Blue Sky Epcot: Episode 29

Host – Aaron Rittmaster
Panel – Dave Compton; Jason Knox; Nathan Trent

In Episode 29, the DISDads panel continued our wishful thinking look at the future of the Walt Disney World theme parks. The panel suggested Epcot attractions that had run their course and are ripe for removal. Next, we addressed attractions in need of major overhauls. Finally, we discuss new attractions that would help bring Epcot forward into the 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.

Deluxe Villa DVC Resorts: Episode 28

Host – Aaron Rittmaster (AJRitz)
Panel – Steve Bratton (brattosa); Carl Finsel(DisneyDadC); Barry Sommer (Freezin’ Raki)

Episode 28 concludes our Walt Disney World resort review series, with a look at the Deluxe Villa DVC properties Old Key West and Saratoga Springs. The panel discussed Saratoga Springs and the unique Tree House Villas, with a first hand report on the Tree House Villas from Barry. The panel talked about both resorts’ proximity to Downtown Disney, and the transportation issues related to each of these resorts. Carl took the hot seat for Ten Questions on her first return to the podcast after some technical issues truncated his first appearance. We talked about the multiple pools at these resorts, including recent pool renovations. And the panel discussed the various dining options available at these resorts, including the difference that having a fully-equipped kitchen means to meal planning for a Walt Disney World trip.

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.

Blue Sky Magic Kingdom: Episode 27

Host – Aaron Rittmaster (AJRitz)
Panel – Dave Compton (Groovertoo); John Thomas (BigTex71)

Episode 27 begins a new series, with the DISDads panel taking a long, wishful thinking, look at the future of the theme parks of Walt Disney World. We begin the episode sharing thoughts about Magic Kingdom attractions that have run their course and probably need to go at some point down the road. Next, we addressed attractions that are in need of major overhauls. Finally, we look to the future with ideas for new attractions for the future of the Magic Kingdom. In the midst of all of that wishful thinking, we take a break for Ten Questions with new panelist Dave Compton.

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.

Epcot Area Deluxe Resorts: Episode 26

Host – Aaron Rittmaster (AJRitz)
Panel – CJ Fragola (cj9200); Eric Anderson (DEA); Barry Sommer (Freezin’ Raki)

Episode 26 continues our Walt Disney World resort review series. The panel began by discussion the Yacht Club & Beach Club resorts, and their shared Stormalong Bay pool/mini-water park. Barry Sommer, appearing on his first podcast as a panelists, takes the 10 Questions hotseat. And then the panel returns to discuss the BoardWalk Inn and the Boardwalk entertainment district. Finally, the panel engages in a detailed discussion of the plethora of Epcot Area Deluxe resort restaurants.

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.

Why Not Walt Disney World?: Episode 25

Host – Aaron Rittmaster (AJRitz)
Panel – Mark Pratt (prattpak); Christian Hill (chillcoupons); Jason Gilbert (jason4024)
Special Guest Interview: Amanda Burris with Best Friends Pet Care at Walt Disney World

In Episode 25, the panel helps answer the question, “Why not Walt Disney World?” We address some of the most common reasons people give for not taking a Walt Disney World vacation, and offer some strategies for addressing their concerns. We consider issues like motion sickness, finding things for family members of all ages to do, dealing with crowds, what to do with pets, food allergies, and even fear of costumed characters. The episode also features Mark Pratt’s interview with special guest Amanda Burris, from Best Friends Pet Care at Walt Disney World.

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.

The Deluxe Lodge Resorts: Episode 24

Host: Aaron Rittmaster (AJRitz)
Panelists: Eric Anderson (DEA); David Nicely (the duck 619); Mark Harbeson (Captain_Oblivious)

In Episode 24, the panel discusses the Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodge resorts. In addition to extensive discussion of the resorts themselves, the panel addresses transportation concerns often expressed about the Lodges. Finally, the panel talks about restaurant options and food at the Lodges, and closes with our own favorites.

Special thanks to our Producer/Engineer Josh Haas, who also created and recorded our intro music. The DIS Dads Podcast is edited and mixed at Pi Productions by A Veil Lifted.

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.

Outside the Parks at WDW: Episode 23

Host: Aaron Rittmaster (AJRitz)
Panelists: Dave Juart (IndyDisney); Ryan Treichler (IAmTrike); Mark Harbeson (Captain_Oblivious)

For Podcast Episode 23, the panel tackles what to do on a day at Walt Disney World spent outside of the theme parks. We discuss a wide range of activities, including those available at various Walt Disney World resorts, in Downtown Disney, and on the golf courses of Walt Disney World.

Special thanks to our Producer/Engineer Josh Haas, who also created and recorded our intro music. The DIS Dads Podcast is edited and mixed at Pi Productions by A Veil Lifted.

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.

Monorail Resorts: Episode 22

Host: Aaron Rittmaster (AJRitz)
Panel: Ryan Treichler (IAmTrike); Eric Anderson (DEA); Carl Nixon (carlnix20)

For the fourth installment of our Walt Disney World resort roundup, the Dis Dads began looking at Deluxe Resorts with the Monorail Resorts – The Polynesian, The Contemporary, and The Grand Floridian. After briefly discussing what sets apart Deluxe resorts in general, the panel discussed each of the monorail resorts in turn, sandwiched around Carl Nixon’s turn on the hotseat for 10 Questions. We wrapped up the podcast by sharing our favorite restaurants that are located in monorail resorts.

Special thanks to our Producer/Engineer Josh Haas, who also created and recorded our intro music. The DIS Dads Podcast is edited and mixed at Pi Productions by A Veil Lifted.

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.

Traveling to Walt Disney World with Small Children: Episode 21

Host: Aaron Rittmaster (AJRitz)
Panel: Dave Juart (IndyDisney); David Nicely (theduck619); James Goodman (swabikedude)
Special Guest: Lisa Battista, author of Beyond the Attractions (affiliate link)

In this episode, the panel focused on traveling to Walt Disney World with the under-5-year-old set, with the help of Lisa Battista, author of the book Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers (2012) We discussed making the decision to bring a younger child to Walt Disney World, travel tips along the way, choosing your resort and touring the parks. And in the midst of it all, we get to know DISDad James Goodman a bit better, as he took the hotseat to answer 10 Questions.

Special thanks to our Producer/Engineer Josh Haas, who also created and recorded our intro music. The DIS Dads Podcast is edited and mixed at Pi Productions by A Veil Lifted.

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.

WDW Moderate “Plus” Resorts: Podcast Episode 20

Host: Aaron Rittmaster (AJRitz)
Panel: David Juart (IndyDisney); Nathan Trent (trennr)

For the third installment of our Walt Disney World resort roundup, the Dis Dads looked at what we called the “Moderate Plus” resorts – Coronado Springs Resort, The Cabins at Fort Wilderness, and the Swan & Dolphin. After starting the discussion with Coronado Springs, we got to know David Juart a bit better, as he took the hotseat to answer the 10 Questions. Next, we discussed the Cabins at Fort Wilderness and then the Swan & Dolphin – resorts that probably deserve to be considered Deluxe resorts, but for some missing perqs (since they are not Disney-owned).

Special thanks to our Producer/Engineer Josh Haas, who also created and recorded our intro music. The DIS Dads Podcast is edited and mixed at Pi Productions by A Veil Lifted.

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.

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