The DAD Show #22 – Relaxing at Disney’s HHI Resort with Norm Hayden

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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 22, I chat with Norm Hayden about his family’s relaxing Spring getaway to Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort.

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Disneyland – Toontown & Tomorrowland: Episode 115

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Panel: Kevin Crossman, David Platt

Episode 115 marks the conclusion of our land-by-land review of Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California. The panel takes a closer look at Toontown and Tomorrowland, offering touring suggestions, highlights, and favorites.

Have Toontown or Tomorrowland favorites or suggestions you’d like to share? Tell us about them – 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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Disney INFINITY – A DISDads First Look Part 2

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The game starts you off “? With just a spark of inspiration ?.” You travel around as a spark and collect other sparks as you begin to transform into a spark character. This beginning spark scene is the intro to the tutorial and when you are done with the tutorial you will be in your toy box. The ending of the tutorial is really awesome. You will see a lot of the characters that are available for use in the game or that will be available in the near future.

Game play in the toy box basically involves world building. As you work through the adventures, you earn spin tokens that you can use to unlock build pieces. Once you have a collection of build pieces, you can go nuts and build whatever you can imagine! One thing I have been disappointed in so far is that you are supposed to be able to play with up to four people in your toy box. So far, I have not been able to connect to any friends online, so I don’t know whether four-player mode is working. If you are not skilled at crafting your own world, there are several worlds available to download, and you can play in those. This mode is very reminiscent of Minecraft. If you have seen some of the worlds people have created there, I can only imagine the possibilities within the Disney universe.

Game play in the play sets is pretty good. There could be a bit more to them. They are essentially scavenger hunts, with a few bad guys here and there. You can take to in-game characters to get mini tasks within the larger task you are working toward completing.
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Disney INFINITY – A DISDads First Look Part 1

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We were among the early-adopters, going out last Sunday morning to pick up our copy of Disney’s newest gaming venture – Disney INFINITY – on release day. I was a bit worried because we didn’t go very early, and I’d seen reports of some stores being sold out in other areas. We went to Target (my wife’s other obsession, besides our shared Walt Disney World obsession). We rushed to the electronics department in the back of the store, and there it was: A half-aisle with starter packs, extra character figures, power discs and multi-character packs. All were fully stocked and waiting. Currently, Disney INFINITY is available for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Free, online, iPad and PC versions that will allow you to load elements from your console copy of the game have been announced for late August and October, 2013 releases respectively.

We bought the Xbox starter pack, which includes: the game disc, a Disney INFINITY powerbase (where you put your figures, power discs, and gadgets), Sully, Captain Jack Sparrow and Mr. Incredible characters, the gadgets for Incredibles, Pirates, and Monsters U, and one power disc. We also bought a few more power discs (they come in packs of two), and finally we purchased the Lone Ranger play set which included the Lone Ranger, Tonto and the Lone Ranger gadgets.
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The DAD Show #21 – Dropping In On WDW with Barry Sommer

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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.

For Episode 21, Barry Sommer gave us the rest of the story of his 13th Anniversary trip to Walt Disney World, including 13 Tower of Terror rides, which became 14; DISDads meet-ups; and Ryder’s first haircut.

DISDads Travelogue “countdown” photos
13 Tower of Terror rides backstory

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

Do you have any questions or comments about Barry’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: Disney Infinity

This week, the talk on the Facebook page, discussion boards, and in chat have frequently turned to Disney’s new console video game DISNEY INFINITY. I won’t go into detail about the game here – we’ll save that for a full review from a Dad who is more of a gamer than I am, to give the subject its due. But until then, here are affiliate links to DISNEY INFINITY-related items, including the game itself, a couple of favorite Playsets and Figures, and Power Disks, all of which extend and enhance game functionality.

1. DISNEY INFINITY Video Game (Includes: 3 INFINITY Play Sets: Monsters University, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Incredibles AND 3 INFINITY Characters: Mr. Incredible, Jack Sparrow, and Sulley). This link will take you to the XBOX 360 version of the game. Make sure you select the correct version for the console that you’re using before placing your order. Versions for Nintendo Wii and Wii U; Playstation 3; XBOX 360; and Nintendo 3DS are available. All of the Play Sets, Characters, and Power Disks are cross-platform compatible.

2. DISNEY INFINITY Playsets – Right now, Amazon is carrying the Cars and Lone Ranger playsets. Various retailers are offering retailer-exclusive versions. Look for new playsets to be released fairly regularly, as new Disney films are released.

3. DISNEY INFINITY Figures are sold either individually or as 3-figure themed packs. My favorite of these right now is the Villains 3-Pack, which includes Davy Jones, Randall, and Syndrome.

4. DISNEY INFINITY Power Disks provide a number of in-game improvements/enhancements, both in standard game play and in the especially popular Toy Box Mode.

5. Finally, how do you keep track of all of these little pieces as your DISNEY INFINITY collection expands? How about a DISNEY INFINTY Play Zone from PDP? It gives you room to securly store (and even transport) up to 17 Figures, 3 Playsets and 20 Power Discs. Maybe most importantly, it’s a good way to keep your spouse from complaining about your sprawling DISNEY INFINITY collection!