The Podcast

Welcome to The Magic on a Dollar Podcast Page! Here is the show that is Disney conversations in a podcast form… released every Tuesday morning, #MODPOD is all about Disney World, some Disneyland, some Disney Cruises, movies, news, history and lots of magical fun.  Click on the Episode Titles to Listen!  And find it on iTunes HERE!   (also on Google Play and Stitcher)

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