Jon is back from his Walt Disney World/Disney Cruise vacation. Today we talk through the first few days of his trip which started with a day at the Magic Kingdom including the Christmas Party. The second day Jon walks through the first day of the cruise. Look for Part 2 coming up in the next episode.
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.
Today we discuss some of the other potential locations that the Walt Disney World property could have been located. We even discuss some of the early projects that could have influenced the purchase of land for “project future” had they materialized. They locations are spread across the country and any one of them could have changed the course of events the lead to the Walt Disney company purchasing land in central Florida. The book that we referenced for the episode is titled: Project Future. You can get it Here
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?
This may seem like a strange topic but hear us out. We started thinking about distinct sounds and smells that remind us of Walt Disney World and a lot of things came to mind. Some of them are things that we have associated with Disney from our childhood and others are more recent. Disney has done such a good job of creating an atmosphere for the resort hotels, the parks and attractions that we can immediately think of Disney when we encounter a sound or smell that is similar to them in our everyday lives. Let us know what smells and sounds you associate with Walt Disney World.
In this episode we discuss the Disney Visa Card. We talk about our experiences with using the card and we list some of the advantages to having it. We go through the list of current limited time offers that the card offers and then we go into some of the lesser known perks of having the card. Some of the perks include character meets, lounge access during food and wine festival as well as discounts of dinning, merchandise and spa treatments. Speaking of discounts…use the promo code Merry17 on December 5th and 6th to get 10% off your entire order at our Traveling With The Mouse Store!
This is our first episode that is primarily devoted to something non-Disney related. So…we spend the first 7 minutes talking about Disney. Specifically, the new Disney-Pixar film Coco which I saw during it’s opening weekend. I don’t give away any major spoilers but just go see it, you won’t regret it. Anyway…the point of this episode is to talk about the recent trip that my family took to Bryson City, North Carolina to experience the Polar express train. I give my review of the experience and let you know if I recommend it. On this same trip I also spent a day at the Biltmore in Ashville, North Carolina. I give a brief review of that experience and let you know if I would recommend it for parents with young children.
In this episode, Jon walks us through is preparations for his upcoming Land and Sea trip. He talks about book-ending his Disney Cruise with a stay at Walt Disney World. We also talk a little about using the Disney Visa card and tease an upcoming episode on the subject. Let us know how you like to prepare for your Disney Vacations.
Today we try to answer the question…Why is Disney World so spread out? The answer is more complicated than you might think. It spans several decades and involves a lot of different people. We try to break this question down by going back to the beginning of Walt Disney World’s history and work our way to present day.
We go through each park at Walt Disney world and decide which attractions (past or present) are the worst of all time. Deciding which attractions should be on this list is harder than you would think. We debate about some attractions that one or both of us have had bad experiences on and try to decide if that should be a deciding factor in what attractions belong on the worst list. What attractions would go on your worst list?
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?
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.
Today we talk about some of the rumors that have been floating around about possible new attractions coming to the world showcase. We talk about the rumored Coco makeover of the Mexico Pavilion and the rumors of a new attraction coming to the U.K. pavilion. We also talk about past attractions that never came to fruition and even make up our own rumors about what attractions should go into other world showcase pavilions.
Today we talk about the Disney Dinning Plan. Is it worth the cost? Can you get out of it what you invest into it? We answer these questions and more. We go over the pros and cons of using the dining plan and give our experiences with using it. Let us know what you think about the dining plan.
Today is our monthly news round up show. We go over stories from Disneyland, to Walt Disney World. Here are the links to what we discussed for November 2017.
In Episode 29 we take you through a lot of the different Christmas festivities going on at the Walt Disney World Resort this holiday season. We cover the different decorations and activities at the Parks, Resorts, and Disney Springs. There’s a lot of hidden gems to discover by exploring the entire Walt Disney World resort during the Christmas season. What are some of your favorite holiday activities at Disney? Let us know.
Jon and I prepare you for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party. We talk about our experiences from our times going to the party. We list out our favorite things about it and give our advice on how to maximize your time. Are you planning to go this year? Let us know.
Link to the Video Mentioned in the Episode: From Disney’s Sing Along Songs – Very Merry Christmas Songs
Today Jon and I talk about one of the longest running stage shows at Walt Disney World, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review. This is a show that Jon and I have both done multiple times over the years and we have always enjoyed it. This show has been entertaining guests for over 43 years now. We talk about what we love about the show and we give our review of the food as well. We also let you know if we think it is worth it to take young children to this show. Let us know what you think about the Hoop-Dee-Doo!
Today we reveal our favorite places to shop at Walt Disney World. We give your our thoughts on the best shopping locations at all of the parks as well as the resorts and Disney Springs. Our favorite shops are typically ones that have unique merchandise, have excellent theming, or a great location. Some shops may even have all 3! Speaking of Shopping, TODAY (11/3/2017) is the last day to get 20% off your order of Traveling With The Mouse gear at our Spreadshirt store. Use the coupon code 20wishes to get your discount!
Today we talk about one of our favorite things at Walt Disney World, The Electric Water Pageant. We simply call it The Water Show. Jon and I have memories of this show almost as far back as we can remember. The Electric Water Pageant started operating in late October of 1971 and has changed a few times over the years. Jon and I talk about the 2 versions that we remember most from our childhood up to current day. For those who don’t know much about it, we also give some details on when and where to catch this unique and free show. Let us know what you think about it!