DAD Show #225 – We’re Back!

DAD Show #225 - We're Back!
DAD Show #225 is just a quick National Podcasters’ Day episode to apologize for the unannounced hiatus, and let you all know that we’ll be back to our usual release schedule starting with tomorrow’s panel show. Thank you for your patience!

Episode 508 will be late

Quick Service Dining Tournament LogoMy apologies. Best laid plans and all that. But this week’s panel episode of the DISDads Podcast will not post until Wednesday or Thursday.

I thought I’d brought the recording will me and could edit it during break time. Unfortunately, the copied file was corrupt, so it couldn’t be edited. I won’t be able to get access to the file again until Imreturn home.

Again, sorry for the delay. We’ll get the show back on track as quickly as possible around the middle of this week.

WDW QSD Tournament Pitmaster’s Region: Round 1 – Episode 504

WDW QSD Tournament Pitmaster's Region: Round 1 - Episode 504
Host: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: Justin West (Pitmaster’s Region Captain), Eric Anderson, Don Donfris

It’s the first round in the Pitmaster’s Region of the DISDads Walt Disney World Quick Service Dining Tournament. Episode 504 features Regional captain Justin West making the case for his top seed, Flame Tree Barbecue. The panel only deadlocked on one matchup – the poll to help settle that tie will be posted tomorrow morning. Please come back and cast your vote!

You can track the whole tournament at home using this spreadsheet.

What did you think of the panel’s choices? did they get any of the winners wrong? Leave a comment here on the blog; Email us at; 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 (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

The DISDads Podcast is sponsored by Fantastic Memories Travel, LLC, and its Mouse Master Travel group, which focuses on Disney Destination vacations.

Next week, we’ll be LIVE with the first set of second-round matchups, looking at both The Beast Region and the Seafarer’s Region over at DisTalk Radio, starting at 7:00 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, June 4. Voting is still open to settle ties from those regions, but voting will close before the live show next Sunday.

Help us get the Quick Service Dining Plan Tournament Brackets Organized

Quick Service Dining Tournament LogoOption 1 would, of course, obviate the “contest” between the drafters, since they’d all end up with identical preliminary round “scores.”

Option 2 is just based on the numbers.

  • 14 Magic Kingdom locations are in
  • 13 Epcot locations
  • 13 Resort hotel locations
  • 12 Disney Springs locations
  • 7 Animal Kingdom theme park and 5 Hollywood Studios locations would be distributed to the other regions as “wild cards”

Option 3 is the mathematical solution. Just treat the draft order as the seeding order, and construct a huge “S-Curve” from Pick 1 to Pick 64. This has the advantage of evenly distributing each captain’s picks, but leaves each region without a clear collective identity.

How should we organize the Quick Service Dining Tournament Regions?

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DISDads Podcast LIVE on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. CDT

LIVE Podcast Sunday, May 7 at 7 p.m. CDT

Summer is arriving, and at the DISDads Podcast, that means tournament time!

Each summer since 2012, we’ve brought you a different elimination tournament, with a different method of setting and organizing the field, and we’re back at it again this year at 7:00 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, May 7, with our first-ever Walt Disney World Quick Service Dining Tournament. We’ll start with a full field of 64 quick service restaurants, progressively narrowing the field over the next several weeks, until we reach the championship rounds for the July 2, 2017 live show.

For this Sunday’s live show, host Aaron Rittmaster will be joined by Terry Hawkins, Josh Shusterman, David Juart and Justin West, who will serve as “captains.” During the show, the captains will each be selecting 16 quick service restaurant locations, which will serve as their “team” for the tournament. Remember – if you want to participate in the chat, you’ll need to register at – we’ll get those accounts approved as quickly as possible.

Previous Year’s Tournaments (and Winners)

2016 – My Disneyland (Disneyland Attraction Tournament) – Radiator Springs Racers
2015 – Disney Villains (held over to the Fall) – Emperor Palpatine / Darth Sidious
2014 – Walt Disney World Resort Hotels – Disney’s Polynesian Resort (not yet re-re-christened The Polynesian Village at the time of the tournament).
2013 – Munch Madness: WDW Table Service Dining Tournament – ‘Ohana
2012 – My Walt Disney World (WDW Attraction Tournament) – Haunted Mansion

Not (Necessarily) the Disney News LIVE – Episode 488

Not (Necesarily) the Disney News LIVE - Episode 488

Join host Aaron Rittmaster and panelists Kevin Crossman and Jason Mitts for a LIVE podcast over at We’ll be extending the spirit of April 1 for a few hours, bringing you a Disney-fan podcast version of the classic HBO series Not Necessarily the News. Remember to head over to DisTalkRadio early, so you can register for the chat. See you there!

The recorded episode is available now, for those of you who missed the live version.

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