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Mouse & Castle: A Disney Parks and Entertainment Podcast


Welcome to the Mouse & Castle, a gathering place for lovers of all things Disney.


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Welcome to the Mouse & Castle, a gathering place for lovers of all things Disney.




Disneyland Trip Recap & 2023 Disney Movie Roundup

In this episode, Aaron and Riley recap Aaron's recent trip to Disneyland with friends. Aaron shares his impressions of introducing first-time visitors to Disneyland and compares it to Walt Disney World. They also discuss some of the new areas like San Fransokyo in Disney California Adventure. Next, they dive into a discussion of the Disney theatrical releases of 2023. Elemental emerges as Aaron's favorite while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 stands out as Riley's top pick. They debate the pros and cons of various films and discuss trends in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The episode concludes with Riley plugging his Geeky Stoics project and an invitation from Aaron to check out the return of Doctor Who on Disney+. Be sure to follow Mouse and Castle on social media and check out for more great Disney and philosophy content! Contact Info -@mouseandcastle -


The Little Mermaid: A Worthy Remake?

[0:00:01] Aaron and Riley discuss the new live-action Little Mermaid remake starring Halle Bailey as Ariel. [0:09:01] They talk about the new songs written for the film by Alan Menken, including Prince Eric's solo song "Wild Uncharted Waters" and King Triton's song "Impossible Child". [0:14:11] They debate the merits of the new songs and whether they added anything meaningful to the story. [0:18:32] They discuss the casting choices, with Riley liking Halle Bailey as Ariel and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula but Aaron feeling Javier Bardem as King Triton was a miss. [0:22:56] They touch on the box office performance of the film and debate whether live-action remakes are suffering from oversaturation or if the pandemic has changed audience behavior. [0:35:55] Overall, they agree the film had some creative high points but also some flaws, and Disney needs to find a balance between remakes and original stories going forward.


Rising Prices, Falling Attendance & Nautical Escapes

Summary: Intro to Episode 66. 0:01 Revenge of the Sith mems. Intro to the episode. 1:47 Star Wars talk might sneak into this episode. What qualifies as a Disney adult? Aaron shares his thoughts on being considered a Disney adult. Aaron talks about the question of whether or not he considers himself a Disney adult. Star Wars fandom is our escape. 7:48 The podcast is representative of our Disney fandom. Star wars and disney fanship. The flood of clickbait articles on Disney attendance. Disney World declining attendance this summer. Is Disney’s declining attendance a good thing? 10:37 How Disney is becoming a luxury brand. The cost of Disney is increasing. Disney is in a wake-up call. Aaron's take on Disney's financial constraints. Inflation vs. Inflation vs inflation. 14:50 Inflation and the cost of Disney tickets today. The value of Disney World. Rethink ticketing across all parks. Reduce fees for parks. Disney Resorts to Politics. 18:09 Staying on property at Disney is expensive. The classic Bonnet Creek. "Maintaining the brand value of accessibility and accessibility." The political climate at Disney. Why Disney has a loyal fan base. The brand value of Disney. Disney’s recent political stances. 25:17 Disney's recent political stances and how people felt about it. Yacht Club's theming. Highlights of staying at the Yacht Club. 27:40 Nautical-themed, simple touches like navy blue curtains and constellations. The highlights storm-along bay. How Disney has cracked down on park-to-parking at its parks. How the design of the yacht and beach clubs works together. Renting a boat to go fishing at Disney. 33:32 Disney is repainting and doing a ton of stuff. Fishing is the eighth level of Disney. The Pina CoLAVA. 35:42 The raspberry puree is a tart and tangy infusion into a typically sweet drink. The tartness of the raspberries is what makes it so refreshing. Yum The one-night stay at the yacht club. Paradise Pier, Disneyland. Plugs. 42:45 s and Jedi: Fallen Order review -


Best and Worst Live Action Remakes

In this episode of Mouse and Castle, we dive into the world of Disney's live-action remakes, exploring the hits and misses of these modern adaptations of beloved classics. Join Riley and Aaron as we discuss the best remakes that successfully recaptured the magic, like Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast. We'll also delve into the ones that fell short of expectations, like Dumbo and Mulan. Finally, we'll share our hopes and concerns for the future of Disney live-action remakes and upcoming projects like The Little Mermaid and Snow White!


Disney's Best and Worst of 2022

Riley and Aaron recount their best and worst of Disney in 2022. Movies + Disneyplus + Parks!


Revenge of the Bob

Riley and Aaron Break down the big breaking bob broadcast!


In Defense of Bob Chapek (yes really)

7/5/2022 Info @mouseandcastle


Star Wars Celebration Discussion

Show Topics: -Star Wars Celebration 2022 Review -Star Wars nite at Disneyland -Rapid-fire: -Man interrupts Disneyland Paris Proposal -Live-action Pinocchio Trailer review:


Trying New Disney Things

We catch up after a long hiatus and recap some of our recent Disney trips. Includes reviews of Remy's Ratatouille Adventure, Avengers Campus, Harmonious, Disney Enchantment, and more!


WDW Annual Passes + What's Most Overrated at Disney

Episode Notes: Overrated at WDW!


Disney Genie + Galactic Starcruiser + 50th Excitement

On this episode of Mouse & Castle... Space 220Harmonious


Goodbye Fastpass? + runDisney Returns + Luca Review

On this episode of Mouse & Castle changes to the FastPassEarly park entry and extended park hoursresorts openingrunDisney races


Cruella Review + Avengers Campus Review + Disney is Too Expensive

We welcome Bethany Blanton to the show to give us her review of Avengers Campus. We also review Cruella and discuss if the Disney experience is getting too expensive.


Aulani Resort Review + Park Restrictions Relaxing



Disneyland Expansion + Flower & Garden Food Review

On this episode of Mouse & Castle:


A Disney Mini-Moon - Grand Floridian + a Food Coma

Topics: Grand Floridian review -Worth the $$? Only as a rare splurge -Service during COVID was fine but limited, no valet parking grounds, rooms, and views -beautiful + convenience to Magic Kingdom Skyliner experience The Food -Flame tree bbq - (mobile food ordering) -Pulled pork sandwich 4/5 -Baked Mac and cheese 5/5 -Regal eagle smokehouse -brisket sandwich 4/5 -Ronto wrap 5/5 -Surely Sarlacc 5/5 -Neil Patrick Harris crazy pricey tequila cocktail - 4/5 also $21 -Corn dog nuggies - 4/5 -Raya mighty mist -tasty, but ugly lol -Cone of sweetness 3/5 -Joffrey's Mission to S’mores - a lot -3/5 New rides/experiences: -Winnie the Pooh -Tomorrowland Speedway -Gorilla falls/meerkats/Doctor Dan jealousy Disney hack! -Budgeting for Disney - The gift card technique -Decide what to prioritize -Mobile ordering compatible


Our top 10 WDW Rides

Show Topics/Stories How Is The Walt Disney Company Really Doing? | the disney food blog Disney California Adventure Park to debut ticketed food and entertainment event in March; 1,000 employees to return to work Top 10 Rides!! Riley’s:


Our Review of Festival of the Arts + Disneyland Annual Program Canceled

Show Topics/Stories Riley’s latest Disney Experience Festival of the Arts Castle paint job Overall thoughts on pandemic Disney Disneyland annual passes ripped away Tom Holland featured in new Spider-Man attraction video Disney World ending Magical Express service and Extra Magic Hours for hotel guests


Breaking Down Disney Investor Day + Looking Ahead to WDW in 2021

Disney Investors Call: Some highlights hybrid live-action animated feature called Chip N’ Dale: Rescue Rangers starring John Mulaney and Andy Samberg Live-action Lion King prequel new live-action retelling of Pinocchio, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Robert Zemeckis. Sparkles their first-ever animated series for Disney+: Baymax!, Zootopia+, Tiana, and Moana. Encanto takes you to Colombia, where a magical family live in a magical home. Directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush, co-directed and co-written by Charise Castro Smith, and music written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. also coming in 2022: Lightyear. This movie tells the definitive story of the human Buzz Lightyear that the toy is based on. And Chris Evans is voicing Buzz. Beauty and the Beast prequel starring Gaston. Luke Evans will return to portray Gaston with Josh Gad back as his adoring sidekick ABC’s “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration” Disney Cruise Line Reveals Never-Before-Seen Video of its Next Ship: The Disney Wish ‘Ratatouille’ Fan Gets Sneak Peek of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT,instead%20now%20coming%20in%202021.


Updates: Galactic Starcruiser, Cosmic Rewind + Fantasy Springs at Tokyo Disney!

Aaron and Riley catch updates on the parks from the 2020 IAAPA Expo: Virtual Education Conference. Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Josh D’Amaro gave Disney fans many hopeful glimpses into attractions, as well as new Disney Park updates that we can expect in the future. Fireworks Briefly Back at Magic Kingdom Disney Attraction Toys at McDonald’s Anticipated Park Updates Top Ten Streamed Shows on Disney+ After a Year