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Disney Dining, Aulani, Ship Tours, Obscure Disney Movies in the Parks – August 4, 2013


Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is show #332 for the week of August 4, 2013.

I’ll open up the inbox this week and answer more of your listener emails. Topics this week include dining options, the Welcome Show, military discounts, Advance Fast Pass, Aulani day guests, going solo to Walt Disney World, tours of the Disney Cruise Line ships, and obscure Disney movie references in the parks

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– Lou Mongello

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33 thoughts on “WDW Radio Show #332 – Listener Email: Disney Dining, Aulani, Obscure Disney Movies – August 4, 2013”

  1. Jeff says:

    Would like to see The Emperors New Groove represented in the parks. The movie is hilarious and family friendly.

  2. Charles says:

    Love the show Lou! I would love to see Something Wicked This Way Comes represented in the park. It would be easy to add something in the Haunted Mansion. I love the film. It is one of the three shows that are must sees every Halloween along with Charlie Brown Halloween and the original movie Halloween.

  3. Ana Kurland says:

    I’d love to see a dark ride based on In Search of the Castaways. It would include the ice floe ride, the fire and flood in the tree, the Condor flight and the volcano explosion.

  4. TJ says:

    How about Brother Bear? Another family friendly movie with a great story line. It would work perfectly for the Animal Kingdom Park. I can envision a log flume ride with the setup similar to Splash Mountain except for the theming. Can you imagine going though a dark tunnel with a Northern Lights display overhead or a salmon run along side and/or jumping over the log flume? The imagineers would have a field day with that !!!

  5. Amanda Novotny says:

    I love Meet the Robinsons and think it has a great message of “Keep Moving Forward.” I think it could easily be incorporated into Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom, or even at Epcot.

  6. Chris G says:

    John Carter of Mars! Just kidding.

    It would be awesome to see Black Cauldron. I know it triggered a down slope when it was released, but in a Post-Harry Potter culture, it would have been a success today.

    Also, something built around classic shorts would be awesome. Brave Little Tailor!

    And Scarecrow of Romney Marsh.

  7. Roberto R says:

    The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes… wait, that’s on Spaceship Earth. Then how about The Misadventures of Merlin Jones.

  8. Suzanne says:

    My husband would love to see ‘The Great Mouse Detective’ represented as it is his childhood favourite. It would fit perfectly in the UK pavilion in Epcot.

  9. Chris says:

    Oh. How about the reverse? I assume there’s been a thread about movies you wish they’d make from rides. (a la Pirates of the caribbean

    There should totally be a Maelstrom movie!

  10. Betsy says:

    Darby O’Gill and the Little People…..the UK Pavilion at EPCOT needs some Leprechauns.

  11. Shannon says:

    I think the Apple Dumpling Gang would be great for Frontierland.

  12. Amanda says:

    Emperors new groove, meet the robinsons, more ratatouille, sword and the stone, Robin Hood, song of the south… Just off the top of my head

  13. Moonliner Jim says:

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It could be a submarine ride like the one at Disneyland and have subs shaped like the Nautilus.

  14. David says:

    I’d say the Black Cauldron.
    The theme would go perfect in the new Fantasyland and the character Gurgi
    would be a big seller as a Disney plush.

    Plus, the 30th anniversary is in 2015.

  15. Wouldn’t Atlantis make an awesome basis for a water park?

  16. Tricia says:

    Love the show! But I’m pretty sure that the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show is done at park opening even if it a morning extra magic hours day. This is my favorite attraction in all of WDW and I know I’ve seen it at 8am on a morning extra magic hours day. Also, the Magic Kingdom is the only park with a welcome show now.

  17. Paul says:

    the movie I would like to see at the parks would be the absent minded professor. The flying car, flobber shoes, flobber gas, or any of the great discoveries of Prof. Branered.

  18. Kevin W. says:


    I am a huge fan of three movies from the late 1980s early ’90s that don’t get the respect I think they reserve. They are: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Dick Tracy, and The Rocketeer.

    Show #327 simply reminded me how great WFRR is, and I’ve fallen in love with this movie all over again on Blu-ray. Likewise, the new Blu-ray releases of Dick Tracy and The Rocketeer show how visually engaging these films are, and they have stood the test of time.

    Considering the settings for these movies are all late ’30, I think each would fit in great in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

  19. Craig says:

    For some reason, I just remembered one of my favorite obscure Disney movies– Tiger Town. Roy Scheider plays an aging baseball player, and his biggest fan is a young boy discovers (believes?) he can will Scheider to hit homeruns by closing his eyes and concentrating.

    And by the way, I am pretty sure Casey At The Bat is represented at DCA in the carnival games next to Toy Story Midway Mania.

  20. Chris says:

    I am a big fan of Oliver and Company and a big fan of Newsies. I think that would be fun to see at the World

  21. Angels of the Outfield WAS in the parks! It was the name and theme of a “Games of the Boardwalk” at Disney’s California Adventure! It was a carnival style baseball toss and featured photos and logos from the film!

  22. Joseph says:

    Best idea for an obscure film inspired attraction in the park would be The Black Hole. Its really not an obscure Disney movie. Geeks kind of hold it in high regard. But it would make a great new vortex type ending to Space Mountain if they one day ever re-visioned the coaster.

  23. Brian Bernhard says:

    I’d LOVE a Flight of the Navigator reference somewhere!

  24. David says:

    “The Monkey’s Uncle” from 1965.

  25. keith says:

    I know it has such a deep, cult following, but I really thing “Journey into Imagination” could be reworked into a “Meet the Robinsons” attraction. The idea of Invention, Imagination, Creativity, and Progress would fir perfectly in that space as well within EPCOT. Likewise, the play space after the attraction has so much potential to tie into these.

    I know there are Innovation stations at EP that also highlight some of these themes, but I think there is case here.

    Either way…that movie needs so much more love, it is such an underrated movie.

  26. Catherine says:

    Bed knobs and Broomsticks…..park your butt in a flying bed and fly over England as a haunted Armor Army beats the Nazis……I guess that’s why they went with Peter Pan for a ride. Still love Bedknobs though! 🙂

  27. Luke says:

    I would love for the movie “Rocketman” to be included in the parks somehow! It has always been my favorite movie based on how hilarious the main character Fred Z. Randall (played by Harland Williams) is! I think a nice nod to this film could be done in the hallway at Mission Space where the portraits of people who have went to mars is. Adding a portrait of Fred would make that attraction instantly one of my favorites! Keep up the good work! 🙂

  28. Sue says:

    I would love to see WallE and Eve at WDW. Not an obscure film, but I cannot recall seeing anything in the parks or resorts? Bought a splendid interactive Eve in Magic kingdom a few years ago and, being British, get to see them at Disneyland Paris, but cannot understand why they were not included somewhere in Tomorrowland? They would also make perfect guest stars in Star tours at HS. 🙂

  29. Jim says:

    I love Candleshoe feel it is an under-appreciated and rarely mentioned Disney classic. Would love just somewhere, nestled away perhaps at a resort, for there to be a statue of Captain Joshua with his foot on the treasure chest.

  30. Felicia says:

    I think Imagaineers missed out when they created a Monsters Inc ride in DCA. Instead of what they came up with I always thought the coolest ride would be a doors themed ride when Mike and Sully climbed onto Boo’s door and rode it to where they keep all the doors. I always pictured a sort of rollercoaster that would follow the track of calm and cool at first, but then there’s a drop and then it really begins.

    Or maybe a bobsled type of ride that follows the idea of Cool Runnings.

    What I think would also be cool would be a new land called Halloweentown to go along with the 4 Halloweentown movies. Although they are more of a DisneyChannel origonal movie thing, I still luv to watch the movies all the time.

  31. Tara says:

    Mr. Boogedy would be so much fun to incorporate during Halloween. It was a TV movie that aired on Disney in the 86 along with a sequel that aired the following year. This was one of my favorite movies growing up. I recorded them off the TV and would watch them year after year. Anyone else remember these movies?

    Ooooh and Hocus Pocus!!!

  32. Mark says:

    Robin Hood has been my favorite since I was a kid and it is absent from all the parks. I really wanted to buy anything Sir Hiss or Prince John at the Villains store in Hollywood Studios and there was nothing there either. Such a great movie

  33. Chuck Zitta says:

    It’s not really obscure, but Atlantis was a movie I always felt deserved a little more love. Could you imagine an attraction based on this movie? The queue alone could be amazing. Kind of an updated 20,000 Leagues, but to avoid any maintenance pitfalls, like those that eventually forced 20,000 Leagues to close at WDW, you could make it a simulated ride. Better yet, the ride vehicle would be transported through the attraction by a device that is connected to the your vehicle from above (like on Peter Pan’s Flight or Soarin’. Ride vehicle could go up and down, lean lean left, right, forward and backwards – creating the illusion that you are in a submarine vehicle moving through water. Deep waters, filled with interesting creatures. Eventually you discover Atlantis, battle unwelcome visitors, and proclaim Atlantis your new home where you would live in peace among their people!

    Using the same ride technology, the same basic theory could be applied to another lost Disney movie, Treasure Planet. The sub becomes a flying space ship.

    So Atlantis could be at WDW and Treasure Planet at Disneyland. Just like they use the same ride tech for Dinosaur and Indiana Jones.

    Anyway, just a thought.

    Thanks again for another fantastic show, Lou and Beci!!!