DAD Show #141 – A Quick Last-Minute WDW Trip with Ryan Treichler

Colortopia at Epcot in WDWRyan and Noah Treichler join us on this week’s DAD Show, to talk about a last-minute trip to Walt Disney World they took just a couple of weeks ago. With plans made less than 48 hours in advance, and a short, three-day trip, they still managed to pack in plenty of family fun and great experiences. They tried a couple of new hotels, got to say farewell to the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights and Captain Eo, enjoyed ADRs at Biergarten, Liberty Tree Tavern, Grand Floridian Cafe, and more!

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

Does Ryan’s trip report tempt you to say, “the heck with it, we’re going to Walt Disney World this weekend!”? Do you have a vacation story you’d like to share? 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; and check out our DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

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Thank you to Mitch Furman for our intro and outro music.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens LIVE Show – Episode 358

forceawakensmemePanel: Jeff Swearingen, Dave Juart, Joshua Shusterman
Host: Aaron Rittmaster

This week, we wrapped up our three-part Star Wars series with a live discussion of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The first 15 minutes or so of the show are spoiler free. But if you haven’t yet seen The Force Awakens, first GO SEE IT!! (It’s OK. We’ll wait).

Now that you’ve seen the movie, listen to the rest of the show and enjoy the discussion of some of our favorite moments, our frustrations with the story, and some speculation about where it might be headed next. Because the show featured spoilers, I fully expect that comments to this post will likely include spoilers as well. So again, if you haven’t seen the movie, I’d wait to read the comments until after you get back from the theater. To which you should be headed. Now.

What did you like best about Star Wars: The Force Awakens? What parts of it left you frustrated or dissatisfied? Where do you think the story is headed next? Tell us about it! Email us at podcast@disdads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; join in the online discussion of the podcasts on our DISDads Discussion Boards; and check out our DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

Our intro music is a parody, written and recorded by Mitch Furman.

Our outro music is a sample of “Whiskey on the Mississippi” by Kevin MacLeod
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

We discussed some books and comic books that have been created and released since the Disney purchase of Lucasfilm that are being considered part of the official Star Wars “canon.” If you’re interested in reading them, you can purchase them using the links below (these are affiliate links to the products at Amazon.com. You won’t pay any extra, but Disdads.com does get paid for the referral).

Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Shattered Empire is the Marvel-produced graphic novel that we talked about.
This is the official novelization of The Force Awakens, written by Alan Dean Foster.
Before the Awakening is actually a Young Adult collection of three short stories. But they provide additional background on three characters that we talked about during the show as having a lot unanswered about them. The Poe Dameron story, in particular, gets good reviews.
Star Wars: The Rise of the Empire is actually a compilation of two novels and three short stories that fill some of the gap between Episodes III and IV (which makes it good reading to lead up to next December's Rogue One film, which is set in the same pre-Episode IV time frame).
Aftermath: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the first book of a trilogy that is currently in production. To be honest, the Young Adult novels are getting much better reviews, even from adults.

DAD Show #140 – A Magical WDW Day with Corey Day

12405294_10207324285339692_12953190_oOn this week’s DAD Show, Corey Day joins us to talk about his family’s unique Walt Disney World trip. Nothing like a twelve hour drive for a side-trip to take a child’s mind off of recovery from a surgical procedure! A trip that started with a long drive and a heavy rain storm turns Magical, with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party becoming un-sold-out, an opportunity to participate in the flag retreat ceremony in the Magic Kingdom, and some amazing character interactions. Along the way, Corey and I also discuss some interesting updates to Walt Disney World’s Memory Maker product – a price reduction on the regular Memory Maker, and a new One Day Memory Maker that can be purchased from within the My Disney Experience smartphone app.

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

Do you have any suggestions for Corey for his family’s Disneyland vacation this Spring? Do you have a vacation story you’d like to share? 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; and check out our DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

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Thank you to Mitch Furman for our intro and outro music.

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Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy – Episode 356

All Jason Mitts wants for Christmas is a Jar Jar hat!
All Jason Mitts wants for Christmas is a Jar Jar hat!
Panel: David Nicely, Jeff Swearingen, Brett Williams
Host: Aaron Rittmaster

On this Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens release weekend, the panel avoids spoilers by talking about the Prequel Trilogy. We discuss some of the overlooked strengths of these films, as well as their thoroughly dissected weaknesses. We provide an overview of the plots of the movies (so that you don’t have to re-watch them, if you’d prefer not to). And along the way, we poke a little fun at Jason Mitts, President of the Jar-Jar Binks Fan Club.* We even briefly discuss the “Darth Jar Jar” theory currently making the rounds on the Internet.

If seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens by next Sunday, December 27 at 7:00 p.m. Central Time (or don’t mind spoilers), join us for the December live show. We’ll start the show spoiler-free, but once we’ve discussed basic reactions, the rest of the show will be spoilerific – and we’ll open things up for listeners to join in on the Skype conversation. The live show will be broadcast as part of the beta testing of a new venture – DisTalk Radio. You’ll be able to listen in at http://distalkradio.com/, where you’ll also be able to find links for various streaming media players (and the chat system should also be up and running).

(Our apologies to the actual president of the real Jar-Jar Binks Fan Club, if such a thing really exists).

What are your memories of the prequel releases? What did the panel forget about? What did we get wrong? Were we too harsh on the prequels, or too forgiving? Tell us about it! Email us at podcast@disdads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; join in the online discussion of the podcasts on our DISDads Discussion Boards; and check out our DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

Our outro music is a sample of “Whiskey on the Mississippi” by Kevin MacLeod
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

The Jar Jar hat can be found on Etsy. The shop owner is on hiatus, but there probably wasn’t time to order one for Jason and have it arrive by Christmas anyway.

DAD Show #139 – Unconventional WDW Thanksgiving with Johnny Griffis

LaCavaJohnny Griffis returns to the DAD Show this week, to talk about his family’s somewhat unusual approach to Thanksgiving. They’ve developed a tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving with a stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Johnny talks about changing up the approach this time and, similar to James last week, slowing things down and just taking it all in, without putting any pressure on themselves to rush from attraction to attraction or to build a day’s plan around an Advanced Dining Reservation. And, of course, Johnny and I couldn’t resist chatting a bit about a favorite we share – La Cava del Tequila in Epcot.

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

What do you think about Johnny’s family’s approach? Do you have a vacation story you’d like to share? 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; and check out our DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

If you enjoyed the podcast, we’d really appreciate it if you took a moment to leave us a review on iTunes

Thank you to Mitch Furman for our intro and outro music.

Star Wars: The Original Trilogy – Episode 354

12308417_10154337647708765_1395422451567655158_nPanel: Kevin Crossman, Terry Hawkins, Jason Mitts
Host: Aaron Rittmaster

With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens just a few days away, the panel dives into a discussion of the movies that started it all. It’s a mega-sized episode, befitting a mega-sized topic. We discuss our personal experiences with the release of the original films, their impact on the movie industry and their larger cultural impact. We also have a spoilerific discussion of the plots of the original Star Wars trilogy films, in case you need to quickly catch up kids who don’t quite have the patience to watch them with you before going to see The Force Awakens. This series will continue next week, with a similar discussion of the prequel films, and culminate with a live show discussion of The Force Awakens on Sunday, December 27 at 7:00 p.m.

What are your memories of the original release of Star Wars (before it was known as “A New Hope”)? What did the panel forget about? What did we get wrong? Tell us about it! Email us at podcast@disdads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; join in the online discussion of the podcasts on our DISDads Discussion Boards; and check out our DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

Our outro music is a sample of “Whiskey on the Mississippi” by Kevin MacLeod
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0