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MouseStation 59 - Listener Feedback

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Let us hear from you!

Send in your suggestions, comments or tips via our email feedback form or via voicemail on our toll-free feedback line (1-866-939-2278). You can also make suggestions by replying to this post.

If you want to contribute a story for our Monday Magical Moment segment (and possible inclusion in the Cast Place column here on MousePlanet), you can either use our email Magical Moment story form or the toll-free feedback line. (We love it when you use the voice mail system, because then we can play your call on the show!)

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Listener Feedback Friday!

In this week's Listener Feedback:

Matt wrote in with his Disney's California Adventure Top 3 list:

  • Restaurants
    • 3. Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream
    • 2. Pizza Oom Mow Mow
    • 1. Golden Vine Winery
  • Entertainment
    • 3. Block Party Bash
    • 2. Disney's Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular
    • 1. Disney's Electrical Parade
  • Attractions
    • 3. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
    • 2. Grizzly River Run
    • 1. Soarin' Over California

Lorie (a.k.a. Minnie Lor) wrote in to let us know that she'll be joining us at our Hustle-tini meet at MouseFest.

She also noted the complexity of her scheduling spreadsheet for MouseFest. While in general we do lament the increasing need to plan Walt Disney World trips, we make an exception for MouseFest, as there are so many meets and so many people to meet that it's literally impossible to do them all. In order to see the people that you really want to see, a spreadsheet is essential. (Mark's got a multi-sheet spreadsheet, and there's very little white space.)

Mary Lee wrote in to tell us that she'd be at the Dole Whip Meet and the Mega Mouse Meet (and possibly the Hustle-tini Meet), but that her flight probably wouldn't get her in early enough to attend MouseFest 101, and she didn't want to attend MousssseFest due to an allergy to chocolate.

While Mark and Mike have a hard time even considering the horror of being allergic to chocolate, eating the Mousssse is not a requirement to attend the meet. In fact, some attendees ate Napoleons and other pastry rather than Mousssse last year.

Jason Rasmussen wrote in to place his vote for a single, combined MouseStation and MousePlanetWatch feed.

Patrick Toohill wrote to thank us for our help in getting him started in the listening to podcasts, and he passed along a couple of things that he's learned. He also asked us to keep the shows on separate feeds, but we think that he misunderstood the terminology that we're using. It looks like Patrick thinks that we're going to put all of the shows into one file again. We're not going to do that. We're considering putting just running the one combined feed of MouseStation and MousePlanetWatch, and discontinuing the individual feeds for the shows. In other words, instead of having one feed with three shows per week, one feed with one show per week and a third feed with all four shows per week, we would consolidate and just continue the one feed with all four shows per week. We'd also fold MousePlanetWatch back under the MouseStation umbrella for show branding and numbering.

Audress Johnson wanted to let us know that she(?) is enjoying our Top Three lists so far, and suggested a few other topics that we could do Top Threes on after we finish our tour through all domestic Disney parks. We'll definitely put them into our stack of ideas for next year. The name of the sidewalk cafe at Epcot's France pavilion (that eventually became part of Les Chefs de France) that Mark couldn't think of during the show was Au Petit Cafe.

Hayley B. from Delaware posted on MousePad on a show notes thread in the Columns General forum to let us know that she agrees with our assessment of Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe.

Steve Russo wrote in to explain how he might not have been right about "Flora Lawn" (instead of "Flora Long"), but he wasn't wrong, either. (As long as you say that the "g" is silent.)

He made an attempt to answer Mike's question from last week about the originally-intended sex of Simba and Nala's offspring. Mark gave it a shot, too. However, it was apparently a trick question, so he really had no chance at getting it. (Kind of like Mark and Mike trying to answer the question about Honey, I Shrunk the Audience.)

He attempted to Stump the Hosts with a question about the sign on the front side of the Main Street Railroad Station. Mike got one of the two parts, but Mark knew them both.


The sign on the front of the Main Street Railroad Station features the Magic Kingdom's population and elevation. Photo by Steve Russo.

Steve also passed along information on where to order his new book. You can pick it up at Amazon.com, or iUniverse.com.

Scott Seigel complimented us on the show, and to tell us about his experience at Walt Disney World on 9/11.

He also asked us for our opinion of his plans for a dream trip, and our thoughts on traveling to Walt Disney World and attending dinner shows solo.

His trip plan sounds fantastic (we're very envious), but he shouldn't worry about traveling solo, because so many people at Walt Disney World are very friendly and willing to chat with the people around them.

As promised on the show, here is the correct information about using Disney's VIP Tour Guides: For a cost of $125.00 per hour and a 6 hour minimum, you can have your own personal tour guide. Note that special discounts may apply for Disney Resort Guests, during non-holiday periods. Theme park admission is required.

Changing the feed, our contest and MouseFest

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 two weeks from tomorrow 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!

Wrapping up

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Thanks to our West Coast correspondent Andrew Rich, and audio engineer and sound editor Steven Ng.

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