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Mousetalgia Episode 218: Disney 2012 in Review

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_218.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:00pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 217: Tony Anselmo, Voice of Donald Duck

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_217.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 216: Disneyland's 2012 holiday season

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_216.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:45pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 215: Christmas and Walt Disney

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_215.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:01pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 214: Walt's birthday, Disneyland Dining

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_214.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:35pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 213: Snow White, Holiday Shopping

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_213.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 212: Wonderground Gallery, emails

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_212.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:24pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 211: Star Wars, Wreck-It-Ralph

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_211.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:48pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 210: Snow White, J.B. Kaufman

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_210.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:24pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 209: Paul Frees, Halloween records

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_209.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:30pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 208: Rolly Crump, An Evening at the Tahitian Terrace

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_208.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:22pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 207: Disneyland's Adventureland

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_207.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 206: Frankenweenie, Disneyland at a different pace

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_206.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:54pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 205 - Halloween Time, Paperman

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

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:22pm PDT
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Walt's Apartment, Disneyland's Dream Suite, the Disneyland Hotel's Adventureland Suite, and "Lights, Camera, Magic!" - Becky takes us on a tour of a few rarely visited Disneyland locations, and then on an Adventures By Disney tour of Hollywood, including the Dolby Theater, the Walk of Fame, a Walt Disney Studios tour - and a Sophia Grace and Rosie sighting! Also, your emails are answered - Disney decorating, Disney collectibles, getting into Club 33, and choosing a day at the Disney Expo... plus more! SPECIAL NOTE: This is the final week to buy tickets to our Tahitian Terrace event at Disneyland in October. The deadline to buy tickets is Oct. 3 - so visit www.mousetalgiastore.com to reserve your space today!

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_204.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:44pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 203 - Becky's Resort Report, ABC programming

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_203.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:17pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 202 - Cars Land 5K Rally

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_202.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 201 -  A Visit to the Walt Disney Animation Studios

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_201.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 200 - Destination D: Day 2

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_200.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:19pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 199: Destination D, part 1

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_199.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:11pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 198 - Tony Baxter, Marty Sklar, and Paige O'Hara

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_198.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 197 - Pixar in Concert, Tahitian Terrace event

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_197.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:58pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 196 - Mailbag

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_196.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:02am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 195 - Archive Treasures, 366 Days of Disneyland

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_195.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:39pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 194 - Disney Cruise to Alaska

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_194.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:36pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 193 - Buena Vista Street, DCA

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_193.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:54pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 192 - Brave, Disneyland's Summer 2012

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_192.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:20pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 191 - Tour Radiator Springs

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_191.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:31pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 190 - Cars Land preview, Brad Bird

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_190.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 189: Vinylmation, Eric Robison

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_189.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 188: Looking beyond Cars Land

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_188.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:13pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 187: Walt Disney Family Museum Trek

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_187.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:55am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 186 - Newsies, D23 Fanniversary

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_186.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:41pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 185 - The Avengers

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_185.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:52am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 184 - Cinderella, E-mail

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

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

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_183.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:56am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 182 - The Mighty Matterhorn

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_182.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:46pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 181 - A Mousetalgia Emporium

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

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_181.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:32pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 180 - Email, Disneyland tips

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

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

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

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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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