While We Were Away … – Episode 594

While We Were Away … – Episode 594

While We Were Away - DISDads Podcast Episode 594

Host: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: Eric Anderson, James Cameron, Roy David
And introducing This Week In Disney History, by Don Donfris

We’re back!

Sorry for the long hiatus folks. Life got in the way of the fun. But we’re back, and don’t plan on going away again any time soon. This week, we introduce you to a new segment that we plan to include on a regular basis – This Week in Disney History, by Don Donfris.

In addition to this new segment, we’re bringing you a full panel show. We review the major changes that came to Walt Disney World in the year since Tournamentus Interruptus.

What do you think of our take on the changes at Walt Disney World over the last year? Anything important that we missed? Anything that panel got wrong? 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. We also invite you to join in to the going conversation about and discussion of the podcast in our new Facebook Group – The Mancave: Where DISDads Podcast Fans Gather.

If you enjoyed the show, we’d also really appreciate it if you took a moment to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Even if you use a different method to listen to the show, reviews on Apple Podcasts/iTunes really give the show a boost and make it easier for new listeners to find it. (This is especially important as we return from hiatus, as the lack of new episodes makes us just about invisible on Apple Podcasts right now).

Our outro music is “Whiskey on the Mississippi” © Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

DAD Show #153 – Daddy-Daughter Disneyland Long Weekend with David Platt

Mae Line knocks out Thor, just like the HulkDavid Platt takes us back to Disneyland this week, with another Daddy-Daughter Disneyland trip report. We talk about lots of new dining adventures, a new DCA Tour Experience, visits to both Club 33 AND Club 1901, Disneyland’s Star Wars Launch Bay, a Passholder Preview ride on Luigi’s Rollicking Roadsters, a new Good Neighbor Hotel experience (The Tropicana) and much, much more!

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

Have you taken a one-on-one parent-child trip to a Disney Resort? Would you do it again? If not, do David’s (and Joe’s) Daddy-Daughter trip reports make you think about it? Have a trip report you’d like to share? We’d love to hear 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.

Friday Five – Random References & Reflections

1. Happy Earth Day! Disney’s Animal Kingdom turned 13 years old today. Anyone else feel slighted that they weren’t invited to the Bar Mitzvah? Learn how to enter to win Earth Day schwag signed by Disney Channel stars here (enter today only!).

2. Several of the Dis Dads regulars have recently completed training to become Certified Disney Specialist travel agents, affiliated with the Fairytale Journeys agency. Consider booking your next trip to your favorite Disney destination with a fellow Dis Dad.

3. Thanks to this week’s participating Dis Dads – stopher1, for his Wordless Wednesday photo; Disney Commando, for his 10 Questions responses; and Captain Oblivious for his non-Disney Trip Report.

4. Do you use Twitter? Check out Walt Disney World’s new official account, with a focus on timely park tips and updates @TodayatWDW

5. Took the kids this past weekend to Opening Day at our local amusement park, Worlds of Fun. As we stood in the slow moving line for Patriot, a headliner rollercoaster, my daughter turned to me and said, “I miss FastPass.” Me too sweetheart, me too.

Two Weeks in Disney Parks & Resorts History

Sheesh, life gets busy, and I fall way behind on this!  ….



Walt Disney World:  October 20, 1965
“The Orlando Sentinel” runs a story pegging Disney as the mystery industry buying up all the land required for the future theme park/resort destination.
Walt Disney World:  October 19, 1989
Body Wars debuts at Epcot Center in the Wonders of Life pavilion, in Future World.




New York World’s Fair:  October 17, 1965

The 1964-65 World’s Fair officially closes.  Three of the Walt Disney Productions produced attractions will be shipped back to California to be installed at DisneylandCarousel of Progress, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, and It’s a Small World.


Walt Disney World:  October 16, 2001

It is reported that the opening of newest Walt Disney World resort, POP Century, is postponed until further notice due a marked drop in theme park attendance since the September 11th terrorist attacks.



Walt Disney World:  October 15, 1971
The newly opened Walt Disney World resort is featured in LIFE magazine.  A color photo of 1,500 Disney employees, posing in front of Cinderella’s Castle, is featured on the cover.
Walt Disney World:  October 14, 1971
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea officially opens in Fantasyland.
Disneyland:  October 14, 2004

Bidding officially begins on eBay for the “Disneyland Haunted Mansion 1000th Ghost Experience”. The winning bidder will have their own personalized “tombstone” immortalized at the classic Anaheim park attraction, as well as receive a miniature version to keep. The unique gravestone will bear the winner’s first name and a humorous epitaph to be inspired by the winner’s interests or hobbies written and personalized by Walt Disney Imagineering.


Disneyland:  October 13, 1986

The Golden Horseshoe Revue, which has been running since day one (July 17, 1955) in Frontierland officially closes. The show holds the Guinness World Record for “greatest number of performances of any theatrical production”.  The show features Betty Taylor, who has played Sluefoot Sue for 30 years, the longestrunning cast member.




Disneyland:  October 11, 1955


Ticket books are available for the very first time at a cost of $2.50 per adult, $2.00 per junior and $1.50 per child.   The “A Day at Disneyland” book contains three A, two B, and three C tickets (D tickets won’t be added until the following year and E tickets in 1959).






Walt Disney World:  October 9, 2003

Epcot closes at 3:00 pm for a special evening press event in celebration of the grand opening of Mission: SPACE. The dedication is presided over by Michael Eisner, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Co., Carly Fiorina, CEO of  Hewlett Packard, and Sean O’Keefe, President of NASA. In attendance are legendary astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Jim Lovell and Wally Schirra.  



Mickey’s PhilharMagic, a new computer-animated 3-D  attraction officially opens at the Magic Kingdom.



Today in Disney Parks & Resorts History

Disneyland:  October 6, 1989
A brand-new, state of the art marquee, complete with digital readerboard is unveiled at the entrance to Disneyland‘s parking lot at Harbor Boulevard.   The new sign is 50 percent taller than its predecessor, the original sign first errected in 1958

Disneyland:  October 6, 2002
Disney’s California Adventure opens an all-new land, A Bug’s Land, designed especially for small children, inspired by
the Disney/Pixar movie “A Bug’s Life”.  Attractions include Flik’s Flyers, Tuck and Roll’s Drive’Em Buggies and Heimlich’s Chew-Chew.  The new land is an extension of the original Bountiful Valley Farm area, which has been home to the 3D film adventure, “It’s Tough to be a Bug” since the park opened in February 2001.

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