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This week's tip comes from listener Dave from San Francisco.
Dave just returned from a week at Walt Disney World, and booked himself a massage at the Mandara spa at the Dolphin after his legs, back and feet were starting to get really sore. Afterwards, he felt completely rejuvenated and was ready to hit the parks at full tilt once again.
Mike thinks that the best spa in the Disney area is inside Celebration Health, which is inside Celebration Hospital. Mark has never had a spa treatment, so he can't really express an opinion.
Aside from being home to one of the most famous earworms on the planet, the attraction is still one of the most famous and just about everyone feels that they should experience it at least once.
Mike convinced Mark to at least recite the lyrics. He refused to sing it, though, not wanting people to have to deal with his singing again. While Mark tried on the show to figure out which Disney Channel "star" did a horrid rap version of it on a Disneymania CD, it was actually just "Fan_3." The horrid Orlando Brown song that he was thinking of was "Super Cali".
Mike has been stuck on the attraction four times for an average of two and a half hours each time. The longest incident was four hours at Walt Disney World. He later went to Disneyland and got stuck for an hour on his first trip. Mike has had his fill of the attraction.
Mark and Mike both pick the original Disneyland version as the hands-down better version. While the recent upgrade to the Florida edition has improved it quite a bit, there's nothing like the original. From the fabulous exterior to the flume-type ride track (vs. the Pirates-style tracked wide-path water ride in Florida), from the different scenes (such as the mermaids) to the portion of the ride outside the show building, the Disneyland version is simply better.
Of course, the Florida version's facade is under cover, rather than a huge exterior facade as in California, because the attractions at Walt Disney World had to accommodate queues that would keep people out of the frequent Florida downpours.
Mark also went into the history of what led to the creation of the theme song for the attraction and where to find the only two dolls representing the United States in Walt Disney World's attraction. (Does anyone know if it's the same in the Disneyland version?)
Mike mentioned which two Disney on Ice productions featured the attraction.
This week's spotlight focuses on Cosmic Ray's Starlight Caf in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom. The week's featured review was a 4-planet review by rbaadmin of Elwood, IL. MousePlanet readers like Cosmic Ray's Starlight Caf, rating it 4.1 out of five planets on the strength of 15 reviews.
rbaadmin and their family eat there every time that they visit the Magic Kingdom, but go just before or after meal times because of the trouble finding a table.
Mark agrees about the difficulty in finding tables, but also notes that it can be difficult to order for multiple people at once because each of the three service bays only carries one type of food. If two people (or two adults plus children) are trying to hold a table and get food from different bays, it can be difficult to try to get food for everyone and have everyone eat at the same time.
The entertainment at Cosmic Ray's is provided by Sonny Eclipse, an Animatronic alien from New Nork who sings and plays the keyboards (with his unseen backup group, the Space Angels). Mike and Mark both enjoy listening to him.
For some reason, Mark never gets burgers at Cosmic Ray's, even though they're the same as Pecos Bill's. He always gets some sort of chicken dish. While he really enjoys the food there, it drops in his overall rankings due to the seating and ordering logistics.
Mike agrees, and thinks that it is also messier than most other locations.
Mark recommends the eating area on the patio overlooking the castle as a nice, quieter dining location if you don't want to listen to Sonny.
Mike also mentioned Mark's attempt to interview Kim Barron last December that was almost complete before they turned Sonny Eclipse on and forced them to go outside to finish the interview.
You can also find Cosmic Ray's Starlight Caf in our Park Guide.
In this week's segment, Mark asked his 8-year-old son: "What did you think of the Mary Poppins musical on Broadway?"
Not surprisingly, Mark's son loved the show. He thought that the part with Mrs. Corry's shop (he thought it was her house) was great, especially when they were choosing the letters that eventually become "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." His favorite part was Step in Time, especially when Bert tap-dances on the ceiling.
Mark and his son also want to thank Jim Hill for telling Mark where the best place to sit was. (Mezzanine level, audience right/stage left. We're not giving rows or seat numbers, though.) That led to another favorite part of the show, where Mary Poppins flew right in front of us.
Mark has a weak spot for Mary Poppins, and he had tears in his eyes for a good portion of the show. Mark's son is still talking about Bert dancing on the ceiling and the "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" number.
This week's moment came in a voice mail from Jeany Sanchez.
Jeany's Magical Moment happened many years ago when Merlin selected her to pull out the Sword in the Stone. She was given a medal reading Ruler of the Realm and a certificate.
Mark noted that the sword never really comes out of the stone, it only pops up what seems to be 6-12 inches. Mike added that it's still a lot of fun to watch and a good photo opportunity.
Mark has seen the show from the audience, but never been selected to participate as one of the adults who can't remove the sword before a child pulls it.
We've gotten a lot of positive feedback on the new format of shorter, more frequent MouseStation shows. Currently, MouseStation is published three times a week, with short subjects on Mondays, featured topics on Wednesdays and listener feedback on Fridays; the MousePlanetWatch news is published on Thursday. We're still currently maintaining the series of three feeds, one for MouseStation only, one for MousePlanetWatch only and one for both shows.
Based on listener feedback, we will be deciding whether to merge the feeds, and return to a single feed with all shows, folding MousePlanetWatch into the main MouseStation feed. That would still leave us with four shows per week, but there would be only one feed. With the current listener numbers being fairly even between MouseStation and MousePlanetWatch, it seems as if there's a great deal of overlap between the shows.
Please weigh in on the idea of returning to a single feed via email or by calling our toll-free feedback line at 1-866-939-2278. Don't forget that we love voicemails because then we can put your voice on the show!
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We also wanted to remind you that we have now scheduled our MouseFest meet for the podcasts. The MouseStation Hustle-tini Meet will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Classic Concoctions in the Everything Pop food court at Disney's Pop Century Resort for Bluetinis to get our nerve up to get up and boogie. We'll make sure that we're in the lobby before 6 p.m. so that we can do The Hustle, then return to Classic Concoctions or elsewhere to record some more for the podcast. For more information on the Hustle-tini or any other MousePlanet-sponsored meet at MouseFest, check out our MouseFest information page. If you've got any ideas on what might make a cool MouseStation T-shirt for MouseFest, let Mark know!
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