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Book of the Mouse Club is an Unofficial Disney podcast that explores books about Disney, its history, films, theme parks and more. Join us for discussions about books, interviews with authors and broader topics that relate to the literary realm of Disney. Disclaimer: Book of the Mouse Club has no affiliation with The Walt Disney Company. The views and opinions expressed by hosts and participants are theirs and theirs alone and do not represent the organizations or companies they happen to wo ...
 
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“We’re walking right down the middle of Main Street USAAAA..” and taking time to stop and do some window shopping! In honor of the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort, Courtney and Emily are honoring Cast Member contributions to the park through Jeff Heimbuch’s book “Main Street Windows: A Complete Guide to Disney’s Whimsical Tributes.” Ho…
 
She’s a supergirl and she’s here to save the world...or at least not pass out in her high school debate class. Twenty years ago, the world met Mia Thermopolis in the Princess Diaries. This film gave Anne Hathaway her royal debut to the silver screen starring alongside the practically perfect Julie Andrews as the Queen, who reveals to her granddaugh…
 
Walt’s Nine Old Men are known for their iconic artistry and animation, but it takes more than ink and paint to make characters come to life. Step away from the animator’s desk and into the sound booth! Courtney and Emily are joined by Spencer Wright to discuss his new book, Voices Behind the Magic, which highlights thirteen actors who gave voice an…
 
Foolish mortal, you continued to read the “Tales of the Haunted Mansion”. Your ghost hosts Courtney and Emily materialize for the second half of their Sinister Summer Series to discuss Volumes III and IV of the “Tales of the Haunted Mansion” box set. Reunited with phantom librarian, Amicus Arcane, readers meet more of the 999 happy haunts that inha…
 
When the crypt doors creak and the tombstones quake, Courtney and Emily come out for a swinging wake. The happy haunts have materialized for the Sinister Summer Series featuring the four book boxset “The Tales of the Haunted Mansion” by John Esposito. In this first of a two part episode, hear the ghost stories of some of the Haunted Mansion’s grim …
 
Celebrating the full availability of the latest Disney animated feature Disney+, Courtney and Emily are joined by Franky to discuss the Art of Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon. The book provides an in depth look at the scenery and character design of Ray’s homeland, Kumandra, and its Southeast Asian inspiration. Review Book of the Mouse Club on iT…
 
If she doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will. Hosts Courtney and Emily discuss Maureen Johnson’s, “Hello, Cruel Heart,” in honor of Disney’s latest live action film, “Cruella.” Before Cruella became the fur frenzied fashion icon that we know from the 1961 animated film, 101 Dalmatians, Cruella was Estella. “Hello, Cruel Heart” is a young adult nove…
 
The “godfather of Disney podcasting” is back! Lou Mongello returns to the Book of the Mouse Club to discuss with Courtney and Emily his book, “The Disney Interviews: Volume I.” In his career spreading magic to listeners on his podcast, The WDW Radio Show, Lou has had the opportunity to talk to several Disney Legends including Richard Sherman, Julie…
 
It’s elementary our dear listeners! Hosts Courtney and Emily are joined by the co-hosts of Poor Unfortunate Podcast, Conor and Caroline, to discuss Eve Titus’ “Basil of Baker Street”, the original source material for Disney’s 1986 animated feature, “The Great Mouse Detective”. Maybe it is not your favorite Disney film, but all four hosts highly rec…
 
Get ready for a Me Party and plan a solo trip to Walt Disney World and other Central Florida destinations! Hosts Courtney and Emily are welcome back to the podcast Nikky J, the founder of ThemeParkHipister.com and author of “The Solo Theme Park Traveler’s Guide” to talk about using that solo rider line and traveling to central Florida theme parks b…
 
Courtney and Emily celebrate Imagineer Kevin Rafferty’s retirement after 40 years with the Walt Disney Company and Walt Disney Imagineering. Back on Episode 40, Courtney, Emily, and Brett from the Notably Disney podcast, discussed Kevin’s memoir about his career, “Magic Journey: My Fantastical Walt Disney Imagineering Career”. Almost a year later, …
 
For women’s history month, Courtney and Emily immersed themselves in the stories of the working women of the Walt Disney Animation studio during its classic and golden age. Often the story of women in the early days of Disney Animation begins in Ink and Paint, but author Nathalia Holt instead focused on the more male dominated work spaces like the …
 
A little big adventure awaits in your own backyard! Courtney and Emily are joined by Dizney Coast to Coast host Jeff DePaoli to discuss a Disney family film favorite, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, and its junior novelization published by Scholastic. In this episode Courtney, Jeff, and Emily discuss how the novel compared to the film while reminiscing ab…
 
It’s time to play the music; it’s time to light the lights. It’s time to get things started on the Book of the Mouse Club tonight! In anticipation of The Muppet Show’s release to Disney+, hosts Courtney and Emily interview New York Times bestselling author, Brian Jay Jones, about “Jim Henson: The Biography” (along with a dabbling of “George Lucas: …
 
While it may have started with a Mouse for Walt Disney, for many theme park and film fans, it started with a blog. Our current Instagram and TikTok culture is most associated with content creation, but Disney fans have been spreading the magic over the web since the 1990s. Join your hosts Courtney and Emily for a podcast party about “It All Started…
 
Who is your favorite Disney Princess? This is a common question among Disney fans and rightfully so. Each princess is distinct in her character, story, and art which resonates just as uniquely with every person who follows her on her journey. The Disney Princess is a powerhouse brand of the Walt Disney Company and has created many milestones and ma…
 
One little spark of inspiration...While this is a well known tune for Disney parks fans, Pixar took the idea of the spark and turned to the audience and asked “What’s yours? What makes you, YOU?”. Disney and Pixar’s “Soul” released on Disney+ on Christmas with accolades from both critics and viewers. Thanks to Chronicle Books, your hosts got a snea…
 
Hosts Courtney and Emily return to their study of Disney’s renaissance man in “Marc Davis In His Own Words: Imagineering the Disney Parks Volume 2” by Pete Docter and Christopher Merritt. In this episode, continue to learn about Marc’s Imagineering career as he created theme park favorites such as The Haunted Mansion, The Country Bear Jamboree, and…
 
He can do it all; animation, character, story, staging, design, theme park attractions. He is one of Walt’s nine old men, his renaissance man, Marc Davis. Marc is well known for classic Disney attractions such as the Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Haunted Mansion. And what better way to see the attractions through Marc’s eyes than…
 
The Little Mermaid launched the Disney Renaissance and together, Ariel and Eric defeated Ursula and sailed off into the sunset to their happily ever after. But what if Ursula won? What if Ariel returned to being a mermaid and Eric was left under a spell to marry Vanessa? Your hosts Courtney and Emily along with guest reader, content creator, and po…
 
Walt Disney once said, "There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on treasure island." Like us, Walt was inspired by books and enjoyed reading. If not, we would not have Disney’s animated Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, or 101 Dalmatians nor live action films Swiss Family Robinson, Pollyanna, or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Wal…
 
Your hosts Courtney and Emily are so glad you joined them for the final installment of their Summer Cinema Classics series. In this episode, your hosts are joined by Mad Chatter Jeremey to read Eleanor Porter’s children’s classic Pollyanna. Celebrating its 60th “Pollyanna-versary”, Disney’s live action film took the gladdest little girl off the pag…
 
Standby to dive! Dive, dive, dive deep into literary and cinema history along with hosts Courtney and Emily, joined by guest reader, Doug. We embark on a submarine voyage with Captain Nemo and M. Annonax aboard the famous Nautilus. Jules Verne’s science fiction novel and Walt Disney’s live action box office hit have countless differences, but the s…
 
Yo-Ho-Ho and shiver me timbers! Set sail with your hosts Courtney and Emily as they kick off their Live Action Summer Cinema Series with Robert Louis Stevenson’s and Walt Disney’s Treasure Island. Courtney and Emily are joined by podcaster, Dan Heaton, of the Tomorrow Society Podcast as first mate on this voyage. Together they discuss Disney’s firs…
 
Walt Disney was not just a patriotic American; he was a citizen of the world. Author and historian, Jeff Kurtti, joins hosts Courtney and Emily to take them on a global vacation through his book, Travels with Walt Disney: A Photographic Voyage Around the World. By land, sea, or air, Walt Disney travelled frequently for his company, the US governmen…
 
Ready to journey into another bibbidi-bobbidi-book? Courtney and Emily’s “Fairytale Favorites” series returns with the classic tale of Cinderella. From its ancient origins to Charles Perrault’s classic tale to the pages of Grimm’s Fairy Tales to the 1950 cinema screens, your hosts will discuss how the original text translated to Disney’s animated f…
 
Hosts Courtney and Emily return to the show to discuss Kevin Rafferty’s memoir, Magic Journey: My Fantastical Walt Disney Imagineering Career, with guest reader and podcast host of Notably Disney, Brett Nachman. Kevin Rafferty is part of the second generation of Imagineers and his work includes fan favorites such as Tower of Terror, Test Track, Son…
 
Hosts Courtney and Emily are joined by film historian and author, J.B.Kaufman, to discuss his book, The Making of Walt Disney’s Fun and Fancy Free. Take a trip back to 1947 for one of Walt Disney’s legendary package films featuring “Bongo” and “Mickey and the Beanstalk”. Both features were in extensive development since the 1930s and changed animat…
 
“It’s kind of a cute story” how this podcast episode came together. What started as a #DisTwitter tweet from @SuperWeenieHtJr turned into a Twitter discussion with @WEDReads then a podcast and author interview. Hosts Courtney and Emily are joined by not one, not two, but five guests throughout the episode to talk about author Jeff Heimbuch and Imag…
 
Hosts Courtney and Emily interview author, editor, and historian Didier Ghez about his animation series, They Drew as They Pleased, specifically volume 5 The Hidden Art of Disney's Early Renaissance: The 1970s and 1980s. This volume features concept artists Ken Anderson and Mel Shaw who developed art for films such as Robin Hood, The Rescuers, The …
 
Faith, trust, and pixie dust are words often said, but Margaret Kerry actually got to live it! Host Courtney and Emily are joined by Margaret Kerry, the reference model and Marc Davis’ inspiration for everyone’s favorite fairy, Tinker Bell. In her book, Tinker Bell Talks, Margaret shares her memories on the Disney lot during the making of the anima…
 
Welcome foolish mortals to the last Book of the Mouse Club episode of 2019. Your ghost hosts, Courtney and Emily, come out to socialize with author Jeff Baham to discuss his book The Unauthorized Story of Walt Disney's Haunted Mansion in honor of the attraction’s 50th anniversary in Disneyland. Come to where the crypt doors creak and tombstones qua…
 
Can we say something crazy? This is one of those cases where the movie was better than the book. Hans Christian Anderson’s original fairy tale, The Snow Queen, has all of the classic fairy tale elements but Disney brought the pixie dust. Winter is a good time to stay in and cuddle with a good fairytale story and a Disney movie, so to celebrate the …
 
Walt Disney was a tremendous story teller but there are many stories about Walt and the Walt Disney Company to be told as well. Jim Korkis is an author and historian with over 20 books dedicated to telling those stories. Hosts Courtney and Emily interview Jim Korkis about his career writing, researching, and telling Walt Disney’s stories in his Vau…
 
From the silver screen to television to VHS to DVD to streaming, the Walt Disney Company has always evolved with the latest entertainment technology. With the advent of Disney+, your hosts Courtney and Emily bring a literary perspective to the titles available on the new streaming service. Get ready to add to your reading list as you add to your wa…
 
Just whistle while you work, and cheerfully together we can tidy up...Disneyland! Hosts Courtney and Emily interview former Disneyland Custodial Cast Member and author, Lynn Barron, about his and co author, Ken Pellman’s, book series “Cleaning the Kingdom.” There is a lot more to custodial than dustpans, brooms, and cleaning bathrooms. Keeping a sp…
 
We’ve got no troubles, life is the bubbles, under the sea with The Little Mermaid. Hosts Courtney and Emily continue the Fairytale Favorites Series with Hans Christian Anderson’s classic. Come be a part of our world to learn about the fairytale’s author and its origin and listen to the hosts discuss the original story and its themes compared to Dis…
 
Ready to begin? Let the wonder take hold. Feel it draw you in. Watch the moment unfold - as you meet and greet your favorite characters and watch the stories come alive around the Walt Disney World Theme Parks. Your hosts Courtney and Emily welcome back author Trisha Daab to talk about her new multi-volume series The Story Comes Alive: A Guide to E…
 
To those who come to this happy podcast, welcome. Hosts Courtney and Emily return to Disneyland one more time with the Kingdom Keepers for a final battle in the seventh installment of the Kingdom Keepers series, The Insider. Review Book of the Mouse Club on iTunes and Google Play and send any questions, comments, or suggestions to the hosts at book…
 
Come sail away with hosts Courtney and Emily as they continue their journey with the Kingdom Keepers aboard the Disney Cruise Line in Kingdom Keepers Shell Game and Dark Passage. But this is no ordinary cruise, not when Finn and the other Keepers are onboard. Overtakers are cruising as well and that gives the Keepers few places to run while out at …
 
Courtney and Emily continue their quest with the Kingdom Keepers to protect the Disney kingdoms from falling to the Overtakers in books three and four of the series, Disney in Shadow and Power Play. The Overtakers have learned more about the DHI technology and are becoming more bold in their strategy to build their army and take over the Disney mag…
 
Courtney and Emily are going on an adventure with the Kingdom Keepers! Find out what happens at Disney after hours when Finn and the other DHIs have to fight the Overtakers, a group of Disney Villains, and keep them from gaining control of the Walt Disney World parks. In this episode, Courtney and Emily discuss the first two books in Ridley Pearson…
 
Courtney and Emily welcome author Lou Prosperi to discuss his Imagineering Toolbox series, which currently includes “The Imagineering Pyramid” and “The Imagineering Process.” Lou credits his inspiration from Imagineers and the Disney Parks to summarize the creative process and how he made it approachable for anyone to apply to their personal goals …
 
Courtney and Emily go on a journey into imagination with the famous duo, Dreamfinder and Figment, in the Marvel Disney Kingdoms series Figment and Figment 2 by Jim Zubb. Your hosts dive into a new genre (graphic novels and comics) to go on a magical journey based on the original Epcot attraction. A dream can be a dream come true with just one spark…
 
Courtney and Emily welcome author Aaron H. Goldberg to the podcast to discuss his new children’s book, Meet the Disney Brothers. Aaron wants young readers to meet Walt and Roy Disney as brothers, partners, and friends. Walt and Roy could not have built their entertainment fantasy without each other, so Aaron shares their story side by side in his l…
 
Happy Women’s History Month! Hosts Courtney and Emily celebrate the hundreds of unsung female heroines of The Walt Disney Company, the inkers and painters of animated films. Mindy Johnson’s Ink and Paint traces the role of women from the creation of Walt Disney’s Alice Comedies to the computer colored features of “Disney Renaissance” classics like …
 
Courtney and Emily welcome author Andrew Kiste for an interview about his book series, A Historical Tour of Walt Disney World. The hosts and Andrew discuss his inspiration, writing process, and the true history that inspired attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, Country Bear Jamboree and Spaceship Earth. From Walt Disney’s ho…
 
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