Episode 24: Dining with Kids at WDW

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 24. This week on the show we will be answering questions about dining in Disney with children. One thing that Walt Disney World is known for is great dining. With so many choices available it can be difficult to narrow down the best ones to visit with kids. As parents ourselves we’ll share with you some great tips as well as some of our favorite places to eat with our own children. We hope this information will help you continue to plan the best vacation ever. Questions this week include:

  • What are your favorite spots to eat with the kids?
  • Disney is known for great theming throughout their parks, resorts and restaurants. What are your top three picks for themed dining?
  • We all know that most kids LOVE to meet their favorite characters and Disney offers many different choices for character dining. What are your top three picks for great character meals with your family?
  • Now that your kids are young teenagers, what restaurants do you visit with your kids that you may not have taken them to when they were younger? Are there any restaurants on Disney property that are not kid friendly?
  • What tips/advice can you give to parents who may feel apprehensive about bringing young children to sit down restaurants at Walt Disney World?
  • If you were going to be in Walt Disney World for one day with your kids and could only eat in 1 restaurant, which restaurant would it be?

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

Episode 23: WDW’s Special Events

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 23. This week we will be answering questions about the Special Events that happen at Walt Disney World. It seems that no matter what time of year you choose to visit, there is almost always a special event happening at the parks. We’ll discuss some of our favorites and some of the most popular events in hopes that we can share some valuable information that will help in planning your next trip. Questions this week include:

  • One of the special events scheduled early in the year at Disney is the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. This year they really ramped it up by adding different food booths in addition to all of the topiaries and scheduled events. Can you give us an overview of what the Flower and Garden Festival is like?
  • I know it’s a couple weeks late for this, but May the 4th be with you… So, what can you tell us about Star Wars Weekends at Hollywood Studios?
  • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is probably one of the more popular holiday events that take place during the year. Can you tell us about what it’s like and what special things are offered during the party?
  • Disney also offers different special events during the winter holidays. What are some of those?
  • As a mom to four kids, which Walt Disney World event would you recommend for families with children?
  • Of all the events held in the Disney Parks throughout the year, what is everyone’s #1 favorite to attend?

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 22: Disneyland Must-Do’s for WDW’ers

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 22. This week we will be answering questions about some of the Must Do’s of the Disneyland Resort. If you’re a Walt Disney World veteran and are looking to visit where it all began, this is the show for you. Disneyland and California Adventure have SO much to offer, it may be difficult to decide what to do first. We hope our discussion this week will give you an idea of what we consider to be the best of the best. Questions this week include:

  • As a person who has visited the Disneyland Resort numerous times, what would you say are your top 5 Must Do Attractions in Disneyland And California Adventure?
  • As a person who has never visited the Disneyland Resort, what 3 attractions are you most looking forward to experiencing?
  • You have not yet had the opportunity to visit Southern California, but when you do, what are you most looking forward to experiencing in California Adventure?
  • As a runner who has experienced the best of what runDisney has to offer on the East Coast, what events would you like to experience out in Disneyland? How do you think the experience would be different?
  • As a WDW veteran myself, one of the things that I love to do there is eat. Can you give us your top 5 choices for having a great dining experience at the DLR?
  • We all know you love to stay in Disney Resorts in Florida, where do you think you’d like to stay when you visit Disneyland?
  • All of us are very familiar with the great caliber of entertainment that Disney offers in their parks. Whether you enjoy shows, parades, fireworks or street performers, there is a lot to see and enjoy. If you had only one day to visit Disneyland and California Adventure, which entertainment offerings would you be sure not to miss?
  • As a parent to two younger children, what are you most looking forward to experiencing in the West Coast Parks as a family?

Appearing this week are Dawn Gosdin, Rich Grady, Amy Leto, 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 21: WDW Resort Series- Pop Century, Port Orleans Riverside, and Beach Club

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 21. This week we will be continuing with our Disney Resort Series. In each show of the series we will look at 3 resorts on Disney property and discuss everything about them from dining and room types to special amenities and recreation. This time we look at Pop Century, Port Orleans Riverside and the Beach Club Resort. Questions this week include:

  • What can you tell us about the theme and room types available at Pop Century?
  • What dining options and recreation does Pop Century offer?
  • what can you tell us about the theme, rooms and dining at Port Orleans Riverside?
  • Port Orleans Riverside offers a lot of different kinds of recreation. What is available there for guests who want to spend some time at the resort?
  • What can you tell us about where Beach Club Resort is located and what that means in the way of available transportation to the parks?
  • As a Deluxe Resort, BC offers more dining options and amenities. Can you tell us about what is available here?
  • The Beach Club offers many different room types, especially since it is also a DVC property. Can you tell us about the different options guests have when booking a room?
  • What type of travel party would you recommend stay at each of these resorts?

Appearing this week are Dawn Gosdin, Rich Grady, Rhonda Hare, 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 20: Disney Parks Mom’s Panel Questions

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 20. In this episode, we answer some of the most recent questions submitted to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. As huge fans of Disney and the Panel, we hope this will give us a glimpse into what the panelists come across on a daily basis and also assist us in our journey to become part of that wonderful group. Just to clarify, while we have decided to answer questions from the website, we have NOT read the answers that the current Moms Panelists have provided. Our answers to these questions are from our own thoughts and experiences and do not reflect the opinion of Disney or the Official Moms Panel. Questions this week include:

  • My family will be visiting Disney the beginning of May, and we will be there 5 days. We are staying on Disney property and will spend 2-3 days at the parks. My question is about how much $ can I expect to spend on food for my family of 4 each day?
  • Coming May 2014 with 3 boys 2,4,7. Want to eat at CRT. Is it not appropriate with no girl children? Boys as well as mom would like to see inside of castle.
  • Are there clinics or doctors on site at Walt Disney World if your child gets sick?
  • Me, my husband, & son are coming to WDW for the first time 5/24-5/29. We are staying on property without renting a car. Any suggestions on buying snacks & drinks without purchasing from the park. Also I need help for planning a 4 day park experience.
  • Hi! We be visiting WDW in November the week after my godson’s 9th birthday. He will be coming with us. Is there anything we could do for his birthday?
  • We will be visiting Disney in October, and although we have been there before we have never gone to the water parks. My daughter will be 8 and my son will be 7. Which water park is recommended for their ages? Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon?
  • I just planned our Disney vacation to treat my 4 yr. old princess. We’re doing the My Disney Girls Perfectly Girl Tea Party and the Bibbibi Bobbidi Boutique plus dining with the princesses. Do you have any other suggestions for her to have a royal experience?
  • Going to Disney World the beginning of November and was wondering if you could explain the Disney photo pass + to me I am a little confused? Also, with the photo CD, would I be able to print pictures anywhere or just from Disney?

This week, we also answer the following listener question:

  • Andrea Hataway from Denton, Texas asks:
    Where can I find/print/make some cute Disney shirts for my family for our summer trip? We are going July 4th and were thinking of possibly LSU or Disney prints, something cute that my husband would also wear?

Appearing this week are Dawn Gosdin, Rich Grady, Corinne Leon, 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 19: How to Book Your Disney Trip

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 19. This week we will be answering questions about how to book a Disney vacation. There are a number of different ways to book vacations through Disney and we’ll also cover common questions about using a Travel Agency. Whether you’re looking to take a Disney Cruise, enjoy time at the parks or an discover the great unknown with Adventures By Disney, there are some important things to know about how to get started. Questions this week include:

  • There are a few ways that someone can book a vacation through Disney, and depending on the type of trip you’re taking, there are different websites to visit and numbers to call. Can you tell us how someone could book a trip to Walt Disney World or Disneyland?
  • Where can someone go to book a vacation on the Disney Cruise Line or to Aulani?
  • What about Adventures by Disney? How can someone book a trip through Disney and what are some of the things they should expect from the outset?
  • What are some common misconceptions people have about using a Travel Agent?
  • If a person has never used a Travel Agency, what can be expected?
  • Are there any types of reservations that a travel agent cannot book for you?
  • Sometimes people who are huge fans of Disney feel that using a Travel Agent would take all the fun out of planning a trip on their own. What would you say to someone who has that concern?
  • As Disney continues to introduce new technology into the parks with Fastpass+, the My Disney Experience app and now the new MagicBand that will soon be released, the amount of control a guest can have over their vacation schedule is rapidly increasing. What kind of an effect do you think this will have on how agents books vacations for their clients?
  • Are there additional things your agent can help you with besides just booking a vacation?

This week, we also answer the following listener question:

  • Chris Drake from Virgina asks:
    My family is coming down to Walt Disney World September 28th-October 12th and staying at All Star Movies Resort. We are going to be on a tight budget and haven’t been down since spring of 2005. We know we can’t do everything we want so could you give us your thoughts on some ‘must do’s’ as well as things that we should not waste our time and money on? We all have 10 day park hopper fun and more tickets and there are 7 of us going. Besides my wife and I, my 25 year old son, his wife (her first trip) and their 3 ½ year old son (his first trip), my 21 year old son and my third son who will be turning 20 on October 1st will be coming. Should we do Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? Character Meals?

Appearing this week are Dawn Gosdin, Rich Grady, Amy Leto, Marci Smith, and special guest John Magi from Dreams Unlimited Travel and TheDIS podcast.

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

Episode 18: Traveling Solo to WDW

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 18. This week we will be answering questions about taking a solo trip to Walt Disney World. Many of us are used to traveling with friends or family but what happens when you have a chance to go to WDW by yourself? Should you do it? Well, of course you should! But, if you’ve never traveled there on your own you may have questions about what it will be like and we hope to answer some of those today. Questions this week include:

  • If someone is presented with the opportunity to visit WDW on their own, they may be a little nervous or not think they would have fun by themselves. What can someone do to feel more comfortable and still have fun?
  • For the person who may not be accustomed to traveling alone, is it safe to go solo to WDW?
  • Many people may be apprehensive about eating alone in a restaurant or feel like people would be staring at them. What alternatives are there for dining without it being so noticeable that you’re by yourself?
  • Are there any specific resorts you would recommend for solo travelers?
  • What are some advantages and disadvantages to going solo?
  • Which attractions are best for solo travelers?
  • What can a person do at Disney to still feel connected to friends and family at home?
  • If someone didn’t want to be alone during their entire trip, is there a good way to connect with other solo travelers?
  • Finally, what advice can you give someone who is thinking of going to WDW solo?

This week, we also answer the following listener question:

  • Lisa from Florida asks:
    How can we trade in our unused tickets for today?

Appearing this week are Dawn Gosdin, Rich Grady, Amy Leto, Denise Long, 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 17: Comparing Disneyland and Walt Disney World

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 17. This week we will be answering questions about the differences between the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit both vacation destinations, we will share some of these differences in hopes that it will answer questions you may have and help you appreciate each location for the wonderful experiences they both offer. Questions this week include:

  • One of the major differences between WDW and DLR is size. What is the difference in the actual size of each and also the number of parks they have?
  • Just focusing on the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland Park, which attractions are unique to each location?
  • Walt Disney World, Disneyland and California Adventure all have some attractions in common. What are they and are there any differences between them?
  • Can you explain the differences between the Downtown Disney areas in each resort?
  • We know that there is a big difference in the history of Disneyland vs. Walt Disney World. As someone who has visited Disneyland since opening day in 1955, would you say that there is a difference in the overall feeling of visiting Walt’s original park as opposed to the parks in WDW?
  • We know that Walt Disney World has a vast internal transportation system. What kind of transportation is available when visiting Disneyland and DCA?
  • Can you tell us about the differences in monorail style, operation and destinations between the parks?
  • What are the major differences in accommodations available in WDW and DLR? What about ticket options?
  • What would you say are your top 5 ‘Must Do’ attractions for a WDW veteran who is visiting DLR for the first time?

This week, we also answer the following listener question:

  • Milko Obradovich from Florida asks:
    We are traveling and arriving today at Disney’s All Star Resort. Our seven year old has severe ADHD and hyper behavior. Do you provide help for families traveling with kids with special needs?

Appearing this week are Dawn Gosdin, Rich Grady, Amy Leto, 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 16: Getting To WDW

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 16. In this episode, we are answering questions about how to get to Walt Disney World. If you live outside of the state of Florida and are planning a trip to Disney you probably have a few different transportation options to choose from. Today we look forward to exploring some different methods of getting there and some tips to help you along the way. Questions this week include:

  • For guests who live outside the state of Florida there may be several different travel options for them to choose from. What are some things they should take into consideration before deciding what mode of transportation to use?
  • If a family decides to fly to WDW, what are some things they need to know about getting there by plane?
  • Many people like to hop in their car and drive to Walt Disney World and there are a lot of benefits to having your own car while you’re on vacation. What are some things to think about when you’re planning a road trip to Disney?
  • For a family who may not want to drive or fly to Walt Disney World, what other options are available around the country to get to Orlando?
  • Speaking from your own experience, how does your family prefer to get to Walt Disney World and what kind of tips can you give to a family who may want to use the same mode of transportation?
  • If a person is traveling by car, what are some thing visitors should know about getting around the Orlando area?
  • When you’re traveling to Disney with young children, the flight or car ride can sometimes be long and tiring for them. What are some tips you can give to parents about how to make the travel experience fun and more comfortable for their kids?
  • The most common mode of transportation to Walt Disney World is air travel. What are some things people should know about Orlando International Airport?
  • What are the top 5 tips you would give to someone traveling to Walt Disney World regardless of how they get there?

This week, we also answer the following listener question:

  • Laura from New York asks:
    My family will be heading to Disney World for Thanksgiving this year and I would love to know what to expect during this time of year. Any suggestions on where to eat Thanksgiving dinner? What else could we do besides the park on Thanksgiving Day with kids ages 6 and 8?

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

Episode 15: Bringing Children to the Parks

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 15. In this episode, we are answering questions about bringing children to the parks. Questions this week include:

  • For single parents, what do you think is the most challenging thing about visiting the parks on your own with the kids?
  • For someone who is visiting WDW for the first time, the size of the parks can be overwhelming. How do you approach navigating the parks with your kids?
  • We know that Disney is VERY family and kid friendly. What are some things that Disney offers or has done to make it easier for families to travel there?
  • With older kids, how does your park strategy change from when they were younger?
  • Many single parent families only have one income and a tight budget. Although Disney does not offer special discounts specifically for single parents, what are some ways to save money and still maximize your time at Disney?
  • Many people with young children may want to wait and bring their kids to Disney when they’re older because they don’t think there is enough to do with kids who may not be over 40 inches tall. As a parent of younger children, do you agree with that?
  • From the perspective of someone who lives outside of the state of Florida, what recommendations can you give about traveling to Disney with children whether that be by plane, car, bus, train…etc?
  • Walt Disney World is huge. We know that on a five or even a 7-day trip it’s going to be impossible to do everything. Thinking about a family with older children like yours, what shows and attractions would you say are a ‘must see’?
  • What is the best advice you could give to a single parent who wants to come to WDW?
  • What is the best advice you can give a family with young children?
  • What is the best advice you can give families with children who have a large gap in age?
  • What is the best advice you can give to families with older children?

Appearing this week are Dawn Gosdin, Rich Grady, Amy Leto, Marci Smith, and from TouringPlans.com, Scarlett Litton.

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