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Thursday, July 27, 2017

In Memoriam: Marty Sklar

Marty Sklar Feb 6, 1934 - July 27, 2017 Marty Sklar was a student at UCLA and editor for The Daily Bruin when Walt Disney hired him on to create and run a daily paper for his theme park, Disneyland News. He went on to create most of the publicity materials for the park, with this office just to the left...

Yesterland: Studio Catering Co. and High Octane Refreshments

It’s fun when a theme park restaurant has a view into an attraction. Just think of Blue Bayou Restaurant at Disneyland, with a late twilight view of the bayou, boats, and fireflies of Pirates of Caribbean. Or how about The Land Grill at Epcot, the revolving restaurant above Living With the Land, where “even the hooves of the mighty...

DCA Photo Update – Farewell to Bugs

Disneyland may be getting all the attention this week with the return of the River and the roll out of MaxPass, but there's a lot going on at DCA as well. The recent D23 Expo confirmed the long discussed MiceAge rumors about Marvel coming to the park. Dsny Debbie and crew are on the scene to take us on...

Dateline Disney World – Great Movie Ride Tribute and Galaxy’s Edge Update

It's a very special Dateline Disney World this week as we take one last look at the Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios park before it closes in August. We'll also show you what else is going on in this park as it prepares for a total transformation. ...

Garner Holt Productions: 40 Years of Incredible Imagination

Today, July 25, 2017, is the 40th anniversary of the world’s largest, most productive, and, with not a little pride, most ambitiously creative animatronics producer: Garner Holt Productions, Inc. (GHP).  Four decades ago today, paperwork filed by a sixteen year-old high school student named Garner Holt was approved for the formation of a California corporation, one that would provide...

Yesterland: Observations about the Wizarding World in Florida

Dragon Challenge at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Florida is in the news this week. The steel coaster with two interlaced tracks will close forever on September 4, 2017. A new Harry Potter-themed attraction will take its place in 2019. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter When you are done reading, please leave your comments...

Mousetalgia Podcast 457: Fantasmic returns; D23 Expo show floor report

It's a fantastic super-sized episode of Mousetalgia this week as we report on our travels down to Anaheim for the D23 Expo and the various goings-on at the Disneyland Resort. First, we offer trip reports from Expo weekend in the parks, and Jeff reviews the Skyline Lounge experience as well as a soft opening of the newly-renovated Fantasmic! nighttime...

Disneyland News & Photo Update – Taking it to the MaxPass

Welcome back to the Disneyland Resort. It's the middle of summer, but Disneyland is still unveiling all sorts of exciting new stuff. Fantasmic! has returned, the train and river boats will reopen on the 29th, and the digital version of FASTPASS has at long last made its debut. We'll take a look throughout the park, and fill you in...

Disney News Roundup: D23Expo Recap, Fantasmic Returns and More

Welcome to the MiceChat News Roundup! With the D23 expo now in the rear view mirror, we cast our eyes on the future. What have we learned and where are things headed . . . we'll bring you the latest news on all things Disney! This week's Roundup also includes the latest MiceAge update, major changes to Fantasmic! at Disneyland and...

The Sweep Spot #214 D23 Expo Announcements with Doug Barnes

In this episode we are back from D23 Expo 2017, and we have plenty to discuss and so we asked our friend from Season Pass Podcast Doug Barnes to join us. We have some great discussion about what was announced and some speculation. Get our book Cleaning the Kingdom in paperback and audiobook at www.thesweepspot.com

Marc Davis Goes to WED – A Panel from D23 Expo

D23 Expo has wrapped and boy is my body tired! I will have quite a few articles coming out about my experience at the D23 Expo, but I really wanted to do a good job putting together this article for you, as I was delighted at this panel. It took place at the same time as the popular Disney...

Yesterland: Flying Saucers

Flying Saucers at Yesterland updated with 11 never-before-published photos. Who here has ridden the Flying Saucers at Disneyland and Luigi's Flying Tires at DCA? Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Flying Saucers When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Dateline Disney World – HUGE Changes Ahead for Epcot

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we will get you up to date with all of the major announcements made for Epcot at this year's D23 Expo. Lots of photos to get to today, so let's get this party started . . . ...

MiceChat Podcast – Expos, Pirates & Presidents

So much Disney controversy this month! Pirates of the Caribbean going PC, Trump on his way to the Hall of Presidents, and changes to Fantasmic. But it's not all angst and strife. Huge new attractions are on the way to all the Disney Resorts and the D23 Expo should cement those plans. Doug and Dusty are your advocates into...

Disneyland Resort Photo Update: Major Changes On The Way!

Welcome back to the Disneyland Resort. After a whirlwind weekend at the D23 Expo we are back with a quick news and photo update from the Disneyland Resort. We aren't quite sure how we pulled this off, but enjoy the magic folks. There is SO much going on right now that our heads are exploding. MaxPass Last Thursday, Disney announced the...

Magic Mountain Triumphant in the Battle for Metropolis

Theme park folk tend to fall into one of two camps, those that like big honkin' roller coasters and those that like the heavily themed attractions of Disney and Universal. Other than a few places like Knott's Berry Farm and Islands of Adventure that feature both types of attractions for us switch hitters, parks tend to be one or...

New Fantasmic Debuts at Disneyland

Welcome to Fantasmic! Tonight, our friend and host, Mickey Mouse, uses his vivid imagination to create magical imagery for all to enjoy. Nothing is more wonderful than the imagination—for in a moment, you can experience a beautiful fantasy or an exciting adventure! But beware… nothing is more powerful than the imagination—for it can also expand your greatest fears into an overwhelming nightmare. The opening...

D23 Expo: Walt Disney Archives celebrates the swashbuckling Pirates of the Caribbean

Every other year, the folks Walt Disney Archives delivers a show-stopping exhibit at D23 Expo and this year is no different. This year the Archives takes us through Disney's storied history with pirates in TV, film, and theme parks in the sprawling A Pirate's Life for Me: Disney's Rascals, Scoundrels and Really Bad Eggs exhibition of props,...

D23 Expo: Bob Chapek unveils a mixed bag of big changes for Disney Parks and Resorts

D23 Expo kicked off Saturday morning with a mega-show of celebrities at its Walt Disney Studios Live Action Films presentation but for theme park fans, the big event of the day was Hall D23's Walt Disney Parks and Resorts presentation in the afternoon with Disney Parks Chairman Bob Chapek. Always a highlight of Expo, the Parks and Resorts show...

D23 Expo: Shop ’til you drop on the expo show floor!

What would a Disney event be without limited edition merchandise? We already showed you a bit of D23 Expo's shopping at the Mickey's of Glendale pop-up store, but there's even more to buy elsewhere on the show floor... From the Dreamstore, to Uniqlo, to Disney Store and beyond, there's endless opportunities to buy the latest Disney collectable at D23...