S2E24: Here We Come Orlando, FLU-rida!


Jen has the flu and Frank is making her record a new episode of Theme Park Thursday anyway!  This Week, the runDisney Club, #HSMTMTS, Muppetvision, the old EPCOT, Oscar noms, Inside Out, Mad About You, pronouncing Tailka Waititi, and we’ll be in the Magic Kingdom January 25th!!!

Theme composed by Matt Harvey

Intros/Outros performed by Lindsay Zaroogian

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S2E23: Allow Us to (Re)Introduce Ourselves


We’re finally back and setting the table for 2020 talking the two year old’s birthday, Papa Dillo’s popularity, the Regal Eagle, Mouse Gear, holiday queues, Joy and Sadness, Rise of the Resistance boarding group experiences, resolving our Give Kids the World competition with the Monday Morning Monorail podcast, Jen’s Tik Tok message for Dave, Frank‘s one month illness still plaguing him and… are we going to Disney World?

Theme composed by Matt Harvey.

Intro & Outro performed by Lindsay Zaroogian.

The @DillosDiz Fact Checker IS Mel Dale.


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The Rise of GIFs

The following blog was written by Jen aka Sister Dillo aka The Younger One. Spoilers will follow.

If you enjoy Star Wars movies, appreciate them but can’t really contribute to an in depth conversation, then congratulations! You’re not alone! That’s exactly who I am!

Today I saw The Rise of Skywalker. As I mentioned above, I can’t really contribute to an in depth analysis of the movie. I wouldn’t dare try. Instead, I’d like to express my feelings through my favorite form of communication: GIFs.

Let’s begin…

The moment I had the idea for this blog came when this face appeared on screen:

Mr. Snydillo and I responded like this:

Being big L O S T fans, we were pretty excited!

When General Hux announced he was the spy, the ‘About Time’ fan that I am felt like this:

YAY Tim!

But then when General Pryde realized he was the spy and “Tim” meets his fate, this was my reaction:

Poor Tim!

Let’s revisit ‘About Time’ again for a moment. Tim (aka General Hux) did so much for you “Lawyer in Play” (aka General Pryde) and instead of repaying him you did what you did:

Moving on

When Lando says: “There’s more of us Poe,” this GIF flashed in my mind:

I think Rey could be considered for the next season of Ninja Warrior with that awesome climbing she did through The Death Star

I wanted to give Chewy a hug with his reaction to Leia

When Ben comes back, I was all

As we near the end, I realized how much I heart Finn and Poe’s bromance

And I love the friendship of Rey, Finn and Poe

The End

Oh, one post movie realization:

Felicity and Sean got to reunite in the same movie #jjfavorites

I don’t know that you’ll find a better review of this movie. If you do, feel free to @ me. Deuuuuuucccceeeesssss

1 Stop Shop: 12 Days of Twitter Ohana

Last month, Theme Park Thursday w/ Dillo’s Diz boldly went where we didn’t think possible. For 12 consecutive days, we talked with friends from our Twitter Ohana; bloggers, vloggers, podcasters… all appearing for the first time!

Here’s the complete list with links and Twitter handles. If you didn’t get to listen to all 12 episodes during the busy holiday season, now is your chance!

The 12 Days of @DillosDiz Twitter Ohana… on Theme. Park. Thursday!!!

Day 1: @brandy_and_dave ➡️ https://bit.ly/2YJwxhT

Day 2: @erik_niel ➡️ https://bit.ly/2tfFJik

Day 3: @AJ_Aria031729 ➡️ https://bit.ly/2PYOuFd

Day 4: @nathanielhardy ➡️ https://bit.ly/2LZ93A5

Day 5: @Tombstone_Josh ➡️ https://bit.ly/2tt9wUQ

Day 6: @CrissyMusicO ➡️ https://bit.ly/2rVvxLz

Day 7: @poowpodcast ➡️ https://bit.ly/34IX0gP

Day 8: @dvcduo ➡️ https://bit.ly/38XUyq6

Day 9: @YesThatBrian ➡️ https://bit.ly/2EES4Pl

Day 10: @TheMouseAndMore ➡️ https://bit.ly/34NFTKO

Day 11: @DisflicksTidbit ➡️ https://bit.ly/2PSU0u9

Day 12: @wdwjedimaster ➡️ https://bit.ly/2EONZs8

Star Wars: IX Movie Experiences

For those of you who listen to Theme Park Thursday with Dillo’s’s Diz (and, if you’re not, what in the Wide World of Sports are you waiting for ???), you know that one of the common themes is that I’m very, very… OLD. Not necessary old in age (well, maybe a little) but old in being. I am in fact old enough to have seen all nine episodes of The Skywalker Saga in the movie theater. So, I thought I would quickly breakdown my experiences with each Episode of Star Wars according to that most trusted source – my memory.

Star Wars (1977): before it was Episode IV, my mom and aunt took me, just north of two and a half years old, to see this very popular space odyssey. To this day, we argue about which theater this happened in. They claim it was the Great Neck movie theater on Long Island. I say it was the defunct-for-decades Glen Oaks movie theater (now a Walgreens or something). My first memory (ever) will forever be the Star Destroyer entering from the top of the screen.

Obsessed l would become. I have faint memories of the Holiday Special (thought I dreamnt it for years) and Mark Hamill on The Muppet Show (kindergarten sandbox talk the next day). I cried following the re-release in 1979 because the movie had ended… and I lost the neat toy pamphlet they handed out. I also remember the Time magazine sitting on the pediatrician’s end table promoting the next episode in the saga.

The Empire Strikes Back (1980): perhaps a slight exaggeration of my childhood memory, I claim to have seen Episode V over 30 times in the theater; many of which immediately followed my kindergarten session at the Massapequa movie theater (Massapequa, a magical place). Not really sure if the number is this high. The Vader reveal was confusing for this 5 year old but Yoda was where it was at for me since I was a Muppets kid.

Oh, and I didn’t watch the carbonite scene until I was 41 years old.

Return of the Jedi (1983): I didn’t see this nearly as many times as ‘Empire’. Was it because I was busy with school? Little league? Was it because of the Ewoks? GI Joe, the World Wrestling Federation, oh and Disney were also waiting in the wings to consume my life. To this day, every time I watch Episode VI, I am reminded how much I enjoy the movie.

When Star Tours came to the Disney-MGM Studios at the end of 1989, it was as if well… a force awakened. I had forgotten how much of an impact Star Wars had made on me and shaped me now at age 15. The Special Editions also did not bother me as much as others when they were released in 1997. I get why people are angry, and Han stepping on Jabba’s tail is THE WORST, but I was just so happy to see the original trilogy on a big screen again.

The Phantom Menace (1999): The trailers were amazing, I bought the toys at midnight when they were released, I was ALL. IN… and then… about halfway through the podrace inside the AMC in Downtown Disney, I asked myself if I was enjoying the movie; and I don’t think I was. The final twenty minutes saves the entire movie in my opinion. After seeing it three times in the first five days, I would go on to defend Episode I for the next 15 months by labeling it as merely exposition – the first chapter of a big book. The folks who thought The Matrix was the style of movie this should have been were my greatest opponents. I kept saying if Episode II is great then it’s totally fine.

And then…

Attack of the Clones (2002): I saw this movie 5 times! FIVE TIMES! Why? Why did I put myself through this? Because I didn’t understand? What was not resonating? Was it an extension of my quarter life crisis? Was it that the movie was just really this bad? Why wasn’t that kid from Spider-Man that played the goblin’s son not cast as Anakin (lol ask me sometime how I feel about James Franco)? The only thing I tolerate is the Obi-Wan – Jango Fett sequence. Everything else… sheesh… why do the last forty minutes happen in eight minute cycles?

Revenge of the Sith (2005): Ironically enough, I saw what I thought would be the final Star Wars movie ever at midnight in the Great Neck movie theater that my mom and aunt claim was where I saw the original. Saw Episode III twice more after that. This is where I learned about my expectations. I had built up Anakin turning to the dark side in my head for nearly eight years – since the announcement of the prequels. And those expectations were just not met. The movie is fine. Ewan McGregor is the saving grace of the entire trilogy, but my expectations were most definitely not met.

The Force Awakens (2015): i am now claiming this is my second favorite Star Wars movie. I was awakened. My personal enjoyment of this movie is off the charts. The ‘feeling’ of VII erased the downers that were the prequels entirely. It was the first time I felt like I was watching a Star Wars movie since I was 8 years old. Loved, loved, loved the pace – probably similar to the pilot for LOST (which I also loved). I was surprised by those who feel this is a rehash of the original. I guess I don’t care since I love the theme of repeating history. It’s something we all struggle with.

The Last Jedi (2017): Much like it’s predecessor, I saw Episode VIII on the Thursday night before Opening Day. I left the theater having enjoyed the movie but feeling empty about… I know not what. Two years later, I find myself still enjoying the movie but wishing perhaps a decision was made about Leia’s fate in this movie and then move Luke’s destiny to the final chapter. His showdown with Kylo was so great in my eyes. About halfway thru the scene I was on the edge of my seat predicting Episode IX. Ten minutes later I fell back in my seat wondering what just happened. The choices were fine. The movie not going the way I thought was… fine. But I think there was too many cooks in the kitchen and they brought JJ Abrams in to get them out of the corner they were painted in.


The Rise of Skywalker (2019): All three films in this trilogy I saw at my local theater in Queens; the same that I saw Attack of the Clones the first time. I purposefully came in with less expectations than TLJ. I purposefully came in knowing the possibility existed that all the characters could be spun off on Disney +. And I’m really good at suspension of disbelief so I could forgive certain things for the sake of the story.

In this trilogy, I cared most about Kylo and Rey’s story (together and individually). In VII, I found myself all in on Rey’s story. In VIII, I became invested in Kylo because of Rey. Everything involving Luke, Rey, and Kylo makes TLJ a hit for me. To me, there was no alternative to go with a returning Emperor in this movie. He was the only antagonist that could place all of the other characters in the necessary peril. You could have gone all the way with Kylo as a big bad villain, but it may have been a challenge to get to his necessary redemption. Maybe that could have happened in the shadow of Palpatine’s legacy of Exegol, with his spirit looming over all the character choices. Maybe it would have been a more difficult road to take story wise. Not sure.

First time through the movie, I knew I would enjoy it more the second time. And I did. My small expectations were gone and I could enjoy the movie. That’s how it will go until we see all of these characters back again.

Because we will.

Because it’s never over.

Because there’s a lot of money.

Brother Dillo

S2E22: A Very Merry Dillos Mimosa Christmas Brunch


A departure from your regular Theme Park Thursday w/ @DillosDiz as Frank & Jen have a roundtable discussion not only with Mrs. Dillo and Mr. Snydillo, but for the first time ever… Mama and Papa Dillo. It all begins with a video of the recently renovated Beaches and Cream.

Theme composed by Matt Harvey.

Intro and Outro performed by Lindsay Zaroogian.

The @DillosDiz Fact Checker IS Mel Dale.


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S2E21: Our Present to You… Drunk Stormtrooper!!!


On the FINAL day of The 12 Days of @DillosDiz Twitter Ohana, it’s everybody’s favorite drinking buddy, the one and only Drunk Stormtrooper!

No further show description is necessary.  Jen and Frank apologize for the volume of their laughter.

Theme composed by Matt Harvey.

Outro Performed by Lindsay Zaroogian.

The @DillosDiz Fact Checker IS Mel Dale!


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S2E20: Flicks, Tidbits, and Festivities with Kasi


On the 11th Day of The 12 Days of @DillosDiz Twitter Ohana, Kasi from the Disflicks & Tidbits podcast joins Jen and Frank to discuss her recent trip to Disneyland, deep diving Disney Plus, and we play a little Christmas movie word association!

Theme composed by Matt Harvey.

Outro performed by Lindsay Zaroogian.

The @DillosDiz Fact Checker IS Mel Dale.


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S2E19: One Day (and More) with Adam!


On the 10th Day of The 12 Days of @DillosDiz Twitter Ohana, Adam from The Mouse and More Podcast joins Jen and Frank to discuss quick trips to Disney parks, the Candlelight Processional, struffoli, and at home Christmas traditions!

Theme composed by Matt Harvey.

Outro performed by Lindsay Zaroogian.

The @DillosDiz Fact Checker IS Mel Dale.


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S2E18: The Rise of Brian from Touring Plans


On the 9th Day of The 12 Days of @DillosDiz Twitter Ohana, Brian McNichols from TouringPlans.com joins Jen and Frank to discuss Rise of the Resistance, The Rise of Skywalker, the rise of #AlwaysMGM holiday love, and looking ahead to… 2021???

Theme composed by Matt Harvey.

Outro performed by Lindsay Zaroogian.

The @DillosDiz Fact Checker IS Mel Dale.


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