Monday Poll: DisDads Convention Activities

Which activities would you be interested in participating in at the DisDads Convention? You can vote for any one or all of the options in this poll, and add your own suggestions in the comments below. Ideas that “win” this poll won’t automatically be put on the schedule, but we’ll certainly take the community’s votes into consideration as we begin to work out the details for this exciting weekend!

Which activities would you be interested in at the DisDads Convention?

  • Group meal (19%, 30 Votes)
  • Group rides on theme park attractions (15%, 24 Votes)
  • Live DisDads Podcast Recording (15%, 23 Votes)
  • Private Illuminations Dessert Party (13%, 20 Votes)
  • Cocktail party meet-up (12%, 19 Votes)
  • Private Fantasmic! Dessert Party (9%, 14 Votes)
  • 9-hole GKTW Charity Golf Tournament (8%, 13 Votes)
  • Yee Haa Bob show at Port Orleans-Riverside (7%, 11 Votes)
  • Other: Please add suggestions in Comments (3%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 38

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Announcing: DisDads Convention – January 10-14, 2013

You asked for it, so we’re putting it together! It’s early in the process, and there are LOTS of details to work out, but here’s an overview.

When: January 10-14, 2013 (Group rate can be extended up to three-nights on either side of that)

Where: Walt Disney World. Our group block includes 10 rooms at Wilderness Lodge, 10 rooms at Port Orleans-Riverside, and 5 rooms at All-Star Music (we wanted to provide an options at a variety of price points). The number of rooms can be adjusted somewhat based on how booking goes, based on availability.

What: This is still to be determined. We’re looking at a variety of possibilities, including a group meal, group rides, Illuminations or Fantasmic! dessert party – even the possibility of a 9-hole charity golf tournament.

Who: Everyone is welcome! Come solo, maybe find another dad to room with to share costs. Or bring the whole family along – either way we’ll have a great time experiencing Walt Disney World together!

Cost: TBD. Here’s the deal on cost – Disney rates for 2013 have not yet been announced. So we have what amount to “placeholder” rates currently. Our contract will be amended sometime between June and August, when final rates are announced. Here is what we can tell you about cost at this point. You can hold a room as a part of our group reservation with a deposit equal to one-night’s room rate at current-year prices (these are expected to go up somewhat for next year, but we are guaranteed an increase no greater than 10%).
Room Rates: Wilderness Lodge – $218/night. Port Orleans-Riverside – $150.00/night. All-Star Music – $81.00/night. There is an additional charge that applies if more than two adults will be staying in the room. (These room rates are not significantly discounted, but the real savings comes in the eligibility to buy group rate tickets if you’re booked in a group rate room).
Tickets: Again, pricing has not yet been released for 2013, and the savings varies depending on the length of ticket that you buy. A review of prices for this year suggest a savings of about 25% over regular ticket prices. Group tickets also include one free admission to a water park, DisneyQuest, or Disney’s Oak Trail 9-hole golf course (hence the golf tournament idea).

How: Email a Fairytale Journeys by DisDads Travel Agent. We’re all working together on this one, so any of us can help get you booked into our group.

Booking will start to become available in about a week (it will take some time to process the contract). Booking requires a deposit as noted above. Under current Walt Disney World Resort rules, room deposits are fully refundable up to five days prior to arrival. The deadline for room reservations within our block of rooms is December 10, 2012. You’ve got plenty of time to make a decision, but the supply of group rooms is limited, and bookings will be first come-first served. We will attempt to add more rooms to the block if the demand is there, but we can’t guarantee that more group space will be available.

That’s all for now – watch this space for updates and planning. I’m sure we’ll be looking for volunteers to help with some of the organization stuff as we move forward.

Monorail Resorts: Podcast Episode 22

Host: Aaron Rittmaster (AJRitz)
Panel: Ryan Treichler (IAmTrike); Eric Anderson (DEA); Carl Nixon (carlnix20)

For the fourth installment of our Walt Disney World resort roundup, the Dis Dads began looking at Deluxe Resorts with the Monorail Resorts – The Polynesian, The Contemporary, and The Grand Floridian. After briefly discussing what sets apart Deluxe resorts in general, the panel discussed each of the monorail resorts in turn, sandwiched around Carl Nixon’s turn on the hotseat for 10 Questions. We wrapped up the podcast by sharing our favorite restaurants that are located in monorail resorts.

Special thanks to our Producer/Engineer Josh Haas, who also created and recorded our intro music. The DIS Dads Podcast is edited and mixed at Pi Productions by A Veil Lifted.

We’d love to hear your comments about the podcast – Email us at podcast@DisDads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter or leave us a review on iTunes.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a WDW day NOT spent in a theme park?

I know, I know, blasphemy! But if you’re spending a day at Walt Disney World, but not spending the day in any theme park, what’s your favorite way to spend the day? You can only choose one, and if your favorite isn’t on the list of choices, just vote “other” and tell us about it!

What's your favorite thing to do on a WDW day NOT spent in a theme park?

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Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol review

What’s it about? 4th in the line of Mission: Impossible movies, this one involves the IMF team being framed for a break-in at the Kremlin gone horribly wrong.  As a result of escalating tensions between nations, the U.S. disavows the entire team, leaving them completely on their own to discover the identity of the true bad guy and clear their names. 

What’s good about it?  The producers pulled off a masterstroke by hiring Brad Bird, director of Pixar animated classics “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille”, to make his live-action debut here.  Bird delivers a movie that is full of energy, suspense, humor, and jaw-dropping action sequences.  Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, and Paula Patton make an appealing team, and the “team” aspect is played up better in this movie than the others–it’s not a one-man show.  Cool spy gadgets abound, and just about every sequence set in Dubai is amazing.  See it in IMAX if you want the full vertigo-inducing effect of watching Cruise clinging to the edge of the Burj Dubai, tallest building in the world.

What’s not-so-good?  Just picking nits here.  The villain is mostly a background character and doesn’t really stand out as a huge threat.  And after the sensational scenes in Dubai, the finale in Mumbai seems a little less spectacular in comparison.  But these are minor complaints.

What age would be appropriate for kids to watch this movie?  8 and up should be ok.  There’s standard action-movie violence, some people are killed onscreen, but little blood or gore.  Maybe a couple of curse words.  Overall, it’s a fairly tame PG-13.

Is there anything a Dad can teach his kids from this movie?  I wouldn’t call this a “deep” movie with any sort of message.  It’s simply out to entertain you for 2 hours.  But no dad will ever turn down a chance to show his kids how awesome explosions and cools stunts/gadgets are.

Thumbs up or “not thumbs”?  Two thumbs way up!