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Thursday, September 21, 2017

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SeaWorld Lights Up Summer Nights

It is Summer time, which means it is that time of year when SeaWorld kicks off it's Summer Night offerings, and this year as part of the Sea of Surprises, celebrating 50 years of...

Summer projects continue at Disneyland

Disneyland made headlines Sunday evening after a small fire broke out backstage. Luckily, the blaze was quickly put out by the local fire department and the park operations continued uninterrupted. Meanwhile, projects...

Ratatouille Attraction Soft Opens and First Ride Videos

Things are moving quickly since we first posted this report on Sunday morning. Disneyland Paris Resort management staged a press opening for the new Ratatouille attraction in the Walt Disney Studios park on Sunday...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #96 – Lora Wallace

Welcome to a special Episode of the show. On today's show we bring you the latest news from the Universal parks, including the Official Opening date for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon...

The Haunted Mansion Show: Creepy Creations

There is no doubt that The Haunted Mansion has brought inspiration to the minds of many a fan. For several years since the house opened its creaky doors to the public, dozens upon dozens...

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Preview, Part 3: The Review

On July 8th, muggles will get to experience the Wizarding World of Harry Pottter - Diagon Alley at the Universal Orlando Resort. Those who make the trip are in for an astounding treat!  For...

Disneyland Resort Gets Patriotic, Wet and Wild

We'd like to offer a sincere thank you to Andy Castro who kept MiceChat running while Dusty, Monorail Man and myself were in Europe for the past two weeks. Andy's work was outstanding and...

An Urban Legend: Swan and Dolphin Reversed?

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotels are known for their iconic sculptures. According to legend, the 47-foot-tall swan sculptures and 55-foot-tall dolphin sculptures were installed on the wrong hotel buildings—and the paint...

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Preview, Part 2: Red Carpet Event

After a crazy kick off day, Universal, hit the gas, and wasted no time, getting everyone up to speed on the incredible changes they have made to the resort since the first phase of...

Planning to Visit Disneyland?

The California Chapter of the American Planning Association is coming to the Disneyland Hotel for their annual conference in September. I penned this article with them in mind. But I think you hard core...

A Conversation with Mark Hamill

This week, we get the chance to speak with Star Wars Royalty, Mark Hamill.  Talk about magic.  This guy has some wonderful stories to share and you can only hear them here on Window...

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Preview, Part 1: CityWalk Kickoff

Universal has kicked off their week of previewing Diagon Alley by pulling out all of the stops.  With the Tonight Show and the Today Show filming live at Universal Orlando, they are making sure...

Tomorrowland refurbishments and Hub construction continues at the Magic Kingdom

Welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’re taking a look at the Magic Kingdom a few weeks removed from the opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. New Fantasyland may now be...

Universal Orlando Update – Kicking Off Wizarding World of Harry Potter Preview Week

It seems like just yesterday that we here at MiceChat were covering the closure of JAWS at the Universal Orlando Resort.  And just a few years later, we are getting ready to experience part...

New Frozen pre-parade leads the way as Club 33 expansion continues at Disneyland

Disneyland debuted its new Frozen-themed pre-parade Friday afternoon. The one-float offering features Princess Anna, Olaf and Queen Elsa on an icy, snow-covered parade float but Frozen fans might want to lower their expectations before...

California’s Great America Struggles Against Mediocrity, Part Two

Marc Ricketts continues his visit to California's Great America. You can read part one . ~~Rick California's Great America by Marc Ricketts Water and boats are a necessary component of every park. Behind that splash above is...

The Sweep Spot – Disneyland Past and Future Anniversary Celebrations

In this episode of The Sweep Spot, we take a look at some of the past anniversary celebrations Disneyland has had. These normally would come every 5 to 10 years and most of the...

Mythbusters at the Discovery Science Center

We love the Discover Science Center. Not too far from Disneyland on I-5, the Discovery Science Center has all kinds of great kid and family friendly ways to play with science and spend a...

California’s Great America Struggles Against Mediocrity

Weekend Update contributor Marc Ricketts takes us to California's Great America amusement park located in Santa Clara, California. A product of the Marriott Company's ill-fated foray into the theme park business and now operated...

Grand opening of a Knott’s Berry Farm classic: The Reimagined Calico Mine Ride

On Thursday, Knott's Berry Farm officially reopened its classic Calico Mine Train after a major six-month renovation, restoration, and enhancement project. The top-to-bottom refurbishment included the addition of 46 new Audio-Animatronics figures along...