Mousetalgia Episode 366: Disney Halloween tricks and treats

Double double, toil and trouble, broilers burn and cheese will bubble.. but this is no time to be ordering In-N-Out, because Mousetalgia's Trick-or-Treat Smorgasbord is waiting to be sampled! Recipes both fair and foul, tales aimed to make you howl, secrets hid from prying eye, and audio that makes you cry! Features include: Disneyland's earliest Halloween Time plans unveiled (hayrides and leaves falling on Main Street!) A Halloween Trivia Challenge! Monstrous music - and so much more! Plus, Chef Mayhem takes us on a brief tour of some little-known Haunted Mansion mysteries to round off our Halloween celebration. So put on your costumes, grab your treat bags, and come join us, won't you?

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:06am PDT

Mousetalgia Episode 365: Disneyland trip planning; Disney's mid-century modern design

Mousetalgia reports on "Disney's Mid-Century Modern - to the World's Fair and Beyond," a panel discussion held at the Walt Disney Family Museum with Garner Holt's Bill Butler, historian Alan Hess, and historian Bill Cotter, the preeminent expert on the World's Fairs. The panelists discussed the influence of modern design on Disney's mid-century productions, including Disneyland and the 1964-65 World's Fair. Clean lines, contemporary material and modern sensibilities influenced both Disney's artists and the creative works they developed, and we discuss many of Walt Disney's modern projects, including his first Burbank campus, his television productions, Disneyland's Space Bar automat, the Disneyland Hotel, and the House of the Future. Bill Cotter also discussed the '64-'65 World's Fair, and Walt's cutting-edge design for the New York attractions. Then, Mousetalgia debuts a new feature: "Giving You a Hand with the Land," our touring advice segment in which we have callers present their unique trip-planning situations, and then we answer their questions and help plan the trip for those circumstances. Today, Michele joins the show to make plans for a reunion with a best friend sans their families to celebrate a 40th birthday. Plus - if you had to experience a single attraction 365 days in a row... which would you choose? Bonus: you could win a $50 Disney Gift Card - listen for details!

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Mousetalgia Episode 364: Mystical Spirits of the Blue Bayou, Disneyland AP price increase

Disneyland admission prices - how does the increased cost reflect on the park and its community? We share some thoughts from Disney expert Jeff Kurtti, and share our own reactions to the recent annual pass price increases at the Disney parks. Plus, Mousetalgia reports on Halloween Time - the tricks, the treats, and the differences from years prior. From Pumpkin Flan to Banana Fritters, we discuss which seasonal treats were worth trying, and which didn't pass Kristen's taste test. From fall-flavored drinks to Halloween-themed baked goods, Kristen reports on the culinary offerings, including the Mystical Spirits Dinner at the Blue Bayou restaurant during Mickey's Halloween Party, which had organizational challenges. Does the price point work? Kristen details the food, the entertainment, and tells whether or not the chaotic check-in experience ruined the night. Also - goat adoptions, easy Halloween costumes, a Cadaver Dans performance... and is Pop Secret a not-so-secret flop? Plus, remembering Kevin Corcoran's best roles, and Jeff will be speaking about the Haunted Mansion at MouseCon in Corcord, CA on Nov. 15. Visit for details.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:42pm PDT

Mousetalgia Episode 363: New books - Cleaning the Kingdom and The Disney Book

It's a week of Mousetalgia book reports! First, Lynn Barron and Ken Pellman, authors of "Cleaning the Kingdom: Insider Tales of Keeping Walt's Dream Spotless" join Mousetalgia to talk about their new book, which is all about the duties and experiences of the custodial team at Disneyland. Discover the perks to working as a sweeper, the best lands to keep clean, meeting Disney Legends, walking through attractions... and what happens when guests throw up in the park. Then, Disney historian and author Jim Fanning joins the podcast to talk about "The Disney Book," his latest title, which is from from DK Publishing. Fanning discusses the audience, scope and process of putting together this beautifully designed and wide-ranging 200 page tome. Plus: win a copy of Jeff's book, Mousetalgia is named "best Disneyland-centric podcast," a listener sees a rough cut of Zootopia - and more.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:32am PDT