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This week's Tip of the Week comes from listener Brad, who recommends using the Resorts Monorail instead of the Express to get back to the Transportation and Ticket Center when the lines get long at the Magic Kingdom.
Mike has done this many times, as has Mark. Mark noted that it doesn't always end up being faster, as there are fewer monorails on the resort beam, and they seem to come less frequently than the express monorails at park closing.
As an alternative, Mark suggested walking to the Contemporary and catching the resort monorail there as people get off there. If the line for both monorails are very long and it may be more than 10 minutes before you get on a resort monorail, walking to the Contemporary may be faster.
This week we look at the Enchanted Tiki Room - Under New Management at the Magic Kingdom.
Neither Mark nor Mike are thrilled with this attraction. Both would much prefer that the original show was still running. They agree that the best thing about this version of the show is the tag line at the end, after most (if not all) of the patrons have left.
We're waiting for the final installment of the ongoing series featuring the invasion of the MouseStation by Emperor Zurg. In the meantime, 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.
Mike decided that he wanted to try to stump Mark this week by asking "what is the beverage served at Disney World which can only be found at one location in the entire United States?" He sort of succeeded in that Mark guessed the location that it was available and where it was from, but couldn't remember the specific beverage. It was Savanna Dry Cider from South Africa, only available at Boma. Mike was actually introduced to it by Andrew Rich's wife Jennifer during MouseFest 2006.
This week we look at Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary Resort. Our MousePlanet readers really like Chef Mickey's, rating it 4.0 out of five planets. Our featured review this week is by Imjusta babyduck of Pace, Florida.
Imjusta babyduck and his family usually eat at Chef Mickey's for breakfast, but decided to try it during dinner to be able to meet Donald Duck, who only appears at the evening meal. They were disappointed by the food and the service at dinner, and they resolved to only eat breakfast there in the future.
Mark has never really been impressed with the food at Chef Mickey's, but agrees that the breakfast is better than the dinner. Mike thinks of Chef Mickey's as kind of dirty. Mike also thinks that the service is subpar and the food is not very good, though the characters are cool.
Mark remembered a dinner for 22 people there, with lots of tired kids and some people in the restroom, where they were called and they had to wrangle everyone together, and they were brought down to the photo opportunity, they took the picture and then were sent back to wait some more. It wouldn't have been nearly as bad if they were seated after the photo opportunity instead of send back to wait again.
Mike feels that it compares poorly to Goofy's Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel, and Mark feels that it compares poorly to the Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom.
They couldn't finish up the topic of character meals without taking a poke at Cinderella's Royal Table, as well.
You can also find Chef Mickey's in our Park Guide.
This week's question came from Mary Tesch from Seymour, WI, who asked Mark's son: Where are your favorite spots to take a break in each of the Disney World Parks?
Mark's son decided that at Epcot he would rest at The Land pavilion, at either the food court or the Garden Grill. His choice for the Magic Kingdom was the porch by Tony's Town Square Restaurant. At Disney's Hollywood Studios , he opted for the benches outside Star Tours. With Disney's Animal Kingdom, he noted that there are lots of places to catch your breath, and that he couldn't choose between them.
This week's Magical Moment came from Mike. (Send in your Magical Moment and it might make it onto next week's show!) Mike's Magical Moment took place at the not-long-for-this-world Adventurer's Club. After a disappointing first visit to the Club, his father decided that it was a waste of time. Mike took him back on a later trip and he finally had a great experience and enjoyed the Club and understood what the Club was all about. Mark and Mike ended up singing the Adventurer's Club theme song.
We continued our experiment in telling you what you may have missed on the MousePlanet site last week if you're not visiting regularly, with Andrew Rich down at MousePlanet Global Headquarters. Let us know what you think about this segment!
Steven Ng will be representing the MouseStation at the Disney podcasters' panel at the NFFC Convention in California this Friday, and he'll be around the Show & Sale on Sunday with his recording equipment. Keep an eye out and say "hi," or record something to be played on the show!
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