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Monday, July 18, 2011

I Finished Reading Mousejunkies!--2nd Edition

I finished reading Mousejunkies! 2nd Edition last night.  It was a satisfying second helping after reading the first edition of Mousejunkiesclickhere to read more.  There was much more information about the parks in this book as compared to the first, but, unfortunately, some of the information was incorrect.

Despite what the author of this book said, Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo the Musical, Flights of Wonder (all at Animal Kingdom), and Playhouse Disney Live on Stage do NOT run continuously and have one audience enter as the other exits.  All of these shows have specific performance times.  Guests can check the Times Guide at each park for show times.  I was envisioning a guest standing in the thankfully shaded queue for Festival of the Lion King and wondering why they were standing for a long time as Bill Burke said that as one show is done another starts.  Disney may have already thought of that, as they have resourcefully placed a cast member at the entrance of the queue area to answer any questions about show times, etc.

The book contains the telephone numbers for the three telephone books at the United Kingdom Pavilion in EPCOT.  You know the ones I am talking about.  The red phone booths near Rose & Crown.  Anyway, I programmed the numbers in my cell phone.  I’m hoping to surprise the boy and the husband by making the phones ring and encouraging them to answer.  It’s also a fun way to pass the time when you have unlimited long distance and need a fun Disney fix.  Here are the numbers from the book, page 319 to be exact:  407-827-9861, 407-827-9862, 407-827-9863.  I’ll let you know how this works out.

The author suggests that at least one monorail car be converted to a dining car.  Ok, as a train enthusiast, I can see the merit.  There would be logistical issues, but let’s face it, it’s Disney and if anyone can overcome logistical issues, it would be Disney.

But, I have another idea.  Let’s have a traveling meal using the monorail.  What are those called?   Progressive dinner?  Anyway, this could be for any meal—breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack.  Here’s my idea:

You hop on the Resort Monorail Line at the Magic Kingdom.  First stop—the Contemporary Resort.  You get off the monorail, head down the escalator and head to the Contempo Café, a quick service or counter service location, for the first course of your meal—appetizer, salad, fruit, whatever.  You consume your course, then head back to the monorail platform. 

Next, your monorail ride takes you to the TTC.  Stay on.  Get off at the next stop, the Polynesian Resort.  Find Captain Cook’s Snack Company, a quick service/counter service location, and order your entrée.  Consume at your own pace, then it’s back to the monorail platform.

For the next leg of your traveling meal, ride to the Grand Floridian, exit the monorail, and make your way to Gasparilla’s Grill and Games, also a quick service/counter service location, and find dessert.  Savor every bite then it’s back to the monorail platform.

Ride the monorail back to the Magic Kingdom.  You have now completed the grand circle tour meal!

You can even accomplish this idea without entering a theme park!  I’ll let you know if we take this on, or if you give it a try, let me know.

Bill Burke, the author of Mousejunkies! 2nd Edition, shared many examples of how Disney magic is addictive.  Yep, got that right!

I also learned some stuff.  Like there are 72 wooden horses on the recently renamed regal carousel in the Magic Kingdom and each one has an exact plastic replica.  It is one artist/cast member’s full time job to continually restore the wooden horses, so at any time, there would be a plastic replica on the carousel.  The challenge is to find the plastic replica.

The next Disney book I will read will be PassPorter’s Guide to the Disney Cruise Line, due out in early August. 

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