Live Show Tonight – Our Favorite WDW Bars & Lounges

13061915_10154174616329602_1474905971402389674_nReminder: We’ll be podcasting live tonight, Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Central Time on Distalk Radio. Log in to the chat using a social media account and join in the fun as Terry Hawkins, Justin West, and Tim Hicks join host Aaron Rittmaster to talk about “Our Favorite WDW Bars & Lounges.” Who knows, maybe we’ll even take some live callers via Skype who want to share their own Walt Disney World bar and lounge favorites!

We’ll also be announcing the winner of the drawing for a free copy of Tony Caselnova’s book, Disney By the Numbers.

The DISDads Podcast is now available on Google Play Music

Play_music_triangleHey Android fans! Google Play Music has finally added podcasts to its listings, and The DISDads Podcast is there for your listening pleasure. From now on, our podcasts should publish to Google Play Music simultaneously with publication to iTunes, Stitcher, and here on the website. Here’s where you can find us on Google Play Music.

It appears that Google Play Music will be listing our 100 most recent episodes. As always, you can find the complete catalog of DISDads Podcast shows here at the blog website. Google Play Music doesn’t appear to have any sort of review or even rating mechanism for podcasts at this point. But if you use Google Play Music (even if you usually listen to the podcast using some other method), I encourage you to go ahead and subscribe to the show on Google Play Music. That seems to be the only way to boost the profile of the show in this service.

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Enjoying a Rainy Day at Walt Disney World – Episode 390

Episode390Host: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: Terry Hawkins, Joe Masters

With an average annual temperature of over 73 degrees, it’s easy to forget that with that warmth in Orlando comes rain. Orlando gets an average of 110 days of measurable precipitation per year. And while June, July, August and September get the most days of rain, even in its driest months, Orlando averages more than one day of rain per week. So the chances are very good that during your Walt Disney World vacation, you’ll encounter at least some rain. The panel talks about ways to enjoy those rainy days at Walt Disney World, beyond just getting through them.

The DISDads Podcast is sponsored by Mouse Master Travel. Let a Mouse Master take care of the details of your next Disney Destination vacation, so you can focus on fun!

How do you handle rainy days during your WDW vacation? What did you think of the panel’s suggestions? Tell us about it! Email us at podcast@disdads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; join in the online discussion of the podcasts on our DISDads Discussion Boards; and check out our DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

Our outro music is “Whiskey on the Mississippi” by Kevin MacLeod
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

And don’t forget to enter our Disney By the Numbers giveaway! You’ve got one more week to get your entries in. Tony Caselnova is giving away a copy of his book, and you can enter by tweeting us, making a Facebook comment, and/or posting to the DISDads Podcast Facebook page and telling us your favorite Disney number. (See the DAD Show #155 show post for complete rules and instructions).

Join us for a live show on Sunday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. Central Time over on DisTalk Radio! We’ll be chatting with listeners as we record the show, and even inviting listeners to participate by calling in via Skype. It should be a fun one. Terry Hawkins will be back joining me again, along with Tim Hicks and Justin West, to talk about our favorite Walt Disney World Bars & Lounges.

DISDads Podcast LIVE 7 p.m. CDT on Sunday, March 20, 2016

MarchLiveShowThe DISDads Podcast will be coming to you live over on DisTalk Radio tonight, Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. CDT / 8:00 p.m. EDT. While you can listen right here from the embedded player there in the sidebar, if you join us over at DisTalk Radio, you’ll also be able to join in the discussion via the embedded chat room. Host Aaron Rittmaster will be joined by David Juart, John Thomas, and Brett Williams for a discussion of “The Perfect Planning Process” for a Walt Disney World vacation. Hope to see you there!

Happy 5th Birthday DISDads Podcast LIVE – Episode 376

BeerthdayHost: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: Don Donfris, Jay Gilbert, Terry Hawkins, Joe Masters

On tonight’s live podcast, we celebrated our fifth birthday. We released our first show on February 27, 2011. It was overly long. I had NO idea what I was doing playing host. And thank God for our editor Josh, who definitely made us sound smarter than we were. We started off the show with a bit of nostalgia, reminiscing about some of our favorite shows. Then we shifted the discussion to the present, and discussed the ticket price increases that hit both Disneyland and Walt Disney World today. Finally, we wrapped up by looking ahead, with a brief discussion of the possibilities for the next DISDads Cruise, probably coming up in 2017. Oh – and I teased a new DISDad project coming soon, thanks to the hard work of David Juart. Soon, we’ll have another show from the DISDads, as David creates the DISDads Beercast Weekly Pint, which will be should be making its debut on DisTalk Radio in the next couple of months. Thanks for listening over the last five years – we’re looking forward to bringing you at least five more!

The DISDads Podcast is sponsored by Mouse Master Travel. Let a Mouse Master take care of the details of your next Disney Destination vacation, so you can focus on fun!

What are some of your favorite DISDads Podcast moments over the last five years? What would you really like to hear us talk about, that we haven’t discussed yet? Tell us about it! Email us at podcast@disdads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; join in the online discussion of the podcasts on our DISDads Discussion Boards; and check out our DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

Our outro music is a sample of “Whiskey on the Mississippi” by Kevin MacLeod
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Star Wars: The Force Awakens LIVE Show – Episode 358

forceawakensmemePanel: Jeff Swearingen, Dave Juart, Joshua Shusterman
Host: Aaron Rittmaster

This week, we wrapped up our three-part Star Wars series with a live discussion of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The first 15 minutes or so of the show are spoiler free. But if you haven’t yet seen The Force Awakens, first GO SEE IT!! (It’s OK. We’ll wait).

Now that you’ve seen the movie, listen to the rest of the show and enjoy the discussion of some of our favorite moments, our frustrations with the story, and some speculation about where it might be headed next. Because the show featured spoilers, I fully expect that comments to this post will likely include spoilers as well. So again, if you haven’t seen the movie, I’d wait to read the comments until after you get back from the theater. To which you should be headed. Now.

What did you like best about Star Wars: The Force Awakens? What parts of it left you frustrated or dissatisfied? Where do you think the story is headed next? Tell us about it! Email us at podcast@disdads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; join in the online discussion of the podcasts on our DISDads Discussion Boards; and check out our DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

Our intro music is a parody, written and recorded by Mitch Furman.

Our outro music is a sample of “Whiskey on the Mississippi” by Kevin MacLeod
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

We discussed some books and comic books that have been created and released since the Disney purchase of Lucasfilm that are being considered part of the official Star Wars “canon.” If you’re interested in reading them, you can purchase them using the links below (these are affiliate links to the products at Amazon.com. You won’t pay any extra, but Disdads.com does get paid for the referral).

Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Shattered Empire is the Marvel-produced graphic novel that we talked about.
This is the official novelization of The Force Awakens, written by Alan Dean Foster.
Before the Awakening is actually a Young Adult collection of three short stories. But they provide additional background on three characters that we talked about during the show as having a lot unanswered about them. The Poe Dameron story, in particular, gets good reviews.
Star Wars: The Rise of the Empire is actually a compilation of two novels and three short stories that fill some of the gap between Episodes III and IV (which makes it good reading to lead up to next December's Rogue One film, which is set in the same pre-Episode IV time frame).
Aftermath: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the first book of a trilogy that is currently in production. To be honest, the Young Adult novels are getting much better reviews, even from adults.