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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. Our Owner's Locker contest has ended, but we're going to see if we can get another prize out of them. The first winner will be announced on the October 1 show.
This week, we featured a contest entry from listener Sondra, who had a great idea on how a locker could help to keep her Christmas decorations between each holiday visit.
This week's tip comes from listener Vance Cope.
Vance had a great idea on how to help an apprehensive child find a way to feel more comfortable with going on a thrill ride. Mark may try it with his son on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad during the next family trip.
Mike thought that you shouldn't push an apprehensive child, but Mark believes that if you're certain that your child would love the attraction if they can just get on it, then you should try to encourage them to try it. It all goes back to the mantra of "know your kid."
This is another one of those attractions where you need to know your kid in order to determine whether you want to take them in here or not. Yes, it's cute, but if they're afraid of bugs then it's not for them.
This is not one of Mark's favorite attractions, partly due to the discomfort of being poked by the seats. While there are some cute effects and the Hopper Animatronic is impressive, it easily is his least favorite of the four 3-D movies at Disney parks.
Mike likes it as a date movie, as it makes his date jump and he can comfort them. He also brought his nephew on it, but the nephew didn't like it.
Mike likes the queue at Disney's California Adventure because it isn't as crowded. While the queue at Disney's Animal Kingdom is much more impressive, Mike doesn't like how crowded it is.
Mark warned folks the the movie does use smellitzers, in case people are sensitive to the scents.
Mark's favorite effects are the butterfly curtain and the Hopper Animatronic, while Mike likes the bug bomb.
This week's spotlight focuses on the Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country at Disneyland Park. The week's featured review was a 5-planet review by SLG of Seattle, WA. MousePlanet readers really like the Hungry Bear, rating it 4.2 out of five planets on the strength of 15 reviews.
The Hungry Bear is SLG's favorite restraunt in Disneyland for both the food and the atmosphere. SLG and their parents had a great meal and watched both the Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes and the feral cats walking around the tables.
Mike thought that the Hungry Bear was an "interesting place." He liked the atmosphere, and the food was OK. He likes that it's very quiet. He likes it about as much as Cosmic Ray's at Walt Disney World.
Mark first ate at the Hungry Bear when the Country Bear Jamboree was still showing, and the theming matched better than it does with Pooh. When he went back after his son was born, the secluded lower deck provided a quiet place to take care of baby care things, and the restroom there was handy.
While neither Mark nor Mike were there, the MousePlanet's 5th Birthday/Disneyland's 50th Birthday celebration took place at the Hungry Bear on July 17, 2005.
You can also find the Hungry Bear Restaurant in our Park Guide.
In this week's segment, Mark asked his 8-year-old son: "Which do you like better, High School Musical or High School Musical 2?"
Mark's son answered that he likes the sequel better than the original because it seems more like a regular movie. He thinks that the storyline and songs are better, and it takes place in a better location because "school is not a good location for school, I mean movie."
Mark isn't sure that his son really likes High School Musical 2 better, because he's watching it much less often than the original, and it even takes some convincing to watch the movie. He'll often prefer to watch Over The Hedge than High School Musical 2. He does play the soundtrack over and over, though, since he's a dancer. He mostly prefers to dance to "I Don't Dance," but least likes the breakup song (which matches his feeling from the first movie). While he thought "Fabulous" was OK, he's not wild about it. (And he isn't old enough to get the "Material Girl"/"Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" and Busby Berkeley references in the video.
Mike asked Mark if he could get a good look at which magazine Ryan showed Sharpay during the number, to which she said "That's insulting!" All Mark could tell was that it was a centerfold, but he couldn't see the magazine name in his one viewing. Mike and Mark (in a bad joke) wondered if it was of Vanessa Hudgens.
Mark also noted that while the "Bet On It" number was put down by a listener after the movie first ran, it was interesting that Kenny Ortega choreographed Michael Jackson's "Beat It" video, since so many moves that Zac Efron did during the number were pulled straight from the "Beat It" video. Of course, while double-checking facts for the show notes, Mark found that it was Michael Peters that choreographed "Beat It," and that Ortega's work with Jackson was in conceiving, creating, staging and directing the "HIStory" and "Dangerous" tours. (Though Ortega did choreograph the aforementioned "Material Girl" video.) All apologies to Mr. Peters, and condolences on the copied er flattered choreography.
This week's moment came from Neal Gabler. We realized that, while we ran Steven Ng's interview with Neal back on Episode 31, we never ran Neal's Magical Moment after we ran the show!
Neal had the enviable task of going through the Disney Archives and holding in his hand and reading every original note that Walt ever wrote, from the beginning to the end. Through suspension of belief, he got to experience the ups and downs of such experiences as Walt trying to sell Mickey Mouse in New York, writing letters to his wife Lillian and brother Roy. Holding the actual pieces of paper and feeling the anxiety that Walt was going through was amazing.
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.
We'll be making the decision in the next couple of days now, so get your comments in now!
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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