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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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