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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
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!----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
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!----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 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!----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'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. ;-)----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
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.----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
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!----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'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!----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
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.----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
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.----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
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 Flighthttps://museumofflight.org/----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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