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.


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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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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Multi-Family Disney Vacation Planning

https://travelingdad.com/podcast-player/6312/multi-family-disney-vacation-planning.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 38:00 Planning a Disneyland trip for two families If you’re reading this post, you’re either thinking about going to Disney for the first time, or you can’t wait to go back and bring along your family and friends with you!  The more people we get to fall in love with Disney, the more reasons we’ve got to go back again and again!  In this podcast, we’re talking about family planning.  Not the kind of family planning discussed in middle school….the kind where you’re going to Disney, and so are your...

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What’s so unique about a Disney Magic Cruise?

https://travelingdad.com/podcast-player/6023/disney-magic-cruise-podcast.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 52:21 Your intrepid podcast hosts have each taken a cruise on the Disney Magic, and we’re here to give you 50 minutes of podcast action.  You’ll need to click that play button at the top of the post to hear Kevin recreate the scream from the first time he experienced the Aquadunk, why the New York cruise he took was extra special, and how he doesn’t know how to pronounce the word inaugurated.  There’s more fun to be had when hearing how a variety act on the cruise reacted when...

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