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Power Surge – Never a Dull Moment at the Disneyland Resort

Summer is officially underway at the Disneyland Resort. The SoCal annual passes are now blocked out until the end of August. 4th of July festivities are about to ignite park attendance. And a power surge shuts down much of Disneyland and California Adventure. Today, we will highlight the nearly complete exterior of Alice In Wonderland and the refurbishments happening...

Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour Celebrates 75 Years of Batman with New Exhibit

On a dark soundstage deep inside the Warner Bros. Studio lot a lone Bat signal sat waiting in the dark.  It would soon shine its beacon to signal the caped crusader to the to open a major new exhibit.  To celebrate Batman's 75th anniversary, the Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour has teamed with DC Entertainment to create 'The Batman Exhibit'.  All...

Tim Grassey: DAS Good – Another Look at the New Disney Disability Card

Back in April of 2013 I wrote an article defending Disney's now defunct Guest Assistant Card program. The program was met with significant (and justifiable) criticism because of abuse. Disney saw the writing on the wall and made changes, replacing the old system with the new Disability Access Service in October of 2013. When Disney developed the new system, they...

Summer Nights Heats Up Without Falcon’s Fury At Busch Gardens Tampa

Time to check in on what’s happening at Busch Gardens Tampa. The popular Summer Nights event returns to the park and we'll take a look at the still in progress Falcon's Fury. Falcon’s Fury Closer to Opening Walls are finally down around the queue of Falcon’s Fury, but the ride tower itself is still behind a small set of walls as...

The Sweep Spot # 132 America Sings

In this episode Ken and Lynn look at the history of the beloved former attraction, America Sings. The show was housed in the current Innoventions (Carousel of Progress) building at Disneyland. It was a musical show with Audio Animatronics and told the history of American music from 1776 to the 1970's. The show took place on 6 different stages...

Europa Park Challenges Ratatouille Ride with New E-Ticket Attraction

After the flurry of coverage of the opening of Disneyland Paris' Ratatouille attraction, we turn our attention this week to Disneyland Paris' biggest competitor: Europa Park. Not coincidentally, the German park has just opened its newest attraction, Arthur in the Minimoys Kingdom. Alain Littaye of the Disney and more blog thinks that this new ride could give Ratatouille a...

Season Pass Podcast: Remembering The Season Pass, A New Era?

The Season Pass has been pushing the envelope on theme park creative coverage for over six years with over 300 Creators, Directors, Leaders, Writers, Designers, Analyst, Imagineers, Content Providers, Cast Members, and Theme Park Fans.  The wind of change is now blowing through the sails of the podcast.  This episode is the most important Season Pass Podcast we have ever produced. ...

Universal Studios Hollywood Construction Update: Harry Potter, Springfield, Horror Nights

It's a big update from Universal Studios Hollywood where we find thrills, chills, and the promise of greater things to come. There has been quite a bit of progress at the three major construction projects happening throughout the park: Fast and Furious: Supercharged, Springfield, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We also have the first bits of news coming to us...

Disafterdark Series 2, Episode 19 – Shoot the Valet

Today's guest was scheduled to be Chef BigFatPanda, but due to unforeseen circumstances he couldn’t make it. We'll have him on soon. But no worries, Nick is back with a Soapdish’s Soabbox. And without a guest this week, Paul D sets a pretty good score. Anyway, all neat and pretty, then on with the show. Direct Link  We would really appreciate it if you...

Mike Fink Keel Boats

Davy Crockett and Mike Fink raced their keel boats down the river to New Orleans. Davy Crockett may have won the race, but Mike Fink has the honor of having his name on this Yesterland attraction.   Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Mike Fink Keel Boats   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Universal’s Destination Dining

Ever since MCA bought Universal Studios in 1958, the owners wanted Universal City to become a gathering place for the San Fernando Valley the same way Disneyland served Orange County. Albert Dorskind was the man put in charge of coming up with ideas to increase revenues through development of the property. In addition to the studio tour (his idea),...

Magic Mountain Debuts 19th Coaster in Bugs Bunny World

Six Flags Magic Mountain has jumped back into the record books, unveiling a renovated Bugs Bunny World in the process. Speedy Gonzales Hot Rod Racers puts Magic Mountain into the Guinness Book of World Records again as the park featuring the most roller coasters, 19 total. In an intimate ceremony, just in front of the newly renovated land, Looney Tunes...

All American College Band 2014 Opening Weekend Highlights

This week, summertime fun returns with the 2014 All-American College Band, as we share highlights from their premiere weekend at Disneyland.  This band will change and evolve as the summer progresses, so stay tuned for another show later in the year to see how the band matures and grows as a team. And, as with all wttm episodes, don't stop...

Epcot News and Photos

This week we’re taking a tour through Epcot, photographing the park and checking out the latest news and happenings there. Let the march of nations begin. . . Welcome to Epcot! This is a few weeks old, but the Camera Center has a new sign, which many fans of old EPCOT were sad to see. The Gateway Gifts sign is still the...

Bob’s True-Life Adventures – No.6 2014 Barcelona

Disney Legend Bob Gurr spins the Wheel of Adventures and lands in Barcelona, Spain.   While joining the recent MiceChat Mediterranean Cruise he explored many corners of the ancient lands we visited and brings back his thought, pictures and musings here. He's starting with Spain and the port city of Barcelona. Let's take a look. MiceChat's June 2014 Mediterranean Magic...

Disney News Round Up: Rats, Wizards, and Dark Beauty

Rats are in the kitchen, goblins are in the bank, and the Mistress of the Dark is set to return! The MiceChat Round up of Disney and Theme Park news and information is filled with exciting things this week. The new Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy attraction has opened at the Walt Disney Studios park in Paris.  Next, Universal...

Knotts Scary Farm Dates and Details Announced

A thickening fog is swirling ominously above Buena Park California.  Some say it's the seasonal June Gloom blowing in from the Pacific.  Others say it's just nasty fumes from Fountain Valley.  But here at MiceChat we know that it can only mean one thing . . . HAUNT is coming. Just a few moments ago, Knott's Berry Farm announced that...

SeaWorld Lights Up Summer Nights

It is Summer time, which means it is that time of year when SeaWorld kicks off it's Summer Night offerings, and this year as part of the Sea of Surprises, celebrating 50 years of SeaWorld Parks, they unveiled two new shows, Shamu Celebration: Light Up The Night and Generation Nature Live, along with SeaWorld fan favorite Sea Lions Tonight. Be...

Summer projects continue at Disneyland

Disneyland made headlines Sunday evening after a small fire broke out backstage. Luckily, the blaze was quickly put out by the local fire department and the park operations continued uninterrupted. Meanwhile, projects continue around the parks. In New Orleans Square, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, big refurbishment and expansion projects continue at Club 33, Space Mountain and Alice in...

Mousetalgia Episode 296: A trip to Pixar, Disneyland price hikes

Kristen reports on an "Incredible" visit to Pixar in Emeryville! But first, we discuss the cost of a day at Disneyland - do the recent price hikes change people's philosophies about visiting the parks, and if not, why? Team Mousetalgia talks value vs. time vs. crowds, and we draw interesting conclusions. Next, a listener reviews the live action film...