The DAD Show #93 – Aaron & Terry at DDC3

10891858_10153476418513765_5770460793926927243_nOn this week’s DAD Show, Terry Hawkins and I talk about our trip to Walt Disney World for the 3rd Annual DISDads Convention during Marathon Weekend. The show also includes audio recorded live during Friday evening’s monorail bar crawl.

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 DDC3? Have your own DISDad 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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Disney Wonder Bridge Tour

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As we boarded the Disney Wonder on December 21, 2014, we were set for a Christmas adventure to Cozumel and Castaway Cay. The Wonder was bedecked for the Very Merrytime Cruise theme this year, and the joy of the season filled the ship. The one thing I have always wanted to do was take a tour of the bridge. But that experience only comes along when Tink shakes a lot of fairy dust. Truly, a bridge tour is not impossible, but neither is it guaranteed. So, after spending Christmas Day on Castaway Cay, which was an absolute dream (no pun intended) when spent in a private cabana, I was shocked when one of our cruise buddies shouted, “Can you be ready in 15 minutes? They just called me and told me we’re getting a bridge tour!!”

I wasn’t sure I believed him. But just in case, I rushed to the shower to freshen up and grab a camera. We strolled up to Deck 8 Forward and waited. And waited. And waited. I began to believe that we would not be seeing the bridge. We checked both sides of the corridors, just to make sure that we did not miss someone … and there we found Tannith, one of the bridge crew, who ushered us through officerrooman “authorized personnel only” door to meet Kevin, a bridge officer. Turns out that Captain Guus Verhulst opened his bridge to our party of seven, and to my amazement, Kevin obligingly offered, “Take all the pictures you want.”

Our little group was warmly welcomed. All of the bridge officers smiled and wished us a happy holiday. Not one moment was rushed. Of course, everyone knows that the thing to see is where the horn is. It has its own special place on the main console and it just begs to be pressed. (No one pressed it for fear of being ushered out of this magical experience). Kevin explained the way the horn works and everything that goes into making the big announcements.

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WDW Day Trips LIVE – Episode 262

FPkioskHost: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: CJ Fragola; David Juart; Jeff Swearingen

For the January LIVE show, the panel discussed enjoying a Walt Disney World day trip, in the FastPass+ era. The panel covered some general day-trip strategies, as well as specific touring suggestions for each of the four Walt Disney World theme parks.

Which are your favorite way to attack a WDW day trip? Tell us about them! 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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DISDads Podcast is also available on Stitcher Smart Radio.

The DAD Show #92 – Carl Finsel & Jay Gilbert Freezin’ for a Reason

In this week’s DAD Show, I do a telephone interview with DISDads Jay Gilbert and Carl Finsel, while they’re in the midst of their “Freezin’ for a Reason” Polar SuperPlunge to raise Polar Plunge visit from Zerfmoney for the Special Olympics. I interviewed them while they were in the midst of 25 plunges – one per hour for 25 hours – into freezing cold water in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley.

Jay and Carl were supported by many of the DISDads, who made donations (from the comfort and warmth of their homes) to Special Olympics in honor of Jay and Carl’s efforts. It’s not too late to help! If you’d like to add your donation, you can do so by visiting the DisDads Freezin for a Reason team donations page.

The DAD Show is your humpday DISDads fix. 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 Carl and Jay’s Polar SuperPlunge? Have your own DISDad 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.

Disneyland Dining In-Depth – Episode 260

dining_disneyland_resortHost: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: Eric Anderson; Brad Coates; David Platt

In Episode 260, the panel take a closer look at table service dining at the Disneyland Resort. We discuss Disneyland dining policies for reservations and cancelations. The panel talks about character dining at Disneyland, which restaurants require advance reservations (and by when), and share their favorite Disneyland restaurants.

Which are your favorite Disneyland table service restaurants? Tell us about them! 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 #91 – Both Sides of Orlando with Philip Holt

hogwartsexpressThis week on the DAD Show, Philip Holt talks about taking two short Orlando vacations in Fall 2014. First, he made a quick visit to the Universal Orlando Resort, staying at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort to check out the Diagon Alley expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Just a few weeks later, Philip returned to Orlando. This time, he enjoyed Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and ran the runDisney Tower of Terror 10-Miler.

2014ToT10MilerThe DAD Show is your humpday vacation fix. 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 Philip’s trip? Want to share your vacation story 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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