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Backside of Magic: Tips and Tricks For Your Walt Disney World Vacation

A show focused on getting the most out of your time at Walt Disney World by considering every available advantage during planning and once on the ground. We analyze and test pre-arrival strategies, the latest in-park systems, and money-saving techniques in an effort to determine the best ways to maximize fun and minimize costs.
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Jul 18, 2017

Some D23 announcements impacting touring, and a discussion of all things Pandora that we experienced during recent trips to Walt Disney World. (WARNING: mild spoilers)

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Jul 11, 2017

Some park ticket offers & analysis of the updated state of the FastPass+ system based on reports and our own experiences during recent trips to Walt Disney World.

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Jul 4, 2017

Rapid rewards, golden fastpasses, and we respond to listener-provided sentences that end with question marks. Thanks for the questions and thanks for listening!

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Jun 27, 2017

FastPass+ system change update, Animal Kingdom EMH, and we share some of our own tips regarding Walt Disney World touring and money savings that have passed our rigorous zero-step screening process. Thanks for listening!

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Jun 20, 2017

We put our feet up and made the little freeloaders do all the work this week.

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Jun 13, 2017

Trip prep talk, an update on the Walt Disney World FP+ system changes, and we respond to listener-provided sentences that end with question marks. Thanks for the questions and thanks for listening!

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Jun 6, 2017

Follow-up on some stuff, a favorable Southwest points offer, and a discussion of the imminent change to the Walt Disney World FP+/ticket-entry verification process and related touring adjustments.

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May 30, 2017

A major change to FastPass+ may be coming, words with friends, and some of the details we have been working through in planning upcoming trips to Walt Disney World.

DISboards FP+ changes speculation thread: https://goo.gl/X8zaZr

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May 23, 2017

Rivers of Light during EMH, Jedi Training, mobile ordering, and a discussion of MagicBand related stuff including getting free ones & deactivation.

WDWNT's mobile ordering review: https://goo.gl/8SJHyy

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May 16, 2017

Resort TV, Animal Kingdom Extra Magic Hours beyond Pandora, and a discussion of sign-up strategies and other things related to Jedi Training Academy at Hollywood Studios.

WDW Today Resort Channel Simulator: http://www.wdwtodaychannel.com/

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May 9, 2017

Same-day FastPass+ availability, a hangry mammal, and we respond to listener-provided sentences that end with question marks. Thanks for the questions and thanks for listening!

Touring Plans blog post on same-day FP+ data: https://goo.gl/sgkaec

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May 2, 2017

Pandora touring, other topics, and thoughts from Jeremy's visit to Legoland and non-park time at Walt Disney World over spring break.

Deeply discounted Legoland FL tickets: https://goo.gl/ZTcO2y

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Apr 25, 2017

FastPass+ planning maneuvers, dining plan windfalls, and more of the great listener tips we've received for getting the most out of a trip to Walt Disney World.  Thanks for listening!

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Apr 18, 2017

Some follow-up, some news, and some strategies for best taking advantage of the structure and loopholes of the Disney Dining Plan.  Thanks for listening! (and thanks for the topic, @disneydad611!)

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Apr 11, 2017

Renewal rates, getting free dining, and we respond to listener-provided sentences that end with question marks. Thanks for the questions and thanks for listening!

Kenny the Pirate on scoring free dining: https://goo.gl/qgUJf2

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Apr 4, 2017

Security changes, sleepy time madness, and we talk through Ryan's dissection of a MagicBand and analysis of what he found inside.  Thanks for listening!

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SHOW NOTES

Gizmodo: "How I Let Disney Track My Every Move" https://goo.gl/2PhG85

AtDisneyAgain: "Making the Band - MagicBand Teardown and More" https://goo.gl/4oKVQ9

US Patent: "Combined HF and UHF RFID Device" https://goo.gl/T2a9GV

Check @backsideofmagic on Instagram for Ryan's MagicBand breakdown photos

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Mar 28, 2017

Gift cards, news, fishy madness, and thoughts on touring Animal Kingdom after Pandora opens.  Thanks for listening!

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Mar 21, 2017

Non-member price clubbing, number one madness, and strategies for successful off-property hotel stays through Hotwire and Priceline.  Thanks for listening!

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SHOW NOTES

BJ's Wholesale Club Disney Gift Cards

Sites helpful for Hotwire/Priceline hotel guessing: BetterBidding, HotelDealsRevealed, BiddingTraveler

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Mar 14, 2017

Agency-discounted hotel rooms, unconventional vacation financing, and we respond to listener-provided sentences that end with question marks. Thanks for the questions and thanks for listening!

Deeply discounted Legoland FL tickets: https://goo.gl/ZTcO2y

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Mar 7, 2017

Caribbean Beach gift cards, DVC rental rates, and a discussion of how we utilize some of the features on touringplans.com when planning trips to Walt Disney World. Thanks for listening!

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Feb 28, 2017

Plaza ADRs, Uber at Disney Springs, Avatar, Gondolas, and some of the great listener tips we received for getting the most out of a trip to Walt Disney World.  Thanks for listening!

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Feb 21, 2017

FastPasses for sale and a discussion of some of the goods and bads from Jeremy's three January trips to Walt Disney World.  Thanks for listening!

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Feb 14, 2017

A pile of follow-up, a heap of news, and we respond to listener-provided sentences that end with question marks. Thanks for the questions and thanks for listening!

Touring Plans day-of-FP-availability research: https://goo.gl/NLLvuf

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Feb 7, 2017

Getting free flights faster, trip recap feedback, and a steaming bowl of Topic Stew (ingredients: trip talk, parking/resort fee speculation, new Magic Kingdom VIP tour, and the lengths to which we would go to jam).  Thanks for listening!

"Purple Martins of Epcot" by Jim Korkis: https://goo.gl/5QcxKM

WDWMagic Forum thread regarding parking/resort fees: https://goo.gl/cTIMb5

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Jan 31, 2017

Magic Kingdom rope drop follow up and a recap of fun, interesting, and other categories of things from Ryan's recent family vacation to Walt Disney World.  Thanks for listening!

MouseDining ADR tool: https://goo.gl/gxzC2Q

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