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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 Pat Toohill, who decided that he would use his Owner's Locker to store a rain kit: raingear to wear, board games, laundry detergent for doing laundry during foul weather, and surprises for his kids. He'd also use it for his Pal Mickey because he can't stand it when he's away from the park.
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!
Instead of a tip, this week we played a conversation that Mark had with Charles Stovall about the second Year of a Million Dreams.
Charles and Mark talked about the new prizes for the promotion's second year:
Mark thought that the value of the big prizes for 2008 is bigger than those for 2007, but Charles thinks that they're about the same.
There are special experiences at just about every special event at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
Charles' favorite among the new prizes this year is the day at Castaway Cay. (Of course, as a cast member, he's not eligible.)
Charles said that you should just plan your vacation as you would normally and then you might get a surprise part-way through your trip.
Mark brought up his discussions with Mike about whether or not the prizes overshadow the day-to-day magic created by the cast members and asked Charles whether there is an increase in the amount of Magical Moments and Take Fives. Charles said that the entire celebration grew out of the Magical Moments and Take Fives, and that the prizes are over and above the cast member-created experiences.
After the conversation, Mike noted that he's still not a fan of the promotion. Mike said that it causes people to be disapponted when they don't win anything. Mark noted that people are also disappointed when they don't win the lottery, and they actually have a better chance of winning something from Year of a Million Dreams.
Mike then jumped to the promotion-of-the-year celebration angle of the continuation, but Mark didn't want to get into that topic this week.
Mike admitted that he was glad that they were finally finishing Walt's apartment at Disneyland, and agreed that his favorite prize would be the day at Castaway Cay. He and Mark discussed how that prize would work logistically.
Mark noted that his Keys to the Kingdom tour guide said that the Dumbo attraction had been built for the opening of EuroDisneyland and a new copy was built before EuroDisneyland opened, but the Walt Disney World attraction was updated in 1993 and EuroDisneyland was opened in 1992 so that can't be. It looks like the story was probably correct, but the one originally targeted for Paris was installed at Disneyland in 1990. This means that Mark's Keys to the Kingdom tour guide needs to update his tour spiel.
Mark also noted that Dumbo is the only attraction that President Harry S Truman refused to ride, as the elephant is the symbol of the Republican Party and Truman did not want a photo of him in an elephant ride vehicle in the newspapers.
Mike mentioned that Mark used the number of Dumbo ride vehicles with orange hats in the first mini-MouseAdventure in Florida at MouseFest 2005, and that it was unfair to Mike's color-blind friend that was helping to beta-test the game.
This week's spotlight focuses on Pizzafari at on Discovery Island at Disney's Animal Kingdom. MousePlanet readers like Pizzafari, rating it 3.8 out of five planets on the strength of 9 reviews. Our featured review this week is a 5-planet review by amc1217 of San Antonio, TX.
amc loved Pizzafari so much that they ate there repeatedly, getting the pepperoni pizza and the Italian deli sub.
Mark thinks that it's OK, though he's not a big fan of Walt Disney World pizza. They're OK, but not really pizza. Mike agrees that the pizza isn't outstanding, but argued that the pizza at the BoardWalk pizza window is great. Mark agreed that it was pretty good, but that it still didn't match up with New York pizza. Mark and Mike then got into a disagreement about New York pizza vs. Chicago pizza.
Somehow, Mark & Mike forgot to talk about the fabulous decor at Pizzafari, so they probably need to revisit the restaurant on a future show.
You can also find Pizzafari in our Park Guide.
This week's question comes from listener George, who asked: "Hey Kid, What's your favourite form of Disney transportation and why?"
Mark's son would try to include the Tomorrowland Transit Authority if allowed, otherwise he'd pick the monorail. He likes the TTA because it gives you a really good view of Space Mountain and a great view of the park. He likes the monorail because it gives you a good view of the hotels and the park. He also loves riding in the cockpit of the monorail.
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 Chad.
Chad experienced multiple Magical Moments at Disney's Animal Kingdom when they repeatedly kept running into a cast member who went out of his way to make sure that they got to see all of the great shows at the park, getting them great seats for each.
Mike, of course, focused on them seeing the Lion King show, but eventually agreed that the cast member's efforts were the most important part.
Mike talked about checking in a special family while working at Pop Century, then ran into them a couple of days later on Disney transportation, then again a couple of days later when working Extra Magic Hours at a theme park.
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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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