Mousetalgia Episode 327: Hat Box Ghost rumors, Frozen Fun, Star Wars Half Marathon

This week, we run to a galaxy far, far away to talk about Disneyland's recent Star Wars Half Marathon weekend. With Dave or Becky participating in each race, we have a full report on the goings on, the galactic hoohah, the out-of-this-world costumes, and the too-few character photo opportunities. Was this a good start for the Star Wars races, or did it miss the Hammill -er, the mark? Also, Disneyland Resort freezes over as tarps go up and the parks prepare for their 60th anniversary upgrades. Becky reports on all of the Frozen fun, including sledding, singing with the sisters, and sketching snowmen. We review the Frozen stage shows, and wonder how much Frozen is just enough. Finally, as rumored earlier on Micechat, it appears that something strange is afoot in the Haunted Mansion's attic, and we discuss the possible meaning of the new alterations to the ride. Might the infamous Hat Box Ghost be readying himself to make his gory-ous return? We speculate, and have Haunted Mansion expert Dan Olson on the show to tell the story of the original Hat Box Ghost, which he was lucky enough to witness firsthand back in 1969. Plus - what to do about the Measels outbreak, and pro tips about meeting Olaf.

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Mousetalgia Episode 326: Email show - Club 33, Disneyland tips

It's back to the email inbox, as Team Mousetalgia answers your questions. The topics include a list of our favorite exhibits at the Walt Disney Family Museum; Disneyland dining with a baby; sharing a love for Disney with people who don't share your passion; antenna ball tips when you don't have an antenna on your car; a special Small World birthday party report; Keila leaves for the WDW College program and has questions; what to expect from a trip to dine at Club 33; finding gold in Frontierland; ranking the Pirates films; and growing up with Disney. Plus - a macaroni Mickey Mousse recipe from the 30s, DVC news, Jeff announces a book signing, Dave preps for lighting his house for the 2015 holidays - and more.

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Mousetalgia Episode 325: Into the Woods; Pixar storytelling; Walt and nature

Mousetalgia goes Into the woods to discuss the latest film from Walt Disney Pictures. Kristen, a long-time Sondheim enthusiast and performer, offers her take on the show's merits and musings, while Jeff questions the message underneath the music. Is this movie a good match for the Disney catalog? Next, Becky talks about a lecture given by Bobette Buster, a professor, screenwriter and story consultant who has worked for Disney and Pixar. Buster discusses storytelling and the "arc of transformation," using examples from Star Wars, Toy Story 2 and other Disney properties as demonstrations of storytelling that builds bridges between people and encourages spiritual and mental growth. Next, Jeff Kurtti speaks about Walt Disney and America's National Parks at the Presidio, and Jeff reports from the event. Kurtti describes Disney's long history of involving nature in his work, and demonstrates Walt's consistent passion for bringing the outdoors into his projects while maintaining inventive, compelling entertainment. Finally, the team discusses Agent Carter, and speculate about the show's impact. Plus - it's Star Wars Half Marathon week, and we look forward to some incredible costumes, and offer suggestions to runners who don't yet have a plan!

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Mousetalgia Episode 324: Mousetalgia's year in review

From our favorite flicks to our most memorable experiences, Team Mousetalgia gets personal and discusses our personal highlights and memories from 2014. At the movies - did Captain America conquer Maleficent, or did a little puppy take the cake - and the meatballs? Jeff is over the fog-shrouded moon at the opportunity to host a Haunted Mansion panel at ScareLA, while Kristen takes pride in providing some material to the Walt Disney Family Museum to honor Disney artist Mary Blair. Dave enjoys a special meal at the Grand Californian's Napa Rose, while Becky puts the rest of the team to shame with her most precious memory of the year. And for the infamous Oswald Award - will D23 run away with the prize, or does WDW's My Magic+ have what it takes to come out behind? Find out in this week's episode of Mousetalgia! Plus - our individual Disney resolutions... do we have a chance to keep them this year? 

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