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Adventures and Mousecapades: A Podcast About Disney

Two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse: Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club. We love traveling to experience Disney magic, and enjoy talking to others who share our passion for all things from the House of Mouse.

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Episode 125 - Disney Adulting
A Disney trip isn’t just for kids - grownups can have lots of fun too! This week we’re joined by Sara, a fellow Disney adult we met on one of our recent cruises who frequents Disney World and has some amazing stories to share. We don’t want to give away spoilers, but if you want to hear from someone who hung out with Cher at the Euro Disney grand opening, you’d better listen!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
54:15 5/20/24
Episode 124 - Visiting Victoria
Victoria, BC is frequently a stop on many cruises in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska and is a gorgeous city with lots to offer. We were in town during out cruise from Vancouver to Hawaii last October and found ourselves back a few weeks ago to celebrate our daughter’s birthday. Since it’s a popular stop, we thought we’d share some of our favorite things to do in case you should ever find yourselves in this jewel of Southwest Canada. Just be warned ... according to our horse-drawn carriage tour guide, pretty much the whole place haunted.----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
26:45 5/13/24
Episode 123 - Sensory Friendly Aladdin On Stage
We had the opportunity to attend a sensory friendly performance of Disney’s Broadway show Aladdin in Seattle and it was an amazing experience. The performance was absolutely incredible, and with having seen shows on both the Disney Dream and Wish cruise ships just a couple weeks before, our appreciation and admiration for the DCL show cast and crew is off the charts. But more importantly, it was great to see the Seattle Theater Group and Disney work together to provide a welcoming and safe space for audience members who many not feel comfortable in a regular show. Kudos to STG, Disney, the cast and crew, and everybody else involved in making this special event possible.Social story: https://www.stgpresents.org/images/Aladdin-Social-Story-English-Web.pdfCharacter guide: https://www.stgpresents.org/images/Aladdin-Character-Sheet-April-2024.pdfSensory guide: https://www.stgpresents.org/images/education/pdf/SensoryGuide-AladdinSensory2024.pdf----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
34:02 5/6/24
Episode 122 - Revisiting the Disney Wish
This episode is full of surprises. We surprised our son Sterling with another cruise the same day we debarked the Disney Dream. We were surprised by two of our close friends who booked the last available room on the Disney Wish to join us for the weekend. And we’re utterly SHOCKED that, after this cruise, the Wish has absolutely vaulted up our stank rank of DCL ships. We did NOT see that coming! Listen in to find out why!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
44:52 4/29/24
Episode 121 - DCL is a Dream
We’ve finally completed our “full house” tour of all 5 Disney Cruise Line ships with our recent 4-night cruise aboard the stunning Disney Dream. We’ve been on the Fantasy many times before, so we knew what to expect from her sister ship. Or so we thought. Could we have a new favorite ship in the Disney fleet? You’ll have to listen to find out!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
47:18 4/22/24
Episode 120 - Disney Conversations
One of the reasons we started this podcast was we already found ourselves having frequent conversations Disney, so why not share some of that with all of you? This week we’re recorded a bunch of little conversations. Who’s the best Disney villain? What Disney movie has the best music? What should a 5th theme park at Disney World be? We had fun with this one.----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
17:33 4/15/24
Episode 119 - DVC Resorts: Bay Lake Tower
This is the first in an occasional series we’ll be doing to look at Disney Vacation Club resorts. First up: Bay Lake Tower. While this is a nice resort, connected to the Contemporary resort, its best features are summed up in three words: location, location, location.----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
28:03 4/8/24
Episode 118 - Disney by Copilot
It’s time once again for our Quarterly Disney Review, taking a look at the goings on from the House of Mouse for the first three months of 2024. This time we’re trying out Microsoft Copilot to see if it can help us organize our various notes. Does it help? You be the judge!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
47:45 4/1/24
Episode 117 - Disney World "Business Trip"
We would NEVER pass up the opportunity to take a trip to Disney World, especially if half of our travel and lodging costs are paid for! This week we’re remembering an amazing time back in October 2018 when Alicea was in town for a conference with several coworkers, and Nathan tagged along “for research purposes.” Some of our character dining experiences on this trip are our gold standard that we compare all others against - you don’t want to miss why that is!Putting this show together also brought back memories of our dear friend Mona, who sadly succumbed to cancer just a few months after this trip. Love you and miss you, Mona!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
35:19 3/25/24
Episode 116 - Disney in the South Pacific
Welcome aboard the inaugural Sydney to Honolulu Disney Cruise through the South Pacific! Our amazing friends Rachel and Meredith are back to share all about this first-ever DCL experience, including stops in New Caledonia, Fiji, American Samoa, and Maui. Plus, they got to live the same day twice after crossing the International Date Line and became Shellbacks after crossing the equator at sea! You’ll want to hear all about this once in a lifetime experience!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
66:31 3/18/24
Episode 115 - Building Disney: a Craftsman's Story
Have you ever tapped your Magic Band to enter a Disney park? Have you ever watched fireworks on a Disney Cruise Line ship? Have you ever enjoyed a trip around Carousel of Progress. Well you’ve done all that thanks to amazingly talented folks like this week’s guest Jon, who’s a CNC Machinist for Disney. He may not be visible on stage all that often, but he’s part of the army of folks helping make the magic happen on your Disney vacation.----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
36:27 3/11/24
Episode 114 - The Disneyland Duo
Alicea and Sterling headed down to Disneyland during school’s mid-winter break a couple weeks ago and had an absolute blast. Spending some time in the happiest place on earth was just what the doctor ordered. Sterling got to show off some hidden hockey skills and was in charge of their daily itinerary. What did he decide to do? Listen in to find out!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
42:41 3/4/24
Episode 113 - A Daily Dose of Disney
Welcome to a bicoastal Disney recording, with Nathan at Disney World and Alicea (and Sterling) in Anaheim at Disneyland. We’ve been up to a lot in the last week: first time visits to popular Epcot restaurants, 500 pound cats with hairballs, churros, snacks, fireworks, and even special carpet samples. Give this episode a listen to hear all about it!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
53:30 2/26/24
Episode 112 - After Hours Events Redeemed?
We’ve been to numerous Disney Parks After Hours events, DVC Moonlight Magic, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. One common theme over the last several years has been that they’re simply TOO busy. With Alicea in Florida for the last couple weeks house/doggie sitting, she’s had the opportunity to hit After Hours Events at both Epcot and Magic Kingdom … and boy have things changed for the better!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
34:26 2/19/24
Episode 111 - What's in the Bag?
It seems like everybody these days has a bag with them in the Disney parks. Some are huge, some are tiny. What essentials do we keep in our bags? Let’s find out…----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
19:26 2/12/24
Episode 110 - Disney Magic (literally)
Jon Armstrong is an incredibly talented magician who grew up in the Disney universe. He’s been on TV, played the famous Magic Castle in LA, and headlined in Vegas, but one of his favorite gigs is aboard a Disney Cruise. Kids, tweens, teens, and adults alike love his shows, and so do we! Jon was on our infamous March 2020 Panama Canal cruise and ended up performing over a dozen shows throughout the voyage. We know you’ll enjoy his stories just as much as we did!You can find Jon at cardjon.com.----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
53:39 2/5/24
Episode 109 - Adventures Ahead!
As we continue to deal with damage to our house from a burst pipe, we look forward to better times ahead - and of course those better times are Disney trips! After hours events, bi-costal castle visits, side-to-side cruises… and that’s just the next few months!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
19:13 1/29/24
Episode 108 - Adventures in Water Pressure
Sometimes your peaceful evening watching Fantasia on your home theater is interrupted. In our case Mickey’s adventure with the brooms and buckets came to life and we suddenly had 1500 gallons of water in our house’s second story. Needless to say, this week’s adventure is a little different than our normal fare, but it’s still a good story. Stay dry … and maybe bring a mop.----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
24:33 1/22/24
Episode 107 - A Mostly Merrytime Cruise
We were on the Disney Fantasy for a week-long Western Caribbean cruise right before Christmas, and while it was great to see a Disney ship all dressed up for the holidays and spend time with family, there were a few issues and frustrations encountered on our 14th DCL voyage. Would we do it again? You’ll just have to listen in to find out.----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
64:25 1/15/24
Episode 106 - A Very Disney Christmas
We did something we swore we’d never do - visit the parks at this height of Christmas. December 24th was spent at Epcot, and we rope dropped Magic Kingdom on Christmas day. How did we do it? Was it worth it? Listen in to find out!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
38:55 1/8/24
Episode 105 - Park Hop 'Till You Drop (Q4 Disney News)
We bid 2023 a fond farewell and with a look back at all the Disney news that happened over the last 3 months of the year. “Wall-cot” is moving closer to turning back into Epcot; new Frozen and Zootopia lands opened internationally, and Disney finally announced anytime park hopping returns in early January! And there’s lots more where that came from.This week is also our 2 year Podcastaversary. Thanks to listening in  - we're truly humbled how far this little project has gone and can't wait to see where it goes in year 3!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
40:08 1/1/24
Episode 104 - Very Merry Magical Memories
Disney World is a magical place for the holidays, and even more so when you get your whole family together. We got tickets for all 3 generations of our family to enjoy Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and it was an absolutely fabulous evening for young and old alike. From special character interactions, to thrilling rides, to special parades and castle stage shows, this was an amazing evening that we won’t soon forget.----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
36:23 12/25/23
Episode 103 - DVC Holiday Magic
Our holiday trip just so happened to coincide with another chance to do a DVC Moonlight Magic event at Animal Kingdom! This time instead of Nathan, it’s Alicea, Kaitlyn, and Sterling hanging out with Rachel and Mer. Snacks, rides, and the Merry Menagerie.----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
17:39 12/18/23
Episode 102 - Overlays for the Holidays
The Disney Parks make magical memories any time of year, but there’s some special pixie dust applied to some rides during the holidays at the end of each year. This week we look at which rides you don’t want to miss if you’re going to be in the parks to capture an extra special dose of holiday spirit … or spirits, as the case may be.----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
16:14 12/11/23
Episode 101 - A Disneyland Holiday
A surprise for Sterling:  Holiday Haunted Mansion and other classic rides. Last minute character breakfasts. A World of Color desert party. Another epic Club 33 dinner. This was a great few days in Disneyland!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
47:59 12/4/23
Episode 100 - Walt's Main Street Story
There is an incredible amount of Disney history along Main Street USA in Disneyland, and we took a VIP tour to learn all about it. From window honorariums to plussed up soundtracks, all the way down to the light bulbs, there’s so much to take in on the Walt’s Main Street Story tour. The tour culminates with a visit to Walt and Lillian’s apartment above the firehouse, an opportunity every Disney fan should experience. Come along with us for a peak through Walt’s window….One item of business this week: we're happy to announce we're adding our podcast to YouTube! If you're a YouTube Music or Podcast listener you can find us over there now too. We're adding our back catalog right now and should be up to date in the next week or so. See you in the comments at https://www.youtube.com/@ourmousecapadespod. ----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
31:42 11/27/23
Episode 99 - DVC Villas at Disneyland Hotel
We made our first visit to the brand new Villas at Disneyland Hotel tower last weekend. This Disney Vacation Club resort opened in late-September, and is quite simply an artistic masterpiece of Disney Imagineering’s take on mid-century modern design. From the rooms to the decor to the pool and the new Palm Breeze Bar, this place is a 10 out of 10 in our book. We can’t wait to go back!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
46:12 11/20/23
Episode 98 - What the Heck is DVC?
We get lots of questions about what Disney Vacation Club is all about, so we’re taking a look at DVC from a newcomer’s perspective today. What do you get? How does it work? Is it worth it? Why do we have so many points? Let’s find out!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
30:18 11/13/23
Episode 97 - DCL vs RCI Throwdown
We’re frequent cruisers with Disney Cruise Line, and just experienced 10 days with Royal Caribbean. Join us as we compare and contrast the two. Which has the better food or entertainment? Who has the best staff? How does Concierge stack up in comparison. Which is the best value, and most importantly, will we be back on Royal? Listen in to find out!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
58:22 11/6/23
Episode 96 - Kauai, The Garden Isle
We spent 6 days and 5 nights on the beautiful Garden Isle of Kauai, Hawaii after our cruise. It’s a magical place of lush green forests, dramatic canyons, amazing people, and fantastic food. We share some of our favorite spots and highlights from our stay … as well as a couple lowlights. Let’s just say one of us ended the trip on crutches. Tune in to find out what happened!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Threads, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesOurMousecapades.compodcast@ourmousecapades.com
65:19 10/30/23