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Old 02-02-2010, 07:50 PM   #1
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A Tale of Two Moms: Why We Love Disney!

PassPorter Moms Podcast: Disney & Beyond
A Tale of Two Moms: Why We Love Disney! (Episode #1 - 01/28/2010)


Podcast Description: This episode of the PassPorter Moms podcast marks our very first podcast! We introduce ourselves, talk about our experiences as "PassPorter Moms," our passion for Disney, our great sons who love to travel as much as we do, and details on how we each plan our Disney trips. We wrap up the podcast with our answers to various questions about Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and general travel! Duration: 28:54.

Special Guest(s): No special guests this week -- we're interviewing each other!

Questions/topics we discuss in this podcast:
Should I book the Dream cruise while on the Wonder?
To Drive or to FLY - that is the question...
What are the best snacks and adult drinks in Epcot?
Do you decorate your Disney resort room window?
How many days at Disneyland? 3 or 4?

Listen now while you read our boards or surf the web by going to the Podcast home page and clicking the blue Listen Now! button:
http://www.passporter.com/podcast/pa...st01282010.php


Please leave your comments and questions for us and the podcast here!
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Yeah, and the sad thing is that I already amplified my voice. I have a quiet voice. I will work on a way to get my voice louder!
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I just love podcasts! Any eta on an itunes link or itunes compatible rss feed as the current rss feed will not work with itunes

That way my iPhone can keep uptodate with all the latest Passporter podcasts and maybe on an iPad.....

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Thumbs up Yay! What a great podcast!

What a fun podcast! It's so cool to finally hear the voices of people I've "known" for the past 7 years but haven't met yet! I like the conversational tone of the podcast. It's like the books and the message boards; just like you're talking to a friend and getting advice from them about your trip. I will add it to my weekly Podcast "must listen" list, along w/ Lou Mongello, WDW Today and my Soap fan podcasts. Nice job, ladies!

p.s. I think we need a podcast smiley now; a smiley face listening to an iPod or headphones, or something like that!
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LOL! I got an e-mail from my sister listening to it today - "Hey!!! Why didn't we get any of those when we were there last month? You never mentioned them!" Guess we'll just have to go back!
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