My head is still spinning from an amazing MiceChat anniversary weekend with friends old and new. It was such a pleasure to meet so many new people and to reconnect with old friends (many of whom we only get to see at these events.)
And even though the skies did not cooperate on Sunday, there were still an amazing number of you in attendance - soggy, cold, but with lots and lots of smiles! You never cease to amaze us and we thank you for your loving support over the years. We look forward to many many more amazing years with you.
Our heartfelt thanks go out to the legendary Jack Lindquist (Disneyland's first President) who so graciously met with the assembled masses for our breakfast and book signing on Saturday morning at the ESPN Zone. Jack is a delightful, honest, and funny guy who is nothing short of a living treasure. We were honored to be in his presence.
The biggest surprise of the weekend was the appearance of Disneyland Resort President, George Kalogridis, at our Saturday breakfast. He not only introduced his predecessor, Jack Lindquist, to the crowd, but also shared some thoughts about the state of the resort and the amazing things yet to come. George and ESPN Zone gave each of the attendees a gift bag filled with little surprises including a $15 ESPN Zone game card and an old school Disneyland ticket book (masquerading as post it notes). It was clear from George's sincere words that he loves Jack Lindquist and honors his legacy. George has cemented a dear place in our hearts. We can't thank him enough for his efforts on behalf of the fan community and the entire resort.
George Kalogridis, Jack Lindquist & Dustysage
D23's Disney Geek, Jeffrey Epstein, defied the rain on Sunday to deliver stacks and stacks of Disney Twenty-Three magazines and swag to the soggy MiceChatters. But there was nothing but smiles as Jeffrey held a trivia contest and gave away lots of fun prizes. Jeffrey is a true Disney Geek and an ideal spokesperson for Disney's official fan club. We are delighted to have his friendship and support of MiceChat. And we hope you'll help support D23 and their upcoming convention in return.
This year was different in many way, including a much more polished and detailed schedule of events. Each meet and event was sponsored by a different MiceChat notable columnist, moderator, staff or senior member and each of them did an extraordinary job. We can't thank them enough for helping make everyone feel welcomed. But very special thanks must go out to Indiana Jenn who planned our Wine Reception at Pop the Cork Wine Bar at the Anaheim GardenWalk and our Jack Lindquist Breakfast and Book Signing at ESPN Zone. Those were two events that will long be remembered in the MiceChat history books. And also to Monorail Man, Fishbulb and Mamabot for their Game Show, Eye Spy, and Mice and Go seek events. They truly turned Saturday into a play day for the hundreds of folks who joined us.
Of course, all of this was made possible by an impressive list of sponsors whom I hope have earned your support and thanks:
Fairy Godmother Travel - who donated a 2 night stay at the Grand Californian Hotel as well as Vinylmation figures, theme park and cruise line merchandise and lots of emotional and monetary support. Teresa Cory is nothing short of a superstar travel planner and has become a dear friend and supporter of the MiceChat community. If you are even remotely interested in visiting a Disney theme park, Disney Cruise Line, or taking an Adventure by Disney trip, we hope you'll call Teresa first! www.Fairygodmothertravel.com
ESPN Zone - We have nothing but praise for the fantastic folks at ESPN Zone. They absolutely bent over backwards to welcome the MiceChatters this weekend and produce a fantastic breakfast and book signing event. They also donated prizes and giveaways to help make our weekend even more magical. We absolutely rediscovered ESPN Zone this weekend. Not only are they great folks who deserve our support, but they serve a wonderful menu as well. And there is a HUGE game room upstairs just waiting for you to explore and have a great time! And, right now, they are celebrating their 10th anniversary with free stuff (free brownies and games). Check out their web site for more details: www.espnzone.com
LEGOLAND - We couldn't have been more surprised or delighted with the support we received from the folks at LEGOLAND. They sent in stacks of park hopper tickets for us to give away this past weekend as well as amazing prizes and a super gift basket filled with Star Wars LEGO items. The LEGOLAND Resort is expanding this year with new activities and attractions in LEGOLAND park (including a new Star Wars miniland), LEGOLAND Water Park, and LEGOLAND's SEA LIFE Aquarium. If you'll be in the San Diego area, don't miss visiting MiceChat supporter: LEGOLAND California
We would also like to thank Discovery Science Center and Knott's Berry Farm for their support and donations of tickets for our contests and giveaways and to the Howard Johnson Anaheim Resort for providing a home to all of the MiceChat visitors from around the world who joined us this past weekend.
But most of all, we would like to thank YOU, our amazing readers, who give so generously of your voice and time in making MiceChat the vibrant, interesting and ever-changing place that it is.
It has been nothing short of a fantastic ride these past 6 years, and there is so much left for us all to explore together in the future. Happy Anniversary everyone!
Dusty and MiceChat Crew