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The MiceChat Podcast – Walking Walt’s Footsteps in Disneyland

  The Disney dudes return to Disneyland to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion and ponder the upcoming enhancements to the Fantasyland dark rides. As Disneyland prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary, there's lots for us to talk and speculate about. So, join Doug, David and Dusty as we take you for a walk in the park. It's an...

Yesterland presents Disneyland Signs, Part 1: 1955 to 1999

When you think of the Disneyland sign, what do you visualize? It probably depends on when you first visited Disneyland or became aware of its sign.   Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Disneyland Signs, Part 1: 1955 to 1999   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Six Flags Announces Twisted Colossus Hybrid Coaster – Includes Video

Six Flags Magic Mountain has announced its future plans for the iconic Colossus coaster. The self proclaimed “Thrill Capital of the World” is planning to converting the classic woody into  Twisted Colossus, a world–record–breaking hybrid coaster with a four–minute journey through nearly 5,000 feet of track and two lift hills. Twisted Colossus is the next generation of the beloved wooden roller coaster that...

5 Ways to Ruin Your Disney Vacation

I write in a positive voice more often than not, sharing my thoughts on what you can do to have a magical Disney vacation. But let's face it, there's some stuff you just shouldn't do.  This stuff makes your crew cranky and probably stresses you out, too.  While I love spouting ideas for things you can add to your...

Empowerment and … Elephants, a Conversation with Entertainment Designer Kile Ozier

“I create experiences for people through the filter of my own experience. . . I use my own emotions as the filter through which to create.”  Kile Ozier I’m new here in the MiceChat universe, and I know most people who will read what I write have no idea who I am. Frankly, I’m a nobody in this industry--I’m not...

MiceAge Update: Double Blast from the Past

We have quick little MiceAge update today which should make many of you happy. For the rest of the recent news, please read last week's MiceAge update HERE. OSWALD, LUCKY INDEED In a nostalgia move that is sure to delight Disney purists, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is set to become the newest costumed character in DCA, beginning September 14th. This classic Walt...

Halloween Arrives at the Magic Kingdom

Dateline Disney World is back to bring you a disney dose of photos and news from Walt Disney World.  This week, Halloween begins to arrive (in August) to the Magic Kingdom. Pumpkins and garland lace nearly every awning on Main Street U.S.A. and despite the oppressive humidity, fall seems to be in the air.  There are also a few...

Star Wars: The Film That Changed My Life – Part 3

UPDATE: DISNEYLAND HALF MARATHON WEEKEND is upon us. Yes friends, it’s that time again and I’m so excited I could just bust. These Disneyland races are the best in the country.                                                             ...

Disney News Round Up: Its Halloween in August, Summer is gone!

Capt. Hook delivers a trip report, a retro journey to Disneyland from 1955, and a peek behind the scenes at America Sings are just some of the fascinating topics to enjoy in today's MiceChat Round up of Disney and theme park news and information.  If you are a fan of Frozen, and a lot of you are, we have...

Villains Unleashed! The Good, the Bad and the Evil

This past Saturday night I attended the Villains Unleashed event at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. I approached the event with caution after last year's fiasco of a similarly themed event. I kept an open mind due to the fact this year it was a hard-ticketed event priced right at $72 per person. Arrival I arrived at the park...

Halloween Time creeps in across the Disneyland Resort as summer comes to an end

Halloween Time has started to creep in across the Disneyland Resort as the summer season comes to a close. Meanwhile, refurbishments continue as well, with work underway on Main Street, in Tomorrowland and at the Grand Californian Hotel. And out in Downtown Disney, Anna and Elsa from Frozen are taking over the Studio Disney 365 girls' boutique...

Mousetalgia Podcast 305: Ghostly Materials, D23’s Fanniversary

In this week's Mousetalgia Emporium of topics, Imagineer Brian Crosby returns to the show to talk about various topics, including Marvel's Disney Kingdoms; "Ghostly Materials," the Haunted Mansion exhibit at Disneyland's Disneyana store; and the real meaning of the brass bat stanchions that direct the Mansion's queue. We also start talking Expo - how to start preparing for the...

Tsum Tsums Invade Disneyland Paris

The little plush toys called "Tsum Tsum" have arrived in Disneyland Paris, straight from the Disney Store in Japan. People Magazine is calling these guys the "next Beanie Babies". How well do you think this Japanese craze will perform internationally? Can you say Duffy...? ~~Rick Disneyland Paris Update by Alain Littaye Disney and more blog We have a new Disneyland Paris...

The Empty Grave Haunt Finds a New Home

The Empty Grave Haunted attraction is an annual Southern California staple that MiceChat has been following for years. Designer Mike Talorico's creations have become known for their inventive layout and homespun charm while still maintaining a high standard of professionalism and production value.  However, when Empty Grave announced that they were not returning to Anaheim Gardenwalk for the 2014...

DoomBuggies Spook Show #11: Disney Legend Alice Davis

Disney Legend Alice Davis joins the DoomBuggies Spook Show this week to talk about her late legendary husband Marc Davis, who was one of Walt Disney's original Nine Old Men and was largely responsible for the majority of the scenes and gags in the Haunted Mansion. Alice talks about Marc's childhood and early art, and explains why Walt selected...

The Lost Temple Ride Opens at Movie Park Germany

Movie Park Germany's new Lost Temple attraction rivals Universal Studios Hollywood's King Kong attraction. Take a look at the concept art and video from Alain Littaye below.  ~~Rick The Lost Temple Ride Opens at Movie Park Germany by Alain Littaye Disney and more blog A new "major" ride opened recently at Movie Park Germany. It's called "The Lost Temple" and it's a ride...

Six Flags Magic Mountain Announces Fright Fest 2014 Lineup

This week Six Flags Magic Mountain held a press conference to make a major announcement about the 2014 edition of their Fright Fest Halloween event.  The thrill park has been very keen on taking a bite out of the brutally competitive Halloween Haunt market in Southern California for years now.  However, 2011's announcement of a 5-year plan to overhaul...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #104 – Islands of Adventure Orientation Part 1

Thank you for joining us as we look at the amazing immersive theme park that is Universal's Islands of Adventure. We will share story, mystery and mythos of this amazing park and its six themed islands. In this first part of orientation we will give you an overview of how the park came into existence and then delve into...

Epcot Future World News and Photos

We have a special Friday edition of Dateline Disney World for you today. This week, we’re taking a quick tour Epcot’s Future World. Future indeed, as we see charging stations in the parking lot for the forward thinking park. Next we stroll by Mission Space and Test Track to check on things at those two popular attractions (Spoiler Alert:...

Universal Studios Hollywood Big Construction and Halloween Update

There is so much happening all at once here at Universal Studios Hollywood that it's tough to keep up.  But we'll do our best to bring you the latest news and info from this fast-changing park. Prepping for the future, Universal is adding a massive new parking garage. We also see that they are using new ways to engage...