patron of the show at www.Patreon.com/BeOurGuestPodcast.  Also, please follow the show on Twitter @BeOurGuestMike and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beourguestpodcast.   Thanks to our friends at The Magic For Less Travel for sponsoring today's podcast!

The Theme Park Podcast
Food Reviews: Trails End And Flower & Garden Snacks

The Theme Park Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 23:45


On this weeks episode of The Theme Park Podcast it is all about the food! Dickerman talks about his trip to Trails End at Fort Wilderness and then Jimmy D snacks around the world at Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot!

Fearless Innovator
I Love Bad Reviews

Fearless Innovator

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 10:06


Depending on who you are, what you're looking for or where you're going, prior reviews of a property or experience really matter.  I'm Mechiel Kopaska host of the Fearless Innovator podcast and That's what we're talking about today is I love bad reviews!  Call me weird, I don't care, maybe you'll see the value too! I'm not going to focus on how to write a good or bad review, I'm more interested in what you learn from the bad ones! Let's face it is most rewarding when you get the awesome reviews because people tend to write more about their negative experiences rather than their positive ones.  Although, I think people are doing better these days The bad reviews keep you honest! But I'd challenge everyone that has a short-term rental or an RV Park to read the negative reviews because it's teaching you what needs to be improved and that value alone could be worth money in your pocket but only if you choose to make the changes.   It's sad when I go back and read the same bad news over and over again because an owner didn't make the changes necessary to get the good review.  Good review = cha ching more visitors! I had a review once at my short-term rental where a guy said my cat shit on his car.  Well, I guess not everyone knows that cats bury their poop.   Clearly, I knew he was lying, I had my security team review all footage and I couldn't fix ignorance and besides I knew he was mad because I charged him for the extra guests that he did not register, simply because he didn't read the House Rules.  I don't care where you go there are rules!  Go to Disney, there are rules!  Go drive a Nascar, there are rules.  Shoot, drive any car, there are rules! One bad review didn't kill me, it made me stronger and more determined. I read another review from an RV Park where a guest was extremely pissed (those were his words) that upon arrival he quickly learned that there was a gun club next door because of all the shooting noise.  If he had done his homework prior to arriving at the RV Park, which I encourage everyone to do, he would have learned that the RV Park was actually there since 1940 and way before the gun club.   My question is, how can you hold an RV park owner accountable for something they had nothing to do with, nor can they fix it and you're easily offended by gun noise?  By the way, this is mainly an overnight park like I mentioned in my last Episode 47 – Differences between Destination and Overnight parks – today we have to plan our RV trips well in advance and do the research to know exactly where you're going and what the area has to offer.  I could see if this guy was at Fort Wilderness in Orlando and heard gun noise – that WOULD BE very suspicious, but dude you were in the Midwest where practically everyone outside the city owns a gun and yes, they practice! Here's another actual review. “On our third day here, while we were away from the campground from 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., we had an item stolen from our campsite. This is the first time this has ever occurred at any campsite we have ever been in. Can't wait to leave” How do you fix that?  First time it ever happened.  Does the owner now hire a security team?  NO, I would update the terms in the contract to include a clause not responsible for lost or stolen items – which is customary everywhere you go.  In general RV Parks are safe and have very little crime reported. I read about this one A LOT and that's the cancellation policy!  Here's a clear warning to everyone, you must read the Cancellation Policy.  Most of the cancellation policies are relatively strict and limit the ability to get a partial or any refund at all even under extreme circumstances.  But here's the deal, if the RV park or Short-Term rental is hiding their cancellation policy from their website, then you may have a claim, but if it's clearly defined and in public review, the responsibility lies on you. Not that I want to encourage you to continue to write bad reviews, but you all are clearly telling me what kind of amenities you like and dislike in RV parks, what kind of activities you like, what you like about the location, what you like to do in the area, etc.  So, keep writing them!   If you go to Trip Advisor, they have 4 categories that you get to score a facility on, Location, Cleanliness, Service and Value. Reading the good reviews, I learn you love clean bathrooms, the distance it is to walk to the dumpster or laundry facilities and friendly people in the office with smiles and your Wi-Fi! The good reviews also share that there are amenities like shuffleboard, cornhole, pickle ball, bocce ball, community fire ring, heated pool, and scheduled activities.   Did you catch the pickle ball?  If you recall in my previous episodes, I've mentioned to you that I have yet to see anyone playing pickle ball.  I was just at another park over the weekend and while they “offer” pickle ball – no one was playing.  And to that end, the reviews that I read are people talking about ALL the amenities but I have yet to read one where it may say, “we played in a corn hole competition and I won first prize” or perhaps, the pickle bar court was perfectly located under some trees and we didn't sweat to death while playing”  You all talk about the amenities but are you actually participating?  My takeaway is you're still not getting a $100,000 pickleball court at my park unless you can prove me wrong!  And if I'm wrong, I'll even join you in a game, but I'll warn you I'm pretty competitive! Ok, what's wrong with this picture? Here's another actual review from a customer. “Our first stay was disappointing. We hadn't planned a stop here, but due to a delay in Tampa, we found ourselves racing sundown and decided to stop. No one was around to assist - office closed. Flyer said to choose a spot and pay in the office in the morning. We literally pulled in at sunset, did not hook up water or sewer - only electric for lights and furnace blower. Tried to sleep through loud highway noise and were ready to leave long before the office opened. We were eager to be on our way but waited an hour for office to open. Since buying our RV we have traveled this country more than we've stayed at home and the only place we can recall being more expensive was Yellowstone. For a little bit of electricity and a parking spot we're paid $62 this morning. NEVER AGAIN! This place is simply not worth it. Sites are small; area noisy; and WAY OVERPRICED.  The park they decided to stop at was combination between a Destination Park and an Overnight Park! It was a destination because of the amenities it offered, and its closeness to everything Florida and it was an overnight park due to its proximity to the interstate.    Do your homework before staying that way you are not disappointed with no one to assist you at check-in, loud noise or you're not upset about the price point.  Food for thought, why didn't you use the water and septic?  You paid for it? I have another take away from this example but I'm not ready to let that kitty out of the bag until I get my park. Please keep writing those reviews because I'm taking notes so that when I get my park, I should have most of your issues resolved before I even open the park!  It's not likely that all negative reviews will go away, shoot even Fort Wilderness get's their share of negative comments.  I'm Mechiel Kopaska of the Fearless Innovator Podcast, I hope you enjoyed this episode.  TripAdvisor Fort Wilderness – at the time this episode was published, Fort Wilderness was still shut down and I'm unable to give you a valid link to their website.

WDW Beyond The Gates Podcast
Episode #419 - Things to Do at Fort Wilderness

WDW Beyond The Gates Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 62:53


Episode #419 - Things to Do at Fort Wilderness In this week's episode of the WDW Beyond the Gates Podcast, Mike & Gary discuss all the things to do at Fort Wilderness when you aren't going to the theme parks. There are horses, and archery and even Segway rides! Thanks for listening, Mike & Gary

Fearless Innovator
Differences between Destination and Overnight Parks

Fearless Innovator

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 7:47


Back in the day when I was little, we planned camping trip routes to our destination like Opryland, but we didn't necessarily plan where we would stop for the night and park our motorhome.   If we came upon a campground that was full, we'd just keep driving until we saw a billboard for another campground.  When we found one it was anyone's guess what type of adventure we signed up for.   The kids of course just wanted a swimming pool, and we were always disappointed when there wasn't one.  Why wasn't there one?  I'm Mechiel Kopaska host of the Fearless Innovator podcast and That's what we're going to discuss today, the differences between overnight parks and Destination parks.    Overnight parks really haven't changed that much, but what has changed is the amount of people travelling and looking for their perfect camping spot.   Today, you need to do your homework before you start travelling and you need to make reservations well in advance as the shear number of RV travelers has increased significantly in the last 2 years, so finding your perfect spot may be a bit more challenging.   You also need to know your family's needs while travelling.  Like I said before one of our needs were the kids wanted a swimming pool, mom and dad didn't much care what else as long as the kids could be preoccupied.  I'm sure if I'd ask my dad, he would have said he wanted a level spot large enough for the camper with hookups.  Hookups back then were nothing like they are today, our generator was not built in and there was no cable or fiber because there were no TV's or internet. I know there are a lot of new RV'ers hitting the road these days, so I'd like to help everyone understand that not all parks are created equally and you should know what type you're going to because it could save you from writing a bad review on the park! Let's first talk about Overnight parks.   Overnight parks are generally well advertised along the highways with HUGE billboards because they are only getting 1-2 nights of revenue, they need to do a lot more advertising.  The overnight parks are generally found within 5 miles just off interstates or major roadways.  Once you're in the park, most have no frills, no swimming pools just the basics and just looks like a parking lot. The guests that generally come just stay for 1 or 2 nights and then they move on to their destination park. They usually have a higher vacancy rate as people are just passing through.  Which means it's much easier to get into one of these parks.  The overnight park will have limited employees and more of a self-park feature.  You may not even see anyone as you can book your reservations online and pay online. Pricing for an overnight park will be less expensive because the park itself has less to offer and they have no overhead. The overnight parks have a definite purpose and are very much needed as the average RV traveler will only drive 4 hours a day.  If your destination is 800 miles away, that's possibly 3 overnight stays before you reach your destination.  If my dad was driving, he'd only stop once! Destination parks.  Our destination one year was Opryland in Nashville. These days destination parks have a lot to offer.  I just visited Renegades on the River 2 weeks ago, it had a marina for the fishermen, a Tiki bar with live music and a restaurant onsite.  The Spirit of the Suwanee River Park here in Florida is nothing but a Music venue that brings in BIG Music names.  I know of another park that has hosted Burger challenges, Car Shows, Corn Hole Competitions, Chili Cook-offs, Super Bowl parties, the ideas are limitless, and I have yet to see someone playing pickle ball! Destination parks are also well advertised, however now the billboard is going to attract you with all the amenities the park offers like 4 tickets to Opryland, Swimming pool, 4 show tickets, free shuttle, a kids play area and an ice cream shop onsite, etc.  Destination parks are typically located near the destination or may even offer a music venue onsite like the Spirit of the Suwanee River Park. Guests will normally stay for a week because this area can keep your family occupied with a number of things to do in the area.  If you're a snowbird you will stay for a season typically just to get you out of the northern weather.  It's not every day that you have to have an activity but it's nice if the area has a lot to do.  Most snowbirds love to eat out – so good reasonable restaurants are always a hit with you. You will also look for a good car swap meet or flea market.  Here in my area, we have the Florida State Fair and the Strawberry Festival, and they used to have a Grand Ole Opry day. These parks will require advanced booking, sometimes even the year before.  Most snowbird parks allow you to prebook for the following season with an advanced down payment. If you're the summer vacation RV'er make sure to plan ahead! The destination parks will have a lot of employees such as greeters at the gate to show you to your exact RV spot.  You will notice how well the property is taken care of by the maintenance crews and the well-manicured lawns.  There will always be someone in the office to answer any questions that you have from prebooking to exiting the park on your departure day. Some destination parks allow for an overnight parking. These parks are capitalizing on both markets. Pricing at a destination park will be significantly higher based on what the park itself can offer.  If you're Fort Wilderness, you can pretty much charge what you want, because the people will come strictly because there is SOOOO much to do at this park. My last bit of advice is read the reviews!  The reviews will tell you what others did not like about the park.  Now, take each with a grain of salt as there can be some sketchy reviews and certainly dig in and find the good reviews. Key point is do your research ahead of time to ensure you know the surrounding area and you know what your park offers or does not offer in amenities before you book! I'm Mechiel Kopaska of the Fearless Innovator Podcast, I hope you enjoyed this episode.    Grand Ole Opry - Home - Grand Ole Opry Renegades on the River - Home - RENEGADE'S (renegadesontheriver.com) Spirit of the Suwanee River Park - https://www.musicliveshere.com Florida State Fair - Florida State Fair Strawberry Festival - Florida Strawberry Festival

The Disney Social
Fort Wilderness

The Disney Social

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 24:05


This is where it all began, our origin story.

Off The Monorails
Ep. 9 - Roundtable Discussion: Fort Wilderness Resort, Genie+ Questions, Food, and Much More

Off The Monorails

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2022 50:39


On this episode of the Off The Monorails podcast, we have a roundtable discussion on a number of topics. A lot has happened since we all got to talk, so we have a lot to discuss. We discuss upcoming trips we all have, including visits to Disney's Fort Wildnerness Resort and Campground. We also discuss our thoughts on Genie+ and is Disney manipulating crowds? Along with this, we discuss some other food topics, and much more. Pull up a chair to the table with us.Chapters: 2:21 - What's Coming Up For Everyone 5:00 - Fort Wilderness 18:17 - Magic Kingdom Railroad Opening Soon? 21:24 - Genie+ (and How All This Technology Affects Visitors) 36:45 - Flying Fish Has Reopened 41:36 - Liberty Tree Tavern 48:06 - In ClosingVisit the Website: OffTheMonorails.comRead the Blog: https://bit.ly/3rdnoNY[Follow Us]

Magic & Monorails Podcast
Episode 4: Tent Camping at Disney's Fort Wilderness

Magic & Monorails Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2022 30:34


Join us this week, as we discuss in detail, about our experience at Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground. Learn about what we suggest you pack for your trip and why you probably won't be seeing us tent camping again any time soon.

RV WITH THE KINKAIDS
**CLEAN** The Campsites At Disneys Fort Wilderness

RV WITH THE KINKAIDS

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 27, 2022 25:09


We are at WDW Fort Wilderness Campground in sunny Florida!! This is our first time at the campground so we have barely begun to explore the place. This podcast is family friendly and includes Declan and Kristen. Thanks for listening!! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sean-caine/message

The Pedalshift Project: Bicycle Touring Podcast
274: Tampa to Disney World Bike Tour Preview

The Pedalshift Project: Bicycle Touring Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2022 39:16


It's the first tour of 2022, and it's got, perhaps, a magical twist? I'm escaping the cold northeastern US winter and trading it in for sunshine, and a multiway trek across central Florida on my trusty Brompton. Similar route, totally different finish from  past years... what's this year's winter tour look like? Tampa to Disney World Bike Tour Preview A year off, but back with another central Florida in winter tour Adding some new complexity to this one with some exploration of cycling in and around the WDW property in a calculated and safe fashion   The basics   TPA-Orlando area Brompton 3 days of riding All roofed lodging Minimal gear and carry New things I'm trying this trip - a new more elasticy, form-fitting Brompton cover that I'm very excited about (#stealthmode)   Rough Itinerary   Day 1 - Fly DC to TPA early; ride to Lakeland, FL (~45 miles) Day 2 - Casual start ; ride to WDW resort (~48 miles) Day 3 - Ride from resort up and around WDW property, including multiple resort cycling paths (~25-30 miles)   Routing   Day 1 ride is directly from TPA airport (2019 got a ride, 2020 rode to TPA) Considered a slightly further north than my 2019 route, but wanted to ride through downtown and the beautiful waterfront trail, so I added a couple of extra miles...  then I rejoin the 2019 route until I hit Lakeland Slightly different route in Lakeland to account for staying on the northeast side of town, rather than the rental I did last time Decided on hotel over Airbnb largely for value vs. cost   Day 2 ride initially was going to end after Dean Still Rd, the long rural straight west to east shot to the south of Disney property Many of the Disney roads are shoulderless and high speed, and frankly just not safe to ride Original plan was I'd do day 3 riding on resort paths, but was finding a dearth of info on whether I could bring my Brompton on Disney transportation between resorts (leaning no, but maybe stealth mode it passes as a stroller?) OR if I could get past  security via rideshare for resorts I wasn't staying at without a dining reservation (probably? maybe? unclear). I was pretty stuck BUT,  an email got me rethinking things Listener and central Floridian cyclist Dale P. sent me an email about roads to ride in the area and also alerting me to a brand new video that was put up by YouTube Alex Regino about... you guessed it... cycling on Disney property (video here) Turns out there are a few newish roads on property and a few lesser-traveled ones that are not take-your-life-in-your-hands riding AND it seems that cycling into at least one of the resort properties was not barred. So I spent some time on Google Maps Street View and... I can safely ride to the resort I'm staying at on day 2, which to me is a HUGE win. I'll document it all for you, of course.   Day 3 is the fun one. Going back to the Dale and Alex tips, I'll backtrack out of my resort and go to the northern side of the property and re-enter using the route suggested by Alex. From there I'll do about 25-30 miles of riding through some of the bike-specific paths available (Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness, Old Key West and Saratoga Springs... perhaps others). My hope is to lay down a route for anyone who brings a bike to WDW and wants to ride, along with a real assessment of safety. Then that night I'm going to celebrate by drinking around the Monorail resorts... sans bike.   Weather   Could be hot (it's been in the upper 80s within the last week or two) Could be cold (it's been in the 50s in the last week or two) Looks to be dry and seasonal though - low chance of rain and highs in the upper 70s or very low 80s with some overcast skies (WAHOO!) I'll make sure I dial in the right gear based on weather forecasts as I get within a couple of days of leaving Seems like this will match the two previous rides (earlier in the year in 2019 and 2020) I encountered really excellent conditions, and only a bit of drizzle in 2020   Documenting the ride   Pretty much all of the March episodes of the pod I might try to do  some video on this one, particularly the WDW riding  - TBD I'll also be able to assess what resorts are the best ones to consider if you're hoping to bicycle to them.   Wrapup   Excited to share this one with you, and particularly intrigued with the unusual nature of the WDW resort riding... this is certainly a route not done very often, and while I have to assume someone has included WDW as a stop on a contiguous bicycle tour, there's nothing I can dig up on it. Also, the Disney property is full of really interesting flora and fauna for day 3, so it should be a unique way to wrap up the tour.   Pedalshift Society As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this summer's upcoming bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there's one-shot and annual options if you're not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society. Kimberly Wilson Caleb Jenkinson Cameron Lien Andrew MacGregor Michael Hart Keith Nagel Brock Dittus Thomas Skadow Marco Lo Terrance Manson Harry Telgadas Chris Barron Mark Van Raam Brad Hipwell Mr. T Nathan Poulton Stephen Dickerson Vince LoGreco Cody Floerchinger Tom Benenati Greg Braithwaite Sandy Pizzio Jeff Muster Seth Pollack Joseph Quinn Drue Porter Byron Paterson Joachim Raber Ray Jackson Jeff Frey Kenny Mikey Lisa Hart John Denkler Steve Hankel Miguel Quinones Alejandro Avilés-Reyes Keith Spangler Greg Towner Dan Gebhart, RIP Jody Dzuranin Lucas Barwick Michael Baker Brian Bechtol Reinhart Bigl Greg Middlemis Connie Moore William Gothmann Brian Benton Joan Churchill Mike Bender Rick Weinberg Billy Crafton Gary Matushak Greg L'Etoile-Lopes James Sloan Jonathan Dillard John Funk Tom Bilcze Ronald Piroli Dave Roll Brian Hafner Misha LeBlanc Ari Messinger David Gratke Todd Groesbeck Wally Estrella Sue Reinert John Leko Stephen Granata Phillip Mueller Robert Lackey Dominic Carol Jacqi McCulloch John Hickman Carl Presseault David Neves Patty Louise Terry Fitzgerald Peter Steinmetz Timothy Fitzpatrick Michael Liszewski Hank O'Donnell David Zanoni David Weil Matthew Sponseller Chad Reno Spartan Dale Carolyn Ferguson Peggy Littlefield Lauren Allansmith Eric Burns Thomas Pearl Darrin McKibben Richard Stewart Dave Fletcher Jack Smith Luke Parkinson Ryan Patterson Music You've been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Jason has a new track available NOW, and a new album dropping very soon AND Jason's first solo album is now streaming on Spotify, including America, the Pedalshift theme. Go listen! 

RV Miles Podcast
225. Towing a Fifth Wheel and Fort Wilderness

RV Miles Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 46:33


In this episode, we share our experience at Walt Disney World's Fort Wilderness campground, and answer a listener question about the differences in towing a fifth wheel over a conventional travel trailer.  Check out the cover story on us in RV Camping magazine here: https://rvblogger.com/rv-camping-magazine/

On the Road with Mickey
On the Road with Mickey #106 – Ranking the Nighttime Entertainment!

On the Road with Mickey

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 58:08


Episode 106 - Ranking the Nighttime Entertainment! Ranking the Nighttime Entertainment! Hey everyone, I'm Mike, she's Sophie, that's Brenda, and and he's Grogu, and we're On the Road with Mickey! This is episode 106 for January 24, 2022, and our feature topic is Ranking the Nighttime Entertainment! We're going to rank our favorites between Wishes vs. Happily Ever After vs. Disney Enchantment at Magic Kingdom, and Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, Epcot Forever, and Harmonious at Epcot. Here's the rundown of what we talked about: Cheddar from the Big CheeseMike: Starting on February 4th, guests can now relax once again on a horse drawn carriage ride at Port Orleans Riverside! You can now take a carriage ride over at Fort Wilderness. Cost for Riverside is $55 plus tax and will seat up to 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 small children.Sophie: Some movie news to report: 1) There is a sequel in development for Disney's Jungle Cruise movie! 2) Disney's Encanto is named the Best Motion Picture - Animated at the Golden Globes! 3) Lastly, there is a remake of the 2003 Haunted Mansion movie in the works, and they are looking for extras for the New Orleans shoot! This is a remake of the movie that starred Eddie Murphy.Brenda: We have some new sweets and treats for the 50th Anniversary. Among them are the Donald Duck Dome Cake at Gaston's Tavern, the Anniversary Cinnamon Roll at the Main Street Bakery, and the Cheers to 50 Years ice cream dessert at the Plaza Restaurant.Connect with us! Here's how: Facebook: https://facebook.ontheroadwithmickey.comFacebook Group: https://facebookgroup.ontheroadwithmickey.comYouTube: On the Road with Mickey (Don't forget to subscribe, like the videos, and comment!)Instagram: On the Road with MickeyEmail: info@ontheroadwithmickey.comPhone Voicemail: 919-799-8390Feature Topic: Ranking the Nighttime Entertainment!For the purposes of our ranking, we are splitting up the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. We're going to rank our favorites between Wishes vs. Happily Ever After vs. Disney Enchantment at Magic Kingdom, and Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, Epcot Forever, and Harmonious at Epcot.SophieMagic Kingdom3) Happily Ever After2) Disney Enchantment1) WishesEpcot3) Illuminations: Reflections of Earth2) Epcot Forever1) HarmoniousBrendaMagic Kingdom3) Wishes2) Disney Enchantment1) Happily Ever AfterEpcot3) Epcot Forever2) Illuminations: Reflections of Earth1) HarmoniousMikeMagic Kingdom3) Disney Enchantment2) Happily Ever After1) WishesEpcot3) Epcot Forever2) Illuminations: Reflections of Earth1) HarmoniousListener Rankings:Chrissy from Billy's Closet of MagicFireworks at MK:1. Fantasy in the Sky ( New Year's Eve countdown Show)2. Happily Ever After ( best memories with my kids growing up with celebration milestones)3. Wishes4.any other show I don't know about or missed before wishes5. EnchantmentEpcot:1. Harmonious2. Illuminations3. Epcot Forever4. Anything I missed or not saw.Cindy, my friend from the Blogorail DaysFor me at MK:1. Happily Ever After2. Enchantment3. Wishes (I only saw it once 7 years ago, so I have no emotional attachment to it. Plus I'm a big castle projection fan.)Epcot:1. Illuminations:Reflections of Earth2. Epcot ForeverI haven't seen Harmonious yet.Cindy, my wifeWishes, Disney's Enchantment, Happily Ever After at MKHarmonious, Illuminations, Epcot Forever at EpcotMy number one is HarmoniousThis Day in Disney History for January 242011 - Mickey's PhilharMagicDisney Who's Who CharacterLi Shang from MulanA little bit of Walt“I'm just very curious—got to find out what makes things tick—and I've always liked working with my hands; my father was a carpenter. I even apprenticed to my own machine shop here and learned the trade. Since my outlook and attitudes are ingrained throughout our organization, all our people have this curiosity; it keeps us moving forward, exploring, experimenting, opening new doors." - Walt DisneyComing next week: Disney Movies: Animated vs. Live Action Remakes!

ResortLoop.com - A Walt Disney World Podcast!
Golden Oak and Victor's Top 3 Christmas Activities! [Ep. 823]

ResortLoop.com - A Walt Disney World Podcast!

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 35:12


Victor Nawrocki tells us about his Top-3 things to do at Christmastime and all about Disney's Private community Golden Oak! Consider supporting ResortLoop.com!  You can find our Patreon here! Thank you for downloading and listening to ResortLoop.com - The Gateway to the Magic! Leave us a voicemail at (414) WDW-LOOP!  Private gate to Fort Wilderness?!  Please stand clear of the doors! To receive your free vacation quote visit us at Resort Loop Travel! Help support our friends at The NASCAR Foundation! To help support the show, visit ResortLoop.com/support! Check out our LooperGear at TeePublic! Thank you for downloading Episode 823 of ResortLoop.com!

Chapter Three Adventures - A Disney Travel Podcast
Which Resort to Book? Part II - Moderate Resorts

Chapter Three Adventures - A Disney Travel Podcast

Play Episode Play 23 sec Highlight Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 89:08


Trying to decide with Walt Disney World resort to book? In this 3 part series, Brandon and Heather provide an overview of Value, Moderate, and Deluxe resorts. In this episode, they dive into the moderate resort category by reviewing Coronado, Caribbean Beach, Port Orleans - Riverside, Port Orleans - French Quarter, and the Cabins at Fort Wilderness. Which would you book?Ready to visit Disney? Head over to their website to request a free, no obligation quote— all planning services are included with any Disney booking. Chapter Three Adventures WebsiteFollow Brandon and Heather @chapterthreeadventuresEnjoying this podcast? Make sure to leave a rating!

Main Street Magic - A Walt Disney World Podcast
415: Trip Review: Thanksgiving at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort

Main Street Magic - A Walt Disney World Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 56:56


Follow Us on Social MediaFacebook GroupFacebook: @MainStMagicTwitter: @MainStMagicInstagram: @MainStMagicVisit Us Onlinewww.MainStMagic.comwww.WonderlandCrew.comwww.MainStreetShirts.comVisit our Partnerswww.MSMFriends.comGet a FREE vacation quote to your favorite destinationMelissa Pilgrim, Ears of Experiencewww.MSMEars.com for a free quoteThanks to TFresh Productions for our theme songFollow Travis on Instagram @TFresh_Productions

Disney Life
Trip Report Part 2: Thankful for Disney

Disney Life

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 61:06


Marc and Duane continue their trip report and share their Thanksgiving Day at Magic Kingdom. We offer our thoughts on Disney's Enchantment, Harmonious, and the Candlelight Processional with Auli'i Cravalho. We hit up the Festival of the Holiday and take a cookie stroll through the World Showcase of EPCOT. Share in our thoughts on Thanksgiving Dinner at Fort Wilderness and share in our Christmas vibes from WDW Resorts and Parks. Join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/thisdislifeFollow us on IG: @thisdislifepodcastCheck us out online: www.thisdislifepodcast.comCheck out our sponsors:www.enchantingescapesbylori.comwww.hinsonphotography.comwww.satisfactualsignco.comwww.walruscarp.comCheck out our Affiliate Link from Kingdom Strollers: https://www.kingdomstrollers.com/?ref=marcvalentine Thank you to our patreon members TeeJay Bortel, Katie Blomberg, Andy Johnson, Allison Crouch, Sara Thurgood, and Derek Collier and Anthony Lawrey, and Robert Klauser, Libby Grant, Justin Grant, Jeff Marshall, Beth Monaco, and Shanon Rathel. Join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/thisdislifeFollow us on IG: @thisdislifepodcastCheck us out online: www.thisdislifepodcast.comCheck out our sponsors:www.hinsonphotography.comwww.enchantingescapesbylori.comwww.satisfactualsignco.comwww.walruscarp.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thisdislife)

Retro Disney World Podcast
71.5 - Listener Memories

Retro Disney World Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2021 74:23


Welcome to Episode 71.5 of the RetroWDW Podcast: 50th Anniversary Memories - We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of our previous shows from over the years. We have visited multiple parks, resorts, and just about everything else in between. We hope you stick with us through 2021 as we bring you some great content that will take you back to WDW each month. For this episode, we are focusing on you the listener, and all the feedback you sent us from Episode 71. The outpouring of memories was overwhelming and we felt we needed to showcase this on an episode. While we do not have time to get through everyone, this episode features many of you and also what you had to say. If you enjoy memories, you won't want to skip this one. We get into lots of great stories that were shared with us and we hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Main Topic / Listener Mail For this main topic, the plan is to give you a short synopsis of each letter we discuss. This should help guide you through this episode and also give you a letter or two to look forward to if the topic matches your interest.  Jim: Discusses visiting the parks with his children, which changed his magical experience, including the Crystal Palace character meal. The WDW sign was a huge hit for his children and they even moved to Florida. Jim is also a fan of just sitting on a bench too! John: To start, reminds us that the shells from the Polynesian are Puka Shells. John also brings up 'South of the Border' signs which appear on the highway. He remembers staying at Fort Wilderness, staying on the Jack Rabbit Run Loop, and of course the boat/train whistle. Craig: Gives us some great examples of the legendary WDW customer service, including freebies and meeting Mickey. Craig also praises Lego Land for its customer service. We all get into our stories about freebies and how it's the little things that make a big difference. Claudia: Starts with some phases of the trip/visit. Also, Claudia gets into the past visits with people who have passed on. She also gets into closed-down attractions and also spoilers before visiting an attraction. Finally, she discusses WDW customer service. Matt: Sent us a story about customer service at Fort Wilderness. The bed was too soft and at 8pm, cast members drove over to fix the situation in an unimaginable way. Great story Matt! Ramon: Really enjoyed Episode 71 and he felt it was so nice to be unscripted. He will be traveling to Fort Wilderness soon and puts Episode 71 in his top three. Michael: Felt the last episode was somewhat therapeutic and also made him think a bit at the end. When getting into where things are heading for the parks, maybe we are not the target audience anymore... Michael also gave us a call! Thanks, Michael! Scott: Sent this through Instagram, Scott really enjoyed Episode 71. Thanks for your kind words about our show and past episodes. We discuss our different visits, history, and trip experiences. @JLBNerdy: Episode 71 brought her to tears and she is going in November, taking her niece for the first time. We hope you have a fabulous trip! Josh: Joined the show around the time of our Horizons episodes, playing catchup ever since. Happy 50th to you Josh! Andrew: This is another voicemail and Andrew tells us about ordering a cake on Main Street, taking that cake to the Contemporary, then enjoying the Electrical Water Pageant. This is amazing and we all would love to spend our birthday like this. Bob: Discusses major news events that occur when you are in the parks. Bob also defends Todd and the Gold Key Package, which of course is for high rollers only. Todd vows to cover this on a future episode or movie night. @JustEllenIGuess: Would like to hear more stories and loved the format of our last episode. We work to keep it real, research the memories to verify them and also keep it respectful. Brian still thinks 20k is a boring ride! @ServoIsNaked: Discusses Tiny Mic and plans to sit on the lip-shaped couch interviewing anybody and everybody once we set that up. This refers to Mariah Carey and her couch requests for the castle stay. Scott: We get another voicemail and Scott loved everything WDW. His first visit wasn't until 1994, but it was like a dream come true. 24 trips later and he still loves every aspect of his WDW vacations. Justin: We heard from Justin on the Retro Line, he shares a sad memory. His mom took him to WDW when she was battling cancer and he has many fond memories from his trips to WDW. Special people connect us to the parks. Nathan: Wrote to us about How and his disgust for Champion's Gate Traffic. This is great! We even get Walt talking directly to How, which is hilarious. We also get a live look at the traffic near Champion's Gate. Michele: A WDW College Program student, we hear about a special walkway between Universe of Energy & Mission Space. This was a favorite place for Michele to sit, enjoy a coffee or donut and just relax. We all discuss our favorites around the property. Joe: Another voicemail and this one is about his memory from 1985 at Fort Wilderness. They drove from NJ and went for a walk at night, stumbling upon Chip & Dale roasting marshmallows. Joe also leaves another message, this time all about a celebrity encounter. We would like to wrap up by letting everyone know that our little podcast, run by four random guys that randomly met, has passed one million downloads. This is awesome and we are so thankful that so many of you have decided to download our show and join us as we share memories each month. The news of a million is still tough to comprehend, but we love doing this for our listeners and also sharing memories with you. RetroMagic Fifty Tickets are on sale now! We announced our RetroMagic 50 VIP List and we cannot wait to see you on April 24, 2022. Should you have any questions regarding this upcoming event, please send us a message so we can help you out. Click Here To Purchase Tickets Tickets are going quickly and you will not want to miss out on our next big event. 2021: Year Two of Film To make sure you are the first to know when items are released, subscribe to us on YouTube. Be sure to click the notification bell too, that way you are alerted when we post.  Finally, be sure to check out Vimeo if that is your thing, as we will post there as well. Post-Show Fun Join us next time for Episode 72, as we get things back to normal for a full-on attraction-based episode. We have another movie night coming soon too...  Subscribe on YouTube so you are ready.  Click Here to donate to the Lake Buena Vista Historical Society Follow along for updates on RetroMagic 50

Be Our Guest WDW Podcast
Fort Wilderness Cabins, Teens & Grandma, Golf Carts, 50th Anniversary, More - BOGP 2000

Be Our Guest WDW Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 44:27


Happy Monday everyone!  A sincere "thank you" for allowing our show to put out 2,000 episodes over the past 13+ years!  We couldn't do this without your amazing support!  Today Listener Michelle joins us from Boston to talk about her trip in early October with her mother and two teen kids!  We talk about staying in a Cabin at Fort Wilderness, renting a golf cart and having groceries delivered, highlights from times in each of the four theme parks, and amazing 3 park last day, and much more!   We hope you enjoy today's show!  Please visit our website at www.beourguestpodcast.com.  Thank you so much for your support of our podcast! Also, please follow the show on Twitter@BeOurGuestMike and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beourguestpodcast.  Become a patron of the Be Our Guest Podcast over at www.patreon.com/BeOurGuestPodcast.  Thanks to our friends at The Magic For Less Travel for sponsoring today's podcast!

Raised on the Dis! - One Family's Guide to a Successful Disney World Trip
Escape to the 'Wilderness' at This Disney World Resort!

Raised on the Dis! - One Family's Guide to a Successful Disney World Trip

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 28:02 Transcription Available


Escape from your Walt Disney World vacation at this awesome resort!  Wilderness Lodge is a "Raised on the Dis" favorite, with amazing theming, restaurants, pools and plenty of options when it comes to rooms.  Find out why Wilderness Lodge is a great option for your Walt Disney World vacation!Follow us on Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/RaisedontheDisFind us on Instagram:  www.Instagram.com/RaisedontheDisIf you love our podcast, leave us a review!  Feel free to ask a question and we'll answer it on our next episode."Raised on the Dis" Apple Podcasts link:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/raised-on-dis-one-familys-guide-to-successful-disney/id1570705572"Raised on the Dis" Spotify link:  https://open.spotify.com/show/1r0mVrNwCUOUN8M61D7Ait

Sams Disney Diary
Disney News | Sam's Disney News | July 2021

Sams Disney Diary

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 7:08


Fireworks are Back!!! Both Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom and Epcot have restored the nighttime fireworks, with Happily Ever After returning to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Epcot forever returning to Walt Disney World Epcot! Covid-19 social distancing precautions have been relaxed, with attractions returning to full capacity – and Pre-Shows returning. Including Dinosaur, Mickey, and Minnie's Runaway Railway, The Haunted Mansion, and more! In California, Mickey's Mix Magic returns to Disneyland to light up the night, celebrating Mickey and Minnie. Additional dining offerings have opened at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. It's a long list at Disneyland, including Tiki Juice Bar, Alien Pizza Planet, Ogas Cantina, Docking Bay 7, The hungry Bear, Refreshment Corner, Corn Dog Castle, and Trader Sams at the Disneyland Hotel. Disney World Offerings include Sebastian's Bistro at Caribbean beach, Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Village, The Tusker House at Animal Kingdom, and the New BoardWalk Ice Cream Shop on the boardwalk. Starting July 15th, guests can dine “underneath the lovely London Sky” in the newly reimagined Citricos at Disney Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The garden setting, inspired by Mary Poppins Returns, will be surrounded by the glow of decorative lamps and chandeliers. Booking is available NOW! Trail's end is reopening at Disney's Fort Wilderness, and at Magic Kingdom, Casey's Corner and the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor are set to open on July 7. Along with Dino Diner and Eight Spoon Café at Animal Kingdom. Disney Springs also announced that Salt & Straw, a popular location at Downtown Disney in California, is coming to Disney Springs next year. Stay Tuned for more on that. https://youtu.be/jjtPU_jPzCU

The Most Magical Podcast on Earth
S1 Ep67: You CAN ask for more!

The Most Magical Podcast on Earth

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2020 25:59


On this week's episode we discuss doing Disney AND Universal, a Disney retirement and another top tip! We also talk to superfan Luke about childhood memories,  honeymooning at Disney and how to eat well when you're there.  Attractions/Resorts/Services featured:   Main Street,  Fort Wilderness, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Rock n Rollercoaster, Flight of Passage, Toy Story Mania, Pandora, Animal Kingdom, Ohana,  The Polynesian, Trader Sam's, Magic Kingdom.

The Earful Runner
Swimming the Seven Seas Lagoon

The Earful Runner

Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2020 31:36


You may be very familiar with the running events in the most magical place on Earth, but did you know that Disney once played host to triathlons? Yes, that's right! Athletes once swam the Seven Seas Lagoon, biked around the backstage and ran through Fort Wilderness in a series of multisport races between 2002 and 2012. In this episode, we get a chance to talk with Cynthia Six and Marcy Webster, two of the triathletes who tackled these endurance challenges. We hear what it was like to swim, bike and run your way around the World. Both Marcy and Cynthia are RunDisney veterans, so we take a deep dive into their favorite running events too! Run Time: 31:36 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/earfulrunner/support