Mousetalgia Episode 310: The art of Marc Davis; D23; Listener email

Marc Davis: Walt's Renaissance Man: Animators Andreas Deja and Bob Kurtz recently visited the Walt Disney Family Museum to host a presentation about Marc's technique, work, and influence - as well as his fine art and Papua New Guinnea studies (and we even have a special exclusive guest appearance by Alice Davis!) Next, Kristen attends the D23 Fanniversary event in Seattle, Washington, and offers her own review of the event, the attendees, and the moments that stood out to her. Then we continue to catch up on Mousetalgia's listener email, with topics including what to expect from a May visit to the park, combining annual passes and tickets to get a Premier Pass; binge-listening to Mousetalgia's archives, and more. Plus: If you had to convert a Disneyland attraction to a Frozen-themed ride, which would you choose?

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Mousetalgia Episode 309: Halloween Time, As Dreamers Do - the movie

Halloween time at Disneyland Resort - Join us in an exploration of Dia De Los Muertos, the Halloween Carnival, Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, Haunted Mansion Holiday, Halloween treats and decor... Team Mousetalgia shares our tips and advice to help you make the most of your Halloween Time visit to Disneyland. From spooky tours to terror-ific treats, you'll find lots of ways to celebrate the spooking season at the parks. Then, we speak with Logan Sekulow, director and producer of "As Dreamers Do," a film about Walt Disney's early years. Logan discusses the making of the movie, some of the little known stories about Walt's life before he traveled to Hollywood, and some of the stories behind the scenes of the making of the film.

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Mousetalgia Episode 308: Animator James Lopez, Walt's Woking Way home

Animator James Lopez talks about his new 2D animated venture "Hullabaloo" and television producer Todd Szuch takes us with him on a walking tour of Walt Disney's Woking Way residence on this week's episode of Mousetalgia. First, James Lopez, who has been an animator for over 25 years and started with Disney on The Lion King, talks about the status of the animation industry and his independent hand-drawn animated project called "Hullabaloo." Lopez describes the challenges that have faced animators over the past two decades and the exciting possibilities that lie ahead. Then producer Todd Szuch takes on on a special promotional event for the upcoming Maleficent Blu-ray release which was held inside of one of Walt Disney's original Los Angeles homes on Woking Way, where we join him on a tour of the property hosted by historian Paula Sigman Lowery and producer Don Hahn. Plus - corporate collusion rears its ugly head, an art exhibit celebrating Disney Legend Rolly Crump opens - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 307: Disneyland 10K, Marceline documentary

Mousetalgia reports from the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend, and Dave and Becky talk about the runDisney Expo, Jeff Galloway's running philosophy, preparing for a race, a description of the 10K course, and dealing with a sudden illness at the park. Then, Dave reviews "Marceline," a documentary about Walt's childhood hometown held at the Walt Disney Family Museum with some discussion with the filmmakers and actors. Does this film about a small town in the midwest maintain the Disney magic? We also discuss the potential impact that Marceline may have had upon a 5 year old Walt. Plus - Walt's home movies; Mousetalgia is named a "Best Disney Podcast;" Jeff gets a taste of the caviar dream of being a bestselling author; and if you get sick at Disneyland, we discuss the best attractions to be stuck on!

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Mousetalgia Episode 306: Le Salon Nouveau at Club 33, listener email

Becky takes us on a tour of Le Salon Nouveau at Club 33, giving us a peek at the animatronic vulture, changing portraits, French lift booth, beautiful mural and more new details from the recently renovated club. Plus, we discuss more park impressions, including Dooney and Burke purses and breakfast at Steakhouse 55, where the scent of red meat and the aroma of good coffee make for a memorable meal at a great value. Then we go back to the mailbag and discuss your questions and concerns, with topics including runDisney and Star Wars; Disneyland area lodging; vistiing Aulani; planning for Disneyland's 60th anniversary year; making magical memories for strangers in the park; touring decisions when you only can get to the parks once every couple years; character dining options; and off-site restaurants. Plus - a listener's trip report, and Disney cruising or Adventures by Disney... which, where, and why? 

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Mousetalgia Episode 305: Ghostly Materials, Fanniversary

In this week's Emporium of topics, Imagineer Brian Crosby returns to the show to talk about various topics, including Marvel's Disney Kingdoms; "Ghostly Materials," the Haunted Mansion exhibit at Disneyland's Disneyana store; and the real meaning of the brass bat stanchions that direct the Mansion's queue. We also start talking Expo - how to start preparing for the fourth D23 convention, coming in summer 2015. Kristen reviews two new Blu-ray releases (something old and something new), and Jeff reviews the recent d23 Fanniversary held at the Walt Disney Family Museum. Is this fan event worth the hype - and the ticket price? The team also mulls over the current state of Disney's official fan club, and considers the future of D23. We also host a sweepstakes giveaway of a limited edition 85th anniversary Mickey Mouse watch! Plus, baking banana bread from the Monorail Cafe; the Disneyland Almanac; Disney Afternoons; making a new World's Fair - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 304: The Haunted Mansion at ScareLA; Robin Williams

The ScareLA Halloween convention celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion on August 9 with a panel hosted by Jeff, and he shares some behind-the-scenes moments and memories from the event, which featured Disney Legends Alice Davis and Bob Gurr on stage with Jeff, talking about the creation of the world's most loved haunted house and the concept artwork of Marc Davis. Dave also reports on the ScareLA show floor, and Jeff shares a few more Haunted Mansion moments, discussing Disneyland's celebration of the Mansion's anniversary, and a midnight ride through the venerable attraction. Also, Jeff talks about his newly released book "The Unauthorized Story of Walt Disney's Haunted Mansion," hinting at some of the features and highlights waiting for readers to discover. Plus - Team Mousetalgia take a moment to remember Robin Williams, and we share some of our favorite films and memories of the Disney Legend's too-short life and times. Find Jeff's book at http://www.doombuggies.com/book .

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Mousetalgia Episode 303: Touring the Disney Studio and Disney Music Group

It's Rewards Points Week at Mousetalgia, as Kristen cashes in 15,000 Disney Movie Rewards points to earn a private tour of the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank! Listen to all the details as Kristen and Jeff describe the process of applying for the tour and discuss the tour itself. We'll compare it with the D23 fan club tours and contrast the various features of both tours. Next, the tour reports continue as we visit Imagineering and the Disney Music Group for an in-depth look at the variety of services and musical expertise that makes up Disney's important music department, including a look at the sorting, score archiving, album cover design, orchestrating and record label business that comprises this world-class business division. Plus - a trip to Warner Bros. studios, a walk on the Disney Studios' rooftop - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 302: Comic-Con, Legends of Frontierland

A galactic emporium! From the wild frontiers of space to the wilds of Disneyland's Frontierland, Team Mousetalgia take you on a fun journey through time as we look at Comic Con, Disneyland's Frontierland game, and San Francisco's Golden Gate Exposition. First, Jeff takes a quick trip to Comic Con, meets Baymax, and just misses seeing Zachary "Flynn Rider" Levi on a half-day trip to the world's hugest fan gathering. Then Kristen goes to Disneyland and reports on some of the latest happenings at the Magic Kingdom, including a review of "Legends of Frontierland," the new interactive experience at the park; Alice in Wonderland's enhancements; and the Blue Bayou's current menu. Finally, Dave and Jeff report on a recent event at the Walt Disney Family Museum about Walt Disney and the World's Fair, with a talk about how the 1939 Golden Gate Exposition may have influenced Walt Disney in various ways. Plus - Guardians of the Galaxy hijack the show; Jeff gets lauded by Guillermo del Toro - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 301: David Koenig; Journey Into Imagination

David Koenig offers a look behind the scenes at the process of writing the best "behind the scenes" Disney parks books! From surprising anecdotes to the massive undertaking of documenting Walt Disney World's history, Koenig discusses his various books and his opinions about successful attractions, cast member secrets, and the art of bringing fantasy to life. Koenig talks about Universal's impact on the Disney parks, dealing with Disney's legal arm, and how pulling back the curtain on Disney park operations can make fans love the parks even more. Also, Mousetalgia goes back to Walt Disney World again as Dave, Becky and Kristen discuss a special fundraiser featuring Tony Baxter discussing Journey Into Imagination, the beloved extinct attraction from EPCOT Center. Tony talks about the original proposed EPCOT architecture, the origins of the attraction, and the unlikely genesis of Figment! Plus, our favorite Disney summer songs - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 300: Walt Disney World through a Disneyland lens

This week, celebrate Mousetalgia's 300th episode with us as Jeff travels across the country to Orlando and reports on his June trip to Walt Disney World. From the dramatic humidity changes to the wide boulevards and enormous castle, we discuss the diferences between the east and west coast Disney parks and form some conclusions. Topics include highlights of the various parks, food and dining options, Cast Members, the use of space, aging water spectacles, and the billion-dollar Magic Bands. Agree or disagree, you're sure to find something to ponder as we discuss the various parks and opportunities afforded on a trip to the number one vacation destination in the world. Also, Team Mousetalgia reminisces about the past 300 episodes, and we share some memories and highlights. Plus - our biggest sweepstakes ever: your chance to win a 3 day, 3 night trip for 4 to the Disneyland Resort! Listen to win! (Rules and terms of the sweepstakes can be found at http://www.mousetalgia.com/300.htm )

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Mousetalgia Episode 299: Producer Don Hahn; Imagineer Glenn Barker

This week, Team Mousetalgia speaks with legendary producer Don Hahn (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Who Framed Roger Rabbit) at the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet. Hahn shares some thoughts on producing, creating documentaries and working on Disneynature films, and we also discuss the nature of creativity within Disney productions. Mousetalgia also welcomes Imagineer Glenn Barker to the show, who talks about his start as a drummer for Disneyland parades and his eventual career working at WED as a media designer, producing soundscapes and soundtracks for all of the attractions at the Disney theme parks. By dissecting the sound design for Big Thunder, Barker demonstrates the fascinating process of adding the critical audio component to the most famous theme park attractions in the world - and shares some inside secrets from the creation of some of the Disney parks most beloved soundtracks. Plus, Beci Mahnken, CEO of Mousefan Travel, joins us to reminince about this year's Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet, and we share some highlights from this extraordinary Disney fan event.

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Mousetalgia Episode 298: Disney Legend Tony Baxter; Chris Merritt on Pacific Ocean Park

Recorded live from the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet, we present part one of our coverage from this popular Disney fan event. Returning special guest Tony Baxter talks about his mentor, Claude Coats; what he likes (and doesn't like) about the updates to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad; the next wave of great aspirational attractions; understanding the heart of a Disney collector - and undergoes a rapid fire "Mousekeminute." Also, Imagineer Chris Merritt is back on the show to talk about his new book "Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles' Space Age Nautical Pleasure Pier" discussing the history of this short-lived but influential theme park, including a description of some of the most intriguing attractions, the incredible musical talent that graced the park's stages, and various elements of interest to Disney fans. Plus - a listener reports from Walt Disney World's Star Wars Days, the Walt Disney Family Museum gets a new Tiki bird - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 297: Walt Disney Family Museum tour, Disneyland and its fans

This week, Jeff reports on a panel talk held recently at the Walt Disney Family Museum called "Disneyland: The Fan Driven Time Machine," which featured special guests Todd Pierce, Jeff Kurtti, Werner Weiss, and Sam Gennawey. The discussion was centered on the idea of the development of Disneyland, and how fans have come to adopt the park as their own - and likewise, how the company has responded to this relatively new cottage industry of "fandom." Next, we discuss the museum itself and tour the various exhibits, offering some of our personal highlights from the experience and describing a typical visit to this atypical museum, which features exhibits including the first known drawing of Mickey Mouse; a bench from Griffith Park upon which Walt may have sat; Oscars, awards and accolades; and dozens of samples of artwork, interviews, products, and more. Plus - working at Disneyland is a dream job for many, and Team Mousetalgia goes around the table divulging our secret Disney wishes - were we to become cast members!

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Mousetalgia Episode 296: A trip to Pixar, Disneyland price hikes

Kristen reports on an "Incredible" visit to Pixar in Emeryville! But first, we talk about the cost of a day at Disneyland - do the recent price hikes change people's philosophies about visiting the parks, and if not, why? Team Mousetalgia discusses value vs. time vs. crowds, and we draw interesting conclusions. Next, a listener reviews the live action film "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride," Jeff announces a haunting new project, and then Kristen visits the Pixar Studios for an amazing day at the annual Cartoon Art Museum benefit. Highlights include a trip to the Pixar employee store, Pixar animator Jeff Pidgeon's drawing seminar, a Monsters U art display, lunch in the Luxo Cafe - and the highlight of the day, a panel discussing the Incredibles in honor of its tenth anniversary in the Steve Jobs Theatre, with a presentation by director Brad Bird and head of story Mark Andrews, among a stable of other Pixar animators that worked on the Academy Award-winning film.

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Mousetalgia Episode 295: Lasseter winery party, Disneyland, Anaheim Packing District

This week, Dave and Becky report on the New Orleans-themed Lasseter Family Winery Spring Release party where they tasted new wine from the barrel, enjoyed food, fun and friends, and had a close encounter with John Lasseter himself. Next, Kristen reports on a six-day "work-ation" at Disneyland Resort, and shares some thoughts about touring the park in early June. Her trip report includes art and book signings, changes to the Tangaroa Terrace's and the Carnation Cafe's menus, Club 33 dining at the Carthay Circle Hollywood Room and Club 33 seating for Fantasmic, and a hotel review of Extended Stay America. Also - a look at Anaheim's new Packing District, with an in-depth review of some of the eateries in the new Packing House a few minutes away from Disneyland. Plus - napping in disneyland - pros, cons, and our favorite places to grab forty winks... and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 294: Mailbag, Audio-Animatronics

It's time to dig into the Mousetalgia mailbag! Topics include Walt Disney World Fastpass+ tips, Adventures by Disney tours, binging on Mousetalgia, seeing Disneyland through a new lens and trip planning tips, an update on the Carolwood Society's Storybook Land restoration, Disney Cruise Line dining tips, re-creating Disneyland's Fantasia ice cream, and insights from a WDW Guest Relations cast member. In a flashback segment, we look at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and a 1965 article about the hippest new thing on the block - "Audio-Animatronics" - and how they were utilized at the New York World's Fair. Also - a listener review of D23's Maleficent preview screening. Plus, Cinderella's creepy new teaser, Disney underwear, the park plaque strikes back - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 293: Maleficent '14/'59, Canemaker on Schultheis

Mousetalgia welcomes Academy Award winning author/historian/filmmaker John Canemaker back to the show to discuss his new book, "The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis & the Secrets of Walt Disney’s Movie Magic." Schultheis, who worked for the Disney Studio in the late '30s, hid notebooks detailing the methods that Disney's process lab used for some of their most incredible special effects in Disney's early animated features, and Canemaker explains the man behind the notebook, as well as the mysteries the notebook unlocks. But first, Kristen reviews "Maleficent," and offers her critical opinion of the film's merits and controversies. Jeff also looks back at the development of the Maleficent character for Sleeping Beauty in 1959, and discusses some lesser-known personalities that played a key role in the character design. Plus - announcing a Haunted Mansion event with Bob Gurr, hip new records, and talking about running in a galaxy far, far away.

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Mousetalgia Episode 292: Hacking Disneyland - tips and tricks

Enjoy Disneyland like an insider - from fireworks viewing areas to photo ops and more! Learn the places to sit and relax even on busy days. Make the most of the parades. Relive your childhood with Pooh, enjoy little-known experiences and search for hidden Walts. At DCA, we explore nighttime entertainment, find more places to escape the crowds, hone your drawing skills, eat for endurance, and enjoy the details (and the park's best free souvenirs!) In the hotels and Downtown Disney, we recommend shows and diversions that you might otherwise overlook. Becky passes on a travel professional's advice, and we talk more about art, food and drinks. Plus, we discuss what we're hoping to see for Disneyland's 60th birthday - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 291: Disneyland's magic shops, the Yippie invasion

Take a trip to Merlin's in Fantasyland as we travel back in time and marvel at Disneyland's magic shops. Mousetalgia welcomes Disneyland magic shop cast member Steve Simmons to the show to talk about working his way up in the parks from janitorial to magic shop magician! Relive the gimmicks, the gag gifts, and the mystifying magic as Steve tells us all about the sales techniques and tricks of the trade behind Disneyland's beloved magic shops in 1969. Steve also talks about the grand opening of the Haunted Mansion, and the famous "Yippie" invasion at Disneyland which he witnessed in person. Also - Jeff and Kristen talk about their Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade finds from 1934, the team talks Disney shopping - and more.

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Mousetalgia Episode 290: Disneyland, Million Dollar Arm, Marc Davis

Mousetalgia presents an Emporium of topics this week as we review Disney's latest film "Million Dollar Arm," visit Disneyland, and discover the stories behind art of Marc Davis. First, Kristen reviews "Million Dollar Arm," and offers her thoughts on its place in the pantheon of Disney family movies. Dave and Becky report on a recent trip to Disneyland, and discuss the Napa Rose restaurant and fine dining with children, staying at the Paradise Pier hotel, and the Big Thunder Railroad renovation. Finally, Jeff attends the VIP opening of the Walt Disney Family Museum's new exhibit "Leading Ladies and Femme Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis," and speaks about the exhibit and Marc Davis with Andreas Deja, Disney animator and co-curator of the exhibit; Michael Labrie, the museum's collections director and the exhibit's co-curator; and Disney Legend Alice Davis, Marc's widow, who shares some insight into what made Marc into such an incredible artist and storyteller. Plus - our favorite inappropriate Disney "family" films... and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 289: Walt Disney World trip planning, Sleeping Beauty

This week, anticipating the release of Disney's "Maleficent," we welcome Disney historian and author Charles Solomon to the show to discuss his latest book "Once Upon a Dream: From Perrault's Sleeping Beauty to Disney's Maleficent." Solomon talks about the origins of the Sleeping Beauty story, and discusses the artwork and animation of the classic animated feature, as well as some of his stories about the cast of the upcoming movie, to be released in less than 4 weeks. Also, Jeff starts planning a vacation to Walt Disney World, and we dive into the world of My Disney Experience, My Magic Plus, and the illusive Magic Bands. Learn a little bit more about what you can expect when you book a trip to the East coast's Magic Kingdom. Plus - celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mousetalgia as we discuss our favorite Mexican eateries on Disneyland Resort property - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 288: Marc Davis, Wondercon, Frozen

The talent and legacy of Disney Legend Marc Davis is on display in this week's episode of Mousetalgia. In honor of the upcoming exhibit titled "Leading Ladies and Femme Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis" at the Walt Disney Family Museum, Mousetalgia welcomes Imagineer Chris Merritt to the show to talk about the influence Marc Davis had on his own career, and the incredible talent that Davis displayed throughout his career working as Disney animator and Imagineer. Also, Jeff travels to Wondercon in Anaheim and talks about the convention experience and two panels: "The Art of the Pitch" hosted by Disney/ABC, and "Frozen: The Art of Story" hosted by Disney Feature Animation. The panels explored the value of story and communicating your message, and the Frozen panel offered behind-the-scenes stories from the artists that worked on developing the script and story for the Academy Award-winning film. Plus - Star Wars day is this week, and we divulge our secret plans to celebrate on May 4... and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 287: The Aulani Resort

Everything Aulani! Catch the aloha spirit with Kristen via her extensive review of Disney's Aulani Resort in the Hawai'ian islands. With explanations of food and dining options, entertainment offerings, pools, and the various opportunities offered throughout the resort, Kristen gives you the full rundown on the tropical paradise Disney has planted on the island of O'ahu. Plus, the TCM film festival honors Richard Sherman, Marvel films at other studios, the team contemplates the choice between whips, floats, or spears - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 286: Healthy Disney dining; working with Walt

With topics covering everything from the latest Marvel film to the earliest days of working for Walt - it's an Easter Emporium on Mousetalgia! We have a plethora of fun Disney discussions for you this week, including the Mousetalgia review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier; book reviews of the latest from Charles Solomon ("The Art of the Disney Golden Books") and a just-published posthumous autobiography of Homer Brightman about the earliest days of the Walt Disney Studios called "Life in the Mouse House"; and a round table discussion about whether or not you can actually find healthy food at the Disneyland Resort. Also, Jeff discusses a kerfuffle with MyPlayDirect's Frozen vinyl release, and we present a special conversation with WED Imagineer Paul Saunders, who describes working for WED in the '60s, and a close encounter with Walt Disney himself. Plus - our favorite Disney bunnies, Mousetalgia offers another limited-edition t-shirt... and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 285: Disneyland trip planning tips

This week, Mousetalgia offers some timely Disneyland summer trip planning tips. Splurging on special tours or fine dining - which is the better choice? Fastpass schemes - which attractions should you hit first? We also offer our opinions on World of Color dining and viewing options, Fantasmic dessert seating, and choosing a tower at the Disneyland Hotel or a room at other Disneyland Resort hotels. Plus bonus advice on taking a trip up to San Francisco to visit the Walt Disney Family Museum - where to stay? What to eat? What other attractions are nearby? Also, the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet announces its special guest line up for the June 28 event, which promises to be another spectacular fan gathering with the chance to meet and hear from Imagineers, a Disney Legend, and a legendary Disney producer! Plus, Tiny Klien's memoir, Q&A with Kristen, a Muppets review, and Marc Davis' art comes to a special exhibition at the Walt Disney Family Museum. 

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Mousetalgia Episode 284: Inside Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge

Disney Legend Jim Henson founded a "Creature Shop" in 1979 to create mechanical creatures and whimsical beasts for various productions. That shop, now led by Henson's son Brian, is the basis for a new reality competition on SyFy. Team Mousetalgia welcomes Joseph Freed, Executive Producer and co-creator of the new SyFy series Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge, to this week's episode to share behind the scenes stories and secrets from this exciting new show in which amateur contestants vie for a dream job working for Jim Henson's Creature Shop. We also welcome Kirk Thatcher, former Imagineer, creature designer, veteran Muppets director, and judge on the show, to join Joseph in describing the challenges and surprises waiting for viewers of the first season of the show. Also, we answer some listener questions about lost Disneyland attractions, villains' origin stories, and maintaining a healthy relationship with a non-Disney-lover. Plus - if Disneyland hosted a eating contest, which food item should they use? We explore the options!

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Mousetalgia Episode 283: Disney Legend Rolly Crump, Seattle's PNW Mouse Meet

Mousetalgia welcomes WED Imagineer and Disney Legend Rolly Crump to this episode of the podcast to talk about his time working for Walt Disney in the creation of Disneyland Park. Crump talks about his time with WED Enterprises, including his work on "it's a small world," the Adventureland Bazaar, and his relationships with the model makers, Imagineers, and other studio artists during his career at Disney, including candid details about his contentious relationship with WED head Dick Irvine. He also includes a "cute little story" about his contibution to the film "Mary Poppins." Also, Mousetalgia talks to Don Morin, founder of the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet, about this upcoming fan convention (of which Mousetalgia is a sponsor) held outside of Seattle, WA. Plus - our favorite wish-we'd-been-there moments from the 1964-'65 World's Fair, a report from previews of Aladdin on Broadway... and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 282:  Mary Blair exhibit, women in animation

This week, Team Mousetalgia takes you behind the scenes at the world premiere of Magic, Color, Flair: The World of Mary Blair - an exhibit that opened March 13 at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, CA. We share our favorite highlights from the new exhibit, join WDFM president Ron Miller in a dedication of the exhibit hall to the late Diane Disney Miller, and then join the VIP opening night gala and capture impressions from Kirsten Komoroske, WDFM Executive Director; Alice Davis, Disney Legend; Pete Docter, Director of the upcoming Pixar feature "Inside Out"; Charles Solomon, author of the upcoming "The Art of Disney Golden Books"; Joseph Titizian, WDFM representative; and Don Hahn, producer of the upcoming feature "Maleficent." Then, Jeff takes us across the Presidio to Lucasfilm to report on a WDFM event about women in animation, which featured four accomplished female artists who spoke on the work they currently do and the challenges they find today in the workplace. Plus - Elsa and Anna; "The Adorable Couple" - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 281: John Canemaker on Mary Blair, WED's Paul Saunders

Mousetalgia welcomes Academy Award-winning animator, author and historian John Canemaker to the show to talk about Disney Legend Mary Blair and the exhibit opening this week at the Walt Disney Family Museum called "Magic, Color, Flair - The World of Mary Blair." The exhibit, which is curated by Canemaker, has been eagerly anticipated for nearly a year, and Canemaker gives us an exclusive sneak preview of the show, some history of Mary Blair, and information about his two new books about Blair, one a re-release and one a brand new catalog. Also this week, Jeff reports on a conversation with WED Imagineer Paul Saunders on working for Walt at WED in the mid '60s. Saunders talks about his time helping to create the "new" Tomorrowland, Haunted Mansion, Inner Space, and more. Also - Frozen and the Muppet Movie soundtracks on vinyl, Sheriff Callie's Wild West - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 280: Dapper Day,  Pete Docter on directing

Mousetalgia talks Dapper Day, dining, and Docter on this week's show! First, Jeff reports on his trip to Disneyland Resort for Dapper Day on February 23, discussing the variety of styles, costumes, Disneybounding, and people-watching opportunities afforded by this increasingly popular unofficial event held in Disney parks around the world. Next, we discuss dining at Disneyland, focusing on the Storyteller Cafe dinner buffet at the Grand Californian and the Harbour Galley at Disneyland Park. Next, the whole team reports on a talk held at the Walt Disney Family Museum held on March 1 about Walt Disney's Animation Directors by Academy-Award-winning director Pete Docter (Monsters Inc., Up) and author/historian Don Peri. Also - we interview Disneyland Ink and Paint artist Eric Scales about the newest release in the Ink and Paint program, and we host a giveaway and celebrate a recent sweepstakes winner. Plus - D23 delays WDW's Destination D event, and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 279: Fantasia

This week, Team Mousetalgia takes a look at various aspects of Walt Disney's Fantasia, the classic animated feature that was a great leap forward for the Walt Disney Studio in terms of technical accomplishment and artistic endeavor, but didn't achieve great commercial success upon its release. We discuss Fantasound, Leopold Stokowski, Fred Moore and Mickey Mouse, and some of the fascinating musical selections incorporated in this anthology film. Next, we speak with Research Supervisor Rob Schneider from Disney about how the studio's original cue sheets and music is archived, and how the business side of music is incorporated into the day to day operations of the studio today. Also, Kristen concludes her "Lost Chords" series of performances with a little-known Sherman Brothers tune sung by guest vocalist Michele Johnston. Plus - Vanity Fair looks at some famous CalArts grads, a book review of John Canemaker's "Before the Animation Begins," Time looks at the cult of "Frozen," Netflix to broadcast "The Clone Wars" - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 278: Make Mine Music

Team Mousetalgia reports on "Disney Goes to the Opera" at the Walt Disney Family Museum, and takes an in depth look at "Make Mine Music," Walt Disney's post-war animated anthology. As part of a rebuilding effort for the feature film division of the studio, Make Mine Music was a package film featuring many different musical pieces, and we take a brief tour of the music used in the movie in this episode. Next, the team reports on "Disney Goes to the Opera," a presentation that featured opera performances at the Walt Disney Family Museum. Also, Kristen arranges and performs "Boogedy Boy," a lost work originally composed for Make Mine Music that never made it into the film; we answer a few listener emails, and we present an exclusive report on the filming of Brad Bird's Tomorrowland at Disneyland!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:49am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 277: Disneyland Records, Jimmy Johnson

Disney producer and author Greg Ehrbar joins Team Mousetalgia this week to discuss the history of Disneyland Records and the new book "Inside the Whimsy Works," an autobiography of Disney Legend Jimmy Johnson which Ehrbar co-edited. Johnson created Disney's record division, and Ehrbar provides a wealth of information about the early days of Disney recordings, discussing Little Golden Records, See Hear Read Records, and stories about some of the behind the scenes players like Tutti Camerata, the producer who set the early vision for Disneyland Records in place. Dave also discusses his extensive Disney vinyl collection and offers tips and tricks to anyone interested in starting a record collection. Plus - Kristen discovers some lost Pinocchio music, a listener reports on the new home of the Hillbillies, and we offer a special Valentine's week report on finding romance at the resort!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 276: Disneyland's Mine Train, Disney music

Mousetalgia welcomes Mine Train expert James Keeline to the show to help us reminisce about the history of Frontierland's trains in anticipation of the newly renovated Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction. James discusses the history of Rainbow Ridge and the Mine Train attraction, and describes the scenes, special effects, and set pieces that made the Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland such a memorable ride for Disneyland guests. James also discusses Mineral Hall, the souvenir shop next to the Mine Train that sold fluorescent minerals and black lights to guests. Also, February is Mousetalgia Music Month, and we start our musical features by discussing our personal favorites in the world of Disney musicians, including Hazel George, Buddy Baker, Randy Newman, and Dave Brubeck. Kristen unveils a new collection of "lost" music that she is bringing back to life. Plus - favorite Disneyland songs, a Tinker Bell Half Marathon engagement... and more!

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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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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:29am PDT
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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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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:46am PDT
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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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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:04am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 271: The best of 2013 - a brief review

Team Mousetalgia takes our annual personal look back at the year in Disney, listing off our faves from the "Limited Time Magic" promotion, the various Disney movies, and more. Does the team rank Frozen above Saving Mr. Banks? Listen and find out! We also discuss our favorite change or addition to the Disney company, and offer our annual "Oswald Award" for things that just didn't go as planned. Finally, we wrap up the show with our personal magic moments of the year, remembering our unforgettable experiences, including Richard Sherman's 85th birthday party, the Club 33 Marc Davis tribute, time in the Disneyland Hotel cabanas, and earning a runDisney Coast-to-Coast medal. Also - a listener reports on a special tour of the Walt Disney Studios in conjunction with screenings of "Saving Mr. Banks," and we offer a healthy serving of bits and bytes, including Disney's new Hawaiian princess, the Frozen app, grapefruit beer - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:40pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 270: Seekers of the Weird, listener email

Merry Weird-mas from Mousetalgia! On today's special holiday show, we welcome three - count 'em, three - Imagineers to the show to talk about Marvel's upcoming "Disney Kingdoms" line of comics, which will be based on Disney theme park attractions. The first title, Seekers of the Weird, is based on Rolly Crump's original designs for the never-realized Museum of the Weird attraction, and Imagineers Josh Shipley, Brian Crosby and Jim Clark join us to discuss the origin story behind the comic, and some of the opportunities and challenges the new storylines present as they take a deeper dive into the worlds of some of the Disney parks' storied attractions. Also, we present our annual theoretical gifts to the Disneyland Resort - will TDA take us up on any of our ideas? Plus, Santa brings us a sack of listener mail to dig through, and we talk budget trips to the parks, Fantasmic viewing, a Haunted Mansion moment - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 269: Disneyland Holidays, remembering Annette

Team Mousetalgia reviews the Disneyland Holiday season for 2013 in this episode. First, Jeff and Kristen discuss various aspects of the holidays at the resort, including reports and reviews from Viva Navidad, World of Color Winter Dreams, the Holiday T Party, the Christmas Fantasy Parade, it's a small world, the Jingle Jangle Jamboree, the Jingle Cruise, various treats and restaurant offerings, and the Candlelight Processional. Listen to our reports and decide for yourself if Disneyland is still the leader in live holiday entertainment. And, it's time for the second annual Candy Cane Challenge, and this year we do a blind taste test of two Disneyland handmade candy canes - but one is a year old. Can our team tell the difference? Also - Dave and Jeff attend a tribute to Annette Funicello at the Walt Disney Family Museum featuing original Mouseketeer Sharon Baird and report on the event. Plus - a listener celebrates Walt's birthday at the Smoke Tree Ranch - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:56am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 268: MyMagic+, Frozen

We discuss the benefits and perils of the new MyMagic+ experience at Walt Disney World, and also review Disney's Frozen in this week's episode of Mousetalgia. First, we talk about Walt Disney World's newest feature, My Disney Experience and MyMagic+, a system that has been getting a lot of press lately due to complications and bugs in the system. Technically still in testing, MyMagic+ promises to make vacations at the Walt Disney World resort a dream - but is the experience living up to the hype? Listen to Dave and Becky's experience with the new system and judge for yourself. In addition, they discuss the holidays at Walt Disney World, and get stranded on Maelstrom. Also, Jeff and Kristen discuss Disney animation's latest blockbuster, Frozen. Going back to princess-based fairy tales, Disney seems to be falling back into familiar territory, but does Frozen offer something fresh? We debate the merits of this solid box office hit. Plus - a great sweepstakes giveaway, holiday gift giving ideas - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:29pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 267: Diane Disney Miller; Wine & Dine Half Marathon

This week, we welcome Joseph Titizian, writer for the Walt Disney Family Museum blog, to join us in a celebration of the life of Diane Disney Miller, with whom Joseph was a good friend. We look at Diane's philanthropic work and humble pursuit of truth regarding the legacy of her father, Walt Disney. Joseph also shares some personal stories of his history with the Walt Disney Family Museum and his relationship with its founder, Diane. We also remember Walt himself during this 112th anniversary week of his birth, and dig into the archives to discover how Walt celebrated the birth of his first daughter, Diane. Next, Dave talks about the Wine & Dine Half Marathon which was recently hosted at the Walt Disney World resort, and describes the race by which he earned his Coast-to-Coast Race Challenge medal for running two Disney half marathons, one on each coast, in a calendar year. Plus - the holidays have decended upon Disneyland, and we discuss our favorite features found at the resort this season - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:06pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 266: The true story of Mary Poppins

Disney Legend Dave Smith, Disney Archivist Emeritus, joins Mousetalgia this week to tell the true story of Walt Disney's pursuit of P. L. Travers to bring her book Mary Poppins to the screen. In anticipation of the upcoming feature film Saving Mr. Banks, we look into the history of the making of the iconic film and discover the true-life challenges the studio encountered as the film began production. We also talk to a Mousetalgia listener about his own experience dealing personally with P. L. Travers in an attempt to bring Mary Poppins to the stage, and Kristen reports from a preview screening of Saving Mr. Banks. Plus - we give thanks for our Disney blessings in honor of this holiday week, and take a moment to remember the life well-lived of Diane Disney Miller, Walt Disney's daughter, who passed away last week at the age of 79.

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Mousetalgia Episode 265: From Indian Village to Critter Country

Along the edge of Disneyland's Rivers of America, Critter Country and Splash Mountain welcome guests into a wilderness of friendly fauna. But before Critter Country, there was Bear Country and its Jamboree, and before Bear Country, there was Indian Village and its living history. Join Mousetalgia for an informative look at the history of the far end of Disneyland, and learn about the development of this section of the park. Was Indian Village condescending or a product of its time - or both? Is The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh a better or worse attraction than its predecesor, the Country Bear Jamboree? We also review all of the current food and shopping options in Critter Country, and weigh the pros and cons of spending time at the farthest corner of Disneyland. Plus - a listener reviews Peter and the Starcatcher, Team Mousetalgia create our own attractions to add to Critter Country... and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 264: Tony Baxter, Halloween Town, Neverland

In this week's Mousetalgia Emporium, Team Mousetalgia report from Disneyland's Main Street, from Halloween Town, and even from Neverland! Jeff reports from Tony Baxter's Main Street Window Ceremony, held November 1 at Disneyland Park, and talks to some of Tony's friends and peers about the legacy Tony has left for future generations of Imagineers. Next, Kristen offers a review of "Peter and the Starcatcher" from the national tour's stop in Seattle, and offers an insightful critique of the Tony-Award-winning play. Jeff discusses Disney on Ice's "Passport to Adventure," and talks about the Neverland segment in that arena show as well, pointing out how the script refers back to J. M. Barrie's original play. Kristen then reviews the new Monsters University blu-ray set, revealing some of the extras and bonus materials that fans have come to expect from Pixar sets. And finally, Jeff reviews a recent performance of "Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton," a symphonic performance held on Halloween night in downtown Los Angeles which features Elfman's triumphant return to live performance on the stage. Plus - if you had to swap a Disneyland attraction for another Disney attraction from any Disney park worldwide, what would you choose?

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:18pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 263: Disneyland VIP Tours

Is a Disneyland VIP Tour right for you? Mousetalgia reports from a full day of VIP touring around the resort and offers tips and advice regarding VIP tours, some of which may surprise you. The VIP Hosts and Hostesses (in the famous Disneyland plaid outfits) act as living fastpasses, and we discuss the pros and cons of having nearly instant access to so many E-Ticket attractions. Can there be too much of a good thing? Also - we report on a new lunch menu at Club 33, with seasonal desserts that are to die for, and we discuss the pros and cons of reserved seating for Main Street shows. Kristen also reports briefly on the resort-specific games and offerings for hotel guests. Plus - Tony Baxter's Main Street Window is installed above the Magic Shop, our first listener review of Frozen, and a report on a limited-time magic opportunity to meet and greet Thor at Disneyland.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:37pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 262: Dave Bossert on Roy E. Disney, Disney Halloween

Producer Dave Bossert from Walt Disney Feature Animation joins us to discuss Roy E. Disney and his new book, "Remembering Roy E. Disney: Memories and Photos of a Storied Life." Bossert talks about the critical challenges Roy faced as he successfully saved Disney animation and the Disney company in general, and we also discuss Bossert's role in the preservation of Disney's classic animated features. In other news, it's Halloween week, and Mousetalgia has cooked up a potpourri of grim goodies for you in celebration of this holiday or horrors. Kristen describes the dark delicacies served at the park this season; Jeff shares a bit of the dead man's "T Party;" and the team discuss more elements of Mickey's Halloween Party and Halloween Time 2013. Plus - listeners' trip reports, "Nightmare Before Christmas" Second Screen Live, Kristen attends a "genre-defying" cabaret/burlesque stage presentation of "Nightmare Before Christmas" - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 261: Sam Gennawey on Disneyland, spooky movies

Author Sam Gennawey joins Team Mousetalgia this week to discuss his new book "The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney's Dream." Calling Disneyland Walt Disney's "third child," Gennawey talks about the unique challenges and circumstances that led to the creation of the theme park many consider the most magical place on earth. Also this week, we look at a couple spooky not-Disney movies that are actually quite Disney related. "Escape from Tomorrow," the Sundance sensation, is first-time director Randy Moore's film secretly shot largely on location inside of Disney theme parks, and Jeff and Kristen offer dual reviews and opinions on the controversial piece. The Haunting, a 1963 film by Robert Wise, tells the chilling tale of a haunted house that bears a striking resemblance to another haunted mansion we all know and love, and Jeff takes a closer look at the role Wise's film played in the development of a classic Disneyland attraction. Plus - our favorite Disney parks skeletons... and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:56pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 260: Ghostly Adventures by Disney, Halloween history

Are you brave enough? Find out in this episode of Mousetalgia, when we take you on an Adventures by Disney trip to Scotland with Mouse Fan Travel CEO Beci Mahnken and chase down myths, legends, and spine-tingling ghost stories! Follow in the footsteps of the Pixar team that created Brave on a trip to Scotland, and learn about what makes an Adventures by Disney vacation unique in the world of traveling and touring. We also discuss Disneyland Paris and tips for enjoying that resort. Next, Kristen and Jeff give Halloween a Disney twist - Jeff by reporting on the history of the classic Halloween spook house, and Kristen by reading from a Mickey Mouse Club Magazine article on the origins of this bewitching season. Also, tips to help you give your Halloween party a little Disney magic; a listener takes another look at Knott's Halloween Haunt - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 259: Knotts Halloween Haunt vs. Disneyland

Jeff visit's Knott's annual "Halloween Haunt" in this fearfully fiendish episode of Mousetalgia! As the spooking season gets under way, we compare Knott's venerable "Haunt" with Disneyland's "Mickey's Halloween Party" to compare and contrast the two extraordinarily popular seasonal events. While Knott's features scares, mazes, and entertainment for mature audiences (Elvira is back!), Disneyland focuses on characters, atmosphere, and candy, candy - and more candy. Is either attraction better or worse? Do the audiences overlap? You be the judge as we look at the features of both events. Also, ABC's fall lineup is garnering praise as well as jeers - Kristen shares a few thoughts about some of the new shows. Plus, a listener reviews a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland - and more! *Special note: There are a few moments in the show that include descriptions of some aspects of the Knott's event that might be offensive to sensitive or younger listeners. For our family audience, parental discretion is advised for this episode of Mousetalgia.

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Mousetalgia Episode 258: Haunted Mansion presentation, the art of Bambi

Jeff dons his "Chef" hat and offers a synopsis of a recent Haunted Mansion presentation he delivered at the fall gathering of the Golden Gate Disneyana Club on this week's episode of Mousetalgia. From the Mansion's architectural origins to the great haunt debate (should it be scary or should it be spooky?), we examine a few of the interesting elements that make the Haunted Mansion such an unforgettable and fascinating attraction. Next, we join Andreas Deja and Carol Police at the Walt Disney Family Museum and report on a talk about "Art and Character Development in Walt Disney's Bambi," featuring an in-depth look at the groundbreaking artwork created by Tyrus Wong for the film's production. Plus - deep-sixing Disneyland attractions, Little Mermaid Second Screen Live screenings, another view of the Villains event - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 257: Halloween Time, Anaheim's Halloween Parade

Halloween Time has come to Disneyland, and Team Mousetalgia reports on the arrival of this popular villainous season. But first, we welcome Kevin Kidney back to the show to give some history of the upcoming Anaheim Halloween Parade, what guests can expect at this year's event, and the intriguing Disney ties to this special hometown celebration. Next, Dave and Becky review Disneyland's "Unleash the Villains" Limited-Time Magic event on Friday, Sept. 13th, and describe the good, the bad, and the ugly. Dancing with DJs in Disneyland - is it a trend that's here to stay, or a fad that never quite catches the public's imagination? Then, we preview Disneyland's annual Halloween Time celebration, and offer some special food reviews, a description of some of the special seasonal overlays and features, and offer our advice on enjoying the spooky season at the park. Finally, we offer our penultimate Club 33 review of the original club, with more food reviews and a brief discussion of the future of the storied restaurant. Plus - coast-to-coast Marty Sklar book signings, including a Walt Disney Family Museum event; Pixar's La Luna story app; surviving Disneyland in the heat of SoCal's Indian Summers - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 256: Marketing Disneyland; Jack Kinney

Bob Witter, director of marketing for Disneyland in the '90s, talks about his time with the park and the development of various campaigns (starting with Indiana Jones and "40 Years of Adventure") that helped launch the resort's marketing efforts in a new direction. Witter talks about Indy, sponsors, Jay Leno, and more. Also, Jeff and Kristen discuss the late Disney animator Jack Kinney's time with the studio via his 1988 book, "Walt Disney and Other Assorted Characters." In his book, Kinney shares accounts of the earliest days at Disney's studio, and discusses how the team endured the depression and built the world's premiere animation studio under the leadership of Walt Disney. Plus - San Jose's late Frontier Village and its Disneyland ties; a signed book giveaway; Halloween Time arrives at Disneyland; the secret to creating Trader Sam's Shipwreck - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 255: Storybook Land restoration, Disneyland Half Marathon

Becky's 5k, Button's 100m dash, and Dave's half marathon: it's a Mousetalgia runDisney report! Despite sign-in woes and overnight temps near the mid-70s before sunrise, the heat and above-average humidity couldn't quell the spirit of the 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon runners. Amid scattered episodes of heat stroke and asthma attacks, the athetes perservered for another overall successful event, and we have the details. Also - a Storybook Land restoration project gets underway, with an attempt to preserve some of Walt's original model buildings from the1956 attraction, and you can be involved. Plus - dining options at the Steakhouse 55 lounge, staying in the Frontierland Tower, catching the Divas, videogame news... and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 254: Listener email

This week, we answer your emails in a cornucopia of Disney goodness! Thanks to your questions, we tackle subjects like finding Disney in the non-Disney world; a Jolly Roger Hotel review; making your DCA evenings extra-special; Dave's coast-to-coast aspirations; DIY Disneyland scavenger hunts; Goin' Quackers with Willio and Phillio; bringing a non-Disney-fan or disinterested family member into the "family"; apps that will increase your enjoyment of the parks; and buying unique Disney gifts for the fan who seems to have everything. Also - we help Dave and Becky decorate their new home, Disney-style. Plus, greetings from Scotland - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:51pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 253: Bird's 'Tomorrowland' and 'The Optimist'

"The Optimist" takes center stage in this third episode in Mousetalgia's coverage of the D23 Expo. As part of the promotional machine behind Brad Bird's upcoming film "Tomorrowland," "The Optimist," an alternate reality game, has captured the imaginations of many forward-looking futurists. Participating in the finale of its initial phase at the D23 Expo, Jeff and Kristen report on meeting many of the characters inhabiting this alternate reality as they solve puzzles and chase clues, working together with like-minded souls in their pursuit of a proposed fictional utopian society with which WED was intricately involved. Disney also unveiled its "Tomorrowland" pavilion at D23, burying fans in piles of clues and historical documents, all of which add pieces to the "Tomorrowland" puzzle. We also take a look back at WED's real history during the '64-'65 World's Fair, and try to find some context for Walt Disney's intriguing concept of a glittering "City of Tomorrow." Also, Dick Van Dyke has a car-tastrophe! Plus, some clarification about Marc Davis and Tinker Bell from Mindy Johnson, filming at DCA, Planes - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 252: D23 Expo panels and presentations

The Disney Studios and nostalgic music take the lead in our second episode covering the recent D23 Expo in Anaheim! Team Mousetalgia report on the keynote Studios presentation at the Expo, and discuss the celebrity appearances, special surprises, and Marvel-ous upcoming films certain to keep Disney fans watching their calendars. Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie, and a plethora of other Hollywood celebrities made appearances to plug upcoming projects, and Disney displayed a strong slate of future films. Also, Richard Sherman and Alan Menken appeared together for an evening of magical music from the Disney songbook, and we have highlights from this much-anticipated presentation. Also, Tony Baxter, the Pixar Brain Trust, Stacia Martin, and others got up on stage and we report on a few of the many panels offered at this year's convention. Plus - a midnight ride on the Haunted Mansion, Mara's eyes become even more threatening - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 251: D23 Expo 2013 floor and pavilions

Team Mousetalgia assemble their favorite moments, news items, reviews and experiences from the 2013 D23 Expo on this supersized, first episode (of three) reporting on the official convention attended by over 50,000 guests. This week, we discuss the lines and queues created for the event, and decide what worked and what didn't in terms of managing masses of attendees. We also review the pavilions and Collectors Forum, mentioning some stand-out vendors and some highlights from Disney's official displays, including the consumer products pavilion and Walt Disney Animation Studios. We talk favorite bits of swag, techniques for surviving the crowds, and finish part one of our review with a discussion of the Parks and Resorts pavilion featuring a "Journey Into Imagineering." Plus Jeff talks to Disney Legend Tyrus Wong and Pete Docter, Mr. Toad makes the rounds, Dave counts down to the half marathon - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 250: Early Frontierland, vintage Disneyland

Join us for a tour of Disneyland in the '50s and '60s, while Team Mousetalgia recovers from the 2013 D23 Expo weekend, which we will cover in earnest starting next Monday. But this week, we talk to former Mule Train operator Robby Beeman, who tells fascinating tales of frightened mules, waiting on Julie Andrews in Club 33, and the horse who ditched his trolley and got caught trying to visit Mr. Lincoln! Jeff also digs into his archives to read some old newspaper articles about Disneyland's first decade, and we imagine what it might have been like to, say, watch helicopters bring guests to Disneyland at twilight from the windows of the lounge atop the Disneyland Hotel. Plus - Jeff introduces a new Haunted Mansion art collection; Rolly Crump visits the Walt Disney Family Museum; Kristen reviews Randy Newman in concert; Mickey Mouse slings meth - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 249.5: Richard Sherman and Alan Menken

Richard Sherman and Alan Menken speak about their upcoming concert ("Richard M. Sherman and Alan Menken: The Disney Songbook) at the D23 Expo in this special midweek bonus episode of Mousetalgia. Dave was able to take part in a media phone interview with Richard and Alan as they spoke about their contributions to the Disney songbook. Separately and together, the two answer questions about their process, their body of work, obscure and personal songs, and their preparations for the August 10, 2013 concert which will put them together on stage for the first time ever to perform some of the most beloved music ever written. Alan speaks of his methods of creating stories as much as songs, and Richard tells stories about creating the music for Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and the catchiest theme park song ever written. Plus - hear Richard coin a term in his famous Shermanastic way, as only a Sherman Brother could!

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Mousetalgia Episode 249: D23 Expo preview, Ron Dias

Tips, tricks, hypotheses, and queues - it's time for Mousetalgia's pre-Expo roundtable! This week, Team Mousetalgia discuss our hopes and fears for this week's D23 Expo, including a list of our can't miss attractions featuring topics as varied as vintage Disney vinyl, Tony Baxter's never-seen vintage Disneyland footage, director Brad Bird, and drawing Mickey Mouse, to name a few. We also talk survival tips, discuss the show floor and vendors, and worry aloud about the untested "StagePass" system that Disney plans to implement. Also - last week the Disney community mourned the loss of Disney artist Ron Dias, and we pay tribute to the man who began his career animating Sleeping Beauty and became a friend to Disney fans far and wide. Plus - Club 33 is rumored to be closing for a major refurbishment in the near future, and Team Mousetalgia discusses the pros and cons of the likely changes. Special note: This episode marks the fifth birthday of the Mousetalgia podcast! Thank you for faithful listening and your continued support!

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Mousetalgia Episode 248: The mysterious Charles Shows, emails

Team Mousetalgia returns to the mailbag to answer your questions, and Jeff and Kristen review an insider's account of working with Walt Disney in the studio. But first - we talk back to listeners about FastPasses, buying Annual Passports, hotel distances from the Main Gate, prepping for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon, making the most out of a Disneyland trip, more on the mysterious "test brick" wall, fun and games with flourscent "invisible" ink, riding the Monorail, and some book recommendations. Jeff and Kristen then review "Walt - Backstage Adventures with Walt Disney" by Charles Shows, a television writer/director who worked for Disney in the heyday of Walt's television productions. Are Shows memories reliable, or the exaggeration of a professional gag writer? You can be the judge as we inspect some of Shows' recollections of working for Walt, the studio head. Plus - our predictions for Disney's next blockbuster film property - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 247: DisneyanaMania, Club 33, Richard Sherman

Mousetalgia was invited to speak at DisneyanaMania 2013, and we have a full report! Joined by representatives from Micechat, we addressed the attendees of this year's Disneyana convention and talked about Disney fandom. We also report on presentations by Dave Avanzino and Disney Legends Marty Sklar and Rolly Crump, and report on the show floor from the Disneyana collectibles show and sale. Next, the weekend becomes an unreal Disney fan's dream trip as Jeff and Kristen report on visiting 1901 at the Carthay Circle; review a brunch at Club 33; and attend Richard Sherman's 85th birthday surprise party. Also, a listener reports from the Chicago premiere of "The Jungle Book," directed by Mary Zimmerman. Plus - Kristen discusses piloting the Mark Twain and the wildlife of the Rivers of America; the team reviews the Garden Grove Sheraton; we take a tour through Kevin and Jody's studio - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 246: Lone Ranger, Charles Phoenix, Mouse Meet

Happy 58th birthday, Disneyland! This week, we have an emporium of topics and soundbytes, including our review of Disney's latest not-quite-blockbusting film, "The Lone Ranger," and a wrap-up of our recent trip to Seattle to visit the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet. Jeff also reviews the Walt Disney Family Museum's evening celebration of the Enchanted Tiki Room's 50th anniversary, and previews Charles Phoenix's retro Disneyland slide show, which will be featured at this year's D23 Expo next month. Also, we host a giveaway for a vintage Disneyland prize; we talk to a cast member about what it was like to pilot the Storybook Land Canal Boats of yesteryear; and we listen to some limited time magic high atop the icy slopes of the majestic Matterhorn - plus more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 245: Interviews with Imagineer Kevin Rafferty and three Disney Legends

Learn about the earliest in-"car"-nation of Cars Land from Creative Director Kevin Rafferty in this star-studded episode of Mousetalgia, recorded directly from the 2013 Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet, featuring four exclusive interviews covering many fascinating aspects of the Disney company. First, we speak with Dave Smith, the director emeritus of the Disney Archives, who tells us some secrets of his years with the company. Learn which items Dave broke, Dave's opinions about the nature of collecting, and his explanations about how the Disney Company and Disney family share items and information. Next, we talk to Kevin Rafferty about his long, productive career with Walt Disney Imagineering, including a behind-the-scenes look at the "It's Tough To Be a Bug!" attraction, and his leadership in the development of Cars Land. Finally, we attempt to corral Bill Farmer and Tony Anselmo, two of Disney's most popular voice actors, into a dual interview with varying degrees of success. Hilarity ensues! Plus - a sneak preview of next week's report from the Mouse Meet. Also, don't forget to mark your calendar for Aug. 8 at 4 pm, when the official Mousetalgia Pre-Expo Meet-up will be held on the patio outside of Trader Sam's at the Disneyland Hotel with a special guest. Don't miss it!

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Mousetalgia Episode 244: Summer tips for Disneyland, Marvel profits

Spend your summer having a spectacular time at Disneyland with our roundtable discussion of our top tips for making the most of the hot sunny days at the park. From our favorite nighttime destinations (Disney California Adventure moves up in the ranks this year!) to the best places to cool off, Team Mousetalgia shares our secrets and our go-to destinations at the resort. Also, we have an Ears To The Ground report from Trish about a busy weekend at the Walt Disney Family Museum with Disney Legends, insiders, Audio-Animatronic secrets, and some Goofy voice coaching. Finally, if you think Iron Man has filled the Mouse's coffers, you ain't seen nothing yet. Disney is going to start making serious money from its acquisition of Marvel, and we share an insider's report on how it all breaks down. Plus, patriotic Monsters... and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 243: Tinker Bell - An Evolution

This week, author Mindy Johnson joins Mousetalgia to discuss her upcoming book, "Tinker Bell: An Evolution." Learn all about the history of Tinker Bell, from author J. M. Barrie's earliest pantomimes and Peter Pan stories through Disneyland's creation of "Pixie Hollow," where park guests can meet the latest iteration of the famed fairy. Johnson discusses many aspects of her book, including: Barrie's history with the tinkers; Disney's decision to transform Tinker Bell from the mischievous imp of Peter Pan to the playful fairy that introduced Walt's earliest television shows; the many colors of Tink, including different dress shades and hair colors; the various artists that worked on Walt's version of the fairy, including David Hall and Marc Davis; and much more. Also - Jeff complains about a hidden Mickey, Kristen offers a PNWMM giveaway, Becky gets an education in scaring, and Dave reports on a special Monsters U. discussion with director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae. Plus - a report from the Limited Time Magic 25th anniversary screening of Who Framed Roger Rabbit... and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:42pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 242: Disney/Pixar 101

Don Peri and Jonas Rivera hosted a talk on the history of the Walt Disney and Pixar Studios at the Walt Disney Family Museum on June 15, 2013, and Jeff and Kristen attended to report on the event. First, Disney historian Don Peri spoke about the history of Walt Disney the man, and Walt Disney the trademark, covering the entire history of the studio (with a few shortcuts along the way). Then, Pixar producer Jonas Rivera spoke about the history of the Pixar studio, and how they look to Disney for historical direction and inspiration. But first, we discuss Universal Studios' recent decision to sell a super pass that allows purchasers to skip lines at their theme parks completely, and we discuss what forming a theme park caste system might mean for the industry, and Disney in particular. Plus - Red Trolley Ale: our review... and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:48pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 241: Disney "how-tos," e-mails

Want answers? We respond to your "how-to" emails on this week's episode of Mousetalgia. We'll tell you how to tackle the Alan Menken/Richard Sherman concert at the D23 Expo; how to choose an area hotel; how to avoid summer crowds at the park; how to approach visiting the Walt Disney Family Museum; and how to take romantic photos in the parks. Also, D23 Day at Imagineering - worth going or not? Insoles and walking socks - do they make a difference? Is there any can't-miss counter service food at the parks? Plus, a special report on the park and guests with hearing loss; a quick discussion about the golden age of Warner Bros. animation and Lee Holley; hunting for collectibles at the Disneyana show and sale, a sneak preview of Monsters University - and much more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:15pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 240: 12 straight days at Disneyland, WDFM's Calicchio resigns

Spending 12 days straight at Disneyland, and Gabriella Calicchio resigns as CEO of the Walt Disney Family Museum: Dave and Becky spent 12 days at Disneyland, and learned how to live at the resort. Becky offers tips for dealing with shorter park hours, and faces the challenges of long-term stays (such as losing your annual pass, getting sick mid-trip, and balancing competing family interests.) She also reviews World of Color dining at Wine Country Trattoria, and reviews a recent meal at Steakhouse 55. Next, we discuss the news that Walt Disney Family Museum CEO Gabriella Calicchio abruptly resigned last week, and we look back at her brief time as the CEO of the museum, and muse about the museum's future direction. Plus, ranking the fine dining options at the resort, meeting Stan Lee, Monsters cereal, Carthay Circle's new CD release, Mousetalgia's new pinterest page - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:20pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 239: Mickey's Magical Map, Monstrous All-Nighter

Disneyland opened a new stage show in Fantasyland Theatre and launched the summer with a 24-hour "all-nighter," and Team Mousetalgia brings you our exclusive report! First, Disneyland threw a party for the press to celebrate the world premiere of "Mickey's Magical Map," the new live action extravaganza which occupies the newly-renovated Fantasyland Theatre, and we offer our initial impressions and review of the crowd-pleasing show. Next, Disneyland celebrated the start of their "Monstrous Summer" with a 24-hour party in Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, and Dave and Jeff took the challenge and attempt to survive 24 hours inside the resort. Listen to our report and tips for managing a night of Disney entertainment, attractions, food, and dealing with sleep-deprived, punch-drunk guests. Also, John Lasseter talks Monsters University at a Giants ballgame, Disneyland goes Greek - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:07am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 238: Don Morin of the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet

Don Morin, the founder of the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet, joins Mousetalgia to talk about the event's history and what the future holds for this popular Disney fan convention. Don also talks about a recent PNW Mouse Trek he and some lucky attendees took to Hollywood to experience some Walt Disney history, including trips to Walt's Barn, the Tam O'Shanter, and special tour of the Walt Disney Studios - and we have a report from the event from attendee Russ! Also, Disneyland-area hotels, part 2: Thanks to listener feedback, we are already revisiting the topic of hotels, to aid you in your summer trip planning. Plus, Jeff goes comic book shopping, Kristen tries to watch "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" on dvd, Becky talks about paying for missed Disneyland Dining reservations, and Dave does Record Store Day!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 237: Star Wars Day, Iron Man 3

The Fourth is strong with Jeff as he takes on a fun-filled day packed with Star Wars activities, and the Walt Disney Family Museum welcomes its first exhibit of contemporary lowbrow art by Camille Rose Garcia. But first, Team Mousetalgia discuss their 24-hour day prep as Jeff and Dave decide to attempt to stay in Disneyland Park for 24 straight hours. Next, Jeff and Kristen review Iron Man 3, and Jeff discusses the WDFM's press event celebrating their new Alice in Wonderland exhibit featuring works by Mary Blair and Camille Rose Garcia, and the team ponders the museum's direction and mission. We discuss the Walt Disney Company's focus on acquiring franchises vs. in-house creative ventures, and move into a review of Jeff's celebration of Star Wars Day on May 4, with stops at Disneyland, Bats Day, Gallery Nucleus and a 30th anniversary screening of Return of the Jedi in Hollywood, featuring guest speaker Mark Hamill!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:24pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 236: Disney collecting 101

It's the thrill of the hunt! From the newest Vinylmation to the oldest Mickey Mouse figurine, Team Mousetalgia takes you on a tour through the ins and outs of collecting Disney merchandise and various forms of Disneyana. Most Disney fans like to surround themselves with Disney items, so by popular demand, we're diving headfirst into the topic of collecting. First, we define the term "collector," and help you define what pattern of collecting is most suited to you. We look at different ways to collect, where you'll find the biggest selection of Disneyana, and how to shop smart and follow your heart. We also get personal and describe our favorite collectible items and talk about our own methods of displaying our treasures. Plus, Jeff talks about printing techniques and defines some confusing terms. Also - 24 hours in a park with nothing to do? Why not ride Tower of Terror a gazillion times in a row? Plus more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:09am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 235: Hotels 101 - Staying on and off Disney property

Trying to decide where to stay on your Disneyland vacation? Let Team Mousetalgia lend a hand with our collection of tips and ideas for making the most of your next trip to the resort. Whether you select the least expensive area motel or the exclusive Pirates Suite in the Disneyland Hotel, we'll offer some guidance and advice gathered from our years of experience traveling to and from Disneyland to help you make informed choices and good decisions. We'll look at some of the best and worst off-property options, and explore the amenities and restaurants at the official Disneyland Resort hotels. Also - Star Wars and the Haunted Mansion collide, and Kristen reviews a Fess Parker biography. Plus - 24 hours straight in Disneyland... great idea, mass hysteria - or both?

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:49pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 234: Who Framed Roger Rabbit's 25th Anniversary

Celebrate a Toontown anniversary reunion this week, as Jeff takes you along to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 25th anniversary screening and panel discussion celebrating "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," the seminal live action/animated film that honored classic pre-television animation. Listen to an all-star panel discuss the making of the film, and learn about the challenges they overcame to bring director Robert Zemeckis's vision to the screen. Also, we take a look at the history of the film, and learn about the pulp novel from which the film was adapted. Also - a Walt Disney Family Museum report on Walt's Hyperion studio; Ub Iwerks and Brad Bird's Disney-related ties to Alfred Hitchcock - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:40am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 233: Marc Davis biography, remembering Annette

Disney author and historian Jeff Kurtti joins us to remember Annette Funicello, and Lella Smith of the Animation Research Library joins us to discuss an upcoming Marc Davis book on this week's Emporium. But first, Becky reports on braving Disneyland during Spring Break and offers some culinary cautionary tales from the park. Next, Lella Smith, Creative Director of Disney's Animation Research Library, talks to us about an upcoming book about Marc Davis and offers an exclusive and extensive sneak preview of the chapters and authors of this much-anticipated book. Finally, we take a moment to remember Annette Funicello, and Jeff Kurtti joins us to share some personal stories of his memories and interaction with Annette, who may be best remembered as "America's Sweetheart." Plus, Disney Jr.'s new show, Iron Man invades Disneyland - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:04pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 232: E-mails, Disney music

It's another Mousetalgia Mailbag! In this episode, Team Mousetalgia answer more of your questions, dealing with topics such as biographies of Walt Disney; dealing with Disneyland on a holiday weekend; an update on the ongoing Mousetalgia "Soarin'" contest; the darkness of Mary Poppins; and a mule named "Jo." Also - a report on the organ music which accompanied Walt Disney's early silent films, and another report on a successful solo trip to Disneyland.  Plus - 12 of our favorite classic Disney movies, an album review of vintage Disney music - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:27pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 231: Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy

Disney Legend Bill Farmer joins Mousetalgia for our super-silly April Fools' Week episode! Farmer, an accompished voice over artist and the voice of Goofy, joins us this week to discuss his life and times. We talk about Bill's early career and stand-up comedy, how he became Disney's choice as the voice of Goofy, and his other voice work for Warner Bros., Pixar, and other popular studios and characters. Plus, we talk about Goofy in the parks, and his presence throughout Disneyland. Also - how to discern whether or not a Disney story is an April Fools' Day rumor, and Kingdom Comedy's Tim Babb joins the table!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:11pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 230: Remembering Marc Davis with Alice Davis

Disney Legend Marc Davis in his own words: This week, on the centennial of his birth, the Mousetalgia team presents a special salute to Marc Davis, one of Walt Disney's "Nine Old Men" and one of the most influential Imagineers to ever work for WED Enterprises. First, we present an exclusive oral history of Marc's background and history with the Disney Studios by Marc himself, taken from a never-before aired interview. Marc talks about discovering his artistic talents and finding work with Disney during the Great Depression, and describes his time working for Walt. Next, Jeff and Kristen report from Club 33's exclusive Marc Davis Centennial event, and describe the amazing food, fascinating panel discussions and a tour through the Dream Suite to see some of Marc's original iconic artwork from Disney's archives. Finally, we welcome Disney Legend Alice Davis back to the show to share her own thoughts about Marc's life and work and her time with Marc, and to offer some tips about having a lasting, loving marriage. Also - Designer Celeste Cronrath talks about creating the hottest new Haunted Mansion merch release in years, Becky gets classy talking about jewelry, and Wreck-It Ralph and Oz reviews!

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Mousetalgia Episode 229: Disneyland Fantasy Faire, Minnie's Moonlit Madness

Find your favorite princess in Disneyland's new royal Fantasy Faire, and take a trip backstage as Mousetalgia competes in Minnie's Moonlit Madness, a cutthroat cast member competition! First, we report on the mostly-annual "Madness," a trivia contest and scavenger hunt that takes place in Disneyland Park after it closes to the public. We're joined by Imagineer Josh Shipley to discuss the struggles, strategies and secrets behind the contest, which is hours of pure fun - and learn how Mousetalgia ended up representing Walt Disney World in the competition! Next, we report from the AP Preview of Disneyland's newest addition, the Princess Fantasy Faire. We review the new food, entertainment, and environments of the just-opened Faire, and offer our opinions on this replacement for the lamented Carnation Plaza Gardens. Plus - our exclusive review of "Oz the Great and Powerful," Don Hahn on Frankenweenie, new Disneyland Hotel deals - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:55am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 228: Disneyland University, e-mail

Van Arsdale France and Disneyland University: Team Mousetalgia takes a look at the career of France and his contribution to the development of the Disneyland "cast member," as well as a little history of the frantic march to Disneyland's opening day and the challenges of staffing the park. We also talk to Cast Member Lindsay, and get a modern perspective on what it means to represent the Disney company today. Also - we dig into the email folder and offer Disneyland resort dining tips, trip tips, and a random JJ Abrams sighting! Plus, windows on Main Street - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:15pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 227: Disney on Broadway

Disney on Broadway: Mousetalgia welcomes Director Tim O'Donnell to the show this week to talk about Disney and the theater. O'Donnell, who has worked with Papermill Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre and the Rockettes among numerous other companies, brings considerable expertise to our roundtable discussion about Disney's biggest Broadway hits, their theatrical near-misses, and some inside information about the Mouse's lesser-known theatrical productions. Also - The Lion King of the musical hill, the White Rabbit vs. the Black family, Disney tragedies and a Dapper Day report - plus more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:59am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 226: D23 Gaffe, Dining with Princesses

A D23 gaffe and dining with princesses are featured in this week's Mousetalgia Emporium! First, we share some tips for taking solo trips to Disneyland, and help lone travelers make the most of their trip. Next, we talk about the state of D23, the official Disney fan club, and offer our opinions (and catch a recent major gaffe!) In our review round-up, we look at the new Peter Pan Blu-ray release, and discuss the extras that put the latest disc ahead of the rest. Kristen also talks Rosemary Clooney, and Jeff reviews the latest from Club Penguin. Next, Becky reviews the Character Dinner at Ariel's Grotto, and gets to know Ariel and her princess friends. Finally, Jeff talks about the upcoming film "Maleficent," and discusses reports that Angelina Jolie's daughter is being paid well to come to work with mom.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:30pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 225: Inner and Outer Space

Take an adventure through inner space and explore the farthest reaches of outer space as we go back in time to explore two of Disneyland's most popular Tomorrowland attractions. First, Adventure Thru Inner Space takes you on a atomic voyage into a molecule of a snowflake, and we look at the initial design concepts and intriguing scientific notions behind this ride from Disneyland's "New" Tomorrowland of 1967. Next, shoot through the galaxy on Space Mountain, with opening day reports, sound clips, and memories of the futuristic coaster, built in 1977 and still operating today. Also - a behind the scenes look at a restoration project at the Walt Disney Family Museum, remembering Fred MacMurray, the music of Tron, and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:45pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 224: Romance at Disneyland, Composer Jim Dooley

It's Valentine's week, so Mousetalgia gets romantic with tips, tricks, and ideas for making your stay at the Disneyland Resort especially wonderful for you and your other half. Napa Rose or Steakhouse 55? Disneyland Hotel or Grand Californian? We give our opinions. Also, Emmy-winning composer Jim Dooley joins us to talk about making magical music for Disney, including his work on Epic Mickey 1 and 2, the Pirates of the Caribbean score with Hans Zimmer, and The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning. Plus - our salute to the work of Tony Baxter (hint: it includes a touch of accordion), and a bonus review of Epic Mickey 2!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:12pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 223: Peter Pan, Disney Legend Alice Davis

Walt Disney's "Peter Pan" turns 60, and we have a fun, hodgepodge salute to the classic film. Jeff reviews a screening of the newly-restored film at the El Capitan Theatre with a panel discussion that included Kathryn Beaumont (Wendy), Margaret Kerry (Tinker Bell), historian Leonard Maltin, and filmmaker Ted Thomas. Then, dive into the history and making of the film, with bits about the history of Peter Pan's outfit, Peter Pan in Disneyland, and Walt Disney's animation studio. Finally, learn a little more about animator Marc Davis (who created Tinker Bell) from his wife, Disney Legend Alice Davis, in our exclusive interview! Plus, Sofia the First, art collecting, and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00am PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 222: Tinker Bell Half Marathon, Golden Horseshoe tribute

Tinker Bell Half Marathon/Neverland 5K weekend - learn all about the ins, outs and arounds of this popular race weekend, and hear about the backstage secrets and other fun elements from this annual event. Also - the Disney Parks Blog hosted a meetup with runDisney stars Jeff Galloway and Tara Gidus (and celebrities Sean Astin and Ali Vincent), and we have an exclusive report! Finally, Disneyland continues to add Limited Time Magic to its daily schedule, and Team Mousetalgia reports on the New Orleans Bayou Bash and the highly anticipated "Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue" - does it do justice to the original revue? Plus, rainy day at the resort? Don't despair - we've got advice to share!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:13pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 221: Mailbag, Disneyland, Disney books

Dip into the mailbag with Mousetalgia! This week's topics: kids and the Disneyland resort hotels and restaurants; "must eats" at the resort; affordable car rentals; east coast castmembers vs. west coast castmembers; seeking out Mary Blair artwork; making special birthday memories at the park for seasoned Disneyland "pros"; Club 33 membership questions; our favorite Disney publications and books, both hard to find and easily available; and cardboard DVD/Blu-ray sleeves - keep 'em or toss 'em? Plus - Disney Debit vs. Disney Visa cards - weighing the merits of each, New Balance's new Disney running shoes, "Seen, Un-seen Disneyland," Disney's Nine Old Men flip books - and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:49pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 220: Three Kings Day, Annette Funicello

Kevin Kidney returns to the show to share some of his personal stories about Disney Legend Annette Funicello, and he discusses Annette's Place, a fundraiser for the Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases. But first, Dave and Becky visit Disneyland for the first Limited Time Magic experience of 2013, the Three Kings Day Celebration. From rarely seen character appearances to special dances and performances, Disneyland pulled out all the stops for this traditional holiday, and Mousetalgia reports. Next, we share some "Pictures of Annette," featuring some articles, news bits, and memories of her career with Disney as a Mouseketeer and pop icon. Renowned Disney Artist Kevin Kidney discusses the recently opened online store to benefit Annette's foundation featuring some of his artwork, and shares some inspirational stories about America's Sweetheart. Plus - a hotel report, Carthay Circle tips, our Limited Time Magic dreams... and more!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:16pm PDT
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Mousetalgia Episode 219: Building Disneyland, Disney Outlets

Lions, Outlets and Gurr, Oh My... it's the first Mousetalgia Emporium of 2013! Becky reports on the theatrical presentation of The Lion King in San Francisco, and we discuss the longevity of this people-pleasing Disney musical. Jeff reports on the recent Walt Disney Family Museum presentation by Bob Gurr on Walt Disney's process for "Building Disneyland." Kristen finally visits the Napa Rose chef's counter, orders a Kate and Ella, and eats too much. Also - Disney outlets... are they all created equally? Plus, LAX car rentals, a hotel review, and more!

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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!"

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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!

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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?

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:24pm PDT
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