The Deluxe Lodge Resorts: Episode 24

Host: Aaron Rittmaster (AJRitz)
Panelists: Eric Anderson (DEA); David Nicely (the duck 619); Mark Harbeson (Captain_Oblivious)

In Episode 24, the panel discusses the Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodge resorts. In addition to extensive discussion of the resorts themselves, the panel addresses transportation concerns often expressed about the Lodges. Finally, the panel talks about restaurant options and food at the Lodges, and closes with our own favorites.

We also introduced our new podcast sponsor, Fairytale Journeys, an Authorized Disney Travel Planner.

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.

We’d love to hear your comments about the podcast – Email us at podcast@DisDads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter or leave us a review on iTunes.

DISDads Forums Launched

We’ve been talking about it for months, and they’re finally ready to roll. DISDads.com now has it’s own message boards at http://boards.disdads.com/ (you’ll also find a link in the menu bar above).

A couple of quick notes about the new boards – we are requesting (though not requiring) that you use some form of your real name in your user name, and also that you use a real picture of yourself as your avatar picture. Many of us have met in real life anyway, and my own experience with message boards suggests that using real names and faces helps to keep the discussion more civil.

There are three “basic” forums, to which anyone who registers has access. There are additional forums that you can access by purchasing a paid subscription. There are a variety of subscription levels, as low as $1/year. Higher subscription levels include premium items, like a DISDads.com t-shirt, coffee mug, or button. So come on over and join in the fun!

Monday Poll: How will strict enforcement of FASTPASS return times affect your WDW touring?

As reported last week on the TouringPlans.com blog, Walt Disney World Cast Members have been instructed to begin strictly enforcing FASTPASS return times, beginning March 7, 2012 (just in time for the Spring Break travel season). They’ve been instructed to allow people to use their FASTPASSES up to five minutes prior to their printed return time (presumably to avoid crowds awaiting their window at the beginning of the FASTPASS queue line) and up to 15 minutes after the close of their FASTPASS window (but no later). Most speculation has centered on this being the next step toward implementation of the NextGen X-PASS system, which will eventually allow on-property guests to make at least some advance attraction reservations, much like advance dining reservations are made. But the important question for the short term is, how will the strict enforcement of FASTPASS return times affect the way you and your family tour Walt Disney World? Will you use FASTPASS more or less frequently? Will it cause you to change anything about your approach? Tell us about your reactions in the comments below!

How will strict enforcement of FASTPASS return times affect your WDW touring?

  • Not at all (63%, 31 Votes)
  • We'll use FASTPASS less often (20%, 10 Votes)
  • We'll use FASTPASS more often (8%, 4 Votes)
  • We'll just do whatever TouringPlans.com recommends (8%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 49

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Outside the Parks at WDW: Podcast Episode 23

Host: Aaron Rittmaster (AJRitz)
Panelists: Dave Juart (IndyDisney); Ryan Treichler (IAmTrike); Mark Harbeson (Captain_Oblivious)

For Podcast Episode 23, the panel tackles what to do on a day at Walt Disney World spent outside of the theme parks. We discuss a wide range of activities, including those available at various Walt Disney World resorts, in Downtown Disney, and on the golf courses of Walt Disney World.

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.

We’d love to hear your comments about the podcast – Email us at podcast@DisDads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter or leave us a review on iTunes.