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...

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Fenway Park Road Trip Tips

There were the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s. Also the Montagues and the Capulets. In both instances blood was shed. Since the early days of the last century when the Boston Red Sox traded the legendary Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees, the hostilities of their fans toward each other was palpable.  There was no common ground, no armistice.  But no blood either. Into this fray drove four intrepid baseballs fans heading from the New York Metro area straight into the waiting hell of Boston and Fenway Park. Of the two couples on person was an Atlanta Braves fan and...

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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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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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Santa Claus brings so much joy to people during the holiday season. Have yourself a jolly good time by visiting a destination that will bring out your Christmas spirit throughout the year. Here are a few family-friendly destinations that have a Santa theme to them: Christmas in Michigan Visitors to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland situated within the city of Frankenmuth, also known as Michigan’s Little Bavaria, are welcomed by a 17-foot statue of Santa Claus. This store designed to look like an Alpine chalet is open year-round and specializes in one thing … Christmas decorations! Known as the world’s largest...

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Disneyland Paris and Europe with Kids

https://travelingdad.com/podcast-player/6491/disneyland-paris-europe-kids.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 1:05:02 1:13  So why are these posh podcast hosts talking about Disneyland Paris anyway?  Who has that kinda money!? Spoiler Alert:  Both reasons for our separate trips had to do with the US Military…. 3:59  Vader’s children had never been to another country besides Canada, which for an American, absolutely does not count as leaving the country. What do you need to prepare for when traveling to Europe? 6:01  Mufasa talks about the stress, or lack thereof in his case, for traveling overseas, and how complacency can get you in...

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“Brewmaster”: Beer Is a Calling

Everybody has dreams. For the dudes in “Brewmaster,” those dreams happen to be about beer. Happen to be, because while the film does delve into the lives of guys for whom beer and its culture are a calling, you can close your eyes and easily imagine them talking about something other than beer when they say things like: “Everybody’s got a day job.” (which isn’t necessarily what you love). “We wanted to create our own jobs.” (to truly do that thing we love). “You can’t get tired doing what you love.” This is all pretty relatable stuff for dreamers,...

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Take A Trip Back In Time To Say Goodbye Christopher Robin

I’ve tiptoed around delicate arches and paddled kayaks into and out of sea caves, natural structures that have been carved over millions of years. Everything changes with time. To look upon Ashdown Forest, a wondrous ancient place you know well even if you’ve never been within a thousand miles of East Sussex England, is to discover a natural world seemingly untouched since a British playwright and his mop-haired son conspired, accidentally some 90 years ago, to forever change childhood; for the worse for young Christopher, for the better for every other young boy and girl in the world from...

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When visiting a Florida theme park it can be tempting to stay offsite to save money, but the convenience and perks of an onsite hotel can often outweigh these cost savings.   Especially if you place a value on your time!   We recently discovered during a family trip to Universal Orlando Resort that the accessibility provided by staying at one of their onsite hotels really had a relaxing effect that really improved the enjoyability of our vacation. We stayed at Loews Sapphire Falls which is one of five hotels located at Universal Orlando Resort to go along with three theme...

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