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Major kudos go out to audio engineer Steven Ng, who had his work cut out for him in making Mike's audio sound even listenable this week after we had to Jerry-rig our recording configuration when Mike's keys didn't make it back from Florida with him. (Mike's keys have been delivered by FedEx, and we should be recording with our normal quality again next week.)
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In the Walt Disney World news, sponsored by Small World Vacations, MousePlanet's preferred travel provider, most of the news came from this past Monday's Walt Disney World Park Update, and links to the various information reported can be found there.
- Information and discussion about the alleged child molestation at the Walt Disney World Swan Resort can be found here.
- There is already much discussion about Disney's announcement that all Walt Disney World hotel rooms will be going smoke-free.
- Information about the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 13K and 6.5K races can be found here.
In the Disneyland news, all of the news came from this past Monday's Disneyland Park Update, and links to the various information reported can be found there.
In The Walt Disney Company news, several stories have related links.
- To join the hunt for the Volvo treasure, go here.
- The 9-minute Ratatouille preview is still available at the Disney.com web site, though its time as the only video on the home page is now over.
- Corbin Bleu's new album "Another Side" is now on sale.
- American Idol finalist Bucky Covington's first album for Disney's Lyric Street Records debuted at #1 on the Nielsen Soundscan country charts.
- Neal Gabler's book about Walt Disney won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography.
In news breaking after we finished recording, Disney announced yesterday that Susan Arnold has been elected to the Disney Board of Directors. Arnold is the vice chairman-P&G Beauty & Health, The Procter & Gamble Company. We'll have more on the story next week.
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Mike provided our Tip of the Week, recommending that you take a midday break to get away from the crowds and have some downtime at your resort before returning to the parks in the evening as the crowds thin.
First off, kudos to Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix and the crew for a great job on putting together another fabulous event!
For more information about MouseAdventure, visit the event page.
Congratulations to the winners in each category:
Trivia (not a prize category)
- 1st (tie) - Case of Hearts
- 1st (tie) - The Denton Affair
- 2nd (tie) - The Metzger Family
- 2nd (tie) - The Parrot Heads
- 2nd (tie) - The Trojan Mice
- 1st - The Metzger Family
- 2nd - Aurora & Stitch
(Second-)Best New Basic Team
- Team 3118
- 1st - The Googly Bears (The First-Best New Team)
- 2nd - The Pillage People
- 3rd - The Acceptables
Best New Advanced Team
- The YM's Majesties
- 1st - Properly Warned
- 2nd - San Diego Mouse Catchers (Team Big Pencil)
- 3rd - Simba's Pride
And the winner of the unofficial Masters competition, the Brother Bears!
The complete results will be posted on the site next week.
This week's Featured Attraction is California Screamin' at Disney's California Adventure.
This week's Review system spotlight focuses on Mike's favorite hotel, Disney's Pop Century Resort at Walt Disney World. You can also find the Pop Century Resort in our Park Guide. As discussed, we're linking to the photo of Mike and Mark in the Pargo with fins at Pop Century and to the bonus video of Mike doing The Hustle at Pop Century.
This week's Ask the Kid segment featured a Disneyland question Mark's 8-year-old son: What was your favorite part of the Family Magic Tour at Disneyland?
This week's Magical Moment was a story from Jeremy Szydlowski, whose daughter experienced some one-on-one attention from a cast member at Cinderella's Royal Table.
In Listener Feedback, Big Brian Martsolf (visit his site here) had questions for Charlie Ridgway arising out of a story that Brian recently wrote for the AllEars newsletter about Liberty Square. He mentioned two web sites. One web site talks about how Disney was apparently turned down for one of the original replicas of the Liberty Bell. He also mentioned a reference in Disney World Trivia about the Disney bell being made from a mold from the original mold. Steve Russo asked that we start asking a trivia question each week and started us off by asking where we would find and what the meaning is of "Nants ingonyama bagithi baba. Sithi uhhmm ingonyama." For the complete words and the translation, go here.
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Mark spent a chilly birthday participating in the March of Dimes WalkAmerica event last Sunday, and he would like to thank everyone who donated or offered moral support. While the event is over, donations are still trickling in. As of the posting of the show notes, the current total is $3,899, just over $100 short of his goal of $4,000. If you'd like to help put Mark over the top, or even if you'd just like to learn more about why he walks without donating, please check out his fundraising page for more information.
Thanks to our West Coast correspondent and MouseAdventure tipster Andrew Rich, and audio engineer and sound editor Steven Ng.
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