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This week's Tip of the Week comes from listener John Papas, who reminds us that if you need a Disney character fix while you're in New York City, you can visit the World of Disney store at 5th Avenue and 55th Street. They have characters on hand every day except Tuesday and Wednesday. You can check to see which characters are visiting the store at this page. (Send in your own tip now! The tip jar is empty, so we need your tips now!)
Mike tried to visit the characters when he was in New York City, but the line was too long.
Mark noted that they have Photopass photographers on hand so you can buy your photo when you get home.
This week, Bill Aiken said that he'd like to see some changes to the countries around World Showcase at Epcot. He thinks that it might bring a fresh feel to the Showcase. Mark thinks that, rather than changing any of the countries, he'd love to see them make use of all of the unoccupied pads that are available for new pavilions. You can see the empty spaces if you zoom in and move around the map below.
Mark also noted that Bill's email indicated that he and his family will be arriving at Walt Disney World on May 17, so Mark invited them to join the podcast meet.
This week, we had a very special episode of At the Station. In fact, it should prove to be life-changing for Mike.
Mike has indeed asked his girlfriend Nora to marry him, and she did say yes. We hope to have the acceptance in next week's segment.
Don't forget that we've set up a page dedicated to archiving all of the "@ The Station" strips to make it easy for you to find them.
This is a brand-new segment on the show, as we follow Nora and Mike's efforts in planning their Disney Fairytale Wedding. They are getting married on Castaway Cay, so Mike has finally found a way to get Mark onto a Disney Cruise (which excited Mark's son quite a bit).
This week, Mike talked a little bit about how to get started in planning a Disney Fairytale Wedding, and the difficulty he ran into in getting a Disney consultant to actually call him back. He then talked about some of the financial benefits to him and Nora of having the wedding on the Disney Cruise Line, since all food is already included in the price of the cruise.
This week, Joey in Tucson asked Mark's son: If you could design a brand-new Roger Rabbit ride or other attraction of some sort, what would it be like? Would it be based on a scene in the movie or would it be something completely new?
Mark's son .would probably base it on the movie, specifically the scene where Benny almost runs into a bridge until Eddie pulls the lever. In the meantime, it seems that he is busy creating a homemade short film called "IndyRabbit Jones," using stuffed animals.
This week's Magical Moment comes from listener Susan Smith. (Send in your moment now!)
Susan and her husband were visiting Disneyland for their 13th anniversary, staying at the Disneyland Hotel. They started off by winning admission to the Dream Time at Disneyland event that night while exiting Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. When they went back to the Disneyland Hotel to check in, they got a free upgrade to a suite as the "Magical Family of the Day." When they got back to the park, someone that had won a dream Fastpass but was not using it gave it to them.
Mark and Mike then lamented that fact that neither of them has won so much as a pair of ears.
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On Sunday, Mark walked to raise money for the March of Dimes for the third time. While the walk is over, you can still support him. The March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.
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