Visit to Disneyland on July 17, 2015 with Jeff and Kristen as they report from the park on its 60th birthday with location recordings as well as thoughts about the day. We listen in on Michael Colglazier's speech, visit New Orleans Square to catch Queenie and the Royal Street Bachelors, and even catch the new Disneyland Band in one of its first day performances. Also - Kristen does a rain-soaked VIP Tour, Jeff attends a D23 panel with a host of Disney Legends to learn even more about Disneyland's early days, and we discuss Fantasmic dining packages. Plus - a chance to win souvenir park maps and a July 17 "I was there!" button; a tiny Ant-sized movie review - and more!

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Join Team Mousetalgia live from the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet as Jeff and Kristen report on the annual event. First, take a tour of the show floor and experience the Mouse Meet from the guests' perspectives, then go behind the scenes with Mousetalgia and special guest Imagineer Joe Herrington, and Disney voice artists Mark Silverman, Margaret Kerry and Pete Renaday. Joe Harrington talks about creating soundscapes and audio for some of the parks' most beloved attractions, and the voice panel discuss some highlights from their careers. Then, listen in as Mousetalgia re-creates the famous "Story and Song from the Haunted Mansion" record album with the original voice of the Ghost Host, Pete Renaday! Plus, D23 Expo news, Claire Keane, and a baby arrives!

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Happy 60th, Disneyland! Team Mousetalgia offers our advice for dealing with the crowds at Disneyland on its 60th birthday, and then we take a look back at Disneyland's origin story to see how different (and similar) things were back in 1955. We'll take you back to opening day (when four-person-wide lines stretched a mile down Harbor Boulevard) on a brief tour of the original attractions that are no longer with us. Learn why the New York Times called the park "everything exciting and wonderful to a child's eyes... that will surely take years off the shoulders of countless adults, too" just days after the gates first opened. Plus - renewing vows at Disneyland, Danny Kaye on Disneyland's 25th birthday, and more.

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Everything D23 Expo: This week, Mousetalgia talks to Kristin Rodack, a director with D23, to learn more about the upcoming D23 Expo to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center August 14-16. Get tips and hints straight from the source as we learn about some of the magic in store for Expo attendees. StagePass, StorePass, the massive Hall D23, and the Expo floor are all examined and explained. Plus, we get personal and describe our goals and thoughts about the weekend - Kristen hopes for a single success per day; Jeff is looking for freebies and giveaways; and Dave lists Mousetalgia's survival tips for navigating the Expo, which include topics like sustenance, appropriate clothing, lodging, dealing with lines, and stashing burritos in our backpacks. Also - Walt Disney's silhouette, Death Star beach balls, Fantasia cheesecake, and The Astronaut Wives Club.

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Jeff does Disneyland's Diamond celebration and reviews the Matterhorn updates, Paint the Night, World of Color - Celebrate, the T Party Diamond Edition - even breakfast at Flo's. Also, Disneyland goes 101: How much downtime is acceptable for new attractions and effects? We also discuss new merchandise, summer trip planning, and more! Plus, Mousetalgia attends Fathom Events' "Insider Access to Inside Out," and we discuss the nationwide event, then Mousetalgia reviews the groundbreaking film. Also - Michele Shocked, Star Wars cereal, WDW scat, and more!

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Team Mousetalgia shares Disneyland travel tips and more in this week's listener email show. Topics include: Disneyland's 60th anniversary Diamond Celebration; using Fast Passes at Disneyland; tips on visiting Aulani from an Oahu resident - including comments on the weather, eating offsite, taking day trips and more. Also - confessions of a self-labeled Disney hater; The Running of the Hoods is explained in detail; Disney World regulars have questions about an upcoming trip to Disneyland regarding hotels, airports, traveling to the Walt Disney Family Museum; and a Disneylander asks questions about taking the family to Walt Disney World. Plus - Disney's Silly Symphonies are coming to the D23 Expo; and reviews of "The Legacy Collection: The Music of Disneyland," Marvel studios' "Daredevil," and Disney Vans.

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Pixar's Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera appeared at the Seattle International Film Festival to introduce "Inside Out," and Kristen reports from the screening and discusses the filmmakers' inspirations, motivations, and obstacles that were overcome in the making of Pixar's latest film. Jeff reviews "Animation Anecdotes," a book by Disney historian Jim Korkis, and TEA reports that while Disneyland's attendance dipped in the first part of 2015, profits continued to rise. What does the future hold for Disneyland - new lands, a new park, or...? Also, Mousetalgia welcomes ARG developer Nick Tierce to the show to discuss his unofficial alternate reality game based on "The Optimist" and "Tomorrowland," and we get his take on what the future might hold for Brad Bird's underrated film. Plus - will Disney parks ever sell tickets with tiered pricing? We discuss.  (Lava director Jim Murphy audio from AU Review/Youtube)

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Author and historian J. B. Kaufman joins Mousetalgia this week to discuss Pinocchio, Walt Disney's second animated feature film. Our conversation covers the Disney adaptation's diferences from Carlo Collodi's original Italian morality tale, Walt's vision for the film and his unique characters, and Kaufman's new book, "Pinocchio: The Making of the Disney Epic." Learn about Walt's struggle to create the story adaptation, the film's anthropomorphized characters, and the different animation styles and techniques demonstrated in this groundbreaking movie. We also discuss some of the film's intriguing details, including the otherworldly Novachord in the soundtrack and the sound effects crew's attempts to emulate a whale's sneeze. Plus - "The Fearless Art of Mike Gabriel," using Uber to get to Disneyland economically, CV Wood's role creating Disney's land, a listener's trip to Disneyland with Alice Davis... and more.

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Are diamonds anyone's best friend? Disneyland launches its spectacular Diamond anniversary with a 24-hour party at the parks which was by turns fun, chaotic, thilling and frustrating to the tens of thousands of guests who descended on the Anaheim resort on May 22. Team Mousetalgia welcomes Beci Mahnken, owner of Mouse Fan Travel, to the show to report on her experiences at the media preview, the 24 hour party, and the grand opening of Disneyland's new 60th anniversary nighttime spectaculars, including World of Color - Celebrate!, the Paint the Night parade, and Disneyland Forever, the new fireworks show that combines projections, fireworks, and special effects throughout the park to create a show that can be viewed from multiple locations (...or can it?) We also debate Disneyland's wisdom in creating predictable mass confusion with an event guaranteed to draw more people to the resort than the parks could contain. Is the result clever marketing, a tarnished reputation - or both? Also, we revisit Tomorrowland and wonder what the financial misfire of Brad Bird's latest film means for the future of Plus Ultra and the Optimists. Will the film find its audience - if there's an audience to be found? Plus - practical tips for visiting the park this summer, Harold's back (and he's ticked!) - and more!

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Mousetalgia visits Storybrooke this week as Jeff goes to RegalCon, a convention for fans of ABC's "Once Upon a Time." We compare this convention with other Disney fan cons, discuss the seminars and offerings, and hear "Once" celebrities Lee Arenberg, Gil McKinney and Beverly Elliott talk about what the fandom means to each of them personally. Then, Team Mousetalgia reports from Disneyland's Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend, and we discuss the kids' races and the runDisney Expo and hear from Tinker Bell animation reference model Margaret Kerry in person. Finally, we talk about some recent dining experiences at Disneyland, including the recently re-opened Smokejumpers Grill, breakfast and dinner at Disneyland Hotel's Steakhouse 55 (and we ask if bad service negates good food?), and a closer look at the special effects inside of Club 33's Le Salon Nouveau. Plus - Disneyland's 60th anniversary begins!

Mousetalgia Matterhorn t-shirts are now on sale at www.mousetalgiastore.com!

 

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