DISDads Hawaiian Shirt Pre-Orders Are Here!

DISDads Hawaiian Shirt Pre-Orders Are Here!

By popular demand, DISDads Hawaiian shirts are here. I LOVE the design, created by the supremely talented Kevin Quigley, co-host of The Thirty20Eight Podcast. Production of these shirts takes a bit more than a t-shirt. This design isn’t printed on top of the shirt. Rather, the design is essentially “baked-in” to the 100% nylon fabric through a process called dye sublimation. Then the fabric is custom-cut and sewn to create the shirts. The result is a soft, slightly stretchy shirt in strong, vibrant color that doesn’t crack, peel, or fade.

In order to raise the funds to kick start production of these shirts, the first 10 shirts are being sold as part of premium packages at a higher cost. Purchasers of one of the 5 Maui Packages will receive a DISDads coffee mug and a DISDads tumbler, in addition to their shirt. All three items together are a $121 retail value, being sold for a base price of $100 (plus any up charge for shirts larger than XL). The five Tamatoa Packages each include both a shirt and a tumbler, and all 10 of the premium packages will ship out two weeks before shirt-only purchases.

As soon as the 10 special package have been purchased, we’ll set a deadline for shirt-only purchases. Because of the unit cost of these shirts, we can’t really afford to carry inventory. So we can’t send the shirts to production until the orders are in. Once we send to production, they get turned around pretty quickly. Packages will be sent first to Maui Package and Tamatoa Package purchasers, and then the rest of the shirt orders will be fulfilled approximately two weeks later. The sooner you all get your orders in, the sooner the shirts will go to production.

DAD Show #246 – A Viking Invasion of Italy with Dustin Hertz


Dustin Hertz joins host Aaron Rittmaster to talk about his couples cruise of Southern Italy aboard the brand-new Viking Sky ocean cruise ship. Dustin and his wife sailed with a group from The DISBoards, and he shares the highs (and lows) of cruising with a large group on a smaller ship. He also talks about great excursions, from Pompeii to Murano to stumbling across “Game of Thrones” sets in Croatia.

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

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Walt Disney World Dinner Shows – Episode 566

Host: Aaron Rittmaster

Panelists: Patrick Gleason, Paul Lawson, Chris Salata & Jeff Swearingen

Podcast newcomer Patrick Gleason joins Paul Lawson (from Britain), Chris Salata (from Behind the Ears Podcast), and Jeff Swearingen (from Mickey’s back yard) to talk about Walt Disney World Dinner Shows with host Aaron Rittmaster. We cover the Hoop-De-Doo Revue, Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, and the Spirit of Aloha luau.

What do you think about Walt Disney World Dinner Shows? Which is your favorite? What updates do you think they need? Tell us about it! Leave a comment here on the blog; Email us at podcast@disdads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; and check out our DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

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Our outro music is “Whiskey on the Mississippi” © Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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The DISDads Podcast is sponsored by Mouse Master Travel, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.

Walt Disney World 2018-19 Price Increases Announced

On Sunday morning, February 11, 2018 Disney officially announced price increases for theme park tickets, parking, and a number of other Disney Parks & Resorts items. This article will focus primarily on the Walt Disney World ticket price increases. The increases were announced almost exactly a year after the last increase. They were the subject of quite a bit of rumor. But while the majority of rumors correctly identified the timing of the increases, most of them appear to have over-stated the size of the increases (at least for now – more on that later). Predictions of price increases of as much as 14% for some ticket lengths were not borne out by the prices released today. In fact, for the most part, increases were rather modest. Increases for 7-10 day tickets were less than 1.3% – by a wide margin, the smallest price increase for these ticket types since we started tracking prices in 2011.

WDW Year-Over-Year Ticket Prices 2011-2018

The interesting points in this graph of adult ticket prices, year-over-year, are the places where there are trend lines turn sharply. The 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 price curves all flatten out at the fourth ticket day. This suggests a pretty straightforward strategy from Walt Disney World. Pricing is intended to entice guests to purchase tickets that are longer than four days, because that’s the point at which the lower daily incremental cost substantially reduces the average daily cost of a ticket. This graph also clearly illustrates the unusually slim increase this time around on seven to ten-day tickets.

WDW Ticket Price Increases by Ticket Length

WDW Ticket Price Increases by Ticket Length

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This graph looks at the same data from a slightly different perspective, and illustrates the point in the range of ticket lengths where the greatest variations in price can be found. Perhaps surprisingly, the most stable ticket price has been for the 2-day ticket. But what I find more surprising is the growing disparity between the price of 3-day and 4-day tickets. At the same time, the price variation between tickets 4-days and longer is shrinking. My best guess is that Disney’s research is telling them that there are two different groups of people taking WDW vacations. “Weekenders” may be unlikely to buy a fourth ticket day, regardless of the price gap. Meanwhile, “Destination Vacationers” are purchasing at least a 4-day ticket (one day in each park). Making the gap between 4-day and 5-day tickets so much smaller than the gap between 3-day and 4-day tickets may encourage Vacationers to play longer at Walt Disney World, rather than purchasing a shorter Walt Disney World ticket, and continuing their vacation elsewhere in Orlando.

Walt Disney World Adult Ticket Price Changes, By Rate of Change

Price Increases by Rate of Change

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This graph looks at just the rate of change in the adult ticket prices, year-to-year, and by length of ticket. While the other graphs show fairly consistent, stable progressions in pricing, this graph looks all over the place by comparison. In many ways, this is the most revealing of the graphs – the lines can almost be read like the growth rings of a tree. Identify a large rate of change, particularly one that is anomalous to the rest of the ticket prices from the same year, and there’s likely a significant reason for that difference.

Big price increases in 2012 coincided with major investments in New Fantasyland and the opening of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. (And while this chart focuses on adult ticket prices, the gap between child pricing and adult pricing has gotten consistently smaller since 2012 as well). Both this year and last year, there have been disproportionately large price increases in 4-day ticket prices. I think this reflects the opening of Pandora: The World of Avatar in Disney’s Animal Kingdom last year, Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studio this year, and the opening of Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios next year. Basically – no more half-day parks. As construction progress makes all four theme parks compelling full-day experiences, the value (and price) of a four-day ticket is increasing.

One of the most interesting dives on this graph is this year’s sharp drop in the rate of increases for tickets longer than 4-days. After three consecutive years of double-digit increases in the price of at least some of these longer tickets, this year, increase rates plummeted to barely over 1% for 7-10 day tickets. As noted previously, one explanation for this is an effort to encourage guests to spend more of their standard one-week vacation in Disney parks. The other part of the explanation is a bit more speculative – increases in these ticket prices may have been small to leave room for larger price increases when dynamic pricing kicks in a few months from now. (More on this below).

There were a few other notable items included in the price increase announcement from Walt Disney World. The steepest price increases came not in the price of tickets but in the price of the Park Hopper and Park Hopper+ Options. The price for Park Hopper went up over 8%, and the price for Park Hopper+ for 4-day through 10-day tickets increased by more than 11%.

The other major theme park ticket price issue is the announcement that, later this year, Disney will introduce dynamic pricing for multi-day tickets. Single-day tickets have been subject to seasonal price variations for a few years now. And variable pricing has been used for special events for years (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is more expensive on weekend nights and closest to Halloween). It’s Disney’s stated goal to use dynamic pricing to help drive crowds away from Holiday times and toward slower times. This follows a consistent pattern over at least the last six years to work toward more evenly distributed crowds. Higher peak travel pricing allows Disney to continue growing revenue, even as attendance levels off (or even drops somewhat). The goal is to provide a better guest experience by reducing crowd levels. At this point, all we know for sure is that dynamic pricing is coming this year. Nothing was announced about what the pricing seasons or rates will be.

Transportation-related Increases

Parking Fees went up for the first time in a couple of years. New rates, as of Sunday, February 11:

  • Automobile (Standard) – $22
  • Automobile (Preferred) – $45
  • Limo/Shuttle – $27
  • Motorcycle – $22
  • Auto with Trailer – $27
  • Camper/RV – $27
  • Bus – $27
  • Tractor-Trailer – $27

Rates for Minnie Van transportation went up as well, increasing from $20 per ride to $25.

The State of the Star Wars Saga – Episode 542

Episode 542 - The State of the Star Wars Saga with Host: Aaron Rittmaster and Panel: Chris Papciak, Joshua Shusterman, Jonathan Rittmaster and Special Guests Wookiee Radio
Host: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: Chris Paciak, Joshua Shusterman, DISKid Jonathan Rittmaster, and Special Guests Wookiee Radio

Mike, Ken and Derrick, from Wookiee Radio; and DISKid Jonathan Rittmaster join DISDads Podcast panelists Chris Paciak and Joshua Shusterman to discuss the State of the Star Wars Saga with Host Aaron Rittmaster. We talk about some of the fan-community controversies stirred up The Last Jedi, offer our own takes on the film, and where we think the overall saga is headed from here. WARNING: SPOILERS!!

What’s your take on the current state of the Star Wars Saga? Tell us about it!

Leave a comment here on the blog; Email us at podcast@disdads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; and check out our DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

If you enjoyed the podcast, we’d also really appreciate it if you took a moment to leave us a review on iTunes (If you didn’t enjoy the show, feel free to ignore that last link).

Our outro music is “Whiskey on the Mississippi” © Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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The DISDads Podcast is sponsored by Fantastic Memories Travel, LLC, and its Mouse Master Travel service, a specialized Disney Destination vacation planning service.

DAD Show #221 – Uncle Danny & Mr. Chris Take Over (Part 3)

DAD Show #221 - Uncle Danny & Mr. Chris Take Over (Part 3)

Uncle Danny & Mr. Chris from Behind the Ears Podcast wrap up their DAD Show takeover with part three of their Walt Disney World trip report. This is a re-publication their report, originally featured on their own show (and streaming live via Streaming the Magic). If you’re not already listening to their show, it’s a worthy add to whatever podcatcher you use.

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

Have a trip report you’d like to share with us? Tell us about it! Email us at podcast@DisDads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; and check out our DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

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