Friday, April 29, 2016


   It was in 2011 that I wrote a blog about my Disney Podcast Library.  I was not yet retired, and Disney Podcasts on my iPod kept me going through my work day, every day!  I've since retired, and my iPod gave up the ghost (just weeks before I retired).

   Back in April of 2011, I listed 9 awesome podcasts, but of those 9, 5 years later, only 5 remain (that I know of).  The WDW Fanboys, Beta Mouse, Magical Definitions, and Intercot Insider Live have all gone the way of Maelstrom (An attraction at Epcot that is no longer there).  Magical Definitions still remains (in a way) - Nathan Rose & Jim Hill were the hosts, but Jim Hill now does a podcast with Len Testa.

   I've trimmed my iTunes podcast library dramatically, and it's down to 4 podcasts now.  I listen to a few of the others every once in a while, but I just get those shows from their websites rather than downloading them to iTunes.

   The 4 podcasts remaining in this "Battle Royal" of Disney Podcast loyalty are (in no particular order):


Hard to imagine Len Testa as "Straight Man", but Jim Hill knows all - tells all.

   The Unofficial Guides Disney Dish Podcast with Jim Hill

   This has now become my favorite of all podcasts.  Len Testa emerged as one of my favorite Disney podcast personalities, as co-author of the text book of  WDW touring books - The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, he knows his stuff, but the true Guru of all things Disney is Jim Hill, and the two have a great chemistry during their shows.  They tackle subjects that hard core Dis fans want to know about, and Jim Hill knows his stuff like no one else, and delivers it in a way that makes you feel like you are walking alongside of him touring the parks.  Two "Disney Rock Stars" who make for an awesome Podcast.

Visit the show's website:

The Disney Nerds Podcast  
   This is one that I found after I wrote that blog posting back in 2011.  I'm not sure how I found them, but I'm glad I did.  These guys fill the void left by the departure of the original WDW Today podcast.  Sam (from Sam's Disney Diary), Jimmy, Ed, and Jen are a great group of folks who love Disney parks as much as I do.  They take you on audio tours of attractions & parks, share thoughts on the goings-on at Disney World, and just make for a fun time on every podcast.

Check out the show's website: The Disney Nerds Podcast

Dave's Disney View Podcast
   This is another podcast that I found after 2011.  It's not "serious" in nature, but it's not as "silly" as other Disney World podcasts.  Dave was an actual Cast Member at WDW, so he has an insight that I just love to listen to.  He's a man who makes me proud  to be a Disney World Nerd.  He obviously has a love for and loyalty to Walt Disney World, but is not afraid to express his feelings when he does not like something.  He has a positive way of talking about WDW attractions and events.

Check out the show website:  Dave's Disney View Podcast


   Walt Disney World Today
   This Podcast is the same in name only.  The original lineup included 5 legends of Disney podcasting:  Annette Owens, Len Testa, Matt Hochberg, Mike Newell, and Mike Scopa.  This was by far my favorite podcast in the world.  All good things must come to an end, and WDW Today came to an "end", but re-emerged with new hosts, and a little different format.  It took me a while to get used to it, but eventually I accepted the fact that "Matt, Mike, Mike, and Len (& Annette)" were not coming back.  The new hosts are Logan, Terry and Will and the show is still fun.  And... one of the "originals" from the show - Len Testa still makes appearances on the show to answer listener questions!  They take on subjects and give their takes on things, it's fun and made "the cut" to remain in my iTunes library.

Check it out:


Those are the 4 that remain in my podcast library (along with 3 boxing podcasts, and Calvary Chapel Albuquerque).  But that doesn't mean that I don't listen to other podcasts by visiting their websites.  Lou Mongello's WDW Radio Show, The Be Our Guest Podcast, Disney Parks Podcast and The Mighty Men of Mouse are 4 others that aren't in my personal iTunes library, but I would suggest you track down and listen to them if you are really into Disney Parks & Walt Disney World!  And of course, if you are into Disneyland in Anaheim, California, you have to listen to the Mousetalgia podcast.

   I no longer need to feed off of my Disney podcasts to get me through a dreary and life draining job (can you tell I was more than ready to retire?), but I still LOVE to listen to my Disney Parks podcasts as I plan for the next visit to Disneyland or Walt Disney World.  Pick one, and give it a listen, you might just get hooked!

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