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Armchair Imagineering Dining Edition!

1/15/2019- This week Brian, Beth Mario and Kirsten dream up some restaurants for the Walt Disney World Resort Parks. Thank you to Listener Rebekah Ward for the episode suggestion. Show Notes: News: PHOTOS: New Aerial Images Show Progress on Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Everything coming to Mickey and Minnie's Surprise Celebration beginning January 18 IllumiNations Dining Package coming to Epcot later this month Create one new QS restaurant and one new TS...


Can You Feel The Love Tonight? Romance at Walt Disney World

01/08/2019: This Week Mario, Beth, Brian and Kirsten give their best attempt at finding a few romantic offerings at the Walt Disney World Resort Parks! NEWS: Issues with Slinky Dog Dash Trains Lightning Strike Changing Portraits from HM receive an update Kevin from Disney Pixar's Up! coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom in February TOPIC: Romantic Activities for Two Putt-putt! Boat Rental for Fireworks Watching the fireworks from the beach at the Poly Fireworks Cruise Hot Air Balloon at Disney...


Welcoming a Great, Big, Beautiful 2019

1/3/2019 - For better or worse, Walt Disney World underwent some major changes in 2018...and there are even more to come in the new year. Tune in as Mario, Beth, and Brian talk about the most anticipated new offerings of 2019 in the Parks, give their Disney New Year's Resolutions, and say goodbye to what was lost in 2018. Quality Warning: due to some unforeseen circumstances the first 30 minutes of this weeks episode features some white noise that is normally not present in the show. we...


S71's Guide to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

12/25/2018 - Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party brings festive holiday entertainment to Magic Kingdom each winter. Mario, Beth, Brian, and Kirsten take a look at the event's many exclusive features, discuss favorite (and least favorite) aspects in this in-depth guide to one of Walt Disney World's most attended events. News: Preparations underway at Epcot for new nighttime show to replace IllumiNations Guest experience teams will be deployed throughout Magic Kingdom to help with peak crowds...


The Disney Draft: Fantasy Cruise Ship Edition

12/18/2018 - In this episode, Mario, Beth, and Brian attempt to create a "fantasy cruise ship" using bits and pieces from different Disney Parks. Which of our fantasy cruise ships would you want to go on most? News: New retro sign unveiled for Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor Personal shopper service debuting at Hollywood Studios Festival of the Arts workshops now available to book Festival workshops list Topics: Beth's trip report The Void at Disney Springs - Virtual Reality Experience featuring...


Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah: The History of Splash Mountain

12/11/2018 - Take a plunge into the briar patch with Mario, Beth, and Brian as they discuss one of Disney's most controversial films and the classic attraction that came from it: Splash Mountain! News: Kingdom Hearts III preview experience coming to Disney Springs Friendship Boat Service to Epcot temporarily unavailable due to Skyliner construction Upcoming Walt Disney World Railroad closures dates First look at ‘Beauty and the Beast’ dark ride coming to Tokyo Disneyland Thank you Battery...


From Disney Parks to Silver Screen: Films Inspired by Attractions (Part Two)

11/28/2018 - The Station 71 hosts and guest host Jerry Skids from Mouse Rants Podcast finish giving their thoughts on the many films based on attractions in Disney Parks in part two of From Disney Parks to Silver Screen. Which of these films is your favorite? Did you agree with the sentiments expressed? Let us know! Topics: Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise: Pirates of the Caribbean (2003), Dead Man's Chest (2006), At World's End (2007), On Stranger Tides (2011), Dead Men Tell No Tales...


From Disney Parks to Silver Screen: Films Inspired by Attractions (Part One)

11/20/2018 - This week, Mario, Beth, Brian, and Kirsten are joined by a very special guest, Jerry Skids of Mouse Rants Podcast, to discuss movies inspired by Disney Parks attractions. Tune in to hear part one of a two-part episode where the hosts give their thoughts - good and bad - on the films! Topics: Tower of Terror (1997) Mission to Mars (2000) The Country Bears (2002) Want more from Jerry? Email: Listen: Mouse Rants (18+ Disney Podcast) Listen: The Story of Cory...


Station 71 Presents Great Moments in Muppets History!

11/11/2018 - The Muppets have a long and interesting history...especially within the Disney Parks! Join Mario, Beth, and Brian as they delve into how this lovable puppet crew ended up in Walt Disney World, Muppet attractions that never made it into production, and a little Armchair Imagineering on what Station 71 and its listeners would like to see in the Muppets' future. News: Christmas tree trail opens for the holiday season at Disney Springs Maleficent float rumored to return soon to...


The Customer is NOT Always Right: One Star Disney World Yelp Reviews

11/6/2018 - Mario, Beth, and Brian take a step back from their own Disney World critiques to read some Yelp reviews from not-so-happy park goers. Tune in to hear a few of the lowest rated reviews on various Disney World attractions, restaurants, and more! News: Full Candlelight Processional lineup announced Spaceship Earth mouse ear headbands on sale soon Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope meet and greet coming to Epcot's ImageWorks Find us online at: Facebook: /Station71Pod Twitter: @Station71Pod...


Never Have I Ever: Walt Disney World Edition

11/1/2018 - This week, Beth, Brian and Kirsten sit down and play a Disney edition of Never Have I Ever and give their picks for a few Disney superlatives! News: New Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party add on announced: Tony's Merriest Town Square Party Reduced operating hours for MuppetVision 3D :( New achievement pins available for guests completing Play Disney Park Apps quests Find us online at: Facebook: /Station71Pod Twitter: @Station71Pod Instagram: @Station71Podcast Email:...


The Best and Worst of WDW Quick Service

10/24/18 - This week, Mario, Beth, Brian, and Kirsten dish out their top three favorite and least favorite quick service restaurants on Walt Disney World property. Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know what your picks would be! News: Disney files patent for Epcot's upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy rollercoaster ride system New DVC Resort announced will be constructed on the land once occupied by River Country Disney increases ticket prices ahead of Thanksgiving & Christmas holiday...


Disney in a Day v2: Who Can Spend The Most Money?

10/17/2018 - In this episode, Mario, Brian, and Kirsten compete to see who can spend the most money in a day at Walt Disney World. Tune in to hear who is the biggest spender and check out our rules in the link below and let us know if you can outspend us! News: RUMOR: Spaceship Earth to close for two year refurbishment Images surface online of Stitch's Great Escape in pieces (Thanks to listener Brittany Hoover for the heads up!) Annual Haunted Mansion Trader Sam's mug features Disneyland's...


Magic Kingdom: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

10/2/2018 - This week Mario, Beth, and Brian take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Tune in to find out what we think are the best parts of Magic Kingdom, what needs improvement, and what just needs to go away altogether! News: New single-day ticket pricing will price all four parks at the same level Disney to launch new vacation planning site to help guests with date-based tickets and pricing Topics: Prince Charming Regal Carrousel Scrim Photo...


Station 71 Host Rants and Grievances!

9/26/2018 - This week, Mario, Beth, and Brian blow off some steam and rant on what in Walt Disney World and the Disney Community annoys them. This episode is a little different than the usual Station 71 tone, but rest assured that this is very much a once-in-a-while, (albeit entertaining) topic. News: Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirate Tutorial ending this month Gondolas will not have air-conditioning, but will feature onboard audio IllumiNations to end in summer 2019 19 new, limited-time...


Welcome, Foolish Mortals: History of The Haunted Mansion, Part 2

9/17/2018 - Tune in this week as Mario, Beth, Brian, and Kirsten continue their in-depth tour and history of The Haunted Mansion. Join us and the 999 happy haunts that inhabit this ghostly retreat as we discuss our favorite details and behind-the-scenes magic that makes this attraction a Disney classic and Station 71 favorite. News: Minnie Vans to begin charging new pricing structure Magic Kingdom Club 33 facade revealed in Adventureland New 'Ralph Breaks VR' experience coming to Disney...


Welcome, Foolish Mortals: History of The Haunted Mansion, Part 1

9/11/2018 - This week, Mario, Beth, and Brian discuss the early development of a Disney fan favorite - The Haunted Mansion. Tune in to hear how this classic attraction evolved into the one we know and love today. Now, as they say, “look alive,” and keep an eye out for part two of the history of The Haunted Mansion! News: Character Dining coming to Artist Point restaurant Mickey’s Backyard BBQ closing at the end of 2018 First look at new immersive restaurant - Oga's Cantina - coming to Star...


Disney Rumor Roundup!

09/03/2018 - In this episode, Mario, Brian, and Kirsten take a look at some of the Disney rumors swirling around lately and discuss where they think the truth lies in the grapevine! Topics: In light of losing Siemens as a corporate sponsor, is Spaceship Earth getting a major overhaul? Will the PeopleMover get updated with new IPs ahead of the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary? Is Epcot adding a new pavilion to World Showcase? Will Stitch's Great Escape EVER get replaced? Is Gran Fiesta Tour...


Mixed Bag!: Disney Games Medley

8/27/2018 - This week, the Station 71 hosts take a break from research-heavy topics to play a few rounds of some fun Disney games: Superlatives, Keep Refurbish Demolish, and Would You Rather? Join Mario, Beth, Brian, and Kirsten to hear their picks for "Best Place to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse On Property," "Disney Trend You Hate the Most," and more! News: Digital Key now available at all Walt Disney World Resorts Pandora – The World of Avatar makes TIME Magazine’s 'Top 100 World’s Greatest...


The History of Disney Animation, Part 2: The Disney Renaissance, Post-Renaissance Era, and Revival Era

8/20/2018 - Join the Station 71 hosts as they dive into the remaining eras of Disney Animation and discuss fan-favorite films such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, and more! News: Guests are no longer able to transfer Fastpass+ between guests Passholder exclusive Haunted Mansion merchandise coming to Magic Kingdom Construction to begin on Tron Coaster Topics: The Disney Renaissance (1989-1999) Post-Renaissance Era (2000-2009) Revival Era (2010-Present) Find us online...