One way I keep the Disney magic going between trips is by listening to podcasts.
You may be asking yourself what is a podcast? Think of it as a radio show on the internet that can address any number of topics - the ones I enjoy are all about Disney. Of course!
I just download them onto my cell phone using the Podcast Republic app, plug in my earphones, and off I go into the world of Disney.
About a year and a half ago, I found my first podcast - Resort Loop - and I instantly became a huge fan and part of "Looper Nation". Resort Loop Tim and Resort Loop Bob are incredibly likable and down to earth, with a terrific banter and a great sense of humor.
They engage their audience by soliciting their thoughts on various topics, encouraging you to participate, and later sharing your answers with the Looper Nation on their podcast. And their "Super Loopers" get in on the act as well. From their "Boots on the Ground", Sean Woosley, in Walt Disney World, to their "Sandals on the Ground", Dave Tupper, at the Aulani Resort in Hawaii, to the adorable "Bing Bong" Ben and Ava, and other Looper show opener contributors (that's right - you can call and leave them a message which they might then use as their show opener), they keep the shows fresh and entertaining. I enjoy their views and opinions, their trip reports, getting to know their families and other guests, and their "regular guy" approach to all things Disney. From Resort Loop Tim's wrong answer buzzer to Resort Loop Bob's cheapness, and their love of Joffrey's coffee, they keep me laughing along. They put out a twice-weekly show on Tuesdays and Fridays, and those days just aren't the same for me if I don't get a chance to listen in. The Resort Loop podcast can be found at www.resortloop.com, on iTunes, Facebook, Twitter, and as they say, the Stitcher.
Once I started listening to the Resort Loop, I had to go back and listen to all of the previous episodes I had missed. And then I listened again, after which I decided it was time to add to my podcast treasure chest. After all, as Resort Loop Bob says, "There's plenty of room in the pool".
And that's when I found the 3 Moms And The Mouse podcast, which, as they will tell you, is "everything Disney from a mom's point of view", or, in this case, those of moms Lisa, Mindy, and Dina. These three travel agent moms, brought together by their love of Disney, are delightful and fun as they bring their audience their seemingly unending knowledge of all things Disney.
From Lisa's trip packing habits and park sherpa status, to Mindy's moment of silence for the chicken no longer served at O'hana's in the Polynesian Resort, to the 22 minutes of Dina's life she can never get back as a result of the Great Movie Ride in Hollywood Studios, these moms will keep you informed on all of the latest Disney news and give you great tips and information for your next trip. These ladies are so warm, funny, and engaging, that I feel like I’m one of the girls when I’m listening. In fact, Dina has now become my official Disney travel agent, and she is just as warm in person as she is on the podcast. The moms put out a weekly show on Thursdays, and I just can’t miss an episode. They can be found at www.3momsandthemouse.com, on iTunes, and Facebook.
Once I had caught up with all of their podcast episodes, I again decided to add to my podcast treasure chest and found the Mousechat podcast.
Mousechat is fearlessly led by the Griswolds – Steve and Lisa – and their cohort of travel agents, Lauren, Chris, and Sharpie, and the now much missed Bob. From Steve’s infamous finger roll, to Lisa’s diplomacy, Lauren’s hunt for alcohol at the World, Chris’ hilarious sarcastic humor and love of shoes, to Sharpie’s puns and jokes, this podcast makes me laugh out loud. Unfortunately, Bob is no longer with them – nothing beats his theory that he was abducted by aliens in his younger years. This podcast is very funny and informative. Mousechat puts out a weekly show on Mondays and can be found at www.mousechat.net, on iTunes, and Facebook.
I recently discovered another favorite podcast, 2 Men And The Mouse. Kevin and Peter are two guys who truly love all things Disney. From Kevin’s Doofenshmirtz (of Phineas and Ferb) impressions and love of the Muppets to Peter surprising his kids during the podcast with the news that they’re going to Walt Disney World, this podcast is fun, informative, and educational – I now know why there’s a brown line running down the middle of the street in Liberty Square. You’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out why! Kevin and Peter put out a weekly podcast on Tuesdays and can be found at www.2menandthemouse.com, on iTunes, and Facebook.
These are just my top four podcasts, but there are many more out there.
I’ve gotten a great deal of wonderful information from these podcasts and encourage all Disney fans to take a listen, especially if they’re planning a trip to the World.
Until next time, I hope you remember to keep the Mouse in your house.