The DAD Show #18 – Disneyland/Southern California with Ben Schafer

Photo: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney
Photo: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney

Welcome back to the DISDads Podcast Midweek Destinations And Diversions Show. The DAD Show is your humpday vacation fix. Our intro and outro music was created and performed by Mitch Furman.

In Episode 18, Ben Schafer takes us along on his family’s California vacation, including Disneyland, Legoland, and the San Diego Zoo.

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

Do you have any questions or comments about Ben’s trip? Want to volunteer to share your vacation story with us? Email us at podcast@DisDads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; and join in the online discussion of the podcasts on our DISDads Discussion Boards. If you enjoyed the podcast, we’d really appreciate it if you took a moment to leave us a review on iTunes.

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Amazon.com Picks of the Week: Backpacks

Discussions of backpacks/park bags have cropped up on the boards and in the Facebook group lately, and this is a great time to buy a new backpack, as they’re often included in back-to-school sales. And, of course, we Dads often find ourselves playing the role of theme park pack mule. Here are a few of my favorite backpack/park bag options, available through Amazon.com:

1. JanSport Wasabi Backpack – This is a good do-everything option. It’s spacious, at 1800 cu. in. of capacity, and keeps things organized with multiple zippered pockets, and even an easy-access mesh water bottle pocket. The shoulder straps and back are padded for comfort. And it comes in several colors. Perhaps best of all, in our experience, JanSport backpacks hold up very well, even after banging around at your feet on Rock-n-Roller Coaster.

2. Ready for something smaller and lighter? Check out the Victorinox Luggage Altamont 3.0 Monosling. The monosling is a single-strap bag, which can be worn over either shoulder. While it’s much smaller than the JanSport above, it can still accommodate a DSLR camera and a second lens, with room left for a couple of other small items. As a bonus, the zippered pouch on the strap is large enough for an iPhone.

3. The Baggalini Urban Backpack is one of the most popular suggestions for theme park bags on various message boards. Similar to the Victorinox above, it is a single-strap sling bag, and is smaller than the JanSport. The biggest difference between the Baggalini and the Victorinox is that the Baggalini has more externally-accessible pockets and is wider at the top of the bag.

4. If the primary purpose of your park bag is to carry your DSLR camera gear, an excellent and reasonably-priced choice is the Lowepro Flipside 300. The Lowepro features padded internal subdividers, providing maximum protection for your expensive camera equipment. Additional quick-access zippered pockets on the outside offer separate storage for non-camera items, and a mesh side-pocket allows for easy water-bottle access. The entire bag is made from tough, water-resistant fabric for contents protection and long-term durability.

If you’re in the market for a product like this, consider using our affiliate links to purchase. We receive a small referral fee from Amazon.com that helps defray the costs of running the DISDads.com sites.

Polls: Munch Madness Sweet Sixteen

The field is down to sixteen restaurants, all vying fo the title of DISDads Munch Madness Champion. Help us pare it down to the Epicurean Eight with your votes in the following polls. Your votes have already made the difference in several matchups. The criteria that panel members will be encouraged to apply to their selections are: menu, food quality, service quality, atmosphere, value, and overall dining experience.

Munch Madness Sweet Sixteen

  • (8) Artist's Point (73%, 27 Votes)
  • (5) bluezoo (27%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 37

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Munch Madness Sweet Sixteen

  • (3) Narcoosee's (53%, 18 Votes)
  • (7) Jiko (47%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 34

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Munch Madness Sweet Sixteen

  • (1) Sanaa (50%, 18 Votes)
  • (5) Raglan Road (50%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 36

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Munch Madness Sweet Sixteen

  • (2) Kona Cafe (57%, 20 Votes)
  • (3) Boma (43%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 35

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Munch Madness Sweet Sixteen

  • (1) Tusker House (56%, 20 Votes)
  • (5) Crystal Palace (44%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 36

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Munch Madness Sweet Sixteen

  • (3) 'Ohana (86%, 32 Votes)
  • (2) Akershus (14%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 37

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Munch Madness Sweet Sixteen

  • (1) Via Napoli (64%, 23 Votes)
  • (5) Yak & Yeti (36%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 36

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Munch Madness Sweet Sixteen

  • (2) Biergarten (67%, 24 Votes)
  • (3) Hacienda de San Angel (33%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 36

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Munch Madness – Round 2, Dinner and a Show & Theme Park Divisions: Episode 107

DISDadsCircle1400x1400Host: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: Eric Anderson; Norm Hayden; Terry Hawkins

We continue the second round of the Munch Madness tournament in Episode 107, as the panel pares the Dinner and a Show & Theme Park Dining divisions down to their Sweet Sixteen candidates.

Disagree with our choices? Have experiences with these restaurants you’d like to share with us? Tell us about it – Email us at podcast@DisDads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; and join in the online discussion of the podcasts on our DISDads Discussion Boards.

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The DAD Show #17 – Graduation Trip to Aulani with Brad Coates

IMG_1544Welcome back to the DISDads Podcast Midweek Destinations And Diversions Show. The DAD Show is your humpday vacation fix. Our intro and outro music was created and performed by Mitch Furman.

In Episode 17, Brad Coates talks about taking his family to Aulani in Hawaii, to celebrate his daughter’s high school graduation.

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

Do you have any questions or comments about Brad’s trip? Want to volunteer to share your vacation story with us? Email us at podcast@DisDads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; and join in the online discussion of the podcasts on our DISDads Discussion Boards. If you enjoyed the podcast, we’d really appreciate it if you took a moment to leave us a review on iTunes.

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Amazon.com Picks of the Week: Smartphone battery extenders

We all know that MyMagic+ will be rolling out at Walt Disney World “realsoonnow” (I believe that is, in fact, the official rollout date). We also know that using the My Disney Experience smartphone app while in the parks is important to taking full advantage of all that MyMagic+ has to offer. But even in its most recent form, My Disney Experience (and the necessary network connection to make MDE useful) is a huge battery hog. So how do you take full advantage of My Disney Experience without finding yourself with a dead smartphone before lunch? Here are a few products that can help you extend the life of your smartphone battery, even under heavy use:

1. The mega-capacity Anker Astro E5. This is a HUGE 15000mAh external battery charger. It has two USB ports, so you can recharge two devices at a time, and should be able to deliver 8 or more full recharges to most smartphones on a single charge of this external battery. It’s currently showing as on sale at Amazon.com for $59.99.

2. Looking for something that’s easier to carry around and/or only need to keep one device charged up? Consider an external battery built-into a phone case. Be careful choosing your case and vendor. You need a battery case with enough battery capacity to make it worth using. And for some reason this category of product has been popular among electronics counterfeiters. Counterfeit batteries are both unreliable and can be dangerous – stick with vendors who stand behind what they sell.

3. Split the difference with a smaller, lighter, external battery like this nifty design from New Trent. My favorite feature of this external battery chunk is the flip-out A/C plug, which makes recharging the charger easy and convenient.

If you’re in the market for a product like this, consider using our affiliate links to purchase. We receive a small referral fee from Amazon.com that helps defray the costs of running the DISDads.com sites.