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MouseStation 116 - Collected short subjects

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Thanks to our sponsor

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 mentioned that Owner's Locker can store your stuff that doesn't fit into a locker, as well. Contact John at Owner's Locker and he'll figure out how much it would cost. But if you want to keep a set of golf clubs or some other large-sized object, it's the way to go!

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!

Tip of the Week

The Tip Jar was empty, so it was Mike's turn to give a Tip. (Send in your tip now!)

Mike recommended that, when you first get on to your Disney Cruise Line ship, check to see if your room is ready, then take care of any last-minute must-book shore excursions or Palo reservations, and then head for the Beach Blanket Buffet. That way, you can get some of the food before the buffet is picked over.

Featured attraction

This week we look at Primeval Whirl in Dinoland, U.S.A. at Disney's Animal Kingdom, which we delayed from last month after the accident which claimed cast member Karen Price's life.

While Chester & Hester's Dino-Rama is kind of like something that an alien plopped down in the middle of Disney's Animal Kingdom, because the theming really doesn't match anything else, it's a fun, spinning wild mouse coaster. However, don't eat right before you ride or you might find out why the attraction is nicknamed "Primeval Hurl." It's a C-ticket attraction, but it's a lot of fun.

Review system spotlight

This week we look at the Yak & Yeti Restaurant in Asia at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Our lone reviewer so far really likes Yak & Yeti, rating it 5 out of five planets. Our featured review this week is by Mr. Abominable of Las Vegas, NV.

Mr. Abominable loved Yak & Yeti so much that he, his wife and the rest of his party returned four days later to essentially repeat their meal, right down to everything that they ordered the first time! Aside from the lettuce cups appetizer; entrees including honey chicken, potstickers, tempura shrimp and lo mein noodles; chicken fried rice and a dessert of cream cheese wontons, the highlight of their meal was the fried green beans. They liked the appetizer so much that they ordered more as a side dish to go with the entrees. They also highly recommend the adult beverages, the available selection of which subject matter expert Mr. Abominable gives a big thumbs up.

Mike thinks that they had the same bartender that he did when he ate there, based on their description of their conversation. Considering what they ate (and drank), it was a pretty reasonable price. Mike also remembered that he had the honey chicken, but he almost liked the lettuce cups even more. Mark liked his prawn chips appetizer, but the Shaoxing Steak & Shrimp was really fabulous, and those cream cheese wontons were great, too.

You can also find Yak & Yeti Restaurant in our Park Guide.

Six Degrees of Disney

Back on December 17, we challenged you to play Six Degrees of Disney and link original Mickey Mouse cartoonist Ub Iwerks with Disney's newest princess Amy Adams. Our only entry was from disneygirl17 (Nicole from Charlotte, NC), and she did much better than we expected from anybody.

Nicole linked Ub with Watl Disney through Steamboat Willie, linked Walt to Julie Andrews through Mary Poppins, then linked Julie to Amy Adams through Enchanted. Since we both forgot the Julie Andrews link, we now challenged everyone else to try to link Ub to Amy without using Walt or Julie. We'll probably disallow the use of Walt in any future linkages.

We'll also challenge you to link Gary Trousdale with Ashley Tisdale (with bonus points for linking through Alan-A-Dale) by January 27, and we'll read the answers on the February 4 show.

Magical Moment

This week's moment came from listener Dianna Chamberlain.

Dianna got attend the Passholder event celebrating the 13th anniversary of the Tower of Terror on Friday, July 13th without having a reservation. She and her husband were able to take photos in the roped-off lobby area during the event. They were able to ride the elevator by themselves and got a great photo. But then they took the last ride of the night. They took one other couple and five bellhops on the elevator with them. They obviously bought those photos.

Mike remembered buying a photo of himself alone on Rock 'n' Roller Coaster.

Feedback and Other Stuff

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.

Send us feedback via email or by calling our toll-free feedback line at 1-866-939-2278. Don't forget that we love voicemails because then we can put your voice on the show!

We're coming up on our one-year anniversary, so we'd love to hear what changes you'd like to hear us make in the show for our second year. It doesn't matter how radical the changes are, or how brutal the comments, let us hear what you think!

Wrapping up

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