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Old 04-13-2011, 08:47 AM   #1
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PassPorter Podcast: Episode 65: Tracie Cook, Vacation Field Guides Author

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Episode 65: Tracie Cook, Vacation Field Guides Author - (04-13-2011 04:00 AM)


Podcast Description: Join Jennifer and Sara as they chat with the author of Vacation Field Guides, Tracie Cook, about her kid-friendly books that offer tips and learning opportunities. Also discussed is this week's news, celebrations, contest winner, and listener questions!

Special Guest: Tracie Cook has been visiting Walt Disney World since her childhood. She decided to combine her love of Walt Disney World with her knowledge of education. With more than twelve years’ experience as a teacher and countless family trips to Walt Disney World, she recognizes that many valuable learning opportunities happen outside the classroom. She lives in mid-Michigan with her family.

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Just want everyone to know I just listened to the entire podcast -- the version on our site -- from start to finish and had no problems at all. Hooray! I can't check the iTunes version because it's not indexed there yet, but I will when it pops up.
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I am listening right now and it all sounds great!
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It's intact on iTunes, too. Yay!
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It's intact on iTunes, too. Yay!
Yeah. Another great episode.
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Another AWESOME Podcast!!! Thanks Jennifer
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Lightbulb Gotcha Day!

I teared up when you celebrate Gotcha Day because I too am adopted and never thought of that day. I went straight to my photo album that I put together of all the pictures I found in my families albums and I even have the announcement of the information of my adoption from the newspaper. I put it on my calendar even though I am 41 I want to now remember this day.

Also since my husband and we are having troubles getting pregnant we have thought about adoption and it would be great to celebrate Gotcha Day if we adopt.

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I teared up when you celebrate Gotcha Day because I too am adopted and never thought of that day. I went straight to my photo album that I put together of all the pictures I found in my families albums and I even have the announcement of the information of my adoption from the newspaper. I put it on my calendar even though I am 41 I want to now remember this day.

Also since my husband and we are having troubles getting pregnant we have thought about adoption and it would be great to celebrate Gotcha Day if we adopt.

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I love that! Ryan gets to celebrate twice - once for his birthday and once for Gotcha day!
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Extra Magic hours at the Swan and Dolphin

Actually, the Swan and Dolphin DO offer Extra Magic Hours. You can check at their web-site, which I am unable to post as a link, and confirm. Just google the "swan dolphin extra magic hours" and you'll get the link. It showed up third in the listing for me.

Those two along with the Hilton at Downtown Disney are the only three. I've stayed at the Dolphin and Hilton many times and find them reasonable alternatives when Disney-owned on property resorts are limited in availability.

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Thanks for letting us know! I'll correct that in this week's podcast.
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correction??? to podcast

Hey Jennifer and Sara. I just listened to last week's pod cast and Sara answered a question about EMH and Shades of Green are not eligable. Of course I paniced because I'm staying there this fall and thought I read on AllEars that they were included in the EMH. Well I went straight to the source and contacted SOG. Here is there response.
Good morning MRs Bryfogle,

As our Resort guests (with the Hotel ID card) you will be eligible for the Magical hours at the Walt Disney World Theme Parks. At check in time you will receive the current schedule for the different parks.

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I have also confirmed with them that Shades guest DO have to pay for parking at the theme parks as I was getting confliting info about that as well. Hope this helps.
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