Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Take Part in the BOGP 2015 Rahlmann Double Dip Castaway Cay 5Kx2 Run and Virtual Fun Run

We are so lucky to have such a wonderful crew of BOGP Lizards! We never dreamed when we started this fantastic group that it would grow to what it is.  You all are an inspiration, pushing people to train, getting people motivated to get out there, and really emphasizing the importance of what "family" is all about!  

To help celebrate that "family" and also to honor the man who started it all, we are rolling out the BOGP 2015 Rahlmann Double Dip Castaway Cay 5Kx2 Run. 

So, how did this run come about? Well, as you all know, Mike likes to run.  And it was back in 2013 when Mike got bit by the running bug on Castaway Cay after running with our pal Phil.  So given that during BOGP Cruise 3.0 there will be 2 5Ks run on Castaway Cay, Phil and I conspired to create this unique run for all those Lizards who will be sailing with us.  

Those who are cruising that want to participate, please email and she will get you signed up. (There is no fee for those participating on Castaway Cay.)

But we didn't want to forget about those who won't be sailing with us. So, we have decided to open this run up to all BOGP Lizards in the form of a Virtual Fun Run! 

What does this Virtual Fun Run entail? Any Lizards who sign up for the race will have the opportunity to complete a double 5K with us! 

Open registration will take place from Wednesday, May 20 until Wednesday, July 1. Runners must complete their two 5Ks anywhere from July 1 through July 19. Participants will not have to run them "back to back" and they do not have to be official 5ks, they can be on your own in your own neighborhood; you just simply have to run 2 5Ks within the July 1-19 time frame. (For those who want to run the same days as those of us cruising, we will be running on Castaway Cay on July 11 and July 13. However, it is certainly not required that you run on those days.)

While we certainly aren't going to be policing that you completed the two runs, we do ask that you either post photos to the BOGP Lizard Facebook page or send photos to We want to be able to cheer you on during and after your runs!

Oh and did I mention that those who participate will get a snazzy BOGP Lizard medal?! 

There will be a registration fee associated with this virtual run, which will cost $20. A small portion of the registration will go towards the super awesome medal and shipping, while the larger remainder will be sent as a donation to Give Kids the World. Any and all can participate, however, each participant must pay the registration cost to receive the medal. 

To sign up for the race, simply email with your name and your address and your preferred contact email address.  You also will need to complete payment separately and we will have a few different ways to handle payment.  We will be able to accept checks or credit cards. For those looking to register with that method, please email Phil at  We will also accept PayPal payments, which can be sent to There will be no fees for those sending money in the U.S. by PayPal balance or bank account. (Choose the send money to family and friends option.) Only those who sign up and complete payment by July 1 will be officially registered for the virtual race.

Medals will be mailed to participants by July 31. 

We are so excited to be able to introduce this event, cheer on other Lizards and to get to raise additional funds for Give Kids The World, a charity that you all know, is near and dear to our hearts.

Go Lizards go!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

New Chat Room for the Be Our Guest Podcast Live Show!

The best part of the Be Our Guest Podcast Live Shows is chatting with listeners from all around the world in real-time!  We hope you will join us in our new chat room by clicking the link below!

hat Room

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Be a Part of Be Our Guest Podcast's March Madness!

Be Our Guest Podcast's MARCH MADNESS?! 

We've randomly selected four listeners (one for each Friday in the month of March) to come be a co-host on the show with us!

The honorary co-hosts are:
Brett Young
Dean Bruenn
Jessica Gelatt
Dean Johnson

Friday, January 2, 2015

Marathon Weekend Meets for 2015

Wow!  Marathon Weekend is rapidly approaching and the BOGP Lizards will be out in full force!  There are quite a few meets that are taking place from January 7-12. (PS: Thanks to Mike Bankhead and Florence Porter for arranging these fantastic meets!)

  • Friday 5:30pm - Kona Cafe (There were two ADRs created that was good for 26 people total.  These ADRs are full, however, if you would like to meet up and have dinner at the same time as the group, see if you can make an ADR for the same time!)
  • Saturday 4pm - Contempo Cafe at Disney's Contemporary Resort - This is the big meet!  The best part is that it's super informal!  Just show up, grab some dinner or a snack, and meet people from BOGP and the Lizard squad! 
  • Sunday 4pm - Hoop-dee-doo (we are making ADRS (pre-paid) If you would like to join us, please see if there are ADRs available.)
In addition, for all of you running, before each race, meet at corral L! (For Lizard!)  That way we can all see each other, take photos, and wish each other luck!  
For those of you who will be following along on social media, please utilize the hashtag #RunBOGP.

In addition, if you would like to follow along with our adventures, here's where you can find podcast crew online:

Mike:  Instagram / Twitter 
Rikki:  Instagram / Twitter
Pam:  Twitter
Be Our Guest Podcast Facebook

We'll see you all soon and for those who we won't get to see in person, we hope you'll enjoy following along with us!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Preview of Be Our Guest Podcast Cruise 3.0

Wow!  Can you believe it!  We are under the year mark for Be Our Guest Podcast Cruise, 3.0!

To get you excited about the cruise (or to maybe entice you to join us!) we now share with you a video of what you can expect while sailing on the Disney Dream. (Reminder, we'll be cruising July 10-15, 2015.)

For a brief reminder, the Be Our Guest Podcast Cruise is a 5-night cruise that includes a stop in Nassau and a double-dip with two stops at Disney’s beautiful island Castaway Cay, plus a magical day at sea!

For those that do book with The Magic for Less Travel, they are offering the BOGP community a shipboard credit of up to 5% on any Disney Cruise Line vacation.  When you book with The Magic for Less Travel, you will receive the best pricing and access to our complimentary concierge planning services.  You will work with an experienced and professional planning partner who can help you create a vacation of your dreams.

If you are interested in joining us and haven't already done so, request a no obligation quote at the following link and let us know you are interested in cruising on the BOGP cruise.

For those who are curious as well, here's the ship's itinerary.  



3:45 PM

8:30 AM
4:45 PM

9:30 AM
5:45 PM

8:30 AM
4:45 PM


7:30 AM

If you'll be joining us on Be Our Guest Podcast Cruise 3.0, please join our Facebook Group! We want to get to know ya, have you chat with fellow cruisers, participate in the Fish Extenders, and more!

We hope to see you cruising with us!  Less than a year to go! 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

THANK YOU for Being Amazing!

Wow!  That's all we can really say! 

All of us here at the Be Our Guest Podcast are so very humbled at the generosity of our listeners during the 2014 Be Our Guest Podcast 12-Hour Live Show benefiting Give Kids the World Village in Orlando, Florida!

Thank you all so much for giving what you could!  We are all so thrilled to let you know that we did not only reach our extremely lofty goal, yet again, but you all, being the best listeners and showing what being a part of the Be Our Guest Podcast family is all about, helped us to surpass it, yet again!  This year, as of this moment, we have raised a whopping $12,242!! We are all speechless!  It's just incredible how the Disney community comes together.  In addition, as a podcast family, in the past 5 years, we have donated well over $37,000.00 to help families that can really use a little magic in their lives. 

We wish we could thank each and every one of you personally for your incredible thoughtfulness.

If you have not donated yet, there is still time!  Please, if you are so inclined, click the widget to the right, and donate whatever you can to such an amazing cause.

Of course, we would also like to thank those special guests who came on who gave up their time to chat with both you all and us.  Big, big thank yous to Deb Wills, Len Testa, Dennis and Doug, Tom Ameen, Pam Landwirth, Matt Hochberg, Stacey Aswad, Jeff Heimbuch, Michelle Scribner-MacLean, Steve Barrett, and Nate and Matt Parrish.  

So thank you again to all of you, from the bottom of our hearts, for helping children with life-threatening illnesses to get a week-long vacation.  You all are truly incredible!

Be Our Guest Podcast 12 Hour Live Show Winners

A huge congratulations to all the winners of prizes during the Be Our Guest Podcast 12 Hour Live Show!  For those whose name is listed, please email Rikki at and she'll pass along your information with whomever she needs to.

Thank you all so much for donating! 

  • Attention To Detail Book - Michael Sweeney
  • London Disney Store Notebook - Jimmie and Rhonda Jones
  • London Disney Store Notebook - Pam and Ron McCall
  • The Happy Haunt Planning Guide - TJ
  • The Happy Haunt Planning Guide - Cheryl Cordone
  • Touring Plans Subscription - John (DisneyDadNY) and Ashley Conley
  • Touring Plans Subscription - Carol Craig
  • Touring Plans Subscription - Niki Alexander 
  • Touring Plans Subscription - Michele
  • Touring Plans Subscription - Zach
  • Magically Speaking Prize Pack - Corey Clark
  • Magically Speaking Prize Pack - Adam and Suzie Roberson
  • 25th Anniversary Disney's Hollywood Studios Cast Member Pin - Alison Haley
  • Adventures By Disney Lanyard - The Lopez Family
  • Jeff Heimbuch's book about Disney Windows on Main Street - Rhiannnon and Megan Walters

Thursday, June 5, 2014

5th Annual Be Our Guest Podcast 12 Hour Live Show

It's time once again!  Let's do this!  

The Be Our Guest Podcast 12 Hour Live Show is upon us once again! This year's festivities will take place on Wednesday, June 11 from 11 a.m. EST to 11 p.m. EST.

This special show is all to benefit the amazing Give Kids The World Village in Orlando, Florida. This facility is a non-profit organization that exists only to fulfill the wishes of all children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world to experience a memorable, joyful, cost-free visit to the Central Florida attractions, and to enjoy the magic of Give Kids The World Village for as long as there is a need.

As a podcast family, in the past four years, we have donated well over $25,000.00 to help families that can really use a little magic in their lives.  We can't wait to raise a little more and hopefully beat our very lofty goal, yet again.  And a lofty goal it is!  We are hoping that this year, we can raise $10,000!  It's going to be hard, but with your help, we can do it!  If you would like to donate, please do so at  Any little bit helps!

Also, if you can, please spread the word, not only the day of the event, but leading up to it!  The more people know about our fun event, the better! 

Listen HERE:

Chat HERE:

We have a great line up of guests this year including Deb Wills, Len Testa, Tom Ameen, Jim Hill, Jeff Heimbuch, Pam Landwirth with Give Kids the World, Matt Hochberg, Stacey Aswad, Dr. Steve Barrett, Michelle Scribner-MacLean, and rounding us out again are Matt and Nate from WEDway Radio.  Plus, much, much more! 

So, get ready for some laughs, some great guests, and of course, we would gladly appreciate if you would help by donating to Give Kids The World during the show!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Video from the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

On Friday's episode, we brought you some interviews with Disney Cast Members who helped to bring the magic of some of this summer's big highlights to the parks.  This includes things like the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, Rock Your Disney Side, and of course, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

While Mike was at the press event, he was lucky enough to take a ride on this new attraction that officially opens on May 28.

Today, we bring to you not one, but two videos of Mike's experience.  The first is the raw version of Mike's ride through.

This second video is the edited version of Mike's ride through!  Both are fantastic fun! 

Stay tuned as this Friday's episode we'll share more details about this special event and much more! 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Dedication and What's Next Around Walt Disney World

The morning's activities last Friday started out with a trip to the Magic Kingdom to see the dedication for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train!  It was a fun ceremony! The Seven Dwarfs Mine attraction opens officially on May 28!

Next, we got to go to the Around Our World presentation.

First we learned that Disney's Polynesian Resort will be renamed to Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. In addition the lobby will see some changes and Trader Sam's Grog Grotto will be added! This is a fun stop in Disneyland, so I'm sure it will be just as popular at Walt Dismey World.

Next up was information about the new hard ticket event, Harambe Nights. Taking place at Disney's Animal Kingdom, this party will see special performances in the Harambe Thester of an all new show, featuring dancers, and orchestra and choir, celebrity narrator and more. In addition, food and beverage are included, as well as a fun street party. 

Disney also announced that the nighttime spectacular Rivers of Light would be making its way to Disney's Animal Kingdom. 

Finally, the Festival of the Lion King will return in June! 

And Avatarland will debut in 2017!

Downtown Disney will officially be re-branded as Disney Springs in 2015 and will see the opening th The Landing. The other three sections will debut in 2016. 

Then it was time to say goodbye.  We hope you enjoyed the coverage of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train event.  We're so excited to be able to share more with you over the next few weeks!  Make sure to listen to the podcast for more great coverage!

Friday, May 2, 2014

My Magic+ Event and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Fun

Yesterday morning started off with an interesting presentation all about MyMagic+.  It featured Tom Staggs, the Chairman of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, George Kalogridis, the President of Walt Disney World, and Travel Expert, Samantha Brown, a favorite here at Be Our Guest.

One of the neat things that we learned was that the maps in the My Disney Experience are going to get an upgrade soon, where they will appear in sort of a 3D view! 

After lunch at Be Our Guest, Mike headed over to ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train for the first time.  He will have a great video to share with us of his first time riding.

How incredible does this queue look?  The details are just phenomenal!

Of course, he's also bringing us some great audio for the podcast too, that I think we all cannot wait to share with you! 

Then it was time for some fun in the park!  Mike found some friends in Storybook Circus.  This looks like a great group!

Mike and Pam then went over to meet Ariel!  She's always so sweet!

From there, it was time to ride again!  They were given return times to come back to ride the attraction.

This is part of the new interactive queue and it looks like a lot of fun!

The night ended with Mike getting to meet some of our favorite Dwarfs! 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Rock Your Disney Side Event Kicks Off A Fun Summer at Walt Disney World

Today was the first day for the media events that are scheduled to take place over the next few days.  Here's a peek at some of the fun that occurred as guests were invited to take part in rocking their Disney Side at this event's kick-off celebration! 

Wilderness Lodge is the home resort for this celebration.  The resort, built in the arts and crafts style, is themed after national parks lodges in the Northwest.  The Deluxe resort has warm tones, wood accents, and Native American inspired design. 

The resort is a favorite among us here at the podcast for many reasons including it's spacious lobby, Whispering Canyon Cafe, gorgeous fireplaces, the geyser, and the free-form pool.

Mike then made his way to the Magic Kingdom, where he looked around and found his way to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.  He also managed to meet Anna and Elsa from Frozen

At tonight's  Rock Your Disney Side events, guests were invited to explore and take selfies with many characters representing each park, showing off their Disney Side.  Guests were able to meet performers from Festival of the Lion King, Anna and Elsa, Goofy who was there to celebrate Typhoon Lagoon's 25th Anniversary, performers from the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, and more.

During Rock Your Disney Side this summer, guests will be able to take part in events that will take place on both coasts, with the kick off being the Rock Your Disney Side 24 Hour event at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, as well as at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. The parks will be open for 24 hours, from 6 a.m. on May 23 through 6 a.m. on May 24.

The night ended with Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.

Stay tuned for more fun on Thursday!