MouseStation 102 - Collected short subjects
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Mike and Mark talked a bit about their MouseFest experiences to date before getting to the rest of the show.
Tip of the Week
This week's tip comes in a voicemail from listener Dave Welty. (Send in your tip now!)
Dave recommended taking photos of children in the same place on every trip so that you can see how they grow from trip to trip.
Mark said that they tried to do that with The Kid, but then ended up continuing to forget to take the photo. Mike mentioned that many families have a spot, and they always take photos in "the spot". Mark noted that many families used to use the wooden Indian in front of the tobacco shop on Main Street, but the wooden Indian has since been relocated to Frontierland.
This week, we look at Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show in the Streets of America Backlot at the Disney-MGM Studios (soon to become Disney's Hollywod Studios).
Mark and Mike agreed that this isn't one of their favorite attractions, but that it's still extremely popular. Of course, they're not really car guys.
Little kids often like to pick up small pieces of rubber shredded from the tires when they peel out across the front of the stadium.
Review system spotlight
This week's spotlight focuses on at the Tony's Town Square at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. MousePlanet readers like Tony's, rating it 3.5 out of five planets on the strength of 18 reviews. Our featured review this week is a 3-planet review by rbaadmin of Elwood, IL.
rbadmin and his party visited for dinner, and there were mixed revews. It seems that, despite a number of setbacks unrelated to dinner itself, they were very frustrated. During dinner, though, service and food were both excellent.
Mark has eaten at the restaurant on many different occasions, and has had a widely varying experience each time. If you try to get a table on the patio for dinner during SpectroMagic, Mark recommends that you arrive early and be prepared to wait a good, long while.
You can also find Tony's Town Square Restaurant in our Park Guide.
Out of the Park
This week, we tried out another new segment, this one called "Out of the Park." In it, we discussed something cool to do outside the park.
This week, we talked about DisneyQuest.
It's a really cool place to to and play, though the prices are a bit high for the entertainment value. It doesn't seem like something that you'd want to go to every trip, though if you have water park fun and more options, you might want to try a visit.
To submit your opinion on whether or not we should try "Out of the Park" again or to submit your own ideas, send us an email or call our toll-free voicemail.
This week's moment came from listener Dan the Light Man.
Dan and Nancy had some really special treatment during the Night of Joy on their trip for their 24th wedding anniversary.
Mark was impressed that she was able to figure out that they were giving out Dream Fastpasses from someone rcing past her muttering "Fastpasses!"
Feedback and Other Stuff
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