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Mousetalgia Podcast 459: Remembering Marty Sklar with artist Eric Robison

This week, Team Mousetalgia welcomes Disney artist Eric Robison to the show to discuss his years at Walt Disney Imagineering with Marty Sklar. Robison shares some stories and personal memories, including insight into the relationship he had with Sklar and the story of how Sklar helped him launch his career. Learn about Tomorrowland's proposed MegaPopper 2000 walking popcorn machine,...

Disney News Roundup: Railroads and Memories

Welcome to the MiceChat News Roundup! While many were celebrating the newly reopened River at Disneyland, we said goodbye to a legend and Disney pioneer, Marty Skylar. It was a bittersweet couple of weeks. The Roundup brings you all the news from the Disneyland resort and beyond. This week's Top Stories In Memoriam: Marty Sklar Marty Sklar was a student at UCLA and...

The Sweep Spot Podcast – #215 Disneyland 1997

In this episode we are going to take a virtual tour of Disneyland as if it was the year 1997. That year had some memorable moments, and times for both of us. Get ready as we discuss some of the attractions that weren't there yet, and some that were already gone, plus all the other events that took place...

You’ve Got To Be Kidding: Would You Rather…

Time for a quick game of “Would You Rather”. Disney style. Would you rather always see the world as a black-and-white Mickey Mouse cartoon or have everyone else in the world sound like Captain Rex from Star Tours? Would you rather be responsible for Superstar Limo or Luigi’s Tires? Would you rather stand in line behind a whiny baby or a whiny...

Blurring the Mechanical Line: GHP’s New Animatronic Head Offers a Glimpse Into the Future of Expressive Characters

Howdy everyone—July was an exciting month for us at Garner Holt Productions, Inc. (GHP): in the middle of the month, GHP was on hand at the D23 Expo to share some of our work to support MiceChat and the Walt Disney Birthplace; the next weekend, my creative director Bill Butler, along with our pal Bob Gurr, spoke on a...

Yesterland: Maliboomer

At Yester California Adventure: “What goes up, must come down! These three 180 foot high towers will launch true thrill seekers straight up at a dizzying rate.” Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Maliboomer When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

DCA Update – Shaved Ice, Hopeless Heroes and New Animation

DCA may have the big new ride, Guardians of the Galaxy, but all the buzz is across the Esplanade at Disneyland for the return of the railroad and river. Still, there's quit a bit going on at Disney's California Adventure. New foods, ride rumors, and a faltering festival. Much thanks to PhotoMatt, Dsny Debbie and Scott Attula for their help...

Dateline Disney World – Tron Coming to Magic Kingdom and More

Big changes are on the way to the Magic Kingdom. While not much new is happening right now, let's take a stroll through the park and imagine a Tomorrowland with a Tron coaster in it! (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); (deployads = window.deployads || ).push({}); Yes, TRON...

Disneyland Classics – The Circle of the Past to the Future

Friday, July 28th was the culmination of efforts by many people to bring back a series of Disneyland attractions that had been on hiatus during the construction of the new area, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Taking a page from the Park's past, the Imagineering team on this project definitely plussed the area known as the Rivers of America. Festivities to...

Disneyland Special Update – Disneyland Classic River and Railroad Return

Hello, folks! Welcome aboard the Disneyland Railroad! We’re now embarking on a grand circle tour of the Magic Kingdom, with stops at New Orleans Square, Mickey’s Toontown, and Tomorrowland—followed by a visit to the Grand Canyon and Primeval World. We got a lot of travelin’ ahead of us, so remember: for a safe trip, you need to stay seated,...

Disneyland’s River Reopens

After a year and a half of construction, shortening, rockwork, replanting and retheming to accommodate Star Wars land, the Rivers of America have finally reopened at Disneyland, the result is impressive. We'll have full photo coverage for you on Monday but wanted to share some images and video with you right away. Disneyland Railroad Not much has changed, but the things that...

Knott’s Berry Farm Update: Boardwalk Starts A New Beat

Welcome back to America's First Theme Park, where the townsfolk are just waiting to take you on an adventure. Knott's has cooked up some great entertainment this year that can compete with any of the bigger parks but with a down home quaint charm. And stick around till the end to hear about our huge MiceChat Halloween Spooktacular event!   Boardwalk...

In Memoriam: Marty Sklar

Marty Sklar Feb 6, 1934 - July 27, 2017 Marty Sklar was a student at UCLA and editor for The Daily Bruin when Walt Disney hired him on to create and run a daily paper for his theme park, Disneyland News. He went on to create most of the publicity materials for the park, with this office just to the left...

Yesterland: Studio Catering Co. and High Octane Refreshments

It’s fun when a theme park restaurant has a view into an attraction. Just think of Blue Bayou Restaurant at Disneyland, with a late twilight view of the bayou, boats, and fireflies of Pirates of Caribbean. Or how about The Land Grill at Epcot, the revolving restaurant above Living With the Land, where “even the hooves of the mighty...

DCA Photo Update – Farewell to Bugs

Disneyland may be getting all the attention this week with the return of the River and the roll out of MaxPass, but there's a lot going on at DCA as well. The recent D23 Expo confirmed the long discussed MiceAge rumors about Marvel coming to the park. Dsny Debbie and crew are on the scene to take us on...

Dateline Disney World – Great Movie Ride Tribute and Galaxy’s Edge Update

It's a very special Dateline Disney World this week as we take one last look at the Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios park before it closes in August. We'll also show you what else is going on in this park as it prepares for a total transformation. ...

Garner Holt Productions: 40 Years of Incredible Imagination

Today, July 25, 2017, is the 40th anniversary of the world’s largest, most productive, and, with not a little pride, most ambitiously creative animatronics producer: Garner Holt Productions, Inc. (GHP).  Four decades ago today, paperwork filed by a sixteen year-old high school student named Garner Holt was approved for the formation of a California corporation, one that would provide...

Yesterland: Observations about the Wizarding World in Florida

Dragon Challenge at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Florida is in the news this week. The steel coaster with two interlaced tracks will close forever on September 4, 2017. A new Harry Potter-themed attraction will take its place in 2019. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter When you are done reading, please leave your comments...

Mousetalgia Podcast 457: Fantasmic returns; D23 Expo show floor report

It's a fantastic super-sized episode of Mousetalgia this week as we report on our travels down to Anaheim for the D23 Expo and the various goings-on at the Disneyland Resort. First, we offer trip reports from Expo weekend in the parks, and Jeff reviews the Skyline Lounge experience as well as a soft opening of the newly-renovated Fantasmic! nighttime...

Disneyland News & Photo Update – Taking it to the MaxPass

Welcome back to the Disneyland Resort. It's the middle of summer, but Disneyland is still unveiling all sorts of exciting new stuff. Fantasmic! has returned, the train and river boats will reopen on the 29th, and the digital version of FASTPASS has at long last made its debut. We'll take a look throughout the park, and fill you in...