Thursday, December 31, 2020

033. The One with Disney in 2020


In the 33rd episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave are wrapped up the first year of the podcast as 2020 is over! 

A little Disney'ing with Jenn's trip and Dave's still outstanding, then a recap of their holidays, and Jenn's great gift from Bradyboo  

Next, plenty of Disney news -- Blizzard Beach reopening, Epcot's new entrance, all parks booked up on New Year's Eve and more.

Plus, looking back on 2020, with Chapek's big first week... all the openings... a Crystal Palace visit... Travolta's chance to Soar... Universal's capacity... and much more

And a review of Disney Pixar's SOUL and a look at one of Dave's fave documentaries of the year.  

Thursday, December 24, 2020

032. The One with the Christmas Gifts


In the 32nd episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave are talking Christmas!  

First, a little Disney'ing with packing for a trip, doing some dining, and decorating for the season, and then in a special Christmas episode, they each give their outrageous Disney themed Christmas lists -- from collectibles to experiences to cruises to jewelry and more! 

Plus a little more down to Earth last minute gift ideas, the Bougee of Jenn, helping a guest on a sickly day, and All Star Sports. 

Thursday, December 17, 2020

031. The One with All the Announcements


In the 31st episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave share a magical week of fellowship and kids grasping Christmas, then turn to the big online meeting Disney held last week to tell the world what is coming to theaters and on Disney+

To break down everything, Dave & Jenn welcome in Deucecast Movie Show co-hosts Mikey & the Good Dr Earl, and the nerdy foursome talk 
  • Pixar projects... 
  • Disney Animation... 
  • Marvel Studios... 
  • Star Wars and Lucasfilm... 
and dozens of series, movies, remakes, sequels, original projects and much more. 

Plus Lando as a sitcom, reflecting on "A Ghost Story", and what everyone wants to see the most.  

Then finally, a Magical Moment with an old fashioned Key to the World card. 

Thursday, December 10, 2020

030. The One with the Dreamfinder

On the 30th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave talk a little Disney with Haunted Mansion toys and Avenger Funkos... 

Then they jump right in with Ron Schneider, the original Dreamfinder (and Figment's best friend) from Epcot. 

The discussion range from the beginnings of Figment, being the man behind the curtain, working at Magic Mountain, opening day at Universal Studios, and why it may not be a good thing for the Dreamfinder to return.  

Finally, Dave gives his own Parade worthy Magical Moment. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

029. The One with the Table Services


In the 29th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave talk about their Thanksgiving plans and Funko Pops and Crystal Palace reservations.

Then they dish on the latest Disney news, including layoffs... increased capacity in parks... free Starbucks... and Fireworks Cavalcades. Plus, a Disney legend retires after decades of Imagineering. 

Then, Jenn & Dave take a look at Table Service restaurants, counting down their Top Ten faves from across property -- Dave's early crushes, Jenn's Spanish foods, love of steak, jumping onto a moving restaurant, and more hunger inducing conversation. Then a Monster's Inc themed Magical Moment! 

Thursday, November 26, 2020

028. The One with the Disney Moms


In the 28th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave welcome in fellow agents and friends Kyla & Kelly, the show's official Disney Moms, to discuss being Moms in Disney parks. 

Before the Mom conversation even begins, the chat varies from Thanksgiving favorites to Jenn's one night stay (stand??) at Disney, to Saturday morning cartoons to getting those McDonald's toys.  

Then, the Mom discussion on taking the kids to Disney, keeping them entertained, naptimes, tips and tricks and things to avoid while having small children in the parks. 

Plus, the difference in Momming with Kelly's relaxing afternoon and Kyla's cracking the whip.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

027. The One with the Quick Service


In the 27th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave share some happy Disney'ing with a Haunted Mansion surprise and some sad Disney'ing with a canceled trip.  

Then, a look at the new stemming from the recent IAPAA conference... the Grand Californian partially reopening... Guardians rewind... and the Orlando Strike Team visits Disney World for a surprise inspection.

Then Dave & Jenn give their rating on various quick services across WDW property -- from Flametree to Landscape of Flavors.  Jenn gives her love to Columbia Harbour House, Dave overrates both Cosmic Rays and Pecos Bills, the hidden gem that is Polite Pig, and a long lost Hidden Mickey at the Polynesian.  

Finally, a clip from Josh D'Amaro from IAPAA to end the show.

And All Star Sports.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

026. The One with Stacey & the Must Do's


In the 26th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave talk a little Disney, from Big Fat Panda's Scentsy candles to Dave's kid wearing vintage Star Wars.

Then they welcome in Disney icon and voice of a Must Do generation, Stacey J Aswad! They discuss crying in movies and fashion and starting in voice overs and roller skating and of course, how she got started with Disney and some behind the scenes fun. 

And the show wraps up with a fun Magical Moment with an anniversary day at the MK! 

Friday, November 6, 2020

025. The One with Random Opinions


In the 25th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave toss out a hodge-podge of news stories, including California Adventure opening, sorta... the Disney Cruise sails again, later... suitcase shops closing and signs remodeling and much more.

Then a round of THE MAGICAL WHEEL OF OPINIONS, where a random topic is tossed out, and the opinions fly.  

Yay or nay on Alien Encounter?  

Which park churro is better? 

What Animal Kingdom attraction causes giddiness?  

What ride do want to experience just once? 

And more All Star Sports.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

024. The One with Rhino from Bolt


 In the 24th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave riff on Jenn's upcoming trip and missing the Osborne Lights at Hollywood. 

Then joining the show is former Disney animator and voice over artist Mark Walton, who many know as the voice of Rhino from

Mark shares stories for his animation career with work on "Tarzan", "Emperor's New Groove", "Hunchback of Notre Dame", being chided by legendary actor Malcolm McDowell, visiting Tokyo DisneySea, storyboarding "Rio 2" and much more Disney anecdotes and history.  

Then, a Magical Moment with a fellow agent and adoption.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

023. The One with the Never Evers


In the 23rd episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave talk about their Disney weeks and new promotions, including Jenn's dark mug and Dave's social media problems... (UPDATE -- the social media issues are about 70% fixed!!)

Then lots of Disneyland news (a stay of execution??), Epcot's Festival of the Arts and Jenn's experience, and All Star Movies. Plus, news on the Disney Wish.

Then the duo play a round of Disney Never Ever, discussing some of the things they have, and have not, done while at the parks. LaFou's Brew, Turkey Legs, Astro Orbiter, eating atop garbage cans, eating dropped food, the inversion loops at Big Thunder and much more. 

And finally, Disney helps with Make-A-Wish's historic milestone.  

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

022. The One with Disney Hot Takes

In the 22nd episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave open the show with some Funko Disney'ing, including a brain freeze from Dave, plus when you are no longer a "new" radio station.  

Then, Ryno Clavin from The Dis Unplugged (and numerous other shows!) joins the hosts for some Disney "hot takes"... things that they like that most people don't, and things that they don't like that most people do. 

Thoughts on Hocus Pocus and Disney+... transportation options... resort snobbery (Jenn!)... popular attractions that aren't that great... and many more opinions, laughs and more. Then, a Magical Moment that will make you toss your cookies. 

021. The One with Dave Returning Home


In the 21st episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave give updated news on Hurricane Delta (and a positive report regarding Mexico!).  

The news covers everything from the big layoffs from Disney company, to trouble with California and restrictions being lifted from Florida -- plus Universal updates, Frozen refurbs, Chef Mickey characters, and Jenn's fashion advice and Croc talk.  

Then Dave gives his trip report, including a rundown on Ft Wilderness Cabins, the details on the lines and crowds, using the DAS Pass, Disney and special diets, and much more -- including a wonderful magical moment where a Cast Member's simple gesture makes all the difference in the world. 

020. The One with More Imagineer Stories


In the 20th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave are joined once again by former Disney Imagineer McNair Wilson. 

Adding to the previous conversation about the founding of Hollywood Studios (Episode 2), this time McNair covers the creation of the Hollywood Tower of Terror, thoughts on Fantasmic, brainstorming new ideas and much more.  

Plus, Jenn and her Pterodactyl. 

019. The One with Disney Road Trips


Disney's Hilton Head swimming pool area, though we
know Jenn would never get in the water

On the 19th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave share a little Disney travel planning experience in both dining dumpster fires and quoting... then some news on The Grand Floridian reopening... Halloween Horror Night's mini weekend... water park reopenings... and Marvel and Pixar TV & movie news.  

Then a few stories about Disney road tripping, including Jenn's visit to Hilton Head, SC... Dave's advice on always having quarters and looking for Wal-Marts... and just a lot of random laughter. 

Friday, September 18, 2020

018. The One with Disney Backstories


In the 18th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave do a quick recap of returning home from their Cancun adventures, including Dave's saga at the Waffle House... thankfully, it was never really a dangerous situation, but at the time... 

Plus, remembering how people who visit Disney for the first time are lost, much like Dave was lost in the recent All Inclusive trip.

Then, author Christopher E Smith joins the show to talk about amazing Disney history like:

  • Disney attractions that never were (Villains! Fire Mountain! And what happened to our Roger Rabbit land??)
  • Disney attractions that used to be (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea!)
  • Disney Attractions that are now (it's a whole new way to look at Pirates of the Caribbean!)

And a fun Magical Moment in the show ending! 

Make sure to visit Christopher's website here!   

017. The One from Cancun


In a rare instance, both Jenn & Dave are actually in the same room, at the same table, sharing the same mic, podcasting the show in person for the first time!  Live from a Karisma Generations Resort room, the show 

First up, they discuss the new Disney Christmas announcements... no parties, no Candlelight Processionals... but then, there are also the great things happening, with the Holiday Cavalcades, the Christmas trees, the snackage, and much more.

Then, a look at the resort around them, including talking about All Inclusive vacations, the differences in all the terms and whatnot, the food, and so on... all while talking over all the Upon a Star Agency team yelling in the infinity pool just outside.

Its a great glance at vacations outside of The Mouse House... also, please forgive all the editing weirdness, as it was done on the fly =) 

Thursday, September 3, 2020

016. The One with the Marvel Geeks


In the 16th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Dave & Jenn talk about one of the best things in Disney... the MCU!  

To do so, they invite in Ryan, Catron, & Chris from the IAmGeek Podcast. The chat starts with talk about "the other guys", ie DC Comics;  then they reflect on the death of Chadwick Boseman.  

Then the crew gives their Top Five Fave MCU Characters not named Cap, Thor, and Stark -- a great chat with Goldblum impressions, Agent Carter, the arrow guy, and much more. 

Finally, Ryan shares a Magical Moment with his extended trip! 

Thursday, August 27, 2020

015. The One with the Roller Coasters


In the 15th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Dave & Jenn take on some of the latest rumors, including Epcot and Figment... plans back in action for the new shows... Halloween decor slowly going up... and reiterating the Disney Mask Mandate (you have to wear a mask!! No way around it!!!)

Also some fun at Friend of the Show Christine's expense, and recapping a recent appearance on the IAmGeek podcast.

Then, they list their Top 10 Roller Coasters from Disney World, Disneyland, and Universal Orlando... including stories about Seven Dwarfs Mine Train... random Rock n Roller Coaster facts... why Space Mountain is the Chick-fila of the Disney Coaster lineup...

Some listener comments on their favorite coasters, and a Space Mountain Magical Moment!

Thursday, August 20, 2020

014. The One with Skywalking to Disneyland


In the 14th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Dave & Jenn turn their attention the West Coast Magic, that being Disneyland. 

And to discuss all things overrated, underrated, and properly rated, they invite in new Friends of the Show Richard & Sarah, hosts of the widely popular Skywalking thru Neverland Podcast!  

The crew chats on everything from Matterhorn dates to going to Hell with Mr Toad to the awesome of Rise and what's wrong with Smugglers Run.  Plus, info on ForceFest, and a poncho Magical Moment.

Check out Skywalking thru Neverland here

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

013. The One with Disney Did-You-Knows 2


In this episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, your hosts dish on some news, including new park hours... lightning crashes (and no mother dies)... some positive CV news for Florida... and Busch Gardens moves forward with Howl O Scream.

Then, Jenn & Dave dive into some Did You Knows about Disney history... first, did you know about the Yippie Invasion of Disneyland in 1970?  Then, did you know about Roger Rabbit almost having a huge presence at Hollywood Studios?  Then, did you know about the airport that Walt wanted at Magic Kingdom?  And finally, did you know about the bride's pearls in Haunted Mansion?  And many more secrets, including the first usage of "The hooker with the heart of gold"

Find it on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, and all those type places! 

Thursday, August 6, 2020

112. The One with runDisney

In the 12th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave start the show with their Disney'ing weeks, including planning trips and physical therapy wardrobes

In the latest news:
  • The newest (and not the best) Disney quarterly report
  • "Mulan" heading to Disney Plus
  • Splash Mountain gets sunk.  

Then, Friend of the Show HeighHo Sarah Bergman joins up to talk all things runDisney... the characters, the outfits, the corrals, the start times, the extra things everyone should know, 

It's a great start-to-finish conversation to help the uninitiated get started, and to remind the runDisney veteran about everything they should know! 

And catch the Magical Moments at the end of the conversation with Heigh Ho Sarah.

Plus -- an upcoming contest to celebrate National Book Lovers Day coming up soon!  Visit The Main Street Electrical Podcast on Facebook starting Thursday afternoon and make your book choice... one fan of the page & show will win the Disney book they choose!  

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

111. The One with the Disney Q&A


In the 11th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave feature their very first Question & Answer Episode! The call for questions was sent to the internetty world, and the listeners delivered!

First up, some Disney news, as they discuss Halloween Horror Nights being cancelled at Universal (and what it might portend for Disney's Christmas parties), plus the great COVID testing report just released, and the recent mask policy changes.

Then, the list of questions... some great answers and great anecdotes about park memories... runDisney... villians... dream jobs... dream guests... predictions for the future... and the all important question of who should and should not go to Disney World right now.... and so much more.

Finally, a listener Magical Moment with an incredible Mickey meeting!

Here is the book Dave talked about in his Disney'ing this week

(Note: Here is the article Dave was reading from regarding park testing reports)

Thursday, July 23, 2020

110. The One with Big Fat Panda & the Heroines


In the 10th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave turn their attention to the Disney heroines, the most brave and heroic ladies in the Disney universe. (they teamed up with Jenn Kaufman to find the greatest Disney hero!)

But to find out who wins, they bring in Christine Fox for her 2nd appearance on the podcast, but also vlogger & writer himself, John, the Big Fat Panda! 

The gang runs down match by match, until only one Disney Heroine is left -- plus discussions on changes in park attractions, how everyone Disney'd over the week, and lots of domain name chatter.

Here are the matches in the tourney:

"Play In Matches"
Honey Lemon (Big Hero 6) vs Kida (Atlantis)

Snow White (Once Upon a Time) vs Emma Swan (Once Upon a Time)

Mulan vs Vanellope von Schweezt
Belle vs Tiana
Rapunzel vs Pocahontas
Jasmine vs Tinkerbell

Moana vs Honey Lemon/Kida
Nala (Lion King) vs Judy Hopps (Zootopia)
Anna vs Elsa
Nani (Lilo & Stitch) vs Meg (Hercules

Merida (Brave) vs Dory (Finding Nemo films)
Joy (Inside Out) vs EVE (Wall*E)
Mary Poppins vs Princess Mia (The Princess Diaries)
Jessie (Toy Story films) vs Bo Peep (Toy Story films)

Elastagirl (The Incredibles) vs Scarlet Witch (Marvel films)
Shuri (Marvel films) vs Captain Marvel (Marvel films)
Rey (Star Wars Sequel Trilogy) vs Snow White/Emma Swan
Black Widow (Marvel Films) vs Kim Possible

Thursday, July 16, 2020

109. The One Where Jenn Returns Home

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Jenn makes sure she is distancing and has her mask on 

In this 9th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Upon a Star Jenn is back from her trip to Walt Disney World, where she experienced the reopening of Magic Kingdom.

She talks about the flight into MCO... checking into her resort... walking into the Magic Kingdom after the five month closure... returning to Animal Kingdom and the incredibly small waits... the cleaning and distancing policies...

Plus, Dave & Jenn talk about AP benefits and woes... the College Program being suspended and Epcot International Cast Members not being brought back.

Finally, a magical moment with a written story from a fellow Disney lover, one that reminds us how much hope Disney means for all of us.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

108. The One with the Disney Heroes


Take 32 legendary Disney names... Aladdin... Simba... Tony Stark... Coach Boone... Kristoff... Maui... Herbie (wait, what?)... and put them in a bracket.

Then you bring in author blogger writer singer mommer wifer awesome Jennifer Kaufman, and Jenn, Upon a Star Jenn, and d$ spend an hour discussing each one on one matchup to determine what truly is the best Disney Hero of All Time.

Plus, Jenn packs for her trip, the other Jenn laments her trip being cancelled and finds some Zenimation, and d$ shows off his LEGO sets.

Here is the first round matchups, in case you want to play along at home:

The Animation Region
Maui vs Aladdin

Flynn Rider vs Wreck it Ralph

Clockwise -- Spider-Man, The Guardians of the Galaxy
ship Milano, Captain Marvel (with an unshown Nick
Fury), and a mini-snow speeder from Star Wars. All
sets are less than $5 each. 
Simba vs The Beast

Naveen vs Kristoff

The Pixar Region
Buzz & Woody vs Mike & Sully

Lightnin McQueen vs Marlin

Mr Incredible vs Flik

Hector vs Carl Fredriksen

The Live Action Region
Coach Herman Boone vs Fantasmic Mickey

Captain America vs Tony Stark

Capt Jack Sparrow vs Cassian Andor

Benjamin Gates vs Scott Calvin

The Ones That Didn't Fit Into Other Regions Region
Aslan vs Goofy

Remy vs Kermit the Frog

Hercules vs Jack Kelly

Herbie the Love Bug vs Li Shang

Thursday, July 2, 2020

107. The One with the Disney Dads (Pt 2)

Dave's idea of how to create a New
Orleans Square in Magic Kingdom


In the 7th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast...
Jenn & Dave open the show talking about the crazy Disney travel week...

Then their love/hate of Disney hold music, including one song that makes both happy and one song they cannot figure out...

Then, the big announcement on Splash Mountain, thoughts on when it will happen, and Daves plan on how to put New Orleans Square into Magic Kingdom.

Finally, Matt & Susie from The ImagineEars Podcast join the show to give the Top Five Best (and worst) Disney Dads!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

106. The One with the Disney Dads


In the 6th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast...

We kick off the show with some Disney'ing in this crazy week... then talk about the new WDW park reservation system... discuss some re-opening news, along with NBA and MLS coming to Disney World... some sad Be Our Guest menu changes... and more random news bits.

Then we invite in our friends Matt and Susie from The ImagineEars Podcast as we do the first part of Top Ten (and five worst) Disney Dads!  Then, an Earful Magical Moment

Thursday, June 18, 2020

105. The One with the Pixar Attractions


In the 5th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave have a packed show this week.

Upon a Star Meredith's Rose Ears that are the subject
of this week's Magical Moment
First up, some updated reopening news, including 2021 air travel, new bag checks, and rumored resort cancelations

Then, a review of Artemis Fowl, now on Disney+, and a larger conversation on Disney's recent bad  adaptations, including The Nutcracker and Wrinkle in Time, and how great the Chronicles of Narnia films are.

Finally, Jenn & Dave take a look at the Pixar films and properties that do not have Disney attractions -- and it's their job to take existing attractions and match them with a Pixar movie.

Test Track gets a retheme... Dinosaur! gets a new look... even classics like Peter Pan's Flight aren't safe!  Plus a earful Magical Moment!

And make sure you check out our friend Katrina Stone, songwriter and singer -- she did the ending voice over and deserves all the acclaim.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

104: The One with Christine in Fantasyland


On this episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast!  Jenn's other podcast, Divas Dish Diz, has a few co-hosts, and one of them, Christine Fox, joins our show!

First up, How Did You Disney? is answered by some Haunted Mansion, Donald Duck, and Grand Floridian

Then, the show welcomes entrepreneur, Disney park enthusiast, mom, friend, and much more, Christine helps Jenn & Dave run through Fantasyland, attraction by attraction, including some dining, and declare it overrated, underrated or rated... rated...

Who thinks Peter Pan is overrated?  Who declares Its a Small World underrated?  And a few quick stories behind the scenes from Christine.

And a Magical Moment for you involving some vintage Disney swag from the early 80s (see pic below!)

Get Christine's Book HERE 

The Shirt in question during Dave's Magical Moment (Or rather, his wife Steph!)

Thursday, June 4, 2020

103: The One with Disney Did-You-Knows


In the 3rd episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave talk a little news and a little birthday Small World Disney'ing...

Then the duo check out some Disney Did You Know stories, including what happened to Dixie Landings, the storytelling behind Port Orleans Riverside, details on Liberty Square, things you may have missed at Pirates, and the mess that was Captain EO.

Plus, a Magic Moment with a bunny rabbit. And a call to be magical to each other...

Plus the debut of the news theme and our new ending outro!!

Friends of the Show & Their Contributions:
Podcast Logo - Scott Cuzzo of A Spry Mind
Opening Theme - Brady Novotny
Opening Narration - Johnathan Lee Iverson
News Theme - Tim Dumais
Ending Theme & Narration - Katrina Stone

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

102: The One with Imagineer Stories

Dave and McNair, May 2018
In the 2nd episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Dave & Jenn discuss Jenn's birthday weekend and the joy of cake vs pie...

Then McNair Wilson, former Disney Imagineer, joins the show to tell his Disney story, including meeting Walt, being hired by Marty Sklar, working with Eisner, and creating Streetmosphere.  It's the first in a series of conversations with McNair (more to come in a few weeks!);

Finally, an Adventures by Disney Magic Moment.


Show Links:

Jenn plays Elvis' Steinway:

McNair Wilson's website:

Purchase "HATCH!", McNair's book:

Thursday, May 21, 2020

101: The One with the Meet n Greet

In the 1st episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, veteran podcasters, Disney superfans and friends Jenn Novotny and David Dollar join forces to launch a new magical  show. Up first, how they Disney'd this week... Disney news on re-opening... stopping the rumors... and a series of questions to help you get to know the show hosts just a little bit... plus ending the show with a Magical Moment.


Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Coming Soon... a new Magical Podcast

Check here very soon...

A new podcast is coming...

A magical podcast...

A fun podcast...

A Disney podcast with hints of Universal and other magical places...

Starring a girl named Jenn...

And a boy named Dave...

Two friends who work together and love Disney...