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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