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We're trying to decide what to do on holidays when the main MousePlanet site is not publishing new content for the day. The next instance will be Thanksgiving, when MousePlanet will not publish on Thursday or Friday that week to allow staff to enjoy the holidays. Should we publish the show on those days anyway, or should we take the days off with the rest of the site? In that particular instance, it will be a MousePlanetWatch show and a Listener Feedback show that will be skipped, though we would miss Short Subjects on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve in December. Obviously, it's not a common thing. There are a very limited number of days that MousePlanet does not publish. It's pretty much just Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Memorial Day and Labor Day. We did do a show on Labor Day this year, but we don't know whether that mattered to anybody. What do you think? The show is for you, so we'll follow your lead. Do you want us to publish shows during the holidays, or is it OK to miss shows? We're going to decide today, so to have your vote considered, let us know via email or by calling 1-866-939-2278 by 10 p.m. EST tonight.
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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 another one of the great contest entries that we got. This time Sharon Troxell talked about all of the things that would be great to be able to leave in Florida for her next trip.
Thanks to everyone that entered for submitting your great ideas! If you have any other great ideas for how to use an Owner's Locker, if you've signed up and are anticipating using your locker, or if you have already used your locker, send us an email or call our voicemail and let us know what you think!
Mike doesn't listen to the show after we record it, and he doesn't read the show notes. Mark and the Kid recorded a tag at the end of the show to let everyone know that yesterday was Mike's birthday. Everybody send in your Happy Birthday wishes, and we'll read them on the Listener Feedback show on Friday. (Send in your birthday greeting now!)
This week's tip comes from listener Dave Welty. (Send in your tip now!)
Dave recommends bringing extra shorts, shirts and sandals for any small children that you have with you if you're visiting a park with water play areas such as Disney's California Adventure, Disney's Animal Kingdom or Epcot. While they play in the water, you can take a nice rest on a nearby bench without worrying about them getting wet. When it's time to go, just take them to the nearest restroom and get them into their dry clothes. (Don't forget the plastic bag for the wet stuff!) Make sure to bring sandals since bare feet are prohibited.
Mark remembered a time when his son got soaked while playing in the stream at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at DCA, and he and his wife had to go hunting to find sneakers that fit him at World of Disney to get him through dinner while his regular sneakers dried.
Mark talked about his son finally agreeing to let the teacup spin after dozens of trips without spinning. Mark also gave a tip about "unspinning" yourself so that you don't get too dizzy.
Mike and Mark both noted that they prefer the Disneyland version of the ride.
This week's spotlight focuses on the Biergarten at Epcot's Germany pavilion. MousePlanet readers enjoy the Biergarten, rating it 3.7 out of five planets on the strength of 13 reviews. Our featured review this week is a 5-planet review by BigStan727 of Burbank, IL.
Stan and his wife met some nice people at the table for eight that they shared. They enjoyed the band, and Stan was impressed with how reasonable the price of the beer was. He was even more impressed with the bratwurst, the red cabbage, and the apple strudel. The sauerbraten was good, but not worth paying dinner prices to try.
Mark remembered once being sat by sheer chance at the same table as a family that lived 20 minutes away from him. He also told a story (with Mike's help) about being there during MouseFest 2006 for a very memorable meal. Mark also talked about eating lunch there during his 40th birthday trip.
You can also find the Biergarten in our Park Guide.
This week's question comes from listener Scott Ferraioli, who asked: "I haven?t eaten in a lot of the parks until recently, what?s your favorite thing to eat at each park and why?"
Unfortunately, Mark's son wasn't much help on this one. He had trouble coming up with things that he likes to eat at the parks aside from Itzakadoozie ice pops, chocolate mousse and Fetuccini Alfredo (which went away with Alfredo's). Maybe we need to put a moratorium on food questions for a while.
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 Dave in San Francisco.
Dave won some dream ears from the Dream Squad early in the day at DCA. A few hours later, he was in the queue for Tower of Terror, chatting with the family in front of him. The family had just missed getting dream ears earlier in the day, and the family's 5- or 6-year-old son was staring at his ears. He crouched down and gave the boy his ears, which made the boy incredibly happy.
When Dave got off the attraction, Christopher (the cast member at unload) took him down the hall and around the corner, broke character and commended him for acting in "the true Disney spirit." He shook Dave's hand and gave him a set of Dream Fastpasses, which made Dave's day.
Mike and Mark agreed that the most magical moment was when Dave gave his ears to the boy.
Even now that he's no longer a cast member, Mike still tries to go out of his way to make somebody's day.
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We're trying to decide what to do on holidays when the main MousePlanet site is not publishing new content for the day. The next instance will be Thanksgiving, when MousePlanet will not publish on Thursday or Friday that week to allow staff to enjoy the holidays. Should we publish the show on those days anyway, or should we take the days off with the rest of the site? In that particular instance, it will be a MousePlanetWatch show and a Listener Feedback show that will be skipped, though we would miss Short Subjects on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve in December. Obviously, it's not a common thing. There are a very limited number of days that MousePlanet does not publish. It's pretty much just Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Memorial Day and Labor Day. We did do a show on Labor Day this year, but we don't know whether that mattered to anybody. What do you think? The show is for you, so we'll follow your lead. Do you want us to publish shows during the holidays, or is it OK to miss shows? Let us know via email or by calling 1-866-939-2278.
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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