DISDads Podcast PLUS

The DISDads

The DISDads Podcast reborn, back to bringing you the Disney destinations content you love, from our own unique perspective.

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Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Special Guests: Terry Hawkins & Joe Masters The DISDads Club Convention X crew is back! With DDCC coming up in just one month, Joe Masters and Terry Hawkins join host Aaron Rittmaster and co-hosts Willie Crocker and Tim Hicks for one last pre-event preview. We talk […]

Dec 5

1 hr 7 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Special Guest: Jay Crocker The Disney Genie service launch delayed the publication of this one. Jay Crocker is back, joining Aaron, Willie and (eventually) Tim to talk about his vacation, celebrating Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary. We cover it all – crowds, touring, parks, attractions, and […]

Nov 17

1 hr 29 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker This episode was recorded on the evening of Tuesday, October 19, the “go live” date for Disney Genie Service. Aaron, Tim, and Willie spent the day gathering information and reactions from people who were using the service at Walt Disney World on launch day. This is […]

Nov 8

1 hr 23 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Aaron, Willie & Tim enjoy a few rounds of Disney “Would You Rather” – offering each other a variety of theme park experience scenarios, about which each panelist must choose one option or the other, and explain why that was their choice. Thank you to the […]

Oct 16

59 min 36 sec

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker First, we had MyMagic+, which begat FastPass+. Then came Disney+. Now, we’re getting “Plus Gen.2” with Disney Genie+. Other companies have gotten in on the act too, with Apple calling their streaming service AppleTV+. But Disney has a history of “plussing” that goes all the way […]

Oct 4

1 hr 2 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Aaron, Willie and Tim talk about the new Disney Genie platform that has been announced for use at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. We discuss the key features of each part of the platform, and start the discussion of how to make the best use of […]

Sep 4

1 hr 34 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Special Guests: Joe Masters & Terry Hawkins Host Aaron Rittmaster, and Co-Hosts Willie Crocker and Tim Hicks welcome Joe Masters and Terry Hawkins back to check in on the planning for DDCC X. Thank you to the DISDads Podcast PLUS Sponsors, who help make this show […]

Aug 15

1 hr 5 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Special Guest: Dr. Kathy MacNaughton Hance Dr. Kathy MacNaughton Hance, Pediatric Anesthesiologist with a Masters Degree in Public Health joins the guys to comment on cruise line policies, consumer decisions, and their impact on the safety of the cruise industry re-start. Thank you to the DISDads […]

Jul 21

1 hr 14 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Aaron, Tim and Willie discuss recent developments in the re-opening of Disneyland, continued progress on re-opening at Walt Disney World, and follow-up with Willie about his recent Walt Disney World vacation (the one we previewed for you on the show a few weeks ago). Thank you […]

Jun 6

1 hr 22 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Aaron, Willie and Tim talk about the news from the Disney Wish reveal. We cover just about everything that has been officially announced by Disney Cruise Line, and speculate about a few other things as well. Thank you to the DISDads Podcast PLUS Sponsors, who help […]

May 31

1 hr 4 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker In this week’s episode, Willie takes the hot seat to talk about the plans for an upcoming family trip to Walt Disney World. We talk about the all of the steps of his planning process, and take a long look at the impact COVID-19 had on […]

May 13

1 hr 15 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Aaron, Tim and Willie talk about the (at the time) newly-released Disney Cruise Line itineraries for Summer/Fall 2023. The panel talks about the highlights of the itineraries that were released, offers some thoughts about pricing (comparing opening day rates for Summer/Fall 2022 with these prices), and […]

May 9

1 hr 12 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks Special Guests: Terrance Hawkins & Joe Masters Terrance Hawkins and Joe Masters join host Aaron Rittmaster and co-host Tim Hicks to talk about DDCC X, coming up January 5 – 9, 2022. 10 years? Yep, this will mark 10 years of Dis Dads Club Convention meetups at Walt Disney […]

Apr 2

54 min 28 sec

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker You asked for it, you got it! Listener Todd Morgan said he thought it would be interesting to hear about what being a travel agent is like. We did our best to give you a big picture view – the good, the bad, and the ugly. […]

Feb 28

1 hr 22 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Host Aaron Rittmaster and Co-Hosts Tim Hicks and Willie Crocker take a step back from travel this week to talk about the content they’re enjoying from the Disney+ streaming service. Thank you to the DISDads Podcast PLUS Sponsors, who help make this show possible: Mouse Master […]

Feb 8

57 min 29 sec

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Aaron, Tim and Willie share ideas for improving the existing Quick Service dining options in the Walt Disney World theme parks. What one item could be added to existing menus that would take existing WDW theme park quick service restaurants to the next level? Thank you […]

Jan 17

1 hr 5 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Your Host Aaron Rittmaster and co-hosts Willie Crocker and Tim Hicks close out their podcast recording year with a review of the year-that-was in the Disney world. Thank you for welcoming the show back this year – we’re looking forward to a fresh new year with […]

Jan 5

1 hr 51 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Special Guest: Jay Crocker Jay Crocker continues his Walt Disney World Thanksgiving Holiday trip report with Host Aaron Rittmaster and Co-hosts Willie Crocker and Tim Hicks. This episode concludes his report, looking specifically at EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios (as well as a bit of discussion […]

Dec 2020

1 hr 2 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Special Guest: Jay Crocker Jay Crocker is back to talk with Host Aaron Rittmaster and Co-hosts Willie Crocker and Tim Hicks about his 10-day Walt Disney World vacation over the Thanksgiving Holiday. This episode focuses on Jay’s experiences at Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme […]

Dec 2020

1 hr 5 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Aaron, Willie and Tim wrap up a series of news and announcements that have been made regarding Walt Disney World just in the last few weeks. We discuss news about new attractions coming to Epcot, updates about the Galactic Starcruiser Hotel (gleaned from patent filings and […]

Dec 2020

1 hr 42 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Special Guest: Bob Chavez Special Guest Bob Chavez is back, talking with host Aaron Rittmaster and co-hosts Willie Crocker and Tim Hicks about taking photos around Walt Disney World. We highlight our favorite photo spots all around Walt Disney World, with a focus on fun, practical, […]

Dec 2020

1 hr 18 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Gobble gobble! It’s a special Thanksgiving Day release. We thought you might enjoy talking Turkey on Turkey Day. So Host Aaron Rittmaster and co-hosts Willie Crocker and Tim Hicks discuss the “turkeys” of Disney Destinations. Hear about where we feel like Disney laid an egg – […]

Nov 2020

45 min 25 sec

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Host Aaron Rittmaster is back with co-hosts Tim Hicks and Willie Crocker, looking to expand the menu of Walt Disney World dining options. The guys share nine ideas for restaurants that they think SHOULD exist at Walt Disney World, but don’t (at least not yet). We […]

Nov 2020

52 min 26 sec

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker It’s been a while since we’ve gotten into the Disney news and rumors fray. But with an investors’ call at the beginning of this month, bits of news dripping out about a wide variety of Disney Destinations, and rumors cropping up about even more, we figured […]

Oct 2020

1 hr 28 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Special Guest: Jay Gilbert Jay Gilbert joins Host Aaron Rittmaster and co-hosts Willie Crocker and Tim Hicks to talk about a spur-of-the-moment decision to head down to Walt Disney World to surprise everybody’s favorite Duncle, Joe Masters. We also spend some time talking about things to […]

Oct 2020

56 min 50 sec

The one where Willie offers to buy THREE ROUNDS! Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Aaron, Willie and Tim talk about the upcoming holiday seasons at Walt Disney World. We share the information that has already been released (no MNSSHP or MVMCP, extended Food & Wine offerings and special entertainment at Epcot, […]

Sep 2020

49 min 3 sec

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Special Guest: Bob Chavez Host Aaron Rittmaster and co-hosts Willie Crocker and Tim Hicks are joined by Bob Chavez for a DAD Show episode – our first trip report show about a post-reopening Walt Disney World vacation for the whole family. Bob talks about long drives […]

Sep 2020

1 hr 24 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Aaron, Tim and Willie talk about Walt Disney World’s history of milestone anniversary celebrations. Then we turn to Walt Disney World’s upcoming Golden Anniversary, and speculate about what celebrating WDW’s 50th might look like (or at least what we’d like it to look like). Thank you […]

Sep 2020

1 hr 10 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Trip Report Guest: Brian Cassidy Special Guest Brian Cassidy visits the Mancave to talk about returning to Walt Disney World. Aaron, Willie and Tim take a deep dive with Brian. We got the low down on his experience with the new health and safety policies, as […]

Sep 2020

1 hr 46 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker This week, host Aaron Rittmaster and co-hosts Tim Hicks and Willie Crocker turn their attention to managing travel at Walt Disney World for larger groups. As travel professionals, we’ve noticed several issues related to Walt Disney World group travel, in particular, that may be getting in […]

Aug 2020

1 hr 7 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker It’s been a while since we’ve talked about Disney Destination dining. This week, Host Aaron Rittmaster and Co-hosts Willie Crocker and Tim Hicks put together the ULTIMATE LIST of Top 9 Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Quick-Service Dining Options. Thank you to the DISDads Podcast PLUS […]

Aug 2020

49 min 49 sec

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Host: Tim Hicks Guests: Jay Crocker & Joe Masters Finally! We get to share a new trip report with you — and it’s a double. Host Aaron Rittmaster and co-host Tim Hicks talk with both Joe Masters and Jay Crocker about their Walt Disney World vacations. Joe and Jay were recorded live […]

Aug 2020

1 hr 30 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Special Guest: Jay Crocker Special Guest Jay Crocker is back with Host Aaron Rittmaster and co-hosts Tim Hicks and Willie Crocker. The panel continues last week’s discussion of the parts of Disney’s Hollywood Studios that have been left behind with the openings of Toy Story Land […]

Jul 2020

51 min 35 sec

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Special Guest: Jay Crocker The panel looks at the parts of Disney’s Hollywood Studios that have been left behind with the openings of Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge that last couple of years. We consider how the existing older attractions might be re-freshed with new […]

Jul 2020

59 min 2 sec

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Special Guest: Terry Hawkins It may seem like Pandora is still brand-new, but if you think about it, every other park at Walt Disney World has either gotten a major expansion (Disney’s Hollywood Studios has had two), is in the process of getting a major expansion […]

Jul 2020

1 hr 23 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Special Guest: Jay Crocker Special Guest Jay Crocker returns to talk with host Aaron Rittmaster and co-hosts Tim Hicks and Willie Crocker to talk about Adults-Only trips to Walt Disney World. Thank you to the DISDads Podcast PLUS Sponsors, who help make this show possible: Mouse […]

Jul 2020

1 hr 9 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker DVC Resorts have opened, but we’re still a couple of weeks away from Walt Disney World theme parks opening again, so Host Aaron Rittmaster and co-hosts Willie Crocker and Tim Hicks talk about enjoying Walt Disney World resort without visiting theme parks. Thank you to the […]

Jun 2020

55 min 8 sec

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Special Guest: Jay Crocker Host Aaron Rittmaster opens the show with a personal message about the George Floyd murder and #BlackLivesMatter. Then co-hosts Tim Hicks and Willie Crocker, and special guest Jay Crocker, join Aaron to talk about recently announced plans to reopen Florida theme parks. […]

Jun 2020

1 hr 50 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Special Guest: Jay Crocker Host Aaron Rittmaster, Co-Hosts Willie Cocker and Tim Hicks, and special guest Jay Crocker talk about some of their favorite Disney Cast Member (and crew member) experiences. Thank you to the DISDads Podcast PLUS Sponsors, who help make this show possible: Mouse […]

May 2020

1 hr

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Aaron, Willie and Tim talk about all three of the Walt Disney World monorail resorts, as well as each of the resorts’ Disney Vacation Club component. The panel discuses everything from the amenities and general “vibe” of the resort, to room sizes, benefits and drawbacks of […]

May 2020

1 hr 43 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Aaron, Willie and Tim offer a little bit different twist on their usual restaurant reviews and ranked lists. This time, we combine both how much we enjoy the restaurant dining experience with the relative cost of enjoying that experience to derive the definitive Top 9 list […]

May 2020

48 min 46 sec

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Host Aaron Rittmaster and Co-hosts Willie Crocker and Tim Hicks take a tour of the Magic Kingdom. In each Land of Magic Kingdom, each panel member proposes one addition to the Land, one refurbishment, and on thing that improves the Land just by removing it. Thank […]

May 2020

1 hr 27 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Special Guest: John Peters (furloughed Walt Disney World bus driver) Host Aaron Rittmaster an Co-hosts Tim Hicks and Willie Crocker welcome special guest John Peters back to the DISDads podcasting studio. John became a full-time Walt Disney World cast member exactly one day before the resort […]

May 2020

1 hr 11 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Aaron, Tim and Willie pick up where they left off last week, talking about off-property resort hotel options in the Disney Springs Area. While we’re fans of staying on-property, staying just across the street from Disney Springs may be a more budget-friendly option. But beware – […]

Apr 2020

1 hr 2 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Host Aaron Rittmaster and Co-hosts Willie Crocker and Tim Hicks talk about the Walt Disney World resort hotels in the Disney Springs Area – Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-Riverside, and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-French Quarter. Thank you to […]

Apr 2020

1 hr 24 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Host Aaron Rittmaster and Co-hosts Willie Crocker and Tim Hicks go right back to the Top 9 well, but with a new twist. This time, they take their first look back at Disney History (or, rather, un-history), talking about their favorite attractions that didn’t end up […]

Apr 2020

1 hr 4 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Tim Hicks & Willie Crocker Host Aaron Rittmaster and Co-hosts Willie Crocker and Tim Hicks generate the definitive REAL MAN’S list of the Top 9 Walt Disney World restaurants that are located outside of the theme parks. Thank you to the DISDads Podcast PLUS Sponsors, who help make this show possible: […]

Apr 2020

55 min 41 sec

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Willie Crocker & Tim Hicks Host Aaron Rittmaster and Co-hosts Willie Crocker and Tim Hicks take a look at the massive Epcot reboot that is currently in progress. In addition to taking a virtual tour around the revamped park, the guys talk about elements that might not survive budget-trimming, and what […]

Mar 2020

1 hr 27 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Willie Crocker & Tim Hicks This episode is a bit of a departure from our usual content. Co-hosts Tim Hicks and Willie Crocker join host Aaron Rittmaster to discuss the COVID-19 Pandemic, its direct impacts on Disney Destination Travel, and related issues. Thank you to the DISDads Podcast PLUS Sponsors, who […]

Mar 2020

1 hr 1 min

Host: Aaron Rittmaster Co-Hosts: Willie Crocker & Tim Hicks Special Guest: Jay Gilbert Host Aaron Rittmaster and co-hosts Willie Crocker and Tim Hicks talk with Jay Gilbert about this experience with his extended family group at Walt Disney World. They traveled over Marathon Weekend in January 2020, to coincide with the 8th Annual Dis Dads […]

Mar 2020

1 hr 10 min