Disney Cruise Line announces Fall 2012 Pixar California Coastal Cruises

Yesterday, Disney Cruise Lines announced four special California Coastal Cruises, sailing out of the Port of Los Angeles. The 7-night cruises will follow the California Coastal itinerary, visiting San Francisco, San Diego, and Ensenada, Mexico, and offers some outstanding port excursions of particular interest to Disney fans. But in addition to the standard excursions and experiences available on board the Disney Wonder, these sailings (Sept. 16, 23, 30 and Oct. 7, 2012) will also feature several unique Pixar-themed experiences.

The entire Pixar film library will be playing in the movie theaters on board the Disney Wonder, including the 3-D re-release of Finding Nemo, which will be new in theaters as these cruises begin. Guests will be able to enjoy presentations from Pixar artists and filmmakers, and will be offered sneak peeks at upcoming Pixar releases. The Wonder will feature a special exhibition featuring the art and artists of Pixar. And these sailings will feature the largest collection of Pixar characters, available to meet and greet passengers that has ever been assembled in one place. They’ll even be joining families for special dance parties on board! And each stateroom will also receive a limited-edition commemorative Pixar lithograph, created just for these sailings.

For more information; to receive a free, no-obligation quote, or to book your Pixar California Coastal Cruise vacation, contact a Fairytale Journeys by DISDads agent today!

This post sponsored by Fairytale Journeys travel agency, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.

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Disneyland (Part 1): Episode 31

Host – Aaron Rittmaster
Panel – Dave Compton; James Goodman
Special Guest – David Platt

In Episode 31, the DISDads Podcast headed West, for our first extensive discussion of “the mother ship” – Disneyland. Because it was our first discussion of Disneyland, we took a birds-eye view of the Resort, and discussed it from the perspective of what a Walt Disney World fan should know about the park that started it all. Aaron and returning panelists Dave and James were joined by special guest David Platt. David was one of those guys who never really understood the Disney Parks obsession — until he visited this past April and saw Disneyland through the eyes of his 4-year-old daughter. David shared the experiences that made him an instant DISDad, from the minute his daughter ran up to hug Mickey during Toontown Morning Madness.

The rest of the podcast covered various comparisons and contrasts between Walt Disney World and Disneyland, including issues of food and restaurants; hotels and resorts; parks, attractions, entertainment and more. We had so much fun, I’m sure we’ll be revisiting Disneyland to take a more in-depth look at particular aspects of the Resort in the near future!

Special thanks to our Producer/Engineer Josh Haas, who also created and recorded our intro music. The DIS Dads Podcast is edited and produced by Josh Haas/Wizard of Haas Production.

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. And now, you can join in online discussion of the podcasts on our new DISDads Discussion Boards.

What is your favorite way to beat the heat at Walt Disney World?

With Memorial Day Weekend behind us, summer is (unofficially) here. With summer comes sunshine, crowds, heat and humidity at Walt Disney World. What’s your favorite way to beat the heat at Walt Disney World?

What is your favorite way to beat the heat at Walt Disney World?

  • Dark rides with good A/C (55%, 16 Votes)
  • Indoor shows with A/C (31%, 9 Votes)
  • Relax at the resort pool (10%, 3 Votes)
  • Rides like Splash Mountain and Kali River Rapids (3%, 1 Votes)
  • WDW Water Parks (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Other (Explain in the comments) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 29

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Zerf’s WDW Restroom Contest – TIEBREAKER – WINNER!

The scores have been tallied, and we have — a tie! The top 5 finishers were:
In a 3-way tie for 3rd place, with seven points each: Emma’s Dad, Darcy, and Freezin’ Rafiki
Tied for 1st place, with 14 points each, are SWABikeDude and Wherem I Now. In order to break the tie at the top and determine who gets the prize, James and Mike will be participating in a tie-breaker.

We have a winner! James Goodman squeaked by Mike Willis on the strength of the very last tiebreaker photo. I will post a complete list of the photos and answers later tonight or tomorrow.

To break the tie, James and Mike will be Emailing me with their guesses for the location of the restrooms posted below. They will continue to take turns guessing until one or the other of them has identified all three. The first one to get all three correct, wins. Here’s a hint: one of the photos is from a restaurant; one of the photos is near an attraction; and one of the photos is from a space outside of the theme parks. The standard for determining if an answer is correct will be, if I asked, “where’s the restroom,” would the description be enough for me to find it.

Top 5: Air Conditioned Escapes at WDW

by David Juart
Fact of the Day: it’s warm in Florida during the summer. Ok, that might be an understatement. Ninety plus degrees and (cue Dr. Evil) ONE HUNDRED BILLION percent humidity makes for a rough afternoon, even for seasoned Disney summer veterans like myself. Obviously the best tip to beat the heat is to arrive early, break often and have a plan. Afternoons at the pool help avoid the heat and the crowds alike. But what happens if you’re party is stuck in the park waiting for, say, Beauty AND the Beast to start signing autographs at 2:30 PM? Or your Toy Story Midway Mania Fastpass window opens at 3:15 PM? Yes, you could peruse a shop or two or take a nap during Ellen’s Energy Adventure, but luckily, there are attraction options that will provide relief and allow you to cross something off your to do list.

5. It’s Tough to be a Bug (Animal Kingdom) – You want the truth? I needed to put something on the list from Animal Kingdom. It beat out Finding Nemo the Musical and Festival of the Lion King because it’s continuous and centrally located. The queue is outside and rather long, but is shaded and offers the Tree of Life as some eye candy to pass the time.
4. The Haunted Mansion (Magic Kingdom) – Although the entirety of the queue at HM is outside, there’s nothing like walking into an overly darkened room and being blasted by forty degree air, knowing it’s going to continue for the next 15 – 18 minutes. Plus you’re enjoying one of the hallowed attractions at Magic Kingdom, and if you’re extremely overheated, you could volunteer to be the 1,000th happy haunt. Just sayin’.
3. Rock-n-Roller Coaster Single Rider Line (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) – A roller coaster? Really? Yes, really. By jumping into the single riders’ line, you bypass the exterior queue and find yourself in blissful AC, preparing to take the limo ride of a lifetime. Add that the attraction is one of DHS’s Big Four, and this turns into a great use of time while escaping the oppressive Florida heat.
2. The Great Movie Ride (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) – Unless you find yourself in the overflow queue, the entirety of your Great Movie Ride experience is in climate controlled heaven. I personally love this ride. From the movie trailers playing while you queue, to the “story within the story” as you ride, you really can’t beat this DHS classic as a cool station.
1. The Living Seas with Nemo and Friends (Epcot) – This attraction, by far, has the most to offer while escaping the heat, especially for those with little ones. First, you enter through a completely air conditioned queue to help find Nemo in your clamobile, exiting into a huge aquarium with tons to see and do. Add Turtle Talk with Crush to the list, and you have upwards of an hour of heat-beating entertainment.

Those are my Top Five, but for sure there are more! What are your favorite attractions to help beat the heat while visiting WDW? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @DisDadsPodcast, or you can tweet me directly @dpjuart.