DAD Show #123 – Alaska on the Disney Wonder with Eric Anderson

From the window of a sea plane

From the window of a sea plane

On this week’s DAD Show, I talk with Eric Anderson about his family’s late-summer Alaska cruise aboard the Disney Wonder. Eric gives us a good overview of the ports of call on this DCL cruise, as well as discussing those things that his children liked best about the cruise, his tips on the best adults-only spots on board, and a bit about the experience of sailing in a concierge-level one-bedroom suite stateroom with a family of five, including three adults.

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

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Walt Disney World with Cognitive Disabilities – Episode 322

Copyright Disney

Copyright Disney

Host: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: Mark Wysocki and Bill Abrams

In Episode 322, Mark and Bill talk about experiencing Walt Disney World with family members who have cognitive disabilities. We talk some about Disney’s Disability Access Service (and I’ve provided links to some of Disney’s DAS materials in the show notes), but we really focus on their own approaches/strategies for experiencing Walt Disney World. And as I mention during the show, we’re barely scratching the surface of a much larger and more complex topic. For more on the subject, check out Kathleen Kelly’s Special Mouse Podcast, which discusses this (and other special needs issues) on a weekly basis.

What do you think of Mark & Bill’s advice? What are your best tips and suggestions for visiting Walt Disney World with family members with cognitive disabilities? Send us your thoughts 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.

Official Walt Disney World Publications:
Guide for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities
Disability Access Service Card Information

DAD Show #122 – San Antonio SeaWorld and Aquatica with David Matt (and daughters)

IMG_2520As we continue our summer tour of non-Disney Destinations, David Matt takes the DAD Show along on a Daddy-Daughter trip to spend a few days at SeaWorld San Antonio and the Aquatica Water Park. We are joined on the podcast by all three of David’s daughters, Katherine, Christina, and Cecilia. We discuss important Dad topics this time around, including dealing with a theme park that runs out of beer and the ever-popular snacking for lunch. We also get a great review of the shows and attractions of both the SeaWorld and Aquatica parks as well as some important budget-saving tips.

Hint: a one-day any day ticket costs $54/adult and $45/child, but a “Fun Card” (which is like an annual pass, but tied to the calendar year, so it doesn’t run a full 12-months) only costs $104/adult and $95/child, so you start saving money on the second day you enter the park. Even an annual pass, good for a full 12-months, only costs $124.75/year, so you start saving by your third park day. And they even offer a Platinum Pass that is an annual pass that includes ALL United States Sea World, Aquatica and Busch Gardens parks (even Sesame Place) for $200. That’s a real bargain if you hit multiple cities with SeaWorld parks in one year. (The only U.S. park that isn’t covered is Discovery Cove, because of its rather unique all-inclusive pricing structure. But you do get a discount even there as a Platinum Pass holder).

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

Do you have any questions or comments about David’s trip? 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 DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

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The DVC Life: Part 2 – Episode 320

DVCpin2Host: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: Kevin Bentley, Tim Hicks, Brett Williams

In Part 2 of our discussion of the Disney Vacation Club, the panel digs a bit deeper into the details. We begin by talking about buying into DVC directly with Disney vs. buying a contract on the secondary market. Then we move on to a discussion about how to use those point, including talking about important DVC terms like Use-Years and banking, borrowing and transferring points. We wrap-up the show talking about way to leverage the value of DVC points by using the point rental market and trading into other time share opportuhnities.

Has our DVC discussion answered your questions? Are there other DVC issues you would like to hear about? Send us your thoughts 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.

DAD Show #121 – Another Side of Orlando with Brad Coates

IMG_4262On this week’s DAD Show, Brad Coates talks about taking a group of 13 teenagers to Orlando for a week-long performance competition. With not enough free time in the schedule to make it to Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando Resort, Brad discusses a variety of attractions – all located within no more than 15 minutes drive of the Orlando Convention Center. While the group did eventually get to spend a day at the Magic Kingdom and a day at a Disney water park, we focused on their experiences at WonderWorks, FunSpot America – Orlando, AirHeads (trampoline park) and Artegon Marketplace.

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

Do you have any questions or comments about Brad’s trip? 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 DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

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Blue Sky: Future Disney Parks & Resorts – Episode 318

Site of the planned, but never built, Disney's America Resort

Site of the planned, but never built, Disney’s America Resort

Host: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: Kevin Crossman, Coy Cypert, David Juart

This week on the DISDads Podcast, the panel plays Blue Sky with sites for future Disney Parks and Resorts. We talk about ideas for theme parks, standalone resorts, and, well, a few things completely different!

What did you think of the panel’s ideas? Where would you like to see a new Disney theme park or standalone resort? Send us your thoughts 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.