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       ABOUT
Welcome to the PassPorter Moms Podcast!

We bring you Disney and travel advice, tips, answers, and fun in our weekly podcast. Watch for new 30- to 45-minute episode every Wednesday!

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Happy travels,
Jennifer and Sara
The PassPorter Moms
       EPISODES
Have You Heard?

Our Top 5 Favorite Things About Epcot (11/19/2014)

Holiday Dining at Walt Disney World with AJ Wolfe from the Disney Food Blog (11/26/2014)

PassPorter's Disney Weddings and Honeymoons Author Carrie Hayward (11/12/2014)

Author and Disney Parks Moms Panelist Doug Ingersoll (11/05/2014)

Our Top 5 Favorite Things About Animal Kingdom (10/29/2014)

Our Top 5 Favorite Things About Hollywood Studios (10/22/2014)

Disney Cruise Line Northern European Ports Preview (10/15/2014)

A Universal Orlando Review (10/08/2014)

Our Top 5 Favorite Things About the Magic Kingdom (10/01/2014)

Food and Wine Review with Deb Wills from AllEars.Net (09/24/2014)

Memory Maker and PhotoPass (09/17/2014)

Food & Wine Preview with AJ Wolfe from Disney Food Blog (09/10/2014)

Our Top 5 Overlooked Attractions (09/03/2014)

PassPorter Moms Answer Your Questions (08/20/2014)

Avoiding Vacation Meltdowns at Disney (08/27/2014)

Disney Rumor Round Up (08/13/2014)

Hidden Mickey Guy - Steve Barrett (07/30/2014)

Let's Get Down to Disness with Kathleen Wolfe (08/06/2014)

Disney Days Gone By (07/23/2014)

PassPorter Moms Answer Listener Questions (07/16/2014)

Sensational Summer Snacks with AJ Wolfe from the Disney Food Blog (07/09/2014)

PassPorter 101: Books, Websites, and the Message Board - Oh My! (07/02/2014)

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, FastPass+ Changes and More from Sara's Trip to Walt Disney World (06/25/2014)

Photography Tips from Tim Devine, TheMagicInPixels.com (06/18/2014)

Keeping Kids Healthy While Traveling with Dr. Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH (06/04/2014)

Our Favorite Snack Options at Walt Disney World (06/11/2014)

Our Favorite Counter Service Options at Walt Disney World (05/28/2014)

Hong Kong and Tokyo Disney Theme Parks with Deb Wills from AllEars.Net (05/21/2014)

Free Dining, Room Discounts, and more - How to Make the Most of Your Disney Vacation Budget (05/14/2014)

Disney Food News with AJ Wolfe from the Disney Food Blog (05/07/2014)

Celebrations Magazine with Creator & Editor Tim Foster (04/30/2014)

Making the Most of Star Wars Weekends (04/23/2014)

Listener Questions (04/16/2014)

Why Disney Cruise Line? (04/09/2014)

Disney Vacation Club with Cheryl Pendry (04/02/2014)

Disney Cruise Line in 2015 (03/26/2014)

Listener Q and A - Part 2! (03/19/2014)

Jennifer and Sara Answer YOUR Questions! (03/12/2014)

Disney Magic Kids Clubs and Grand Floridian Villa Review (03/05/2014)

Camping and Cruising, Disney Style! (02/26/2014)

Romantic Things to Do at Disney World (02/19/2014)

The Wild Africa Trek (02/12/2014)

Disney Dreaming - How Much is TOO Much? (02/05/2014)

Meet the WDW Happy Place Podcast (01/29/2014)

Our Top 10 Eats at Walt Disney World (01/22/2014)

Sara's runDisney Adventure (01/15/2014)

Getting Ready for a runDisney Race (01/08/2014)

What's New at Disney's Polynesian Resort with Tikiman Steve Seifert (01/01/2014)

A Few of Our Favorite Things From 2013 (12/25/2013)

Making the Most of FastPass+ with Deb Koma from AllEars.Net (12/18/2013)

The Holidays at Disneyland (12/11/2013)

Disney World and DCL in 2014 (12/04/2013)

Holiday Dining at Walt Disney World (11/27/2013)

Disney with Special Needs with Pilar Clark (11/20/2013)

Our 200th Episode with 200 Random Acts of Pixie Dust (11/13/2013)

The PassPorter Moms Visit to Walt Disney World Part 2 (11/06/2013)

The PassPorter Moms Visit to Walt Disney World Part 1 (10/30/2013)

Halloween Happenings (10/23/2013)

2013 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Review with AJ Wolfe from the Disney Food Blog (10/16/2013)

My Disney Experience - Our Experience So Far (10/09/2013)

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World Author Bob Sehlinger (10/02/2013)

Our Top 5 Things We Can't Wait to Try (09/25/2013)

The Disneyland Story with Author Sam Gennawey (09/18/2013)

Planning the PassPorter Moms Trip to Disney (09/11/2013)

'Once Upon Your Time' Author Randy Crane (09/04/2013)

How to Help First Time Travelers to Disney (08/28/2013)

Our Top 5 Most Overlooked Resort Activities (08/21/2013)

D23 Expo Recap and Q&A (08/14/2013)

Disneyland Dreaming (08/07/2013)

Disney Food Blog Update with AJ Wolfe (07/31/2013)

2014 Packages at Walt Disney World - What's New, What's Changing (07/24/2013)

Top 5 Ways to Beat the Heat at Walt Disney World (07/10/2013)

Great Group Rates at Disney (07/17/2013)

The Mickey Miles Podcast with Michelle Scribner-Maclean (07/03/2013)

Planning Your Walt Disney World Vacation (06/26/2013)

Our Top 5 Relaxing Moments at Disney (06/19/2013)

The Random Acts of Pixie Dust Project (06/12/2013)

Making the Most of Our Favorite Park - Epcot! (06/05/2013)

Making the Most of Disney's Hollywood Studios (05/29/2013)

Renting a Stroller at Walt Disney World with Orlando Stroller Rentals (05/22/2013)

Making the Most of Animal Kingdom (05/15/2013)

Making the Most of the Magic Kingdom (05/08/2013)

Disney Cruise Line Update (05/01/2013)

Epcot IS For Kids with AllEars.Net Blogger Kristin Ford (04/24/2013)

Gear-ing Up for Disney - What to Pack, What to Rent, and What to Order! (04/17/2013)

Disney History with Jim Korkis, author of "The Vault of Walt" (04/10/2013)

Disney Discounts - What, When, and Which is the best deal for you? (04/03/2013)

Epcot Flower and Garden Food Booths with AJ Wolfe from DisneyFoodBlog.com (03/27/2013)

Special Souvenirs from Walt Disney World (03/20/2013)

The Other Orlando - Islands of Adventure and LEGOLAND Florida (03/13/2013)

A Whole New 'World' of Technology with Lou Mongello (03/06/2013)

Walt Disney World, Universal, and More! (02/27/2013)

Travel Safely with Kids with Special Guest Jennifer Bright Reich (02/20/2013)

Disney Q&A with the PassPorter Moms (02/13/2013)

A Passion for Disney with The Minnie Minxes (02/06/2013)

Crowd Control - Making the Most of the Busy Season at Disney (01/30/2013)

Disney Cruise Line Review with Cheryl Pendry (01/23/2013)

Our Top 5 Favorite Disney Movies (and Where to Find the Characters!) (01/16/2013)

Adventures by Disney - Galapagos Islands with Sharla & Suzy from Mouse Fan Travel (01/09/2013)

What's New at Walt Disney World in 2013 (01/02/2013)

What to Do When Things Go Wrong on Your Disney trip (12/26/2012)

The Holidays at Walt Disney World with AJ Wolfe from the Disney Food Blog (12/19/2012)

Q&A with the PassPorter Moms (12/12/2012)

The Holidays at Disneyland (12/05/2012)

Child Safety at Disney (11/28/2012)

The Walt Disney Family Museum with Disney Moms Panelist Bernie Edwards (11/21/2012)

The Week Before Your Walt Disney World Trip (11/14/2012)

The Walt Disney World Marathon and runDisney events with Team AllEars Runner Steve Cantafio (11/07/2012)

Our Disney Cruise Line Wish List - Where We Wish Disney Cruise Line Would Go Next (10/24/2012)

New Fantasyland Preview with Deb Wills from AllEars.Net (10/17/2012)

If We Had a Million Dollars - Our Fantasy Disney Trips (10/10/2012)

The Walt Disney Moms Panel with Doug Ingersoll (10/03/2012)

Happy 30th Anniversary Epcot! Our Top 5 Favorites at Epcot (09/26/2012)

Adventures by Disney with Dotti Saroufim from MouseEarVacations.com (09/19/2012)

The Disneyland Resort (09/12/2012)

PassPorter's Disney Weddings and Honeymoons Author Carrie Hayward (09/05/2012)

2012 Food and Wine Festival with AJ Wolfe from Disney Food Blog (08/29/2012)

Disney Cruise Line for the Whole Family with Mary Kraemer from CruisingCo.com (08/22/2012)

Fun Fall Activities at Walt Disney World (08/15/2012)

Disney Vacation Club and Disney World for Brits Books (08/08/2012)

Dealing With Unwanted Disney Advice and Figuring Out What Works for Your Family (08/01/2012)

PassPorter's E-Books with E-Book Editor Carrie Hayward (07/25/2012)

Making the Most of Your Resort: Resort Activities (07/18/2012)

Taking Family to Disney World: The Dad and Chad Trip Report (07/11/2012)

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, with Heather Coursen (07/04/2012)

PassPorter's Disney 500: Fast Tips for Walt Disney World Trips (06/27/2012)

Cars Land Review with Deb Wills from AllEars.Net (06/20/2012)

Our World Showcase Wish List (06/12/2012)

Disney's Magical Express (06/06/2012)

Best Places to Grab a Bite Outside the Parks (05/30/2012)

Disney's Hollywood Studios Tips with Matt Hochberg from StudiosCentral.com and the WDW Today Podcast (05/23/2012)

Best Viewing Tips for Parades, Shows, and Fireworks (05/15/2012)

New PhotoPass Plus at Walt Disney World (05/09/2012)

Disney Cruise Line Dining Part Deux (05/02/2012)

Our Top 5 Places for a Drink at Disney World (04/25/2012)

Child Care Options at Walt Disney World (04/18/2012)

Disney Cruise Line Dining with Disney Food Blog (04/11/2012)

Off Site Vacation Rentals with Sara Moore from All Star Vacation Homes (04/04/2012)

The Disney Fantasy (Video Available) (03/28/2012)

Safari in South Africa - Adventures by Disney (03/21/2012)

Planning for Your Disney Cruise Vacation (03/14/2012)

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (03/07/2012)

Traveling with Kids (02/29/2012)

runDisney and Team AllEars (02/22/2012)

Vow Renewal Options at Walt Disney World (02/15/2012)

10 Awesome Travel Tips (02/08/2012)

Finding Disney Information Online (02/01/2012)

Our Never-Done-at-Disney List (01/25/2012)

Disneyland and Los Angeles (01/18/2012)

Jennifer and Sara's Top 5 Must Dos in 2012 (01/11/2012)

Disney Dining in 2012 (01/04/2012)

Disney Trip Planning 101 (12/28/2011)

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Walt Disney World with Doug Ingersoll (12/21/2011)

Our 100th Episode -- Do You Know Your PassPorter Mom Trivia? (12/14/2011)

Making the Most of the PassPorter's Club (12/07/2011)

A Brit Different Disney Chat with Craig Duncan from the Disney Brit Podcast (11/30/2011)

Thanksgiving with the PassPorter Moms (11/23/2011)

New Happenings In Orlando with Orlando Attractions Magazine (11/16/2011)

The Reluctant Mouseketeer (11/09/2011)

Holiday Dining at Disney (11/02/2011)

PassPorter's Walt Disney World Guide (10/26/2011)

Surprising Your Family With a Disney Trip! (10/19/2011)

LEGOLAND Florida (10/12/2011)

2011 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (10/05/2011)

Aulani, Disney's Newest Resort (09/28/2011)

Photography Tips with Disney Moms Panelist Marc Lorenzo (09/21/2011)

Disney Cruise Line: Choosing a Cruise (09/14/2011)

Disneyland with the Disney Moms Panel Dads (09/07/2011)

The D23 Expo in Review (08/31/2011)

Social Media Tips for Planning Trips (08/24/2011)

Just Desserts with AJ Wolfe from Disney Food Blog (08/17/2011)

Making More Magic: Special Meals at Walt Disney World (08/10/2011)

Jennifer and Sara's Favorite Resorts (08/03/2011)

Disney Speed Planning with Justine Fellows (07/27/2011)

Disney Cruise or Disney Park? Tips For Choosing (07/20/2011)

Cruising to Alaska with Disney Moms Panelist Andi Sims (07/13/2011)

Holidays Around 'The World' (07/06/2011)

Dining at Disney with Kids (06/29/2011)

Walt Disney World Questions & Answers (06/22/2011)

Disney Dream Cruising with Cheryl Pendry (06/15/2011)

How to Beat the Heat at Disney (06/08/2011)

Orlando Balloon Rides (06/01/2011)

The Importance of Community (05/25/2011)

Dining at Disney (05/18/2011)

What We Dislike About Disney (05/11/2011)

The Good Enough Mother - Rene Syler (05/04/2011)

Hidden Mickeys with Steve Barrett (04/27/2011)

When to Visit Walt Disney World (04/20/2011)

Tracie Cook, Vacation Field Guides Author (04/13/2011)

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2011 (04/06/2011)

Ordeal in Cairo -- Cheryl Pendry's Experiences in Egypt (03/30/2011)

PassPorter Moms Do Epcot: A Video Podcast (03/23/2011)

Living the Suite Life on the Disney Dream (03/16/2011)

Planning a Last Minute Trip to Disney! (03/09/2011)

Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers (03/02/2011)

The Disney Dream - Part 2 (02/23/2011)

Backstage Magic at Disney's Animal Kingdom - The Wild Africa Trek (02/15/2011)

Disney's Earmarked Travel Advisory Board (02/09/2011)

Cruisin' on the Dream with the PassPorter Moms (02/04/2011)

Disney Dream Christening Cruise (01/26/2011)

Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions: Sticking to Your Diet at Walt Disney World! (01/19/2011)

Our First Anniversary Episode with Deb Wills from AllEars.net (01/12/2011)

Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions: Staying on Budget at Walt Disney World! (01/05/2011)

Marine Life at Walt Disney World (12/29/2010)

Bring Disney Home for the Holidays (12/22/2010)

Relaxing in the Spas at Walt Disney World (12/15/2010)

Top 5 Tips for Traveling with Tots (12/08/2010)

Walt Disney World for Military Families (12/01/2010)

Walt Disney World with Tweens and Teens (11/24/2010)

Planning a Group Trip to Disney (11/17/2010)

Things to Do Without Park Admission (11/10/2010)

Favorite Resorts at Walt Disney World (11/03/2010)

Signature Dining at Walt Disney World (10/27/2010)

Holidays Around the World (10/20/2010)

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups (10/13/2010)

Alexander & Ryan's Top 10 Rides for Kids (10/06/2010)

Former Disney Moms Panel Member Jackie Stevens (09/29/2010)

Working at Walt Disney World (09/22/2010)

Long Haul Disney Cruises -- When a 7-night Cruise Just Won't Do! (09/15/2010)

Get Your Disney Groove On with Sorcerer Radio (09/08/2010)

Flying Safe with CARES Creator Louise Stoll (09/01/2010)

The Disney Moms Panel Dads (08/25/2010)

Our Top 10 Favorite Snacks (08/18/2010)

Taking a Town Car to Walt Disney World (08/11/2010)

Top 10 Meals at Walt Disney World (08/04/2010)

Owner's Locker (07/28/2010)

Scrapbooking Your Disney Vacation (07/21/2010)

Keeping Kids Safe While Traveling (07/14/2010)

Top 10 Must-See Attractions (07/07/2010)

Visting Disneyland in Fabulous Sunny California (06/30/2010)

Walt Disney World with Special Needs (06/23/2010)

Feasting and Snacking Around The World (06/16/2010)

What's New in Orlando with Orlando Attractions Magazine (06/09/2010)

Finding Buried Treasure: Geocaching at Disney (06/02/2010)

Disney Vacation Club Membership Reselling and Renting (05/26/2010)

Interview with Former Cast Member Mike Demopoulos (05/18/2010)

Planning for a Summer Trip to Walt Disney World (05/13/2010)

Traveling the World (05/04/2010)

Interview with Lou Mongello of WDW Radio (04/27/2010)

Knoebels Amusement Park in Pennsylvania (04/20/2010)

The Art of Disney Podcasting (04/13/2010)

Disney Dreamin' - Preview of the New Disney Cruise Ship (04/06/2010)

To Rent or Not to Rent ... a Stroller! (03/30/2010)

Renting a Vacation Home (03/23/2010)

Deb Wills of AllEars.net (03/16/2010)

The Dish on Disney's Latest News (03/10/2010)

The School That Walt Built! (03/02/2010)

Disneyland vs. Walt Disney World (02/23/2010)

Disney Weddings & Honeymoons (02/16/2010)

Solo and So-Loving It! (02/09/2010)

More Days to Play! (02/02/2010)

A Tale of Two Moms: Why We Love Disney! (01/28/2010)

PassPorter Moms Podcast: Disney and Beyond!

Grab your mug and listen to tips, advice, and chat from PassPorter's Jennifer and Sara -- and their friends and guests -- about Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and general travel. We are the PassPorter Moms! Let us know you're listening!

A weekly podcast for all travelers, with or without kids!

Listen to Our Latest Episode:

Our Top 5 Favorite Things About Epcot (Episode #253 - 11/19/2014)

Photo illustrating Our Top Five Favorites at Epcot Podcast
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Description:

This week Jennifer and Sara reveal their Top 5 Favorite Things about their favorite park - Epcot! Plus an update from AllEars.Net, a random photo contest hint, listener celebrations, and more!



Special Guest(s): Just us -

Questions/topics we discuss in this podcast:

Freya writes: "Hello again! I have a few questions for you regarding Annual Pass Vouchers... After paying my deposit for my WDW wedding, we have received two vouchers to redeem for annual passes... Exciting stuff!!! However, this has created a bit of a FastPass issue for our wedding trip in Late August 2015 - as we won't have been able to redeem our vouchers until we arrive in Florida; this will stop us booking FastPasses for our trip - correct? So I have two ideas, both of which may not work and your expertise would be much appreciated..! 1) Will booking a room on property for our wedding through our Room Block coordinator  allow us access to FastPass reservations? As I am under the impression that this will allow me to book dining reservations (correct me if I'm wrong there!) 2) I have a friend visiting in May 2015, if I gave him the two vouchers to redeem at a park window, would this: A) be allowed, or do you need photo ID etc?! B) would it activate the annual passes from that date? - we would not want that to happen, as we are hoping to visit June 2016; C) would he need magic bands to do this? As I am hoping for him to take our magic bands from our September trip from this year and get us Star Wars band (I know I'm so terribly naughty!! Teehee!) If neither of these situations would work, could you please offer any solution to my conundrum? I understand that FastPasses aren't the be all and end all of a trip, but I would like 7DMT etc, as not to make this a 'rushing round' Disney trip. Thank you once again for your help - I consider myself the Disney expert of my family and friends, however this one has got me baffled! Sending you a wave from across the Pond, from the Isle of Man to be exact (The Gods of Google can help you there!) Love and Best Wishes"

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Angela Amick (MommyAngela3) writes: "Hello, ladies!!!!! In listening to your latest podcast, I had a few thoughts and some information I thought I’d share with you.

1.       To the listener who wondered about keeping a FP+ reservation for the Frozen Sing-a-long show at Hollywood Studios, I’d say in HER case to keep the reservation for two reasons: She is with a rather large party, and she’s going during a busy week. But otherwise, I don’t think it’s necessary. I’ve seen the show three times since the summer (July, October, November), at various times of the day, and I never had a FP+ reservation. I actually think the seats are better for stand-by guests b/c the people with the FP+ reservations are too close to the front. I have been in the middle of the middle all three times, and was perfectly fine to get in the stand-by line 10-25 minutes prior to the show.

2.       We all know that resort guests can make FP+ reservations 60 days prior to the first day of their stay, and that non-resort guests have 30 days. You mentioned in a listener question that “if a person got his/her tickets directly from Disney” that he/she could make FP+ reservations 30 days out. That is simply not true. It does not matter where a person gets his/her tickets. As long as the tickets are properly linked to his/her My Disney Experience app (or account, if using the computer), FP+ reservations can be made 30 days out from each day of stay. I’ve had plenty of friends (and even my family) get tickets through third party companies and have had no issues making FP+ reservations at midnight, 30 days out.

3.       In giving advice to the listener who was in a conundrum about her Be Our Guest FP reservation interfering with her FP+ reservation to Enchanted Tales with Belle, you mentioned having “maybe a 5-minute grace period” at the end of a FP+ reservation, and even then, “that wasn’t reliable.” There actually are reliable and set times for grace periods, both before and after each 60-minute FP+ reservation time. Guests have exactly 5 minutes before the start of a FP+ reservation time and exactly 15 minutes after the end of each FP+ reservation time to be allowed on the ride. And since everything is electronic now, it’s not up to a cast member to decide. The Mickey either turns green or it doesn’t. Just thought you might find some of this helpful! I’ve been fortunate enough to have gone to Disney for three weeks this year (not all in a row, though!), and have learned some great things while down there.

Keep up the great work!"


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Jennifer Marx is the author of dozens of PassPorter guidebooks, as well as webmistress of PassPorter.com. She is mom to 10-year-old Alexander, who has been to Disney World, Disneyland, and on the Disney Cruise so many times we've all lost count.


Sara Varney is the editor of PassPorter News and manager of the PassPorter's Club. She is also a travel planner for Mouse Fan Travel. Most importantly, she is Mom to her 10-year-old son Ryan, an experienced Disney traveler in his own right.

Together we're the 'PassPorter Moms,' sharing our experiences, dispensing travel advice, and reminding you to eat your veggies before you devour that Dole Whip.

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