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Your one-stop shop for the stories, secrets and shenanigans of a popcorn-fueled theme park journalist. Join author, reporter and expert Carlye Wisel for breaking news, unexpected interviews and reported stories about Disney and Universal every week. It’s an audio theme park party — and you’re invited! Have a vacation question, Epcot comment or Galaxy’s Edge hot take your friends no longer wanna listen to? Call us at 747-CHURROS (747-248-7767) and we might play your call on a future episode!
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For years we've gotten calls asking what to do in Los Angeles while on a lil' California vacation, and this week, we're delivering!!! From my favorite pizza and puppets to unique sights, ideal sightseeing moments and even a little Disney shenanigans!! Spend more time with Carlye Wisel on... Instagram! Twitter! TikTok! Facebook! Her Website! and wea…
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As you may have heard, Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lanes are being replaced by an all-new system, Multi Pass and Single Pass starting July 24, 2024. It's kinda like FastPass Plus (and kinda like Genie Plus) and kinda like a brand new system you are required to learn...plus. ALSO: IN THIS ENTIRE EPISODE I SAY JULY 28. IT'S JULY 24. MY BRAIN WAS …
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Headed to Los Angeles and curious to see what the Warner Brothers Studio Tour is all about? Curious about Paramount Pictures or Sony Pictures Studio Tours?! Wanna see if Universal Studios Hollywood's tram tour is worth the price of admission -- or if you should splurge on their VIP version? Smash that play button, because we're discussing ALL of th…
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This week, I fill you in on my recent trips to Goofy's Kitchen, Disneyland, Universal Studios, and I even take a gigantic L for not knowing about some MAJOR issues with taking a baby to a theme park. (Oof. Oof!) (We'll talk about food and rides and playgrounds and so much more but NOT, unfortunately, the Fastpass like changes coming to Disney World…
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Fresh off my trip to Walt Disney World, we are back and chatting all things Tiana's Bayou Adventure (yay!), Communicore Hall (yikes!) and more!!! Relevant Links… Eater Story! Spend more time with Carlye Wisel on... Instagram! Twitter! TikTok! Facebook! Her Website! and wear your VERY AMUSING pride on your sleeve in our SHOP! Don't forget to call us…
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We're taking your calls about Disney World planning, Disneyland Paris thoughts, cursed hotel lobbies, summer theme park survival tips, first Disney trips with a baby and so much more! Spend more time with Carlye Wisel on... Instagram! Twitter! TikTok! Facebook! Her Website! and wear your VERY AMUSING pride on your sleeve in our SHOP! Don't forget t…
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a mega trip means a mega recap! come along with me to Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, more hotels, Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios Hollywood...and more!! Spend more time with Carlye Wisel on... Instagram! Twitter! TikTok! Facebook! Her Website! and wear your VERY AMUSING pride on your sleeve in our SHOP! Don't forget to call us at…
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oh yeah, this is gonna be a multi-parter!!! in today's episode, we talk about my journey to Orlando with a wee babe, why a Disney hotel I never thought of staying at suddenly became a front-runner for my favorite, and what a Magic Kingdom milestone is really like! Spend more time with Carlye Wisel on... Instagram! Twitter! TikTok! Facebook! Her Web…
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hi from walt disney world!!!!!!! we're having a blast and doing so much and I desperately need to wash my face but we will be back next week with a FULL recap!! I am so sorry for leaving you stranded but we'll see you sooooooon!!!! Spend more time with Carlye Wisel on... Instagram! Twitter! TikTok! Facebook! Her Website! and wear your VERY AMUSING …
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As we inch closer towards D23, it's time to start preparing ourselves for what’s next, starting with how you approach your 2024 Walt Disney World trip. With 121 days to go until Disney's fan convention and a ton of news this week, some big announcements are on the way — and often, when some wonderful new experiences come in, others are likely to ch…
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Got a little mini episode this week with some chit-chat about Epic Universe — and why Universal's new developments will upend the way you visit Florida theme parks — as well as what we want to see (and NEED to see!) at D23, the Disney fan event coming to Anaheim this August. *a small note*: In our short discussion about Marvel coming to Tokyo Disne…
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Say hello to the themed restaurant of your dreams — where the seats are trackless ride vehicles (!!) and the walls make the food taste better. (Seriously.) Eatrenalin, located at Germany's Europa Park, blends cutting-edge ride technology, immersive design and haute cuisine for an experience unlike anything else. We're joined by Eatrenalin co-founde…
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I attended the 30th annual THEA awards for excellence in themed entertainment, and I’m taking you inside the hallowed affair to discuss all the big winners! Come for the allure of the big night and stay for the black tie gowns AND EVEN a special appearance by the biggest celebrity in theme parks…or not?? listen to find out more!! Relevant Links... …
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This week, we're discussing my recently updated Disneyland food guide for Eater — classic can't miss items, the treats and eats I recommend on your next trip to the parks and the reasons why i included each dish! Relevant Links… Eater guide to Disneyland Spend more time with Carlye Wisel on... Instagram! Twitter! TikTok! Facebook! Her Website! and …
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no, it's not me yelling “i wont eat blue!” throughout the entirety of the podcast — these are the rides, events, experiences and theme park things i've decided i will no longer do! there are even some trip planning tips hidden in these choices — like why i'm looking at hotels differently, and have nearly figured out the ideal Disneyland parking sit…
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In our third and final guide to Tokyo Disney Resort, we are discussing…everything else you need to know about visiting Japan! Airport transportation, subway tips, what stores you can't miss, my favorite restaurants (and my beloved $1 breakfast) and even the theme park we HAVEN'T YET TALKED ABOUT YET -- and no! that's not even Universal Studios Japa…
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It's part TWO of our Tokyo Disney guide, and we're getting INTO it this week. Today, we're discussing rides, attractions, shows, nighttime entertainment, dining and shopping, and recommending what you absolutely cannot miss, from attractions to food and beyond. And on top of all that, we’re gonna give you a sample 1-day itinerary, give you my tips …
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It's here! Our three-part guide to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea! This week we’re focusing on the planning, logistics and bookings you need to know for visiting Tokyo Disney Resort. Hotels! Tickets! Credit card issues! — we’re getting into ALL of it. Tune into part two next week when we discuss everything you can do in the parks, what to eat…
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Consider this your cheat sheet for everything you need to know about visiting Disney World this year. The essential changes for 2024 you need to know, how to use Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane to get on the Disney rides you want, Virtual Queue procedures now that park hopping has shifted — whether it’s your first trip or just your first trip …
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It's...the most wonderful time of year at Disney California Adventure! I just got back from the best festival they've got — Lunar New Year — and I'm sharing all the reasons why you can't snooze on this one. From a big ol' fish to the first-ever appearance of characters from Turning Red, there's so much to see and do at this one. (and that's not eve…
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I went back to Disneyland Resort for the first time in a *while* and it was glorious! Low crowds?! Short waits!? A new favorite restaurant!? Tune in for Toontown thoughts, insider-y parking tips and my very first...well, i won't spoil the surprise just yet ◡̈ Spend more time with Carlye Wisel on... Instagram! Twitter! TikTok! Facebook! Her Website!…
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Luna Luna was the world's first art amusement park — and now, after a long and unexpected journey, this unbelievable, historic display is finally on display for the public once again. Whether you've spotted it on TikTok, heard rumblings in the theme park community or have no idea what we're talking about (which is ok!!), we're walking you through t…
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tips! tricks! advice! and emphatic encouragement to visit Walt Disney World with your baby, even if it seems stressful! We're discussing how to plan, survive and thrive (!) at Walt Disney World on your infant's first trip. There is SO much more to visiting with kids that I can't wait to explore firsthand, but if you have any questions, dial up the …
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On this very special holiday week episode, we're discussing all of the theme park restaurants and dining i delved into while at Walt Disney World earlier this month. Is it brutally honest? kinda!! Some old favorites have fallen out of favor while some newer (and new-to-me!) table-service restaurants and quick-service spots wowed me. Come for my una…
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This week is a thrill because we are going inside Shanghai Disneyland's new Zootopia inspired land WITH the people who created it! All four of our special guests — four!!! — worked on Zootopia and are sharing details about the ride, entertainment, merchandise, decor and characters that you won't hear anywhere else! Thanks to our special guests... B…
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Rememberhow one lucky winner got to stay in that AirBnb of Shrek's Swamp? WELL, we tracked down that big winner, and she's on the show today to tell us everything!!! Happy SHREKCEMBER!!!! Thanks to our special guests… Amy McIlhenny! Relevant Links... Shrek's Swamp AirBnb Spend more time with Carlye Wisel on... Instagram! Twitter! TikTok! Facebook! …
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We're heading to Hong Kong Disneyland this week with our very special guest, freelance travel writer and theme park pro Valerie Marino, who just returned from the grand opening of their new World of Frozen themed land! Arendelle is real and she saw it all first hand, sharing details of the surprising (!) new meet-and-greet, the food fountain that w…
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We're taking you on a world tour to Disney Parks — and answering all of your questions on the way! This week, we've got dining suggestions for Disneyland Paris — and details on how to navigate Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios Park — along with travel advice for Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland, what you must see while in Tokyo Disney …
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We're chatting about Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World, giving Disney travel tips for group trips and family trips and friend trips and more! Relevant Links... Dole Whip product finder Adventures By Disney recap for Bloomberg Spend more time with Carlye Wisel on... Instagram! Twitter! TikTok! Facebook! Her Website! and wear your VERY AMUSING …
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Arthur Levine (About Theme Parks) is taking us on a journey through the Great Smoky Mountains to the one and only theme park in America themed to a national musical treasure. Come for details about the cinnamon bread and exceptional roller coasters, stay for the bit about how Dolly’s family works?! At the park!? This one is a doozy, from big skille…
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Come along on the ultimate backstage tour with this inside scoop about "Behind the Attraction" as the second season of this acclaimed Disney+ docuseries debuts today! Welcome Luc Mayrand, Senior Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering and Jeanette Lomboy, Executive Producer Creative Ideation, Walt Disney Imagineering for an inside look at thei…
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Since im fresh off a trip to Japan and gearing up for a few more, i wanted to chat about souvenirs! Lil' goodies! I'm always buying things with the goal of inserting more joy into my everyday life, and here are the ones i swear by on all my international and theme park travels! Relevant Links... https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2022/0…
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YES!!! Come along with me on my whirlwind trip to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea!!!!!! Relevant Links… Very Amusing Duffy episode Very Amusing Toy Story Hotel TDR Explorer The palest girl in the world on DisUnplugged Star Wars story for T+L / Yahoo Spend more time with Carlye Wisel on... Instagram! Twitter! TikTok! Facebook! Her Website! and …
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A roundup of your best calls, questions and concerns from the 747-CHURROS hotline! Related Links... https://www.thetoyshoppe.com/shop-all/shrek-ean-355431 https://disneycruiselineblog.com/2023/08/disney-cruise-line-introduces-flexible-payment-calculator/ https://youtu.be/rRaGCRZog8E?si=L-4JeB-5wXMy8cV1&t=25 Spend more time with Carlye Wisel on... I…
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We've got an exciting one this week, as we're going behind the scenes into themed experiences at parks, on stage and at one of the most famous restaurants in the world with none other than Chris Cox! Did you know he worked on the effects for the Harry Potter staged show, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? Or that when he's not busy on tour with the…
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Shelby Honea knows her way around scary creatures — after all, she helped develop Velocicoaster! But beyond her day job as one of Universal Creative's brightest minds, she has plenty to share about an unexpected Orlando themed park. That's right, this week, Shelby is on Very Amusing to tell us all about its wild sights, and proves we've all been sl…
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Ever wondered what's going on at Universal's massive Halloween event but were too scared to ask? This week, we're talking all about what actually happens inside those haunted houses, what you can expect inside the park (scare zones! chainsaws! unexpected joy!) and also my tried-and-true tips for surviving HHN when...you're scared of HHN!! Earplugs …
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Heck yeah I went to Orlando for eight hours just to ride rollercoasters! Hear about everything I did (including some unexpected shenanigans!!) Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/very-amusing-with-carlye-wisel/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy…
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YES, we are coming to you with breaking news about Disney Cruise Line's newest ship and all the Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, Coco and Spider-Man experiences on board! Wanna dive in deeper? Listen to our Disney Wish episode from its inaugural sailing last year!: https://pod.link/1525096665/episode/1c17d4104fffa3577d2d77232d6d7959 Call 747-CHURROS…
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Wanna see it all? Wanna save time? Wanna hug Mario and Luigi and Toad? Wanna eat at Toadstool Cafe? Wanna ride Mario Kart AND get inside that secret Bowser attraction AND do it all without spending the entire day inside the land? Consider this your cheat sheet! We're taking you through some insider-level knowledge for visiting Universal Studios Hol…
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YES yEs YES, Very Amusing is BACK! We have some unbelievable episodes lined up for you this season — retro Disney! new theme park guides! global surprises! — so subscribe and stay tuned! Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/very-amusing-with-carlye-wisel/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: htt…
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Hello from maternity leave! I'm just dropping in to share the good vibes and silly shenanigans of everyone's favorite Muppets band: Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem! ! ! ! Y-E-S, this special episode in honor of The Muppets Mayhem's release on Disney+, which you can watch now! We'll be back in a bit (gotta get back to the baby) but until then, kee…
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Planning a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood for the opening of Super Nintendo World? Here's everything you need to know before you go! Tune in for why the tram tour is legit, where you should eat dinner and the one ride I recommend you never, ever go on! From Simpsons foods to Harry Potter wands and everything in between, here's our trusty Unive…
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That's right, we are recapping EVERYTHING from Disneyland's Disney100 kickoff festivities last week! From the new Wondrous Journeys fireworks show and World of Color - ONE at Disney California Adventure to Lunar New Year must-eats, Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, a positive hotel review (!!) and BIG pretzel-y confession on my part (oh boy), tune…
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Wondering how to get on Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway when it opens at Disneyland? Curious about Annual Pass changes on both coasts? Wanna know more about why some of the announcements are actually...less beneficial than expected? Whether you're aware of the whirlwind of recent Disneyland and Disney World news — free PhotoPass downloads! new re…
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I was given an early look at Universal Studios Hollywood's new Super Nintendo World and I'm taking you along with me! (Yahooooo!) PLEASE NOTE: This is an updated version of a previously uploaded episode which contained an error. Universal Express, which offers skip-the-line benefits on rides and attractions throughout Universal Studios Hollywood, w…
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This week we bid Shrekcember adieu with a chit-chat all about the new SHREK-ADJACENT film out in theaters now, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish! Stay tuned for some Disney World planning calls on the churros hotline, including my....very honest advice about the headache that is Genie+! Happy Shrekcember and happy new year! RELEVANT LINKS: https://www.t…
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DON'T PANIC, we will be back next week with Shrekcember but THIS WEEK, we are reliving the most helpful and hilarious moments of Very Amusing in 2022!! Listen for Genie+ tips and tricks, a Disneyland food favorite and stories from star-studded guests like John Stamos, Joshua Bassett, Andrew Barth Feldman and Bobby Moynihan!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR* *UNTIL…
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Welcome to the most fun you can have in a fairy-tale themed tunnel exhibit within London! Yes, I'm taking you inside the....weirdest thing I did on my summer vacation to London. Buckle up and prepare for a first-hand look at the mirror maze frights and Shrek surprises at the glorious British tourist trap of Shrek's Adventure UK! HAPPY SHREKCEMBER T…
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YESSSS for our third-annual Shrekcember season, we're kicking things off with a swampy look at SHREK RAVE, the phenomenon sweeping TikTok *and* the nation created by artist (and may we say, genius) Ka5sh!!!!! Join Ka5sh and I in conversation all about how this major New York Times-covered dance party got started, how the waffle-flinging night out r…
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