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Apr 12, 2024

Bruce and Connie share their experience on an Adventures by Disney trip to Southern California. They talk about their initial hesitations about group travel and how it turned out to be a positive and enjoyable experience. They express their gratitude for the people they met on the trip and the intimate connections they made. They discuss the key takeaways from the adventure, including the importance of being present, the abundance of food, the VIP treatment, and the appreciation for the people behind the magic. They also highlight specific activities such as the Walt Disney's apartment tour, the Walt Disney Studio tour, and the tour of Walt Disney Imagineering.

 

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Apr 5, 2024

In this episode, Bruce and Connie discuss the do's and don'ts of visiting Disney's water parks. They share their personal experiences and offer tips on familiarizing yourself with the park, arriving early, packing snacks, checking height requirements, and more. They also mention the option of renting a beachcomber shack or polar patio for a more comfortable experience. The episode concludes with a review of tips from a 2019 Disney article on visiting the water parks.

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00:00 Introduction and Personal Experience with Water Parks
01:15 The Importance of Sharing the Disney Experience with Loved Ones
13:00 Pack Snacks and Personal Towels
15:23 Check Height Requirements
22:04 Learn How to Surf
27:01 Don't Overdo It
29:53 Tips from Disney's 2019 Article

 

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Mar 29, 2024

In this episode, Bruce and Connie discuss various aspects of Walt Disney World and whether they are worth the price. They cover topics such as renting a car, Disney Genie Plus, Be Our Guest Restaurant, Columbia Harbor House, and the fruit waffle at Sleepy Hollow. 

Chapters

00:00 Introduction: Worth the Price in Walt Disney World
05:48 Renting a Car in 2024
09:34 Disney Genie Plus
13:49 Be Our Guest Restaurant
22:21 Fruit Waffle at Sleepy Hollow
22:50 Sleepy Hollow Dining
24:33 Disney Souvenirs
25:22 Treats and Snacks in Japan Pavilion
28:13 Ice Cream at the Boardwalk
37:16 Universal's Unlimited Express Pass

 

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Mar 22, 2024

In episode 447 of 'Unlocking the Magic,' hosts Konstantina and Bruce take listeners to the 'Be Our Guest' restaurant at Magic Kingdom to share their dining experience. Despite initial hesitations associated with princesses and formality, Bruce hints that there may be a pleasantly surprising take on this Disney dining experience as they share their story.

00:00 Opinions on restaurant experience and value offered.
05:43 Cursed prince seeks true love to break curse.
08:03 Epcot's opening was long, but has changed.
12:00 Be Our Guest: Immersive Beauty and the Beast experience.
13:22 Disney brings French-inspired cuisine to Magic Kingdom.
19:24 Castle visit unveils hidden enchanting details.
20:14 Disney staff provides exceptional, warm hospitality.
26:36 Impressive theming, three-course menu.
29:43 Curious about large group dining affordability.
32:44 Appreciated adventurous eating and the hot soup.
35:52 Enjoyed varied dessert trio, asked for substitution.
36:33 Requested alternative, accomodated, slightly disappointed.
41:46 Introverts value the quiet, picture-free experience.
43:16 Consider restaurant visit for memorable Magic Kingdom experience.
47:21 Grateful for lovely staff, enjoyed the visit.
49:07 "Thanks for listening. See you next week."

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Mar 15, 2024

Bruce and Connie play a game of Disney trivia, covering topics such as the Carousel of Progress, Tree of Life, Haunted Mansion, and more. They also share shoutouts and cast member compliments from their recent park visit.

Chapters

00:00 Introduction
00:50 Taking a Break and Going to the Parks
02:16 Not Releasing Old Episodes
03:09 Trivia: True or False
04:08 Shout Outs and Cast Member Compliments
05:34 Listener Reviews
07:50 Carousel of Progress Trivia
08:45 Tree of Life Trivia
09:27 Chandeliers in Beauty and the Beast Castle
10:23 Barbossa's Ship in Pirates of the Caribbean
11:39 Big Thunder Mountain Trivia
12:35 Walt Disney's Windows on Main Street
13:32 Haunted Mansion Tombstone Trivia
14:28 Be Our Guest Restaurant Trivia
15:25 Carousel of Progress Oven Temperature Trivia
16:23 Mickey Mouse's First Appearance Trivia
18:12 Big Thunder Mountain Restaurant Trivia
19:39 Beauty and the Beast Castle Trivia
20:33 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Stain Solution Trivia
21:30 Disney Princess Trivia
25:47 Carousel of Progress Trivia
26:59 Haunted Mansion Trivia
29:19 Sleeping Beauty Trivia
30:10 Moana Trivia
31:36 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Trivia
39:16 Closing Remarks

 

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Mar 1, 2024

In this episode, Bruce and Connie discuss the best attractions and lands to experience at Disney parks at night. They highlight the immersive experiences and stunning visuals that come alive after dark. 

Chapters

00:00 Introduction

00:48 Disney at Night

07:44 Pandora - The World of Avatar

10:08 Haunted Mansion

12:17 Tower of Terror and Sunset Boulevard

16:33 Toy Story Land

21:15 Tron

24:34 Magic Carpets of Aladdin

25:01 Being a Kid Again

25:28 Awkwardness of the Queue

25:55 The Joy of Riding

26:23 Riding at Night

27:17 Inner Child Comes Out

27:43 Fireworks and Height

28:12 Colors and Camels

28:41 Jungle Cruise at Night

29:39 Morocco at Night

30:07 Journey of Water inspired by Moana

31:32 Swiss Family Treehouse

33:29 Electrical Water Pageant

38:26 Coronado Springs Resort

46:03 French Quarter

 

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Feb 23, 2024

In this episode, Bruce and Konstantina discuss underrated restaurants in Walt Disney World. They highlight restaurants that are often overlooked but offer great food and ambiance. The hosts emphasize the importance of low expectations and doing research before choosing a restaurant.

 

Chapters

00:00 Introduction and Underrated Restaurants

04:01 The Fun of Eating in Walt Disney World

06:47 Underrated Restaurant: Nine Dragons Restaurant

09:08 Underrated Restaurant: Chefs de France

12:19 Underrated Restaurant: Mama Melrose

13:42 Underrated Restaurant: Ragland Road 

18:40 Underrated Restaurant: Spice Road Table

22:20 Underrated Restaurant: Yak & Yeti Restaurant

23:12 Underrated Restaurants in Animal Kingdom

25:31 Beirgarten Restaurant in Epcot

29:39 Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom

32:54 Jungle Navigation Company Skipper Canteen in Magic Kingdom

39:37 Sanaa in Animal Kingdom Lodge

 

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Feb 16, 2024

In this episode, Bruce and Connie discuss their recent Disney Cruise Line adventure. They share their excitement about Disney cruising and dispel the misconception that it's only for kids. They talk about the process of boarding the ship and their experiences in the staterooms. They also discuss the dining options and the abundance of food on the cruise. They highlight the importance of family time and the magical entertainment provided on the ship. 

Chapters

00:00 Introduction and Surprise Topic

01:14 Excitement about Disney Cruising

04:29 Disney Cruise is Not Just for Kids

07:42 Arriving at the Cruise Terminal

09:31 Staterooms and Accommodations

13:36 Dining and Food Experiences

20:00 Family Time and Entertainment

37:06 Castaway Key - Disney's Private Island

41:25 Ice Cream Adventures

43:18 Biking on Castaway Key

44:08 Cabanas and Empty Chairs

45:07 Fireworks and Tipping

47:03 Extra Tips and Shoutouts

48:28 Buffet Dining Strategy

50:43 Longer Itineraries and Bike Excursions

52:08 Hot Tub Tips and Seasickness

53:25 Wrapping Up and Show Support

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Feb 9, 2024

In this episode, Bruce and Connie review the hidden gem restaurant, Spice Road Table, in Epcot. They discuss the ambiance, delicious food, and great views that make this restaurant a must-visit. They also share tips and strategies for enhancing the dining experience, such as trying a variety of dishes and ordering the specialty drinks. 

 

Chapters

00:00 Introduction and Listener Reviews

03:04 Hidden Gems in Epcot

07:47 Spice Road Table: A Unique Restaurant in Epcot

10:37 Ambiance and Decor

13:31 Light and Delicious Fried Foods

16:37 Serene Atmosphere and Spectacular Views

19:23 Great Drinks and Authenticity

25:19 Tips and Strategies

35:29 Affordable Pricing and Acceptance of Dining Plan

40:13 Conclusion and Final Thoughts

42:59 Review of Beer Garden

43:27 Overindulgence and Enjoyment

44:19 Inviting Feedback and Support

45:06 Closing Remarks

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Feb 2, 2024

In this episode, Bruce and Connie explore various attractions, restaurants, and experiences at Hollywood Studios. They discuss their opinions on each location and whether they are 'in' or 'out' on them. From PizzeRizzo to Muppet Vision 3D, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater to Star Tours, they provide insights and recommendations for each. They also touch on the Hollywood and Vine buffet, Epic Eats funnel cake, and the Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge. Overall, they emphasize the importance of taking the time to appreciate the details and atmosphere of Hollywood Studios.

 

Chapters

00:00 Introduction and Overview

00:54 PizzeRizzo: Are You In or Out?

02:20 Muppet Vision 3D: Always In

03:48 Exploring Grand Avenue

05:29 Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater: Must Do

07:38 Mickey and Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams: Awkward Meeting

09:01 ABC Commissary: Underrated Quick Service

10:03 Vacation Club: Out, Not Jealous

11:17 Window Shopping: Always In

12:13 Hollywood and Vine: Buffet Style

13:38 Star Tours: Worth the Wait

14:51 Epic Eats Funnel Cake: In, But Watch for Burnt Oil Smell

15:47 Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular: Must Do

16:16 Backlot Express: Better Than ABC Commissary

18:06 Vacation Fun: Fun Animated Short

20:23 Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge: Great Atmosphere

21:20 Epic Eats Funnel Cake: In, But Watch for Burnt Oil Smell

22:47 Hollywood and Vine: Buffet Style

24:41 Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge: Great Atmosphere

25:41 Hollywood and Vine: Buffet Style

27:08 Hollywood and Vine: Seasonal Events

29:27 Conclusion and Final Thoughts

 

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Jan 26, 2024

In this episode, Bruce and Konstantina discuss the best and worst restaurants, rides, and areas in Walt Disney World for introverts. They share their opinions on various dining options, including the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater as the best for introverts and the 50s Prime Time Cafe as the worst. They also discuss the Coral Reef Restaurant, Abra Kadabar, and more. In terms of rides, they mention the Haunted Mansion and People Mover as the best for introverts, while Space Mountain and the Walt Disney World Railroad are considered the worst. 

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Jan 19, 2024

In this episode, Connie and Bruce discuss their favorite snacks at various Disney parks, including Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Polynesian Resort, and more. They highlight unique and must-try snacks such as the Pongo Lumpia at Pongu Pongu, maple popcorn in Canada Pavilion, and the Ohana Bread Pudding. They also mention the Croque Glace at L'Artisan de Glaces, the Cheshire Cat Tail at Cheshire Cafe, and the corn dog nuggets at Casey's Corner. Other snacks discussed include the Beverly at Club Cool, the blue and green milk at the Milk Stand, and the Scotch eggs at the Leaky Cauldron.

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  • 03:02 Snacks at Animal Kingdom
  • 07:44 Popcorn at Epcot
  • 09:39 School Bread at Epcot
  • 12:50 Croque Glace at Epcot
  • 15:38 Ohana Bread Pudding at Disney's Polynesian Resort
  • 18:25 Cheshire Cat Tail at Cheshire Cafe
  • 20:47 Corn Dog Nuggets at Casey's Corner
  • 23:31 Lafou's Brew at Gaston's Tavern
  • 24:29 Beverly at Club Cool
  • 26:24 Blue and Green Milk at Milk Stand
  • 30:32 Pickle Corn Dog at Blue Ribbon Corn Dog Cart
  • 33:54 Chili Mango Dole Whip at Tropical Hideaway
  • 37:14 Scotch Eggs at Leaky Cauldron
  • 40:37 Tater Tots at Green Eggs and Ham Cafe
  • 42:01 Introduction to Seussland and Tater Tots
  • 42:59 Exploring the Tater Tot Options
  • 43:29 Craving for Snacks
  • 44:20 Request for Reviews and Sharing
  • 45:16 Conclusion and Farewell
 

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Jan 12, 2024

While the goal is to have a memorable and enjoyable vacation, sometimes certain actions or decisions can lead to a less-than-ideal experience.

Obviously there are things that are totally out of your control, such as getting sick but there are definitely actions that you can stay ahead of in order for you to avoid vacation blunders.

In this episode, we felt it would be good to share those actions in order for you to be mindful and avoid them on your next trip. Because let's face it, sometimes we all need a gentle reminder..

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Jan 6, 2024

hosts Bruce and Konstantina give their listeners an engaging and fun-filled journey into the future of Disney in the year 2024. From discussions of Tiana's Bayou Adventure to the Haunted Mansion-themed bar on Disney Cruise Line's new ship, Disney Treasure, they cover anticipated updates and share exciting Disney news while maintaining their trademark camaraderie and banter.

 

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