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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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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…
 
Join Jim and today's guest...WAIT! Join today's Guest Host, Sam Cook, as the the podcast goes "Inside Out" and "Topsy Turvy" as the interviewer becomes the interviewed and we learn more about the driving force behind "That Old Mouse Magic." The stories flow back and forth throughout this freewheeling exchange that's filled with the memories, inspir…
 
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…
 
Join Jim and his guest Kassie Winkler for an inside look at the fascinating world of Disney collectibles and memorabilia. As an employee at the Van Eaton Galleries, she spends her days surrounded by incredible Disney treasures and one-of-a-kind works of art. From high-priced auction items to delightfully "flawed" heirlooms, it's a place where the i…
 
What attractions at the Magic Kingdom need an update? Carrie and Francine are always positive, but there are a few things that they think could use a little refresher. They both LOVE the Haunted Mansion but there is room for one more improvement! Is there a spot for Meet the Robinsons to fit perfectly in the park? And how are they suggesting the id…
 
In this bonus episode, Ryan A., Chris S., and Joe K. join me to discuss the newly-released Fall 2022 itineraries. We have some good laughs while going through the schedules of each of the five ships. Hope you enjoy! Bookings begin Monday, June 21 and if you are looking for a travel agent, please consider letting us help you! Send us an email at wes…
 
After the hype and preparations for episode 100, Carrie and Francine are taking time to review the news that they had missed. They talk about everything from noodles to Fastpasses, Indy turning 40 and so much more. Find Francine and Carrie online: Website: https://www.PixieDustFan.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/PixieDustFan Carrie on Inst…
 
We've done it for 3 out of the 4 ships in the fleet, so it was time we finally paid respects to the Disney Wonder. In this episode, we test your knowledge of the second ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet. Send me a message and tell me how you did! Don't forget to connect with the show on Twitter @theDCLdude, or on Facebook at facebook.com/dcldude…
 
It's episode 100 and it's a celebration! Carrie and Francine are looking back at the first 100 episodes of the podcast and reliving some of the most joyful and funny moments. The ladies can't seem to stop laughing and they include some clips of past episodes that really highlight how far they have come. From their nerves over talking to Bob Gurr, t…
 
What's it like planning your very first trip to Walt Disney World with kids? It's overwhelming. There is an incredible amount of Disney information to sift through, and where do you even start? On this episode Carrie and Francine are joined by their friends Amy and Kimberley to talk about what it means to plan a trip like this, and how you can help…
 
On this episode Carrie and Francine share how they prepare for their Disney vacations. Before the trip there are rituals that they both do like clockwork, they are routines they have created over years of travel. Find out how they prepare, pack and make sure they're ready for their trip. Show Notes: To submit your voice clip to us to use on the pod…
 
I'm so excited to be joined this week by another former Disney Cruise Cast Member who was fortunate to work full-time on Castaway Cay! It was so fun talking to Conner this past week about his experiences and I hope you all enjoy the conversation we had. Don't forget to connect with the show on Twitter @theDCLdude, or on Facebook at facebook.com/dcl…
 
On this episode Carrie and Francine contemplate and plan for their return to Walt Disney World. What if they could only go for one day? A grand slam of all four parks - how would they do it? What 3 things would they make as a priority in each park for their trip back? They haven't been in forever, how do they pick? Is it food? Attractions? Are the …
 
On this episode Carrie and Francine explore the news of the BOO Bash coming to Walt Disney World this fall. Why has it been renamed? What will happen with the 50th decor in combination with a Halloween themed event? They explore all of the possibilities along with new character meets at Disneyland, restaurant openings AND what's so great about Lego…
 
Listener Ed joins me in this week's episode to talk about some very interesting interactions he's had with some Disney Cruise personnel. We also talk about some of his reactions to the Disney Wish announcement and finish the show with some recommendations for Port Adventures in Hawaii! Hope you enjoy. Don't forget to connect with the show on Twitte…
 
On this episode Carrie and Francine talk about all of their "wishes" coming true with the new Disney Wish cruise ship. They review the layout, restaraunts, clubs and entertainment and how much IP is too much? The ladies also discuss what it felt like to see the magic back at Disneyland now that it has reopened AND how they plan to celebrate the 100…
 
Join Jim and his guest, award-winning author Brian Jay Jones at the intersection where Muppets, mice, and droids collide! He'll be sharing amazing insights into the lives of Jim Henson and George Lucas...and the stories of how all roads led to Disney! So grab your 3D glasses, pull on the yellow tab, and blast off into the imaginations of these lege…
 
Today was the big day! We learned a lot about the Disney Wish - so many amazing details. In this episode, I invited a few friends onto the show to discuss all the announcements. Thanks to Emily, Chris, Lisa, Rian, and Josh for taking the time! If you missed the broadcast, you can find a replay of the video here: https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/bl…
 
On this episode Carrie and Francine sit down for a chat with super fan and host of WDW Radio, Lou Mongello. Lou is a widely recognized Disney expert, author, mentor and coach who really loves what he does! He is charming, funny, entertaining and motivating - you don't want to miss this episode. Show Notes: Find Lou at www.loumongello.com Find Lou a…
 
Lisa is the owner of Instagram account @SeaYaRealSoon. We have a lot of fun in this week's episode talking Disney Cruise Line and our expectations for the Disney Wish. If you're not following Lisa's account on Instagram, what are you waiting for?? It's a great account to help you keep up your DCL spirits while we wait for cruising to return. Lookin…
 
Join Jim and today's guests Elise Adams, Katie Drake, and Karina LeBaron for a leap into the chalk painting and a tea party on the ceiling! It's a celebration of all things Mary Poppins and these three ladies are brimming with glee at the chance to gush about their favorite nanny, It's a joyous and touching tribute that you won't want to miss!…
 
On this episode Carrie and Francine review the big Disney news this month, according to them! From a fifth key to a pop up shop, they cover it all! Then the two debate and discuss the two must watch shows on Disney+ and if they are binge worthy or not. Show Notes: The inclusion video from Disney: https://youtu.be/QQTij9Rghls Carrie's new hairdryer:…
 
We did a live Q&A on Facebook last night, which was a lot of fun! Thanks to everyone who participated! Stay tuned for more live events to come. I'm loading the audio from last night's live event. I haven't done much production, so the audio quality won't be as strong as it usually is and it might seem a little choppy. Hopefully you'll bear with me …
 
Have you ever wondered what the pros carry with them when they visit the Disney parks? How do you know if you bring too much with you? Or not enough? On this episode of the podcast Carrie and Francine share everything that they carry with them on a regular day at the parks. One carries a LOT more than the other - can you guess who? Show Notes: The …
 
I'm thrilled to welcome Joe Kaminski on to this week's show. Joe is a Disney artist whose work is featured in the Vista art galleries on the Disney Cruise ships and at various other places throughout the Walt Disney World resort. His work is amazing and it was really fun to chat with him and learn a little bit about his story. Hope you enjoy! Don't…
 
Come along with Carrie and Francine while they virtually walk through Disney's Animal Kingdom. They review each attraction and decide if they love it - or if they leave it. It's a fun conversation full of insights about each and every attraction in the park. Show Notes: Flight of Passage seats - see a full review of how they operate https://pixiedu…
 
There's a new exciting proposal for Disneyland Resort in California that would see some fantastic changes and growth. Disneyland has had it's challenges with getting approvals for new enhancements outside of the confined borders of the current parks. This new plan would bring incredible opportunities, jobs and experiences. On this episode of the po…
 
Not the episode I had originally planned for this week, but there's a lot of chatter going on about the cruise industry and it had me thinking a lot about Castaway Cay this week. So we're going to talk about how to have the perfect day on Castaway Cay in this week's episode! Do you have a better idea of the perfect day? Share it with me! Don't forg…
 
On this episode Carrie, Cheryl and Francine continue their chat with Terri Hardin, successful puppeteer, artist and Disney Imagineer. From Jim Henson to Dolly Parton and Nicholas Cage, Terri shares some fun stories about the people and characters she worked with. She had so many great stories we had to split the podcast in to two episodes! Show Not…
 
The Disney Cruise Line summer 2022 itineraries were dropped this week and one of the ship's schedules did not disappoint! Tune in to find out which one! And at the end of the show, I catch you up on a news story from last week that I thought was pretty relevant. Happy booking! If you enjoy the show, please consider leaving a 5-star review on iTunes…
 
On this episode Carrie, Cheryl and Francine chat with Terri Hardin, successful puppeteer, artist and Disney Imagineer. From the Muppets to Michael Jackson, Terri shares some fun stories about the people and characters she worked with. As we talk about her life she shares experiences from her childhood that shaped her future and prepared her for wha…
 
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