2 Men and The Mouse Episode 65: A Kid's View: Disneyland

This week, Pete is back from his trip to Disneyland, and he's brought his kids, Ethan and Abby, along with him! Together, Pete and the kids present an in depth look at their journey throughout the land where Walt walked, covering everything from The Blue Bayou, to Cars Land, to original spins on attractions we know from Walt Disney World, to all new attractions some of us may have never experienced. Take a ride through Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure this week on 2 Men and The Mouse! 

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2 Men and The Mouse Episode 63: How to Relax at Walt Disney World

This week on 2 Men and The Mouse, Pete is back! And Kevin and Pete are following up on their previous "top thrills in all of Walt Disney World" with the polar opposite. This week, the guys look to kick back with the most relaxing placed in Walt Disney World! All this, plus news on free dining, updates to the Great Movie Ride, and so much more!

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2 Men and The Mouse Episode 62: Disney in Depth Kilimanjaro Safaris

This week on 2 Men and The Mouse, Kevin is joined by a very special guest, his cousin Disney Cast Member Chris Pajonk is filling in for an absent Pete this week. Together, they will bring back our ever popular Disney In Depth segment, and in honor of Earth Day, this week's topic is the largest Disney attraction of all time, Kilimanjaro Safaris! All this plus news on Pirates of the Caribbean, Flame Tree BBQ, new bus routes and so much more! You won't want to miss this all new, all green episode of 2 Men and The Mouse!

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2 Men and The Mouse Episode 61: Top Thrills in Walt Disney World

This week on an all new 2 Men and The Mouse, Kevin and Pete are discussing all the most thrilling aspects of Walt Disney World. And this is not just limited to roller coasters or big drops. The guys dive deep in depth on experiences that get the heart racing and sets the tummy aflutter! Plus more Star Wars Weekend news than you can shake an EWOK at! 

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2 Men and The Mouse Episode 60: Love It, Leave It, Lose It!

This week's 2 Men and The Mouse is re-energized and ready to report on all the latest and greatest Walt Disney World News. Kevin and Pete are reporting on Star Wars Weekends, The Diamond Horseshoe, the Tomorrowland movie preview and so much more! Then, in our E-Ticket attraction of the week, Kevin and Pete are adapting the popular "Rip it, Roll it, Punch it" segment from Disney Podcast Mad Hatter Chatter (with permission!) where they will compare three Disney attractions and decide which one is perfect as is, which one needs a little work, and which one is their least favorite of the bunch. All this, plus information on how you can start your own podcast on the White Dragon Podcast Network on this week's episode of 2 Men and The Mouse!

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2 Men and The Mouse Episode 59: Top 10 Walt Disney World Ride Vehicles (Except for Test Track and Mine Train, because we forgot them!)

This week on 2 Men and The Mouse, Kevin and Pete are doing another Top 10 episode! This time, the guys have modes of transportation on their minds! Yes, this week, we're counting down the TOP 10 DISNEY RIDE VEHICLES (Except for Test Track and the Mine Train cars because we forgot about them!)

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TOP 10 WALT DISNEY WORLD RIDE VEHICLES

10. Clam-Mobile (The Seas with Nemo and Friends)

9. Time Rover (DINOSAUR)

8. Safari Jeep (Kilimanjaro Safari)

7. Jungle Cruise Boat (Jungle Cruse) (Should have been  Mine Train Car!)

6. Spaceship Earth Car (Spaceship Earth) (Should Have Been Test Track)

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Tomorrowland Transit Authority

Little Mermaid Clam Car

Space Mountain Ships

Toy Story Midway Mania

Rockin' Roller Coaster Limo

Great Movie Ride Tram

Kali River Rapids Raft

5. Honey Pots (Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)

4. Space Ranger Spinner (Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin)

3. Dumbo (Dumbo the Flying Elephant)

2. Doom Buggy (Haunted Mansion)

1. Pirate Ship (Peter Pan's Flight)

2 Men and The Mouse Episode 58: Listener E-Mails!

Folks, in a week aflood with technical difficulties, 2 Men and The Mouse still manages to push the magic through! This week, once again, we have Dave Weichert, Disney travel agent from Magical Travel joining Kevin and Pete to answer YOUR e-mailed questions. Topics this week include Disneyland (and lots of it!), Age requirements in WDW, how to hype your trip to an unenthusiastic youth, and Kevin unveils a new impression. All this, plus the latest and greatest Walt Disney World news, including news on a JUNGLE CRUISE themed restaurant coming to Adventureland!

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Disney Trash Can Salt and Pepper Shakers!

Disney Trash Can Salt and Pepper Shakers!

2 Men and The Mouse Episode 57: March Magic Tournament Picks!

This week on 2 Men and The Mouse there is a spirit of competition in the air! Disney has once again released brackets for their big East vs West March Magic Tournament, which pits Disneyland and Walt Disney World attractions against one another in a battle for magical supremacy! Kevin and Pete dissect their brackets, breaking down their predicted winners. All this plus Disney parks, TV, and movie news!

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SHOW NOTES

Kevin's Bracket!

Kevin's Bracket!

Pete's Bracket

Pete's Bracket


2 Men and The Mouse Episode 56: Best of Listener E Mails!

2 Men and The Mouse is taking a look backwards this week, as we go through previous episodes of our ever popular e-mail bag shows, in which you, the listening audience takes control of the show and asks Kevin, Pete, and Disney Travel Agent Dave Weichert of Magical Travel all kinds of questions regarding trip planning, personal preferences, food reviews and so much more! 
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2 Men and The Mouse Episode 55: Trip Ruining Refurbishments

2 Men and The Mouse is back again for the 55th straight week in a row! This week, Kevin and Pete are discussing all the latest and greatest Walt Disney World News, including the Magic Kingdom Hub Expansion, Smoking location in Magic Kingdom, The DHS Sorcerer Hat, Extended Hours, and so much more! Then, for our E-Ticket Attraction of the week, the guys are discussing which attractions are so necessary to their trips, that were they to be closed for refurbishment, it may necessitate and re-scheduling! All this and so much more on this week's episode of 2 Men and The Mouse!

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THE NEWS

WORLD WIDE NEWS

New Carpeting Being Installed on Monorails

-          Monorail Black first line to be completed

-          Replacing worn carpeting on back and side walls

-          Formerly plain grey, now repearing Mickey Head logo in rear

-          Side walls darker grey color

MK and DHS Hours Extended in June 2015

-          Between 1 and 2 Hours added to most days at both parks.

-          Additional Main Street Electrical and Fantasmic Shows

-          Some early 8 a.m. openings

DOWNTOWN DISNEY/SPRINGS NEWS

Havaianas is now Open at The Landing

-          Flip Flop Store

-          Rubber Flip Flops from Brazil

-          Located opposite Chapel Hats in new area by Raglan Road

WATER PARK NEWS

New Direct Bus Routes to Typhoon Lagoon Being Tested at MK Resorts

-          Until March 28th

-          Wilderness/Contemp, Poly/GrandFla

-          Preciously needed Downtown Disney/Typhoon Lagoon Bus before 2 pm after 2 pm catch bus from EPCOT

 

MAGIC KINGDOM NEWS

New Railings In Place in front of MK Entrance

-          Near Planter

-          Green

-          Keeps Guests from Climbing into planter

Main Street Plaza Gardens West and East Open to Guests

-          Days apart

-          Fast Pass Viewing Location for WISHES

-          New Character Sculptures

-          Water Feature Fountain

Smoking Locations Now Reduced at Magic Kingdom

-          Location Near Cinderella Castle has been removed

-          Currently four locations: near Big Thunder Mtn, Near entrance to Adventureland, and two on walkway between fantasyland and Tomorrowland

Pirates Closing for MAJOR Refurbishment in May

-          May 11, Reopens September 26th

-          Issues with audio, animatronics, and boats taking on water

Lunch Reservations Now Available for Be Our Guest

-          Hard to get!

-          WDW Magic's Frequently Asked Questions Regarding BOG Lunch: http://www.wdwmagic.com/dining/be-our-guest-restaurant/news/25feb2015-everything-you-need-to-know-about-lunch-reservations-and-ordering-at-be-our-guest-restaurant.htm 

Dates Released for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

-          September 15 18 20 22 25 27

-          October 1 2 4 6 8 9 12 13 15 16 18 20 22 23 25 27 29 31

-          Novemebr 1

Dates Released for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

-          Nov. 8 10 12 13 15 17 19 20 29

-          Dec. 1 3 4 6 8 10 11 13 14 15 17 18

Stich’s Great Escape is Closing for Short Refurb this month

-          March 1 and reopens March 3

EPCOT NEWS

Flower and Garden Guide Maps now Available in EPCOT

DAK NEWS

Preview Released for AvatarLand

-          Concept Art

-          Video Shows Concept art and Cameron looking at scale models. Night Time lighting on walkways revealed. Whole area will glow

DHS NEWS

Sorcerer Hat Nearly Gone

-          Construction Walls Still Up

-          Can see Theater Again

E-Ticket Attraction

Folks, Disney Attractions are something we look forward to all year long. Sometimes we have years to sit and think about our all time favorite Disney attraction and build anticipation in our minds about what it will be like to ride it again. That’s why there is nothing more disheartening than, when a few months prior to your vacation, you spot a news item that states your favorite attraction will be closed for your trip. But that begs the question, is this closure so devastating that it would force me to reschedule my trip?

DAK:

Safari (Wouldn’t Cancel but would skip DAK)

DHS:

Muppetvision 3D

Star Tours

EPCOT:

Nothing (Soarin MAAAAAYBE)

Garden Grill

Mouse Gear

MK:

Haunted Mansion

Crystal Palace (Breakfast)

Cinderella Castle (Sleeping Beauty Comparison)

TTA

 OTHER:

Cape May Café

Ohana

CLOSING:

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2 Men and The Mouse Episode 53: Sonny Eclipse Voice Kal David In Studio

It's a big one, folks! The first ever celebrity guest of 2 Men and The Mouse! And who better than Kevin and Pete's obsession, SONNY ECLIPSE, or rather the voice of Sonny Eclipse, musician, singer, and songwriter Kal David. Kal regales Kevin and Pete with tales from a long storied career in the music industry, including stories about John Lennon, Etta James, The Almond Brothers, as well as going in Depth on the Disney magic it took to bring to life the Brightest Little Star in the Galaxy, all the way from Yew Nork City on the Planet Zork, the one, the only SONNY ECLIPSE. Check Kal out on his Web site www.kaldavid.com

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SHOW NOTES:

Hiya folks, you’re listening to 2 Men and the Mouse Episode 54 on the White Dragon Podcast Network, recorded live at Rogue Comics in Cranford NJ on February 23, 2015! This is your every day guide to the magic of Walt Disney World, and the larger Disney universe beyond it. My name is Kevin Kessler and I am joined as always by my good buddy Peter Mandle. We are two lifelong Disney fanatics who have managed to keep the magic of Disney alive in our lives every day, and we want to share that magic with you! So pull up a chair, gather the family, or pop in your favorite set of headphones, and let’s experience the magic together!

NEWS: Brought to you by Dave Weichert of Magical Travel!

WORLD WIDE NEWS

Bob Chapek named new Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

WDW Increased Ticket Prices Effective Yesterday

My Magic+ Rolling Out Direct to Room Service

EPCOT NEWS

Topiaries and Outdoor Kitchens Being Installed for Flower and Garden

 

Dishes Revealed for Flower and Garden Outdoor Kitchens

DAK NEWS

Flame Tree BBQ Refurbishment Extended into Late April

DHS NEWS

Star Wars Weekend News

-          Symphony in the Stars’ Fireworks will return – Summon the Force Pre-Show with Characters

-          James Arnold Taylor will host each weekend

-          Darth’s Mall located in new spot on Streets of America at the Final Take Terminal

-          Celebrity Shows moving from Premiere Theater to Theater of the Stars – Home of Beauty and the Beast on Sunset Blvd. (BB will still be performed in the mornings) No a/c

-          No word on guests yet

E-Ticket Attraction

Check out the Web Site for Kal David, Voice of Sonny Eclipse over at: www.kaldavid.com There you can find information on his upcoming tour, his album, and you can also find audio clips and videos. 

Link Kal David Song of My Life Full Show

This is the best Sonny Eclipse Video I've found online. Professionally shot and dubbed over with CD Quality Sound!

 

2 Men and The Mouse Episode 53: Romance in Walt Disney World

This week on 2 Men and The Mouse, we're celebrating Valentine's Day with a very special E-Ticket attraction! Kevin and Pete are recounting the most magical romantic locations in all of Walt Disney World, and providing tips for couples everywhere in regards to where they can find true romance withing the walls of Walt Disney World. Plus, the 2 Men each share their respective engagement stories, detailing how they proposed to their wived in front of Cinderella Castle. All this plus news on the Richard Petty Driving Experience, The Tree of Life, The Magic Kingdom Hub and....The Gilmore Girls????

SHOW NOTES

NEWS: Brought to You by Dave Weichert of Magical Travel

 

WORLD WIDE NEWS

Disney Providing Cast Members with Measels Mumps Rabella Vaccines

-          Advice from Florida Health Department

-          “While there have been no confirmed measles cased in Florida residents, we have seen confirmed cases in visitors, some of who were evaluated by Florida healthcare Providers but not tested or diagnosed.”

-          Happened in DL

Richard Petty Driving Experience Closing

-          Parking

-          Rumored second entrance to MK

-          Late June

-          Since 1997

-          Parking at TTC issue since New Fantasyland

 

MAGIC KINGDOM NEWS

Big Thunder Mtn. Railroad Refurb Pushed Back

-          Originally March 4-7 now April 27-May 1

Permits Filed for Adventureland Veranda Restaurant

-          Rumored for some years, opened opening day ceased operations in 1994

-          Currently used for characters

-          No plans announced yet

Tomorrowland Arcade Permanantly Closed

-          Feb 9 was final day

-          Located Outside Space Mtn

-          Speculated to be in response to Florida law banning internet cafes which can also be applied to video game arcades that dispense prizes behind the decision

-          More prize dispensing locations are expected to close.

Some Hub walls are Down

-          Lovely bridge

-          New Gardens

 

DAK NEWS

Tree of Life gets new roots and Animal Carvings

-          Goats, Deer

-          Part of central hub walkway expansion.

-          Gardens reduced for more walkway space

-          Roots separate guests from remains of the garden

 

E-Ticket Attraction: Romance in Walt Disney World

Wishes, the Definition of Disney Romance

Wishes, the Definition of Disney Romance

Romantic Locations:

DAK: Finding Nemo the Musical, Eateries

DHS: Sci Fi Dine In, Fantasmic, Great Movie Ride

EPCOT: World Showcase Eateries, Fountains, Illuminations

MK: Cinderella Castle, Fantasyland, Night Time Activities, Cinderella's Royal Table, Crystal Palace, Wishes

Outside the Parks: Hore Drawn Carriage, California Grill, Ohana, Victoria and Alberts, Hammock on the Beach, Tandem Bike Ride

2 Men and The Mouse Episode 52: Top 10 Counter Service Restaurants!

SHOW NOTES 02/09/2015

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Hiya folks, you’re listening to 2 Men and the Mouse Episode 52 on the White Dragon Podcast Network, recorded live at Rogue Comics in Cranford NJ on February 9, 2015! This is your every day guide to the magic of Walt Disney World, and the larger Disney universe beyond it. My name is Kevin Kessler and I am joined as always by my good buddy Peter Mandle. We are two lifelong Disney fanatics who have managed to keep the magic of Disney alive in our lives every day, and we want to share that magic with you! So pull up a chair, gather the family, or pop in your favorite set of headphones, and let’s experience the magic together!

NEWS: Brought to You by Dave Weichert of Magical Travel

WORLD WIDE NEWS

Tom Staggs Named COO of Walt Disney Company

-          Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

-          25 Years with Disney

-          Will continue leading parks and resorts until replacement is named

-          “It’s a privilege to step into this role, and I am humbled and honored by the opportunity.”

DOWNTOWN DISNEY/SPRINGS NEWS

Art of Shaving Opens in Disney Springs

WATER PARK NEWS

Shark Reef to Operate Under Reduced Hours

-          Opens 2 Hours After Park Opening

-          Closing one Hour before park Closing

MAGIC KINGDOM NEWS

Buzz Lightyear’s SpaceRanger Spin Closing for Refurb in March

-          March 4-6

Peter Pan’s Flight Closing for Refurb in March

-          March 5-7

Be Our Guest Taking Lunch Reservations

-          Starting Feb 25

-          Can make reservation 180 days out

-          Can pre-order meals up to 30 days out through 5 minutes before reservation time using MDE

Liberty Square Riverboat Closing for Refurb in August

-          August 4-11

 DHS NEWS

Mystery Construction Outside of Great Movie Ride

-          Walls Up

-          Pointed roof visible above the walls

-          No announcement as of yet

Golden Coach from Cinderella now on Display in DHS

-          Along New York Street on Streets of America

-          Used in production of the film

-          2 ton custom built carriage

-          Photopass Photographer on Site

-          Will be on Display until April 11

E-Ticket Attraction of the Week: Top 10 Counter Service Restaurants!

Kevin's List:

10. Casey's Corner

9. Backlot Express

8. Peco's Bills

7.Yak and Yeti

6. Kabuki Cafe

Honorable Mentions 

Tangerine Café

La Cava Tequila

Caribbean Beach Food Court

ABC Commisary

Boulangerie Patisserie

Sommerfest

Tortuga Tavern

Main Street Bakery

Columbia Harbor House

5. Flame Tree BBQ

4. Sunshine Seasons

3. Captain Cooks

2. Yorkshire County Fish Shop

1. Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe

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