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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