The magic numbers are 59, 33, and 60.  Yes, Disneyland turned 59 last week in a demure celebration that looked forward to the 60th Anniversary as Club 33 reopened to members once again.  But that is just the beginning in the MiceChat Round up of Disney and theme park news and information.  Today we have a very special look at a parade from Walt Disney World in 1974, just 3 years after the park opened. In other news, we get a lovely visit to a local southern California event at the Belmont Shores Stroll and Savor. Don’t forget the wide array of videos on the MicePod. The Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast celebrates its 100th MEGA episode.  Not to be outdone, Mousestalgia delivers a 300th episode! AWESOMENESS.


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Disneyland celebrates 59 years and looks ahead to 60 as Club 33 reopens with major changes
Disneyland celebrated its 59th anniversary last week and announced plans for a big celebration of 60 historic years that will start next spring. Yet, as Disneyland prepares to celebrate that big 60th anniversary milestone, Disney has made significant changes to historic areas of park in an effort to expand the private Club 33 in New Orleans Square. Today, we take a look at the Club 33 project, inside and out, and talk about the importance of Disney’s history. We also update you on Frontierland‘s new interactive game, the new Music of: Nashville show, and recently-announced plans for a new interactive experience in Adventureland.


This Animatronic Life: Finding Gold in the Calico Mine Ride Part I
Howdy—and welcome to the latest This Animatronic Life, the “not-as-frequent-as-I’d-like-but-genuinely-tries-to-be-semi-regular” column about the history of animatronics technology, themed entertainment, and Garner Holt Productions, Inc.’s (GHP) place in the story! Since the last update, we’ve been enormously busy here, with all sorts of projects for new and returning clients: Mattel, Disney, Knott’s Berry Farm, Lowes Foods, and more. In fact, this year alone, we’ve already had more than a dozen openings for our work in various attractions, shopping venues, museums, and other locations all over the country, plus lots of international development work still in the beginning stages of our creative process. There’s always something new and fantastic going on here at GHP. Today, we’ll take a look at the recently reopened and refreshed Calico Mine Ride.

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MiceChat Walt Disney World Invasion – October 22nd through 29th, 2014: We’ll visit the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando, offer an optional Halloween Horror Nights event, hold a Walt Disney World GUMBALL RALLY, travel the World Showcase in our wonderful Food and Wine Festival Sip and Nibble event, enjoy Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, PLUS La Nouba, meet-ups, meals and more. Don’t miss this fantastic week of Orlando fun!!! Contact [email protected] for details.


MiceChat 7 night Alaska Cruise on the Disney Wonder – June 1st, 2015: Join us as we sail toward the top of the world on the delightful Disney Wonder. We’ll hold all sorts of special MiceChat meet-ups on board. Suggest group excursions you might want to join us on. Dine as a group to discuss our adventures and more.

Day Port Guest Ashore Guest Onboard
1 Vancouver, Canada 4:00 p.m.
2 At Sea
3 Tracy Arm, Alaska Cruising Cruising
4 Skagway, Alaska 7:15 a.m. 7:45 p.m.
5 Juneau, Alaska 6:15 a.m. 4:45 p.m.
6 Ketchikan, Alaska 11:15 a.m. 7:45 p.m.
7 At Sea
8 Vancouver, Canada 8:00 a.m.

Ask us for more details on any of our upcoming MiceTrips or for Disney adventures of your own by emailing us at [email protected]. It doesn’t cost you more to use our travel agent, it’s just more magical. Let us do the work, you enjoy the Disney fun!!!

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Summer 2014 is in full swing and theme parks all across the country are preparing their offerings. This month’s show is your guide to the best of what theme parks have to offer you this year. From Disney to Universal, SeaWorld to Knott’s Berry Farm and all points in between. Slap on some sunscreen and press play to hear our thoughts on where you should spend your hard earned vacation dollars this summer.

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Disney Parks News and Reports

This week Old Hotel Guy shows us his largest collection of photos of items surrounding the early years of The Disneyland Hotel.  Then we also bring back a topic with some great photos and some helpful tips on how to improve your photography skills! ~ Aladdin

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Anatomy of a Disneyland Hotel Collection
 was busy taking photos of assorted papers and the largest collection of paraphernalia from the early years of the Disneyland Hotel! Take a look at his amazing collection, here!

The Disneyland Photo of the Day…
It’s time to take another look at an oldie but goody! Hot Sauce 1 began this topic nearly 4 years ago, where they share a tip each day on how to improve your photography skills, along with one or more of their favorite shots!

Club 33 Dinner Menu Impressions & Suggestions
Rachane wants to know your opinion on the new menu and gives hers as well!


Nostalgia takes over in this week’s Walt Disney World section, two videos restored from the 1970s and they look fantastic! ~ DLandFansAZ

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1973 Magic Kingdom Super8 with Sound – Mickey Mouse Review and more!
First this week we have restored Super8 video from the Magic Kingdom in 1973 thanks to wdwms

1974 Magic Kingdom Parade – Restored Super8 with Sound in HD
Then wdwms brings us a great restored Super8 video from the Magic Kingdom Parade in 1974.

What to do after park closing?
Once the peak season winds down and the parks hours are cut back, Eric5675 was wondering what some of things to do after the parks close?


New Orleans Square expands beyond the berm…..
With Club 33 taking over more space in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square, whoever thinks the land could use a few additional streets.

Parkhopper Ride
Are you tired of the long walk across the esplanade and the subsequent wait at the turnstiles when parkhopping at Disneyland? Check out this idea from Oaktown.

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Joe’s July 2014 Belmont Shore Stroll and Savor visit
Joe Flowers (mre200200) found an event in Long Beach, California that will get your mouth to watering.


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The Haunted Mansion Show Episode 19: Magic Resurrected
In this week’s installment of this ghostly gallery of episodes, The Hatbox Ghost has come back from his cavernous hatbox with another magic trick to mystify your senses. He then details more on his trip from a peculiar place called “Phantom Manor.” Unlike last time, though, he recalls having an encounter with a strange man. One might argue that it isn’t a man at all…

Communicore Weekly – World Cruise, From Showbiz To Your Biz, Boatwrights. Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about World Cruise, From Showbiz To Your Biz, and Boatwrights! DISNEY HISTORY! — Take a cruise into the past and check out The World Cruise in this week’s Disney History! BOOK OF THE WEEK! — George and Jeff talk about Disney’s Hollywood Studios: From Show Biz to Your Biz for the Book of the Week! FIVE LEGGED GOAT! – And finally, Boatwrights holds this weeks Five Legged Goat!

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SeaWorld Podcast 27 – 4th of July at SeaWorld – Chris Bellows talks Belugas and more
The SeaWorld Podcast team is back with a brand new episode where we talk you to Seaworld Orlando where SeaWorld John talks about the amazing 4th of July Celebration that SeaWorld Orlando put on.  Then SeaWorld Mike talks about what it was like taking his girls on Antarctica for the first time.  He also brings us a brand new SeaWorld Conservation Fund Spotlight.

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Window to the Magic
Enjoy the sounds of the park on our weekly journeys into the wonderful world of the Disney sound experience!

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #100 – A Celebration of UUOP
Welcome to a very special episode of UUOP, our 100th!!! On this show we bring back some old segments, here from some listeners, invite a listener on for a Q&A and end with some outtakes.

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The SeasonPass Podcast Covers the reopening of Calico Mine Ride at Knott’s Berry Farm on June 12th, 2014. Interviews with GM Raffi Kaprelyan, Graphic Designer Eric Lynxwiler, Food Director John Chiu and much more! Want to know what’s happening at Knott’s? Listen here.

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The Disney Avenue Podcast is honored and thrilled to join the MiceChat family. The podcast is brand new and will feature intriguing insights, interviews and opinions with top Imagineers and other popular figures in the Disney stratosphere on a monthly basis.

Mousetalgia the 300th episode!
This week, celebrate Mousetalgia’s 300th episode with us as Jeff travels across the country to Orlando and reports on his June trip to Walt Disney World. From the dramatic humidity changes to the wide boulevards and enormous castle, we discuss the diferences between the east and west coast Disney parks and form some conclusions. Topics include highlights of the various parks, food and dining options, Cast Members, the use of space, aging water spectacles, and the billion-dollar Magic Bands. Agree or disagree, you’re sure to find something to ponder as we discuss the various parks and opportunities afforded on a trip to the number one vacation destination in the world. Also, Team Mousetalgia reminisces about the past 300 episodes, and we share some memories and highlights.

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Dis After Dark
We don’t have a guest this week, so it’s just the three of us. Which gives us an opportunity to ask each other questions such as: Where would you hide on Disney Property in the event of a zombie apocalypse? Plus, play a quick round of Desert Island DVDs with us. Everyone neat and pretty? Then on with the show!

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The Sweet Spot: In this Episode we welcome former Disneyland cast member Vern Hoiland. Vern was hired into Disneyland in 1969 and retired in 2006. Vern saw a lot fo changes over the years from managment, park changes, his own changes in roles, and much more. This is a great interview if you want to learn about how it was working in Disneyland as far back as 1969. Plus, we’ll look at the latest in the Disneyland Resort news with Tommy. Enjoy and please visit our new website

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Marvel Universe Live Review
First time writer, long time reader and glad I finally have something to contribute to the site. My wife and I recently went to the Marvel Universe Live theatrical arena event at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, soon to come to a city near you. The tour began in Tampa, which is the home of Feld Entertainment, the company bringing this super hero extravaganza your way.

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Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk Delivers More Than You Think
On our way into Universal Studios this week to take photos for yesterday’s construction update, we passed through CityWalk as we always do. It suddenly dawned on us that, while delightful, we rarely ever talk about this shopping and dining mecca.

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A 59 Photo Salute to Disneyland’s 59th Birthday
Disneyland hits a milestone today as it turns 59 years old. Disneyland is a pure original. The park Walt Disney had designed and built out of personal passion has gone on to spawn four additional Magic Kingdoms around the world, with a fifth currently on its way in Shanghai. Today, in no particular order, we reflect and celebrate 59 of our favorite things at The Happiest Place on Earth, Disneyland!  Happy Birthday to the park that started it all!


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
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MiceEars Crew: Aladdin, Yoyoflamingo, Trekkie Dad, DLandFansAZ, RegionsBeyond, Fishbulb & Dustysage.

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