Thursday, February 22, 2024

193. The One with Park Untouchables (and Removables!)


In the 193rd episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave are preparing for a long weekend down in WDW.  Jenn, as the owner of Upon a Star Travel, is getting ready to lead the team in a great competition thru the parks, while Dave is just happy to make through the upcoming 5K.  Plus, snacks and more.

We also say farewell to a fellow podcast who is ending their run after many years.

Then, we look at the parks and decide which attractions are truly "Untouchable". Which rides will be a part of Walt Disney World 10, 30, 50, maybe 100 years from now?  Haunted Mansion? Everest? Tower of Terror? Figment?  

And which attractions are okay to go... which ones would we not fuss over were they gone from the parks in the near future?  Certainly Jenn loves the chance to lash out at It's Tough to Be a Bug again. 

Let us know what you think!  Were we right or wrong? And which attractions would you deem "You Can never Take this ride out, no discussion full stop"?

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Ep 192. The One with the Universal Disability Access... and Epic Universe Too!


In the 192nd episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave takes a little stroll down the street to the other park, Universal Studios, to talk about the Epic announcements, how special guests are accommodated, and we might have a new least fave, beating out Fast & Furious.

First, making her debut on the show, from The Main Street Moms, Sarah Blackmon is on the episode!  She, Jenn, and Dave first chat up Tiana's new Bayou Adventure, and it's new opening time.

Then, our attention does shift down the road to the other park, where Sarah walks through using the Disability Access service - the pre-trip work to be done, getting to Guest Relations, what to do when it's impossible, avoiding a massive Gringott's meltdown, what do to if the system isn't cooperation, and more!

Then, Jenn, Dave, and Sarah look ahead to Epic Universe, chat up the info we know and don't know, and what might be in each land.

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Ep 191. The One with the Latest Disney Updates


In the 191st episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave have already had long weeks, and it's only the middle of the week! 

It's a quick ep tonight, first recapping the craziness of Jenn's week, then Dave giving a quick review of his trip to Dauphin Island on the very southern tip of Alabama with his kid (on a school field trip!) 

Then, hitting some news, with a Universal roller coaster not working... Taylor soon to be streaming... a new take on an old Disneyland hotel... a whole list of upcoming Disney films and release dates... Jenn's take on Deadpool... and what Pixar should do to introduce Toy Story 5.

And finally, a quick conversation on the habit of queue jumping... when it might be acceptable... and mostly when to avoid trying it. 

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Ep 190. The One with Disney-fied Star Wars


In the 190th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave borrow a concept from one of our favorite shows - Living with the Landspeeder, where a Disney Attraction is turned into a Star Wars Attraction... "Star Warsifying" it. 

This time, we reverse the concept and "Disneyfy" the three Star Wars attractions in WDW - Smuggler's Run, Rise of the Resistance, and the O.G., Star Tours. And what better way to retheme a ride than to invite on the guys who did it better - Catron, Chris, Ryan, and Derek Frank, hosts of
the IAmGeek show and Living with the Landspeeder.

Six new attractions are presented, two for each of the existing Star Wars rides, with ideas from Atlantis to Aladdin to Toy Story... plus Coco gets a ride (finally), we talk more about The Black Hole than any show in recent memory, and even Walt appears at the end of an attraction.

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Ep 189. The One with the YouTube Show


In the 189th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave do things just a bit differently this week. Because of out of whack schedules... or schedules that are not quite... N*Sync... today's ep is the audio version of the YouTube sensation that is sweeping the travel nation... sort of.

Upon a Star Travel features "Travel with the
Stars", a weekly show on the UAS YouTube channel, and we decided to give you a little taste of that show this time.

With Jenn hosting, and Dave joining in, Quasi-Producer Heather, aka The Moana Mom, also joins as well as Frequent Show Contributor and sort of 3rd co-host KylaKylaKyla to talk about all Epcot's Festival of the Arts, or "F'Arts", as it's known.

The food, the drink, the performances, and of course, the artistry both on stage and on canvas, and even some on the sidewalk are all covered here, as well as lamenting how short the festival is, and the prizes you can receive through various F'Arts passports.

Make sure to check out the actual show Travel with the Stars, but until then, enjoy this audio version! 

Also make sure to check out some of the other shows as mentioned in this episode:

The Travel With the Stars Ep you hear on this podcast ep

Divas Dish Diz on Apple Podcasts

The Deucecast Movie Show website

IAmGeek Show on Instagram

Living with the Landspeeder on Instagram

The ImagineEars Podcast on LinkTree

The Food for Thoughtcast website

My Kid's Got the Autism episode page

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Ep 188. The One with Our Favorite Disney Theater Shows


In the 188th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave are braving the cold from their homes, drinking from Disney mugs and replacing Disney jewelry, and trying to stay warm - and give a few hints on dealing with a cold snap in WDW.

In the news, the Flower & Garden opening dates have been revealed, as well as the Country Bears closing dates. The Disney Treasure will feature Moana as part of their Broadway style show. And Kali River Rapids' reopening date, which leads to Jenn's mini-rant against the attraction, and which rides she'd chunk out of each park.

Then, they look at both past and present theater shows to determine their favorites - any attraction which features the guest sitting in a theater chair or bench, staring at the stage or screen.  From current - like loving the Tumble Monkeys or Frozen narrators - to past, like Drew Carey's previous park presence or Nemo, old and new.  

And finally, thoughts on updating Carousel of Progress.

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Ep 187. The One with 2023 in Review


In the 187 episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave are back for the first show of the new year!  And as per tradition, it's time to take one more look back at the year we just completed, with all of it's highs and lows.  And also per usual, to do that, we bring in our own Quasi-Producer, the Moana Mom herself, aka Heather Kondas!

First, a New Year's celebration wrap up -- where was everyone, how was the party in Epcot (for Jenn), how was seeing the fireworks from the back porch (for Heather) and how was enjoying the New Year's from the comfort of his own couch (d$)

Then, Heather is solving the Disney World's problems, with the parking debacle at Disney Springs on New Year's Eve, and a closer look at the big day that was January 9th, brining back the Disney Dining Plan, and dropping the Park Pass Reservations (and what APs are dealing with)

And next, a look back, starting in January 2023, with the closing of Splash Mountain, to the end of December, with the new Summer House on the Lake -- and all in between, including new meet'n greets... Disney and Pixar's latest flicks... Tron and Journey of Water both opening... the Starcruiser closing... the chaos around Annual Passes returning... the Hatbox Ghost... Bears in the Kingdom... and that guy who jumped into the Lagoon.  Don't do that. 

Plus, a little emotion over Disney's best animated short in years.


Thursday, December 28, 2023

Ep 186. The One with the Candlelight Processional... with Friends


In the 186th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave close the year with what is now a tradition -- with the Candlelight Processional! 

In year's past, both Jenn and Dave have taken turns reading the narration, pulled directly from the long standing classic annual production at Epcot, with the music from the show interspersed, but this year, they've asked a few Friends of the Show to pitch in and lend their voices to the narrations.

Matt & Susie from The ImagineEars Podcast... Catron, Ryan, and Chris from IAmGeek... Derek Frank from Living with the Landspeeder... Melissa Reagan from The Food for Thoughtcast... and show faves Quasi Producer Heather and #KylaKylaKyla all assist, with Dave and Jenn of course. 

What you'll hear in this show is nearly the exact show you'd hear if you attended the CLP over the holiday season at Epcot. So we hope you enjoy our presentation of The Candlelight Processional.

All rights of music go to the writers, composers, and producers of the musical works themselves, as well as the script of the narration to those who adapted it for the show. 

Matt & Susie on IG @the_imagineears , @travelmationappleby , @susie487

Ryan, Catron, Chris on IG @Iamgeekshow , @catron_iamgeek,  @cstreet81, 

Derek Frank on IG @thederekfrank and @livingwiththelandspeeder

Melissa Reagan on IG @thefoodforthoughtcast

Heather on IG @Themoanamom

Kyla on IG @disneygeek27 

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Ep 185. The One with Christmas Chatter


In the 185th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave are holly and jolly, with only a few days until Christmas Day!

Jenn is getting ready for her annual Christmas Week trip to WDW, while Dave is excited that dining went super well, and both are (almost) ready for Christmas to arrive... and then onto 2024!

News brings info about Castaway Club changes on the Disney Cruise line... a new Mermaid show in Hollywood Studios... Rock n Roller Coaster closing for a refurbishment... and SeaWorld finally opening up their own hotel!

Then, a look back at our show over 2023... some of the guests who joined us, who's joined the show the most, and what eps rank as the most popular, most downloaded MSEPod eps of the year? 

Finally, a look ahead and a few predictions for 2024 -- including possible new lands... possible re-openings... and even a new park date for Universal!

And of course, here's hoping that YOU and YOURS have a wonderful holiday week!  

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Ep 184. The One with Disney Resorts at Christmas


In the 184th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave are ready for Christmas!  Both are getting their own homes ready for the holiday week, and also thinking of Disney resorts in this season.  And joining the show is frequent guest and almost third co-host #KylaKylaKyla - Kyla Melberg.

Jenn, Dave, and Kyla chat up the Christmas season at Disney World, and give their take on the five best resorts to stay in and visit while at WDW.  From the Boardwalk area to the monorail resorts, to Disney Springs, and even a value resort tossed in.

Plus, Dave explains to Kyla what it means to be a Hallmark movie.  

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Ep 183. The One with Walt's Luminous Magic


In the 183rd episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave are pumped about the Epcot walls coming down and all the new things opening up. And to give the full scoop, Quasi-Producer Heather, aka The Moana Mom, stops by.

In the news, a little about the new resorts coming to Universal Orlando... after hours events at Disneyland... Pixar films coming to theaters... and an update on the Hatbox Ghost.

Then Heather gives her first hand account on visiting Walt the Dreamer statue... the new pathway lights at Epcot's entrance... a review of the new nighttime spectacular, Luminous: The Story of Us... and looking at what's coming.

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Ep 182. The One with All the Things We Did


In the 182nd episode of the Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn and Dave is a little different this week, as Jenn is currently sailing on a Norwegian Cruise line... so joining the show as co-host this week, fan favorite and frequent guest, #KylaKylaKyla, aka Kyla Melberg, from Upon a Star Travel!

First, they lament this misery of post-trip laundry, then discuss the new Walt statue in Epcot, and the sad case of the guy in the water at Small World. 

Then, Dave gives his overall review of Disney's new film "Wish", as well as thoughts on the direction of Disney Animation.

Finally, Dave and Kyla were part of a larger group that hit Disney World recently, and they give their thoughts and reviews on the big events in the trip - the Wild Africa Trek in Animal Kingdom... Disney's Jollywood Nights in Hollywood Studios... the Epcot Fireworks Cruise in the pouring rain... plus, quick dining reviews on various places like The Edison, Trader Sam's, Boma and more!  

Plus, the most rare Hidden Mickey at Disney World! 

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Ep 181. The One with the Best Thing in the Magic Kingdom


In the 181st Episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave say HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 

To celebrate, they decided to figure out what is the best thing in the Magic Kingdom... Is it the food, like Dole Whip or Crystal Palace? Is it a ride, like Space Mountain or Tron or Peter Pan's Flight? Or maybe something different, like Cinderella Castle? Main Street USA? An event or parade?

Such tough questions that cannot be answered with just two people... so returning to the show, Sarah Harper, aka, Sarah Goes Bananas, to help the discussion and determine what wins! 

It's a fun conversation to figure out what truly is the best thing about the Magic Kingdom! 

The Bracket!
The Big Rides

Tron vs Space Mountain
Pirates of the Caribbean vs Haunted Mansion
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train vs Regal Carousel
People Mover vs It's a Small World

The Classics
Under the Sea with The Little Mermaid vs Barnstormer
Country Bears Jamboree vs Peter Pan's Flight
The Enchanted Tiki Room vs Jungle Cruise
Dumbo's Circus vs Mad Tea Party

The Experiences
WDW Railway vs Carousel of Progress
Cinderella Castle vs Happily Ever After
Main Street USA vs Festival of Fantasy Parade
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party vs Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

The Food
Dole Whip vs Turkey Legs
Be Our Guest vs Liberty Tree Tavern
Tony's Town Square Restaurant vs Crystal Palace
Casey Corner vs Columbia Harbour House
Main Street Confectionary vs Sleepy Hollow Nutella Waffles

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Ep 180. The One with Magical Random Chatter


In the 180th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave make it a free-for-all conversation.  A slow news week in the world of magic means the chat goes a little all over the place.

First, Jenn and Dave are both getting ready for trips to The Most Magical Place on Earth, as Dave is also headed to Universal Studios as well.  Dave also gives a review on the newest MCU film, "The Marvels."

Then, a quick look at the resorts of Universal, with d$ staying in Cabana Bay, and some talk about both of their upcoming trips.

There is a new promo that Jenn breaks down for everyone, there is a new character on property, and at some point, they even discuss the William Tell Overture.  Because of course they do.

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Ep 179. The One with Disneyland Paris


In the 179th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave invite back in frequent show contributor Kyla, aka #KylaKylaKyla, to chat all things Disney once again.

First up, d$ talks a little old school Cirque music, while both Jenn and Kyla are getting ready for the big trip coming up. 

The news checks out the Skyliner refurbishment... the Frozen Holiday Surprise show... details about Epcot's new fireworks show, Luminous... then, an unbelievable story about guests behaving badly.

Finally, Kyla and Jenn give their first hand report from their day at Disneyland Paris - the attractions, the similarities and differences in the Paris park and the Magic Kingdom in Disney World, some of the food (and drinks) and the vibe overall.

If you've ever been interested in checking out the park formerly known as EuroDisney, then Kyla and Jenn are who you need to listen to! 

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Ep 178. The One with Jenn & Dave's Holiday Preview


In the 178th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave are ready for Christmas!  And Jenn's travels continues as she has just returned from WDW and is headed to the Caribbean for a few days. It's decent work if you can get it, amma right?

Jenn shares her thoughts on her first experience with the Journey of Water in Epcot, while Dave gives a fairly detailed review on the newly released book, "MCU: The Reign of Marvel", then they hop on the news, chatting about the upcoming After Hours Events... the Haunted Mansion lounge on the upcoming Disney Treasure... new runDisney events announced... the Epcot Festival of the Arts... 

And they share both their favorite scary films, and then fave Christmas films. 

Finally, a preview of the Disney World holiday season -- with the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, the new Disney Jollywood Nights, the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail, visiting the parks over the Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks, tips on getting seats at the Candlelight Processional, and where to find all the Deluxe Resort Gingerbread and Chocolate displays!

Its a fun look at the next two months, all the things to see and do, and what we are all looking forward to! 

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Ep 177. The One with the Princess Cruise


In the 177th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave are talking Princess Cruises this time around!  And no, not Disney Princess Cruises on a Disney ship with Belle and Aurora... the actual Princess Cruises brand, and d$'s recent sailing to the Pacific Northwest aboard the Majestic Princess!

First, Jenn chats a little about packing for her upcoming WDW trip (which at the time of this episode's release, will be pretty much over...) and Dave talks about "Boo'ing" his neighbor kids... then, a deep dive into the Majestic Princess cruise!

Dave and his lovely wife Stephanie were able to swing taking a 7 night cruise leaving out of Vancouver, so he runs down their flight across the country, traveling to the port, and embarkation.

They give travel tips along the way (like, if you have the chance to just Uber... DO IT), as well as port tips and cruise tidbits.

Dave also gives a review of the ship and the experience itself, including what was awesome, like the staff, and what needs a little work (needing some more USB ports!), why Princess Plus is cool, using the medallion, getting on a Cruise game show, checking out the ports, and how will the internet work in the North Pacific??

Also... who is this cruise for? That ultimate question and much more answered in this great conversation! 

Don't forget to check out Traveling with the Stars on YouTube!

And follow Jenn @Jenn_Novotny or @uponastarJenn on IG

And follow d$ @TheMagiconaDollar on IG

And follow Quasi-Producer Heather @TheMoanaMom and #KYLAKylakyla @disneygeek27 on IG

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Ep 176. The One with the Love of Magic


In the 176th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave are back together again, at least on the Zoom screen! 

After catching up a little on recent travels and future travels, Jenn gives her take on recent Disney news, like the Park Hopping 2pm rule ending (she's for it!) and Candlelight Processional's narrator lineup (she's for it!) and the newest promos and discounts coming up (she's for that too!)

Then, Jenn and Dave take a deep dive into the 9 minute Disney short film, "Once Upon a Studio" as they give their glowing review.  They walk through the short a little at time, giving Easter Eggs and things to see, as well as pointing out some of the more obscure characters you'll find through out.

Finally, in honor of Disney's 100th anniversary, they have a meaningful conversation on what "Disney" truly means to each of them -- from their first Disney memories to first Disney movies to the moments they knew they'd be Disney lifers.  And yes, both get a little emotional, so stick around for the dust in the room. 

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Ep 175. The One with the Park Hopping


In the 175th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave turns out to be No Jenn Just Dave today... as Jenn (and Friend of the Show #KylaKylaKyla) are returning from their trip in London & Paris -- at recording time, they were flying out, and at the time you listen, they'll be home, recovering from jetlag!

Dave takes the show solo today, first briefly touching on his Majestic Princess cruise from last week, then "hopping" on all the big news released this week, including the big news that Park Hopping rules of "Only after 2p" are going to be dropped on January 9th, adding to the other big events of that day, including Park Pass Reservations going away and Disney Dining Plan coming back.

He also gives a short list of things he wishes Disney would bring back (Express anyone?) and then runs through the list of the Candlelight Processional narrators revealed recently, and the dining package that goes with it.

Finally, in an off-the-cuff chat, a quick word of encouragement via a Walt quote, regarding all the craziness of the world today. 

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Ep 174. The One with Musical Geeks


In the 174th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave are in the midst of fall travels! In real life, Dave has just returned from Vancouver, while Jenn (and part time host #KylaKylaKyla) has just arrived in London, England for a 10 day adventure!

BUT... today's ep was recorded recently, and invites in Friends of the Show THE Derek Frank (Living with the Landspeeder) and the IAmGeek Guys - Ryan, Catron (also part of Living with the Landspeeder) and Chris, for a fun and lively discussion about one of our favorite things... DISNEY MUSIC.

This time, it's favorite musical sequences in ANY Disney film - and by "sequence", it's defined as a scene where a character is actively singing the song itself and/or participating in the song (not just a musical montage where action is happening as the song is playing).

The chat goes all over, from "Aladdin" favorites to "Beauty & The Beast" music to "Mary Poppins", which of course because Jenn is involved, and somehow, Dave is stalking Amy Adams and also Derek (or someone) nearly curses Dick Van Dyke -- LONG LIVE BERT!!

Make sure you follow everyone on the show for all the adventures and enjoy the show!