"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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Team Mousetalgia talks Incredibles 2 on this week's show, and we discuss the latest news coming from the west coast Disney universe. First, Disney announces leadership changes for Pixar and Disney Animation, and we discuss what it might mean in terms of the direction of the company's animated features. Next, Disneyland announces changes in the annual passport program - what do they mean for future traffic patterns? Then, we talk Incredibles 2 and offer spoiler-free analysis, and finally, Kristen offers her latest Disneyland trip report, including reviews of the Plaza Inn character breakfast and Alien Pizza Planet, more thoughts on MaxPass, tips on traveling with preschoolers, mobile ordering, and the Cobb salad of sadness. Also - magic always comes with a price, dearie!

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This week, Team Mousetalgia dips into the mailbag to answer your questions, with a theme of making the most of a first time trip to Disneyland. Topics this week include: Disneyland touring plans - yay or nay; keeping the magic alive in between trips to the parks; trip prep for Walt Disney World experts coming to the Anaheim Resort; character dining options at Disneyland; Disney park nannies; holiday weekend tips and eating vegan at Disneyland. Plus - Jeff reviews the Broadway Princess Party - and more.

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Dave and Becky traveled to Emeryville to see a Super VIP screening of "The Incredibles 2" at the Pixar Animation Studio and Mousetalgia reports from the event. Women in Animation (WIA) hosted an exclusive screening of the new film at Pixar, and Dave and Becky were able to attend. During the event, attendees were able to meet and speak with female animators, artists and filmmakers involved with the production. We discuss the Pixar campus, stories about Brad Bird, the techniques of modern computer animation, the status of women in the field of animation, and finally offer a spoiler-free glimpse at the new installment in the Incredibles franchise. Bonus: a spoiler-free review of "Bao," the short presented before Incredibles 2. Plus - Pirate Redd joins the the Pirates of the Caribbean; John Lasseter will be leaving the Walt Disney Company; Solo box office disappoints; and more.

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Mousetalgia talks dining at Disneyland Paris! Kristen travels to the Disneyland Paris resort again, and talks about annual pass discounts for lodging (and why concierge level lodging is mandatory - hint: it's the food), and the food and dining experiences, including: tips on making reservations, reviews of the Agrobah Cafe, Café de Cascadeurs, the Inventions character breakfast buffet, and the "Petit Jean" experience by chef Jean Imbert, a 12 dish meal at the Disneyland Hotel which was inspired by iconic fairytales. Imbert, a Top Chef winner in France, created this eco-friendly menu, which included five wine pairings and one champagne pairing. Kristen reviews the entire Petite Jean experience, including 12 courses over the space of 4-5 hours, including organic leeks (with scissors) inspired by Tangled, lobster ravioli inspired by the Little Mermaid's Chef Louis; Mrs. Pott's beef broth, Lady and the Tramp spaghetti and of course, Remy's Ratatouille, with sweet courses too - including Pooh's honey, Cinderella's pumpkin, Snow White's poisoned apple, Sleeping Beauty's (lopsided) cake and Jack Sparrow's rum. Also - Kristen offers some notes on the Disneyland Paris attractions and shops and some general international travel trips for dealing with transportation and sightseeing in France. Plus - we offer a solo mom tips for an upcoming Disneyland trip with two kids in tow - and more.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia takes you to the outer rim of a galaxy far, far away as we discuss Star Wars myths and legends and the march of the Galactic Empire in this 501st episode of Mousetalgia. First, Kristen reports on a D23 event that brought Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano, to Seattle for a book signing event. Then, Jeff brings us up to speed on the remote world of Batuu, and we ponder some of the planet's lesser-known features and mysteries. Finally, we offer a spoiler-free review of Solo, and consider some of the unique features of this 10th Star Wars film. Also - Disney weighs the return of John Lasseter to a creative role in the company, and we consider various aspects of the situation.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia takes you on a whirlwind tour of topics we've covered in the past decade as we look back at our collection of 500 episodes of the Mousetalgia Podcast. From fan conventions like the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet and the D23 Expo to conversations with legends like Alice Davis and Marty Sklar, we've done our best to share our travels and experiences with our listeners and like-minded Disney fans around the world. Special guest Tim Babb joins the table to reminisce along with us. So settle in and listen along as we celebrate 500 episodes of Mousetalgia! 

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This week, Team Mousetalgia reports from Disneyland's Pixar Fest with tips for making your next trip to the resort a success. We talk about the new additions to the parades, the fireworks, and the food offerings. Plus, we offer more Maxpass tips, we discuss the Grand Californian updates, and offer hints for navigating the parks. Then - SPOILER ALERT! - we review and discuss "Avengers: Infinity War," and offer our reactions, questions, and opinions of this hotly-debated film. Also - we loves the redhead, but do we wants her walkin' the park avenues? Pirate lass Redd is coming to the parks, and we discuss. Plus - an upcoming Marc Davis event, free shipping from Disney Stores, Star Wars party advice, Disney baby carriers - and Dave attends the Disney Institute.

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This week, Mousetalgia welcomes Spirit and Legacy Awards-winning cast member Jim Lowman to the show to talk about his half century of working at Disneyland Park. Jim shares fascinating bits of history, including the Haunted Mansion's grand opening at Club 33, bringing the Churro to Disneyland, meeting the love of his life at the Tahitian Terrace, and seeing Walt Disney himself in Disneyland. Jim opened the Bengal BBQ (and created the menu with his family recipes), was a sous chef at Club 33, witnessed Cary Grant's private Candlelight Processional performance, opened Big Thunder Ranch, and gives us a first-hand account of Liz Taylor's big 60th birthday bash at Disneyland. Plus - Jeff reviews a "foodoir," Kristen shares a Bengal BBQ recipe, Becky talks wine, Dave talks Muppets - and more!

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This week, Imagineer John Paul Bakshoian joins Mousetalgia to talk about the process of Disney Park Show Documentation, which involves keeping consistency at the parks between the various attractions and shows. He shared some stories from his career with "Walt's watchdog" department at WDI. Then, we talk to Amy Guglielmo, the author of "Pocket Full of Colors." Amy talks about her inspiration for the book, researching Mary Blair, and she shares some of the secrets behind the development of a children's book. Plus, Jeff talks to Time/Life, Kristen plays jazz, Becky wears a pink Stormtrooper, and Dave busts out a Haunted Mansion moment!

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This week, Dave and Jeff take you to Silicon Valley Comic Con 2018 for an in-depth report. Marvel legend Stan Lee made a three-day appearance that was painful to witness, and we discuss the fallout. Celebrities pose, scientists expound and vendors vend all weekend, and Mousetalgia shares some highlights. Margaret Kerry flew in to meet her Tinker Bell fans, the 501st looked for recruits for the Empire, and everybody was just "Wookie-ing for the Weekend" as the event kicked off with a Star Wars panel with Mads Mikkelsen, Daniel Logan, Temuera Morrison and Ray Park. Plus - a listener review of art exhibits in the OC, and we choose our own super powers.

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This week, Mousetalgia goes back to the mailbag to answer your questions. Topics include long distance Disney dating ideas; Fantasmic! dining options; traveling to and finding Disney experiences in Seattle; childcare at the Disney resorts; driving through California; crowd prediction at Disneyland; setting Disney ride records; a Cable Guy encounter; and simply finding romance during a trip to the parks. Plus - a report from Pixar Fest; Canada checks in; our dream Pizza Planet pizza flavors... and more.

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This week, we offer some Mousetalgia Therapy regarding the loss of A Bug's Land, and then we take a look back at the history of Disney California Adventure. Has DCA gone full Meg Ryan? Is basing a land on properties focused on violent activities a good idea? We also discuss the ghosts of DCA; from the Soap Opera Cafe to Sunshine Plaza, we'll take a walk down memory lane and remember the attractions that have come and gone. We'll also discuss the nighttime entertainment from Glowfest to tea parties - and we'll take a look at the continuing evolution of Disneyland's sibling park. Also - Jeff reads yet another article, this one about Herb Ryman and the 49 elephants. Plus - Boxlunch picnic baskets, Disney at Nordstrom, and Tron Lego!

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Mousetalgia heads east once again, and Dave and Becky report from their kid-free trip to the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. First, they spend some time at the Universal Orlando Resort, and talk about staying on Universal property, the front of line pass, Harry Potter's dominance, and all those screens - plus, the best meal of their whole vacation. Then, it's on to Walt Disney World, and a stay at Coronado Springs - Becky's new favorite moderate resort - and Epcot for "Flower & Garden" and the food booths: carne guisada, pork tacos, and frushi. California Grill provides the worst meal of the trip - hear the details - and Sci-Fi Dine-In offers a surprising meal. Then, we finally report from Pandora, and Dave and Becky talk about the land of Avatar, the daytime vs. nighttime experience, and the dining and entertainment offerings there. Plus: a review of the "Keys to the Kingdom" tour at the Magic Kingdom, the Shop Disney Parks app, Cars 3, Glen Keane at the Walt Disney Family Museum, more on Disneyland AP pricing.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia speaks to Michael Vargo, VP D23 about the newly announced dates of the 2019 D23 Expo, and we discuss some upcoming changes and benefits exclusive to D23 Gold Members. Then, Kristen reports from Food and Wine at Disney California Adventure, and shares some of her favorite flavors, snacks, and experiences from the weekend - including a report on an exclusive Club 33 panel on Disney Animation History with Mark Henn, who talks about how a traditional animator finds his place in the digital world. Then, Jeff reports on a Walt Disney Family Museum talk called "Walt's Kansas City," with author Dan Viets speaking about Walt Disney's childhood and youth in Missouri. Plus, we talk about Pixar coming to the parks in a big way, and give our opinions of the imminent arrival of Pixar Pier.

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This week, Mousetalgia talks everything Tokyo! Join us on a trip to Japan for some exclusive reports from the Tokyo Disney Resort. First, Neil Peterson, an American living in Tokyo, talks with Mousetalgia about the ins and outs of visiting the Tokyo Disney parks, and shares his tips and tricks about touring the Disneyland and DisneySea. Then we welcome Beci Mahnken, CEO of Mousefan Travel, back to the show to discuss her recent trip to the Japanese resort. Between our two guests, we discuss the etiquette, the food at DisneySea, the snacks at Disneyland, the shopping, the attractions, the dumplings, and the cuteness (popcorn buckets)! What is is that causes so many Disney fans to claim that of all Disney parks worldwide, Tokyo has the parks to beat? Plus, we discuss the culture shock (but in a good way!) A listener calls in another Tokyo report - and, of course - we talk Duffy.

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Dive into a week in Disney history with Mousetalgia! Let's take a walk through a week in March throughout the history of the Walt Disney Company. Topics include Winnie the Pooh; Hazel George, Walt's nurse; Howard Ashman's legacy; Disney Afternoon at Disneyland; Harper Goff; and Mickey Mouse's appearance in Plane Crazy, his first cartoon. Also - Pete Docter and Aardman's Nick Park talk about the state of animation at the recently re-opened Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, and Jeff reports. Plus - a new tropical hideaway is planned, the Muppet Babies are coming back, the Disney Fashionista Blog, and more.

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This week, Disney historian and author Jeff Kurtti joins Mousetalgia to talk about his new book, "Travels with Walt Disney: A Photographic Voyage Around the World." Kurtti talks about his inspiration for the book, what Walt Disney means to him, and the stories behind the stories and photographs in the book. Learn about Walt's travels to movie locations, family cruises, riding the railways - and how it all culminates in his Magic Kingdom. Also - a listener calls in her Disney love story - and more.

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Join us for a Mousetalgia therapy session regarding Disneyland's increasing admission prices - what does it mean for the future of the passholder base and the traffic into the park? Then, Jeffrey Epstein, Director of Communications for D23 joins us to give us an inside scoop on some of the happenings at the D23 Expo Japan 2018. We discuss logistics, the differences between the D23 Expos in Japan and the United States, some of the news from the Expo... and shopping! Finally, we have an Olympic moment as we discuss Walt Disney's involvement with the 1960 Winter Olympic Games at Squaw Valley. Plus - a review of America's Best Value Inn and Suites motel, a review of Marvel's Black Panther - and more.

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Character artist Brigette Barrager discussed her work at a recent talk at the Walt Disney Family Museum, and she talked about her research on Mary Blair and the Walt Disney Studios in order to create her latest book, "Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair." She talked about the process, the story, and the importance of telling the story of Mary Blair's career. Also - Team Mousetalgia answers your emails! Topics: blaming locals for Disneyland crowds; searching for Carl Barks comics; a search for Tokyo DisneySea information; beating the Disneyland blues; a magical holiday trip report; seeking out Disneyland history books; advice for a three-day Disneyland trip with kids; creating your own virtual Disneyland; a listener reports from Shanghai; which Disneyland pass Orange County locals should purchase; and trip advice for returning to Disneyland after a 13 year absence. Plus - can Madame Leota sign an autograph? Star Wars "From a Certain Point of View"; Walt Disney World food; and... Octogeddon?

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This week, Mousetalgia celebrates romance with tales of love at Disneyland and beyond. Whether you are considering a Disneyland Fairy Tale Wedding of your own, or just want to enjoy the memories shared by others, these stories are sure to warm your heart. With four mini interviews, we discuss everything from the food, entertainment and location options Disneyland can provide to the simple love stories that tie everything together. And for those of you who like a little edge to your tales of nuptial bliss, we also have a story of a rogue, unauthorized Haunted Mansion wedding as well. Plus - our thoughts on loving yourself despite the Valentine season, and more.

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This week, Team Mousetalgia reports on a recent talk at the Walt Disney Family Museum by author Marcy Carriker Smothers on her new book "Eat Like Walt," an emphatically researched book about Walt Disney and food, and how he and his company viewed the dining experience at his studio, his theme park, and in his personal life. Smothers talks about the variety of food at Disneyland park over its history, and tells stories about dumpster-diving and sleuthing to re-create secret recipes from the past. Then, Mousetalgia welcomes Walt Disney Imagineer Chris Merritt back to the show to discuss Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle. To celebrate last week's 59th anniversary of Sleeping Beauty, Mousetalgia concludes its recent focus on Eyvind Earle and the classic film by talking about Merritt's work in bringing Sleeping Beauty Castle out of hibernation at Disneyland in 2008 and renewing the visual effects tech while staying close to Earle's original vision for the castle walk-through attraction. Merritt also talks about his relationship with mentor Marc Davis, the famed animator responsible for Sleeping Beauty's Princess Aurora and the evil Maleficent.

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This week, Mousetalgia discusses some recent exciting happenings at the Disneyland Resort. First, Mousetalgia correspondent John Garcia reports on "Throwback Nite," the first of a string of planned special ticket "Disneyland After Dark" events. John talks about the atmosphere, the food, the entertainment, and the special features that made this first in a series of Disneyland evening events a very special night. Then, Jeff reports on the latest Star Wars happenings at the resort, including a review of the Void's "Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire" VR experience currently operating in Downtown Disney. We discuss the parts of the attraction that hit the mark, and a few notes that are slightly off key. Finally, Jeff reports on a panel discussion with Lucasfilm art directors from "The Last Jedi" held at Gallery Nucleus, and shares some secrets from the making of the films.

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This week we present an Emporium of topics. First, Disney historian David Koenig joins us to talk about the late Frank Pfannenstiel, who was the last Disneyland cowboy. Hired in 1954 and employed at the park for 33 years, Frank, a WW II Marine veteran, was hired to care for and train horses and mules for Walt's still-in-development Disneyland park. Frank drove a covered wagon for Disneyland's opening day parade behind Fess Parker, and worked at the Disneyland Pony Farm caring for the 200+ horses, mules and other animals. Next, Michael Vargo, VP of D23 and the Disney Archives, joins us to talk about the 2018 Gold Membership Gift, which celebrates 90 years of Mickey Mouse. We'll discuss some of the surprises included in the box, and how the D23 team went through 90 years of history to choose their 23 favorite samples of memorabilia from the extensive career of Mickey Mouse. Finally, New York Times bestselling author Matthew Reinhart joins us to talk about creating pop up books, and we talk about the art of combining story and dimensional art for both his new book "Pixar: A Pop-Up Celebration." Plus, Val/Galentines Day ideas - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:56am PDT
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This week, Mousetalgia digs in to the history of Walt Disney's Classic Sleeping Beauty, and we take a look at the development, the marketing, the exquisite art - and we review a panel discussion with animators and Disney Legends Floyd Norman and Burny Mattinson about the making of the film, held at the Walt Disney Family Museum in December. We also take a quick look back at Eyvind Earle's famous bicycle trip across the country, which helped to launch his career as a fine artist. Next, Kristen discusses the "Cinderella Festival" which was held at Disneyland in March 1971. Fashion shows, garden tours, and special recipes were featured during this three-day event at Disneyland, during which a park guest would be named princess Cinderella for the day. Plus - Star Wars answers just raise more questions, and Kristen reviews "Chewie and the Porgs."

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_482.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:30am PDT
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This week, we present a spoiler-filled review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the 8th installment in the Star Wars saga. But before that, let's talk DVC, and discuss the benefits and costs of joining the Disney Vacation Club. Is the cost of purchasing property in villas in deluxe Disney hotels worth the experience? Our special guest Heather Coursen discusses the ins and outs of being a DVC member, and tells us who DVC is for, and who should probably pass. Then, we talk everything "Last Jedi" in a spoiler-filled, roundtable-style free for all. Porgs, flying Leias, laser swords - we discuss all of our initial thoughts and feedback while we prepare for future viewings. Everything from hyperspace to the nature of the Force is dissected, inspected and accepted or rejected. Listen to our review, then join the conversation at facebook.com/mousetalgia.

Direct download: Mousetalgia_-_Episode_481.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:51am PDT
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