Friend Feed – November 28, 2011

I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving and you’re ready to get fully into the holiday season. Disney sure is, as the parks are ready for the full court press on holiday celebrations. Let’s see what’s been going on with the podcasts, websites and other friends we sponsor here at in this week’s Friend Feed.

Ready to get in the holiday spirit? Take a listen to this week’s Disney Film Project Podcast, where the crew discusses Disney’s holiday films. There are a surprising number of them, so listen to the show and pick out your favorite to get the holiday season into full swing.

If you’re looking for a one of a kind gift or experience for you or a loved one this holiday season, then check out the new Dream Come True Holiday Experience at Disneyland that includes a visit to Walt’s Apartment on Main Street. It’s pricey, no doubt, but Disneyland Live makes it sound like a once in a lifetime kind of experience that may just be worth it. Go check it out and see if you are willing to pony up for this amazing experience.

One of my favorite things to do at Walt Disney World is stroll around at night and enjoy the environment. That’s one of the things that the WDW Today gang talked about on their show this week, when discussing their favorite things to do at night at Walt Disney World. The entire gang is on hand for this one, and there are some great suggestions.

Did you catch The Muppets this weekend? If not, you should have. It’s a great throwback to the original days of The Muppet ShowLou Mongello did his own version of The Muppet Show this week when he did a walk through of the Stage 1 Company Store in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. If you love old time Muppets gags, you’ve got to check this out.

This time of year is a great time to go visit things like the Stage 1 Company Store at Walt Disney World, but with holiday shopping you’ll definitely want to save some money.  The Be Our Guest Podcast is the place to turn, since the hosts had a great show this week on the best resort values at Walt Disney World. Check out the show to see which resorts will deliver the most bang for your buck.

One resort to keep an eye on is the renovated Disneyland Hotel. Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix gives a great visual tour of this revamped resort in this week’s MousePlanet Disneyland Update.

Did you know Disney was planning a resort development in the Washington, D.C. area? Neither did I, but it appears those plans are dead. Catch up on that news and more in this week’s MousePlanet Walt Disney World Update.

Kids are going to be excited this time of year to play with their new toys, and the Imagineers are just giant kids. They’ve been testing their newest toy, the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game, over the past few weeks. The Betamouse podcast took a sneak peek at the play tests along with’s own Scarlett Litton, who witnessed some of these tests. Want to see the fun that’s coming to the Magic Kingdom soon? Listen to this episode.

Of course the thought of sorcerers and knights and such at the Magic Kingdom brings to mind the big part of Fantasyland, the princesses. The AllEars Newsletter has a great article this week about the bad rap that the princesses get. It’s a fantastic well-written article, just like you’d expect from the AllEars team. Subscribe now to get more great stuff like this.

If you’ve ever seen the Disneyland Tencennial special, you know what an amazing time it was for Walt and his Imagineers. Creating attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion and more was a real sea change at Disneyland. This week’s WEDway Radio checks out this time in Disney history and lets us know all the details.

Speaking of Pirates, the longtime Disneyland attraction reopened to the public this past week, to lots of big demand from visitors. Catch up with all the news on that and more from Disneyland in this week’s Dateline Disneyland.