Sunday, March 3, 2013

Paula Sigman Lowery and Happy Hour at the Anabella: This Week's Mouse Castle Lounge

Paula Sigman Lowery
It's coffee and cocktails with good friends in this week's episode of The Mouse Castle Lounge. And, what the heck, we'll throw in some Disney history and an Anaheim happy hour recommendation for you too.

First, we start off with a wonderful conversation with Disney historian Paula Sigman Lowery, who I've known via social media for about a year and a half, and finally sat down to chat with in person over lattes at Penelope's Cafe Books & Gallery, a quaint little coffee shop not far from Glendale in La Canada Flintridge. Our meeting was sparked by an article I came across that Paula had written for Disney Magazine over ten years ago about a virtual Walt Disney Family Museum. Before it existed in real life in San Francisco's Presidio, the Walt Disney Family Museum was an online extension of that had its origin in a CD-ROM version of Walt - The Man Behind the Myth. In our discussion, Paula and I talk about the evolution of the Museum from its virtual beginnings to its present day bricks and mortar reality. Paula spent 20 years working for the Walt Disney Company, 15 of them at the Walt Disney Archives, and offers all kinds of fascinating insight into Walt, his family and the development of the Museum. She also happily shares her full-blown geekery over the Mickey Mouse Club and Spin and Marty. Hey, she may be a respected Disney historian, but she's also a fan--and true fans are always welcome in The Mouse Castle Lounge.

The Tangerine Grill and Patio at the Anabella Hotel
Next, I'll join my friend Tina at one of our favorite Anaheim hangouts, the Nectarine Bar at the Anabella Hotel. You might recall a month ago Tina and I waxed profound about the offerings at the Mendocino Wine Bar inside Disney California Adventure. This time we chime in on the happy hour specials available seven days a week at this charming hotel within easy walking distance of the Disneyland Resort. For years, the Anabella has been my first choice for location and price when I visit Anaheim. The Nectarine Bar and the adjacent Tangerine Grill and Patio are two more reasons I like to stay there. It's all about the Tangerine martinis, baby!

And, before you ask, the Anabella did not pay me for this endorsement. I really do stay there and it really is my usual first choice. So there.

Podcasters at work at the Nectarine Bar. Back off! We're professionals.
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