S1E3: Scaring (& Surprising) the Dillos

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The Aladdin Teaser & MTV, Mr. Bean & HHN, Spaceship Earth & E-P-C-O-T, Minute Maid & VOLM, a Triple Mountain Whammy… all of this, fact checker Mel Dale, and a surprise for one of the Dillos!

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S1E2: Drinking Around with the Dillos

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A deeper examination about this year’s Food & Wine Festival at EPCOT instead leads to discussions about 1st Walt Disney World drinks, the sideways world on LOST, Hallmark Christmas movies, ‘About Time’, Jen explaining Frank’s October state of being, the Wonders of Life, and where you can hang out with @DillosDiz in November!

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S1E1: Fact Checking the Dillos

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A very special fact checking guest asks the Dillos (Frank & Jen) ALL the important questions on this, the premiere episode of Theme Park Thursday with Dillo’s Diz! Plus, a discussion of time spent at Trader’s Sam’s at the Polynesian Resort.

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Happy Birthday Epcot!

If you listen to Theme Park Thursdays, you know we often discuss just how old Frank is. I’m here to tell you, it’s completely true. BUT he’s not as old as Magic Kingdom (yet). I, on the other hand, share a birth year with Epcot.img_6161

October 1, 1982 Spaceship Earth welcomed us to Walt Disney World’s second park. I was 9 months old. Future World and the World Showcase brought Walt’s vision of an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow to life.

In 2004, I was lucky enough to begin working in Epcot. Not only that, but my job was to share current and future technologies with guests. Was it a coincidence that I began working in the park that opened the same year I was born? A cosmic connection? Fate? Perhaps. Either way, I am thankful I had that opportunity. Today, I get to share Walt Disney World with my children. Growing up with Disney as our second home, it’s quite a surreal experience to share it with a new generation.


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I leave you now with Walt’s vision for Epcot:

“But the most exciting and by far the most important part of our Florida project… in fact, the heart of everything we’ll be doing in Disney World… will be our Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow! We call it E.P.C.O.T. 

E.P.C.O.T will be an experimental prototype community of tomorrow that will take its cue from the new ideas and new technologies that are now emerging from the creative centers of American industry. It will be a community of tomorrow that will never be completed, but will always be introducing and testing and demonstrating new materials and systems. 

And E.P.C.O.T will always be a showcase to the world for the ingenuity and imagination of American free enterprise. I don’t believe there’s a challenge anywhere in the world that’s more important to people everywhere than finding solutions to the problems of our cities. But where do we begin… how do we start answering this great challenge? Well, we’re convinced we must start with the public need. And the need is for starting from scratch on virgin land and building a special kind of new community. 

So that’s what E.P.C.O.T is… an experimental prototype community that will always be in a state of becoming. It will never cease to be a living blueprint of the future, where people actually live a life they can’t find anywhere else in the world. Everything in E.P.C.O.T will be dedicated to the happiness of the people who will live, work, and play here… and to those who come here from all around the world to visit our living showcase. We don’t presume to know all the answers. In fact, we’re counting on the cooperation of American industry to provide their best thinking during the planning and creation of our Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow…. 

And most important of all, when E.P.C.O.T has become a reality and we find the need for technologies that don’t even exist today, it’s our hope that E.P.C.O.T will stimulate American industry to develop new solutions that will meet the needs of people expressed right here in this experimental community.”

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-Jen aka Sister Dillo

@DillosDiz Salutes Disney’s Animal Kingdom

In April of 2018, Jen & Frank made the attempt to celebrate Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s 20th Anniversary…they failed. Since then, @DillosDiz has struggled to hold the AK to the same level of excellence as Walt Disney World’s holy trifecta of theme parks. Here within, that 20th Anniversary edition and the bonus episode that followed featuring the only appearance to date of Mr. Snydillo & Mrs. Dillo! Click here to listen to the episode!

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EPCOT 35 Thoughts

What is it about EPCOT that makes your face tingle to the point of smiling?

1. The classic entrance music.

2. The fountains.

3. That shade of purple that’s only possible when nightfall hits Future World.

4. The Figment of your Imagination.

5. Those trips when Mousegear has better merch than the Emporium.

6. Turning up the speed on Test Track.

7. The memory of Horizons.

8. The lesson of dreaming it & doing it.

9. Punishing yourself with the Italian variety of Coca Cola.

10. The first time you went on Soarin’ and your instructions from Patrick Warburton connected you to your sense of child like play.

11. The simplicity of The Seas w/ Nemo & Friends somehow doing the trick.

12. Having visited Turtle Talk more times than Animal Kingdom.

13. The French pastries.

14. ‘Midtown’ UK, the most underrated of World Showcase pavilion immersions.

15. The International Gateway to the EPCOT resorts; wings at the ESPN Club or a shake at Beaches & Cream.

16. Mitsuokoshi subliminally telling you to learn the shamisen and to change your decor.

17. How for a few seconds of every hibachi experience you have you transport yourself to Teppan Edo.

18. Knowing that fettuccine alfredo was ruined forever because you had it when the Italy pavilion’s main restaurant was Alfredo’s and you were eleven.

19. How it took until number 19 to mention drinking around the world.

20. When the debate is so great about having a beer either at Germany or the UK because you’re not drinking around the world.

21. How in the late 90’s, I would order Nine Dragons take out because this New Yorker could not tolerate ANY Chinese food in Orlando.

22. Watching Illuninations from the top of the Mexico pavilion (state secret).

23. How the original Illumnations made me this manager at a classical music hall a classical music lover.

24. How your daughter’s first attraction will be the Gran Fiesta Toir with The Three Caballeros, even though it’s still El Rio de Tempo The River of Time to you.

25. How when Gran Fiesta opened, you approved of any future Disneyfying of World Showcase pavilions.

26. How the loss of the post Maelstrom film power nap was sometimes more important than the Universe of Energy drool fest.

27. Mexico.Pavilion. Margarita. Frozen.

28. Glancing over at the Odyssey Restaurant and brainstorming how they could reopen it someday.

29. Praying in those last 30 seconds of Mission: Space that you don’t get sick.

30. Where you can isolate all the noise around you and just listen to the monorail circumnavigating the park.

31. Traveling back in time on Spaceship Earth.

32.  The birth of theatre in Greece.

33. The burning of Rome (and that weird projected chariot turning the corner so haphazardly).

34. Standing in the middle of the Sistine Chapel at The Vatican and saying, ‘behold the majesty of the Sistine Ceiling’ like Walter Cronkite narrated in 1988.

35. Being Tomorrow’s Child and the Future was born today… born today.

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