Mousetalgia Episode 370: MouseCon; Disneyland Paris's crisis response

This week, Mousetalgia takes you behind the scenes at MouseCon, the first annual Northern California Disney fan convention. We share some exclusive conversations with the special guests - Tommy Kirk on Walt Disney, Floyd Norman on WED and the origins of the Haunted Mansion, and C. Andrew Nelson on putting on the mask of Sith Lord Vader - plus we collect some thoughts from fans at the convention. Then, Dave and Becky report on Disneyland Paris, and offer their first-hand account of Disney's response to the recent terror crisis, and how the cast members and guests responded to the confusing, chaotic events. We also present part one of Mousetalgia's review of the Disneyland Paris resort by discussing the various hotels and lodging options available, and next week we'll follow up with a report on the attractions, dining, and holiday celebrations at the resort. Plus - a surprising Paris/Orlando/Anaheim price comparison, and a listener report from a preview screening of The Good Dinosaur on the Pixar campus.

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Mousetalgia Episode 369: Prep and Landing Director Kevin Deters; Super Hero HQ

Mousetalgia ushers in the Disney holiday season this week with a conversation with Emmy Award-winning writer and director Kevin Deters, who joins us to talk about his Prep and Landing television shows. Deters talks about the show's characters and the other classic holiday television offerings that helped inspire Prep and Landing. Then, Jeff talks about a pair of talks from the Walt Disney Family Museum that hosted director Brad Bird and legendary animator Eric Goldberg. Bird spoke about Walt Disney's "Tomorrowland," and his optimism, innovation, and futurist way of seeing his world. Goldberg spoke about the four animators that inspired the Nine Old Men, which include Norm Ferguson, Ham Luske, Bill Tytla, and Fred Moore - and Jeff recaps both events. Finally, Mousetalgia welcomes Marvel Creative Director for Themed Entertainment Brian Crosby back to the show to talk about Marvel's forthcoming Haunted Mansion comic book series, and to preview Marvel's Super Hero HQ, which opens this week in Disneyland.

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Mousetalgia Episode 368: Jim Henson Studios; listener questions

Mousetalgia gets Muppety this episode, as Kristen visits the Henson Studios in Hollywood with the Disneyana Club and reports from the event. Built in 1917 by Charlie Chaplin, the Henson Studio lot packs in the history, and Kristen shares some of her experiences and some moments from the trip, including Lisa Henson's talk about her father Jim, his early career, and how he related to his most famous creation, Kermit the Frog. Also, we go to the email inbox and answer some listener questions, including: How to survive a long car trip to Disneyland; our Disneyland bucket lists; our favorite hidden Mickeys; and how to find Disney movies on Netflix. Plus - our tips on surviving the opening weeks of Seasons of the Force, and as a special bonus, travel back in time with us to meet Gabbie - the voice of Mousetalgia!

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Mousetalgia Episode 367: Disneyland Auction, Tour Guide memories

Mike Van Eaton from Van Eaton Galleries joins Mousetalgia to talk about "Collecting Disneyland," their upcoming Disneyana auction, to preview some of the most outstanding pieces and to discuss the state of collecting memorabilia from Walt Disney's original theme park. Then, Barbara Burnett Brock returns to the show to share some insider tales of being a Disneyland Tour Guide. Barbara talks about the holidays at Disneyland, some of the perks of being a Tour Guide, her experiences traveling as a Disneyland representative, and her favorite Disney memory. Also - we list our dream Disneyland collectibles, and more.

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Mousetalgia Episode 366: Disney Halloween tricks and treats

Double double, toil and trouble, broilers burn and cheese will bubble.. but this is no time to be ordering In-N-Out, because Mousetalgia's Trick-or-Treat Smorgasbord is waiting to be sampled! Recipes both fair and foul, tales aimed to make you howl, secrets hid from prying eye, and audio that makes you cry! Features include: Disneyland's earliest Halloween Time plans unveiled (hayrides and leaves falling on Main Street!) A Halloween Trivia Challenge! Monstrous music - and so much more! Plus, Chef Mayhem takes us on a brief tour of some little-known Haunted Mansion mysteries to round off our Halloween celebration. So put on your costumes, grab your treat bags, and come join us, won't you?

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Mousetalgia Episode 365: Disneyland trip planning; Disney's mid-century modern design

Mousetalgia reports on "Disney's Mid-Century Modern - to the World's Fair and Beyond," a panel discussion held at the Walt Disney Family Museum with Garner Holt's Bill Butler, historian Alan Hess, and historian Bill Cotter, the preeminent expert on the World's Fairs. The panelists discussed the influence of modern design on Disney's mid-century productions, including Disneyland and the 1964-65 World's Fair. Clean lines, contemporary material and modern sensibilities influenced both Disney's artists and the creative works they developed, and we discuss many of Walt Disney's modern projects, including his first Burbank campus, his television productions, Disneyland's Space Bar automat, the Disneyland Hotel, and the House of the Future. Bill Cotter also discussed the '64-'65 World's Fair, and Walt's cutting-edge design for the New York attractions. Then, Mousetalgia debuts a new feature: "Giving You a Hand with the Land," our touring advice segment in which we have callers present their unique trip-planning situations, and then we answer their questions and help plan the trip for those circumstances. Today, Michele joins the show to make plans for a reunion with a best friend sans their families to celebrate a 40th birthday. Plus - if you had to experience a single attraction 365 days in a row... which would you choose? Bonus: you could win a $50 Disney Gift Card - listen for details!

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Mousetalgia Episode 364: Mystical Spirits of the Blue Bayou, Disneyland AP price increase

Disneyland admission prices - how does the increased cost reflect on the park and its community? We share some thoughts from Disney expert Jeff Kurtti, and share our own reactions to the recent annual pass price increases at the Disney parks. Plus, Mousetalgia reports on Halloween Time - the tricks, the treats, and the differences from years prior. From Pumpkin Flan to Banana Fritters, we discuss which seasonal treats were worth trying, and which didn't pass Kristen's taste test. From fall-flavored drinks to Halloween-themed baked goods, Kristen reports on the culinary offerings, including the Mystical Spirits Dinner at the Blue Bayou restaurant during Mickey's Halloween Party, which had organizational challenges. Does the price point work? Kristen details the food, the entertainment, and tells whether or not the chaotic check-in experience ruined the night. Also - goat adoptions, easy Halloween costumes, a Cadaver Dans performance... and is Pop Secret a not-so-secret flop? Plus, remembering Kevin Corcoran's best roles, and Jeff will be speaking about the Haunted Mansion at MouseCon in Corcord, CA on Nov. 15. Visit for details.

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Mousetalgia Episode 363: New books - Cleaning the Kingdom and The Disney Book

It's a week of Mousetalgia book reports! First, Lynn Barron and Ken Pellman, authors of "Cleaning the Kingdom: Insider Tales of Keeping Walt's Dream Spotless" join Mousetalgia to talk about their new book, which is all about the duties and experiences of the custodial team at Disneyland. Discover the perks to working as a sweeper, the best lands to keep clean, meeting Disney Legends, walking through attractions... and what happens when guests throw up in the park. Then, Disney historian and author Jim Fanning joins the podcast to talk about "The Disney Book," his latest title, which is from from DK Publishing. Fanning discusses the audience, scope and process of putting together this beautifully designed and wide-ranging 200 page tome. Plus: win a copy of Jeff's book, Mousetalgia is named "best Disneyland-centric podcast," a listener sees a rough cut of Zootopia - and more.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:32am PST

Mousetalgia Episode 362: Jungle Cruise breakfast; CHOC Walk; Aladdin

Let's talk CHOC: it's not too late to get involved with the 2015 CHOC Walk in the Park, the time-honored fundraiser coming to Disneyland Resort Oct. 11. Zach Abrams from CHOC joins us to talk about the upcoming event and describes some of the features of this 25th anniversary stroll through Disneyland before it opens to the public. Then, we hear a detailed description of the first Jungle Cruise Sunrise Safari Breakfast hosted at Disneyland Park, which provided a few lucky guests the chance to eat during sunrise on the shore of the African Veldt amidst the animatronic wildlife, and then help the skipper narrate on their own private cruise back to civilization. Finally, Kristen reports on D23's screening of Aladdin in celebration of the Diamond Edition release of the classic film. After the fans voted and selected Seattle as one of three cities to host the screening, D23 arrived with special guests and surprises in tow, and Kristen reports on the event. Plus - Disney cracks down on Disney Dining Buddy; finding Walt's autograph; Ghez's "They Drew as They Pleased" book series; Disneyland plans to temporarily close much of Frontierland - and more.

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Mousetalgia Episode 361: Walt Disney on PBS; Force Friday

Team Mousetalgia discusses "American Experience: Walt Disney," and we offer our first impressions and questions - then we welcome Disney historian Joseph Titizian back to the show for a balanced critical perspective on the documentary from a friend of the Disney/Miller family. Titizian discusses new information from the Walt Disney Archives on Walt's own words about his childhood and his relationship with his father; the truth about Lilian Disney; Walt's feelings about Snow White and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; critical missing information in the film's own narrative; fascinating never-seen footage from the animators' strike; and where the film gets it right and gets it wrong about Disneyland's place in mid-century history. We also wonder why Cal Arts and the World's Fair are absent, despite being critical elements of Walt's life. Also, Mousetalgia's Force Friday wrap-up: BB8, Star Wars pajamas and Legos rule the day, as well as Star Wars edibles. Plus - another Mousetalgia listener wins Disneyland's Diamond Days sweepstakes!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:21am PST