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We created a lot of great Disney memories in 2023 and as alwyas, choosing our favorites is no easy task. This year our hosts had Disney expeirences in Hawaii, Anaheim, Orlando, the Caribbean, as well as movie theaters and their living rooms. Regardless of the location Disney gave us a lot to enjoy. This episode not only serves as our annual time of reflection, but it also will be our final episode for Mouse House Weekly. It has been our honor and pleasure to bring you Disney content over the last four years. We’d love to stay connected with you via social media, keep sharing our Disney moments with you, and see what kind of Disney magic is happening in your life!
Disney animation has a rich history of creating memorable characters and stories, and many of these characters belong to various “families” within the Disney universe. These families often serve as the central focus of the narratives, providing themes of love, friendship, and adventure. With so many examples of great Disney families, the question is which family is the best? Is there a family you connect with? Be sure to download the bracket below and play along.
From Walt Disney World to Hawaii, Bryce and David have traversed the globe for this week’s episode of Mouse House Weekly. First David gives us a much anticipated review of Disney’s Jollywood Nights at Disney Hollywood Studios. Bryce then discusses everything Aulani as he recaps his honeymoon at Disney’s Hawaiian Resort on Oahu. This episode touches on places and experiences never discussed on Mouse House Weekly and you are sure to want to travel to Aulani after you hear our discussion.
Goodbyes and endings are so difficult sometimes, but Disney is known for creating some of the most beloved and memorable endings ever put to film. Whether it’s a storybook ending where they all lived “Happily Ever After” or an ending that brings the whole story full circle, Disney knows how to end a movie gracefully. But what are the best movie endings? As the penultimate episode of Mouse House Weekly, Bryce and Darrell will talk their favorite Disney goodbyes also known as Disney movie endings. Do our favorite Disney movie endings match yours? Join us this week on Mouse House Weekly!
Star Wars is a franchise near and dear to both Blake and JJ’s hearts, and is one of the subjects discussed the most in their episodes. Recently, much like Marvel, Star Wars seems to be in a slump, and not nearly as popular as they were around their peak era between 2015 and 2021. In their last episode on the show, both Blake and JJ are discussing why they feel that Star Wars has been on a decline as of late. They discuss where they are lacking, where there are areas of opportunity, and what Disney could do to bring Star Wars back to the level of hype and popularity it had in the past.
In May of this year the final installment of the original Star Wars Trilogy, Return of the Jedi, turned 40 years old. We’ve previously taken a look at A New Hope when it turned 45 and The Empire Strikes Back when it turned 40. So it’s only proper that we complete our trilogy on this beloved trilogy. We talk about our first memories, the legacy of the film, favorite moments, the use of music, special effects, and so much more!
Over the years, numerous talented actresses have provided the voices for these beloved Disney Princesses. These actresses have not only lent their voices but also contributed to the characterization and emotional depth of the Disney Princesses, making them memorable and cherished by audiences of all ages. But what do we know about the amazing women who have brought to life these beloved characters?
The Disney parks are arguably the most popular and successful theme parks in the world, but the question is, why? What makes these parks stand out among the others to make them so popular? In this episode, both Blake and JJ are discussing their reasoning for why they believe Disney parks stand out amongst other theme parks similar to them. They discuss cleanliness, Disney’s properties, their technology, and some more specific reasons.
Do you love fan theories as much as we do? If so, this episode is for YOU! The internet is full of fan theories about Disney films, so we decided to choose a few of them and share whether or not we think they could be true. Is Boo from Monsters, Inc. the witch from Brave? Do all the Pixar movies take place within the same universe? Did Nemo and Moana actually die near the beginning of their respective movies? Does Magara become Mother Gothel? Is Jaffar the true hero of Aladdin? We tackle these theories and MORE in this week’s episode!
Bryce and David are back to talk about two recent Disney projects. Once Upon a Studio was released last week on Disney+ and premiered on The Wonderful World of Disney. This phenomenal short showcases the worlds of Disney Animation and Bryce and David discuss all the easter eggs and emotional beats of the short. During their second segment, Bryce and David discuss all the holiday happenings at the U.S. Disney Parks. The brand new Disney Jollywood Nights hosted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios harkens back to the great themed nights at Disneyland in the 60s. Jollywood Nights begin November 11th at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Disney has been remaking their cinematic classics for many years now. These remakes have gained popularity in recent years and are part of Disney’s strategy to capitalize on their extensive catalog. Disney remakes serve several purposes. They allow Disney to introduce classic stories to a new generation of audiences, often with updated visuals and contemporary themes. They also provide an opportunity to monetize existing intellectual property and expand the Disney brand. But the remakes have faced criticism for being overly reliant on nostalgia and not offering much that is new or innovative. But are there movies that Disney would not remake?
One of Disney fans’ favorite parts of the Halloween overhaul at Disneyland is the Nightmare Before Christmas retheme for Haunted Mansion. There have been a few other attraction rethemes, but what if there were more across the parks? In this episode, both Blake and JJ are discussing potential rethemes for different attractions across Disneyland and California Adventure, including classics such as Pirates of the Caribbean, or some newer rides such as WEB Slingers. They also discuss what Disney could also do more with in terms of their Halloween events they put on every year.
Halloween season is here and it’s time to watch some Disney Halloween movies! Tim Burton first offered up the story of “Frankenweenie” as a live action short-film in 1984. However, in today’s episode, we’re covering the longer stop-motion animation version from 2012. Last year around this time, Disney Plus premiered “Werewolf by Night” directed by Michael Giacchino. Not only are both of these films in black and white, but each of them draw upon classic horror films from the 50s – 80s, filling their stories with easter eggs and homages to those beloved classics.
David is back from another trip to WDW as well as a great relaxing time on the new Disney Wish. David gives us the highlights from Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, which he was a first time visitor to. David’s journey on the Wish will give you the overall experience of cruising with an infant. Bryce and David also cover a huge announcement about what Disney will do in the next ten years in their theme parks.
In their final episode for MHW, Ben and Erica look back at how their magical adventure began, what it was like to be part of the show, some of their favorite podcast episodes and Disney memories during this time, and how they like to say “See You Real Soon” at the end of a Disney vacation. Plus, they discuss their favorite announcements from D23. Ben and Erica want to thank Darrell, all the MHW hosts, and the listeners for making their MHW journey one full of joy, magic, and memories that they will cherish for years to come!
During Disneyland’s construction, Walt grew tired of making the long commute between Burbank and Anaheim and decided he would build himself an apartment right inside Disneyland. Today, a guest can take a unique tour and visit this iconic apartment. A dedicated tour guide leads guests up and down Main Street USA, telling stories about Main Street USA when it first opened in 1955, and pointing out fun decorations and surprises guest may not normally notice. In this episode of Mouse House Weekly Rachel and Jeremiah discuss their recent visit to Disneyland when they decided to take this very special event.