Mousetalgia Episode 314: Disney artist Bridget McCarty, Tower of Terror

It's a horrorific Halloween special edition of Mousetalgia, as we talk pumpkins, haunted hotels and hat boxes! First, Mousetalgia talks to Disney artist and pumpkin carver extraordinaire Bridget McCarty about her art background, her work for Disney, and her incredible pumpkins, which she carves in person in Big Thunder Ranch at Disneyland. Bridget even shares some professional pumpkin decorating tips! Next, we take a frightened peek into the history of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and talk about its intriguing Mel-Brooks-inspired beginnings, its terrifying special effects, and a listener's special personal journey into the fifth dimension. Finally, the Hat Box Ghost may finally be making his way back into the Haunted Mansion, and Jeff shares some speculation as to what the character's re-introduction to the Mansion might entail. Plus - Mousetalgia says goodbye to a dear friend, the Avengers trailer is released, we host a sweepstakes with 13 unlucky winners - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:34am PDT

Mousetalgia Episode 313: Ryman Arts fundraiser; a trip to Chili Johns

Mousetalgia reports on "An Affair of the Art," the Ryman Arts annual fundraiser held at the home of Disney Legend Marty Sklar, which raises funds to help offer art training to high school students. This year, the event was focused on Herb Ryman's history with the circus, and featured a panel discussing the sketches and artwork Ryman created while he traveled with the Ringling Brothers circus while he was away from Disney in 1949-51. We'll discuss the food, atmosphere, and experience of this benefit party hosted up in the hills above LA. Also, Jeff and Kristen visited Chili John's in Burbank, one of Walt Disney's favorite places to eat chili when he could escape the studio for a breather. We review the food, the establishment, and its mysterious ties with last summer's Optimist alternate reality game. Plus - new Haunted Mansion merchandise continues to flow into the park, and Jeff takes a look at the history of Disney's Haunted Mansion-themed collectibles.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00am PDT

Mousetalgia Episode 312: Disneyland Halloween food; Club 33; Oktoberfest

Culinary delights at the Disneyland Resort! This week, Team Mousetalgia discusses Halloween holiday treats and dishes available throughout the resort, bringing a plethora of new tastes and flavors to park guests. From pork tamales at Rancho del Zocalo to the elusive pumpkin beignet, we explore various limited-time food options available this season. Is the Raspberry Magnolia Lemonade or the Tropical Habinero Punch worth $6.29? And does blue "ooze" belong on any food anywhere? Next, we review the new Club 33 dinner menu, and talk about absinthe, custom-made diamond ice cubes from locally sourced spring water, talking vultures, and Chef Andrew Sutton's new exceptional prix fixe offerings. Finally, Kristen is invited to the Club 33 Oktoberfest at Disney California Adventure, and describes the popular event, including chicken dancing, an oompah band, posing with Snow White all seven dwarfs, and food, food and more food. Also - the Haunted Mansion gets a store in Florida; roaming characters cause agita; Kristen makes an announcement; Jeff gets "Super Awesomed;" Becky gets combative; Dave muses over the power of "Small World"... and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:51am PDT

Mousetalgia Episode 311: Haunted Mansion origins, New Orleans Square

Team Mousetalgia examines Kansas City's haunted Sauer Castle as a possible influence on a young Walt Disney in today's episode. Might Walt's personal connection to the Sauer descendants have had an effect on his perception of haunted houses, and even his future Haunted Mansion? We tell the story, and you can decide. Also, we talk about New Orleans Square at Halloween Time, and discuss tricks, treats, and special celebrations of the spooking season that you'll only find in the park's own Big Easy. Topics include meeting Jack Skellington, eating popcorn with Jack's Ghost Dog Zero, and trying to find a pumpkin beignet. Then we go back to the e-mailbag, and discuss Disneybounding, listener trip reports, and east coast vs. west coast parks. Plus - our predictions about the Submarine Voyage; Danny Elfman visits Haunted Mansion Holiday to advertise his upcoming concerts - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:17am PDT