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The Dad For Disney blog officially turned one year old over the weekend.  Instead of celebrating over the weekend, I decided to hold this celebration today.  It gives people a change from all the May the Fourth be with you posts.  🙂

Like all blogs, it started out with an idea and then started out very small with only a few followers.  Over the summer, word get out about the blog and it grew rapidly.  During the fall and winter as more life activities got in the away, posts became a bit more infrequent and the growth slowed.  Now, I am back to posting everyday and the growth has been reborn.  I am proud to that, as of publication, the Dad For Disney Facebook group has 813 members with almost as many followers on Twitter.

Today’s article is going to be more like a weekly recap article where I re-share some of the milestone and more popular articles from the past year.

First article (non-introduction): A news-only article from May 3, 2014

First Non-News Article: Disney Ticketing Past and Present

50th Article: The Weekly News Update from June 21, 2014 – what a recap! 🙂

100th Article: Some Trivia About Space Mountain

150th Article: Learn All About Thumper

200th Article: Some Tips About Travelling With a Large Group

250th Article: A Review of L’Artisan des Glaces 

Most Popular Article (2014 – 3,956 views): The Reasoning Behind the Many Colors of the Concrete at Walt Disney World

Most Popular Article (2015 – 1,181 views): Will We Ever See a New Country Added to EPCOT

What does Dad For Disney have on tap for Year Two:

  • More Articles
  • More News – Both on the Blog and from the Mice News Minute as Part of the Behind the Magic Podcast (
  • More Opinions
  • More Trip Reports (Walt Disney World Trip in October and hopefully a return to Disneyland in August)
  • More Friends as word spreads about the blog
  • A New Book coming for the holidays – WDW Guidebook for Tweens and Middle Schoolers (Tentative Name)

Thanks for joining us on this great first year and hoping that year two is even more successful and fun!

Weekly Recap – May 3, 2015


Festival of Fantasy #23Welcome to the end of year 1 at the Dad For Disney blog.  It’s a fun and successful year for the blog as I’ve had the chance to watch it grow from one member following to a group of over 800 followers.  Tomorrow, I will have a much larger recap article on tap.  But now, let’s look at the busy week on the blog.

We started the week looking at movies that can help you get in the mood for your Walt Disney World or Disneyland vacation.

Then moved into the world of special events past, present, and future at Walt Disney World.

Wordless Wednesday took us into the world of storytelling and I told the story of dinner at Yachtsman Steakhouse.

There are many types of attractions at Walt Disney World.  A top 5 list of the Show Attractions at Walt Disney World made an appearance on Thursday.

We closed the week tackling the topic of free dining and has it run its course as a Walt Disney World promotion.

I also recorded my first Mice News Minute for the Behind the Magic Podcast.

Thanks for reading!

Is It Time to Retire Free Dining

For the last several years, Disney has offered a free dining promotion during what are “slower traffic months” for Walt Disney World.  Free Dining started in the early 2000’s when people were travelling a lot.  Free Dining was designed as way to get people to the parks.  My family took Disney up on the Free Dining offer in 2009 and we’ve made eight more trips since that first trip.  As years have gone on and more and more people have come to expect free dining in the fall, Disney has made the dates more restrictive, resort availability more restrictive, and increased the number of days or type of ticket that you need to qualify for free dining.

I have spent many years as avid Disney follower, one year as independent Disney blogger, nine months as an independent travel agent specializing in Disney vacations, and will be soon coming out with my first guide-book for Walt Disney World.  Nothing getting more people, in my opinion, excited about a Walt Disney World vacation than the prospect of Free Dining.

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