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How Disney Legend Van France Changed a Life – Disneylander Jerry’s story

October 3rd marks the birthday of Disney Legend Van France. Van was an icon – a genius in sharing Walt’s vision of training and hiring “The Disney Way.” We hope you'll enjoy this touching tribute to Van and the lives he continues to touch.  - Pam Lipp There are countless impactful quotes by Walt Disney and Van France, but one...

A Window into Princess Fantasy Faire

This week, new WTTM co-host (and super sweetie) Bryn MacKinnon takes you into the Royal Theatre inside the still new Princess Fantasy Faire at Disneyland to enjoy a vaudeville-style performance by Mr Smythe & Mr Jones and a very special guest. On the way there, Bryn tells you a little about the history of this well-known and much-loved section...

It’s Fun to be Free: Magic Skyways’ Influence on Disney Theme Parks

Aloha! Did you miss me? I'm Shelly Valladolid, otherwise known as The Fabulous Disney Babe. I wrote about Disney, went home to Hawaii to get my mind, body and soul back to health, went to college to try to learn how to write good, got married, got happy, and here I am, with a story about an attraction in...

Bob Gurr’s True-Life Adventures – No.13 Safari – Duma Tau

Today's Wheel of Adventures has stopped at 2014, so here we go. This is the last in a four part series about my recent African safari. Part one introduced Camp Banoka and described what a typical game drive day was like, and showed a variety of some of the larger wildlife. Part two showed more of what camp life was like...

Disney News Round Up: Out With The Old, In With The New

Tires deflated, pumpkins are carved, and subs reopened. Yes, it's the MiceChat Round up of Disney and Theme Park news and information.  It seems that Luigi's Flying Tires attraction could very well be on its way out at Disney California Adventure. Was the new Fantasyland at Walt Disney Worlds Magic Kingdom worth the wait? We ask the question here...

MiceAge Update – Enhancements for Disneyland, Tire Replacement for DCA

The first week in October begins the new fiscal year for the Walt Disney Company, and for Disneyland Resort that almost always means projects either kick off or wrap up in order to satisfy the sharp pencil boys who are always trying to defer the bills to the following fiscal year. Fiscal Year 2015 is no different for Anaheim,...

Explore the Watery World at Marineland Florida

If you’ve ever driven along A1A between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, you’ve probably gone through the small town of Marineland. It is in this sleepy Florida town where the world of modern aquariums, dolphin research, and indeed the entire field of oceanography began. The park opened to the public as Marine Studios on June 23, 1938 as the world’s...

Knotts Scary Farm Review: Monsters Unleashed

Knott's Scary Farm has been in the business of haunted themed event entertainment longer than any other theme park in the business.  With 41 years of Halloween Haunts under their belt, the original has plenty of experience and a huge amount of expectation to live up to. The 2014 event kicked off on Thursday, the 25th of September, with...

Disneyland’s Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage resurfaces as Big Hero 6 lands in Tomorrowland

Disneyland's iconic Submarine Voyage reopened over the weekend after a lengthy refurbishment that included repainting sections of the outdoor lagoon. The Finding Nemo-themed attraction closed earlier in January amidst rumors that it might not reopen due to future plans for the Tomorrowland real estate. Nine months later, the ride has reopened after rumors failed to pan out....

Mousetalgia Podcast 310: The art of Marc Davis; D23; Listener email

Marc Davis: Walt's Renaissance Man: Animators Andreas Deja and Bob Kurtz recently visited the Walt Disney Family Museum to host a presentation about Marc's technique, work, and influence - as well as his fine art and Papua New Guinea studies (and we even have a special exclusive guest appearance by Alice Davis!) Next, Kristen attends the D23 Fanniversary event...

Icon Abuse: Mark Twain Crumbles Due to Neglect at Disneyland Paris

The iconic Mark Twain riverboat is suffering from heartbreaking neglect at Disneyland Paris. It is literally crumbling before our eyes. Alain Littaye of the Disney and more blog has the story... ~~Rick Mark Twain Crumbles, Rivers Not Far Behind at Disneyland Paris by Alain Littaye Disney and more blog I'm sorry to bring you bad news from the Frontierland Rivers of the...

Disney Cruise Line Sets Sail for Frozen Norway

There is no shortage of Frozen news in the Disney blogosphere these days, and the Disney Cruise Line is getting in on the act by deploying the Disney Magic to Norway next summer. Disney Magic (Copyright © Jason Leppert) With the Maelstrom water ride at Epcot being converted to a Frozen ride, guests will soon be able to see their favorite characters from...

Disney Avenue Podcast – A Wonderful Interview with Disney Historian Jim Korkis

On this episode of the Disney Avenue Podcast, host Keith Michael Mahne has a wonderful conversation with famous author, Disney historian and the "go to" guy on Walt and all things Disney for that matter, Mr. Jim Korkis. Jim has one of the best personalities around and is full of fantastic stories and insights on Walt and the company. Be...

The Sweep Spot # 138 – Before and After the Show at Disneyland

In this episode we have lots to look forward to. First we have our current events of the week, then we have an interview with author, podcaster Jeff Baham, then live from Disney California Adventure with Russell Flores, then the main segment David Smith (the novel author) joins us to discuss what the park was like before it opens...

Disney’s Legendary Frontier

MiceChat reader, Nick Tierce, sent us the following article in honor of the last day of Disneyland's Legends of Frontierland game. If you've got a bit of time to spare today (September 27, 2014), stop by Frontierland and check out the festivities. Disneyland’s “Legends of Frontierland” has blazed a new trail for interactive theme park experiences. Offering participants the chance to...

Disneyland Subs, Safety and Heroes

Hello one and all!  It's time for another Disneyland Resort update. Today we are on the verge of some pretty interesting things happening at the Happiest Place on Earth. To begin with, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage will be returning from its 9 month refurbishment. Will it sparkle and shine as it did on opening day? We also have...

Dedicated to Disneyland Paris Podcast: Big News Month

After what seems like a very long summer break, we are back, and with an episode so packed with news items we had to leave some out! Halloween, Christmas, Dreams!, Anna, Elsa, Merida, Philippe Gas, Tom Wolber, Crush's Coaster Game and Promenades are just some of the topics we covered in this fast paced episode of Disneyland Paris news...

Yesterland: The Happiest Faces On Earth

Did you submit your favorite Disney photo memory for “The Happiest Faces on Earth” mosaic collages? Each collage is made up of thousands of photos submitted by guests like you. The collages are part of “The Happiest Homecoming on Earth” at Yesterland.  Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: The Happiest Faces On Earth   When you are done reading, please leave your...

Queen Mary Dark Harbor Event Getting Bigger and Better

The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor will soon be landing on the shores of Long Beach to take over the historic nautical landmark, transforming it into a world class haunt event. The creative forces behind Dark Harbor have worked very hard to keep things relevant and fresh every year by adding to and evolving the storyline of the harbor's haunted...

Show your Spooky Side at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

With attractions like Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights dominating the scare season in Central Florida, sometimes Mickey Mouse and all his friends don’t get all the attention they deserve. At Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, held on select nights from now until Oct. 31, those of us who might be a bit more timid can enjoy the Halloween...