Editor’s Note:
  • August 19, 2014: Happy Birthday Al Lutz – On Sunday, we invited the MiceChatters to join us at Disneyland to wish an early happy birthday to the amazing Mr. Al Lutz. It was his first visit to the park he loves since his last birthday. He sent us the following note to thank all of you for your support and to explain his current medical situation:  "I just wanted to thank all who were kind enough to wish me a happy birthday by joining me at Disneyland for lunch last Sunday or posting online here at MiceChat/MiceAge. As you may already know, I've been dealing with Parkinson's Disease for over a decade, and it progressed to a critical point from which I've had an especially challenging recovery from this past year. As we've gotten through it all to get to the next step of the treatment process, (DBS: deep brain stimulation) all your kind notes and in person hellos have been a real uplifter. Just what is it about "the happiest place on earth" that for almost 60 years brings such nice people together? It must be something in the air there..."  -Al Lutz
    • The long awaited MiceChat Knott's Scary Farm event tickets are now available. And don't miss out on the upcoming MiceChat Invasion, coming to Orlando October 22nd through 29th
    • MICECHAT WDW INVASION:  Find out more about the WDW Gumball Rally, Epcot Food and Wine Festival Sip and Nibble, MiceChat Wizarding World and Horror Nights events as well as Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, dinners, meets, Cirque and more here: MiceChat Invasion and Gumball Rally Info
    • -  MICECHAT HALLOWEEN HAUNT @ KNOTT'S SCARY FARM will be held on September 27th. Don't miss out, this event sells out rapidly every year! MiceChat Haunt Tickets and Information HERE 
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Bob’s True-Life Adventures – African Safari – Banoka Part One

August 20, 2014 at 3:00 am | 2 Comments

Today’s Wheel of Adventures has stopped at a wild spot in 2014. This is part one of a four part series about my African safari. . .  so here we go! Many folks have a dream to…

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When Disneyland was closed – A Talk With Tony Baxter

August 20, 2014 at 2:00 am | 7 Comments

Remember a few years back when Space Mountain was closed for its major refurbishment?  Even though I’m an adult, I felt like Disneyland was somehow incomplete because I couldn’t experience the ride for what felt…

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Disney News Round Up: Star Wars may replace Toontown and more!

August 20, 2014 at 12:01 am | 1 Comment

A gigantic MiceAge update hit yesterday. A new idea on how to fit Star Wars into Disneyland has come to light as the park gets closer to its 60th anniversary.  This article headlines the MiceChat Round…

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MiceAge Update: More Star Wars, Frozen, Muppets and Marvel at Disneyland Resort

August 19, 2014 at 3:00 am | 155 Comments

Today’s MiceAge Update brings you the latest from the halls of Imagineering and Team Disney Anaheim, where some big-ish projects are in the works. After a pleasant summer season with manageable crowds of tourists spread evenly…

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From Hollywood to Disney Hollywood Studios: The Brown Derby

August 19, 2014 at 2:00 am | 9 Comments

Greetings fellow MiceChatters and readers! This week I will be highlighting both a Hollywood and a Disney Hollywood Studios Classic – The Brown Derby. In 1926, Robert H. Cobb opened the original Brown Derby at…

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Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Invites Guests to Survive the “Curse”

August 19, 2014 at 1:00 am | 3 Comments

Busch Gardens Tampa has announced info for this year’s Howl-O-Scream. Now in it’s 15th year, Tampa’s #1 haunt event is ready to scare up some spooky new thrills for guests. This year’s event will run…

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Communicore Weekly – ScareLA, Tarzan Chronicles, Massive Blu-Rays, Indian Chief

August 19, 2014 at 12:01 am | 2 Comments

Direct Link l   iTunes Link Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about ScareLA, Tarzan Chronicles, Massive Blu-Rays, and an Indian Chief! TRIP REPORT! – Jeff talks about his day at ScareLA in…

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Disneyland celebrates Haunted Mansion’s 45th Anniversary with new art and collectibles

August 18, 2014 at 4:21 am | 47 Comments

Disneyland‘s summer season is starting to wind down as the park begins to gear up for the popular Halloween Time season. As summer wraps up, refurbishments continue from Main Street, U.S.A. to Tomorrowland and the…

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November, 1971 Visit to the Magic Kingdom

August 18, 2014 at 2:00 am | 5 Comments

A few weeks ago, RetroDisneyWorld.com released a five and a half-minute video of restored movie footage from a Super8 print of a visit to the Magic Kingdom in November, 1971. As mentioned on their site,…

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Mousetalgia Podcast 304: The Haunted Mansion at ScareLA; Robin Williams

August 18, 2014 at 1:00 am | No Comments

The ScareLA Halloween convention celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion on August 9 with a panel hosted by Jeff, and he shares some behind-the-scenes moments and memories from the event, which featured Disney…

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Scare LA: The Halloween Convention in Los Angeles

August 17, 2014 at 3:00 am | 4 Comments

Last weekend, August 9th and 10th, a frightfully fun convention was held in Los Angeles. Scare LA is a large-scale convention held each August for Halloween fans, professional haunters, and anyone in between that loves…

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The San Francisco Dungeon: A Walk On The Dark Side

August 17, 2014 at 2:00 am | 3 Comments

Just in time for the Halloween season, a new attraction has opened at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Marc Ricketts takes us on a tour of The San Francisco Dungeon: Take a Walk on the Dark…

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Disney Blu-ray Extravaganza

August 17, 2014 at 1:00 am | 13 Comments

George: Muppets Most Wanted has finally made it to Blu-ray after it’s theatrical release in March, 2014. I didn’t get the opportunity to see it in the theaters (due to the amazing CommuniTOUR) and I…

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The Sweep Spot Episode 135 – History of Tom Sawyers Island and Movie About Walt Disney

August 17, 2014 at 12:01 am | 3 Comments

In This Episode we have talk about the history of Tom Sawyers Island. We welcome back guest David Smith to help is discuss this. He has many memories and great stories working on the Canoes…

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Ears & Bubbles: The Story of Mouseketeer Bobby Burgess

August 16, 2014 at 3:00 am | 2 Comments

Can you believe that the Mickey Mouse Club will be 60 years old next year? Scarlett Stahl has a great interview with Mouseketeer Bobby Burgess plus news (rumor) of a special honor for the Mouseketeers…

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Review: Summer of Yesterday by Gaby Triana

August 16, 2014 at 2:00 am | No Comments

George: Summer of Yesterday by Gaby Triana was recommended to us by our good friend Estelle over at This Happy Place Blog. She’s an avid teen fiction reader and a Disney fan so we made…

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Disafterdark Series 2, Episode 23 – The Dr is in.

August 16, 2014 at 12:01 am | No Comments

Welcome back to the Mouses Head and thank you for the download. Today we have a crossover episode with a Dr Who podcast. All of us are back again, although Paul D has some audio…

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Massive Expansion for All 3 SeaWorld Parks

August 15, 2014 at 4:08 am | 94 Comments

The past few days have been rough for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.  After missing their projected quarterly earnings target, despite an increase in attendance for the quarter, SeaWorld shareholder’s knee jerk reaction was to sell…

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Remembering Genie at the Disneyland Resort

August 15, 2014 at 3:00 am | 8 Comments

We were feeling nostalgic this week and decided to catch a showing of Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular in honor of the late Robin Williams. We then mosey through Disney California Adventure in an attempt to…

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Knotts Berry Farm End of Summer Fun and Haunt by the Ton

August 15, 2014 at 2:00 am | 5 Comments

Down on the farm there’s plenty a-happenin’. Knott’s is planning a big Labor Day celebration on the last day of August including fireworks!  You also still have a chance to catch the Snoopy Unleashed show…