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.

Episode 37: Disney Parks Mom’s Panel Application Process

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 37. On this week’s show we will be discussing the Disney Parks Moms Panel Application Process. As you may know, we began this journey in podcasting because we were inspired by the Moms Panel and wanted to share our love of Disney in a new way. The time is quickly approaching this year to apply for the 2014 Panel and we are very excited! We hope to share our experiences of the application process with you and would love for you to join us as potential hopefuls.

Back in 2007 Disney put out a call for those of us who love to visit, plan and share Disney magic wherever we go and with whomever will listen to us. Out of thousands of applicants the first group of 12 Walt Disney World Panelists were chosen to spread vacation pixie dust. Now in 2013 the panel has grown to 47 members and encompasses much more than just walt Disney world. Moms and dads from around the world share their love and knowledge of Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club, runDisney and more, even in multiple languages. If you think you’d like to join this group Disney lovers and wonder what the process is like, we’re here to help you understand it a little better. Questions this week include:

  • Let’s start right at the beginning. When and how does the application process begin?
  • There are 3 rounds in the application process and we know the first round is that initial application that will be taking place on September 9th of this year. If someone were to get past the first round and into the second round, what additional things need to be done to complete round 2?
  • What do you think was the most difficult part of the application process?
  • What is the one tip you would give to someone who is applying to be on the panel?

Appearing this week are 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 36: Let’s Ask the Kids

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 36. This week we have some very special guests with us that will give us a unique perspective on visiting the Disney Parks. Now, we all know that Walt Disney World is one of the few places where guests of all ages can come and have an amazing time. But, today we are going to focus on the youngest audience that enjoys all things Disney, our kids! Questions this week include:

  • When we visit WDW we usually stay right in Disney. Of all the resorts we’ve stayed in, which one is your favorite?
  • What do you think is the best ride at Walt Disney World?
  • If you could go to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique OR go to the My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party at the Grand Floridian which would you choose?
  • What is one of your favorite things to buy in the gift shops?
  • When you to go Walt Disney World, what is your favorite park to go to? Is it Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom?
  • When you go to that park what is the first ride you want to go on?
  • If you could have breakfast with some of the characters would you rather eat with princesses or other ones like Mickey, Minnie and Donald?
  • Are there any rides that you don’t like to go on?
  • What is your favorite park to go to when you visit WDW?
  • Can you tell me what your favorite ride is?
  • Do you have any favorite snacks that you get only when you’re in Disney?
  • One of the things my kids love to do at Disney is look around in the gift shops. Is there anything that you like to collect or a special type of souvenir you look for when you go?
  • Do you have a favorite ride in Disney? Are there any rides you won’t go on?
  • We know that Disney has LOTS of rides and shows, but if you were in Disney and couldn’t ride anything, what would you do?
  • If you could tell other 12 year olds what the best thing about Walt Disney World is, what would you say?
  • If you could make a list of your favorite attractions in Disney what would be your top 3?
  • What are some different things to do in Disney that other teenagers like you might like?
  • If you had your choice, would you spend more time in the parks going on rides or more time at the resort swimming and doing other things?

Appearing this week are Dawn and Logan Gosdin, Rich, Erin, and Kevin Grady, Amy and Matthew Leto, and Marci and Felicity Smith.

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

Episode 35: Disney Cruise Line

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 35. On this week’s show we will be answering questions all about Disney Cruise Line. What is it that really makes Disney stand out above all the rest? Join us this week as we discuss the highlights of experiencing the Disney Difference while at sea. Questions this week include:

  • What would you say makes Disney Cruise Line stand out above the others and worth the extra cost?
  • One of the most frequently asked questions about Disney Cruise Line is: What are the differences between the 4 ships – the Magic, the Wonder, the Dream and the Fantasy. Can you tell us about that?
  • Many people who have not sailed with Disney may think there is nothing for adults to do and it’s just a cruise for kids. We know that on any Disney vacation there are going to be a lot of things to do for all different age groups as well as spending time together as a family. Can you give us some examples of what DCL offers for each age group?
  • Something that is very important to all of us who go on any type of Disney vacation is the dining. Can you tell us about Disney’s rotational dining as well as other options onboard the ships?

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 34: Trip Planning Challenge

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 34. This week our team will take on their very first trip planning challenge. All of us love to plan Disney trips and many different factors come into play when we do. Since this is our very first trip planning challenge, the guidelines are going to be wide open. All of the trips that we planned had to be for our own family, between 5 and 7 days in length, and must include dining, accommodations and tickets.

Appearing this week are 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 33: The Magic Kingdom

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 33. This week we will be answering questions all about the first of the four Walt Disney World theme parks; the Magic Kingdom. Since it’s opening day on October 1st, 1971, the Most Magical Place on Earth has welcomed millions of guests young and old. We welcome you to join us as we discuss some of our favorites of this amazing park. Questions this week include:

  • With only one day to visit the Magic Kingdom, how would you make the most of your time there without feeling overwhelmed?
  • What would you say are your top 5 things to do in the Magic Kingdom with young kids? What would you say not to miss?
  • When your kids pass that 44-inch height requirement there really is nothing they can’t experience. What are your family’s top 5 things to experience in the Magic Kingdom?
  • Besides entertainment and attractions, dining and shopping are two very important things that guests look forward to experiencing. What your top 5 shops and restaurants you would not miss in the Magic Kingdom?
  • I know that there are some people out there who feel that the Magic Kingdom is a park that only caters to children. What would you say to them about visiting the park?
  • What is your favorite attraction, shop and dining experience at the Magic Kingdom?

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 32: Walt Disney World Freebies

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 32. This week on the show we will be discussing the Freebies of Walt Disney World. It’s not too often that you heard the words FREE and DISNEY in the same sentence, but there are actually a number of things that you can experience at no additional cost. We’re going to let you in on those little secrets so that you can enjoy them as we have. Questions this week include:

  • Starting at the very beginning, what free planning tools are available to those thinking of going on a Disney vacation?
  • As a parent with young kids, sometimes you just want to take a day away from the parks and unwind. Are there free activities available for families without using a park ticket?
  • During our last podcast we discussed the incredibly large amount of souvenirs that are available at Disney. What are some free souvenirs that guests can get?
  • Something that I found very interesting while researching this topic was how many of the resorts and restaurants offer special tours at no additional cost. Can you tell us about those?
  • Going back to free entertainment at WDW, what are some other things available that cater more towards adults?
  • What is your favorite FREE thing to do at WDW?

Appearing this week are Dawn Gosdin, Rich Grady, Amy Leto, 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 31: Visiting Disney with Special Needs

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 31. This week on the show we will be answering questions about visiting the Disney parks with special needs or when dealing with a disability. One of the things we love most about the Disney Parks is how accommodating and welcoming they are to all kinds of people. We hope to share with you some of the many ways that Disney makes their parks accessible to the guests that may need some special assistance. Questions this week include:

  • Could you tell us about some of your personal experiences in the parks when bringing someone who has a special need?
  • We know that Disney in general is very accommodating towards all types of people. Could you tell us about some of the assistance Disney provides for people who are visually or hearing impaired?
  • You’ve mentioned before that you’ve had to deal with dietary restrictions at Disney, could you share some of those personal experiences with us? Are there any options for people with other types of special dietary needs like food allergies or special diets?
  • Many guests who visit the Disney Parks have issues with mobility. If a guest who has a mobility issue is visiting for the first time, what can they expect at a Disney park?
  • What would you say to someone with a special need or a disability who wants to visit WDW or DLR but may feel nervous about it?

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 30: Disney Merchandise

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 30. This week on the show we will be answering questions about the merchandise you can find in Walt Disney World. From Mickey Plush and ear hats, to snowglobes and Turkey Leg air fresheners, it seems like there is no limit to the souvenirs you can find. We hope that our discussion today will help you find the perfect item on your next visit. Questions this week include:

  • It seems that Disney has really tried to draw people in with their collectible merchandise. There are SO many things that you can get and collect from WDW. The two items that come to my mind as some of the most popular are the Disney pins and Vinylmation sets. When I was collecting pins there were times I felt really overwhelmed because there were so many and no way that I was going to be able to get them all. So as a collector yourself, how do you decide where to start and when to stop?
  • As a person who LOVES to shop, what are your go-to locations in Walt Disney World for unique merchandise?
  • When families visit Walt Disney World many of them come with a tight budget, what are some items you can recommend that are great Disney Souvenirs but won’t break the bank?
  • For the visitors that may only visit Walt Disney World once every 5 years or more, what are your top 5 quintessential pieces of Disney merchandise that every guest should have?
  • In addition to the incredible amount of merchandise that is available throughout the year, there are many opportunities to buy limited edition items at special events that can be difficult to get. What type of strategy is needed in order to get one of those hard-to-find items?
  • Of everything you have ever purchased at Walt Disney World, what is the one thing that is your favorite?

Programming note:Due to the podcast team’s summer schedule, MouseQuest Podcast is taking short break from our weekly schedule. We will return with a new podcast on July 26th.

Appearing this week are Tom Corless from wdwnt.com, 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 29: The Disney Dining Plan

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This week on the show we will be answering questions about the Disney Dining Plan. This is quite a polarizing topic because there are those who love it and those who hate it. Is it right for you and your family? We’ll explore all the options this week and hopefully it will help you decide whether or not to use the Disney Dining Plan. Questions this week include:

  • Can you give us an overview of what the Quick Service and Standard Dining plans include?
  • What about the Deluxe Dining Plan?
  • Can you tell us about the Premium Dining Plan?
  • The last option available with dining is the Platinum Plan, can you tell us about that one?
  • Have you used the dining plan with your family? Do you think it was worth it?
  • If visitors to Walt Disney World DO decide to use the Dining Plan, what would you say are your top choices for the best value at a Table Service, Counter Service and Snack Location?

Please note: In between recording this episode and publishing this episode, Disney changed the pricing of the Dining Plan options. The prices noted in this episode may have changed, so please check with Disney prior to making any decisions about the Dining Plan.

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