Listen to the newest episode of the Defacto Dad podcast now!

Season 1, Episode 2: Guardians of the Galaxy Ride News & Emotional Support for Parents is now live. In this podcast episode, we discuss the following:

In Disney Parks News, I start with Disneyland Paris and talk about a special livestream event featuring Disney Imagineers (including a Disney Legend) that celebrated Disneyland Paris’ 30th anniversary. I talk about highlights from the event, share a funny story about our wild experience on Disneyland Paris’ version of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and give an update about the new Avengers Deployment Vehicle. I then talk about Hong Kong Disneyland’s reopening date, and the new popcorn bucket and sipper coming to Disneyland to coincide with the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade.

Regarding Walt Disney World, I give an update on Expedition Everest’s operation, explain what the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival is all about, and talk about Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride previews, and HOW WE GOT A TICKET TO A RIDE PREVIEW! Learn about how we secured the bag, and how we are planning for our next Walt Disney world trip.

In our Pandemic Parenting and Fatherhood segment, we first talk about holidays–specifically Easter–and how we grew up with different traditions to celebrate, and how we often battle over what traditions we want to establish for our children. (Spoiler: the Easter Bunny performed very different tasks when he visited our respective houses each year.)

On a serious note, we talk about a Stress in America report published by the American Psychological Association, and how it revealed that parents, and especially fathers, suffered from a lack of support during the ongoing pandemic. We explain what that report found regarding mental health struggles and emotional support, discuss the report’s recommendations, and tell you all about how we learned to cope with isolation and the lack of support during our own pandemic journey.

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