DIS Dads Podcast Episode 4 – Disney’s Hollywood Studios and 10 Questions

Host: Aaron Rittmaster (AJRitz)
Panelists: DEA (Eric Anderson); prattpak (Mark Pratt); the duck 619 (David Nicely); DisDr. (Philip Cole)

Episode 4 is primarily devoted to discussion of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The panel rates their Top 5 DHS attractions, shares tips for touring DHS with children, and discusses dining options in DHS.

In addition to the DHS talk, the duck 619 (David Nicely) took the hot seat and answered 10 Questions in our getting to know a DIS dad segment (finally, someone didn’t name Goofy as their favorite Disney character). Also, DEA (Eric Anderson) shared a preview of his upcoming Spring Break trip to Walt Disney World (and Bay Lake Tower).

As always, 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.

5 thoughts to “DIS Dads Podcast Episode 4 – Disney’s Hollywood Studios and 10 Questions”

  1. Awesome podcast. I think I have my wife hooked.

    Also, I can’t remember who said it, but I totally agree with not falling for the Toy Story Midway Mania fastpass stampede. We jump straight into the standby line and are usually on the ride in less than 30 minutes. Then we have the ability to get fastpasses somewhere else.

  2. Listened to the podcast and thought it was great, like always!

    Just want to weigh in with my own touring plan for DHS. I’ve only been once since TSM opened, but at the same time, it was just a couple of months after it opened. When we went, I wasn’t yet familiar with the stampede mentality and how it all worked, but here’s what we did…
    Went directly to RnR, grabbed FP and rode it standby, then went to ToT and rode it standby twice. We then headed to TSM and grabbed our FP’s when our window opened. I think it a 2 or 3 pm return time, but it worked for us… We were oblivious to the whole stampede process and didn’t have to stand in a ridiculous FP line. I don’t know if that is even feasible anymore. I suppose it could be possible that now it is so hyped that you need to be at TSM at RD that the FP’s may go too quick for that strategy to work now, but I had a great time getting some rides on ToT and RnR!

  3. While it varies somewhat depending on crowd levels, TSMM Fastpasses go quickly. As an example, the Lines app reports that today (which is a very busy day, during the Spring Break travel season, but DHS was predicted to be neither the best nor worst park for wait times today) Fastpasses for TSMM were gone for the day by 11:15 a.m., and the standby line has been over 100 minutes since 11:00 a.m.

  4. Well, the way we did it last time still might be viable then. Maybe just ride RnR and Tot standby and then grab the TSM FP without having to wait for the RnR window to open. Not the most efficient FP use, but if it can avoid the mad rush, get some quick rides on RnR and ToT it still might be worthwhile. Especially since it shouldn’t be huge crowds when we go.

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