Mousetalgia Episode 265: From Indian Village to Critter Country

Along the edge of Disneyland's Rivers of America, Critter Country and Splash Mountain welcome guests into a wilderness of friendly fauna. But before Critter Country, there was Bear Country and its Jamboree, and before Bear Country, there was Indian Village and its living history. Join Mousetalgia for an informative look at the history of the far end of Disneyland, and learn about the development of this section of the park. Was Indian Village condescending or a product of its time - or both? Is The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh a better or worse attraction than its predecesor, the Country Bear Jamboree? We also review all of the current food and shopping options in Critter Country, and weigh the pros and cons of spending time at the farthest corner of Disneyland. Plus - a listener reviews Peter and the Starcatcher, Team Mousetalgia create our own attractions to add to Critter Country... and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 264: Tony Baxter, Halloween Town, Neverland

In this week's Mousetalgia Emporium, Team Mousetalgia report from Disneyland's Main Street, from Halloween Town, and even from Neverland! Jeff reports from Tony Baxter's Main Street Window Ceremony, held November 1 at Disneyland Park, and talks to some of Tony's friends and peers about the legacy Tony has left for future generations of Imagineers. Next, Kristen offers a review of "Peter and the Starcatcher" from the national tour's stop in Seattle, and offers an insightful critique of the Tony-Award-winning play. Jeff discusses Disney on Ice's "Passport to Adventure," and talks about the Neverland segment in that arena show as well, pointing out how the script refers back to J. M. Barrie's original play. Kristen then reviews the new Monsters University blu-ray set, revealing some of the extras and bonus materials that fans have come to expect from Pixar sets. And finally, Jeff reviews a recent performance of "Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton," a symphonic performance held on Halloween night in downtown Los Angeles which features Elfman's triumphant return to live performance on the stage. Plus - if you had to swap a Disneyland attraction for another Disney attraction from any Disney park worldwide, what would you choose?

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Mousetalgia Episode 263: Disneyland VIP Tours

Is a Disneyland VIP Tour right for you? Mousetalgia reports from a full day of VIP touring around the resort and offers tips and advice regarding VIP tours, some of which may surprise you. The VIP Hosts and Hostesses (in the famous Disneyland plaid outfits) act as living fastpasses, and we discuss the pros and cons of having nearly instant access to so many E-Ticket attractions. Can there be too much of a good thing? Also - we report on a new lunch menu at Club 33, with seasonal desserts that are to die for, and we discuss the pros and cons of reserved seating for Main Street shows. Kristen also reports briefly on the resort-specific games and offerings for hotel guests. Plus - Tony Baxter's Main Street Window is installed above the Magic Shop, our first listener review of Frozen, and a report on a limited-time magic opportunity to meet and greet Thor at Disneyland.

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Mousetalgia Episode 262: Dave Bossert on Roy E. Disney, Disney Halloween

Producer Dave Bossert from Walt Disney Feature Animation joins us to discuss Roy E. Disney and his new book, "Remembering Roy E. Disney: Memories and Photos of a Storied Life." Bossert talks about the critical challenges Roy faced as he successfully saved Disney animation and the Disney company in general, and we also discuss Bossert's role in the preservation of Disney's classic animated features. In other news, it's Halloween week, and Mousetalgia has cooked up a potpourri of grim goodies for you in celebration of this holiday or horrors. Kristen describes the dark delicacies served at the park this season; Jeff shares a bit of the dead man's "T Party;" and the team discuss more elements of Mickey's Halloween Party and Halloween Time 2013. Plus - listeners' trip reports, "Nightmare Before Christmas" Second Screen Live, Kristen attends a "genre-defying" cabaret/burlesque stage presentation of "Nightmare Before Christmas" - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 261: Sam Gennawey on Disneyland, spooky movies

Author Sam Gennawey joins Team Mousetalgia this week to discuss his new book "The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney's Dream." Calling Disneyland Walt Disney's "third child," Gennawey talks about the unique challenges and circumstances that led to the creation of the theme park many consider the most magical place on earth. Also this week, we look at a couple spooky not-Disney movies that are actually quite Disney related. "Escape from Tomorrow," the Sundance sensation, is first-time director Randy Moore's film secretly shot largely on location inside of Disney theme parks, and Jeff and Kristen offer dual reviews and opinions on the controversial piece. The Haunting, a 1963 film by Robert Wise, tells the chilling tale of a haunted house that bears a striking resemblance to another haunted mansion we all know and love, and Jeff takes a closer look at the role Wise's film played in the development of a classic Disneyland attraction. Plus - our favorite Disney parks skeletons... and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 260: Ghostly Adventures by Disney, Halloween history

Are you brave enough? Find out in this episode of Mousetalgia, when we take you on an Adventures by Disney trip to Scotland with Mouse Fan Travel CEO Beci Mahnken and chase down myths, legends, and spine-tingling ghost stories! Follow in the footsteps of the Pixar team that created Brave on a trip to Scotland, and learn about what makes an Adventures by Disney vacation unique in the world of traveling and touring. We also discuss Disneyland Paris and tips for enjoying that resort. Next, Kristen and Jeff give Halloween a Disney twist - Jeff by reporting on the history of the classic Halloween spook house, and Kristen by reading from a Mickey Mouse Club Magazine article on the origins of this bewitching season. Also, tips to help you give your Halloween party a little Disney magic; a listener takes another look at Knott's Halloween Haunt - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 259: Knotts Halloween Haunt vs. Disneyland

Jeff visit's Knott's annual "Halloween Haunt" in this fearfully fiendish episode of Mousetalgia! As the spooking season gets under way, we compare Knott's venerable "Haunt" with Disneyland's "Mickey's Halloween Party" to compare and contrast the two extraordinarily popular seasonal events. While Knott's features scares, mazes, and entertainment for mature audiences (Elvira is back!), Disneyland focuses on characters, atmosphere, and candy, candy - and more candy. Is either attraction better or worse? Do the audiences overlap? You be the judge as we look at the features of both events. Also, ABC's fall lineup is garnering praise as well as jeers - Kristen shares a few thoughts about some of the new shows. Plus, a listener reviews a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland - and more! *Special note: There are a few moments in the show that include descriptions of some aspects of the Knott's event that might be offensive to sensitive or younger listeners. For our family audience, parental discretion is advised for this episode of Mousetalgia.

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Mousetalgia Episode 258: Haunted Mansion presentation, the art of Bambi

Jeff dons his "Chef" hat and offers a synopsis of a recent Haunted Mansion presentation he delivered at the fall gathering of the Golden Gate Disneyana Club on this week's episode of Mousetalgia. From the Mansion's architectural origins to the great haunt debate (should it be scary or should it be spooky?), we examine a few of the interesting elements that make the Haunted Mansion such an unforgettable and fascinating attraction. Next, we join Andreas Deja and Carol Police at the Walt Disney Family Museum and report on a talk about "Art and Character Development in Walt Disney's Bambi," featuring an in-depth look at the groundbreaking artwork created by Tyrus Wong for the film's production. Plus - deep-sixing Disneyland attractions, Little Mermaid Second Screen Live screenings, another view of the Villains event - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 257: Halloween Time, Anaheim's Halloween Parade

Halloween Time has come to Disneyland, and Team Mousetalgia reports on the arrival of this popular villainous season. But first, we welcome Kevin Kidney back to the show to give some history of the upcoming Anaheim Halloween Parade, what guests can expect at this year's event, and the intriguing Disney ties to this special hometown celebration. Next, Dave and Becky review Disneyland's "Unleash the Villains" Limited-Time Magic event on Friday, Sept. 13th, and describe the good, the bad, and the ugly. Dancing with DJs in Disneyland - is it a trend that's here to stay, or a fad that never quite catches the public's imagination? Then, we preview Disneyland's annual Halloween Time celebration, and offer some special food reviews, a description of some of the special seasonal overlays and features, and offer our advice on enjoying the spooky season at the park. Finally, we offer our penultimate Club 33 review of the original club, with more food reviews and a brief discussion of the future of the storied restaurant. Plus - coast-to-coast Marty Sklar book signings, including a Walt Disney Family Museum event; Pixar's La Luna story app; surviving Disneyland in the heat of SoCal's Indian Summers - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 256: Marketing Disneyland; Jack Kinney

Bob Witter, director of marketing for Disneyland in the '90s, talks about his time with the park and the development of various campaigns (starting with Indiana Jones and "40 Years of Adventure") that helped launch the resort's marketing efforts in a new direction. Witter talks about Indy, sponsors, Jay Leno, and more. Also, Jeff and Kristen discuss the late Disney animator Jack Kinney's time with the studio via his 1988 book, "Walt Disney and Other Assorted Characters." In his book, Kinney shares accounts of the earliest days at Disney's studio, and discusses how the team endured the depression and built the world's premiere animation studio under the leadership of Walt Disney. Plus - San Jose's late Frontier Village and its Disneyland ties; a signed book giveaway; Halloween Time arrives at Disneyland; the secret to creating Trader Sam's Shipwreck - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 255: Storybook Land restoration, Disneyland Half Marathon

Becky's 5k, Button's 100m dash, and Dave's half marathon: it's a Mousetalgia runDisney report! Despite sign-in woes and overnight temps near the mid-70s before sunrise, the heat and above-average humidity couldn't quell the spirit of the 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon runners. Amid scattered episodes of heat stroke and asthma attacks, the athetes perservered for another overall successful event, and we have the details. Also - a Storybook Land restoration project gets underway, with an attempt to preserve some of Walt's original model buildings from the1956 attraction, and you can be involved. Plus - dining options at the Steakhouse 55 lounge, staying in the Frontierland Tower, catching the Divas, videogame news... and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 254: Listener email

This week, we answer your emails in a cornucopia of Disney goodness! Thanks to your questions, we tackle subjects like finding Disney in the non-Disney world; a Jolly Roger Hotel review; making your DCA evenings extra-special; Dave's coast-to-coast aspirations; DIY Disneyland scavenger hunts; Goin' Quackers with Willio and Phillio; bringing a non-Disney-fan or disinterested family member into the "family"; apps that will increase your enjoyment of the parks; and buying unique Disney gifts for the fan who seems to have everything. Also - we help Dave and Becky decorate their new home, Disney-style. Plus, greetings from Scotland - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 253: Bird's 'Tomorrowland' and 'The Optimist'

"The Optimist" takes center stage in this third episode in Mousetalgia's coverage of the D23 Expo. As part of the promotional machine behind Brad Bird's upcoming film "Tomorrowland," "The Optimist," an alternate reality game, has captured the imaginations of many forward-looking futurists. Participating in the finale of its initial phase at the D23 Expo, Jeff and Kristen report on meeting many of the characters inhabiting this alternate reality as they solve puzzles and chase clues, working together with like-minded souls in their pursuit of a proposed fictional utopian society with which WED was intricately involved. Disney also unveiled its "Tomorrowland" pavilion at D23, burying fans in piles of clues and historical documents, all of which add pieces to the "Tomorrowland" puzzle. We also take a look back at WED's real history during the '64-'65 World's Fair, and try to find some context for Walt Disney's intriguing concept of a glittering "City of Tomorrow." Also, Dick Van Dyke has a car-tastrophe! Plus, some clarification about Marc Davis and Tinker Bell from Mindy Johnson, filming at DCA, Planes - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 252: D23 Expo panels and presentations

The Disney Studios and nostalgic music take the lead in our second episode covering the recent D23 Expo in Anaheim! Team Mousetalgia report on the keynote Studios presentation at the Expo, and discuss the celebrity appearances, special surprises, and Marvel-ous upcoming films certain to keep Disney fans watching their calendars. Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie, and a plethora of other Hollywood celebrities made appearances to plug upcoming projects, and Disney displayed a strong slate of future films. Also, Richard Sherman and Alan Menken appeared together for an evening of magical music from the Disney songbook, and we have highlights from this much-anticipated presentation. Also, Tony Baxter, the Pixar Brain Trust, Stacia Martin, and others got up on stage and we report on a few of the many panels offered at this year's convention. Plus - a midnight ride on the Haunted Mansion, Mara's eyes become even more threatening - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 251: D23 Expo 2013 floor and pavilions

Team Mousetalgia assemble their favorite moments, news items, reviews and experiences from the 2013 D23 Expo on this supersized, first episode (of three) reporting on the official convention attended by over 50,000 guests. This week, we discuss the lines and queues created for the event, and decide what worked and what didn't in terms of managing masses of attendees. We also review the pavilions and Collectors Forum, mentioning some stand-out vendors and some highlights from Disney's official displays, including the consumer products pavilion and Walt Disney Animation Studios. We talk favorite bits of swag, techniques for surviving the crowds, and finish part one of our review with a discussion of the Parks and Resorts pavilion featuring a "Journey Into Imagineering." Plus Jeff talks to Disney Legend Tyrus Wong and Pete Docter, Mr. Toad makes the rounds, Dave counts down to the half marathon - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 250: Early Frontierland, vintage Disneyland

Join us for a tour of Disneyland in the '50s and '60s, while Team Mousetalgia recovers from the 2013 D23 Expo weekend, which we will cover in earnest starting next Monday. But this week, we talk to former Mule Train operator Robby Beeman, who tells fascinating tales of frightened mules, waiting on Julie Andrews in Club 33, and the horse who ditched his trolley and got caught trying to visit Mr. Lincoln! Jeff also digs into his archives to read some old newspaper articles about Disneyland's first decade, and we imagine what it might have been like to, say, watch helicopters bring guests to Disneyland at twilight from the windows of the lounge atop the Disneyland Hotel. Plus - Jeff introduces a new Haunted Mansion art collection; Rolly Crump visits the Walt Disney Family Museum; Kristen reviews Randy Newman in concert; Mickey Mouse slings meth - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 249.5: Richard Sherman and Alan Menken

Richard Sherman and Alan Menken speak about their upcoming concert ("Richard M. Sherman and Alan Menken: The Disney Songbook) at the D23 Expo in this special midweek bonus episode of Mousetalgia. Dave was able to take part in a media phone interview with Richard and Alan as they spoke about their contributions to the Disney songbook. Separately and together, the two answer questions about their process, their body of work, obscure and personal songs, and their preparations for the August 10, 2013 concert which will put them together on stage for the first time ever to perform some of the most beloved music ever written. Alan speaks of his methods of creating stories as much as songs, and Richard tells stories about creating the music for Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and the catchiest theme park song ever written. Plus - hear Richard coin a term in his famous Shermanastic way, as only a Sherman Brother could!

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Mousetalgia Episode 249: D23 Expo preview, Ron Dias

Tips, tricks, hypotheses, and queues - it's time for Mousetalgia's pre-Expo roundtable! This week, Team Mousetalgia discuss our hopes and fears for this week's D23 Expo, including a list of our can't miss attractions featuring topics as varied as vintage Disney vinyl, Tony Baxter's never-seen vintage Disneyland footage, director Brad Bird, and drawing Mickey Mouse, to name a few. We also talk survival tips, discuss the show floor and vendors, and worry aloud about the untested "StagePass" system that Disney plans to implement. Also - last week the Disney community mourned the loss of Disney artist Ron Dias, and we pay tribute to the man who began his career animating Sleeping Beauty and became a friend to Disney fans far and wide. Plus - Club 33 is rumored to be closing for a major refurbishment in the near future, and Team Mousetalgia discusses the pros and cons of the likely changes. Special note: This episode marks the fifth birthday of the Mousetalgia podcast! Thank you for faithful listening and your continued support!

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Mousetalgia Episode 248: The mysterious Charles Shows, emails

Team Mousetalgia returns to the mailbag to answer your questions, and Jeff and Kristen review an insider's account of working with Walt Disney in the studio. But first - we talk back to listeners about FastPasses, buying Annual Passports, hotel distances from the Main Gate, prepping for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon, making the most out of a Disneyland trip, more on the mysterious "test brick" wall, fun and games with flourscent "invisible" ink, riding the Monorail, and some book recommendations. Jeff and Kristen then review "Walt - Backstage Adventures with Walt Disney" by Charles Shows, a television writer/director who worked for Disney in the heyday of Walt's television productions. Are Shows memories reliable, or the exaggeration of a professional gag writer? You can be the judge as we inspect some of Shows' recollections of working for Walt, the studio head. Plus - our predictions for Disney's next blockbuster film property - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 247: DisneyanaMania, Club 33, Richard Sherman

Mousetalgia was invited to speak at DisneyanaMania 2013, and we have a full report! Joined by representatives from Micechat, we addressed the attendees of this year's Disneyana convention and talked about Disney fandom. We also report on presentations by Dave Avanzino and Disney Legends Marty Sklar and Rolly Crump, and report on the show floor from the Disneyana collectibles show and sale. Next, the weekend becomes an unreal Disney fan's dream trip as Jeff and Kristen report on visiting 1901 at the Carthay Circle; review a brunch at Club 33; and attend Richard Sherman's 85th birthday surprise party. Also, a listener reports from the Chicago premiere of "The Jungle Book," directed by Mary Zimmerman. Plus - Kristen discusses piloting the Mark Twain and the wildlife of the Rivers of America; the team reviews the Garden Grove Sheraton; we take a tour through Kevin and Jody's studio - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 246: Lone Ranger, Charles Phoenix, Mouse Meet

Happy 58th birthday, Disneyland! This week, we have an emporium of topics and soundbytes, including our review of Disney's latest not-quite-blockbusting film, "The Lone Ranger," and a wrap-up of our recent trip to Seattle to visit the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet. Jeff also reviews the Walt Disney Family Museum's evening celebration of the Enchanted Tiki Room's 50th anniversary, and previews Charles Phoenix's retro Disneyland slide show, which will be featured at this year's D23 Expo next month. Also, we host a giveaway for a vintage Disneyland prize; we talk to a cast member about what it was like to pilot the Storybook Land Canal Boats of yesteryear; and we listen to some limited time magic high atop the icy slopes of the majestic Matterhorn - plus more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 245: Interviews with Imagineer Kevin Rafferty and three Disney Legends

Learn about the earliest in-"car"-nation of Cars Land from Creative Director Kevin Rafferty in this star-studded episode of Mousetalgia, recorded directly from the 2013 Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet, featuring four exclusive interviews covering many fascinating aspects of the Disney company. First, we speak with Dave Smith, the director emeritus of the Disney Archives, who tells us some secrets of his years with the company. Learn which items Dave broke, Dave's opinions about the nature of collecting, and his explanations about how the Disney Company and Disney family share items and information. Next, we talk to Kevin Rafferty about his long, productive career with Walt Disney Imagineering, including a behind-the-scenes look at the "It's Tough To Be a Bug!" attraction, and his leadership in the development of Cars Land. Finally, we attempt to corral Bill Farmer and Tony Anselmo, two of Disney's most popular voice actors, into a dual interview with varying degrees of success. Hilarity ensues! Plus - a sneak preview of next week's report from the Mouse Meet. Also, don't forget to mark your calendar for Aug. 8 at 4 pm, when the official Mousetalgia Pre-Expo Meet-up will be held on the patio outside of Trader Sam's at the Disneyland Hotel with a special guest. Don't miss it!

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Mousetalgia Episode 244: Summer tips for Disneyland, Marvel profits

Spend your summer having a spectacular time at Disneyland with our roundtable discussion of our top tips for making the most of the hot sunny days at the park. From our favorite nighttime destinations (Disney California Adventure moves up in the ranks this year!) to the best places to cool off, Team Mousetalgia shares our secrets and our go-to destinations at the resort. Also, we have an Ears To The Ground report from Trish about a busy weekend at the Walt Disney Family Museum with Disney Legends, insiders, Audio-Animatronic secrets, and some Goofy voice coaching. Finally, if you think Iron Man has filled the Mouse's coffers, you ain't seen nothing yet. Disney is going to start making serious money from its acquisition of Marvel, and we share an insider's report on how it all breaks down. Plus, patriotic Monsters... and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 243: Tinker Bell - An Evolution

This week, author Mindy Johnson joins Mousetalgia to discuss her upcoming book, "Tinker Bell: An Evolution." Learn all about the history of Tinker Bell, from author J. M. Barrie's earliest pantomimes and Peter Pan stories through Disneyland's creation of "Pixie Hollow," where park guests can meet the latest iteration of the famed fairy. Johnson discusses many aspects of her book, including: Barrie's history with the tinkers; Disney's decision to transform Tinker Bell from the mischievous imp of Peter Pan to the playful fairy that introduced Walt's earliest television shows; the many colors of Tink, including different dress shades and hair colors; the various artists that worked on Walt's version of the fairy, including David Hall and Marc Davis; and much more. Also - Jeff complains about a hidden Mickey, Kristen offers a PNWMM giveaway, Becky gets an education in scaring, and Dave reports on a special Monsters U. discussion with director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae. Plus - a report from the Limited Time Magic 25th anniversary screening of Who Framed Roger Rabbit... and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 242: Disney/Pixar 101

Don Peri and Jonas Rivera hosted a talk on the history of the Walt Disney and Pixar Studios at the Walt Disney Family Museum on June 15, 2013, and Jeff and Kristen attended to report on the event. First, Disney historian Don Peri spoke about the history of Walt Disney the man, and Walt Disney the trademark, covering the entire history of the studio (with a few shortcuts along the way). Then, Pixar producer Jonas Rivera spoke about the history of the Pixar studio, and how they look to Disney for historical direction and inspiration. But first, we discuss Universal Studios' recent decision to sell a super pass that allows purchasers to skip lines at their theme parks completely, and we discuss what forming a theme park caste system might mean for the industry, and Disney in particular. Plus - Red Trolley Ale: our review... and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 241: Disney "how-tos," e-mails

Want answers? We respond to your "how-to" emails on this week's episode of Mousetalgia. We'll tell you how to tackle the Alan Menken/Richard Sherman concert at the D23 Expo; how to choose an area hotel; how to avoid summer crowds at the park; how to approach visiting the Walt Disney Family Museum; and how to take romantic photos in the parks. Also, D23 Day at Imagineering - worth going or not? Insoles and walking socks - do they make a difference? Is there any can't-miss counter service food at the parks? Plus, a special report on the park and guests with hearing loss; a quick discussion about the golden age of Warner Bros. animation and Lee Holley; hunting for collectibles at the Disneyana show and sale, a sneak preview of Monsters University - and much more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 240: 12 straight days at Disneyland, WDFM's Calicchio resigns

Spending 12 days straight at Disneyland, and Gabriella Calicchio resigns as CEO of the Walt Disney Family Museum: Dave and Becky spent 12 days at Disneyland, and learned how to live at the resort. Becky offers tips for dealing with shorter park hours, and faces the challenges of long-term stays (such as losing your annual pass, getting sick mid-trip, and balancing competing family interests.) She also reviews World of Color dining at Wine Country Trattoria, and reviews a recent meal at Steakhouse 55. Next, we discuss the news that Walt Disney Family Museum CEO Gabriella Calicchio abruptly resigned last week, and we look back at her brief time as the CEO of the museum, and muse about the museum's future direction. Plus, ranking the fine dining options at the resort, meeting Stan Lee, Monsters cereal, Carthay Circle's new CD release, Mousetalgia's new pinterest page - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 239: Mickey's Magical Map, Monstrous All-Nighter

Disneyland opened a new stage show in Fantasyland Theatre and launched the summer with a 24-hour "all-nighter," and Team Mousetalgia brings you our exclusive report! First, Disneyland threw a party for the press to celebrate the world premiere of "Mickey's Magical Map," the new live action extravaganza which occupies the newly-renovated Fantasyland Theatre, and we offer our initial impressions and review of the crowd-pleasing show. Next, Disneyland celebrated the start of their "Monstrous Summer" with a 24-hour party in Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, and Dave and Jeff took the challenge and attempt to survive 24 hours inside the resort. Listen to our report and tips for managing a night of Disney entertainment, attractions, food, and dealing with sleep-deprived, punch-drunk guests. Also, John Lasseter talks Monsters University at a Giants ballgame, Disneyland goes Greek - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 238: Don Morin of the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet

Don Morin, the founder of the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet, joins Mousetalgia to talk about the event's history and what the future holds for this popular Disney fan convention. Don also talks about a recent PNW Mouse Trek he and some lucky attendees took to Hollywood to experience some Walt Disney history, including trips to Walt's Barn, the Tam O'Shanter, and special tour of the Walt Disney Studios - and we have a report from the event from attendee Russ! Also, Disneyland-area hotels, part 2: Thanks to listener feedback, we are already revisiting the topic of hotels, to aid you in your summer trip planning. Plus, Jeff goes comic book shopping, Kristen tries to watch "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" on dvd, Becky talks about paying for missed Disneyland Dining reservations, and Dave does Record Store Day!

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Mousetalgia Episode 237: Star Wars Day, Iron Man 3

The Fourth is strong with Jeff as he takes on a fun-filled day packed with Star Wars activities, and the Walt Disney Family Museum welcomes its first exhibit of contemporary lowbrow art by Camille Rose Garcia. But first, Team Mousetalgia discuss their 24-hour day prep as Jeff and Dave decide to attempt to stay in Disneyland Park for 24 straight hours. Next, Jeff and Kristen review Iron Man 3, and Jeff discusses the WDFM's press event celebrating their new Alice in Wonderland exhibit featuring works by Mary Blair and Camille Rose Garcia, and the team ponders the museum's direction and mission. We discuss the Walt Disney Company's focus on acquiring franchises vs. in-house creative ventures, and move into a review of Jeff's celebration of Star Wars Day on May 4, with stops at Disneyland, Bats Day, Gallery Nucleus and a 30th anniversary screening of Return of the Jedi in Hollywood, featuring guest speaker Mark Hamill!

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Mousetalgia Episode 236: Disney collecting 101

It's the thrill of the hunt! From the newest Vinylmation to the oldest Mickey Mouse figurine, Team Mousetalgia takes you on a tour through the ins and outs of collecting Disney merchandise and various forms of Disneyana. Most Disney fans like to surround themselves with Disney items, so by popular demand, we're diving headfirst into the topic of collecting. First, we define the term "collector," and help you define what pattern of collecting is most suited to you. We look at different ways to collect, where you'll find the biggest selection of Disneyana, and how to shop smart and follow your heart. We also get personal and describe our favorite collectible items and talk about our own methods of displaying our treasures. Plus, Jeff talks about printing techniques and defines some confusing terms. Also - 24 hours in a park with nothing to do? Why not ride Tower of Terror a gazillion times in a row? Plus more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:09am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 235: Hotels 101 - Staying on and off Disney property

Trying to decide where to stay on your Disneyland vacation? Let Team Mousetalgia lend a hand with our collection of tips and ideas for making the most of your next trip to the resort. Whether you select the least expensive area motel or the exclusive Pirates Suite in the Disneyland Hotel, we'll offer some guidance and advice gathered from our years of experience traveling to and from Disneyland to help you make informed choices and good decisions. We'll look at some of the best and worst off-property options, and explore the amenities and restaurants at the official Disneyland Resort hotels. Also - Star Wars and the Haunted Mansion collide, and Kristen reviews a Fess Parker biography. Plus - 24 hours straight in Disneyland... great idea, mass hysteria - or both?

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:49pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 234: Who Framed Roger Rabbit's 25th Anniversary

Celebrate a Toontown anniversary reunion this week, as Jeff takes you along to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 25th anniversary screening and panel discussion celebrating "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," the seminal live action/animated film that honored classic pre-television animation. Listen to an all-star panel discuss the making of the film, and learn about the challenges they overcame to bring director Robert Zemeckis's vision to the screen. Also, we take a look at the history of the film, and learn about the pulp novel from which the film was adapted. Also - a Walt Disney Family Museum report on Walt's Hyperion studio; Ub Iwerks and Brad Bird's Disney-related ties to Alfred Hitchcock - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:40am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 233: Marc Davis biography, remembering Annette

Disney author and historian Jeff Kurtti joins us to remember Annette Funicello, and Lella Smith of the Animation Research Library joins us to discuss an upcoming Marc Davis book on this week's Emporium. But first, Becky reports on braving Disneyland during Spring Break and offers some culinary cautionary tales from the park. Next, Lella Smith, Creative Director of Disney's Animation Research Library, talks to us about an upcoming book about Marc Davis and offers an exclusive and extensive sneak preview of the chapters and authors of this much-anticipated book. Finally, we take a moment to remember Annette Funicello, and Jeff Kurtti joins us to share some personal stories of his memories and interaction with Annette, who may be best remembered as "America's Sweetheart." Plus, Disney Jr.'s new show, Iron Man invades Disneyland - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:04pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 232: E-mails, Disney music

It's another Mousetalgia Mailbag! In this episode, Team Mousetalgia answer more of your questions, dealing with topics such as biographies of Walt Disney; dealing with Disneyland on a holiday weekend; an update on the ongoing Mousetalgia "Soarin'" contest; the darkness of Mary Poppins; and a mule named "Jo." Also - a report on the organ music which accompanied Walt Disney's early silent films, and another report on a successful solo trip to Disneyland.  Plus - 12 of our favorite classic Disney movies, an album review of vintage Disney music - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:27pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 231: Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy

Disney Legend Bill Farmer joins Mousetalgia for our super-silly April Fools' Week episode! Farmer, an accompished voice over artist and the voice of Goofy, joins us this week to discuss his life and times. We talk about Bill's early career and stand-up comedy, how he became Disney's choice as the voice of Goofy, and his other voice work for Warner Bros., Pixar, and other popular studios and characters. Plus, we talk about Goofy in the parks, and his presence throughout Disneyland. Also - how to discern whether or not a Disney story is an April Fools' Day rumor, and Kingdom Comedy's Tim Babb joins the table!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:11pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 230: Remembering Marc Davis with Alice Davis

Disney Legend Marc Davis in his own words: This week, on the centennial of his birth, the Mousetalgia team presents a special salute to Marc Davis, one of Walt Disney's "Nine Old Men" and one of the most influential Imagineers to ever work for WED Enterprises. First, we present an exclusive oral history of Marc's background and history with the Disney Studios by Marc himself, taken from a never-before aired interview. Marc talks about discovering his artistic talents and finding work with Disney during the Great Depression, and describes his time working for Walt. Next, Jeff and Kristen report from Club 33's exclusive Marc Davis Centennial event, and describe the amazing food, fascinating panel discussions and a tour through the Dream Suite to see some of Marc's original iconic artwork from Disney's archives. Finally, we welcome Disney Legend Alice Davis back to the show to share her own thoughts about Marc's life and work and her time with Marc, and to offer some tips about having a lasting, loving marriage. Also - Designer Celeste Cronrath talks about creating the hottest new Haunted Mansion merch release in years, Becky gets classy talking about jewelry, and Wreck-It Ralph and Oz reviews!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:03pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 229: Disneyland Fantasy Faire, Minnie's Moonlit Madness

Find your favorite princess in Disneyland's new royal Fantasy Faire, and take a trip backstage as Mousetalgia competes in Minnie's Moonlit Madness, a cutthroat cast member competition! First, we report on the mostly-annual "Madness," a trivia contest and scavenger hunt that takes place in Disneyland Park after it closes to the public. We're joined by Imagineer Josh Shipley to discuss the struggles, strategies and secrets behind the contest, which is hours of pure fun - and learn how Mousetalgia ended up representing Walt Disney World in the competition! Next, we report from the AP Preview of Disneyland's newest addition, the Princess Fantasy Faire. We review the new food, entertainment, and environments of the just-opened Faire, and offer our opinions on this replacement for the lamented Carnation Plaza Gardens. Plus - our exclusive review of "Oz the Great and Powerful," Don Hahn on Frankenweenie, new Disneyland Hotel deals - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:55am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 228: Disneyland University, e-mail

Van Arsdale France and Disneyland University: Team Mousetalgia takes a look at the career of France and his contribution to the development of the Disneyland "cast member," as well as a little history of the frantic march to Disneyland's opening day and the challenges of staffing the park. We also talk to Cast Member Lindsay, and get a modern perspective on what it means to represent the Disney company today. Also - we dig into the email folder and offer Disneyland resort dining tips, trip tips, and a random JJ Abrams sighting! Plus, windows on Main Street - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:15pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 227: Disney on Broadway

Disney on Broadway: Mousetalgia welcomes Director Tim O'Donnell to the show this week to talk about Disney and the theater. O'Donnell, who has worked with Papermill Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre and the Rockettes among numerous other companies, brings considerable expertise to our roundtable discussion about Disney's biggest Broadway hits, their theatrical near-misses, and some inside information about the Mouse's lesser-known theatrical productions. Also - The Lion King of the musical hill, the White Rabbit vs. the Black family, Disney tragedies and a Dapper Day report - plus more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:59am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 226: D23 Gaffe, Dining with Princesses

A D23 gaffe and dining with princesses are featured in this week's Mousetalgia Emporium! First, we share some tips for taking solo trips to Disneyland, and help lone travelers make the most of their trip. Next, we talk about the state of D23, the official Disney fan club, and offer our opinions (and catch a recent major gaffe!) In our review round-up, we look at the new Peter Pan Blu-ray release, and discuss the extras that put the latest disc ahead of the rest. Kristen also talks Rosemary Clooney, and Jeff reviews the latest from Club Penguin. Next, Becky reviews the Character Dinner at Ariel's Grotto, and gets to know Ariel and her princess friends. Finally, Jeff talks about the upcoming film "Maleficent," and discusses reports that Angelina Jolie's daughter is being paid well to come to work with mom.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:30pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 225: Inner and Outer Space

Take an adventure through inner space and explore the farthest reaches of outer space as we go back in time to explore two of Disneyland's most popular Tomorrowland attractions. First, Adventure Thru Inner Space takes you on a atomic voyage into a molecule of a snowflake, and we look at the initial design concepts and intriguing scientific notions behind this ride from Disneyland's "New" Tomorrowland of 1967. Next, shoot through the galaxy on Space Mountain, with opening day reports, sound clips, and memories of the futuristic coaster, built in 1977 and still operating today. Also - a behind the scenes look at a restoration project at the Walt Disney Family Museum, remembering Fred MacMurray, the music of Tron, and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:45pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 224: Romance at Disneyland, Composer Jim Dooley

It's Valentine's week, so Mousetalgia gets romantic with tips, tricks, and ideas for making your stay at the Disneyland Resort especially wonderful for you and your other half. Napa Rose or Steakhouse 55? Disneyland Hotel or Grand Californian? We give our opinions. Also, Emmy-winning composer Jim Dooley joins us to talk about making magical music for Disney, including his work on Epic Mickey 1 and 2, the Pirates of the Caribbean score with Hans Zimmer, and The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning. Plus - our salute to the work of Tony Baxter (hint: it includes a touch of accordion), and a bonus review of Epic Mickey 2!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:12pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 223: Peter Pan, Disney Legend Alice Davis

Walt Disney's "Peter Pan" turns 60, and we have a fun, hodgepodge salute to the classic film. Jeff reviews a screening of the newly-restored film at the El Capitan Theatre with a panel discussion that included Kathryn Beaumont (Wendy), Margaret Kerry (Tinker Bell), historian Leonard Maltin, and filmmaker Ted Thomas. Then, dive into the history and making of the film, with bits about the history of Peter Pan's outfit, Peter Pan in Disneyland, and Walt Disney's animation studio. Finally, learn a little more about animator Marc Davis (who created Tinker Bell) from his wife, Disney Legend Alice Davis, in our exclusive interview! Plus, Sofia the First, art collecting, and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 222: Tinker Bell Half Marathon, Golden Horseshoe tribute

Tinker Bell Half Marathon/Neverland 5K weekend - learn all about the ins, outs and arounds of this popular race weekend, and hear about the backstage secrets and other fun elements from this annual event. Also - the Disney Parks Blog hosted a meetup with runDisney stars Jeff Galloway and Tara Gidus (and celebrities Sean Astin and Ali Vincent), and we have an exclusive report! Finally, Disneyland continues to add Limited Time Magic to its daily schedule, and Team Mousetalgia reports on the New Orleans Bayou Bash and the highly anticipated "Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue" - does it do justice to the original revue? Plus, rainy day at the resort? Don't despair - we've got advice to share!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:13pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 221: Mailbag, Disneyland, Disney books

Dip into the mailbag with Mousetalgia! This week's topics: kids and the Disneyland resort hotels and restaurants; "must eats" at the resort; affordable car rentals; east coast castmembers vs. west coast castmembers; seeking out Mary Blair artwork; making special birthday memories at the park for seasoned Disneyland "pros"; Club 33 membership questions; our favorite Disney publications and books, both hard to find and easily available; and cardboard DVD/Blu-ray sleeves - keep 'em or toss 'em? Plus - Disney Debit vs. Disney Visa cards - weighing the merits of each, New Balance's new Disney running shoes, "Seen, Un-seen Disneyland," Disney's Nine Old Men flip books - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:49pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 220: Three Kings Day, Annette Funicello

Kevin Kidney returns to the show to share some of his personal stories about Disney Legend Annette Funicello, and he discusses Annette's Place, a fundraiser for the Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases. But first, Dave and Becky visit Disneyland for the first Limited Time Magic experience of 2013, the Three Kings Day Celebration. From rarely seen character appearances to special dances and performances, Disneyland pulled out all the stops for this traditional holiday, and Mousetalgia reports. Next, we share some "Pictures of Annette," featuring some articles, news bits, and memories of her career with Disney as a Mouseketeer and pop icon. Renowned Disney Artist Kevin Kidney discusses the recently opened online store to benefit Annette's foundation featuring some of his artwork, and shares some inspirational stories about America's Sweetheart. Plus - a hotel report, Carthay Circle tips, our Limited Time Magic dreams... and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:16pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 219: Building Disneyland, Disney Outlets

Lions, Outlets and Gurr, Oh My... it's the first Mousetalgia Emporium of 2013! Becky reports on the theatrical presentation of The Lion King in San Francisco, and we discuss the longevity of this people-pleasing Disney musical. Jeff reports on the recent Walt Disney Family Museum presentation by Bob Gurr on Walt Disney's process for "Building Disneyland." Kristen finally visits the Napa Rose chef's counter, orders a Kate and Ella, and eats too much. Also - Disney outlets... are they all created equally? Plus, LAX car rentals, a hotel review, and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:00pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 218: Disney 2012 in Review

Team Mousetalgia reviews the ups and downs of Disney's year in our annual year in review show, and spark(y)s fly! From Frankenweenie to John Carter, Radiator Springs Racers to Luigi's Flying Tires, and Destination D to the Mouse Meet - we discuss our personal feelings about the events and happenings that made up the year in which Star Wars became Disney, and Brad Bird became a wedding crasher. Plus - our Disney-related resolutions for 2013. Also - Kristen introduces inflatable Matter Pants®, for "When it Matters the Most!"

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:00pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 217: Tony Anselmo, Voice of Donald Duck

Disney Legend Tony Anselmo and Donald Duck visit us on this very merry episode of Mousetalgia! Learn all about Tony's career with Walt Disney Feature Animation, his inspirations and mentors at the studio, and his career as both the voice and sometime-animator of Donald Duck, the world's original angry bird. Also, Team Mousetalgia leave imaginary gifts under Disneyland's Christmas tree, providing the resort with our ideas which would indubiously "plus" the park. Plus - Tiny Tinsel the elf checks in; we celebrate the holidays with some wonderful yuletide sweepstakes... and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 216: Disneyland's 2012 holiday season

Experience Candlelight 2012 at Disneyland and taste the special holiday treats with Team Mousetalgia through our exclusive special reports from the resort! From chocolate coffins and personally decorated sugar cookies to photos with Santa and special vintage Christmas cards, the Disneyland resort is draped in holiday splendor, and we'll take you on a virtual tour. Plus, Jeff and Kristen also visit two performances of Disneyland's Candlelight Processional, and report on the moving experience. Also - Disneyland's twittering gets personal, Monsters raise their furry heads, and a candy cane taste-off - are Disneyland's handmade canes worth the hype?

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:45pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 215: Christmas and Walt Disney

Disney author and historian Jeff Kurtti joins Team Mousetalgia to talk about a very Disney Christmas this week. Sit down and enjoy our fireside chat with Jeff to learn how Walt and his studio celebrated Christmas with Silly Symphonies, company Christmas cards, Disneyland parades and decor, and numerous holiday films and cartoons. Also, we share our favorite holiday treats at Disneyland Resort, and take a look at the creation of Disneyland's infamous candy canes. Plus, a book giveaway - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:01pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 214: Walt's birthday, Disneyland Dining

Celebrate the 111th anniversary of Walt Disney's birthday with Mousetalgia as we present an overview of Walt's life and his contributions to popular culture, as well as a retrospective glimpse at the man who changed Hollywood as reported in a 1938 newspaper. Also, Dave and Becky have a number of Thanksgiving feasts at the Disneyland Resort and report back on the holiday dinner at the Disneyland Hotel, Sunday brunch at Club 33, and breakfast at the new Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney. Plus - vintage holiday decor, Disney's robot research, Jeff waxes poetic... and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:35pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 213: Snow White, Holiday Shopping

Walt Disney's inspirations for Snow White were the focus of a recent panel discussion at the Walt Disney Family Museum, and Mousetalgia brings you a special report. Led by historian J.B. Kaufman and exhibition curator Lella Smith, this event featured discussion about the fairy tales, plays, and film that most directly influenced Walt Disney in the creation of his first animated feature. Also, Mousetalgia talks Disney shopping for the holidays, and we look at some of the lesser-traveled roads to finding the perfect gift. We also talk about Barney's Electric Holiday, and try to get past the hype. Plus - Jeff Kurtti on the art of Disneyland, Tony Baxter's gold, Donkey gets mauled - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 212: Wonderground Gallery, emails

Imagineer Brian "Croz" Crosby joins Mousetalgia to talk about the Artist in Residence program at the Wonderground Gallery in Downtown Disney, where he is appearing throughout the month of November. Learn about the program and the gallery, as well as the various works of art Crosby has created for sale at Disneyland's Disney Gallery and the Bat's Day Black Market. Plus, we go back to the mailbag to answer your questions. More Disneyland/WDW comparisons, attraction music thoughts, Disneyland haters, DVC, a winner of the One More Disney Day Sweepstakes checks in, and a Halloween Time report. Also, Alan Menken performs in Seattle - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:24pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 211: Star Wars, Wreck-It-Ralph

Star Wars and Wreck-It-Ralph: What will Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm mean for the future of the Star Wars franchise? No one knows for sure, but Team Mousetalgia takes a look at the purchase in a roundtable discussion, during which we share possibilities and explore the possibilities raised by the surprising announcement. Also, we review "Wreck-It-Ralph" and explore the worlds and witty storyline of Disney's latest animated hit. We also look at some of director Rich Moore's "Ask Me Anything" replies to fans' questions, and discuss initial impressions of Tom Hanks as Walt Disney.

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Mousetalgia Episode 210: Snow White, J.B. Kaufman

Historian J.B. Kaufman talks about Snow White and his new book, "The Fairest One of All," in this week's episode. Learn about the history of Walt Disney's first animated feature film, and its origins in mythology and fairy tales. Also, ABC's "Once Upon A Time" continues to wow critics and build an audience, and we discuss the meaning behind its success. Plus - Disney launches an adult Princess makeup line, a review of Disney on Ice, Vader goes to Broadway - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:24pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 209: Paul Frees, Halloween records

Discover the spooktacular talents of Paul Frees, the voice of the Ghost Host, on our annual Halloween Emporium! Mousetalgia talks to Fred Frees, the son of Paul Frees, who tells stories about the life of the legendary "Man of 1000 Voices." We also discuss various haunting Disneyland records, and unveil a rare Walt Disney Productions acetate of eerie sound effects. Also, Kristen delivers a top-ten list of Disney Halloween songs, and Jeff reports on a Walt Disney Family Museum-hosted panel of legendary stop-motion animators. Plus - an exclusive report from an Art of Frankenweenie panel discussion, Haunted Mansion moments - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:30pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 208: Rolly Crump, An Evening at the Tahitian Terrace

Visit Disneyland's Tahitian Terrace with Mousetalgia! Take a trip back through time with us as we re-open the Tahitian Terrace in a special one-night-only event at Disneyland, and relive the island magic and exotic polynesian dance performances that have been missing from the park for nearly 2 decades. Team Mousetalgia takes you behind the scenes of the planning of the event, and we discuss our panel discussion, featuring stories from Disney Legend Rolly Crump, who worked for Walt Disney on attractions such as the Enchanted Tiki Room, the Haunted Mansion, and many others. Plus - special appearances by Bob Gurr and Tony Baxter! Also, we talk CHOC Walk, Mickey's Halloween Party - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:22pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 207: Disneyland's Adventureland

Visit the exotic jungles of Adventureland with Team Mousetalgia! This week, we take a look back at Walt Disney's original concept for Disneyland's proposed "True Life Adventureland," and then we examine the Jungle Cruise, one of the original Disneyland attractions. After spending some time in "de Nile," we look at some of Walt's later attractions - his Enchanted Tiki Room, and the adjoining Tahitian Terrace Restaurant, which celebrated America's post-war love of the Polynesian culture. Finally, we take a close look at the Randotti Company, maker of some of Adventureland's most popular souvenirs, including plaster skulls, tikis, and totems. Programming note: Tune in next week for a full report on Mousetalgia's "Evening at the Tahitian Terrace" event!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 206: Frankenweenie, Disneyland at a different pace

Frankenweenie's shocking box office! This week, Team Mousetalgia offers up a review and some thoughts about Frankenweenie, Tim Burton's latest stop-motion creepshow, and we worry about the empty theaters we sat in during opening weekend. We take a look at the inspiration and influences behind the film, and offer our own parental advice. Also, we talk about taking Disneyland at a different speed, discussing traveling to the park with folks with disabilities, touring with people that would rather not be there, and visiting the park with toddlers in tow. Plus, a lego-fueled Haunted Mansion moment - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:54pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 205 - Halloween Time, Paperman

Get into the spooky spirit of Halloween with Team Mousetalgia! Kristen reviews Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort, covering the Big Thunder Ranch Halloween Jamboree, the latest terrorizing tastes and boo-tiful sights, and Disney California Adventure's Frankenweenie features. Not to be out-dead-dogged, the rest of Team Mousetalgia report on a Walt Disney Family Museum discussion of Old Yeller featuring Disney Legend Kevin Corcoran. Also - Haunted Mansion-style changing portraits, Paperman's director speaks out, Mousetalgia is named "best" - and more!

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Walt's Apartment, Disneyland's Dream Suite, the Disneyland Hotel's Adventureland Suite, and "Lights, Camera, Magic!" - Becky takes us on a tour of a few rarely visited Disneyland locations, and then on an Adventures By Disney tour of Hollywood, including the Dolby Theater, the Walk of Fame, a Walt Disney Studios tour - and a Sophia Grace and Rosie sighting! Also, your emails are answered - Disney decorating, Disney collectibles, getting into Club 33, and choosing a day at the Disney Expo... plus more! SPECIAL NOTE: This is the final week to buy tickets to our Tahitian Terrace event at Disneyland in October. The deadline to buy tickets is Oct. 3 - so visit www.mousetalgiastore.com to reserve your space today!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:44pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 203 - Becky's Resort Report, ABC programming

Becky's Resort Report: This week, Becky travels through the Disneyland Resort with a group of travel professionals to get a different perspective on the food and hotels in the area. From the Carthay Circle to the Wine Country Trattoria (and even Club 33), Becky samples numerous dishes and reports on the latest culinary offerings in the parks. She also reports on some of the Good Neighbor Hotels surrounding the park. Also, Jeff reports on a recent Variety article discussing Disney's use of cultural history in developing programming for ABC Television. Plus - Wonderground Gallery, the Grand Californian Spa... and more! Special note: There is less than 2 weeks left to buy your tickets to our "Evening At The Tahitian Terrace" event in Disneyland Park! For more information, visit www.mousetalgiastore.com.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:17pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 202 - Cars Land 5K Rally

Cars Land 5K Rally - Team Mousetalgia reports on everything you ever wanted to know about Disneyland's family-friendly fun run, plus Button runs in the kids' race, and Kristen copes with half-marathon traffic around the resort. Also - Disneyland area hotel reviews, revisiting the Storyteller Cafe brunch at the Grand Californian and the Carthay Circle Theater restaurant, another trip to the 1901 Lounge, and the new sodas of Disneyland (Peanut Butter and Jelly?) Plus - Charles Phoenix' "Anaheimland," WDW's Fantasmic, and Kristen's Disneyland injuries!

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Mousetalgia Episode 201 -  A Visit to the Walt Disney Animation Studios

This week, visit Walt Disney Feature Animation with Kristen as she takes us behind the scenes from day 3 of her Destination D Diamond-level experience. As part of the special package, a select group of Disney fans were taken to the studios to visit the archives with Disney Legend Dave Smith, and then on to various locations such as Walt Disney's personal screening room, the Ink and Paint department (which is still going strong), and the Roy E. Disney Animation Building, where working animators demonstrated secrets and techniques behind the creation of Wreck-It Ralph, Disney's next animated feature. Also, Jeff and Kristen report from Club 1901, the private lounge for Club 33 members located inside of the Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure. Plus - Becky visits the Minnie and Friends Character Breakfast, Dave goes behind the scenes of Soarin' - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 200 - Destination D: Day 2

75 Years of Disney Animation: In our 200th episode, Team Mousetalgia discusses day 2 of Destination D, and covers topics including Disney's "Wild and Wacky" animation, the evolution of Disney's Tinker Bell character, and the voice artists behind some of the classic Disney animated features. In the process, you'll hear from many of the participants at the event, including Kathryn Beaumont, Margaret Kerry, Bill Farmer, Mae Whitman, and others. We also discuss the event's salute to "Snow White," and we review "An Evening with Alan Menken," the incredible conclusion to the weekend. Plus - to celebrate 200 episodes, Team Mousetalgia takes a look back, reminiscing about our favorite guests, events and episodes over the past four years.

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Mousetalgia Episode 199: Destination D, part 1

Mousetalgia reports from D23's Destination D in this first part of our coverage of the event, which focused on Disney's 75 years of feature animation. Highlights from the report include a discussion about Walt's "Nine Old Men," and a conversation with animators Burny Mattinson and Joe Hale about the studio's first golden age of animation; a look at the life of Roy E. Disney and his work establishing a new golden age of animation for the studio; and a look at how animation has influenced the Disney theme parks. Also - Dick Van Dyke and his a capella group bring down the house - and more! Plus - don't forget to buy your tickets to "An Evening at the Tahitian Terrace" now at www.mousetalgiastore.com!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:11pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 198 - Tony Baxter, Marty Sklar, and Paige O'Hara

Tony Baxter, Marty Sklar and Paige O'Hara spend time with Mousetalgia at the fourth annual Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet, and we bring you the highlights! This week, Mousetalgia reports from Seattle and takes you behind the scenes of the PNWMM. In our exclusive interviews, Tony Baxter talks to us about the business side of creativity, the Tahitian Terrace and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad; Marty Sklar tells us about writing under Walt's name and finding the proper voice; and Paige O'Hara talks to us about being Belle, continuing to perform and discovering her inner artist. Plus, watching home movies with the 'Stache, a report on Pixar in Concert in Hollywood - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 197 - Pixar in Concert, Tahitian Terrace event

Little Mermaid, Pixar, Tahitian Terrace: In this week's jam-packed show, we cover a number of recent live events on the west coast. First, Jeff reviews the west coast premiere of The Little Mermaid staring Vicki Lewis, which played a brief run at Sacramento's Music Circus theater in the round. Next, a listener reports on the recent "Be Our Guest" Disney Legends dinner at the Disneyland Hotel. Jeff continues the reviews with a report on the San Francisco Symphony's "Pixar in Concert," which was hosted by Academy Award winning Pixar director Pete Docter, and finally, the team officially announces "An Evening in the Tahitian Terrace." All this, and much more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:58pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 196 - Mailbag

We answer your emails! Topics include an alternate view of Disney's Alaskan cruise, autograph collecting tips, imaginging a Disney bio film, another look at the Carthay Circle Restaurant, and a review of Disneyland's new "Cultivating the Magic" tour. Also - DCA versus WDW's Hollywood Studios... can't we all just get along? Plus - the Seattle Symphony does Disney, Perry gets wet, and Christian Bale talks Newsies! (Well, sort of.) And a Mousetalgia meet-up schedule!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:02am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 195 - Archive Treasures, 366 Days of Disneyland

It's an Emporium! Jeff Reitz and Tonya Mickesh are over halfway through their goal of visiting Disneyland 366 days in a row, and we check in with them and learn more about their ambitious goal. Also, Kristen visits the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at the Ronald Reagan Library and files a comprehensive report. Next, Jeff reports on the recent "Glow with the Show" AP event, and we debate the effectiveness of the new illuminated Mickey Ear hats. Plus - an animation auction, Wreck-it Ralph and Brave mobile games... and a very special announcement!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:39pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 194 - Disney Cruise to Alaska

Disney Cruising - Kristen reports from the inaugural Seattle-to-Alaska cruise on the Disney Wonder. With information on everything from dining options to enduring the arctic temperatures, Kristen dissects the various features, opportunities, and adventures that await future cruisers. Hear about the variety shows, fine restaurants, and the Toy Story musical, and discover the adult activities available, both onboard and off. Also - Disneyland hotel recommendations, Disney park music, choosing between D23 and the Walt Disney Family Museum, the Hall of Presidents vs. Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln... and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:36pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 193 - Buena Vista Street, DCA

Buena Vista Street - Take a stroll down Disney California Adventure's main drag as we inspect the recently-opened Buena Vista Street! Visit the shops, sip some Starbucks, ride the Red Car Trolley, enjoy the entertainment and performances, and listen to our reviews of the various merchandise and eats along the way. Also - reviews of D23's "50 and Fabulous" screening of "In Search of the Castaways," and a D23 "Mickey's of Glendale" shopping spree. Plus - our reviews of DCA's Mad T Party and the Carthay Circle Restaurant... are they worth the hype?

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:54pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 192 - Brave, Disneyland's Summer 2012

This week, Team Mousetalgia celebrates Independence Day by sharing the music of the Voices of Liberty ensemble, an Epcot staple recently introduced to the Disneyland Resort. We also take a walk down Main Street and discuss the new additions to Disneyland, including the Carnation Cafe's bad coffee and amazing apple-granola pancakes, the penniless arcade, new candy offerings and some Dapper delights. The Matterhorn also "peaks" our interest, and we finish up by meeting Princess Merida at the new Brave photo location. Also - our take on Pixar's "Brave," and an ears-to-the-ground report from the grand re-opening of Disney California Adventure!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:20pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 191 - Tour Radiator Springs

Our Radiator Springs Roundup! This week, Team Mousetalgia talks everything Cars Land. With reports from the Press Preview as well as opening weekend, we bring you our opinions of every aspect of the new land in Disney California Adventure, including our thoughts on the atmosphere, the attractions, dining options, shopping locations and merchandise, and the special entertainment appearing exclusively in Cars Land. Plus, a handful of bits 'n bytes!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:31pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 190 - Cars Land preview, Brad Bird

Cars Land preview - Jeff and Dave report from the Cars Land preview for Annual Pass holders, and describe the scenery and attractions in this new area of Disney California Adventure. From the thrills of Radiator Springs Racers, to the sighs while waiting for Luigi's Flying Tires, to the humor of Mater's Junkyard Jamboree, Team Mousetalgia deliver initial impressions and tips to help you enjoy Cars Land, whether you're visiting this week or next year. Also, Kristen gets married, and we have a full report on the reception held at the Walt Disney Family Museum (and a special guest who crashed the wedding!) Plus - the Jazz Kitchen's meatloaf recipe, Disney raises ticket prices, Brad Bird speaks at the WDFM - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 189: Vinylmation, Eric Robison

Vinylmation 101: Explore the world of Vinylmation as we talk with Tina Biles, collector and hobbyist. Tina describes the various offerings, sets, and experiences associated with collecting Vinylmation figures, Disney's latest collectible craze. Also, we talk to Disney artist Eric Robison, creative director for Crazy Shirts, about the new Disney-themed lined of shirts from the venerable Hawaiian company. We also talk about Eric's career as an Imagineer and a character artist for the Disney Gallery, and his "100 Mickeys" exhibit. Plus, a sneak peek at Cars Land - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 188: Looking beyond Cars Land

Disneyland before the storm: Lightning (McQueen) is about to strike DCA, but Dave and Becky offer a trip report from just prior to the opening of Cars Land to remind you of the resort's other offerings. Topics include reviews of the Napa Rose Chef's Table and Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen, the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree, and Main Street and Lego Store re-openings. Also - Robert Downey Jr. in Esquire Magazine, Disney Blu-ray Second Screen, Vinylmation, and Disney Crazy Shirts. Plus - DCA's Mad Tea Party, and Gibson Girl vs. Fentons - who comes out (with a cherry) on top?

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:13pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 187: Walt Disney Family Museum Trek

A trek to the Walt Disney Family Museum: Team Mousetalgia reports from a recent special trip to the Walt Disney Family Museum that was hosted by author Jeff Kurtti and Don Morin from the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet. We revisit and rediscover the museum exhibits, add some insider secrets, and report on a special presentation about Walt Disney's public persona, developed by Jeff Kurtti for this gathering. Also, Kristen meets Julie Andrews at a recent book signing, and reports on her moment with the beloved celebrity. Plus - Disneyland's summer offerings, last-minute resort trip tips, the Fantasmic dessert package - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:55am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 186 - Newsies, D23 Fanniversary

Carry the banner with Mousetalgia as we discuss Newsies, the surprise Broadway hit. With 8 Tony Award nominations and a brand new cast soundtrack, Newsies is hotter than ever, and we review the new album and compare it with the film soundtrack, discuss the success of this presumed-short-run off-Broadway reworking of a box office flop, and talk to Kevin Carolan, a member of the Broadway Newsies cast. Also, Jeff reviews D23's "Fanniversary" event, recently held at the Walt Disney Family Museum, and offers some insight into the latest of D23's special events for Disney fans. Plus - Fantasmic turns 20... and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:41pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 185 - The Avengers

The Avengers episode! Team Mousetalgia and Josh Shipley from "The Josh and Croz Show" assemble to talk about Marvel's smash hit, "The Avengers." From D-BOX thrills to Maria Hill, we inspect every aspect of this worldwide phenomenon. Plus, Kristen reviews "With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story," Josh explains how to get started with comics, and Becky worries about capes. Also - Hulk vs. Thor... who would win?

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:52am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 184 - Cinderella, E-mail

Cinderella style: This week, Team Mousetalgia reports on a recent event at the Walt Disney Family Museum about Cinderella and the evolution of animation at the Walt Disney Studios. Presented by Pixar's Academy Award-winning director Ralph Eggleston, the presentation was about the making of Cinderella, and the struggles and triumphs Walt had during the tumultuous '30s and '40s in Hollywood. Plus, Kristen waxes poetic over the Avengers, and we answer your email - Tomorrowland's fruit trees, Disney cruise tips, looking forward to Cars Land... and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:51pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 183 - Chimpanzee, the "B" Word

Chimpanzee and the letter "B" - On this week's Mousetalgia, we review "Chimpanzee," the latest offering from Disneynature, and we discuss the personification of the apes that star in the show and the resulting emotional tug at the heartstrings. Next, the team gets philosophical as we debate ABC television's recent embrace of the "B" word, and ABC's handling of religion on two of its popular shows. Finally, we wrap things up with a trip report, as Jeff shares the latest Matterhorn updates, merch offerings, and dining notes from the resort. Also - Vinylmation, Stan Lee, and Starbucks!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:56am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 182 - The Mighty Matterhorn

Bob Gurr and the Matterhorn - This week, Team Mousetalgia discusses Walt Disney's "Mighty Matterhorn" with WED legend Bob Gurr, the Imagineer who was responsible for creating the original transportation systems for Disneyland, including the Matterhorn Bobsleds, the Monorail, and the Main Street vehicles. We also take a look at the changes coming to the attraction, which is scheduled to reopen after a lengthy refurbishment for Summer 2012. Also, the Muppets return to Manhattan, and our correspondent reports! Plus, pouring the perfect "Gurrtini" - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:46pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 181 - A Mousetalgia Emporium

Disneyland with newbies, Pixar's "Rush," and a look back at Disneyland's Tencennial... it's a Mousetalgia Emporium! This week, Kristen reviews the new Xbox 360 Kinect game "Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure," which takes players through Pixar's Playland by placing you inside of five of Pixar's most memorable films. Next, Becky takes a multigenerational family trip to Disneyland over Spring Break with two folks who are new to the park, and shares some interesting anecdotes and lessons learned from the experience. Finally, Jeff reads a colorful article from 1965, the year of Disneyland's Tencennial, about WED Enterprises and an outsider's peek into the magic of Imagineering. Plus - Thomas Kinkade, dining at Disneyland, and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:32pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 180 - Email, Disneyland tips

Summer 2012 at Disneyland: This week, Team Mousetalgia prepares for a Disneyland summer as we discuss our favorite drinks, treats, and attractions to help beat the heat. Next, we answer your latest emails, including topics such as when to visit Cars Land, tips on spending your birthday at the park, finding Captain Hook, missing the Main Street Electrical Parade, visiting Walt's Apartment and debating the idea of exclusivity, Fantasmic reserved seating, food allergies and Disneyland's offerings, buying multi-day tickets, and Universal Studios... can it compare to Disney?

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:30pm PDT
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Pollyanna's Nancy Olson talks about her career in Tinsel Town, and Time Magazine delves into the politics of gender at Pixar on this week's Mousetalgia. First, Team Mousetalgia report on an afternoon at the Walt Disney Family Museum with movie star Nancy Olson. Olson tells stories about acting in "Sunset Boulevard," working for Walt Disney Studios in movies such as "Pollyanna" and "The Absent-Minded Professor," and establishing a family in the midst of a fascinating career. Also, Time's Joel Stein writes about the creation of the upcoming film "Brave" at Pixar, and we discuss the article and muse about Pixar's first princess movie. Plus, a list of our favorite Disney leading ladies!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:54pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 178 - Disneyland "Off the Map"

Explore the "secret" Disneyland at D23's "Off the Map" event. This week, Team Mousetalgia is joined by correspondent Joseph Titizian as he reports on the recent D23 event which took a lucky few guests to various rarely-accessed Disneyland locations, such as the Lilly Belle Presidential railiroad car, the Dream Suite located above Pirates of the Caribbean, Walt Disney's private apartment overlooking Disneyland's Town Square, and a private dinner at the members-only Club 33. Titizian also reports from D23's "Journey to Marceline" event, which took guests on a day-long excursion to Walt Disney's hometown of Marceline, MO. Plus - Alice gets a window, a listener eats a package of VIA, and embracing your inner Disney nerd. Also - Tim provides some bonus Babb!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:50am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 177 - Robert Sherman, John Carter

Remembering Robert Sherman, and our John Carter review - This week, Team Mousetalgia welcomes Disney author and historian Jeff Kurtti back to the show to share memories of Disney Legend Robert Sherman, and to discuss the legacy he leaves behind. Kurtti, a producer for the acclaimed film about the Sherman Brothers titled "The Boys," shares stories from his personal relationship with Robert Sherman and talks about the influence the songwriting brothers have had on the entertainment world. Also, in the first part of our supersized episode, Team Mousetalgia welcomes comedian Tim Babb to the show to discuss and review John Carter, the $250M blockbuster that some critics have called lackluster. Plus - Dick Van Dyke gets hitched, reviewing a bottle of Fess Parker wine, apps, corn chowder - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:22pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 176 - True Life Adventures

Mousetalgia Episode 176: True Life Adventures - Don Hahn spoke recently at the Walt Disney Family Museum about Disney's nature films, and Dave and Becky report from the event. From Walt's True Life Adventures to the recent Disneynature films, Hahn shared the filmmakers' secret techniques and behind-the-scenes production stories. Also, remembering Robert Sherman: the media responds to the loss of another Disney Legend. Plus: listener email and Disneyland travel tips, a report from Disneyland's Leap Day celebration, and John Carter - can the film live up to Hollywood's expectations?

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:17am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 175 - Newsies, 1 More Disney Day

D23 hosted a screening of Newsies at the Walt Disney Studios on Feb. 25, 2012, and Jeff and Kristen report from the event. Featuring a panel discussion with director Kenny Ortega and cast members Marty Belafsky and Kevin Stea, the afternoon screening presented fans of the 20 year old film with new insights into the making of the movie. Also, Disneyland recently presented a "New Orleans Bayou Bash" featuring exclusive menu items and entertainment, and we report on the culinary offerings. Plus - Minnie's Fly Girls land in DCA, we pursue some Disney trivia, and our listeners report on Disney's recent "One More Disney Day" 24-hour event on Leap Day 2012!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:14pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 174: Disneyland Ticket Books

Remembering Disneyland's ticket books: This week, Team Mousetalgia discusses Disneyland's various resort breakfast options, both on property and nearby. Next, we share a brief history of the ticket book, including a celebration of the "E" ticket, remembering the first all-day passports, and a brief discussion of ticket collections. Also, attraction ranking - a discussion of which rides merited which tickets, and a conversation about whether or not Disneyland got it right. Plus - if DCA had ticket books, how would the attractions be ranked? Also, Turk terrorizes, Toy Story trauma - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:25am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 173 - Walt and the Oscars

Walt Disney's Academy Award-winning films: This week, Becky reports on a presentation about Walt and the Oscars by Jeff Kurtti at the Walt Disney Family Museum. Learn about Disney's award-winning shorts, his classic animated features, and the live action films that changed the way documentaries were created. Also, Team Mousetalgia talks about D23's "Disneyland - Off the Map" event, and we offer a therapy session for Disney fans that tried in vain to get some of the coveted tickets. Plus - Muppets, Disney Junior, the Electrical Parade, and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:22am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 172 - Smoke Tree Ranch, Disneyland Dining

Visit Smoke Tree Ranch with special guest Joseph Titizian, as he reports on the recent D23 excursion to Walt's Palm Springs home away from home. Plus, Kristen reports on "Dining Around the 'Land," with new notes from many of Disneyland's popular eateries, including the mysterious Club 33. We also discuss touring Disneyland "out of your comfort zone," with tips on visiting the resort with toddlers and wheelchairs. Plus, a close look at the new Jolly Holiday Bakery, a Toon Town mystery solved, Ariel gets buttered.... and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:01pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 171 - Tink Half Marathon, Lunar New Year

The Tinker Bell Half Marathon report: This week, Becky takes us behind the scenes of the massive Tinker Bell Half Marathon held at Disneyland on January 29, and gives us a full report after finishing the full 13 mile course. Also, Disneyland celebrated the Lunar New Year with special events and entertainment, and Jeff and Kristen report on the various goings-on (and Jeff's multiple attempts to meet Mulan!) Also - trip reports, Disneyland firsts, and the best-kept breakfast secret at the resort!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:11pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 170 - Mousetalgia Emporium

In this week's Mousetalgia Emporium, we look at bandleader/producer Mitch Miller and his vast array of Disney songs recorded for the Golden Records label; we revisit "Beauty and the Beast" in the wake of its return to the big screen in 3D; we talk about the intricacy of "Tangled Ever After"; Kristen reviews "Poppin Guitars," a collection of Sherman Brothers tunes; we attempt to review a bottle of Silverado wine (is "it was good" sufficient?); Jeff and Becky discuss dueling Disney surveys and the lucrative rewards for taking said surveys; and Disney's water rides - yea or nay?

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:22pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 169 - Mineral King

Walt Disney's proposed ski resort: This week, we report on Mineral King, the wilderness resort Walt Disney wanted to build at the time of his passing. Based on a Walt Disney Family Museum panel discussion hosted by Sam Gennawey, we discuss the history of the proposed resort, the challenges Walt faced in its development, and its legacy on environmental concerns as well as the Disney company's approach to the creation of resorts around the world. Also, taking kids to Disneyland for the first time: our tips and tricks! And a special congratulations to Bill Farmer on the 25th anniversary of giving voice to everybody's favorite goof, Goofy!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:26pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 168 - Letters and Book Reviews

Listener emails and book reviews - This week, Team Mousetalgia goes back to the mailbag to answer listener questions on topics as varied as Disneyland's train stations; the best locations to view the parades, Fantasmic, the fireworks and DCA's World of Color; Disney cookbooks; remembering the original Disney Channel, and more! Plus, we discuss our latest reading materials, covering topics that include Disneyana collectibles, Disneyland trivia, Walt Disney World history, and stories from a theme park insider. Also - more Tim Babb, another giveaway, and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:53pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 167 - Leap Day at Disneyland

One More Disney Day: This week, Team Mousetalgia discusses the One More Disney Day promotion, which will host 24 hour parties at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World on Leap Day. We debate the pros and cons of the experience, and discuss strategies for dealing with the lengthy event. Also, D23 offers trips to Marceline, MO and Smoke Tree Ranch, and we discuss the value of the opportunities. Plus - changes are coming to Club 33, and we discuss the changes and debate their impact on current membership and the future of the club. All this, plus Bits and Bytes, Tim Babb, and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:59pm PDT
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