DISDads Podcast 4th Birthday – Episode 272

WishesHBDHost: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: Eric Anderson, Mark Pratt, Nathan Trent, Chris Carroll, John Thomas, (Carl Finsel)

Today on the DISDads Podcast, we celebrate our 4th birthday. And to celebrate, we gathered together (most of) the panel from that first show four years ago. And we recorded a new version of pretty much the same show we recorded then. So we have an updated take on our favorite Walt Disney World restaurants, some further discussion of the MANLAW about making it to rope drop, and even an old-fashioned trip preview segment. And sandwiched in the middle there somewhere, we share some of our favorite DISDads Podcast and DISDads community moments.

Thank you all for coming along for the ride with us. Here’s to four more great years ahead!

What are some of your favorite DISDads Podcast and DISDads community memories. Share them with us! 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.

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DISDads Convention 2015 Live Show Recap: Episode 157

DDC-OhanaHost: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: None

In Episode 157, I offer a brief recap of the live show, broadcast last week from Disney’s BoardWalk Villas. We ran into a number of technical problems with the show, including not having a recording of the episode. This recap should at least catch you up on the highlights of our second annual DISDads Convention, and the topics covered during the live podcast.

What kinds of things would you like to hear us talk about on future live shows? 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 new DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

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The DAD Show Episode 7 – Father, Son and Mother-in-Law at Walt Disney World

DSC03515Welcome 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 7, Bob Chavez talks about his weekend getaway to Walt Disney World with his youngest son and his mother-in-law.

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

Do you have any questions or comments about Bob’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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April Blogger Challenge: DISDad Meet-up Pictures

DISDads at the downtown Chicago Disney StoreThese pictures are almost a year old, but they never got posted here on the blog, and this blogger challenge gives me a good chance to talk about them – and really to talk more about what they mean. The first MANLAW is, “Pictures or it didn’t happen!” And these pictures are great reminders of some of the, perhaps lesser-known but exceptional, benefits of being a DISDad. You see, being a DISDad means having an international network of friends looking forward to a chance to welcome you and show you their town.

The picture above is of (L to R) Sean, John, Me and Don. Last July we met up in Chicago. I was on a business trip and brought my daughter along (we have relatives there, so she had stuff to do while I was in meetings). Sean and John brought their own daughters along. This picture is taken (by Mikaela, which explains the angle/framing :p ) in front of the downtown Chicago Disney Store. Where else would a group of DISDads gather? We spent the morning together and the Disney Store and the Hershey’s Store and just walking around downtown Chicago. The girls had a great time hanging out together, and our meet up ended with great Chicago pizza at Geno’s East.

Dinner with Chris and BrianEarlier that week, I also got to meet up with Brian, another Chicago-local DISDad (sorry about the Legionnaire’s Disease Brian) and Chris, who was also in Chicago for a work-related meeting. We had a terrific Chicago steakhouse dinner, and they were great about the fact that I’d brought a 10-year-old along to an high-end adult meal. Meeting up with fellow DISDads always feels more like spending time with those cousins you like but you just don’t get to spend enough time with than it does meeting “strangers,” even if we’ve never met before.

Quick Poll: MANLAW for a DIS Dads T-Shirt.

I’m going to order a run of DIS Dad’s t-shirts featuring the new logo soon – maybe as early as Monday. The new logo lends itself well to being screen printed on a red shirt. Screen printed large images are much more comfortable to wear than heat transferred images. The plan right now is to put the new logo on the front (a professional graphic designer is going to help clean up the image a bit to prepare it for printing), and the text of a MANLAW on the back. Please vote to help choose which MANLAW we print on the shirt.

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Friday Five: Random References & Reflections

1. We’re still looking for a new logo. If you’re interested in submitting a logo, please review the Logo Contest guidelines. The designer of the logo that we select will receive a one-year Premium Subscription to TouringPlans.com.

2. We have a winner from our Monday Poll drawing! RodBelding spoke up for Mousesavers.com, and was selected by random.org as the winner of the $25 gift certificate to Shula’s Steakhouse at the Walt Disney World Dolphin.

3. Thanks to this week’s participating DisDads: Mark Pratt (for help dealing with the Zazzle.com/logo mess) and Don Staten for the Wordless Wednesday photo.

4. I’m not feeling much sympathy for folks who are all up in arms about Disney’s experiment with (and plans for wide implementation of) RFID-controlled soda distribution. This technology appears to me to be a minimally intrusive, minimal additional inconvenience to resolve a problem that had grown to epidemic size. There wouldn’t be any need for this technology fix if the honor system was working. But when too many people act in a dishonorable manner by trying to take that for which they have not paid, all of us have to deal with some extra inconvenience. The rule has been clear for years now. The resort refillable-mug is refillable for free during the trip on which it was purchased. Refills aren’t free unless Disney changes the mug design. They’re not free until you get caught. They’re free for the length of your stay. And whether or not Disney makes a huge profit margin on soft drink sales is irrelevant to the discussion too. The choices are clear – pay the price Disney is charging and use your mug according to the rules or get your drink fix another way. Any other choice is, and has been, petty theft. To me, this topic is a parallel to the MANLAW about giving up your seat on the bus. You are modeling behavior for your children when you do these things. Which lesson do you want to teach them? “Take what you can get for free until you get caught,” or “make a choice and deal with the consequences of that choice?” The DisDad answer seems pretty clear to me. (One other note: it’s no suprise to me that they’re working on getting this technology implemented before next year, when all of the Dining Plans will include a resort refillable mug. People improperly re-using old mugs have that much less incentive to pay for a Dining Plan).

5. Do you have a Disney vacation already booked? Consider transferring your reservation to a Fairytale Journeys by DisDads travel agent. Transfer a reservation in the next 30 days, and you can receive a Disney Gift Card worth up to $50 (depending on the total cost of the trip), just for handing over the burden of monitoring for discounts that might apply to your reservation and reduce your vacation’s cost; making reservations; and dealing with other planning details to a Fairytale Journeys by DisDads agent. (Of course we’re always happy to help you book a new vacation as well)!

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