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Modern Mouse Radio #110: The Relationship Between Disney and It’s Fans

Eduardo Garduno, 16, came all they way from Mexico City to attend the D23 Expo in Anaheim. He especially wanted to hear his favorite group and TV show "X Factor" finalists, Fifth Harmony. ///ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: – MINDY SCHAUER, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER – Shot 081113 – disneyd23.sunday The final day of D23 Expo, the official Disney fan club at the Anaheim Convention Center Center.

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Ever since we’ve been involved with the Disney fan community, the internet has been a fun exciting place to explore opinions, history, speculation, rumors, and more. In recent years, Disney has tried to appeal to both the general population and their super fans, but has Disney gone out of their way to cater to their super fans that it’s hurting the regular family of 4 who want to make the trip to Disneyland once in their lifetime? Are Disney fans pushing the general audience out of being able to afford vacations or trips to the movies? Is Disney working with it’s fans to promote it’s upcoming work? All of these ideas are explored in this week’s Modern Mouse Radio episode!


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Feature: If Walt Was Alive…

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Long before I started writing, podcasting, and vlogging about Disney, I saw myself as part of the Disney community. I read blogs and forums. It was my secret passion that I didn’t tell anyone about. I was a punk rock kid from Denver that loved all things Disney. This post, however, isn’t about me. It’s about my long term love-hate relationship with the Disney fan community and the phrase “If Walt was alive…” followed by some nonsense I don’t care to read past.

What I noticed when I was sifting through the news, editorials, and rumors of the Disney company was that the negativity towards the Walt Disney company post Walt’s passing was overwhelming and somewhat sad. Sure there have been questionable decisions and sure there will be ridiculous mistakes made, but during Walt Disney’s time, there were mistakes and questionable decisions as well. The Disney community tends toward believing that Walt Disney was the perfect man. He was amazing at doing business. He was wonderfully talented. He was the best husband and father that ever existed. All of these are half truths because he was also a failed businessman at one point in his life and asked much of his animators, including long hours where they didn’t see their families.

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I’ll be the first to admit that I put Walt Disney on a pedestal. I think of him in high regard, but I also have to tell myself that even my hero made bad decisions every once and a while. So when I hear someone say, “If Walt were alive, he would probably say this!” but the fact of the matter is that Walt isn’t around anymore. We have Bob Iger. Tom Staggs will come after him. Michael Eisner came before him. All have or will make mistakes during their tenure as head of the Walt Disney company. Nobody is perfect, not even Walt Disney, who’s films are revered today, but many of them didn’t make back the money spent on them during their time.

Through the research I’ve done for Modern Mouse and from getting to talk with some of the people who worked with Walt Disney and those who worked post Walt Disney’s death, I can give you my educated answer to any question that begins with “If Walt Was Alive..” The answer is this! As long as your whole heart is in it, you’ve got the best people working on it, and you believe it will succeed, that’s all that matters. I think that’s what Walt would say if he was alive.


Hindsight is 20/20 and for us to critique things happening in the present, regardless of how weird or crazy or “Not Disney” the idea is, someone within the Walt Disney company believes in it. Somebody believed in the movie “Home on the Range”. It didn’t work out, but someone else believed in “Frozen” and it struck gold. Walt opened Disneyland believing an underwear store and an attraction called “The Hall of Chemistry” would be thrilling. Later someone believed in Space Mountain and Star Tours. Now someone believes providing Starbucks Coffee is a great thing.

Maybe in your opinion, you aren’t a fan of some of the changes made to Walt Disney’s company, but trying to justify your opinion through Walt’s voice with the phrase “If Walt was alive…” just doesn’t cut it. Maybe things will fail. Maybe they will succeed. We will only know in the years that follow. If it fails, that’s okay, as long as something else succeeds. The Walt Disney company isn’t hurting and it certainly isn’t anywhere near bankruptcy so they must be meeting the demands of someone somewhere. My advice to those who do ask “What would Walt think?” is to believe in good intentions and that this ship will sail safely through the years because the people who work at the Walt Disney company love Walt Disney too and they want to do him proud.

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Top 10: Gift Giving Guide for Someone Who Has An Upcoming Disney Vacation

Not only are the Holidays soon approaching, but even if you aren’t jumping on the bandwagon of getting into the Christmas/Holiday spirit as early as the day after Halloween (like Disney is), it’s inevitable that you are at least THINKING about what gifts to get the people you love. Even if you don’t celebrate the Holiday season with gifts, you will, at SOME point buy someone a gift throughout the year, and this list is for that, it isn’t just Holiday specific. Whether there’s an upcoming birthday or you’re just celebrating an upcoming trip, here are my Top 10 gifts aimed specifically for someone who is traveling to Disney in the near future!

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Luggage accessories – $5 & up – Whether travelling by air or car (or on foot?), the person you are buying for is most likely bringing luggage with them. This is why I like this idea, everyone could use stuff for their luggage! This includes luggage tags, locks, straps to hold everything closed (some come with a lock), a scale, individual organizer bags, and more! Even though if you book through Disney they send you luggage tags, they don’t last forever and will probably eventually rip, so buying something that will last a lifetime is a great idea! If your gift-receiver doesn’t have a nice piece of luggage, buying them that is a great gift idea as well! You can find stuff like this everywhere, but if you are looking for Disney-theme specific merchandise, look on,, and The Disney Store.first-aid-kit


Travel First aid kit – $10 & up – These are really great especially since buying some of the items you might need on vacation can get pricey if you are buying them at a Disney Gift Shop. Stuff like bandages, aloe, antibiotic cream, and tweezers are handy to have in minor injury situations. (note: if they are flying, this cannot be in carry-on luggage if the kit has anything that could be considered a weapon, like scissors). You can find these kits at stores like Walmart, Targets, sporting goods stores, and online at stores like



Disposable Ponchos $1-$5 – You can buy ponchos inside the Disney parks, but they run around $10 each, which is pricey when it’s an unexpected expense and you have to buy for multiple people. I like getting the $1 ponchos you can find at stores like the Dollar Tree, Walmart, and sports stores and I will buy a couple each so that we can actually throw them away once we use them instead of carrying around wet ponchos after the rain stops.


Mini Fan/ Spray Fan – $1-$5 – This is another thing people get trapped into paying way too much for inside the Disney parks because people often down realize how hot it will be until they get there. Disney sells spray water bottle fans, but they are expensive, so getting them ahead of time is more affordable. Dollar Tree and stores like Walmart and Target usually carry mini fans (don’t forget to buy batteries too!) or you can upgrade to the ones that also have a water bottle attached so you can mist yourself, too!

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A Subscription to Touring Plans – $7.95 (Disneyland) or $12.95 (Walt Disney World) – I love Touring Plans for one main reason – the crowd calendar. Sure, other sites have crowd calendars for certain times of year, but Touring Plans has day-to-day crowd ratings. I like planning my trips using these day-to-day calendars, because going to the parks with the smallest crowds can often get you on more attractions on any given day instead of going to a park that is open later/earlier for Extra Magic Hours.  They also have other features, like up to date wait times on attractions, forums, and you can ask questions on the smart phone app and get quick answers from other app users while in the parks! Check it out at


Trading Collectibles – $5 & up – Trading Disney Pins and Vinylmation figurines is something that has been going strong for a little while now. Basically you bring your collection around the parks and can trade with participating Disney Stores around the parks, Disney Cast Members, and other guests on vacation. The nice thing about these is if you aren’t a pin or vinyl trader/collector, these can still be fun to have, especially if you can get ones that are of your favorite characters, attractions, and movies! You may want to find out if the person you are buying for actually does this sort of collecting and trading before you buy these, though, to decide how much or how little to get them of these items. You can find Vinylmations and Pins on


A Countdown Calendar $10 & up – These are best found on Etsy. The  one in the picture above is one I actually made for me and Josh. The portion with the number is a chalkboard, so each day we change the number! It gets us excited about our trip and helps us keep our plans up to date. Of course ours is specifically Wedding themed, but you can find more generic “Disney Vacation Countdown” ones, which can be used over and over, each time they go on a Disney Vacation in the future. There are all kinds of designs and mediums out there to choose from!

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Vacuum Space Saver Bags $15 & up – These are great for packing as space-saving efficiently as possible! You just pack your clothing in these bags, then suck out all the air with your vacuum. You can find these online (search for “space saver bags”), or stores that usually carry As Seen On TV items.



Foot Care Kit – $10 & up – You wont believe how sore your feet can get with all that walking around you do on vacation. A foot soothing care kit can be a life saver for this. I usually bring a minty-lotion for this purpose, but buying a kit with a pumice stone and foot soak would make a great gift!


Disney Gift Cards – $Any Amount – Disney gift cards are the perfect gift for someone who is going on a Disney vacation. Not only can they use them to help pay for their vacation package (you can use up to 5 forms of payment!), but they will pay for anything inside of the Disney parks. This means not only souvenirs, but food too!

What items make your Disney Vacation gift wish list? Leave your answers in the comments below!

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300 Posts: Top 5 Most Popular Posts of All Time!



300 Posts! How exciting is that, guys!? Modern Mouse Radio has of course been up and running since 2011, but really only kicked off last fall, when the site got a whole new makeover. First, the name was changed from “Disney Park History” to “Modern Mouse Radio.” Josh and Keith also started the podcast, which, I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t get to listen to those two get as excited as they do Imagineering baby animals in the parks, talking to special guests like Disney Legends and fellow Disney fans, and making jokes at each others’ expense each week. Over the past couple years, more people joined the Modern Mouse team: myself, Alexia, and Ryan included, and we’ve all contributed to those 300 posts that the site has now accumulated. Some posts are naturally more popular than others, and here I will share with you the Top 5 most popular posts of all time on the site!

Animal Kingdom's dismissed Beastly Kingdom

Animal Kingdom’s dismissed Beastly Kingdom

5. World That Never Was: Beastly Kingdom – Did you know that in the original plan for Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom was to have 3 types of animal themes: animals currently living in the world (Kilimanjaro Safaris, the Jungle Treks, etc.) and animals of the past (all dinosaur themed things), which we know Animal Kingdom as have today, but did you know if was supposed to also have fantasy characters? Sure the Yeti is sort of an ode to that, but there was actually supposed to be a whole land of fantasy characters which was even supposed to have a……….. Well, I’m not going to give it away here, you have to click the link to read more!

4. Top 5: Ghost Stories From Disney Parks – Booooooooo! The Happiest Place on Earth has its own spooky secrets just like any other place! This post is about some real life “happy haunts” in the Disney Parks, from actual accounts twisted to reveal the true story behind some unexplainable occurrences, to legends and traditions cast members practice daily to keep the ghosts at bay! Hey and it’s also appropriate for this time of year!

Spooky! Abandoned spots in Disney

Spooky! Abandoned spots in Disney

3. The World That Never Was: Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Come on guys, why does a non-Disney thing have to be one of the top posts!? Honestly though, it’s pretty interesting to learn the truth behind why J.K. Rowling turned down the opportunity to introduce Harry Potter to the Disney parks, so now instead you have to get over to Universal Studios if you’re a HP fan! Thanks a lot, lady!

2. Top 5: Disney World Spots Sadly Abandoned – The title says “sadly,” but I say “creepily.” Seriously this is some pretty eerie sh-tuff. It’s amazing that Disney would just leave these places they closed down as they once were; music, lights, and all, when they clearly have enough money to just demolish them. Maybe they left them up for the ghosts from our above story to play! (good luck sleeping tonight!)

The first thing I think of when I am in Disney is, "Now, where can I find a really good bra?"

The first thing I think of when I am in Disney is, “Now, where can I find a really good bra?”

1. The Wizard of Bras…I Mean Oz…No, I Really Mean Bras – Seriously guys… BRAS interest you the most when it comes to talking about Disney?! What dirty minds you have! Actually, I have to admit, the history of Disney having a lingerie shop on Main St. is a pretty interesting story; one of my favorites. Read it and memorize the story so you can shock your friends!

Honorable Mentions:

Eccentric? More Like Scary!

Top 5: Reasons Once Upon A Time is Deeply Awesome.

Top 5: Disney World Attractions That Are Painfully Awesome

Live Show

Top 5: Worst Places to Lose Your Lunch at Disneyland

Top 5: Ways to Know You’re Disney Obsessed

Thanks for the thousands upon thousands of views you have brought our site! We love that you love our posts and it really just motivates up to keep going! So keep checking back nearly daily for more posts on new weekly podcasts, videos from Keith, Top 5 articles, The Whole Picture articles on Disney movies, Disney Trip Planning blogs, and Disney Food blogs! We are always sharing our reviews, opinions, creativity, humor, and history with you!

What is your all time favorite Modern Mouse Radio post? Leave your answer in the comments below!

Angie Carreiro

Help Spread the Modern Mouse Love!

mickey computerHey all you Modern Mouse Radio nerds and social-media-fluent guys and gals! GUESS WHAT! Modern Mouse Radio has just joined Facebook and Pinterest (a little late in the game, but better late than never, right?)!!

Anyway, you should Follow us and Like us, and hey you can even Hug us if the opportunity comes up; we like hugs! is as successful as it is because of all of YOU! The Modern Mouse Radio teams counts on you people to get the word out there about how gosh darn cute and wonderful and charming and funny we all are, and we really want to keep that momentum going by connecting on all of the prominent sites there are out there for people to like and share our things! So, thank you in advance for helping us spread the Modern Mouse knowledge and humor and we love you all, we really do! So, here are the links:


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