Episode 78: Going Commando

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 78. This week on the show we are taking on another Trip Planning Challenge. For those of you who like to hit the ground running, get to the parks early, stay late, and get as much done as possible…this is the challenge for you because we’re going Commando!

Each time we do a Trip Planning Challenge, we try our best to plan a vacation using specific guidelines. Here are the “rules” of the challenge this week. The plan will be for one Disney day. It does not necessarily have to be a park day, it could be a day filled with resort recreation, dining and other activities, or you could go crazy and try to hit coast to coast parks. Whatever you do has to be done within one 24 hour day and obviously during park hours if you’re attending a park. The date needs to be sometime within the next 3 months (summer), and it has to be realistic – meaning you need to specify around what time and how long you’ll be doing each activity.

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

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

Episode 77: Tokyo Disney Resort Extravaganza – Part 3, Resorts and Getting There

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 77, Part 3. This week we have a very exciting, very special 3 Part episode for you. We will be traveling to the Far East and visiting Japan! In Part 1 we answered questions about Tokyo Disneyland, in Part 2 we talked about Tokyo DisneySea, and in Part 3 we will discuss how to book your trip and the resort options. If you’ve never visited these amazing parks before, they are extremely unique and very different from the Disney Resorts we know and love here in the US. We look forward to sharing some information about the parks as well as some great tips that will help you visit the Tokyo Disney Resort.

While there are a number of hotels and resorts in and around the Tokyo Disney Resort, we are going to focus on the three Disney resorts: Disney Ambassador Hotel, Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta, and of course, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel. Questions this week include:

  • How would you describe the three hotels? What are some differences between them?
  • What are the options for getting from the hotels to the parks?
  • How do the hotels compare to the Disney resorts in the United States?
  • Tell us a little about the rooms. Is there anything that is different from a typical North American hotel?
  • What are the typical prices for a standard room at each of the three hotels?
  • What are the various room types at each of the three resorts?
  • What dining options are available at each of the three resorts?
  • What relaxation choices are at each of the three resorts?
  • I know that Tokyo has 2 major international airports. Is one preferred, and what can international visitors expect when arriving at the airport?
  • As for getting from the airport to the resort, what options are available and what suggestions would you make?
  • What suggestions can you make to someone as far as navigating around Tokyo?
  • For someone planning a trip to Tokyo, what would be your top 3 points to keep in mind?

Appearing this week are Amy Bechtol, Dawn Gosdin, David Smith, Marci Smith, and special guest Chris Nilghe of www.FatHobbit.ca.

For more information on the Tokyo Disney Resort, please visit The Official Tokyo Disney Resort site or Chris Nilghe’s blog at FatHobbit.ca

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

Episode 77: Tokyo Disney Resort Extravaganza – Part 2, Tokyo DisneySea

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 77, Part 2. This week we have a very exciting, very special 3 Part episode for you. We will be traveling to the Far East and visiting Japan! In Part 1 we answered questions about Tokyo Disneyland, in Part 2 we talk about Tokyo DisneySea, and in Part 3 we will discuss how to book your trip and the resort options. If you’ve never visited these amazing parks before, they are extremely unique and very different from the Disney Resorts we know and love here in the US. We look forward to sharing some information about the parks as well as some great tips that will help you visit the Tokyo Disney Resort. Questions this week include:

  • What can you tell us about the Mediterranean Harbor?
  • The American Waterfront looks like something we might find in the US. What are the attractions like there?
  • What will guests find in Port Discovery?
  • The Lost River Delta looks like it has a couple of fun thrill rides. Can you tell us about them?
  • What can you tell us about the Arabian Coast?
  • Mermaid Lagoon looks like it would be a lot of fun for families with young children. What types of attractions are available there?
  • The Mysterious Island is right in the center of the park and has one of the coolest rides I’ve ever seen. Can you tell us about Journey to the Center of the Earth?
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is another attraction in the Mysterious Island. Is it similar to what guests experience in the original attraction in Disneyland and Walt Disney World?
  • Can you tell us your top 3 choices for dining in DisneySea?
  • Are there any character meals available?
  • Are there any special foods or snacks that you can only get at Tokyo DisneySea?
  • Can you tell us about a show called The Legend of Mythica?
  • There is a show all about food called A Table is Waiting, and I thought this would be perfect for you. Can you tell us about it?
  • Mystic Rhythms looks like a very unique show. What is that like?
  • What is your favorite show in Tokyo DisneySea?
  • What unique character appearances can you expect to find in the parks?
  • What kind of merchandise is available that is unique to the Tokyo parks?

Appearing this week are Amy Bechtol, Dawn Gosdin, David Smith, Marci Smith, and special guest Chris Nilghe of www.FatHobbit.ca.

For more information on the Tokyo Disney Resort, please visit The Official Tokyo Disney Resort site or Chris Nilghe’s blog at FatHobbit.ca

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

Episode 77: Tokyo Disney Resort Extravaganza – Part 1, Tokyo Disneyland

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 77, Part 1. This week we have a very exciting, very special 3 Part episode for you. We will be traveling to the Far East and visiting Japan! In Part 1 we will answer questions about Tokyo Disneyland, in Part 2 Tokyo DisneySea and Part 3 will discuss how to book your trip and the resort options. If you’ve never visited these amazing parks before, they are extremely unique and very different from the Disney Resorts we know and love here in the US. We look forward to sharing some information about the parks as well as some great tips that will help you visit the Tokyo Disney Resort. Questions this week include:

  • Many of our listeners probably haven’t had the opportunity to visit Tokyo Disneyland. How would you describe the park to someone who has never been before?
  • If you don’t speak Japanese is it difficult to get around in the parks?
  • What attractions stand out to you as ones that a first time guest should not miss?
  • What type of shows and nighttime entertainment are available?
  • Can you tell us about the food options in Tokyo Disneyland?
  • How many days do you suggest to visit Tokyo Disneyland in order to have a full experience?
  • What are the major differences guests should be aware of when comparing Tokyo Disneyland to Walt Disney World or Disneyland in California?
  • When I think about visiting any Disney park the first thing that comes to my mind is budget. Can you give us a general idea of what a day at Tokyo Disneyland might cost?
  • What are the crowds like?
  • What time of year is the best to visit the Tokyo Resorts and what is the weather like during that time?
  • If a family was only going to visit Tokyo Disneyland for one or two days, how would you suggest they tour the park?
  • If someone wants to book a trip to Tokyo Disneyland, what is the best resource you would recommend to get started?

Appearing this week are Amy Bechtol, David Smith, Marci Smith, and special guest Chris Nilghe of www.FatHobbit.ca.

For more information on the Tokyo Disney Resort, please visit The Official Tokyo Disney Resort site or Chris Nilghe’s blog at FatHobbit.ca

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

Episode 76: WDW’s Summer Events

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 76. This week we will preview some upcoming summer events at Walt Disney World. We’ll also some tips to help you get through the heat and crowds during this peak season. Although there aren’t any major events going on this summer, there are some fun things planned for Walt Disney World guests that are only available during the next three months. Questions this week include:

  • Can you give us some info about the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series?
  • We just recently talked about Disney’s new event at Animal Kingdom that will be taking place this summer: Harambe Nights. We won’t go into too much detail about this one since we just covered it, but can you give us a quick recap?
  • Can you tell us about Car Masters Weekend at Downtown Disney?
  • Now that we’ve gone over some of the special events going on this summer at Walt Disney World, we’ll talk about how to survive the crazy heat and crowds. Can you give us your best 10 tips on visiting during the summer months?

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

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

Episode 75: FastPass+ Strategies

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 75. On today’s show we will be sharing some of our best strategies for using FastPass+. This new system has been in testing for months and is now being used throughout the Disney parks. Which attractions and shows are the best choices for FP+? Which times should you choose to make your selections? We’ll share our thoughts with you and discuss three different park touring styles as well as some ways you can get the most out of FP+. Questions this week include:

  • What FP+ strategy do you use to as someone who arrives at or before opening?
  • What FP+ strategy do you think is best for guests who like to sleep in and go to the parks later in the day?
  • What FP+ strategy is best for those who like to go ‘commando’?
  • What 3 attractions would you recommend for FP+ in Magic Kingdom? What attractions would you say don’t need a FP+?
  • In Epcot, the FP+ system is tiered. Meaning, you can choose 1 attraction from a list of the most popular ones, and then two from the rest. What attractions would you choose for FP+ in Epcot? Are there any attractions that you would not use your FP+ on?
  • FP+ is also tiered in Hollywood Studios. Rich, What attractions would you choose for FP+ in DHS? Which attractions would you not use your FP+ on?

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

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

Episode 74: WDW’s New Ticketed Events

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 74. On this week’s show we will be covering the special ticketed events that Disney has introduced over the past couple of months. We’ll take a look at what each new experience has to offer, the cost (more importantly) and how you can book one of these events. It’s very exciting to see new and unique experiences being offered in the parks and I hope this trend continues! Topics this week include:

  • Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party
  • Epcot Wind Down
  • Star Wars Weekends VIP Packages
  • Harambe Nights

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

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

Episode 73: Our Disney Bucket Lists

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 73. On this show we will be talking about our Disney Bucket Lists. These lists are filled with Disney related things that we want to experience sometime in the future. The rules of the bucket list – It can be anything Disney related, it does not have to be confined to the parks. Try to keep it to 10 items or less.

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

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

Episode 72: Best of the Best- Table Service in WDW

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 72. On this week’s show we will share what we think are the best table service restaurants on Disney property. We love talking about food and have been looking forward to discussing this topic, so I hope you all enjoy it! A few episodes ago we talked about the Best of the Best Disney Counter Service and now it’s time to talk Table Service. Topics this week include:

  • Best Buffet
  • Best Character Meal
  • Best Special Dining Experience
  • Best Signature Dining Experience
  • Best TS for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Favorite Table Service Restaurant in all of Walt Disney World

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

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

Episode 71: DCL Spotlight – Disney Magic

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 71. This week on the show we will be focused on the third episode of the Disney Cruise Line Spotlight series. This will allow us to focus on one ship at a time and then expand the series and cover what a Disney cruise is like, good times to sail and the different cruising destinations. Previously, we have looked closely at the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream. Now we will take a look at the newly re-designed Disney Magic. Questions this week include:

  • Can you tell us about the unique dining options aboard the Disney Magic?
  • One of the major components of the re-design included an exciting addition to the pool area and reimagined nightclubs and lounges. Can you tell us about those?
  • As is the case on all Disney Cruise Line ships, the Magic has extraordinary kids clubs. Can you tell us what the clubs are like on the Magic?
  • What kind of entertainment is available on the magic for families and adults?
  • Can you tell us about your experience aboard the Magic? Do you prefer the Classic ships or the newer, larger vessels?

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

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