Best Disney Podcasts – Revisited

A few months ago, I shared a list of what I felt were the best Disney-related podcasts. Since that time, the rise of Disney-related podcast networks has greatly altered the Disney podcasting landscape,1 and has exposed me to a ton of new Disney-related podcast content. After sifting through these new offerings, I feel that my previous Disney podcast recommendations are out of date. Here is my updated list:

Favorite Disney Podcast

  • Mighty Men of Mouse2 – Mighty Men of Mouse is the podcast I wish I had thought of.3 It combines Disney, Sabermetrics4, pop culture references5, and a good bit of humor into a show that I absolutely love. After hearing the show’s TPPN version, I went back to dig through the show’s archives over at,6 and, if you enjoy what your hear in the Touring Plans feed, I encourage you do the same.7

Podcast Most Frequently Listened to within an Hour of Its Release

  • WDW Today – In my previous write-up, I listed WDW Today in the “Other Disney Podcasts I Sometimes Listen To” category. I said that I only listened to the topics I was interested in and that I skipped the user mail episodes. Now, a few months later, I listen to every show, frequently with the breakfast on the morning it is released.8 Matt, Len, Mike and Mike cover Disney using some of the same time-value analysis that I enjoy so much with Mighty Men of Mouse,9 but also talk from–what sounds like–frequent visits to the parks. My only complaint is that the 30-minutes-or-less episode length usually leaves me wishing the show went longer.10

Most In-Depth Disney Podcast

  • WDW RadioPreviously, I named WDW Radio the “Best Overall Disney Podcast.” Though I still thinking highly of the Lou Mongello hosted show, both Mighty Men of Mouse and WDW Today has passed it in my Disney-podcast priority queue. The show is still well-produced, but, as I have listened to more and more episodes, I no longer think of it as “well-structured.”11 I still enjoy the episodes that feature Disney-historian Jim Korkis, but I sometimes let episodes like Top Ways to enjoy Disney on the water sit in my listening queue without being able to motivate myself to play them.

Disney News Podcast For Cynics

  • Wakefield Report – This show, hosted by Chris Wakefield12, operates under the premise that Disney fans suffer from some kind of “pixie dust addiction” that clouds their eyes about what is really happening at Disney World.13 Admittedly, the shtick can get a little over the top, but it works for the most part.14 Though I do not always agree with Chris’ takes, it is interesting to hear someone who breaks from the standard buzz that surrounds many Disney stories.

Best Insights from Disney Travel Agents

  • 3 Moms and the Mouse – If you listen to any Disney podcasts, you almost certainly have heard mention of Disney travel agents.15 3 Moms and the Mouse16 gives you a little more insight into that world, and provides you with useful tips related to planning and booking your travel. Though it may not be for everyone, I definitely recommend this show for those people who are the de facto “travel agent” for their family’s Disney trips.

Podcast Most Likely to Feature Jim Hill

  • The Unofficial Guide’s Disney Dish with Jim Hill – Two things about Jim Hills: (1) He is a frequent guest on podcasts,17, and (2) I will listen to any show he is on.18 Knowing that, it should come as no surprise that I thoroughly enjoy Disney Dish.19 It combines some current news, speculation, and a good dose of Disney history20, with someone who is in the running for “living person with the most comprehensive knowledge of Disney and its history.”

Best History-of-Disney Podcast

  • WEDWay Radio – I just recently stumbled across this long running Disney-history podcast. Hosted by two brothers, Nate and Matt, it features the kind of in-depth Disney history that I love, delivered on a weekly basis.21

Disney Podcast Most Likely to Jump into Heavy Rotation

  • Be Our Guest22 – I recently took another look at the Be Our Guest podcast, and–unlike the previous time I reviewed it–I found that it has a number of shows that I want to listen to. Originally, I was a little apprehensive about so many guest, trip-report-type, callers, but I have found that host Mike Rahlmann does a good job picking guests and moving the conversation along. I have a feeling that once I catch up on some of the archives on the other shows, 23 I will starting listening to Be Our Guest a lot more.

Other Disney Podcasts I Sometimes Listen To24

  • DisAfterDark – This show got a bit of demotion after I started listening to Mighty Men of Mouse. It features similar kind of humor and dynamic, but I found that the analysis is not quite up to the level of that on Mighty Men.25

  • DisUnplugged – A very comprehensive Disney podcast that I simply do not have room for in my regular rotation.26 If there is a particular segment that contains information I have not heard somewhere, then I will listen to that one segment.

  • The Mickey Miles Podcast – This podcast by Mike Scopa 27 and Michelle Scribner-MacLean focuses on information for people running Disney races. As someone who is running such a race next year, I have recently started listening. I already have picked up a few tips that should make my runDisney experience go a little smoother.

  • Other Shows on the Touring Plans Podcast Network – The TTPN contains a bunch of different shows. I really like The Crowd Report,28 and I have listened to an episode or two of WDW Happy Place and Capturing the Magic, but the other shows did not really connect with me.29

  1. Most notably, The Touring Plans Podcast Network(“TPPN“) and the Micepod network. 

  2. As a semi-disclaimer, I am going to be in a fantasy football league with the hosts of this show later this year. I had already started drafting this post when that happened, and it did not impact my decision to name Mighty Men as my favorite podcast. Still, I feel that fact deserved a mention. 

  3. Might Meny is a part of the TPPN. In, what I can only assume is an effort to increase their total subscriber numbers, the TPPN only has a single RSS feed for all of their podcasts. That means, if you only want to listen to a few of the shows on the network, you still get all of the other network shows jammed into your podcatcher. For the purposes of this listing, however, I am only going to mention the shows that I actually listen to and enjoy. I will leave it as an exercise for the reader to figure how to best get the individual shows out of the TPPN feed. 

  4. If you have seen or read Moneyball, then you already know what Sabermetrics are. If you remember hearing about Nate Silver during the previous presidential election, you probably also have a good idea. If you still have no clue what I am talking about, then a good working definition for our purposes is “advanced statistical analysis to determine the value of something.” 

  5. For example, I recently heard a segment where they did impressions of Mike and the Mad Dog while analyzing how far in advance you have to book various ADRs. 

  6. Currently, I have about 15 shows remaining before I have listened to all of Mighty Men’s episodes. I am going to be quite bummed out when I have no more unheard episodes left to listen to. 

  7. As a side note, the fact that two of the hosts of this podcast are lawyers makes me wonder: What is it with Disney and attorneys? On the podcast front, there are two hosts from this podcast, and, of course, Lou Mongello. On the blogging front there is Tom Bricker, and, to a lesser degree, me. What is about our lives buried in court and case law that makes us want to ramble on about the magic of Disney? 

  8. I get especially excited when I see an episode drop the night before. I feel like I am getting a nice, surprise gift. 

  9. This frequently comes from co-author of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, Len Testa. 

  10. Of course, the shorter show length does mean that I can easily stay up-to-date with the latest episodes. 

  11. For example, there are too many times that I have heard a “Top 10” list start out with a disclaimer that “we are not going to limit this list to 10 things.” Also, some of the “in-restaurant,” restaurant review episodes can ramble on a bit (see, e.g., Whispering Canyon; Via Napol

  12. Chris also hosts the Universal NOW! podcast on the TPPN. If I had to put Universal Now! into one of the categories in this post, I would list it in the “Podcasts I sometimes listen to” category. Personally, I just do not have the same level of interest in Universal Studios as I do in Disney World, and I quickly lose interest during an hour long show about it. 

  13. It is similar to what people say about purchasers of Apple products. 

  14. On the other hand, the show’s format could probably use a little tweaking. For example, Chris used to spend the first 10 minutes plugging his various social media accounts, etc… before getting into the real meat of his show: The “Nine News Nuggets.” Generally, this meant I would just skip the first 10 minutes of every show. Recently, he has experimented with reading forum posts from the Micechat forums and responding on air. Again, this is something I just skip through. Personally, I think he would be better served by further developing the stories he does in the “Nine New Nuggets” and simply making that his weekly show. He could possibly do a one-off interview show here and there, or some other special show, but I think concentrating on his takes of the news each week would make the show a better listen. 

  15. For example, Mouse Fan Travel seems to be a sponsor on a number of the major shows. 

  16. One admission concerning this podcast: Due to the casual pacing of the conversation, I listen to it at 1.5x speed. 

  17. *See, e.g., Universal Now appearance 1, Univeral Now appearance 2, DisAfterDark appearance 1, DisAfter Dark appearance 2, and the podcast reference page on his website. 

  18. In fact, his column is the only reason I ever would even consider reading anything on the Huffington Post

  19. Though this podcast is technically part of the Touring Plans Podcast Network, I have found that, unlike all of the other network shows, the original feed for the Disney Dish is still functioning (and even releases the episodes a few days earlier than the TPPN feed.) I have no idea if the gang at Touring Plans is going to keep that going. 

  20. If you like what you hear in the current episodes, and since so many episodes contain anecdotes from Disney’s history, I would recommend digging into the archives of this show. 

  21. Nate and Matt also host a companion show, WEDWay Now, that features (approximately) weekly updates of Disney-related news. I listen to this companion show when I get a chance, but it is not something that I will be digging through the archives of. 

  22. I could have also titled this section “podcasts most hurt by the timing of this article.” 

  23. The Mighty Men of Mouse and WEDWay Radio archives in particular. 

  24. If you want someone else’s Disney Podcast listings, you can check out Tom Bricker’s list about half way down his posting about running and fitness

  25. Also, they sometimes have terrible guests. In fact, my fiancé pretty much refuses to listen to this show after a few of the guests they had were so bad. 

  26. Basically, it has a lot of information that I get from other podcasts that I enjoy listening to. If I only listened to one or two Disney podcasts, the comprehensive nature of this show might be more interesting to me. 

  27. Yes, the same Mike Scopa found on WDW Today

  28. I listen to every episode, however, the episodes only come out monthly. 

  29. Excluding the shows I have previously mentioned in this post: Mighty Men of Mouse, Unofficial Dish with Jim Jill, and Universal Now