Episode 7: All About Aulani

Aloha! Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 7. In this episode, we head over to Hawaii to answer all your questions about Disney’s newest resort, Aulani. Questions this week include:

  • For our listeners who have not visited Aulani or may not know much about it, what is some basic information about the resort itself?
  • We know that Aulani is Disney’s most recently completed Disney Vacation Club Resort. If a DVC member wanted to book a stay at Aulani, how many points are they looking at for 1 week?
  • For the guests who are not DVC Members, but want to book a vacation at Aulani, what is the average cost for 1 week in a standard room?
  • What kind of dining options are available at Aulani? Are there any options near the resort for DVC guests who may want to cook in their rooms?
  • What kind of transportation is available for guests coming to Aulani?
  • What types of activities are there at Aulani for children and families?
  • Are there activities at Aulani just for adults to enjoy?
  • Since Aulani is a Disney Resort, will guests still feel the ‘Disney’ touch even though this resort is not located near any of the theme parks?

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 6: When to Go

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 6. In this episode, we discuss when to visit the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. Throughout the year the crowds fluctuate as different events take place and we hope to share some of that information with you. Questions this week include:

  • There are many factors that come into consideration when planning when to visit the Walt Disney World or Disneyland parks. One of those factors is the weather. What are the best months of the year to visit WDW and Disneyland just in terms of having the best possible weather?
  • A major factor that guests consider when making plans to visit are the crowds. Thinking just about Walt Disney World, which months are the least crowded to visit?
  • Just looking at the crowds for DLR, when would be the best time to visit SoCal?
  • Although most people would prefer to visit during the least crowded months of the year, many aren’t able to get off work or take their kids out of school for vacation. So, assuming that someone would have to go during the summer or a scheduled break during the school year, what are their best options?
  • If a couple without kids were planning a trip to Walt Disney World, when during the year could they go and experience some special events that adults would enjoy?
  • Something else that everyone thinks about when planning a trip is the cost. What time of year is the least expensive to visit WDW? How about Disneyland?
  • What advice would you give to a non local family planning their first trip to Dianeyland about when to go?
  • As a parent, are there any specific events during the year that that appeal to the entire family?

Appearing this week are Marge Gerwels, Dawn Gosdin, 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 5: Walt Disney World Transportation

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 5. In this episode, we discuss the various transportation options available at Walt Disney World. Questions this week include:

  • What are some of the options available for getting from Orlando International Airport to a Disney Resort?
  • In what scenarios would Magical Express not be the best option?
  • What are the different types of watercraft transportation available at WDW?
  • What are the important things that every guest should know about using Disney Watercraft?
  • How does the Walt Disney World bus system “work?”
  • Where do (and don’t) the monorails go?
  • Are the monorails safe?
  • Can guests who are staying at a hotel or timeshare off Disney property still use Disney transportation?
  • I have an early breakfast at Crystal Palace. How can I get there from my resort?
  • What options are available if there are no buses running or if we need to be somewhere quickly?

Appearing this week are Rich Grady, Dawn Gosdin, Amy Leto, Taylor Martina, 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 4: Mom’s Panel Questions

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 4. In this episode, we answer some of the most views questions from the WDW Mom’s Panel site, but without looking at their answers. Questions this week include:

  • There’s so much to learn about Walt Disney World! I don’t have much time before my trip – can you tell me the top 5 or 10 things you wish every visitor should know?
  • My kids are 4, 8 and 10. What are the “Do Not Miss” theme parks? This is their first time to Disney.
  • Is there a time of year that is cheaper to visit Walt Disney World in Florida?
  • I am a single dad with three boys 13, 11 and 9 years old. We are thinking about doing a 4-night cruise on the Dream in October. Can you give me a ballpark conservative amount of spending funds we would need for the four days? Also what type of clothes?
  • I am trying to decide if the dining option is really the best bet. Is it really that much cheaper to purchase your meals this way? If I use the dining option, are there a lot of limitations to where I can eat and what can be ordered off the menu?
  • What are the best places to go for Character dining?

Appearing this week are Rich Grady, Dawn Gosdin, Denise Long, 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.

Thanks for listening!

Episode 3: World of Disney Team Sports

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 3. In this episode, we answer questions about Disney Team Sports and events at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. Questions this week include:

  • How would you get your child involved in a Team Sporting event at Walt Disney World? Where do you start?
  • Question about visiting the parks while visiting WDW for a Team Sports event.
  • How does Disney Transportation to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Work?
  • What dining options are available at Wide World of Sports?
  • What kind of sporting events are scheduled at EPSN Wide World of Sports?
  • When sporting events take place at WDW, thousands of people come to participate or support their athlete so it does have an impact on crowds at the parks and resorts. When do these events usually take place during the year?
  • When planning where to stay and dine during a Disney Team Sports event, what resorts and restaurant locations would be best to consider for large groups?
  • Do Cheerleaders and Dance Teams ever perform elsewhere on Disney property?

Appearing this week are Rich Grady, Dawn Gosdin, Amy Leto, Sue Nowicki, 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.

Thanks for listening!

Episode 2: Planning a Disney Vacation

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 2. In this episode, we answer questions that come up when you first begin planning a Disney vacation.  Questions this week include:

  • When planning to visit the Walt Disney World Resort, how do you decide where to stay?
  • When looking to stay at a Disney Vacation Club Resort, how is using vacation club points different than booking a Magic Your Way Package?
  • How do you begin planning your Walt Disney World vacation?
  • Where do you start when planning a Disney Cruise?
  • When planning a trip to WDW during the winter months, what type of things should you pack?
  • What should you pack for a runDisney event?
  • When planning a trip to Walt Disney World, the first thing many people think about is budget. What is the average cost of a Disney vacation and how can families set a practical budget?
  • If a family wants to visit Disney’s newest vacation club resort, Aulani, what should they know about setting a budget that is different from budgeting for a vacation at Walt Disney World in Florida?

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

Thanks for listening!

Episode 1: Introductions and Mission

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 1. In this inaugural episode, we meet the MouseQuest cast and learn about the mission of the podcast.

Appearing this week are Rich Grady, Dawn Gosdin, 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.

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Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast website. We are pleased to announce that the official opening of the website and podcast will take place very soon! Stay tuned to see what we have planned.

MouseQuest is a weekly podcast with the mission to answer all your questions about planning a Disney vacation. Whether you are visiting Walt Disney World, Disneyland or any of the other Disney resorts around the world, planning a trip with Disney Cruise Line or Adventures By Disney, or just looking to participate in a runDisney or Disney Sports event, we can help. Our team of Disney Enthusiasts will guide you in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. The MouseQuest Podcast is not affiliated with the Disney Company or any associated travel agency, allowing us to offer unbiased opinions.

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