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Today's show is sponsored by Owner's Locker, a new service that gives you a place to leave your vacation-only stuff until your next trip to visit the Mouse. Thanks to their generosity, we're running a contest. Tell us what you would use an Owner's Locker for, either via email or voicemail (1-866-939-2278). The best or most unique entry (in the sole opinion of the owners of Owner's Locker) will receive a free locker with unlimited visits for two years. Entries are due by Sunday, September 23. The winner will be announced on the October 1 show.
This week, we featured a contest entry from listener Theresa, who had a great idea on how a locker could help store things for her anniversary trip each year.
This week's tip comes from listener Rachelle Carson.
Rachelle recommended getting a Disney fix away from the parks by seeing one of the many Disney stage musicals, either on Broadway or one of the touring companies.
Mark has recently seen Mary Poppins on Broadway, so he can certainly agree with that tip. While much of the show is different from the Disney movie, there is much that is the same or similar. During the show, Mark determined that it takes no more than two measures of the opening of "Feed The Birds" to bring tears to his eyes. It's a show that he highly recommends, as well as many of the other shows out there. The Lion King is still on Broadway, and The Little Mermaid starts previews at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater in November. Beauty and the Beast, Aida and others are on tour around the world.
While the Disneyland version of Fantasmic may only show on certain nights of the week during slow seasons, the Walt Disney World version runs pretty much every night. The only time either version closes for an extended period of time is when they go down for refurbishment. The Disneyland version could also go down if the Sailing Ship Columbia is being refurbished, as it plays a pivotal part in the show and can't be replaced. There is an alternate ending that is used when the Mark Twain is unavailable.
Mike and Mark both prefer the Disneyland version. Mike loves both versions, but the Disneyland version wins by the narrowest of margins. Mark likes the Walt Disney World version, but loves the Disneyland version.
Mike won't camp out for the West Coast show more than once per trip, and would go for the paid dessert seating, even though the Disney Gallery seating is no longer available. Mark has camped out along the walkway, the Pirates bridge and the seating area for the River Belle Terrace. On one of his last trips, he was shown the Magic Manhole Cover, which is the best place to see it at ground level.
Mark talked about how the Disneyland show is so much better because the ships are full-sized and everything takes place right in front of you and over you, which brings you right into the heart of the action. Mike wants to see the Walt Disney World version have the full-sized ships instead of the smaller boats that they use, because he loves the amphitheater. Mark thinks that even if they replaced the "Steamboat Dinky" with a full-sized Mark Twain, you'd still be looking down at it, and it's not as all-consuming as Disneyland's version.
Mark remarked about how special it is at Disneyland where the everyday landscape is magically transformed into the setting for Fantasmic, where the Walt Disney World version is really just a stage.
Of course, Mike had to point out the Lion King parts of the show.
This week's spotlight focuses on the Whispering Canyon Caf at the Wilderness Lodge . The week's featured review was a 4-planet review by tdelaney_98 of Farmington, MN. MousePlanet readers like Whispering Canyon Caf, rating it 3.9 out of five planets on the strength of 16 reviews.
tdelaney_98 thinks that the food is good, but the show is what makes the meal. She told about the special fun that happens when you ask for ketchup.
Mark talked about the ketchup, Pepsi, long straws and other fun events. Mike mentioned that he prefers lunchtime, when it's still fun but not as crazy.
Mark mentioned the Pony Express ride, but Mike doesn't want to be knee-deep in kids so he prefers not to see it.
Mark gave his favorite call-out joke, but Mike said that his favorite was a cast member joke that he can't share. Yeah, yeah.
Mark talked about a pledge that they once asked the kids to recite before giving them their certificates.
Mike recalled getting picked on for eating a lot of corn.
You can also find Whispering Canyon Caf in our Park Guide.
In this week's segment, Mike asked Mark's 8-year-old son: "What is your favorite Lion King character?"
Mark's son answered that he likes Timon and tried to do his version of the Hawaiian War Chant, then made an attempt at the "Now, Ma?" sequence from Lion King 1-1/2.
After taking Mike to task for pushing Lion King again, Mark then did the full version of Timon's version of Hawaiian War Chant.
Mike asked Mark if he liked Lion King 1-1/2, and Mark said that it was kind of fun every once in a while, but he really loves anything that has Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella.
This week's moment came from Mike, since our Magical Moment bin was empty.
Mike's Magical Moment happened at last year's MouseFest, where he had his first Bluetini. We were at the Territory Lounge at the Wilderness Lodge, and he was trying all of the signature foods and drinks of the Year of a Million Dreams, so he ordered the Bluetini. As it arrived with the blue glow cube, all of the cameras in the room came out and he was the focus of attention. This was the beginning of the Bluetini mania.
So join us at MouseFest and get your own Bluetini!
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!
Don't forget that you've only got until a week from today to get your entry in for our Owner's Locker contest!
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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