This week on a supersized episode, Team Mousetalgia welcomes Josh Shipley and Brian Crosby to the show to join us for a Josh and Croz Show reunion! In a free-wheeling session, we cover topics including international Disney park attractions, Disneyland transportation vehicles, Disney songs and musicals, peanut butter in the parks, and Disneyland's live performers. We also remember the 65th anniversary of Walt Disney's "Davy Crockett - King of the Wild Frontier" by speaking with Eli Parker, the son of Disney Legend Fess Parker. Eli talks about his father's role as Davy Crockett, his life as the child of a Disney celebrity, his father's career as a winemaker, and Eli's own role in continuing the family's winemaking legacy. Plus - it's been 72 days since Disneyland closed, so Kristen talks about significant "72s" in the world of Disney.

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Former Disneyland Tour Guide Cindy Carter talks to Mousetalgia this week about her career as Disneyland Tour Guide - and beyond. Cindy talks about the grand opening of the New Fantasyland, hosting the Disney family in the park, the changes to the park during the 1980s and the onset of the Annual Passholder, and celebrity stories, including moments with the Monty Python troupe and Dolly Parton. Plus - it's been 65 days since Disneyland closed, so we talk about Disneyland's 1965 Tencennial, and discuss our favorite extinct attractions!

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This week, Team Mousetalgia welcomes Dan Lanigan, host of the new Disney+ series "Prop Culture", to the show. Dan joins us to talk about the new series, which talks about various Disney films from the perspective of their props, costumes, and the magic behind the movies that helps tell the stories. Dan also talks about the art of discovering props, restoring old cinema artifacts, his own views on collecting movie memorabilia, and more. Also, this week we celebrate our own "high fives" which include Haunted Mansion special effects, park music background loops, Disney wines, and Disneyland Records. Then, we recognize the past 58 days without Disneyland by celebrating Disneyland in 1958 by talking fun maps, Alice in Wonderland, the Sailing Ship Columbia, the Grand Canyon Diorama, and Disneyland guide books.

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This week, celebrate Star Wars Day (May the Fourth) with Mousetalgia as we dive into the dark side! Actor, visual effects artist and animator C. Andrew Nelson joins us this week to talk about his 12-year role portraying Darth Vader for Lucasfilm. Andrew talks about the nature of Darth Vader (and we're sure we can feel the good in him!) as well as what it was like to don the suit and make dozens of public appearances as the dark lord. Andrew also talks about his time at Lucasfilm developing games for the Star Wars galaxy, and describes how he helped to evolve the concept of the lightsaber. Also, Kristen discusses the 51 days it's been since Disneyland closed, and we talk about castle sizes, Alice in Wonderland, elongated cents, Sith murder droids - and more.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia celebrates Disneyland of the '70s and '80s with Disneyland Tour Guide Laurie Jerome, who talks about her years at Disneyland as a VIP Hostess and a leader of Disney University. Laurie talks about starting out as a Main Entrance ticket taker, and shares some of her experiences hosting VIPs on their trips through the park including Audrey Hepburn, John Travolta, Patrick Duffy, and Paul Anka. Plus - remembering Hal Willner, Kahoot!, Tom Sito's cookbook - and more!

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This week, Mousetalgia celebrates our 600th episode with magic from coast to coast! First, we welcome Disneyland vocal artist Drew Tablak back to the show to talk about the Dapper Dans' recent at-home recording session, and the art and heart of performing live at Disneyland. Then, we welcome Tik Tok celeb Makall Lauren to the show to talk about her recent experience with the Disney College Program at Walt Disney World. Makall gives us tips for aspiring program applicants, talks about what it means to her to be on stage at a Disney park, and how she became an overnight Tik Tok sensation. Plus - 6 fast facts about Snow White, and more!

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This week, Team Mousetalgia welcomes animation legend Tom Sito to the show to talk about his long career as an animator with Disney and beyond. Tom discusses his start in the animation industry, working for Disney during the renaissance in the 1980s, working with some of the greatest talents in the animation industry both inside and out of the Disney studio, reflections on Roy Disney, his time with Dreamworks and Warner Brothers, and the universal appeal of animation. Kristen also shares some fun facts about Walt Disney at the age of 30, and we wonder who we'd enjoy being sequestered with during a global crisis.

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Welcome to day 23 (and counting) since Disneyland closed indefinitely. In honor of this moment, we talk about Walt Disney Animation's 23rd feature release - The Rescuers! Kristen brings us a load of fast facts and fun trivia about this oft-overlooked Disney classic. Then, Jeff takes a closer look at the life of a Disney Legend: WED Imagineer Harriet Burns. We discuss her time working for the studio and talk to some people who knew her very well - Phil and Robyn Palmquist, close friends of Harriet, who share stories about Harriet's life outside of the studio. Plus - Floppotron, the Never Girls, Prime Time Cafe Meatloaf, and more toilet paper updates!

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Team Mousetalgia invites you to take a look with us at this week in Disney history, with topics including Disneyland's shooting galleries, Disney Legend Marc Davis's birthday, Disneyland's Grand Canyon Diorama, Disneyland's first Easter parade, Disney Legend Ward Kimball's first day working for Walt, the Midget Autopia, and Snow White's photo reference model Marge Champion. Also, we have book reviews on Fantasia (1940) and Insight Edition's Disney Princess Tiny Books library (2019). Plus - what we're listening to while in quarantine... and more.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia discusses the frantic last days before Disneyland closed for weeks (until March 31 at the earliest, although potentially much longer) in order to protect people from spreading the COVID-19 virus, including the postponement of our own "Anything Can Happen" events at Disneyland and the Bowers Museum. Kristen gives a trip report discussing the Food and Wine Festival at Disney California Adventure, and we talk about the public response to the closure of every Disney park worldwide, our own decision-making processes at the end of the week before the park closed, and reflection on the weekend that shook America. Also - Jeff collects Cinderella art, Kristen builds a kingdom, Becky finds worthwhile distractions for quarantined kids and Dave seeks TP.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia welcomes Disney historian Joseph Titizian back to the show to share some lucky tales about Walt Disney and his Irish roots, his claddagh ring, and the wee King Brian. Then, we welcome Mouse Fan Travel CEO Beci Mahnken back to the show to give us the rundown on Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway, which just opened at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World resort. Finally, Jeff and Kristen review "Onward," Pixar's latest film, and talk about the characters, the music, the magic, and Disney's initial take on the Simpsons. Also - lucky Disneyland moments, and more.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia continues to answer listener-submitted questions, with topics including: Taking a trip to Disneyland with a teenager, remembering Vault Disney, sharing a day with Walt Disney, best Disney books, a history of Disneyland music, worst Disney attraction or food, a Mouseketeer history lesson, the Haunted Mansion's elevators, introverts and extroverts and the parks, Disney+ faves, films to watch before visiting Disneyland - and more! Also - Mousetalgia's "Anything Can Happen Weekend" is taking place THIS WEEKEND at the Disneyland Resort, and details are in this week's episode.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia ponders Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks, Charles Mintz, and the strange story of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Walt's first cartoon character to achieve wide popular acclaim. We welcome author and historian Dave Bossert to the show to talk about how Oswald was seen by the public at the time, how his rival characters stacked up, and what the story of Oswald's meteoric rise to fame and disappointing loss meant to Walt Disney and his path forward with his fledgling film studio. Then, Jeff discusses "The Making of The Dark Crystal - Age of Resistance," a panel discussion with representatives from Jim Henson's Creature Shop and the Jim Henson Company, talking about the conceptualization and production of the Netflix series, which was a prequel to The Dark Crystal. Plus - Disneyland Art Corner cels, Amy's Small World bags, Becky's bad news and Star Wars' High Republic. Special note: Mousetalgia's Anything Can Happen Weekend will take place March 14-15, with chances to meet Mousetalgia on Sat. April 14 at the Disneyland Resort. Listen to this episode for more details!

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This week, Team Mousetalgia talks about our East Coast sister parks in a trip report by Kristen about her recent family trip to the Walt Disney World Resort. Kristen offers tips, tricks, and stories about her trek to the opposite coast, with topics including Saratoga Springs, WDW transportation, scooter rentals, the Minnie Van, Epcot touring tips and construction woes, working with anxious children, an awkward moment with Chip, Animal Kingdom tips, mobile ordering preparation, character dining advice, taking a "transportation day," thoughts about dining at Disney Springs, getting trapped at the mini golf course, breezing through Hollywood Studios, Fastpass tips, thoughts on Le Cellier and the Skipper Canteen, and more. Plus - if we were going to transport something from the World into the Land, what would it be? The team discusses.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia discusses some animation and some park news. First, Jeff reports on "The Art of Frozen 2," a talk by Griselda Sastrawinata-Lemay, a visual development artist for Walt Disney Feature Animation. Griselda recently appeared at the Walt Disney Family Museum to discuss the current process of animation at Walt Disney Feature Animation, and then she discussed about her own role in the visual development department, and her work creating costumes and motifs for the latest animated film from Disney. Then, Kristen Carr gives us an in-depth look at the first Disneyland After Dark events of 2020, and shares her highlights from each night, with a discussion of the food, entertainment, characters, and more. Finally, Spiderman prepares to fly across DCA, and Disneyland raises ticket prices, and we react.

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This week, Jeff checks in with a report from the first annual Mouse-con Bakersfield! We discuss the special guests, the artists, the panels, and the experience of being surrounded by hundreds of Disney fans. Jeff also brings a few highlights from a panel about Disney story artists, featuring great moments in Disney history with Kirk Hanson, a Disney story expert who has worked for Walt Disney Feature Animation, Imagineering, and many other facets of the Disney Company. Also - another virtual RunDisney series is announced, Jeff buys an old bone, and some behind-the-scenes stories from Disneyland Security! Plus - tickets to Mousetalgia's second annual "Anything Can Happen Weekend" are now on sale at Mousetalgia.com!

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This week, Mousetalgia presents a trip report stretching from the fjords of Arendelle to the skies of Batuu for the opening weekend of Rise of the Resistance and the last few weeks of Frozen the Musical's first national tour stop at the Pantages Theatre. First, Jeff reports on the magical musical performance of Frozen, which has just started its first road show to follow the success the show is having on Broadway. We discuss the similarities and differences between this and the Disney California Adventure Frozen stage show, and celebrate a revisiting of this popular story. Then, Jeff reports from the opening weekend of Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland. We offer tips for getting a coveted boarding pass, mild spoilers about the ride's tech and effects, and an overview of the attraction's first few days of operation. Finally, we take a look at some of the marketing surrounding the premiere of Sleeping Beauty in 1959, and a hypnotist's gimmick gone terribly wrong.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia dives into Star Wars then, now and forever. First, we take a look back at Star Wars in 1977 as it began to dominate popular culture, and then Kristen describes "The Star Wars Archives," a massive book from Taschen that shares some of George Lucas's perspective on his original film trilogy. Finally, Jeff and Kristen share some of their tips for Disneyana collecting, specializing in eBay auctions, and we describe a few strategies for beginning your own collection. Also - Becky on RunDisney's new club, and Dave reads Bob Iger's "The Ride of a Lifetime."

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It's an animated feature anniversary week on Mousetalgia! 101 Dalmatians and Sleeping Beauty celebrate birthdays over the next two weeks, and we take a look at the history of the Disney studio during the time of the development of these films and celebrate their legacies with animator and Disney Legend Floyd Norman, who worked on both of these groundbreaking films - one of which nearly ended the animation arm of the studio, and one which saved it. Floyd shares stories from the creation of these films, and talks about the past, present and future state of animation at the Walt Disney Studio. Also - Jeff attends a talk at the Walt Disney Family Museum with Walt Disney Records producer Randy Thornton, and Kristen Carr reports from day one of Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland!

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This week, Jeff takes a road trip to Disneyland for a rainy Christmas day experience and shares some stories. But first, we speak with Tyler Bliss, an actor who was able to participate as a background performer on an episode of Encore, a series on Disney+. Tyler talks about the experience, the process of making a reality series, and meeting the legendary Stephen Schwartz. Then, Jeff visits a very rainy Disneyland on Christmas day and talks about lightsabers, Napa Rose, and the holiday experience - plus a trip to see a pop-up museum of Carrie Fisher memorabilia in Hollywood and a stop at the Fess Parker Winery.

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To leap into 2020, Team Mousetalgia invited listeners to ask us anything they wanted to for our annual AMA episode, and we got some great questions. Topics include Disneyland memories, favorite and recommended books, embarrassing moments, dealing with your "Disney's-not-for-adults" friends, how we would "improve" the park, least favorite park foods, DVC impressions, Mousetalgia origins, and many more. Come join us as we kick off the new year!

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This week, Team Mousetalgia takes a look at a few selected moments from 2019 to reminisce about the good, the bad, and the Oswalds. We talk about our favorite movies and television (we're talking about you, Mando); list our top dining experiences (the Craftsman Bar, Club 33, Disneyland's hub and even the Tokyo resort make the bill); share our favorite purchases (Haunted Mansion mugs and Disneyland tickets, both old and new); discuss our favorite new books (do we really need to mention that Marc Davis book again? Yes we do!); lament over this year's Oswald Awards recipients; and finally, recall our best Disney experiences of the year (Tokyo, sabers and sleep - oh, my!) Bonus: we share our Disney resolutions for 2020!

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Merry Christmas! This week, Team Mousetalgia wishes you and yours a very happy holiday season as we discuss Christmas celebrations at Disneyland with a trip report from Jeff. Jeff talks about this year's Candlelight Processional with guest narrator Lin-Manuel Miranda, and we also discuss holiday food and drinks, Club 33 seating for the fireworks, and Drew Tablak's performance of "Silent Night." Also - our favorite Disney Christmas memories, and a little Baby Yoda talk.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia welcomes former Cast Member Matthew Emerson to the show, and we talk about Matt's extensive career at Disneyland, with topics including the grand opening of Star Tours, tales of being a Jungle Cruise Skipper, his time as Manager of Club 33, and celebrity encounters with Fess Parker, the Mouseketeers, Liz Taylor, and more. Then, Jeff and Kristen offer our review of and our responses to Frozen II (with spoilers). Jeff offers a few hot takes on the story, Kristen has some hot takes on the soundtrack, and we talk about the character development, the plot's twists and turns, and Elsa's hair.

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This week, Jeff reviews five new Disney books, and Dave, Becky and Kristen offer trip reports covering a variety of topics, including: a rainy Thanksgiving trip including dinner at Wine Country Trattoria; Calla's first thrill rides (including the Haunted Mansion and Goofy's Sky School); food options at the Festival of Holidays; and Becky's and Button's first trip to Galaxy's Edge. Plus - a "mom fail," Jeff buys a copy of the New York Times from Nov. 13, 1940, the latest entries in the pantheon of cute Disney baby characters, Disneyland After Dark - and TWO sweepstakes!

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This week on Mousetalgia, we begin with Kristen's review of a stay at TownePlace Suites by Marriott, and we weigh the pros and cons of budget lodging within a quick drive from Disneyland. Then, we share "This week in Disney history," covering topics including Tokyo Disneyland, Candlelight Processional, Britney Spears, Walt's birthday, and a Snow White preview. Then, we review a pair of Disney books useful for both holiday planning and gift giving, including "The Art of Hand Lettering: An Inspirational Workbook for Creating Beautiful Hand-Lettered Art about LOVE" by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, and "A Merry Christmas Cookbook" from the Disney Book Group, a book of recipes geared toward bringing families together in the kitchen. Plus, we go birthday shopping for Walt - and more.

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Happy Thanksgiving! This week, Team Mousetalgia celebrates the start of the holidays at Disneyland. First, Tim Babb from the "Can't Wait For Christmas" podcast returns to share Five Golden Things about Disney and the holidays - see if you agree with his list of favorite Christmastime features and happenings. Then, Mike Van Eaton joins us to talk about the next auction at Van Eaton Galleries, "A History of Disneyland and Walt Disney World." We talk about this latest in a series of incredible Disneyland auctions, and talk about the state of theme park memorabilia collecting and some of Mike's favorite items from this latest collection of unbelievable artifacts. Next, Becky shares some insight into touring the parks during the holidays from her experience as a professional travel consultant for Mouse Fan Travel. Becky moves beyond recommending "manage your expectations" to give realistic advice and tips for surviving and enjoying a trip when the parks are crowded and busy. And finally, Jeff shares some history of Thanksgiving celebrations throughout Disneyland's history. Plus - Disney Stores move into selected Targets; Nordstrom Rack goes Disney, Dave goes Griswold - and more!

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It's might be freezing around the country, but Mousetalgia keeps your toasty this week with a supersized episode! First, we speak with Mousetalgia listener Wendy Brown, who completed the monumental task of viewing every Disney theatrically released film in order. We find out some of her favorite films, some of the challenges she met while seeking out the films, and learn a little bit more about the history of the Walt Disney Studios. Then, diving further into Disney movie madness, we offer our takes on Disney+, the just-launched streaming service offered by the Walt Disney Company. We discuss the premise, review some of the original content, and welcome Tim Babb (from the "Can't Wait for Christmas" podcast) back to the show for a closer look at the channel's first original holiday film "Noelle." Finally, Jeff attends a book signing by Star Wars legend Anthony Daniels and shares some insight into the world's favorite golden droid. Plus - favorite frozen treats, and Tiny Tinsel drops by!

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This week, Team Mousetalgia takes you to the floor of Mouse-con 2019, the fifth annual yearly gathering of Bay Area Disney fans hosted at the Crowne Plaza Inn in Concord, CA. We share our live recordings of some of the goings on, including discussions of our purchases, the cosplay, our presentations, and the convention itself. Plus, we feature audio from two of the special guests' presentations, including animator Willie Ito, who tells us how he got started in the field of animation and what it was like to work on the Disney Studio lot; and Disney Legend Linda Larkin, the voice of Princess Jasmine, who talks about what it was like to be a part of the original animated production of Aladdin, and her special memories of working with Robin Williams. Plus - floor interviews from convention guests, and more!

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Let's dive into the mailbag! This week, listeners get philosophical, talking about the value of Fantasyland attractions, the merits of World of Color "Villainous!," girls trips to the resort, Vinylmation woes, and a special segment with listen feedback to Kristen's recent questions about Walt Disney World. Also, we take a brief look back at the production of The Black Hole and chat about this groundbreaking film. Plus - Jeff's quest for Chilling Thrilling vinyl, Kristen's tale of a lost iPad, Dave talks Disney+ - and more!

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This is Halloween, which means it's time for Team Mousetalgia's annual treat! This year, we welcome New York Times Bestselling Author Matthew Reinhart back to the show to discuss his latest book "Star Wars: The Ultimate Pop-up Galaxy." Matthew discusses the challenge of creating more innovative and transformational pop-up paper designs, and we do a little nerdy Star Wars talk as well. Then, Jeff talks about a few of Marc Davis' ideas for the Haunted Mansion storyline, and we celebrate the plethora of revelations made by the Disney Company in the attraction's 50th anniversary year. Plus - we share our latest Disney tricks and treats!

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This week, Steve Cantafio from MEI-Travel joins Team Mousetalgia to share tips and tricks for Walt Disney World fans making the trek out west to the Disneyland Resort. Steve shares some of his own advice that comes from his own recent trip planning for a trip to Disneyland, and compares and contrasts the experience with his expertise with the Walt Disney World Resort. Then, Julia joins us to talk about her recent Castle to Chateau Challenge at Disneyland Paris, and the Halloween season at the Paris resort. Julia compares running at Walt Disney World with the course at Disneyland Paris and offers tips for runners who may be interested in participating in the challenge next year. She also talks about the start of the Halloween decorating at the park, and describes some of the spooky adventures that the park has to offer. Plus - Jeff on supporting indy artists, Kristen on Haunted Mansion dioramas, Becky talks Descendants and Dave shares a curious Halloween tale.

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It's spooking season, and Team Mousetalgia talks Halloween fun and food at the Disneyland Resort! Experience the fun eats and treats throughout the resort with Kristen as she eats her way through Halloween Time -  including a report on the Haunted Mansion Tea Party experience at the Disneyland Hotel, and the seasonal offerings at Club 33. Finally, Kristen reports on the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure, describing the treat trails, the entertainment, the characters, Villains Grotto, the party's new walk-through feature, and World of Color - Villainous!

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This week, Team Mousetalgia offers a cornucopia of topics in a monster-sized episode to welcome October! First, Kristen celebrates 70 years of Mr. Toad with a smattering of trivia - guess the answers along with us! Then, Becky helps Kristen plan a Walt Disney World vacation, and we cover the topics that every West Coast native should know when planning a trip to Florida. Next, Jeff reviews more Disney books - "Entertaining with Disney" and "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook." Learn how to throw the perfect Disney party, or make out-of-this-world blue noodles! Finally, we talk about even more new Haunted Mansion merch and wonder if Disney is going to ever jump the proverbial shark with the flood of merchandise being offered in honor of the old house. Plus - best/worst Disney songs, and listeners review Freeform's Halloween House in Hollywood!

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This week. we explore many facets of the current state of Haunted Mansion fandom by looking at three separate current events. First, we welcome Skywalking Through Neverland back to the show to tell us all about the taping of this year's "31 Nights of Halloween Fanfest," which took place at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and will debut on Freeform Oct. 5. Richard and Sarah tell us about the special guests, the deep nostalgia behind this year's show, and then give us a shocking revelation about the lineup. Next, Walt Gorecki speaks with us about "The Haunted 2: Welcome Foolish Mortals," his Haunted Mansion-inspired art show materializing this weekend at The Hive Gallery in Los Angeles. Walt shares some thoughts about why the Haunted Mansion inspires so many artists, and then goes on the describe some of the features visitors can expect when visiting his unique installation. And finally, we have a Mousetalgia roundtable discussion about Funko's ongoing Haunted Mansion merchandise release which has likely reached a mall near you, and we discuss finding the Haunted Mansion beyond the berm of a Disney park. Plus - Haunted Mansion trivia, a report from the new spooktacular enhancements to Disneyland Paris' Tower of Terror attraction... and more.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia offers an Emporium of topics, featuring an interview with Gerald Hudson, who began working for Disneyland as the captain of a Jungle River Boat in 1958 and went on to work for the park in many capacities through the 1960s. Hudson shares many fascinating memories, including a moving account of working at the park the day Walt Disney passed away. Then, Jeff reviews two new books: Jeff Kurtti's "The Art of Disney Costuming: Heroes, Villains and Spaces Between," and Brad Meltzer's "I Am Walt Disney," a children's book in the "Ordinary People Change the World" series. Finally, we share some listener emails, and we also have a special report from "The Lion King and Jungle Festival" in Disneyland Paris.

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This week, Mousetalgia welcomes author/historian J B Kaufman from the Hyperion Historical Alliance back to the show to discuss his first book for the organization, "The Making of Walt Disney's Fun and Fancy Free." In this first publication from the group's academic monograph series, Kaufman explores little known facts and shares never before seen images from the making of "Fun and Fancy Free," one of Walt Disney's most-loved package films from the 40s. Then, Kristen reports on a live event hosted by Micechat called "The 55ers: The Pioneers Who Founded Disneyland." This event, hosted by David Koenig, who also authored a book on the subject, introduced insiders who were with Disneyland during its opening days, including Mouseketeer Bobby Burgess and Disney Legend Bob Gurr. As a bonus, hear Bob's thoughts concerning Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. And finally, Kristen reports from Batuu! How did Star Wars Land fare with a girl who THINKS - but is not certain - that she's seen all the Star Wars films? Listen in and find out!

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This week, Kristen returns for a roundtable discussion on the variety of challenges and successes the Disney D23 Expo posed this year as Team Mousetalgia recaps our experiences throughout the entire Expo process, from registration through experiencing the event firsthand. We describe and consider some of the problems we experienced with panel pre-registration; discuss the security and queueing changes this year, and share some of our favorite unforgettable moments from the show floor. Also - you might win a spectacular Expo prize package - details in this episode!

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Disney+ unleashed! Star Wars "hotel" announced! Movie news, parks news, and so much more was introduced or explained at the 2019 D23 Expo, and Mousetalgia hosts Jeff and Dave cover part one of our exclusive coverage of the huge biannual Disney fan event. We break down some of our favorite news items and talk about topics including Disney+; "One Day at Disney,", a new documentary series; Avengers Campus, coming soon to DCA; Galaxy's Edge news - and much more. Plus, we discuss the archives exhibit of Disney costumes, and break down some of the Haunted Mansion panels that filled the Expo. As a special treat, we were able to sit down with Imagineer Chris Merritt and Pixar COO Pete Docter to speak about their new set of books titled "Marc Davis In His Own Words: Imagineering the Disney Theme Parks," and we get even more insight into the artist Walt Disney called his "renaissance man," Marc Davis. Listen to this week's episode for your chance to win a signed copy of the 2 volume set! And stay tuned - next week we will cover the show floor, the shopping, celebrity encounters - and more!

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Imagineer memoirs and more fill this special "Expo recuperation" episode of Mousetalgia! First, Jeff and Kristen review two books previewed at the 2019 D23 Expo, beginning with late Disney Legend Marty Sklar's final book, "Travels with Figment: On the Road in Search of Disney Dreams." Then, Jeff reviews Imagineer Kevin Rafferty's new book "Magic Journey: My Fantastical Walt Disney Imagineering Career." Jeff and Kristen compare and contrast the content of the two memoirs, and then we share some of our own personal memories of time spend with Marty Sklar before he passed away just days after the last D23 Expo. Then, we answer more listener emails about touring the parks and more.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It's a Mousetalgia Emporium! Vocal group Dcapella just finished touring with a final stop in Oakland, so this week, Mousetalgia goes VIP at this final stop on the group's inaugural tour, and we tell you what you can expect if you decide to go VIP when the group goes back on the road. Listen in on the sound check, and hear all about the special "Friend Like Me" Meet and Greet package. Next: Disneyland has announced a few significant new rules, and we talk about the now smoke-free parks, the ban on ice, and anti-wagon bias. Kristen then comments on Jessie's Critter Carousel, and we review Tim Burton's Dumbo, and wonder what happened there.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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