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.

Episode 14: Disney Vacation Club

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 14. In this episode, we are answering questions about the Disney Vacation Club. Questions this week include:

  • What is the Disney Vacation Club?
  • How much does a membership cost?
  • How many vacation points should I get?
  • How does the process of using points, banking, borrowing and holding work?
  • What is the difference between the Disney, Passport and Concierge Collections?
  • Which resorts at the Disney Parks (WDW and Disneyland) are DVC Resorts?
  • What are the different room types available for members using their DVC points at a Disney Resort?
  • How is booking a vacation in the Disney Collection different than the Passport and Concierge Collections?
  • What is the difference between buying points through Disney directly or the resale market?
  • Will a DVC Membership work for my family?
  • Does Disney offer any perks for DVC Members?
  • Where can the listeners find more information about Disney Vacation Club?

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 13: Resort Series- All Star Movies, Caribbean Beach, and Wilderness Lodge

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 13. In this episode, we introduce our Resort Series of questions. 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. During this show we will be looking at All Star Movies, Caribbean Beach Resort and the Wilderness Lodge. We look forward to sharing our thoughts and experiences with you and hope that the information we share will help make your next trip even better. Questions this week include:

  • Beginning with All Star Movies, which is one of Disney’s value resorts, what can you tell us about available room types, dining and the overall theme?
  • What kind of recreation and amenities are offered at All Star Movies? Where is All Star Movies located in relation to the parks?
  • Looking at Caribbean Beach, one of Disney’s Moderate Resorts, how are the rooms there different from a value like All Star Movies?
  • What is the layout at Caribbean Beach like and how does that affect resort transportation? What kind of recreation is available at CBR?
  • In most cases moderate resorts offer a sit-down restaurant in addition to a quick service location. What does CBR offer as far as dining?
  • Wilderness Lodge is one of Disney’s Deluxe Resorts located on Bay Lake and is also home to some DVC rooms. Can you tell us about the room types available?
  • The Wilderness Lodge offers some very unique dining. What dining locations are available at the resort?
  • Since the Wilderness Lodge is situated on Bay Lake, it offers some great opportunities for different types of recreation. Can you tell us what recreation is available for guests at Wilderness Lodge?
  • Since WL is home to the Disney Vacation Club as well as regular guest rooms, what shopping is available for guests besides a typical souvenir shop that the resorts have?

Appearing this week are 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 12: Planning a Disney Wedding

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 12. In this episode, we are answering questions about planning a Disney wedding. Questions this week include:

  • Disney offers many different wedding options for practically any budget. What are those options and what do they include?
  • Like weddings in WDW, Disneyland also offers different packages and pricing depending on what you’re looking for. What packages are available and how far in advance a couple could start the planning process?
  • If a couple wants to have a wedding on a Disney Cruise, what is the starting price and what is included in that?
  • What is the planning process like from start to finish?
  • How much freedom does a couple have in designing their wedding? What tools are available to help them design and choose something that is unique to them?
  • On the Disney Cruise Line, the Senior Officers are not able to perform legal ceremonies, so how does a wedding ceremony versus a legal ceremony work on a Disney Cruise?
  • If someone is thinking of having a wedding at Walt Disney World, what is the best advice you can offer about planning one?
  • Does Disney automatically provide additional services such as a DJ, flower arrangements, photographers, etc. or can the couple work with companies outside of Disney for those things?
  • Where can people find out more information about any of Disney’s wedding packages or destinations?

Appearing this week are Dawn Gosdin, Rich Grady, Marci Smith, Amy Yacullo, and Anthony Yacullo.

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

Episode 11: Keeping Your Children Safe While on Vacation

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 11. In this episode, we are answering questions about keeping your kids safe while on vacation. Questions this week include:

  • One of the first things parents with children at the Disney Parks may worry about is getting separated from their child. What precautions can be taken to prevent something like this from happening?
  • If a child does get separated from their parents at the Disney Parks, what steps can the parents take to find their child as quickly as possible?
  • If a child gets hurt while at your resort or while visiting one of the parks, how and where can they get medical attention if needed?
  • When using Disney transportation at Walt Disney World, what can you do to make sure kids stay safe on the monorail, watercraft and buses?
  • With so many pools and water play areas at the Disney parks, resorts and on the Disney ships, what safety precautions should be taken when kids will be in or around the water?
  • Sometimes a family with older children will allow them to break off from the family for a few hours for a little bit of freedom. What should parents and older children know about how to stay safe when separated?
  • Many families take a Disney vacation during the summer when the kids off from school. Temperatures can rise very quickly during that time of year. What can parents do to protect their children from too much sun exposure/heat exhaustion while on vacation?
  • What would you say are your top 5 tips for keeping your children safe while on a Disney vacation regardless of their age?

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 10: All About RunDisney

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 10. In this episode, we are answering questions all about runDisney. Throughout the year, Walt Disney World and Disneyland host thousands of runners from all over the world who want to take part in these events. We hope to share some valuable information for those of you who are planning to run, cheer, or are just curious about these super fun races. Questions this week include:

    • For our listeners who do not have any experience with runDisney, what is an overview of what runDisney is?
    • Throughout the year in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, runDisney puts together some amazing events. What are for Florida as well as California?
    • Are runDisney races only for experienced runners? Are walkers allowed?


  • Once someone decides they want to participate in a runDisney event, where can they register? What is included in the cost for registration?
  • What can a runner expect to see and experience along the course?
  • For beginning runners, What are some tips about running etiquette?
  • If family and friends of a racer don’t want to participate in the event but do want to watch or cheer them on, how can they do that?
  • Are you allowed to wear costumes in a runDisney race? Are there any restrictions?
  • What are the Top 5 Tips for someone who is looking to get into it?

Appearing this week are Dawn Gosdin, Rich Grady, Rhonda Hare, Amy Leto, and Marci Smith.

To submit a question please go to the MouseQuest Podcast website.



Episode 9: Visiting Walt Disney World with a Large Group

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 9. In this episode, we are answering questions about planning and visiting Walt Disney World in a large group. Many visitors come to the world with extended family and friends for reunions and other special events. We hope to answer some of the questions you may have about planning for larger parties. Questions this week include:

  • When planning a trip to Walt Disney World for a large family, what accommodations are available onsite for parties of 6 or more?
  • Thinking again about a large family who would most likely be eating all their meals together, what are the top 5 Table Service dining locations that could comfortably accommodate that type of group?
  • What kind of park touring strategy would be the best for an extended family with an expansive age range?
  • Walt Disney World offers many special experiences that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. What would your top 5 experiences that could accommodate a larger family?
  • When visiting WDW with an extended family, some family members may need to utilize a wheelchair or ECV. What advice can you give to families that are planning a vacation with that situation in mind?
  • If a group of guests were coming to visit WDW for a reunion or other special event, does Disney offer any type of discounts for reserving a block of rooms at a resort or a certain number of theme park tickets?
  • When traveling with a very large group of people for a reunion or special event, which dining locations have a private or semi-private room that can be booked for that type of occasion?
  • If a very large group is visiting WDW for a special event or reunion, it is unlikely that the entire group will all stay together. However, these groups may be interested in scheduling a few things throughout their trip that they can experience as a group. Which rides, shows and attractions could a large group (20 people or more) experience together in the parks?

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.