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Disney enthusiasts and best friends Francine and Carrie share laughs, positivity and fun on every episode. They cover a variety of topics including trip reports, Disney tips and tricks, special guests and so much more. If you're planning your vacation or just want to some more Disney in your days - this is the podcast for you!
 
The DCL Dude Podcast is a show dedicated to all things Disney Cruise Line! We will talk recent DCL news, share travel tips, interview guests, go over the best and worst (ok, mostly best) that DCL has to offer, share trip reports, and hopefully interact with you, the listener! Follow us on Twitter (@theDCLdude) or like us on Facebook (facebook.com/dcldudepodcast)!
 
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Join Jim and his guest Scott Butler for this JUMBO episode! We're discussing a vast array of Disney board games for every age from kids to adults and everyone in between. We run the gamut from strategy and trivia to creativity and a host of classics that have been beautifully rethemed with Disney artwork and characters. Looking for ideas for holida…
 
The ladies are sharing "live" updates (well sort of) from the Destination D23 event. There were some 'star struck moments' with Kermit the Frog and Josh D'Amaro, lots of food at Steakhouse 71 and some dancing. Find out what it's REALLY like to attend an event like this. Show Notes: Podcast episode with Elantrice was Episode 81 If you want the backg…
 
Carrie and Francine are sharing their experiences with all the new things they experienced during the 50th anniversary. The new restaurants like Steakhouse 71 and Space 220, as well as some snacks! They discuss their first experiences with Disney Genie and share some of the shopping they did! Find Francine and Carrie online: Website: https://www.Pi…
 
I'v heard from my experienced cruisers over the past couple months about how great the Disney Cruise experience still is, but not many from those who have taken their first cruise since the restart. Jillian joins the show this week to discuss her family's first-ever Disney Cruise! Tune in to hear what she thought! Don't forget to connect with the s…
 
It might have been Walt Disney World's 50th celebration, but Francine had a big birthday too! On this episode of the podcast Carrie and Francine are sharing how the celebration went and what they thought of the new night time spectaculars, Harmonious and Enchanted! Show Notes: The celebratory charcuterie boards were from https://sabrinasdelicacies.…
 
It had been a long 21 months, but Carrie was finally returning to Walt Disney World from Canada. How did it go? Did she feel a lot of anxiety about the testing and the crowds? What was the experience like using Beeper MD for the test to go home? Find out on this episode of the podcast. Show Notes: Beeper MD: https://beepermd.com For the details of …
 
I'm joined in this episode by my friend, Chris, who recently sailed on Celebrity and Royal Caribbean cruises. Tune in for some compare and contrast and find out where we think Disney Cruise Line can improve. Hope you enjoy! Don't forget to connect with the show on Twitter @theDCLdude, or on Facebook at facebook.com/dcldudepodcast. If you have any i…
 
Join Jim today for an exciting announcement and some breaking insights into Disney's latest park technology! Getaway Today has a special offer for That Old Mouse Magic listeners that will turn back the clock on the recent price increases at Disneyland! And we'll dive into some of the important nuts and bolts of Genie+, the new approach to bypassing…
 
When Carrie and Francine heard that Kelly Younger listened to their review about the Muppets Haunted Mansion, they HAD to talk to him! As one of the co-writers and co-executive producers of the Muppets Haunted Mansion, Kelly had some amazing stories to tell and perspective to give that the ladies hadn't picked up on. Show Notes: Find Kelly online: …
 
Join Jim and today's returning guest Morgan Fenner with our recommendations for your Disney Halloween Watchlist! From classic cartoons to truly spine-chilling motion pictures, we're sharing our spooky favorites...most of which can be found on Disney+. It's time to turn off the lights, grab some popcorn, and get in the mood to get BOO-ed!!!…
 
As Haunted Mansion and Muppet fans, Carrie and Francine weren't sure what to expect from the new "Muppets Haunted Mansion" on Disney+. In this episode the ladies are sharing their thoughts and some of the details that surprised them! Show Notes: Check out podcast episode 68 where they talked about the fan theory and why they love the Haunted Mansio…
 
Ivie, who joins me in this week's episode, sailed on one of the first cruises on the Disney Dream and then completed a test cruise a few weeks back on the Disney Wonder! I enjoyed hearing about her experience onboard the Wonder and she talks about some of the differences between her two cruises. Hope you enjoy! Don't forget to connect with the show…
 
In this bonus episode, Chris S. joins me to discuss the newly-released Early 2023 Disney Cruise itineraries. Bookings begin Thursday, October 14 and if you are looking for a travel agent, please consider letting us help you! Send us an email at wes@mickeyworldtravel.com for a FREE, no obligation quote! And don't forget to connect with the show on T…
 
Carrie and Francine are sharing some of their favorite spots to grab a bite to eat at the Walt Disney World resorts. These are places that have great food AND resorts that you would want to wander around. And yes, they have great gift shops too because the ladies do like to shop! Find Francine and Carrie online: Website: https://www.PixieDustFan.co…
 
The reveal of the merchandise, food, drinks and treats for the 50th celebration of Walt Disney World were almost too much to handle! On this episode of the podcast Carrie and Francine are sharing their top 5 picks for food, treats and merchandise along with what they are so excited about for their upcoming visit. Show Notes: Thank you to WDWNT for …
 
Carol joins me on this week's episode to talk about her family's recent back-to-back cruises on the Disney Fantasy, the first of which was the first official revenue cruise on the Fantasy since the shutdown. We talk about her pre-cruise preparation, her days at Castaway Cay, and get her thoughts on the new cruise experience. Hope you enjoy! Follow …
 
What's it like to travel to Disney solo when you normally go with a full family entourage? What are the pros and cons when you compare the two experiences? Jeremie is sharing his experience with Carrie and Francine on this episode. Show Notes: Find Jeremie online: Website: https://jeremieatpuremagicvacations.ca Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/je…
 
Join Jim and today's returning guest, Mandee Shaffer. Get ready for Part 2 of their first episode, "Things We Learn from Disney Animated Features." We'll be sharing some of our favorite life lessons and the Disney characters and stories that have inspired them. From squirrels and dragons to demigods and demons, we go down some of our favorite rabbi…
 
Lightening lanes and cool drinks, outer space and retro dining, Carrie and Francine are sharing all of the updates and their opinions (and hopes) for their future trip. Plus - what happened with the Finding Nemo news? The ladies have a little soapbox moment about why it's important to them that they remain positive. Find Francine and Carrie online:…
 
Carrie and Francine are answering some of the questions that listeners sent in. Some of the questions they answered: What would a non Disney fan say when they walked in to your house? Do you book through a travel agent? What tours do you recommend? Do you ever do meet ups? The ladies are answering these questions and more on this episode of the pod…
 
In this episode, we're celebrating 100 episodes of the DCL Dude Podcast! Thanks to everyone who listens, and a HUGE thank you to everyone who has been with us since the beginning! It's been so much fun and I'm excited for the next hundred. Don't forget to participate in the giveaway! Don't forget to connect with the show on Twitter @theDCLdude, or …
 
The return to Walt Disney World was epic - but there was more to the vacation! The last week of vacation Francine sailed with Disney Cruise Line to the private island of Castaway Cay. In this episode Carrie and Francine talk about what the cruise was like and what precautions Disney took to make sure the guests were safe. After the cruise, it's hom…
 
There were a LOT of questions about Francine's return to Walt Disney World that were not covered in episode 111. You asked and Carrie and Francine discuss it all - how did Francine go for so long? How is she working from there? Would she do a month long trip again? All this and more on this weeks episode. Find Francine and Carrie online: Website: h…
 
Join Jim and today's co-host Mandee Shaffer for a visit to the wonderful world of Hidden Mickeys! These delightful treasures are like little valentines from the artists and Imagineers to everyone who visits the Disney parks...and worlds beyond. Dozens of our listeners sent us their favorites and we promise you'll learn about some "things you never …
 
With the announcement of Disney's new Genie service, Carrie and Francine had to dive in and share their initial thoughts. How will this change how people plan their vacations? Will it make things better or worse? And are you really going to have to buy a FastPass? Find Francine and Carrie online: Website: https://www.PixieDustFan.com Instagram: htt…
 
My guest, Jessica, joins me in this week's episode to talk about her experience sailing on the first official Disney Cruise from a US port since March of 2020! Tune in to hear her thoughts on the new online check-in process, the onboard experience, and what it was like to visit Castaway Cay again. Hope you enjoy! Don't forget to connect with the sh…
 
Join Jim and today's guests Jolene and Kenn Johnson and Alexa Johnson Godfrey fresh from their latest trip to Walt Disney World! New things are happening every day as the parks are preparing for the 50th Anniversary Celebration as well as pivoting to respond to the ever-changing face of the pandemic...but they're happy to report that the magic is t…
 
In this episode Francine is sharing what it's like to travel to Walt Disney World for the first time in more than 18 months. Carrie has some questions as the friends explore the airport arrival, flight and negative antigen test that was required for entry in to the United States. What did it feel like to be 'home' and when were the first tears shed…
 
We're going on a (test) cruise! Listener (and cast member!) Meghan joins us in this week's episode to discuss her experience on the August 6 test cruise, which was the final test cruise before cruising resumed on the Disney Dream on August 9! Tune in to hear about her experience, along with the new protocols onboard. Don't forget to connect with th…
 
Join Jim and his guest Jena Allison-Wright for a guided tour into the world of the Disneyland "Plaid." As a Guest Relations Specialist, she walked the red carpet, spearheaded special events, and was in demand among many of Hollywood's "A-listers" because of her expertise and personability. And she even got to become an actual ghost in the Haunted M…
 
In this episode Carrie and Francine are joined by their friend Cheryl who is sharing some bad yelp reviews about Walt Disney World. As Cheryl reads them, the ladies are trying to guess what attraction or restaurant is being reviewed. It's quite comical to hear what they come up with! Show Notes: Find Cheryl’s Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/L…
 
It's the first trip back to Walt Disney World in over 18 months for Francine and there is a LOT to discuss. From testing requirements for the airlines and CDC to resort and food plans, Carrie helps navigate all of the things to consider before Francine leaves. Does PCR equal PCR? The anxiety is pretty heightened for this trip, but as always - the e…
 
Join Jim and his guests Susanna Barnes, Derrick Dean, and Katie Drake for a fun-filled blast of Disney animated film trivia! Play along at home as these three battle it out for bragging rights in a virtual game of Disney knowledge and fascinating tidbits. Get ready to laugh, learn, and reminisce with these Disney diehards. Hands on your buzzers...i…
 
Most people plan their Walt Disney World vacation with great care and detail. From resorts and restaurants to attractions and transportation, it's all been considered very carefully. But the one thing that most people don't put a ton of thought in to is the weather! Florida weather can be fickle, what do you do when you're there during extreme heat…
 
I am joined in this episode by Victoria, who sailed on the first official Disney Magic at Sea cruise from the UK and on the first paying passenger Disney Cruise since March 2020! ALSO, Disney Cruise Line announced its return to US cruising this week, so we get you caught up on all the important things you need to know. Many of the protocols that we…
 
There was so much feedback about the top 5 Disney planning mistakes on episode 105 that the ladies had to share more! Carrie and Francine are reading some of the comments that listeners sent in about the mistakes THEY made planning their trips. It's a fun list with some excellent tips that you don't want to miss if you're planning a Disney vacation…
 
Eric is a former (and hopefully future) Disney Imagineer who has worked on a number of different projects for Disney Cruise Line. He also runs a successful business creating customized Disney-themed keepsakes. Tune in to the episode to hear all about his career as an imagineer, his DCL projects, and what currently keeps him busy. And be sure to fol…
 
It’s time to start planning a Walt Disney World vacation and Carrie and Francine have the best advice! They ladies are sharing the top 5 mistakes that people make when booking their first trip and they’re telling you how to avoid it! You don’t want to miss this insight when you’re planning, even if you’ve been before! Find Francine and Carrie onlin…
 
The episode starts with Carrie and Francine sharing their thoughts on all of the news from Walt Disney World including dining plans, extra magic mornings and evening hours for deluxe guests. Then the topic turns to planning trips and the ladies share what qualities they appreciate most in their Disney travel buddies! Find Francine and Carrie online…
 
Carrie and Francine get a whole new perspective when they walk through Epcot with their friend Angela and discuss her "hidden gems" in the park. Angela sees things a little differently than they do and they're fascinated by the details they missed, the food they have yet to try and the shopping that hasn't been done. The ladies now have a 'scavenge…
 
Do you have anything that you're really looking forward to experiencing on a Disney Cruise someday? Carol from Instagram account @disneycruise_momof3 and Lisa from Instagram account @Seayarealsoon join me in this week's episode to discuss some of our Disney Cruise "bucket lists" experiences. It was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy! Be sure to shar…
 
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