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In this week's feature, Mike and Mark discuss their Top 3 attractions, dining locations and live entertainment at Walt Disney World's Disney-MGM Studios. They figured that they should get the list done before the park changes its name to Disney's Hollywood Studios.
After spending a little time talking trash about the park, Mark and Mike finally got down to their lists.
As always, we started with dining. Mike's number three choice is Writer's Stop near the Streets of America Backlot. He likes the coffee and the pastries.
For his number three, Mark went with the Sunset Ranch Market, which is composed of several smaller locations including Catalina Eddie's, Rosie's All-American Cafe, Toluca Legs Turkey Company, Anaheim Produce, Hollywood Scoops and so on. It's a great place to grab something quick before heading into Fantasmic, or if you're spending the evening at the end of Sunset Boulevard.
Mike's runner up is the Starring Rolls Bakery. He likes the coffee and the pastries. (Do you sense a pattern here?)
Mark's second choice is Hollywood & Vine (dinner only, not the character breakfast). He likes the interesting food choices, and the food choices are nore upscale than you would think..
Mike's favorite is Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano. He loves Italian food, and he feels that Mama Melrose's has really good Italian food. Mark lamented the loss of the old "all the pasta you can eat" menu choice. Of course, he was probably partly responsible for its demise.
Mark's top spot went to the Hollywood Brown Derby. The food was excellent, the atmosphere was excellent, the service was excellent and he had a great time singing along (quietly) to the piano player.
Mark's number three entertainment choice is the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, because it's a fun show.
Mike's third choice is the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. He loves the whole thing, from the lights and sounds to the snow and hot cocoa, though he's not sure that he likes them on the Streets of America as much as he liked them on Residential Street..
Mike choosing the Osborne Lights reminded Mark about them, so he added the Osborne Lights as a tie for his number two with Fantasmic. He loves the lights, and there's even some video from last year on the MousePlanet site. Mark really likes Fantasmic, but it's only good enough to tie for second on his list.Mike's number two pick is the Streetmosphere characters. He's actually using some awesome photos of the characters from last year as this year's holiday gifts.
Mark's top pick is the Streetmosphere characters. He and his friends played with the Mayor during his infamous 40th birthday trip. ("Give the Mayor a 'harumph'!") He also had to mention Rosie the cleaning lady.
Mike's number one choice is Fantasmic. He pointed out the Lion King seating section of the amphitheater, as well as four Lion King moments during the show: the "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" segment with the rafts, Simba in the bubbles on the water screens, and Scar when the villians take over and when the villains are defeated on the water screens.
Mike picked The Magic of Disney Animation as his number three choice. He liked it a whole lot better before the ripped out the actual animation portion of the attraction.
Mike's second choice is the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
Mark went with MuppetVision 3-D as his number two. It's a great attraction with a pre-show that may be better than the show itself.
Mike's number one is Walt Disney: One Man's Dream. Mike and Mark got into a discussion of the various areas and what you can do there.
Mark's top pick is the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
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