John Vanda & Kevin Gillooly

John Vanda & Kevin Gillooly

Kevin & John have been best friends for over 10 years, first meeting when their wives served together on active duty in the U.S. Navy. Given the enormous overlap in their interests – video gaming, pop culture, sports, playing golf, and all things Disney, Star Wars, & Marvel – it would not be surprising that they may have been brothers in a previous life. It was this affinity for Disney vacations, be it at the Parks or on the Disney Cruise Line, that sparked their podcasting careers in 2016. Their show, “Don’t Make Me Pull This Flying Elephant Over!” combines their in-depth Disney knowledge, personal stories, and dry yet nutty sense of humor, with notes of licorice and a hint of Irish whiskey.


Is Disney Hollywood Studios Broken?

https://travelingdad.com/podcast-player/9404/disney-hollywood-studios-broken.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 32:11Picture This:  A Theme Park without a theme.  It’s sad, we know.  “Disney Hollywood Studios is BROKEN!”  claims Vader.  “I respectfully disagree, and you sir are a moron!”, retorts Mufasa.  “How Dare You!” shouts Vader as he slaps Mufasa with a white glove across his right cheek.  If you think that dialog like this is excellent, than don’t listen to the podcast, because none of that actually happened.  Kevin (Vader) does believe sincerely that Disney Hollywood Studios is currently broken.  There is hope with all of the changes and additions coming between 2018-2020.  John (Mufasa) thinks that while Vader has some good points, that he’s being too nitpicky and granular with his argument, and that there’s plenty to love about this theme park in Orlando, Florida at Walt Disney World.  Check out the timeline below to be able to skip to your favorite parts in the podcast.  Click that play button at the top of this article to listen to our points, witicisms, and stock tips guaranteed to make you millions!!! ***   ***You will not make millions listening to our podcast…   Disney Podcast Timeline 0:23  This podcast is dedicated to the Golden Age of Hollywood 1:00  We’re starting a new series called John is right, and Kevin isn’t!  This is the start of John trying to convince Kevin...

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Disney + Waterparks = Blizzard Beach Fun

https://travelingdad.com/podcast-player/9227/disney-waterparks-blizzard-beach-fun.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 30:29It’s almost summer!  Well…it’s almost summer when this article was first published, and in Florida, it’s a bit summery all year long, so let’s not quibble over small details.  What does this podcast have to offer you?  Thrilling stories of near-death experiences by not one, but BOTH podcast hosts.  And, it was the same would-be murderous Blizzard Beach waterslide for each host.  The story is a harrowing tale of wedgies, bruised egos, and recovery time spent in Cross Country Creek.  It’s a Disney tale as old as time, and it’s time to get...

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Disney Value Resorts Podcast

https://travelingdad.com/podcast-player/9220/disney-value-resorts-podcast.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 33:01We like saving money.  You like saving money.  We like Walt Disney World.  You like Walt Disney World (why would you be reading this otherwise…?).  Now that we’ve got that out of the way, you’ve got all the reasons you need to click that play button at the top of this post, and learn all about Walt Disney World’s value resorts.  How much value did they lose when Disney started letting non-Disney-resorts in Lake Buena Vista get extra magic hours?  We discuss this, and much more, in 31 riveting minutes...

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Top 5 Disney Bucket List Experiences Podcast

https://travelingdad.com/podcast-player/9182/top-5-disney-bucket-list-experiences-podcast.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 55:32 If you’ve made it to this page, that means you’ve thought about Disney, and possibly kicking the bucket one day.  How these two tie together is why we made this podcast.  Life is finite, and from our podcast hosts point of view, that means that we need to maximize our Disney, while minimizing our cholesterol, so that we can have more Disney.  That brought us to today’s topic choice:  What is on each of our lists for Disney Bucket List items.  Each host was challenged to only select 5 experiences they...

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Disney Podcast – Top 9 Favorite Restaurant Experiences at Disney Theme Parks

https://travelingdad.com/podcast-player/9016/top-9-disney-theme-park-restaurants.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 40:12In this week’s episode, we’re each retelling our top 5 favorite Disney theme park restaurant experiences.  Hear stories like you’ve never heard before, such as a chicken breast theft at Animal Kingdom, and how Disney managed to turn seafood into a forest.  If that makes no sense to you, then click the play button at the top of this post to listen to the best Disney podcast that we’ve produced since our last Disney podcast!  Alternatively, you can use the timeline below and skip to your favorite parts.  If you...

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park: Hidden Secrets

https://travelingdad.com/podcast-player/8839/disney-animal-kingdom-theme-park-hidden-gems.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 38:20What do you do when your newest Disney Files magazine comes in the mail?  Grab your favorite Stitch mug, sit back, and enjoy the read, I’m sure.  Well, we here at Don’t Make Me Pull This Flying Elephant Over podcast studio and shawarma factory (patent pending) do things a little differently.  Where you saw a leisurely read, we envisioned a whole new podcast series.  A series-within-our-series if you will.  Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park in Walt Disney World offers many well known adventures, but there are so many details within...

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Disney Pin Trading – Podcast Tips From the Pros

https://travelingdad.com/podcast-player/8470/disney-pin-trading-podcast-tips-from-the-pros.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 31:39 So you want to be a pin trader huh?  Bold move.  It’s a dangerous world out there, with pin backs ready to prick your finger when excitedly placing the 5th and final pin that you’ve waited years to find, onto your favorite lanyard!  BLOODY, is not a word associated with pin trading often, but to be the best at Disney Pin Trading, you’ve got to be willing to get your hands dirty.  What does any of this have to do with our podcast you might be asking?  Absolutely nothing,...

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Are Disney Theme Parks Still a Great Choice for Tweens and Teens?

https://travelingdad.com/podcast-player/8346/disney-tweens-and-teens.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 33:50 Podcast Synopsis and Timeline We woke up yesterday, it seems, and our four collective older kids were all tweens and teens.  Mild panic set in, followed by some hyper-ventilating.  We had so many questions that we were unprepared to answer about our kids at this age.  This podcast topic was going to have such a huge impact on their life (that may be hyperbole).  We here at the Don’t Make Me Pull This Flying Elephant Over podcast, ask only the toughest questions.  We started with the toughest of all:  Will our...

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Disney in 2018: What’s New?!?!

https://travelingdad.com/podcast-player/8129/disney-2018.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 35:31What to Expect out of this Podcast Excuse me while we pick up the brain matter from our heads exploding.  We’ve just finished this podcast, which you should listen to right now, and it’s all about Disney events in 2018.  We’d say there are too many to list, but that’s a lie.  We could list them all, but if we did that, you might not listen to the PODCAST.  Check out the timeline so that you can skip to the pertinent parts.  Remember though, every time you skip part of...

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Should you run to a runDisney event?

https://travelingdad.com/podcast-player/7891/rundisney.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 36:03Have you ever thought to yourself, “I think I’ll go for a run where I’ll encounter costumed people with enormous heads?”  Us too!  That’s why Vader registered for a runDisney event at Walt Disney World in 2009, and also why Mufasa and family registered for a family 5K in 2017.  We’ll tell you all about it in this week’s episode of the Don’t Make Me Pull This Flying Elephant Over podcast.  Check out the timeline below if you want a sneak peek at what’s to come. Or,  just sit back...

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