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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mousetalgia Episode 166 - First trip to Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World from a Disneyland fan's perspective. Kristen reports on the Walt Disney World Resort this week, and busts some myths while offering tips to first-time visitors to the resort. From dining plans to traveling around the resort, Kristen presents her findings and offers some reviews of various restaurants, attractions, and hotels at the number one vacation destination. Also, Team Mousetalgia presents our Year-In-Review Roundup, and we discuss our favorite films, Disneyland experiences, and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 165 - Walt Disney, Entertainment Icon

Walt Disney World for the Holidays: In this week's episode, Kristen shares part one of a two-week report on her first trip to the Walt Disney World Resort, commenting on the holiday happenings and special events, including the Candlelight Processional, Illuminations, and a private viewing of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. But first, Dave, Becky and Jeff report on "Walt Disney: An Entertainment Icon and Visionary," a panel discussion held at the Walt Disney Family Museum with Pixar's Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera, and Disney animator Andreas Deja. The three animation experts discussed how Walt and his productions have impacted the animation industry. Plus, reports on a trip to Pixar, Disneyland's Holiday tour... and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 164 - Christmas films

Disney's Christmas productions: Team Mousetalgia review and reminisce about a few of the studio's Christmas productions, including Walt's holiday-oriented Silly Symphonies, Mary Blair's "Once Upon a Wintertime," Annette's "Babes in Toyland" (which celebrates its 50th anniversary this season), and three different Christmas Carols! Plus, enter our Holiday Sweepstakes, in which you could win a Rocketeer BluRay, an Imagineering wristwatch, or a Disney gift card! Also - if Santa were to make his way down DCA's chimney, what gifts would he bring? We offer our suggestions. And to all our listeners.. Merry Christmas from the whole Mousetalgia crew!

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Mousetalgia Episode 163 - Holidays at Disneyland

Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner and holiday celebrations at Disneyland with Team Mousetalgia. Dave and Becky braved the Thanksgiving weekend crowds to enjoy the Disneyland Hotel's annual Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner, and they offer an in-depth report on the meal, as well as dealing with the crowds during this popular weekend to visit the resort. Also, Jeff looks back at holiday celebrations in years past, and reports on Disneyland's past Christmas parades and offerings. Plus - Disney gift ideas! Holiday treats at the park! And an exclusive report on the D23 Disney and Dickens event at the Studio lot!

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Mousetalgia Episode 162 - Spin & Marty, The Muppets

Spin and Marty speak at the Walt Disney Family Museum, and Team Mousetalgia report from the event. Tim ‘Spin’ Considine and David ‘Marty’ Stollery tell the secrets of their popular serial made famous by the Mickey Mouse Club television show, and share stories about being child stars. Also, remembering Walt Disney on his birthday, and our review of "The Muppets." Plus - gingerbread, holiday music... and Kristen invades Walt Disney World!

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Mousetalgia Episode 161 - The Muppets

The Muppets are back on the big screen, and this week Team Mousetalgia takes a look at the history of the Muppets and their creator, Jim Henson. We discuss Sesame Street, favorite Muppet characters, Kermit's origins, and Disney's purchase of the franchise and what it means for the future. We take a look at Jim Henson's Muppet Vision 3D, and discuss how the attraction has endured the test of time. We also discuss the new Muppet movie, and look at the people and music behind the film. Plus - Kristen reviews Kinect Disneyland Adventures, and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 160 - Disneyland in a day

Single day Disneyland visits - If you only have a single day and want a meaningful Disneyland experience, can it be done? Team Mousetalgia tackles this question head on, evaluating value, transportation issues, to park hop or not? - and other considerations, such as setting a pace, finding moments of relaxation, dining options, and capturing the magic of the happiest place on earth. Also, a listener shares a Club 33 Pumpkin Beignet recipe to kick off the holiday season. Plus - CHOC Walk woes, Becky's half-marathon prep update, reviewing the latest Disney video games, purchasing Mondo posters... and Disneyland on just $5 a day!?

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Mousetalgia Episode 159 - Mickey Mouse turns 83!

Celebrate Mickey Mouse's 83rd birthday on this week's episode of Mousetalgia. From Steamboat Willie's debut to the modern articulated Mickey appearing at the parks, we examine the impact Mickey has had on his fans and pop culture over his decades of silver screen stardom. Also - Tim Burton's collaborators discuss working with the iconic director at a recent panel discussion at the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art. Production Designer Rick Heinrichs, Costume Designer Colleen Atwood, and composer Danny Elfman share their memories and tell what it was like to work with Burton on most of his landmark projects. Plus - elf ear hats, Muppets, trains at the WDFM, and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 158 - The Mousetalgia Mailbag

It's back to the inbox for Team Mousetalgia, as we answer your questions about the Disneyland Resort and everything Disney. We begin by offering holiday crowd advice, then dive into the mailbag. Topics include Disney Legends, unsung park attractions, more Expo woes, half-marathon costume advice, awkward Disney moments, Muppet songs, weighing DMR rewards, Mousetalgia takes on I-5, del Toro's Haunted Mansion movie rumors, Easter in the parks, meandering through the Park solo, and Captain EO trivia. Plus - a Belle sighting at the Haunted Mansion, and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 157 - Halloween in the Disney Parks worldwide

Disney's Halloween around the world - This week, Mousetalgia welcomes Disney park reporter Erin De Santiago to the show to report on the Halloween happenings this year at Walt Disney World, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Tokyo Disneyland. From Nightmare Dim Sum to the horror mazes in Hong Kong, you'll learn all about how the parks differ culturally, and you'll discover the different events, characters, and merchandise offerings at the various parks during the spooking season. Also - more Haunted Mansion history, some ghost stories, and a report on the recent CHOC Walk at Disneyland Resort. Plus, do some virtual trick-or-treating with Team Mousetalgia!

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Mousetalgia Episode 156 - Mousetalgia's Emporium of reviews

Visit the Mousetalgia Emporium as we share a supersized variety of reviews and Haunted Mansion stories. Jeff reviews Michael Barrier's "The Animated Man" and Family Fun Magazine's Halloween issue, Becky shares some obsolete Disneyland recipes, Kristen bakes some Disneyland muffins and reviews Seattle's quirky "Uncle Walt's Vault," and Dave reviews the "Where's My Water" mobile app. Plus - A  '20,000 Leagues' soundtrack re-release, Walt's chili, Pan Am, AMPAS honors Mary Blair, the AP Soundsational event at Disneyland - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 155 - Disneyland Hotel secrets

Go back in time and visit the Disneyland Hotel of the '50s and '60s in this special resort edition of Mousetalgia! This week, we welcome historian Donald Ballard to the show, to share his stories, research, and secrets about the early days of Disneyland's first hotel. Learn about the Wrather family's investment in Walt Disney's vision, and discover how the Disneyland Hotel developed over decades from a glorified motor inn to the unique resort it is today. Also, from a men-only club to $2,500-per-night suites, you'll learn fascinating stories about the creation of this world-famous destination. Plus - a press report from a preview ride of the Haunted Mansion in 1969, Mickey's Halloween Party - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 154 - Happiest Haunts Tour, Mary Blair

Tour Disneyland with the Happiest Haunts - This week, Jeff takes you along as he seeks to foil a villainous plot on the Disneyland Happiest Haunts Tour, which takes place during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort. Find out if it's worth the added ticket price, and go behind the scenes to find out what you can expect from the 3-plus-hour walking tour. Plus, Oct. 21 would have been Mary Blair's 100th birthday, and to mark the occasion, we talk to Jeanne Chamberlain and Maggie Richardson, the nieces of Mary, who share some personal stories and memories of growing up knowing the influential Disney artist. Plus, Gay Days, Woody goes on vacation - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 153 - Don Hahn, Haunted Mansion

Don Hahn talks with Mousetalgia this week to discuss his latest book, "Brain Storm: Unleashing Your Creative Self." Hahn and Team Mousetalgia discuss the book and the topic of creativity - as well as The Lion King's domination of the box office, and Hahn's other projects, including his recent documentary "Hand Held," which just won the International Humanitarian Award from the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Also, Jeff reports on two dueling Haunted Mansion events held at Walt Disney World on September 29 and 30 that have left some attendees steamed. Plus, a sweepstakes - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 152 - Main Street U.S.A.

Main Street memories - This week, Team Mousetalgia takes a stroll down Disneyland's Main Street U.S.A., and we talk about the details and features that make this section of Disneyland so special. Leaving no cobblestone unturned, we talk about our favorite part of Main Street from days gone by, and follow up with some our favorite current features, including our favorite eateries, shopping areas, and entertainment features. Also - Walt Disney World turns 40 this week, and Mousetalgia talks up Orlando. Plus: Kristen offers shocking news - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 151 - Walt Disney's Grandchildren, Jeff Kurtti

Mousetalgia Episode 151: Our Grandpa, Walt Disney - Five of Walt Disney's grandchildren spoke about their memories of Walt Disney at the Walt Disney Family Museum, and Team Mousetalgia reports on the event. Joined on the show by Disney author/historian Jeff Kurtti, Team Mousetalgia discusses the personal side of Walt Disney that is often hidden by rumor and myth, and discover a side of the man often hidden from his fans and detractors. Also - The Lion King in 3D has a blockbuster opening weekend in theaters, and Jeff and Kristen talk about the addition of 3D to the classic film and the continuing impact of the revered movie. Plus - Newsies! Muppets! Babies in the Parks! Mobile apps! And more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 150 - Listener email show

Ludwig Von Drake, marathon wear, and touring Disneyland with large groups - Mousetalgia dives into the mailbag once again and answers your questions! Whether the topic is collecting lithographs or off-site hotels, we'll offer our humble opinions. We discuss Disneyland's dining plans and resort tips, as well as timing your visit and the pros and cons of staying on Disney property. Plus - visiting Disneyland solo, a special report from the Disneyland Half Marathon - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 149 - D23 Expo Highlights, Tim O'Day

This week, Team Mousetalgia discusses the smaller presentations at the D23 Expo held Aug. 19-21, 2011 in Anaheim. We talk merchandise, Walt Disney Animation, Treasures from the Walt Disney Archives, Imagineering's Carousel of Projects, the D23 Charter Member lounge, Star Tours, Vintage Disneyland, Voices from the Park, and more. Also, D23's Tim O'Day joins us this week to share the inside story of Dick Van Dyke's concert at the Expo. Learn how Dick formed "the Vantastix," how the Expo performance came to be, and much more about this highlight of the weekend. Plus - a performance by Dick Van Dyke and the Vantastix at the Expo... and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 148 - D23 Expo: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Disney hosted the second D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center from August 19 through 21, 2011, and Team Mousetalgia report on the best and worst of the event. Princesses, legends, Muppets, park reports, and more - we cover it all. However, the Expo presented many challenges, such as 4-hour lines and low-capacity events, and we discuss the problems and possible solutions. Fortunately, there was a lot of Disney magic as well, and we report on the amazing presentations and performances inside of the arena on this week's supersized show, which is part 1 of 2. Plus - Kingdom Comedy's Tim Babb wipes out, and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 147 - D23 Expo Highlights, Disneyland questions

Haunted mansion mysteries, Disneyland etiquette, half marathons, and frozen treats - it's a disneyland email marathon! New listeners and old bombard us with questions, and we give you our eight cents. Want answers? Keep listening to Mousetalgia - the favorite podcast of Disney-loving motorcycle cops everywhere! Plus - Carpe Kingdom - what does it mean? And a special bonus: Musical highlights from the D23 Expo, including Lea Salonga, Kermit the Frog, and Dick Van Dyke... rapping?!

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Mousetalgia Episode 146 - Marvel's Joe Quesada, and Walt's early comedy

Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada talks to Mousetalgia about the merger of the Disney and Marvel universes, and Marvel's participation in this year's D23 Expo; and Dave talks to Billy Dee Williams and Bruce Boxleitner, both of whom will be appearing at the Expo. Also, the Walt Disney Family Museum hosts a panel discussion on the comedic influences on Walt Disney's early comedies, and we report on the event. Plus - Aladdin the musical reviewed, the Disney parks' mall tour, last minute Expo planning, and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 145 - Disneyland model, Wally Boag

Disney Family Museum Roundup: The ultimate Disneyland model: learn how Kerner Optical created a fascinating room-sized model of Disneyland for the Walt Disney Family Museum. Next, Dave reports on a discussion of Walt Disney's fascination with the space race, and Jeff recounts the recent tribute to Wally Boag and Betty Taylor held at the museum. Plus, more D23 Expo tips. Also - out of this world dining at LAX's Encounter and Hollywood's Tam O'Shanter... and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 144 - Marvel, Tim Burton, Club 33

The Marvel-ous D23 Episode - Imagineer Josh Shipley discusses the relationship of Disney and Marvel, and gives fans some reasons to look forward to the Marvel panel at the upcoming D23 Expo. Also, Jeff and Kristen share a trip report about a whirlwind trip to the Walt Disney Studios and Archive, Paradise Pier eateries, a Club 33 Vinter's Menu dinner review, and a review of the current exhibit of Tim Burton's art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Plus - Up on CD (finally!), and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 143 - Mousetalgia's Review Emporium

The Mousetalgia Review Emporium - This week, Jeff reviews the Napa Rose Chef's Counter at the Grand Californian Hotel at Disneyland Resort; the team discusses HGTV's My Yard Goes Disney; and Kristen digs up some vintage Disney musical selections. Plus - the team takes a look at some of the negative reviews Cars 2 has received, and we debate the pros and cons of the worst-reviewed Pixar film to date. Also - Kristen and Jeff review a one-man show called "Working for the Mouse" at an underground theatre in Berkeley - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 142 - Winnie the Pooh, Mouse Meet

Go behind the scenes of the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet with Team Mousetalgia this week, as we share inside stories and secrets from the partyers and panelists at this year's event. Also, we take a look at the phenomenon of Winnie the Pooh, and review the new film and reminisce about the original book and Disney films. Learn why that willy, nilly, silly ol' bear has been considered Disney's second most popular character of all time. Also - Disneyland turned 56 this week, so we celebrate this birthday by listing our favorite Disneyland attractions that no longer exist. All this, and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 141 - Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet

This week, Team Mousetalgia provides some highlights and clips from the 2011 Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet held on June 25, 2011 in Lynwood, Washington. Featured speakers include writer/director/producer Jeff Kurtti, who talks about his work as creative director for the Walt Disney Family Museum; Floyd Norman, long time animator for the Walt Disney Company; and Disney Legend Jack Lindquist, president of Disneyland and long-time marketing executive for the company. Also, listen in and play along with the Team Mousetalgia Trivia Challenge!

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Happy Fourth of July! On today's special holiday episode, Team Mousetalgia reminisce about Disneyland's Bicentennial celebration in 1975-76, which featured America on Parade, a patriotic feature which premiered in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Also, the team takes a look back at America Sings, the classic revolving stage production which replaced Disneyland's Carousel of Progress in Tomorrowland from 1974 through 1988. Plus - patriotic Disney memories, and more!

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The art of the Disneyland "fun map" - this week, Team Mousetalgia talks to attraction designer Chris Merritt about the history and making of the classic Disneyland "fun maps," the poster-sized wall maps that were created and sold as souvenirs at the parks. We also discuss Pirates Lair and Sam McKim's artwork for WED. Then, Jeff reviews a recent event at the Walt Disney Family Museum honoring the art of Disney Legend Tyrus Wong (conceptual artist for Bambi), at which the 100-year-old Wong made a surprise appearance! Plus favorite Disney songs, Aladdin the musical - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 138 - a Team Trip Report

It's time for trip reports - Dave, Kristen and Becky report on a recent team trip to Disneyland, discussing the changes to Pirates of the Caribbean and World of Color, the new Little Mermaid attraction, Mickey's Soundsational Parade, and Star Tours 2. Kristen wonders if Blackbeard's appearance in POTC really works, Becky questions the spoilers in the Blue Sky Cellar, and Dave talks Star Tours fastpasses. The team also recalls the latest Mousetalgia Meet-up at the park and discusses the offerings at Disneyland Hotel's Trader Sam's bar. Plus - Kristen suffers a canoe-related injury, Jeff talks Tron, and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 137 - Listener Email, Mary Poppins

You've got questions, and we've got answers! This week, Team Mousetalgia opens the mailbag and talks back to our listeners on topics such as the Haunted Mansion, being a teenage fan, attending the D23 Expo, more Haunted Mansion, other things to do around Disneyland, Stargate (?), and Becky's training for the upcoming Tinker Bell Half Marathon. Also, Jeff and Kristen report on Mary Poppins: Kristen sees the stage musical in Seattle, and Jeff attends a Mary Poppins Singalong Experience in the Bay Area. Plus - Disneyland's submarine lagoon mermaids, visting Fenton's, and yes, more Tron!

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Mousetalgia Episode 136 - Designer Kevin Kidney, Soundsational Parade

Designer Kevin Kidney talks to Team Mousetalgia in today's episode. Kevin, along with co-designer Jody Daily, developed the new Soundsational Parade appearing at Disneyland Park. Kevin describes the creation of the parade, and talks about some of his other work for the parks, including designing phenomenal souvenirs, and being an artistic jack-of-all-trades. Also, the team reminisce about Pirates 4, and Kristen offers a trip report of questionable value to Star Tours fans. Plus - remembering Betty Taylor and Wally Boag, and their brilliant work in the Golden Horseshoe Review show.

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Mousetalgia Episode 135 - Walt Disney and World War II

Walt Disney and World War II: In this special Memorial Day episode, Team Mousetalgia reports on a weekend event at the Walt Disney Family Museum about the Walt Disney Studios output during World War II, featuring presentations by historian Paul F. Anderson. Learn about the various projects and films that the studio created during this critical period of American history. Also - take a closer look at one of the more famous propaganda films, "Victory Through Air Power," which Walt Disney believed would help end the war and save lives. Plus - an exclusive presentation of a 1943 radio program featuring Walt Disney talking about "Victory" - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 134 - African Cats, Dining at and around Disneyland

It's a Mousetalgia Emporium! Join Team Mousetalgia as we talk about dining options at and around Disneyland. Dave and Becky visit the Hungry Bear, while Jeff tries the new options at Village Haus. Plus, Jeff offers a Club 33 lunch report, and discusses options for eating off property. Kristen reviews Disneynature's African Cats, and compares it to her own safari at the same preserve. Also - we answer listener emails, and Kingdom Comedy returns! Bonus - Kristen rides Star Tours 2!

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Mousetalgia Episode 133: Pirates of the Caribbean premiere at Disneyland

Buckle your swashes and set sail for Mousetalgia's pre-POTC all-pirate Disneyland report! Dave and Becky report on the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides "3D Sneak Peek" in Frontierland, and Jeff reports from the "black carpet" at the film's world premiere at Disneyland! From Johnny Depp to Kermit the Frog, the stars all came out, and you can hear Jeff's story about waiting 15 hours to see the celebrities - and how Disneyland prepared for the occasion. Also - the ladies of Mousetalgia review Lego POTC: The Video Game, Mary Blair takes over the Disney Gallery, and Jeff commissions some art. Plus, Dave is still stuck on Tron - and more! BONUS: Our special review of an advance screening of the film!

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Mousetalgia Episode 132 - Alice Davis and Mary Blair

Mary Blair's Flair: Explore the life and art of Disney legend Mary Blair, the wonderful illustrator and conceptual artist for some of the most beloved Disney features, shorts, and theme park attractions. In this episode, Team Mousetalgia discusses a Mary Blair lecture at the Walt Disney Family Museum given by John Canemaker, and we talk to Disney Legend Alice Davis about her friendship with Mary, their time working together on "it's a small world," and working with Walt Disney himself. Also - Profiles in History's huge Hollywood auction, Disneyland's newest half marathon, Tron on vinyl - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 131 - Danny Elfman / Listeners' questions

Rating the Elfman box set: Jeff reviews the $500 16-disc Tim Burton/Danny Elfman "Music Box" - was the product worth the hype and the price tag? Plus, Team Mousetalgia gives the floor to our fans, and answers listeners' questions as they are posted in our chat room. We discuss everything from Disney princesses to Disney "miss"es. Also - Kristen discusses Disney Dixieland, Dave takes another look at Tron, Becky talks baby booties, and we all discuss our secret plans for Disneyland's future.

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Remembering Collin Campbell - Team Mousetalgia discuss his life and legacy with Collin's nephew, Mike Kendall. Also, a spotlight on Alice's Wonderland - Jeff reports on an event from the Walt Disney Family Museum about Lewis Carroll and his muse, Alice Liddell, the gardens of Wonderland, and Walt Disney's interpretation of Carroll's masterpiece. Plus - Disneyland in the spring - the benefits to visiting this time of the year. Also - listeners report on Disneyland cookies and dining with Minnie!

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Mousetalgia Episode 129 - Voice actor Corey Burton and Disney Jazz

We'll "Hook" you up - In this episode, Team Mousetalgia talks to incredible voice actor Corey Burton, the voice of Captain Hook (and Haunted Mansion Holiday's Ghost Host, and countless other Disney characters). Also - the team gets critical and reviews the latest Disney goods that have captured their attention. Becky reviews a recipe, Kristen reviews an app, Dave defends Tangled on Blu-ray, and Jeff reviews Disney Jr.'s latest hit series. Plus - Everybody Wants to be a Cat: Kristen and Jeff dissect the latest Disney Jazz album.

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Mousetalgia Episode 128 - Wait times for new Disneyland Resort attractions

Queue Confusion: How will the new attractions coming to the Disneyland Resort affect your visit to the parks? Team Mousetalgia talks to Touring Plans' Len Testa to get the inside scoop on what to expect for wait times and park visit planning. Also - the team discusses favorite Disney celebs, Pooh honey, Star Tours 2 Live, and a Mary Poppins fly-over. Plus a Fenton's t-shirt giveaway! All this, and much more.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:09pm PST
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Mousetalgia Episode 127 - Disneyland in the rain and WDW's Haunted Mansion

It's a Mousetalgia Emporium! This week, the team talks Soarin', soakin', and spookin'! First, Disneyland in the rain - can it still be a day of magic and fun? Dave and Becky talk about riding Soarin' alone in the theater, and the team answers your email. Finally, Jeff puts on his Chef's hat and talks about the Haunted Mansion and the latest updates to the attraction in Orlando - do the changes help plus the ride, or do they hurt it? Fan reaction has been mixed, and Jeff wades into the discussion and offers his perspective.

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Mousetalgia Episode 126 - Richard Sherman and Tony Walton on Mary Poppins

A Spoonful of Spectacular Magic: This week, Team Mousetalgia report on everything Mary Poppins from two events at the Walt Disney Family Museum. At the first event, songwriter Richard Sherman performed his famous songs from the hit film, and told stories about working directly with Walt Disney on the production of the film - and the following week, designer Tony Walton talked about his set and costume designs for the film, and what it was like working with Julie Andrews - who also happened to be his wife. Also, the team talks Poppins in the Park... and more!

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Seeing spots: This week, Jeff reports on a "101 Dalmatians" lecture at the Walt Disney Family Museum with Andreas Deja, Don Iwerks, and Floyd Norman. These Disney veterans describe the Xerox process which saved Disney animation, and talk about other aspects of the creation of this stylistic and beloved classic Disney film. Also - Dave and Becky continue their report on Walt Disney World, commenting on the things Disneyland does better, and describing some of the stand-out dining experiences from their trip to Florida. Plus, D23's second anniversary, visiting the El Capitan Theatre, and more!

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Mousetalgia - Episode 124

Mardi Gras at Disneyland and a visit to Walt Disney World - On this week's episode, Dave and Becky return from WDW and report on ways that Orlando bests Anaheim (softer toilet paper tops the list!) Meanwhile, Kristen reports on the Mardi Gras celebration at Disneyland's Family Fun Weekends. Also - Jeff and Kristen report on a visit to Hollywood's famed Magic Castle, and uncover some little-known Disney ties. Plus - D23's second anniversary, Mars Needs Moms at the Cartoon Art Museum... and more!

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Mousetalgia - Episode 123

Roadside Disney! This week, Mousetalgia takes you on a tour of the Disney road less traveled as we explore various roadside and out-of-the-way Disney attractions and monuments. Whether it's the true-life adventures at a game farm in Sequim or the oddly familiar Main Street of Marceline, Team Mousetalgia will help you plan the most extraordinary Disney trip ever. From Walt's Laugh-o-Grams studio in Kansas City to the ice cream parlor featured in Up, this collection of unusual and offbeat Disney locations will leave you ready to hit the road. Also - a report from a Jack Lindquist book signing, our tips on where to stay when visiting Disneyland - and more!

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Mousetalgia - Episode 122

It's Mouse-terpiece Theatre! This week, Team Mousetalgia reviews some of our recent Disney-related reading material, including an intriguing biography of WED Imagineer Herb Ryman, a memoir of a WDW castmember, some Peter Pan fiction, a pictorial guide to the Walt Disney Family Museum, and an insider's look at Walt Disney World. Also - our review of the current issue of Twenty-Three magazine - is this glossy periodical too commercial, or just about right? We report - you decide!

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:08pm PST
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Mousetalgia - Episode 121

Disneyland travel tips: This week, Team Mousetalgia welcomes Beci Mahnken (owner of Mouse Fan Travel) as a guest on the show to discuss all things travel-related for planning your trip to Disneyland Resort. From choosing a hotel to planning your stay, we cover all the trip-planning bases – plus, an important list of things NOT to do when taking your vacation. We also talk Disney Cruises, the pros and cons of using an agent to book travel, and more! Also – Team Mousetalgia gives our suggestions for dining at Disneyland Resort in lieu of the dearly departed Food and Wine Festival.

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Mousetalgia - Episode 120

Romance at Disneyland: In today's special Valentine's Day edition of Mousetalgia, the team talks romance at the resort. Whether you're in love, hope to be, or try to avoid love at all costs, this episode will give you the tips and tricks you need to impress (or avoid) that special someone. From the most romantic attraction to the lovey-doveyest places to eat, Team Mousetalgia adds its eight cents to the wishing well of love.

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Mousetalgia - Episode 119

Tony Anselmo and Donald Duck - Learn how Disney Legend Tony Anselmo went from being a Disney animator to voicing the most famous duck in the world. Speaking at the Walt Disney Family Museum, Anselmo shared the secrets of voicing Donald, the psychology behind the duck, and stories from Clarence Nash... and Mousetalgia reports! Also, a discussion about the awkwardness of fandom, listener email - and more!

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Mousetalgia - Episode 118

In pursuit of Disney trivia: This week, Team Mousetalgia gets trivial with Joseph Titizian, winner of the Destination D "Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament" preview. Learn tips and tricks from the trivia master - and discover your own new passion for everything Disney! Also - Disney films and 3D: what does the future hold? The film editor from "Captain EO" makes a case for the ultimate failure of 3D technology, but what does this mean in the face of "Tangled" and "TRON"? Team Mousetalgia investigates.

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Mousetalgia - Episode 117

Visit Walt Disney's Hollywood: In this week's episode, Jeff takes us on a tour of Walt Disney's Hollywood, with stops at his first home and the first studio where Walt's "Alice" short films were created. Other stops include the infamous Snow White Cafe on Hollywood Boulevard, Paty's Coffee House (which Walt would visit from time to time) and Walt's final resting place in Forest Lawn. Also - Jeff reports on the Disney Pops and Pipes organ concert at the grand El Capitan Theater, the Disney Soda Fountain serves up TRON Sundaes... and more!

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Walt Disney's Fantasia - This week, Team Mousetalgia examines the classic 1940 film "Fantasia." From the musical choices to critical response to the film, we talk about everything related to Walt Disney's third animated feature film. We also take an in-depth look at Fantasia 2000, the sequel to the original film. Fantasound - the precursor to modern surround sound - is discussed, along with the special features on the recently released Blu-ray versions of the two films. Also - Dali's "Destino" is discussed, along with more listener email... and more!

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Mousetalgia - Episode 115

TRON, the aftermath: From Daft Punk to daffy CGI, Team Mousetalgia discusses "TRON: Legacy" and its potential impact. We talk D-Box theaters, the soundtrack, those amazing costumes, and Jeff Bridges as an animated character. Plus: Jeff mentions the Burton/Elfman 25th Anniversary Box Set, and a listener asks if John Lasseter could be the next Walt Disney. Also - Disneyland rings in the New Year two minutes late? A WDW Mousetalgia Meet-up - and more!

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Mousetalgia - Episode 114

Disney Legends Marge Champion and Alice Davis! Dickens, Disney and D23! New Year's Eve at Disneyland! It's 2011, and this episode of Mousetalgia is full of listener reports, eyewitness accounts, and memories of Walt Disney himself. We report from the Walt Disney Family Museum, where Marge Champion talked about her work as the rotoscope model as Snow White for Walt Disney's first animated feature, Alice Davis discussed her love of art - and much more!

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Mousetalgia - Episode 113

Mousetalgia presents our "Best of 2010" end-of-the-year extravaganza! From EO to the Napa Rose and everything in between, Team Mousetalgia discuss our favorite Disney moments, attractions, and events from the year 2010. Also - we proudly announce the inaugural edition of the Mousetalgia Oswald Awards, in which we list our top dubious Disney deeds from the past year (we're looking at you, Glow Fest!). Plus, as a special bonus - comedian Tim Babb joins the team for the entire show!

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Mousetalgia - Episode 112

Bob Gurr talks about the holidays at Disneyland on this special Christmas episode of Mousetalgia! This week, Team Mousetalgia talk to Disney Legend Bob Gurr about studio holiday parties, Christmas at the park, Walt Disney, and other yuletide tales from his days with WED. Also - Mike Fink's Christmas, the Penny Arcade Orchestron, TRON opens - and more!

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Mousetalgia - Episode 111

Meet Tangled lyricist Glenn Slater in our exclusive Mousetalgia interview! Learn how Glenn got tangled up with Disney's 50th animated feature, how the songs for the film were developed, how he found the voice for the various characters, and much more. Also, can't-miss Disneyland holiday traditions, and Epic Mickey - the Mousetalgia review! What does the return of Oswald mean for the future of Mickey Mouse? Plus, haiku - and more!

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Mousetalgia - Episode 110

The TRON-tastic episode! This week, Mousetalgia interviews Walt Disney Imagineer Josh Shipley about everything TRON, from his recent cover story in D23 Magazine to memories of the original classic 1982 film. We also talk about Josh's career with WDI, including Lincoln, the Moonliner, and more. Plus - WDW's Great Movie Ride (?), Epic Mickey, Mousetalgia gets nominated for an award (!), and more.

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Mousetalgia - Episode 109

Let down your hair and enjoy Team Mousetalgia's review of Tangled, Disney's 50th animated feature. We talk 3D glasses, Alan Menken's score, Mandy Moore's crooning, and that PG rating. Also - Bobby, Sharon and Cubby tell Mouse-ke-tales! Team Mousetalgia reports from the Walt Disney Family Museum's Mickey Mouse Club reunion, and we talk about the event, including a meet and greet with the celebrities. Plus - Disney holiday decorations, Mater's Tall Tales, and more!

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Mousetalgia - Episode 108

Eye on Imagineering - In this week's episode, Mousetalgia welcomes Walt Disney Imagineer Brian Crosby to the show, who discusses his career as an Imagineer and his background as an artist. We talk about breaking into Imagineering, The ImagiNations project, and Brian's art for sale at the Disney Gallery and various special events. Also - first Disneyland memories, NYC's Disney Store, TRON, Kingdom Comedy, and more!

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Mousetalgia - Episode 107

Pixar! Team Mousetalgia report on a VIP screening at the Pixar Studios with director Lee Unkrich and another recent Pixar event with director Andrew Jimenez. Also - a review of the "Pixar: 25 Years of Animation" exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California; our favorite Pixar shorts; shopping at the Pixar studio; and a bonus Disneyland trip report. Does Tron belong in World of Color? Also - Jeff attends the taping of the Disneyland Christmas Parade, ElecTRONica continues to impress, and more!

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Mousetalgia - Episode 106

It's Listener Email Monday on Mousetalgia! This week, join Team Mousetalgia as we talk about a little bit of everything, from Annual Passports to Disneyland's half marathon. We discuss Disney-fied fairy tales and weigh their pros and cons. More on live music in the park and listener trip reports - and Chuckles the Clown: is he keeping coulrophobes from enjoying Toy Story 3? Plus - Mousetalgia Haiku, and more!

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:34am PST
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Mousetalgia - Episode 105

Let the Memories Begin! In this week's Mousetalgia Emporium, Team Mousetalgia discusses Disney's 'Memories' campaign - is it worth the hype? Speaking of hype, Duffy the Disney Bear finally appears at Disneyland Resort, but to what end? Also, Tim Burton and Danny Elfman release a music box, ways to remember Walt in the parks, and Christmas cheer already starts spreading through the parks. Plus - Tron invades World of Color, and more!

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Mousetalgia - Episode 104

Secrets of the Haunted Mansion, Mickey's Halloween Party, and Halloween fireworks - it must be our Halloween spooktacular! Becky and special guest Rachel discuss trick or treating at Disneyland Park and meeting illusive characters; we have a special report on an appearance by Danny Elfman at a screening of Nightmare Before Christmas; and Haunted-Mansion-Historian Dan Olsen joins the show to discuss the history of this spectacular dark ride. Plus, spooky Disney memories, and more!

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Mousetalgia - Episode 103

A Visit with Alice: Join Kristen and Jeff for an exclusive visit with Disney Legend Alice Estes Davis, and learn about the history and life of this extraordinary artist and costume designer for WED Enterprises. Alice takes Mousetalgia on a tour of Marc Davis' studio, and shows us a lifetime of Marc's artwork, awards, and attraction designs. Also: Mousetalgia invades Club 33 and the Unofficial Guide... plus more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:41am PST
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Mousetalgia - Episode 102

The D23 Scavenger Hunt, Steve Davison on World of Color, Richard Sherman in concert at Destination D, and ElecTRONica - it's a supersized Mousetalgia Emporium! Team Mousetalgia invites first-place winner Henry Work to talk about besting hundreds of Disney fans in D23's first-ever official scavenger hunt; Team Mousetalgia attend a private party with Steve Davison revealing the secrets of World of Color; and... who knew the Disney Geek could sing? Team Mousetalgia review the Destination D "E-Ticket: Music from the Disney Parks" concert, featuring Richard Sherman playing his hits. Also - ElecTRONica lights up the streets of California Adventure, we list our favorite podcasts, and more!

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Mousetalgia - Episode 101

Disneyland hosts the first-ever "Destination D" event by D23, and Team Mousetalgia are there to bring you the good, the bad and everything in between! Titled "Disneyland: 55," the 2-day event contained lectures, Legends, slide shows and fascinating tales of what it was like to work with Walt to bring Disneyland to life. From the "weird" corners of the Disney closet, to a reunion of some of the original Mouseketeers, any nostalgic aspect of Disney was fair game - but was it worth the hype? Plus - Halloween arrives at Disneyland, and that means overlays and special treats; Mousetalgia reports!

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Mousetalgia - Episode 100

Mousetalgia turns 100 in our spectacular Talent Round-Up show! Our listeners sent in songs, emails, voice mails, artwork, and more to celebrate 100 episodes of our little podcast about Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and everything Disney! Also - a review of Mickey's humble beginnings. After all, without the mouse, where would we be today? Stay tuned next week for full Destination D coverage!

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Disney's Mechanized Magic - Join Team Mousetalgia at Garner Holt's celebration of Audio-Animatroics, held Sept. 18th at the Disneyland Hotel. Jeff hosts a DoomBuggies.com booth with Dave, while Kristen hosts Disney legend Alice Davis at the event. Lincoln, MAPO, mini-Monorails, and Disney legends galore all gathered for an up-close-and-personal look at the robotics and animatronics that Disney is known for worldwide. Neil Patrick Harris hosts, and C-3PO drops by, and you'll hear all the details in this week's episode.

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Mousetalgia - Episode 98

Fall at Disneyland - everything you need to know about off-season travel to the Happiest Place on Earth! Team Mousetalgia discuss the attraction overlays, pumpkins, parties, sweets and decorations that make Fall and Halloween great times to travel to the park. Whether it's the lighter crowds or the Halloween atmosphere, there's something for everyone this time of year. Also, Art Linkletter on Disneyland - is it for children or adults? And hey - it's not Dave's unbirthday!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:38am PST
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Mouse-terpiece Theatre: Mousetalgia gets literary this week with contemplations on various printed works, including a review of the most recent issue of D23 (is it worth the hype?), answers to listener emails (the pros and cons of naming kids after Disney characters), and a discussion about an article by Maurice Sendak, who wrote on a lifetime in pursuit of Mickey Mouse memories. Also - Tomorrow's Tomorrowland: dreams and predictions for the most neglected of Disneyland's lands. All this, and much more!

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Mousetalgia - Episode 96

Tommy Kirk tells stories from his career with the Disney Studio at the Walt Disney Family Museum, and Team Mousetalgia reports on the event. Also - the team remembers Disneyland's Swiss Family Treehouse, listener feedback, and the return of Kingdom Comedy! Plus bonus features - Kristen pulls out the accordian, Becky explains the threat posed by ostriches, Dave glimpses Pete Docter, Jeff talks tall trees - and more!

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Mousetalgia reports on the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet, where the team met Bob Gurr, Margaret Kerry, Disney author Jeff Kurtti, and more fascinating Disney insiders at a fan gathering near Seattle, Washington. Kristen beats trivia master Lou Mongello at the Disney Pyramid game, Dave greets Mousetalgia listeners, and Becky talks education with Bob Gurr. Meanwhile, Jeff reports on a John Canemaker event at the Walt Disney Family Museum featuring John's new book about animation legends Joe Grant and Joe Ranft. Plus - help send Jeff to the Archives, Mousetalgia plans a meet-up, and more!

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Mousetalgia - Episode 94

Lines and Tiggers and bears, oh my! Team Mousetalgia looks at Critter Country and the defunct Bear Country Jamboree in the latest listener email show. Other topics include Disneyland candy, DCA can't-misses, park gumbo, favorite eats, Disneyland memories, the Haunted Mansion's brides in the attic (old and new), penning Calhouns, Pixar lands in Oakland, and more. Plus - Newsies!

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Mousetalgia - Episode 93

Late summer reading and relaxing with Mousetalgia! This week, the team recommends their top twelve places to escape the summer heat at the Disneyland Resort, and four great books to while away the time. Also - the Haunted Mansion turns 41, the team prepares for the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet, Zorro invades San Juan Capistrano, and a chance to win a character key sericel of Jedi Mickey!

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Mousetalgia - Episode 92

It's a Mousetalgia Emporium! Jeff reports on the pros and cons of taking a toddler to the parks, the whole team reports on the "Disney Parks Around the Globe" panel discussion at the Walt Disney Family Museum, and we answer listener email. Plus, a special "Ears to the Ground" segment on the last flight of Star Tours. Also: High School Musical 3 saves a life, Dave looks at the "Disney Parks" DVD set, Kristen hosts a giveaway, and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00pm PST
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Mousetalgia - Episode 91

Disney legends celebrate Disneyland's 55th birthday at the Walt Disney Family Museum, and Mousetalgia takes you inside the sold-out event! Marty Sklar, Jack Lindquist, Tony Baxter, and Matt Ouimet all discuss the history of Disneyland, managing the park's programs, and its continuing legacy. Plus, Team Mousetalgia review the Sorcerer's Apprentice and discuss Guillermo del Toro's recent announcement of a Haunted Mansion movie remake! Also - Tron in D-Box, and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:23am PST
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Mousetalgia - Episode 90

Animation Then and Now: Disney producer Don Hahn presents his Animation master class at the Walt Disney Family Museum, and Mousetalgia reports on the event! Hahn presents a history and overview of Walt Disney Feature Animation, from prehistoric art through Pixar's latest characters; and Hahn details some of Walt Disney's personal innovations in the history of the cartoon art form. Also, Disneyland turns 55, and we list our favorite '55 attractions from the park... plus more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:51am PST
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Mousetalgia - Episode 89

The Walt Disney Archives turns 40, and Mousetalgia reports from the 40th anniversary D23 event held at the Walt Disney Studios. Dave Smith announces his upcoming retirement, numerous items are donated to the archives, and Leonard Maltin interviews Dave Smith about his career with the Disney Company. Plus, a new "People and Places" Disney featurette is unveiled, telling the story of the history of the Walt Disney Archives. Also, Jeff reviews a Haunted Mansion art show, Becky blogs for AllEars.net, Dave announces ParkPlaque.com, and more! Also just announced - don't miss Mousetagia at the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet on August 14, 2010 (pnwmousemeet.com). Mousetalgia is an official Platinum Sponsor of the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet.

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Mousetalgia - Episode 88

Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies - Author Russell Merrit dicsusses the Technicolor 1929-'38 cartoon shorts at the Walt Disney Family Museum, and offers a history of the music, sound and early animation techniques used by Walt and his studio to present the popular featurettes, including "The Skeleton Dance" and "The Old Mill" while preparing his studio for his first full-length animated feature. Also, Jeff Kurtti's new book "Disneyland Through the Decades" is reviewed, and more listener emails. Plus, can't-miss live entertainment at the park... and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:22am PST
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Mousetalgia - Episode 87

Toy Story 3: Is this goodbye to Woody, Buzz and the gang? Team Moustalgia takes a look at the newest film from Pixar and dissects the story, the sizzle, and the soul of the latest hit from Emeryville. Also - Pixar's newest short film is analyzed; DCA's latest updates in Paradise Pier and the Blue Sky Cellar are explained, and a listener calls in a review of the Walt Disney Archives' 40th anniversary event as a preview to an upcoming show!

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Mousetalgia - Episode 86

Disney California Adventure unleashes a World of Color, and Team Mousetalgia reports from opening night! From preferred viewing packages to waiting for Fast Passes, we bring you all the details about the new water show, including the music, the special effects, and the pre-show entertainment. Also, we report from GlowFest, DCA's answer to the hot and crowded summer nights that World of Color will produce. Plus - an E3 report, Disney cocktails, and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:01am PST
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Mousetalgia - Episode 85

It's a colorful world of... listener email! Join Team Mousetalgia as we work our way through a mountain of listener emails, discussing topics ranging from infants in the parks to Phineas and Ferb - and everything in between! We share favorite resort pools and amenities, listener memories, the number 13, and other Disney tidbits. Plus, a listener calls in from the World Premiere of Toy Story 3! Also - Kristen gives you a sneak peek at our in-depth coverage of World of Color, coming June 21.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:47am PST
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Mousetalgia - Episode 84

The Carolwood Foundation recently screened “The Great Locomotive Chase,” and Mousetalgia reports from the event, which also featured a panel discussion with Disney legend Bob Gurr, Michael Broggie (son of Disney legend Roger Broggie and Carolwood Chairman Emeritus), John Kimball (Disney animator and son of Disney Legend Ward Kimball), and Imagineer Ray Spencer (currently heading up the Red Car Trolley project at DCA). This elite panel discussed Fess Parker’s work in “The Great Locomotive Chase,” their current and past transporation projects at Disneyland, and more - including a fascinating comparison of WED's modus operandi vs. current practices at WDI. Also, Toy Story 3 – to CD, or not to CD? And World of Color – will it live up to the hype? SPECIAL NOTE; Meet the whole Mousetalgia crew this weekend, Saturday June 12, at Disneyland Park! Listen to the show for more details.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:10am PST
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Mousetalgia - Episode 83

Kathryn Beaumont, the voice of Alice and Wendy, speaks at the Walt Disney Family Museum - and Team Mousetalgia are there to report on the event! Also - Kristen shares the recipe for Disneyland's Tahitian Terrace's Jungle Julip, the team questions the taste of homemade Dole Whips, and Dave reports on Pixar's new Dolby 7.1 surround mix for the theatrical release of Toy Story 3. Plus - a Haunted Mansion moment, a DCA report, and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:33am PST
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