It's a fantastic super-sized episode of Mousetalgia this week as we report on our travels down to Anaheim for the D23 Expo and the various goings-on at the Disneyland Resort. First, we offer trip reports from Expo weekend in the parks, and Jeff reviews the Skyline Lounge experience as well as a soft opening of the newly-renovated Fantasmic! nighttime spectacular on the Rivers of America. Then, we offer part one of our two-episode coverage of the D23 Expo, with a focus on the show floor and everything the Expo had to offer outside of the theaters and stages. We question a few of the event's new features, report on a few struggles, and then celebrate all of the incredible experiences, sights and sounds we shared over the weekend, including reports from the Music Emporium, the Archives Pirates exhibit, Center Stage, the Emporium and the show floor, and of course, that amazing model of Star Wars Land, now known as Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Plus - Kristen describes the terror of Scrooge McDuck's Money Bin, Jeff reviews a new movie about Haunted Mansion fandom, Becky talks about the light park crowds, we have Ears to the Ground reports from the Expo - and more!

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Mousetalgia welcomes Deborah Breedlove back to the show to discuss her experiences as a Disneyland west side cast member back in the 1980s. She tells stories about the time the Haunted Mansion graveyard actually rained INSIDE the ride; the troubles with opening Splash Mountain; her take on the Pirates auction scene; and stories about times that cast members let their emotions get the best of them. Also - it's time for more listener email! Topics include: our recommended resources for a first time trip to Walt Disney World; audio interviews with Imagineers; recommendations for young children's first trips to the park; Disneyland history book recommendations; suggestions for solo Disney park travelers; suggestions for WDW veterans that have a single day to take in both Disneyland Resort parks; and a Van Eaton auction bidder shares his prize. Plus, Disneyland turns 62, and we celebrate by remembering some of Disneyland's memorable anniversaries.

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Team Mousetalgia begin this week's show by diving into the rough waters of Disney's recent decision to remove Marc Davis's auction scene from Pirates of the Caribbean, and we explore various possible reasons for the change. Then, Kristen continues her trip report from Disneyland Paris by reviewing the new "Mickey and the Magician" show at Hollywood studios and discussing the Disneyland Paris 25th anniversary festivities, including wow-filled shows and "Disney Stars on Parade" which was designed by Kevin and Jody - while offering a few more Disneyland Paris touring tips. Finally, Jeff looks back to 1964 and discovers Disneyland's ties to "It's a Small World" before it even opened at the New York World's Fair. Plus - we consider possible features for future D23 Expos - and more. SPECIAL NOTE: We have CANCELLED our meet-up that was scheduled to be held Friday July 14 at the Marriott Hotel. Watch our social media this week for notifications of where we have a meet-up during the Expo weekend.

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This week, Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline talks to Mousetalgia about the upcoming D23 Expo and gives us a sneak preview of the Pirates-themed Walt Disney Archives exhibit, and some behind-the-scenes information about the Archives programming and the Archives stage. Cline also shares some last-minute pro tips for attending the Expo. Then, Jeff takes us along on his trip to Van Eaton Galleries for the "Walt Disney's Disneyland" live auction, and describes the atmosphere and the happenings, and lets us listen along as the brownline presentation map that Walt Disney and Herb Ryman created in a whirlwind weekend is auctioned off for - well, if you haven't already heard, we don't want to ruin the surprise! Jeff also talks about the nature of live auctions, why they are an apples-and-oranges comparison with eBay, and how to prepare if you wish to ever participate in a Disneyana auction. Finally, we welcome Disney Legend Bob Gurr back to the show to talk in detail about the Disney/Ryman presentation map, and he shares some little-known details about the creation of the piece. Also - a Cars 3 review; a John Williams concert review; The Gap's Disney line, and more.

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Disneyland Paris, part 1: This week, Kristen reports on her recent trip to Disneyland Paris and divides her experiences into either "can't miss" or "skip it" categories. We talk all about her most notable attraction experiences, many interesting moments, and her numerous dining experiences and dishes, restaurants and drinks. She also gives us some travel tips for anyone thinking about or planning a trip to Disneyland Paris. Also, we talk about the attractions that the American parks have that might fit well into the Paris resort. Plus - an Ears to the Ground report on recent changes in Tomorrowland and Adventureland here at Disneyland.

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The music of Disney's live action films will be featured in the upcoming D23 Expo, and this week, we continue to prepare for the Expo with a closer look at some of the recently announced panels and performances scheduled for the weekend of July 14-16. With topics ranging from the Golden Girls to Hercules, D23 has a stellar list of events and sessions with enough options to please almost any type of Disney fan. Join us as we talk about options and strategies for this upcoming fan convention. Next, we welcome Disney historian Jeff Kurtti back to the show to discuss the music of Walt Disney's live action films. It seems that the songs from Disney's animated features get a lot of attention and love - but what about some of the great tunes from Disney's live action filmography? Kurtti talks with us about some of that music, and some of the performers behind it, and we discuss why it doesn't seem to be highlighted as much as it should be. Plus - Becky bakes some Jolly Holiday Whoopie Pies with special guest baker Button; we announce Happy Place Welcome, the curated vintage Disney collectibles subscription from Jeff and Kristen; Jeff continues telling the saga of selling a poster at auction; and an Ears to the Ground reporter calls in from the beginning of the Summer of Heroes at Disney California Adventure.

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Mousetalgia's Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend report: we cover a variety of topics, including security updates, kids' race woes, photo ops and entertainment removed from the 5K route, and the evolution of runDisney (plus being evacuated from Goofy's Sky School). Then, Jeff reports on a talk at the Walt Disney Family Museum about Ruth Shellhorn and mid-century landscape architecture at Disneyland, including answers about Disneyland's current landscape technique by Imagineer Julie Bush. Finally, we celebrate Phantom Manor's 25th anniversary with a conversation about the experience, the history, and the differences between Phantom Manor and Haunted Mansion. Plus - wifi is coming to the parks, Her Universe and Hunny Bee Kids's latest Disney-related offerings, and a report on the current FastPass status at Disneyland Resort.

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Join us for a swashbuckling galactic review episode this week! First, Mouse Fan Travel CEO Beci Mahnken walks us through the land of Pandora and gives us a travel professional's perspective on the new land and talks about some little known details of the land, gives us spoiler-free reviews of the attractions, offers and tips and tricks about making the most of a trip to the moon called Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Next, Jeff and Kristen give a spoiler-free review of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," and we decide if it's a hit, a miss, or something in between, savvy? Finally, Mousetalgia correspondent Nicole brings us a spoiler-free report from opening day of "Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!" and describes the crowds, the lines, the attraction, the hullabaloo - and a run-in with Mary Popp- er, Michael Rooker. Plus: how long would YOU wait to ride on Mission:BREAKOUT!? Team Mousetalgia weighs in!

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This week, Team Mousetalgia take you to Silicon Valley Comic Con and we discuss a panel on the art of Star Wars conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie, and a panel on working with Disney, in which a variety of artists discussed how they managed to get work with Disney, and how they've succeeded as Disney artists. Then, we go to the mailbag to answer your burning questions! Topics include: summer Fantasmic scheduling; shopping for subtle Disney merch; a hypothetical final Disneyland trip - what would we take with us when we left for the last time; a Walt Disney World veteran offers dining tips for treks to Orlando; can anyone make a valid comparison with Disneyland and Walt Disney World; being a Disney nerd in public; letting go of one's annual passport due to the over-popularity of Disneyland; how to pass the time between trips to Disneyland; pregnancy photo shoots at the parks; ways to make a Disneyland date special; and an awkward Disneyland duck moment. Plus - a passholder's sneek peek into the World of Pandora; a small detour back into the future; and Tomorrowland's Skyline Lounge - is it worth the cost, or is it a pass?

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Team Mousetalgia welcomes Olympic Gold medalist Ryan Millar back to the show to talk about a recent trip to Epcot and his visit to some of the corporate VIP lounges that are hidden in plain view at the park, and we reveal their secrets. Then, Jeff and Kristen review Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2; and Kristen takes a VIP tour of Disneyland and reviews some of the newer food offerings at the parks, including stops at the Paradise Garden Grill, the Bengal Barbecue, Club 33, and the Dole Whip Cotton Candy stand. Kristen also passes on some pro tips from a Disneyland VIP Tour Guide, and gives a mini trip report including a few audio clips from a hidden music box and the Disneyland Band in Frontierland. Plus - Jeff muses about the state of Disneyland memorabilia collecting, the team talks about Pixar films for children - and more!

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