Walt Disney World Fishing Excursions

MikeLake1by Michael Lake

I get questions from time to time about the Walt Disney World Bass Fishing Excursions. People ask if I recommend them for kids, or even if I recommend them at all. The questions are of varying complexity, but all really come down to the same thing – what do I think of spending precious vacation time at Walt Disney World on a fishing excursion, when there’s already not enough time to do everything you might want to do.

Bottom line – I do recommend the fishing excursions, if they fit into your overall plan. The challenge, of course, is that a fishing excursion is especially susceptible blowing up the best laid plans. Mother nature has her own plans. You’re dealing with a wily critter in its natural environment, who doesn’t care whether or not you’re having a good time. This is not a FastPass-enabled attraction, nor is it a quick service restaurant. While it’s rare, you might not even be rewarded for your effort. After that 6 hour wait, you can be pretty sure that you’ll eventually get your 90 seconds (don’t go there) with Elsa. Billy Bass doesn’t offer performance guarantees. And that’s before you take into consideration Central Florida weather patterns that can generously be referred to as “unpredictable.”

If you’re still interested (or maybe struck by a sudden urge to see “where the hell this might go”) read on. Read more

The DAD Show #97 – A WDW Thanksgiving at Wilderness Lodge

WILDRNS_LOBBY_7109368193This week’s DAD Show features a discussion with Mike Lepore about his family’s Thanksgiving 2014 vacation to Walt Disney World. It was their first holiday-season Walt Disney World trip, and we talked about their impressions of many of WDW’s special holiday extras. Mike and I also talked about an interesting approach to reducing the stress of being at Walt Disney World while the crowd levels in the parks and resorts are so high, including taking advantage of some great recreational opportunities, including the Wild Africa Trek tour, High Tea at the Grand Floridian, and horseback riding at Fort Wilderness.

The DAD Show is your humpday Disney vacation fix (even when it doesn’t come out until Friday). Our intro and outro music was created and performed by Mitch Furman.

The DAD Show is sponsored by Kingdom Strollers, Orlando’s Premium Stroller and Crib Rental source.

Do you have any questions or comments about Mike’s Thanksgiving vacation? Have a vacation story you’d like to share with us? Email us at podcast@DisDads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; and join in the online discussion of the podcasts on our DISDads Discussion Boards; and check out our new DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

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DISDads & runDisney LIVE – Episode 270

DISDadsCircle1400x1400Host: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: Sean McCumber; Ryan Treichler; Justin West

On the evening after the Walt Disney World Princess Half-Marathon, the panel talks about news of the Inaugural Disneyland Paris Half-Marathon weekend, coming September 23-25, 2016. Then the discussion turned to the early planning stages of our own inaugural race. More details will be coming soon, but for now, here’s what we can announce:
1. We’re organizing a virtual 5k – you can run your 3.1 miles wherever it works for you. We’ll provide you with a way to share your route and time when you’ve completed your run. (And the best part of a virtual 5k is that there are no sweepers, so you can run at whatever pace works for you).
2. We’re still working on an official name and medal design for the race. If you have suggestions, we’d love to hear them!
3. We’re also in the process of selecting a charity to support with our entry fees. We discussed a few on the show, but we’re open for other suggestions.
4. We have settled on a time frame. The official start date for our virtual 5k will be Father’s Day, June 21, 2015. You can run your 5k any time between then and the end of July 2015. (There will be at least a few DISDads getting their 5k in on Castaway Cay, as part of the DISDads Dream Cruise).

Watch the blog for a DISDad Couch-to-5k plan article from Ryan Treichler. And please, before taking up a running regimen, discuss it with your doctor.

Please send us your suggestions! Email us at podcast@DisDads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; join in the online discussion of the podcasts on our DISDads Discussion Boards; and check out our DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

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The DAD Show #96 – Disney Dream & Wilderness Lodge with Jon Arthur

10443064_656541484814_3282591337900658915_oThis week, on the DAD Show, I talk to Jon Arthur about his Land & Sea (well, Sea & Land) vacation last summer. He talks about taking his family on their first cruise – a four-night Bahamas cruise on the Disney Dream with stops at Nassau and Castaway Cay. After the cruise, they enjoyed a week at Walt Disney World while staying at Wilderness Lodge.

The DAD Show is your humpday Disney vacation fix (even when it doesn’t come out until Friday). Our intro and outro music was created and performed by Mitch Furman.

The DAD Show is sponsored by Kingdom Strollers, Orlando’s Premium Stroller and Crib Rental source.

Do you have any questions or comments about Jon’s Sea & Land vacation? Have a vacation story you’d like to share with us? Email us at podcast@DisDads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; and join in the online discussion of the podcasts on our DISDads Discussion Boards; and check out our new DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

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Re-imagining The Great Movie Ride – Episode 268

GMRMarqueeHost: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: James Cameron; Jeff Swearingen; Nathan Trent

This week, the DISDads Podcast panel takes a shot at a complete refresh for The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The TMC partnership is a step in the right direction, but we all agree that the attraction needs more than a few tweaks to the pre-show and post-show to make The Great Movie Ride the compelling attraction it should be.

What do you think of our re-imagining ideas? What would you do to update the Great Movie Ride? Tell us about it! Email us at podcast@DisDads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; join in the online discussion of the podcasts on our DISDads Discussion Boards; and check out our DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

If you enjoyed the podcast, please leave us a review on iTunes.

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The DAD Show #95 – A WDW Wedding with Tim Gearin

10980767_10205928923085057_5200703997418625289_nFor this week’s DAD Show, Paul Hajjar introduced us to his brother-in-law, Tim Gearin.

Tim talks to us about his Walt Disney World wedding and honeymoon vacation. He gives us the inside scoop on working with Disney Fairytale Weddings, and shares memories from a great vacation that offered everything from extended family celebration to adults-only touring, with stays at both Bay Lake Tower and Animal Kingdom Lodge.

The DAD Show is your humpday Disney vacation fix (even when it doesn’t come out until Friday). Our intro and outro music was created and performed by Mitch Furman.

The DAD Show is sponsored by Kingdom Strollers, Orlando’s Premium Stroller and Crib Rental source.

Do you have any questions or comments about Tim’s trip or Disney Fairytale Weddings? Have a vacation story you’d like to share with us? Email us at podcast@DisDads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; and join in the online discussion of the podcasts on our DISDads Discussion Boards; and check out our new DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

If you enjoyed the podcast, we’d really appreciate it if you took a moment to leave us a review on iTunes.

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