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In this week's Listener Feedback:
Jeff Herman and gabby both wrote in to let Mark know that the name of the restaurant before it became the 'Ohana was the Papeete Bay Verandah. Jeff noted that he got the information from Steve Seifert's Tikiman2000 web site. Mark and Mike were both shocked that neither of them thought to check there, since it's the definitive source for anything related to the Polynesian Resort.
Julie (from the UK) wrote to say that after watching the video from the Hustle-tini meet, it looked like great fun and a good turn out. She hopes to join us for Mousefest 2008. She also congratulated us on reaching the century mark, passing 100 episodes of MouseStation. Lastly, she wished Mark a belated happy birthday. (We think that she meant Mike there.)
Alex from Houston wrote in twice. In the first email, he noted that people looked at him funny when he was cracking up over Episode 101 over breakfast at Disneyland. He also asked whether he would be better off getting an annual pass for his two planned trips to Walt Disney World during 2008. Mark noted that, because the ticket prices are so front-loaded, he's much better off with the annual pass, especially in light of the annual pass discounts on room rates and dining.
In Alex's second email, he noted that it was hard to hear some of the people talking about the Country Bear Jamboree. (Mark apologized again for the misconfiguration of his recording device.)
He also asked what is the best route to avoid traffic heading from his conference hotel in the Universal area to Walt Disney World. Mike noted that he should at least do one day at Universal. Mike also suggested using Mears transportation from one park to the other.
As to the best route for driving, there really probably isn't much of a choice other than taking I-4. Trying to take International Drive would be horrendous.
Mark Winters of RideMax wrote in to respond to Kyle's question about the system's value on Christmas Eve. Mark noted that he thought that the system was most useful on the busiest days. Mark also noted some strategies for Kyle regardless of whether or not he uses RideMax.
He suggested that Kyle get to the park early, illustrating the point by including links for photos from Christmas week of Adventureland in the first hour of park opening and Fantasyland in mid-afternoon.
He also suggested that Kyle use Fastpass to its best advantage.
Mark had forwarded that email to Kyle so that he'd have more time to decide whether or not he was going to purchase RideMax for his trip. aboutand whether or not it would be a good idea to try it for Christmas Eve in the Magic Kingdom. Mark and Mike weren't sure how well it would work for that particular day, but Mark said that he'd write to Mark Winters and get an answer for next week's show.
George was having trouble downloading the Hustle-tini video. Mark tried a couple of things to ensure that the file was available. Anybody still having trouble getting to the video or any other show, please let Mark know ASAP.
Lorie Holland wrote in to note that she was thrilled to have won our big door prize at the Mega Mouse Meet, and that she was anjoying David Koenig's book and is looking forward to taking advantage of her Owner's Locker and stay at the Doubletree Guest Suites. She asked for large-sized copies of the photos of her after winning the door prize and of the Hustle-tini meet.
Mark presents Lorie Holland with her grand door prize at the Mega Mouse Meet. Photo courtesy of Mark Goldhaber.
Mike Hamilton of the Disney Podcast Directory wrote in to let us know that he was really enjoyed Episode 101, and that he had just realized that he started listening to it at 1:01 a.m. (without planning it that way).
Mike's second email came after he started on Episode 102. He wanted to say that he really appreciated all of the work that Steven puts in making us sound good and the work he did to put together that great Episode 101 blooper reel.
He also made fun of Mike for mispronouncing Steven's last name, though it was Mark who mispronounced the name early on.
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Don't forget that we're holding a 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." 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. You can see the bookmark in question in the show notes for Episode 93.
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