MiceAge10th Anniversary SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE
(This is a long thread - but do yourself the favor of reading the whole thing)
Hurry, hurry, step right up. Ladies and Gentlemen, the MiceAge 10th anniversary celebration is just around the corner and YOU are invited to join in the fun.
The schedule of events has been posted and we hope you'll be able to join us.
Read all the way to the bottom of this post for a chance to win 2 tickets to Knott's Berry Farm.
A decade of Disney news has flown by in a flash. MiceAge was formed to provide a forum of free expression about Disney and family travel in Los Angeles and Orlando. Al Lutz, Kevin Yee, Sue Kruse, and the folks at MiceChat have worked tirelessly (and for no pay) for the last 10 years. Why? Honestly, it's because of you and your tremendous outpouring of support and your appreciation for the countless articles and reports we have filed over the years. But what has been most memorable for us is the wonderful friendships which have been forged, meets, events and so many lasting relationships which have had their genesis in our little community. As we have done every winter, it is time to celebrate once again, as only we can, with an extended weekend of meets, events and fun. Whether you have been here since the beginning or have only just discovered us, you are all welcomed with open arms to enjoy our 10th anniversary weekend spectacular.
We ask that you please take note of the schedule below, so you don't miss out on all the good stuff we have planned. A few of the events require tickets, so don't delay in reserving your spot. Only two of our events have a hard cost attached to them, everything else is available for you to enjoy at no additional cost to you (you'll just need your own park admission and expenses). Enjoy as many or as few of the events below as you'd like.
ALICE DAVIS EVENT KICKOFF COCKTAIL RECEPTION
FRIDAY, FEB 1st
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Anabella Hotel(just 10 tickets left)
Join Disney Imagineering Legend, Alice Davis, for a cocktail reception on the evening of Friday, February 1st. Alice is an amazing lady with some wonderful stories to share. Your ticket covers one drink and Hors d'oeuvres. It will be a delightful social evening with the grand dame of Imagineering. Hurry, 10 tickets left, secure your in the MiceChat Store HERE
DCA DAY OF PLAY
SATURDAY, Feb 2nd
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Breakfast and Book Signing with Disney Legends Rolly Crump and Floyd Norman
ESPN Zone (SOLD OUT)
Meet Imagineering legend Rolly Crump (famous for the Haunted Mansion, Small World's Tower of the Four Winds, and the Enchanted Tiki Room) as well as acclaimed animator and Disney Legend, Floyd Norman (Sleeping Beauty, The Sword in the Stone, The Jungle Book, Robin Hood, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Mulan). We'll be treated to a breakfast buffet at the ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney featuring their MiceChat famous maple bacon! Attendees will be the first to hear about big plans for MiceChat's next Gumball Rally and will be offered a discount on that highly anticipated event. Event Sponsored by the wonderful pixies at Fairy Godmother Travel. Hosted by: MiceChat Moderator, IndianaJenn and MiceChat columnists and authors, Jeff Heimbuch and Sam Gennawey.
Lunch in Paradise Gardens (tables closest to Goofy's Sky School).
Dine with MiceChat royalty, Rixter and MickeyMaxx, in DCA's dining garden. Grab a skewer or some pasta and find a seat in the tables under the trees nearest Goofy's Sky School (In the event of rain, there are covered seating areas we'll use).
Hosted by: MiceChat Senior Moderator, MickeyMaxx & Weekend Update Editor, Rixter
2:00 pm (be a bit early to get your game packet before 2pm)
FREE MiceQuest: Eye Spy Fun (fancy photo hunt and mini-quest)
Meet at the Sonoma Terrace at the Golden Vine Winery, in front of the Blue Sky Cellar for a FREE 90 minute quest through DCA. This one has been designed for maximum fun (for all levels of Disney geekdom). You are going to love what we have planned, which will have you looking at DCA in a whole new way. Grand Prize 2 night stay at the Anabella Hotel. Prizes for the top placing individuals were sponsored by Fairy Godmother Travel, MiceChat's official travel agency.
Blue Sky Cellar Mixer (next to the Sonoma Terrace at the Golden Vine Winery)
Grab a soda or glass of wine and join us as we inspect the recently updated Blue Sky Cellar for clues about Disneyland's future. Actually, this event allows us to socialize and have a good time while we are waiting on the scores from the Marvelous Mid-Day Quest. Winners and prizes for the quest will be given out between 3:45 and 4:00pm. 4:30 pm
Hosted by: Michelle and Matt Hamand.
Monsters, Movies and Mermaids in Wonderland
We'll explore the worlds of some of Disney's top family entertainment. Meet in the interior lobby of the Animation Building and then enjoy a trek through Monsters Inc, Muppet's 3D, It's Tough to be a Bug and the Little Mermaid attractions.
Hosted by: Special Events Crew member, MaryAnn in Wndrlnd
NOTE: No official dinner meet has been planned. We suggest inviting a friend or two (or perhaps even someone you've just met) to join you for a bite before the next event.
Monorail Man's Game Show Magic
Grand Californian Hearthstone Lounge (outdoor patio by the fireplace)
Monorail Man, MiceChat Administrator and Game Show Host, will be leading us on a new adventure into Disney trivia with prizes by Fairy Godmother Travel. Grand prize 2 night stay at the Carousel Inn and Suites. Sponsored by the Carousel Inn and Suites and Fairy Godmother Travel
Hosted by: MiceChat Administrator, Monorail Man
DISNEYLAND CLASSIC DAY
SUNDAY, Feb 3rd
Riverbelle Terrace Breakfast
Riverbelle terrace is the traditional start for our big Anniversary weekend events. Join us as the tradition continues. Meet with friends old and new and start your day off the good old fashioned way . . . riverside with Mickey shaped pancakes.
Disneyland by River and Rail (meet at Magnolia Park)
No trip to Disneyland is complete without a grand circle tour aboard the Disneyland Railroad. We'll start and finish the expedition around Disneyland at Magnolia Park (in front of the New Orleans Train Station and next to the Haunted Mansion). One lucky guest will win a work of art from famed Disney shadowbox artist, Dave Avanzino. We will follow up the train with a ride on the Sailing Ship Columbia and perhaps another diversion before the big noon meet.
Hosted by: Artist, Dave Avanzino
Noon Hub Meet and Grand Prize Giveaway
The Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse Partners Statue in the central hub of Disneyland (the round park in front of the Castle) has been host to hundreds of MiceAge/MiceChat meets over the years. Its classic location and sentimental statue make it the ultimate location for us to give thanks to the man who started it all, Walt Disney (as well as the man who created MiceAge, Al Lutz). Meet and greet with your friends, make new friends, and perhaps just win a really special grand prize. The Howard Johnson by Disneyland Park will be giving away a 2 night stay to one lucky attendee! You don't want to miss out on this special meet! Hosted by: MiceAge Editor, Al Lutz
Group Picture In front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle
What's more fun than a meet with hundreds of your fellow Disney Geeks? Trying to wrangle them all for a group picture in front of the Castle! For whatever reason, taking this shot always proves to be a highlight of the weekend. We think you all really just like getting close together . . . so keep your hands to yourself! (or not).
Hosted by: Special Events Crew Members, Just John & Simply Sabrina
Lunch in the 100 Acre Woods
Pull up a chair and join us as we lunch at the Hungry Bear Terrace (upstairs in the far back). Grab lunch from wherever you'd like and meet back up with us at the Hungry Bear. We will be expecting you and will assist you with tables.
Hosted by: MiceChat Moderator, penguinsoda
2:15 pm MiceChat Podcast Taping (For all guests who were not able to obtain Yesterland Tour tickets, please join Al Lutz and Dustysage for a live taping of the MiceChat Podcast.) Upstairs at the Hungry Bear (where we had Lunch)
Meet the MiceAge/MiceChat crew as we discuss the highlights of our 10 years online. We are also asking for your involvement. If you'd like to ask a question of Al or let us know what MiceAge means to you, we'll record your comments for our taped broadcast. Be a part of MiceAge history!
If we have time after the taping, we'll ride Haunted Mansion and perhaps Pirates of the Caribbean before our final adventure at 4:30.
Tiki Room Farewell - Let’s All Sing Like The Birdies Sing
We'll wrap up our most magical anniversary ever with an uplifting visit to Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room. If there is a show loading when you arrive, please wait with the other MiceChatters on the lanai. We’ll remain on the patio until everyone has arrived. Now, let’s stop clucking like old hens, there’s a lot of birds waiting to go on.
Following the show, we'll head around the corner to the little patio between Aladdin's Oasis and The Jungle Cruise to say our farewells and wish MiceAge another 10 sparkly years online.
LET YOUR FAIRY GODMOTHER BE YOUR GUIDE
If you'd like to book travel to Disneyland and stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel, please contact MiceChat's very own Fairy Godmother, Teresa Cory, of FairyGodmotherTravel.com.
STAY AT THE ANABELLA - GET A SPECIAL DEAL
Act quick and you can grab a great deal at the Anabella Hotel as well. Anabella is offering regular rooms at the low low rate of just $79.00 per night for a standard room and $119 per night for the larger concierge rooms (which includes breakfast for two) while supplies last. Please call 1-800-863-4888 and ask for the "MiceChat Anniversary Rate" (Be sure to ask for the MiceCHAT rate and not MiceAGE, since we are listed in their system under the MiceCHAT name).
D23 SPECIAL OFFER FOR MICEAGE READERS
In celebration of the MiceAge 10th Anniversary, D23 is offering our readers (and their friends and family) 10% off a D23 membership.
Just follow these instructions:
- Visit D23.com and click on "Join D23" at the top of the page
- Add a new or gifted D23 Gold or Silver Membership to your cart
- At check out, enter the promo code D23CHAT and 10% will be deducted off your total
Offer valid only through February 28th, 2013, so don't delay. If you've been wanting to sign up for D23, now's the time to do it.
We'd like to thank you for joining us for MiceChat's Anniversary Weekend. Join us for a few events or the whole weekend, whatever you do, we hope you'll have a fantastic time. We'd also like to thank our Special Guests, Event Hosts, Indiana Jenn, Monorail Man, Fishbulb, Mickey Maxx, Rixter, Mamabot as well as the dozens of folks on the MiceChat's Special Events Crew who do so much work to create these events. We've placed the names of some of those folks in the individual meets listed above, but the crew consists of many more incredible folks, who donate so much of their time and energy to make these events happen. And, of course, we'd like to thank our fantastic sponsors who enable us to create all this magic. Thank you to our primary sponsor and all around gal Friday, Teresa Cory of Fairy Godmother Travel (book all of your Disney vacations and Cruises with Teresa!). And to the amazing folks at the ESPN Zone, the Carousel Inn and Suites, the Anabella Hotel and the Howard Johnson by Disneyland Park.
Until our next adventure, thank you for your support of MiceAge and MiceChat over the years. We do what we do for you and we simply can't thank you enough for your support. Here's to another decade of Disney, friendship and fun.
Now, we'd like to hear from you. What are you looking forward to most on our big weekend?
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HELP US SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THE MICEAGE 10th ANNIVERSARY FOR A CHANCE TO WIN 2 TICKETS TO KNOTT'S BERRY FARM
Help us spread the word about the MiceAge 10th Anniversary. Post a link to our Anniversary schedule on your Facebook or Twitter page and tag MiceChat and we'll enter you to win. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3.
To tag MiceChat on your Facebook Page, make sure you like our page, http://facebook.com/MiceBook, then make sure you tag "MiceChat the Happiest Place in Cyberspace"
One lucky winner will be chosen at random on Sunday February 3rd and announced in the next MiceChat Round Up!