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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, Mark and Mike talked about their lockers. Mark has really filled his locker up since his first visit, and it's really heavy. He actually had to force the cover on. He's got water, soda, shampoo, laundry detergent and fabric softener, umbrella and ponchos, a sunshade for the car, as well as MousePlanet shirts, buttons, cards and other paraphernalia.
Mike left all of his over-the-counter medication for his cold and allergies in the organizer so that he doesn't have to pay tourist-corridor prices to restock when he goes back down. He's also got soda, energy drinks, MousePlanet buttons, an extra microphone for use only at MouseFest and the beginning of his glow cube collection.
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 and Mark talked a bit about their MouseFest experiences to date before getting to the rest of the show.
This week's tip comes in a voicemail from listener Kim Barron. (Send in your tip now!)
Kim recommended renting ECVs rather than trying to push it, because then you won't have issues related to walking or standing around. She also recommends renting from outside agencies so that you've got the ECV at the hotel, at Downtown Disney, etc.
Mark and Mike both support both of Kim's recommendations. Mike notes that having an ECV outside the park can be inconvenient when there are many people waiting with ECVs or wheelchairs for the resort buses, as they are limited in the number of mobility devices that they can load at one time.
Even though we looked at it in Episode 6, this week we're taking another look at the Country Bear Jamboree in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom because we've got the opinions of everybody at the Hustle-tini meet, despite some poor audio due to problems with Mark's microphone.
Mark and Mike both really like the attraction, even though it's really cheesy. Mark told the story of how the attraction was "Walt's Last Laugh."
Big Brian, talked about how he enjoyed it growing up in California, and how Paul Barrie has a great site dedicated to the attraction.
Grace enjoys the attraction because she's a country girl at heart and she loves to sing along. It helps to keep her young despite the fact that she's 84.
Someone else (Nancy?) noted that they love Liver Lips McGrowl, who dresses up as Elvis in both of the seasonal specials.
John has always been a big fan, though he's disappointed that they're not doing the Christmas show this year. He loves Big Al, as well as the
Scott loves the fact that they still haven't taken out the political incorrectness in the attraction, especially the in the number "Mama, Don't Whup Little Buford," because "I think you should shoot him instead." He also loves the two seasonal special versions of the show, both the Vacation Hoedown and Christmas shows. Even though Disney doesn't use them any more, he can at least listen to recordings of them.
Tracy enjoys the multiple versions of the show, end especially enjoys Trixie, the Sun Bonnets and Wendell.
Even though we looked at it in Episode 11, this week we're taking another look at Pecos Bill's Tall Tale Inn and Cafe in Frontierland at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. (MousePlanet readers really like Tony's, rating it 3.9 out of five planets on the strength of 13 reviews.)
Mike's not a big fan because there are a limited number of choices that he's not allergic to. Mark loves it, though, for the burgers and the salad bar er fixings bar.
John loves Pecos Bill's, not only for the food but for the decor. He loves the atmosphere and loves eating there.
Tracy thinks that it's pretty good. It always seems crowded, though you can always find somewhere to sit. On the day of the Hustle-tini meet she and Scott ate there after Lou Mongello and Jeff Pepper's DSI meet (missing the mini-MouseAdventure in the process), having a veggie burger and regular burger, respectively. She's disappointed that you have to get the cheese sauce separately for 50 cents apiece now. It's not her favorite counter service restaurant at the Magic Kingdom, though, which would probably be Cosmic Ray's or Casey's Corner.
Scott still wishes that they still had the cheese on the fixin's bar, but Casey's is still his favorite counter service location in the park.
Rick thinks that the burgers are good, though he misses the cheese sauce. Sandy likes the salads.
Nancy has never eaten at Pecos Bill's, though she'll have to try it next time.
Grace prefers to be waited on. As a retiree, she loves the pace of table service locations.
Big Brian thinks that it's a good, basic counter service, and he got to use one of his favorite touring strategies there the day of the meet, as there was nobody waiting on the left side of the queues. Mike confused Brian in asking what his favorite thing at Casey's was. (Brian likes the chili dogs.) After Mike steered it back to Pecos Bill's, Brian noted that he liked the chili that he had that day, but that the burgers are good, too. It depends on what kind of mood you're in.
Skipper thinks that Pecos Bill's has the best toppings bar in any of the theme parks. He noted that he sometimes makes a meal of the condiments alone. (We will not reveal his identity, to protect him from the wrath of Mickey.)
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 Pecos Bill's in our Park Guide.
This week's moment came from listener Sean.
Sean's family had a wonderful moment with Billy Hill and the Hillbillies (the primary cast), when the frontman Billy played around with Sean's son, eventually playing "Smoke on the Water" to his son's drum beat, instead of the planned Country Bears song. We would have loved to have seen that.
We're now challenging you to play Six Degrees of Disney with us. Your challenge? Link original Mickey Mouse cartoonist Ub Iwerks with Disney's newest princess Amy Adams. Send in your answers by New Year's Day to ensure that we get them before we record our next Monday show for January 7.
We want to remind you about our contest to encourage you to donate to Broadway Care/Equity Fights AIDS. Everyone that donates to the cause through Mike's donor page will receive an entry into the random drawing for an "Anything Can Happen" bookmark signed by Nicole Bocchi and Henry Hodges, who played Jane and Michael Banks the night that Mike saw the show. The bookmark includes a nickel-sized star that was part of a costume worn in the show during the grand finale. The bookmark says "Mary Poppins, Broadway 2007." You can also see a picture of it in our show notes from November 21. This phase of the fundraising campaign runs through December 4, so you've got until then to donate. It doesn't matter how much you give. Any donation will get you entered into the contest.
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