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.

Episode 70: WDW Resort Series – The Monorail Resorts

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 70. This week on the show we will be continuing our resort series as we hop on the monorail and visit the Polynesian and Grand Floridian and Contemporary Resorts. The loop around Bay Lake would not be the same without these three amazing properties. Each one is unique and offers so much in dining, entertainment, shopping, recreation and much more. Questions this week include:

  • Let’s start with the first monorail stop from the TTC and also one of the two original resort properties that opened with the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Now, we know that currently there are a WHOLE lot of renovations happening there, but let’s not focus on that at the moment. What can you tell us about the Poly?
  • We covered a lot of what we love about the Polynesian, but a lot is changing. Can you tell us about the construction that’s going on and what the current plans show for the future?
  • Next in the Monorail lineup we have the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. What can you tell us about this flagship resort?
  • Lastly, we come to the other resort that was one of the original two that opened back in 1971, the Contemporary. Tell us all about one of my personal favorites.
  • Which of the monorail resorts is your personal favorite and why?

Appearing this week are Amy Bechtol, Dawn Gosdin, Rich Grady, 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 69: Best of the Best- Counter Service in WDW

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 69. This week on the podcast we are discussing the Best of the Best Counter Service Restaurants in all of Walt Disney World. There are SO many choices when it comes to dining in and out of the parks, and we’re going to help you find the very best of what’s available. We ask all of our podcasters to name their top 3 Counter Service locations are in each park as well as outside the parks. Then they will have to choose a final CS restaurant as their #1 Best Choice in all of WDW.

Appearing this week are Amy Bechtol, Kelly Collins, 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 68: Cheap Eats at WDW and Disneyland

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 68. This week on the show we’ll be talking about the best cheap Eats at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. How low can you go when it comes to budgeting money for meals on a Disney vacation? What are the best values for your money when it comes to food? Join us this week as we discuss some of our favorite values on both coasts that will help fill your tummy without emptying your wallet. Questions this week include:

  • As one of our resident Disneyland Resort Experts on the show, we’re going to start with your home turf. If you were spending the day in Disneyland what would you consider to be the best values for breakfast, lunch and dinner?
  • There are SO many dining choices in the parks at Walt Disney World, I know this is probably going to be really difficult, but what would your choices be for best bang for your buck at breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack?
  • Thinking of all of the areas outside the Disney parks – resorts, Downtown Disney, Wide World of Sports, etc, what would your choices be for best cheap eats for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack?
  • You’ve mentioned before that some of your students when to Disneyland on $25 per day for food, can you tell us about how that went?
  • Moving over to Disney’s California Adventure, what would you choose as the best value for your money for a snack and a meal?

Appearing this week are Dawn Gosdin, David Smith, Marci Smith, 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 67: Using My Disney Experience

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 67. This week we will be talking about how to use My Disney Experience. If you haven’t heard of this or had a chance to use it, this is the show for you. My Disney Experience is the newest tool guests can use to organize and plan trips to Walt Disney World. We hope to share our thoughts and information about this and know it will help you in your vacation planning. Questions this week include:

  • For the person who is just starting to plan a Disney vacation what do they need to do in order to access My Disney Experience on the Disneyworld.com website or their mobile device?
  • One of the features of My Disney Experience is the ability to access all of your reservations whether it’s a resort reservation, dining reservation or even park tickets. How do we do that?
  • Another feature of My Disney Experience is being able to make Fastpass+ reservations for yourself and those traveling with you. How does that work?
  • One more feature of My Disney Experience that we’ll cover today is how to access photos that are taken in the park using Photopass photographers. How does that work?

Appearing this week are Dawn Gosdin, Rhonda Hare, 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 66: #DisneySide March Magic Challenge

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 66. This week on the podcast we are going to show our #DisneySide Spirit by taking on the March Magic Challenge that was recently presented by the Disney Parks Blog. We’ll look at attractions from Disneyland and Walt Disney World to see which park ultimately has the #1 attraction. As the Disney online community continues to vote for their favorites, we’ll see how our choices compare and how close we come to predicting the winner!

Appearing this week are Amy Bechtol, Dawn Gosdin, Rich Grady, Heather McGilvray, 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 65: Disney Fact or Fiction

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 65. Today on the show we will be having some fun with our podcasters. As I’m sure most of you know, there are many urban legends, half-truths and little known facts about Walt Disney and his parks. Can you tell fact from fiction? We’ll present a number of these to our podcasters and see if they can tell what’s true and what is not.

Appearing this week are Amy Bechtol, Dawn Gosdin, Rich Grady, David Smith, 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 64: Surprising Your Family with a WDW Trip

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 64. This week on the show we will be talking about a really fun subject and that is how to surprise your loved ones with an upcoming trip. Typically a family consists of one crazy Disney fan like us who LOVES to do the planning. If you are that person and have decided to surprise your kids, husband, extended family, friends, or whomever with a Disney trip, how can you do that? And possibly even more importantly, how can you keep the secret?? Listen in as we discuss some of our favorite ways to reveal such a fun surprise. Questions this week include:

  • As a person who loves Disney and also as a mom of five children, I’m sure you’ve probably thought about surprising your kids with a trip to Disney. How would you reveal the surprise?
  • If you were planning an Adventures by Disney trip, how would you reveal the surprise to your family?
  • What is a unique way you could surprise your family with a trip to Disneyland?
  • If you were going to surprise your family with a Disney cruise, how would you do it?
  • We’ve talked at length about different ways we can surprise our families with an upcoming Disney trip, but half the battle is keeping the secret. What advice can you give the person in the family who is planning the trip on the best way to keep it a secret?

Appearing this week are Amy Bechtol, Marge Gerwels, 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 63: Visiting WDW While Expecting

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 63. Today we will be answering questions all about visiting Walt Disney World when you’re expecting a baby! What happens when you plan a Disney trip and then realize that you’ll be visiting while pregnant? Is it still safe to travel? Will there be attractions that you can still enjoy even though you’re expecting? We look forward to addressing many of the concerns you may have about traveling while pregnant or traveling with someone who is. Questions this week include:

  • If someone is pregnant and planning a Disney trip, the first thing they should do is speak to their healthcare provider and address any special concerns they have about traveling, but as a general rule, when is it considered ‘safe’ to travel while pregnant?
  • For the dads who are listening, what are your top 5 suggestions for a person who is traveling WITH someone who is pregnant?
  • If someone has never visited Walt Disney World before they may think that if you’re pregnant, the only thing you can really do is sit on a bench or watch the shows. What types of attractions will a person still be able to enjoy while they’re pregnant?
  • One question that some have asked is: Since a person who is pregnant will not be able to ride all of the rides and attractions, is there a less expensive ticket available for them? Also, what can a person who is expecting do while others in their group are on the restricted rides?
  • As a person who works in the nursing field, what would you say are your top 5 tips someone should know if they are going to be visiting Walt Disney World while pregnant?

Appearing this week are Amy Bechtol, Dawn Gosdin, Rich Grady, Kate Melody, 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.