Mousetalgia Episode 271: The best of 2013 - a brief review

Team Mousetalgia takes our annual personal look back at the year in Disney, listing off our faves from the "Limited Time Magic" promotion, the various Disney movies, and more. Does the team rank Frozen above Saving Mr. Banks? Listen and find out! We also discuss our favorite change or addition to the Disney company, and offer our annual "Oswald Award" for things that just didn't go as planned. Finally, we wrap up the show with our personal magic moments of the year, remembering our unforgettable experiences, including Richard Sherman's 85th birthday party, the Club 33 Marc Davis tribute, time in the Disneyland Hotel cabanas, and earning a runDisney Coast-to-Coast medal. Also - a listener reports on a special tour of the Walt Disney Studios in conjunction with screenings of "Saving Mr. Banks," and we offer a healthy serving of bits and bytes, including Disney's new Hawaiian princess, the Frozen app, grapefruit beer - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 270: Seekers of the Weird, listener email

Merry Weird-mas from Mousetalgia! On today's special holiday show, we welcome three - count 'em, three - Imagineers to the show to talk about Marvel's upcoming "Disney Kingdoms" line of comics, which will be based on Disney theme park attractions. The first title, Seekers of the Weird, is based on Rolly Crump's original designs for the never-realized Museum of the Weird attraction, and Imagineers Josh Shipley, Brian Crosby and Jim Clark join us to discuss the origin story behind the comic, and some of the opportunities and challenges the new storylines present as they take a deeper dive into the worlds of some of the Disney parks' storied attractions. Also, we present our annual theoretical gifts to the Disneyland Resort - will TDA take us up on any of our ideas? Plus, Santa brings us a sack of listener mail to dig through, and we talk budget trips to the parks, Fantasmic viewing, a Haunted Mansion moment - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 269: Disneyland Holidays, remembering Annette

Team Mousetalgia reviews the Disneyland Holiday season for 2013 in this episode. First, Jeff and Kristen discuss various aspects of the holidays at the resort, including reports and reviews from Viva Navidad, World of Color Winter Dreams, the Holiday T Party, the Christmas Fantasy Parade, it's a small world, the Jingle Jangle Jamboree, the Jingle Cruise, various treats and restaurant offerings, and the Candlelight Processional. Listen to our reports and decide for yourself if Disneyland is still the leader in live holiday entertainment. And, it's time for the second annual Candy Cane Challenge, and this year we do a blind taste test of two Disneyland handmade candy canes - but one is a year old. Can our team tell the difference? Also - Dave and Jeff attend a tribute to Annette Funicello at the Walt Disney Family Museum featuing original Mouseketeer Sharon Baird and report on the event. Plus - a listener celebrates Walt's birthday at the Smoke Tree Ranch - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 268: MyMagic+, Frozen

We discuss the benefits and perils of the new MyMagic+ experience at Walt Disney World, and also review Disney's Frozen in this week's episode of Mousetalgia. First, we talk about Walt Disney World's newest feature, My Disney Experience and MyMagic+, a system that has been getting a lot of press lately due to complications and bugs in the system. Technically still in testing, MyMagic+ promises to make vacations at the Walt Disney World resort a dream - but is the experience living up to the hype? Listen to Dave and Becky's experience with the new system and judge for yourself. In addition, they discuss the holidays at Walt Disney World, and get stranded on Maelstrom. Also, Jeff and Kristen discuss Disney animation's latest blockbuster, Frozen. Going back to princess-based fairy tales, Disney seems to be falling back into familiar territory, but does Frozen offer something fresh? We debate the merits of this solid box office hit. Plus - a great sweepstakes giveaway, holiday gift giving ideas - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 267: Diane Disney Miller; Wine & Dine Half Marathon

This week, we welcome Joseph Titizian, writer for the Walt Disney Family Museum blog, to join us in a celebration of the life of Diane Disney Miller, with whom Joseph was a good friend. We look at Diane's philanthropic work and humble pursuit of truth regarding the legacy of her father, Walt Disney. Joseph also shares some personal stories of his history with the Walt Disney Family Museum and his relationship with its founder, Diane. We also remember Walt himself during this 112th anniversary week of his birth, and dig into the archives to discover how Walt celebrated the birth of his first daughter, Diane. Next, Dave talks about the Wine & Dine Half Marathon which was recently hosted at the Walt Disney World resort, and describes the race by which he earned his Coast-to-Coast Race Challenge medal for running two Disney half marathons, one on each coast, in a calendar year. Plus - the holidays have decended upon Disneyland, and we discuss our favorite features found at the resort this season - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 266: The true story of Mary Poppins

Disney Legend Dave Smith, Disney Archivist Emeritus, joins Mousetalgia this week to tell the true story of Walt Disney's pursuit of P. L. Travers to bring her book Mary Poppins to the screen. In anticipation of the upcoming feature film Saving Mr. Banks, we look into the history of the making of the iconic film and discover the true-life challenges the studio encountered as the film began production. We also talk to a Mousetalgia listener about his own experience dealing personally with P. L. Travers in an attempt to bring Mary Poppins to the stage, and Kristen reports from a preview screening of Saving Mr. Banks. Plus - we give thanks for our Disney blessings in honor of this holiday week, and take a moment to remember the life well-lived of Diane Disney Miller, Walt Disney's daughter, who passed away last week at the age of 79.

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Mousetalgia Episode 265: From Indian Village to Critter Country

Along the edge of Disneyland's Rivers of America, Critter Country and Splash Mountain welcome guests into a wilderness of friendly fauna. But before Critter Country, there was Bear Country and its Jamboree, and before Bear Country, there was Indian Village and its living history. Join Mousetalgia for an informative look at the history of the far end of Disneyland, and learn about the development of this section of the park. Was Indian Village condescending or a product of its time - or both? Is The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh a better or worse attraction than its predecesor, the Country Bear Jamboree? We also review all of the current food and shopping options in Critter Country, and weigh the pros and cons of spending time at the farthest corner of Disneyland. Plus - a listener reviews Peter and the Starcatcher, Team Mousetalgia create our own attractions to add to Critter Country... and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 264: Tony Baxter, Halloween Town, Neverland

In this week's Mousetalgia Emporium, Team Mousetalgia report from Disneyland's Main Street, from Halloween Town, and even from Neverland! Jeff reports from Tony Baxter's Main Street Window Ceremony, held November 1 at Disneyland Park, and talks to some of Tony's friends and peers about the legacy Tony has left for future generations of Imagineers. Next, Kristen offers a review of "Peter and the Starcatcher" from the national tour's stop in Seattle, and offers an insightful critique of the Tony-Award-winning play. Jeff discusses Disney on Ice's "Passport to Adventure," and talks about the Neverland segment in that arena show as well, pointing out how the script refers back to J. M. Barrie's original play. Kristen then reviews the new Monsters University blu-ray set, revealing some of the extras and bonus materials that fans have come to expect from Pixar sets. And finally, Jeff reviews a recent performance of "Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton," a symphonic performance held on Halloween night in downtown Los Angeles which features Elfman's triumphant return to live performance on the stage. Plus - if you had to swap a Disneyland attraction for another Disney attraction from any Disney park worldwide, what would you choose?

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Mousetalgia Episode 263: Disneyland VIP Tours

Is a Disneyland VIP Tour right for you? Mousetalgia reports from a full day of VIP touring around the resort and offers tips and advice regarding VIP tours, some of which may surprise you. The VIP Hosts and Hostesses (in the famous Disneyland plaid outfits) act as living fastpasses, and we discuss the pros and cons of having nearly instant access to so many E-Ticket attractions. Can there be too much of a good thing? Also - we report on a new lunch menu at Club 33, with seasonal desserts that are to die for, and we discuss the pros and cons of reserved seating for Main Street shows. Kristen also reports briefly on the resort-specific games and offerings for hotel guests. Plus - Tony Baxter's Main Street Window is installed above the Magic Shop, our first listener review of Frozen, and a report on a limited-time magic opportunity to meet and greet Thor at Disneyland.

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Mousetalgia Episode 262: Dave Bossert on Roy E. Disney, Disney Halloween

Producer Dave Bossert from Walt Disney Feature Animation joins us to discuss Roy E. Disney and his new book, "Remembering Roy E. Disney: Memories and Photos of a Storied Life." Bossert talks about the critical challenges Roy faced as he successfully saved Disney animation and the Disney company in general, and we also discuss Bossert's role in the preservation of Disney's classic animated features. In other news, it's Halloween week, and Mousetalgia has cooked up a potpourri of grim goodies for you in celebration of this holiday or horrors. Kristen describes the dark delicacies served at the park this season; Jeff shares a bit of the dead man's "T Party;" and the team discuss more elements of Mickey's Halloween Party and Halloween Time 2013. Plus - listeners' trip reports, "Nightmare Before Christmas" Second Screen Live, Kristen attends a "genre-defying" cabaret/burlesque stage presentation of "Nightmare Before Christmas" - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 261: Sam Gennawey on Disneyland, spooky movies

Author Sam Gennawey joins Team Mousetalgia this week to discuss his new book "The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney's Dream." Calling Disneyland Walt Disney's "third child," Gennawey talks about the unique challenges and circumstances that led to the creation of the theme park many consider the most magical place on earth. Also this week, we look at a couple spooky not-Disney movies that are actually quite Disney related. "Escape from Tomorrow," the Sundance sensation, is first-time director Randy Moore's film secretly shot largely on location inside of Disney theme parks, and Jeff and Kristen offer dual reviews and opinions on the controversial piece. The Haunting, a 1963 film by Robert Wise, tells the chilling tale of a haunted house that bears a striking resemblance to another haunted mansion we all know and love, and Jeff takes a closer look at the role Wise's film played in the development of a classic Disneyland attraction. Plus - our favorite Disney parks skeletons... and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 260: Ghostly Adventures by Disney, Halloween history

Are you brave enough? Find out in this episode of Mousetalgia, when we take you on an Adventures by Disney trip to Scotland with Mouse Fan Travel CEO Beci Mahnken and chase down myths, legends, and spine-tingling ghost stories! Follow in the footsteps of the Pixar team that created Brave on a trip to Scotland, and learn about what makes an Adventures by Disney vacation unique in the world of traveling and touring. We also discuss Disneyland Paris and tips for enjoying that resort. Next, Kristen and Jeff give Halloween a Disney twist - Jeff by reporting on the history of the classic Halloween spook house, and Kristen by reading from a Mickey Mouse Club Magazine article on the origins of this bewitching season. Also, tips to help you give your Halloween party a little Disney magic; a listener takes another look at Knott's Halloween Haunt - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 259: Knotts Halloween Haunt vs. Disneyland

Jeff visit's Knott's annual "Halloween Haunt" in this fearfully fiendish episode of Mousetalgia! As the spooking season gets under way, we compare Knott's venerable "Haunt" with Disneyland's "Mickey's Halloween Party" to compare and contrast the two extraordinarily popular seasonal events. While Knott's features scares, mazes, and entertainment for mature audiences (Elvira is back!), Disneyland focuses on characters, atmosphere, and candy, candy - and more candy. Is either attraction better or worse? Do the audiences overlap? You be the judge as we look at the features of both events. Also, ABC's fall lineup is garnering praise as well as jeers - Kristen shares a few thoughts about some of the new shows. Plus, a listener reviews a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland - and more! *Special note: There are a few moments in the show that include descriptions of some aspects of the Knott's event that might be offensive to sensitive or younger listeners. For our family audience, parental discretion is advised for this episode of Mousetalgia.

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Mousetalgia Episode 258: Haunted Mansion presentation, the art of Bambi

Jeff dons his "Chef" hat and offers a synopsis of a recent Haunted Mansion presentation he delivered at the fall gathering of the Golden Gate Disneyana Club on this week's episode of Mousetalgia. From the Mansion's architectural origins to the great haunt debate (should it be scary or should it be spooky?), we examine a few of the interesting elements that make the Haunted Mansion such an unforgettable and fascinating attraction. Next, we join Andreas Deja and Carol Police at the Walt Disney Family Museum and report on a talk about "Art and Character Development in Walt Disney's Bambi," featuring an in-depth look at the groundbreaking artwork created by Tyrus Wong for the film's production. Plus - deep-sixing Disneyland attractions, Little Mermaid Second Screen Live screenings, another view of the Villains event - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 257: Halloween Time, Anaheim's Halloween Parade

Halloween Time has come to Disneyland, and Team Mousetalgia reports on the arrival of this popular villainous season. But first, we welcome Kevin Kidney back to the show to give some history of the upcoming Anaheim Halloween Parade, what guests can expect at this year's event, and the intriguing Disney ties to this special hometown celebration. Next, Dave and Becky review Disneyland's "Unleash the Villains" Limited-Time Magic event on Friday, Sept. 13th, and describe the good, the bad, and the ugly. Dancing with DJs in Disneyland - is it a trend that's here to stay, or a fad that never quite catches the public's imagination? Then, we preview Disneyland's annual Halloween Time celebration, and offer some special food reviews, a description of some of the special seasonal overlays and features, and offer our advice on enjoying the spooky season at the park. Finally, we offer our penultimate Club 33 review of the original club, with more food reviews and a brief discussion of the future of the storied restaurant. Plus - coast-to-coast Marty Sklar book signings, including a Walt Disney Family Museum event; Pixar's La Luna story app; surviving Disneyland in the heat of SoCal's Indian Summers - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 256: Marketing Disneyland; Jack Kinney

Bob Witter, director of marketing for Disneyland in the '90s, talks about his time with the park and the development of various campaigns (starting with Indiana Jones and "40 Years of Adventure") that helped launch the resort's marketing efforts in a new direction. Witter talks about Indy, sponsors, Jay Leno, and more. Also, Jeff and Kristen discuss the late Disney animator Jack Kinney's time with the studio via his 1988 book, "Walt Disney and Other Assorted Characters." In his book, Kinney shares accounts of the earliest days at Disney's studio, and discusses how the team endured the depression and built the world's premiere animation studio under the leadership of Walt Disney. Plus - San Jose's late Frontier Village and its Disneyland ties; a signed book giveaway; Halloween Time arrives at Disneyland; the secret to creating Trader Sam's Shipwreck - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 255: Storybook Land restoration, Disneyland Half Marathon

Becky's 5k, Button's 100m dash, and Dave's half marathon: it's a Mousetalgia runDisney report! Despite sign-in woes and overnight temps near the mid-70s before sunrise, the heat and above-average humidity couldn't quell the spirit of the 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon runners. Amid scattered episodes of heat stroke and asthma attacks, the athetes perservered for another overall successful event, and we have the details. Also - a Storybook Land restoration project gets underway, with an attempt to preserve some of Walt's original model buildings from the1956 attraction, and you can be involved. Plus - dining options at the Steakhouse 55 lounge, staying in the Frontierland Tower, catching the Divas, videogame news... and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 254: Listener email

This week, we answer your emails in a cornucopia of Disney goodness! Thanks to your questions, we tackle subjects like finding Disney in the non-Disney world; a Jolly Roger Hotel review; making your DCA evenings extra-special; Dave's coast-to-coast aspirations; DIY Disneyland scavenger hunts; Goin' Quackers with Willio and Phillio; bringing a non-Disney-fan or disinterested family member into the "family"; apps that will increase your enjoyment of the parks; and buying unique Disney gifts for the fan who seems to have everything. Also - we help Dave and Becky decorate their new home, Disney-style. Plus, greetings from Scotland - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 253: Bird's 'Tomorrowland' and 'The Optimist'

"The Optimist" takes center stage in this third episode in Mousetalgia's coverage of the D23 Expo. As part of the promotional machine behind Brad Bird's upcoming film "Tomorrowland," "The Optimist," an alternate reality game, has captured the imaginations of many forward-looking futurists. Participating in the finale of its initial phase at the D23 Expo, Jeff and Kristen report on meeting many of the characters inhabiting this alternate reality as they solve puzzles and chase clues, working together with like-minded souls in their pursuit of a proposed fictional utopian society with which WED was intricately involved. Disney also unveiled its "Tomorrowland" pavilion at D23, burying fans in piles of clues and historical documents, all of which add pieces to the "Tomorrowland" puzzle. We also take a look back at WED's real history during the '64-'65 World's Fair, and try to find some context for Walt Disney's intriguing concept of a glittering "City of Tomorrow." Also, Dick Van Dyke has a car-tastrophe! Plus, some clarification about Marc Davis and Tinker Bell from Mindy Johnson, filming at DCA, Planes - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 252: D23 Expo panels and presentations

The Disney Studios and nostalgic music take the lead in our second episode covering the recent D23 Expo in Anaheim! Team Mousetalgia report on the keynote Studios presentation at the Expo, and discuss the celebrity appearances, special surprises, and Marvel-ous upcoming films certain to keep Disney fans watching their calendars. Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie, and a plethora of other Hollywood celebrities made appearances to plug upcoming projects, and Disney displayed a strong slate of future films. Also, Richard Sherman and Alan Menken appeared together for an evening of magical music from the Disney songbook, and we have highlights from this much-anticipated presentation. Also, Tony Baxter, the Pixar Brain Trust, Stacia Martin, and others got up on stage and we report on a few of the many panels offered at this year's convention. Plus - a midnight ride on the Haunted Mansion, Mara's eyes become even more threatening - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 251: D23 Expo 2013 floor and pavilions

Team Mousetalgia assemble their favorite moments, news items, reviews and experiences from the 2013 D23 Expo on this supersized, first episode (of three) reporting on the official convention attended by over 50,000 guests. This week, we discuss the lines and queues created for the event, and decide what worked and what didn't in terms of managing masses of attendees. We also review the pavilions and Collectors Forum, mentioning some stand-out vendors and some highlights from Disney's official displays, including the consumer products pavilion and Walt Disney Animation Studios. We talk favorite bits of swag, techniques for surviving the crowds, and finish part one of our review with a discussion of the Parks and Resorts pavilion featuring a "Journey Into Imagineering." Plus Jeff talks to Disney Legend Tyrus Wong and Pete Docter, Mr. Toad makes the rounds, Dave counts down to the half marathon - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 250: Early Frontierland, vintage Disneyland

Join us for a tour of Disneyland in the '50s and '60s, while Team Mousetalgia recovers from the 2013 D23 Expo weekend, which we will cover in earnest starting next Monday. But this week, we talk to former Mule Train operator Robby Beeman, who tells fascinating tales of frightened mules, waiting on Julie Andrews in Club 33, and the horse who ditched his trolley and got caught trying to visit Mr. Lincoln! Jeff also digs into his archives to read some old newspaper articles about Disneyland's first decade, and we imagine what it might have been like to, say, watch helicopters bring guests to Disneyland at twilight from the windows of the lounge atop the Disneyland Hotel. Plus - Jeff introduces a new Haunted Mansion art collection; Rolly Crump visits the Walt Disney Family Museum; Kristen reviews Randy Newman in concert; Mickey Mouse slings meth - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 249.5: Richard Sherman and Alan Menken

Richard Sherman and Alan Menken speak about their upcoming concert ("Richard M. Sherman and Alan Menken: The Disney Songbook) at the D23 Expo in this special midweek bonus episode of Mousetalgia. Dave was able to take part in a media phone interview with Richard and Alan as they spoke about their contributions to the Disney songbook. Separately and together, the two answer questions about their process, their body of work, obscure and personal songs, and their preparations for the August 10, 2013 concert which will put them together on stage for the first time ever to perform some of the most beloved music ever written. Alan speaks of his methods of creating stories as much as songs, and Richard tells stories about creating the music for Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and the catchiest theme park song ever written. Plus - hear Richard coin a term in his famous Shermanastic way, as only a Sherman Brother could!

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Mousetalgia Episode 249: D23 Expo preview, Ron Dias

Tips, tricks, hypotheses, and queues - it's time for Mousetalgia's pre-Expo roundtable! This week, Team Mousetalgia discuss our hopes and fears for this week's D23 Expo, including a list of our can't miss attractions featuring topics as varied as vintage Disney vinyl, Tony Baxter's never-seen vintage Disneyland footage, director Brad Bird, and drawing Mickey Mouse, to name a few. We also talk survival tips, discuss the show floor and vendors, and worry aloud about the untested "StagePass" system that Disney plans to implement. Also - last week the Disney community mourned the loss of Disney artist Ron Dias, and we pay tribute to the man who began his career animating Sleeping Beauty and became a friend to Disney fans far and wide. Plus - Club 33 is rumored to be closing for a major refurbishment in the near future, and Team Mousetalgia discusses the pros and cons of the likely changes. Special note: This episode marks the fifth birthday of the Mousetalgia podcast! Thank you for faithful listening and your continued support!

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Mousetalgia Episode 248: The mysterious Charles Shows, emails

Team Mousetalgia returns to the mailbag to answer your questions, and Jeff and Kristen review an insider's account of working with Walt Disney in the studio. But first - we talk back to listeners about FastPasses, buying Annual Passports, hotel distances from the Main Gate, prepping for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon, making the most out of a Disneyland trip, more on the mysterious "test brick" wall, fun and games with flourscent "invisible" ink, riding the Monorail, and some book recommendations. Jeff and Kristen then review "Walt - Backstage Adventures with Walt Disney" by Charles Shows, a television writer/director who worked for Disney in the heyday of Walt's television productions. Are Shows memories reliable, or the exaggeration of a professional gag writer? You can be the judge as we inspect some of Shows' recollections of working for Walt, the studio head. Plus - our predictions for Disney's next blockbuster film property - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 247: DisneyanaMania, Club 33, Richard Sherman

Mousetalgia was invited to speak at DisneyanaMania 2013, and we have a full report! Joined by representatives from Micechat, we addressed the attendees of this year's Disneyana convention and talked about Disney fandom. We also report on presentations by Dave Avanzino and Disney Legends Marty Sklar and Rolly Crump, and report on the show floor from the Disneyana collectibles show and sale. Next, the weekend becomes an unreal Disney fan's dream trip as Jeff and Kristen report on visiting 1901 at the Carthay Circle; review a brunch at Club 33; and attend Richard Sherman's 85th birthday surprise party. Also, a listener reports from the Chicago premiere of "The Jungle Book," directed by Mary Zimmerman. Plus - Kristen discusses piloting the Mark Twain and the wildlife of the Rivers of America; the team reviews the Garden Grove Sheraton; we take a tour through Kevin and Jody's studio - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 246: Lone Ranger, Charles Phoenix, Mouse Meet

Happy 58th birthday, Disneyland! This week, we have an emporium of topics and soundbytes, including our review of Disney's latest not-quite-blockbusting film, "The Lone Ranger," and a wrap-up of our recent trip to Seattle to visit the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet. Jeff also reviews the Walt Disney Family Museum's evening celebration of the Enchanted Tiki Room's 50th anniversary, and previews Charles Phoenix's retro Disneyland slide show, which will be featured at this year's D23 Expo next month. Also, we host a giveaway for a vintage Disneyland prize; we talk to a cast member about what it was like to pilot the Storybook Land Canal Boats of yesteryear; and we listen to some limited time magic high atop the icy slopes of the majestic Matterhorn - plus more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 245: Interviews with Imagineer Kevin Rafferty and three Disney Legends

Learn about the earliest in-"car"-nation of Cars Land from Creative Director Kevin Rafferty in this star-studded episode of Mousetalgia, recorded directly from the 2013 Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet, featuring four exclusive interviews covering many fascinating aspects of the Disney company. First, we speak with Dave Smith, the director emeritus of the Disney Archives, who tells us some secrets of his years with the company. Learn which items Dave broke, Dave's opinions about the nature of collecting, and his explanations about how the Disney Company and Disney family share items and information. Next, we talk to Kevin Rafferty about his long, productive career with Walt Disney Imagineering, including a behind-the-scenes look at the "It's Tough To Be a Bug!" attraction, and his leadership in the development of Cars Land. Finally, we attempt to corral Bill Farmer and Tony Anselmo, two of Disney's most popular voice actors, into a dual interview with varying degrees of success. Hilarity ensues! Plus - a sneak preview of next week's report from the Mouse Meet. Also, don't forget to mark your calendar for Aug. 8 at 4 pm, when the official Mousetalgia Pre-Expo Meet-up will be held on the patio outside of Trader Sam's at the Disneyland Hotel with a special guest. Don't miss it!

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Mousetalgia Episode 244: Summer tips for Disneyland, Marvel profits

Spend your summer having a spectacular time at Disneyland with our roundtable discussion of our top tips for making the most of the hot sunny days at the park. From our favorite nighttime destinations (Disney California Adventure moves up in the ranks this year!) to the best places to cool off, Team Mousetalgia shares our secrets and our go-to destinations at the resort. Also, we have an Ears To The Ground report from Trish about a busy weekend at the Walt Disney Family Museum with Disney Legends, insiders, Audio-Animatronic secrets, and some Goofy voice coaching. Finally, if you think Iron Man has filled the Mouse's coffers, you ain't seen nothing yet. Disney is going to start making serious money from its acquisition of Marvel, and we share an insider's report on how it all breaks down. Plus, patriotic Monsters... and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 243: Tinker Bell - An Evolution

This week, author Mindy Johnson joins Mousetalgia to discuss her upcoming book, "Tinker Bell: An Evolution." Learn all about the history of Tinker Bell, from author J. M. Barrie's earliest pantomimes and Peter Pan stories through Disneyland's creation of "Pixie Hollow," where park guests can meet the latest iteration of the famed fairy. Johnson discusses many aspects of her book, including: Barrie's history with the tinkers; Disney's decision to transform Tinker Bell from the mischievous imp of Peter Pan to the playful fairy that introduced Walt's earliest television shows; the many colors of Tink, including different dress shades and hair colors; the various artists that worked on Walt's version of the fairy, including David Hall and Marc Davis; and much more. Also - Jeff complains about a hidden Mickey, Kristen offers a PNWMM giveaway, Becky gets an education in scaring, and Dave reports on a special Monsters U. discussion with director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae. Plus - a report from the Limited Time Magic 25th anniversary screening of Who Framed Roger Rabbit... and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 242: Disney/Pixar 101

Don Peri and Jonas Rivera hosted a talk on the history of the Walt Disney and Pixar Studios at the Walt Disney Family Museum on June 15, 2013, and Jeff and Kristen attended to report on the event. First, Disney historian Don Peri spoke about the history of Walt Disney the man, and Walt Disney the trademark, covering the entire history of the studio (with a few shortcuts along the way). Then, Pixar producer Jonas Rivera spoke about the history of the Pixar studio, and how they look to Disney for historical direction and inspiration. But first, we discuss Universal Studios' recent decision to sell a super pass that allows purchasers to skip lines at their theme parks completely, and we discuss what forming a theme park caste system might mean for the industry, and Disney in particular. Plus - Red Trolley Ale: our review... and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:48pm PST
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Mousetalgia Episode 241: Disney "how-tos," e-mails

Want answers? We respond to your "how-to" emails on this week's episode of Mousetalgia. We'll tell you how to tackle the Alan Menken/Richard Sherman concert at the D23 Expo; how to choose an area hotel; how to avoid summer crowds at the park; how to approach visiting the Walt Disney Family Museum; and how to take romantic photos in the parks. Also, D23 Day at Imagineering - worth going or not? Insoles and walking socks - do they make a difference? Is there any can't-miss counter service food at the parks? Plus, a special report on the park and guests with hearing loss; a quick discussion about the golden age of Warner Bros. animation and Lee Holley; hunting for collectibles at the Disneyana show and sale, a sneak preview of Monsters University - and much more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:15pm PST
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Mousetalgia Episode 240: 12 straight days at Disneyland, WDFM's Calicchio resigns

Spending 12 days straight at Disneyland, and Gabriella Calicchio resigns as CEO of the Walt Disney Family Museum: Dave and Becky spent 12 days at Disneyland, and learned how to live at the resort. Becky offers tips for dealing with shorter park hours, and faces the challenges of long-term stays (such as losing your annual pass, getting sick mid-trip, and balancing competing family interests.) She also reviews World of Color dining at Wine Country Trattoria, and reviews a recent meal at Steakhouse 55. Next, we discuss the news that Walt Disney Family Museum CEO Gabriella Calicchio abruptly resigned last week, and we look back at her brief time as the CEO of the museum, and muse about the museum's future direction. Plus, ranking the fine dining options at the resort, meeting Stan Lee, Monsters cereal, Carthay Circle's new CD release, Mousetalgia's new pinterest page - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:20pm PST
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Mousetalgia Episode 239: Mickey's Magical Map, Monstrous All-Nighter

Disneyland opened a new stage show in Fantasyland Theatre and launched the summer with a 24-hour "all-nighter," and Team Mousetalgia brings you our exclusive report! First, Disneyland threw a party for the press to celebrate the world premiere of "Mickey's Magical Map," the new live action extravaganza which occupies the newly-renovated Fantasyland Theatre, and we offer our initial impressions and review of the crowd-pleasing show. Next, Disneyland celebrated the start of their "Monstrous Summer" with a 24-hour party in Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, and Dave and Jeff took the challenge and attempt to survive 24 hours inside the resort. Listen to our report and tips for managing a night of Disney entertainment, attractions, food, and dealing with sleep-deprived, punch-drunk guests. Also, John Lasseter talks Monsters University at a Giants ballgame, Disneyland goes Greek - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:07am PST
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Mousetalgia Episode 238: Don Morin of the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet

Don Morin, the founder of the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet, joins Mousetalgia to talk about the event's history and what the future holds for this popular Disney fan convention. Don also talks about a recent PNW Mouse Trek he and some lucky attendees took to Hollywood to experience some Walt Disney history, including trips to Walt's Barn, the Tam O'Shanter, and special tour of the Walt Disney Studios - and we have a report from the event from attendee Russ! Also, Disneyland-area hotels, part 2: Thanks to listener feedback, we are already revisiting the topic of hotels, to aid you in your summer trip planning. Plus, Jeff goes comic book shopping, Kristen tries to watch "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" on dvd, Becky talks about paying for missed Disneyland Dining reservations, and Dave does Record Store Day!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:00pm PST
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Mousetalgia Episode 237: Star Wars Day, Iron Man 3

The Fourth is strong with Jeff as he takes on a fun-filled day packed with Star Wars activities, and the Walt Disney Family Museum welcomes its first exhibit of contemporary lowbrow art by Camille Rose Garcia. But first, Team Mousetalgia discuss their 24-hour day prep as Jeff and Dave decide to attempt to stay in Disneyland Park for 24 straight hours. Next, Jeff and Kristen review Iron Man 3, and Jeff discusses the WDFM's press event celebrating their new Alice in Wonderland exhibit featuring works by Mary Blair and Camille Rose Garcia, and the team ponders the museum's direction and mission. We discuss the Walt Disney Company's focus on acquiring franchises vs. in-house creative ventures, and move into a review of Jeff's celebration of Star Wars Day on May 4, with stops at Disneyland, Bats Day, Gallery Nucleus and a 30th anniversary screening of Return of the Jedi in Hollywood, featuring guest speaker Mark Hamill!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:24pm PST
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Mousetalgia Episode 236: Disney collecting 101

It's the thrill of the hunt! From the newest Vinylmation to the oldest Mickey Mouse figurine, Team Mousetalgia takes you on a tour through the ins and outs of collecting Disney merchandise and various forms of Disneyana. Most Disney fans like to surround themselves with Disney items, so by popular demand, we're diving headfirst into the topic of collecting. First, we define the term "collector," and help you define what pattern of collecting is most suited to you. We look at different ways to collect, where you'll find the biggest selection of Disneyana, and how to shop smart and follow your heart. We also get personal and describe our favorite collectible items and talk about our own methods of displaying our treasures. Plus, Jeff talks about printing techniques and defines some confusing terms. Also - 24 hours in a park with nothing to do? Why not ride Tower of Terror a gazillion times in a row? Plus more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:09am PST
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Mousetalgia Episode 235: Hotels 101 - Staying on and off Disney property

Trying to decide where to stay on your Disneyland vacation? Let Team Mousetalgia lend a hand with our collection of tips and ideas for making the most of your next trip to the resort. Whether you select the least expensive area motel or the exclusive Pirates Suite in the Disneyland Hotel, we'll offer some guidance and advice gathered from our years of experience traveling to and from Disneyland to help you make informed choices and good decisions. We'll look at some of the best and worst off-property options, and explore the amenities and restaurants at the official Disneyland Resort hotels. Also - Star Wars and the Haunted Mansion collide, and Kristen reviews a Fess Parker biography. Plus - 24 hours straight in Disneyland... great idea, mass hysteria - or both?

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:49pm PST
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Mousetalgia Episode 234: Who Framed Roger Rabbit's 25th Anniversary

Celebrate a Toontown anniversary reunion this week, as Jeff takes you along to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 25th anniversary screening and panel discussion celebrating "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," the seminal live action/animated film that honored classic pre-television animation. Listen to an all-star panel discuss the making of the film, and learn about the challenges they overcame to bring director Robert Zemeckis's vision to the screen. Also, we take a look at the history of the film, and learn about the pulp novel from which the film was adapted. Also - a Walt Disney Family Museum report on Walt's Hyperion studio; Ub Iwerks and Brad Bird's Disney-related ties to Alfred Hitchcock - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:40am PST
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Mousetalgia Episode 233: Marc Davis biography, remembering Annette

Disney author and historian Jeff Kurtti joins us to remember Annette Funicello, and Lella Smith of the Animation Research Library joins us to discuss an upcoming Marc Davis book on this week's Emporium. But first, Becky reports on braving Disneyland during Spring Break and offers some culinary cautionary tales from the park. Next, Lella Smith, Creative Director of Disney's Animation Research Library, talks to us about an upcoming book about Marc Davis and offers an exclusive and extensive sneak preview of the chapters and authors of this much-anticipated book. Finally, we take a moment to remember Annette Funicello, and Jeff Kurtti joins us to share some personal stories of his memories and interaction with Annette, who may be best remembered as "America's Sweetheart." Plus, Disney Jr.'s new show, Iron Man invades Disneyland - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:04pm PST
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Mousetalgia Episode 232: E-mails, Disney music

It's another Mousetalgia Mailbag! In this episode, Team Mousetalgia answer more of your questions, dealing with topics such as biographies of Walt Disney; dealing with Disneyland on a holiday weekend; an update on the ongoing Mousetalgia "Soarin'" contest; the darkness of Mary Poppins; and a mule named "Jo." Also - a report on the organ music which accompanied Walt Disney's early silent films, and another report on a successful solo trip to Disneyland.  Plus - 12 of our favorite classic Disney movies, an album review of vintage Disney music - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:27pm PST
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Mousetalgia Episode 231: Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy

Disney Legend Bill Farmer joins Mousetalgia for our super-silly April Fools' Week episode! Farmer, an accompished voice over artist and the voice of Goofy, joins us this week to discuss his life and times. We talk about Bill's early career and stand-up comedy, how he became Disney's choice as the voice of Goofy, and his other voice work for Warner Bros., Pixar, and other popular studios and characters. Plus, we talk about Goofy in the parks, and his presence throughout Disneyland. Also - how to discern whether or not a Disney story is an April Fools' Day rumor, and Kingdom Comedy's Tim Babb joins the table!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:11pm PST
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Mousetalgia Episode 230: Remembering Marc Davis with Alice Davis

Disney Legend Marc Davis in his own words: This week, on the centennial of his birth, the Mousetalgia team presents a special salute to Marc Davis, one of Walt Disney's "Nine Old Men" and one of the most influential Imagineers to ever work for WED Enterprises. First, we present an exclusive oral history of Marc's background and history with the Disney Studios by Marc himself, taken from a never-before aired interview. Marc talks about discovering his artistic talents and finding work with Disney during the Great Depression, and describes his time working for Walt. Next, Jeff and Kristen report from Club 33's exclusive Marc Davis Centennial event, and describe the amazing food, fascinating panel discussions and a tour through the Dream Suite to see some of Marc's original iconic artwork from Disney's archives. Finally, we welcome Disney Legend Alice Davis back to the show to share her own thoughts about Marc's life and work and her time with Marc, and to offer some tips about having a lasting, loving marriage. Also - Designer Celeste Cronrath talks about creating the hottest new Haunted Mansion merch release in years, Becky gets classy talking about jewelry, and Wreck-It Ralph and Oz reviews!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:03pm PST
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Mousetalgia Episode 229: Disneyland Fantasy Faire, Minnie's Moonlit Madness

Find your favorite princess in Disneyland's new royal Fantasy Faire, and take a trip backstage as Mousetalgia competes in Minnie's Moonlit Madness, a cutthroat cast member competition! First, we report on the mostly-annual "Madness," a trivia contest and scavenger hunt that takes place in Disneyland Park after it closes to the public. We're joined by Imagineer Josh Shipley to discuss the struggles, strategies and secrets behind the contest, which is hours of pure fun - and learn how Mousetalgia ended up representing Walt Disney World in the competition! Next, we report from the AP Preview of Disneyland's newest addition, the Princess Fantasy Faire. We review the new food, entertainment, and environments of the just-opened Faire, and offer our opinions on this replacement for the lamented Carnation Plaza Gardens. Plus - our exclusive review of "Oz the Great and Powerful," Don Hahn on Frankenweenie, new Disneyland Hotel deals - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:55am PST
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Mousetalgia Episode 228: Disneyland University, e-mail

Van Arsdale France and Disneyland University: Team Mousetalgia takes a look at the career of France and his contribution to the development of the Disneyland "cast member," as well as a little history of the frantic march to Disneyland's opening day and the challenges of staffing the park. We also talk to Cast Member Lindsay, and get a modern perspective on what it means to represent the Disney company today. Also - we dig into the email folder and offer Disneyland resort dining tips, trip tips, and a random JJ Abrams sighting! Plus, windows on Main Street - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:15pm PST
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Mousetalgia Episode 227: Disney on Broadway

Disney on Broadway: Mousetalgia welcomes Director Tim O'Donnell to the show this week to talk about Disney and the theater. O'Donnell, who has worked with Papermill Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre and the Rockettes among numerous other companies, brings considerable expertise to our roundtable discussion about Disney's biggest Broadway hits, their theatrical near-misses, and some inside information about the Mouse's lesser-known theatrical productions. Also - The Lion King of the musical hill, the White Rabbit vs. the Black family, Disney tragedies and a Dapper Day report - plus more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:59am PST
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Mousetalgia Episode 226: D23 Gaffe, Dining with Princesses

A D23 gaffe and dining with princesses are featured in this week's Mousetalgia Emporium! First, we share some tips for taking solo trips to Disneyland, and help lone travelers make the most of their trip. Next, we talk about the state of D23, the official Disney fan club, and offer our opinions (and catch a recent major gaffe!) In our review round-up, we look at the new Peter Pan Blu-ray release, and discuss the extras that put the latest disc ahead of the rest. Kristen also talks Rosemary Clooney, and Jeff reviews the latest from Club Penguin. Next, Becky reviews the Character Dinner at Ariel's Grotto, and gets to know Ariel and her princess friends. Finally, Jeff talks about the upcoming film "Maleficent," and discusses reports that Angelina Jolie's daughter is being paid well to come to work with mom.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:30pm PST
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Mousetalgia Episode 225: Inner and Outer Space

Take an adventure through inner space and explore the farthest reaches of outer space as we go back in time to explore two of Disneyland's most popular Tomorrowland attractions. First, Adventure Thru Inner Space takes you on a atomic voyage into a molecule of a snowflake, and we look at the initial design concepts and intriguing scientific notions behind this ride from Disneyland's "New" Tomorrowland of 1967. Next, shoot through the galaxy on Space Mountain, with opening day reports, sound clips, and memories of the futuristic coaster, built in 1977 and still operating today. Also - a behind the scenes look at a restoration project at the Walt Disney Family Museum, remembering Fred MacMurray, the music of Tron, and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:45pm PST
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Mousetalgia Episode 224: Romance at Disneyland, Composer Jim Dooley

It's Valentine's week, so Mousetalgia gets romantic with tips, tricks, and ideas for making your stay at the Disneyland Resort especially wonderful for you and your other half. Napa Rose or Steakhouse 55? Disneyland Hotel or Grand Californian? We give our opinions. Also, Emmy-winning composer Jim Dooley joins us to talk about making magical music for Disney, including his work on Epic Mickey 1 and 2, the Pirates of the Caribbean score with Hans Zimmer, and The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning. Plus - our salute to the work of Tony Baxter (hint: it includes a touch of accordion), and a bonus review of Epic Mickey 2!

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Mousetalgia Episode 223: Peter Pan, Disney Legend Alice Davis

Walt Disney's "Peter Pan" turns 60, and we have a fun, hodgepodge salute to the classic film. Jeff reviews a screening of the newly-restored film at the El Capitan Theatre with a panel discussion that included Kathryn Beaumont (Wendy), Margaret Kerry (Tinker Bell), historian Leonard Maltin, and filmmaker Ted Thomas. Then, dive into the history and making of the film, with bits about the history of Peter Pan's outfit, Peter Pan in Disneyland, and Walt Disney's animation studio. Finally, learn a little more about animator Marc Davis (who created Tinker Bell) from his wife, Disney Legend Alice Davis, in our exclusive interview! Plus, Sofia the First, art collecting, and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00am PST
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Mousetalgia Episode 222: Tinker Bell Half Marathon, Golden Horseshoe tribute

Tinker Bell Half Marathon/Neverland 5K weekend - learn all about the ins, outs and arounds of this popular race weekend, and hear about the backstage secrets and other fun elements from this annual event. Also - the Disney Parks Blog hosted a meetup with runDisney stars Jeff Galloway and Tara Gidus (and celebrities Sean Astin and Ali Vincent), and we have an exclusive report! Finally, Disneyland continues to add Limited Time Magic to its daily schedule, and Team Mousetalgia reports on the New Orleans Bayou Bash and the highly anticipated "Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue" - does it do justice to the original revue? Plus, rainy day at the resort? Don't despair - we've got advice to share!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:13pm PST
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Mousetalgia Episode 221: Mailbag, Disneyland, Disney books

Dip into the mailbag with Mousetalgia! This week's topics: kids and the Disneyland resort hotels and restaurants; "must eats" at the resort; affordable car rentals; east coast castmembers vs. west coast castmembers; seeking out Mary Blair artwork; making special birthday memories at the park for seasoned Disneyland "pros"; Club 33 membership questions; our favorite Disney publications and books, both hard to find and easily available; and cardboard DVD/Blu-ray sleeves - keep 'em or toss 'em? Plus - Disney Debit vs. Disney Visa cards - weighing the merits of each, New Balance's new Disney running shoes, "Seen, Un-seen Disneyland," Disney's Nine Old Men flip books - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:49pm PST
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Mousetalgia Episode 220: Three Kings Day, Annette Funicello

Kevin Kidney returns to the show to share some of his personal stories about Disney Legend Annette Funicello, and he discusses Annette's Place, a fundraiser for the Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases. But first, Dave and Becky visit Disneyland for the first Limited Time Magic experience of 2013, the Three Kings Day Celebration. From rarely seen character appearances to special dances and performances, Disneyland pulled out all the stops for this traditional holiday, and Mousetalgia reports. Next, we share some "Pictures of Annette," featuring some articles, news bits, and memories of her career with Disney as a Mouseketeer and pop icon. Renowned Disney Artist Kevin Kidney discusses the recently opened online store to benefit Annette's foundation featuring some of his artwork, and shares some inspirational stories about America's Sweetheart. Plus - a hotel report, Carthay Circle tips, our Limited Time Magic dreams... and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:16pm PST
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Mousetalgia Episode 219: Building Disneyland, Disney Outlets

Lions, Outlets and Gurr, Oh My... it's the first Mousetalgia Emporium of 2013! Becky reports on the theatrical presentation of The Lion King in San Francisco, and we discuss the longevity of this people-pleasing Disney musical. Jeff reports on the recent Walt Disney Family Museum presentation by Bob Gurr on Walt Disney's process for "Building Disneyland." Kristen finally visits the Napa Rose chef's counter, orders a Kate and Ella, and eats too much. Also - Disney outlets... are they all created equally? Plus, LAX car rentals, a hotel review, and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:00pm PST
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