Recorded live from the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet, Mousetalgia presents 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, theme park designer, 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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If you are a fan of extinct Southern California theme parks, we have a very special treat for you. Christopher Merritt, theme park designer and author of Knott’s Preserved, is about to release another amazing book on a fascinating part of theme Park history, Pacific Ocean Park.


Meet the amazing authors behind Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles’ Space Age Nautical Pleasure Pier and hear all about this one of a kind Los Angeles destination which has been all but lost to history. The authors will lead us through a colorful presentation about the park, followed by a book signing (a limited number of discounted copies of the book are available). As with all of our ESPN Zone events, there will be a fabulous breakfast (yes, there will be plenty of awesome maple pepper bacon).

Here’s a video teaser for you of this not-to-be-missed event:

Seating is limited and will sell out quickly. Be the first to get this book, meet the authors, and have your very own copy signed.


  • DisneyDoll

    What an amazing looking place. I wish it was still open today.

  • Agreed. It seems like such an intriguing mix of dark rides, kooky atmosphere, and amazing rock and roll. First stop when I built my own Delorean.

  • bpespiri

    Hi Jeff. We are going to be in Ontario on the 13th and will not be able to make it back in time for the event. Is there anyway to order the book and p/u later, or pay to have it shipped? My Mom and Uncle remember P O P and think they would really enjoy the book. Thank you! Have a good week!

    • bpespiri

      Nevermind, I found it on Amazon. 🙂 Thank you!

  • DisneyWorld

    I just barley discovered this podcast after years of coming here! What is wrong with me? If it wasn’t for someone mentioning it in a post, I wouldn’t have found this. Such a great listen! Tony is an absolute riot!

  • Thanks, DisneyWorld! You can go back through our 6 years of archives at – and find lots of great interviews, as well as a 6-year timeline of what’s been going on at Disneyland. We’ve talked to legends including Alice Davis, Bob Gurr, Marty Sklar, Tony a couple times, and numerous insiders and experts along the way, and there’s a lot of good stuff to choose from. We’re total Disney nerds just like the rest of you, and we just like to share our nerdiness.