This week, Mousetalgia offers an emporium of topics. First, Magical Memories in Las Vegas hosted a grand opening extravaganza with the cast and crew of the original Beauty and the Beast animated classic, and we are celebrating along with them with a recap and an extraordinary sweepstakes! Then, we share an article about unofficial Disney merchandise created by fans, and ponder Disney's response to the current surge in unofficial Disney-based merchandise that caters to the Disneybounding and Disney lifestyle fads. Jeff describes some of DoomBuggies.com's dances with Disney legal, and we consider the benefits vs. the costs of fan-produced material to the Disney Company. Then, in a cliffhanging ending to the show, Jeff talks about Sac Anime's recent convention and the appearance of John Ratzenberger, who discussed his career, his appearance in every Pixar film, and his life as an actor. Jeff talks about an awkward autograph moment, then we play some highlights of John's Q&A from the con. Plus - Disneyland Halloween Time vs. Holidays - which does Team Mousetalgia prefer?

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This week, Mousetalgia starts getting spooky as Disneyland Resort begins its Halloween Time celebrating! We talk about Disneyland's expansion of Halloween to Disney California Adventure, and we discuss our favorite new features for the upcoming haunting holiday. Then, we take some time to remember Disney Legend X. Atencio, who passed away on Sept. 10 at the age of 98. We look at his early career with the Walt Disney Studio, and consider the contributions he made to company during his long and accomplished career. Finally, we talk with Sam Carter, curator for the Popzilla group art shows, about the upcoming "Foolish Mortals" show coming to Pop! Comics in Anaheim.

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This week, Mousetalgia returns to the mailbag to answer your burning questions and to share your great tips. Topics include: C.V. Wood's place in Disney history; handling toddler tantrums at Disneyland; tips and tricks for touring the resort as a lone wolf; character breakfasts at the resort revisited; collecting Tsum Tsums; Disney cultural history in the collegiate setting; getting hauled off to Disneyland jail; other ways to connect with Disney fandom in southern California; taking annual photographs at Disneyland; Disneyland attraction and table service recommendations for WDW veterans; and a kid-less Disneyland trip report. Plus - if your last meal was to come from Disneyland - what would it be?

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Team Mousetalgia takes you behind the scenes to the green room at the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet as we share exclusive interviews with the special guests from this year's event, hosted in Lynnwood, WA on Sept. 12, 2017. Mike Peraza is a Disney art art director, conceptual artist and layout artist for Disney animation, and worked on everything from Fox and the Hound through Beauty and the Beast and dozens of episodes of Disney Afternoon television shows. Patty Peraza was an effects animator at Disney, also starting with Fox and the Hound, who was sponsored through her art education at Cal Arts by Lilian Disney herself. Bill Rogers and Camille Dixon use their voices famously at the parks of Disneyland Resort as announcers, Bill at Disneyland and Camille at Disney California Adventure. All four guests share special recollections from their long careers with Disney, touching on memorable moments and special people that helped them along the way.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia chats with WED Imagineer Rolly Crump about "It's Kind of a Cute Story," his current exhibition at the Oceanside Museum of Art. We talk about his art, his work with fellow artist Mary Blair, and his relationship with Walt Disney. Then, Kristen takes us with her on a trip to an exclusive dinner party at 21 Royal, and describes the atmosphere, the experience, the custom menu designed by Disneyland Executive Chef Andrew Sutton, and more details of this incredible dining opportunity hidden in the heart of New Orleans Square. Also, controversy over breastfeeding at Disneyland rears its head once again, and we discuss the situation. Plus - Jeff reports from the current Once Upon a Time convention tour; new Mary Blair art prints will be on exhibit at Gallery Nucleus; Star Wars VR experience gives Vault 28 and Fossil the boot out of Downtown Disney; Salt Lake Comic Con welcomes Tony Baxter, Dick Van Dyke, and other Disney luminaries this September - and an Ears to the Ground report from the opening weekend of Frozen, the Musical in Denver, CO.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia reports live from the show floor of the ninth annual Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet, held on August 12 at the Lynnwood Convention Center in Washington. We describe the popular event, the vendors and the atmosphere, and bring you reports from attendees and authors that we spoke with at the show, including a report on Walt Disney's Hyperion Avenue Studio from author David Lesjak, interesting conversation about the Frito Mountain at Frontierland's Casa de Fritos, and an interview with Imagineer Charita Carter, a Senior Creative Producer who works with the Scenic Illusion Team at WDI to create cutting edge attractions for the Disney parks. Stay tuned next week for more news from the Mouse Meet and more exciting interviews.

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This week, Rose Ivy talks with Team Mousetalgia fresh from winning the "Her Universe Fashion Show" at San Diego Comic Con! She talks about her winning design, perseverance, geek couture, walking the runway, and what she'll be creating in the near future with her co-winners for Her Universe and Disney (so start asking for Hot Topic gift cards for Christmas!) Also, Disneyland Railroad conductor David Wilcox returns to the show to share his personal stories about Disney Legend Ward Kimball, and his opportunity to spend time with Ward, talk about his relationship with Walt Disney, and see some of Ward's railroad collection. Wilcox also tells the story of how he once derailed the Disneyland Railroad. Plus - Walt Disney's trip to the Chicago Railroad Fair in 1948, a listener trip report - and our cosplay costumes for next year's comic con!

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Mousetalgia Episode 459: Remembering Marty Sklar - This week, Team Mousetalgia welcomes Disney artist Eric Robison to the show to discuss his years at Walt Disney Imagineering with Marty Sklar. Robison shares some stories and personal memories, including insight into the relationship he had with Sklar and the story of how Sklar helped him launch his career. Learn about Tomorrowland's proposed MegaPopper 2000 walking popcorn machine, and the birth of Robison's career as an avant-garde Disney artist appearing regularly at the Disney Gallery. Plus, we welcome listener Amy to the show to share her experience with Disneyland's new MaxPass service and to review the Fantasmic dining menu at the Hungry Bear Restaurant. Also - Kristen describes the perils of Disneyland's frozen juice bars, we share a report on the production of Mary Poppins Returns - and more. Contact Mousetalgia at (888) 798-9298 (voicemail) or comments@mousetalgia.com.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia takes you back to the recent D23 Expo with reports on some of the myriad panels, presentations and performances that were held at the massive event. We talk to our correspondent Nicole, who describes her experience at the Expo as a first-timer, with her own set of tips, advice, and feedback about the massive event. Then, we take you with us to some of the events that we covered, including Marc Davis Goes to WED; Women in Imagineering; 50 Years of Pirates of the Caribbean; Legends of Imagineering; The Making of Hercules; Melodies in Walt's Time; the Disney Video Game Showcase; Celebrating the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk-through - and more. Plus, we recap our Mousetalgia Expo meet-up, and discuss custom painted shoes, Vons direct delivery to your hotel, and Steakhouse 55's prices.

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It's a fantastic super-sized episode of Mousetalgia this week as we report on our travels down to Anaheim for the D23 Expo and the various goings-on at the Disneyland Resort. First, we offer trip reports from Expo weekend in the parks, and Jeff reviews the Skyline Lounge experience as well as a soft opening of the newly-renovated Fantasmic! nighttime spectacular on the Rivers of America. Then, we offer part one of our two-episode coverage of the D23 Expo, with a focus on the show floor and everything the Expo had to offer outside of the theaters and stages. We question a few of the event's new features, report on a few struggles, and then celebrate all of the incredible experiences, sights and sounds we shared over the weekend, including reports from the Music Emporium, the Archives Pirates exhibit, Center Stage, the Emporium and the show floor, and of course, that amazing model of Star Wars Land, now known as Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Plus - Kristen describes the terror of Scrooge McDuck's Money Bin, Jeff reviews a new movie about Haunted Mansion fandom, Becky talks about the light park crowds, we have Ears to the Ground reports from the Expo - and more!

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