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MouseStation 119 - First Anniversary & Listener Feedback

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Send in your suggestions, comments or tips via our email feedback form or via voicemail on our toll-free feedback line (1-866-939-2278).

If you want to contribute a story for our Monday Magical Moment segment (and possible inclusion in the Cast Place column here on MousePlanet), you can either use our email Magical Moment story form or the toll-free feedback line. (We love it when you use the voice mail system, because then we can play your call on the show!)

Happy Anniversary!

Today is MouseStation's first anniversary! Our first show went live on January 11, 2007. It was a single, weekly show including short subjects, Disney news and a featured topic, and it was only 50 minutes long! Can you imagine? It's been a great year, and we'd like to thank all of you for joining us in it. Here's to a great second year!

An apology

While preparing this show notes, we were wondering why we hadn't had any listener feedback in so long. After some reasearch, we found a problem in the routing of our toll-free voicemail system. It received the voicemails, but then sent them off into Never-Neverland. So basically, all of the voicemails that you wonderful listeners have called in since November 18 has been lost forever. We feel terrible about all of you who called your stories and thoughts in just to have them disappear. We can assure you that the problem has been taken care of, and we'd really appreciate it if you could try to call your thoughts in again. We apologize profusely and thank you for your understanding.

Listener Feedback Friday!

After Mike finished butchering the English language, we got to this week's Listener Feedback:

Mary Tesch of Seymour, WI talked about she and her 12-year-old daughter listen to many Disney podcasts together, and that when her daughter got her own iPod Nano for Christmas, the first thing that she wanted on it was "the Disney Podcast where they say 'Featured Attraction.'" They've been missing the Ask the Kid segment lately, too. (Send in your own "Ask the Kid" questions here.)They'll let us know their Top 3 lists after they get back from their trip next week. They're looking forward to trying Yak & Yeti. This led to a sniping war between Mike and Mark over the "Lion King" and "Finding Nemo" shows at Animal Kingdom that somehow lasted through the rest of the show.

Deb from Michigan is still catching up on podcasts after falling behind while at MouseFest. After hearing all of the construction items on the December 20 show, she decided that she's going to stop cringing when she buys lunch next time she's there, thinking about how much money it takes to keep the place in good shape, to pay 50,000 cast members, and to create new multi-million dollar attractions. Mike and Mark both would like to see more money routed to the cast members, though.

Alex from Houston sent in his Top 3 list for Animal Kingdom, though he didn't remember eating anywhere at the park and he hasn't been to the park in a while.

  • Live Entertainment
    • 2. Tarzan Rocks
    • 1. Festival of the Lion King
  • Attractions
    • 3. Kali River Rapids
    • 2. Dinosaur
    • 1. Kilimanjaro Safaris

(He hasn't been to the park since Everest opened.)

Pete Altemese also sent in his Animal Kingdom Top 3.

  • Dining
    • 3. Pizzafari
    • 2. Flame Tree Barbeque
    • 1. Tusker House
  • Live Entertainment
    • 3. DiVine
    • 2. Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade
    • 1. Festival of the Lion King
  • Attractions
    • 3. Primeval Whirl
    • 2. Kilimanjaro Safari
    • 1. Expedition Everest

He also nominated Pocahontas and her Forest Friends as the worst live entertainment at the park.

Dave in San Francisco also wanted to send in his DAK Top 3.

  • Dining
    • 3. Harambe Fruit Market
    • 2. Kusafiri Coffee
    • 1. Flame Tree Barbeque
  • Live Entertainment
    • 3. The show at rope drop
    • 2. Festival of the Lion King
    • 1. Finding Nemo, the Musical
  • Attractions
    • 3. Dinosaur
    • 2. Kilimanjaro Safaris
    • 1. Expedition Everest

He also suggested some additional Top 3 topics: Top 3 things to do outside the parks at WDW, Top 3 underappreciated attractions or shows andTop 3 snacks.

Scott Ferraioli sent a follow-up with a photo of his new son, Trent Ryan. He's certainly a cutie, though he'd probably look better wearing a MousePlanet or MouseStation bib or shirt!


Trent Ryan Ferraioli, perhaps our youngest listener. Photo by Scott Ferraioli.

Jonathan Shain of Newtown, Pennsylvania wrote in, largely to say how much he enjoys our show. He appreciates the work that goes into the show, and noted that what keeps him listening and coming back for more is the easy rapport and friendship that we share with each other, and the appreciation for Disney that we share with the audience.

That led Mike and Mark to talk about how much listener feedback is appreciated, whether it's good or bad. Of course, Mark needed to mention a local band out of Albany called Blotto, who had a song called "(We Are) The Nowtones" (available for your listening here), where after the lyrics "We love the customers; they always make suggestions," you hear "Play something good!"

Anniversary banter

We chatted for a while about the last year. It's been a heck of a year and the podcast has changed so much over that time. First, we discussed our history with the Magical Moment Podcast, which we hosted from August 15, 2006 until we shut it down on January 1, 2007 to start MouseStation, which debuted a week and a half later.

We've had a wonderful time doing this show, and we love the feedback that we've been getting from the listeners. If it weren't for you, we wouldn't be doing this.

Mark was incredibly thankful for the opportunity to do so many interviews at Walt Disney World, both at the International Press Event in January 2007 and on his research trip in October 2007. (He felt bad that he forgot the last name of Chris Clark, Special Events Manager for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. But it has been magical to be able to do all of the interviews that he's done over the year and to share them with our listeners.

Mike's top 3 Magical Moments from the last year are:

  • His surprise birthday greetings that Mark arranged.
  • MouseFest 2008 and meeting all of our listeners and being recognized in the park.
  • Being able to interact with and share with our guests through voicemails, emails and other conversations.

Mark's other top moments are:

  • All of the listener emails and voicemails. They really help so much, especially when we are really tired and it's hard to get the show done.
  • Being able to do this show with Mike and to make magic for people.

Now that our voicemail line is fixed, please call us!

Mark didn't have time to get a logo that would work well on a T-shirt, but he did do one that works for the header of this show. Look at the top of this page!

Feedback and Other Stuff

Please send us your comments 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!

Wrapping up

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