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Dusty Sage

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Dusty is the founder and CEO of MiceChat.com. When he's not visiting theme parks and writing, editing or speaking about Disney and theme parks worldwide, Dusty stays busy as the Executive Director of both the Walt Disney Birthplace AND the Dick Van Dyke Foundation. He also runs O-Zell Soda (the company originally operated by Walt Disney's father and at which Walt once worked). If you've got news or photos to share with the MiceChat community, or would like to book Dusty for an upcoming event, please contact [email protected]
Cowabunga dudes! Knott's Berry Farm has just announced a monster new coaster for summer 2018. The tallest, fastest, twistiest dive coaster in the West is now under construction on the Boardwalk, in the same location that Boomerang was once...
We have a show so big for you this month we had to do two episodes in one. We take a look at the MASSIVE enhancements and expansions at ALL of the Disney parks in the coming decade. Huge...
DCA may have the big new ride, Guardians of the Galaxy, but all the buzz is across the Esplanade at Disneyland for the return of the railroad and river. Still, there's quit a bit going on at Disney's California...
So much Disney controversy this month! Pirates of the Caribbean going PC, Trump on his way to the Hall of Presidents, and changes to Fantasmic. But it's not all angst and strife. Huge new attractions are on the way...
Welcome to Fantasmic! Tonight, our friend and host, Mickey Mouse, uses his vivid imagination to create magical imagery for all to enjoy. Nothing is more wonderful than the imagination—for in a moment, you can experience a beautiful fantasy or an exciting...
Heroes in Hollywood, patriotic bunting, and Halloween rumors are just a few of this week's topics. There's even a humorous little construction item. Let's start at the beginning . . . it's a very good place to start ....
I recently sat down with Jeffrey Epstein, Director of Corporate Communications at Disney, to discuss the upcoming D23 Expo in Anaheim scheduled for July 14th through 16th. The biennial Disney fan event has become a phenomenon since it made its...
In what is surely a sign of the times, Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland, Magic Kingdom and Disneyland Paris will all soon remove the "Auction" scene where pirates can buy a bride. The scene is iconic for its...
It's a BIG news theme park update from Doug and Dusty this month. Guardians of the Galaxy breaks out at the Disneyland Resort and the guys take you with them on the ride!!! But is this ride a hit...
It's National Doughnut Day!!! And that calls for something special. Let's cast a spell for some new pastry goodness . . . and presto . . . Voodoo Doughnuts officially opens at Universal CityWalk Hollywood. If you haven't been, there's...
How long does it take to remove a beloved attraction and turn it into something else? Five months. That's the length of time it took Imagineers to strip the Tower of Terror of its Twilight Zone theme and install...
We are on the cusp of insanity at Disneyland. The coming week brings the first public previews of Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: Breakout to the Disneyland Resort. That, in turn, will bring crowds . . . but...
I get all sorts of Theme Park Industry stuff all the time. Some of it we use in articles, or link to on social media, this particular email caught my attention because it's a system based on an attraction...
Avast, it be too late to alter course now mateys . . . the Gumballs have rolled and their fates have been sealed. Now there just be the little matter of naming names and calling curses. 2017 Gumball Rally Results,...
Things are about to drop into a new dimension at Disney California Adventure. Walls around Guardians of the Galaxy are set to come down any minute now. Summer of Heroes begins installation next week. Pixar Play Parade returns in...
A new lounge for Tomorrowland, more of the River revealed, and the real Captain Jack Sparrow makes an appearance at Disneyland. Lots to see today . . . and don't forget that the Gumball Rally rolls into Disneyland next...
Disney's D23 has announced the big events coming to the D23 Expo's "Hall D23" this summer. Don't be confused by their use of "D23" on everything. "Hall D23" is a 6,800 seat theater used for the mega presentations of...
Strike up the band, it's time for a quick tour of Disneyland to see what's new and what's news. A classic is set to return as Space Mountain gives up on the popular Hyperspace overlay and Star Tours prepares...
Doug and Dusty explore some of the deep rumors in the theme park industry. Disneyland and Disney World news and rumors abound in the April MiceChat Podcast. Plus, we take a deep dive into what might be coming to...
Walt Disney Imagineering has released a video offering a glimpse into the massive Star Wars lands being built at Disneyland and Disney World. While the details of the attractions have not yet been disclosed, some images of the land...