Reunion 2011: Solo Touring, Group Rides and a Tweet-up Dinner

Wow, has it really been two months since I updated this trip report? Yikes! Sorry about that. With our Disney Cruise trip coming up in just two weeks, and with the MANLAW requiring that this trip’s report must be completed before I can take the next trip, I guess I’d better get cracking!

Thursday morning started bright and early, waiting at the turnstiles at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. My plan for the morning was pretty simple – no Toy Story Midway Mania rush. In fact, no rushing at all. Take it slow, enjoy the low crowd level, remember to look up and down and take in all of the detail, and take lots of pictures. I did walk to the front of the crowd, waiting for rope drop, so I could get that amazingly unobstructed picture of the Hat (which I still think is an abomination that ruins the view of what should be the REAL icon of Hollywood Studios, the Great Movie Ride/Chinese Theater). But when the crowd dashed for Pixar Place, I instead headed back down Hollywood Boulevard. I was hoping to get some pictures of the Citizens of Hollywood street performers, but no such luck. I don’t know whether it was the low crowd level or the cold weather, but the Citizens were nowhere to be found.
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Monday Poll: What’s your favorite thing about the Dining Plan at Walt Disney World?

Debates about the value of purchasing a Dining Plan aside, once you’ve purchased (or gotten for free) a Walt Disney World Dining Plan, what do you like best about it? You can only pick one answer this time, but you can explain in the comments below.

What's your favorite thing about the Dining Plan at Walt Disney World?

  • Not having to think about prices when I'm ordering (40%, 14 Votes)
  • Knowing that meals are already paid for (except for tips) (37%, 13 Votes)
  • Trying restaurants I might not try otherwise (11%, 4 Votes)
  • Loading up on expensive character meals (11%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 35

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Why Not Walt Disney World?: Episode 25

Host – Aaron Rittmaster (AJRitz)
Panel – Mark Pratt (prattpak); Christian Hill (chillcoupons); Jason Gilbert (jason4024)
Special Guest Interview: Amanda Burris with Best Friends Pet Care at Walt Disney World

In Episode 25, the panel helps answer the question, “Why not Walt Disney World?” We address some of the most common reasons people give for not taking a Walt Disney World vacation, and offer some strategies for addressing their concerns. We consider issues like motion sickness, finding things for family members of all ages to do, dealing with crowds, what to do with pets, food allergies, and even fear of costumed characters. The episode also features Mark Pratt’s interview with special guest Amanda Burris, from Best Friends Pet Care at 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 produced by Josh Haas/Wizard of Haas Production.

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. And now, you can join in online discussion of the podcasts on our new DISDads Discussion Boards.

St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway – Win a $100 Disney Gift Card (Contest Now Closed)

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