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25 December 2012

Memory 084 - Holiday Wishes From 'Ohana At Disney's Polynesian Resort

5:00 AM
Lighting up the sky
** Stereo Video **
Time: 17:25
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For those of you watching on YouTube for the first time, welcome. WDW-Memories is a bi-weekly podcast that takes you into the parks virtually through your headphones using Binaural audio, and helps you relive some of your favorite Walt Disney World memories. Come check us out at WDW-Memories.net for more information. For those of you who are downloading this video for our annual Christmas video, I hope it is worth it.

Over the years, I’ve heard many debates about being able to hear the music when you’re at ‘Ohana, especially the Holiday Wishes version. We’ll I figure I’ll put that debate to rest. It’s 2006, and Traci and I were planning to finish up our trip to Walt Disney World with an evening at the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, but it was raining, and I mean a lot. They announced that most everything was going to be canceled so Traci and I talked to Guest Services and they graciously gave us some tickets to return to the park at another time. We decided to try and take our reservation at ‘Ohana for dinner that we missed earlier and got in just fine. About half way through our dinner, the lights dimmed and the music came up. I clamored for the video camera and quickly began to record. Unfortunately we’re not in the front row, but after a bit the kids in front of us will settle down and we’ll be able to see just fine.

30 November 2012

Memory 083 - Turtle Talk with Crush

5:00 AM
2346366462_edited-1.jpg** Binaural Audio **
Time: 47:20
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So I don’t know about you but I’m pumped for Christmas. I just feel like “Ok, Thanksgiving is done, time to turn on the Christmas music”. I also start reflecting to a time when Traci and I were about to take a trip to Walt Disney World, just the two of us, for a whole week. All the planning, all the research, and all the excitement were building to what was going to be a great anniversary trip. It turned out to be a great trip, one filled with many memories, memories such as catching Turtle Talk with Crush for the first time with my wife. Then later, we built more memories of this attraction with first visits for my family, my daughter, and then this summer was my son’s.

16 November 2012

Memory 082 - The Hall of Presidents 2

5:00 AM
2012 06 12_MagicKingdom_0385_edited-1.jpg** Binaural Audio **
Time: 28:08
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One week ago, the United States of America practiced a fundamental principle and exercised our right to vote for our new President. As it turns out, we selected our old President for one more term. The results of great tradition is what we are here to relive today. Our memory for today is The Hall of Presidents Attraction at Magic Kingdom® Park.

02 November 2012

Memory 081 - JAMMitors

5:00 AM
Photo © Disney
** Mono Audio **
** Binaural Audio **
Time: 16:16
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So yesterday as I was leaving work the internet blew up with news of Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilms. I know, it’s major and it probably things in the future. Maybe it even opens the door to the “Disney-Lucas Hollywood Studios” in the future, but today it doesn’t change our memories of our trips to Walt Disney World, and that’s what this podcast is about. So let’s get to a real memory of a a great streetmosphere show at Epcot.

19 October 2012

Memory 080 - Walt Disney World Transportation Buses

5:00 AM
** Binaural Audio **
Time: 1:28:57
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It’s another early morning. I’ve got my Baltimore Orioles mug of coffee and a laptop and I’m ready to begin putting together our next memory. Sadly the O’s have been knocked out of the postseason, and so have the Nationals and Reds, so I don’t have much of a vested interest in what’s left of the Baseball Postseason other than someone beat the Yankees. Of course by the time this goes out, maybe Detroit will have completed my request. Here’s hoping.

In the meantime, let’s talk about something that helps us escape from all our troubles, and that is vacationing in the best place in the world, Walt Disney World. Today’s request is a different one. First off, it came from Facebook, and secondly it’s not your traditional attraction. Today, we’re going to get to ride on the Walt Disney World Buses.

05 October 2012

Memory 079 - Mad Tea Party (aka The Teacups)

5:00 AM
Photo © Disney
** Binaural Audio **
Time: 11:53
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So how many of the Walt Disney World attractions have you done? Alright, maybe it’s easier to ask, how many have you not done? Well as of June my list of missing attractions got one shorter, and because of that, I finally have this audio memory I can share with you. Today we’re going to catch a ride on the teacups, or more formally known as the Mad Tea Party in the Magic Kingdom.

21 September 2012

Memory 078 - Finding Nemo - The Musical

5:00 AM
Photo © Disney
** Binaural Audio **
Time: 46:58
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So as you know, I’m the father of two children. Susie who is about to turn five, and Mikey who is almost two. Until becoming a father though, I don’t think I ever fully understood the story of Finding Nemo. If one of my children were lost, I too would swim the entire ocean to find them. So when I relistened to the memory today in preparation for this podcast, it really hit me. Finding Nemo – The Musical is a very powerful and emotional show, with strong themes and deep emotion, more so than any other stage show in Walt Disney World. It really draws you in and makes you feel the pain and later elation, all while entertaining everyone from every age.

14 September 2012

My Memories Of Being An Extra In Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!

5:00 AM
Lou got Picked
I got pulled up to be an extra in the show.
In Memory 076, we got to relive another Walt Disney World Memory from 2006 where we watched the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! in Disney's Hollywood Studios. At the end of that show I shared my memories of being in the show on a trip in 2002, but I thought it would be far more interesting if I also wrote them down and shared some of the photos my sister took of me in the show. So here's that memory.

07 September 2012

Memory 077 - Space Mountain 3

5:00 AM
2368290773_edited-1.jpg ** Binaural Audio **
Time: 12:48
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Fall is approaching, my Orioles are still in the hunt for a Baseball Pennant, the Redskins are opening their season this weekend, and I'm enjoying a 3 day work week. What could be better right? Well how about riding a favorite attraction in our favorite place on earth? And there aren’t many better attractions that Space Mountain. In fact, this will be the third time we get to ride this attraction.

24 August 2012

Memory 076 - Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!

5:00 AM
Contemplating the switch
** Binaural Audio, Stereo Audio **
Time: 46:19
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So about two weeks ago I went with some of our friends to Kings Island, an amusement park outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. Now I grew up going to the sister park, Kings Dominion in Virginia, so I was looking forward to comparing this park to that. Instead, Traci and I would find ourselves comparing it to Walt Disney World. Attractions were just simply attractions, without the build up or theming that you find a Disney park. Themed buildings were just very simply done, where stores and sponsors logos dominated the building taking away from any aesthetic. And shows, well let’s just say they looked like the people in them almost didn’t care.

That can definitely not be said about today’s memory. In this show, if you are checked out or don’t care, someone could be seriously hurt or worse. I’m of course talking about the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It is a marvel of timing and precision. The music accompaniment is of course steller. And the lighting and effects easily transport you to a place where you swear you’re watching the movie unfold right before your eyes.

17 August 2012

Your Last Ride Ever

5:00 AM
Looking into the depths
For years I've heard the question asked on many a podcast and of many a Disney Parks fan, and I thought I might offer my thoughts on this topic. One difference, I'm going to take a slightly different approach to this quandary. Here's the question:
If you had just one more day on earth, and you could ride only one more attraction, what would that attraction be?

10 August 2012

Memory 075 - Walt Disney: One Man's Dream

5:00 AM
The Florida Project (or EPCOT)
** Binaural Audio **
Time: 37:19
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I still can’t believe how much I got to experience over my last trip. I hope everyone enjoyed the trip report shows and the special audio I included in them. Today though is a return to normal. We’re going to get back to our traditional listener request format and feature audio you wanted to hear. So let’s get to it shall we? Today we’ll spend some time in Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

27 July 2012

Memory 074 - June 2012 Trip Report (Part 3) and Dumbo

5:00 AM
Starting our day at Walt Disney World
** Binaural Audio **
Time: 42:33
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Today’s again going to be a departure from our normal Request and Memory show. Today we’re going to do a trip report from my trip last month in June. This trip was over 4 days, the first three of which were in the evenings or before my convention in Orlando, and the 4th was with the whole family. I’ve broken this report up into 3 consecutive episodes which I have released on 3 consecutive weeks. And today, we’re going to be wrapping up the trip report with day 4 with the whole family at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Then we will finish this podcast with a ride on the Dumbo the Flying Elephant.

20 July 2012

Memory 073 - June 2012 Trip Report (Part 2) and Tomorrowland Transit Authority

5:00 AM
Farewell Sweet Princess
Illuminations Lighting Up The Sky
** Binaural Audio **
Time: 48:18
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Today’s again going to be a departure from our normal Request and Memory show. Today we’re going to do a trip report from my trip last month in June. This trip was over 4 days, the first three of which were in the evenings or before my convention in Orlando, and the 4th was with the whole family. So I’m going to break this trip report up into 3 consecutive episodes which I’ll release on 3 consecutive weeks. That’s right, instead of every other week, I’m going to put these out on a special weekly schedule. And today, we’re going to be continuing the trip report with day two at the Magic Kingdom, and day three at Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, since they were just evenings after my meetings were done. Then we will finish this podcast with a ride on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority or TTA.

13 July 2012

Memory 072 - June 2012 Trip Report (Part 1) and Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

5:00 AM
2012 06 10_DisneyHollywoodStudios_0125_edited-1.jpg
** Binaural Audio **
Time: 42:12
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So today’s going to be a departure from our normal Request and Memory show. Today we’re going to do a Trip Report from my trip last month in June. This trip was 4 days spread out over the course of a week, the first three of which were in the evenings or before my convention in Orlando, and the fourth was with the whole family. So I’m going to break this trip report up into three consecutive episodes which I’ll release on three consecutive weeks. That’s right, instead of every other week, I’m going to put these out on a special weekly schedule. And today will be the first part of this trip report, day one at the Disney Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World.

29 June 2012

Memory 071 - Star Tours 2 (Or Is It 1)

5:00 AM
Outside Star Tours
** Stereo Audio, Binaural Audio **
Time: 35:14
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It’s good to be home. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my 15 days in Florida, but sleeping in hotels or beds, or just beds that aren’t your own can really wear on you after a while. But I’m back in Kentucky now and glad to be back with you recording from my studio. But the good part about a vacation in Florida is trips to our favorite place Walt Disney World. And I got to spend quite a bit of free time at the parks and I’ve got some great audio. But today isn’t about my recent trips but is about a time now lost. Today we’re going BACK to Star Tours the original ride.

15 June 2012

Memory 070 - Star Tours

5:00 AM
2241737881_edited-1.jpg
** Binaural Audio **
Time: 37:48
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So for those of you not following me on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+, you may not know I've been in Orlando for the past couple of days at the time of this recording. Actually, the day that this memory releases, if all goes as planned I should be in the Magic Kingdom. So this is a real good time for me. Don't forget though, if you want to follow me, I do still plan on tweeting a bit while I'm in the parks maybe at some poin this next week too, so keep checking it out.

Today however is going to be a little departure from the norm. I'm still doing a memory, however it's a recent one. Like 5 days ago. Right now as I'm recording in my hotel room, it's Monday night. I'm doing this a little quick and dirty, but I wanted to make sure you had something cool to hear for Memory 070, so that's why I thought I'd do my first ride on the new Star Tours.

08 June 2012

Preparing for Walt Disney World

5:00 AM
Soaring over FantasylandEvery time I go to Walt Disney World, it’s so easy to make it into a whirlwind tour of the favorite attractions. It’s so hard to slow down, and just soak in the fun of the parks. To drink in the colors and lights. To savor those smells and tastes and build up those memories. If you do that, then later when you’re at your local fair and take a bite of a Turkey Leg, you’ll get transported back to that moment when you were walking down the streets in Fronteirland, enjoying your dinner. Or how about when you go to the pool, and the smell of the water transports you to the loading area in Norway, and you are about to hop in your boat. Or maybe, when you listen to a Podast (by your favorite Walt Disney World Memory podcaster of course) you might be able to see yourself riding on Dumbo with your family.

01 June 2012

Memory 069 - Journey Into Imagination With Figment

5:00 AM
Walking up to the Imagination Pavilion
** Binaural Audio, Stereo Audio **
Time: 30:57
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Wow, my trip is almost here. A week from the release of this podcast I’ll be packing up and heading to Orlando for my convention. That first week I’ll be tied up there, but like I said I hope to slip over to the parks in the evenings or before the convention begins. I have a friend who works for Disney and with his help, I hope to see some things at the parks. At the end of the convention, my wife and kids and extended family will arrive and we’re planning to do a day together at the Magic Kingdom. This should be a blast as we’ll have a couple of the group who have never been to Walt Disney World including two little ones under two. I’m so looking forward to this. Maybe you have some ideas of what we should do to help keep the kids happy and cool throughout the day, just email me or post on one of our many social media sites. After that, we’re all going to head to the beach for an extended vacation. I’m still trying to convince the wife, but we may come back over to the parks for one more day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which I think the kids will love, but that ones not set in stone yet. I’ve made dining reservations just in case though, a good Junior Woodchuck is always prepared. So as you can tell, I’m pretty excited. I’m going to try and utilize my social media accounts while in the parks, so keep an eye on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook between June 10 and 24. And as for the podcast that should be released on the 15th, I’ll have something. Who knows, maybe I’ll record it live in the park and just release that. You’ll just have to wait and see.

Now on to our regularly scheduled podcast. Our request for today’s podcast came from Amanda in Barcelona, Spain. She originally just wrote in saying she wanted to hear Imagination, plus some of the other great Epcot attractions. I’ll just sum up her emails as saying, she has many memories of spending time there at Epcot as she grew up in the Orlando area, everything from eating in World Showcase before Prom, to drinks in the UK every Friday after turning 21. The requests for Imagination though was just a nostalgic one.

18 May 2012

Memory 068 - The Liberty Square Riverboat

5:00 AM
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** Binaural Audio **
Time: 29:15
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So the pieces are coming together for my trip to Orlando. I have my ticket down purchased, we have plans to be in the park one day with the whole family, and if things go well I will spend a couple evening after the conference in the parks, or at least at the resorts. And what I’d love to hear is would anyone be interested in meeting up sometime between June 10-14? Just email me or call the voicemail line and let me know if you’ll be down there and we can maybe coordinate a get together of some sort.

04 May 2012

Memory 067 - The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm

5:00 AM
Photo © Disney
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Time: 12:19
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As the days click forward towards my trip to Florida, I can’t help remembering all the fun times I had at the parks with the family. Especially all the fun times as Susie got to experience things for the first time. Now it’s going to be Mikey’s turn, and I just wonder what he’ll love. Will he be afraid of Mickey? What will he think of Beverly? Will he be a thrill ride junkie? I guess I’ll just have to wait to find that one out, but a good way to tell is to see how they do on the attraction in today’s memory. Today we’re going to catch a ride on The Barnstormer.

20 April 2012

Memory 066 - Space Mountain 2

5:00 AM
Pulling back to include Space Mountain** Binaural Audio **
Time: 19:50
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As I woke up this morning, I realized “I’ve got to release a podcast in a couple of days”. And because I have only a couple of days to record the intro and edit down the audio, I didn’t get a chance to post on all the social media websites soliciting comments like normal. For that, I want to apologize to all of you. That said, today we’re actually revisiting a previous memory. Today we’re going to go back and re-ride Space Mountain.

09 April 2012

Memory 065 - Wandering Around The Magic Kingdom

5:00 AM
The Magic Kingdom from a stuck Monorail
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Time: 26:08
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Well I goofed. For those of you not following on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+, I discovered at the last minute that the memory I was going to post for 65 was Carousel of Progress. That sounds fine, except I realized as I was setting up the release information that I posted this memory for Memory 022. So I figured I’ll have to come up with something else, and I’ve kind of had this one sitting in my back pocket for a while and figure I can do it whenever I need something.

23 March 2012

Memory 064 - Spaceship Earth 2

5:00 AM
A great shot of Spaceship Earth
** Binaural Audio **
Time: 30:46
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I know they say it’s spring, but it sure doesn’t feel like it to me. These warm days make me think fondly of wandering around Walt Disney World on a warm Summer Vacation. I’d much wrather actually be there, but since I can’t, it seems like a good time for another Walt Disney World Memory, and today’s is a revisit of an all-time great one.

09 March 2012

Memory 063 - Mission: Space

5:00 AM
Mission: Space ** Binaural Audio **
Time: 25:38
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Ok, so it’s official. I’m heading to Orlando in June. Yes it’s for a convention at the Orange County Convention Center, but I can’t travel that far and not see the parks. So I will figure out a way to make it there, even if it’s for a day or just an evening. Maybe I’ll even plan a time to meet up with any of you who might be there at the same time, but no official plans yet. If you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know.

Anyways, this really has nothing to do with today’s memory. Today, we’re going to relive one of those polarizing attractions again, Mission: Space. I say polarizing because I know people love to hate this attraction because it replace the beloved Horizons. I think Dan said it best in a tweet when he said “noooooooooooooooooooo, That took over for the best attraction in WDW...” I agree with Dan, but I won’t go so far as to protest Mission: Space. It’s a pretty good ride in it’s own right. I LOVED Horizons, don’t get me wrong, but I am sadly coming to grips with the understanding that things must evolve to keep from getting stale. I just wish it wasn’t this attraction that was destroyed. That said, at least Mission: Space isn’t so bad. I love the background music as you approach the attraction, the feeling of the initial G forces as you “take off”, and the feeling of weightlessness as you “leave the Earth’s atmosphere”.

24 February 2012

Memory 062 - Walt Disney World Monorails

5:00 AM
Riding the mono 'rails' ** Binaural Audio **
Time: **34:12**
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Well I’ve got some exciting news. Well not news really, but it could be. So Traci and I were talking this week, and we’ve both got the itch to return to Walt Disney World. Now it so happens that work might be sending me down to Orlando for one of two conventions this year, and if it works out, Traci may accompany me down just for a couple of days before the convention begins, and we’ll probably go to Walt Disney World for a day or two. So I may have some new audio to start incorporating into the memories.

10 February 2012

Memory 061 - World Showcase Players

5:00 AM
World Showcase players setting the stage ** Binaural & Mono Audio **
Time: 26:43
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Let me start off with an apology. Two weeks ago, my extended family all returned back to the home we grew up in to celebrate Christmas and my Dad’s birthday. It was a wonderful weekend, but in the process of planning and packing for the trip I totally forgot that I was supposed to release a podcast. I had contemplated putting something out, but after returning things were just crazy and I never got around to it. So that brings us to this weeks memory.

This week, we’re going to listen to some older memories of a troupe of performers that can often be found in the United Kingdom, and on occasions, Italy in Epcot’s World Showcase. If you haven’t guessed it, we’re going to listen to the World Showcase Players.

13 January 2012

Memory 060 - The Enchanted Tiki Room

5:00 AM
The Tiki Pre-show ** Binaural Audio **
Time: 44:44
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Well so it’s been a few weeks since I last released a podcast, but I first wanted to start off by saying Happy New Year to everyone. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas or whatever you celebrate. Our family had an interesting one to say the least, but I’d have to say I love watching my kids open up the gifts we got them, and then playing with everything while watching the Disney Christmas Parade on TV was probably the highlight of my day.

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