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Turkey Leg Talk (formerly known as the Ear To There Disney Podcast) has been bringing you the magic of Walt Disney World, Disneyland, the Disney Cruise Line, and the films of Disney, Star Wars, and Marvel since 2016. Listen and subscribe for Disney topics including vacation planning, trivia, celebri… read more

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February 22nd, 2024


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Twas the Night Before Christmas Narrated by The Gramlich Kids

December 24th, 2023


Merry Christmas Eve, Everyone! I've read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to my kids each year since they were born, and this year they wanted to share the Christmas love with you. From my family to yours, Merry …

Mega Episode - All Time Travel Show in One Place

August 26th, 2023


Come with me as I go back in time to Walt Disney World in the 1970's and then Disneyland in the 1950's. 

Disney+ Deep Dive: The Princess Bride

June 30th, 2023


In this enchanting episode of "Disney+ Deep Dive," join us as we embark on a captivating journey through the timeless tale of "The Princess Bride." Explore the film's iconic moments, memorable characters, and discover …

Memory Lane and Listener Questions with Bob Gurrr

June 3rd, 2023


Buckle up for another epic episode of Turkey Leg Talk as I welcome back the one and only Disney Legend, Bob Gurr! Get ready to dive deep into the enchanting world of Disneyland as Bob shares fascinating stories and …

Walt Disney World & Universal Orlando Vacation Review with Baby Sideburns

April 19th, 2023


If you love all things Disney and are planning a vacation to Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando, then you won't want to miss this episode of Turkey Leg Talk. I (Phil Gramlich) am joined by Karen Alpert, the …

Disney 100 with Disney Legend Bob Gurr

March 9th, 2023


My friend Bob Gurr joins me this week to talk about the Disney 100 Exhibit that is currently being featured at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

100 Years of the Disney Company

December 21st, 2022


Full of storied sound bytes and funny clips, listen in for all the dishy details about why Walt Disney was known for being both demanding and …

Tempus Fugit

September 16th, 2022


A tour of Walt Disney's apartment above the firehouse in Disneyland does not go quite as expected

Top Ten Queues in Walt Disney World

May 10th, 2022


Which queues should you not skip with Disney Genie+? We've got you covered!

Favorite Value, Moderate, & Deluxe Resorts

April 24th, 2022


Which Value, Moderate, Deluxe, & Deluxe Villas would be the best fit for your family? We'll help you decide!

Galactic Starcruiser Review

March 29th, 2022


Adventure. Excitement. A Jedi needs not these things. Unless you're onboard the Starcruiser!

Delicious Disney with Marcy Carriker Smothers

December 10th, 2021


Author and food & wine pro Marcy Carriker Smothers joins me on the show this week to talk all things Disney dining, including some great Walt …

Disney Things We're Thankful For 2021 Edition

December 3rd, 2021


In 2021 the Disney Company has given its fans new attractions, restaurants, shows, movies, & much more! Listen into find out what Disney Things …

Disney+ Deep Dive: Adventures In Babysitting

November 19th, 2021


Our first ever Disney+ Deep Dive focuses on a classic comedy from the 80's that still stands up well into the 21st Century, "Adventures In Babysitting".

This week we will break down this Elisabeth Shue blockbuster and …

Celebrating Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary

October 1st, 2021


We are celebrating Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary with stories, our favorite memories, and more!

Listener Questions: Disney Genie, 50th Anniversary & More!

September 16th, 2021


We have lots of listener questions to get to including ones about Disney Genie, WDW's 50th Anniversary, family trip traditions and much more!

Claude Coats with Alan Coats & Dave Bossert

July 12th, 2021


Claude Coats was an artist, background artist, animator and set designer, known for his work with the Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering.

Universal Orlando Review

July 3rd, 2021


I took a trip to visit those other parks down the road at Universal Orlando on my last trip to Walt Disney World. This is how it went.

Universal Orlando reopened amid the Covid-19 pandemic more than a year ago. It had …

What's New in Walt Disney World?

June 11th, 2021


The 50th Anniversary Celebration for Walt Disney World begins on October 1, 2021. We'll give you the scoop on what new things will be opening in 2021 and beyond! Disney & Pixar films like Ratatouille, Moana, Tron, …

Early Days of Disneyland with Bob Gurr

May 28th, 2021


Who better to tell us stories about the earliest days of Disneyland than original Disneyland Imagineer, Bob Gurr?

Bob Gurr was hired by Walt Disney himself in 1954 to work on the bodies of the Autopia cars for Walt's …

Word of the Week - Monorail

May 22nd, 2021


The Disneyland & Walt Disney World Monorail Systems are truly one of the seven wonders of the modern world! Who better to go more in depth into …

Taking Our Parents to Walt Disney World

May 21st, 2021


There's something very special about taking a trip to Walt Disney World with parents even though we (at least some of us) aren't kids anymore! It's only right to take our parents on trips to Walt Disney World after …

Word of the Week - Nahtazu

May 13th, 2021


Did you know that Disney's Animal Kingdom is many things, but it's definitely "Nahtazu"! 

Okay, actually, Walt Disney World's fourth and largest theme park actually doubles as a zoo. It's also a world class theme park …

Top Ten Disney Heroes

April 16th, 2021


There is no shortage of heroes in the Disney universe. Princes, Princesses, Kings, Queens, Gods...they're all represented. But who are our favorites? 

Top Ten Favorite Things About World Showcase

April 2nd, 2021


What is it that makes Epcot's World Showcase so unique and so special among all of the Disney theme parks? Our Top Ten is only the tip of the iceberg! Epcot's World Showcase is so much more than rides and shows. …

Word of the Week - Legendary

March 26th, 2021


Did you know that Walt Disney World partially built Phase 2 of Disney's Pop Century Resort? I promise, this episode will be Legendary! At the end of the 20th Century, the powers that be in Walt Disney World came to the …

Top Ten Things We Miss In Magic Kingdom

March 24th, 2021


Which things do we wish were still available in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom? We have at least ten to tell you about!

The memories may remain, but over the years many things have been removed from the Magic …

Disneyland News and More

March 14th, 2021


Finally, the news so many Disney fans have been waiting for is here, Disneyland is almost set to reopen! We'll also go into Disney Cruise Line and Walt Disney World news!

Word of the Week - Unknown

March 6th, 2021


If you're a Disneyland history buff like me, you'll want to check out these lesser known stories from the early days of the park!

I recently downloaded and listened to an audio tour of Disneyland which was narrated by …

Everyday Smells that Remind You of Disney

March 6th, 2021


Have you ever been hit with a smell all of a sudden that instantly transports you back to Disney? This episode is for you!

The Disney theme parks …

Why You Should Go To Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival

February 26th, 2021


Flowers? Check. Gardens? Check. Amazing food, fantastic beverages, and fun for the entire family? Check, check, and check! 

Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival is no longer the lesser of the park's two …

Word of the Week - Timeless

February 12th, 2021


Did you know that Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom has 15 opening day attractions still in operation?

The Disney company has always understood that nostalgia is a large part of its brand. Guests want to take their …

Top Ten Things We Love About Pirates of the Caribbean

February 9th, 2021


While there are WAY more than ten great things about Pirates, we did our best to narrow it down and give you our favorites!

Pirates of the Caribbean opened in Disneyland on March 18, 1967. It has been a guest favorite …

The Great Snow White Debacle

February 6th, 2021


Even confident, professional (hopefully!) Disney travel agents can make mistakes sometimes! I present to you, The Great Snow White Debacle.

Top Ten WDW Audio Animatronic Figures

January 28th, 2021


Which Walt Disney World audio animatronics are the coolest, according to us? I can almost guarantee there will be no spitting camels on this episode! …

Word of the Week - Walker

January 23rd, 2021


Disneyland's first ever Director of Entertainment lived an extremely fascinating life. This week's Disney Word of the Week is all about "Tommy the Toe" Walker!

Tommy Walker is responsible for several of the amazing …

All Walt Disney World Attractions RANKED

January 22nd, 2021


I recently saw an article online where the author ranked all of the attractions in Walt Disney World. She was way off! Here are the real rankings! …

What We're Looking Forward To in 2021

January 14th, 2021


We made it. 2020 is over! It's time to start thinking and planning for the future and What We're Looking Forward To in 2021! The Disney Company has a lot of things on the horizon for the year 2021. New original Disney+ …

Word of the Week - Dominguez

January 8th, 2021


Sadly, Disney Legend Ron Dominguez recently passed away. His legacy, however, still stands tall inside Disneyland. Ron Dominguez was just about …

Best WDW Parks by Age Group

January 6th, 2021


Which Walt Disney World parks are the best for babies, toddlers, adults, grandparents and more? We'll break it down for you! One question I get …

Word of the Week - Twas (The Night Before Christmas)

December 23rd, 2020


Trying something a little different this time and bringing you my family's Christmas Eve tradition. Since my wife and I have had kids I've been reading the poem "Twas The Night Before Christmas" to them on each and …

Top Christmas Movie Characters

December 23rd, 2020


Where did Buddy the Elf rank on our list of Top Ten Christmas Movie Characters? How about Kevin McCallister? Find out! We expanded our horizons a little bit this week and came up with our list of not only Disney …

Word of the Week - Favorites

December 18th, 2020


Over the years many of our favorite attractions have gone the way of the dodo. On this episode we'll take a virtual ride on three of my favorite extinct attractions. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Horizons, and Mr. …

Favorite Disney Christmas Movies & Shows

December 15th, 2020


The Walt Disney Company has been releasing wonderful Christmas specials and films going all the way back to 1958. On this episode we'll talk about …

Word of the Week - Trash

December 11th, 2020


Trash is almost invisible in the Disney theme parks across North America. How is it removed almost undetected?

Easter Eggs in Disney's Animated Films

December 8th, 2020


Over the years you've probably noticed that Disney & Pixar like to hide little tributes to other movies in their films. We'll tell you where to find them! The animations wizards at Disney and Pixar have been hiding …

The Script is Flipped

December 5th, 2020


I don't interview a guest this week. Instead, a couple of guests interview me. This week two of the members of the Ear To There Travel team prepared questions for me for the show. We talk about everything from my time …

Word of the Week - Thanksgiving

November 25th, 2020


From pardoned turkeys to the infamous Turkey Legs, Thanksgiving and turkey has been a big part of the Disney Parks for decades! This week I'll go into the history of Thanksgiving in the Disney company and talk all …

Welcome To Turkey Leg Talk & What We're Thankful For

November 25th, 2020


The Ear To There Disney Podcast is now Turkey Leg Talk! It's the same fun show with a new name and logo. Find out what we're thankful for in 2020! …

Word of the Week - Maelstrom

November 20th, 2020


Disney announced that a new Norway pavilion was coming to EPCOT Center's World Showcase in 1985. By 1988 the Norwegians had arrived and with them …

The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook

November 19th, 2020


The food in the Disney theme parks is much more than hot dogs and hamburgers. Amazing appetizers, savory snacks, decadent desserts, and elegant …

Rediscovering Classic Attractions

November 12th, 2020


With all of the flashy new Disney attractions so often in the blog headlines, it's nice to take a nice, nostalgic trip to the classic attractions that started it all. Disney-obsessed people like myself are often …

Top Ten Disney Books

November 6th, 2020


There are no shortage of books about the history of the Disney company, the theme parks, and Walt Disney himself. This week I wanted to do my best to bring you my all time favorites. Enjoy Episode 215: Top Ten Disney …

Watch Mr. Boogedy With Me

October 30th, 2020


Fire up your Disney+ and get your iPhone ready, it's time to watch Mr. Boogedy with me!

I first heard about Mr. Boogedy around last Halloween. The …

Word of the Week - Dogs

October 16th, 2020


Disney has brought us some very famous dogs in movies and television over the years. We've been inundated with Goofy, Pluto, 101 Dalmatians, and many more. But what about those dogs that are in the Disney theme parks …

Unintentionally Scary Disney

October 12th, 2020


Three words: Return. To. Oz. And that nightmare fuel is just the tip of the scary iceberg this week!


Over the years, Disney has given its fans many intentionally scary things. From the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror to …

BONUS: Back to the Speedway – Complete Series

October 8th, 2020


Back by popular demand this week is a three part podcast series all rolled into one episode. Back to the Speedway the Complete Series is a first …

Word of the Week - Spire

October 1st, 2020


Walt Disney was a visionary who often would do things that didn’t make a lot of sense to those who worked with him. I’ve read a story where he had …

An Afternoon with Bob Gurr

September 25th, 2020


Disney Legend Bob Gurr was first hired by Walt Disney himself in 1954 to work on the body of the Autopia vehicles. Bob parlayed that job into a long career of design for Walt Disney Imagineering. I hope you enjoy …

Returning to WDW as a Family

September 18th, 2020


Walt Disney World has been welcoming guests back since mid-July and I’ve had a chance to talk to quite a few guests who’ve been there with their …

Disneyland in 3D with Dave Bossert

September 10th, 2020


One thing I have missed tremendously during 2020 is Disneyland. I’ve been to the parks every single year since I started as a travel agent and I don’t see myself slowing down any time soon! If you can’t get to …

Word of the Week – Lost

September 9th, 2020


Disneyland’s Adventureland was set to be immersed in a George Lucas-run franchise in the 1980’s. This franchise had much more to do with snakes and whips than lightsabers and blasters. I hope you enjoy this week’s Word …

Disney Legend Bill Farmer

September 4th, 2020


Bill Farmer has been the official voice of Goofy and Pluto (and many more characters you know) for over 30 years. More importantly than that, he’s a super nice guy and was a blast to talk to! I hope you enjoy Episode …

Word of the Week – Lagoon

September 3rd, 2020


You probably already know some fun facts about Walt Disney World’s Seven Seas Lagoon, but maybe I can teach you a thing or two! I hope you enjoy this week’s Walt Disney World Word of the Week – Lagoon!

Want to know the …

What’s It Like in Disneyland Paris?

August 28th, 2020


As I’ve said countless times on the show, I’ve never been to Disneyland Paris, but I’ve always wanted to go. This week I sat down with a friend to talk all about her recent trip and what it was like. I hope you enjoy …

When Should You Go Back to WDW?

August 21st, 2020


With Walt Disney World’s theme parks and many resorts back up and running, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about when the right time will be for many people to return to the Most Magical Place on Earth. We’ll …

WDW With No Height Requirements

August 3rd, 2020


What does Walt Disney World offer for entire families to ride together? This week we took a look at exactly that. I hope you enjoy Episode 206: WDW With No Height Requirements!

Walt Disney World has its fair share of …

A Chat With Disney Legend Floyd Norman

July 13th, 2020


Walt Disney Animation has had no shortage of brilliant artists and fantastic storytellers over the years. This week I spoke with one individual who is a legend in both areas. I hope you enjoy Episode 205, A Chat with …

Word of the Week - Chicken (of the Sea)

July 9th, 2020


This week's Word of the Week takes us both back in time and across the country as we head out to Disneyland in the 1950's and check out the old …

A Day At Universal Orlando

July 6th, 2020


Walt Disney World is set to reopen its parks within the next week. Of course, Universal Orlando's theme parks have already been open and operating with new safety and wellness guidelines since June. This week I wanted …

Most Underrated Disney Villains

July 1st, 2020


Which character jumps into your mind when someone says the words "Disney villain"? Chances are, the character you just thought of isn't mentioned on this week's show! I hope you enjoy Episode 203: Most Underrated Disney …

Word of the Week - Carolwood

June 18th, 2020


It's often said that Walt Disney came up with the idea for Disneyland while sitting on a park bench in Griffith Park in Los Angeles, watching his daughters on the carousel. While that is true, that carousel wasn't the …

Reopening Walt Disney World

June 16th, 2020


It's almost time! Walt Disney World's parks and resorts will be opening too guests in less than one month. Find out all you need to know about it on this week's episode, Reopening Walt Disney World!

With Walt Disney …

A Tribute to The Great Movie Ride

May 27th, 2020


On May 1st, 1989, The Disney MGM Studios opened, and with it, one of the most beloved attractions in the history of theme parks. The Great Movie Ride was a fascinating trip into pure movie-making magic! I hope you enjoy …

Celebrating 200 Episodes

May 19th, 2020


My New Years Resolution for 2016 was to start a podcast. Right after the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve, I went onto Amazon and purchased a …

Secrets & Stories of the Disney Parks

May 13th, 2020


Disneyland's and Walt Disney World's theme parks have no shortage of secrets. On this episode I will let you in on some that you may have never heard before! I hope you enjoy Episode 199: Secrets & Stories of the …

Disney Characters You'd Want To Be Quarantined With

May 6th, 2020


Sometimes it's fun to take on a silly topic and put a lot of thought into it. I am not embarrassed to say that I took a lot of time putting my list together! I hope you enjoy Episode 198: Disney Characters You'd Want To …

Put A Little Disney In Your Day

April 28th, 2020


With the world being on pause at the moment, my family and I are missing the Disney theme parks more than ever. This week we will help bring Disney into your home on Episode 197: Put A Little Disney In Your Day!

How can …

Word of the Week - InnerSpace

April 21st, 2020


One attraction that I wish I had had the opportunity to experience was the Disneyland classic, Adventure Thru Inner Space. Sadly, I never had the opportunity. This week I'm going to ride along virtually with you, …

Magical Minute: Hidden Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

April 13th, 2020


Before Walt Disney made Mickey Mouse the biggest cartoon character of all time, he had a pretty big hit with a different animal. Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was Walt's first true star, and there are tributes to him in Magic …

Word of the Week - S.E.A.

April 10th, 2020


When Pleasure Island opened in 1989, it was impossible to tell just how big of an effect the Adventurer's Club would have on the future of the Disney …

Word of the Week - Lantern

April 8th, 2020


I take pride in trying to bring new information that you may have never heard before on each episode of the Word of the Week. I hope you enjoy this week's Word of the Week - Lantern!

What do Roy O. Disney, a Japanese …

Magical Minute: Lions of Kilimanjaro Safaris

April 6th, 2020


Kilimanjaro Safaris is the largest attraction Walt Disney World Imagineers have ever created. The attraction itself is larger than the entire Magic Kingdom! The biggest stars on the safari are, of course, the lions. I …

Spoiler Full Review of Rise of the Resistance

April 3rd, 2020


The reviews started coming in around the first week of December, 2019, and were incredibly positive. Rise of the Resistance was called transportive, exceptional, amazing, and the most immersive attraction Disney had …

Word of the Week - Skeleton

March 30th, 2020


Walt Disney World has had a colorful history full of larger than life heroes, villains, and stories. Are the characters in this story heroes or …

Word of the Week - Splash

March 25th, 2020


When Splash Mountain opened in Disneyland in 1988, Disney knew they had a big success on their hands! I hope you enjoy the latest Word of the Week - …

Creepy Disney Attractions

March 24th, 2020


Let's face it, Disney theme parks around the world have some creepy attractions. Some are intentionally creepy, some are unintentionally creepy. This week we will break them all down on Episode 195, Creepy Disney …

Word of the Week - Plaza

March 21st, 2020


Walt Disney knew that Disneyland needed a fine dining restaurant when his theme park opened. Queue The Red Wagon Inn. For the first decade of Disneyland, the location of the future Plaza Inn hosted movie stars, …

Disneyland For Kids

March 21st, 2020


Walt Disney's original theme park has endured for more than half a decade as the best family theme park in the world. This week my cohost and I will tell you just what makes it so special for kids on Episode 194: …

Stuck Home Show: WDW for Tweens

March 17th, 2020


What is there to do in Walt Disney World for tweens? Today my friend Griffin and I talk all about it on this Stuck Home Show: WDW for Tweens.


Stuck Home With Lex

March 16th, 2020


You’re at home, I’m at home. We are all facing unprecedented restrictions in not only the United States of America, but across the world. That’s why I decided to do my best to inject a little bit of Disney into our …

90s TV Visits Walt Disney World

March 7th, 2020


There was a time when almost every family show on television visited either the Walt Disney World resort or Disneyland. Today we’re going to go back to those fun times on this week’s show, 90s TV Visits Walt Disney …

Top Ten In Park Table Service Restaurants

February 28th, 2020


Walt Disney World’s four theme parks have no shortage of table service restaurants. This week we’ll give you our Top Ten that we think you should …

Word of the Week – Presidents

February 21st, 2020


The idea for the classic Magic Kingdom attraction, The Hall of Presidents, goes all the way back to Walt Disney Himself. Walt imagined it first as a walkthrough wax museum, much like he originally imagined Pirates of …

Top 20 Things To Watch On Disney+

February 18th, 2020


When Disney+ premiered in November of 2019, there was a ton of content to sift through. In the last four months, a ton of movies, shows, and original programming has debuted. This week we will talk about all of that and …

Word of the Week – New

February 11th, 2020


As Fozzie Bear once said, “I do my best to keep it fresh each night.” I agree wholeheartedly with Fozzie. That’s why I went ahead and made an …

Listener Questions: 5th Park, Favorite Resorts, & More

February 6th, 2020


Letters, we get letters, we get sacks and sacks of letters! Well, we don’t really get letters, but we do get questions! I hope you enjoy this week’s show, Listener Questions: 5th Park, Favorite Resorts, & More!

This …

Word of the Week: Legends

January 30th, 2020


Disney’s Animated movies aren’t all talking cars and toys. The animated classics going back to Walt Disney’s times actually have pretty dark and morbid beginnings. I hope you enjoy this week’s Word of the Week: Legends.

Imaginary Imagineering: Restaurant Edition

January 29th, 2020


In the last ten years or so, Walt Disney World’s restaurants have become much more than just places to sit and eat. They are experiences that are as immersive as the lands, parks, and resorts that they reside in. This …

The Last Disney Decade

January 17th, 2020


The Disney Decade is an era of the Walt Disney Company that was headed by former CEO Michael Eisner. It’s fondly looked back upon as one of the greatest decades in the company’s history since the passing of Walt Disney. …

The Attractions Kids Find Scary

January 7th, 2020


One question I get from parents all the time is “Will my kids think this attraction is scary?” Honestly, I don’t know! That’s why I brought in one of the experts on this week’s show, The Attractions Kids Find Scary.

Detour To Neverland

December 12th, 2019


In October I was a guest on the Detour To Neverland Podcast with Brendan and Katherine. We talked a bit about my background with Disney and I had a blast answering questions on their show! I hope you enjoy Episode 187: …

What We’re Thankful For: Disney Edition

November 26th, 2019


2019 has been a big year for the Walt Disney Company. With numerous additions to the theme parks, film, television and more, there are so many things …

Pat Williams on How To Lead Like Walt

November 15th, 2019


Vision, Communication, People Skills, Character, Competence, Boldness, & A Serving Heart. These are the 7 timeless principles, according to this …

Word of the Week – Disney+ (With Spoilers)

November 14th, 2019


November 12, 2019 has finally come and gone and Disney+ is here. Want to know my thoughts on the all-new streaming platform? I will tell you on this week’s Word of the Week – Disney+ (With Spoilers).

Grab a drink, grab …

Word of the Week – Tiki (Room Under New Management)

November 8th, 2019


When Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room opened in Disneyland in 1963, it was absolutely groundbreaking. This was the first ever attraction that …

Where To Find Your Favorite Cuisines in WDW

November 4th, 2019


Sometimes, when you’re on vacation, you are in the mood for a specific type of cuisine. It might not be burgers and fries; it could be Italian, …

Pod People Invasion and Trivia

October 30th, 2019


Walt Disney World will never be the same! Last week the Ear To There Podcast Pod People took over a couple of ballrooms in Disney’s Contemporary Resort for food, fun, and friends. We even had a special, cheese-loving …

Word of the Week – Monorail

October 11th, 2019


There might not be a more iconic mode of transportation in the entire world than the Disney Monorail. This week my friend Bob Gurr and I will tell you all about the history of the monorail on the Word of the Week – …

Listener Questions – October 2019

October 8th, 2019


I get lots of questions. Like, hundreds each week. So we decided to answer a few of them on this week’s podcast. I hope you enjoy Episode 182: Listener Questions – October 2019.

Origin stories, favorite attractions, the …

Funniest Walt Disney World Attractions

October 3rd, 2019


Where is the best place to really get a laugh in Walt Disney World? We’ll tell you on this week’s show, Episode 181: Funniest Walt Disney World Attractions!

Where do you go for a laugh in Walt Disney World? These …

Words of the Week – Chester & Hester

September 18th, 2019


When Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened in 1998, one of the original lands that was available to guests on Opening Day was Dinoland USA. The land has …

Most Underrated Walt Disney World Restaurants

September 16th, 2019


Weeks ago we recorded an episode that was all about the most overrated restaurants in Walt Disney World. This week, we hope you enjoy the opposite on Episode 180, the Most Underrated Walt Disney World Restaurants.

With …

Galaxy’s Edge for Non Star Wars Fans

September 5th, 2019


Star War’s: Galaxy’s Edge is a dream come true for true “Star Wars” fans like me. From the Stormtroopers walking around to the blue milk to the life-sized Millennium Falcon, it’s like waking up in the middle of a …

Word of the Week – Disneyland

August 30th, 2019


Sometimes you just need to be in your favorite place in the world! I hope you enjoy the Word of the Week – Disneyland!

Take a little escape from your day today and join me as I walk around Disneyland! If you close your …

Disneyland Family Trip Review

August 30th, 2019


One thing that my family and I can do really well is talk. Actually, we never stop. And we had a ton to talk about when it came time to sum up our latest family trip! I hope you enjoy Episode 178: our Disneyland Family …

Movies To Watch Before Visiting Disneyland

August 19th, 2019


Disneyland took much of its original inspiration from the movies. From the red carpet concrete below your feet to the credits soon the windows of Main Street USA, you’re stepping into Walt Disney’s imagination. So how …

Word of the Week – Horizons

August 17th, 2019


We’ve lost so many guest favorite attractions over the years, it’s hard to keep track. Maelstrom, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride will never again be experienced in Walt Disney World. This week I …

Episode 176: Most Overrated WDW Restaurants

July 31st, 2019


Let me preface this episode by saying that I love almost everything there is about Walt Disney World. I love the theme parks, resorts, attractions, and restaurants. But that doesn’t mean I have to LOVE every restaurant! …

Bonus Episode: Biggest WDW Rookie Mistakes

July 25th, 2019


So, you’ve booked your family’s vacation to Walt Disney World. Now what? Well, this episode will help you avoid those rookie mistakes that so many guests make on their Walt Disney World vacations! I hope you enjoy this …

Bonus Episode: Gramlich Family Review of Akershus

July 18th, 2019


A while back, my wife Amy and I decided to take our kids to breakfast at Akershus for the first time. We also decided to record it! I hope you enjoy this week’s Bonus Episode: Gramlich Family Review of Akershus!

Bacon …

Magical Minute: Holly Vermont Realty Company

July 12th, 2019


Have you ever heard of the Holly Vermont Realty Company? On this Magical Minute, I’ll fill you in on why, if it wasn’t for this random company, …

Bonus Episode: Chat with WDW Radio’s Lou Mongello

July 11th, 2019


In the latest bonus episode of the Ear To There Disney Podcast, I hope you enjoy my chat with the original Disney Podcaster on this Bonus Episode: Chat with WDW Radio’s Lou Mongello.

When you’re talking about Disney and …

Little Things We Love About Magic Kingdom

July 8th, 2019


Walt Disney World is made up of a lot of BIG things. Huge theme parks, water parks, restaurants, resorts, and more can make it a very busy vacation. But if you look hard enough, it’s really the little things that make …

Best Spots in WDW for an Adult Beverage

July 1st, 2019


Walt Disney World is the ultimate family-friendly vacation. With tons of rides with no height requirement at all, fun pools, playgrounds, and Disney …

Bonus Episode: Skip These WDW Attractions

June 26th, 2019


It’s been said that you can’t do it all on a trip to Walt Disney World and with newer lands like Toy Story Land and Pandora: The World of Avatar, plus Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge coming this summer, that’s never been more …

How To Make Your WDW Trip Affordable

June 24th, 2019


A trip to Walt Disney World is not an inexpensive vacation. Between the resort, the park tickets, flights, dining plans, etc., there is an awful lot …

Bonus Episode: All About the Polynesian

June 20th, 2019


When Walt Disney World opened on October 1, 1971, it opened with three resort hotels: The Contemporary Resort, Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, …

Word of the Week – Pleasure Island

June 14th, 2019


Walt Disney World’s Pleasure Island was a bold move for the entertainment company that always prided themselves on family entertainment. Walt Disney …

Bonus Episode: WDW’s Most Controversial Decisions

June 13th, 2019


What is WDW’s most controversial decision of all time? The removal of Horizons, Maelstrom, or Body Wars? The introduction of the Disney Dining Plans? We explore all of that and much more on this Bonus Episode: WDW’s …

Top Ten Things to do with Your Dad in WDW

June 10th, 2019


With Father’s Day less than a week away, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at the things in Walt Disney World that we might want to experience with our fathers or grandfathers. I hope you enjoy Episode …

Word of the Week – Wood

June 8th, 2019


Have you ever heard of a man named Cornelius Vanderbilt Wood? No? I hadn’t either. Then I did a little bit of research and found out some crazy things about this man and the history of the Walt Disney Company, …

Bonus Episode: Chat with Must Do Disney’s Stacey J. Aswad

June 5th, 2019


This episode was originally Episode 20 of the Ear To There Disney Podcast. Stacey J. Aswad has been the host of Walt Disney World Resort TV’s programming for more than a decade! I hope you enjoy this Bonus Episode: Chat …

Top Ten Counter Service Meals

June 3rd, 2019


Walt Disney World isn’t just hot dogs, cheeseburgers, and chicken nuggets. Over the last several years, the counter service meal options available in the parks and resorts have exploded. This week we’ll name some or our …

Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Disney Legend Rolly Crump

May 31st, 2019


In this bonus episode I am bringing back my interview from Episode 11 with Disney Legend Rolly Crump. Rolly was hired by Walt Disney in the 1960’s …

LIVE from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

May 28th, 2019


Four years ago at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA, it was announced that “Star Wars Land” was coming to both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood …

Our Favorite WDW Water Attractions

May 20th, 2019


Summer just got here in a hurry! I feel like last week I was putting on a sweatshirt to go outside and this week I can’t be outside for more than 2 …

Word of the Week – Ryman

May 17th, 2019


Disney Legend and Imagineer Herb Ryman is the subject of this week’s show. You might remember that I have already done a Word of the Week about him, …

Bonus Episode: Top Ten WDW Attraction Quotes

May 15th, 2019


Get ready for another bonus (re-released) episode! Walt Disney World’s attractions have no shortage of famous quotes. From “Dead men tell no tales” to “Let It Go,” you’ll always walk away from a Disney attraction with …

A Conversation with John Ratzenberger

May 13th, 2019


For someone like me who grew up watching Cheers, was in their 20’s when Pixar exploded, and now watches every new animated film with their kids, John Ratzenberger is one of the biggest names in a generation of …

Bonus Episode: Chat With Yehaa Bob Jackson

May 8th, 2019


By popular demand, I’m going back to older episodes that are hard to find on some podcast providers and re-releasing them each week. This was …

Most Magical Disney World Moments

May 6th, 2019


Walt Disney World is synonymous with magic. Once you step inside the theme park gates anything can happen and your wildest dreams can come true. We’ll talk about some our all time most magical experiences on this week’s …

Word of the Week – Small

May 3rd, 2019


One of the most iconic attractions in the history of the Disney theme parks is “it’s a small world.” This week, along with some friends, I’ll talk all about the history of the 1964 World’s Fair original on Word of the …

What To Do on Non Park Days

May 1st, 2019


We’ve all been there. Either it’s a travel day or a day planned into the middle of your Walt Disney World vacation with no park tickets. So what is there to do? So much we made an entire episode about it! Listen along …

Our Top Ten Walt Disney World Smells

April 27th, 2019


Once a podcast episode is on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify for a long time, it gets removed so other, newer episodes can take its place. This episode was removed about a year ago but it’s a good one and I really wanted …

Our Favorite Disney Memories

April 11th, 2019


What is your all time favorite Walt Disney World memory? Is it taking your children for the first time? Maybe it’s when you got your first glimpse of Cinderella Castle. This week we talk all about our favorite moments …

Word of the Week – Spaceship

April 5th, 2019


When I looked over all of the Word of the Week episodes that I’ve done, I was shocked to find that I’ve never done one about Spaceship Earth. There have been lots of changes and iterations of this attraction over the …

Top Ten Favorite Cheesy Things We Love About WDW

April 4th, 2019


When deciding to put this episode out, I had a lot of difficulty finding the right words to use. There are so many fun and nostalgic things in the …

Disney Attractions We Don’t Ride

March 27th, 2019


The Disney theme parks are full of attractions that everyone wants to ride. But what about those attractions that we don’t ride?! This episode is …

Top Ten Favorite Disney Attraction Vehicles

March 19th, 2019


Disney has created some amazing ride vehicles over the years! From submarines to monorails, Doom Buggies to clam mobiles, check out our Top Ten Favorite Disney Attraction Vehicles!

The Doom Buggy? The Monorail? Peter …

Top Ten Favorite Things About Pirates of the Caribbean

March 12th, 2019


When Pirates of the Caribbean opened in Disneyland in 1967, it was an instant classic. Things have changed over the years but the feel and magic of the attraction have been a constant through the years. This week, we’re …

Word of the Week – Kingdom (of the Sun)

March 8th, 2019


How much do you know about the Disney Animated Classic that never was, Kingdom of the Sun? I’ll tell you what I know on this week’s Word of the Week – Kingdom (of the Sun).

After the success of 1994’s Lion King, Disney …

Episode 159: Being Tom Sawyer with Disney Legend Tom Nabbe

March 6th, 2019


Disney Legend Tom Nabbe has one of the most incredible stories I’ve ever heard from anyone associated with the Disney company. I hope you enjoy it, in his own words, on Episode 159: Being Tom Sawyer with Disney Legend …

Word of the Week – Preview (Of Galaxy’s Edge)

March 2nd, 2019


Recently a handful of journalists were invited to visit Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland. I was not one of them. But I did do a lot of reading …

Episode 158: How To Eat Like Walt

February 26th, 2019


Disneyland is known for an insane attention to detail. It all started when Walt Disney designed his Fantasyland, Adventureland, Frontierland, Main Street USA, and Tomorrowland. His lands were immersive, from the …

Word of the Week – Flight

February 21st, 2019


Peter Pan’s Flight is an original Disneyland Opening Day attraction, an original Magic Kingdom Opening Day attraction, and one of the most popular …

Episode 157: WDW Through Kids’ Eyes

February 20th, 2019


Walt Disney World is full of rides and shows without height requirements and it’s often hard to figure out what your children will and will not …

Episode 156: Top Ten WDW Shows

February 7th, 2019


Walt Disney World is famous around the world for it’s world class entertainment, resorts, shows, and attractions. The one part of that we never have really talked about on this podcast is the shows. That ends this week! …

Word of the Week – Lillian

January 31st, 2019


If you’ve listened to this podcast before, you’ve heard me talk about the life of Walt Disney. What I haven’t spoken much about, however, is the life of his wife, Lillian Bounds Disney. That all changes on this week’s …

Episode 155: The Year In Disney Movies

January 29th, 2019


2019 is going to be a HUGE year for movies in the Disney company. With Marvel, Star Wars, sequels, originals, and more, nothing is slowing down the Disney cinema train that is 2019. This week we’ll talk all about what’s …

Word of the Week – Tributes

January 24th, 2019


Walt Disney World’s theme parks are full of tributes to past attractions, Imagineers, those who helped build the company, and Walt Disney himself. …

Episode 154: How To Choose Your WDW Hotel

January 23rd, 2019


Choosing which Walt Disney World resort hotel for your trip isn’t an easy process. There are so many things you have to think about that I thought it …

Word of the Week – Proposed

January 17th, 2019


Walt Disney World is one of the most visited tourist destination in all of the world. Would that be the case if the resort had ended up being built …

Episode 153: Coming Soon to Disney in 2019

January 15th, 2019


2018 was a great year in the Disney theme parks and resorts! So, what are we looking forward to in 2019? We’ll talk all about it on Episode 153: Coming Soon to Disney in 2019!

2019 is going to be a HUGE year in the …

Word of the Week – Shortest

January 11th, 2019


The Disney theme parks are home to some of the most iconic attractions of all time. Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, & Space Mountain are just a few examples of hit attractions that have been around …

Episode 152: 2018 Disney Ear in Review

January 8th, 2019


2018 was a big year for the Disney Company. From all new lands, new attractions & new restaurants to big movies and the closure of some old …

pisode 151: Finding the Magic of Disney

December 17th, 2018


One thing the Disney Company has always been known for is magic. Whether it’s been in Disney movies, the theme parks, or on the cruise ships, the magic is everywhere. This week we take a look at some of the most magical …

Bonus Episode & Contest!

December 15th, 2018


Over the summer I released a three part series of episodes titled “Back to the Speedway.” If you didn’t get a chance to listen to those, this episode puts all three together into one, mega episode. Oh, and I threw a …

Episode 150: More Imaginary Imagineering

December 10th, 2018


Disney’s Imagineers have some of the greatest jobs on the planet. They get to design and build all of the newest, latest and greatest Disney attractions. This week we’ll put on our Imaginary Imagineering hats and do our …

Word of the Week – Carousel

December 6th, 2018


You may think I’ve done this one before, because I thought I had, but I was wrong! A while back, I had a Word of the Week titled “Carrousel.” The two R’s tipped me off that that show was about the carousels, or …

Episode 149: Top Ten Disney Villains

December 4th, 2018


In a podcast probably more suited for October than December, this week we take a look at our all time favorite Disney villains on Episode 149: Top Ten Disney Villains!

This week we talk all about our top animated …

Episode 148: Mickey Mouse at 90

November 19th, 2018


Walt Disney famously said, “It all started with a mouse.” This week we’ll take a look back at that mouse’s first ninety years on Episode 148: Mickey Mouse at 90.

Let’s take a look back at the life and times of our …

Episode 147: Top Ten Disney Attraction Characters

November 14th, 2018


Walt Disney Imagineering has come up with some fantastic attractions and shows over the last half century. One thing that has always driven those attractions and shows, however, is story…and to tell a story, you need …

Episode 146: Favorite Bob Gurr Answers

October 31st, 2018


So, you know how your teachers always used to tell you to save your documents as you went and to back them up? I should’ve listened to them! This …

Episode 145: Top Ten Scary Attraction Moments

October 22nd, 2018


When thinking of Walt Disney World and Disneyland, “scary” isn’t one of the first words that probably comes to mind. Of course, in October, the parks …

Word of the Week – Little (Known Facts)

October 13th, 2018


The Disney Company has had a long, storied past, starting with it’s namesake and founder, Walt Disney. This week I wanted to take a look about some of the lesser known facts about the Disney Company and theme parks in …

Episode 144: Top Ten Things We Love About the Haunted Mansion

October 9th, 2018


A cool chill is starting to appear in the night air, the leaves are falling, and pumpkin spice is everywhere…yes, it’s October in Walt Disney World. …

Word of the Week – Mine Train (Through Nature’s Wonderland)

October 5th, 2018


Before there was Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Disneyland’s Frontierland, there was Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland. This week I’ll talk all about it and we’ll take a virtual ride on Word of the Week – Mine …

Episode 143: Disney Airlines with Bob Gurr

October 2nd, 2018


Walt Disney and Bob Gurr had something in common: they were both fascinated by the wonder of human flight from a very early age. This week I’ll take a look at the history of flight within the Disney Company on Episode …

Episode 142: Your Disney Cruise Questions Answered

September 24th, 2018


If you’ve thought about taking a cruise on the Disney Cruise Line, you probably have a lot of the same questions I did. This week we’ll get to them and I’ll answer on Episode 142: Your Disney Cruise Questions Answered.

Episode 141: Two BIG Mistakes I’ve Made

September 18th, 2018


I pride myself on always doing my research and knowing Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line inside and out. That’s why this week was an important episode for me to do. I done messed up more than once! Check out …

Word of the Week – Instagrammable

September 14th, 2018


Most weeks, the Word of the Week is an actual word. This week, well, at least I think it is! Check out this week’s Word of the Week – Instagrammable!

What are the most Instagrammable spots (or even walls) in the Disney …

Episode 140: Top Ten Cast Member Roles

September 11th, 2018


In my time as a cast member at Walt Disney World, I had some fun roles that I was able to play. I was a custodial host, an attractions host, and a …

Word of the Week – Halloween Tree

September 6th, 2018


The Disney parks are loaded with tributes to Disney Imagineers, former attractions, shows, and even restaurants. It’s pretty rare for someone who wasn’t officially a “cast member” to get a tribute, but this week’s …

Episode 139: Biggest Disney Park Flops

September 3rd, 2018


The Disney theme parks normally step up to the plate and hit it out of the park. Most attractions, restaurants, lands and stores are big hits with Disney fans everywhere. But what happens on the rare occasion when …

Episode 138: Top Ten Things We Miss in Hollywood Studios

August 26th, 2018


Disney’s Hollywood Studios has changed more than any other Disney theme park. It started as a working movie studio, added many properties that …

Episode 137: Fixing Walt Disney World

August 24th, 2018


(Part 3 of 3) In this third and final installment of this week’s timeline, I try to fix everything I broke on my travels through the years in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom! I hope you enjoy Episode 137: Fixing Walt …

Episode 136: Back From the Future

August 21st, 2018


After finding out that there was, in fact, a time machine hidden in a Tomorrowland Speedway car inside the Magic Kingdom, I am doing my best to get home to my family in 2018. This is Episode 136: Back From the Future!

Episode 135: A Sound of Thunder Mountain

August 20th, 2018


I love learning about the history of Walt Disney World. That’s why when I had the chance to spend an evening hanging out with Disney Legend Bob Gurr, I jumped at the opportunity. We sat, ate pizza, talked about Walt …

Episode 134: What We Want from Disney’s Streaming Service

August 13th, 2018


Disney’s Netflix-like streaming service is going to be up and running in 2019. We already know it will stream Disney’s animated classic films, Disney television shows, and much, much more. This week we talk about what …

Episode 133: WDW Expectations: Fantasy vs. Reality

July 31st, 2018


You’ve saved and saved and saved. Finally it is time to start thinking about and planning your family’s vacation to Walt Disney World. So what should …

Episode 132: Favorite Walt Disney World Sounds

July 24th, 2018


You really can’t explain the sounds of Walt Disney World to anyone who hasn’t spent some time in the parks and resorts. Sure, you can tell people about them. You can quote them. You can even mimic them. But there’s …

Word of the Week – Gone (And Almost Forgotten)

July 22nd, 2018


Walt Disney World opened in October of 1971. Since the World began, many attractions have become iconic and have stuck around for the long haul. …

Episode 131: Honest Review of Toy Story Land

July 11th, 2018


This week my family and I are in Walt Disney World for a weeklong vacation. We’re all getting our first look at the long-awaited Toy Story Land in …

Episode 130: A Salute to All Nations, But Mostly America

July 4th, 2018


Walt Disney was a very proud American. It seems only fitting that his theme parks would continue the tradition of honoring America in the decades …

Episode 129: Imagineering, Disney Studio, the Archives & More!

June 26th, 2018


How can you possibly squeeze a full day of experiencing the history of the Walt Disney Company into a less than 2 hour podcast? We’ll do our best on …

Episode 128: A Walking Tour of Disneyland

June 21st, 2018


This week I have been lucky enough to spend a few days in Southern California and in Disneyland. I’ve done more in a 3 day span that a lot of Disney fans might get to do in a lifetime, and I’m not taking any of that for …

Word of the Week – Falsehoods

June 12th, 2018


Over the years there have been many stories to come out of Walt Disney World. This week I wanted to focus on the ones whose authenticity are most debated. This is the Walt Disney World Word of the Week – Falsehoods.

Episode 127: Favorite WDW Attraction Scenes

June 11th, 2018


Walt Disney World’s attractions are full of fantastic and magical scenes. Where else could you sail with Pirates, become the 1000th Happy Haunt, or …

It’s a food world – 50’s Prime Time Cafe

June 6th, 2018


On it’s a food world, we mostly focus on the food, obviously. But some restaurants in Walt Disney World offer so much more than dining options. 50’s Prime Time Cafe mixes a fantastic and fun dining experience along with …

Episode 126: WDW Under Construction

June 5th, 2018


“Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” This is a quote from Walt Disney about his passion project, Disneyland Park. Much like Disneyland (which …

it’s a food world – Liberty Inn

June 1st, 2018


Epcot has no shortage of restaurants and other places to eat. With a table service restaurant in every country’s pavilion (besides American …

Episode 125: WDW Entertainment Cheat Sheet

May 27th, 2018


I don’t know about you, but when I talk about Walt Disney World with my friends and family I tend to focus on the rides. There are so many fantastic WDW attractions and rides that we often leave the shows and …

Word of the Week – Edutainment

May 24th, 2018


Walt Disney first unveiled his plans for his Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow in 1966. Unfortunately, he passed away that same year. Who …

Episode 124: Things You Never Knew About Magic Kingdom

May 22nd, 2018


As Walt Disney World fans, we all like to think we know everything about the parks we love. From restaurants to attractions to shows to the little things, there’s nothing we don’t already have a handle on. I’m hoping to …

Word of the Week – Dining Plans (2018 Edition)

May 18th, 2018


The Disney Dining Plan has undergone a lot of changes over the years. This week, my goal is to help you understand exactly what you’d be buying on the Word of the Week – Dining Plans (2018 Edition).

To add a Dining Plan …

Episode 123: Snacking Around Walt Disney World

May 14th, 2018


Walt Disney World has become known for having a wide variety of restaurants that will interest almost any appetite. But what happens when you don’t want to take the time to sit inside a restaurant to eat. Snack Day, of …

Episode 122: Favorite Disney Dark Rides

May 6th, 2018


Since the 1964-1965 World’s Fair in New York, Disney has been synonymous with dark rides. From “it’s a small world” to Na’vi River Journey, these attractions have been entertaining guests for generations. This week my …

Word of the Week – Carrousel

May 3rd, 2018


As Disney fans, we’ve all heard the story of Walt Disney, watching his daughters on the Merry Go Round while sitting alone on a Griffith Park bench. What you might not have heard is the history of that carousel and the …

Episode 121: Kingdom Keepers Author Ridley Pearson

April 29th, 2018


New York Times Bestselling Author Ridley Pearson stops by this week to talk all things Disney, Kingdom Keepers, Peter and the Starcatchers, and more! I hope you enjoy Episode 121: Kingdom Keepers Author Ridley Pearson!

Word of the Week – Bob (And the Magic Skyway)

April 25th, 2018


I’m a lucky guy. I have the amazing opportunity to talk to Disney Legend and retired Imagineer Bob Gurr pretty frequently. Bob is an original WED employee and an original Imagineer. Walt Disney personally hired Bob to …

Episode 120: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Turns Twenty

April 21st, 2018


On April 22, 1998, Walt Disney World’s fourth theme park opened to the public. This week it’s all about a theme park gone wild as we discuss the best and worst of it all in Episode 120: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Turns …

it’s a food world – Whispering Canyon Cafe

April 18th, 2018


Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is full of fantastic places to eat like Roaring Fork, Artist Point, and Geyser Point. No restaurant is more fun there …

Episode 119: How to Avoid Having a Horrible Trip

April 15th, 2018


Walking through Magic Kingdom a couple of weeks ago, it was difficult to move through the crowds. The parks were packed each and every day we were …

Word of the Week – Audio Animatronics

April 11th, 2018


Wait, what? Right now you’re saying, “Hey, Phil, you stopped doing Word of the Week shows several weeks ago, didn’t you!?” Well, hold onto your hats …

Episode 118: Disney Vacations with Special Needs

April 9th, 2018


A Disney Vacation should be a trip that absolutely anyone can take. Sometimes, though, it might take a little bit of extra planning and effort to …

Episode 117: Disney World & Disney Cruise Recap

April 2nd, 2018


The Disney Land and Sea Vacation is a phenomenal vacation combination. A few days in Walt Disney World followed by a jaunt on the Disney Cruise Line …

Episode 116: A Chat with Disney Historian Jeff Kurtti

March 25th, 2018


Once in a while I have the chance to talk to someone who has done some pretty amazing work with the Disney Company. This week was one of those weeks. I was lucky enough to have a chat with Disney Historian Jeff Kurtti!

it’s a food world – Contempo Cafe

March 20th, 2018


When thinking about food at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, so many locations come to mind: Chef Mickey’s, California Grill, and The Wave all come to …

Episode 115: WDW Attractions That Make You Feel Like You’re In A Movie

March 19th, 2018


We’ve all had those moments in the Walt Disney World theme parks: you’re walking through a land or riding an attraction and all of a sudden, BAM, you feel like you’re in the movie! That’s what made us think of Episode …

it’s a food world – Via Napoli

March 15th, 2018


Admittedly, it’s slim pickings for pizza in Walt Disney World. The same could be said for authentic Italian food. For years it was nearly impossible …

Episode 114: Resort Roundup – Boardwalk Inn

March 12th, 2018


Disney’s Boardwalk Inn is possibly the most unique resort hotel that Disney has ever built. It’s part resort, part entertainment district, part water park. Let’s take a look at all of those pieces on Episode 114: Resort …

it’s a food world – Canada Popcorn Cart

March 7th, 2018


We mentioned before that we’d not only be looking at and talking about Walt Disney World’s table service and counter service restaurants on it’s a food world, but at the kiosks and stands throughout the parks as well. …

Episode 113: Movies to Watch Before Your WDW Vacation

March 5th, 2018


When preparing for a trip to Walt Disney World, we all do the same things: research, plan, pack, & go. We all get excited for what we are going to do and see. But we might overlook one important part of preparation: …

it’s a food world – Dole Whip

February 28th, 2018


One of Walt Disney World and Disneyland’s most popular snacks has not been around as long as you’d think. This week we take a look at that frozen …

Episode 112: A Look Ahead at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

February 26th, 2018


Your location is a small spaceport on the edge of the galaxy. This once bustling town is now home to scoundrels, soldiers, and scavengers. This week …

Episode 111: Best Non-Park WDW Activities

February 19th, 2018


It never fails…we find ourselves in Walt Disney World without tickets to one of the Walt Disney World theme parks. So, what do we do? That’s what we’ll answer this week on Episode 111: Best Non-Park WDW Activities.

I …

Episode 110: Top Ten WDW Stores and Shops

February 11th, 2018


We’ve done a lot of top ten style shows on on this podcast: Top Disney Smells, Top Disney Music Loops, Burgers, etc., but we’ve never tackled this topic before. Check out Episode 110: Top Ten WDW Stores and Shops.

Even …

it’s a food world – Be Our Guest

February 6th, 2018


Walt Disney World is full of fantastic restaurants, character meals, snack carts, stands, and much more. The food in Walt Disney World is one of the …

Episode 109: Attractions You Shouldn’t Get FastPasses For

February 4th, 2018


There are some phenomenal attractions and shows in Walt Disney World that you can experience without a FastPass. That’s what this week’s show is all …

Word of the Week – Zen

January 31st, 2018


This episode marks the final Word of the Week episode. After three runs through the alphabet, I think it’s time to move on to something different for the Wednesday shows. Thank you so much for listening and I hope you …

Episode 108: WDW Trivia Challenge

January 28th, 2018


Okay, I don’t mean to brag, but I think I know quite a bit about Walt Disney World. I’m a former cast member, a DVC member, an Annual Pass Holder, …

Word of the Week – Yale

January 24th, 2018


Disney Legend Yale Gracey is one of the most unheralded of all of the early Disney Imagineers. Thanks to him, we have some of the greatest effects in the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and many more. Find …

pisode 107: Why It’s Smart To Be Dopey

January 21st, 2018


Walt Disney World truly has something for everyone and, if you’re a runner or any kind of endurance athlete, Walt Disney World’s Marathon Weekend …

Word of the Week – X-ed (Never Built Walt Disney World)

January 17th, 2018


Not every idea that Disney’s Imagineers come up with gets built somewhere. Some great ideas and concepts that Disney’s legendary design team has come up with over the years have been canceled for one reason or another. …

Episode 106: How To Get Non-Disney Fans To WDW

January 14th, 2018


Walt Disney World isn’t for everyone. As hard as it is for some of us super fans to believe, some folks just don’t want to be a part of the magic. …

Word of the Week – Weaver

January 11th, 2018


Disney’s Streetmosphere characters have been entertaining guests for decades. They offer a sense of realism to the Fantasy Land that Walt Disney created and imagined for his guests. Recently, we lost one of those …

Episode 105: 2018 Disney World Resolutions

January 8th, 2018


2017 gave us announcements of the Star Wars Hotel, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Ratatouille, Guardians of the Galaxy and much more! So what are we planning on doing more of in 2018? Listen in this week as we …

Word of the Week – VIP

January 3rd, 2018


I get a lot of questions about the VIP Tour Guide cast members that guests see escorting groups around Walt Disney World. Who are they? How can I sign up? How much does it cost? I’ll answer all of that and more on this …

Episode 104: 2017 Ear in Review

January 1st, 2018


2017 was a big year for the Disney Company. Attractions opened…attractions closed. Films opened, films were hosed. Let’s take look at everything on Episode 104: 2017 Ear in Review.

2017 came and went very quickly! From …

Word of the Week – United (Kingdom Pavilion)

December 27th, 2017


The United Kingdom Pavilion has been one of the most popular World Showcase Pavilions since October 1, 1982. I’ll tell you why on this episode of the …

Episode 103: Top Ten WDW Music Loops

December 24th, 2017


So many things make Walt Disney World a complete and totally immersive experience. The theming is top notch, the attractions and restaurants are better than any other theme park in the world, but the one thing that ties …

Word of the Week – Tiki

December 19th, 2017


Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room is one of the true classic attractions in Disneyland and in Magic Kingdom. This week I’ll look at the history and stories behind it on the Word of the Week – Tiki.

Do you know why …

Episode 102: Disney’s 102 Best Songs

December 18th, 2017


Disney’s animated movies have stood out over the years for many reasons: endearing characters, amazing storylines, and beautiful animation, just to …

Word of the Week – Star Wars

December 13th, 2017


Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the 8th film in the Skywalker family saga, opens this week all across the United States. Let’s take a closer look at the history of Star Wars in the Disney theme parks with the Word of the Week …

Episode 101: Best Disney Christmas Movies & Specials

December 11th, 2017


Walt Disney’s first ever Christmas special aired on NBC on Christmas Day in 1950. Since then, the Disney Company has produced countless holiday films …

Word of the Week – Roy

December 6th, 2017


Walt Disney’s brother, Roy, doesn’t often get the attention he deserves when it comes to the history of the Disney company. That’s why I wanted to focus on him on this week’s Word of the Week, Roy.

The Disney company …

Episode 100: A Look Back at the Memories with You

December 4th, 2017


So much has happened over the first 100 official episodes of the Ear To There Disney Podcast! This week’s show is all about the favorite memories, shows, guests, and much more! I hope you enjoy Episode 100: A Look Back …

Episode 99: A Walking Tour of Magic Kingdom

November 28th, 2017


Is there a better place to take a walk than the Magic Kingdom? This week I took a walk around the park and recorded the sights and sounds in the background. I hope you enjoy Episode 99: A Walking Tour of Magic Kingdom.

Word of the Week – Quirky

November 22nd, 2017


This episode of the Walt Disney World Word of the Week is somewhat unique and calls for a different kind of introduction. There are some quirky personalities associated with the history of the Disney theme parks. This …

Episode 98: What We’re Thankful for in WDW

November 20th, 2017


It’s the time of the year to give thanks and Walt Disney World has given us tons of things to be thankful for over the years. This week we’ll talk …

Word of the Week – Princesses

November 15th, 2017


One question I get ALL THE TIME is, “Where can we meet the Princesses in Walt Disney World?” Well, look no further. This week’s show is your guide. Check out my Word of the Week – Princesses.

Want to meet Belle, …

Episode 97: WDW’s Christmas Past

November 12th, 2017


Disney sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed Disney World style, in the air there’s a feeling of WDW Christmas! Episode 97 is all about Walt Disney World’s past Christmases. Enjoy Episode 96: WDW’s Christmas Past!


No …

Word of the Week – Origin Story

November 8th, 2017


Everyone knows the name Walt Disney. He accomplished incredible things during his time on the planet including Mickey Mouse, Disneyland, and posthumously Walt Disney World. But what do you know about Walt before all of …

Episode 96: Resort Roundup: Animal Kingdom Lodge

November 6th, 2017


Choosing your Walt Disney World resort hotel can be a difficult decision. Do you want to stay near the theme parks? Are you only in your room to …

Word of the Week – Night Kingdom

November 1st, 2017


For years, a fifth gate (or 5th theme park) has been rumored to be coming to Walt Disney World. Whether it’s a magazine article, podcast, or a blog, these rumors come and go and then have come back over the years. On …

Episode 95: Walt Disney World Oldies But Goodies

October 30th, 2017


In Walt Disney World, the headliners get all of the attention. Attractions like Space Mountain and restaurants like Be Our Guest are always the first places where people like me will tell you to go while in the park. …

Word of the Week – Mansion

October 24th, 2017


Walt Disney always wanted a haunted house, a graveyard, and a cemetery in his theme park. The problem was, how would a scary attraction fit into his …

Episode 94: Top Ten Spooky Places in WDW

October 23rd, 2017


Walt Disney World, like Disneyland before it, has always been known as a family-friendly, magical place to visit. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have spooky or even downright scary places scattered throughout it’s massive …

Word of the Week – Lincoln

October 17th, 2017


The first human audio-animatronic figure made its debut at the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. From the title of this episode of the show, you’ve probably already realized which person that audio-animatronic …

Episode 93: Pros & Cons of WDW Value Resorts

October 15th, 2017


Walt Disney World’s Value Resorts are very polarizing. Some guests who have stayed in them love them and will never stay in any Moderate or Deluxe …

Word of the Week – Kimball

October 11th, 2017


One of Disney’s “Nine Old Men,” Ward Kimball was already a Disney Legend by the time he was in his late 20’s. He’d worked on classic animated films like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, 

Episode 92: First WDW Trip Must-Do’s

October 9th, 2017


I talk a big game these days. I’m a former cast member, I’ve been to WDW countless times, and I have done so much research it would make NASA …

Word of the Week – Jamboree

October 4th, 2017


The Country Bear Jamboree has been entertaining Magic Kingdom guests since the opening day of Walt Disney World, October 1, 1971. But how much do you know about this classic show? Find out more on this week’s Word of …

Episode 91: Top Ten Disney Sidekicks

October 1st, 2017


Walt Disney Animation’s films have many things that make them memorable: amazing music, captivating villains, brave heroes and many more. One sometimes overlooked character in Disney’s movies can often play the most …

Word of the Week – Imagineering

September 27th, 2017


Walt Disney was the original Imagineer. His ideas and inventions literally changed the world. However, one man, not even Walt, could accomplish all …

Episode 90: Six Parks in One Day

September 24th, 2017


My guests this week are crazy. They decided to take on an insane challenge where they visited all six domestic Disney theme parks in one day. That …

Word of the Week – Harmony (Barber Shop)

September 20th, 2017


Did you know that the Harmony Barber Shop has been in operation in Walt Disney World since 1971? This week’s show is all about this hidden Magic Kingdom gem. I hope you enjoy the Word of the Week – Harmony (Barber Shop).

Episode 89: Top Ten LOL Locations in WDW

September 20th, 2017


A vacation to Walt Disney World is all about having a phenomenal time with your family and friends and enjoying the magic! This week’s show is all about those places that make you laugh every single time in WDW, so onto …

Word of the Week – Ghosts

September 13th, 2017


There are 999 Happy Haunts in Disneyland & Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion. This episode isn’t about them. I’ll tell you all about the “real” ghost stories of the Disney theme parks on this week’s Word of the …

Episode 88: Best and Worst Counter Service Restaurants

September 12th, 2017


I’ve eaten in almost every restaurant in Walt Disney World. That’s a true statement. I think there are less than 8 that I currently have yet to try. Most are fantastic. Some are not. This week I’ll help you decide which …

Word of the Week – Frontierland

September 6th, 2017


When Walt Disney first opened Disneyland, 5 lands made up his theme park: Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, and Frontierland. This week’s show is all about Walt’s Frontierland that featured …

Episode 87: How To Plan a Great Trip

September 4th, 2017


A vacation to Walt Disney World is not an easy one to plan. In 2017, you have to worry about your hotel reservations, dining reservations, FastPass+ reservations, special event tickets, and much, much more. That’s why …

Word of the Week – Electrical

August 29th, 2017


It’s one of Walt Disney World’s oldest continuous performances and you might have never even seen it. This week’s Word of the Week is all about the …

Episode 86: Top Ten Disney World Hacks

August 28th, 2017


Taking a trip to Walt Disney World can be a complicated vacation to plan. Between booking a resort, dining reservations, FastPasses, navigating four theme parks and two water parks, etc., there is A TON to know before …

Word of the Week – Disney Difference

August 27th, 2017


Walt Disney once said, “You can design and create and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make that dream a reality.” …

Episode 85: Walt’s Disneyland With Jim Denney Part 2

August 20th, 2017


As Walt Disney always had hoped, Disneyland has never been completed. It has changed and evolved over the decades and is a very different park than …

Episode 84: Walt’s Disneyland With Jim Denney Part 1

August 20th, 2017


As Walt Disney always had hoped, Disneyland has never been completed. It has changed and evolved over the decades and is a very different park than …

Word of the Week – Cinderella Castle

August 16th, 2017


As the icon of Magic Kingdom, Cinderella Castle rises 183 feet from the ground (or is it 189 feet?) right in the middle of the park. This week, I’ll tell you all about the castle’s history and more on the Word of the …

Episode 83: How To Feel Like A Kid Again in WDW

August 14th, 2017


For years, Walt Disney World was billed as the Vacation Capital of the World. WDW is a true place where the young and young at heart could go to …

Word of the Week – Birthdayland

August 9th, 2017


Do you remember Mickey’s Birthdayland? I never had the opportunity to check it out in person, but still remember a lot of what was left in Mickey’s Toontown Fair when I finally got there. I’ll tell you all about it on …

Episode 82: Disney Legend Bob Gurr

August 6th, 2017


I’ve been trying to get Disney Legend Bob Gurr on the show for over a year now. Who knew that the best way to get him on was to just email him and ask?! Check out Episode 82: Disney Legend Bob Gurr.

It’s been said that …

Word of the Week – Abandoned

August 1st, 2017


Walt Disney World is always in a state of change. Walt Disney wanted his theme parks to never be completed. They were to be living, breathing things …

Episode 81: WDW Resort Roundup: Wilderness Lodge

July 30th, 2017


Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is finally at the end of a huge refurbishment. With the new waterfront cabins, new restaurants, and new villas, now is a better time than ever to book your WDW vacation at the Lodge. We’ll talk …

Word of the Week – Zoo (Or Nahtazu)

July 26th, 2017


Disney’s entire marketing campaign around their Animal Kingdom theme park in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s was that it was not a zoo, or Nahtazu. See, many guests were skipping WDW’s newest park thinking it was just …

Episode 80: Family Review of the Disneyland Resort

July 23rd, 2017


My family and I recently returned home from a trip out to Disneyland in California. It was the first trip their for our kids and I wanted to get their opinions on the record on Episode 80: Family Review of the …

Episode 79: D23 Expo Parks & Resorts Recap

July 22nd, 2017


The D23 Expo in Anaheim, California is one of the most anticipated events on almost every Disney fan’s calendar. This year one of the most anticipated presentations at that most anticipated event was all about what was …

Word of the Week – Yesteryear

July 19th, 2017


Yesteryear is admittedly a strange word for a Word of the Week show, but I just got home from a trip to Disneyland where my family and I had a private tour of Walt Disney’s apartment. So, it makes perfect sense that …

Episode 78: A Chat With Epcot’s Original Dreamfinder

July 9th, 2017


When Walt Disney World’s newest theme park, Epcot Center opened in 1982, there were only two characters present. These characters, the charming and whimsical Dreamfinder and the curious purple dragon, Figment, were both …

Word of the Week – X Atencio

July 9th, 2017


Francis Xavier Atencio, known simply as X Atencio, is one of the true living legends of the early days of the Disney Company. He’s responsible for such Disneyland greats as Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted …

Episode 77: Better in Disneyland or WDW?

July 9th, 2017


The Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida share many of the same attractions. Many are almost exactly the same, like Soarin’, and some are very different, like Pirates of the Caribbean. …

Word of the Week – Weird

July 4th, 2017


I’m weird. That’s right, I admit it. I’m a weird guy. I don’t know how to fix a car, I’m not really handy around the house, and I’ve never changed a flat tire. I can, however, tell you the dates Walt Disney World, …

Episode 76: WDW Restaurants That Deserve A Second Look

July 2nd, 2017


I’ve eaten a lot of meals in Walt Disney World. More than a lot, actually…a TON. The majority of my meals in Walt Disney World have been fantastic but of course there are those exceptions. That’s why this week we wanted …

Word of the Week – Very (Merry Christmas Party)

June 28th, 2017


If you are thinking about taking a trip to Walt Disney World over the holiday season, you might want to look into attending Mickey’s Very Merry …

Episode 75: Epcot, A Change Is Gonna Come

June 25th, 2017


When Walt Disney imagined EPCOT, it was to be his Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow. It was going to be a utopia: a city that would be on …

Word of the Week – Ub

June 21st, 2017


Most Disney fans know the story of the early years of Walt Disney’s life. He grew up on a farm in Marceline, Missouri, joined the Red Cross underage, and moved to Los Angeles in his early 20’s to pursue his passion of …

Episode 74: What Can My Toddler or Baby Do in Disney World?

June 19th, 2017


Walt Disney World is the ultimate family vacation destination. With world class theme parks, amazing resorts, phenomenal dining, & so much more, …

Word of the Week – Trader Sam’s

June 13th, 2017


It’s no secret that Trader Sam’s is my favorite bar in both Disneyland and in Walt Disney World. When the Disneyland version debuted in 2011, it was …

Episode 73: Top 10 Walt Disney World Sandwiches

June 12th, 2017


I talk about this topic all of the time on this podcast but I feel like I just have to repeat it again: Walt Disney World’s restaurants are not all …

Word of the Week – Star Tours

June 7th, 2017


Long before there were any plans for a Star Wars Land in Disneyland or Walt Disney World, an agreement was made between the Walt Disney Company and the leader of the Star Wars Universe, George Lucas. They had first …

Episode 72: Ultimate Ranking of Animal Kingdom Attractions

June 5th, 2017


Disney’s Animal Kingdom has held a special place in my heart since 1998. This park marked the first location where I’d ever wear a name tag as a proud cast member in Walt Disney World and to this day I still think of it …

Word of the Week – Railroad

May 31st, 2017


One thing Walt Disney ALWAYS wanted in his theme parks was a train. From his earliest days in Marceline, Missouri, to taking the train from NYC to Los Angeles after Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was taken from him, Walt …

Episode 71: Walt Disney World Then & Now

May 29th, 2017


When Walt Disney World opened on October 1, 1971, things were very different than they are today. The Most Magical Place On Earth opened with 1 theme park and 3 resorts, a far cry from what makes up WDW today. We’ll …

Word of the Week – Quiet

May 24th, 2017


Walt Disney World is the most popular family vacation destination in the world. From world class theme parks to amazing resorts and incredible …

Episode 70: Live Review of Pandora: The World of Avatar

May 22nd, 2017


Disney’s Animal Kingdom needed something new. The park hadn’t gotten new, big-time attractions since the debut of Expedition Everest and that now goes back more than a decade. So when Pandora: The World of Avatar was …

Word of the Week – Pizza

May 17th, 2017


Over the last several years, Walt Disney World has significantly upped their food game. From signature dining locations to fun, interactive restaurants and over the top menus, WDW certainly doesn’t offer only “amusement …

Episode 69: Top 7 Tips for a Solo Trip to WDW

May 15th, 2017


Walt Disney World is often referred to as the number one family vacation destination in the world. From infants to retirees and everyone in between, there is something for everyone on Walt Disney World property. But you …

Word of the Week – Omnimover

May 9th, 2017


Walt Disney Imagineering has come up with some pretty remarkable inventions over the last six decades. Disney Imagineers created the first ever …

Episode 68: Favorite WDW Counter Service Restaurants

May 7th, 2017


Walt Disney World’s counter service locations aren’t all hamburgers and hot dogs these days! A guest’s dining options are pretty unlimited at locations in the theme parks, Disney Springs, and the resorts. On this week’s …

Word of the Week – Nautilus

May 3rd, 2017


Arguably one of the best attractions Walt Disney World has ever had was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It was a massive submarine attraction that placed guests in the middle of the action and under the sea years before 

Episode 67: Resort Roundup – Yacht & Beach Club

May 1st, 2017


In another episode of the Resort Roundup Series, this week we take a look at exactly why you should stay at two Deluxe Walt Disney World Resorts, …

Word of the Week – Mister (Toad’s Wild Ride)

April 25th, 2017


Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride was one of the Opening Day attractions for both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The attractions were the same in name, but quite different on the inside. This week, I take a look at one of the …

Episode 66: Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton

April 23rd, 2017


From Broadway to Hollywood, from England to Los Angeles, is there a bigger showbiz icon than Dame Julie Andrews? She’s won a Tony, a Grammy, and an …

Word of the Week – Lies

April 18th, 2017


Cinderella Castle can be disassembled and packed away during a hurricane. Walt Disney’s face is one one of the singing busts in The Haunted Mansion. …

Episode 65: Top That Disney Attraction

April 18th, 2017


What is the best attraction in each Disney park in the United States? This week we discuss (well, we nicely argue) about the top attractions and a …

Word of the Week – Kilimanjaro

April 11th, 2017


This week I take a deeper look at Kilimanjaro Safaris, Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s flagship attraction. I talk animals, conservation, science, and more on this week’s Word of the Week – Kilimanjaro.

How many species of …

Episode 64: Interview With Jim Cummings

April 9th, 2017


It’s not every day that I have the chance to talk to true Disney voice acting royalty. Recently I had the awesome opportunity to talk to Mr. Winnie the Pooh and Tigger too. Check out Episode 64: Interview With Jim …

Word(s) of the Week – Journey Into Imagination

April 4th, 2017


I do my best to steer clear of any controversy on this podcast. Actually, that’s not true. I will talk about Dole Whips vs. Citrus Swirls sometimes, …

Episode 63: Best Queues in Walt Disney World

April 3rd, 2017


The attractions in the Disney theme parks don’t start once the ride vehicles start to move. Actually, the attraction’s story begins long before any guests set foot anywhere near the load area of any attraction. That is …

Word of the Week – Italy

March 28th, 2017


Epcot’s World Showcase pavilions are loaded with great food, awesome entertainment, and some excellent attractions. This week I wanted to take a closer look at one of those pavilions in the Word of the Week – Italy.

Episode 62: Best Character Meet & Greets in WDW

March 26th, 2017


You can meet characters all over the place in Walt Disney World. Some experiences are fantastic. Others are, well, not so much. So how will you know where the best meet & greets are for your next WDW trip? Listen to …

Word of the Week – Hoot

March 21st, 2017


Hoot Gibson is a part of Walt Disney World’s history that the average Disney fan might not know much about. He was a big part of one of Walt Disney World’s most ambitious attractions ever designed. So why haven’t you …

Episode 61: Educational Experiences in Walt Disney World

March 20th, 2017


Did you know there is a ton to learn on a vacation to Walt Disney World? Sure, you can experience the amazing attractions, sensational shows, and …

Word of the Week – Gaston

March 14th, 2017


This week no one is featured on a podcast quite like Gaston! Yes, for this week’s Word of the Week I went with a character who will be prominently featured in the brand new, live action version of Disney’s “Beauty and …

Episode 60: Secrets & Fun Facts of Epcot’s World Showcase

March 13th, 2017


Epcot’s World Showcase is literally it’s own little world. With eleven countries represented in pavilions, dozens of dining options, attractions, and much more, it is one of the best places for families to hang out in …

Word of the Week – Fritos

March 8th, 2017


Okay, so right off the bat you’re probably wondering what in the world Fritos have to do with Disney. I get that. But there is actually a fun, long …

Episode 59: Can Regular Guests Book DVC Rooms?

March 5th, 2017


Do you want some extra room in your Walt Disney World Resort hotel room? Would you like a large refrigerator, a stove, or the ability to cook meals …

Episode 58: Disney Land & Sea Vacation Review

March 2nd, 2017


I know what you’re thinking: Why is there a new episode up on a random Thursday? Well, I’ve been telling everyone I know about my family’s Land & Sea Vacation a couple weeks ago and I wanted to share the review with …

Word of the Week – eBay

February 28th, 2017


Okay, so I’m kind of cheating right off the bat here. eBay is not a Disney company. They actually honestly have no real ties to Disney whatsoever. But to me, they go hand in hand! I have built up almost my entire Disney …

Episode 57: WDW Adult Must-Do’s

February 27th, 2017


Walt Disney World has always, and rightly so, had the reputation that it is a family vacation destination. Families have been flocking to Central …

Word of the Week – Dragon

February 22nd, 2017


The Disney Company has had its fair share of dragons over the years: Maleficent, Pete’s Dragon, The Reluctant Dragon (that’s a real thing; look it up) and more, but there might not be a more mysterious dragon in Disney …

Episode 56: Ultimate Ranking of Hollywood Studios Attractions

February 20th, 2017


I know, I know…Disney’s Hollywood Studios is under major, major construction. As a matter of fact, most guests these days are only allowing a half …

Word of the Week – Chicken

February 12th, 2017


When you think of a Walt Disney World vacation, maybe the first word that starts with C that you think of isn’t chicken. Maybe it’s Churro, or Cape May Cafe, or Coaster. But I’m here to make the argument today that …

Episode 55: Disney Character Impressions With Brian Hull

February 12th, 2017


Brian Hull had a fairly unusual route to celebrity. He recorded a version of the famous Frozen song “Let It Go” and posted it to YouTube. Little did …

Word of the Week – Blair

February 8th, 2017


This week I am not talking about either of the Blair Witch Project films or the girl from the old show The Facts of Life. This week’s Walt Disney …

Episode 54: Live From Disney’s Belle Vue Lounge

February 4th, 2017


Some of the most underrated hangouts in all of Walt Disney World are the lounges at the resort hotels. After a long day in the Disney parks, you might want to sit down on a comfortable chair or couch and relax, listen …

Word of the Week – Aurora

February 1st, 2017


How much do you know about the Princess that went on to be the inspiration for Disneyland’s castle? This week I tell you all you need to know about …

Episode 53: Attractions to Skip on Your WDW Trip

January 29th, 2017


In many ways, this episode of the show is going to go against the advice that I normally give. I want everyone who is going to Walt Disney World to experience as many attractions as possible. But sometimes we just don’t …

Word of the Week – Zippity

January 25th, 2017


So, I’ll be you thought I would have a really difficult time coming up with something that started with the letter Z, right? This week I dug deep and …

Episode 52: WDW Marathon Weekend 2017 Recap

January 23rd, 2017


Running a marathon just might be one of the craziest things you can do on this Earth. You voluntarily sign up to experience pain, bleeding, …

Word of the Week – (Project) X

January 18th, 2017


Okay, so I’m totally cheating right off the bat with this one. Admittedly, X is a very difficult letter when it comes to coming up with Walt Disney …

Word of the Week – Yacht

January 18th, 2017


The Epcot Resort area holds some of the best resorts in all of Walt Disney World: The Swan & Dolphin, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn & Villas, and, …

Episode 51: Live Review of Akershus Princess Dining

January 15th, 2017


As a former Walt Disney World cast member and someone who spends a lot of time in the parks each year, I have tried almost all of the character dining experiences. One dining spot I have avoided for years, however, was …

Episode 49: Top Ways To Prepare for A WDW Trip

January 4th, 2017


A Walt Disney World vacation can be very overwhelming, especially if it’s not a trip you take often. You need to book it well in advance, make dining reservations, FastPass+ reservations and more, all while trying to …

Episode 50: A Conversation With Lou Mongello

January 2nd, 2017


I’ve known Lou Mongello for quite a while now. A couple of years, really. But I wanted to hold off on asking your favorite Disney Expert for an …

Word of the Week – Whip

January 2nd, 2017


You’ve waited a while for it. Yep, I talk about it all the time and letters and weeks have gone by and I had yet to introduce this one on the Word of the Week. Until now. Get ready…this week’s episode is all about your …

Word of the Week – Villains

December 29th, 2016


These Word of the Week shows are supposed to run between eight and ten minutes. Sometimes they stretch out to twelve or fifteen minutes but I’ve never had one that went over twenty five minutes. That ends now! Check out …

Episode 48: WDW Ear In Review

December 27th, 2016


With the holidays here and the New Year fast approaching, it’s time to take a look back on the year that was, 2016. This week’s show is all about …

Word of the Week – Utilidors

December 21st, 2016


When Walt Disney saw a cowboy walking through Tomorrowland in his famous Disneyland Park, he made up his mind. If he were to ever open another theme …

Episode 47: WDW Resort Roundup – Polynesian

December 19th, 2016


When Walt Disney World opened on October 1st, 1971, it opened with 3 resort hotels. The three opening day WDW resorts were The Fort Wilderness Resort …

Word of the Week – Tomorrowland

December 14th, 2016


When Tomorrowland opened in Disneyland in 1955 it, unfortunately, was unfinished. In Walt Disney World, when Tomorrowland opened in 1971, coincidentally, it was also unfinished. Even though it may seem like it’s an …

Episode 46: Disney After Walt

December 12th, 2016


From the earliest days when he was still animating the characters on the page, Walt Disney was the driving force and creative genius behind the …

Word of the Week – Snow

December 6th, 2016


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was one of the most successful films of all time. During its production, however, Walt Disney was ridiculed by much …

Episode 45: Imaginary Imagineering – Resort Edition

December 5th, 2016


Imagine this: I just hired you as the newest Disney Imagineer and it’s your job to come up with an idea for the next great Walt Disney World Resort Hotel. Sound too good to be true? Well, it is! But that doesn’t mean …

Word of the Week – Riverboat

November 29th, 2016


Did you know that Walt Disney envisioned a Mississippi-style riverboat in the first plans for his “Mickey Mouse” amusement park back in the early 1950’s? Yes, Walt always wanted a working riverboat in his park, no …

Episode 44: Best Places to Get Away From It All in WDW Part 2

November 27th, 2016


On Episode 43 of the show, my guest Johnny Shortsleeve tand I talked all about our favorite places to go to get away from the hustle and bustle of Walt Disney World.

If you haven’t yet listened to that episode, you can …

Word of the Week – Questions

November 23rd, 2016


For the last 15 weeks, I’ve been coming up with these Word of the Week Podcast ideas by myself. This week I decided that the letter Q offered the perfect opportunity to answer some questions from Disney fans and …

Episode 43: Best Places to Get Away from It All in WDW Part 1

November 21st, 2016


Big shocker here: I LOVE Walt Disney World. It is my favorite vacation destination in the world and that is why I do what I do for a living. But that doesn’t mean I always love the crowds, heat, and overall hustle and …

Word of the Week – Pirates

November 16th, 2016


Pirates Of The Caribbean has been delighting Walt Disney World guests ever since it premiered in the earlier days of the Magic Kingdom. But, did you know that Pirates wasn’t an original, opening day, Magic Kingdom …

Episode 42: Biggest WDW Rookie Mistakes

November 14th, 2016


Whether it’s your first ever trip to Walt Disney World or your twentieth, let us help you avoid making those mistakes on your vacation that we’ve already made for you! Check out Episode 42: Biggest WDW Rookie Mistakes!

Word of the Week – Orlando

November 9th, 2016


Walt Disney World, just outside Orlando, Florida, is one of the most highly visited tourist destinations in the entire world. It holds 4 theme parks, …

Episode 41: Ultimate Ranking of Epcot Attractions

November 6th, 2016


What do you think is the BEST attraction at Epcot? This week, I do my best to answer that question as I give you my Ultimate Ranking of Epcot Attractions.

It’s a little surprising to read that Epcot currently has 23 …

Word of the Week – Norway

November 2nd, 2016


Even though it wasn’t one of the original pavilions in EPCOT Center’s World Showcase, Norway has had a special place in Disney fans’ hearts for …

Episode 36: Top Times to Visit WDW in a Time Machine

October 30th, 2016


I just let you borrow my time machine. Where in Walt Disney World’s history would you go back to so you could experience the magic in person? Would …

Episode 40: Top Things About Disney Springs

October 30th, 2016


I have to admit, I wasn’t all that excited when the concept of Disney Springs was announced by the Disney Company. Since the closure of Pleasure Island and the announcement of the never-built “Hyperion Wharf,” it seemed …

Word of the Week – Mickey

October 25th, 2016


He is probably the most recognizable character the modern world has ever seen. This week was my easiest ever choice for Word of the Week – Mickey …

Episode 39: Top Projection Effects in Walt Disney World

October 24th, 2016


We always remember the big, huge special effects in Walt Disney World’s theme parks. The Ballroom Scene in the Haunted Mansion, the drop in the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, the Yeti in Expedition Everest. That’s why …

Word(s) of the Week – Liberty Square

October 19th, 2016


The smallest land in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is loaded with fantastic attractions, rich detail, and an amazing sense of history. This week, I take a look at one of the original lands in the original Walt …

Episode 38: Most Controversial WDW Decisions

October 17th, 2016


What is WDW’s most controversial decision of all time? The removal of Horizons, Maelstrom, or Body Wars? The introduction of the Disney Dining Plans? We explore all of that and much more on Episode 38: Most …

Word of the Week – Keel

October 12th, 2016


Did you ever ride the Mike Fink Keel Boats in the Magic Kingdom or Disneyland? This week, I take a look back at a beloved extinct attraction in Disney’s theme parks with the Word of the Week – Keel.

The Mike Fink Keel …

Episode 37: Trip Planning: Disneyland vs. WDW

October 7th, 2016


Booking a trip to Disneyland is TOTALLY different than booking a trip to Walt Disney World. I’ve known this for quite a while but it really hit home when I started talking to a friend about it after she had booked her …

Word of the Week – Jungle

October 5th, 2016


This week’s Word of the Week was kind of an easy one for me. I’ve been a HUGE fan of The Jungle Cruise since I first rode it as a kid in 1992. Since then, very little has changed on this iconic Walt Disney World …

Word of the Week – Illuminations

September 27th, 2016


Illuminations has been thrilling Epcot’s guests since the late 1980’s. This week I take a look at everything that makes this show great like the music, fireworks, pyrotechnics, and much more! Check out this week’s Word …

Episode 35: A Conversation With Lee Cockerell

September 25th, 2016


Lee Cockerell is the former VP of Operations for the entire Walt Disney World Resort. This week I had the chance to catch up with Lee and have a conversation about Disney’s world-class guest service, extinct …

Word of the Week – Herb

September 20th, 2016


The name Herb Ryman might not exactly be a household name, but Walt Disney World and Disneyland would be very different places if it weren’t for this …

Episode 34: Best Desserts in Walt Disney World

September 17th, 2016


Since everyone knows that calories do not count while on vacation, especially in Walt Disney World, this week my guest Chuck Rodriguez and I had a fun conversation about where we think you can find the Best Desserts in …

Word of the Week – Golf

September 13th, 2016


While the Walt Disney World Resort is known for it’s world class family entertainment, that’s not all the Most Magical Place on Earth is all about! …

Episode 33: Top Reasons to Visit WDW at Christmas Part 2

September 11th, 2016


Part 2 of 2.

There’s nothing quite like visiting Walt Disney World over the holidays, especially around Christmas. The parks and resorts are …

Word of the Week – Free

September 6th, 2016


I didn’t have to do a whole lot of research for this week’s Walt Disney World Word of the Week – Free. I’m plenty experienced in knowing where to go …

Episode 32: Top Reasons to Visit WDW at Christmas

September 5th, 2016


There’s nothing quite like visiting Walt Disney World over the holidays, especially around Christmas. The parks and resorts are completely different …

Word of the Week – Everest

August 30th, 2016


This week’s Walt Disney World Word of the Week is all about one of Disney’s best thrill rides, Expedition Everest. Are your children tall enough to ride? What can you expect on this attraction? Do you really come face …

Episode 31: Best WDW Attractions to Live In

August 28th, 2016


If you’re like me, you’ve probably thought about what it would be like to never have to leave Walt Disney World. While it would be fun to live in one …

Word(s) of the Week – Dining Plan

August 23rd, 2016


One of the questions I get asked the most is “Are the Disney Dining Plans worth it?” The problem is, I can’t answer that with a simple Yes or No. This week I’m going to talk you through the ins and outs of dining in …

Episode 30: Top Splurges in Walt Disney World

August 21st, 2016


As I say all the time on this podcast, I’m in the business of saving you money on your Walt Disney World trip. I want you to have the best vacation possible while spending the least amount of money possible. However, …

Word of the Week – Cornelius

August 17th, 2016


Have you ever heard of a man named Cornelius Vanderbilt Wood? No? I hadn’t either. Then I did a little bit of research and found out some crazy things about this man and the history of the Walt Disney Company, …

Episode 29: Imaginary Imagineering

August 13th, 2016


Walt Disney World is constantly changing and evolving. With every attraction or restaurant that is taken away, a new one is added. But Disney never …

Word of the Week – Barbecue

August 9th, 2016


This week’s Walt Disney World Word of the Week is brought to you by the Letter B, for Barbecue! Listen in as I tell you all of the fantastic restaurants where you can try barbecued food items all across the Walt Disney …

Episode 28: Ultimate Ranking of Magic Kingdom Attractions

August 8th, 2016


WDW’s Magic Kingdom is the quintessential theme park. From roller coasters to dark rides and everything in between, the park has it all! But which …

Word of the Week – Ariel

August 2nd, 2016


Do you want to know where to find Ariel in the Walt Disney World theme parks? Then this is the podcast for you! Welcome to the first installment of the Walt Disney World Word of the Week! This week’s Walt Disney World …

Episode 27: Walt Disney World for Women

July 31st, 2016


On Episode 6 of the Ear To There Podcast, my guest Johnny Shortsleeve and I talked all about WDW for Dudes. This week, my guests Jen Hoffman, Aly Miller, and I talk all about Walt Disney World for Women!

From …

Episode 26: Best Ways to Beat the Heat in Walt Disney World

July 24th, 2016


While a vacation to Walt Disney World is wonderful no matter the time of year, Summer vacations can get a little bit hot! This week, my guest Chuck …

Episode 25: WDW Resort Roundup – Port Orleans Resort

July 16th, 2016


Walt Disney World has so many resort hotels, it’s almost impossible to choose one to stay in! To try to help you decide, I’ve decided to put together a series of episodes that will feature WDW Resort Roundups, or …

Episode 24: Why All WDW Veterans Should Visit Disneyland

July 11th, 2016


You probably found this podcast because you’re a Walt Disney World fan. You might even be a Walt Disney World veteran. For years, I never thought about visiting the original Disney theme park, the Happiest Place on …

Episode 23: Talking Hidden Mickeys With Steve Barrett

July 3rd, 2016


You’re walking through a Disney Park or Resort and you see something that looks an awful lot like Mickey Mouse. Is it a “Hidden Mickey” or just a …

Episode 22: Best Walt Disney World Attraction Quotes

June 27th, 2016


Walt Disney World’s attractions have no shortage of famous quotes. From “Dead men tell no tales” to “Let It Go,” you’ll always walk away from a Disney attraction with some line stuck in your head.

This week I welcome …

Episode 21: Confessions of a Disney-holic

June 20th, 2016


My main goal as a Disney-specialized travel agent and podcaster is to be honest with you, the listener. This week, a friend and client shares her very honest trip report about her recent Walt Disney World vacation. …

Episode 20: A Conversation With Stacey J., Host of “Must Do Disney”

June 12th, 2016


If you’ve ever stayed in a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, you probably feel like you know this week’s guest! Stacey J. Aswad is the host of “Must Do Disney” on Disney’s Resort TV and has been for over a decade!

This …

Episode 19: Best Things About the Fall in Walt Disney World

June 5th, 2016


With Summer already in full swing, now is the perfect time to look ahead to the Fall season at the Walt Disney World Resort. Guest Johnny Shortsleeve …

Episode 18: Growing Up in Disneyland

May 29th, 2016


Ron Defore stops by this week to talk all about what it was like “growing up” in Disneyland in the late 1950’s & 1960’s. Ron’s father, Hollywood …

Episode 17: Best WDW Attraction Music

May 27th, 2016


What separates a good Disney attraction from a truly unforgettable one? The music, of course! This week, my guest Chuck Rodriguez and I take a look …

Episode 16: Top Tips For Bringing Young Children To WDW

May 18th, 2016


Ever wonder why there are so many screaming children and exhausted adults walking around Walt Disney World? WDW can be overwhelming for little ones …

Episode 15 – Disney’s Hidden Gem Yehaa Bob Jackson

May 9th, 2016


Yehaa Bob Jackson has been delighting guests at the River Roost Lounge at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort for almost 20 years! His …

Episode 14: Best Beer Stops in Walt Disney World

May 4th, 2016


Just like the food in Walt Disney World isn’t all burgers and chicken tenders, the beer selection in the vacation capital of the world isn’t all big breweries served in stands around the theme parks. Believe it or not, …

Episode 9: Best Smells In Walt Disney World

May 4th, 2016


When you think of the Disney theme parks, you probably think of the amazing sights and sounds that they are famous for. What you might not think of, however, are the amazing smells of the parks and resorts. Yes, Walt …

Episode 8: Magic Kingdom Attractions Draft

May 4th, 2016


You’re on the clock! You have 10 seconds. You have the first overall pick in the Magic Kingdom Attractions Draft! Which attraction in the MK is the …

Episode 7: Best Disney Movies You’ve Never Seen

May 4th, 2016


Since Walt Disney released his company’s first ever full-length feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, the name “Disney” has become …

Episode 6: Walt Disney World For Dudes

May 4th, 2016


Walt Disney World is known as a place where parents and children can have fun together. It is a magical place where dreams come true, where fairytales are real, and where dudes can go and have an amazing “man-cation.” …

Episode 5: Why We Run Disney

May 4th, 2016


Over the last 22 years, the Walt Disney World and runDisney events have gone from very humble beginnings to some of the best distance races on the entire planet. On this episode of the Ear To There Podcast, I’m joined …

Episode 4: The “Why Did Disney Get Rid Of _______? Show”

May 4th, 2016


Walt Disney never intended for Disneyland to become a museum. He knew that the park would keep moving forward, and in order to do that certain things …

Episode 3: Staying Healthy On A Trip To The Disney Parks

May 4th, 2016


A vacation to the Disney theme parks is fun, exciting, and a whole lot of fun! But if you’re not careful, you might feel like you need a vacation …

Episode 2: Best Restaurants In The WDW Resort Hotels

May 4th, 2016


Walt Disney World is famous for a lot of things, but one thing people don’t always talk about is the food!

In this episode of the Ear To There Podcast, guest Chris Yansick and I talk about our top restaurants in the …

Episode 1: Welcome To The Ear To There Podcast!

May 4th, 2016


In this short introductory podcast episode, I talk a little bit about myself, my history with the Disney Company, my business, Ear To There Travel, and what I plan to talk about in future podcast episodes.

The Ear To …

Episode 10: Best Places to Get an Adult Beverage in Walt Disney World

May 4th, 2016


Water and Sports Drinks can do the trick to keep you hydrated during your days in the Walt Disney World theme parks and resorts, but what about those days when you need a little something extra? On this episode of the …

Episode 11: Interview With Disney Legend Rolly Crump

May 4th, 2016


A true Legend of the Disney Company, Rolly Crump worked on some of the greatest memories of everyone’s childhood. He was an animator on Peter Pan and …

Episode 12 – Best On Ride Moments in the Disney Parks

May 4th, 2016


The Disney theme parks are full of moments that amaze, astound, and amuse guests 365 days a year. But what particular moments are the best “on ride” …

Episode 13: Top False Rumors of Walt Disney World

April 28th, 2016


Can Cinderella Castle really be taken apart and put into storage if a hurricane is coming? Is Walt Disney’s cryogenically frozen head on ice somewhere under Pirates of the Caribbean? We explore these topics and more in …

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