WDW Split Stays – Episode 478

WDW Split Stays - Episode 478 with host Aaron Rittmaster and Panelists Brett C. Williams, Terry Hawkins, and Paul

Host: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: Brett C. Williams, Terry Hawkins Paul

Panelist Brett C. Williams suggested this week’s topic, after his last trip report that included his story of an initially un-planned Walt Disney World Split Stay. The panel discusses the various benefits of staying at more than one resort hotel during a single Walt Disney World vacation, talks about some pitfalls that can be avoided with good planning, and our favorite resorts for and ways to leverage a split stay vacation.

Have you ever planned a split-stay vacation at Walt Disney World? What did you like about it? What were things that you didn’t enjoy about splitting your stay? Tell us about it! Leave a comment here on the blog; Email us at podcast@disdads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; and check out our DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

If you enjoyed the podcast, we’d also really appreciate it if you took a moment to leave us a review on iTunes (If you didn’t enjoy the show, feel free to ignore that last link).
Shoutout to Roy David who left us a great review a couple of weeks ago. Thank you Roy! We’re glad you appreciate our uniquely “Dad” perspective on Disney vacations.

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

DAD Show #200 – Disney Cruise Line Miami Magic with Zach Hazlett

DAD Show #200 - Disney Cruise Line Miami Magic with Zach Hazlett
This week, Zach Hazlett sat down with DAD Show host Aaron Rittmaster to talk about his adults-only cruise on the Disney Magic out of Miami. Zach talks about all aspects of the cruise – restaurants, ports, entertainment and more. From Key Lime Pie in Key West to the Castaway Cay 5K, from a private mixology seminar to a big win at Bingo, “Herbal Essence” covers it all.

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

Have a trip report you’d like to share with us? Tell us about it! Email us at podcast@DisDads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; 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 (If you didn’t enjoy the show, feel free to ignore that last link).

Oh No! Something’s Gone Wrong! – Episode 476

Oh no! Something's gone wrong! - Episode 476
Host: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: Eric Anderson, Roy David, Jason Mitts

In Episode 476, the DISDads Podcast panel discusses their favorite Disney attractions that rely on the “Oh no! Something’s gone wrong!” storytelling trope.

What are your favorite “something’s gone wrong” attraction? Tell us about it! Leave a comment here on the blog; Email us at podcast@disdads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; and check out our DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

If you enjoyed the podcast, we’d also really appreciate it if you took a moment to leave us a review on iTunes (If you didn’t enjoy the show, feel free to ignore that last link).

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

DAD Show #199 – DDCC V: #dontdrinkwithfeeney with Jay Gilbert

DAD Show #199 - DDCC V: #dontdrinkwithfeeney with Jay Gilbert

This week on the DAD Show, host Aaron Rittmaster talks with Jay Gilbert about his family vacation to Walt Disney World over Marathon Weekend 2017, including DISDads Club Convention V, running events for Jay’s wife and daughter, golf with Jay’s son, and a host of meet ups (some even with people who could ALMOST look Jay in the eye without the help of a chair). And we don’t let Jay get away with at least mentioning that unfortunate run-in with a Kraken.

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

Have a trip report you’d like to share with us? Tell us about it! Email us at podcast@DisDads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; 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 (If you didn’t enjoy the show, feel free to ignore that last link).

As Jay and I discuss at the end of the episode, THIS WEEKEND Jay and Carl will once again be “Freezin’ for a Reason.” They’re doing a Polar Bear Superplunge – 25 outdoor plunges in 24 hours in Pennsylvania in February – to raise money for Special Olympics Pennsylvania. We encourage you to support their effort. You can go to Jay’s fundraising page to make your donation directly to Special Olympics. As I’m preparing to post this, he’s at 70% of his fundraising goal. I know that we can pull together and help him reach that goal!

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Walt Disney World Ticket Price Increases – Analysis

2017-2018 WDW Ticket Price Increase Analysis

I’ve been tracking ticket prices at Walt Disney World since the 2011-2012 price increases. With seven years of detailed price data, perhaps we can begin to discern some patterns and strategies emerging over time. First, let’s examine the raw numbers:

Walt Disney World Price Increases 2011-2017, in Dollars

You can click on the graph to see it full-size and read the numbers clearly. But even seeing just the trend lines is useful. The first thing I notice is that, even though the focus of news reports is often on the price of a single-day ticket, the real story starts with 4-day tickets. That single day ticket price is bunched together tightly, with the exception of the big jump in 2016 because we use the highest-priced single-day ticket for tracking purposes, and that is the year that dynamic pricing was introduced. But look at the gaps in the graph if you track 4-day tickets – there appear to be above-average increases at that point every year since 2012.  (more…)