Mousetalgia Episode 393: Disneyland lodging options

'Tis the season to book your summer trips, so Team Mousetalgia takes our annual look at Disneyland Resort hotels and a variety of area lodging options, and we offer tips and advice to make your trip a success. First, we present the advantages as well as the disadvantages of each of the Disneyland resort hotels (Paradise Pier, The Disneyland Hotel, and the Grand Californian) and discuss amenities, food, family activities, convenience, and more. Then, we mention our top alternate hotels, and also look at the most convenient hotels to the park. We also take a quick look at what to think about before staying in a bargain hotel. Next, Jeff reports on a special sneak preview of the upcoming book with the working title "Marc Davis Goes to WED," which will carefully detail the incredible design work Davis did for Imagineering after he left Walt Disney Animation. Written by authors Chris Merritt and Pete Docter, the book is a definite must-have for Disney fans. Plus - a haunting comic book signing; our favorite Disneyland must-dos - and more.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:32pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 392: Composer John Debney; DCA's Food & Wine Festival

Mousetalgia welcomes Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning composer John Debney to the show today to talk about his score for Jon Favreau's "The Jungle Book," as well as his incredible career and history with the Walt Disney Company - from his start at the studio with Buddy Baker as a mentor, to his recent collaboration with legendary songwriter Richard Sherman to work on songs for this new score. Also, Jeff discusses "The Jungle Book" and shares initial reactions to the groundbreaking film. Then, Kristen reports on Disneyland Resort's Food and Wine Festival, and discusses the variety of booths, the food options, and the best bites she encountered at the event. Finally, we return to talk about Disney's "Ghost Post" subscription experience, and Kristen describes the in-park elements of Disney's first interactive box of souvenirs as she follows the cry of the Haunted Mansion ghosts for help with their predicament. Plus - Hallmark's iffy Disneyana; a Life Magazine special on Walt Disney; new Disney Cruises announced; Disney and Record Store Day - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:43pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 391: Studying Disney history; every Disney park in 80 hours

Team Mousetalgia dives into the depths of Disney history today by welcome Disney historian Joseph Titizian back to the show to talk about studying Disney. With the changes in media over the past few years, the line between enthusiast and historian has blurred, and Titizian shares his background and journey from fan to historian; discusses how Disney helps historians with libraries and archives; explores the history of Disney history books; and offers tips for aspiring historians to make their mark in the field of Disney history. Next, Mousetalgia welcomes Christopher Wing to the show to discuss his latest adventure. Wing recently took flight and made it to all the Disney theme parks around the world in eighty hours. Learn all about the logistics of scheduling flights, luggage, and connections; and relive the drama of near-misses and forgotten iPads. Plus - a WDW Dark Side 5K report; the triumphant return of Awkward Disney Moments - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:35am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 390: Ghost Post subscription; Star Wars

It's a jam-packed Mousetalgia Emporium this week as Team Mousetalgia takes you all over the Disney galaxy! "The Force Awakens" Blu-ray finally hits the shelves, and we talk about our favorite bonus features from the loaded disc of extra content. The "Rogue One" trailer also dropped last week, and we talk about the newest stellar heroine from that galaxy far, far away. Disney's Ghost Post Haunted Mansion subscription boxes have hit the doorsteps of the lucky 999 mortals foolish enough to join the fun, and we detail some of the special features of this intriguing happening that is equal parts collectible and experience. Also - Tom Staggs retires, and Walt Disney World brings digital pressed penny machines into service. Plus - the story of Sally Slater; Disney Crossy Road gets spoopy, D23 announces Destination D; Fusion releases an intriguing documentary about the making of Zootopia - and more.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:01am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 389: Silicon Valley Comic Con

This week, Team Mousetalgia takes you with us to the recently-held Silicon Valley Comic Con, with a focus on the Disney-related aspects of this new pop culture convention including a conversation about the showroom, Stan Lee and his Marvel-ous contributions to the current Disney media empire, and a presence we haven't felt since... well, since the last time we were in a theater to see Star Wars. The writers for The Big Bang Theory also share some moments from their own galaxy far, far away. We also discuss the crowds, the atmosphere, and Kermit the Frog's elevator crush, Lea Thompson. Plus, Shawn Marshall of ParksandCons.com joins us to offer his top 10 tips for surviving conventions and having a successful con experience. Also - Disney's Gracey Manor Ghouls use some very familiar artwork; Select Brands shares their Disney product lineup; Magic Kingdom and Jungle Book apps reviewed; and the D23 Expo dates are announced for 2017.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:41am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 388: Canemaker on Wong and Bambi; Disneyland with toddlers

Team Mousetalgia discusses Bambi, one of Time Magazine's "Top 25 Horror Films," and we look at the life of Disney Legend Tyrus Wong. Join us and learn about Retta Scott's animation for the film, take a brief look at the production of Bambi, and listen to our talk with Academy Award-winning animator and historian John Canemaker about Wong. We learn about Tyrus's childhood and early influences, his education and interest in art history both European and Asian, and how his work was used during his short time at the Walt Disney Studios. Next, Mousetalgia helps a listener with a question about taking a three year old to Disneyland for a birthday. What can she do to make the trip extra special for her child? Also, since celebrity has taken over our political discourse, we wonder which Disney notables might make a good President. Plus - enjoying Disneyland with senior citizens; a listener reports on a Marty Sklar event - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:31am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 387: Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters, Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet

Mousetalgia reviews Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters in Dave and Becky's latest trip report. Does Luigi's character carry the day, or is this attraction too slow to impress? Other trip report topics include the amenities at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa; the Disneyland Resort Egg-stravaganza; VIP seating for the Paint the Night Parade; and the benefits of Disneyland's Signature Annual Passport. Also, Don Morin, creator of the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet, joins Mousetalgia to announce this year's talent line up and describes what you might expect from a trip to Seattle this July to visit this convention made by Disney fans, for Disney fans. Stacia Martin, Bob Gurr and Marty Sklar will be joining the Mouse Meet this year, and the event provides fans a chance to get up close with these Disney celebrities. Plus - we announce the inaugural Mousetalgia Platinum Pen Award; Disney releases (and immediately sells out of) "Ghost Post" Haunted Mansion crates; Disney announces a new Indiana Jones film with Ford and Spielberg - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:23pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 386: Disney cruises, Haunted Mansion influences

Come sail away with Mousetalgia! This week we welcome Beci Mahnken, CEO of Mouse Fan Travel, to the show to discuss everything you need to know about the latest offerings from the Disney Cruise Line, and how to best plan for a Disney cruise. Topics include the "Star Wars Day at Sea"; when to book for the best rates; specialty cruises including runDisney-themed sailings; how to budget for your trip; spa and shopping options; comparisons with non-Disney cruise lines; Alaska vs. the Caribbean; dealing with motion sickness; exclusive Disney-only entertainment opportunities; the advantages of using travel professionals to book your cruise, and more. Next, Jeff talks about '60s horror media in America and Japan and how it influenced the design of the Haunted Mansion. Plus a listener's romantic tale - and as a Disney fan, what do you do when your friends and family don't trust or want your Disney opinions?

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:34pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 385: Zootopia, Disneyland seasonal pricing

Team Mousetalgia reviews Walt Disney Animation Studios' latest feature Zootopia on this week's episode, and we talk about the latest in a line of critically acclaimed hits from Pixar's sister studio. We'll tell you what worked and what to look for in this anthropomorphic whodunnit - all spoiler free! We also discuss Disneyland's move to tiered seasonal pricing, and what it might mean for the future. In other topics on the show, the "Small World" movie gets writers; LEGO Disney Minifigs announced; changes over at D23; and we remember Disney Legend Jack Lindquist, who passed away on Feb. 28.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:59am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 384: Disneyland advice, listener email

Team Mousetalgia returns to our overflowing inbox to catch up on your burning questions, and topics include: Searching for nightlife at the Disneyland Resort; locker rentals at the park; trip budgeting; limos from LAX; the value of an Annual Passport during park construction; blu-ray storage; adult experiences at the parks; Disneyland bests and worsts; comparing the Land versus the World for first-time guests; Disneyland marriage proposals; listener trip reports; and more. Plus - Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet ticket sales are announced, Pixar's slow cooker, and music reviews of Voice Play and Peter Alden.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:11am PDT
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