Episode 14 – Meal Hacking Walt Disney World with Mark Lucas

The Disney Hack – Tricks and Tips for your Disney Trips! (An Unofficial Disney Podcast)

This week: Meal Hacking Walt Disney World with Mark Lucas

Thank the Phoenicians, we’re talking Meal Hacks at Walt Disney World!

I met mark on Instagram when we followed each other’s accounts. He was kind enough to send me a PM on Instagram letting me know how much he enjoyed the show. I replied and we begin a conversation that ended with us recording this episode about dining hacks around how to save money by taking advantage of the appetizers and dessert menu while eating your way around Walt Disney World.

We explore each park, as well as some resorts and Disney Springs! Mark is a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to eating around the World. I really hope you enjoy our conversation.

 

Connect with Mark Lucas here:
Website: http://kingofwdw.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kingofwdw

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kingofwdw/

 

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What are your favorite Appetizer/Dessert Disney hacks?

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Until then, have a great week and remember to thank the Phoenicians!


Episode 12 – Early ADR Ride Hacks For All Four Walt Disney World Theme Parks

The Disney Hack – Tricks and Tips for your Disney Trips! (An Unofficial Disney Podcast)

Ride Hacking Early ADR’s

Everyone is talking about it, nobody wants you to know what it is, it’s travel agents supposed secret weapon…It’s the Walt Disney World Early ADR Ride Hack!

 

FYI: ADR = Advance Dining Reservation

 

With me today is Maven, the founder of http://www.goinformed.net/

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Bonus content for listeners of this episode! The list of Disney World park restaurants that take breakfast reservations and the rides you can reach before anyone else is in the park! BUT – you must listen to get the unique link for this exclusive information.

 

I hope you enjoy this conversation. What are your favorite early ADR hacks?

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Until then, have a great week and remember…Walk and take pics on your way to breakfast!

Episode 11 – The Fathers Day Happily Ever Fantasmic Rivers of Electrical Light Parade IllumiNation Spectacular!

The Disney Hack – Tricks and Tips for your Disney Trips!

Our Special Father’s Day Discussion of Disney’s Nighttime Entertainment or as I like to call it: The Happily Ever Fantasmic Rivers of Electrical Light Parade IllumiNation Spectacular!

In this episode, I’m joined again by my good friend – Father of four, avid theme park goer and leading themed entertainment designer.

We took some time recently to get dinner and discuss every single nighttime show we’ve seen over the years. We naturally sprinkled in some great tips for getting the best view, and perhaps even a few views you never knew were available.

I hope you enjoy this conversation. What are your Disney Park Nighttime Entertainment Hacks? We’d love to know. Please share your comments with us on Facebook at:   https://www.facebook.com/TheDisneyHack/

 

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Episode 9 – The Five Disney Podcasts That Inspired Me To Start My Own

The Disney Hack – Tricks and Tips for your Disney Trips!

This week:

  • News on why I have been MIA for the past two weeks.
  • Some interesting Dining Hacks I had to share from friends on Instagram.
  • And, the five Disney podcasts that inspired me to start my own.

…Plus, several honorable mentions.

 

 

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Episode 8 – Surviving a Pop Warner Youth Cheerleader Disney Trip

The Disney Hack – Tricks and Tips for your Cheerleader Trips!

This week we dive into navigating the complicated environment of a Pop Warner Youth Cheer leading / Cheerleader Championship at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. My guest this week is digital marketing savant, John Ludlow, who’s daughter recently competed at the Cheer leading Nationals.

Items discussed include (but are not limited to):

  • Differences between Disney, ESPN and Pop Warner
  • What you can/cannot do from the Parent Pit
  • Photo Sharing Hacks
  • Dining Hacks YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW
  • Resort Review
  • Transportation Tips
  • Managing Expectation and Emotional Readiness

You can reach John at his website: http://jpludlow.com/

 

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Episode 7 – FastPass, Magic Bands and How Disney is Hacking You

The Disney Hack – Tricks and Tips for your Disney Trips! (An Unofficial Disney Podcast)

This week I continue  my conversation from episode 3 with my friend, a leading Theme Parks designer. This time we discuss FastPass, Magic Bands and MORE:

  • Walt Disney World and Disneyland FastPass(+) Hacks
  • Some thoughts on Magic Bands
  • How Disney is Hacking the psychology of its guests

 

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Episode 5 – Hacking Moms Perfect Day At Disney

The Disney Hack – Tricks and Tips for your Disney Trips! (An Unofficial Disney Podcast)

 

Hacking Mom’s Perfect Day At Disney

 

First off, I am not a mom. But I am a dad, and I have an amazing mom and I am surrounded by great moms. Moms are amazing. Shouldn’t we go out of our way to give them a day to just take it easy?

I had to get into the mindset of a mother – What does a mother want at Disney? Differences abound between meals, attractions, characters, parks, resorts, entertainment, recreation, shopping.

From young moms to great-grandmothers, there’s a whole bunch of different ways we can celebrate mom on a trip to Disney. So, how do we do it?  I asked a few groups on Facebook to provide me with some motherly advice and here’s that I got!

 

Thanks to Rebecca for letting me ask my question in the Family Travel Club Facebook group. If you’re interested in travel, I suggest you check it out and also check out Rebecca’s great family travel site: R We There Yet Mom.com (http://rwethereyetmom.com/)

 

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Episode 4 – Hack Jr’s Perspective of Walt Disney World

The Disney Hack – Tricks and Tips for your Disney Trips! (An Unofficial Disney Podcast)

Questions to ask your kids before or after your trips to Disney to understand what’s important to them…

 

My list of questions on this episode include:

  • How important is going to Walt Disney World for you?
    • Going back?
  • How important are the rides?
    • What can’t you wait to ride again?
    • What will you never ride again?
    • What are you bummed that you didn’t get to ride?
  • How important are the character meets or character meals?
    • Signatures
    • What are some tips parents can use to help kids be still during mealtime?
  • How important was it to be in a show?
    • Being in a show?
    • How are the shows? (Parades, Fireworks, Stage show, etc…)
    • Being able to see the fireworks…?
  • How important is the place you stay?
    • The pool?
    • Other things to do?
  • How important was it to shop for your own souvenir?
    • Spending your own money?
    • Getting pictures taken?
  • How important was playtime in the parks?
    • Boneyard vs Tom Sawyer’s Island?
    • Favorite Memory?

 

 

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Episode 3 – A Conversation With Bleep & Bleep

The Disney Hack – Tricks and Tips for your Disney Trips! (An Unofficial Disney Podcast)

 

 

This week we introduce you to my friend, (bleep), who will be joining me on occasion to discuss our thoughts on the wide world of Theme Parks design and tricks for optimizing your trips.

Topics discussed include (but are not limited to):

  • Being an Unknown Podcaster (Not Really)
  • Somewhat old news and rumors
  • “Disney-As-A-Babysitter”

 

QUESTION: What is an acceptable amount of time for a park to let go by before adding to a land or updating a ride?

 

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Episode 2 – Surprise Star Wars Day Disney’s Hollywood Studio Hacks

Some Star Wars themed hacks from our most recent trip to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

 

#MayTheFourthBeWithYou

It’s still a few years before Star Wars Land will open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a load of Star Wars themed fun now!

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple:  Watch younglings train in the ways of the Force and put their skills to the test against the Dark Sides greatest villains!

Hacks:
– Get there EARLY! I cannot stress that enough
– You MUST have your kid with you for them to get signed up
– Return for your show with plenty of time for your kid to get checked in and receive their instructions
– This will also determine which of the Villains your kid will battle during the show
– Don’t plan your FastPass+ too close to the showtime
– Because this is an outdoor show, it is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather
– Make sure you get a PhotoPass card from one of the photographers next to the stage
PhotoPass photographer pranking his cast member coworker
– That being said, get a good spot to take your own pictures/video
– Assess your kid and see if they are possibly too old or nervous in front of a crowd
– Getting a Star Tours FP+? Get it for the end of the show since you’re going to be there anyway.
Check out my brave nephew as a Padawan:

Happy #starwarsday from this brave Padawan! #maytheforcebewithyou #maythefourthbewithyou #maythefourth #starwars

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Star Wars: Path of the Jedi: A 10-minute film retelling the blockbuster Star Wars saga
Hacks:
– A great place for anyone in your party who is not comfortable riding a motion simulator like Star Tours to wait
– Also a good place to get out of the elements if it’s too hot or raining.
Star Wars Launch Bay: Check out movie props from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, play games, snap photos, screen videos, and greet heroes and villains.
Hacks:
– Plan to spend some time there, especially if there’s a Star Wars fan in your ranks
– Guests with PhotoPass will get the most out of this experience
– Meet Chewie, Kylo Ren and BB-8
– Bring something to trade with a Jawa (I hear they like shiny objects, like Tamatoa)
– Bring a Fiver ($5) for the penny smasher located just outside the gift shop (No pennies required)
– If a Storm Trooper asks you to go with him, do it! (You can thank me later)
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular:  Conclude your day in a galaxy far, far away with an all-new nighttime spectacular bursting with memorable Star Wars moments.
Hacks:
– Position yourself in front of or between the projector towers (Follow these guidelines by WDW Prep: http://wdwprepschool.com/the-best-nighttime-show-and-fireworks-viewing-spots-at-disney-world/)
– Use the restroom before the show
– Have someone in your group grab a spot while you take the kids on one more ride
– If you’re going to hold your kid, put them on your hip and NOT on your shoulders
– Get a snack to enjoy while you wait for the show to start
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“The Force is with you, young Skywalker. But you are not a Jedi yet.”