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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Mousetalgia Episode 434: For the love of Disney

This Valentine's week, Team Mousetalgia takes a deep dive into our love for everything Disney, and we share some of our favorite things found under the Disney umbrella in a round table discussion. We talk about our love for Disney movies, and discuss the cross-generational entertainment, the classic films, and good vs. evil; what we love about the parks, including the immersive experiences (Jeff chooses Mannequins as an unusual example), the nostalgia of Disneyland, the exercise expended to enjoy the parks, and the detailed theming; and why we love the idea of Disney generally, including collecting Disneyana, the hobby of podcasting, and the ability to get out and have new experiences around the world. Also: Uniqlo's Disney line of clothing, Captain Kidd's on Harbor reviewed, a food and whine festival, and Disney's Oscar nods. Plus, Tiny Cupid checks in - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 433: Disney book reviews. listener questions

Team Mousetalgia reviews two new books this week. First, we discuss "B-1st" by Disney artists Retta Scott and Woolie Reitherman, and we take a close at this interesting World War II-era proposed children's book that never made it to publication - until 2016. We examine the exquisite art and cultural mores evidenced in this in-progress project that was never completed. Also, we look at "The Art of Moana," and talk about the features, facts and imagery that the book presents about this Academy Award-nominated film. Next, we answer your questions, with topics including Candlelight Weekend expectations; adulting at Disneyland Resort and finding the best lounge; a surprise performance by the Mariachi Divas; preparing toddlers for the drama and excitement of a first trip to Walt Disney World; ideas for commemorating the successful viewing of every Disney animated feature; Disney's ties to Hollywood's Magic Castle; and a cautionary postscript to our stolen stroller story. Plus - show some Disney love this Valentine's season with our tips and tricks!

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Mousetalgia Episode 432: Main Street Electrical Parade returns; Disneyland with large groups

Team Mousetalgia celebrates the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade! Kristen reviews the $95 party at Disneyland welcoming back the parade, and we compare and contrast the event with another recent after-hours event at the park.
Also, the Disneyland Kobayashi Maru: what to do when the weatherman promises the storm of the century during your planned trip to the Disneyland Resort for a family reunion with dozens of relatives. Kristen offers tips for organizing large group trips to the parks, and strategies for dining, choosing attractions, and scheduling. Also, a report from the Grand Legacy at the Park hotel, and Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure. Plus - escape the rain with Kristen and visit the Golden Horseshoe, and Team Mousetalgia reveals our fantasy food booths for DCA's next culinary festival!

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Mousetalgia Episode 431: MaxPass, Star Wars Half Marathon, Beauty and the Beast

This week, Team Mousetalgia offers a RunDisney primer and a report on Disneyland's Star Wars Light Side Half Marathon Weekend. Dave and Becky talk about why Star Wars is a good race weekend for beginners to start with, and they discuss the 2017 events and race courses. We also discuss Disneyland's current security situation, spiked Dole Whips, and the RunDisney Expo. Next, Jeff reports from SacAnime Winter 2017 and their amazing Beauty and the Beast panel, which featured voice actors Richard White (Gaston), Paige O'Hara (Belle), Robby Benson (Beast), Bradley Pierce (Chip), and animators Nic Ranieri (Lumiere) and Rick Farmiloe (LeFou). Jeff shares a bit about the convention, the perils of autograph collecting, and shares a few highlights from the all-star panel discussion. Plus, we talk about the just-announced Disney MaxPass, and give our initial thoughts and impressions on this new feature for touring the parks. Bonus topic: Those late cabanas in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom - should Disney keep trying?

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Mousetalgia Episode 430: Canemaker on Wong, D23's Nine Old Men

Disney Legend Tyrus Wong recently passed away at the age of 106, and Mousetalgia pauses to share our own personal memories and thoughts of Tyrus and his work. We also welcome Academy Award-winning filmmaker and historian John Canemaker back to the show to share his own memories of Tyrus, and to talk a little bit about Tyrus' groundbreaking artwork and his career beyond designing the look of Bambi for Walt Disney. But first, we welcome Kristin Rodack, a Director with D23, back to the show to give us an inside look at the development of the 2017 Gold Membership gift featuring Walt's "Nine Old Men," and to share a little history of this group of trusted animators that helped form the essential look of Disney's golden age of animation. Also - a report on the latest in Disney VR, including Google Earth's tour of 1313 Harbor Boulevard South, and LifeVR's new Star Wars features, including a scene from Rogue One filmed in immersive 360, and a tragic X-Wing dogflight. Plus - a listener spends three hours with Superstore's Lauren Ash waiting for Tower of Terror, and a lucky Friday the 13th tour of the Lilly Belle at New Orleans Square Frontierland Station.

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Mousetalgia Episode 429: Tower of Terror "13th Hour" event; remembering Carrie Fisher

This week, Team Mousetalgia offers you a different kind of podcast that requires a different kind of introduction. We start with an internal "Hand-with-the-Land" question from Kristen, who wants to know if its possible to enjoy a trip to Disneyland Resort with a group of 30 or more people. A trip the involves ages 0 to 85. A trip that could only happen in - well, not the Twilight Zone, because that attraction closed on Jan. 2, and Jeff was there to report on Disneyland's special "13th Hour" Twilight Zone dessert and party honoring the last day of the ride's operation. We'll discuss the event, the attendees, the souvenir, and listen one last time to the storied Silver Lake Sisters. Finally, we remember Carrie Fisher, and discuss her legacy with the Disney Company. Plus - a listener reports on a near-empty park on Christmas week.

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Mousetalgia Episode 428: Our Disney highlights of 2016

It's time for Team Mousetalgia's annual round-up of memories and judgement calls from the past year, so join us as we take a look back at 2016 and remember the highs and lows. We'll look at our favorite books, movies, park events, dining experiences, purchases - and our overall best moments of the year. We also offer our annual "Oswald" awards for happenings that didn't quite meet expectations. Plus - a look back at our resolutions for 2016 and a look forward at our new resolutions for the coming year.

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Mousetalgia Episode 427: Santa Mickey's Mailbag

Team Mousetalgia goes back to the inbox to answer some of your emails, including: suggestions for taking a Disney trip with a large family with varied interests; collecting Disneyland souvenir books; which one question would we each ask Walt Disney if we could hop into a time machine; a solo trip report from an attraction-lover; autograph certificates of authenticity and what they mean; the runDisney Tower of Terror Bellhop speaks out; Disneyland's stroller thieves, and getting over Disneyland disappointments; what to do when the family is finally "done with Disney"; and booking Good Neighbor suites versus staying at Paradise Pier - plus our usual bits 'n bites. Happy holidays from Team Mousetalgia!

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Mousetalgia Episode 426: Rogue One, Disneyland holiday dining, Jazz Loves Disney

It's a Mousetalgia triple play this holiday week as we celebrate the opening of Lucasfilm's "Rogue One - A Star Wars Story," taste test Disneyland's holiday offerings and chat about Verve's new release "Jazz Loves Disney." First, we offer our initial spoiler-free reactions to the latest film from the Star Wars galaxy far, far away. From Michael Giacchino's new score to some dicey CGI, Rogue One offers a lot to digest, and we do our best to share some first impressions of this new format in the world of Star Wars films. Then, Kristen goes back to Disneyland once again to talk about tasting holiday treats, and shares more feedback about Storyteller Cafe, the Festival of Holidays, and the festive menu at Le Salon Nouveau. Finally, we speak with Boualem Lamhene, an executive director with Disney who founded the We Love Disney brand in France which is spreading around the world. We speak with Lamhene about the latest release in the series, "Jazz Loves Disney," and we discuss the creative process behind the new album. Plus - Star Wars trivia, and a special feature: Drew Tablak performing Silent Night at Candlelight 2016.

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