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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 heard our first listener voicemail on how people are using their Owner's Locker. Roxanne from Portland, OR called in to say that they love Owner's Locker because they live so far away but they travel three times a year, and they can leave some things that make them feel like they're at home like beach supplies, as well as things that they sometimes leave behind. They never worry because they know that it'll always be waiting for them.
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!
This week's tip comes from listener Liana from Simi Valley. (Send in your tip now!)
Liana recommends taking advantage of the Baby Care Centers at each of the theme parks. It's a nice, clean, quiet place for diaper changes, feedings, or just taking a break, and it's cool during the summer. The staff is very friendly. Liana likes it so much she even tells other moms in the park about it.
Mike hasn't had any need to use the Baby Care Centers yet, but Mark and his wife used them for The Kid extensively when he was a baby and a toddler. They've got areas for nursing, microwaves for preparing formula or other meals, and child-sized potties. They also have baby care items on hand that you can buy if you ran out while in the park or forgot to bring something. Of course, they only carry the sponsoring brands, but they've at least got something.
This week, we look at Festival of the Lion King in Fantasyland at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Mike and Mark found an error in the description on the park guide page (it has since been fixed).
Mark talked about where the floats used in the show came from, and the role that it had in the death of the Beastlie Kingdomme land planned for the second phase of Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Mark classed it as the best live entertainment show in any Disney park until Finding Nemo - The Musical debuted. Mike (of course) still ranks it as number 1.
Mike talked about the mini-show/meet-and-greet that they do if the show breaks down. He also talked about the Puppetronic float characters and how they work.
Mike's favorite part of the show is the opening segment. Mark has a hard time picking a favorite part. His candidates include the parade of kids with instruments, the aerial act, the fire juggler and the Tumble Monkeys.
Mark quizzed Mike on what sound a zebra makes. After Mike described the sound, they both realized that they were talking about the giraffe section, as there was no zebra section of the theater.
This week's spotlight focuses on Casey's Corner at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. MousePlanet readers really enjoy Casey's, 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 amc1217 of San Antonio, TX.
amc loves Casey's because it has become a tradition for him to eat there. He just wishes that they sold potato chips, not just fries. He also likes the ducks that hang out near the seating area.
Since Mike doesn't eat beef, he doesn't generally get food at Casey's, but he feels that it's the most refreshing place to get a Coke.
Mark disputes the park guide's description of the seating area, as long as it's not at peak meal times. It's a great place to grab a seat, listen to some nice ragtime piano and people-watch. The meal-size, quarter-pound hot dogs taste really great to Mike. The Kid sometimes has the corn dog nuggets there, and he loves them. On Mark's last trip to Walt Disney World, Casey's proved to be very convenient on his last day in the park.
Mike prefers Coke Corner in Disneyland over Casey's because he had a Magical Moment there.
You can also find Casey's Corner in our Park Guide.
This week, we tried out a new segment called "Six Degrees of The Lion King." In it, Mark will give Mike other entertainment offerings (attractions, movies, etc.) and Mike will have to link them to his favorite movie in six steps or less.
The attraction, Finding Nemo - The Musical, was easy, as Michael Curry did the puppets for both that show and the Broadway production of The Lion King.
The Disney movie, The Rescuers, proved very easy, as writer Burny Mattinson worked on both movies.
The video game, Age of Empires, took a bit more effort on Mike's part. Mike tried to use its ESRB rating, which Mark shot down because it would be like saying that The Rescuers and The Lion King were both rated G. Mike came up with the fact that Age of Empires won an editor's choice on multiple PC sites along with Kingdom Hearts, which has Lion King segments in it. Mark ruled the video game topic a dud.
To submit your opinion on whether or not we should try "Six Degrees of The Lion King" again or to submit your own questions for the segment, send us an email or call our toll-free voicemail.
This week's moment came from listener Dan the Light Man from Golden, CO.
Dan called in about how he and his wife Nancy were made the Family of the Day at the Grand Floridian Resort when they arrived on their 24th anniversary trip. Among other things, they had their room upgraded for th length of their trip.
Mike talked about the process for selecting Families of the Day at Pop Century, and what other options he had for helping people celebrate their special occasions.
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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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