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Author: Alicea & Nathan Novak

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Two Seattleites addicted to The Mouse: Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club (Aulani)
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While a Disney cruise is an experience of a lifetime, it may not be the right "home port" for everyone.  This week we welcome Alicea's "little" brother Joe to the podcast, along with his wife Kristen and their 5 year old daughter Maddy, who just took their first Disney cruise. We talk about the magic of a Disney experience for kiddos, and compare DCL to their usual option of Carnival Cruise Line. ----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattlites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Twitter, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesAdventuresAndMousecapades.com
Our kids get a solo trip with one of us for their thirteenth birthday, and in this episode Kaitlyn tries to remember a few highlights from her time in Disney World and back-to-back cruises on the Disney Wonder. It's incredible - they actually hit 5 PARKS in a single day (MK twice), plus got to do a VIP tour, and two stops in Castaway Cay  on top of that. What a birthday!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattlites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Twitter, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesAdventuresAndMousecapades.com
This week we welcome one of the bravest people we've ever met, Stephanie Power, who spent 16 days at Disney World over the Christmas and New Year's holidays a few weeks ago. Her and her husband are Disney adults who spent their honeymoon at WDW during the holidays several years ago, so being in the parks at the holidays has become their family tradition. They even have a rare "Week 52" DVC contract at Riviera Resort! Join us as we seek Stephanie's pro tips for mastering the parks during one of the busiest times of the year, and here her tails of finding magic and pixie dust in true Disney fashion.----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattlites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Twitter, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesAdventuresAndMousecapades.com
This week we welcome Tiffany Sowell who recently brought her young daughter on her very first Disney trip to the parks in California. Tiffany did a bunch of research beforehand, and did a lot of learning as she went along, and joins us this week to share her insights, tips, tricks, and some things to avoid when brining a 2.5 year old to Disneyland. Spoiler alert: Toad Hall is not on the "must visit" list. ;-)----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattlites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Twitter, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesAdventuresAndMousecapades.com
Adventures & Mousecapades is one year old!!! 52 (plus 1 bonus) episodes later we're still here, and have been every week since the last time we went around the sun. Thank you all for listening in. We're so excited for what's to come in year 2!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattlites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Twitter, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesAdventuresAndMousecapades.com
Since this is our last podcast of the year, we thought we'd take the opportunity to look at everything that's happened with Disney Parks, Disney Vacation Club, and Disney Cruise Line this year. It's been a year of re-openings, big new announcements, a surprise new ship added to the DCL fleet, and oh so many Bobs! Join us as we check the rear view mirror and start taking a peek at what lies ahead in 2023.----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattlites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Twitter, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesAdventuresAndMousecapades.com
Tis the season to enjoy all things holiday from our favorite Mouse. From ride overlays to special parades to ... snorkeling in the Caribbean? Sure why not! These are our favorite holiday goings on in the world of Disney. Happy & Merry!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattlites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Twitter, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesAdventuresAndMousecapades.com
DCL is in the middle of adding 3 new ships, and recently surprised everyone by purchasing a partially-completed hull to be Mickey Boat #8. We shared our thoughts on what this might mean for the Disney Magic and our favorite, the Disney Wonder.We know not everybody listens to our trip reports, so for those of you more interested in recent Disney news and prognostications we're releasing the last part of episode 50 as our very first bonus episode here in our feed. Enjoy!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattlites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Twitter, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesAdventuresAndMousecapades.com
This is the story of how we met some of our best friends, though the magic of Disney pixie dust randomly seating us at the same table for dinners on our "without the kids" September 2017 7-night Mexican Riviera sailing on the Wonder. We don't usually party like this, but we sure did this trip! It was a good thing we were sailing back-to-back, because we needed another 4 night cruise to ease back into reality.There's a lot going on with Disney Cruise Line these days as cruising continues to recover from the pandemic and DCL welcomes 3 new ships to the fleet, and they just recently announced the purchase of a 4th new vessel. If you jump to the 48:45 mark you can hear our thoughts on DCLs future, and what that might mean for our favorite ship the Wonder (and the Magic).----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattlites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Twitter, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesAdventuresAndMousecapades.com
This week we sat down to do some virtual holiday shopping for the Disney fans in your life for the young and young at heart. We hit various different price points, from stocking stuffers to budget busters. Hopefully this gives you a few ideas on what might work for that special person in your list!Under $15Disney Socks : TargetDisney Holiday Mystery Pin Set – 2-Pc. | shopDisneyStar Wars: The Mandalorian Grogu Holiday Plush : TargetStar Wars Baby Yoda Pancake Skillet Gift Set - 4.2oz : Target$50Mickey Mouse Holiday Plaid Sleep Set for Kids | shopDisneyMickey Mouse Holiday Plaid Sleep Pants for Adults | shopDisneyLego Marvel The Goat Boat 76208 Building Kit : TargetCards Against Disney - Little Dog Paper Company$100Thor's Hammer 76209 | Marvel | Buy online at the Official LEGO® Shop USDeath Star™ Trash Compactor Diorama 75339 | Star Wars™ | Official LEGO® Shop USDisney Pixar Cars Ultimate Florida Speedway Trackset : Target$250Minnie Mouse Line Art Dooney & Bourke Small Zip Sac | shopDisneySavi’s Workshop Handbuilt Lightsabers at Hollywood Studios | Walt Disney World Resort$1000New Annual Passes | Walt Disney World ResortMillennium Falcon™ 75192 | Star Wars™ | Official LEGO® Shop USBONUS ROUND: Santa's Budget Buster (unlimited)Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort (disneygoldenoak.com)Disney Parks Around The World – A Private Jet Adventure | Adventures by Disney----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattlites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Twitter, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesAdventuresAndMousecapades.com
We finally close out our Big Summer Blowout Vacation with visits to all 4 parks, restaurant reviews, summer thunderstorms, 50th anniversary golden statues, a trivia trophy, a $36k table, cinnamon rolls, new attractions ridden for the first time, quite a few drinks, dueling pianos, and a baguette. Who could ask for anything more?----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattlites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Twitter, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesAdventuresAndMousecapades.com
Our "Big Summer Blowout" vacation seemingly never ends. Nathan had the opportunity to work remotely from Florida while Alicea and the kids headed back to Seattle to start the school year. Highlights include a trip to Kennedy Space Center to see Artemis not launch, a new best friend in Abi the 3-legged pit bull, Nathan's solo day in the parks for his birthday, and a two-day double birthday celebration for Nathan and our great friend Bill. We also experienced the Gran Destino Tower at Coronado Springs Resort - what an absolutely beautiful building!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattlites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Twitter, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesAdventuresAndMousecapades.com
This week Kaitlyn and Sterling join us to talk about their experiences on Disney Cruise Line. We learn about favorite snacks, adventures off the ship, and how the DCL cast and crew make magical experiences for younger cruisers. Join us for sublime sailing silliness!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattlites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Twitter, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesAdventuresAndMousecapades.com
In late August we spent 3 days at Universal Studios Resort in Florida. Yes, we're a Disney travel podcast, so consider this our experimental phase. It was really cool to experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and some of the other attractions that we've been missing staying with the Mouse. Hear all about our adventures as we bring Kaitlyn and Sterling onto this episode to share their perspectives. We solemnly swear we're up to no good.----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattlites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Twitter, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesAdventuresAndMousecapades.com
Our very first holiday special! This week's episode is all about our ghoulish night spent at Universal Studios Florida at Halloween Horror Nights. Screams. Frights. Tears. And that was just from Nathan! Alicea braved 5 haunted houses and all of the scare zones while Nathan cowered in fear (with a butterbeer) in Diagon Alley. And then there was the stage show, which was ... quite the thing.Hear all about it ... IF YOU DARE!!!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattlites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Twitter, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesAdventuresAndMousecapades.com
This week we talk about a Disney Vacation Club member perk, the Moonlight Magic events held throughout the year in Disney World. Returning for 2022, there were 7 after-hours events for DVC members across 3 of the WDW theme parks. Nathan was lucky enough to be in town for one of them at Animal Kingdom at the end of August, and got to enjoy the festivities. Come hear what Moonlight Magic is all about!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattlites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Twitter, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesAdventuresAndMousecapades.com
One of the things you have to know about us is that we're different people when we're at Disney than we are at home, especially when it comes to spending time on a Disney Cruise with our best friends. The Crew parties hard, and that was especially true when it came to the fine dining options and drink tasting sessions aboard the Disney Fantasy this past August (2022). We partook in multiple officially hosted drinking sampling classes, several unofficial sessions with the amazing bartenders onboard, hit up Palo for brunch and dinner on the same day, and had one of the best meals we've ever had at Remy.CAUTION: Don't listen to this episode on an empty stomach!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattlites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Twitter, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesAdventuresAndMousecapades.com
We continue reminiscing about our amazing 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Fantasy this past August, covering pretty much the entire cruise that we didn't get to last week! ;-)  We had a blast with Aristocat Charters on Tortola, found the best bartenders on the ship, and luxuriated with our best close friends in the Grand Cabana on Disney's private island - Castaway Cay. A good time was had by all!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattlites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Twitter, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesAdventuresAndMousecapades.com
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. ----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattlites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Twitter, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesAdventuresAndMousecapades.com
Episode 39 - Three for DW

Episode 39 - Three for DW

2022-09-2601:23:10

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!----Adventures & Mousecapades is a passion project from Alicea & Nathan Novak - two Seattlites addicted to The Mouse. We are not affiliated with Disney, nor are we travel agents. Opinions are our own.Instagram, Twitter, Facebook: @ourmousecapadesAdventuresAndMousecapades.com
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