The Disney Waiting Dance

Written by Sue Nowicki

What is the “Disney Waiting Dance”, you ask? When you are a Disney fan you are used to doing a lot of waiting. You book your Disney vacation then you wait… You make your Advanced Dining Reservations then you wait… You make your FastPass+ selections then you wait… And right now there is a very special group of Moms, Dads, Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents waiting impatiently to find out if they made it to the next round of the 2017 Disney Parks Moms Panel search.

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Disney Parks Moms Panel Search Starts Now!

Written by Sue Nowicki

Disney Parks Moms Panel

It’s no secret the MouseQuest started as a rag-tag group of Disney Parks Moms Panel rejects. By sharing our journey to join this allusive club on message boards, Facebook, Twitter and ultimately this podcast and blog, we found our ‘people‘. We have chEARed each other on and commiserated together every time one of those dreaded “Thanks but no thanks” rejections came. Nowhere in any competition ever will you find a group of more supportive competitors as you will in the Moms Panel search.

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Most Sentimental Attractions in the Disney Parks

A couple weeks ago we offered a collaborative post of the Best Website for Planning a Walt Disney World Vacation. It was so much fun gathering members the cast members of the MouseQuest around the virtual table that we decided to do it again. This time we are going to talk about our most sentimental attractions in the Disney Parks. These are the attractions you have to experience EVERY SINGLE TIME you are in the parks. As you will see, they mean something different to each of us for many different reasons such as, family memories, the legacy of Walt Disney, etc. Enjoy!

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Episode 116: D23 Expo Park News Round-up

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 116. In this episode, we are going to be discussing some incredibly exciting new developments coming to the Disney Parks. This August, thousands of Disney fans attended the 2015 D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. Guests at the Expo enjoyed hearing about many amazing things, including some long circulated rumors are now becoming reality. We look forward to sharing our opinions with you as we look at some of the details that were shared with Disney’s biggest fans.

Appearing this week are Amy Bechtol, Dawn Gosdin, Rich Grady, and David Smith.

Connect with us!

MouseQuest on Twitter: @MQPodcast

Amy Bechtol on Twitter: @uccats97

Dawn Gosdin on Twitter: @logpey Blog: Dawn’s Dorky Diary

Rich Grady on Twitter: @michigansahd

To submit a question for the show, please go to the MouseQuest Podcast website, or send an email to

Episode 115: What to Pack – In the Parks

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 115. Today we are going be continuing our ‘What to Pack’ series and discuss what we think are the most important items you need to have in your bag when visiting the Disney parks. I’m sure some of you (including Dave) like to pack as little as possible, so we’re going to keep our choice of items to 10 or less. So whether you prefer the hottest Disney Dooney, or a fanny pack we think these items are definitely worth taking along.

Appearing this week are Amy Bechtol, Dawn Gosdin, Rich Grady, and Marci Smith.

Connect with us!

MouseQuest on Twitter: @MQPodcast

Amy Bechtol on Twitter: @uccats97

Dawn Gosdin on Twitter: @logpey Blog: Dawn’s Dorky Diary

Rich Grady on Twitter: @michigansahd

To submit a question for the show, please go to the MouseQuest Podcast website, or send an email to

Disney Lingo for Newbies

Written by Dawn Gosdin – Updated 3/22/2017

This post contains affiliate links. If you chose to buy a recommended product, the MouseQuest will receive a small comission. 

Disney Acronyms

Being a Disney Parks fan means you will come across MANY abbreviations and acronyms which you may, or may not, understand. Here is a comprehensive list of these Disney-related abbreviations which everyone planning any type of Disney vacation needs to know.


ABD – Adventures By Disney
ARS – Aulani Resort & Spa
DCL – Disney Cruise Line
DLP – Disneyland Paris
DLR – Disneyland Resort
DVC – Disney Vacation Club
HH – Hilton Head
VB – Vero Beach
WDW – Walt Disney World



AKL – Animal Kingdom Lodge
AKV – Animal Kingdom Villas (DVC)
AOA – Art of Animation
ASM – All Star Music
ASMO – All Star Movies
AS – All Star Sports
BC – Beach Club
BCV – Beach Club Villas (DVC)
BLT – Bay Lake Tower (DVC)
BRV – Boulder Ridge Villas (DVC)
BWI – Boardwalk Inn
BWV-Boardwalk Villas (DVC)
CBR – Caribbean Beach Resort
CCV – Copper Creek Villas (DVC)
CSR – Coronado Springs Resort
FW – Fort Wilderness
GF – Grand Floridian
OKW – Old Key West
PC – Pop Century
POR – Port Orleans Riverside
POFQ – Port Orleans French Quarter
POLY – Polynesian
SSR – Saratoga Springs Resort
SOG – Shades of Green (Military Resort onsite)
S&D – Swan & Dolphin Resort
THV – Treehouse Villas (at Saratoga Springs) (DVC)
VGF – Grand Floridian Villas (DVC)
VWL – Wilderness Lodge Villas (DVC)
WL – Wilderness Lodge
YC – Yacht Club


DLH – Disneyland Hotel
GCH – Grand Californian
PPH – Paradise Pier


AK – Animal Kingdom
BB – Blizzard Beach
DHS – Disney Hollywood Studios
DTD – Downtown Disney (soon to be DS – Disney Springs)
EP – Epcot
MK – Magic Kingdom
TL – Typhoon Lagoon
WWOS – Wide World of Sports (Sports Complex)


7DMT – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
BTMR – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
FoF – Festival of Fantasy parade
HM – Haunted Mansion
IaSM – It’s a Small World
POTC – Pirates of the Caribbean
ROL – Rivers of Light
RnR – Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster
TSMM – Toy Story Midway Mania
ToT – Tower of Terror
TT – Test Track
TTA – Tomorrowland Transit Authority


DCA – Disney’s California Adventure
LAX – Los Angeles International Airport
LGB – Long Beach Airport
MHP – Mickey’s Halloween Party
ROA – Rivers of America
SNA – John Wayne Airport/Orange County
WoC – World of Color


ADR – Advanced Dining Reservation
B&C – Beaches & Cream
BOG – Be Our Guest
CG – California Grill
CM – Chef Mickeys
CP – Crystal Palace (sometimes also the abbreviation for the Candlelight Processional)
CRT – Cinderella’s Royal Table
DDP – Disney Dining Plan
HDDR – Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
H&V – Hollywood & Vine
OOP – Out-of-Pocket
QS – Quick Service
TIW – Tables in Wonderland (previously DDE – Disney Dining Experience)
TS – Table Service
V&A – Victoria & Albert’s


AP – Animator’s Palate
CC – Castaway Cay
FE – Fish Extender (DCL Family Mailbox Game)
GTY – Guarantee
IGT – Inside Guarantee
OGT – Oceanview Guarantee
PC – Port Canaveral
VGT – Verandah Guarantee


FP+ – FastPass+
MB – MagicBand
MDE – My Disney Experience
MYW – Magic Your Way (Park Ticket)
MM – Memory Maker
PH – Park Hopper
WPF&M – Water Park Fun & More ticket option


AP – Annual Pass
APR – Annual Pass Rate
CM – Cast Member
DME – Disney Magical Express
DRC – Disney Reservation Center
ECV – Electric Convenience Vehicle
EMH – Extra Magic Hour
EWP – Electrical Water Pageant
TTC – Transportation & Ticket Center
MCO – Orlando International Airport
MNSSHP – Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (seasonal extra purchase)
MVMCP – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (seasonal extra Purchase)
PAP – Premium Annual Pass
DQ – Disney Quest
IG – International Gateway (Entrance to EPCOT from Boardwalk)
WS – World Showcase


BIL – Brother in law
DBF – Disney Boyfriend
DF – Disney Fiancé
DGF – Disney Girlfriend
DH – Disney Husband
DW – Disney Wife
DD – Disney Daughter
DS – Disney Son
FIL – Father in Law
MIL – Mother in Law
SIL – Sister in Law

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Dawn is married to her BFF Ryan and is privileged to be a stay-at -ome Mom/Writer/Blogger to her seventeen-year-old daughter Princess Peyton and future Imagineer son fifteen-year-old Logan. In their eyes a family that Disney’s together, stays together. They have enjoyed Walt Disney World many times, including the breathtaking Aulani Resort & Spa on the beautiful island of Oahu.

Other posts by this author:
Child Safety While at Walt Disney World
Epcot After Hours Wind Down
Important Facts About Disney Cruise Line

Disney Lingo for Newbies

News From the World of Disney: June 19 – July 3

Written by Sue Nowicki

Disney News

June 19 – Starbucks is now open in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Offering its staple menu of coffee and espresso beverages, this location will also donate a portion of their proceeds on the sale of each Flat White Latte to help preserve the cotton-top tamarin in Columbia. (Link)

June 21 – Any questions about Disney’s bump in the road with the release of “Tomorrowland”, were answered with a resounding ‘so what’ as their new movie “Inside Out” raked in $91.06 million in its opening weekend. Add this to the overseas take of $41 million and you get a gargantuan $132 million weekend. For those keeping count this is the biggest opening week EVER for an original, non-sequel, non-sourced movie. (Link)

June 22 – When the 2016 Walt Disney World vacation packages were released this week they included a few new changes such as four mini golf vouchers instead of two, four vouchers for ESPN Wide World of Sports and discounts at Splitsville Luxury Lanes were reduced to 10% from 20%. The terms and conditions saw some tweaks as well. (Link)

June 23 – The Candlelight Processional Dinner package prices have been released for 2015. However, booking for the dinner package is slated for later this summer. (Link)

Disney NewsJune 23 – After a world-wide search we now know the star and director of the new “Spider-Man” movie. The star will be 19-year-old Tom Holland playing the part Peter Parker/Spider-Man and the director will be Jon Watts. The estimated release date for this movie will be July 28, 2017. Holland will actually make his first appearance as the webbed-wonder in “Captain America: Civil War” set for release in 2016. (Link)

June 23 – Fans of Pocahontas can now greet her at the Discovery Island Character Landing at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. (Link)

June 24 – A California man is suing Disneyland because they cancelled his Club 33 membership. One of the original members of the club, Joseph Cosgrove, 84, was terminated after a friend of his allegedly auction off passes to the exclusive club. He claims he has no knowledge the auction of his passes was taking place. A spokeswoman for Disneyland said this was not Mr. Cosgrove’s first offense. (Link)

June 24 – California Screamin’ attraction at Disney’s California Adventure was closed for approximately one hour after a guest pulled out a ‘selfie stick’ while the ride was in progress. (Link)

June 25 – Captain EO will be back on the schedule at Epcot beginning July 19. (Link)

Disney NewsJune 25 – Disney has settled the copyright infringement lawsuit over the “Frozen” trailer which bore many similarities to the short film “The Snowman”. While no details of the settlement were release, this gives Disney the ability to continue with their planning of the “Frozen” sequel. (Link)

June 25 – The Walt Disney Company received a prestigious award from the Department of Defense. Disney was awarded, along with 15 other recipients, the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award given to employers who support the National Guard and Reserve employees. (Link)

June 26 – Several weeks ago it was announced that Jay Rasulo, Disney’s CFO, was stepping down. According to SEC filing, Rasulo will stay with The Walt Disney World Company as an ‘advisor’ at his current salary. (Link)

June 26 – After events at Disney’s California Adventure earlier this week, Disney Parks are now completely banning ‘selfie sticks’. Starting on June 30 Disney Parks world-wide are banning selfie sticks from their parks. I have two words for this… THANK GOODNESS! (Link)

June 29 – The Magic of Disney Animation is closing on July 12. A Disney World spokeswoman said work is underway for a new experience in that location. (Link)

June 29 – Disney’s Consumer Product division and Disney Interactive are combining into a new operation called, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. (Link)

Disney NewsJune 29 – If you weren’t wasting enough time on your phone playing Frozen Free Fall or creating pictures of yourself as Maleficient in the Disney Side app, there is a new app called Disney Gif to help fill the void. Disney Gif is a keyboard add-on which allows you to attached gifs and emojis to your messages and emails. (Link)

June 29 – Disneyland is proposing a $1 billion dollar expansion which will include new attractions, parking and infrastructure. In return for this boost to the Anaheim economy, Disneyland wants to extend their abatement of admissions tax for the next thirty years. The Anaheim City Council will vote on this abatement at their July 7 meeting. (Link)

June 29 – As quick as they came, they are now gone. The ‘Match The Species’ treats which resembled animal droppings will no longer be offered in Zuri’s Sweets Shop in Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. (Link)

June 30 – Disney fans attending the D23 conference at the Anaheim Convention Center will get an extra special treat. Author of The Official Mickey Mouse Club Book, Lorraine Santoli, will host ‘Celebrating Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club—60 Magical Years’. This session will take place Sunday, August 16, at 5 p.m. in Stage 23. Original Mouseketeers Sherry Alberoni, Sharon Baird, Bobby Burgess, Tommy Cole, Darlene Gillespie, Cubby O’Brien, and Doreen Tracey are scheduled to be in attendance. (Link)

June 30 – The rash of closings around Walt Disney World continues as DisneyQuest, Disney’s indoor interactive theme park, is the next victim. It is closing to make way for the new NBA Experience. (Link)

Disney NewsJune 30 – The Walt Disney Company has named Christine McCarthy as the next Chief Financial Officer, succeeding Jay Rasulo. McCarthy was formerly Disney’s treasurer. They also promoted Kevin Mayer to the newly-created position of Chief Strategy Officer with roughly the same job duties which include identifying growth opportunities. Mayer was integral in the acquisitions of Lucasfilm and Pixar. (Link)

July 1 – Disneyland is asking their guests so dress like it’s 1955 when they come to the park on July 17th which is the actual 60th anniversary of the park. (Link)

July 2 – Beginning on July 8 Disney’s Contemporary Report will host Disney Family Culinary Adventure. During this hands on experience guests will create a five-course dinner alongside Disney chefs. The cost is $175 for adults and $125 for children ages 9-12. (Link)

July 2 – The ABC daytime talk show The Chew will tapes shows at the 20th Epcot Food & Wine Festival October 7-9. (Link)

July 2 – I want to preface this by saying this is purely RUMOR but a really good one. This blog claims that there are plans afoot to announce the rebranding of Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Disney’s Hollywood Adventure at the D23 conference in August. This plan is said to come with a $3 billion overhaul of the park. (Link)

July 3 – Rumors are rampant that One Man’s Dream, a look at Walt Disney’s life, is closing. Disney fans around the world have started to rally to keep this iconic attraction open. A petition has started and already has nearly 6,000 signatures. (Link)

Disney News

That’s all the news for now. Follow me on Twitter @JazzinDisneyMom for more Disney news.

Latest News From the World of Disney: September 25, 2015

Other posts by this author:
”The Descendants” Movie Review
Disney by Land, Disney by Sea: Part 1 & Part 2
”Tomorrowland” Movie Review
Best Walt Disney World Smartphone Apps
Restaurant Review – Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – The Way Life Should Be
A Day in the Life of Disney’s FastPass+ Service

Sue Nowicki splits her time between planning her next Walt Disney World vacation and being team mom to ten high-energy volleyball players where she fills the roles of secretary, navigator, treasurer, athletic trainer and team psychologist. You can follow her on Twitter @JazzinDisneyMom.