Monday Poll: How early do you stake our your parade/fireworks viewing spot?

Imagine it’s a busy day at the Magic Kingdom – crowd level of 8 or above. How early do you stake out a spot to watch the Main Street Electrical Parade and/or Wishes? Do you go on rides during the shows to avoid the crowd, or stake out a spot hours in advance? Something in between? Vote, and tell us about it in the comments.

Busy night at the Magic Kingdom - how early do you stake out your parade/fireworks spot?

  • Blow them off to go on rides during the shows (29%, 8 Votes)
  • 30 minutes early (25%, 7 Votes)
  • 15 minutes early (14%, 4 Votes)
  • 1 hour early (14%, 4 Votes)
  • More than 1 hour early (11%, 3 Votes)
  • 45 minutes early (7%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 28

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Epcot Area Deluxe Resorts: Episode 26

Host – Aaron Rittmaster (AJRitz)
Panel – CJ Fragola (cj9200); Eric Anderson (DEA); Barry Sommer (Freezin’ Rafiki)

Episode 26 continues our Walt Disney World resort review series. The panel began by discussion the Yacht Club & Beach Club resorts, and their shared Stormalong Bay pool/mini-water park. Barry Sommer, appearing on his first podcast as a panelists, takes the 10 Questions hotseat. And then the panel returns to discuss the BoardWalk Inn and the Boardwalk entertainment district. Finally, the panel engages in a detailed discussion of the plethora of Epcot Area Deluxe resort restaurants.

Special thanks to our Producer/Engineer Josh Haas, who also created and recorded our intro music. The DIS Dads Podcast is edited and produced by Josh Haas/Wizard of Haas Production.

We’d love to hear your comments about the podcast – Email us at; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter or leave us a review on iTunes. And now, you can join in online discussion of the podcasts on our new DISDads Discussion Boards.

Reunion 2011: Human Guinea Pig, DISDad meetup, Park Hopping, Osborne Lights

Saturday is when being on a solo trip really paid off. My day started bright and early, meeting at the Magic Kingdom at 7:30 a.m. before an 8:00 a.m. rope drop. I was among a group of about 50 die-hards who volunteered to experience just a piece of what employees do to test the efficacy of various touring plans before they’re published, and to collect raw data regarding wait times. (If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you can probably find me standing in about the third row, just left of center). We were dividing into groups of 3 to 5 people each, and given a list of attractions to visit. We were to walk at our normal pace (it’s not a race, it’s data collection) to an attraction. Note the time we got in line on the chart provided and note the time we actually boarded the attraction. We enjoyed 7 attractions in the 2 hours allotted for the test, including headliners like Big Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain, and a couple of notoriously slow-loaders (Jungle Cruise and Peter Pan’s Flight). Ultimately, it was worth the early wake-up after a late night. I had fun with my group, and I gained some interesting insight into a product that I swear by when planning Walt Disney World vacations.

The touring plan testing wrapped up at 10:00 a.m. near Carousel of Progress – just as Reunion attendees were gathering for one of the most-anticipated Reunion events of the year – Carousel of Progress (The Rocky Horror Edit). Len and Laurel from wrote a complete script, with parts distributed as meet participants gathered for the shows (yes, showS – the group filled two Carousel of Progress theaters). We shouted out our lines, based on cues in the show’s dialogue. To get a better idea of how it went, check out the re-enactment done on the WDW Today Podcast. Suffice to say, it was hilarious, loads of fun, and best of all, I got to meet fellow DISDad and sometimes DISDads Podcast Panelist CJ Fragola at the meet. (Edited to add the picture that CJ had taken).

Reunion 2011: Babycakes, La Cava, Testabombing, Cape May & Illuminations

I’ll admit, Reunion started a little slowly for me. It was odd adjusting to being at Walt Disney World without the kids. And it took some time for me to feel comfortable among a big group of people who I only knew from their podcasts, blog posts and tweets. But Friday is when this trip really hit its stride for me. I had actually started off for Epcot on my own when I got a text message asking for a ride – and suggesting we stop at Babycakes NYC for breakfast first. I had a terrific allergen-free waffle with agave, and a donut too for good measure (as well as decent coffee from Fresh!, in the same building. MUCH better than the nasty stuff on Disney property). Instead of hitting Epcot at rope drop, we arrived an hour or so later, and headed for the first Reunion Meet of the day at Sum of All Thrills.

I’d skipped Sum of All Thrills when Mikaela wanted to ride it back in September. She actually did it herself. But I succumbed to peer pressure and decided to go ahead and ride this time. Unfortunately, I forgot to take my Bonine before a Sum of All Thrills ride that included three inversions and a corkscrew loop. The ride itself was fun, but afterwards, I really wasn’t feeling well. I was about to head back to the resort to lie down until my stomach recovered when Todd Perlmutter prevailed on me to come with him to join the crew at La Cave del Tequila. I never realized that tequila could be such a restorative from vertigo, but after Todd and I had finished our Scorpion Flights, I felt MUCH better.

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