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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.
This week, we read the contest entry from Dave from San Francisco, who thought that he'd use his Owner's Locker as a low-cost alternative to the Disney Vacation Club. He plans to rig up a life-support system (and, we presume, and sanitation system) to allow him to live in his Owner's Locker until other guests need him and take him out of storage. He'd then run errands for them and generally do their bidding until they leave and put his locker back in storage.
That's an extremely inventive entry, but we think that there's still some room to improve on it! Send in your entry today!
Don't forget that you've got until midnight on Halloween to send in your ideas on what you would do with an Owner's Locker. John will again select his favorite, and he'll join us on the November 5 show to announce our next winner!
This week's tip came from listener Dave Welty. (Send in your tip now!)
Dave recommends getting early reservations at California Grill for the night that the Christmas party is being run to catch the early showing of Wishes while you eat, then go to the Magic Kingdom for the Party for an extra-special night of fireworks.
Mark warned that you probably want to confirm that Wishes is being run the night that you're planning to do this, as it was not run on a recent night where he attended Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. A further check with the official schedule looks like Wishes will be run at 6 p.m. on Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party nights, even though it didn't run on Halloween party nights.
Mike just feels that it's wrong to be seeing Wishes that early in the evening.
Walt Disney World's edition of the attraction clocks in at 9 minutes, while the Disneyland original runs 15 minutes. Of course, it was never supposed to be built in Florida. Mark went through the history of Pirates and Western River Expedition/Thunder Mesa at Walt Disney World.
Mike really likes both versions, and thinks that they're very different experiences.
Mark then gave some history about how the attraction was originally supposed to be a walk-through attraction, until Walt Disney got a number of inspirations from the attractions created for the 1964-65 New York World's Fair (including the boat ride system from "it's a small world" and the animatronic human figure from Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln). He then had everything (including the foundations) ripped out and recreated for the new version of the attraction.
Mike told the story of where the idea for the fireflies in the Disneyland version of the ride came from. He also mentioned that you can buy the fireflies (not the originals) online.
Neither Mark nor Mike has been on the Disneyland version since the refurbishment that added characters from the movies. Mark missed it by mere months.
Mark then gave a rundown of the changes to the attractions, including a Jack-by-Jack critique.
This week's spotlight focuses on the Boulangerie Patisserie at Epcot's France pavilion. MousePlanet readers really like the Boulangerie, rating it 4.2 out of five planets on the strength of 5 reviews. Our featured review this week is a 4-planet review by tdelaney_98 of Farmington, MN.
She really likes the food there, though she hates the hot cocoa.
We used the opportunity to promote MousssseFest 2007, our MouseFest meet to be held on December 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Boulangerie.
Mark talked about the location of the Boulangerie and suggested various ways and locations to eat your treat. His wife takes her Napoleon back to the room so that it doesn't matter now difficult it is to eat neatly.
Mike then teased Kelly Monaghan about the number of desserts that he purchased and ate during MousssseFest 2006.
You can also find Boulangerie Patisserie in our Park Guide.
This week's question comes from Julie from the UK, who asked: "If you were a cast member for the day, which WDW attraction would you like to work on?"
Mark's son would pick Soain' if he could ride the attraction during his break. Otherwise, he would pick Mission: Space so that he could see people getting sick. He also briefly considered Mickey's PhilharMagic until he found out that cast members don't get to squirt water at the audience, that it's all automated.
To submit your own questions for "Ask the Kid," send us your question to ask Mark's son.
This week's moment came from listener Julie in Pacifica, CA.
Julie experienced a Magical Moment when she and her sister brought her 5-month-old son to Disneyland and he received a "First Visit" button from a cast member named Bonnie at a gift shop (Pieces of Eight?) near Pirates of the Caribbean.
She also wanted to know if we had any information about the Disney museum being built in the Presidio. Mark had very limited information, but the Walt Disney Family Museum's web site is currently hosted by the Walt Disney Company. There is some information available online from the Presidio web site and in an article on the American Institute of Architects web site.
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Don't forget that you've now got until Halloween to get your entry in for our second 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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