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MouseStation 260 - Collected Short Subjects

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On today's show, we look at Splash Mountain and 1900 Park Fare, ask the kid about taking a character to the Magic Kingdom and get an east coast travel tip to Walt Disney World. We also have some listener feedback and a reminder about a chance for you to beam up to the MouseStation with us.

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Thanks to our sponsors

Today's show is sponsored by:

The Gaylord Palms Resort Hotel and Convention Center. From November 17 through January 4, experience ICE! Orlando's Coolest Holiday Attraction, hand carved from nearly two million pounds of ice, only at the Gaylord Palms.

MouseEarVacations.com. Providing Magical Vacations for over 21 years.

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Special note!!

Today is Mike's birthday! Send him a note or call the feedback line and wish him a happy day!

Tip of the Week

This week's Tip of the Week came from John Papas, who recommends taking the AutoTrain from Lorton, VA to Sanford, FL so that you can save the drive and have your car with you and leave all your stuff packed in your car.

Mark's in-laws have taken the Auto Train a few times for their annual pilgrimage to Florida, and they enjoy the relaxing trip. Mark has considered taking the train, but because it's such a long trip to Virginia, it's a little too much time to spend getting to and from Florida.

(What's your opinion?)

Featured Attraction

This week we look at Splash Mountain at both Disneyland Park and Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

Mark really loves Splash Mountain. It's a very long ride which, aside from the small amount of time spend on the drop, is spent floating past great scenes featuring the characters from Song of the South. Mike really loves it despite the fact that he really doesn't like flume rides in general.

Mark still has problems getting The Kid onto the attraction, partly because of the drop and partly because The Kid doesn't like getting splashed. You don't always get very wet, but The Kid isn't having any of that. Mark noted that he usually gets more wet going past the waterfall on the way back into the show building after the drop than on the drop itself.

Mike's favorite song from the attraction's soundtrack is "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah," while Mark's is "How Do You Do?" All of the music on the attraction is great.

Mark also noted that Disneyland's version of the attraction is populated with the animatronic characters from the old America Sings attraction.

Review System Spotlight

This week we look at 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. MousePlanet readers really love it, rating it 4.8 out of five planets. Our featured review this week is by Lynn57 of Boston, MA.

Lynn57 had a wonderful breakfast, with great food despite the fact that it was one of the last seatings. She and her friend got wonderful, special treatment because she and her friend were both there to celebrate their 24th birthdays.

Mike has eaten at 1900 Park Fare before, but would only go back if he was looking for a Cinderella dining experience because he doesn't feel comfortable at the Grand Floridian because it feels so formal.

Mark has never eaten at 1900 Park Fare but would like to try it at least once, if only to see and hear Big Bertha the band organ. For James on the MousePad discussion forums, he had to note that 1900 Park Fare does not serve lunch.

You can also 1900 Park Fare in our Park Guide.

Ask the Kid

This week's question comes from Scott Ferraioli. Scott asks: "If you could bring 1 television or movie character with you to Magic Kingdom, who would it be and why?"

He first answered that he'd take Spongebob Squarepants, who would want to go into the water at "it's a small world". When pressed to choose a Disney character, he then noted that he'd also like to take Phineas and Ferb (because how could they do it all if they didn't go to Disney World?). He also noted sports champions who shout the phrase "I'm going to Disney World!" for commercials.

Mike and Mark then started joking about what Perry the Platypus from "Phineas and Ferb" would do in the Magic Kingdom.

Last Week on MousePlanet

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.

Listener Feedback

Justin ("Spider-Pig") wrote in for the first time in a while to thank us for doing a great job on the show.

Mark noted that a few people had offered to come on the show to talk about Disneyland Paris, and he asked them each to call the toll-free feedback line to tell us what they'd talk about so that we can judge their potential for the show. We may end up having more than one of them on the show.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Mike is again joining Broadway Care/Equity Fights AIDS Gypsy of the Year online fundraising campaign. This year, he has aligned himself with The Lion King Gazelle Tour team. For more information or to donate, go to his fundraising page.

Facebook

We're now on Facebook! Join the MousePlanet and MouseStation groups. You can also become a fan of MousePlanet or the MouseStation. If you join the club and use Pieces of Flair, you can get your MousePlanet and MouseStation flair from Mark (though you have to friend him first).

MouseFest

Registration is now open for MouseFest! You can sign up now, and check out the many meets being hosted by MousePlanet as you plan your trip.

Listener of the Month

If you're interested in joining us aboard the MouseStation as our "Listener of the Month", call the toll-free feedback line at 1-866-939-2278 and tell us what the show featuring your guest appearance would be about. Listen to the show for restrictions.

Wrapping up

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.

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