Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Podcast Episode 66

Hello again, and welcome to another episode of Mickey Mutineers! Huh, that does sound weird... This week, we cover some very relevent Epcot news, Jake brings a Show and Tell item to an audio podcast (dumbass,) Tim brings up an idea he would like to see implemented into Run Disney, and we introduce a new recurring segment called Never Ever Land, where each time we cover a never-built Disney park/ride/land/resort that Disney was working on at one time or another. Also randomly we have a very special Random Matt, and it does not disappoint. So thanks for tuning in and enjoy the show! As always, you can listen on the player there on the right, unless you're on the mobile page! In that case, CLICK HERE, listen through iTunes, or use your favorite podcast app on your smartphone! If you use iTunes, please, rate and review us! Free high fives for anyone that does!

Hey look! Now our episodes come with visual aids! (Check here at the blog from now on to see pictures of some of the stuff we talk about!)

Tim during his fancy color starch run thing.
Jake's Magic Bands (Banana for scale!)

Concept art for scrapped Walt Disney's Riverfront Square in St. Louis

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Podcast Episode 65

Hola swabs and swaberitas! This week is a doozy in the BEST way! We go through the Top 12 (or so) MORE Things You Shouldn't Do At The Disney Parks! That's right, a sequel Top 12 list! Buckle up, because you're not ready for this! There's also some news about MyMagic+ but that was assumed, right? Huh. Anyway, listen to this one! NOW! As always, you can listen on the player there on the right, unless you're on the mobile page! In that case, CLICK HERE, listen through iTunes, or use your favorite podcast app on your smartphone! If you use iTunes, please, rate and review us! Free high fives for anyone that does!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Getting around on the DL.

Hey swabs! Josh here. Have you ever been at Disneyland and needed to get somewhere with a quickness and/or escape the crowds?  Well, good news, there's an app for that.  Not really, but there are a handful of "shortcuts" and routes off of the beaten path that help and are often nice to take.

Shall we begin?

Rancho del Zocalo to Fantasyland. The ultimate Disneyland
First off, say you're in Frontierland and want to get to Fantasyland in a quick way, or vice versa, and don't want to go near the castle or walk all the way around Big Thunder.  Simply walk to the right of the Rancho del Zocalo restaurant and slip out the back.  You will pass some restrooms, that new Fantasy Faire thing, and pop out somewhere near the entrance to the Sleeping Beauty Castle walkthrough. Easy, and no mucking about in hyper space.

Next up, the breezeway between Adventureland and Frontierland.  Not really a shortcut, but another restroom access point. Can help on packed days, though, especially when used in conjunction with the previously mentioned route. Also, it helps when the crowds bottleneck near the Tiki Room and the sacrificing of the virgin at the Dole Whip stand. 
Adventureland to Frontierland. Or the other way. We won't tell.
It'll be our little secret...

Skirting Tomorrowland Terrace. Great for getting from Star
Tours over to the Matterhorn
I'm not sure if this quicker, but I often cut across The Tomorrowland Terrace when rushing around that area.  Seems faster as long as it is not peak meal hours, but if it is you might be able to use Tim's tip and get a free meal...

During the park closing exodus, I rush through the Emporium Shops on Main Street. With the exception of the two alley ways on each side, you can usually clear most of Main Street that way. Yes, there are usually last minute tourists in the shops scrambling for items, but it is usually a lot quicker than walking right down the middle of Main Street, U.S.A.
Your final escape. (Be sure to stop for some candy!)

So there you go. Some quick shortcuts to help you zip around Disneyland park!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Podcast Episode 64

Hey gang! Have we got one helluva show for you this week! After an intense rescue mission from IKEA, Tim starts us off with some sweet news, Jake talks more Magic Bands and calls out a certain internet article for blatantly lying, some piss poor Metallica impressions happen, Josh brings back some Attraction Clashin' fun, (this is turning into a really long sentence) we point out a slight flaw in the Small World 50th promotion, and finally, we finish things off with a rousing edition of the TripAdvisor Game of Shame! Who doesn't like that? Seriously! This is one episode you don't want to miss! So, you know, get it on! As always, you can listen on the player there on the right, unless you're on the mobile page! In that case, CLICK HERE, listen through iTunes, or use your favorite podcast app on your smartphone! If you use iTunes, please, rate and review us! Free high fives for anyone that does!

Friday, March 28, 2014

My Beginner To-Eat List

Any listener to our podcast or reader of our blog knows two things:

1. We're pretty much out of our minds.
2. All of us have been to Disney World multiple times and are fairly familiar with the shenanigans and goings-ons.

Now that that's out in the open, I will add that I'm finally going back to the World next month. And I have decided that there are items of sustenance that I need to try that I have never had before, despite my many visits.

First up is my second favorite table-service restaurant at Epcot, the Electric Umbrella. Hold on! I know what you're thinking! "But that's...that's nothing special..." Well, maybe, and I go there every trip. Sometime more than once, but last time I was there, this beauty of a burger didn't exist:
*Heavy breathing*
 Who wouldn't want this shoved in their face?! It's macaroni and cheese! It's a cheeseburger! And it's at Epcot. Sign me up!

Next up is an item you're either delighted by, or sick of hearing about. Me, the idea delights me and I have yet to have one. Next up on my list of nom noms:
*Heavy breathing intensifies*
Epcot's Croissant Donut! Or known to the rest of the world as the "cronut." Hell, you can call it "piggy rubber nipples" if you want, I'm still going to eat this thing. Rumor has it that it can be found at the Refreshment Port, and you will also find me there.

Last on this brief list is something I've been wanting to devour ever since I heard of it's existence. Again, it wasn't around on my last trip, but there are two things that excited me most about New Fantasyland: The Seven Dwarfs coaster, and of course:
I can already feel my arteries clogging.
Gaston's Tavern's pork shank! I'm a glutton for the already popular turkey leg, so imagine my excitement when this glorious hunk of meat came to be! And yes, it will be mine.

So that's my list THUS FAR! But here's the thing, I want to open the floor up to you, the listener! I'm taking requests! If you feel there is some snack or meal I really need to try, throw it in the comments! Really! Do it! I want to hear from you, especially when it comes to food! DO IT NOW!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Attraction Clashin': Autopia vs. Tomorrowland Speedway *THE LOST EPISODE!*

Let's start things off with a disclaimer. Last year (that's right, LAST freakin' YEAR) I started writing a post on my self-proclaimed "popular" series, Attraction Clashin',  where I throw a Disneyland ride into the octagon of death with it's Disney World counterpart. Here's what happened: I took requests from Twitter. Good ol' Safari Mike said "do Autopia and Tomorrowland Speedway!" And I thought "Hell yeah! This will be awesome!" Come to find out, I don't give two flying damns about either of these attractions! I started typing it out and my attention dwindled into a smoldering pile of ash. (Not Safari Mike's fault. I blame the auto industry and the freeway systems and my lack of caring about either.)

So after leaving the draft in the shared Mickey Mutineers draft board for months, Josh got a hold of it and figured he'd have some fun and sabotaged it, I guess in an effort to finish my work. Well truth be told, it made me laugh, it made me still not care about these two exhaustive (Get it? Because internal combustion engines.) attractions, so I figured screw it! I'll publish it as is! And that's exactly what you're going to get: the unfinished, completely sabotaged version of ATTRACTION CLASHIN'!

At least it looks nice!

Welcome back to the ever popular, whiz-bang in your face action, full of power and adrenaline, turbo-charged, nothing like cottage cheese series of ATTRACTION CLASHIN'! The one and only series where a Disneyland attraction goes head-to-head against it's Walt Disney World counterpart in a battle to the death! Or, at least a battle to the pain. (I'm afraid I'm not quite familiar with that phrase...)

This ride is goofy...
In this installation, I bring you the two fuming exhaust factories of Tomorrowland: Disneyland's Autopia and Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland Speedway! As usual, an insanely brief history lesson!

A version of Disneyland's Autopia opened on July 17, 1955. That's right, folks! Opening day! It was completely full of the future of Los Angeles traffic: long lines and barely getting anywhere.  It was popular though!  Popular enough to have three of the bastards.  Three you say?  YES! Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, and the Midget Autopia. Yes, the Midget Autopia is just what it sounds like:  A car ride for midgets.  Most guests avoided this one, quite possibly because it smelled of cabbage.  Hell, they even had a boat version, the misleadingly named Motorboat Cruise.  This is how popular this shit became.  This is also what happens when Josh hijacks Jake's blog posts.  That will teach him to let shit sit for over a damned month.  Anyways, where the fun was I?  Oh yeah, stuck in LA traffic.  Shit this sucks.  Can you drink and drive the Autopia cars?  I think I have ADD.  Anyways, according to Wikipedia the car designs were named much like monorail and Lincolns of the day.  Marks.  Currently we are on the Mark VIII "Chevron" cars and that's okay.  Although, I like the Mark VII best.  The current track is kind of neat and well landscaped with a funny mouse crossing.

Yay, concrete! It's my favorite color!
At WDW we are graced with an almost themed Tomorrowland Speedway.  Honestly, as much as I like the Autopia, this shit sucks.  I think that it needs to be blown up and turned into Craterland.  Because that would be better than the garbage that TDO is selling me there.  Really, the track is stale, the cars are retro un-cool, and the queue is about as much fun as the clap.  Sadly though, it will never leave or change.  Thanks TDO.
Looks like something out of Nara Dreamland...

So uhhhh..... Autopia wins!
Autopia wins because of Frank. Because why wouldn't it?