Join Mousetalgia for a special Star Wars Celebration report on the sights and sounds of SWCO, courtesy of correspondent Emma Mosier. We'll discuss the atmosphere, the vendors, the cosplay, the droids, and even the photo ops. Then, 
Jeff takes his 5 year old daughter to Disneyland, and we discuss the dynamics of a family trip. Topics include whether or not to let a toddler make decisions, quick hits on the Food and Wine Festival, garlic ice cream, grey stuff, Haunted Mansion thrills, walking back to the Mickey and Friends parking structure - and more. Plus, an extended Bits and Bytes segment discussing the rise and fall of Disflix, Metal Disney, Her Universe, and the runDisney virtual running shorts.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia answers your emailed questions and comments. Topics include: Must-dos for a day at Disneyland Paris - attractions, food, tips; an extreme Disneyland proposal; remembering Walt by finding Disney-themed locations worth visiting near Disneyland; a mom and daughter have a novel way to fund a Disney trip and share some magic; educator's methods of bringing Disney into the classroom; taking a safe and enjoyable "babymoon" to Disneyland; planning a summer trip to the park around the various closures; tips for taking a trip alone to Disneyland; tips on buying Disney-related wines; and what men can expect if they run the Princess or Tinker Bell races. Also - Po-Zu releases some Star Wars themed shoes; tips for getting eyewear for your vacation; and a special report on a presentation by Don Hahn on Beauty and the Beast.

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Welcome to Mousetalgia's super-sized Cast Member Corner! This week, we celebrate 30 years of the Disney Store by taking a look at the past three decades of various formats for the retail destination, and we talk to two veteran Disney Store Cast Members about their time working for Disney - the training, the merchandise, and the people and guests that have made the Disney Store a shopping experience unlike any other. Then, we continue our special edition of Mousetalgia with a conversation with previous Disneyland Cast Member Deborah Breedlove, who spent many years as a lead in West Side Attractions, encompassing New Orleans Square, Bear Country, and parts of Frontierland and Adventureland. Deborah also worked at Disney University, sunk one of Tom Sawyer's Rafts loaded with guests, swam with Michael Jackson and swapped war stories (Star Wars, that is) with George Lucas. Deborah is also responsible for creating the award that is known today as the "blue badge" Disney Legacy Award at the parks.

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Dave and Becky are back from two weeks at the Walt Disney World Resort and share some stories of the culture shock between west coast and east coast Disney vacationing. From underwhelming food offerings (with some stand out exceptions) to living on property and getting around the resort, we discuss some typical Walt Disney World experiences, and try to offer a Team Mousetalgia perspective on the basic Walt Disney World experience. Does renting a car ever make sense? Which resorts are worth the cost? And of course, we take another look at the attractions - which appeal to kids, which appeal to Disneylanders, and which are just overall winners? We also talk Disney Springs, haircuts on Main Street, and food options including character dining buffets (Akershus - good, Chef Mickey's - meh), Be Our Guest, 50s Prime Time Cafe, Pizzafari, and the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen. Plus - a new Pirates of the Caribbean book is on the horizon; the world's rarest Haunted Mansion poster goes up for auction, Green Army Man drills runners, and Dave reviews Moana and questions the authenticity.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia hosts another Emporium of topics, including: our review of Beauty and the Beast, the latest blockbuster from Walt Disney Pictures; Disney California Adventure's Food and Wine Festival, and Kristen's take on the various offerings; Disneyland's 50th anniversary of Pirates of the Caribbean weekend celebration, with reports on the limited time food offerings, the (lack of) merchandise, and the overall pirate excitement; and our take on how Disneyland's new rules about camping out on Main Street for parade viewing are working out. Finally, Becky reports on Walt Disney World Resort's 2017 Princess Half Marathon, and talks about the course, the characters, and the culture shock. She reviews the "Race Retreat" experience, and the differences between the Florida and California runDisney events. Plus - should Carrie Fisher become a Disney Legend this year? We discuss.

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Join us this week as the Lady Mousetalgia sets sail for part two of our Pirates of the Caribbean 50th anniversary celebration! This week, Imagineer Alan Coats joins us to talk about his father - Disney Legend Claude Coats - who was put in charge of the Pirates project by Walt Disney. Alan discusses Claude's plans for the original walk-through attraction below New Orleans Square, his father's contributions to the Pirates attraction, and his own work with his father on EPCOT Center's original pavilions. Then, we welcome back Disney historian Joseph Titizian to discuss Pirates past, present and future, and we offer an overview of the attraction with commentary about Yale Gracey, Marc and Alice Davis, and more. Plus, hear exclusive audio mixes from Pirates of the Caribbean history, and we discuss our favorite characters from among Disney's pirates - the saltiest mob of knaves to sail the Spanish Main!

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Disney trivia champion and historian Joseph Titizian joins Team Mousetalgia this week to begin a two-week celebration of Pirates of the Caribbean's 50th anniversary. Join us as we look at the press coverage of the grand opening of Disneyland's Pirates attraction, and then trace the history of the attraction back to its initial roots as a wax museum. Then, we discuss New Orleans Square, and take a look at the Pirates Arcade Museum, the One-of-a-Kind Shop, and Walt's Royal Suite, which has also been utilized as the IPA hospitality suite, Disneyland International, the Disney Gallery, the Dream Suite, and 21 Royal Street. Joseph shares some information about 21 Royal, as well as a spoiler-free review of the exclusive dining experience currently offered at the suite. We also fondly remember Ernie McLean, a one-time fixture in New Orleans Square. Plus - Twenty Eight & Main releases new merch, Funko releases a new Disney Pirates subscription box, Lindberg announces a re-released Pirates model - and more! Also - be sure to tune in next week for part 2 of our Pirates of the Caribbean 50th anniversary celebration. Yo ho!

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Comedian and podcaster Tim Babb returns to join Team Mousetalgia this week to discuss Disneyland's new no-parking-on-Main-Street rule, and general queuing etiquette. When is it okay to save places in lines for parades and attractions? As the parks get more crowded, are there unspoken rules that guests should follow? We weigh the pros and cons of hopping in and out of lines. Plus, we stay on top of recent listener email, with topics including making magic for others in the parks (pin-giving vs. pin-trading); attending Disneyland during Grad Nite - is it a potential pitfall, or just another day?; and helping a Walt Disney World pro make the most of an early summer trip to Disneyland. Next, we offer the top three attractions we'd each like to see receive a holiday overlay (a Halloween grand circle ghost train tour, anyone?) Also, we share our Disney secret tips, including methods for travelers with children to get to Disneyland from the airport without a child's car seat; Walt Disney's own chili recipe; and tips for finding hotels near the Disneyland Resort.

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This week, Beci Mahnken, CEO of Mouse Fan Travel, joins Mousetalgia to talk about planning your next Disney vacation. We cover multiple topics, including value vacations, luxurious vacations, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, VIP Guides, Disney cruises, Disney for families, Aulani, getting the best bang for your Disney buck, and more. Then, we speak with Christopher Schmidt, author of The Complete Guide to runDisney: Disneyland Edition, to talk about his new book, which deals with everything you could ever want to know about signing up, attending, participating in and, most of all, enjoying a runDisney experience. Plus - a Disney 40-year-collection estate sale report; The Gaia Group releases new Mary Blair tableware; Paradise Pier's Beach Side Bonfire reviewed, runDisney's announces more virtual races; a bonus Disneyland Hotel Mai Tai recipe - and more.

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Mousetalgia Episode 435: Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline, 21 Royal Street

Team Mousetalgia discusses Disneyland's 21 Royal Street. We discuss this deluxe dining opportunity offered only at the Disneyland Resort inside of Disneyland Park, and we weigh the value of the meal. Does the $15,000 price tag make any kind of sense in comparison with other extravagant Disney experiences? We describe our reactions to the exclusivity, the price tag, the morality of spending so much on a single meal, and the value of Disney experiences. Then, we take another look at the D23 Disney Fan Club, and host an unboxing of the 2017 Gold Membership gift - plus we offer you the rare opportunity to win one for yourself! We also talk to Becky Cline, Director of the Walt Disney Archives, and Kevin Kern, a senior archivist with the Walt Disney Company, about the creation of this year's membership gift, and we also take a sneak peek behind the scenes at the Walt Disney Archives.

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