S2E37: The End (and Ongoing Story) of #DillosMadness

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On this edition of Theme Park Thursday w/ @DillosDiz, Frank and Jen bring the 2nd Annual ‘The Dillo’s Diz My Favorite Thing About Disney Ever (This Year) March Madness Mania Pool’ to a glorious three hour finale… within 45 minutes!

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S2E36: Segways to Flashbacks and Flash Forwards

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This week on Theme Park Thursday with Dillo’s Diz, Frank & Jen discuss the quarterfinals of #DillosMadness, a Flashback to a Segway Tour, a Flash Forward to EPCOT’s reopening, and we respond to some things mentioned on the Monday Morning Monorail Podcast’s 100th Episode… which was broadcast LIVE!

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S2E35: Home Schools and Main Streets

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A most unusual week on Theme Park Thursday w/ @DillosDiz… Frozen 2 drops on Disney+ three months early, #DillosMadness, visions of WDW home schooling, and we reveal our topic for March 19th’s YouTube LIVE (9:30pm EST)! It’s a #TPT on #TBT Double Down!

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S2E34: A Dillos One Day at Disney

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Based on the Book and the Disney + series, Jen and Frank this week talk about their respective One Day at Disney; Jen as an Operating Participant back in the 2000’s,  Frank as a Cast Member in the 90’s.

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S2E33: Jen and Frank’s Runaway Ranting

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On this episode, Jen and Frank discuss the opening of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway and their obstacles in accepting the attraction as Walt Disney World’s newest. Plus, a 1st Round discussion in The Dillo’s Diz My Favorite Thing About Disney Ever (This Year) March Madness Mania Pool – aka #DillosMadness – aka #TDDMFTADETYMMMP!

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S2E32: Spaceship Earth, CEO’s, and an Angela Bonus!

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On this special evening edition of Theme Park Thursday w/ @Dillo’s Diz, Jen and Frank talk about the Spaceship Earth refurbishment and the small, minor, tiny, Disney CEO change. PLUS, following our February 27th AM edition with Angela Dahlgren (Our Highest Download Total of 2020!!!), hear some fun bonus outtakes and audio from our Tik Tok Live on February 24th!

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The Magical Mommy Monday Podcast Begins March 2nd!

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S2E31: Disney ‘Sibling’ Reunion w/ Angela Dahlgren

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The lost lost Dillos sibling, Angela Dahlgren, returns to Theme Park Thursday to talk about her new YouTube channel and, along with Jen, has a BIG announcement to share! Plus, Frank has a few tricks in his pocket and things up his sleeve!

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S2E30: The Mama and Papa Dillo Disney Q and A

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This week on Theme Park Thursday! Jen and Frank ask Mama and Papa Dillo some of your Twitter questions! Plus, overrating vs. overpaying, runaway railwaying, and skylining for fastpasses!

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S2E29: Dillos Drinking and Disney

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On this episode of Theme Park Thursday, Jen and Frank discuss Wine Bar George, House of Blues, Jock Lindsay’s Hangar Bar, The Edison, Oga’s Cantina, Baseline Tap House, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, the Enchanted Rose, and The Wave. Oh, and we rant and rave a lot about Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, the Oscars, a proposed Muppets attraction, and the Winter.

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Why I’m Still Not Over The End of Toy Story 4

On the February 6th edition of Theme Park Thursday podcast, we took an unexpected turn into the Dillo’s Diz Disney + Corner to discuss the recent Bo Peep short, ‘Lamp Life’. During the discussion, it occurred to me that I still wasn’t really happy with the way ‘Toy Story 4’ ended – even if I cried… both times.

Two days later, i took in my first viewing of ‘Toy Story 4’ on Disney + since my two viewings in the theater last summer. A few things you should know before I continue:

1) I am extremely possessive of what happens in the Toy Story franchise. This is based on my starting date as a Cast Member in Walt Disney World beginning the same month as the 1995 theatrical release, the hundreds of performances of the Toy Story Parade I was involved with, and my overall extensive work with Woody.

Is there a #2…. oh yeah!

2) I consider ‘Toy Story 3’ to be the greatest ending of any trilogy ever… EVER!

If you know Dillo’s Diz, you know we don’t like change. We don’t like it! And ‘Toy Story 4’ is ALL about change. 3 managed to avoid a change by restarting a cycle for the gang of toys when Andy passes the proverbial torch to Bonnie.

And, ya know, I hear cycles can be detrimental to change.

Woody, who we ALL know this entire franchise is about (sorry Buzz), is at a point where he’s making the same mistakes he made in the previous cycle. Loyal to a fault and resistant to the small changes happening around him. In typical fashion of someone resistant to change, Woody tries to show Forky why his importance to Bonnie is so great when he’s really talking about himself, and at the same time realizing his own importance is no more.

And, like the eternal bachelor, when the love of his life steps back in, Woody’s brain starts to open the shutters that have kept him contained within his comfort zone. Watching Woody begin to separate himself from the things that have kept him whole for over two decades; his pull-string, his friends… it becomes increasingly difficult for me to watch. But, parallel to that, the old dog begins to learn new tricks.

When the time finally comes, when Buzz leads Woody into giving himself permission to leave the group…….. hey, we’ve all made decisions like that in one form or another. It’s just not the decision I expected to come from Woody for this group.

(It also didn’t help that a friend who often worked with Buzz while I worked with Woody had passed away a few months before the movie was released)

It’s most definitely a personal thing for me. It’s that reality check this franchise has done so subtly and so well. I know I’ve made the right decisions in my life, but Woody was the totem of that small slither of my brain forever stuck in the past.

Even if in future films, shorts, or specials, Woody and Bo crosses paths with their group for another ride, the dynamic is forever changed.

Brother Dillo (aka @FrankMCardillo)