Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Sorcom Review

Welcome to those of your joining me from Disney Go To Girl and to those of you that have just hopped aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

A few months ago, when our fearless Magical Blogorail leader sent out the idea to interview Sorcerer Radio DJ's for a special blogorail, I quickly agreed - how much fun could that be, right?  And then, I realized that not only did I have absolutely no idea how to interview.  Luckily, Sorcom Review host, Eric Allen i.e. Uncle Servo, didn't seem to mind my random emailing and questions.  And, as a great self proclaimed rambler, he helped give me extra information that I would never even thought to ask.  In fact, I'll be doing more than 1 post about him, because as a fellow SEC alum, he's an interesting guy!

About the SorCom Review
One of several shows on Sorcerer Radio, The SorCom Review airs Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m. EST, with replays at 7:00 p.m. EST on Tuesdays and 12:00 p.m. EST on Sundays. **You can also listen to the 5 most recent shows on the SorCom Review's page!  Unlike many other shows, the focus of the SorCom Review is a weekly review of the ongoings at Disney and also the Sorcerer Radio Community!  If you're on the boards, make sure to listen.  Questions, birthdays, trip reviews - it's all covered.  In fact, our blogorail leader, Beth was listening when Uncle Servo responded to a question she had left on the boards about Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party!  

Uncle Servo admittedly writes nearly a full script for each show.  He plans much more than he would thought possible during his collegiate radio days.  Now he's been at Sorcerer Radio for just over 1 year (5/2010), but apart of the Sorcerer Radio Community since 2008.  The SorCom Radio show is all about the audience, so make sure to participate!  Check out the forums, find @SorComReview on twitter or on facebook and let him know you're listening!

About Uncle Servo
Eric, as I've come to know him as, works in a college library.  A total brainiac (yeah, I said it), and former Jeopardy Champion (look out for that story in the next couple of weeks!), Eric is a proud father of an 8 year old boy, named Mac.  And, since my blog is about Babies at Disney World, this is where our story really begins!  
5 months - Mac's first trip!
At the ripe old age of 5 months, Eric and his wife introduced their favorite world - Walt Disney World - to their young son.  With Annual Passes and as members (owners?) of DVC, they travel to WDW an average of 3 times a year, though not nearly as many since before Mac came into their lives.  When Mac was only 3 months old, Eric and his wife took a weekend trip for themselves, leaving Mac with his grandparents.  They quickly realized that WDW would never be the same and quickly fixed that and haven't been back without him since!

Mac's first haircut!
I asked for a few favorite memories - this photo of Mac getting his haircut at the Harmony Barber Shop by the famous Michel (I think!) stood out.  I agree that the first haircut (or any!) at WDW is an absolute must  and the experience will not be forgotten.  In our case, we're aiming for 1st, 3rd, and 5th haircuts at the Harmony Barber Shop... but, this post is not about me!
Mac on the Disneyland Railroad
Another wonderful memory Eric shared goes along with that Jeopardy thing I mentioned before.  They went out to the Disneyland Resort in California for Eric to be a contestant on Jeopardy and while they were visiting the park, they really experienced true cast member magic - the conductor let Mac where his conductor hat the entire time they were on the train!  It really is the little things, isn't it?  

Tips and Tricks from the Pros!
On my request, Uncle Servo shared some of his tips from his experience with his son:
  • Leave the bulky strollers at home!  They're a pain to get through the crowds, turnstiles, and buses, and get blown over just as easily in bad weather.  And - that's with Hurricane Jeanne experience!
  • Battery-powered clip fans are "worth their weight in gold."  The ones with the snake necks are amazing for the strollers to keep the little ones cool.  Either way, bring extra batteries or even better - rechargeables - and keep everyone a little more comfortable during the hot months in Florida - February - November.
  • For a great nap - hop on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemovers.  It's nice and breezy, in the shade, and rarely crowded.  Eric admits that he and his wife would ride several times while Mac slept and the Cast Members were always accommodating in letting them ride while needed!  I would have never thought to try this one for a nap (for nursing, definitely), but what a great idea!
I hope you've enjoyed this bit of insight into the man behind the SorCom Review!  I've definitely enjoyed getting to know Eric and more about this creative show.  Make sure to listen - they have iphone apps and you can listen from your android phone http://srsounds.com/android/!  I'm not sure I truly captured his personality - which is HUGE.  You'll have to listen to get more insight!

Your next stop on this Special Edition of the Magical Blogorail is Return to Disney!  

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
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3rd Stop ~ Return to Disney


  1. This was a great read! Such special memories and its great to finally get to know some voices over at Sorcerer Radio!

  2. What a neat write-up! I love the picture of the little guy getting his first haircut. I would have loved to have shared some pics in my interview, but didn't receive any. :(

  3. Mac is adorable! What great memories to share! I love SorCom Review, but I also love that everything Eric talks about is straight from the SR community. It is so fun to listen in, especially when you hear something you posted yourself! LOL! Also, great tips from Eric - I 100% agree with the tip about leaving bulky strollers at home!

  4. What can I say, Heidi -- I'm a proud poppa. :)

    MICHAEL! That's his name! Couldn't remember for the longest time. He was absolutely great with Mac and I think he'd be fun to watch even if he wasn't cutting your child's hair.

    Thanks for the comments, ladies. It was a blast doing this for Jenn and I'd like to thank her for keeping me from sounding like a babbling idiot (which was probably a Herculean effort)! Thank you!

  5. Eric - it was EASY! Obviously, you're not a complete idiot.. but you babbled enough for me to turn it into an article! Hope you like it!

    thanks for the great comments everyone!

  6. Love the story about the train conductor! and I can't wait to hear more about Jeopardy!!