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Disney Nights: Unwrapping the Jollywood Party

December 03, 2023 LTAD Podcast Season 1 Episode 19
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Disney Nights: Unwrapping the Jollywood Party
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Get ready to immerse yourself in the festive spirit as we take you on a magical journey through our Christmas and Disney World experiences. Remember Amy Ferguson, our longtime listener? We were fortunate enough to meet her and her charming mother during our Disney World adventure, and let's just say, it was a reunion filled with laughs, joy, and memorable moments. From navigating through the bustling Epcot to engaging in the quintessential holiday tradition of gift-giving, this episode is packed with our personal stories, nostalgic memories, and the unique experience of Christmas shopping at Disney.

What's Christmas without a party? We got a chance to attend Jollywood Nights, the brand new, adult-only Christmas party at Disney's Hollywood Studios. While some influencers were quick to criticize, we're here to set the record straight. We're pulling back the curtain on the lively atmosphere, the awe-inspiring holiday decorations, and sharing our honest feedback on the food and drinks. We also tackle the hot topic of adult-only Disney parties and the potential they hold. From the relaxed vibe to the criticisms, we cover it all. 

Our Disney adventure wouldn’t be complete without talking about the various venues we visited. The Tip Top Club, the Brown Derby, and Fairfax Fair were some of the highlights. We tried a PB&J donut with potato chip topping, can you believe that? We're also discussing our thoughts on the inclusion of characters like Jack Skellington and diving into the controversy surrounding Disney's Hollywood Studios' new Jollywood event. Join us as we share our love for Hollywood Studios at night and how we believe Jollywood Nights has the potential to become even better in the future. So, strap on your Mickey ears and join us for a ride full of magic, laughter, and plenty of Disney cheer.
Speaker 1:

Hello, hello, hello everybody out there in the world of December. It's almost Christmas time. It's almost Christmas, yay. Is your shopping done? Basically, yes, maybe a few little things like stocking stuffers and whatever. I grabbed some stocking stuffers at Disney. You did and you encouraged me to do the same, so that was good. Pretty sure my kids are not listening to this podcast. They're not right, Kendall and Erin, they're not listening. What are my kids like Kendall does? Okay, then we won't say what I got. Kendall, because y'all know what I got. Yes, I got some similar items. Yes, it was really cool, so we grabbed some, a few stocking stuffers. Yep, probably wound up in the toe of the stocking.

Speaker 2:

Correct.

Speaker 1:

Correct. You know, when I was little, my mom would put apples and oranges in there. We did and I kind of wondered why. But now I get it, Because to feel that sucker up Absolutely. My kids are so spoiled. I will feel it to the toe with just little trinkets and all kinds of stuff.

Speaker 3:

You only fill the stocking. What do you mean? My kids' stocking stuffers expand out of the stocking and in front of the tree. It's stocking stuffers, not in a stocking. Mine come out the top of it. I quit at the top of the stocking but mine.

Speaker 1:

I do mine more like a presentation, like a gift basket. So it's pretty and it looks like a nice gift or whatnot Stocking stuffers that is. But then there are gifts, of course in front of the tree.

Speaker 3:

Yeah, regular gifts, but like blankets that are stocking stuffers that aren't going to get wrapped, never mind.

Speaker 1:

No, no, no, no, wait, you're extra, I'm extra, I used to be extra and I never was.

Speaker 2:

Yeah to be there.

Speaker 1:

That was perfect. Y'all know alcohol involved, no, and if you did see us at Disney this past week you would have wondered what is wrong with these ladies?

Speaker 2:

You especially with our promposes or y'all's promposes started in Magic Kingdom. We were horrible.

Speaker 1:

There was somebody else sitting there doing something silly.

Speaker 3:

You were like oh, we should take a prom picture.

Speaker 1:

She said it I was like, okay, flip around. So we're going to jump right into this, but first we have a voicemail. Oh, hang on. Oh, that's right. Oh, we. I don't know if I should say this before or after it. Let's just say that this is a long time original LTAD listener and her mom. We absolutely adore these two human beings, and I had told her or she heard on the podcast, and I told her to a few weeks back that we were going to be at Disney December 2 to December 5 for my birthday, which was December 2. So they made arrangements and they came. So, all right, play the voicemail. This is cool.

Speaker 2:

Hey Mike. This is Amy Fergie. I'm with three crazy ladies here at Epcot Having a blast. Where are you, are you? Um? I think I'm beating you on fantasy football this week. Just going to let you know, and um, have a magical day. Bye.

Speaker 1:

So that was Fergie. If you all have ever heard us refer to Fergie and if you are an original listener, y'all know who Fergie is. Amy Ferguson, um, amy actually worked with Main Street for a little while, several years back, um, but Fergie was there, um, and her she has beaten me on fantasy football. She was beating you on fantasy football she still is, but the three crazy ladies she referred to was us we. We met up with them in Epcot. It was an absolutely great reunion. It was so good just to see them and hug their necks.

Speaker 3:

It was nice to meet them. It was very nice to meet them, yeah.

Speaker 1:

Cause y'all never met them before and they're just. I love those people.

Speaker 2:

Oh fun, I would love to hang out with them. It was fun.

Speaker 1:

Imagine doing eat and drink around the world. Oh my gosh, with about a hundred people of that personality type.

Speaker 2:

It was just, it was amazing. Well, Miss.

Speaker 1:

Judy, she's my people. Yeah, Speaking of Miss Judy.

Speaker 2:

Mike, go ahead. Hello there, this is Judy Puddie Pie calling you to check on you to see if you're behaving while your wife is away. Bye.

Speaker 4:

Okay, well, I'm out of the subject of y'all's voicemail.

Speaker 1:

Everybody missed you, mike. Everybody was like where's Mike?

Speaker 3:

So, um, couldn't you tell when we came home and we greeted you at the airport?

Speaker 1:

We hugged you, for goodness sake.

Speaker 4:

It was like 10, 30, 11 o'clock and they're all excited. Oh my gosh.

Speaker 1:

So we, of course. That's Judy Puddie Pie, that's Judy Ferguson, that's Amy's mom Again, another original Elthad listener from way back in 2005. Wow, and just seeing them and Amy made the statement, but I was already feeling it, seeing them hug in their neck, having fun, talking, giggling, all the things that you do. When all the Elthad people were together, it felt like a mouse fest from 2005. And it was just us. It was five of us Dana, erika, judy, amy and me, but that feeling was there.

Speaker 4:

Besides the events that we did at mouse fest that's kind of what it was. We hung around. We hung out Five to eight to 10 people. It never was just me and you or the kids. It was always a group, no matter where we went, which was fun yeah it was.

Speaker 1:

it was fantastic and, judy, I hope you did run over many people with your scooter, because a lot of those people deserve it Absolutely, I was on a scooter yeah. I was like, let me ride the scooter, scoot over, but Epcot was so crowded.

Speaker 3:

Oh my gosh.

Speaker 1:

So crowded.

Speaker 2:

And y'all.

Speaker 1:

This is before we get into Jollywood by the way, and I didn't even say it, the last voice podcast on this one. Let me say this before we go If you want to call, leave us a voicemail 615-246-5823.

Speaker 2:

Please call.

Speaker 1:

Call. Leave a voicemail. We love it, y'all see how fun those are. We love interacting and talking with everybody. We love to hear your opinions and we love to hear that Amy is bidding Mike at FnC football. Oh yeah. So, judy but, judy, to answer your question on behalf of Mike is no, we did not behave ourselves. No, we had a blast there was no, well, there was alcohol involved. We'll talk about the.

Speaker 3:

Gallo and the Aram and Em, oh man.

Speaker 1:

Yikes. But, we were in Epcot on December 5th Walt Disney's 122nd birthday, yes, and Epcot debuted the Walt statue and opened up some of the walls. Some of the walls came down that day, Opened up basically where you can now walk through directly behind Spaceship Earth all the way to World Showcase. That whole place is open. However it is, it's a lot of plants, a lot of trees, a lot of pathways. Prior to this refurb it was a big, wide, open space. So we did not experience closing at Epcot, but I cannot imagine how crowded that was coming out because Epcot was packed. It was like Christmas Day packed.

Speaker 4:

It was so full Just because of the.

Speaker 3:

I don't, we don't know, I'm sure it contributed. But man that was a huge crowd. It was very, very crowded. I even put my phone up when we were walking over by Africa, like taking pictures and videos, because it was it was that crowded.

Speaker 4:

I thought Disney was broken. There was nobody in the park somewhere.

Speaker 3:

Oh, those parks are packed.

Speaker 1:

They're packed, right now, even the day before, over at Magic Kingdom it was packed.

Speaker 4:

It was, oh, I didn't know Just it was it was the oddest thing.

Speaker 1:

So thank goodness that we did the parties, because that basically gave us park experience outside of those crowds. But the Walt statue is is special.

Speaker 4:

It's a little big.

Speaker 1:

He's human size, he's leaned down on his knees, he's grinning, he's overlooking the park, although Epcot did not, and disgust. Epcot did not turn out, my Epcot did not turn out the way he planned it, he wanted his vision Right. So I don't think that he would actually be sitting there smiling over what's there now, but it's a cool statue.

Speaker 3:

So a lot of people I mean here's a shocker for you are upset with the statue. Wow, I'm going to cry because it's not centered.

Speaker 4:

I read that too, with Spaceship Earth. A lot of people are nitpicking everything already.

Speaker 3:

Go figure, they're upset that it's ruining their pictures because it's not centered with Spaceship Earth.

Speaker 4:

Can y'all get that guy out of the way?

Speaker 1:

Our society has a problem with people taking selfies. Is that not one of the seven deadly sins where you're obsessed with how you look? Pride, pride.

Speaker 2:

Lust, vanity, vanity.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, our world right now has a problem with vanity and selfies and things being perfect. Y'all get off your phones and go experience life because, just like Walt not being centered, life is not perfect and it's really frustrating to go into a Disney park and wait an hour. Like we're sitting there at Mickey's very Merry Christmas party. We've got the perfect spot, oh gosh Right on the curb and here are these two girls standing up literally having a photo session oh gosh.

Speaker 3:

In the middle of the street.

Speaker 1:

While everybody looking and you've got this ridiculous grin on your face and every one of these pictures, you think you're cute. Oh my gosh, I wanted to kick her.

Speaker 3:

I couldn't believe the cast members standing on.

Speaker 1:

Main Street.

Speaker 3:

They just looked at her and turned away, like the cast members are so afraid of being viral and like somebody recording them and going on TikTok and everything and like attacking them and discriminating against them. Y'all need your butts. What?

Speaker 4:

where we need your brother. Where is the cast members that enforce the mask mandates and mask rules? Those people were.

Speaker 1:

Bring them.

Speaker 3:

Where are they?

Speaker 4:

Those, where are they, let's?

Speaker 1:

enforce the dress code.

Speaker 4:

We were walking through Do not get me.

Speaker 1:

We are going to talk. We'll save this for another podcast because we could talk about this the whole time. But there was this one woman there was a lot but this one woman walking through magic kingdom who was a large, big boned woman with breasts very, very large, and she had on a bra and they were. It was not a support bra, so it was hanging, they were hanging and you barely covered the ends.

Speaker 4:

How did it change so quick? Cause it was not too long ago they were giving away free shirts for people that were dressed like this.

Speaker 1:

Now they're afraid to offend somebody. That woman should have been removed from the park. I could see her, you know everything.

Speaker 4:

Well, they only got eight security guys across the whole park. So it was you've got babies in this park.

Speaker 1:

You got little boys and little girls and you look like you're about to go on a porn show, correct, you look?

Speaker 3:

like a hooker. She looked worse. She was half naked.

Speaker 4:

She looked like she should be a universal.

Speaker 1:

Well, it's almost hard to tell the difference. Yes, I am, and we brought that up.

Speaker 3:

Yeah, we had a discussion about this. You know I miss, I miss and actually I talked to a few cast members on our last day there and a lot of cast members have said morale is down and you know, they, they, they themselves are not happy with the way that things are going within the parks and whatnot, and it just it makes me really sad, as a self-proclaimed Disney adult that has grown up with this, how much we've seen that tradition and family oriented company and everything literally just changed in the blink of an eye and there's no self-respect for these. These girls that are going in there because we've we've come to this point, as in society, where you're perfect the way you are and we're going to lie to you, and because we don't want to make you feel bad.

Speaker 1:

We don't want to hurt your feelings, so we're going to tell you that anything you do is okay.

Speaker 4:

Somebody needs to tell these people they're ugly.

Speaker 1:

No man, you, you need to. You need to go to an 80s high school.

Speaker 4:

One day, experience in an 80s high school and get hung up on the coat rack with by your underwear.

Speaker 1:

Yes, but you know, the thing about what you're saying is is that cast member was talking about how it's the younger generation of cast members who is the majority of the problem right now. Correct, those kids grew up at Disney world. They grew up experiencing the magic. They most of them are there because of their magical experiences as a child. Now they're there ruining it for the children who are have filled those shoes. Those little children, like you used to be, you're, they're not going to have the same experience because y'all are being jacked, right, you're, you're. You're ruining the magic for everybody and you know. You're there because your experience was so cool and magical and you grew up and you love Disney and you want to go there and you want to work there and do all the things. But the service you're providing is is absolutely not Disney magic. That's literally correct. That's literally. I would love the opportunity to stand in front of all the cast members and be like shame on you, shame on you, shame on you.

Speaker 3:

You, you got all the good things. We weren't, but you know what?

Speaker 1:

You got all the good things and grew up with all the magic and all this, but you can't provide it to somebody else and see that again. That's that's speaking to the society we're in right now with this vanity thing. It's all about me and what I want and what I need, and don't you dare say anything, I'll cancel you and all that junk, just whatever, whatever.

Speaker 4:

This isn't going to be a 30 minute podcast. It's not Be quiet.

Speaker 1:

Mike. But what we are going to say at this point is we're going to talk about Jollywood. Yes, we loved it. Yes, we have so, so much. We have all good things to say.

Speaker 4:

Well, primarily, so many people can find about it. Primarily, you've heard the social media people. You're okay.

Speaker 3:

You're okay. You're okay, parker.

Speaker 1:

That's brothers, there you go. Okay, if you know, you know. So let's jump right into Jollywood. Okay, jollywood, yay, jollywood.

Speaker 4:

I've never been, so I can't get that excited Well.

Speaker 1:

Jollywood nights at Disney's Hollywood studios is what we're talking about. Yes, a brand new. It's fantastic Christmas party, if you will. Whatever you if you have not been, and you have been influenced by all of the influencers.

Speaker 3:

Oh boy.

Speaker 1:

Let all that go. Oh, please, let it go. Let it go, let it go. Like they are so completely wrong, correct.

Speaker 3:

I have bones to pick with a lot of them.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, I'm not going to mention names. I will. I have heard. I have heard people say that it was blah and blah and blah and blah. What Blah, blah, blah, blah.

Speaker 2:

Growing up, there was a vampire.

Speaker 1:

Blah blah, blah To take your blood. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Yeah, I'm sorry I had made the statement in the park near the end of the night, walking out, and what I said y'all I said whoever influencer trashed this party, take your little child self and go back to Magic Kingdom where all the characters are that you cried about. That weren't in Jollywood. Cry more. Pinocchio does not belong at Jollywood. Phineas and Ferb do not belong at Jollywood.

Speaker 4:

I don't always have to be a character meat Well, a lot of some influencers were complaining that there were not certain.

Speaker 1:

If you are a child and all the only thing I mean. It's Hollywood too. The thing that you need to make your night fun is a character meat and greet. Take your little booty over to the Magic Kingdom and stay there. Jollywood is for the adults. This was a phenomenal party.

Speaker 4:

A first party, first year, for this, yes.

Speaker 1:

Characters did not belong at this party and, honestly, the rides could have been shut down too, because it was an adult party. And when you go to an adult party, imagine you're in your town. You're invited to this glamorous party downtown. So you get all dressed up, you go downtown, you go to a restaurant or a bar and you have live music entertainment, you have drinks, you have food and you have adult conversation, and that is what you call an adult party, and if you've never been to one of those, I'm sorry that you missed out on that part of life. But that is what the adults do when we party. Adults don't have to have a character, meat and greet to make my night fantastic. You just don't need that. So I'm going to say shame on you, to all of you influencers, who's got everybody convinced that this party is not worth it, because if Disney has done anything right in the past few years, they did Jollywood correct.

Speaker 3:

Never thought I'd see the day that Miranda Prizes did Disney.

Speaker 1:

I loved it, and I did not even get dressed up, so let's start at the top. Now that we have let everybody know influencers were completely. They missed it. They got this wrong. Like I said, children go to Magic Kingdom, the adults are gonna play at Jollywood. Let's start from the top. Okay let's talk about our outfits, because I don't get dressed up for nothing Except for Kendall's wedding, except for Kendall's wedding I had on and she fought that, yeah, I had on. I did fight that I had on my jean capris because the weather did turn off cool that night. So check the weather Prior to travel and pack for it, and then check the weather before you go out in shorts and a t-shirt, because it got chilly that night. And I had on those capris and a t-shirt and I was cold. So y'all however, decided to go a little bit Dressy dressy. Yeah, the fun thing about leading up to Jollywood nights was reading what people were saying about what they were gonna, how they were gonna dress up the vibe. A lot of people, in case you didn't know, do what they call dapper days and Disney bounding at the parks. And Disney's Hollywood Studios has those dapper days that are, quote unquote, publicized amongst some of your Disney adult groups and whatnot. So fun if you've been in a park. I have had the privilege of being in the park on a dapper day and seeing people dressed to the nines. Yeah, because Disney's Hollywood Studios has that throwback vibe to like old Hollywood and at Christmas time it's so to me at rivals, magic Kingdom. As far as decorations, the be quiet be quiet, be quiet.

Speaker 4:

Something beats Magic Kingdom with y'all Wow.

Speaker 1:

I said rival equals okay.

Speaker 4:

You said the top sit.

Speaker 3:

I did not. I see, she said her.

Speaker 2:

I know.

Speaker 1:

With the decorations that totally are themed, what you would imagine old Hollywood would be like the tinsel the glitter, the lights, everything is sparkling. Yes, and I love that look. And so back to the outfits. Do you think about what you might see people wearing at a fancy adult party, whether it's current or whether you think old. Hollywood back in the 20s, 30s, 40s, whatnot. So I knew what we were going to see, having seen Disney Bounty before, and we you literally saw everything. You saw men walking around in sequins, sparkling Coats, mm-hmm. You saw ladies in basically what could be called a formal gown. That was like the extreme. You saw the ladies wearing the gowns and the heels, the men wearing the sport coats that were literally bedazzled, looking amazing. Then you had people all the way back to, just like Jana said what she wore regular park clothes.

Speaker 3:

You saw wearing pajamas.

Speaker 1:

Exactly, pajamas didn't put on a certain fit, yeah, but we did that at Magic Kingdom, but pajamas didn't fit it. Jollywood.

Speaker 3:

They didn't fit.

Speaker 1:

They were cute, yeah, but it wasn't the right vibe. And we said that as we walked around and got, because Erica and I decided to kind of Dress up, but we weren't. We were elegant.

Speaker 3:

We were casual dress.

Speaker 2:

Yes.

Speaker 1:

We both wore skirts. We were Christmas dressy, yes, christmas dressy. We both wore skirts and A disney themed t-shirt. But the skirt kind of elevated it a little bit. Of course we had beautiful bedazzled ears on our heads, so we were kind of middle of the road dressed, if you will. Um, but we loved. Even jana loved walking around looking at what people were wearing it was neat to see you know, in in the sequin, jackets and dresses, and there was one man dressed like the game clue, like he was the.

Speaker 3:

Oh, like a robe on. He had a big old mustache.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, just, everybody looked so good. We will talk about the clothing and like some of the things that we said about what. We're gonna say that for a whole different podcast. That's a good topic to talk about. Um, it looked so good, it was so fun. Now a lot of people chose Sensible shoes, even if they have a sequin dress. They had on sneakers or something. It's a theme park, y'all correct. Other people had on nice shoes and if your feet can handle that all night long. Fantastic, that's on you, because it looked good. I think the only thing missing from this party was the street characters that disney would have been amazing. That would have added such A layer to that party, to what you said before about the fact that the character meet and greets didn't really seem to fit the vibe of the party those street the street performers would have been a perfectly. Added such a thing to it and they could have all been in their Christmas. They would have to and they could have had their Christmas stories and they could have interacted with the people in the streets who were dressed up and photo opportunities.

Speaker 2:

It would have been that would have been a better fit, yeah absolutely so.

Speaker 1:

The dressy part, even though I probably won't ever get dressy. Um, it looked good, it fit good, it made for a great atmosphere, it created a vibe, that's what I wrote down. It was super cool, so we really enjoyed the the clothes there. Um, I think also what changed for this party is I would vote this party go adult only. And jana said that the night we were there and I was telling Russell about this, my husband, um, there were some children there, but if you guys notice, primarily any children that were there were preschoolers or babies, right, who, like I told Russell they don't care where they are. They, you know, they were just along for the ride because mom and daddy wanted to go. You go to Mickey's very merry at magic kingdom and there are Billions of kids everywhere, Right you?

Speaker 4:

didn't see a ton here.

Speaker 1:

That is an appropriate kind of party for but there wasn't Much for them to do outside of the rides, which I guess thank goodness the rides were open for this particular party, because those kids, I think, would have been bored out of their mind, the ones that were there old enough to understand what was happening. Um they wouldn't want to go again to jollywood nights.

Speaker 3:

No, not a grade school kid. No, you got to look at the park where this party is happening. They serve alcohol so of course adults are going to want to get dressed and everything and go have cocktails and go to you know the special, Get the specialty drinks that are party exclusive and everything. You don't have that at magic kingdom.

Speaker 1:

Magic kingdom is very More family exactly focused party Correct, and I think that's a great way to describe the difference.

Speaker 3:

How he was.

Speaker 1:

He just absolutely needs to be adult only right, and if it went adult only, they could add more street entertainment, more bars around the streets. You could add more of those club types like the tip top club right that they set up over it tower of terror. You could just do more like that and it would be more of an adult Vibe. It was an adult vibe across the board definitely the kids didn't belong there. But if you did make it adult, only 21 and up. Number one you can card everybody at the gate Right, um. And then number two, you could do more adult themed things in the parks and we're not talking about getting ugly or raunchy or anything add to what you had Classy, is what you're going for there? that old Hollywood, exactly classic Adult night out party. Feel well, what I wrote down because I, you know jenna, said, y'all jot some notes down and I wrote down elegant and upscale, even though we were still in a theme park, we were still at disney's hollywood studios, and erica and I were not wearing heels, we were not wearing anything formal, but when you walked in, I don't know it just felt it did. It felt nice to the vibe felt, it felt classier.

Speaker 2:

It felt adultish. It did even in the kingdom.

Speaker 1:

It's magic kingdom, but hollywood had a vibe exactly when you didn't cross the gates and we talked all night. Of course, you know we had our travel agent hat on right as well. But we talked all night about how, oh, we really love this part. Oh, and if they did this here, it would be, even better and oh, if they added this or whatever. So maybe they'll take some of our you know ideas and run with them because we like them.

Speaker 4:

They probably won't. They're probably gonna listen to these influencers and they'll shut it down.

Speaker 3:

No, that's. That's the one thing that has really surprised me, though, because you know we've gone through years of Feeling like we haven't had our voices heard. After that first party disney has. I mean, it Felt like, you know, from listening to and seeing all like those, the streams and everything from the influencers from that first party night it feels like they have gone Over the top, like they've been over backwards to fix things that they've received.

Speaker 1:

Hold on, but hold on. Who criticized it? The? Influencers yes so what was what did they add before the influencers Through a fit, what, what did they characters?

Speaker 3:

Okay, so wrong influencers said that there were. There was a lack of character wrong greets. There was an issue there was an issue with disney. It go figure Well there always is, or brown derby and not tables not being called through the app and everything. A lot of influencers said there were long lines for food. But, what you, what you don't understand if you are not so deep in the trenches of the world of disney. These influencers were brought to this party. They were escorted to the front of lines. They weren't waiting in these lines. Everything that you've heard from these influencers, they I'm going to just go ahead and say at 50% of it they didn't personally experience.

Speaker 1:

You know the the thing about it's so, really, the only thing that they did was add characters, because the influencers are children and they needed to have their Pinocchio meet and greet, right, yeah, um, there was nothing wrong with the party, there's nothing wrong with that. It was a first night event, correct. You're going to run into glitches and technical difficulties and just kinks. Anywhere you go, disney or not, on a first night event, absolutely always tell my clients Do not go and book this brand new resort the first week it opens because you're going to have Issues. It's new, they have to work the things out. They got to figure out what they're doing, got to figure out their job. They got to make the tech work all the things. So forget. If you've heard that there was tech glitches and long lines, forget that, because we experienced none of it. I did not stand in a single line period. Um, characters don't belong there. The influencers got this wrong, completely wrong. Agree that that characters don't belong there. I'll say a million times before this podcast is over they got it wrong and disney needs to go back to that original idea, where that, wherever they were at, and continue building because they had it right. They did, don't go knee jerk changing things because you got a couple of people online Crying like a bunch of babies yeah, over characters. You don't need to do that. Disney has good ideas. They have imagineers who were literally trained To create experiences for people and I think they were on the right track for jollywood. For the first time in years, they were finally on a right track about something. But you're gonna let all these bullies get online and tell you otherwise. Y'all gonna stop listening to the people online. They are not the majority, they are the minority and the the crowd loved it. I didn't see anybody in this party complaining. Everybody was having a good time, smiling. Even when we got in line for the jack show yeah, it moved constantly. People were talking, giggling, they were dressed up, they were having a good time. It was a perfect evening. Nothing went wrong, can?

Speaker 3:

I can I say something about that, since you brought up, yeah, my, my man bone daddy, jacks kellington. Oh bone daddy, um, I love me, I. It's a reference from the movie.

Speaker 2:

You would know if you would have seen it, never seen it. We'll fix that. We have a plan. We have a plan.

Speaker 3:

Um, I love nightmare before christmas and I will be one to argue. You know when that question comes up is that a halloween movie? Is that a christmas movie? I say both. However, this thing along does not belong at this party. No, the the nightmare before Christmas sing-along just does not belong at Hollywood.

Speaker 1:

I felt by at the same way. I felt by the Muppets thing. The Muppet show it was just entertainment. So you went into a theater, you sit down, you had a form of entertainment. So I didn't mind those at all, even the story it didn't mind it. Disney entertainment is going to be character based. So, if it's singing, if it's dancing, there's going to be a character somewhere. I thought, whatever it was, because I've never seen y'all. The movie was released in 1993. I was an 18 year old senior in our school in 1993 and I was not watching Tim Burton movies online. We were out partying with our friends. That's what we did in 1993, right.

Speaker 4:

But I was married tonight but but just married in 93.

Speaker 1:

I was married in 92. Wow. So yes, I was still Anyway, keep going but but the, the, the, the, the within the theaters, the shows. That's okay because it kind of felt like this is a bad comparison. But if you are out downtown Nashville night on the town, you have a nice dinner, you're out with friends, you're gonna go to teapack and see a show, regardless of what that show theme is. It's a show, it was entertainment for your adult night out, so I thought it was fun. I wouldn't have said it didn't belong.

Speaker 2:

It was a show.

Speaker 1:

I'm kind of where Jana is too like. I mean, I understand it, but that's the thing. I thought it was well done. I thought it was fun. Even though I haven't seen the movies right and I agree with with Jana about how you know it it did feel almost. I think it was a show. I think your analogy is appropriate now, the other show, mm-hmm, that they put on at the theater of the stars, where the Beauty and the Beast show but I girl could sing oh man, holy cow y'all that? what was it called? Disney's holidays in Hollywood? Mm-hmm, that was phenomenal. That what the dancing, the singing, the whole presentation was totally on on point on point for what Disney's Hollywood Studios is. Even back when it was MGM, yeah, all is always been about old Hollywood and that look, that vibe, that show and you had piggy and Kermit the frog there. It wasn't too much, right, it was. I think it was the perfect amount of mix of them. They came in on and off. Yeah, the, the, the performances. Are they doing this at at that?

Speaker 4:

theater. They're the.

Speaker 1:

Beast. Was that tower terror? Tartar, tartar, but it was. It was a perfect mix. I really enjoyed the singing and the dancing.

Speaker 2:

The girl could just absolutely blow up Hi, and they need to get rid of that girl.

Speaker 1:

That was that magic. You know, like she does not, she needs to be like serving food. She's gonna be on stage singing, no, but Um, it was really good, so I enjoyed it. And then. So let's move along a little bit to food and drink. So, erica, erica's all about the food and drink, but I do want to touch on two things. So, first and foremost, we tried a few snacks and I'll let you talk about the snacks in a minute, but we went to the tip cup, tip top club. So let's clarify the tip top club, tip top.

Speaker 4:

I've been up there before.

Speaker 1:

Yes, normally actually you really haven't in the past. The tip top club has been a projection on the top of the Tower of Terror. It's not a real club. It did not exist. However, for Jollywood, they took the idea of the tip top club and created a little party area at the exit of Tower of Terror. Mm-hmm, it would work if they shut the ride down. Yeah, but right now, with the rides open, you they can't block that exit, and so you had the bar kind of a little backstage. They opened a gate, they set up a bar a little backstage, and then you had the entertainment set up right there at the exit of Terror Ter um. And then what was missing, though, were cocktail tables, so we could sit around and set our drinks down a lot of room down there, it is yeah and talk and enjoy the entertainment. That girl was beautiful, she sang beautiful. That little band was very good. And because they would be blocking the exit of the ride if they did all the cocktail tables out there. So my vote is to shut the rides down. Shut them down, period. Because it really messed with the party. And I get, when you go to a party, a lot of people enjoy the rides. I'm not a big rider so I might get some some some hate on this, but I enjoyed the party so much I didn't need the rides. I was not interested in the rides. The last thing I was gonna do was go get on a ride because there was a lot to do. We filled up the entire night. That's another complaint. Mm-hmm, it's not long enough, definitely not we filled up the entire night doing all the things on the list, which was the tip top club, all the snacks, all the shows. We did what you call it. You know where we sat in eight. What do you call?

Speaker 3:

that Commissary?

Speaker 1:

Yes, we did that. So the tip top club was fantastic. They had alcoholic, non-alcoholic drinks. I had a sparkling apple cider. It was very good. Actually, I know y'all had drinks. You had a few glasses of gasoline here in there, oh man. But the tip top club, the idea of it, gosh, it could be so good, just shut the right down.

Speaker 3:

I'm just gonna shut the right deal. It could be fantastic.

Speaker 1:

Let's shut that right down. Yes, it could be so cool, and they can even expand it up into the courtyard of, like the lines, and that's what I thought too. Yeah, I thought it was gonna be a good night, but it's not. It's at the exit. Um, either way, even if they don't put it up in the queue, it was such a cool Hollywood vibe. It was so awesome and we had a really cool cast member In that little shop because we went into the exit yeah. That cast member walked up and just nailed Erica with with with products and suggestions. So it was cool. But then brown derby, we went over. Guys, no wait anywhere. We went, there was no lines. We never waited in a single on period. Brown Derby was good. I got the sliders, which were delicious. It's got that old Hollywood vibe in it period because it's the brown Derby. The service was good. Yes, the drinks were good. Erica got some seafoam something.

Speaker 3:

Oh yeah, they had a special oyster Rockefeller. That was not your typical oyster Rockefeller. I mean, our server brought the plate and I kind of sat there for a few seconds looking at it and I think I said where's the rest of?

Speaker 1:

it.

Speaker 3:

That's exactly where's the rest of it and it had, like this spinach foam. Yeah, it's very different on the bottom horrible. Oh, that first bite. I was like, okay, this is way better than what I thought it was gonna be. It was really, really good.

Speaker 4:

I was very. I ate all of it.

Speaker 3:

I ate all of it. I was very surprised.

Speaker 4:

I'm just thinking spinach foam, there was yeah it was very different.

Speaker 1:

When you went to Commissary, Commissary had nothing I wanted, like nothing else, Like yeah.

Speaker 4:

I'm not ordering any of that.

Speaker 1:

But this was party food.

Speaker 4:

It was party menu. Even the regular food is lit.

Speaker 1:

And Brown Derby. The only thing on that menu I would have ordered was the sliders. They were very good and just I wasn't. You enjoyed the food more than me. You're more of a discovery type eater than I am If I say something like, yeah, I'm not eating that. So one thing we did try was that peanut butter and jelly donut thing.

Speaker 3:

It was so interesting, so that was over at Fairfax Fair and that was on the list Cause you know, of course, you know we're going on this trip and it's research and this is work trip too, and everything. So it's like let's go through the list and make like our priorities what we wanna try. So, yes, they have a PB and J donut. That is, a glazed donut with a creamy peanut butter and grape jelly dipped in dark chocolate, topped with crushed house made salt and vinegar chips. Yes, so yeah, my initial thought was ugh. I just yes, so it was not what I thought it was gonna be. It was basically a glazed donut that was cut in half and they took like a peanut butter Moose maybe Moose frosting and like, piped it in with just like a drizzle of jelly, and you couldn't even taste the potato chips on top. It tasted like they had been sitting there all day. They were kind of mushy.

Speaker 1:

All I could taste was peanut butter All I tasted was peanut butter.

Speaker 3:

I didn't taste the donut.

Speaker 1:

I didn't taste the jelly. All I could taste was peanut butter. It was too much peanut butter for it was supposed to be a mix of flavors and the peanut butter overpower mix.

Speaker 4:

That's a weird mix, yeah.

Speaker 1:

Cause I mean I think peanut butter on a donut might be something I would try. I mean it was okay, but you couldn't taste it. It was tasty.

Speaker 3:

I don't get the chip thing, the sweet and salty combo. You couldn't taste them at all.

Speaker 1:

It was just a few sprinkles, cause salt and vinegar chips smell like feet to me anyway. Well, it was just a complete loss on top of it. It just you they might as well shouldn't have been on there at all. You couldn't taste them.

Speaker 3:

Well then, also at Fairfax Fair, there was the mistletoe martini Okay, that sounds good which we saw people walking away from the window with this flute glass.

Speaker 2:

And we're like oh what is that Because?

Speaker 3:

we didn't see anything that would on the menu, that would go in a flute Right, and then we just found out that they ran out of martini glasses, and that's an interesting point.

Speaker 1:

Because back at the tip top club they have, and at every restaurant they'll have pictures of their party food items and party drink items and they're in certain style glasses. But the only style glass that was used at the party were these basically real thin champagne flutes. So it was a little. It kind of threw you off a little bit If you were looking for your martini and a martini glass, you were not getting it.

Speaker 3:

Yeah, that martini was pretty good. It was Tito's, which I'm a fan of. Tito's handmade vodka, elderflower liqueur mixed with cranberry juice, topped with fresh cranberries and mint leaves. So that was really good. The donut it was. It was fine, it was fine. It was fine. It's not something I would go out of my way again. Yeah, but it wasn't in that glass, it was in a flute glass Going back to the tip top club. So I need to put a disclaimer out there and I feel like I got my money's worth out of this party, even though it was shorter and whatnot, because one of my main complaints about Disney has always been if you're getting anything other than a beer, it's weak Boy had he the bartenders have weak. It's a weak pour. You're paying all this money for this cocktail and you're just not getting anything out of it.

Speaker 4:

You must get no mocktail.

Speaker 3:

The party bartenders, however, whoa, it was let's-. It must be subcontractors, let's make this a double and a triple. Wow, definitely got your money's worth. By the time we got to the tip top club, there was one drink that I was like, yes, this is the one I'm gonna get. It was on my list and I looked at Jan and I was like I can't do this. I need to be responsible. I can't get this drink, but let me get this one instead. I loved the bar at tip top club. I thought it was fantastic. My drink had a little shimmer in it. All my drinks pretty much had that shimmer in it, so it was just cute and fancy. I got the Twilight Dacquery. That was Parrot Bay Coconut Rum with lime juice and a splash of shimmer. There's something else in there that I can't pronounce on. I'm gonna try, but the one that I wanted to get was a whole mix of different alcohol, so I was like, yeah, let's not do that this trip, especially after your gasoline shot thing. So, the gasoline. Let's yes, abc commissary.

Speaker 1:

I could even smell that one. You should have seen her face.

Speaker 2:

I thought she was gonna follow the chair.

Speaker 1:

I should have videoed her oh man. Well, I know they're gonna be that strong though they're just, they're just, they're just, they're just. Okay y'all. So we're sitting here at the storefront recording, and Zach from Circle of Parks has just showed up and graced us with his presence today. Woo Yay. Well, zach, welcome to the LTD podcast.

Speaker 5:

Welcome. Well, thank you, I wasn't expecting this.

Speaker 1:

We weren't either.

Speaker 5:

Anything goes here, yeah.

Speaker 1:

So we were just talking about some of the snacks, but specifically the alcohol at Jollywood, because it was like fire, it was very heavy pours.

Speaker 3:

Got your money's worth. Yes For mixed drinks at Jollywood nights. We stopped at ABC, commissary, because there were a few things on the list there. One of the big party items there is the chicken empanadas with the street corn. It was a huge let down. It was not good. They were very small empanadas. You got two on this plate. I would have rather have seen like four. This drink we need to discuss. If you are not used to I don't know drinking gasoline, you might wanna skip this one. Wow, it was a Oaxaca, wait, oaxaca, oaxaca, oaxaca, old fashioned. And it was Blanco tequila with Magaua Vida mezcal. I'm just butchering all this. A Gavi nectar, mexican chocolate and orange bitter, served over ice, garnished with an orange.

Speaker 2:

It stunk.

Speaker 3:

I can handle a hard liquor, but you could smell this drink across the dining room.

Speaker 1:

I was across the table from her and I could smell it. It stunk, it was so strong.

Speaker 3:

I thought how on earth am I going to drink that?

Speaker 1:

Sam would have appreciated that drink. I don't even think Sam would have been able to drink this.

Speaker 3:

It was like drinking gasoline. Well, you should have seen her face. I wish.

Speaker 1:

she thought she was gonna fall out of the chair, Like she was like oh, it's thunder.

Speaker 3:

It was brutal, not my favorite, but it was. I wasn't gonna waste money, so instead of spitting it. I said I'm just gonna shoot it, shoot it. I'm gonna get like a shot and moved along with my evening Gross.

Speaker 1:

Never again. And then she drank at the tip top bar and then she got the flight at. Or did you get a flight at?

Speaker 3:

No, dana's got a flight.

Speaker 1:

I just got a regular cocktail, but every time Erica got a drink she would come first thing, said to us this is as strong as the one before.

Speaker 3:

They were all super strong.

Speaker 1:

So I was kind of surprised that she continued drinking them and kept walking.

Speaker 2:

Me too.

Speaker 1:

Me too she didn't fall Like it was heavy alcohol so but regardless, it was worth your money.

Speaker 3:

The snacks were good, the Gertie cookie was cute but it does not taste good it didn't really have a whole lot of flavor, yeah that was supposed to be a sugar cookie with a mint icing and it didn't really. I didn't, just didn't work. It just didn't work. It was very cute, good for pictures, but that's about it. It was a regular shooting, which I'm fine with, because I just wanted for pictures.

Speaker 1:

If I were gonna say anything, I think the parties we were talking about, how short the party was Started at, what seven?

Speaker 2:

It started at eight, 30. Eight, 30 and it was over at midnight, 12, 30.

Speaker 1:

12, 30. 12, 30. It was four hours. They either need to back it up to seven PM I think that would be smart and then even extend it to one one, 30. Because, that again, adult party is what that was, but it was too short, and I agree it was too short because we did everything we talked about and there was still a few things that we missed. We didn't have enough time and we were focused on doing these things. We wrote nothing, there were no lines, and we focused on these things and we still ran into. We didn't have enough time to do it. Well, one of the things I wrote down was that, because we're used to doing a theme park especially now I'm a little bit past this, janet you and I are but Erica's more used to doing a theme park where you go go, go do do and what I liked about this one. It fit the whole vibe of it being a slower paced and just more of a relaxed feel, Like we weren't jetting over here and zooming over there. We just I don't necessarily feel like the party was too short, especially if you're not gonna ride rides and do character meet and greets, If you're just gonna-. But if you wanna do everything at the party, it's not long enough. I wish it could have started a little better.

Speaker 5:

Zach are y'all doing?

Speaker 1:

are y'all doing Jollywood?

Speaker 5:

No, we're not doing Jollywood nights. We're just going to Mickey's very Merry Christmas party. But I do have a comment on Jollywood nights. Okay, even though we've not been there, we have seen multiple YouTubers that have been there.

Speaker 1:

Oh yeah, we just trashed all them.

Speaker 5:

I just wanna say one thing I like that Disney is trying different new things. Yes, because that's how they have been successful in the past. The Star Wars hotel yeah, it did not succeed, but I like that they're trying to push different new things and so, while it may not have been the best party or not, I do like that they're trying new things.

Speaker 1:

So we're going to give you our opinion. We said it earlier on the show, we're going to repeat it here. For Zach, that party is fantastic.

Speaker 3:

It was amazing.

Speaker 5:

And those influencers got it wrong. They were wrong, they got it wrong, and so that's what I was curious to see too. But yeah, I just I like that they're trying different new things.

Speaker 1:

Characters do not belong in this party period. This is an adult party. We think they should make this party 21 and up period no kids, because this is an adult theme and this is where we were talking about. Those influencers missed it. Let the children go meet their characters at Magic Kingdom, and if that's what influencers are about, then they need to be at Magic Kingdom. This is an adult party. This was. You got dressed up, you went downtown with your friends to a restaurant and a fancy bar. You may have went and seen the show over at TPAC. You hung out and you socialized with your friends. That's what this party was about and it was phenomenal. It's a very adult atmosphere. There were very few kids there, but the ones we saw I'm not sure that they would have been having much of a good time because it's an adult party and the minute you cross the gate and step into it, that energy is there, that vibe is there. The whole part changes to it. So if you guys have the opportunity to do Jollywood for this upcoming trip, I think you should buy the tickets and do it. Y'all would love this party.

Speaker 5:

Yeah, I don't think we. Unfortunately it's a two night trip.

Speaker 1:

We're going down Gotcha, we don't have the opportunity.

Speaker 5:

We're not gonna have the opportunity very quick. We've actually been amending some things as of this morning, yeah, but it does look like a fun adult party and that's what me and my wife said when we first saw it Like this looks like it'd be a lot of fun with the tip top club. Have you had any clients actually ask about going to the actual tip top club?

Speaker 1:

Not yet. We clarify that and we actually clarified it here in this shop too, because they did create a tip top club. Yes, Um, and I know you listened to this podcast, so I won't go over that again Um, this was a phenomenal party. Disney got this right and I I complain about Disney a lot here recently I'm very aggravated with them post COVID. Disney got this right and the influencers came in and bullied them and changed it, and the influencers got it wrong and I was telling them if, if you go to a park and you can't have a good time without a character meet and greet, then you need to go to magic kingdom with all the children and where they're at, because this was an adult party. And if you've never been to an adult party, well, this was it. And if you didn't like it, that means you're not mature enough to be at an adult party.

Speaker 3:

Well, I mean, it was fantastic.

Speaker 1:

I love this party. I would go put pay for it and do it every night of my stay. I would rather go and do Jollywood every night of my stay and not enter another park. If that was my only option, I would choose that.

Speaker 2:

Wow, that's how much I liked that party.

Speaker 1:

It was very good. It was relaxed, it was laid back, it was classy, it was um adult cocktails, adult conversation um it, with with entertainment sprinkled in and, and it was really good and for the first year. I mean imagine if they just build on it next year. Tweak some things. We loved it. We thought it was fantastic.

Speaker 5:

Well, I think my family and I were going to make a tradition of going to Walt Disney World the week before Christmas, just because we love it so much. And maybe, if they bring it back next year, instead of going to the Christmas party at magic kingdom, maybe that's what we do because our boys are getting a little bit older. Your kids aren't going to like Jollywood Well, and they're not so big on character meet and greets either.

Speaker 1:

So I think if the ride times are really low, I think the ride times are low, but if you ask me, they should just shut the rods down, because this could have been a phenomenal party without rods.

Speaker 5:

Well, another thing we love about Hollywood studios is one of our former episodes we did a few weeks ago was the parks at night. Oh yeah, we love Hollywood studios. I think it may be the best park to go to at night yeah. And so I think, just because outside of the party stuff, I think my boys would love it just as much too.

Speaker 1:

If you think that's a vibe for them, great, I think most people's kids are going to be like, because we saw kids there. There was just not really, besides the rods that were open, because not all rods are open but besides the few that were open and the entertainment, the rest of the things were there, like the tip top club, the Brown Derby. That's not, that wasn't for children, that was a very adult activity and they had not a hot club drinks. I had a sparkling apple cider. So I'm not saying that, I'm just saying it was. It was a, it was an atmosphere for adults. It was like going into a bar yeah, a nice bar, but it was, it was. But I would love to see Disney turn this a 21 and up only event. I think that would be cool. You have Mickey's very merry Christmas party at the Magic Kingdom for those who come with kids and you need something to do, but then have jollywood over here for adults only and just change change the whole idea of it. And that's a good point, because they're not supposed to be the same thing, right, they're not supposed to be the same thing, and that's why I'm saying if you want characters, go to Magic Kingdom, that's where they're at. This is different and we don't need Mickey's very merry repeated at Hollywood studios. We don't need that, so yep, Anyways, alright. Well, anything else y'all, because I felt like we probably covered it.

Speaker 3:

It just. It really upsets me that a lot of people have have chosen to not buy party tickets based on what they saw from YouTubers and influencers the first night and I think that my biggest complaint is that the influencers aren't taking into consideration. They're all locals.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, they all live in.

Speaker 3:

Florida, like they're not taking into consideration that for these people, these families that want to come down and do this party, they're kind of relying on them for their unbiased opinions. And they're not factoring in, like how much people are spending to come on this vacation, and they're, they're.

Speaker 1:

I feel like these families are missing out on the opportunity to make their own decision Do y'all remember a show or maybe two back and I said you work with a travel planner because they ask you the questions to help you decide what you need to do.

Speaker 2:

An experience on your trip.

Speaker 1:

Don't listen to your neighbor. Don't listen to the girl at work and don't listen to these influencers, because they don't know how you vacation Exactly and it is my job as a travel planner to learn how you vacation and what you enjoy and what you want to do and then advise you based on that. So if you chose not to do this party because of those influencers, you need to call call me, yeah, call me. Call Erica. Call Dana, call mainstream travel. Let us qualify you and figure out and guide you. Yes, you would like it. No, you wouldn't like it. Because when you have a big voice, you do influence and you do sway people's decisions. Just like if you had a best friend at work Zach at the, at the if you had a best friend at work saying oh, zach, don't do Mickey's very married, it's no good. This year, they don't have this and they don't have this and they don't have this. Well, most likely they just missed it. It was there, they just didn't know how to find it, or they were in a bad mood that night, or they had a kid who was just having a bad day and it influences you to think well, maybe the party's not worth it this year and da da da, don't let people influence you like that. You need to get with somebody who's non biased, who's going to give you all the answers, all the information, and let you make an informed decision based on the facts and not based on someone else's disappointment that they didn't get to hug Pinocchio at Jollywood True Period.

Speaker 5:

So that's why I recommend all of my coworkers use Main Street Travel Company. See, exactly, yeah.

Speaker 1:

It's way more better. Oh does without saying All right y'all. Well, thank you so much for listening. If you have done Jollywood and you either agree or disagree with anything that we said, or if you haven't done Jollywood and maybe you missed it because you let someone influence your decisions, we'd love to hear all about it. 615-246-5823. We will come back on these next few shows going through Christmas and cover the Christmas party and, oh my gosh, the Grinch, the cookie at. Epcot the Grinch.

Speaker 3:

The Grinch Cookie at Epcot. Oh, the cookie at Epcot. We got, yeah, we got to talk about that, we got to talk about Cookie at Epcot.

Speaker 1:

And of course, the Grinch, the Grinch, the.

Speaker 3:

Grinch he was amazing.

Speaker 1:

So, okay, y'all have a great week. We'll talk to you soon. Bye.

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