The Podcast

Welcome to The Magic on a Dollar Podcast Page! Here is the show that is Disney conversations in a podcast form… new shows twice a week… the Monday show is a quick show with some Monday Magic, be it a Walt Disney quote to encourage you, or a big of Disney fun for your day.  Then the Thursday show is long form with news all about Disney World, some Disneyland, some Disney Cruises, movies, news, history and lots of magical fun.

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Ep 067… Free Dining & Disney News… In this 67th episode, the MODPOD opens up with a non-spoiler LION KING movie review, followed by a lot of news — gondolas, Star Wars info, new Halloween party info, Avengers beating Avatar and more. Then, a look at Disney’s latest promo, Free Dining, and a deeper look at the Dining Plan.

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Ep 066… Lots of News… In this 66th episode, the #MODPOD has a long list of new items to cover, including new eats in the Japan Pavilion… Gran Destino Tower opens… Tomorrowland icon disappears… a new Disney Legend… the First Order stops marching… and an update on the Country Bear Jamboree.

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Ep 065… Skywalking thru Disneyland Part 2…  In this 65th episode, the #MODPOD jumps in with a spoiler free review of Spider-Man Homecoming… then discusses the extra footage of Avengers Endgame… news brings an update on Epcot closings… new casting for The Little Mermaid live action… and a slight censoring of Toy Story 2… then, the 2nd part of the interview with Richard & Sarah from Skywalking through Neverland, getting into more Good, Bad and Magical of Disneyland, with a Galaxy’s Edge review.

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Ep 064… Skywalking thru Disneyland Part 1…  In this 64th episode, the #MODPOD gives a big review on Toy Story 4, then welcomes in Richard & Sarah, hosts of the huge Skywalking through Neverland podcast.  The group breaks down The Good,  The Bad, and The Magical of Disneyland Park, discussing their own Disney story, their love of Main Street, and rides they won’t ride, all in Part ONE of this TWO part interview.

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Ep 063… Future Disney (with Imagineears Matt & Susie)… In this 63rd episode, the #MODPOD jumps into some news, including an awesome AP preview and an awful AP price hike.  Massive lines for Hagrid’s Motorbike Adventure. And a character meal shows up at the newest DVC resort. Then, the MODPOD is joined by Matt and Susie of The ImagineEars podcast to discuss all the future news for Disney, including Star Wars, Tron, Mickey’s Runaway Railway, new restaurants, new resorts, and lamenting the Great Movie Ride

Ep 062… Animal Kingdom’s Good, Bad & Magical (ft The Delightful Life’s Jennifer Kaufman!)… In this 62nd episode, the #MODPOD starts with some D23 info… the Animation Academy returns… and some slightly shocking news from Volcano Bay… then writer/podcaster/musician Jenn Kaufman calls in to discuss all things Animal Kingdom, including attractions, shows, experiences, and even looking at Animal Kingdom Lodge… plus some upcoming guest announcements!

Ep 061… Aladdin Review & Galaxy’s Edge Opens… In this 61st episode, the #MODPOD addresses some rumors… iTunes untimely death… new 2020 pricing… a full, non-spoilery Aladdin review (hint: loved it) and finally, the grand opening dedication of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland

Ep 060… Quoting Walt // Family… In this 60th episode, the #MODPOD has its final Monday episode (for a while anyway) talks a little about family, and the Walt Disney quote “You should never neglect your family for business”.

Ep 059… Beat the Heat in WDW… In this 59th episode, the #MODPOD laments Soarin Over California… celebrates corn dog nuggets… and is excited for Animal Kingdom Christmas. Then, six common sense ways to survive and thrive in the brutal heat of Florida in Walt Disney World

Ep 058… Quoting Walt // Adapt… In this 58th episode, the #MODPOD talks about moving forward, sometimes as you are, other times having to change.

Ep 057… A Report from Orlando… In this 57th episode, the #MODPOD is back from Orlando, and this ep covers the weekend in both news and my own travel — Disney Legend announcements… new Magic Bands… a defense of the All Stars… a review of the MK After Hours… and lots of Mickey Waffles to speak of!

Ep 056… A Report from Disneyland… In this 56th episode, the #MODPOD reports from Disneyland… or at least, tells some stories from Disneyland, including a phone scare and a sketch taxi… World of Color… Walking in Walt’s Footsteps review… An Anaheim Hotel glance… Meeting Marvel Superheroes… and a look at Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout

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Ep 055… From Disneyland to Galaxy’s Edge… In this 55th episode, the #MODPOD is back from Disneyland with a short show while it’s host is trying to catch up on sleep! A few quick new stories on Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge’s upcoming queue system, Disney’s movie schedule released through 2027, and the new updates to Magic Bands

Ep 054… Monday Magic // Walking with Walt… In this 54th episode, the #MODPOD gives full appreciation to Walt Disney and Disneyland and the history the theme park holds

Ep 053… Epcot’s Good, Bad, & Magical (ft Upon a Star Jenn)… In this 53rd episode, the #MODPOD welcomes back friend of the show Upon a Star Jenn to talk all things Epcot!  First, a quick look at the new Hollywood Studios logo and then a quick Avengers chat (no spoilers), and then onto Epcot… the good, the bad, and the magical on festivals, The Land, the Seas, Imagination Pavilion, World Showcase and more.

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Ep 052… Monday Magic // The Endgame Review… In this 52nd episode, the #MODPOD declares Monday a “Magic Monday”, and does a SPOILER FREE review of Avengers Endgame

Ep 051… The Marvel Cinematic Timeline 2.0… In this 51st Episode, the #MODPOD gives a rundown of the MCU, from The Incredible Hulk to all of the Iron Mans to all the Thors to all the Captain Americas to both Guardians to every other movie in between, including Infinity War and Captain Marvel. All to prepare you for Endgame. Plus, a list of 10 essential MCU films to see.

Ep 050… Quoting Walt // OK to Be Imperfect… In this 50th episode, the #MODPOD tackles the quote “Life is composed of light and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere, and saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows”, and explains why its okay to be imperfect

Ep 049… Star Wars Celebration & Disney+… In this 49th episode, the #MODPOD gives news and opinions on a wide plethora of subjects, including more Skyway Gondola news… Ticket centers and guest terms… Hagrid’s Magical Creatures… Bob Iger’s future… Beauty & the Bar… and some soundbites from Star Wars Celebration about Galaxy’s Edge, and finally a rundown of the Disney + lineup


Ep 048… Quoting Walt / Be 12 Again... In this 48th episode, the #MODPOD reminds everyone that it’s okay to be 12 sometimes, while reveling in the glee that came with both the Star Wars and Avengers trailers be released

Ep 047… News / IllumiNations / Dumbo… In this 47th episode, the #MODPOD does a Disney news update, with info on the 2019 Christmas party… the Food & Wine Festival… *Breaking News* with the IllumiNations official ending date (with some DisneySounds!)… Epcot rumors… and a review of the new Disney movie Dumbo, in theaters now

Ep 046… Quoting Walt / Fantasy & Reality… In this 46th episode, the #MODPOD looks at what happens when fantasy and reality overlap, and how we shouldn’t let small annoyances ruin our day.

Ep 045 – Disney News & McQueen’s Racing Academy… In this 45th episode, the #MODPOD dives into a smattering of Disney news, including the Stroller, Smoking, Wagon & Ice policies just released last week… the after hours events… vacation stories, including dryer woes and Slinky Dog magic… and a review of the Lightning McQueen Racing Academy.

Ep 044 – Quoting Walt / Why Worry… In this 44th episode, the #MODPOD talks about the Walt quote, “Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better”, and our tendency to worry (and over worry) about sometimes meaningless things.

Ep 043 – Disney Previews (ft Upon a Star Jenn)… In this 43rd episode, the #MODPOD calls up Divas Dish Diz podcast co-host and Magical Friend Jenn Novotny, to discuss all the upcoming news fit to discuss, from Toy Story 3 to Star Wars opening dates to the new Universal ride and more.

Follow Upon a Star Jenn on Twitter @UponaStarJenn and check out the Divas Dish Diz podcast here (and check out Upon a Star Jenn’s hubby, Upon a Guitar Brady, and his new album)

Ep 042 – Quoting Walt / Kicked in the Teeth… In this 42nd episode, the #MODPOD talks about what happens when you get kicked in the teeth, and how Walt Disney had that very thing happen to him a long time ago.

Ep 041 – Magic Kingdom’s Good, Bad & Magical (Ft Terry Weaver)… In this 41st episode, the #MODPOD invites WDW Today podcast co-host, author, speaker & conference putter onner Terry Weaver to the show. The discussion goes wide and long, from Terry’s book, “Making Elephants Fly” and The Thing Live conference, to the good, the bad, and the Magical in each of the Magic Kingdom Lands.

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Ep 040 – Quoting Walt / Do It Well… In this 40th episode, the #MODPOD reminds you that whatever you do this week — work, school, whatever else — do your best. And go be awesome.

Ep 039 – A Disney Movie Roundup… In this 39th episode, the #MODPOD jumps right in with Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge announcements… then some other news including Disney + streaming… Disney & Fox nearing merger completion… ticket prices go up… plus Disney history, with some cool attraction anniversaries… and then a quick review of the last 5 or 6 Disney films, including Fantastic Beasts 2, Spider-Man Into the Spider Verse, and Captain Marvel.

Ep 038 – Quoting Walt / Unique… In this 38th episode, the #MODPOD take a look at how you are unlike anyone else, your gifts and your talents are your own, and why the comparison game is not good.  Plus, a shout out to the Rock and a reminder that the impossible can be possible if you’re awesome!

Ep 037 – Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge News… In this 37th episode, the #MODPOD takes a quick look at the gondolas, Disney Cruise ships going to Greece and the Epcot Flower & Garden Show, before going into all things Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge — the food, the merch, the attractions, the experiences, John Williams and more.

Ep 036 – Walt’s Wisdom – Small Things… In this 36th episode, the #MODPOD starts a new Monday series and takes a Walt Disney quote, setting it up as encouragement for your week!

Ep 035 – Returning to the Magic!… In this 35th episode, the #MODPOD returns to action with where the podcast has been the last several months… the Academy Award haul… the new Harry Potter ride… news on the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique… all the rumors and confirmations on the Epcot confirmation… and a special announcement at the end of the show!!

Ep 034 – Surviving Disney’s July 4th... In this 34th episode, the #MODPOD discusses the most important issues of our day — the lobby areas of the Grand Floridian, the Polynesian and The Contemporary!  Also, another Fox/Disney/Comcast update, the anniversary of Boardwalk, openings of Pixar Pier and Toy Story Land and no more pets of Walt Disney World. Finally, a handful of tips to survive the heat and crowds of July 4th at Disney.

Ep 033 – Movie Release History / Incredibles 2… In this 33rd episode, the #MODPOD discusses the new food at Toy Story Land… an overview of Pixar Pier in Disneyland… John Lasseter’s planned Disney exit… the latest on Disney/Fox… a look at this great week in Disney History with a huge list of movies released… and a (non-spoiler) review of Incredibles 2

Ep 032 – Disney Fox Comcast (explained!)… In this 32nd episode, the #MODPOD talks about the Magic City Con, last minute set-ups, monorail woes, Avatar glamping, trailers for Wreck It Ralph 2 & Dumbo and 2019 pricing… Disney History looks at 1959 major attraction openings, Cars Land, Atlantis and Toy Story 3… and then a deep dive into Disney’s attempt to buy the Fox assets, Comcast’s counter bids, the set up, why it’s important and what it might mean for the future.

Ep 031 – Disney News & Solo Reviews… In this 31st episode, the #MODPOD gives you a little bit of Facebook trouble… then some Disney news, including Minnie Van new routes… Animal Kingdom’s ticket desks… River Country updates… and the Disney Junior shake up… Disney history gives some Soarin/Lights Motors Action anniversary milestone, along with whatever Cinderellabration is… Walt Disney and his trains… and the first mention of The Hot Dog song.  Finally, a full review of “Solo: A Star Wars Story”, giving the good and the bad and all thoughts in the middle.

Ep 030 – WDW Challenges / WDW50in24… In this 30th ep, the #MODPOD opens up with the latest Star Wars news, including an opening time frame for Galaxy’s Edge… Disneyland’s MaxPass… the Candlelight Processional dates… Immersive Patents… and in Disney History, Wilderness Lodge, Toy Story Mania and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train all celebrate birthdays… Walt Disney purchasing land under cover… RIP Snow White’s Scary Adventure… and characters seeming eternal… and finally, a look at WDW Challenges, including the famous #WDW47 and a recap of the #WDW50in24 from a few years ago.

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Ep 029 – Disney News & Views… In this 29th ep, the #MODPOD goes straight news this time around, as Dave preps for a conference (and rambles on about what his day looks like and laments from lack of movie time).  The news runs through Toy Story Mania closing for a week to a new restaurant in Epcot to Fastpass bundles at WDW to lightning and dragons catching fire!!!

Ep 028 – The Marvel Cinematic Timeline... In this 28th ep, the #MODPOD starts at the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and goes movie by movie, leading up to Avengers Infinity War. Where the Infinity Stones come in, when characters were introduced, a few Easter Eggs to watch for and more — with NO Spoilers!

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Ep 027 – Hollywood Studios History… In this 27th ep, the #MODPOD looks at the character meet n greets at Donald’s Dino-Bash… film release dates for Disney… the new Magic Kingdom After Hour Event dates… Norway’s anniversary… Tower of Terror’s anniversary… and a look at Hollywood Studios, its Epcot origins, the various lands, a look at the attractions (including the only two open on opening day) and much more.

Ep 026 – Free Dining & Hollywood Studios Chillin’… In this 26th ep, the #MODPOD runs through some quick news with Hollywood and Animal Kingdom Extra Magic Hours, Pandora rides failing, Walt Disney World job opportunities, the new Pixar Pal-A-Round, Guardians Awesome Mix, the concert line-ups for the Garden Rocks & Eat to the Beat concert series, spending time in Hollywood Studios, and the details of Walt Disney World’s Fall Dining promotions.

Ep 025 – Animal Kingdom’s 20th Birthday… In this 25th ep, the #MODPOD celebrates the 20th anniversary of Animal Kingdom! Featuring some quick trivia about the park history, a Mutual of Ohama jingle, and some random facts about the park.  But first, a longer news and rumor segment, feauring new monorails, a new Disney app, a Disney/Fox update and more, along with Universal updates, including the Fast & Furious Supercharged preview, and the possibility of more Universal Theme Parks.

Ep 024 – Busy Disney Times... In this 24th ep, the #MODPOD brings back Friend of the Show Jennifer Novotny, co-host of Divas Dish Diz podcast, to talk a little Disney news, from Winnie the Pooh to Piglet in the Parks, to Newsies and High School Musical 3, to an impromptu review of Disney War. Then a great discussion on what to do when it’s really busy, when lines are long and Fastpasses are at a minimum.

Ep 023 – Resort Swaps, Digital Keys & Universal Part 2… In this 23rd episode, the #MODPOD talks about Dave’s travel exhaustion… the new Digital room keys that Disney is rolling out… Toy Story Mania Fastpasses, or lack thereof… remembering Lights Motors Action… Monster’s Inc’s birthday… Mary Poppins trouble… and then the 2nd part of Dave’s Universal overview, this time discussing Islands of Adventure, all the shows, attractions and even transportation that you’d want to know. ​

Ep 022 – Entering the Void & Universal Part 1… ​In this 22nd episode, the #MODPOD discusses the new Marvel Land set for Disneyland… new characters in Toy Story Land… the new redhead in Pirates… a quick food review of The Edison at Disney Springs… a mixed review of A Wrinkle in Time… entering the Star Wars Galaxy in The Void… a look at the new Pop Century rooms… and finally, an overview of Universal Studios.

Ep 021 – Black Panther, Festivals & Parking… In this 21st episode, the #MODPOD returns after a brief two week absence to bring you the best of Disney news and conversation. Typhoon Lagoon has some magical hours this summer… Easter parades happening in the Magic Kingdom… The Food & Wine Festival has dates for the fall, and the Flower & Garden Festival is in full swing right now… a salute to a Disney podcasting pioneer… Black Panther is raking in the dough… and an opinionated take on the new parking fee at the WDW resorts

Ep 020 – Disney Breakfast & the Dining Plan…  It’s a buffet and news and bits, including new dining at Disneyland and new table services at Walt Disney World… Could the Epcot’s Wonder of Life finally get a repurpose?  Two key events in Disney history — one in 1928, one in 2004 — discussed in this episode.  And a look at the Disney Dining Plan, and a Top Five Favorite Disney Character Breakfast Meals (and a few non-character favorites)

Ep 019 – Fastpasses & a Review of Black Panther… There is a ton of news today, including Toy Story Land getting an opening date, and Hollywood Studios getting extended hours in the summer… new hotels at Walt Disney World and Disneyland… Universal following Disney ticket prices… the Pirates Redhead controversy… the details on how Fastpasses work… and a spoiler free review of Black Panther

Ep 018 – My Disney Valentine… Its a heart filled edition with Top 10 Disney Couples, plus a look at the American Idol Experience, cancellations of Disney projects, ticket prices rising, and Cinderella’s birthday, and the news on a Hollywood Studios name change.

Ep 017 – Anticipating Star Wars and Disney Special Needs… A new wine bar, animatronics losing their heads, Beauty & the Beast’s 1991 Academy Awards, current Oscar nominations, California Adventure’s birthday and Star Wars Galactic Nights.  Also a discussion on building Star Wars anticipation, and a look at using Disney’s Special Needs passes and wheelchair access.

Ep 016 – Upcoming Disney Movies (with The Deucecast’s Michael Nipp)… A look at some quick Disney history and Disney news, including Club 33 coming to Disney World, and Five Magical Questions with Michael Nipp, co-host of The Deucecast Movie Show.  Then a quick overview of upcoming Disney movies, from The Incredibles II to Black Panther to the Nutcracker film.

Ep 015 – Disney Predictions (with Divas Dish Diz’s Jennifer Novotny)… Some Disney news (that monorail door!) and some Disney history (Fastpass Plus turns 4!) and makes some bold predictions for the coming year… maybe new ship names, maybe new World Showcase pavilions… and maybe a new theme park?

Ep 014 – 2018’s Most Anticipated Disney… Another attraction closing, new Dole Whip locations (and why that may be bad), and a college football parade.  In Disney history, one park has a name change, and a classic Epcot attraction says goodbye. Then, the Top Ten Things that your host is looking forward to with Disney in 2018! Also… why is it so cold?!?!

Ep 013 – When Disney Isn’t Magical… Star Wars earning its price tag, new security policies for Disney World resorts, disruptions at the Hall of Presidents, and a power outage at Disneyland.  Plus, what to do when the Disney Magic isn’t very magical for you.

Ep 012 – Disney’s Candlelight Processional… An update on the the addition of President Trump in the Hall of Presidents and a look at Disneyland’s & Disney World’s Candlelight Processional ceremony

Ep 011 – The Last Jedi… The closing of Stitch’s Great Escape… Flights of Wonder closing… La Nouba closing… a little more Disney/Fox… and a spoiler free, mild spoiler, and spoiler filled review of Last Jedi.

Ep 010 – The 2017 Disney Gift Guide… The lowdown on the latest Disney/Fox deal… the Olaf split from Coco… Turner Classics from the Vault… a few sad losses over the years… and then the 2017 Disney Gift Guide for the ones who want to spend a little and a lot on their beloved Disney Fans.

Ep 009 – Infinity War & Disney Kid Stories… How to get your Star Wars and Starbucks on at Disney Springs… a look at Epcot’s Candelight Processional… a live streaming of “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!”… Walt Disney during Pearl Harbor… release of Aristocats and Narnia… a look at the new Avengers trailer (and what do those Infinity Stones mean?)… and a couple of personal stories about a special kid.

Ep 008 – Disney’s New Year’s Eve & Coco… The controversy with John Lasseter… the new planet in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge… Magical Express changes… New Years Eve plans at Disney World and Disneyland… and a (spoiler free) review of Coco… with a (spoiler filled) review of Coco later.

Ep 007 – Christmas at Disney… The Disney Cruise Line rehab… Disneyland after dark… a surprise on Star Tours… plenty of movie release history… the Osborne Lights history… 1994 being a big week in Disney attraction history… and a look at Disney celebrations at WDW, Disneyland, Aulani and the cruise line. Plus, an explanation of park closings at Disney World.

Ep 006 – Dave’s Disney Story… A look at some of the late 80s Disney films released this week in Disney History, as well as a look at Mickey Mouse’s Birthday (and a special Hidden Mickey!), plus the re-imagining of Paradise Pier, Stitch’s opening up, and Hall of Presidents rumors. Then, a report on the stalled talks between Disney and Fox Studios, including what it might mean for Marvel Cinematic Universe, and finally, Host Dave gives his own Disney Story.

Ep 005 – Universal Expansion… The cast of Lion King live action movie… the new Christmas greetings at Hollywood Studios… more Eat to the Beat… Disney Cruise Line with new itineraries… Disney Skyway… Disney America… new phone cases… a review of Thor Ragnarok… and a look at Universal Resort’s purchase of land in Orlando and what it means for growth.

Ep 004 – The Haunted Mansion… The newest Macy’s Day parade addition, Fastpass news with Good Neighbor Hotels, fireworks technology and more. News on Toy Story Land, Epcot’s Festival of the Arts, and the upcoming Pixar Fest.  A movie review of “Hocus Pocus”. And then a discussion on The Haunted Mansion with a quick history, a walk through and lots of trivia.

Ep 003 – Keys to the Kingdom… Some Disney news and a look at some Disney history, then a look at the famous Keys to the Kingdom Tour in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World.

Ep 002 – Walt Disney Builds a Park… A sold out Halloween party, a Disney Cruise accident, Holiday filming in the Disney parks, and Star Wars Galactic Nights returns.  Quick hits on Stitch’s Great Escape, the new Star Wars trailer, the Jungle Book celebrates 50 years, the concerts at the Eat to the Beat at Epcot, and Disney cancel’s “Gigantic”, and a quick history lesson on Walt Disney wanting to build a new park in Florida.

Ep 001 – D23 Recap… Intro to the show, news on international parks, Epcot’s 35th birthday, plus a recap on the D23 events from July 2017