Mousetalgia Episode 381:  Don DeFore's Silver Banjo BBQ; Nelbert Chouinard

Mousetalgia welcomes Ron DeFore to the show to discuss "Don DeFore's Silver Banjo Barbecue," which was located in Disneyland from 1957 through 1961. We learn about Ron's father Don, who, as an innovative live television broadcaster, caught Walt Disney's attention and became close to Walt, eventually opening his own barbecue restaurant in Frotierland at Disneyland. Ron talks about the restaurant as well as other stories about growing up with a backstage key to Walt's Magic Kingdom, including riding down Main Street in Autopia cars, becoming a Flying Saucer test dummy, sneaking around the Jungle Cruise, and riding in a parade with Walt Disney. Then, we welcome Disney Legend Alice Davis back to Mousetalgia to remember Nelbert Chouinard, founder of the Chouinard Art Institute, which was a critical institution to the Disney Studio during animation's earliest days. Also - restoring a Tiki Bird, constructing a Deagostini Disneyland model, "Disney"-scented candles, and more.

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Mousetalgia Episode 380: Disney books; collectibles corner

Team Mousetalgia expands our Disney library and brings you four new book reviews, including "Mickey Mouse: Emblem of the American Spirit" by Garry Apgar; "Funny: Twenty-Five Years of Laughter from the Pixar Story Room;" "Keep Moving (and Other Tips and Truths About Aging)" by Dick Van Dyke; and "The Nine Old Men" by Andreas Deja. Plus, in a Mousetalgia "Collector's Corner," Jeff talks about Star Wars cards, Mark Hamill taking on fake autographs, and Rey's Po-Zu boots; and Kristen acquires a 100-piece Magical Kingdom. Plus - bubbles, pennies, and noodles, oh my - it's the $20 Valentine's date at Disneyland!

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Mousetalgia Episode 379: Arrow Development, Star Wars Half Marathon

Mousetalgia's own Dave Breiland ran the Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort as the park finally started closing much of Frontierland in anticipation of the construction of the new Star Wars galaxy, and he reports from the event and the status of the parks. Covering everything from Elton John performing a surprise concert to some food reviews, we discuss the RunDisney Expo, skipper training at the Jungle Cruise, the race course, and more. Then, we welcome Kris Rowberry and Robert Ingle to the show to discuss their new film, "The Legacy of Arrow Development," and we talk about the impact the Arrow machine shop (and its founders, Ed Morgan and Karl Bacon) had on the development of Disneyland and the entire mid-century amusement industry. Plus - Raiders of the Lost Ark performed live, Esmeralda tells new tales, Becky gets combative - and more.

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Mousetalgia Episode 378: Back to the mailbag

Team Mousetalgia goes back to the mailbag to answer your pressing questions this week, with hot topics including the edible plants of Tomorrowland; touring Disneyland with 80-year-olds; storing and displaying blu-ray discs; discussing the best place to start a day inside the park; hiring professional photographers for shoots inside the park; tips and tricks for traveling north for the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet; Disneyland's new costume rules - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 377: SacAnime; The Force Awakens

Travel back to the New World, out to Halloween Town, and off to a galaxy far, far away this week as Mousetalgia takes you to SacAnime, a convention for anime fans held biannually in Sacramento, CA. Jeff reviews the convention and talks to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman about Star Wars, and offers excerpts of panel discussions with Chris Sarandon and Ken Page (the voices of Jack and Oogie Boogie from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas) and Irene Bedard, the voice of Disney's "Pocahontas." Then, the team reunites to further discuss Lucasfilm's "The Force Awakens," with more of our impressions, thoughts, and questions. 

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Mousetalgia Episode 376: Our Disney year in review

Team Mousetalgia reminisces over the past year, and we share our thoughts in our annual New Year show. Topics include the best additions or changes to Disneyland; the best Disney movies (apart from Star Wars!) and our analysis (Cinderella, Inside Out, and Tomorrowland are contenders); our best theme park dining experiences (the Blue Lagoon at Disneyland Paris, Carthay Circle, Catal, and of course, Club 33); our favorite purchases (autographs, a Club 33 mug, Disneyland Paris APs and an original Mary Blair make the list); our annual Oswald Awards (including the release of the Good Dinosaur, Disneyland's popcorn, Disneyland APs, and the planned demise of Frontierland); and our favorite Disney-related events (such as seeing "Newsies" live at the Walt Disney Studios, meeting Peter Renaday, and, of course, Disneyland Paris). Plus - our New Year's resolutions for 2016 - and more.

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Mousetalgia Episode 375: Disneyland's sounds of the holidays; Prep and Landing

This week, Team Mousetalgia takes you on an audio tour of Disneyland during the holiday season. Join us as we listen to the festive sounds of the Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers, the Club 33 Carolers, Olaf's Snow Fest, Five and Dime, the Frontierland Orchestrion, and the Candlelight chorus. Next, listen to a special recording from a recent panel discussion in which Prep and Landing Co-Directors Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton talk about the origins of their popular Christmas television specials, and share some secrets behind the inspiration for some of the settings and characters. Plus: Disneyland and metal detection; Kristen reviews the Springhill Suites at Anaheim Resort; Jeff buys a Faun Warrior's helmet - and more.

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Mousetalgia Episode 374: Star Wars in Disneyland, on screen and in history

The Force is wide awake on this week's episode of Mousetalgia as we celebrate everything Star Wars, from past to present. First, we take a look at Disneyland's "Season of the Force," and discuss Hyperspace Mountain, the Star Wars Launch Bay, Star Tours' new trip to Jakku, and various food offerings - and of course, the new merchandise. Then, we welcome Emmy-Award winning writer Jymn Magon to the show to talk about his role in bringing Lucasfilm and Disney together all the way back in 1978 for the creation of the first Star Wars Little Long-Playing Record. Magon talks about the development of the project, working with George Lucas (and pulling rank on Steven Spielberg) - and much more. And finally, Jeff and Kristen offer our first SPOILER-FREE response to "The Force Awakens," and we discuss the characters, the music, the feels, the nature of the Force, and how the new film works in comparison with its predecessors. Plus - our earliest Star Wars memories, that infamous Holiday special - and more.

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Mousetalgia Episode 373: Disneyland holidays; Good Dino; Becky Cline on Walt's office

This week Mousetalgia reports from Disneyland's Candlelight weekend and brings you a holiday report from both the resort and D23's "Light Up The Season" holiday event on the Walt Disney Studios lot. At the D23 event, guests celebrated the season as they met Sorcerer Mickey, played carnival games, ate in the commissary and watched holiday shorts in the studio theater. Then, we discuss Candlelight weekend at the park, and Kristen talks about the Club 33 Candlelight event - the delectable menu, the special viewing of the ceremony, and the special touches that only Club 33 can provide - then we compare that with a viewing of Candlelight from the side of Main Street, and discuss the crowd's response to this cherished holiday tradition. Next, we speak with Ryan Teeple, the voice of "Young Buck" in Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, and learn about this 10-year-old's unique opportunity to lend his personality to a Pixar character. Finally, we're joined by Becky Cline, director of the Walt Disney Archives, to talk about the newly-renovated office suite that used to be occupied by Walt Disney himself on the studio lot. Plus - Carthay Circle, World of Color - Winter Dreams, Viva Navidad, and more.

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Mousetalgia Episode 372: Don Hahn, Disneyland Ambassadors, Good Dinosaur

Don Hahn joins Mousetalgia this week to talk about a special PBS SoCal show airing on December 17: "Richard M. Sherman: Songs of a Lifetime." Listen in as we talk about Richard Sherman and this television special, developed and produced by Don Hahn, and also discuss Hahn's latest forays into the preservation and celebration of the art of animation. Next, Jeff reports on a WDFM panel discussion featuring Disney Legend Jack Lindquist and the Disneyland Ambassador program, and we learn how the program came about, what the program was intended for, and how it has evolved through today, with stories from a few of the ambassadors. Then, Kristen reviews Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur," and we give last-minute trip tips for Disneyland during the holiday season. Can Christmas Eve be navigated successfully at Disneyland Park? Plus - a new Disney shopping app, Van Eaton's latest auction, Heroes and Villains con - and more!

 

 

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