Mousetalgia welcomes Disney historian Joseph Titizian to the show today to celebrate the season with us. From the original Disneyland Circus Christmas Parade to the star atop the Matterhorn, we talk about Disneyland's Christmas celebrations over the years from the park's opening year to today. Parades evolved and the famous Disneyland Candlelight Processional was developed as Walt Disney honored the various cultures and commemorations of Christmas in Disneyland- one of which included a giant star atop the mighty Matterhorn that could be seen for miles. Also, Team Mousetalgia discusses a 1989 interview with John Lasseter about the future of computer animation - how much did he get right, and were his predictions about the future of animation prescient? Plus - we list our favorite Disney Christmas specials.. and more!

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Disney and the World's Fair - Disney Legend Alice Davis talks to Jeff about attending the 1964 World's Fair, and she shares some personal recollections of her time visiting the Fair with Walt Disney and her husband Marc Davis, one of Walt Disney's "Nine Old Men." We also discuss the Walt Disney Family Museum's second recent presentation of "Walt Disney: A Giant at the World's Fair," and recap some of the memorable moments from that event. Also - Jeff shares an update on his customized Captain America action figure, and we discuss buying annual passes to Disneyland when you aren't a local - the perks, pitfalls, and possibilities. Plus, our dream corporate sponsors for Disney attractions: Taco Bell, an Audio-Animatronic Oprah, Hawaiian Airlines, Tesla - the possibilities are limitless!

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Spencer Lacey Ganus, the voice of Teen Elsa from Frozen, joins Mousetalgia to bring some holiday cheer to the show. Also this week, Jeff discusses two new exhibitions being hosted at the Walt Disney Family Museum; one titled "All Aboard," which is about Walt Disney's history with and passion for locomotives, and one about Herman Schultheis and his notebooks, which documented many special effects and camera techniques utilized by the Disney Studio in the '30s and '40s. John Canemaker visited the WDFM to discuss his new book about the life and times of Schultheis, and Jeff reports from the event, and also reviews the new trains exhibit. Also: Turner Classic Movies has announced their sponsorship of the Great Movie Ride at Walt Disney World, and Mousetalgia discusses what the colaboration might mean and celebrates some of Disney's "vaulted" material returning to television via the TCM channel. D23 launches the "D23 Days of Christmas," and offers Mousetalgia listeners an exclusive sweepstakes. Plus, Scott Valentine's 1988 splash-down, Taylor Swift's haunted AMA performance, and more! 

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Walt Disney's birthday special edition! This week, Mousetalgia welcomes director/producer Don Hahn back to the show to help us celebrate the 113th anniversary of Walt's birth. First, Hahn discusses "Christmas with Walt," his film about Walt Disney's personal holiday celebrations with his family and his studio, which is screening this month at the Walt Disney Family Museum. Next, Jeff discusses a 1942 article from Family Circle magazine about Walt Disney and the studio during the war years, which describes the struggles the studio went through to continue to provide quality entertainment despite great obstacles. Finally, we present Mousetalgia's annual Christmas gift idea roundtable, covering stocking stuffers, kids' gifts, the hard-to-shop-for Disney fan, and the ultimate dream gift. From Frozen Band-Aids to a night in a themed suite at the Disneyland Hotel, we cover many angles to Disney-themed holiday shopping. Plus, Elsa the Mall Queen, Disney lawn ornaments - and more!

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Dave and Becky report on the Avengers Half Marathon weekend at Disneyland, and describe the inaugural Marvel runs and the courses, costumes and characters they came across during the races, as well as the Expo associated with the event. Team Mousetalgia also discusses the official opening of the holidays at the Disneyland Resort, and we talk about the decor, the new Frozen-enhanced World of Color holiday show, the DCA tree lighting ceremony, holiday shopping and snacking, and a trip on the improved Jingle Cruise - now with more fruitcake! Then we review character dining with Minnie and Friends for breakfast at Disneyland's Plaza Inn, and compare and contrast it with the resort's other character dining experiences. Also, Star Wars is in the news - the Hollywood Reporter reports on Disney's attempts to disrupt social media's appetite for Star Wars spoilers, and we wonder - would Disney pull the Star Wars license from Hasbro over Tinsel Town politics? You be the judge! Plus, D23 celebrates The Little Mermaid; giving thanks for our Disney passions: Fantasmic, Frozen, Turkey legs, Disneyland Hotel's dinner buffet; and more!

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Touring the parks with a 7-year-old: this week, Team Mousetalgia discusses Jeff's recent trip to the park with his daughter as the parks unveil their holiday spendor. The decorations are up, the Frozen Christmas Day special has been filmed, and the Christmas Fantasy Parade is now showing at Disneyland Park. Jeff discusses a magic moment with Peter Pan, meeting Hiro and Baymax from Big Hero 6, hitting rope drop, enduring the World of Color wet zone, and the Mad T Party - is it for young kids? Also, we take a look back at Luigi's Flying Tires as Jeff takes a last flight, and offer our own spoiler free Big hero 6 movie review. Plus, we take another look at Anaheim's Lemon Tree Hotel - and if you could have a super power at a Disney park, what would it be?

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Walt Disney Imagineering develops Spirit Photography for the Magic Kingdom's Haunted Mansion gift shop, and we have an exclusive interview about the project. Mousetalgia welcomes Imagineers Jim Clark, Brian Crosby, and Daniel Joseph to the show to discuss the inspiration, the creative process, and some of the magic behind the amazing new custom changing portraits that park guests can purchase at the Memento Mori store at WDW. Finally, a ghost really can "follow you home" from the Haunted Mansion when you purchase this innovative new park souvenir which is currently only available in the Orlando park. Also, Disney's tinseltown updates - Star Wars wraps, Toy Story 4 rapped, and the rap about Fantasmic's new FastPass options coming next month - Kristen outlines the various dining package opportunities, and the team discusses. Plus, anticipating next weekend's Avengers Half Marathon - and where should Figment go, if he needs to relocate? 

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Back to the Mousetalgia email inbox! Topics include our favorite Disney related iPhone apps; planning for travel during Disneyland's 60th Anniversary; Imagineer dream teams; searching for Tim Babb; touring Disneyland as an adult during the holiday season; downgrading premiere to premium annual passes; Disneyland area dining during Christmastime; reimagining Tomorrowland - should it go retro, Marvel, or into the future? Popcorn bucket madness; our recommendations for posing babies in the Park; Oh, Canada... and an ode to Mousetalgia, the Mecca of Disney nerdiness! Plus - a Mousetalgia challenge is accepted and conquered!

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It's a horrorific Halloween special edition of Mousetalgia, as we talk pumpkins, haunted hotels and hat boxes! First, Mousetalgia talks to Disney artist and pumpkin carver extraordinaire Bridget McCarty about her art background, her work for Disney, and her incredible pumpkins, which she carves in person in Big Thunder Ranch at Disneyland. Bridget even shares some professional pumpkin decorating tips! Next, we take a frightened peek into the history of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and talk about its intriguing Mel-Brooks-inspired beginnings, its terrifying special effects, and a listener's special personal journey into the fifth dimension. Finally, the Hat Box Ghost may finally be making his way back into the Haunted Mansion, and Jeff shares some speculation as to what the character's re-introduction to the Mansion might entail. Plus - Mousetalgia says goodbye to a dear friend, the Avengers trailer is released, we host a sweepstakes with 13 unlucky winners - and more!

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Mousetalgia reports on "An Affair of the Art," the Ryman Arts annual fundraiser held at the home of Disney Legend Marty Sklar, which raises funds to help offer art training to high school students. This year, the event was focused on Herb Ryman's history with the circus, and featured a panel discussing the sketches and artwork Ryman created while he traveled with the Ringling Brothers circus while he was away from Disney in 1949-51. We'll discuss the food, atmosphere, and experience of this benefit party hosted up in the hills above LA. Also, Jeff and Kristen visited Chili John's in Burbank, one of Walt Disney's favorite places to eat chili when he could escape the studio for a breather. We review the food, the establishment, and its mysterious ties with last summer's Optimist alternate reality game. Plus - new Haunted Mansion merchandise continues to flow into the park, and Jeff takes a look at the history of Disney's Haunted Mansion-themed collectibles.

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