Day 5 Giveaway Entry!

Day 5 is here!  Today the entry is simple!  Tell us which episode of Dole Whipped podcast is your favorite!  With 100 to choose from we can’t wait to hear what you loved!


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Giveaway Day 4: 6/29/16

Day 4 is here and it is very easy today to get your entry! All you need to do is comment here, comment on Facebook here or tweet us your answer here. We want to know what is YOUR favorite Disney movie?

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Podcast Episode 100: Our 100 Favorite Disney Things

Can you believe it’s already our 100th episode?!  We love podcasting and we’ve had so much fun along the way.  For this special episode we made a list of 100 Disney things we love.  We hope you love them too!  Stick around to see what we have in store for the next 100 episodes!

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Hint:  If you’d like an additional entry into our giveaway, you’re going to want to join us for this episode. 🙂

Giveaway Day Three 6/28/16

Today is day three of our giveaway!  All you have to do today to earn yourself another entry is comment here on our Facebook posts or our Tweets with your favorite Disney resort!

The prizes you’re entering to win are pictured below.

You can find the contest rules here.


Day 2 Giveaway Entry 6/27/16

Day two of our giveaway is here!  There are many was to enter our contest today!  You can comment on a blog post.  Share today’s post on Facebook and let us know you have when you shared the post  Or retweet today’s post for an entry into our contest!  No matter what social media platform you prefer, you have a few choices in which to choose from!

Here are the prizes you are entering to win!  Here are the rules for our contest.


Thank you for joining us for 100 episodes of Dole Whipped!

100th Episode DoleWhipped Podcast Giveaway Rules

No Purchase Necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning.

The 100th Episode DoleWhipped Podcast Giveaway (the “Promotion”) is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia (the “Territory”) who are 13 years of age or older and located in the Territory at the time of entry. DoleWhipped: Dishing on Disney (“Sponsor” and “Promotion Administrator”) and their respective parents, subsidiaries and affiliated companies, retailers, sales representatives, dealers, distributors, licensees and the advertising, fulfillment, judging and promotion agencies involved in the development and administration of this Promotion and each of their respective officers, directors, employees and agents (collectively, “Promotion Parties”), and their immediate family members and persons living in the same households of each (whether related or not) are not eligible to participate. The Promotion is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and is void outside the Territory and where prohibited by law. By participating in this Promotion, entrants (and their parents or legal guardians if entrants are deemed minors in the jurisdictions in which they reside) agree to abide by and be bound by the Official Rules and decisions of the independent Promotion Administrator, which shall be final in all matters relating to the Promotion. If an entrant is a minor, s/he must have the consent of a parent or legal guardian to participate in the Promotion. Sponsor or Administrator may require proof of consent at any time and in any manner they deem appropriate.

Promotion Period: The Promotion begins at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) on June 26, 2016 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on July 2, 2016 (the “Promotion Period”).

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Show us your ears! Giveaway Entry for 6/26/15

Today’s entry for the fantastic Dole Whipped giveaway is: show us your ears! Wearing them or not, we want to see your favorite ears! Just a reminder, you’ll have a chance each day this week to enter to win a $50 Disney gift card and an interactive Hermione Granger want from Universal Studios Orlando. To enter comment here, on our Facebook page or tweet us. One entry per person per day. Check out this post for more information:


Education on a Disney Vacation

We all know that taking kids on a vacation will lead to a lot of fun, but sometimes we encounter some education along the way.  Walt Disney said “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we are curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” All of us agree with that philosophy that you can learn a lot and still have fun.  Some of us have done this and probably will again but sometimes we have to take our kids out of school for a vacation.  While you have the make this personal decision based on your own situation we are not here to judge either way!  But we do know that when kids miss school they sometimes have to make up that missed time with what they learned while away from school, so I wanted to give some ideas of where your kids could learn while on a Disney vacation.

You will be able to do some first hand research and experiencing and then when you are finished with your vacation your student will be able to do the research that will help them put together a report.


California Adventure Park: Learn about the history of California on the basis of the different lands such as Paradise Pier, Grizzly Peaks, Buena Vista Street or Hollywood Land.  These lands are themed around real places in California.

Disneyland Railroad: Check out the original steam trains and Presidential Train Car the Lilly Belle.

Sleeping Beauty Castle: Enjoy this walk through attraction of the story of Sleeping Beauty.  A fun way to compare would be to read other versions and see how they compare

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln: This attraction has nothing but history in it from the 1964 World’s Fare to the subject itself, Abraham Lincoln.

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters: If you want something really modern check out this trackless attraction.  How do the cars move?  Where do they get commands?  These are just a couple questions you can find out on this attraction.


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Animal Kingdom
Wilderness Explorers: Learn all about different animals and explore the entire park with this fun scavenger hunt!

Rafiki’s Planet Watch: You can watch veterinarians at work here, not to mention get up close to a few animals. This is a great opportunity for those kids that are wild about animals.

Kilimanjaro Safari’s: This is another obvious choice, but you can see so many unusual animals that could spark an interest in one and then lead to a fact finding mission about a species.


Hollywood Studios
Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular: It will give you a very basic idea of how movies are made.  This is great for young kids since they will love the special effects and they way you feel like you are looking backstage.

World Showcase: This entire part of the park is a learning experience.  Talk to Cast Members from all over the world, try new foods, listen to new music.  The possibilities are endless whether you choose one of many countries to explore.

The Land: Take the Behind the Seeds tour in the Land Pavilion and you can find out some really interesting things about greenhouses, growing crops and even where those plants grown there end up!


The Seas: This pavilion is similar to the Kilimanjaro Safari as you can learn to much about many types of fish or larger sea life.  If you are old enough you can even swim with dolphins!

Spaceship Earth: This classic attraction takes you through communication in world history from caves to computers.  You are sure to learn something new along the way.

Magic Kingdom
Hall of Presidents: Like Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln this is definitely the place to get a presidential history lesson.

The Haunted Mansion: Pepper’s Ghost is the main attraction here, not it isn’t a real ghost but an effect that is used and it is really fascinating.  If your student is one who always wants to know “how do they do that” this is a great subject to study.  You’ll need to ride more than once of course.

People Mover:  Did you know this has a real life application at the George Bush Airport in Houston?  That is the only other place in the world this technology is used for the people mover.

Sword in the Stone: Do you have a kid interested in stories and fairy tales?  This a great place for them to research the stories of King Arthur.  And if you have to rewatch Sword in the Stone that wouldn’t be too bad either.


Swiss Family Robinson and Tom Sawyer’s Island: Again if you have a reader they will love to do a report on either of these stories and how they are portrayed at Walt Disney World.

Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel: This carousel is something special.  Originally called Liberty with an Americana theme it was lovingly restored by the Walt Disney World Company.  Check out the history of carousel and you will have plenty of research fodder to write a paper on!

Adventures by Disney
This entire vacation will be a learning experience, particularly if you are traveling to a foreign country.  So many new things to experience even if you travel on an Adventure by Disney within the United States.  New cultures, foods and experiences will be everything here.  For instance if you travel to Italy you can learn to make pasta, in Germany, pretzels. You will tour castles and historic sites.  Meet amazing local guides who can tell you anything you ever wanted to know about the country you are visiting.

Disney Cruise Line
Like Adventures by Disney this entire experience can be one big learning experience while having so much fun.  In port you can take excursions of the historic, foodie and adventurer types.  Or you can check out local museums, forts, ruins, or cultural centers.


There is plenty of edutainment to be had on any Disney vacation so we hope this article can help get the creative process moving in choosing something to research.  And who know, this may be the start of the next Disney Imagineer career!



Swimming Pools and Disney – What You Need to Know

01adb0aa549d5c812de55077e76eb5355f1449e64dRecently we did a podcast on an overview of the swimming pools at Walt Disney World resort and one segment that seems to be what I field a lot of questions about and see a lot of confusion about online is pool rules and etiquette. There is a lot of misconceptions about things like pool hopping and what quiet means for quiet pools. So, I thought I would break it up for you and share with you what the info is about Walt Disney World pools as of today. I have to add that as of today because with everything Disney, all information can and will change!

01b6eb89b98ac1168ddacdb58bb9165ad100c73a0fAll of the resorts have some sort of low-depth pool area that’s appropriate for the smallest children. In some cases this does take the form of a traditional baby pool. At others, the low-depth area is part of the main pool.

Common Question: My child is still in diapers. Can they still use the main pool?

Sorry but No, but yes. As is no not in diapers, but any child (even an infant) can go into the Disney pools wearing a swim diaper. Many children may be right on the cusp of needing one, err on the side of caution. This is for everyone’s benefit plus Disney is tiring and overstimulating and do not let the kid make an accident that makes a problem for everyone!

Do I need my magic band to get into the pool area?

Yes, more and more resort pools are requiring and checking magic bands, so bring it with you – they are water proof – and you may have a pool that requires them to enter, has someone checking them while you are there or you want to go back at some point to your room (since they are your key to your room!) So, bring the beautiful magic bands so you do not have to worry about anything but relaxing!

I want to try other resort pools? Is that allowed?

Basically, no pool hopping is allowed. But, as always there are a few exceptions. Some of the exceptions:

  1.  DVC Members can hop to the pools at other DVC resorts. Note that there are many01c91c01a5104266141576938892fbdf82f216736f blackout dates and sorry but Stormalong Bay (at Yacht and Beach) it is never open for pool hopping! Unfortunately, neither are the pools at Animal Kingdom Lodge so you will just have to trust us that these pools are the bomb so book your next stay there!
  2. If you are staying at an All Star Resort you can use the pool at any of the All Stars.
  3. Staying at Port Orleans Riverside or Port Orleans French Quarter? Well go ahead and hop over to the other one and swim away.
  4. If your main pool is closed for maintenance, they may let you use a pool at another resort – but they will tell you – so do not just assume!

Also, there are no pool-hopping privileges between the Pop and AoA. Many think so, but no stay at your own resort!

Basic Pool Info:

Pools are open all year round. All pools are heated to 82 degrees so even on a rare cold day at Disney you will see kids playing as parents huddle and blow on their coffee to keep warm.

Pool Hours minimum 9a-9p but one pool per resort is usually open longer hours.

What is a quiet pool? Are my kids allowed?

Quiet Pools – Every resort has a “main pool” where the fun, games, themeing, and action happens. That’s the place you can hear from all corners of the resort. In addition, many resorts have what is called a quiet pool. The name does not quite fit the actual use of the pool. You do not have to be quiet, kids are welcome, and I have seen a few more racous groups hang out there because it is easy to find space there! Rules limit mainly activities like games or music. Lifeguards are not typically found at quiet pools so please be extra vigilant.

Why should I care whether my pool has zero entry?

Zero entry can be helpful for guests with mobility issues because they can roll their (waterproof) wheelchairs directly into the water.

Many guests with younger children also like zero entry pools because little ones can have the fun of being at the big pool without actually going in very deep. Of course, this also requires extra vigilance because although the pool starts out with minimal depth, it does increase precipitously.

So that is a small bit of info about the Disney pools. The swimming at Disney is a HUGE part of so many families vacations it is important to know before you go so everyone is safe and happy!

What is your favorite pool?

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Podcast Episode 99: Top Disney Pools

We talk about resorts a lot but there’s more to a resort than just the rooms.  We’re talking about our favorite Disney resort pools!  We tell you which ones we love and where you can find them!

Happy listening!

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