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In Case You Missed It – News and Notes from around the DISDads CommunityIMG_0614

1. Our October live podcast will be tomorrow, Sunday, October 19 at 8:00 p.m. Central Time. Ryan Treichler, David Juart, and Kevin Crossman will be on the panel, as we play Over/Under with the Disney Rumor Mill. We’ll post the recording after the show, but if you join us live you can participate in the show via chat or even by calling in to the Skype call. We’re using a backup server at while the DISDads Radio server is being rebuilt.

2. We’ve opened another round of sales of dri-fit polo-style shirts. They’re available in four colors (Green, Blue, Red and Gray) for $35 each (plus shipping). Reviews from the first round of orders of these shirts have been extremely positive. You pre-order must be placed by November 10, 2014, and we need a minimum of 24 shirts to submit a production run. Place your order here. (Assuming we have enough pre-orders for a production run, these shirts should be received by purchasers by the end of November).

3. Congrats to DISDads John Thomas, Richard Grady, James Cameron, Terry Hawkins, Matt Feeney and Joshua Shusterman on making it to Round 2 of the Disney Moms Panel selection process (and better luck next time to the dads who didn’t advance). Good luck gentlemen, we’re all counting on you!

4. I’m headed to Disneyland next week, and I’m STILL looking for any tips and/or suggestions you might have for me. You can post them as comments to my Disneyland Pre-Trip Report podcast either here on the blog or on Facebook.

5. The next round of DISDads Podcast show panel sign-ups has been posted on the DISDads message boards. We’re always looking to include new participants on the show!

6. There still room for more participants on the DISDads Dream Cruise, sailing from Port Canaveral on June 22, 2015. It’s less than 250 days until the cruise, but still over 170 days until final payment is due. What could be better than relaxing on a cruise around The Bahamas with fellow DISDads (and their families, many of which include capable and eager tween and teen babysitter volunteers)? Request your free, no-obligation price quote today!

As always, thank you all for your support and participation. You are what make this community the friendliest, most generous Disney fan community in all of cyberspace!

The DAD Show #78 – Crowdsourcing Disneyland with Aaron

Photo Credit: David Matt

Photo Credit: David Matt

The week’s DAD Show is something . . . a little bit different. The Rittmaster Family, veterans of the Walt Disney World theme park experience, have their first-ever Disneyland trip coming up in just a couple of weeks. They’ve got a basic structure figured out for the trip, but are struggling with the details. So on this week’s show, Aaron invites the DISDads Podcast community to help crowdsource their vacation plans.

The DAD Show is your humpday vacation fix. Our intro and outro music was created and performed by Mitch Furman.

The DAD Show is sponsored by Kingdom Strollers, Orlando’s Premium Stroller and Crib Rental source.

What suggestions or recommendations do you have for the Rittmasters? Want to share your vacation story with us? Email us at; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; and join in the online discussion of the podcasts on our DISDads Discussion Boards; and check out our new DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

If you enjoyed the podcast, we’d really appreciate it if you took a moment to leave us a review on iTunes.

Drink along with Beercast II

TresPistolesAfter the first Beercast was released back in early July, we had some requests to release the sampling list in advance before the release of next Beercast. We thought that was a great idea, so here’s the list for Beercast II, which will be released this coming Sunday, August 31, 2014.
1. Chimay Blue
2. Unibroue Trois Pistoles
3. Bear Republic Racer 5

Heads up – we discovered that the drought in California appears to be impacting Bear Republic’s production. Racer 5 has all-of-a-sudden gotten very difficult to find, at least in the Midwest. With this list, you can sample over the holiday weekend, or wait to taste along with the show on Sunday!

Did the Bunk Madness Championship panel get it right?

Did the Bunk Madness Championshp panel get it right?

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If the panel got it wrong, which resort should have won? Why? Did your favorite make it to the championship round?

Friday Five: Random References & Reflections

The Friday Five is back again, with a collection of news and notes as we head into the weekend:

1. Cinderella’s Royal Table is getting a two-month long refurbishment in early 2015. It’s currently scheduled to be closed from January 5, 2015 through March 6, 2015 (but as with any construction project, that re-opening date is just a best guess). I think most will agree that it’s about time CRT got a refresh. There’s no word from Walt Disney World about adding a temporary character meal elsewhere (as they did when they put colonial-dress characters in Liberty Tree Tavern while Crystal Palace got its refurb). I expect that the CRT closure will make it MUCH harder to get reservations at Akershus’ Princess Fairytale Dining and, to a somewhat lesser extent, 1900 Park Fare’s Cinderella’s Happily Ever After dinner, as those are the only “princess meal” alternatives. I also expect this to place a greater premium on Princess Fairytale Hall Fastpass+, since that’s one of the few alternatives for meeting multiple princesses at once.

2. Walt Disney World is adding several “Frozen”-themed entertainment opportunities at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as part of “Frozen” Summer Fun – LIVE, running from July 5, 2014 through September 1, 2015. Entertainment will include Olaf on Summer Vacation (which involves something called a Take-Along Olaf and social media-posted photos hashtagged #OlafSummerVacation). We don’t have much detail about this yet, but I’m guessing is sort of a “Flat Olaf” thing, like Flat Stanley; an Anna & Elsa parade (it doesn’t sound like it will include a meet & greet); “Frozen” sing-alongs throughout the day in the Premiere Theater; Soundstage One will become a “Frozen” playground and shop, including “Frozen”-themed snacks as well; a “Frozen” dance party at 5:30 p.m. each evening; and “Frozen”-themed fireworks at 9:45 p.m. each night, after Fantasmic! (Note that the evening events will not take place on August 23, when the park closes at 7:00 p.m. for the hard-ticket Villains Unleashed event).

3. Thanks to DISDads contributors Bob Chavez, Al Jardines, Ryan Treichler, Todd Breaux, Scott Henney, Justin West, Tony McDaniel and Andy Fix – it’s the participation of the community that makes this place special!

4. There’s still time to join us for the DISDads Dream Cruise. We’re sailing on the Disney Dream out of Port Canaveral, Florida from June 22-26, 2015. We’ve got a great group of DISDads families already booked, and would love to have more. Our travel partners at Fairytale Journeys would be happy to put together a no-obligation quote for you – book today and you’ll have over 9 months to finish paying for your vacation!

5. The final round of DISDads Podcast’s Bunk Madness Walt Disney World Resort hotel tournament will be LIVE this Sunday on DISDads Radio, starting at 8:00 p.m. We hope you’ll join us – there’s a chat room at DISDads Radio for live chatting and opportunities to call-in and talk with us on the show.

Bunk Madness – DAK/DHS Area: Episode 200

DAK-DHSHost: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: Todd Breaux; Scott Henney; Justin West

DISDads Podcast Episode 200 completes the regional rounds of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels tournament, narrowing down the field of hotels in the Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios areas. We’re now all set with our Final Four, from which a champion will be selected next Sunday, June 29 at 8:00 p.m. Central Time on a LIVE show on DISDads Radio.

What did you think of the the DAK/DHS round? Tell us about it – Email us at; 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.

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