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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