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On the Road with Mickey Mike Ellis

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We're On the Road with Mickey, your source for travel fun! Come buckle up with us as we explore Disney, Universal, and local and regional destinations on our weekly podcast! We're going to have fun, so come join us and see where our next destination will take us!

    On the Road w/Mickey 140 - Ways that Disney Brought us Together!

    On the Road w/Mickey 140 - Ways that Disney Brought us Together!

    Episode 140 - Ways that Disney Brought us Together!







    Ways that Disney Brought us Together!







    Hey everyone, I'm Mike, she's Sophie, that's Brenda, and and he's Grogu, and we're On the Road with Mickey! This is episode 140 for October 3, 2022, and today our feature topic is Ways that Disney Brought us Together! Grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and relax, and tell us in the comments below what you think! Here’s the rundown of what we talked about:















    * Cheddar from the Big Cheese* Brenda: Starting January 4, 2023 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and January 9, 2023 at the Magic Kingdom, Disney After Hours events are returning! These are specially-ticketed events that allow you to enjoy the WDW theme park for an extra 3 hours, with snacks and treats included in the price, and lower crowds for catching all of your favorite attractions.* Sophie: The lineup of narrators for the Epcot Candlelight Processional has been released. There are a few days that are still TBD, but I can tell you that for our day, December 3rd, we will have Whoopi Goldberg as our narrator!* Mike: Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in the path of Hurricane Ian. We are recording prior to the arrival of the hurricane, but the release date is after it is set to have moved through, so just know we are praying for all of you for safety, low property damage, and safe travels if you are moving somewhere else for the storm.* Connect with us! Here’s how: * Facebook: https://facebook.ontheroadwithmickey.com* Facebook Group: https://facebookgroup.ontheroadwithmickey.com* YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/OntheRoadwithMickey* Instagram: On the Road with Mickey* Email: info@ontheroadwithmickey.com* Feature Topic: Ways that Disney Brought us Together!* Brenda: Her Momma first introduced her to Disney* Sophie: Daddy and Mommy introduced her to Disney. You could say that she was born into it.* Mike: My Grandparents first took me to Disney.* Listener Feedback:* Pixie Denise had this to share with us: “I think my experience may be adjacent to your topic. I never experienced a family vacation as a child. When my youngest was 2 in 2015 we took our first family vacation. My girls have celiac disease and are on special diets. My son is hearing impaired. For the first time in my life we went somewhere (WDW) and I experienced pure magic and frustration free vacationing from the magic and ease of getting accommodations for their dietary needs with little effort. From then on it became our go to family vacation because once we entered the Disney bubble we were truly able to relax and spend time together as a family.”* Pixie Stephanie had this to share as well: “I think this is wonderful! My dad definitely gave me my start! We went to Disney every single year if we could. He continued the tradition after Addy came along. We go every year at Christmas now. We really feel like he is with us when we are there . Now Ginger absolutely helped me get my start on the TA side of things. Without her I honestly don’t know where I would be in my career. She was the best.”* John had this to share: “Working at Disney then meeting my now wife while working there. And now we have a daughter that just loves it as much as I do.”* Meghan shared a great memory! “When my son won the Year of A Million Dreams and we got to stay in Cinderella Castle. Hooked for Life!”* Sheila shared about her Uncle: “My Uncle who took me to the 25th homecoming celebration for friends and family at Disneyland.”* Chrissy shared this with us: “I was blessed to be born into the GenX generation which is the Disney World Resort ...

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    On the Road w/Mickey 139 - Your All Time Favorite Trip!

    On the Road w/Mickey 139 - Your All Time Favorite Trip!

    Episode 139 - Your All Time Favorite Trip!







    Your All Time Favorite Trip!







    Hey everyone, I'm Mike, she's Sophie, that's Brenda, and and he's Grogu, and we're On the Road with Mickey! This is episode 139 for September 19, 2022, and today our feature topic is Your All Time Favorite Trip! Grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and relax, and tell us in the comments below what you think! Here’s the rundown of what we talked about:















    * Cheddar from the Big Cheese* Reports from D23:* Sophie: The completion of World Celebration neighborhood will happen in late 2023. Additionally, Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana will open in late 2023. Lastly, fan-favorite character Figment will also appear live to park guests by the end of 2023!* Brenda: At the Magic Kingdom, TRON / Lightcycle Run will open in Spring 2023, not 2022 as was reported earlier. Happily Ever After will be back to light up the skies over Cinderella Castle in 2023. At the Haunted Mansion, the Hatbox Ghost will materialize in 2023.* Mike: Coming to Disney Cruise Lines: the Disney Treasure, the sixth ship in the DCL fleet, which will sail in 2024. Sadly, it sounds like Harmonious will not live much beyond the end of the 50th Anniversary celebration. Not sure when it will be changed, but word is sometime in 2023.* Connect with us! Here’s how: * Facebook: https://facebook.ontheroadwithmickey.com* Facebook Group: https://facebookgroup.ontheroadwithmickey.com* YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/OntheRoadwithMickey* Instagram: On the Road with Mickey* Email: info@ontheroadwithmickey.com* Feature Topic: A Trip down Memory Lane: Your All Time Favorite Disney Trip* Brenda:* Thanksgiving, 2012, Aleyah’s first ever visit. 2 rooms at Wilderness Lodge. First Grand-child, Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Awesome dining reservations:* Tusker House Breakfast* Ohana Dinner* 1900 Park Fare Breakfast* Whispering Canyon Cafe* Via Napoli* Chef Mickey’s* Akershus* Thanksgiving, 2017, Aleyah and McKinley. Kidani Village, 2 Bedroom* Hollywood and Vine* Trattoria al Forno* CRT* Akershus* Sci-Fi* Via Napoli* MVMCP* Sophie:* July 2020 trip. COVID Reopening trip. We were going to go in March, 2020. We were visiting with Aunt Carol. Disney closed 3 days prior to our arrival date. We changed dates to May, and then to July, and Disney reopened the day before we arrived. Crowd capacity was something like 10% or something. We walked onto everything. FA-9.* Mike:* June 2014 when Randy, Sheila, and Jagan from the west coast and Riley and Leigh Ann from the east coast joined us for Sophie’s Birthday.* June 2022 when we had a great group from all over the country to celebrate Sophie’s birthday.* Honorable mention, the Pixie trip in 2013.* This Day in Disney History for September 19:* 2001: Heightened security measures, Soft opening of Walt: One Man's Dream* Disney Who’s Who Character* Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) from the Incredibles* A little bit of Walt* “The motion picture will never fully replace the printed word, but it will go a long way in becoming its most valuable adjunct. There seems little question that the human mind will absorb picturized information much quicker than by means of the printed word.” - Walt Disney* Coming Next Week: Ways that Disney Brought us Together







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    On the Road w/Mickey 138 - The Best Time to Visit Disney!

    On the Road w/Mickey 138 - The Best Time to Visit Disney!

    Episode 138 - The Best Time to Visit Disney!







    The Best Time to Visit Disney!







    Hey everyone, I'm Mike, she's Sophie, that's Brenda, and and he's Grogu, and we're On the Road with Mickey! This is episode 138 for September 12, 2022, and today our feature topic is The Best Time to Visit Disney! Grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and relax, and tell us in the comments below what you think! Here’s the rundown of what we talked about:















    * Cheddar from the Big Cheese* Mike: Last Monday, in addition to being Labor Day and National Cheese Pizza day, was also Lightning McQueen Day (95 - 9/5). Just a quick reminder that Cars on the Road hit Disney+ on the 8th! Have you seen it? If so, what did you think?* Brenda: Over at Orlando International Airport, they are just about to open up Terminal C. Well, along with Terminal C opening, a brand new Walt Disney World Store will open up in the middle of the new terminal. It is expected to open on September 19th.* Sophie: For the TikTok users out there, Disney has teamed up with the platform to provide Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean voices with the Text-to-speech function. Here’s how to do that:4 Steps to Use Disney’s New TikTok Text-to-Speech Voices* Create a new post using the + button* Edit the video/image and hit “Next”* Tap “Text” and add your caption and then tap “Text-to-speech” button* Select the Disney voice you’d like to add* Connect with us! Here’s how: * Facebook: https://facebook.ontheroadwithmickey.com* Facebook Group: https://facebookgroup.ontheroadwithmickey.com* YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/OntheRoadwithMickey* Instagram: On the Road with Mickey* Email: info@ontheroadwithmickey.com* Feature Topic: The Best Time to go to Disney!* Sophie:* 5) It is cooler but not too cold. Cold enough for jeans, but not 3 layers and coats.* 4) Smack dab in the middle of the season when there are a bunch of holidays right on top of another.* 3) The food at this time of the year is very near and dear to her heart.* 2) The opportunity is there for you to see two separate events during this time.* 1) It is the birthday of someone near and dear to her.* Brenda:* 5) The first week of this month is when she will be there.* 4) The parks are decorated for something.* 3) Brenda could be celebrating her birthday this month.* 2) Resorts have magical extras* 1) The average temperatures are 50s for the lows and 70s for the high.* Mike:* 5) Special makeovers* 4) Special magic abounds* 3) Sites and sounds that are unique to this time period.* 2) Tastes and smells that aren’t there any other time of the year.* 1) Every area has a unique setup based on where you are.* Our Guesses:* Sophie: November* Brenda: December* Mike: December* This Day in Disney History for September 12:* 1894: Billy Gilbert, the voice of Sneezy, is born* Disney Who’s Who Character* Chip and Dale* A little bit of Walt* “Fun and wonder are the important elements, in addition to quality in production and performance, which are most responsible for the success of Disney productions. Fun in the sense of cheerful reaction – the appeal to love of laughter. Wonder in that we appeal to the constant wonder in men’s minds, which is stimulated by imagination.“ - Walt Disney* Coming Next Week: A Trip down Memory Lane: Your All Time Favorite Disney Trip







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    On the Road w/Mickey 137 - Why September at Disney is Perfect!

    On the Road w/Mickey 137 - Why September at Disney is Perfect!

    Episode 137 - Why September at Disney is Perfect!







    Why September at Disney is Perfect!







    Hey everyone, I'm Mike, she's Sophie, that's Brenda, and and he's Grogu, and we're On the Road with Mickey! This is episode 137 for September 5, 2022, and today our feature topic is Why September at Disney is Perfect! Grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and relax, and tell us in the comments below what you think! Here’s the rundown of what we talked about:















    * Cheddar from the Big Cheese* Sophie: We want to take a moment to celebrate that the movie Bambi celebrated its 80th birthday on August 21st! Released in 1942, Bambi was the 5th Animated Film released by Walt Disney Studios.* Brenda: The other day the Disney Parks Blog announced that some of the cultural representatives have started returning to the World Showcase! Over on their Instagram channel, we met the cultural representatives from Norway, Germany, Italy, France, the UK, and Canada. We look forward to the time when all of the cultural representatives are back in their countries around the World Showcase! https://www.instagram.com/p/Ch47Wn6jm3p/* Mike: Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii recently celebrated its 11th birthday! Congratulations! If you want to visit this resort, click here to submit a quote request and Brenda or I will work on it with you!* Connect with us! Here’s how: * Facebook: https://facebook.ontheroadwithmickey.com* Facebook Group: https://facebookgroup.ontheroadwithmickey.com* YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/OntheRoadwithMickey* Instagram: On the Road with Mickey* Email: info@ontheroadwithmickey.com* From Last Week:* We asked our “Would you Rather” questions in the Facebook Group. Here’s the quick results:* Q1: 5 out of 7 said Harmonious* Q2: 4 out of 7 said the Disney Water Parks* Q3: 5 out of 8 said Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party* Q4: 5 out of 9 said they want to go to WDW for their Birthday.* Q5: 9 out of 10 said Aulani!* Q6: 5 out of 9 said Value Resorts and Table Service.* Q7: Everyone 9 out of 9 said Magic Kingdom Evening Extra Magic Hours!* Q8: 12 out of 13 said Cinderella Castle Suite* Q9: 6 out of 8 said the Galactic StarCruiser!* Q10: 3 out of 5 said the Asia parks over Disneyland Paris* Q11: 8 Food and Wine, 1 Arts, and 1 Flower & Garden* Feature Topic: Why September at WDW is Perfect!* Brenda:* 5) Fall Cupcakes are amazing!* 4) Fall Drinks and Sippers* 3) The Frozen Sing-Along Reopens!* 2) Resort Activities – Pool, Movies at Night* 1) Souvenir Fun – Fall Popcorn buckets!* Sophie:* 5) The Crowds/Back to School* 4) The Fall Decorations* 3) Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party* 2) #1 Off-Season Month to go to WDW* 1) Special Fall Treats – candy corn soft serve swirl cone at Auntie Gravity’s* Mike:* 5) The Weather and temperatures.* 4) Food & Wine Festival* 3) Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party* 2) The Crowds after school gets back in.* 1) Break from Work/School* This Day in Disney History for September 5:* 1912: The Birth of Disney Legend Frank Thomas* Disney Who’s Who Character* King Louis from the Jungle Book* A little bit of Walt* “I figured it would take me 10 years to get Mr. Lincoln going. Well, I had him in what we called Mark 1 and I had him under manual control. We could make him stand up and put his hand out.

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    On the Road w/Mickey 136 - Would You Rather…Disney Style!

    On the Road w/Mickey 136 - Would You Rather…Disney Style!

    Episode 136 - Would you Rather...Disney Style!







    Would you Rather...Disney Style!







    Hey everyone, I'm Mike, she's Sophie, that's Brenda, and and he's Grogu, and we're On the Road with Mickey! This is episode 136 for August 29, 2022, and today our feature topic is Would you Rather...Disney Style! Grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and relax, and tell us in the comments below what you think! Here’s the rundown of what we talked about:















    * Cheddar from the Big Cheese* Sophie: Announced this week, H2O+, the company that makes the soaps, shampoos, and conditioners for Walt Disney World resorts, is discontinuing the product line at the end of the year, after 33 years in production. Until then, you can still buy their products on Amazon if you wish or at the resorts while supplies last. No word yet on what Disney will replace the H2O line with.* Brenda: Avatar is being re-released in theaters for a two week run starting September 23rd in preparation for the upcoming release of the sequel, “Avatar: The Way of Water”. As a result, Avatar has been temporarily pulled from Disney+, but will return prior to the release of the new Avatar film on December 16th.* Mike: ICE! at the Gaylord Palms hotel on Osceola Drive in Kissimmee is returning this year! Celebrating the story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, this walk-through event is made from ice! Daily showings run from November 18 - January 1st. Learn more about it at their website: https://christmasatgaylordpalms.marriott.com/ice* Connect with us! Here’s how: * Facebook: https://facebook.ontheroadwithmickey.com* Facebook Group: https://facebookgroup.ontheroadwithmickey.com* YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/OntheRoadwithMickey* Instagram: On the Road with Mickey* Email: info@ontheroadwithmickey.com* Feature Topic: Would You Rather…Disney Style!* 1) Would you rather see Harmonious or Disney Enchantment?* 2) Would you rather go to one of the Disney Water Parks or go to Universal's Volcano Bay?* 3) Would you rather watch the Candlelight Processional or go to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party?* 4) Would you rather visit Walt Disney World for your birthday or for Christmas?* 5) Would you rather visit Disney's Aulani in Hawaii or visit Disney's Castaway Cay?* 6) Would you rather stay at a Value Resort and have all your table service reservations, or stay at a Deluxe resort and have no table service reservations?* 7) Would you rather spend evening extra magic hours at the Magic Kingdom or at Epcot?* 8) Would you rather spend the night in the Disneyland Dream Suite or in Cinderella Castle?* 9) Would you rather go to Avengers Campus or experience the Galactic StarCruiser?* 10) Would you rather go to Disneyland Paris or go to Shanghai Disney and Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea?* 11) Would you rather go to Festival of the Arts, Flower and Garden Festival, or Food and Wine Festival?* This Day in Disney History for August 29:* 1964: Mary Poppins General Release* Disney Who’s Who Character* Bud Robinson from Meet the Robinsons* A little bit of Walt* “Some people forget that you can still do good work even though you work with dollar bills. We took almost nine years to make Fantasia, and if we had to do it again, I’d take a long hard look at it, because today it would cost us $15 million. At some stage or other I have to walk in and tell the boys, ‘O.K. Start wrapping it up.’ If I didn’t,

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    On the Road w/Mickey 135 - Things to do on Check-out Day!

    On the Road w/Mickey 135 - Things to do on Check-out Day!

    Episode 135 - Things to do on Check-out Day!







    Things to do on Check-out Day!







    Hey everyone, I'm Mike, she's Sophie, that's Brenda, and and he's Grogu, and we're On the Road with Mickey! This is episode 135 for August 22, 2022, and today our feature topic is Things to do on Check-out Day! Grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and relax, and tell us in the comments below what you think! Here’s the rundown of what we talked about:















    * Cheddar from the Big Cheese* Brenda: Winnie the Pooh and Tigger are back for meet and greets at the Magic Kingdom! We used to see Pooh over by Journey to Imagination but you could only see him at a distance, now they are meeting together at The Thotful Spot in Fantasyland. Well, that’s all I’ve got! TTFN! Ta-Ta for now!* Sophie: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is going to be re-released in IMAX starting on August 26th in anticipation of the release of the Disney+ series, Andor. In addition to Rogue One, you can also get an extended preview of what the series will look like.* Mike: As Brenda announced on her Facebook page recently, the Disney Skyliner will be down for maintenance from January 22-29, 2023. This will impact all resorts that have Skyliner service, and bus transportation to all parks will be available during the refurbishment.* Connect with us! Here’s how: * Facebook: https://facebook.ontheroadwithmickey.com* Facebook Group: https://facebookgroup.ontheroadwithmickey.com* YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/OntheRoadwithMickey* Instagram: On the Road with Mickey* Email: info@ontheroadwithmickey.com* From Last Week:* We received some more listener feedback on their favorite Disney smells.* Jennifer has these favorites she likes: “The old Soarin jasmine smell, POTC smoke smell and popcorn.”* Tanya said “I like the smell of Dinosaur!, Popcorn and turkey legs.”* Stephanie has two favorites: “Fiji scene in Soarin, Yacht club lobby”* Sheila likes these smells: “Original Soaring of California, Grand Floridian Gingerbread House and The musty clean smell of pirates of the Caribbean in Disneyland”* Vickie has an affinity to Wilderness Lodge: “Wilderness Lodge. Nothing like walking the hallway down to Roaring Forks. So many memories at that resort. I have some wax melts that come close.”* Last, but certainly not least, Chrissy from BCOM had this to add: “Flight of passage, soarin polyenisan scene, soarin' India smell”* Feature Topic: Things to do on Check-out Day!* Nice sit-down breakfast* Resort hopping to check out other resorts* Visiting some areas you haven’t been to recently, like Disney Springs or the Boardwalk area.* When Dining comes back, convert extra credits for snack credits.* Meeting up with local friends* Monorail Mania Meal – Start at the Poly at Tambu Lounge, Contemporary with lunch at the Contempo Cafe, and then Grand Floridian Gasparilla Grill for ginormous cake pops* A round of mini golf* Sleep in but don’t forget check-out time is 11:00 AM* Take in the pool on your last day.* Check out the resort arcade* Booking a character dining experience at a resort, like Chef Mickey’s, Cape May, etc.* Check out a Disney movie at a Disney theater at Disney Springs* Depending on your flight time, check out Cirque du Soleil* Take time to journal the things you didn’t get a chance to do.* Fishing charter* Walking paths at the resorts* This Day in Disney History for August 22:* 1905: The Birth of animator Robert W. Youngquist* Disney Who’s Who Character* Hector from Coco* A little bit of Walt* “I ...

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