TouringPlans.com Friend Feed – October 9, 2011

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Well, I’m just back from a quick trip down to Walt Disney World, and boy, was it a monsoon!  That’s right, it rained all day Saturday and Sunday this past weekend.  Still a fun time to be sure, but it gave me plenty of time to catch up with the websites and podcasts that we sponsor here at TouringPlans.com.  So here’s what’s going on in and around the Disney community with our friends–a feature we call the Friend Feed.

The main reason I was at Walt Disney World was to enjoy the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival with my lovely wife.  So, I was pleased to listen to Lou Mongello’s WDW Radio Newscast this week, all about the technology of the festival.  It’s a neat look at what goes into something as large and as fun as the Food and Wine Festival.  Listen to the show and get your geek fix.

An amazing source of Food & Wine information came from the AllEars Weekly Newsletter this week, where Deb Koma gave her review of the marketplace booths, the special lunches and tastings, and the culinary and other demonstrations.  The AllEars Weekly Newsletter has great articles like this, as well as historical Walt Disney World information delivered right to your inbox every week, so go sign up.

If you really want to do Food & Wine right, you have to spend more than 3 hours in Epcot, but if you want to know what to do if you’ve only got  3 hours, then listen to this episode of the Be Our Guest Podcast.  The crew discusses what attractions, snacks, and other things they would enjoy if they had a limited amount of time in the second Walt Disney World park.

I’m a Disney Parks veteran, and as I’ve gone more and more often, I find myself doing a different kind of touring.  This different kind of touring was the topic on this week’s WEDway Radio, as Matt and Nate were joined by our lead developer, Henry Work, to discuss how seasoned vets choose to tour the parks.

If you’re saying that’s incredible, then you’re ready for the latest episode of the Disney Film Project Podcast, where we review The Incredibles.  It’s the continuation of TouringPlans.com Month on the show, as sometime blog contributor AJ Wolfe of The Disney Food Blog joins the regular crew to talk about Pixar’s superhero epic.

Speaking of movies, Don Hahn, the producer of a little film you may know called The Lion King, joined the Mousetalgia crew last week.  This is a must-listen for a guy who has seen it all at Disney.  Hahn not only produced The Lion King but has a new documentary out, as well.  The Mousetalgia gang chats with him and discusses the ins and outs of his career.

Fall is in the air at Disneyland, and the resort is getting ready for Halloween, as well as upcoming Thanksgiving celebration.  Hard to believe it’s all here again, isn’t it?  Well, the MousePlanet Disneyland Update has all the details on how Disneyland has decorated for Halloween, as well as news about Annual Passholder special events and Thanksgiving dining opportunities.

Speaking of Halloween, while I was down, I saw plenty of people heading into the Magic Kingdom in costume.  At first I figured there was some sort of pirate festival, but then I realized that it’s October, and it’s time for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.   Early last week, the WDW Today crew answered questions and gave their thoughts on the annual event.

One of the biggest stories in the entire Disney company this weekend was the news that Bob Iger, the CEO of the Walt Disney Company, would step down from that role in 2015 to become Chairman of the Board.   Love him or hate him, Iger has been responsible for some of the biggest changes at Disney in quite some time, so it’s interesting to see what he will be doing in the future.  Disneyland Live has the full story on this, as well as lots of other news around Disneyland.

Lots of new enhancements have sprung up around the Disneyland Resort, not just at Disney California Adventure, but also at Disneyland.  Dateline Disneyland this week has some great shots of the new spruced up Emporium and additions at The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

That’s the Friend Feed for this week.  Please share your thoughts or anything else going on in the comments.

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Posted on October 10, 2011
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