Episode 47: The Best of WDW

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 47. This week on the show we will be discussing the best attractions in Walt Disney World. These are the number 1, do not miss, best of the best that Walt Disney World has to offer, so make sure you experience them on your next trip! With so many things to experience at Walt Disney World, attractions can mean anything from our favorite rides and shows, to dining experiences and recreation. So let’s dive in and talk about what we just cannot miss. Questions this week include:

  • What are the top ten rides at Walt Disney World that someone visiting should not miss?
  • What are your top ten dining choices in Walt Disney World?
  • What are your top ten choices for recreation or entertainment in WDW?
  • Of these best of the best lists we’ve discussed tonight, what is your #1 favorite attraction in WDW?

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 46: Epcot Food and Wine Hunger Games

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 46. This week we will be will be participating in the First Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Hunger Games. Food items from each booth will be pitted against each other to find out what the ultimate snack is for the 2013 season.

The Food & Wine Festival began on September 27th of this year and runs until November 11th. An international assortment of over 25 unique booths offers a wide variety of tasty dishes and beverages from around the world. We had a chance to sample many of what’s available this year and found some real winners and some that weren’t so great. What we’re going to do is begin on the left side of World Showcase and work our way around the Lagoon, choosing one food item from each booth and comparing it to another. We’ll continue to do this until we find out what the ultimate Epcot Food & Wine Festival Snack is for this year.

Appearing this week are 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 45: All About MagicBands

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 45. This week we will be answering questions and discussing our recent experiences with the testing of MagicBands at the Walt Disney World Resort. For quite some time now Disney has been working on this huge project that was known as ‘NextGen’. It has since been tested an has evolved over time into MyMagic+. After months of waiting for the full rollout of this system, Disney has nearly completed its testing phase. We recently visited WDW and had the chance to personally try out MyMagic+ and the Magic Bands in particular. Questions this week include:

  • What exactly are Magic Bands and what are they used for?
  • What tools are available for guests to use in order to make the most of their Disney vacation while using Magic Bands?
  • I know there has been some concern that the RFID technology used in the Magic Bands could make guests susceptible to identity theft or have their information exposed in some way. Is that something guests using this service have to worry about?
  • After being able to use the Magic Bands, what are the top 5 things you think every guest should know about using them?
  • Right now MagicBands are still in the testing phase, but once that concludes and MyMagic+ is officially rolled out, how do guests participate in the program? Can they opt out?
  • What was it like for you personally using the MagicBands?

Appearing this week are 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 44: runDisney’s Tower of Terror 10-miler Report

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 44. This week on the show we will hear all about runDisney’s Tower of Terror 10 Miler from one of the thousands of runners who participated in this exciting event. Dawn was able to complete this race and enjoy the Hollywood Villains Bash afterward. We look forward to hearing all about it.

The Tower of Terror 10 Miler began its inaugural year in 2012 and instantly became very popular. It is unique in the runDisney universe as a 10 Mile Nighttime race through Disney’s Hollywood Studios and ESPN Wide World of Sports. Disney villains can be found along the course, which is made up of various terrain including grass, pavement and sand.

In addition, we also answer a listener question regarding construction activity as the Polynesian Resort.

Appearing this week are 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 43: WDW’s Water Parks

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 43. This week on the show we will be answering questions all about the Disney Waterparks. Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach are home to some of the wettest, wildest rides in Walt Disney World and we look forward to sharing some of our favorite things about each park. Questions this week include:

  • What attractions are featured at Typhoon Lagoon?
  • What type of Dining and Shopping is available at Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach?
  • Can you tell us about the theme at Blizzard Beach?
  • What kind of attractions are offered at Blizzard Beach and do any of them stand out as very different from the ones at Typhoon Lagoon?
  • What would you say are your top 3 choices to experience in both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach?

Appearing this week are Dawn Gosdin, Rich Grady, Corinne Leon, and David Smith.

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

Episode 42: What’s New in the Parks

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 42. This week we will be talking about what’s new in the Disneyland and Walt Disney World parks since January of this past year. There has been SO much going on the past few months and we hope this overview will help you know what new things to look for on your trip if you haven’t been back since last year.

Appearing this week are Dawn Gosdin, Rich Grady, David Smith, Marci Smithm and Gayle Turner.

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

Episode 041: Hidden Mickeys

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 41. This week we will be discussing the Hidden Mickeys of Walt Disney World. Join us as we discuss what Hidden Mickeys are, how you can find them, as well as some of our personal favorites. Questions this week include:

  • What exactly is a Hidden Mickey?
  • Are there any tips you can give someone about how or where to look for Hidden Mickeys?
  • What resources are available for guests who want to look for Hidden Mickeys but would like some guidance?
  • Are there other hidden characters you can look for at WDW?
  • Where is your favorite Hidden Mickey in all of WDW?

In addition, we also answer listeners questions regarding Digital Copy Plus and the lack of seasonal parties at Disneyland.

Appearing this week are Marge Gerwels, Dawn Gosdin, Rich Grady, Amy Leto, 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 40: All About Animal Kingdom

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 40. On this week’s show we will be answering questions all about the most recent theme park added to the Walt Disney World Resort – Animal Kingdom. Join us as we share our favorite rides, shows and attractions of this beautiful park that is “Nahtazu”.

It was on Earth Day – April 22, 1998 that Disney’s Animal Kingdom park opened to guests. Not only is it the largest single Disney park in the world, but it was also the first to focus on and reflect Walt Disney’s passion for animals and dedication to conservation. It serves as a beautiful home to more than 1700 animals across 250 species. There are 7 themed lands in Animal Kingdom – the Oaisis, Discovery Island, Camp Minnie-Mickey, Africa, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Asia and Dinoland USA. Back in 2011, Disney partnered with filmmaker James Cameron to work on bringing the world of Pandora to Animal Kingdom. This new area is scheduled to open within the next few years. The park is represented by an intricately designed, very large, Tree of Life in which you can see many different types of animals carved into its trunk and branches. Questions this week include:

  • For those guests who have not visited Animal Kingdom before, how would you describe the park in a way to show them that it’s not just another zoo?
  • In a park that is dedicated to animal care, research and conservation, the animals are the real attraction. What would you say are your top 5 choices just to experience the vast animal life available in Animal Kingdom?
  • Let’s talk about dining! There are some very interesting cuisines represented in Animal Kingdom. Could you tell us about some of the dining locations available and which ones are your favorites?
  • In addition to all Animal Kingdom has to offer that just focuses on animals, there are also many other rides, shows and attractions to experiences. What would you say are some of those that a guest shouldn’t miss?
  • What would you say are your top 5 experiences not to miss in Disney’s Animal Kingdom?

Appearing this week are Dawn Gosdin, Rich Grady, Amy Leto, Marci Smith, and Liz Weimann.

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

Episode 39: Downtown Disney

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 39. On this week’s show we will be answering questions about Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort. This large waterfront complex features some incredible outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment for the entire family. Today we’ll share some of our favorite things to experience here with you.

In 1975 Disney opened the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village; an outdoor entertainment area with shopping and dining that was originally planned for residents of the area. Later on it became the Walt Disney World Village, focusing more on the guests of WDW. Then, in 1989 when Pleasure Island was added the area was again renamed to the Disney Village Marketplace. In 1997 the Disney Village Marketplace and Pleasure Island were combined into Downtown Disney and the West Side was added. Since then, Pleasure Island has closed and there have been other changes throughout the years. Downtown Disney is now scheduled for a major overhaul that was announced earlier this year, and by 2016 we will have the new Disney Springs. For the purpose of this particular show we will be discussing what Downtown Disney has to offer right now as it is. Questions this week include:

  • Just to give someone an overview who may have not visited Downtown Disney before, can you tell us what it is?
  • There is a LOT of shopping available in the Downtown Disney area. We don’t have time to discuss all of the options, but could you tell us what are your top 5 shops to visit?
  • There are times throughout the year that Downtown Disney offers special events and entertainment. Could you give us an idea of what may be available in the coming months?
  • We all love to eat and Downtown Disney definitely has a lot to offer in the way of dining. What restaurants have you tried in Downtown Disney? Are there any you’d really like to try? Any that should be avoided?
  • If you were going to spend a day in Downtown Disney, what things are on your must do list?

Appearing this week are Kelly Collins, Dawn Gosdin, Rich Grady, Amy Leto, 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 38: All About Epcot

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 38. On this week’s show we will be answering questions all about the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow – or Epcot. On October 1, 1982 Walt Disney World opened this second theme park, which is more than twice the size of the Magic Kingdom. Join us as we discuss our favorite rides, shows and attractions of the park that celebrates human achievements through imagination, wonders of enterprise and concepts of a promising future.

Epcot is very unique in that its pavilions and attractions are created not only to entertain guests but also educate them as well. To give our listeners a quick overview, the park is made up of two sections – Future World and World Showcase. Future World has a number of pavilions and attractions that focus on innovation, science and technology such as the History of communication, Space Travel, Energy, Motion, The Sea, The Land and Imagination. World Showcase features 11 countries from around the world and in them explore cultural aspects of each one. Currently the countries included are Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, The American Adventure, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom and Canada. Obviously this park is huge and we won’t be able to cover everything it has to offer but we can talk about the highlights and help others know what not to miss when they visit Epcot. Questions this week include:

  • When some people view Epcot as being an educational park they may see it as boring or not having enough for kids and families to enjoy. Does your family enjoy Epcot?
  • Epcot is probably my favorite place in all of Walt Disney World to eat. There are so many different options to choose from and so many cuisines from all around the world. What are your top 3 Counter Service and top 3 Table Service restaurants in Epcot?
  • As many different restaurants that Epcot has to offer it also has a LOT of shopping. Where do you like to go to find unique souvenirs in Epcot?
  • One of the best things about World Showcase is the variety of shows and performers it offers. What would you say are the top 3 shows in Epcot that everyone should see?
  • If you could list your top 5 things to do in Epcot with your family, what would they be?
  • What is your favorite thing to do in Epcot?

Appearing this week are James Cameron, Dawn Gosdin, Rich Grady, Amy Leto, 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.