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Dad's Top choices for where to eat breakfast at Walt Disney World 
Dad and Mrs. Mom LOVE breakfast I love eating breakfast here! - Photo by Judd Helms Dad and Mrs. Mom are the king and queen of breakfast …

How to use the Deluxe Dining Plan 
As part of our continuing series on how the Disney Dining Plan works, it's time to talk about using the Deluxe Dining Plan. How the Deluxe …

The Big Walt Disney World
PRICE INCREASE of 2018
 
Hi, Dad here. Today I want to talk to you about the price increases at Walt Disney World this last week. Again, prices went up. Big Price Increases …

The 5 reasons I love the Disney Dream  
I hope you got to tune into my trip report the other day about our Disney cruise. We just had so much fun on our Disney cruise. Dad talks …

Where to find Disney World Restaurant Menus 
So where do you go to find the menus for the restaurants at Walt Disney World? This is one of the things that comes up all the time, looking for …

Dad's Favorite Table Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World 
What are Dad's favorite Table Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World? Which comes first? Go ahead.. Take a guess... Dad's Favorite is 'Ohana …

How to use the (regular) Disney Dining Plan 
How do you use the "regular" Disney Dining Plan. The Disney Dining Plan is the name of the program where you can prepay for meals at Walt Disney …

The 5 things I LOVE about Disney Springs 
We've been looking at some of the top things Dad likes about the parks and now it's time to check out the 5 things I LOVE about Disney Springs! …

How does the Quick Service Dining Plan work? 
We are talking this month about the Disney Dining Plan. This week it's time to talk about how the Quick Service Dining Plan works. Inquiring …

The BEST Snacks at Walt Disney World 
What are the BEST snacks at Walt Disney World? Mmmm. Let me think. This is going to be Simple! Might even be Fun! and who knows, there might be …

How does the Disney Dining Plan Work? 
How does the Disney Dining Plan work? Be Our Guest may be the most interesting restaurant on the Disney Dining Plan - Photo by Judd Helms …

How to stay warm at Walt Disney World 
It's cold outside. I know. I got out this morning here in Oklahoma. It was cold. It was cold at Walt Disney World this week. So, that triggered …

Dad's Rants: Hey Disney, you need more rides at Walt Disney World 
Now it's time for the third of Dad's Three Big End of 2017 Walt Disney World Rants! Are you ready for this? Hey, Disney you need more rides …

Dad's Rants: Disney, where's the innovation? 
Welcome to Rant number 2 in the series of Dad's Three Big End of 2017 Walt Disney World Rants! is about the latest big purchase Disney made and …

Dad's Rants: Disney you need to clean up the parks! 
Welcome to the first in the series of Dad's Three Big End of 2017 Walt Disney World Rants! I want to start with the one that's bother me the most. …

How to Thank a Cast Member at Walt Disney World 
Have you ever had a Cast Member go above and beyond and wondered, how do I thank a Cast Member at Walt Disney World? How nice. Yes, you should. Those …

Three things I love about the Polynesian Village Resort 
The three things I love about Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, that's the name now. The Polynesian Village Resort. That's probably one I …

Dad's 5 Favorite Rides at Disney's Animal Kingdom 
Time for my five favorite attractions at Animal Kingdom. I love Animal Kingdom. I love the park, but when it comes to attractions at Animal Kingdom, …

Three things I love about the Port Orleans French Quarter Resort  
Let's talk about the three things I love about Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter Resort - which I grew pretty fond of on my recent trip. …

Three things I love about the Pop Century Resort 
Let's talk about the three things I love about Disney's Pop Century Resort, my home away from home. Yes, the Pop Century is Dad's favorite …

How to stay dry at Walt Disney World 
Let's talk about how to stay dry at Walt Disney World. But first we have to sing... I'm singing in the rain, just singing in the rain. Oh, boy …

Dad's 5 Favorite Rides at Disney's Hollywood Studios 
Let the Fun begin!!! - Photo by Matthew Cooper What are Dad's 5 favorite things at Disney's Hollywood Studios? Let's see. So what …

Hey Disney. Did you see what Universal just announced? 
This is not Disney news, but it relates to Disney. This week Universal announced two new hotels they're gonna build. And the nightly price tag …

Tipping at Walt Disney World 
Tipping at Walt Disney World. It's one of the things that I get asked about quite a bit. Who should I tip? Should I tip this kind of person? Should …

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Dad's 5 Favorite Epcot Attractions 
A year ago, six, eight months ago, sometime in the past, I talked about the top attractions in The Magic Kingdom. Dad's Top 5 Magic Kingdom …

Dad's 5 Favorite Things at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 
Even Olaf makes an appearance - Photo by Disney Photo Snapper The Christmas decorations are up. It's my favorite time of the year. Christmas …

Dad's 5 Favorite Things at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 
Dad's 5 favorite things at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Mmmm... This sounds like fun. Even the walking trails are spookier - …

Dad's Top Picks: Sweet Treats at the Magic Kingdom 
This week I want to talk about my top three sweet treats in the Magic Kingdom. It's kind of funny. I talk about all these desserts and sweets …

Why are you going to Walt Disney World? 
Dad's Tip of the Week. This week we're going to talk about why are you going to Walt Disney World? Last week, we talked about the second most …

Who is going to Walt Disney World with you? 
Who is going with you to Walt Disney World? That's a really important question. I know a lot of you are going, "Duh, we're taking the family." …

Children and Big Scary Characters at Walt Disney World 
Hey it's time for Dad's Tip of the Week. All right so, the Tip of the Week, this week is about children and BIG SCARY CHARACTERS at Walt Disney …

Sharing meals at Walt Disney World 
Dad's Tip of the Week. I've been struggling with the tip of the week this week. I really didn't have anything and then Stephanie said, "Why …

Going to Walt Disney World? You need a "Trip bible"! 
All right. Here we go. It's time for Dad's Tip of the Week. Are you going to Walt Disney World? You need a "Trip bible". It's a messy …

Irma is coming. What do we do? 
The news is all abuzz with the apocalyptic predictions about Hurricane Irma. Don't get me wrong this is a very serious situation. For some people it …

Mrs. Mom has it bad... 
Hi. Dad here with Dad's Tip of the Week. Okay, maybe it's not so much a tip of the week as just a random thought, but here we go. Yesterday, Mrs. …

Memory Maker vs PhotoPass 
Hi. Dad here with Dad's Tip of the Week. This week I want to talk about the difference between PhotoPass and Memory Maker. A lot of confusion …

The Busy Rides at Walt Disney World 
Hey Dad? Yes Pigment... I've heard you say ride the busiest rides first at Walt Disney World about a billion times. And I've noticed …

Discounted Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Tickets 
For the first time EVER, Disney is offering DISCOUNTED Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Tickets. I love the dancer scene from the Boo to …

The One Simple Fact about Walt Disney World 
Hi. Dad here with Dad's Tip of the Week. This week, I want to continue to talk about my new book that's coming out just real quick, we got it …

Listen to one voice for your Walt Disney World vacation 
Hi. Dad here with this week's Dad's tip of the week. Last week I talked about wanting to start a conversation around Dad's new book that's coming …

It's YOUR Walt Disney World Vacation! 
Hi. Dad here with Dad's Tip of the Week. This week, I want to start a conversation about Dad's new book. Dad's Simple Fun Magic Guide to Walt …

How to deal with the 100 Day Blahs 
Hi, Dad here, with Dad's Tip of the Week. This one's good. Mrs. Mom walked into the office this morning and she says, "Do you know what today …

When to use Extra Magic Hours 
Hi. Dad here with Dad's Tip of the Week. This week we're talking about when you should use Extra Magic Hours. Extra Magic Hours are just cool …

The BEST place to watch fireworks at Walt Disney World 
Hi. Dad here with Dad's tip of the week. This week I want to talk to you about the BEST place to watch fireworks at Walt Disney World. In fact, …

The Secret to Staying "Cool" at the Magic Kingdom 
Hi. Dad here, with this week's "Dad's Tip of the Week." This week, I want to share with you the secret for staying cool at the Magic Kingdom. …

Dealing with the "WDW Crisis of the Week" 
Hi. Dad here with Dad's Tip of the Week. This week, I want to talk about the "WDW Crisis of the Week". It hit me last week, but it just seems …

The lineup for the 2017 Eat to the Beat Concerts 
Today Disney announced the lineup for the 2017 Eat to the Beat Concerts. Who do you want to see? - Photo by Laurie Sapp Here it is: Delta …

2018 Walt Disney World Vacation Packages are here! 
The 2018 Walt Disney World Vacation Packages are up and ready to book. Now is the time to get started on the BEST. VACATION. EVER. by getting …

You should try the Disney Vacation Account - Dad's Tip of the Week 
We're starting a new feature here on the blog. It's Dad's Tip of the Week. We've even got video... Hi, Dad here with today's tip of the week. …

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Dad's 5 BEST Magic Kingdom Attractions 
The Magic Kingdom is the best theme park in the world. The whole world. So it must have the best attractions right? Well I guess we should figure out …

Free Dining 2017 is Here! 
Good morning. Let the craziness begin. Free Dining is Here. Here are the details. Dates - August 21 through September 30, 2017 November …

Free Dining 2017 - The Rumor 
FREE DINING IS HERE!!!! Free Dining was announced this morning, right on schedule. ***EDITED: Because Dad can't read a chart. Lol. (Yes, there was …

Celebration Shirts 
Here's something really neat the whole family can get involved with... Matching family t-shirts! Now wait, and hear me out. While you probably don't …

Dad's Rant: I'm fed up! It's time for a nighttime parade to come back to the Magic Kingdom! 
That's it. I've had it. Six months is long enough. It's time for Disney to get their act together and put a nighttime parade back in the Magic Kingdom! …

Did it finally happen? Is Free Dining finally dead? 
is it finally true? Is Free Dining finally dead? Could Dad finally be right? Free Dining is dead? Say it ain't so Dad. - Photo by Cliff Wang …

Dad's Picks: Signature/Two Credit Restaurants at Walt Disney World 
This one is going to be short and sweet, or maybe not so sweet. Here are Dad's Picks for Signature or Two Credit Restaurants at Walt Disney World. …

Dad's Picks: The Best Table Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World 
Last week it was Quick Service Restaurants , so this week we are going to look at the Best Table Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World that are …

Dad's Picks: The Best Quick Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World 
It's been a while since we've done any Dad Picks. It's about time to do some more. So let's talk about the Best Quick Service Restaurants and snack options …

11 Reasons I "Hate" the Disney Dining Plan 
Can we talk? I'm not a fan of the Disney Dining Plan. I've said that a few times. So today I want to talk about the 11 Reasons I "Hate" the Disney Dining …

From the Desk of Dad - Feb. 24 - The "Leak" 
Rumors and Leaks. They are on the front page of every paper. I HATE rumors and leaks. Last week on Lunch with Dad (seen every Friday at Noon Eastern*), …

The Best Day to Check In to Walt Disney World 
What is the best day to check-in at Walt Disney World? That's a good question with a really easy answer. A few years ago (my, how time files) …

DON'T BUY YOUR DISNEY WORLD TICKETS ON CRAIGSLIST!!!! 
It's happened again. It happens every year. It never fails. Every year there's a couple of arrest of people in Orlando selling Disney World tickets. …

The Next Step on your Walt Disney World Vacation 
What is the Next Step for your Walt Disney World vacation? Are you planning a trip to Walt Disney World? Yippee! That's so exciting. I love planning …

New Disney Discounts! Free Dining (sort of but not really) 
Let's see, it's the slowest news week in the year. Everyone has their minds set on the New Year, on returning Christmas presents and anything but the upcoming …

Dad's Rant - Alcohol comes to the Magic Kingdom - Walt's not happy 
The rumors are becoming too loud to ignore. It looks like very soon, maybe as soon as next week alcohol is coming to the Magic Kingdom in a big way. Yes, …

Hurricane Matthew is why you really NEED a Travel Agent! 
This is why you NEED a travel agent for EVERY Disney World vacation. I can sum it up in one word. Matthew. OK two words, Hurricane Matthew. …

Dad's Guide to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 
Yes, I'm taking a cue from the Mom's Panel. I was looking for something to write about today and came across a blog post on the Disney Parks Blog called …

A Hurricane is headed for Walt Disney World. What do I do? 
Last night, the National Hurricane Center adjusted the prediction for Hurricane Matthew. It's possible that a Hurricane is headed for Walt Disney World. …

Guy Food at Walt Disney World 
For the last few weeks, I have been thinking about Guys and Walt Disney World. It's the topic of this month's WDW Magazine (which, full disclosure, …

Why Dad Loves Disney Hotels and You Should Too 
If you haven't figured it out already Dad LOVES Disney Hotels. Oh, and you should too. Want to know why? Sure you do... The incredible colors Disney …

Dad's Taking a break from Walt Disney World 
Dad is taking a break from Walt Disney World. That's it. I'm worn out. I need a break. Maybe I'll have a hot dog - Photo by Wayne Wood Yesterday, …

5 Reasons I Love the Pop Century 
By Stephanie Shuster Disney’s Pop Century Resort is GROOVY! It's a pretty unique hotel on WDW property that has a lot of appeal – great food, …

What happened the first time Dad planned a trip to Disney World 
Titanic has nothing on me... Check out what happened the first time Dad planned a trip to Disney World. The Plan was perfect... Books will be …

I'm kind of confused Dad, Is Walt Disney World Magic or not? 
Dad, I'm a little confused. On Thursday you wrote a scathing article about what's going on at Walt Disney World . It was pretty hard core. It was right, …

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A Walt Disney World vacation is Simple, Fun, and Magic! 
Did you know a Walt Disney World vacation is easy? Yes it is? I know a lot of people are talking about how hard it is to go to Walt Disney World, but …

Whose idea was that? What's going on with the new changes at WDW? 
I gotta tell you, Dad is not happy. I think it's time for Dad to go on another rampage about some of the new changes at WDW. It looks like Ariel …

Have Crowd Patterns at Walt Disney World Changed? 
I got a message over on our Facebook page asking me a pretty good question. Normally when we get a question like that we throw it over on an Ask Dad …

Rumors at Walt Disney World 
There is so much going on at WDW this year. Rumors are flying, new stuff is opening. I think it's time for Dad to talk about Rumors at Walt Disney World. …

Random Acts of Kindness 
This is going to be a little different blog post from Dad. This week's topic is Random Acts of Kindness. I love the idea of giving happiness at the …

Stuff Happens - even at Walt Disney World 
OK, so we've all heard the old saying Stuff Happens (probably not the words you are used too, but those are Dad's words.) One thing we don't think about …

Everyone needs to Listen to Dad 
Dad is always talking about Walt Disney World and you should be listening. I'm not one to toot my own horn (at least not very often.) But I'm going …

The ONE BIG TRUTH about going to Walt Disney World 
Are you going to Walt Disney World? This is for you. The Hoop Dee Doo Revue is part of the One Big Truth - Photo by Brett Svenson There's …

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