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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

MiceChat Podcast – Avalanche Of Disney Attractions – Too Good To Be True

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 new lands for Disneyland, California Adventure and Disney Hollywood Studios. Plus, major new attractions for Epcot & Magic Kingdom.  We...

Kevin Yee – The REAL “Disney Decade” is Happening Right Now!

In 1990, then-CEO of Disney Michael Eisner announced the start of the "Disney Decade," a marketing campaign designed to usher in new theme park expansions and tentpole movies. In many ways, he was right. The company was slowly righting itself from a disastrous two decades after Walt's death, and Eisner (with his partner Frank Wells) really did fix the...

Disneyland Photo Update – It’s All In The Details

Welcome back to another hot and sticky week at the Disneyland Resort. This was the final weekend of Saturday blockout dates for Deluxe passes as the summer winds down. But it should still feel like summer for a while longer, as the hot and humid weather remains in our forecast. With that coming, it's a good time to slow...

Disney News Roundup: All Great Movies come to a end.

Welcome to the MiceChat News Roundup! On August 9th in 1969 the Haunted Mansion opened to the public after years of development. With Crypt doors creaking and Tombstones quaking, the Swinging Wake has been going ever since. This week's Roundup has all the latest news, including a brand new MiceAge update about Paradise Pier and the sad closing of The Great...

Mousetalgia Podcast 458: D23 Expo part 2 – the experience

This week, Team Mousetalgia takes you back to the recent D23 Expo with reports on some of the myriad panels, presentations and performances that were held at the massive event. We talk to our correspondent Nicole, who describes her experience at the Expo as a first-timer, with her own set of tips, advice, and feedback about the massive event....

David Koenig: Final Cut

This Sunday August 13, something will happen at Walt Disney World that has never happened before: Epcot will permanently close one of its Opening Day pavilions, the Universe of Energy. Much more importantly, something far more significant is happening at the opposite end of Crescent Lake... Disney Hollywood Studios is shuttering the LAST remaining ride from its Opening Day: the...

This Animatronic Life – Our Pal Marty

Howdy everyone—two weeks ago, the themed entertainment industry and Disney fans worldwide lost an important and beloved friend, Marty Sklar.  Any fan engaged with the history and culture of Disney theme parks around the world knew his name, and, because of his generosity with his time and presence, thousands had the opportunity to hear him speak or even meet...

Yesterland: S.S. rustworthy

P.P.F.D. is the Paradise Pier Fire Department. The department has a fire boat, the S.S. rustworthy. Let’s hope this boat isn’t needed to douse a fire on the amusement pier. The boat is a wreck. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: S.S. rustworthy When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

DCA Photo Update: Park Somewhere Else!

Welcome back to the Disneyland Resort. Today we look at changes coming soon to Downtown Disney and California Adventure. If you missed our Disneyland Update Monday you can check it out HERE. No More Free Parking Park Somewhere Else! Disney has changed its Downtown Disney parking policy. In order to receive 2 hours of complimentary parking you now have to spend a...

Dateline Universal Orlando – Dragon Challenge Getting the Axe

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Universal Orlando! This week, we're at Islands of Adventure. There are a few surprises ahead . . . let's take a look! That does it for this week. Are you excited to see...

Disney to Acquire Majority Ownership of BAMTech – Netflix Out in 2019

Today, the Walt Disney Company announced that it would pay $1.58 billion to acquire a 42% stake in BAMTech to add to the 33% acquired last year, making them majority owners in the multi-sport direct-to-consumer streaming service, MLBAM, (Major League Baseball Advanced Media) which will relaunch next year under the ESPN brand. But that's not all. MLBAM is also the...

MiceAge Disneyland Rumor Update – Paradise Reborn Pixar Takes The Pier

Disneyland is heading into the dog days of summer with typically modest summertime crowds (don’t tell the lower level AP’ers that!) and a growing frenzy of planning as TDA execs plot out Fiscal 2018 that begins this October and will herald more signs that Star Wars is on the way. In this update we’ll fill you in on what’s...

Disneyland Photo Update: Giving New Meaning to “Dark” Ride

Welcome back to a hot and humid Anaheim, where we take a look at Disneyland as it begins to wrap its summer offerings. Crowds have been unpredictable but tend to show up on Weekdays. The Disneyland Railroad, on the other hand, has seen huge wait times as guests flock to the rails to get their fix after 18 months...

Mousetalgia Podcast 459: Remembering Marty Sklar with artist Eric Robison

This week, Team Mousetalgia welcomes Disney artist Eric Robison to the show to discuss his years at Walt Disney Imagineering with Marty Sklar. Robison shares some stories and personal memories, including insight into the relationship he had with Sklar and the story of how Sklar helped him launch his career. Learn about Tomorrowland's proposed MegaPopper 2000 walking popcorn machine,...

Disney News Roundup: Railroads and Memories

Welcome to the MiceChat News Roundup! While many were celebrating the newly reopened River at Disneyland, we said goodbye to a legend and Disney pioneer, Marty Skylar. It was a bittersweet couple of weeks. The Roundup brings you all the news from the Disneyland resort and beyond. This week's Top Stories In Memoriam: Marty Sklar Marty Sklar was a student at UCLA and...

The Sweep Spot Podcast – #215 Disneyland 1997

In this episode we are going to take a virtual tour of Disneyland as if it was the year 1997. That year had some memorable moments, and times for both of us. Get ready as we discuss some of the attractions that weren't there yet, and some that were already gone, plus all the other events that took place...

You’ve Got To Be Kidding: Would You Rather…

Time for a quick game of “Would You Rather”. Disney style. Would you rather always see the world as a black-and-white Mickey Mouse cartoon or have everyone else in the world sound like Captain Rex from Star Tours? Would you rather be responsible for Superstar Limo or Luigi’s Tires? Would you rather stand in line behind a whiny baby or a whiny...

Blurring the Mechanical Line: GHP’s New Animatronic Head Offers a Glimpse Into the Future of Expressive Characters

Howdy everyone—July was an exciting month for us at Garner Holt Productions, Inc. (GHP): in the middle of the month, GHP was on hand at the D23 Expo to share some of our work to support MiceChat and the Walt Disney Birthplace; the next weekend, my creative director Bill Butler, along with our pal Bob Gurr, spoke on a...

Yesterland: Maliboomer

At Yester California Adventure: “What goes up, must come down! These three 180 foot high towers will launch true thrill seekers straight up at a dizzying rate.” Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Maliboomer When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

DCA Update – Shaved Ice, Hopeless Heroes and New Animation

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 Adventure. New foods, ride rumors, and a faltering festival. Much thanks to PhotoMatt, Dsny Debbie and Scott Attula for their help...