Friday Five: Random References & Reflections

1. Dis Dad Mark Pratt passed this YouTube video on to me, spoofing uninformed Walt Disney World guests. All we can do is feel for the poor Cast Members, and do our best to help educate as many WDW guests-to-be as we can. 🙂 (Note: audio may be inappropriate for children and/or some workplaces) – Stupid Safari Guest. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever heard a fellow WDW guest say to/ask a Cast Member?
2. If you’re on Facebook, join our Dis Dads Club Facebook group. We’ve had some fun, totally random, evening chats there recently.
3. Thanks to the Episode 11 podcast panel – Chris Carroll, Paul Hajjar, Steve Bratton, CJ Fragola, and Mark Pratt; and to Jason Gilbert for our Wordless Wednesday photo.
4. Consider using a Fairytale Journeys by Dis Dads travel agent for your next Disney vacation. We can help you book a new reservation, or even assist you with hard-to-get ADRs and by watching out for new discounts to apply to existing reservations. Through the month of August, if you transfer an existing reservation to an FTJ by Dis Dads agent, you can receive a Disney Gift Card worth up to $50. Various promotions for new reservations are available from individual agents.
5. I recently won a drawing for one-week stroller rental from Kingdom Strollers, through Disney Go To Girl. We’ll be using that rental on our upcoming September trip. About a year ago, we rented a stroller for a week from Orlando Stroller Rentals. When we get back from our September trip, watch for an article comparing our experiences with these stroller rental companies. What have your experiences been renting strollers for use at Walt Disney World?

The DVC Show: Episode 11

Host: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: Chris Carroll, Paul Hajjar, Steve Bratton, CJ Fragola, Mark Pratt

In Episode 11, the panel discusses the Disney Vacation Club. We compare DVC to other time-share programs and discuss the benefits of DVC membership for Walt Disney World fans. After Steve Bratton takes the hotseat for 10 Questions, the panel talks about the options for purchasing DVC contracts. I preview my short-notice September Walt Disney World vacation, and we close the episode with the panel offering their choices for favorite DVC Resort (hint: Boardwalk Inn and Bay Lake Towers were the top two vote-getters).

DVC is really too big of a topic for a single podcast episode. For more information about DVC ownership (in addition to official Disney sources of information), check out:
The DVC Life blog (Katie’s a little behind, but it’s chock full of great information)
DVC News – a fan-driven site about all things DVC.
MouseOwners – a discussion board for DVC owners (which also includes a board for people interested in renting DVC points from existing members).

Friday Five: Random References & Reflections

1. We’re still looking for a new logo. If you’re interested in submitting a logo, please review the Logo Contest guidelines. The designer of the logo that we select will receive a one-year Premium Subscription to TouringPlans.com.

2. We have a winner from our Monday Poll drawing! RodBelding spoke up for Mousesavers.com, and was selected by random.org as the winner of the $25 gift certificate to Shula’s Steakhouse at the Walt Disney World Dolphin.

3. Thanks to this week’s participating DisDads: Mark Pratt (for help dealing with the Zazzle.com/logo mess) and Don Staten for the Wordless Wednesday photo.

4. I’m not feeling much sympathy for folks who are all up in arms about Disney’s experiment with (and plans for wide implementation of) RFID-controlled soda distribution. This technology appears to me to be a minimally intrusive, minimal additional inconvenience to resolve a problem that had grown to epidemic size. There wouldn’t be any need for this technology fix if the honor system was working. But when too many people act in a dishonorable manner by trying to take that for which they have not paid, all of us have to deal with some extra inconvenience. The rule has been clear for years now. The resort refillable-mug is refillable for free during the trip on which it was purchased. Refills aren’t free unless Disney changes the mug design. They’re not free until you get caught. They’re free for the length of your stay. And whether or not Disney makes a huge profit margin on soft drink sales is irrelevant to the discussion too. The choices are clear – pay the price Disney is charging and use your mug according to the rules or get your drink fix another way. Any other choice is, and has been, petty theft. To me, this topic is a parallel to the MANLAW about giving up your seat on the bus. You are modeling behavior for your children when you do these things. Which lesson do you want to teach them? “Take what you can get for free until you get caught,” or “make a choice and deal with the consequences of that choice?” The DisDad answer seems pretty clear to me. (One other note: it’s no suprise to me that they’re working on getting this technology implemented before next year, when all of the Dining Plans will include a resort refillable mug. People improperly re-using old mugs have that much less incentive to pay for a Dining Plan).

5. Do you have a Disney vacation already booked? Consider transferring your reservation to a Fairytale Journeys by DisDads travel agent. Transfer a reservation in the next 30 days, and you can receive a Disney Gift Card worth up to $50 (depending on the total cost of the trip), just for handing over the burden of monitoring for discounts that might apply to your reservation and reduce your vacation’s cost; making reservations; and dealing with other planning details to a Fairytale Journeys by DisDads agent. (Of course we’re always happy to help you book a new vacation as well)!