Collected Short Subjects

by MouseStation Crew, staff writer

MouseStation 256 - Collected Short Subjects

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Tip of the Week

This week's Tip of the Week came in a voicemail from listener Corey in New Orleans, who used all of the Disney "lithographs" distributed with movie purchases by laminating and turning them into placemats for his family. As has been pointed out before by listener Gary Arsenault, they're not really actual lithographs, but Disney uses the name and threfore we'll continue to use the word.

Both Mark and Mike thought that this was a cool use of them, but then the discussion of the Incredibles led into an unfortunate discussion of elastic.

(What's your opinion?)

Featured Attraction

This week we look at Grizzly River Run at Disney's California Adventure.

Mark noted that the attraction (along with Kali River Rapids) has a Disney-developed device that causes the raft to spin on the big drop so that you don't know who will get wet at the bottom. While usually Mark and his wife are the ones to get soaked, The Kid got drenched the last time they rode Kali.

Mark told of staying in a room at the Grand Californian overlooking the attraction and watching them fil the flumeway in the morning.

Mike noted that he preferred the theming of Grizzly River Run to that of Kali River Rapids. Mark also prefers it, and notes that the acronym for the attraction is the appropriate GRR.

Review System Spotlight

This week we look at Pinocchio Village Haus at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. MousePlanet readers like it, rating it 3.6 out of five planets. Our featured review this week is by amc1217 of San Antonio, TX.

amc1217 was enthusiastic about trying the location, but was very disappointed in the food and with how crowded the place was, giving it three planets. Mark agrees with that, noting that he has been less than thrilled with the location in recent years. Mike rated it even lower. Both agreed that the food quality and the crowd level make it a place to avoid.

Mark noted that a small positive for the counter-service restaurant is that there are a couple of tables all the way to the left of the counter area that overlook the entrance to "it's a small world" and you can wave to people on the ride from your table.

You can also find the Pinocchio Village Haus in our Park Guide.

Ask the Kid

This week's question comes from Eric Davis of Orlando Fun Tickets. Eric asks: "If you could be best friends with one Disney character which one would it be and why?"

Mark's son decided that he'd like to be friend with either Roger Rabbit, Buzz Lightyear or WALL-E. He could go into space with Buzz or WALL-E, or he could learn to say "P-p-p-p-p-please, Eddie!" (probably) and possibly learn how to stick a saw through his ears and it won't even hurt. Then he and Mark agreed that the last one was probably a toon-only thing.

There was also some discussion of Mark's son's love of Roger Rabbit.

Eric Davis has recently departed Orlando Fun Tickets for a new challenge, and we wish him the best of luck. We'll have a new friend join us from Orlando Fun Tickets join us soon, as Courtney Mills will replace Eric as our OFT contact.

Last Week on MousePlanet


Steven Ng, sitting in for Andrew Rich, down at MousePlanet Global Headquarters and apparently channeling Casey Kasem, told you what you may have missed on the MousePlanet site last week if you're not visiting regularly.

Listener Feedback

Kelly Z. wrote in to note that she had received confirmation from a former cast member that you can return to an attraction any time after the opening of the Fastpass window, no matter how late, as long as it's the same day. Kelly said that the opening of the Fastpass window is when your next Fastpass is available. Mark noted that it was the opening of the window or two hours, whichever was sooner.

Brian from Riverside called in a voicemail talking about participating in the CHOC Walk as a member of Team MousePlanet. He described his experience on the day of the walk. Brian also thanked his sponsors for helping to raise the money.

Brian also sent an email to his sponsors, including Mark, and talked some more about his experience.


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Wrapping up

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