Thursday, July 11, 2024

Ep 212. The One with Cruising the Med

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In the 212th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave are joined again by Quasi Producer Heather, aka The Moana Mom!  

First, a little catch up, as Jenn is back from most of her travels (with one more travel week to go!), and The Moana Mom Heather is getting ready for a Top of the World Experience later in the day.

All three have seen "Inside Out", two on a cruise ship and one with a ASD kid in tow, and all three give their reviews and opinions (mild spoilers).

Then Dave takes a backseat while Jenn and Heather both share their experiences aboard the Disney Dream, cruising through the Mediterranean Sea, stopping at several of the Greek ports.

Heather shares her fulfillment of a longtime dream... sort of... and Jenn shares her visit to the Colosseum and to Athens.

They both give tips and thoughts on the ports and the crowds, and the unexpected stop that you should not miss! 

Thursday, July 4, 2024

Ep 211. The One with the Genie+ Changes

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In the 211th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave this week are Heather & Dave, as Jenn is returning from one of her final trips of the summer season! 

Heather, aka The Moana Mom, fills the co-host spot today and she and Dave jump into news immediately, with so much to discuss!

Starting out with Heather and her girls heading to Tiana's for an event (which allows them to ride over and over!), they discuss CommuniCore Hall in Epcot... the Fort Wilderness Cabins that have opened... the Eat to the Beat lineup coming in the fall (and what Justin Timberlake's best PR move could possibly be)... the dates for Jollywood and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party... and more.

Then, an overview of the changes coming to Walt Disney World with Genie+... the new Multi Pass... the Single Day Pass... how it will (or should) work... some of the things you can and cannot do... and opinions on how Disney makes things harder than it ever has to be. 

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Ep 210. The One with All the Epcot


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In the 210th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn and Dave finally reunite on the show!  Jenn is back from her overseas world travels, while Dave is just back from his weekend with his 12yo, and both have a few things to share -- more on both trips in coming episodes.

And because the subject is Epcot today, coming back into the studio is third co-host #KylaKylaKyla (ready for her own trip!) and Vlogger, Influencer, and showman THE Derek Frank (on location in Iowa!), and the foursome are here to chat all the Epcot stuff.

First, a quick look at the newest Disney change, as Genie+ is set to go away, to be replaced by Multi Pass and Single Pass and all the Pass. 

Then, now that the Epcot walls are finally down, we all give our thoughts on all the new things we've gotten in the last few years... and the things we didn't get. Mary Poppins, anyone?

Wrapping up the series from the last few weeks, the crew looks at all the attractions in Epcot, from the newest like Remy and Guardians to the classics like Figment and Spaceship Earth -- what gets a "LOVE IT!", what gets a "LIKE IT", and what ends up in the "Meh" pile. 

And finally... Jenn, d$, Kyla, and Derek all give their 1, 2, 3, and 4 rankings of the Epcot festivals.

This is a great ep of conversation for any Epcot fan! 




Thursday, June 20, 2024

Ep 209. The One with Rating AK & the Studios

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In the 209th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave become Kyla & Dave for another week, as Jenn is still overseas on a Mediterranean cruise!  So Kyla takes the co-hosting duties as they pick up from last week.

And last week, it was rating the Magic Kingdom... Love it!  Like it!  Or just... Meh.  This week, they take on Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios -- and invite in vlogger and influencer Derek "Let's Be" Frank to join the conversation.

They review each park attraction by attraction, including several shows, with their own take on how much the like, love, or are just uncaring about a ride or show, with several sidebars along the way... liking the new style Mickey... hope for D23... why Disco Yeti can't go back to Swinging Yeti... and at the end, thoughts on the constant repair of the upcoming Tiana's Bayou Adventure. 

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Ep 208. The One with Tiana's & Magic Kingdom

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In the 208th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave have two totally different schedules, as Jenn is in the midst of her busy summer travel schedule and is out until the very end of the show. 

Friend of the show and fan fave #KylaKylaKyla steps in to co-host, as she's getting ready for her own show, while Dave discussed signing his son up for the DAS pass.

Kyle and Dave then chat about the new popcorn buckets at Hollywood Studios... the thirsty guest in 7 Dwarfs Mine Train... the walls coming down in Epcot... and Kyla's feelings about CommuniCore.

Then, they do a Magic Kingdom run-through, giving Kyla a chance to publicly declare her MK faves in a game we call "Love It, Like It, or Meh". 

Finally, Kyla steps out for kid duty, and Jenn joins the show for the last few minutes to give her review of CommuniCore, the new Disney Dreams that Soar drone show, and of course, Tiana's Bayou Adventure.  

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Ep 207. The One with the Dominican

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In the 207th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave talk a little Disney, then a little Caribbean, as summer travels continues to take at least one of the crew out of the country.

First up, Jenn and her coaster, and Dave & his CDs, then both giving a nod to Disney icon and legend Richard Sherman in his passing. 

News confirms the Rock n Roller Coaster opening, looks at Fantasmic! in Disneyland, the massive crowds at the new drone show in Disney Springs, and more updates on Epcot, including the new space for meeting and greeting Mickey.  Then both tiptoe around the new DAS news for Disney World (I'm sure we'll talk more about that in the future)

Finally, Jenn shares her experience in Secrets Tides, a resort on the beaches of Dominican Republic, and what there is to offer. Plus, a conversation about the island itself, and a look at some of the other islands when it comes to food, activities and more.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Ep 206. The One with the Guardians Soundtrack

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In the 206th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave take on one of the best rides in Epcot -- Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind... but not just the ride, but the music itself!

Joining Dave & Jenn is the unofficial 3rd co-host #KylaKylaKyla, aka Kyla Melberg, as she has lots of thoughts on the musical choices for the ride. 

First up, Jenn is getting ready for her trip, Kyla is spending a fortune on passes, 

Retheming Rock'n Roller Coaster and why rock bands may not work... The best Beatle, the worst Beatle, and who finds them overrated... an early look at the "Disney Dreams that Soar" drone show over Disney Springs waters... and a party date sells out. 

And finally, the Guardians playlist played in the ride includes:

  • "One Way or Another" by Blondie
  • "Conga" by Gloria Estefan & the Miami Sound Machine
  • "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears
  • "Disco Inferno" by The Trammps
  • "I Ran" by Flock of Seagulls
  • "September" by Earth, Wind, And Fire

And the challenge is... which songs should stay? Which songs should go? Dave, Jenn, and Kyla all pitch in ideas of what should be removed and what should replace it - bands like Van Halen, Heart, and Queen all get nods, as well as slower rock and even some EDM (thanks Kyla)

Plus, find out why Kyla doesn't like "September" at all!  And what song is "Sandstorm"?

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Ep 205. The One with Sandals in Jamaica

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In the 205th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave are back from spending a few days in the beautiful (and hot) Caribbean with a few of their travel agent co-horts.

While Jenn is prepping to head down to Disney World, d$ literally spent about 10 h
ours there, and reviews his Uber problems, his mad dash through Epcot, and a few hours at Magic Kingdom.

The Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party prices are finally out, and we give you all the news on Tiana's Bayou Adventure opening and virtual queue info! 

Then, a recap of the trip down to Sandals Negril on the west coast of Jamaica -- discussing the food, the rooms, the excursions and more. Plus a look at the Sandals South Coast resort and Beaches Negril resort next door.

And, how do you fill 7 days at Sandal resort? Plus, why Club Mobay is a MUST on your way out. 

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Ep 204. The One with the Resort Talk

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In the 204th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave are a day away (at the recording) from heading to the Caribbean -- Sandals Negril Resort in Jamaica, to be exact, on a travel agent group.

Before they split, however, they cover the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party news released with party dates and details (prices were not out at time of recording, but are available now).

Then, we present the audio of the most recent Travel With the Stars, the YouTube show hosted by Jenn herself, featuring Dave, with fellow agents Jamie and Emily.  It's a fun conversation about the Disney resorts, and so many of the things to do from Pop Century resort  to Grand Floridian, and all in between.

Plus, the infamous Surrey Bike ride of 2022... 

Dave & Jenn will be back next week with a full report on Sandals in Jamaica as well! 



Thursday, May 2, 2024

Ep 203. The One with Dr. Disneyland

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In the 203rd episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave talk a little Disneyland today... and what better to way to do so than to have on an actual expert in such things -- Dr Jeffery Barnes, author, speaker, traveler, and super fun guy joins the show! 

Jenn, Dave, and Jeff have a great discussion first on what created his love for Disneyland itself, then dive into a little Walt history -- plus a take on the legendary tale of "Mortimer/Mickey on the train" that perhaps wasn't quite as true as we make it out to be.

We also compare the major Walt bios, the Gabler vs Thomas versions, as well as looking forward to Disneyland and what might happen in the upcoming expansion (if? when?)

Finally, a quick round of The Wheel of Magical Random to find a few faves like Hidden Mickeys and rides we wished we could be on.  

Dr. Jeffery Barnes is one of the foremost authorities on Walt Disney and the secrets to Walt's success, and the author of "The Wisdom of Walt" and "Beyond the Wisdom of Walt", and travels the country and world teaching such things. 

Find "Wisdom of Walt"

And then "Beyond the Wisdom of Walt" 

And then "Walt Disney: An American Original" by Bob Thomas

And then "Walt Disney: A Triumph of the American Spirit" by Neal Gabler

And then visit Jeff Barnes's webpage

And then follow Jeff on Instagram

And then follow Jenn on Instagram

And then, why not follow d$ on Instagram

And then, what the heck, go ahead and follow Quasi-Producer Heather and then KylaKylaKyla on Instragram

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Ep 202. The One with the Travel Bucket List

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In the 202nd episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn and Dave are celebrating National Bucket List Day! 

This leads to a discussion about the things, mostly travel related, that are on both their bucket lists... places they'd like to visit, cruises they'd like to take, ground they'd like to set their feet upon, and theme parks to fly to.

First though, Jenn is getting ready for a huge travel summer, while Dave is putting a Cap on his wall. Then, a little news -- Epcot's Food & Wine Festival dates have been released, and we speculate on why the festival time period is shorter... and if it has to do anything with the upcoming CommuniCore opening.. and of course, speculation of what we might see in there.

Then, Disney filed permits for work on the Imagination Pavilion, so we also make some wildly off base yet fully educated guesses as to what Disney might be doing next in this area. And, is Figment so popular that he still needs his own attraction? 

Hollywood Studios has a 35th anniversary coming up... Smellephant is brand new in Magic Kingdom... new experiences require pre-payment (and why Mace Windu's lightsaber is purple)... and Jenn's joy that her favorite restaurant just got one huge award. 

Then onto the Bucket List chat, which really just devolves into a travel discussion about places we want to go, but it's always entertaining. 

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Ep 201. The One with the Freedom of the Seas

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In the 201st episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave have returned from their group trip aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise liner Freedom of the Seas!

First, Dave gets some new movies while Jenn preps for Tiana's Bayou Adventure, then they take a look at the upcoming Disneyland Forward - what it is, where it is, and what we might see coming soon.

Then, Dave first gives a rundown of Royal Caribbean, with the early ships to the most recent behemoth Icon of the Seas, then they recap their full weekend where the Freedom of the Seas cruised down to Perfect Day at CocoCay and then over to Nassau - first, d$'s madcap night arriving to the port, while Jenn discusses her previous experience on Royal ships. 

They review the ship itself - the pros and cons to the cabins, what there is to do, the extremely cool promenade, and the lacking quality of the food. 

Finally, Dave gives a quick review on his experience aboard the Brightline train from Miami to Orlando, in a great episode of new and returning experiences.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Ep 200. The One with the Attraction Bracket

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In the 200th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave celebrate and high-fave making it almost four years and covering a milestone in the podcast.

To help commemorate the occasion, they welcome in the Quasi-Producer of the Show, The Moana Mom, aka Heather, and Past and Future Guest of the Show Derek Frank! 

Thanks to Derek's handiwork, the team of four look at an attraction bracket - 16 rides, shows and otherwise from each park, pitted one on one, and everybody has to pick the winners - just like March Madness, they keep going until the Best Attraction in Walt Disney World is finally declared... and we even get a little help from mostly third co-host Kyla.

Plus... the Tiffany vs Debbie debate finally hits the podcast.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Ep 199. The One with Disney DAS Strategy


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In the 199th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave get back together again on the show, with Jenn getting ready to travel in a week or so, and Dave having just got back from his annual WDW Spring Break adventure!

Right off the top, they dive into more updates on Tiana's Bayou Adventure, then spend a little time on Universal's Epic Universe big release last week, the Isle of Berk. And Dave spends time explaining to Jenn what that exactly is. 

Finally, Dave shares some of his experience with the Disability Access Service (DAS) that his family used over the last week, and some strategy behind it - what do you do after you get it set up and now are looking for an attraction. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Ep 198. The One with the Girls (NOT) Rope Dropping

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In the 198th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave become Jenn & Heather for a week, as d$ is currently running around Magic Kingdom (at the time of this recording) and Animal Kingdom (at the time of this episode release)! 

So Quasi Producer Heather, aka The Moana Mom fills in the gaps, as she and Jenn talk this week's Disney News, D23, and some bold predictions for the future.

They also cover how to navigate the parks if you choose not to rope drop, and which situations that works best for! This and other magical chatter is up for grabs in this week's episode!



Thursday, March 21, 2024

Ep 197. The One with Another Magical Roundup

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In the 197th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave are just here to chit-chat Disney adventures, upcoming events, and a little news.


Jenn just returned from her magical stay - and possibly betraying her beloved Grand Floridian - while Dave makes a city-wide search for Encanto, with good reason. Jenn also gives her take on Roundup Rodeo BBQ in Hollywood Studios.

We explain what happens with "stacking" Lightning Lane reservations, then give an update on the "other park" down the road -- and how fast Universal's Epic Universe is coming along.  Disney filing for work permits around Animal Kingdom fuels the speculation and Dave laments Disneyland getting the good stuff... again.

Plus, a way, way too early preview of this summer's D23 fan event, and the Disney Legend announcements, with a short list of some names who should be Disney Legends by now... and yeah, one name will shock you. 

 

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Ep 196. The One with Disney Lunches & Lounges

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In the 196th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave extend their foodie conversation from last week, this time to cover a handful of brunches and lunches and lounges (oh my)

First up, #KylaKylaKyla returns to the show for a 2nd week in a row, as Jenn gives a super quick recap on her adventure on Virgin Voyages last week... Dave is excited to be back into the world of pin trading (while his wife Stephanie is headed to Africa)... and Kyla is panicked over park reservations. Which are stupid. Digress...

Then, Disney has released a new ticket promotion, which Kyla has taken advantage of for an upcoming trip, while they explain the differences in all of them.

Finally, a look at the places frequented by the hosts, the team, and significant others a few weeks ago, including Summerhouse at the Lake... Baseline Taphouse... The Hydraulics Food Stand... Tune-In Lounge... Nomad Lounge... Satu'li... Enchanted Rose... La Cava... Le Creperie... and even more. 

If you need some ideas on where to grab a drink, or grab a Coke glazed cinnamon roll, this is your ep! 

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Ep 195. The One with Disney Dining Reviews

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In the 195th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave are hoping you came to the show hungry today... because it's all about dinner at Disney.

To properly review and discuss as the great dining that was had in the recent agency trip, 3rd co-host #KylaKylaKyla joins to show -- first to give her tips on adults enjoying Disney Jr Live on Stage, and to comment on Animal Kingdom and what is removable. 

Then a rundown of meals shared together, either with Jenn, Dave, and Kyla all taking part, with just Dave and Kyla and significant others, or Dave and Lovely Steph.  Included in this episode is a review of The Yachtsman Steakhouse... Rose & Crown... Raglan Road... Mama Melrose... Shiki Sai in Epcot... The Hollywood Brown Derby... and a quick look at Topolino's atop the Riviera Resort. 

And along the way, lots of laughs and some nonsense, as does happen when the three get together.  

Friday, March 1, 2024

194. The One with the Park Challenges

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It's hitting the universe a day late, but the latest episode is straight from the past weekend when the Upon a Star team met up in WDW, and participated in a large team scavenger hunt that put 29,000 steps on d$'s step counter, and put the teams all over the parks. 

First, Jenn is continuing to catch up from being gone over the weekend, and Dave is proud of wearing the right shirt for his anniversary dinner.  And big congrats to Quasi-Producer Heather, aka the Moana Mom, for running the 5K and 10K

Next, they discuss 2025 pricing being released so early in the year (and speculate as to why), then take a look at not only the Team Challenge that Jenn created, but also give ideas for other park challenges YOU may want to do.

If you are going to the parks for the first time, definitely do your parks touring plan... but if you've been several time and are looking for a different way to experience the parks, we have some ideas!  Food challenges and ride challenges and scavenger hunts and much more! 

And let us know what YOUR fave park challenges are!  Drop us an email at TheMSEPodcast@gmail.com! 

Thursday, February 22, 2024

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

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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"?