If you’re late to the party, the price of Annual Passes increased today at the Walt Disney Resort.

In looking at the prices, I would need to save $13.67 per day between now and the expiration of two AP’s to cover without taking a slippery slope into credit card debt land… what do I do?

What. Do. I. Do?

When you consider that six days of parking (as a non-Resort guest, now $25) and the Memory Maker knocks off about $300 of that cost, it’s still a deal if you can get to the park for the number of days equivalent to the remainder… never mind the additional dining/merchandise discounts in this scenario.

The question remains… will we renew? Can we renew?


What say you?

What are your plans with the AP increase?

What do you do to justify your renewal?

Do you put $13.67 in a glass jar and hope for the best in 4 months?

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Brother Dillo


Tomorrow’s Blog: Come Hang Out with Us!

If you listened to the latest edition of Theme Park Thursday with @DillosDiz, you know that we have purchased our tickets here in NYC and will be visiting the Mickey: The True Original Exhibition on Saturday November 17th, at 11:40am.

Yes, you do purchase tickets for such specific time frames.

We know that this is one day prior to #Mickeys90th but the availability might be a little tighter on the 18th. The podcastin plan would be to talk about the exhibition on the episode scheduled to be released on Thanksgiving, but we’re likely to release it sooner due to holiday travel… not ours, we want you to be listening on your car rides!

I’m personally looking forward to rewatching a lot of classic Mickey shorts between now and then, maybe a little Fantasia (Sister Dillo will tell you it’s a little too early to be watching Mickey’s Christmas Carol), and I wouldn’t be surprised if we discussed some of our favorites on the November 15th edition of Theme Park Thursday w/ @ DillosDiz.

If you’re in the tri-state area, we hope you consider coming out that Saturday morning to hang with us, talk about the Mouse, and discuss what new Hallmark Christmas movie will be debuting that evening while one of us (not me) covers her ears and says ‘la-la-la no Christmas until Thanksgiving night’.

Also, for those of you concerned for my well being during this, the month of October, aka my birthday month… well maybe – MAYBE – based on my suggestion to rebrand Holidays Around the World to fall in line with all the festivals… Maybe ‘Winter Festivals Around the World’???

No… no… anybody? Yeah, I know.

Brother Dillo

S1E2: Drinking Around with the Dillos


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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The Disney Breeze

Ah the Disney breeze. You may think we’re crazy for talking about a breeze in Disney World. I mean there are attractions to experience, shows to watch and food to eat. So why would we be talking about a breeze?

Because. It’s. Magical.

On yesterday’s Theme Park Thursday episode, our Fact Checker, Mel asked us about our first Disney breeze memory. It’s hard to pinpoint since it’s become such a part of our Disney vacations. We’ve felt the breeze during fireworks, walking around a resort at night and even drinking around the world on a beautiful Fall day. It’s relaxing and something that can only be experienced on property.

But! If you’d like to hear our answers, be sure to tune into yesterday’s episode. You can subscribe on Apple and Stitcher. Click here to listen on Libsyn.

S1E1: Fact Checking the Dillos


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.


*Photo credit: guide-to-disney.com


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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Ode to Our Twitter Family

We started a blog that grew to Twitter, a Podcast and the Gram

Before we knew it, we were part of the DisTwitter Fam

We found Disney fanatics just like us

With opinions and reviews we really could trust

We learn so much, each of you is a wiz

Thank you for following and we’ll see ya in the Diz!

We started this blog just to write about what we love. Disney has been our second home since we were kids and we feel so lucky that we found a place to share our memories, stories and hear the latest news.

Thank you for being a part of our Disney Family!


ICYMI: Cheeseburger (AND FRIES!)

In case you missed the July 23, 2018, Bonus Q & A edition of Theme Park Thursday on The Improviser’s Guide Podcast, we went on a bit of a mini rant regarding apple slices not ever, ever, EVER, being an option over French Fries… EVER! #nothealthy

You should know (and probably shouldn’t be surprised) that we don’t prepare material for our episodes… we improvise… It is The Improviser’s Guide Podcast after all. We know the topic, we might make a few notes, we might structure a little bit, but we don’t know what we’re going to say beat by beat.

Which is why we need to start doing more of these ICYMI blogs!

Last week, we started talking about the amount of burgers we want to eat on any trip to WDW. At one point, I thought my next comment was going to be about Cosmic Ray’s at the Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland, but we changed course and it never got mentioned.

In years past, I had not really considered Cosmic Ray’s as a fast food option in the Magic Kingdom (Pinnochio’s Village Haus 4E!) – though it be an absolute must-do of my brother-in-law, ‘Mr. Snydillo’ (because … Sonny Eclipse). We did a full day at the Magic Kingdom in January and, I have to say, it was really nice to have a good old fashioned MK cheesburger (as in the meat and the cheese, not necessarily the roll) which invokes the spirit of Skyway cars and Utilidors.

Listen to the entire Q & A…. HERE!

Check out all the Theme Park Thursday Archives… HERE!

Brother Dillo