The DAD Show #83 – Repositioning Magic and BLT with Barry Sommer

On this week’s DAD Show, Barry Sommer talks about a surprise reveal and a repositioning cruise on the Disney Magic from Puerto Rico to Port Canaveral capped with a DVC stay at Walt Disney World at Bay Lake Tower. Along the way we talk about the Kids Club, the AquaDunk, Castaway Cay, and sailing with a “tweener” child – too mature for infant care, and too young for the kids’ clubs. We also chat about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and other highlights of Fall at Walt Disney World.

The 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 Barry’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.

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The Other Side of Orlando: Standalone Attractions – Episode 242

WeekiWacheeHost: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: Adam Dale, Terry Hawkins, Barry Sommer

In Episode 242, the panel looks at activities to enjoy in and around Orlando that are outside of the major theme park complexes. These ideas are great ways to put a new twist on a Central Florida vacation for repeat visitors. Some of the suggestions are perfect for an evening out. Others are good for a day trip. And some are great options to check out along the way, if you’re driving to or from Orlando (or even Port Canaveral, for a cruise).

What are your favorite standalone Central Florida attractions? 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 #82 – Food & Wine & MNSSHP with Chad King

Photo Credit - Aaron RittmasterThis week’s DAD show features a conversation with Chad King about his family’s long weekend at Walt Disney World, with a focus on the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom.

The 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 Chad’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.

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WDW Refurb Updates – Episode 240

Photo Credit: Ian Shepard

Photo Credit: Ian Shepard

Host: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: James Cameron, Brad Coates, Tim Hicks

In Episode 240, the panel surveys the ongoing construction projects going on around the Walt Disney World property. We touch on currently scheduled temporary attraction closures as well as larger, ongoing projects, in theme parks, resorts, and Downtown Disney/Disney Springs. And just for our DISDads Podcast listeners, we get a definitive opening date for Avatarland in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, straight from the mouth of James Cameron. ;-)

Which of these refurbishment or construction projects are you most looking forward to seeing completed? 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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ICYMI Friday – Disney Movie News

In this week’s installment of In Case You Missed It Friday, we review a busy day in movie news from the Disney Company.

1. Just yesterday, Disney released a new trailer for their much-anticipated (and much agonized-over) film adaptation of the Broadway musical Into the Woods. You know there HAVE to be cuts, because the stage version is nearly three hours long. Does this trailer make you look forward to this Christmas release?

2. Also yesterday, we got the announcement that there’s finally a title for Star Wars: Episode VII (Coming December 18, 2015 in the U.S.). Where do we go after “The Return of the Jedi”? Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens
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The reaction was swift and surprisingly negative. The Force Awakens makes perfect sense to me. At the end of Return of the Jedi, the great masters were lamenting that there was only one Jedi remaining (oops, no, we mean two). If the war is to continue, something has to happen. Luke and Leia are awesome, but two against the world doesn’t last very long. So from that perspective, The Force Awakens is the perfect way to start us up the ride hill for the next trilogy roller coaster ride.

3. As if live action musical and Star Wars news wasn’t enough yesterday, Bob Iger took yesterday’s Investor’s Conference Call as the opportunity to announce that Pixar is making Toy Story 4, with a targeted release date of June 16, 2017. While it’s hard to see where the story will go after the nice bow put on the franchise by Toy Story 3, Iger announced a heck of a team to take a crack at it. John Lasseter was announced as the director of Toy Story 4, and the story is a collaboration between Lasseter and a sort of “Big 3″ of Pixar talent – Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, and Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich.

I prefer when Pixar offers us new stories, and I worry about the current Disney film obsession with sequels. But on the other hand, the sequels appear to be supplementing the original products (at least on the animation side). Disney Animation announced a few weeks ago that Musker and Clements were getting back together to make “Moana,” about a South Pacific teenage explorer, with a target release of late 2016. And Pixar itself has two new projects slated for release before the “Finding Dory” and “Toy Story 4″ sequels, with Inside Out coming June 19, 2015 and The Good Dinosaur set for November 25, 2015.

We can argue about the details of all of these announcements, but the big picture is that it’s getting exciting to talk about Disney film again!

The DAD Show #81 – Rittmasters at Disneyland

DSC_3365This week on the DAD Show, Kevin Crossman takes the interviewer’s seat and turns the tables on DAD Show host Aaron Rittmaster, talking about the Rittmaster’s recent Disneyland vacation. We talk about a one-night concierge level splurge at the Grand Californian Hotel, the Disneyland Hotel, and the Candy Cane Inn Good Neighbor Hotel; discuss the atmosphere, attractions, and (of course) food at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure; and overall first-visit impressions of the Disneyland Resort for a family of Walt Disney World veterans.

The 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 Aaron’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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