Making the Magic - Disney & Universal Travel Planning Podcast

Making the Magic - Disney & Universal Travel Planning Podcast

Welcome to Making the Magic, a Disney & Universal Travel Planning Podcast. Helping you plan a magical trip to the Disney & Universal parks around the world. Working as Travel Agents we plan & book hundreds of holidays as well as regularly visiting the parks ourselves. Each week we’ll share all our expertise to make sure you have the best trip ever. Whether it’s a weekend in Disneyland Paris, a once a lifetime trip to Walt Disney World or even a visit to Tokyo Disney – we have the very best hints & tips to make sure you have a perfect hassle free experience. Subscribe now to the Making the Magic Podcast to be sure you don’t miss our weekly episodes. Walt Disney World | Disneyland Paris | Universal Orlando | Disney Cruise Line


August 18, 2022 34 min

Disney's Pop Century Resort is one our favourite Value resorts at Walt Disney World in Florida.  Find out more about this brilliant value-for-money Disney resort with your hosts Amanda & Martin.

Your Fairytale Holiday Magic Makers will be chatting about:

  • Getting around Walt Disney World
  • What the rooms are like at Disney's Pop Century resort
  • Where you can eat
  • The 3 swimming pools
  • Using the Skyliner to visit Epcot & Hollywo...
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    It's been a while since both Amanda & Martin recorded a podcast so we thought it would be a great idea for us to have a quick catch-up and let you know what we've been up to.

  • Amanda tells us about her trip to Walt Disney World
  • We discuss the new MagicBand+
  • Some Genie+ tips
  • Martin chats about Avengers Campus
  • Plus his upcoming Disney Cruise
  • Working with Instagram Disney Sensation Amy & Her Livvy Bird
  • Plus, the podcas...
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    Avengers Assemble!

    Suit up for this weeks podcast all about Avengers Campus - the brand new land at Disneyland Paris.  

    Our local Magic Maker Martin was invited to two sneak-peak previews and he chats with fellow Magic Maker Rebecca all about this new land.

    We'll be chatting more about Avengers Campus including:

  • How you can meet Marvel characters such as Spiderman and Captain Marvel?
  • Where to eat including the Pym Test Kitchen?
  • What&...
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    Ahoy there! This week, Martin is joined the lovely Kirsty from Norwegian Cruise Line.  Adding a cruise to your trip to Orlando or even Los Angeles is a great way of adding some relaxation to your busy Disney trip.  

    Combing a 7 night Caribbean cruise to a stay at Universal Orlando is becoming very popular now too.

    We'll be chatting and answering some of your questions all about Norwegian Cruise Line:

  •  Why taking a cruise is brilli...
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    Welcome to one of Disney's most immersive hotels - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.  Feel like you're on safari whilst being minutes from the Disney parks.  But who should stay at this hotel?

    Martin is joined by fellow Magic Maker Emma who tells us all about her experience staying at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.

  • How close is the lodge to the Disney parks?
  • What can you do there?
  • Who...
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    This week, we're answering the questions you've asked us the most about going to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando & Disneyland Paris.

    For a lot of people, it can very confusing to book a trip to Disney and even regular visitors can struggle too.  

  • Where's the best place for your family to stay?
  • How many days should you go for?
  • How should the kids be?
  • What happens if something goes wrong? 
  • And many more
  • Amanda and Marti...

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    Disney's Davy Crockett Ranch is a great place to stay if you're visiting Disneyland Paris. It's located just outside the park gates, offers easy access to all of the attractions and it's a great way to get the most out of your visit to Disneyland Paris. In this podcast episode, we'll give you a tour of the ranch, and tell you about some of the amenities that are available there. We'll also let you know wheth...

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    Disney is going to make a lot of changes in 2022.  In this week's podcast, Amanda and Martin break down what we know so far about the plans for Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris and Disney Cruise Line.  Plus, what were looking forward to the most.

    Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris are already two of the most magical places on Earth, but they're always adding new things to make them even better in 2022. Plus, the lates...

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    Season 2 of the Making the Magic podcast is nearly here.  Amanda and Martin preview what's coming up in season 2 and what they've been getting up to recently too.

    Amanda chats about her trip onboard the Disney Magic whilst Martin lets us know all about Disneyland Paris.

    Look out for Season 2 starting Mid-January 2022.  Don't miss an episode.  Subscribe now in your favourite podcast player.

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    Calling all Superheroes!  Hear our review of the brand new Disney's Hotel New York - The Art of Marvel at Disneyland Paris.  

    Our local Magic Maker Martin has been a few times to check out this amazing Marvel themed hotel.

    We'll be chatting about the highlights of  Disney's Hotel New York - The Art of Marvel:

  • Marvel Hero Photo Station
  • Bleecker Street Lounge
  • Skyline Bar
  • Downtown Restaurant
  • Manhattan Restaurant
  • Empire State Club
  • H...
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    Staying in a villa in Orlando is a great way to have extra space and privacy for your trip to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando.  They're also great value for larger families who would normally need a few rooms in a hotel.

     With so many different villas to choose from, it's hard to pick the right villa for your family.  Our podcast guide will help you know the differences between the types of villas available.  Plus, A...

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    On this week's Making the Magic podcast, Amanda and Martin chat with Terry from Crystal River, Florida.  

    Nowhere else will you find more manatees in winter months than in Crystal River, Homosassa, and the waters of Citrus County.

    Crystal River is the only place in the United States where you can legally swim with manatees. Their local tour guides are trained to make sure we treat this beloved, threatened species with the utmost ...

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    On this week's Making the Magic podcast, Amanda and Martin compare their top 5 must-do attractions at Universal Studios Florida.  Does Despicable Me make the list?  Will Amanda brave Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit?  How can you take an exclusive tour on Men In Black: Alien Attack?  Find out in this week's podcast.

    Join us on our social media and let us know your must-do attractions.  Please follow our Facebook page: https://www.f...

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    This week, we're chatting to Vibeke, Director of Sales and Marketing at JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa.  This brand new hotel is one of the only non-Disney owned hotels located onsite at Walt Disney World.  The JW Marriott offers offers a superb blend of modern facilities, amazing service and great dining, whilst being just minutes away from all the magic of Disney.

    Your Magic Makers Amanda & Martin chat t...

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    Celebrate 30 years of Disneyland Paris!

    On this week's podcast, Amanda & Martin chat about our 2 exciting trips to Disneyland Paris next Easter.  We'll be answering all your questions about the trips including meal plans, hotels, dates and so much more.

    Both of us can't wait to be at Disney for their 30th Birthday and this is your chance to join in the fun.  Listen to find out more about how you can be at Disney too.


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    Set sail with Disney this summer around the UK with Disney Magic at Sea - a unique UK Staycation.  If you've never been on a Disney cruise before, we'll guide to booking the perfect Disney UK Staycation cruise for your family.

    Departing on select dates from Liverpool, Southampton, Newcastle and London Tilbury aboard the Disney Magic, our new staycation sailings—exclusive to UK residents—invite you to embark on a brand-new, m...

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    Yee-Haw!  Our ultimate guide to staying at Disney's Hotel Cheyenne.  Stay in this super-cool Toy Story Wild-West themed hotel located just minutes from the gates of Disneyland Paris.

    Our Paris based Magic Maker Martin chats with Amanda and answers your questions about Hotel Cheyenne including:

  • How far away are the Disney parks?
  • Where can I eat at Disney's Hotel Cheyenne?
  • What are the rooms like?
  • Should I stay here or upgrade to ...
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    Disney's Beach Club Resort has one of the best locations at Walt Disney World.  You're a few minutes walk from the cool International Gateway entrance to Epcot making it super easy to pop back in the afternoon for a dip in the pool. And what a pool! Explore the pools, lagoons and spas of Stormalong Bay, one of the best pools at Disney World.

    Fly to Disney's Hollywood Studios with the Skyliner or take a relaxed boat ride.


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    This week, we're joined by Kristin from the Four Seasons Orlando.  Located at Walt Disney World, Orlando's only AAA 5 Diamond hotel offers laid-back luxury and a peaceful place to escape the hussle and bussle of the Disney parks.

    Amanda & Martin chat to Kristin about:

  • What to expect from your stay at the Four Seasons Orlando
  • The amazing 5 acre private water-park
  • How to watch fireworks from 3 Disney parks in the comfort of y...
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    We're chatting about one of our favourite Disney World value hotels - Disney's Art of Animation Resort.

    Disney experts Amanda & Martin answer popular questions such as:

  • What are the different room types?
  • Which area is best for my family trip to Disney World?
  • How close is Disney's Art of Animation Resort to the theme parks?
  • What are the pools like?  
  • Where can I take the Skyliner to?
  • The amazing theming and photo opportunit...
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