In today’s episode we talk about the Grand Floridian! We begin the episode with a little news by talking about the new Fast Pass tiers for Hollywood Studios once Toy Story Land opens on June 30th. After that we do a detailed review of the Grand Floridian. We talk about the Rooms, Shopping, Dinning, and the atmosphere of the resort.

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ContemporaryToday we are talking in depth about Disney’s Contemporary Resort. We talk about our experiences at this resort and the advantages that this resort has in terms of location. We discuss the uniqueness of the Hotel’s design and give an overview of the amenities. This resort has a lot of history from the way the hotel was built to the political history that happened there. Let us know your thoughts of this unique Disney resort.

 

Links to the Videos mentioned in the episode:

Bob Gurr tells a story about testing the WDW monorail at the Contemporary

Adam the Woo visits the ball room where Nixon made his “I’m not a crook” speech

Adam the Woo points out the room where John Lenon stayed at the Polynesian

Picking the right Disney resort for your vacation can be a difficult task. Jon and I give our choices for the best Disney resort in some categories that we came up with. We also give our advice on how far out to book your resort and some ways to get a room discount. Let us know what resort is your favorite.

What are the best places in Walt Disney World to take a break? When it gets hot and you have been walking all day you need a place to stop and cool off for a few minutes. That’s why in this episode Jon and I discuss some of our favorite places to stop and take a break. We break it down by park and in each park we give some suggestions for locations where you can take a break as well as attractions that are good for getting some cool air and a place to sit. What are your favorite places to take a break?

 

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It’s the long awaited part two of my Aulani trip. If you missed it, go back and listen to Episode 42 to hear Part 1. In this episode however, I go into more detail on my thoughts about the resort and all that it has to offer. I talk about the dinning options and what I thought of the food at Aulani. I talk about the pools and resort activities that are so much fun. I also reveal my favorite resort activity that is a must do. At the end of the episode I talk a little about what kind of things I did outside of Aulani on the island of Oahu.

Link to the video referenced in the episode of Mo‘olelo Fire Pit Storytelling Continue reading

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Today’s episode I am flying solo as Jon is still on his vacation. I talk about my trip to Disney’s Aulani resort in Hawaii. There is so much to cover that I barely scratched the surface so look for a part 2 episode coming soon. In this part 1 Episode I cover the process that I went through in getting to Hawaii from Atlanta, GA with a 2 year old. I also give my overall impression of the resort.

With the rumors out there about a new hotel that would have an entrance to EPCOT it got us thinking about other ideas for resorts that have an entrance to one of the parks. We have a discussion about what theme these resorts might have and where they could be located with a special entrance to one of the parks. We go through each park and figure out just about every possible location that a new hotel could go. What kinds of hotels would you build with an entrance to the parks and where would you put it?

In the early plans for Walt Disney World there were plans for 5 resorts. Only 2 of these original resorts were built (The Polynesian and the Contemporary) What ever happened to the other 3 resorts and why were they never built? The other resorts that were planned were the Asian resort, the Venetian resort, and the Persian resort. Jon and I talk about these resorts and examine their proposed locations. Do you wish that any of these resorts were ever built?

Here is an article that we sourced for this episode.

 

Today Jon and I talk about our favorite music from Walt Disney World. We list our favorite music by attraction and by area. We list our favorite music from the resorts as well. We had a lot of fun with this episode so we added in some honorable mentions in addition to our favorites. Take a listen and let us know what is your favorite music from Walt Disney World.

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In today’s episode, I give my review of my recent stay at the Swan & Dolphin resort. I talk about my experience booking the room and Jon and I go over some of the differences are between these hotels and Disney operated hotels. I talk about some details of the rooms and the dining options at the Swan and Dolphin. (One of the meals I had here was outstanding!) This was my first experience at this resort and overall I would recommend giving it a try. Tune in to this episode for all of the details.

Links: https://www.swandolphin.com/

We are back! In this episode we take an in depth look at Disney’s Polynesian Village & Bungalows. We talk about our many past experiences staying at this resort and we cover everything from transportation to shopping. If you are at all interested in staying at the Polynesian in the future then this is the episode for you. Let us know if you would like for us to do more in depth resort episodes. We hope you enjoy the show!

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In our 15th episode we discuss the pros and cons of staying on property and off property at Walt Disney World. Jon talks about his experiences staying at hotels located off property. We list out what we think are the best things about staying at good neighbor hotels. The discussion then leads to what we believe are the best things about staying at a Disney resort. What are your thoughts on staying on property and off property? Let us know podcast@travelingwiththemouse.com

 

On this episode of Traveling with the Mouse Podcast we talk about resorts! We start off by talking about when we think the new Star Wars hotel will open and how much we think it will cost per night. Then we talk a little about the upcoming Riviera resort. The discussion then moves to the resorts at Walt Disney World that one or both of us have stayed in the past. We move through the list Alphabetically.

Show notes:

Resorts list (Alphabetical order)

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

(Video mentioned about Caribbean Beach)

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Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

 

Welcome to Episode 2 of the Traveling with the Mouse podcast. In this Episode we give our thoughts on the upcoming Star Wars themed hotel. I think we came up with some good suggestions. Let us know what you think. Comment or send us an email podcast@travelingwiththemouse.com