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Today's show is sponsored by Owner's Locker, a great service that gives you a place to leave your vacation-only stuff until your next trip to visit the Mouse.
Mark talked a bit about his latest visit with his locker. Here's a look at what the locker looked like full:
Mark's locker wasn't tightly packed, but it was full. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.
And this is what he pulled out of it:
See if you can find 17 bottles of water, 9 cans of soda, 2 bottles of shampoo, a big box of detergent, a big box of fabric softener sheets, two Owner's Locker T-shirts, 1 MouseStation T-shirt, 4 MousePlanet Staff golf shirts, 4 assorted ponchoes, an umbrella, a car sun shade, a power strip, a heavy-duty extension cord, a partial roll of duct tape, a safari hat, a short stack of Mickey-head plastic dishes, a bag full of MouseFest-related buttons and lanyards, a pair of slippers and a big bag of buttons. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.
Also, if you have any 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!
This week's Tip of the Week comes from listener Scott Ferraioli, who recommends asking to be in Row 1 when riding Soarin' because otherwise you get people's legs dangling in front of you.
Mark would go even further, suggesting that you ask for B1. That's the middle section of the top row. When he goes with first-timers, he's always willing to wait for the next trip to let them have their first experience in the best seats. Section A is to the left side and section C is to the right side. (Of course, if you're Kim Howe, then A3 would be the lucky seat.)
Then Mark and Mike got sidetracked and talked about never winning anything from Year of a Million Dreams, then Mark ended up talking about his entire schedule from his research trip (in exhaustive detail) to show that he did do some things that would put him in places to win something on his research trip.
We ran the audio from the MousePlanet/MouseStation meets that Mark hosted during his trip last month.
The crew at the morning meet included (standing) Bill, Steve, Mark, Alex Navarro, (seated) Katrina, Julie, Shawnie and Alex from Houston. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.
We found out some interesting things at the meet, like the fact that Alex Navarro is (by now) in training to become a monorail pilot. Katrina once met AVP, Mox and other MousePlanet staffers back in October, but didn't know what they were there for. Mark couldn't remember either, though by now he has recalled that they were probably down there for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 6.5K/13K races last year.
Side note to Shawnie (IslandDisneyGirl): the macadamias were delicious! It's amazing how they taste when they're fresh from Hawaii instead of waiting for them to sit on shelves and eventually get shipped to the mainland before sitting on store selves.
The evening meet included Lou, Sharla, Alexis, Gisita and Alex from Houston. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.
Next week, we're going to start a series of strips that tell a longer story. We don't know yet where Sean will be going with it, but it looks like it's going to be a doozy.
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 week, Corey from New Orleans caled in to say that he'd like to see a Narnia land built in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom.
Mark doesn't think that it's a bad suggestion, but noted that Mr. Lincoln wasn't drawing huge crowds before he was replaced at Disneyland. Mike didn't have a strong opinion either way.
This week, Randy Knickerbocker asked Mark's son: If you could have an audio animatronic figure of yourself put in a Disneyworld ride, which one would you pick and what would it look like?
After a few dried-out degrees Mark's son decided that he wanted to be an Animatronic on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
This week's Magical Moment also comes in a voicemail from listener Kim Barron. (Send in your moment now!)
Kim called in to say that her Magical Moment of a feeling of inclusion in the online Disney community all began when Mark interviewed her during MouseFest 2006 for the old Magical Moment Podcast. The best part, though, was for us to hear that she's nearly two years cancer free!
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