Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Inside The Mouse Castle 07-22-2014 - Disneyland, Club 33, Pirates of the Caribbean and 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Tim and Anthony talk about their recent visits to Disneyland and review the reopening of Club 33. They also discuss the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' premiere in Hollywood and guest injuries aboard Pirates of the Caribbean. 

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Imagineer Alan Coats in the MCL

Alan Coats considers himself pretty lucky. His father, Claude, was a talented Disney artist who worked on almost every feature-length film from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Lady and the Tramp. Claude would eventually shift his talents to Disneyland, designing the Fantasyland dark rides for grand opening before taking on the "impossible" task of creating the Mine Train's Rainbow Caverns. Claude was named a Disney Legend in 1991.

Disney Imagineer Alan Coats
Alan's mother, Evelyn, was a department head at the studio's Ink and Paint Department. She and Claude got married during the hectic production of Snow White, took a three-day honeymoon in Ensenada, then went right back to work.

Alan grew up among all the great names at the studio. He met Walt and Roy Disney. He marched in a Disneyland parade alongside Annette Funicello. He knew all of the Nine Old Men. Artist and Imagineer Yale Gracey took Alan's baby pictures.

Add to that a decades-long career at Disney with stints at Disneyland, Walt Disney World and WED (later Walt Disney Imagineering) and you see before you a very lucky man indeed. Being a talented artist and designer probably didn't hurt either. Nor, for that matter, did being Claude's kid. Alan readily owns up to that one.

Alan is my guest today in The Mouse Castle Lounge. In part one of our two-part conversation, he talks about his father's career as well as his own early days working at Disneyland. Enjoy!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

It's Launch Time! The Premiere of 'Inside the Mouse Castle'

The wait is over. It's time to launch Inside the Mouse Castle.

ITMC is the brand new, highly anticipated, hugely entertaining and unquestionably humble new podcast that keeps you up to date with the latest news and information from the world of Disney. Tim Callaway (that's me) and Anthony Reynolds (that's him) are your hosts of this twice weekly extravaganza of information and silliness.

Today we celebrate Disneyland's 59th birthday, take a look at what might be wrong with the Club 33 refurbishment, and talk with Robbie Sherman, the son of Disney songwriting legend Robert Sherman. Robbie paid us a surprise visit in honor of our epic new show. That's our story and we're sticking to it.

A big thank you to our awesome friends at the Anabella Hotel, across the street from the Disneyland Resort, for their excellent hospitality and for letting us record our first show poolside. Also, thanks to our fake producer Scott Linder for taking photos, but especially for bringing donuts. You're hired.

Oh, and for fans of The Mouse Castle Lounge, it returns this weekend with former Disney Imagineer Alan Coats as our guest. Mouse Castle podcasts are back, baby!

Welcome Inside the Mouse Castle. Please, step all the way in to make room for everybody. There's no turning back now.

(l. to r.) Anthony, Robbie Sherman and Tim