Friday Five – Random References & Reflections

1. Hey Muppet fans! My brother and sister-in-law wrote, directed, and starred in a Sesame Street parody video for The Second City Network. Check out Dead Bird Walking

2. Wish a fond farewell to The British Invasion, the Beatles tribute band that’s been performing at the UK Pavilion at Epcot for the last 14 years. Their last performance in Epcot is tomorrow, but their Facebook page and website indicate that they intend to keep on playing. No news yet on what, if anything, will replace their show in Epcot.

3. Thanks to this week’s participating Dis Dads – stopher1 and the duck 619

4. Help @DisFilmProject pick the Disney movie that should be the subject of a future Disney Film Project Podcast episode. There are so many to choose from, and they’re willing to review anything, from the wonderful to the wonderfully awful.

5. I think my wife may finally be catching my Disney fever. Comments made in the car last night have me exploring a possible Fall/Winter trip – just need to book some more Disney vacations for others to build up the vacation fund!

Monday Poll – IF World Showcase gets a Brazil Pavilion, what are you most looking forward to?

Brazil Vinylmation from the Flags series
Rumors have been rampant for the last week that Disney will soon announce that Brazil will become the 11th country in Epcot’s World Showcase. While such rumors have cropped up fairly regularly for several years now, the latest round was initially triggered by a Brazilian news report. The website Inside the Magic, with an assist from a Portugese-speaking contributor, reported that high-ranking Brazilian government officials had met with Disney and that an announcement of a Brazil pavilion in World Showcase was imminent. An intrepid reader of Inside the Magic also noted that the Disney Vinylmation Flag Series includes 11 figures. 10 of the figures are from the current World Showcase Pavilion countries. The 11th figure: Brazil.

It’s still just rumor and speculation until there’s an announcement, but this seems to be the most solid rumor in some time. World Showcase last added a new pavilion in 1988, and Brazilian tourism to Walt Disney World has continued to increase at a rapid pace, even during the recent economic downturn. So IF a Brazil Pavilion does come to World Showcase, what would you be most excited to see/experience? Answer the poll at the right and tell us in the comments.

Friday Five – Random References & Reflections

1. Happy Earth Day! Disney’s Animal Kingdom turned 13 years old today. Anyone else feel slighted that they weren’t invited to the Bar Mitzvah? Learn how to enter to win Earth Day schwag signed by Disney Channel stars here (enter today only!).

2. Several of the Dis Dads regulars have recently completed training to become Certified Disney Specialist travel agents, affiliated with the Fairytale Journeys agency. Consider booking your next trip to your favorite Disney destination with a fellow Dis Dad.

3. Thanks to this week’s participating Dis Dads – stopher1, for his Wordless Wednesday photo; Disney Commando, for his 10 Questions responses; and Captain Oblivious for his non-Disney Trip Report.

4. Do you use Twitter? Check out Walt Disney World’s new official account, with a focus on timely park tips and updates @TodayatWDW

5. Took the kids this past weekend to Opening Day at our local amusement park, Worlds of Fun. As we stood in the slow moving line for Patriot, a headliner rollercoaster, my daughter turned to me and said, “I miss FastPass.” Me too sweetheart, me too.

Get to know a DIS Dad – Disney Commando

From DIS Dads Podcast Episode #3, here are 10 Questions with Disney Commando:

1. Disney Commando is a frozen food specialist from Brick, New Jersey.

2. The Disney Commando family is an amusement park-loving group that includes his wife and five-year-old son. They make trips to Walt Disney World annually, as well as Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, and Sesame Place.

3. His favorite “off-the-beaten-path” locations at Walt Disney World are the shops and shows in Epcot’s World Showcase.

4. His least favorite place at Walt Disney World is Primeval Whirl (sometimes referred to as Primeval Hurl).

5. His favorite animated Disney character is Pirate Goofy.

6. The sound or noise that Disney Commando loves is the first bang of a fireworks show at Walt Disney World.

7. The sound or noise that Disney Commando hates is the sound of the buses leaving the Park parking lot at the end of the night.

8. The career other than his own that he would like to try is Walt Disney World Tour Guide.

9. The job he would NOT like to do would be anything having to do with working at heights.

10. If he could be a Walt Disney World cast member for one year, Disney Commando would want to be either a Tour Guide or working in anti-line-cutting enforcement.

Monday Poll: Have you ever used a travel agent to book a Disney vacation?

This week’s poll is a little different – have you used a travel agent to book a Disney vacation? If yes, what did you think of the experience? What worked well for you when using a travel agent? What didn’t work so well? How could the experience have been better? If no, would you consider using a travel agent for a future vacation? If not, why wouldn’t you want to work with a travel agent? Let us know what you think in the comments (and I promise, no one will solicit you based on your responses to this post).

DIS Dads Podcast Episode 4 – Disney’s Hollywood Studios and 10 Questions

Host: Aaron Rittmaster (AJRitz)
Panelists: DEA (Eric Anderson); prattpak (Mark Pratt); the duck 619 (David Nicely); DisDr. (Philip Cole)

Episode 4 is primarily devoted to discussion of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The panel rates their Top 5 DHS attractions, shares tips for touring DHS with children, and discusses dining options in DHS.

In addition to the DHS talk, the duck 619 (David Nicely) took the hot seat and answered 10 Questions in our getting to know a DIS dad segment (finally, someone didn’t name Goofy as their favorite Disney character). Also, DEA (Eric Anderson) shared a preview of his upcoming Spring Break trip to Walt Disney World (and Bay Lake Tower).

As always, special thanks to our Producer/Engineer Josh Haas, who also created and recorded our intro music. The DIS Dads Podcast is edited and mixed at Pi Productions by A Veil Lifted.