Merry Christmas everyone and welcome to a mini holiday edition of our weekly Disney and Theme Park news Round Up. We hope your holiday has been a wonderful one.  If you have been a little busy getting ready for Santa’s visit, we will get you caught up on our most important articles in one easy place.  This week the Orlando Parkhopper broke news coming out of Universal Orlando Resort.  Andy Castro brought a new Dateline Disneyland and shares pics of insane crowds descending on the Disneyland Resort.  Don’t forget to enter the Save Walt’s Birthplace contest for a chance to be a part of Disney history and much more.


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Magic Kingdom Once Upon a Christmastime Parade Photo Tour

Each year, Walt Disney World offers one of the prime attractions from the upcharge Very Merry Christmas Party to regular day guests with no special ticket needed. This only happens in the Christmas week itself (and shortly thereafter), and the parade is run in the daytime rather than at night. My present to you this year is a photo tour of that parade, without a longer commentary from me.


Universal Orlando Resort – Harry Potter Announcement Set and Resort Update

HO HO HO and Happy Holidays!  We are back with the last Universal Orlando update for 2013.  Today, we will take a quick look at the major projects in the resort with a big Harry Potter announcement coming and we examine what Christmas at Universal might look like next year. We even have a bit of Wet N’ Wild news. So grab your eggnog and let’s take a spin around the Universal Orlando Resort.



It’s time to get ready for the next BIG MiceChat Trip!  Join Bob Gurr and the MiceChat Crew as we set sail for the Mediterranean for points exotic.  Stay long enough and you can also join us for a trip though Disneyland Paris!  Ask us for more details by emailing us at [email protected]Divider

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MiceChat Podcast #13- Disney Holidays & Walt’s Birthplace Revealed!
Dusty and Doug are back behind the microphone with their pals from Super 78 and they’ve got some amazing news that involves you. We’re going to save Walt Disney’s house, the one he was born in! But that’s certainly not all, we take a quick look at the jingle jangle spirit in the theme parks this Christmas season and we’ve also got news, rumors and more about upcoming Disney Imagineering projects. This is a very fun episode. Be sure to share with your friends.

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The Haunted Mansion Show Episode 2: Villains Conjured and Questions Answered
It has come to your Ghost Host’s attention that questions were raised after the first episode of the show. Once he corrects the confusion, the Ghost-Phone will be brought forth to connect with ne’er-do-wells who share their views on life (or afterlife). This looks rather innocent; just another webshow, but there’s a twist. This webshow is haunted! Join your Ghost Host as he presents a show that will be so entertaining, it’s scary….or not.

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Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where it’s our second annual holiday episode! We talk about Holiday Episode – Santa Claus Land, Christmas Crafts, Baby Sinclair, and Ghostbusters II!

  • DISNEY HISTORY! – George and Jeff take a trip to Santa Claus, Indiana to check out Santa Claus Land in this weeks Disney History! 
  • BOOK OF THE WEEK! – George gets into the holiday spirit with Disney’s Christmas With All the Trimmings: Original Stories and Crafts from Mickey Mouse and Friends for the Book of the Week! 
  • WINDOW OF THE WEEK! – The Window of the Week hides a character from Television Past…with a Christmas theme! 
  • FIVE LEGGED GOAT! – And finally, Julius Katz and Sons crosses the streams in this weeks Five Legged Goat!


Wakefield Report, covers the latest in theme park news! find full notes on this podcast at

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Disafterdark Disney Podcast: Our guest this week is Mike from Castle to Castle. This week, Paul B is on Celebration Ale ,Paul D is on Miller Lite and Nick is on mulled wine, Mike is having a Hot Chocolate. We chat about some news as usual. Mike gives us a track by track run down of the album “Together at Christmas” with John Denver and The Muppets

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast, Join us for the last show of the year as we tell you about the changes coming to the show, delve in to the new venues coming to CityWalk at Universal Orlando in 2014, share some Universal Japan news, listen to Lora Wallace talk about the Macy’s Parade at UOR, enjoy the audio from the Grinchmas show at Islands of Adventure and then we finish up with our Minxmas segment. You can check out the video of the Grinch show by heading over to, thanks to the guys at Behind The Thrill for allowing us to share their audio.

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Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast, Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year.  We are back with episode 15 of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast and  we’re thrilled to bring you part 2 of our SeaWorld Christmas special, with lots of treats.  We have a recap on our Super Fan meet up at SeaWorld Orlando for the 40th anniversary with an interview with Sarah McGuire the Sr Dolphin Trainer at SeaWorld Orlando, news on two more Super Fan meetups for 2014 in San Diego and San Antonio, and we also have two awesome “Why I love SeaWorld” by two incredible Superfans.  Also on tap for this episode is a reintroduction of our SeaWorld conservation fun spotlight, and we share the latest breaking news from all 3 SeaWorld Parks.

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Window to the Magic: This week, as we celebrate our 400th episode, Paul & Calvin enjoy “World of Color: Winter Dreams” and “Viva Navidad” from Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California.

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The Seasonpass Podcast
This Week- TSPP looks into the “Hit” Attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland, Mystic Manor! Not only will you hear about the experience from Zane Jench (Attractions Creator and Theme Park Fan), but sitting on the panel is Mysitc Manor creative contributors Jerry Rees (Media, Staging, Concept, Design, etc.) and Stephen Stanton (The Voice of Lord Henry Mystic)! Recorded during the 2013 D23 Expo. Enjoy!

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Merry Weird-mas from Mousetalgia! On today’s special holiday show, we welcome three – count ‘em, three – Imagineers to the show to talk about Marvel’s upcoming “Disney Kingdoms” line of comics, which will be based on Disney theme park attractions. The first title, Seekers of the Weird, is based on Rolly Crump’s original designs for the never-realized Museum of the Weird attraction, and Imagineers Josh Shipley, Brian Crosby and Jim Clark join us to discuss the origin story behind the comic, and some of the opportunities and challenges the new story lines present as they take a deeper dive into the worlds of some of the Disney parks’ storied attractions. Also, we present our annual theoretical gifts to the Disneyland Resort – will TDA take us up on any of our ideas? Plus, Santa brings us a sack of listener mail to dig through, and we talk budget trips to the parks, Fantasmic viewing, a Haunted Mansion moment – and more!

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V24 Disney Radio

V24 Radio is taking you Downtown all week….Downtown Disney that is!

Tune in at 1pm Eastern as we play Disney pop star tunes all hour long.

From Demi Lovato and Katy Perry, to the Jonas Brothers and Aly & AJ, we’ll cover it all!

Catch it while it lasts! Its Limited Time Listening on V24 Radio!

Other Theme Parks

Save the dates of Feburary 7th, 8th and 9th, 2014 for special Disney presentations, cocktail parties, Lunches, breakfasts, meets in the park, giveaways, friendship and more. Make sure you don’t miss out, add your name to the Anniversary Weekend Email List HERE!


Click here and we’ll enter you in a contest to win one of the limited-edition Walt Disney Birthplace cedar shake wood chip (from the original cedar shake roof material Elias used to build the house) molded into an engraved acrylic block.

The world famous MiceChat Gumball Rally will be rolling your way the first Saturday in May. Lots of fun and surprises are in store. Join the info list now so you won’t miss out on early discounted registration (just after the first of the year).  Last year’s event sold out in record time with over 100 names on the waiting list. Don’t end out shut out of the best fan event of the year, add your name to the list HERE and we’ll notify you when tickets go on sale.



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Crowds arrive for Christmas week at Disneyland
Merry Christmas! The biggest crowds of the year will hit Disneyland starting this week, running through the New Year holiday. Guests visiting this week should be sure to plan for some of the longest wait times of the year in every corner of the parks as guests flood the parks to celebrate the end-of-year holidays at the Merriest Place on Earth. This week we give you a taste of the crowds you should expect in the parks this Christmas week and fill you in on the latest refurbishments and construction projects around the Resort.

Fascinating 1971 Walt Disney World Brochure
In a recent trove of ephemeral treasures I was bequeathed, I ran into an amazing Walt Disney World brochure from 1971. If you’ve kept up with my columns at MiceChat, then you know I’m slightly obsessed with documenting the first decade of the Vacation Kingdom of the World and also with looking at the ways that Disney promoted the new endeavor in Florida.

Disney Cast Blast: Holiday Snow Around the World
Welcome to a very Merry Christmas edition of the Disney Cast Blast. ‘Holiday Snow Around the World’ spotlights a few Christmas stories from Walt Disney World.

Lone Ranger Blu-ray Review
I just wanted share some odds and ends from the Magic Kingdom that I ran across during my trip in early December.

Scarlett Stahl’s Merry Olde Trip to England
Scarlett Stahl’s been off on one of her wonderful trips abroad again. This time she is generously sharing her experiences and photos from her trip to England!

Disneyland Resort – Big Thunder Mountain Railings

To all who come to this happy site – welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here fans relive fond memories of the past and here youth may savor the challenge of finding a solution for Tomorrowland. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created this fan community… with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world. Today we visit the park while it’s in the thick of the holiday celebrations that it has become famous for.

Gaining and Losing Trees at the Magic Kingdom
Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’re taking a look at the Magic Kingdom, as it seems to continually be the park with the most news. Let’s go!

DCA Then & Now, Part 5: Pacific Wharf
Pacific Wharf was one of the six “districts” of the Golden State “land” when Disney’s California Adventure opened in 2001. Now Disney California Adventure has eight lands and no districts. The Pacific Wharf district and the Golden Vine Winery district were combined to become Pacific Wharf, one of those eight lands. This is part 5 of Yesterland’s DCA “then and now” series comparing the same spots in 2002 (or 2001) and 2013.


Saving Mr. Banks: A Spoon Full of Sugar

There is a moment in the new Disney film, Saving Mr. Banks, where P.L. Travers, flawlessly played by Emma Thompson, is overcome with a new musical composition hammered out by the Sherman Brothers. She begins to sing along with them while waltzing in the studio with Walt Disney himself. It is a rapturous moment of breakthrough, in which Uncle Walt seems to have finally gotten through to the old hag and has her approval at long last. As I watched the scene, I had a hard time ignoring the fact that such an event never really took place during those difficult meetings between Travers, the Sherman Brothers, and screen writer Don DaGradi. This was a lingering feeling that I had to repeatedly ignore throughout the film if I was going to simply enjoy the story being told on screen. Here’s our full review of a film everyone seems to be raving about.

My Three Favorite Christmas Activities at Disney World
I’m a Disney geek.  I’m a Christmas nerd.  Is it any surprise that I LOVE visiting Walt Disney World at Christmastime (which actually begins almost overnight after the last Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party)?!  Here are my three favorite Christmas activities at Disney World.

SAMLAND: California Living
This week is a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I will start with a brief excerpt from The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide, then try and impress you with some of the reviews that I have received so far. After that I will let you know about a terrific book from a good friend and then a personal note reflecting upon my last three years here at MiceChat.

Dueling Disney: Reflections
Sometimes when you take a year out of your life to co-write a column with one of your best buds, you want to take a moment to look back on said year and reflect. Sometimes you even want to discuss some of your favorite moments with your friend, and share them with the readers who so loyally followed the column over the past twelve months. And sometimes, just sometimes, you want those moments to comprise the entirety of the second-to-last installment of the very column you’re reflecting on.

The MiceEars Crew and MiceChat Disney News Club put a lot of time and effort into making these Round-Ups happen. Here are the members:Your Editor: CakvalaSC and the MiceEars Crew: Demigod, Aladdin, Yoyoflamingo, Trekkie Dad, DLandFansAZ, RegionsBeyond,  Fishbulb & Dustysage.

We hope to see you online again soon, Dusty and the amazing MiceChat crew!

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