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Adventures & Mousecapades: A Disney Travel Podcast

Two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse: Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club (Aulani)


Episode 40 - The Fantastic Fantasy
It had been 6 long years since we'd been on the Disney Fantasy, and it was SO good to be back. This time we were joined by our great friends and enjoyed a 1 bedroom concierge suite with a bump-out veranda. Talk about spoiled! This episode we talk about our port arrival experience, the concierge spaces, the kids club spaces, and our overall impression of the food onboard. 
49:56 10/03/2022
Episode 39 - Three for DW
How we fit so much into just 3 days in Disney World we haven't a clue. Join us for a recap of the first part of our Big Summer Blowout as we hit the parks for few days with our son Sterling before Kaitlyn arrived for the rest of our vacation. It was hot, but we had a plan to cope with that, miss the afternoon storms, and have a ton of fun. Listen to hear how it all went down!
83:10 09/26/2022
Episode 38 - Steakhouse 71
OMG - our lunch at the new Steakhouse 71 during our recent trip to see the Mouse in Florida was INCREDIBLE! This week's episode is our review of the reimagined Waves Restaurant, now going as Steakhouse 71. It's incredible food at moderate prices (at least for by Disney standards), and the 15 layer chocolate cake is to die for. Just make sure you eat before you listen!
30:20 09/19/2022
Episode 37 - Disney Packing Tips
Let's face it - we're all busy and when it comes to getting ready to go on vacation you are either the kind of person who starts packing a month in advance, or you're up until the middle of the night right before you leave hoping you don't forget anything. Frankly, we're a little more in the latter camp, but we do start getting prepared long before that sleepless night. This week we share some essentials to bring with you on your Disney trip, whether that's to the parks or on a cruise, and of course the flights to and from. Our hope is these suggestions can help you be prepared for an amazing Disney vacation!
55:10 09/12/2022
Episode 36 - Our Caribbean Christmas
This week we offer our trip report for our Merrytime Cruise back in 2016 on the Disney Fantasy to the Easter Caribbean, with stops at Tortola, St. Thomas, and Castaway Cay. We got spoiled in concierge this cruise, had an incredible dinner at Remy onboard, sailed for the first time with Aristocat Charters, and enjoyed a cabana on Castaway. And of course there was plenty of Disney magic to go around. Funnily enough, this episode comes out a week after we just sailed the exact same itinerary on the Fantasy - but during August instead of December and with our best friends. We'll be covering that cruise here soon!
38:26 09/05/2022
Episode 35 - 2016 WDW Very Merry
We're back to Disney World on this week's episode as we remember our time in the parks before our Christmas Cruise. We stayed in a 3 bedroom grand villa at Bay Lake Tower with a beautiful view of Magic Kingdom and the fireworks - what a treat that was! Give a listen to find out one of our favorite places to view the fireworks from in the Magic Kingdom - and it's not where you think it might be. ;-)
34:11 08/29/2022
Episode 34 - From Mousecapades to Adventures
Sometimes your travel plans take a left turn at Albuquerque. Sometimes they take a right turn in Orlando. This week we have to think on the fly as our travel plans change at the last minute and we have to defer our sailing on the Wish until the spring, and instead find accommodations for a week somewhere in Florida. Stressful? Yes. Amazing in the end? Absolutely! Hear how we pivoted from a 4 night sailing to a week at the beach, and even got a little spaceship action thrown in too.
30:01 08/22/2022
Episode 33 - Mickey's Not-So-Scary Returns
The timing worked out and we were able to attend the first MNSSHP in three years! For those of you who don't know all the Disney acronyms, that's Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. We had a great time sampling some of the food, snagging some Mummy Mickey popcorn buckets, engaging with live actors on Pirates of the Caribbean, and enjoying the Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party - complete with open bar and reserved fireworks seating in front of the castle! It was a dark and stormy night (literally), but we had fun anyway. Here all about it in this week's episode!
46:53 08/15/2022
Episode 32 - A Galactic Starcruiser Experience
This week we're joined by Wendy Spies, who recently cruised on the Halcyon ... otherwise known as the Galactic Starcruiser at Disney World in Florida. Hear all about her family's experience from the character interactions and story elements, to the food, to kids hanging out in the bar playing Sabaac. Truly her experience showcases the magic that Disney Imagineers and Cast Members create, and it's caused Alicea and I to start planning when we might take our on voyage to a galaxy far, far away.A spectacularly HUGE thank you to Wendy for joining us this week!
56:40 08/08/2022
Episode 31: Aulani for Two
Join us as we explore the amazing island of Oahu from our home away from home, Disney's Aulani Resort. Highlights of our 8 night stay included the impressive Polynesian Cultural Center, the various museums and memorials at Pearl Harbor, and a jump scare moment when the tsunami warning sirens went off as we were driving by the beach. And rest assured, we spent PLENTY of time sitting out on our lanai reading and relaxing.
32:22 08/01/2022
Episode 30 - Two Tickets to Paradise
A tropical paradise to explore and enjoy, Maui is one of our favorite places on earth. While our Disney trips are often "go go go", time in Hawaii is the exact opposite for us. This week we cover the first half of our island hopping trip back in 2016, without the kiddos. Join us as we explore the rugged coastline, touch the stars, and have meals that we still dream about to this day.
46:39 07/25/2022
Episode 29 - Walt Disney Studios and World War II
Join us this week as we get a preview of the new Disney Studios and World War II exhibit at the Museum of Flight here in Seattle. Since we have a family membership to the Museum, we were able to attend a lecture by the exhibit's curator (and MoF Trustee) Kent Ramsey. This was a fascinating look at what Walt & Co. were up to during the war, why Donald Duck was so popular with the troops, and how animated films are put together. There's something in the exhibit for all ages!The exhibit runs through February 5, 2023, so you've got time to plan your visit. Don't miss it! The Walt Disney Studios and World War II | The Museum of Flight
41:59 07/18/2022
Episode 28 - Disneyland Pixie Dust
On to Disneyland for this heavily pixie dusted leg of our 2015 adventure. We get a surprise stay in the Adventureland Suite at Disneyland Hotel, experience the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay on Haunted Mansion, and enjoy Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Plus, join us as we discover what happens when a 4 year old gets a bit too overwhelmed.
33:02 07/11/2022
Episode 27 - Disney Wonder Back to Back
Ahoy Mateys! It's time for double the fun as we board the Disney Wonder for a back to back family adventure in the fall of 2015. Join us as we take a train from Seattle to Vancouver, BC for a repositioning cruise down to San Diego, and then witness the transformation of the ship for Halloween on the High Seas. This episode has planes, trains, automobiles, busses, and cruise ships, and a whole lot of fun in between. 
42:58 07/04/2022
Episode 26 - Disney Cruise Tips & Tricks
We see lots of first-time cruisers, or first timers with Disney Cruise Line at least, asking some common questions on various message boards about how things work on the Mickey Boat. This week we tackle some common Q's and turn them into A's, and lend some lessons learned along the way too. Disney Cruising is always changing, and even we learn new stuff, so whether this is your first excursion or your 21st, you just might learning something.
52:46 06/27/2022
Episode 25 - Tips for Disney with Littles
This week we cover 10 tips and tricks for going to a Disney park with little kiddos in tow. From packing favorite snacks to setting healthy expectations about how much you can do in a day, it really is possible to enjoy a Disney visit with infants and toddlers. What's your favorite tip for hitting the parks with Junior Mousketeers? Let us know!And yes, Alicea did catch come down with Covid the day before we recorded, but she's a trooper and we were able to record our podcast from separate rooms in our house. Thanks Zoom!
29:49 06/20/2022
Episode 24: Star Wars Celebration 2022
Alicea had the great pleasure to work at Star Wars Celebration 2022 a couple weeks ago, spending the weekend with none other than Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) herself! What a sweet gig! We get a glimpse behind the scenes and hear how Alicea got into all this in the first place. May The Force be with you!Mentioned in this episode are:Ahsoka Tano | Wookieepedia Her Universe | Fashion for FangirlsBreathe, Just Breathe | Star Wars Mindful Matters Star Wars: Attack of the Clones 20th Anniversary CelebrationPedro Pascal Takes the Stage at SWCA 2022Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni Take The Stage At SWCA 2022 
19:55 06/13/2022
Episode 23 - Flying Solo at Disneyland
Alicea had an opportunity to visit Disneyland a couple weeks ago all by herself. Flying solo in the parks has some definite perks, and can even be relaxing if you want it to be. Is Genie Plus worth it for a relaxing chill day in the parks? The answer may surprise you!
40:04 06/06/2022
Episode 22 - Disney Genie and Genie+ at Disneyland
Visiting a domestic Disney park in 2022 is complicated, and the new Genie and Genie+ services, plus Individual Lightning Lane Selections (i.e. pay-per-ride "fancy rides"), and all the rules around how and when you can use them are a big cause of that complication, confusion, frustration, and added cost. This week we talk about these offerings and our experience with them in Disneyland over spring break. Spoiler alert: we're not fans.
27:48 05/30/2022
Episode 21 - California Adventure (2022)
Following up on last week's episode, we look across the plaza to Disney's California Adventure Park and the highlights from our recent spring break trip. We enjoyed the new Avengers Campus and Pixar Pier, learned a few things about ride redemption passes, and even discovered a couple a trick that could help you choose the fastest line at the ticket gates.
64:43 05/23/2022
Episode 20 - Disneyland Park (2022)
This week we dig into our recent trip to Disneyland over spring break, focusing on Disneyland Park. Hear what we loved and what we unfortunately missed, what it was like with big crowds, and how many attempts it took us to make it all the way through Rise of the Resistance without a breakdown. Hint: many.
72:38 05/16/2022
Episode 19 - Here's Sterling
You're heard from him a little bit, but this week it's time to really meet our son Sterling. Come along as we explore Disney from the eyes of a 10 year old who's been going on Disney trips since before he remembers. Sterling and Nathan also plot how to complete a "Grand Slam" on Disney Cruise Line before anybody else in the family.
23:56 05/09/2022
Episode 18 - Club 33
This week we share our experiences as guests at the world famous Club 33 at Disneyland. We'll talk about the history, how you become a member (bring your checkbook!), and what it's like to dine at this exclusive venue - we're lucky to have been twice! So come along and take a peek behind the door at 33 Royal Street in New Orleans Square.
61:39 05/02/2022
Episode 17 - Disneyland Food 2022
Make sure you have a snack ready as you listen along to this week's episode as we recap all the eats and treats we had on our recent trip to Disneyland for Spring Break 2022. From the amazing new Pym Test Kitchen, to California Adventure Food & Wine kiosks, to old favorites like Plaza Inn, there was a LOT of great stuff to enjoy. And of course, churros!!!
71:40 04/25/2022
Episode 16 - Disney Hugs Are Back
Disney's finally coming back to "normal" after the pandemic, and we wanted to talk a little about how Disney reacted to the pandemic and the impacts it had on us as a Disney traveling family. We were literally among the last Disney guests globally when things shut down in March 2020. We had multiple trips cancelled. We experienced Disney World with restrictions and shortages during the pandemic. And we're super-excited to see some of our favorite elements finally making a return in 2022. 
21:43 04/18/2022
Episode 15 - Aulani Welcome Home
We continue catching you up on our trip reports from the days of yore recapping our first visit to Disney's Aulani Resort & Spa on Oahu in Hawaii. We're DVC owners at Aluani, and this 2014 trip was our first visit to the "door knob" we'd purchased. We visited the Pearl Harbor memorial sites, enjoyed the lazy river, and found a great beach for the kiddos to play in the water.
30:29 04/11/2022
Episode 14 - Disney Vacation Club Overview
This week we dive into Disney's timeshare offering, Disney Vacation Club. We've been owners at Disney's Aulani Resort in Hawaii since 2013, so we're sharing what we've learned over the years about how DVC works, the benefits of ownership, the costs involved, and the difference it's made in our family. There's a lot in this episode, so buckle up!If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at Remember, we're NOT affiliated with Disney and while we're talking about timeshares in this episode, this is not a solicitation for business. The best source of information on DVC is's cost estimator is here:'s current discount specials are listed at: helpful sites we found include:- Guide to the Disney Vacation Club ( What is a DVC Use Year? New Member Education Series | My DVC Points
69:07 04/04/2022
Episode 13 - First Disneyland Trip
This week we look back on our first trip to Disneyland, and Sterling's first introduction to Mickey Mouse. This was also our first Disney Vacation Club vacation. Firsties!
54:00 03/28/2022
Episode 12 - Travel Agent Q&A
This week we talk to our good friend Audie Lawley, who just so happens to be a travel agent with Magic For Less Travel. Learn some pro tips about how a TA can help plan your perfect vacation! You can find Audie and her husband Tim on Facebook at LawleyTravelPlanners or on Instagram at @LawleyTravel. Her email is
58:17 03/21/2022
Episode 11 - Panama Canal Cruise Part 3
In this episode we spend four relaxing days at sea, visit Puerto Vallarta, realize why DCL sells luggage in the gift shops (it's for our tequila), and do some sport fishing off Cabo San Lucas.
32:45 03/14/2022