Frank’s Top Ten Today!

On the Season 1, Episode 15 edition of Theme Park Thursday, we talked about some rules that may need to be made with regards to ranking every Walt Disney World attraction. This led to making the decision to blog our own Top 10 favorite attractions.

Here’s mine… always subject to change…My Top Ten Favorite WDW Attractions Today!

Just missing the cut: Expedition Everest, Toy Story Mania, Star Tours, Spaceship Earth, Kilimanjaro Safari

Not Applicable: Flight of Passage

10. Thunder Mountain: I thought this would be ranked in the Top 6, but fell to 10 when all was said and done. I actually really love waiting in line for this ride. Might be my favorite queue. Thunder is most likely the attraction to fluctuate up and down this list.

9. It’s a Small World: The first of the ‘classic’ attractions. It’s a Dillos family favorite, sure, and the history of the ride holds great weight in this – perhaps polarizing – decision.

8. Slinky Dog Dash: this snuck on to the list. I’ve only been on once and it’s the ride I look most forward to riding again (adding ‘again’ due to FOP). The coaster exceeded my expectations in a way I had not anticipated.

7. Haunted Mansion: the attraction that has gained the most traction the past ten years, enhanced by visiting Phantom Manor in Disneyland Paris five years ago. Ongoing appreciation for a complete experience start to finish.

6. MuppetVision 3D: for 26 years, THE ‘must do’. The most quotable attraction in all four parks.

5. Pirates of the Caribbean: on Theme Park Thursday, I said the bridge between this attraction and Haunted Mansion has narrowed. The CHANGEs over the years (mainly the movie character additions) haven’t made me frown, but it’s lost some of that I-Don’t-Know-What.

4. Peoplemover: if you’re a Walt Disney World lover, and find yourself just staring admirably at your surroundings… then the Peoplemover is everything!

3. Space Mountain: Whooooooo! Probably my favorite ride (just not my favorite attraction).

2. Tower of Terror: one night working late for parade rehearsals, we got to be test patients on the first update to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (1 1/2? FACT CHECK!!!). I fell in love with the ride on that night and, though it’s been sometime since I’ve partaken, it’s still near and dear to my heart.

1. Splash Mountain: perhaps it opened at the perfect time in my life, but this attraction is in my opinion the perfect blend of all attractions: dark ride, thrill ride, classic Disney.

Surely, this will spark some spirited debate on next week’s Theme Park Thursday!

I await the judgements and the verdicts! Comment below or tweet me!

Brother Dillo

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S1E15: Tidying Up with the Dillos

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On this episode of Theme Park Thursday w/ @DillosDiz, we tidy up and discuss some of the Walt Disney World lists floating out there on the Interwebz – the ‘Never Have I Ever’, 101 Disney Foods to try, and one article ranking every WDW attraction 1 thru 50-Something that we made the decision not to source on this fancy podcast. Plus, the Netflix series that will ruin Frank’s life, Church fair rides, and what the ice cream man was selling outside our school.

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S1E14: One Year Later w/ the Dillos

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Where we were then and where we are now… this week, @jenillo & @frankmcardillo review the Dillos trip from January 1-8, 2018. Did the Animal Kingdom’s 20th Anniversary fall flat? What are our thoughts on the New Fantasyland all these years later? Which part of EPCOT holds the key to unlocking it’s next great phase? Why, Hollywood & Vine, why? All of this and more on Theme Park Thursday w/ @DillosDiz!

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S1E13: 2019 with the Dillos

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And you thought @FrankMCardillo was the one who rants… #JensBdayMonth begins w/ a giveaway announcement, challenging @meldalecomics on the #AlwaysMGM logo, fried bologna, Home Alone, Illuminations, AK Hating, YouTubing, & how @jenillo really feels about gondolas.

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END of 2018 BONUS: MARCH MADNESS

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From a March 2018 edition of The Improviser’s Guide Podcast, an early edition of Theme Park Thursday w/ @DillosDiz. A Disney Animation and Pixar movie tournament bracket NCAA March Madness style was making the rounds and Jen & Frank make their picks.

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S1E11: Potluck with Monday Morning Monorail (& the Dillos)

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This week’s #SwitcherooSkadoo (bibbity boppity boo, kazoo, et al) culminates in a Potluck gathering with the Monday Morning Monorail Podcast team. Justin, Sam, Landon, Jen & Frank each provide a Disney related holiday movie or special for a round table (or a round Zoom call) discussion.

Who will be the most prepared? Who will monologue the longest? And who has a twenty six year old problem with Muppets Christmas Carol? All the delightful holiday goodness that you can handle in a 65 minute time period awaits on this new episode of Theme Park Thursday with @DillosDiz.

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‘Good Company’, from the album HoliDay [By The Mummers] available on Bandcamp.

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S1E10: Holiday Nostalgia with the Dillos

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Did a Dillo family member break a piece off a holiday Walt Disney World icon (and can Jen recall it)? Did a Dillo family member call Frank by a different name for 29 years of his life? These stories told plus the most recent weekend sojourn to WDW discussed on this week’s Theme Park Thursday with @DillosDiz!

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Dreaming of a VIP Soap Experience

If you listened to our latest episode of Theme Park Thursday, you know that I absolutely loved Super Soap Weekend held at MGM (yes MGM).

While working in Epcot, Disney decided to do a contest where they would pick a few Cast Members to switch jobs for a day. Luckily it was extended to Operating Participants, like myself. The one job I reeeeeeeeally wanted was to work in Guest Relations at MGM, specifically VIP Tours, during Super Soap Weekend! In this role, I would be assigned to a Soap actor/actresses and guide them from place to place throughout the event. Sounds awesome right? I was really excited to throw my name in the hat!

And then…..I didn’t get it <cue womp womp music>.

I know this post is a bit anticlimactic but hey, at least I went for it, right? I still loved being able to attend the event, get a few photo ops, listen to Q&A and immerse myself in Disney and Soaps.

Oh, and that larger than life Steve Burton (aka Jason Morgan) poster that hung in 3 of my homes? Here it is!

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-Sister Dillo

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