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The WDW Morning (and evening TV) Show

I just returned from a great 5 day trip celebrating my daughter’s 14th birthday at WDW and one of the things that I saw and wasn’t too fond of on this trip was the new Must Do Disney show on Resort TV, hosted by Stacy J. Aswad. My family and I have enjoyed the looping shows they put together with her in the past, but this new one is shorter and just not as enjoyable. We watched it once all the way thru, and then flipped the channel every time it was on, where in the past, we would leave the TV on that channel and watch it repeatedly. Older versions of this were fun, a little cheesy and had several catch phrases that we found ourselves repeating even after leaving WDW. The new one is just kinda bland, and the timing is just not as good. It winds up feeling more like one of those late night promotional ads.

So, I got to thinking, how could they improve this? The answer I came up with was a news format live show recorded once or twice daily. They could do a morning show, and an evening show that would run repeatedly throughout the day.

Here’s a few of the ideas I came up with for a live morning show for each day:

  • News from around WDW Property
  • Hours for each park
  • Rides closed for the day
  • Shows and their times
  • Weather Forecast, current and next few days (this would repeat throughout the show)
  • Morning Extra Magic Hours, and point out the Evening Extra Magic Hours
  • Anticipated wait times, best times to see certain shows and attractions
  • Bus and other transportation options and hours of operation
  • New items and/or events at Downtown Disney
  • Hotel Highlights
  • Cast Member of the day/week
  • Park of the day
  • Attraction of the day
  • Character of the day and where to find them
  • Restaurant of the day
  • Historical moment or event from the day
  • Up-front/on-ride video of the day
  • Chef interview
  • On the spot guest surveys
  • Character greeting locations for each park
  • On-set visits and “interviews” with characters

I’m sure there are other ideas and things they could do with it, but in my opinion something like this would be a great addition to their Resort TV broadcasting. They could record the show, or make it run live from 7:30 – 10am, repeating segments after the first hour and a half. Then from 10am until early to mid-afternoon, they could re-run the morning show. Starting around 3 or 4 in the afternoon, they could then tape an evening segment that would include some of the following:

  • Highlight evening events such as fireworks and night time shows and their times
  • Weather forecast
  • Restaurant Highlights from World Showcase, Downtown Disney and other locations
  • Park closing hours
  • Evening extra magic hours and next day’s Morning Extra Magic Hours
  • Bus and transportation hours

Having two shows a day might be a bit more to pull off, but at least one a day would seem like an easy feat for a company such as Disney to pull off, and with such a large facility as Walt Disney World, I would think there should be enough content to fill a 30 minute show on a daily basis. What do you think?

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