1. So, there was a bit of controversy over on the discussion boards this week. I don’t want to go into too many details of that here, but I did want to thank my fellow DISDads for the overwhelming support. I was blown away by your kindness and generosity.

2. The time may have come for the clubhouse to have it’s own message boards. I think we need a place where we can just hang out and be guys, a place where the standard is more, “what you’d say out at a sports bar with your buddies” than “what you’d say at Chef Mickey’s surrounded by small children.” Would you be willing to pay a very small subscription fee – say $1/year – for access to message boards here at disdads.com? This would serve multiple functions: a) assure that only adults are accessing our boards; b) create accountability, by tying screen names to real identities; c) help defray the one-time cost of the message board software and the ongoing hosting and support costs; d) cut WAY down on spammers and trolls.

3. TouringPlans.com has announced improvements to their Crowd Calendar estimation model, which should help make their Crowd Calendar less subject to last-minute changes. Essentially, they’ve compiled several years worth of Walt Disney World final park hours schedules. This information is being used to more accurately predict future park hours, which are a key component of Crowd Calendar estimates. (Disney often releases initial park hours, but then extends the hours as dates get closer).

4. To celebrate their 1 year anniversary, Kingdom Strollers is giving away a FREE 7 day rental on any stroller along with a $100 Disney gift card. The rental is valid until December 31 2012 and the gift card will be mailed once a winner is announced.
To enter, just head to the Kingdom Strollers website and then “Like” them on Facebook. You will automatically be entered into the giveaway.(Full disclosure: I won a previous Kingdom Strollers giveaway, and found the owners to be friendly and responsive and their product to be of excellent quality).

5. I’m headed to WDW for Reunion in just 12 days. This will be a trip full of firsts for me: first solo trip, first December holiday trip, first trip without a dining plan. I already have plans for the Osborne Family Lights (thanks to a special event that’s part of Reunion). What else is a Disney holiday must-do? Anything in particular I should take advantage of with this being a solo trip?

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