Wow! Now, We Have 400 Reasons to Celebrate!

What a milestone we celebrate today, folks!  With this post, the WDW Main Street Podcast celebrates its 400th episode!

Wow!  400?!  Are you kidding me?  Who can talk that much for that long?  Um, the answer to that question will reveal itself to you in just a few seconds.

Naturally, I didn’t personally participate in all 400 shows.  Not even close.  Neither has John Peters, for that matter.  Even our retired colleague – Dennis Conroy – came on board well after the podcast was born.

Who can talk that much for that long?  The show’s founder and host, of course.  Yes, it is Doug Davis who has that incredible “gift of gab”.

Doug and I at Laguna Bar!

Main Street was his brain-child.  He’s hosted or co-hosted every single episode.  In truth, it is Doug that deserves all the credit for this feat!  Congratulations, Doug!  What a phenomenal accomplishment!

My friends, join John and myself, as we congratulate Doug.  Attend our little party.  Step into the WDW Main Street Pub and listen to …

Episode #400 – 400 Reasons to Celebrate!

Landslide! YOU Have Spoken! We LOVE the Land!

Short, and sweet, today, folks!  Two days ago, I asked you to weigh in on a very “hot” issue.  Living with the Land vs. Ellen’s Energy Adventure.  Which do you choose?

If you didn’t listen to last Sunday’s Main Street episode, here’s some background … Mrs. All in WDW and I support Living with the Land.  Doug Davis and Dennis Conroy say, “We love Ellen!”

When reflecting on the choice, herself, Mrs. All in WDW quipped, “At least I didn’t fall asleep in The Land!”  Yes, folks, Ellen does have a way of lulling some Guests into peaceful relaxation.

So.  What did you say?  Well, when asked, “Which attraction do you think is better?”, 87% of you declared, “Living with the Land!”  87%!

Full disclosure … regardless of their affection for Ellen, Doug and Dennis expected this result.  Will they be surprised?  No.  Will they be disappointed?  Quite possibly.

Having said that, the Guardians of the Galaxy are coming to Epcot, everyone, and given the choice between the two Epcot “icons” in question, the correct attraction is being replaced!

We Say … ‘Clear the Way’ for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

Morning, Disney-verse!  Hey!  I have a question burning on my mind this morning.  What is it, you ask?

Well, we touched on it briefly on last Sunday’s podcast – WDW Main Street – Episode #377 – D23 Expo 2017 & Our Weekly News!  Catch the show!  Loads of news!

Anyway, Disney will be closing the Magic Kingdom at 6 PM to non-partygoers – one-hour before the beginning of every Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – on event nights.  The question?  Has Doug Davis gotten over that yet?

The answer is simple.  Of course, he hasn’t!  In fact, bringing up the topic is the fastest way to get him onto one of his infamous, ratings-boosting rants!

By contrast, however, in our recent poll, your votes expressed a different opinion on the topic.  What was that?

My friends, overwhelmingly (80% of the vote), you said, “I completely understand.  I don’t have a problem with Disney closing the park at 6 PM to make way for the Christmas party!”

Morale of the story?  Doug, in the spirit of Disney, we all know that Mickey’s going to have his “bash”.  We might as well grin and bear it, clear the way, and let him host his very merry Christmas party!

Are You Getting All Charged Up About Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? [Poll]

Good Monday, everyone!  For those of you here in the States, let me extend you an early Happy 4th of July!  Stay safe, all!

Before I move on, have you VOTED in this past weekend’s polls?  Click the links below to do so.  Time is running out!

How Would YOU Rank World Showcase’s Pavilions?

Retain? Or, Replace? – IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

On to today’s business, eh?  Well, we expected it, didn’t we?  In fact, every WDW Main Street Podcast fan knew what was coming.

Last week, the news dropped that Disney will close the Magic Kingdom at 6 PM to non-partygoers – one-hour before the beginning of every Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – on event nights.

OK.  So, that revelation was destined to get at least one podcast host all charged up!  And … it did.

Catch Doug Davis as he delivers an epic rant on WDW Main Street – Episode #372 – Our Weekly News!

A long-time burr under Doug’s saddle, he has emphatically maintained that closing Mickey’s kingdom in benefit to those that have purchased party tickets is unfair to WDW’s other Guests.

Hmm.  The party-goers did fork out a ton of cash (nearly $100 per person, actually!) for that privilege, didn’t they?  Don’t they deserve the exclusivity?

Truthfully, Doug’s point can be best-described like this … his next visit to The World comes in December.  Of the six nights he and his wife are staying, four of them are home to a Christmas party.  Four!

Bad timing?  Maybe.  But, the truth is, he scheduled his vacation long ago.  Now, he finds out he can’t go to the Magic Kingdom two-thirds of his evenings?

What if he had already scheduled an ADR for Be Our Guest for one of those nights?  Would they unceremoniously escort him out with a “doggie bag”?  Would he have to cancel the reservation?

This truly is a bit of a hot issue, folks.  Should Disney close the park in order to separate the “privileged” from the masses?  Or, are they “out of bounds”?  Let us know what you think – with your comments on social media and – in the poll below!

It’s Undeniable! YOU Stand Fast with the Land!

Good Friday, my friends!  Right to business!  Earlier this week, I challenged you to …

“Tap into your creativity.  Imagine that you’re an … Imagineer!  Yes!  In fact, you’re a “re-imagineer”!

Living with the Land.  Should we rehabilitate?  Give it a bit of a facelift, maybe?  Should we eliminate?  Replace it altogether?  Or, should we leave it alone?”

Wow!  What a response!  Thanks for your support, folks!  Your voices were heard en masse and loud and clear!  Plus, a number of you put a lot of time and thought into your comments.  THANKS!

Almost 94% of you declared “Leave it Alone” or Keep it and “Rehabilitate”.  Your explanations were heart-felt.  Do you hear that, Disney?  Read below.  We have spoken!

So, what did you say?  Well, you certainly were out-spoken.  I’ll let you take it from here.  It’s a bit long, everyone, but filled with passion and creativity.  Please click through and enjoy!

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I wish it was longer!  I really enjoy this attraction.  It could use some plussing.  That’s for sure!

My son would be absolutely devastated if they took away Living with the Land!  We both adore it.  It is not to be missed for us!

Rehab!  It’s a great ride and full of wonderful information.  I like watching the scientists at work.

This is a “must do” … every time.  Definitely a keeper!

I love Living with the Land.  I experience it on every trip.  Yes, I thought it was better when actual people narrated the ride.

I love it.  Always motivates me to grow something.  Rehab!

I’d hate to see them change it … especially since, if they did, it’d probably be Maelstrom-style ‘rehab’.

Leave it alone.  You may screw it up like you did with Journey into Imagination.

Rehab!  I would love more greenhouse and less-dated photos at the end.

We love this ride!  I hope they don’t eliminate it, and I guess rehabilitation to update the tech wouldn’t be a bad thing – except it would be down for a certain time period and that would stink for people who will miss it during their trip.  I especially love it because I refer to it during my science lessons with my 3rd graders each year.  Any opportunity to insert Disney into real life, and I take it!

I love that ride.  Always found it interesting and peaceful.

Definitely one of my favorites.  I’d love to see them add some technology and updated info on farming.  The lab, itself, is doing real research which is very cool.  To me, this attraction defines my love of Epcot, and the idea of eliminating it makes me incredibly sad.

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