Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dis After Dark: Episode 3

This week I had the honor, and pleasure to co host episode 3 of Dis After Dark. I joined hosts Nick and Paul as we talked about new Disneyland giveaways, vinylmation, and more.

It was a real pleasure to hosts with the guys and I look forward to more! 


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Your Mousecast Show #43: The Lee and Chris Show

I had the privilege to guest host episode show #43 of Your Mousecast.  On the show we have a trip report, cover some Disney news, and there is an interview with an expert on RFID usage at WDW.

Big thanks to Allen and my other guest host Lee Mallaby from the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast. 

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

This Week in Podcasting February 12-18

I should start off this week by apologizing for missing an entry last week. I was spending a few days at Walt Disney World and the more than relaxing conditions at our Sheraton Vistana Villa made for a bit of a hostile writing environment. I would like to tell you all that it wont happen again. Yes, I would like to tell you that......

Minnie Minxes Episode 1: This is yet another new Disney podcast. The one thing that separates this show a bit was the amount of hype that hosts Kim and Laura put behind the show leading up to the first episode. This show, like every theme park podcast from the UK, is a heavily segment based podcast. I think the Brits have cornered the market when it comes to segment based podcasting. The first episode starts off a little bit rough audio wise. In the introduction segment co host Kim kind of sounds like she is broadcasting from the bottom of the ocean using a paper cup. Her audio quality does not get much better throughout the show. I found myself having to constantly adjust the volume on my ipod while listening to this episode. Aside from the audio difficulty, the majority of this show is very decent. The two ladies have had some experience on other Disney podcast and they bring a lot of spirit to the table. The girls do bring an interesting take on the parks, and you can tell they are true fans, who enjoy talking about Disney. This weeks show content is standard for any first show for a podcast. Its alright, but not must hear information. I imagine as time goes on the girls will offer up some choice, quality content. I really hope they are able to fix the audio quality, because this show would be a great edition to any theme park podcasting fan. Lord knows if I tried doing a podcast by myself it wouldn't sound anywhere near as good as this show does.     

 Dis Unplugged February 15:  Anyone who has heard me talk more than 10 minutes about Disney podcasting is going to find this next statement a bit shocking. This weeks Dis Unplugged show
 was quite enjoyable.  Maybe its because host Pete was away, whats new there though, or maybe it was because the content on this weeks show was decent, useful, and informative. I often find myself in a hypocritical catch 22 when it comes to the Dis Unplugged show. I am a subscriber to the Eric Bischoff philosophy of "Controversy Creates Cash". I love to hear shows where the group criticizes and lays into Disney for their greedy ways. I hate listening to a show where they only spew Disney love, and "everything Disney does is amazing and perfect!" On the other hand, I often times find this show unlistenable because the group does nothing but complain??!! This week the Dis crew gives a review of some Animal Kingdom lodge counter service dining and they also give a well rounded and informative look at the new Magic Kingdom game Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. Their views and opinions are grounded, and very in touch with the average WDW fan. For a show that has been sliding down hill for the last year or so, this week podcast is a decent listen with some useable information.

Dis After Dark Episode 2: I love this shows opening line, "Warning, this show childish adult content and is intended for immature mature audiences!" This is such a different show. I do not know what I was expecting but I was not expecting this. The hosts have an almost unashamed disposition. They are so upfront and honest with their views its refreshing. Usually when you get a "mature" podcast like this one, the general content and information from the show is top notch. Both hosts are up front and make it a point to tell you how they feel without holding anything back. On episode 2 they discuss some Disneyland Paris news, talk about the new Habit Heroes game at EPCOT, and they Nick has a choice rant about the general theme of Universal Orlando's Ride the Movies campaign. The show's Stupid Question is very funny and I am looking forward to more of these in the future. Yet another new Disney podcast, this one has managed to grab a lot of attention, and stand out from the other Disney podcast "noise." The hosts approach to their show isn't up tight or overly stressful which translates to the audience. Its a nice, funny, and strangely enough, peaceful listen. Nothing too overcharged or rushed.     

Disneybrit Episode 88: This podcast is a good example of give and take. The host are extremely personable and likeable. The show is a little bit of a chore for me to listen to though. Ok, maybe saying it is a chore is a bit harsh but I do find my mind wondering while listening to this weeks show in particular. Dont get me wrong, its not the hosts fault, its mine. A lot of the content on this weeks show is focused on Disneyland Paris, and as someone who is not interested in DLP I just did not connect with this weeks show like usual. I really wish I could put myself in the perfect mood and perfect setting when listening to a podcast but that is not always the case. Outside of the DLP talk the team did touch on some of the recent WDW news including the new Art of Animation artwork, new fastpass rules, and more. The save UK Vinylmation segment did not click with me either. I really do not mean to rag on the show, but I just did not find it too terribly relate able. The information was useful, and important but for someone who lives in the US, this weeks show was a too much Brit. The crew does get major points for putting the Brit in Disneybrit. Useful for those of you who live in the UK, but not as much for us Yanks.      

SHOW OF THE WEEK: The Rotoscopers Episodes 1 and 2: Ok, so im cheating. Ok, ok, so im really cheating. I'm including a podcast from two weeks ago, but this show isnt even a theme park podcast. With the risk of this blog sounding repetitive, I am a hypocrite! It's true, but I believe this show deserves tons of recognition, and accolades. The three young hosts have chosen to tackle some very difficult subjects and they are wading out into what are uncharted waters. I dont even know where to begin, but ill try. The show is billed as, "A podcast for animation addicts. Disney, DreamWorks, Pixar, Don Bluth & everything in between!" I was already sold on the idea from there. Within the first 15 minutes of listening to episode 1 my mind was blown. Just when I thought I had heard everything there was to hear about Disney, this group opened up a new door for me. The hosting crew consist of two girls, one a self described "Disney Freakazoid", and the other a professional singer/Disney fan. Now I dont want to come across as sexist, but a lot of the times when I hear women on podcast their voice comes across as loud, whiny, and some are just unlistenable. Most of the time, they are over excited because of the subject matter, and maybe that accounts for the high pitch sound that sends me reeling. That being said, these two girls have bucked that trend for me and I find theme extremely listenable, likeable, and funny. The other host is Mason Smith who is an animation student at BYU. Put these three hosts together and you have some of the best podcasting I have heard. The show content is so well researched and thought out I was swimming in information. Keep in mind that the crew has only put out two shows, but they sound like they have been friends and co host for years and years. I could go on for days about this young show, but let me just say that. 1. Its not a theme park podcast 2. ANY Disney/animation fan will find it very informative and 3. This show is a growing on me like algae in the lagoon at Animal Kingdom. This, im sure, is not the last you will hear about this show.         


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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Universal Orlando Discussion Show Episode 2

Episode 2 of the Universal Orlando Discussion Show is out! Check it out at usfdiscussion.wordpress.com   Host Ryan Barr is joined by Brandon Glover and myself as we talk about Universal Studios Orlando Islands of Adventure. Give us your feedback on the Facebook page or on twitter.https://twitter.com/#!/WDWDISCussion

Thanks for listening!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

This Week in Podcasting: Jan 29-Feb 4

WDWNT Episode 227: This week host Tom and his crew offer up a rare “themed” show. They turn the focus for show 227 to the cars of WDW. They start off the show with a Expedition Everoth. Co host Adam Roth talks with Tom Coreless about the new exotic car experience at the Walt Disney World Speedway. Adam gives the best review of this experience that I have heard to date. His information is spot on and very detailed. Adam also does a great job at not only conveying what happened during the experience, but he also manages to convey how he felt during the driving experience.  The team also does one of their “Back to the Future” segments. Personally, this segment is my favorite in all of Disney podcasting.  This newest edition of Back to the Future did not disappoint. The team goes over the history of the WDW Speedway in the Magic Kingdom. They do the standard, great job art uncovering the history and behind the scenes stories of this attraction. I really like how the team visits the other Disney parks across the globe and discusses the history of other Disney parks Speedways. This week’s show is not a “must listen” necessarily, but it is still a good listen for any WDW fan.   

Magical DefinitionPodcast Sunday Jan,29: This podcast from hosts Nathan Rose and Jim Hill continues to deliver quality information about theme parks and the Disney company I general. This week the decided to do a listener email show. The format is as simple as it sounds. Jim and Nathan field about three or four emails from fans. Jim does a great job at answering the listeners’ questions and providing some really great can’t miss information. Jim Hill is a wealth of behind the scenes information, and if you have ever wondered about what “behind the magic”, do yourself a favor and listen to this podcast.     

Inside the Magic Show356: This week w have another well produced, and well laid out show from host Ricky. The structure of this show is one of the best I have heard. This week Ricky talks about his recent trip to Disneyland. He goes into some great depths discussing his stay at the newly refurbished Disneyland Hotel. He also talks about the different dining experiences he had while out on the west coast. This show was pretty decent. Ricky was not afraid to be critical of Disney and some of the things he thought they could improve on. It is interesting to hear his unique and different views about the resort. This show is pretty informative to someone who is interested in going to Disneyland and needs to know about the hotels, and restaurants. The news section at the beginning of the show is choice as well. Ricky has a unique format when it comes to covering news stories. He stays on topic, gets the point across, and then moves on. Thumps up two Ricky for a somewhat watered down but still listenable show this week.      

Unofficial UniversalPodcast Episode 23: Lee, Tracey, Darren, and Hunter bring their fans another fun filled show on episode 23. This week they talk about the latest news from Universal Studios Florida. Part of this show was a bit of a repeat of their announcement show from last week. Either way they do give unique and interesting insight on the big news that came from Universal late last month. The featured segment on this week’s show is their Walk the Walk segment. The team ventures through the Woody woodpeckers Kid zone. This is a very, very funny segment. Although, I don’t think the team initially set out for the segment to be funny, that’s what it turned into. The hosts do a really great job at being serious, but at the same time, not taking themselves too seriously. It was not the most informative segment but the team did a great job at keeping it light and giving some great opinions on the kid zone. Co host Hunter does another great fact Hunter segment on the E.T attraction. Fan Andy Hughes calls I with a brief trip report which puts a nice bow on what is another stellar show from the UUOP crew.  

SHOW OF THE WEEK: WDWFanBoys Episode 112: For anyone who has read more than one of these podcast reviews its no secret that I am a huge Jim Hill mark. He is a choice source for information and behind the scenes secrets when it comes to Disney and Universal. This week the fanboys team Jim up with long time fan favorite Ron Schneider. The show starts out with the usual introductions and plugs, and after that for the two hours Ron and Jim begin to tear a hole into what was, up until then, my view of the Disney fanboy community. They share their opinions when it comes to “arm chair imagineers” and they don’t leave anything to the imagination. No pun intended. Fanboys Bret, Tim and Paul do a great job at throwing counter points at the two experts. Ron and Jim, as usual, pull back the curtain and let the fans behind the scenes as they share more unheard stories from Disney and Universal. This show is without a doubt one of, if not, the best WDWFanboy episodes I have heard; and not just because Jim and Ron are on. The hosting crew really does a great job at pushing forward new, and interesting ideas for the theme parks. These guys are fanboys in every sense of the word. They care about the parks, and they want to see the parks do well. Let it be known that this show is quickly making its way up my favorites list!        


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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Show of the Month: January

I gave you, the readers, a chance to vote on which one of the four Shows of the Week from January you thought should be Show of the Month. The votes came in via twitter @wakefieldreport and the winner and January Show of the month is.......

"Hello internet!"
On the show this week hosts Lee, Tracey and Darren are visited by former Universal Studios Orlando team
member Ron Schneider. Ron shares stories with the crew about the first ever Christmas celebration at
Universal Orlando. Ron offers up some great insight and tells some very funny stories. Host Lee Mallaby
lands yet another top notch interview with a true theme park insider. Lee is a great interviewer and does a
great job at asking the important questions, while making sure he does not take the spotlight off of his guest.
UUOP continues to be one of my favorite theme park podcast out there today. The way they present their
news at the beginning of the show is one of my favorite segments and I look forward to it. With only 20
episodes under their belt the crew at UUOP continues to get better and better. Podcasting is much like a
theme park attraction; it’s all about storytelling, and these guys have managed to get some of the best story
tellers in the industry on the show. The bonus outtakes show was a special treat. As someone who used to
host a small local high school TV news show I can appreciate a good blooper. With the special edition of
the bloopers show I think UUOP is more than worthy of “Show of the Week’. The bit where co host
Hunters family member keeps bursting into is room during the show is hilarious! The bonus show will have
you laughing from beginning to end and is well worth the extra download. I look forward to watching this
show progress and grow in 2012!      

 Congrats Lee, Tracey, Darren and Hunter!

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