This week, Team Mousetalgia dips into the mailbag to answer your questions, with a theme of making the most of a first time trip to Disneyland. Topics this week include: Disneyland touring plans - yay or nay; keeping the magic alive in between trips to the parks; trip prep for Walt Disney World experts coming to the Anaheim Resort; character dining options at Disneyland; Disney park nannies; holiday weekend tips and eating vegan at Disneyland. Plus - Jeff reviews the Broadway Princess Party - and more.

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Dave and Becky traveled to Emeryville to see a Super VIP screening of "The Incredibles 2" at the Pixar Animation Studio and Mousetalgia reports from the event. Women in Animation (WIA) hosted an exclusive screening of the new film at Pixar, and Dave and Becky were able to attend. During the event, attendees were able to meet and speak with female animators, artists and filmmakers involved with the production. We discuss the Pixar campus, stories about Brad Bird, the techniques of modern computer animation, the status of women in the field of animation, and finally offer a spoiler-free glimpse at the new installment in the Incredibles franchise. Bonus: a spoiler-free review of "Bao," the short presented before Incredibles 2. Plus - Pirate Redd joins the the Pirates of the Caribbean; John Lasseter will be leaving the Walt Disney Company; Solo box office disappoints; and more.

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Mousetalgia talks dining at Disneyland Paris! Kristen travels to the Disneyland Paris resort again, and talks about annual pass discounts for lodging (and why concierge level lodging is mandatory - hint: it's the food), and the food and dining experiences, including: tips on making reservations, reviews of the Agrobah Cafe, Café de Cascadeurs, the Inventions character breakfast buffet, and the "Petit Jean" experience by chef Jean Imbert, a 12 dish meal at the Disneyland Hotel which was inspired by iconic fairytales. Imbert, a Top Chef winner in France, created this eco-friendly menu, which included five wine pairings and one champagne pairing. Kristen reviews the entire Petite Jean experience, including 12 courses over the space of 4-5 hours, including organic leeks (with scissors) inspired by Tangled, lobster ravioli inspired by the Little Mermaid's Chef Louis; Mrs. Pott's beef broth, Lady and the Tramp spaghetti and of course, Remy's Ratatouille, with sweet courses too - including Pooh's honey, Cinderella's pumpkin, Snow White's poisoned apple, Sleeping Beauty's (lopsided) cake and Jack Sparrow's rum. Also - Kristen offers some notes on the Disneyland Paris attractions and shops and some general international travel trips for dealing with transportation and sightseeing in France. Plus - we offer a solo mom tips for an upcoming Disneyland trip with two kids in tow - and more.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia takes you to the outer rim of a galaxy far, far away as we discuss Star Wars myths and legends and the march of the Galactic Empire in this 501st episode of Mousetalgia. First, Kristen reports on a D23 event that brought Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano, to Seattle for a book signing event. Then, Jeff brings us up to speed on the remote world of Batuu, and we ponder some of the planet's lesser-known features and mysteries. Finally, we offer a spoiler-free review of Solo, and consider some of the unique features of this 10th Star Wars film. Also - Disney weighs the return of John Lasseter to a creative role in the company, and we consider various aspects of the situation.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia takes you on a whirlwind tour of topics we've covered in the past decade as we look back at our collection of 500 episodes of the Mousetalgia Podcast. From fan conventions like the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet and the D23 Expo to conversations with legends like Alice Davis and Marty Sklar, we've done our best to share our travels and experiences with our listeners and like-minded Disney fans around the world. Special guest Tim Babb joins the table to reminisce along with us. So settle in and listen along as we celebrate 500 episodes of Mousetalgia! 

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This week, Team Mousetalgia reports from Disneyland's Pixar Fest with tips for making your next trip to the resort a success. We talk about the new additions to the parades, the fireworks, and the food offerings. Plus, we offer more Maxpass tips, we discuss the Grand Californian updates, and offer hints for navigating the parks. Then - SPOILER ALERT! - we review and discuss "Avengers: Infinity War," and offer our reactions, questions, and opinions of this hotly-debated film. Also - we loves the redhead, but do we wants her walkin' the park avenues? Pirate lass Redd is coming to the parks, and we discuss. Plus - an upcoming Marc Davis event, free shipping from Disney Stores, Star Wars party advice, Disney baby carriers - and Dave attends the Disney Institute.

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This week, Mousetalgia welcomes Spirit and Legacy Awards-winning cast member Jim Lowman to the show to talk about his half century of working at Disneyland Park. Jim shares fascinating bits of history, including the Haunted Mansion's grand opening at Club 33, bringing the Churro to Disneyland, meeting the love of his life at the Tahitian Terrace, and seeing Walt Disney himself in Disneyland. Jim opened the Bengal BBQ (and created the menu with his family recipes), was a sous chef at Club 33, witnessed Cary Grant's private Candlelight Processional performance, opened Big Thunder Ranch, and gives us a first-hand account of Liz Taylor's big 60th birthday bash at Disneyland. Plus - Jeff reviews a "foodoir," Kristen shares a Bengal BBQ recipe, Becky talks wine, Dave talks Muppets - and more!

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This week, Imagineer John Paul Bakshoian joins Mousetalgia to talk about the process of Disney Park Show Documentation, which involves keeping consistency at the parks between the various attractions and shows. He shared some stories from his career with "Walt's watchdog" department at WDI. Then, we talk to Amy Guglielmo, the author of "Pocket Full of Colors." Amy talks about her inspiration for the book, researching Mary Blair, and she shares some of the secrets behind the development of a children's book. Plus, Jeff talks to Time/Life, Kristen plays jazz, Becky wears a pink Stormtrooper, and Dave busts out a Haunted Mansion moment!

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This week, Dave and Jeff take you to Silicon Valley Comic Con 2018 for an in-depth report. Marvel legend Stan Lee made a three-day appearance that was painful to witness, and we discuss the fallout. Celebrities pose, scientists expound and vendors vend all weekend, and Mousetalgia shares some highlights. Margaret Kerry flew in to meet her Tinker Bell fans, the 501st looked for recruits for the Empire, and everybody was just "Wookie-ing for the Weekend" as the event kicked off with a Star Wars panel with Mads Mikkelsen, Daniel Logan, Temuera Morrison and Ray Park. Plus - a listener review of art exhibits in the OC, and we choose our own super powers.

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This week, Mousetalgia goes back to the mailbag to answer your questions. Topics include long distance Disney dating ideas; Fantasmic! dining options; traveling to and finding Disney experiences in Seattle; childcare at the Disney resorts; driving through California; crowd prediction at Disneyland; setting Disney ride records; a Cable Guy encounter; and simply finding romance during a trip to the parks. Plus - a report from Pixar Fest; Canada checks in; our dream Pizza Planet pizza flavors... and more.

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