Mousetalgia Episode 275: Tinker Bell Half Marathon trip report

Mousetalgia talks RunDisney this week. Dave ran the inaugural Tinker Bell 10K, and Becky wonders about some sweeping issues. Becky ran the half marathon, earning her own PR and discusses the course, the trials, and the rewards of running 13 miles. Plus - scenes from the RunDisney Expo, dining with Princesses, navigating the parks during RunDisney weekends, and Radiator Springs Racers - is the line finally loosening up? In an awkward moment check-up, we remember the falling Magic Carpet in the Aladdin stage show, and we discover that Mickey's Magical Map has glitches. Jeff and Becky have a motel showdown: Rodeway Inn Maingate Knotts ($45 list) vs. the Candy Cane Inn a block from Disneyland's gate ($125 list) - which is a better use of your money? (Hint: Becky didn't even need to show up to this showdown!) Jeff gets "Weird" with Rolly Crump (and hosts a sweepstakes you won't want to miss), Kristen plans a trip to Hawaii, Becky tries some pizza and Dave talks Destination D. Also, we have news from Micechat and Walt Disney's Barn - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 274: Book reviews, author Adam Berger

Mousetalgia reviews some recent Disney books, including Sam Gennawey's book "The Disneyland Story" The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney's Dream; Jim Korkis' "The Book of Mouse: A Celebration of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse," Marty Sklar's "Dream It! Do It! My Half Century Creating Disney's Magic Kingdoms," and Marvel Comic's "Seekers of the Weird" issue one. Plus, we interview Adam Berger about his new book "Every Guest is a Hero: Disney’s Theme Parks and the Magic of Mythic Storytelling." Berger describes the history and role of mythic storytelling in the creation of Imagineering's immersive attractions at Disney theme parks. Plus - the Star Wars cannon is revisited, Frozen is on the way to Broadway, a change in management at D23 - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 273: Robert Sherman

Robert J. Sherman talks about his father, Robert B. Sherman of the Sherman Brothers, on this week's episode of Mousetalgia. In honor of "Moose," the recently published autobiography by Robert B. Sherman, his son Robbie (who edited the book) talks to Mousetalgia this week about his father and his writings over a lifetime that came together to create his compelling, literary autobiography. Robbie talks about "A Spoonful of Sherman," a cabaret show celebrating the Sherman family music, and discusses how his father went about creating some of his most memorable music, including songs from "The Jungle Book" and the original anthem for humankind, "It's a Small World." Robbie also shares his views on Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks," as "Moose" was used as an important research tool for the development of the film; and he also discusses Meryl Streep's recent claim that Walt Disney was anti-Semetic. Also - Team Mousetalgia hosts our own discussion of Streep's comments, and respond to this latest high-profile example of the recurring accusations of Walt Disney's sexism, racism and bigotry. Plus - Mary Blair's art is coming to the Walt Disney Family Museum, and Mousetalgia has a special role in the upcoming exhibit!

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Mousetalgia Episode 272: ILM's Lorne Peterson, Emporium

It's a Mousetalgia Emporium this week! Jeff reports from a presentation by Lorne Peterson who spoke at The Tech Museum of Innovation about his history as a model maker for Industrial Light and Magic, working on Star Wars, and how Super Glue changed his life. Dave and Becky report on an encounter with Walt Disney World's interactive Mickey Mouse meet and greet, and Kristen offers a review of Imagineer Jason Grandt's "The Magic Kingdom Storybook." We also premiere "Cast Member Corner," where we will talk on occasion to Disney cast members who worked on the front lines to bring guests "the magic." Today, Rhiannon joins the show to discuss the art of ear hat writing, meeting celebrities in the park, and watching Tinker Bell crash land behind Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Plus - our Disney-related resolutions, getting stranded on the Matterhorn... and more!

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