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.

Episode 8: Disney Parks Moms Panel Questions

Welcome to the MouseQuest Podcast- Your guide in the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. This is episode number 8. 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:

  • We are looking for a VERY cost effective option that will sleep 7… 4 adults & 3 children (ages 4, 5, & 9). Value resort suites will only let me get prices for 6 people. The plan is to go in the Spring or Fall 2014! Do you have suggestions?
  • Can anyone stay in the princess suite in the castle and if so do you know what the cost is?
  • We recently stayed at Walt Disney World. While we were there I did not buy my 4 year old grandson the Jake The Pirate hat that looked like a bandana with black hair all above it. Where can I purchase it now?
  • I’m going to WDW in exactly 1 month w/ my 5 yr old. We’re set on hotel etc. but I did not include the Dining Plan. We have made ADR for some days. I’m wondering how much to budget per day for meals? We’ll eat bfast in our room (fruit, etc).
  • A group of 10 traveling on Dream Dec. 2013, celebrating 2 quinceaneras. How can we add a surprise element for the girls during sailing?
  • Purchased the DDP. We want to enjoy the restaurants and dining experiences but also want to enjoy the parks w/o stress. Any suggestions on how to do this? Early character breakfasts and late dinners? We want the best of both worlds.
  • My Family and I are having a reunion in March. We are have four standard rooms club level at the Boardwalk Inn. Do all the rooms have balconies? Are there rooms we can request close to the lounge, or with a view? Are any of the rooms adjoining?
  • On the WDW website that Hoop Dee Do Review states “Dining Plans Not Accepted.” The dining plan pdf for 2013 has Hoop Dee Do listed and states that “2 table service meals will be redeemed.” Is this show still part of the dining plan?

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 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

When to Visit Walt Disney WorldWelcome 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.