This week, Team Mousetalgia continues to celebrate the spookiest semicentennial of them all - 50 years of the Haunted Mansion. Jeff takes us along to Disneyland to party like the dead at "The Haunted Mansion: Celebrating 50 Years of Retirement Unliving" after hours event on August 9, and we talk merch, characters, the event itself - and that $300 price tag. Then, we go behind the scenes for DoomBuggies.com and Disney By the Bay's "Soiree from Regions Beyond," and discuss another Haunted Mansion party hosted by Jeff and Dateline Mousetalgia's Jenn Diz. Dramatic readings, amazing magic and the WED Imagineering legacy of the Haunted Mansion were just a few of the highlights from the evening, which drew guests from 18 states. Finally, we welcome 1969 Disneyland Ambassador Shari Bescos Koch to the show to reminisce about her year as Ambassador, and the night of the Haunted Mansion's grand opening. Plus - our last minute tips for the D23 Expo, a list of the Haunted Mansion-related Expo panels and presentations, and more!

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This week, it's Expo-mania time as Team Mousetalgia look forward to the upcoming D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. We spend a little time reminiscing about favorite memories from past Expos, and then dive into our expectations and hopes for this year's event, which promises many new procedures, experiences and events. We offer a few tips, and then Michael Vargo, the Head of D23, joins us to share some of his thoughts, tips and advice as Expo weekend nears. Also: Disney announces a panel on an unknown topic, and we take stabs at guessing what it might be! SPECIAL NOTE: Don't miss the Mousetalgia Meet-up at the Expo, which will be Saturday night near the fountain outside of the Anaheim Convention Center entrance after the last panel ends. Watch our Twitter account for updated scheduling information, and we'll see you there!

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Welcome, foolish listeners, to an entire Mousetalgia episode devoted to the home of 999 happy haunts, The Haunted Mansion. This week, Jeff answers questions and tells stories about the history of Walt's storied dark ride in honor of its 50th anniversary on August 9. First, Kristen asks Jeff some Haunted Mansion questions for which she needs answers, then Jeff goes back for the five decades BEFORE the Haunted Mansion's opening to search for possible influences and cultural moments that may have moved Walt as he conceptualized the Haunted Mansion attraction. Plus - we add our own characters to the Haunted Mansion, and Jeff and Kristen announce upcoming Haunted Mansion-related events.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia says "Hakuna Matata" and leaps into the world of the newest iteration of The Lion King. First, we welcome Michael Goldman, author of "The Art and Making of The Lion King," to the show to share some of the insight and secrets he discovered while researching his just-released book. We discuss the power of the storytelling, the incredible technology, and the redesigned characters in this groundbreaking film. Then, Jeff and Kristen review the film, discussing what worked well, what might not have worked as well, and the critical response to the film. Also - Kristen gets excited about Marvel's new slate; Dave shares family memories, and Jeff looks back at how Disneyland celebrated the first man on the moon in 1969.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia welcomes author/historian Didier Ghez back to the show to discuss the fifth book in his "They Drew as They Pleased" series titled "The Hidden Art of Disney's Early Rennassiance," with discussion about Mel Shaw and Ken Anderson's work for the Disney animation studio in the '70s and '80s. Didier also gives us some scoops on very exciting upcoming publications about Disney history. Then, we return to our inbox to answer a few more listener emails about trips to the Disneyland Resort, including topics such as: the art of Disneyland attractions - what is the legacy of these attractions worth?; ideas for making a trip to Disneyland and the Disneyland Hotel extra special; and "snapping" attractions out of existence, Thanos-style.

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This week, to celebrate Disneyland's 64th anniversary, we take a look at the park through various eras. First, former Disneyland Tour Guide Barbara Brock returns to the Mousetalgia podcast to talk about keeping cool in Disneyland during the hot summers of the '80s, and shares some stories of her time taking guests around the park. Then we take a look back at the ABC live broadcast on July 17, 1955, and finally we learn about Disneyland's custodial efforts as portrayed in a Wonderful World of Disney article from 1969. Finally, we remember the life and work of Disney animator Milton Quon, who recently passed away at the age of 105. Also - if you had to take one of Disney's live action movies and produce it as an animated feature, which film would you choose - and why?

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This week, Jeff and Kristen take you on a True Life Adventure to Sequim, Washington to visit the Olympic Game Farm, which was home to some of Walt Disney's most famous animal actors in his nature films. The farm's president Robert Beebe talks to Mousetalgia on location about his grandfather Lloyd Beebe, the game farm's founder, about the hundreds of nature films Lloyd shot for Walt and the techniques he used to train wild animals to do specific tricks and motions for the movies. Also - Disneyland unearths a new exhibit in the Disney Gallery titled "Happy Haunts Materialize" celebrating 50 years of the Haunted Mansion, and Jeff takes a moment to talk all about the exhibit and describes some of the treasures that can be seen within. Plus - a moment at ACE Comic Con, and Beci Mahnken joins us to talk summertime snacking at the Disneyland Resort!

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This week, Team Mousetalgia tackles Toy Story 4, and offers our no-spoilers review. We talk about the emotional impact of this supposed-final chapter of the Toy Story saga, the power of Bo breaking the mold, what works and doesn't work in the film - and we ponder the future of the franchise, and ask what makes a toy a toy? Then Jeff reviews "Pop-Up Disney: A Mickey Celebration," and takes us to the final weekend of the reservation-based trips to Batuu to visit Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in search of a reservation to Savi's Workshop to build a light saber. Plus - remembering Mickey Mouse Disco!

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This week, Team Mousetalgia welcomes Team Disney's Jeffrey Epstein back to the show talk about D23 Expo prep, and to generally share in our excitement for the upcoming event. Get some tips straight from the top! Then, we dive into the Mousetalgia mailbag and answer your questions, with topics including: Disneyland's MaxPass vs, WDW's Magic Bands; advice for meeting single Disney fans; a look behind the scenes at Mousetalgia's recording sessions and getting to know Team Mousetalgia; Nebraska's Poet Laureate Matt Mason shares his latest work; re-visiting Disneyland's smoke-free policy; and Disneyland distributes surveys asking about removing classic attractions. Should any part of Disneyland be "untouchable?" Plus - Kristen quizzes us on Disneyland in 1957 - and more!

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This week, we have a second week of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge coverage as Jeff files his report from the Outer Rim and shares his own impressions of Black Spire Outpost, the newest themed land at the Disneyland Resort. We talk about crying (or not) when one first encounters the Millenium Falcon, and we review the Smuggler's Run attraction; we discuss Oga's Cantina and see how it's holding up under the pressure of intense popularity; we take a deeper dive into some of the merchandise offerings and decide how best to spend our credits; and we discuss the nature of an immersive attraction, and whether or not forcing every participant to become an actor is necessarily a good thing.

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Journey to a galaxy far, far away with Team Mousetalgia as Dave reports from his stay on the Outer Rim planet of Batuu from the opening weekend of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Park. Dave takes us through his initial impressions of the immersive land, with reports on the attractions, the layout, the shopping, and the dining opportunities, passing along tips and tricks to help you make your own stay at Batuu a day to be remembered. Plus - Jeff talks Aladdin, Becky talks Soarin', and Dave gets into the wheelhouse.

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On today's show, we offer an opening day report from Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, and then Kristen finishes her six castle journey through the Disney parks with a trip to Tokyo Disneyland Resort, and talks all about the parks, the attractions and the entertainment - and the snacks! From the Venetian gondolas at Tokyo DisneySea to Country Bears singing in Japanese at Tokyo Disneyland, Kristen offers her "top three" lists from both parks, and lets you know which attractions you can skip as well. Also, Kristen dissects the resort's shopping opportunities, from the unique characters to the intriguing gashapon capsule machines. From plush Chandu Tigers at DisneySea to Disneyland Perfume at Disneyland, Kristen brings home a broad selection of souvenirs and describes what you can expect to spend your money on. Kristen also discusses the shows, the entertainment opportunities and of course - the food, including pro tips on recognizing cultural customs and establishing timelines for dining throughout the resort. From Kristen's favorite food at the resort - a fried chicken and waffle sandwich - to booking dining entertainment packages, we talk restaurants, menus, and snacking options to offer you a broad picture of eating your way through your Tokyo stay. Stay tuned next week for our comprehensive report from the opening day of Galaxy's Edge and a breakdown of the various elements of this new immersive land.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia speaks with author/historian David Koenig about Disneyland's "55ers" - the men and women who opened Walt Disney's Disneyland. From the original glass blower to bakery workers, David tells the stories from the people that saw Walt walking down Main Street U.S.A. in person. Then, Jeff ponders the Haunted Mansion's 50th anniversary. We offer speculation about Disneyland's recently announced after-hours event and the introduce DoomBuggies' and Disney By The Bay's own special dinner event in honor of the Haunted Mansion's birthday - and tickets are now available! Plus - Bob Gurr's new book, ACE Comic Con welcomes some Avengers, Pottery Barn Star Wars for babies, Netflix is doomed, and more!

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This week, Kristen takes over the Mousetalgia podcast to tell us all about her trip to Tokyo to visit the Tokyo Disneyland Resort. In this first part of a 2-part feature, Kristen gives pro tips and tricks for making a trip to Tokyo a success, including reports on shopping, touring, and the dining options and hotels found at the Tokyo resort. Plus - it's Becky's birthday, so the team goes around the table choosing gifts for our favorite travel agent - and a listener calls in a report about Universal, but we include it anyway.

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It's a super(hero)-sized Mousetalgia this week as we explore three very different topics in the Disney universe. First, we welcome Chris Wing back to the show to report on the re-opening of the renovated and reimagined Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris, and he talks about the changes in the new scenes and technology found in the European alternate to the Haunted Mansion. Then, we welcome artist/Imagineer Eric Robison back to Mousetalgia to talk about his new Mickey Mouse artwork that will be on display at the Walt Disney Family Museum in the upcoming exhibition "Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World," which opens this week. Eric talks about his career and life with Mickey, and describes the effect that the mouse has had on his career. Finally, we welcome fan-favorite Tim Babb back to the show to join our spoiler-laden discussion of "Avengers: Endgame" and we talk about characters old and new, time travel, battle scenes and Throg. Plus - adventures in obtaining Galaxy's Edge reservations... and more!

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Mousetalgia's own Kristen visits Shanghai Disneyland and shares a trip report that describes everything you need to know to tour the park on your own. From the hotels to the food to the attractions and everything in between, we cover the ins and outs of taking a solo trip to Shanghai Disneyland without the safety net of a tour guide. Also - the Art of Dumbo book reviewed; The Oogie Boogie Bash; Disney's movie slate, and Kristen's slipper giveaway!

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Prepare for May the Fourth with Team Mousetalgia this week as we welcome "Skywalking Through Neverland" hosts Sarah and Richard Woloski to tell us all about the 2019 Star Wars Celebration event held recently in Chicago. We discuss everything from the latest news about Galaxy's Edge to the announcement of the title of Star Wars Episode Nine: The Rise of Skywalker. We talk about the panels, the merch coming to Galaxy's Edge, and the best thing about Star Wars events - the fandom (aka the "Galaxymeisters"). Also, Jeff attends and reviews the U.S. premiere of "A Spoonful of Sherman," the musical revue covering the music from three generations of the Sherman family which notably includes The Sherman Brothers. Plus - Galaxy's Edge planning, and more!

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This week, Team Mousetalgia heads back to the mailbag to tackle your questions. Topics include: Disneyland lodging tips from other Mousetalgia listeners; Lightning and Cruz - their platonic relationship; Disney and copyrights; alcohol in Disneyland - another view; vegans at Disneyland; making Disneyland even more special; tips for starting a podcast; Michelle Shocked's "Got No Strings"; things we miss that have disappeared from Disneyland; a listener reviews Dumbo; transportation options reviewed; and a trip report from the Grand Californian Hotel Club Level. Plus - we finally discuss Mickey's Mix Magic!

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On April 22, Disney's Animal Kingdom park turns 21, so in honor of the occasion we present a trip report from the park and celebrate one of the most immersive, lovely Disney theme parks, and talk Pandora, safaris, and more. RunDisney also recently held the Star Wars Half Marathon weekend at the Walt Disney World Resort, so we talk about the state of the races with Mousetalgia Minute co-host Julia Layne, who talks about the courses, the expo, the bling and running in that heat! Julia also shares stories about the Magic Kingdom after hours party, dining at Be Our Guest, and engages in a bit of Disneyland vs. Walt Disney World contemplation.

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This week, we discuss Mousetalgia's Anything Can Happen Weekend, beginning with a report on Disneyland Hotel's Pirates of the Caribbean Suite! Kristen, Kurt and Jeff were able to stay in this exquisite suite during Mousetalgia's recent special weekend, and we describe all the details of this impressive space. Then, we report from our listener meet-ups. We talk about the Wildest Breakfast in the Wilderness, taking over the Jungle Cruise, honoring our nation's heroes, getting a shout out on the Grand Circle Tour, and finally crawling through the wide variety of eats at the 2019 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival. Plus, our takes on some Tangaroa Terrace woes, more Star Wars speculation, Kristen talks Disney Play, and more. And as a special bonus, we end the show with some of our listeners' responses to this year's Food and Wine offerings. Bon appétit!

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This week, join Team Mousetalgia as we take a slightly deeper dive into Disneyland trip planning with our Disneyland 202 episode. Topics we cover are app-based transportation to the parks from the airports, Disneyland Resort hotels pros and cons, and how to use the Disneyland app for gathering photos, booking Fastpasses, and ordering food. Plus - listener emails, with topics including taking a large group trip to Disneyland, a list of must-read books from Jeff - and more. Also: Disney buys a new island, washing princess dresses - and Tron 3 rumors persist!

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This week, Team Mousetalgia takes you on a heroic journey through the universe as we visit galaxies both Marvel-ous and far, far away. First, we welcome Tim Babb back to the show to join us as we present a review of Captain Marvel, the latest film from Marvel Studios staring Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, the fighter pilot who is out to save the universe. We talk about the public response to the film and some backlash Larson has received, as well as our thoughts on the film's story, humor, cultural setting and position in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Then, we discuss the recently unveiled plans that Disneyland has for the opening on Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at the end of May, and we mention our attempts to plan to see the new land, and some of the many features Disney has recently disclosed about the interactivity of the land through the Disney Play app. Also - a listener's response to '90s Night at Disneyland, and our favorite booths from the upcoming Food and Wine Festival at DCA.

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Disneyland for newbies: Planning your first trip. When to go, what to expect, and where to stay if you've never been to the park before. Should you stay on property or in the surrounding neighborhood? What's best for families? Which hotels can save you money with free breakfasts? How are crowds in the park throughout the year, and what time is probably best for you to take your trip? What about dining reservations? What's the best way to get to the park - driving or flying? And which airports are the best - and what's the best way to get to your hotel from the airport? We share our tips and tricks on all of these topics, and more. Plus - we list our first stops upon entering the park. SPECIAL NOTE: Time is running out to join Mousetalgia at our "Wildest Breakfast in the Wilderness" on Saturday, March 23. Join us for a private breakfast buffet in the Tomorrowland Starcade before the park opens to the public. Tickets are $48 per person - visit mousetalgia.com to buy tickets or for more information.

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This week on the Mousetalgia podcast, we celebrate the 47th anniversary of the opening of Country Bear Jamboree in Bear Country at Disneyland. Disney voice actor Peter Renaday returns to the show to talk about how he became Henry, the host of Country Bear Jamboree, and we also veer off to reminisce a bit more about the passing of Ron Miller, Pete's role in the Haunted Mansion, and some Country Bear trivia we bet you've never heard before. Then we go on to discuss a variety of Bear Country topics, including a look back at the Mineral King project; Disneyland's marketing of the new land and bear show; and the variety of Country Bear shows that followed the original. Plus - Kristen talks about Disneyland's attic, Jeff gets rosy, Becky discovers the Star War, and Dave discusses Emma Thompson vs. John Lasseter. Also - Mousetalgia announces a special private breakfast INSIDE THE TOMORROWLAND STARCADE just for listeners on March 23. Visit facebook.com/mousetalgia for details.

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In the past two weeks, the Disney fan community was rocked with the news of the passing of two legendary names in the history of the Walt Disney Company. On February 9, Ron Miller - the son in law of Walt Disney and CEO/President of the company for many years - passed away at the age of 85. Miller helped bridge the gap between Walt Disney's personal enterprise and the international entertainment corporation that the Disney company would become, and was president of the Walt Disney Family Foundation, which is responsible for the Walt Disney Family Museum. Then, on February 15, Dave Smith passed away at the age of 78. Smith was responsible for developing the Walt Disney Archives for the Walt Disney Company, which he started in 1970, and was regarded as the highest authority on the history of everything related to Disney. In today's episode, Team Mousetalgia share stories of our personal interactions with both of these men, who were so important to making the Walt Disney Company what it is today.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia dips into the mailbag to answer some more of your questions about Disney-related topics, including: Disney tattoo ideas; taking large family groups to the park; Club 33 protocol and menu options; hunting down Disney cartoons and shorts; Taschen's Disneyland book; taking balloons on a plane; celebrating Mickey Mouse at Disneyland; a trip report featuring the Walk in Walt's Disneyland Footsteps guided tour - and more! Also - don't forget to mark your calendar for Mousetalgia's meet-up at Disneyland on March 23-24! Details to follow, but find the event at facebook.com/mousetalgia for more information.

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The Walt Disney Family Museum is celebrating its tenth anniversary year, and Team Mousetalgia reports on the happenings that will be coming throughout the year. From a report on the museum's outreach efforts to an overview of the various events that will be coming in 2019, we cover it all. As a bonus, we'll listen to legendary Disney animator and historian Andreas Deja speak about the upcoming exhibit "Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World," which he is curating for the museum, as well as some inspiring words from Sirron Norris, an artist commissioned by the museum to create an original work for the upcoming Mickey Mouse exhibition. Then, Jeff talks about another event at the Walt Disney Family Museum about Walt Disney's family in Chicago. Plus, romantic Disney songs, more on the search for Mickey Ice Cream Bars, and more information about the Magical Mousetalgia Meet Up at Disneyland on March 23-24. Find our more at facebook.com/mousetalgia

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This week, Team Mousetalgia welcomes Beci Mahnken, CEO of MEI/MouseFan Travel, back to the show to share her expertise on planning those summer vacations to the Disneyland Resort in a year that promises many exciting - and possibly challenging - changes. Beci shares her top five tips for a successful and fun vacation, regardless of the park's circumstances. Also - we talk about Disney treats in the supermarket, and share our Disney dream foods. Plus, Kristen reviews the books of Bill Peet and talks about his artistic sensibility.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia welcomes Michael Vargo, Vice President of D23, to the show to talk about the upcoming D23 Expo and the state of D23 - what members can look forward to this year, new opportunities, and that amazing membership pin set for 2019. Then, we start preparing for this year's D23 Expo with a Mousetalgia therapy session including questions and concerns about the 2017 Expo and anticipation for this year's event, and a variety of topics including planning for your daily schedule, choosing panels and events, planning for hotels and touring, and associated topics. Plus - A Galaxy's Edge comic book is coming, Mickey paddle pops are on the shelves, and DVC has some changes affecting resales. Also, SAVE THE DATE: Team Mousetalgia is coming to the Disneyland Resort for the weekend of March 23 and 24, and we are planning some epic meet up opportunities! We hope to see you there!

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This week, we start the Mousetalgia podcast with a conversation about Disneyland ticket prices - are comparable resort experiences ever going to change public perspective of the value of a Disney vacation? Will corporate greed become a new narrative, or is supply and demand the final answer? Dive in with us. Then, the Nine Old Men exhibition closes at the Walt Disney Family Museum, and Jeff reports from a talk at the museum featuring a conversation between Don Hahn and children of five of the Nine Old Men. We talk a bit about how the Disney animators differed from each other, and how their legacies continue today. Also - Sleeping Beauty turns 60 soon, so we talk about the film's history - the costs, the impact of the movie, and Mary Costa's Tennessee accent. Finally, Academy Award-winning director John Canemaker joins the coversation to speak about the making of Sleeping Beauty, Eyvind Earle's "simplified gothic" style, and Marc Davis' incredible design of Maleficent.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia invites you to listen along as Jeff tells the tale of New Year's Eve 2018 at Disneyland. The story involves wall-to-wall people, Santa Ana Winds, cancelled performances, and overpriced food - and advice on finding the magic despite the odds. The team also discusses John Lasseter's return to the animation industry, and we try to make sense of what we do know, what we don't know, and the potential pitfalls and promises that might be a result of his rapid return to the limelight. Also, Jeff offers the first book reviews of the year ("Han Solo" and "Inventing Disneyland") - and more.

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This week on the Mousetalgia podcast, it's anything goes as Dave, Becky, Jeff and Kristen answer questions you posed on our social media for a special AMA (Ask Mousetalgia Anything) episode to kick of 2019. Topics include Mousetalgia's origin story, our favorite characters and attractions, our thoughts on crowds at Disneyland and how they will impact the park this year, Autopia, how we make the show each week, park admission prices, churro carts - and more.

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It's time for Mousetalgia's annual year in review show! We discuss our top Disney films from 2018, favorite Disney dining experiences (Bengal BBQ vs. those corn dogs), favorite moments (Fantasmic, meeting Minnie), favorite Disney merchandise, and we hand out the infamous Oswald Awards (for when something didn't appear to go as planned). Plus - our Disney resolutions for 2019, favorite Disney ornaments, a report on "Home for the Holidays" at the Walt Disney Family Museum with Bob Gurr, and more!

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Merry Christmas! This week on Mousetalgia, we talk Candlelight with Disney historian Joseph Titizian. Joseph talks us through the history of the Candlelight Processional, and then takes us behind the scenes of this year's 60th anniversary of the ceremony, including some samples from this year's performances. Then, Kristen and Jeff discuss Mary Poppins Returns with a spoiler-free review, a discussion about the score and songs, and our tuppence regarding the differences and similarities between the new film and the 1964 classic. Also, in a new segment called Disneyland Notebook, we discuss two topics: the latest developments in character interaction at the parks - selfies with the characters - and Disneyland starts revoking annual passes from passholders who buy merchandise at a discount and then resell it online. Also - our holiday park memories, and more.

 

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This week on Mousetalgia, Disney author and historian Jeff Kurtti joins us to talk about everything Mary Poppins: the history, the cultural impact, the new film - and his new book "Practically Poppins In Every Way." But first, we share our insightful and frank conversation with Academy-Award winning filmmaker Brad Bird about his early career with the Walt Disney Studios and lessons in animation that he learned from Walt Disney's Nine Old Men. Plus - Disneyland holiday churros reviewed; Princesses on tour; joining Mary Poppins' fantasy world - and Mousetalgia is added to Pandora.

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This week, Mousetalgia takes you to the parks for some holiday dining updates. First, we review "Mickey's Tales of Adventure" Breakfast Buffet at Storyteller Cafe - omelets, prime rib and Froot Loops, oh my! We discuss the revised menu offerings and enhanced character interactions which have made the new buffet at the Grand Californian a popular dining destination. Plus, Becky offers a review of Thanksgiving Dinner at Storyteller Cafe and its underwhelming kids' menu for the biggest dining evening of the year. Also - fall crowds make park touring tricky, so we talk about making the most of your MaxPass. Then, Kristen eats her way through the Festival of the Holidays at Disney California Adventure - Holiday Ham Shanks, Cranberry Sangrias, Lox and Everything Bagel Nachos, Roasted Turkey Sliders, and more (including Peppermint Ice Cream Sundaes and a rainbow of churros!) Plus - listener reports from "Mickey: The True Original Exhibition" and "The Art of Mary Poppins Returns" exhibit at Disneyland, and our favorite VIP Tour Guide Barbara stops by with some holiday memories from the Tour Garden!

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Mousetalgia's correspondent Lindsey reports from D23's Destination D, and we bring you the scoop on the latest news and all the happenings from the Disney fan event that was held at the Walt Disney World Contemporary Resort on November 16, 17 and 18. Lindsey discusses the exciting panels, the intriguing exhibits, the exclusive merchandise, and the exciting opportunities she had to interview some of the special guests at the event, including Bret Iwan and Bill Farmer, the official voices of Mickey Mouse and Goofy, and Becky Cline, the director of the Walt Disney Archives. Then, Kristen and Jeff wreck the podcast and discuss Disney's latest animated film "Wreck it Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet." We discuss the cultural impact of the film, the impact of culture on the film, and all those Easter Eggs! Kristen also reveals that somehow, she didn't know the film was going to feature a gaggle of Disney princesses despite the fact that we're pretty sure we'd even mentioned it before on the show. Plus - Jeff mentions Mickey the inclusive Mouse, Kristen upcycles board games, Becky questions the Lion King, and Dave talks about the next generation of Star Wars fans.

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Disney artists and historians Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily visited the Walt Disney Family Museum this month to discuss the Swiss Family Robinson, and to talk about their journey to Tobago to search for the film sets from the filming of this astonishing film, and Dave reports on the event. Plus, we take a holiday stroll through the history of New Orleans Square, with a look at the first years of Club 33, and we share some recipes for the Blue Bayou's iconic Clam Chowder. Plus - Uniqlo shirts, Universal's Fun Runs, WDI's Stuntronics, and Kristen calls in a cheesy review.

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Mickey Mouse turns 90 on November 18, and we have a spectacular special show for you to celebrate the occasion! In honor of #Mickey90, all of the Mousetalgia family of podcasts have come together to honor the Mouse who started it all. Author/historian/D23 Contributor Jim Fanning joins Team Mousetalgia this week to talk through all nine decades of Mickey Mouse, from the original pie-eyed superstar to the new animated shorts that have brought Mickey full-circle back to his slapstick roots. We talk animation, the Mickey Mouse clubs, Mickey Mouse collectibles, Mickey as a cultural icon, and more. Also - Mousetalgia Minute's Tina and Julia talk about past Mickey Mouse's birthday celebrations; Dateline Mousetalgia's Nicole and Jenn Diz drop by to talk about finding Mickey throughout the Disneyland Resort, and we talk about Mickey through the ages. (Happy birthday to Minnie, too!) Plus - we offer a way to help victims of California's Camp Fire, and we remember the legendary Stan Lee.

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Mousetalgia welcomes producer/director Don Hahn back to the show to discuss his latest film, Howard - a documentary of the life and work of Howard Ashman, the legendary lyricist behind hits including "The Little Mermaid", "Beauty and the Beast", and "Aladdin". Hahn discusses the genesis of and story behind his documentary, and answers some questions about working with Ashman and how his life and death had such a profound impact on so many people around the world. We also review Disney's latest film "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms," and we offer a brief take on this new holiday fantasy. Finally, Jeff reports on this year's Mouse-Con Disney fan gathering held in Concord, CA. We talk about the special guests, the event itself, and Dave and Jeff's panel on vintage Disneyland. Plus - Mickey Mouse in New York, and more.

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This week, Jeff talks to author/artist Heather Dixon Wallwork about her new novel "The Enchanted Sonata" based on the tale of the Nutcracker, and we discuss her new book in which Clara Stahlbaum is whisked away to an enchanted empire where she must face a magician who uses music as spells while she faces her own future. Heather also talks about her work as a story artist for Disney, and - as a huge Mary Poppins fan - shares some of her thoughts about the upcoming sequel. Then we open the mailbag, discussing topics including... taking a tour of California ending at Disneyland in July; tips for booking hotels in summer 2019; D23 member benefits and studio tour advice; a listener review of Lamplight Lounge; an awkward Haunted Mansion moment that demonstrates the value of cast members; adulting alone at Disneyland; Mousetalgia's past Disney regrets; can't-miss holiday features at Disneyland; dining options for allergic eaters; and Disneyland in the sun vs. Disneyland after dark.

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For Mousetalgia's special Halloween episode, the "PDX Sanderson Sisters" - prize-winners from Freeform's Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash - join us to share some behind the scenes secrets from the recent production, which was filmed at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The cosplay trio talk about their origin story, the Freeform show, hanging with Doug Jones, going viral, and life as the Sandersons. Then, in a special spooky Haunted Mansion moment, we wonder: was Walt Disney tracking down the famous ghosts of historical Europe for his retirement home for happy haunts? We report, you decide. Plus - Kristen wraps up a month of spooky musical arrangements by mashing up the Haunted Mansion and Hong Kong's Mystic Manor in a moving arrangement; we share our favorite Disneyland treats; and gingerbread finally comes to the Haunted Mansion. SPECIAL NOTE: Jeff and Dave will be hosting a special panel presentation on Disneyland at Mouse-Con on Sunday, November 4 in Concord, CA. Visit Mouse-Con.com for more information.

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This week, Mousetalgia is pleased to welcome 1954 original Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer Nancy Abbate to the show as we continue our build up to Mickey's 90th birthday. Nancy shares some stories about her time as a Mouseketeer and dancing for Walt Disney, along with the story of her career and life after the club. Then, Jeff shares a trip report about the taping of the upcoming "Mickey's 90th Spectacular," set to air Nov. 4th on ABC. Listen to a few stories about the recording of the incredible production. Also - Kristen continues her month of spooky songs with a John Debney mashup, Jeff shares some sea-worthy scares in this week's Haunted Mansion moment, and we talk about our favorite Mickey Mouse shorts.

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This week, author and self-proclaimed geek Amy Ratcliffe joins Mousetalgia to talk about "Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy," her new book profiling 75 female characters from the Star Wars universe. Covering personalities throughout all of Star Wars from the original trilogy through "Star Wars: Resistance," the book covers an exhaustive herstory of the entire world of Star Wars, deriving content from the films, books, comics, and television shows. Amy talks about the process of writing the book, what the various stories mean to her, and her thoughts and memories about Carrie Fisher. Also this week: Kristen talks about D23's free spooky 25th anniversary screenings; Disney releases Otter Box phone cases; Storyteller Cafe goes full buffet; we launch "Becky in the Sky with Diamonds" - our new segment on booking hotels and Expo hotel planning; and we premiere a haunting poem.

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"Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" turns 25 this week, and Team Mousetalgia takes a scary look back at the holiday classic that's been haunting our dreams for the past quarter century. We talk about our own memories of the film's release, and Jeff shares a Haunted Mansion moment about the special holiday overlay that takes up a quarter of the Haunted Mansion's entire operating year. Then, we host two very special guests to help us celebrate. First, we speak with Mike Belzer, an animator for "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas." Mike gives us an insider's look at the process of making the groundbreaking stop motion film, and talks about some of the innovative techniques and shares some stories from his time animating key scenes from the classic film. Then, New York Times Bestselling author Matthew Reinhart joins us to talk about "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Pop-Up: A Petrifying Pop-Up for the Holidays," his newest pop-up book. Matthew shares some of the stories behind the creation of the book, including how Tim Burton made his editor weep, what TBTNBC means to him personally, and some of the hidden secrets in the book - including one inspired by Mousetalgia ourselves! Plus - Kristen shares another song of the season, and we help Sandy Claws fill his sack!

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It's a Mousetalgia Emporium show! In this week's episode, we discuss the new Funko "Pop! Rides" Haunted Mansion vinyl collectible; the Mickey Mouse 90th Birthday Party hosted by all of the Mousetalgia podcasts; and the aftermath of the latest and greatest Van Eaton Galleries' "That's From Disneyland!" auction. Plus - Kristen launches an entire month of Halloween music performances, and we propose our fantasy character dining scenarios!

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This week, Mousetalgia welcomes author and historian Jeff Kurtti back to the show to discuss his new book "From All of Us to All of You: The Disney Christmas Card." We take a deep dive into the history of the various Christmas cards distributed by the Walt Disney Studios over the years and we look at some of the artists responsible for the beautiful mailings. Kurtti also gives us a look behind the scenes at the making of a Disney book. Then, out of the night, when the full moon is bright... it's Zorro! We share a brief history of Walt Disney's hit television show, including the discovery of Guy Williams who would become the looming, 6' 3" Zorro, and the creation of the serialized show that captivated audiences throughout the late 1950s. We also talk about the studio backlot, Zorro at Disneyland, and that amazing theme song. Also - new Sugarfina and Lego celebrate Mickey's 90th - and more.

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It's a Mousetalgia Emporium this week! Topics for the week include alcohol in Disneyland, lights on floats and remembering a friend. First, Team Mousetalgia offers a listener a "Hand with the Land" with tips for solo touring at Walt Disney World. Then, we finally tackle the issue of alcohol coming to Disneyland, and debate the pros and cons. Does the Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Cantina warrant an authentic stiff drink? Perhaps our opinions will surprise you! Next, we speak with Ben Sherman, author of "Lights," about his time at Disneyland and his role in the creation of the Main Street Electrical Parade. Sherman shares some of the challenges and victories behind the scenes during the development of this groundbreaking nighttime spectacular.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia opens the mailbox to answer your questions. Topics include: RunDisney's virtual races - the pros and cons; Mousetalgia's Walt Disney World Resort must-dos; what to expect for a November 2019 trip to Disneyland; finding toddler potties at the Baby Care Center; seeking out Trader Sams mugs; growing up with Disney; and a trip to Clifton's Republic. Plus - new Haunted Mansion merchandise is released; our tips for getting into the Lamplight Lounge - plus our review; checking out the Forever Disney clothing line at the Disney Store; visiting the park with special needs - and more.

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This week, Mousetalgia presents an episode that we recorded live at Walt's Barn in Griffith Park on August 19, 2018. We welcome special guest Tom Morris to the show to discuss his career with the Walt Disney Company, starting as a balloon salesperson at Disneyland and staying with the company 42 years to become the Imagineer who led the Fantasyland team for Disneyland Paris and finally serving as the executive producer for Hong Kong Disneyland. Thank you, friends, fans and listeners, for joining us on our first 10 year adventure. Onto the next decade! Carpe Kingdom!

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This week, Mousetalgia brings you our interview with Disney Legend Floyd Norman, recorded at Griffith Park inside of Walt Disney's Combine Car, one of the cars that composed the opening day Disneyland Railroad. But first, Kristen attends a D23 press event and reports back on upcoming D23 happenings, including the 2019 D23 Expo, the Walt Disney Studio tours, and other D23 member exclusives. Then, we speak with Floyd Norman who was hired to work at the Disney animation studio in 1956 and was quickly tapped by Walt Disney to join the story department. We talk with Floyd about Walt Disney, his time at the studio, and his time writing the syndicated Mickey Mouse cartoon strip. Plus - Disney songs for the school bus, and more.

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This week, Mousetalgia welcomes Rose Ivy back to the show to talk about the new line of Disney Princess-inspired dresses from Her Universe, two of which she designed. We chat about the designs, the inspiration, working with Disney, and get a quick glimpse into the life of a fashion designer. Then, Jeff reports back from the Walt Disney Family Museum to discuss two more events in the "Nine Old Mentors" series of talks. First, Disney animation directors Ron Clements and John Musker spoke about their experiences with the Nine Old Men, and two weeks later Margaret Kerry traveled to the museum to speak about her time working with Marc Davis working on Peter Pan. Plus - a quick review of Christopher Robin, and more.

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Celebrate our Tencennial edition of Mousetalgia as we kick off year eleven by welcoming Nicholas and Richard Kraft to the show to speak with us about their upcoming "That's From Disneyland!" auction, which is on display through August 26 at the old Sports Authority store on Riverside Drive in Sherman Oaks. The father and son team talk about a lifetime of collecting Disneyland and other pop culture memorabilia, why they've decided to sell everything, and how a Mike Fink Keel Boat changed everything. We also take a look back at the past 10 years in Disneyland history, and talk about how the parks and the parks' visitors have changed over the past decade. Finally, we discuss the upcoming CHOC Walk in the Park, a listener reports on the Disney Dream, and a last reminder: come witness a live edition of our podcast in person at Walt's Barn in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, on Sunday, August 19 at 1 p.m. See you there!

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It's a super Mouse Meet emporium this week as Team Mousetalgia brings you four fresh interviews, direct from the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet near Seattle, Washington! First, we speak with Imagineering Executive Producer Jeffrey Shaver-Moskowitz, who led a team of Imagineers in creating Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure. Jeffrey tells us all about the process, challenges, and decisions that led to the recent unveiling of the new land celebrating all things Pixar. Then, we speak with Disney artist Kevin Kidney, who tells us the story of the creation of Disneyland's nighttime spectacular Fantasmic, a show that he helped develop. We also talk about the road that took Kevin and Jody from the jobs at Disneyland to jobs working for the Disney Catalog creating hundreds of incredible collectibles and works of Disney-related art for us all to purchase and enjoy. Then, we speak with Disney producer and author David Bossert, who talks to us about his latest book "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons." We learn about Dave's search for the true history of the illusive Oswald, who has only recently rejoined the Disney family. Finally, we speak with author and historian Mindy Johnson about "Ink and Paint: The Women of Walt Disney's Animation," her recent book that tells the "herstory" of the Walt Disney Studios, and fills in the missing gaps between the men and their pencils and the finished films we all love on the screen. Plus - should James Gunn have been fired? Dave jumps on the Disney Emoji Blitz bandwagon, Kristen shares a recipe for Main Street's Fish Mousse recipe - and more.

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In this week's Marvel-ous episode of Mousetalgia, we welcome Brian Crosby, Creative Director for Themed Entertainment for Marvel, back to the show to talk about "Marvel: Universe of Superheroes," the new exhibit currently showing at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle. The exhibit, MoPop's largest special installation ever, is filled with Marvel history, comic art, movie props, interactive sets, and more. Brian joins the show to discuss the magic behind the creation of this must-see presentation. Then, it's the first of two shows about the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet 2018. We share our behind-the-scenes glimpse at the goings-on at this tenth-annual gathering of Disney fans hosted in the Seattle area. Plus - a few thoughts about Don Hahn's new documentary about Howard Ashman... and more.

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It's time for Mousetalgia's Summer book club! This week, Team Mousetalgia talks to author/historian Didier Ghez about the fourth entry in his "The Drew as They Pleased" books about oft-overlooked artwork from the Disney Studios - in this case, "The Hidden Art of Disney's Mid Century Era." Ghez describes the art from this period of unprecedented stylistic shifts and modern graphic sensibilities found in films like Alice in Wonderland and Sleeping Beauty. Also, we speak with author Jeff Ryan about his new book "A Mouse Divided: How Ub Iwerks Became Forgotten, and Walt Disney Became Uncle Walt." Ryan's new book talks about the relationship between Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, and how the duo created the mouse that changed the world. Plus - we discuss some of the latest children's books to be released by the Disney Company - and more.

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It's an emporium of toontastic proportions today as Mousetalgia invites you to listen in as we re-live our latest adventures. We interview Pixar CCO Pete Docter and Imagineer Chris Merritt about their upcoming book about Marc Davis at a recent event hosted by the Walt Disney Family Museum, and then Jeff talks to author Gary K. Wolf about creating the characters from "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" as we note the 30th anniversary of the seminal film based on his intriguing novel. Also, Jeff talks about experiencing Disneyland in a heat wave, and what happens when MaxPass suddenly goes down in the middle of the day. Plus, quick hits on Antman and the Wasp, a vintage Disneyland cookie recipe, runDisney's Incredible Running Shorts, and a super sweepstakes courtesy of Amy's Small World.

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This week, Mousetalgia co-host Kristen concludes her trip reports from Europe with a review of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour: "The Making of Harry Potter." Learn about the tour, the various sets, scenes, props, and everything else that you will encounter when you take this popular and amazing tour. Kristen also talks about finding all of the Disney magic in London - the sights, the sounds, and the shopping. Also this week: Team Mousetalgia tackle the topic of Disneyland's admission prices, and ponder the socioeconomic significance. Plus - Pixar stays all the rage, with listener reports from both Toy Story Land to the east and the Lamplight Lounge to the west. (And listen for your chance to win an Alice in Wonderland charm necklace, too!)

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Happy Independence Day week! In this episode, Team Mousetalgia takes you on a trip to opening day of Disney California Adventure's Pixar Pier to ride the newly-themed Incredicoaster - but does it live up to the hype? Then, we celebrate the 55th anniversary of Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room and Jeff has a mysterious encounter with Disneyland newest pirate, Redd. We also take a brief look at the history of Disneyland's fireworks, and a listener brings us a report and some sounds from the recent "Sherman Brothers: A Hollywood Songbook" concert held in Los Angeles celebrating Richard Sherman's 90th birthday. Plus - is Disney properly honoring "Inside Out" in the new Pixar Pier?

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Team Mousetalgia talks Incredibles 2 on this week's show, and we discuss the latest news coming from the west coast Disney universe. First, Disney announces leadership changes for Pixar and Disney Animation, and we discuss what it might mean in terms of the direction of the company's animated features. Next, Disneyland announces changes in the annual passport program - what do they mean for future traffic patterns? Then, we talk Incredibles 2 and offer spoiler-free analysis, and finally, Kristen offers her latest Disneyland trip report, including reviews of the Plaza Inn character breakfast and Alien Pizza Planet, more thoughts on MaxPass, tips on traveling with preschoolers, mobile ordering, and the Cobb salad of sadness. Also - magic always comes with a price, dearie!

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This week, Team Mousetalgia dips into the mailbag to answer your questions, with a theme of making the most of a first time trip to Disneyland. Topics this week include: Disneyland touring plans - yay or nay; keeping the magic alive in between trips to the parks; trip prep for Walt Disney World experts coming to the Anaheim Resort; character dining options at Disneyland; Disney park nannies; holiday weekend tips and eating vegan at Disneyland. Plus - Jeff reviews the Broadway Princess Party - and more.

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Dave and Becky traveled to Emeryville to see a Super VIP screening of "The Incredibles 2" at the Pixar Animation Studio and Mousetalgia reports from the event. Women in Animation (WIA) hosted an exclusive screening of the new film at Pixar, and Dave and Becky were able to attend. During the event, attendees were able to meet and speak with female animators, artists and filmmakers involved with the production. We discuss the Pixar campus, stories about Brad Bird, the techniques of modern computer animation, the status of women in the field of animation, and finally offer a spoiler-free glimpse at the new installment in the Incredibles franchise. Bonus: a spoiler-free review of "Bao," the short presented before Incredibles 2. Plus - Pirate Redd joins the the Pirates of the Caribbean; John Lasseter will be leaving the Walt Disney Company; Solo box office disappoints; and more.

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Mousetalgia talks dining at Disneyland Paris! Kristen travels to the Disneyland Paris resort again, and talks about annual pass discounts for lodging (and why concierge level lodging is mandatory - hint: it's the food), and the food and dining experiences, including: tips on making reservations, reviews of the Agrobah Cafe, Café de Cascadeurs, the Inventions character breakfast buffet, and the "Petit Jean" experience by chef Jean Imbert, a 12 dish meal at the Disneyland Hotel which was inspired by iconic fairytales. Imbert, a Top Chef winner in France, created this eco-friendly menu, which included five wine pairings and one champagne pairing. Kristen reviews the entire Petite Jean experience, including 12 courses over the space of 4-5 hours, including organic leeks (with scissors) inspired by Tangled, lobster ravioli inspired by the Little Mermaid's Chef Louis; Mrs. Pott's beef broth, Lady and the Tramp spaghetti and of course, Remy's Ratatouille, with sweet courses too - including Pooh's honey, Cinderella's pumpkin, Snow White's poisoned apple, Sleeping Beauty's (lopsided) cake and Jack Sparrow's rum. Also - Kristen offers some notes on the Disneyland Paris attractions and shops and some general international travel trips for dealing with transportation and sightseeing in France. Plus - we offer a solo mom tips for an upcoming Disneyland trip with two kids in tow - and more.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia takes you to the outer rim of a galaxy far, far away as we discuss Star Wars myths and legends and the march of the Galactic Empire in this 501st episode of Mousetalgia. First, Kristen reports on a D23 event that brought Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano, to Seattle for a book signing event. Then, Jeff brings us up to speed on the remote world of Batuu, and we ponder some of the planet's lesser-known features and mysteries. Finally, we offer a spoiler-free review of Solo, and consider some of the unique features of this 10th Star Wars film. Also - Disney weighs the return of John Lasseter to a creative role in the company, and we consider various aspects of the situation.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia takes you on a whirlwind tour of topics we've covered in the past decade as we look back at our collection of 500 episodes of the Mousetalgia Podcast. From fan conventions like the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet and the D23 Expo to conversations with legends like Alice Davis and Marty Sklar, we've done our best to share our travels and experiences with our listeners and like-minded Disney fans around the world. Special guest Tim Babb joins the table to reminisce along with us. So settle in and listen along as we celebrate 500 episodes of Mousetalgia! 

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This week, Mousetalgia welcomes Spirit and Legacy Awards-winning cast member Jim Lowman to the show to talk about his half century of working at Disneyland Park. Jim shares fascinating bits of history, including the Haunted Mansion's grand opening at Club 33, bringing the Churro to Disneyland, meeting the love of his life at the Tahitian Terrace, and seeing Walt Disney himself in Disneyland. Jim opened the Bengal BBQ (and created the menu with his family recipes), was a sous chef at Club 33, witnessed Cary Grant's private Candlelight Processional performance, opened Big Thunder Ranch, and gives us a first-hand account of Liz Taylor's big 60th birthday bash at Disneyland. Plus - Jeff reviews a "foodoir," Kristen shares a Bengal BBQ recipe, Becky talks wine, Dave talks Muppets - and more!

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This week, Imagineer John Paul Bakshoian joins Mousetalgia to talk about the process of Disney Park Show Documentation, which involves keeping consistency at the parks between the various attractions and shows. He shared some stories from his career with "Walt's watchdog" department at WDI. Then, we talk to Amy Guglielmo, the author of "Pocket Full of Colors." Amy talks about her inspiration for the book, researching Mary Blair, and she shares some of the secrets behind the development of a children's book. Plus, Jeff talks to Time/Life, Kristen plays jazz, Becky wears a pink Stormtrooper, and Dave busts out a Haunted Mansion moment!

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This week, Dave and Jeff take you to Silicon Valley Comic Con 2018 for an in-depth report. Marvel legend Stan Lee made a three-day appearance that was painful to witness, and we discuss the fallout. Celebrities pose, scientists expound and vendors vend all weekend, and Mousetalgia shares some highlights. Margaret Kerry flew in to meet her Tinker Bell fans, the 501st looked for recruits for the Empire, and everybody was just "Wookie-ing for the Weekend" as the event kicked off with a Star Wars panel with Mads Mikkelsen, Daniel Logan, Temuera Morrison and Ray Park. Plus - a listener review of art exhibits in the OC, and we choose our own super powers.

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This week, Mousetalgia goes back to the mailbag to answer your questions. Topics include long distance Disney dating ideas; Fantasmic! dining options; traveling to and finding Disney experiences in Seattle; childcare at the Disney resorts; driving through California; crowd prediction at Disneyland; setting Disney ride records; a Cable Guy encounter; and simply finding romance during a trip to the parks. Plus - a report from Pixar Fest; Canada checks in; our dream Pizza Planet pizza flavors... and more.

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This week, we offer some Mousetalgia Therapy regarding the loss of A Bug's Land, and then we take a look back at the history of Disney California Adventure. Has DCA gone full Meg Ryan? Is basing a land on properties focused on violent activities a good idea? We also discuss the ghosts of DCA; from the Soap Opera Cafe to Sunshine Plaza, we'll take a walk down memory lane and remember the attractions that have come and gone. We'll also discuss the nighttime entertainment from Glowfest to tea parties - and we'll take a look at the continuing evolution of Disneyland's sibling park. Also - Jeff reads yet another article, this one about Herb Ryman and the 49 elephants. Plus - Boxlunch picnic baskets, Disney at Nordstrom, and Tron Lego!

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Mousetalgia heads east once again, and Dave and Becky report from their kid-free trip to the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. First, they spend some time at the Universal Orlando Resort, and talk about staying on Universal property, the front of line pass, Harry Potter's dominance, and all those screens - plus, the best meal of their whole vacation. Then, it's on to Walt Disney World, and a stay at Coronado Springs - Becky's new favorite moderate resort - and Epcot for "Flower & Garden" and the food booths: carne guisada, pork tacos, and frushi. California Grill provides the worst meal of the trip - hear the details - and Sci-Fi Dine-In offers a surprising meal. Then, we finally report from Pandora, and Dave and Becky talk about the land of Avatar, the daytime vs. nighttime experience, and the dining and entertainment offerings there. Plus: a review of the "Keys to the Kingdom" tour at the Magic Kingdom, the Shop Disney Parks app, Cars 3, Glen Keane at the Walt Disney Family Museum, more on Disneyland AP pricing.

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This week, Mousetalgia talks everything Tokyo! Join us on a trip to Japan for some exclusive reports from the Tokyo Disney Resort. First, Neil Peterson, an American living in Tokyo, talks with Mousetalgia about the ins and outs of visiting the Tokyo Disney parks, and shares his tips and tricks about touring the Disneyland and DisneySea. Then we welcome Beci Mahnken, CEO of Mousefan Travel, back to the show to discuss her recent trip to the Japanese resort. Between our two guests, we discuss the etiquette, the food at DisneySea, the snacks at Disneyland, the shopping, the attractions, the dumplings, and the cuteness (popcorn buckets)! What is is that causes so many Disney fans to claim that of all Disney parks worldwide, Tokyo has the parks to beat? Plus, we discuss the culture shock (but in a good way!) A listener calls in another Tokyo report - and, of course - we talk Duffy.

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Dive into a week in Disney history with Mousetalgia! Let's take a walk through a week in March throughout the history of the Walt Disney Company. Topics include Winnie the Pooh; Hazel George, Walt's nurse; Howard Ashman's legacy; Disney Afternoon at Disneyland; Harper Goff; and Mickey Mouse's appearance in Plane Crazy, his first cartoon. Also - Pete Docter and Aardman's Nick Park talk about the state of animation at the recently re-opened Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, and Jeff reports. Plus - a new tropical hideaway is planned, the Muppet Babies are coming back, the Disney Fashionista Blog, and more.

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This week, Disney historian and author Jeff Kurtti joins Mousetalgia to talk about his new book, "Travels with Walt Disney: A Photographic Voyage Around the World." Kurtti talks about his inspiration for the book, what Walt Disney means to him, and the stories behind the stories and photographs in the book. Learn about Walt's travels to movie locations, family cruises, riding the railways - and how it all culminates in his Magic Kingdom. Also - a listener calls in her Disney love story - and more.

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Join us for a Mousetalgia therapy session regarding Disneyland's increasing admission prices - what does it mean for the future of the passholder base and the traffic into the park? Then, Jeffrey Epstein, Director of Communications for D23 joins us to give us an inside scoop on some of the happenings at the D23 Expo Japan 2018. We discuss logistics, the differences between the D23 Expos in Japan and the United States, some of the news from the Expo... and shopping! Finally, we have an Olympic moment as we discuss Walt Disney's involvement with the 1960 Winter Olympic Games at Squaw Valley. Plus - a review of America's Best Value Inn and Suites motel, a review of Marvel's Black Panther - and more.

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Character artist Brigette Barrager discussed her work at a recent talk at the Walt Disney Family Museum, and she talked about her research on Mary Blair and the Walt Disney Studios in order to create her latest book, "Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair." She talked about the process, the story, and the importance of telling the story of Mary Blair's career. Also - Team Mousetalgia answers your emails! Topics: blaming locals for Disneyland crowds; searching for Carl Barks comics; a search for Tokyo DisneySea information; beating the Disneyland blues; a magical holiday trip report; seeking out Disneyland history books; advice for a three-day Disneyland trip with kids; creating your own virtual Disneyland; a listener reports from Shanghai; which Disneyland pass Orange County locals should purchase; and trip advice for returning to Disneyland after a 13 year absence. Plus - can Madame Leota sign an autograph? Star Wars "From a Certain Point of View"; Walt Disney World food; and... Octogeddon?

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This week, Mousetalgia celebrates romance with tales of love at Disneyland and beyond. Whether you are considering a Disneyland Fairy Tale Wedding of your own, or just want to enjoy the memories shared by others, these stories are sure to warm your heart. With four mini interviews, we discuss everything from the food, entertainment and location options Disneyland can provide to the simple love stories that tie everything together. And for those of you who like a little edge to your tales of nuptial bliss, we also have a story of a rogue, unauthorized Haunted Mansion wedding as well. Plus - our thoughts on loving yourself despite the Valentine season, and more.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia reports on a recent talk at the Walt Disney Family Museum by author Marcy Carriker Smothers on her new book "Eat Like Walt," an emphatically researched book about Walt Disney and food, and how he and his company viewed the dining experience at his studio, his theme park, and in his personal life. Smothers talks about the variety of food at Disneyland park over its history, and tells stories about dumpster-diving and sleuthing to re-create secret recipes from the past. Then, Mousetalgia welcomes Walt Disney Imagineer Chris Merritt back to the show to discuss Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle. To celebrate last week's 59th anniversary of Sleeping Beauty, Mousetalgia concludes its recent focus on Eyvind Earle and the classic film by talking about Merritt's work in bringing Sleeping Beauty Castle out of hibernation at Disneyland in 2008 and renewing the visual effects tech while staying close to Earle's original vision for the castle walk-through attraction. Merritt also talks about his relationship with mentor Marc Davis, the famed animator responsible for Sleeping Beauty's Princess Aurora and the evil Maleficent.

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This week, Mousetalgia discusses some recent exciting happenings at the Disneyland Resort. First, Mousetalgia correspondent John Garcia reports on "Throwback Nite," the first of a string of planned special ticket "Disneyland After Dark" events. John talks about the atmosphere, the food, the entertainment, and the special features that made this first in a series of Disneyland evening events a very special night. Then, Jeff reports on the latest Star Wars happenings at the resort, including a review of the Void's "Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire" VR experience currently operating in Downtown Disney. We discuss the parts of the attraction that hit the mark, and a few notes that are slightly off key. Finally, Jeff reports on a panel discussion with Lucasfilm art directors from "The Last Jedi" held at Gallery Nucleus, and shares some secrets from the making of the films.

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This week we present an Emporium of topics. First, Disney historian David Koenig joins us to talk about the late Frank Pfannenstiel, who was the last Disneyland cowboy. Hired in 1954 and employed at the park for 33 years, Frank, a WW II Marine veteran, was hired to care for and train horses and mules for Walt's still-in-development Disneyland park. Frank drove a covered wagon for Disneyland's opening day parade behind Fess Parker, and worked at the Disneyland Pony Farm caring for the 200+ horses, mules and other animals. Next, Michael Vargo, VP of D23 and the Disney Archives, joins us to talk about the 2018 Gold Membership Gift, which celebrates 90 years of Mickey Mouse. We'll discuss some of the surprises included in the box, and how the D23 team went through 90 years of history to choose their 23 favorite samples of memorabilia from the extensive career of Mickey Mouse. Finally, New York Times bestselling author Matthew Reinhart joins us to talk about creating pop up books, and we talk about the art of combining story and dimensional art for both his new book "Pixar: A Pop-Up Celebration." Plus, Val/Galentines Day ideas - and more!

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This week, Mousetalgia digs in to the history of Walt Disney's Classic Sleeping Beauty, and we take a look at the development, the marketing, the exquisite art - and we review a panel discussion with animators and Disney Legends Floyd Norman and Burny Mattinson about the making of the film, held at the Walt Disney Family Museum in December. We also take a quick look back at Eyvind Earle's famous bicycle trip across the country, which helped to launch his career as a fine artist. Next, Kristen discusses the "Cinderella Festival" which was held at Disneyland in March 1971. Fashion shows, garden tours, and special recipes were featured during this three-day event at Disneyland, during which a park guest would be named princess Cinderella for the day. Plus - Star Wars answers just raise more questions, and Kristen reviews "Chewie and the Porgs."

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This week, we present a spoiler-filled review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the 8th installment in the Star Wars saga. But before that, let's talk DVC, and discuss the benefits and costs of joining the Disney Vacation Club. Is the cost of purchasing property in villas in deluxe Disney hotels worth the experience? Our special guest Heather Coursen discusses the ins and outs of being a DVC member, and tells us who DVC is for, and who should probably pass. Then, we talk everything "Last Jedi" in a spoiler-filled, roundtable-style free for all. Porgs, flying Leias, laser swords - we discuss all of our initial thoughts and feedback while we prepare for future viewings. Everything from hyperspace to the nature of the Force is dissected, inspected and accepted or rejected. Listen to our review, then join the conversation at facebook.com/mousetalgia.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia hosts a roundtable discussion reviewing our strongest memories and opinions of Disney's past year. Topics include our favorite changes to the theme parks; the best books and purchases we've made through the year; our favorite movies from the various Disney studios in 2017; the best dining experience we've each had on a Disney property this year, our famous Oswald Award, which is awarded to events that may have missed their intended marks, and our favorite overall Disney memories from the past twelve months. So welcome to 2018, and enjoy our look back at Disney's past year in review.

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For our special holiday episode, Mousetalgia hosted a Reddit-style AMA (Ask Mousetalgia Anything), and we have answers to your burning questions. Some of the topics include: Finding time to record shows, Cinderella's dress color, park pet peeves, favorite park eras, ABD wishes, Disney dream jobs, attraction mash-ups, ten minutes with Walt, favorite things to do at Walt Disney World, dealing with Disney burnout, Disneyland with toddlers, how Mousetalgia's team formed, what we love other than Disney, Roy O. Disney, our feelings about the future of Downtown Disney, and more!

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This week, Mousetalgia presents an Emporium of festive fun! First, we welcome Tim Babb from the "Can't Wait for Christmas" podcast to the show to host a happy holiday roundtable discussion about everything Christmas at the Disneyland Resort. Next, Dave and Becky review the Blue Bayou and its Fantasmic dining package, and we discuss the menu, the food, and the experience of watching Fantasmic from an exceptional vantage point. Finally, Jeff takes us to the recent Heroes and Villains convention in San Jose, where he met Zachary "Flynn Rider" Levi and Ming-Na "Mulan" Wen, and shares some audio of Zachary Levi talking about his brush with the Marvel Extended Universe.

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Welcome to Star Wars week! We spend a few moments discussing Star Wars trivia, Star Wars clothing, and the "Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire" VR experience. Next, Jeff reviews "Foolish Mortals," the Popzilla Haunted Mansion art show that was hosted at Pop! Comics in Anaheim. Then, we discuss spending four hours in Disneyland - is it worth the cost of admission? We show you how to make the most of a quick trip. Also, Jeff shares some thoughts on Coco, and briefly reviews Pixar's latest masterpiece. Plus - a Pearly Band Christmas performance, and listeners weigh in on runDisney, the late Great Movie Ride, and antenna balls.

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Thanksgiving Dinner at the Disneyland Hotel - we review the 2017 Thanksgiving buffet and discuss the food and entertainment, and compare the overall experience with previous years. Then we discuss the Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure, and talk about some of the culinary opportunities available during the holiday season at the resort. Next, we return to the discussion about MaxPass, and add more to our ongoing review of Disneyland's new crowd management option. Plus, we discuss John Lasseter's sabbatical from Pixar due to complaints of sexual harassment, and we ponder the bigger issue and how it might affect the Walt Disney Company. Also - our favorite Disney holiday films, Jeff reviews the new Frozen short - and more.

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It's a Mousetalgia mailbag! Topics include: DisneyLife, Disney's answer to Netflix, is launched internationally, and we have a user's review; a first trip to the Disneyland Hotel - is it worth the money? We discuss the benefits to staying on property; brief thoughts on writing Disney books; Disneyland VIP tours - the ins and outs; raising Disney kids; a listener reviews the Walk in Walt's Footsteps tour, Ariel's Grotto and MaxPass; Asian culture and its impact on the Asian Disney Parks is explained by a listener; the best ways to brighten a cast member's day; Grand Californian scavenger hunts; more Disneyland trip advice - MaxPass, crowds, and what to tote around to make the day managable; navigating the parks for minimum line waits; and a WDW fan reacts to Disneyland. Plus - if we were to create a third Disney theme park for SoCal, what would it be? Westcot? Pixar Park? Or...? We share our thoughts.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia welcomes Disney historian and author Jeff Kurtti back to the show to help us celebrate Mickey Mouse's 89th birthday by sharing some stories about his good friend Wayne Allwine, who was the voice of Mickey Mouse for many years. Jeff talks about how Mickey Mouse's voice progressed through the years, and shares about how Wayne's connection with the character developed over time. Jeff also talks about the creation story of Mickey Mouse, and we discuss the legendary tale told over the generations, and see how it compares with the likely true history of the Mouse's genesis. Then, we share some of our experiences from the recent Mouse-con convention held in South San Francisco, and recount our first Mousetalgia Disneyland history slide show. Also: our favorite Disney animal moments, Tiny Tinsel checks in - and more.

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This week, travel to China with Mousetalgia as Kristen concludes her series of reports from Asia with an overview of the Adventures of Disney tour experience. Joined by Mouse Fan Travel CEO Beci Mahnken, Kristen and Beci discuss Beijing, Hong Kong, the airports, the tour groups, the value of the experience, the elite ABD guides, and some all-time highlights from various Adventures by Disney excursions. As a bonus, they also review a dining experience in Club 33 in Shanghai Disneyland! Next, we preview Pixar's upcoming film "Coco." Director Lee Unkrich, Co-director Adrian Molina and producer Darla Anderson share some secrets from the making of Coco, recorded live at Pixar Day at AT&T Park in San Francisco on September 17. The filmmaking trio talk about the inspiration for the film, the characters and what to watch for, and some of the hidden secrets inside the film. Plus - we discuss our bucket-list Disney destinations, Tiny Tinsel returns - and more!

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Oscar-winning director and producer team Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera came to the Walt Disney Family Museum to share their secret stories from the making of "Inside Out," and Jeff reports on the event. The duo shared many secrets and their own personal photos and videos from behind the scenes while they were making the film, and they discuss how they developed the concept for the film which has become near and dear to the hearts of many people who either struggle with their feelings or know others who do. Then, we welcome Academy Award-nominated producer, author and filmmaker Don Hahn to the show to talk about mid-century modern design at the Walt Disney Studios, and how Walt and his team of artists adapted, reflected, implemented and even developed design trends and traits which were common in the middle of the last century. Also - we talk news: Pixar is coming to the resorts in a big way, the Disneyland Resort announces a new four diamond hotel and abandons the Eastern Gateway project, and we share some of our thoughts and reactions to these developments.

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Welcome to Mousetalgia's Halloween Specter-tacular! This year, we have a bountiful boo-tique of freaky features to make your Halloween a ghast - er, a gas! First, Jeff recounts the DoomBuggies 20th anniversary party held at the Winchester Mystery House on Friday, October 13th (with a special guest appearance by Ghost Host Peter Renaday... bwahaHA!) Then, Kristen takes us back to Hong Kong where she celebrated Halloween in China with a scary twist. Hear about the seasonal parade, the special events, and the haunting Maze of Madness, where Disney characters turn murderous, you party in hell, and the whole experience mystifies Kristen. Finally, author Jim Fanning joins us to discuss "Trick or Treat," the fabulous Disney animated short from 1952 staring Donald Duck. We talk a little history, share a little behind the scenes info, and celebrate that famous song. Plus - a listener's review of Disneyland's new Happiest Haunts tour, and we share our scariest moments in Disney parks.

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This week, Mousetalgia welcomes historian and author Didier Ghez back to the show to discuss "They Drew as They Pleased" Volume 3:
"The Hidden Art of Disney's Late Golden Age." Ghez takes us behind the scenes of his newest book and discusses the Character Model Department of the Disney animation studio in the '40s and discusses some of the key players, tells us why they are important, and gives some intriguing details about his latest deep dive into the history of Disney animation. Kristen also reviews "Eat Like Walt: The Wonderful World of Disney Food" by Marcy Carriker Smothers, shares her favorite recipe, and then lets you all in on a little secret that we've been holding for the past two years. Then, in a special pre-Halloween Haunted Mansion moment, Jeff takes us back to 1921 for a shocking discovery that changes EVERYTHING - or nothing at all. Plus - some of Jeff's other recent podcast appearances, runDisney cancels all Disneyland races, a little Star Wars chit chat, a little Epcot love, and more! ALSO: The Northern California wildfires struck close to home and we ask for your help. After listening to this episode, if you'd like to help Mousetalgia listener Trish, just visit mousetalgia.com/trish for more information.

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This week, Kristen takes us on her with a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland, and we talk about her experience, including: Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and other lodging options; free slippers; dining options, dim sum and restaurants; the weather and humidity, and spending time in the park. We discuss the similarities and differences between Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland in Anaheim, including how the layout and similar attractions compare to each other, the park food, the merchandise, and in depth information about Main Street, Adventureland, Mystic Point (featuring Mystic Manor), Toy Story Land, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland (featuring the Iron Man Experience) - plus a Marvel experience, and more. Also - D23 announces its event list for 2018, and we reminisce about past D23 events. Plus - here's your chance to win some Halloween slippers from the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel!

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This week, Mousetalgia welcomes Oscar Martinez, Disneyland's longest tenured cast member, to the show to talk about his 60-year career at Disneyland, 50 of which he spent at Carnation Café. Oscar talks about being hired at Disneyland, his job and retirement, and the state of dining at the resort. Then, Jeff reports on Halloween Time at Disneyland, with a focus on the new happenings at Disney California Adventure, and the seasonal food offerings throughout the resort. Finally, Jeff also takes us behind the scenes of the Disneyana "Swinging Wake" dinner at the Disneyland Hotel, which featured hours of Haunted Mansion discussion, amazing sights and sounds, and the unveiling of a Haunted Mansion prop long thought lost to time. Plus - Kevin and Jody sell more goods at Pop! Comics, Kristen sticks up for a cast member and gets rewarded, Becky and Button review the Little Mermaid on stage - and more!

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This week, travel with Kristen to Asia as she takes an Adventures by Disney trip to the Disney parks in both Shanghai and Hong Kong! This week, Kristen discusses Shanghai and the attractions (Tron's Lightcycles!), lodging, dining and cultural differences between that park and the experience we are used to in America. Hear the intricate details of touring with Adventures by Disney, and enjoy discovering the magic that the Disney theme parks offer in other cultures. Also, the Disney Store is rebranding as shopDisney, but what does it really mean?

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This week, Mousetalgia offers an emporium of topics. First, Magical Memories in Las Vegas hosted a grand opening extravaganza with the cast and crew of the original Beauty and the Beast animated classic, and we are celebrating along with them with a recap and an extraordinary sweepstakes! Then, we share an article about unofficial Disney merchandise created by fans, and ponder Disney's response to the current surge in unofficial Disney-based merchandise that caters to the Disneybounding and Disney lifestyle fads. Jeff describes some of DoomBuggies.com's dances with Disney legal, and we consider the benefits vs. the costs of fan-produced material to the Disney Company. Then, in a cliffhanging ending to the show, Jeff talks about Sac Anime's recent convention and the appearance of John Ratzenberger, who discussed his career, his appearance in every Pixar film, and his life as an actor. Jeff talks about an awkward autograph moment, then we play some highlights of John's Q&A from the con. Plus - Disneyland Halloween Time vs. Holidays - which does Team Mousetalgia prefer?

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This week, Mousetalgia starts getting spooky as Disneyland Resort begins its Halloween Time celebrating! We talk about Disneyland's expansion of Halloween to Disney California Adventure, and we discuss our favorite new features for the upcoming haunting holiday. Then, we take some time to remember Disney Legend X. Atencio, who passed away on Sept. 10 at the age of 98. We look at his early career with the Walt Disney Studio, and consider the contributions he made to company during his long and accomplished career. Finally, we talk with Sam Carter, curator for the Popzilla group art shows, about the upcoming "Foolish Mortals" show coming to Pop! Comics in Anaheim.

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This week, Mousetalgia returns to the mailbag to answer your burning questions and to share your great tips. Topics include: C.V. Wood's place in Disney history; handling toddler tantrums at Disneyland; tips and tricks for touring the resort as a lone wolf; character breakfasts at the resort revisited; collecting Tsum Tsums; Disney cultural history in the collegiate setting; getting hauled off to Disneyland jail; other ways to connect with Disney fandom in southern California; taking annual photographs at Disneyland; Disneyland attraction and table service recommendations for WDW veterans; and a kid-less Disneyland trip report. Plus - if your last meal was to come from Disneyland - what would it be?

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Team Mousetalgia takes you behind the scenes to the green room at the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet as we share exclusive interviews with the special guests from this year's event, hosted in Lynnwood, WA on Sept. 12, 2017. Mike Peraza is a Disney art art director, conceptual artist and layout artist for Disney animation, and worked on everything from Fox and the Hound through Beauty and the Beast and dozens of episodes of Disney Afternoon television shows. Patty Peraza was an effects animator at Disney, also starting with Fox and the Hound, who was sponsored through her art education at Cal Arts by Lilian Disney herself. Bill Rogers and Camille Dixon use their voices famously at the parks of Disneyland Resort as announcers, Bill at Disneyland and Camille at Disney California Adventure. All four guests share special recollections from their long careers with Disney, touching on memorable moments and special people that helped them along the way.

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