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!

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Ep 173. The One with Roller Coasters... LIVE


In the 173rd episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave hit the YouTubes and go LIVE!  

First up, Jenn is ready to travel again, while d$ is traveling as you hear this ep (provided you hear it within a few days of it dropping, anyway).  Then,
they discuss a few thoughts and predictions on Disney's announcement about spending upwards of $60 billion (with a B!) on parks and experiences in the coming years.

Finally, they revisit a topic that has become an annual list... the top ten roller coasters in Disney and Universal parks. Of course, they can only rank what they've done so far -- so that leaves out Universal Hollywood and overseas parks -- but they also review what their Top Ten looked like in previous years.

It's a LIVE show as featured on YouTube, so you get all the blunders and glitches that go with it, including some long awaited Patreon news! 


Thursday, September 21, 2023

Ep 172. The One with the Foodie


In the 172nd episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn and Dave are in the midst of a wild few weeks of both travel and podcast recordings - and joining the show and the chaos is Friend of the Show and host of the Food For Thoughtcast, Melissa Reagan.

Melissa just returned from a solo trip, her first time back in several years, and she gives the lowdown on staying at Pop Century, some of her favorite attractions (and battling a little motion sickness), and her favorite eats -- including her real life Chef perspective on Epcot's Food & Wine Festival, with her faves (and not so faves). Plus, trying every dish at Roundup Rodeo's BBQ in Hollywood Studios, and her fave meal of the week - Tiffin's! 

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Ep 171. The One with Destination D23


In the 171st episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave cap off a busy week with a full recap of the Orlando version of the D23 Expo, this one called Destination D. 

Jenn is trying to plan her own trip in between her busy schedule, while Dave has finished Bob Thomas' definitive Walt bio, "Walt Disney: An American Original", and then to remember 9/11, Dave shares the story of Disney World on the morning of Sept 11, 2001 - how the parks reacted, meeting with other parks, and Cast Members funneling all the guests out of the parks.

Then, they dive right into the D23 headlines and announcements, including Disneyland's new Avengers addition... Ahsoka coming to Star Tours... the possible confusion of Wish (the movie) and Wish (the ship)... Dave proudly announcing (again) that he predicted the new ship's name... DinoLand going extinct... rumors of Encanto and Indiana Jones... Moana's Journey of Water finally opening and thoughts on how people may get around... new fireworks... 

Plus, a discussion of Country Bear Jamboree changes, Jenn's reaction to Tough to Be a Bug going away, and Dave's take on Magic Kingdom's (non) announcements. 

Thursday, September 7, 2023

Ep 170. The One with the Treasure Reveal


In the 170th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave talk treasure!  Specifically -- The Disney Treasure, the latest ship in the Disney Cruise Line Fleet, setting sail in December 2024.

Before we get there, however, there is a brand new Dining Card Promotion that Disney suddenly dropped on everyone early in the day -- so Jenn & Dave break down all the details (and you can read the full details here!)

Then, they take a look at Halloween Horror Nights over at Universal Orlando, including getting your tickets, the importance of Express Pass, and all the Haunted Houses - and their own aversion to them.

Then, a good look at the Disney Treasure, which Disney revealed information about this past week -- the theming itself, what to expect, the bars and clubs and lounges, the restaurants, the unique things about the ship - and what will be similar to the Disney Wish, which is the Treasure's "Sister Ship"

Finally, both Jenn and Dave made a few predictions for this weekend's Destination D convention - new lands? new parks? ticketing changes? and maybe another Disney ship?

Thursday, August 31, 2023

Ep 169. The One with Summer Travels


In the 169th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave are finally winding down the summer and recapping some of the amazing journeys the last few months have taken them on.

Well, at least for Jenn... with Dave, his big adventure was finally getting to watch the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special in it's entirety, with 1977 commercials, and is more than happy to give a review.

Friend of the Show #KylaKylaKyla joins the episode to talk about her recent girls trip, while Jenn discusses her latest Adventures by Disney trip, which took her to Costa Rica for the second year in a row.

Then, while Dave asks the questions, Kyla and Jenn both give the highlights of the Disney cruise they and their families took a few weeks ago, which brought them to Norway, France, Denmark, England and more!

And how to size up the lifeboats by your cabin just in case the ship does a Titanic.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Ep 168. The One with Magical Mistakes


In the 168th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave are back together to chat up all the magic again!

Jenn kicks off the show by talking briefly about her latest adventures (and how being at home is kinda nice for a while), while Dave gives a quick nod to Ahsoka.  

Some news bites include more park trams coming soon... Mirabel's meet n greet... the Disney Wish (not the ship, the movie)... predictions for the Figment meet up... Death Eaters coming to Universal... and Tiana's Palace desserts and delights. 

Then, they go over some mistakes people make while traveling to both Disney World or on Disney cruises... why travel protection is important... making park pass reservations early... looking closely at your dining plan... not paying attention to your travel times... the dangers of skipping a pre-night stay... and passport woes (and what to do if you forgot it!)

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Ep 167. The One with the Summer News and a Haunted Mansion Review


In the 167th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave reunite on the show, as she's returned from her long cruise away (only to leave next week too!).

But in the meantime, they do a little catch up over the weeks, then dive into a bunch of random park news topics, including the opening of Minionland... the building of Dreamworks park area... the beginning of the Food & Wine Festival... the first night of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (and the sold-out days so far)... Disney Springs parking changes... and the Haunted Mansion closing--for two days.

Plus the update on the updated Dining systems at Disney World and Disneyland. 

They do a little "will it open again" chat with various areas that haven't reopened yet, including Blizzard Beach and Voyage of the Little Mermaid.

Finally... Jenn saw a movie!  They both had the chance to see Disney's latest live action film "The Haunted Mansion", and they both give their take on the movie -- what worked (lots of Easter Eggs) and maybe what didn't (might be a tad too dark). 

Thursday, August 3, 2023

Ep 166. The One with Walt's Apartment


In the 166th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave is just Dave today... along with Quasi Producer Heather, aka The Moana Mom, filling in while Jenn returns from her long Disney Dream European sailing.

First up, a quick nod to the legendary Jim Korkis and what he meant to the hosts and to the Disney community, and how his passing will be grieved. 

Then... Disneyland is the topic once more, as Heather also recounts her trip -- while last week's guests, Upon a Star Jess and Bluebird Emily gave their first (and second) hand perspective, this time Heather and Dave have more of a historical conversation. 

Heather and her daughters took the Walt's Main Street Story Tour (formerly "Walking in Walt's Footsteps") and ended up in Walt's apartment, which makes for a great chat about legacy and history.

Also, they checked out "Rogers: The Musical", which leads to wondering if the hugely popular show will extend it's run there -- and ways it can possibly come to Walt Disney World. 

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Ep 165. The One with Disneyland Magic


In the 165th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave welcome two new Friends of the Show, Bluebird Emily and  Jessica, both travel planners with Upon a Star Travel and magical entrepreneurs.

First, Jenn is getting ready for her European Disney cruise, while Dave has started his Mickey Virtual 5K queue, Emily spent her afternoon at Old Key West, and of course, Jessica just returned from Disneyland.

In this longer episode, Jessica has visited Disneyland for the first time, and talks about seeing Sleeping Beauty Castle and the magic that she experiences, while Emily visits Disneyland for the 2nd time, returning to the castle. 

The conversation ranges from the attractions to the food to differences in Land and World, and a great explanation on the best airports to fly into LA.

Finally, Emily talks about her delivery and decor service, Bluebird Gifting Company, and Jessica talks about the upcoming Magical Mice Tours. 

Find Emily on IG at @uponastaremily and and Jessica on IG at @magicalmousemoments21and @magicalmicetours 

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Ep 164. The One with McNair & Curiosity


In the 164th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave continue their conversation with author/speaker/creative brain and former Disney Imagineer McNair Wilson!

In this second part of their long chat, McNair shares stories about Hoop de Doo Revue and the celebrities he met... a love of Rocky & Bullwinkle... more Eisner... more Marty S
klar... a friendship with Mel Brooks (and a crush on his wife... Mrs Robinson. Yep, that one.)

Plus, sharing the story of designing the original ideas for Hollywood Tower of Terror and how it came to be what you know today. 

And, McNair shares the title and details of his new book, and we all answer the question of why Curiosity is such an important thing. 

Thursday, July 13, 2023

Ep 163. The One with McNair & the Adventurers Club


In the 163rd episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave welcome back the gent who was the show's first guest in May of 2020 (and his continued conversation in Ep 20) -- author, speaker, and former Disney Imagineer McNair Wilson.

McNair catches everyone up on his latest, diving in with some Marty Sklar stories and tales from Downtown Disney (in Orlando!) as well as being a creative, then tells the tales of the fabled Adventurers Club -- its creation, the heyday, and it's closing. 

Plus, McNair's thoughts on the Guardians and Tron rides at the parks, as well as Jenn and Dave both asking all the Disney questions.  And Dave's kid makes an appearance because of course he does. 

Part 2 of our chat with McNair, coming next week!

Find Bluebird Gifting Co HERE

Find McNair's Ted Talk HERE

Thursday, July 6, 2023

Ep 162. The One with Travel Hacks


In the 162nd episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave finally pod together again, and welcome in first time, and of course future, guest and now Friend of the Show, Sarah Sharp, but you may know her on Instagram as Sarah Goes Bananas! 

We do a little chit-chat and catch up on how the trio connected, both on the Disney Wish, and at the Prince 1/2 Marathon, and then Sarah gives the background on the funny and memorable name Purple Banana Travel.

Then, Jenn, d$, and Sarah Goes Bananas share some tried and tested Travel Hacks -- some of their favorite tips regarding passports (watch that expiration date!) and flights (using medical pre-board with special needs) and car rentals (debit cards - bad!) and all-inclusives (tipping is key!) and even some Disney -- tips with the kids and without. 

Don't miss this great conversation from three travel professionals giving you all kinds of wisdom that you may not think about... even packing tips!

Thursday, June 29, 2023

Ep 161. The One with the All Stars


In the latest ep, Jenn is returning from her conference with the Other Guys (aka, Universal Studios Orlando) so Dave runs the show alone... 

Disney's Jollywood Nights tickets are going on sale, so Dave is going after those, which leads to an off the cuff discussion about Universal vs Disney, and how Universal is swinging for the fences, while hopefully Disney will make some major announcements later this summer.

News on Genie+ updates, as well as new popcorn buckets, and Tiana's water tower goes up. 

Finally, a chat about All Star Sports, All Star Movies, and All Star Music.  Dave gives both the pros and cons of staying at these resorts, going over the rooms, the dining, the transportation, and the Music Family Suites in detail -- hopefully you'll know by the end of the show if you love them or would avoid them at all costs! 

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Ep 160. The One with Elemental Jollywood


In the 160th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave are ready for the Halfway to the Holiday Season, and even wonder when that became a thing...

First up, Jenn is getting ready for her upcoming travels, as she dishes on her overseas cruise, and the fun people she'll be traveling with (Our Friend Marcy! KylaKylaKyla!) and Dave rehashes the runDisney stress to sign up for the 1/2 marathon.

News reveals the possible Bruno meet n greet coming to the park, and all the promo news that was dropped last week (and that we speculated about on last week's show), and then the return of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party... Christmas on the Disney Cruise Line (and Santa's journey through the waters to deliver presents)... what the parks will have in store for the Christmas season... and the brand new Jollywood at Hollywood Studios, and all that will bring.

Finally. a review of "Elemental", Pixar's latest, plus some thoughts as to why it's not performing well - and what people can expect, no matter what beliefs they hold.

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Ep 159. The One with Disney at Night


In the 159th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave have returned from their agency Pittsburgh retreat, aka The Pitty Party, and share a little of the weekend - including the Puttery Adventure, and Dave's race to catch his flight. 

A little news explains the Adventures by Disney around the world trek... the new virtual Christmas races (and new ways for Disney to cash in)... the expectation of Christmas party dates... and 2022's theme park attendance rankings (spoiler alert, Disney dominates... again)

Finally, a fun conversation regarding Disney at night, especially some of Jenn's and Dave's favorite places to be in the parks when the sun goes down -- both with lots of neon, like Radiator Springs in Disneyland or Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom, or in dim lighting that sets the theme, like Adventureland or the Haunted Mansion area. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Ep 158. The One with Birthdays, Mermaids & Spider-People


In the 158th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave are back on the show together again, after Jenn celebrated a birthday in Walt Disney World in, where else, The Grand Floridian! 

In addition, Dave discusses the wonder, magic, and yet silliness of "Encanto", which somehow Jenn leads into a chat on the latest "Fast & Furious" film, "Fast X".

A little news on the Starcruiser openings and Apple's brand new partnership with Disney, and the new, possibly terrifying, VR Goggles.  And the Princess 1/2 Marathon details are released! 

Jenn gives the recap of her recent trip, including the food, the parks, and finally getting to experience Tron Lightcycle/Run. 

Then Dave gives his review on both the most recent live-action remake of "Little Mermaid", but also "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse".

And somehow, "Fast X" comes back up because why not.  

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Ep 157. The One with Disney Springs Dining


In the 157th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave aren't together this time - as Upon a Star Jenn is returning from a well deserved week at Walt Disney World, so Dave brings on Frequent Show Contributor #KylaKylaKyla and Quasi-Producer Heather to discuss one of all of our fave subjects... food at Disney Springs!

First, Heather "The Moana Mom" talks about her recent move, and settling in, to her new home right behind Coronado Springs, only a few miles from property -- and the feeling of being able to leave the living room and be in front of the castle an hour later. 

Then, #KylaKylaKyla talks a little about her home in New Hampshire, visiting Boston nearby, as well as the 17 miles of the coastline.

A little news goes over the sold out Star Wars Starcruiser... Splash Mountain finally closing... Rock'n Roller Coaster finally re-opening... and 2024 now available.

Then, a roundtable discussion on the best dining that Disney Springs has to offer... quick services, including love for The Polite Pig... table service like The Boathouse and Chef Art's and Splitsville... the best snacks, including big pretzels and dancing corn dogs and poutine.  And of course, all the drinks like Cold Brews and margaritas and cookies and more.

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Ep 156. The One with the Starcruiser Re-Do


In the 156th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave are taking a look at not only the the brand new Disney World ticket for the summer, but also the bigger news of the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser ending its run in September... with no word of on what it might become (don't worry, that's why we are here!)

First we give a nod to Jenn, who is not only celebrating a birthday this week but also celebrating that birthday in her first time in the parks since early in the year. Then, Dave who isn't celebrating a birthday or headed to the parks, at least got the coolest shirt ever for his kid!

Making his return to the show is our guest today, John Rogers from TravelMation, and host of Travel Tips Tuesday, available on Facebook and YouTube each Tuesday night!  

Our little crew first chats about the new 4 Park Magic Ticket, how to use it, when to get it, and it's limitations.  Then, the news about the Star Wars Starcruiser, and it's untimely demise in mere months.

What will Disney do with the area?  That's what Jenn, Dave, and John will offer their ideas... first, what if Disney leaves it as a Star Wars theme... maybe a day care? a hotel? a meeting space?  Then, if Disney scraps the whole Star Wars idea and gives it a new theme... Marvel? Villains? Even Soarin?  

And of course... there's always All Star Space. 

Thursday, May 18, 2023

Ep 155. The One with Live Action Disney


In the 155th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave celebrates THREE YEARS of the podcast!  Started on May 17, 2023, the show enters it's 4th year and here on the 155th ep, both share a very cool Top Ten List.

First up, a Jenn is all moved in, while Dave's LEGO set is finally complete. Then a quick look at the just announced Minion Land over in Universal Orlando coming this summer.

Then, Dave & Jenn chat about Disney's Live Action movie favorites. They each rank their own top ten, including old flicks (Hayley Mills gets double!) and newer but not new (Amy Adams!!) and a few recent modern classics (Alexander's bad day?)

Plus, Jenn breaks down Narnia and gives a house update.

And plans for the summer, including a Patreon and a live show to come!  

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Ep 154. The One with the Dining "Planniversary"


In the 154th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave arrive with major 2024 Walt Disney World news! First up, Dave is close to completing his own Lego figure set, while Jenn continues to wear all the Disney and surround herself with all the magic. 

And as Dave celebrates 10 years as a travel agent, a "planniversary" if you will,Jenn and Dave share their own travel stories, both how they each came to be travel agents, then how Jenn decided to start her own travel agency (Upon a Star Travel) and the random magical road Dave took to come to work for Upon a Star Travel. 

Finally, they dish on the big news Disney dropped on everyone this week - a possible Genie+ change that may resemble a previous system... extended hours continuing... park reservations finally being ended in January 2024, and the "good to go" days for Annual Passholders... and finally, the January 2024 return of the dining plan, plus a great chat on the ups and downs of the plan, the details (as known now), and how you can decide if it's right for you. 

Thursday, May 4, 2023

Ep 153. The One with New MCU Updates


In the 153rd episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave put on their best masks and power up the Quinjet (though they heed Edna's "No capes!" rule) and head toward the massive film entity of The Marvel Cinematic Universe... aka The MCU.

But to discuss such a large story and filmography, they figure a few expertise wouldn't hurt. Enter Podcasting Poobah and host of the Geek Out Loud podcasting empire, Steve Glosson! 

In Disney'ing this week, they talk a little about Return of the Jedi in theaters, too many LEGO sets, and Jenn's upcoming river cruise overseas. 

Then, they each share a little about what brought them into the MCU fandom, and finally, they dive into Marvel Phase One, Two, and Three, with a look at the original 2008 "Iron Man". From there, they go indepth in some, breeze past others, and discuss the overall monumental achievement made by Marvel and by Disney.

Finally, some guesses as to where MCU might be headed, and a few things they can do to nail Phase Five. 

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Ep 152. The One with the Worst Rides


In the 152nd episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave are all over the place! 

Jenn first reports on the status of her other podcast, "Divas Dish Diz", then the continued unpacking of the new home, while Dave finally got his Annual Pass, but also signed up for the Virtual 5K series this summer.

And Jenn's haunted home, plus the dangers of credit cards over social media.

The news kicks off with Fantasmic burning down... Edna Mode returning to Hollywood Studios... the Star Wars Starcruiser discounts to be had... the emergence of PickleBall at the parks... Animal Kingdom's time capsule

They randomly take a sidebar to the tech and style of the 90s, where not to meet people in the parks, and some great ideas for character nights and meeting places at Animal Kingdom and Hollywood's Pixar Place. 

And the sad fate of Dave's Mr. T action figure. 

Finally, Dave and Jenn both give their takes on the "Worst" attractions, or at least attractions that land in the Bottom 5 in their rankings. 

From Jenn finding some attractions useless to Dave declaring some rides are taking up valuable space for good attractions... and why he'd never go see "Are You There God It's Me Margaret", and the worst queue in the parks.  

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Ep 151. The One with the Ride ReThemes


In the 151st episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave decide its high time to take some classic rides and put a new spin on them at Walt Disney World.  And to help, some expert ride-rethemers themselves, Vlogger and Influencer Derek Frank and IAMGeek co-host Ryan Street are back on the show.

Ryan and Derek talk about their new podcast, Living with the Landspeer, and turning WDW attractions into Star Wars attractions. Then, using that same theme but reversing, everyone randomly chooses a new theme and a new ride to retheme.

The results? Hilarious and ingenious new attractions, with Jungle Cruise getting some Hades action... princess ideas for a roller coaster... putting Kuzco in Splash... and an incredible Mr. Toad idea.

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Ep 150. The One with Star Wars Celebration


In the 150th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave lament that they could not travel to London, England, over the weekend to check out the biggest Star Wars convention in the world - Star Wars Celebration!

And unfortunately, the guest on the show also didn't make it there either, but Mikey Nipp (The Deucecast Movie Show) is still one of the smartest Star Wars minds around -- and he's joining the show to talk about all the current and upcoming Star Wars magic we can expect, from TV shows to movies to announcements.

From Mando to Asohka to Baby Yoda vs Grogu to Acolytes and everything in between, we give you the preview. 

In the news department, Disneyland's Splash Mountain finally has a closure date... Walt Disney World will be selling Annual Passes once again... Epcot's Garden Grill will reopen for breakfast... and Rogers: The Musical has an opening date at California Adventure! 

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Ep 149. The One with the End of the 50th


In the 149th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave invite Quasi-Producer Heather, aka The Moana Mom, to join the show and take a look back and the 18 month long Disney event that has dominated their park vacations -- the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration.

As the 50th Celebration comes to a close, the trio discuss all of the major topics and events that happened along the way -- the Golden Statues... the 50th Merch... Epcot's Beacons of Light... Harmonious/Enchantment/KiteFails... Tron and Guardians... Magic Band + and the many issues with Genie+... plus so much more to discuss. 

Plus, an update on Jenn, who is finally moved into her new home, and Heather, who is even more moved in... and of course, d$ has new Legos. 

Also, check out the 50th Recap in Episode 73, recorded right after the actual 50th Anniversary trip.

Friday, March 31, 2023

Ep 148. The One with Roundup Rodeo


In the 148th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave aren't here as usual, as Jenn is busy moving in her house and trying to make her closet work.

So Dave takes on the show solo, and gives a full review of the newest restaurant in Hollywood Studios -- The Roundup Rodeo BBQ located in Toy Story Land. 

Based on a recent visit, one that happened 3 days after it's official opening, Dave walks through the menu, discussing each course of the pre-fixe menu, the service, the theming, and even some allergy options given to the table. 

It's a shorter show than usual, but its a great listen if you are ready to mosey on down to the Roundup! 

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Ep 147. The One with the Grand Floridian


In the 147th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave kick off the show with a house update from Jenn, and planning a Disney trip around an overly excited 11yo at d$'s house. 

But first... a handful of news bites, including the reopening of ToonTown at Disneyland Park, as well as the soft opening of Tron in Magic Kingdom, and a great change to Genie+.

Then, advice on why you should never assume Disney will be slow, and why you pretty much need to have a plan when you go.

Finally... a look at the history of the Grand Floridian, including what it was supposed to be (an Asian themed resort?), how it morphed into what it is now, and the beauty and wonder of the resort itself -- including how Disney helps you not be disoriented when you come into the lobby from the 2nd floor.

Plus, Jenn's own take on her favorite restaurants there, the Enchanted Rose, Victoria & Alberts, the best shops, and why she feels so at home when she stayed at the Grand Flo.

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Ep 146. The One with All the Latest Magic


In the 146th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave take on the challenge of discussing all the news that Disney dropped in the last few days. 

After a house update from Jenn, then a reminder from d$ to visit his social media to vote on your fave movies, they take a podcast trip "around the world"!

Animal Kingdom is readying for their 25th anniversary!

In Epcot, Figment is coming this summer, Spaceship Earth has a new show, and CommuniCore has been reimagined.

And Happily Ever After returns to Magic Kingdom... Tron action figures are customizable... Energy Bytes are available soon... and Mirabel is on her way.

Disney Springs sees Corkcicle and Summer at the Lake coming soon, while Disney hits SXSW with HoloTink and Robot Judy Hopps. 

Finally, thoughts on Bob Iger's talk about pricing at Disney, and some thoughts on what can be done immediately for positive guest experiences. 

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Ep 145. The One with the runDisney Rookies


In the 145th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave bring in a familiar name and returning guest Kyla Melberg, aka #kylaKylaKYLA as she's known in the podcast.

Together, the three open up with Disney mugs and Disney shirts and Disney Funko Pops (and d$'s obsession with collecting sets now), before turning to the brief news -- including doom for the Simpsons area at Universal and a possible new princess meet n greet in MK.

Then, a quick look at an upcoming auction where Disney transport - Autopia cars, monorails, Skybuckets - and more are being sold.

Finally, a rundown of the Princess 1/2 Marathon weekend from a few weeks ago. Jenn shares her comparison from previous runDisney events to this one, while #kylaKylaKYLA and d$ give their rookie experience.

Kyla shares about Sunrise Yoga, which is the new trend at the parks, while all talk about the Expo, getting to the event itself, running the race, and all the fun details -- plus what to expect when you sign up. 

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Ep 144. The One with Airport Transfers & TSA


In the 144th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave are talking all about airport transfers and TSA Precheck woes, both having experienced the same insanity of a long line at Orlando's MCO airport...

First up, several news items, including guests being told a ride was closed after all the signs say that the ride is closed... Small World adding some disability representation... the new Disney Cruise Line status... eating BRUNCHCOT in EPCOT... Capt Steve Rogers getting his own musical... 

And updated info on Florida taking over Reedy Creek at Disney World. 

Then, the duo discuss the good and bad about the available transportation first for those arriving at MCO and trying to get to their Disney World resort, including Mears, Sunshine Flyers, rideshares, private cars, Away We Go and more...

And then the far worse, and more entertaining, travails of trying to return back to Orlando's airport, including d$'s Mears fiasco and what happens when PreCheck is just straight up closed. 

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Ep 143. The One with Antarctica


In the 143rd episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave finally have the pleasure of releasing an episode recorded a few weeks ago, but only able to drop today... all about visiting Antarctica.

Unfortunately, neither Jenn nor Dave got to actually go on the Adventures by Disney trip to the continent on the bottom of the world... but fortunately, Friend of the Show (and Disney exec) Marcy did! 

Marcy D joins the show to tell us all about the recent 12 day trip that she and her daughter Rory took with Adventures by Disney, first with their stop off at Buenos Aires, then traveling through the Drake Passage (the Drake Lake? the Drake Shake??), and stepping foot onto the actual land itself. 

From the calmness of the waters to the penguins to the safety policies and protecting the environment, Marcy gives a great account of how special this trip is. 

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Ep 142. The One with Dave on the Wish


In the 142nd episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn and Dave are back after a two week absence caused by time, a faulty computer, and the fact that co-host d$ was in the Caribbean aboard the latest Disney Cruise Line ship, the Disney Wish!

First, a pile of news to discuss, including delayed openings at Disneyland's ToonTown... the 2023 Garden Rocks lineup... the latest on Toy Story Land's Rodeo Roundup... trying to figure out who Moon Girl is... new meet n greets in the parks... new Disney sequels to Frozen, Zootopia, and what Toy Story 5 might be like... and much more! 

Then, a look at The Disney Wish, from a newbie cruiser (or a first in 19 years cruiser) d$, and not only things he didn't realize, but also things about the ship you should know -- from dining to extra costs to Castaway Cay to how DCL handles some of their special needs programs. 

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Ep 141. The One with Pop Century


In the 141st episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave do a deep dive into one of the most popular resorts on property -- Disney's Pop Century Resort.

But before they do, there is news to get to! Photopass jackets changing... more characters return, with those wretched photo boxes... Splash and Woody Woodpecker demolition begins... who in the world is selling Splash Water??... Tron Lightcycle locker systems... Disneyland's Mickey Minnie Runaway Railway is now open, and Dave has a big problem with them having a superior queue... 

And then, a look at the cool history of Pop Century, with the original intent, how the plans were totally derailed, and where Art of Animation sprang from. Plus a quick overview of the resort itself, including a few cons, a lot of pros, and who might want to stay here. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Ep 140. The One with Listener Questions


In the 140th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave finally get back to questions from the listener, something not done on MSEP since Ep 11 in 2020! 

Jenn is getting ready for her trip (that she's on now) and Dave is getting ready for his Disney Wish sailing in a few weeks, but first, it's time to talk about the pros and cons of staying on property. 

What other parks do Jenn & Dave enjoy besides WDW and Universal?  Why sail on a Disney Cruise?  What rides in the parks are considered "Untouchable"? Who should return to the podcast?  What would it take for Jenn to stay in an All Star Resort? 

And can Disney animation recover from it's recent setbacks?

Great questions, and a great discussion of answers on this week's episode! 

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Ep 139. The One with Video in Disney


In the 139th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave welcome to the show for the very first time branding and marketing expert, musician, and Disney Vlogger Derek Frank!

After some chit-chat about returning attractions to WDW, Derek shares a little about his Disney history, and how he got into the photography and videos inside the park itself.

Then, Jenn, Dave, and Derek share thoughts on their favorite picture and video spots in all four parks -- from taking reflection shots to finding the right bridges to catching the monorail at the right time. Plus, Derek shares his idea to turn Hollywood Studios into an entire Star Wars park.

Finally, Derek gives out his tips for amateur Disney Vloggers, and how to take some great shots around the parks themselves. 

Make sure to follow Derek on YouTube (search "The Derek Frank") and Instagram @TheDerekFrank and website 

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Ep 138. The One with Disney Surprises


In the 138th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn and Dave are trying to catch their breath from a solid day of announcements and headlines that hit on Tuesday... so they break down ALL the Disney Surprises tossed at us in a single day! 

First, Dave continues to sing the praise of the Captain America trilogy and Jenn continues to not have seen them, and they dive right into the stories of the day...

Tron Lightcycle has an opening date!  And a new theory on when Annual Passes may return. 

Happily Ever After is returning! Disney Enchantment is going away!  We compare the two, and discuss Epcot Forever's return, and why Epcot HarmonioUS couldn't get over Stargate and Taco Barges

Disneyland moving its Park Hopping times to earlier in the day, and could that -- plus AP holders getting a benefit on park hopping too -- translate to Disney World?

The parking is now complimentary again, and why this is a huge deal!

And the Disney Dining promo, how it breaks down, and what it all means.  

Finally, Adventures by Disney River Cruises! 

Plus, a total rabbit trail on Voyage of the Little Mermaid, what could go in that space, and more randomness as we are known for. 

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Ep 137. The One with 2022 in Review


In the 137th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave welcome in 2023 with a look back at 2022! And because she was a part of the 2021 review, of course, we had to bring back The Moana Mom, aka Quasi Producer Heather.

Month by month, we hit the major, and minor, topics of the year, from all the returns to all the closures to mask mandates to Bob in Bob out, and all the overwhelming, underwhelming and just whelming whelming news. 

Quasi Producer Heather also shares her magical story from Epcot's 40th and meeting Keale Settle (and how d$ was right there... and didn't know it)

Plus, a look at the Shakedown (of the Wish, not Bob Seger), some predictions for 2023, why Splash Mountain has no chance of staying, and why 2022 was a strong year indeed. 

Among the topics included: Strollers... bad transfers... Sunshine Flyers... Lightning Lane... masks... Starcruisers... Spirt of Aloha... Hoop dee Doo... hugging characters again... MSEParade in Disneyland... Guardians debuts... the new Finding Nemo... MagicBand+... Angela Lansbury... H20 Bath Products... BBB opening again... Hurricane Ian... Epcot's 40th... Akershus... Splash says goodbye

As always, thanks for listening and hope you enjoy the first ep of 2023!! 

Find Agent Meredith's interviews with Epcot's original Cast Members here.