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.

Episode 28: Disney’s Hollywood Studios Spectacular

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 28. This week on the show we will be answering questions all about Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This park was first introduced as Disney-MGM Studios on May 1st 1989. In 2008 it was re-branded as Disney’s Hollywood Studios to take the focus away from the Golden Age of movies and re-direct it to the new entertainment of modern Hollywood. This week we hope to share with you some of the highlights about this unique Disney park. Questions this week include:

  • Many people view the studios as either a half-day park or one that doesn’t really have a lot to offer families with young kids. Do you think that’s a correct observation?
  • Even though DHS is the smallest theme park in WDW, it definitely has a lot to offer. Of all the parks it has the most choices for entertainment – What are your top 5 choices for shows and entertainment at DHS?
  • Some of the best thrill rides at WDW are located inside DHS. What are your top 5 picks for attractions at the studios?
  • I know that we love to eat at WDW and although it’s no Epcot, DHS has some great choices. What is your top Table Service, Counter Service and Snack Locations?
  • Throughout the year DHS offers some really unique special events that aren’t offered at the other parks. What is your favorite DHS event?
  • If a visitor had just one day to tour DHS, what are your recommendations for must-do attractions, shows and dining?
  • The Best and the Worst – Name your #1 best and #1 worst at DHS

Appearing this week are Dawn Gosdin, Amy Leto, David Smith, Marci Smith, and from StudiosCentral.com and the WDW Today Podcast, Matt Hochberg.

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

Episode 27: Dealing with the Unexpected

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 27. This week on the show we will be answering questions about what to do when something unexpected happens on vacation. Have you ever lost your wallet at Disney? Gotten sick? Forgotten something at home? I know I have! Today we hope to share some valuable information that could help you on an upcoming trip if something just doesn’t go your way. Questions this week include:

  • Let’s start with an issue that probably happens to more people than we realize – losing something at WDW. If you are at Disney and an item is lost inside the parks, resorts or on a ride, what can you do?
  • Many people who go on a Disney vacation, wherever it may be, most likely has to do some travelling to get there. What can a person do if they leave something important on the airplane or at home?
  • One of the worst things to happen while on vacation is when someone in your party gets sick. I know we’ve talked about this before, but what options do guests have if they get sick or have a medical emergency while on vacation?
  • Another issue that could happen while on vacation is that your party gets separated. I know it’s not as big of a deal for adults, but when it happens to a child it can be very scary and traumatic for everyone. What can both parents and children do when something like that happens?
  • The last thing I was thinking about for this show is when something goes wrong with your reservation or your room. I’ve had issues with both in the past and it can be anything from a maintenance problem in your room to lost dining reservations or park tickets not working. What should guests do when issues like this arise?
  • What is one important thing every guest should know about unexpected things happening while you’re on a Disney trip?

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 26: Dining at Walt Disney World

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 26. This week on the show we will be answering common questions about Dining in Walt Disney World. No matter who you are, where you’re from, or what your family is like, the one thing that everyone does in WDW is eat. So I hope the questions we answer today will help your family plan your next Disney Dining Experience. Questions this week include:

  • One of the most frequently asked questions about Dining on a Disney vacation is; How much money should I bring each day? We know that there are a lot of variables to consider; depending on how each family eats, the ages of the children, etc. So could you tell us how you personally decide how much money to budget each day for food?
  • How can guests at WDW save money on dining? Are there any discounts available?
  • We know that the parks, resorts and other areas at the WDW Resort offer an incredible amount of very diverse restaurants to try. If someone wanted to learn more about what’s available including pricing, menu items, character and other special dining experiences how can they find that information?
  • Many people have questions about the Disney Dining Plan. We are going to devote an entire show to this topic in the future, but could you give us a quick overview of what the Disney Dining Plan is for someone who has never used it?
  • As Disney Veterans we know that it’s very important to make reservations in advance. How can someone make a reservation and what details are important to know about the process?
  • What is one tip you would give someone planning their dining during their next WDW vacation?

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.