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MouseStation 246 - Collected short subjects

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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).

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Thanks to our sponsor

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.

The cost of an Owner's Locker isn't quite as high when you think about the per-bag fees that many airlines are now charging. It's a risk-free trial, so why not give it a try?

Mark just set up a last-minute trip and – by using the stuff in his locker – will be able to travel with only carry-ons, which will make it easier for him to get through the airport and to his son's birthday party when he gets home on Sunday.

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!

Tip of the Week

This week's Tip of the Week came from listener Tanya Rennie, who notes that, if you go to your local Disney Store to preorder the latest Sleeping Beauty DVD or Blu-ray that comes out on October 7, you receive 4 lithographs of scenes from the movie at time of preorder and a 15% off coupon for the store when you pick up the disc.

Mike notes that it's only a good deal if you like the lithographs, since the price is usually higher at the Disney Store. Mark seems to remember hearing that someone was able to buy park passes at the Disney Store using discount coupons. It might be worth checking out.

(What's your opinion?)

Join us at MouseFest!

It's just over 11 weeks from MouseFest's land portion, and we're getting ready for it! Mark will be co-hosting MouseFest 101 with Mike Scopa on the opening day, Thursday, December 11, in Nutcracker Ballrooms 2 & 3 at the Contemporary Resort, which will be followed by the Chairman's Kickoff event in the same room.

We'll have a table at the Mega Mouse Meet from 11 a.m. (10 a.m. for registered attendees) until 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 13 in the Grand Harbor Ballroom North at the Yacht Club Convention Center. Later that afternoon, David Koenig will be hosting "Epcot's Never Lands," a walking tour of the pavilions that were never built around World Showcase, from 3-4 p.m., followed by MousssseFest 2008 from 4-5 p.m. at Boulangerie Patisserie.

On Sunday, December 14, test your wits at the Mini-MouseAdventure from 10 a.m.-noon, starting from the gazebo just past Aloha Isle in Adventureland. We'll also have the second annual Hustle-tini Meet where we'll do The Hustle and then drink Blue-tinis at Disney's Pop Century Resort from 5:45-6:45 p.m.

For more information about our meets, go to MousePlanet's MouseFest page. For information on registering for MouseFest or the special rates for the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts for MouseFest attendees at the MouseFest site.

A brief announcement

Mike thanks everyone for their good wishes about his engagement, but at this time the wedding is off. We won't be discussing it any further on the show to respect Mike's privacy.

We're on Facebook!

Mike and Mark have joined the Facebook movement, and we've now got MousePlanet and MouseStation groups set up! Join the groups, then contact Mark for Pieces of MousePlanet and MouseStation Flair. (You can also contact Mike for a random piece of his 300 pieces of Simba Flair.) If you've got any other ideas on cool things we can do for the MousePlanet and MouseStation communities on Facebook, let us know!

MouseStation book report

Mike did a book report on the new Kingdom Keepers book by Ridley Pearson and Greg Call, Kingdom Keepers II: Disney at Dawn. Despite Mike's trouble in pronouncing Maleficent's name, he gave an interesting look at the book. He notes that the first book in the series is probably the best description of backstage layouts and architecture of any book, even though it's fiction. The new book takes place at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and some of the descriptions are not as accurate as the ones in the first book. He feels that it's not up to the standards of the first book.

Mike noted that it would be very difficult to follow the events of this book if you haven't read the first book. It's good, but not great. Reading time for Mike was about 6 hours, cover to cover.

Magical Moment

This week's Magical Moment came in a voicemail from listener Nicole McCarty, whose son was selected as Junior Chef of the Day at Tony's Town Square restaurant in the Magic Kingdom. He got an autographed chef's hat to keep and got to wear a special chef's jacket embroidered with "Junior Chef." The restaurant's chef brought out a special ice cream platter at dessert time for him to create his own sundae.

It's always great to hear about these Magical Moments, especially ones that we hadn't heard of before.

Last Week on MousePlanet

Once again, Andrew Rich, down at MousePlanet Global Headquarters, told you what you may have missed on the MousePlanet site last week if you're not visiting regularly. Let us know what you think about this segment!

CHOC Walk/Team MousePlanet

For more information on supporting Team MousePlanet at this year's CHOC Walk, go to the Team MousePlanet page or get information on the MousePad discussion forums.

Listener Feedback

We did more listener feedback than usual since we didn't do any last Thursday.

Angela Park wrote to say that she thinks that PhotoPass is a great idea and that she plans to pre-order the CD to get the discount before her next family trip to Walt Disney World in April 2009.

A Cast Member who works at La Nouba as an usher but wishes to remain anonymous wrote in to tell his thoughts on the best place to see the show. He recommends any seat in sections 203-205 in the first 7 rows, with the very best being Section 204 Row E in the middle as that is where the director sat and conducted the show. Seats in the lower area and are not suggested for those with neck problems. Also, be at the theatre AT LEAST 30 minutes before the show starts because once the show starts, you may not be seated for at least the first 13 minutes of the show due to the dangerous acts at the beginning.

Pete from Chicago got a chuckle out of Mark mentioning that the Dory character at Finding Nemo - The Musical when Mark last saw it sounded like Gracie Allen. He thinks that we must be showing our age.

Mary Tesch wrote in to say how much she enjoyed the feature-length "Ask the Kid" show about his summer visit to Walt Disney World. Mary also was impressed that he ate Mahi Mahi and noted that her kids love it also. Mark noted that it was surprising to him and his wife that the Kid tried it, but they were gald that he did.

Daniel wrote in to say that he and his wife found a foliage hidden Mickey at the Disneyland Resort. You can find a photo of it here. They know it's not an official hidden mickey and they're probably not the first to send this in but they thought it was fun. Daniel's wife got excited when she saw it because she has trouble finding the official hidden mickeys around and here was an unofficial one right out in the open. Anyway, they hope you enjoy if for what it is. They took the photo in the entry plaza as you face the Disneyland entrances.

 

Jim from South Hadley, MA called in to weigh in with his own Yester World picks.

  • Disney's Yester Studios
    • 3. Superstar Television
    • 2. Monster Sound Show
    • 1. Giant Hidden Mickey
  • Yestercot
    • 3. Communicore
    • 2. Journey Into Imagination
    • 1. Horizons
  • Yester Kingdom
    • 3. Original POTC
    • 2. Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
    • 1. Original Main Street, U.S.A.

He also followed up with email links to two sites, Walt Dated World and Widen Your World, Mark and Mike had a chuckle over that, as we used those sites to help come up with our Top 3 lists.

Send us your Adventurer's Club memories!

The MouseStation is planning to give the Adventurer's Club a proper sendoff as it heads to YesterWorld at the end of September. You can be a part of it by sending your memories of the Adventurer's Club to us via email or by calling them in to 1-866-939-2278. Please get them in by September 28 to make sure that we get them before we record the show. Kungaloosh!

Feedback and Other Stuff

We've put together a new listener survey to help us learn more about you and what you like most about this podcast. This one is much more targeted than the old Podtrac survey. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and let us know what you think.

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!

Wrapping up

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