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Dateline Disney World: Harambe Theatre and Animal Kingdom Photos

This week, we’re taking a look at some of the projects at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  There are plenty of construction walls being moved around as little projects continue throughout the park.  We will also be looking at the surrounding area near the new Harambe Theater.  As with everything else in Disney's Animal Kingdom, the details are exceptional.  Of course...

Bob’s True-Life Adventures No.8 – 2014 Florence and Rome

Today's Wheel of Adventures stopped at 2014, so here we go. MiceChat's June 2014 Mediterranean Magic Cruise organized by Teresa Cory of Fairy Godmother Travel set sail from the fabulous port of Barcelona in the autonomous Catalonia community of Spain. After a relaxing first day at sea, the first stop was the port of Villefranche to visit the storybook village...

Disney News Round Up: More on New Orleans and the Disneyland 60th Anniversary

The magic numbers are 59, 33, and 60.  Yes, Disneyland turned 59 last week in a demure celebration that looked forward to the 60th Anniversary as Club 33 reopened to members once again.  But that is just the beginning in the MiceChat Round up of Disney and theme park news and information.  Today we have a very special look...

This Animatronic Life: Finding Gold in the Calico Mine Ride Part I

Howdy—and welcome to the latest This Animatronic Life, the “not-as-frequent-as-I’d-like-but-genuinely-tries-to-be-semi-regular” column about the history of animatronics technology, themed entertainment, and Garner Holt Productions, Inc.’s (GHP) place in the story! Since the last update, we’ve been enormously busy here, with all sorts of projects for new and returning clients: Mattel, Disney, Knott’s Berry Farm, Lowes Foods, and more. In fact,...

Marvel Universe Live Review

Hey MiceAgers! First time writer, long time reader and glad I finally have something to contribute to the site. My wife and I recently went to the Marvel Universe Live theatrical arena event at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, soon to come to a city near you. The tour began in Tampa, which is the home of Feld Entertainment,...

Disneyland celebrates 59 years and looks ahead to 60 as Club 33 reopens with major changes

Disneyland celebrated its 59th anniversary last week and announced plans for a big celebration of 60 historic years that will start next spring. Yet, as Disneyland prepares to celebrate that big 60th anniversary milestone, Disney has made significant changes to historic areas of park in an effort to expand the private Club 33 in New Orleans Square. ...

Mousetalgia Podcast 300: Walt Disney World through a Disneyland Lens

This week, celebrate Mousetalgia's 300th episode with us as Jeff travels across the country to Orlando and reports on his June trip to Walt Disney World. From the dramatic humidity changes to the wide boulevards and enormous castle, we discuss the differences between the east and west coast Disney parks and form some conclusions. Topics include highlights of the...

Disney Is On The Way To A City Near You

As you sit around the dining room table tonight, trying to figure out your end of summer plans, we have an idea for you. D23 is taking their show on the road and may be coming soon to a city near you. We spoke to the magic makers at D23 and have some tips for you. If you love Disney...

South Korea’s Lotte World Celebrates 25 Years With SPECTACULAR New Parade

South Korea's Lotte World theme park celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The park is the 14th most visited theme park in the world, with 7,300,000 guests in 2013. The anniversary celebrations include a brand new nighttime spectacular parade called "Let's Dream!". Here are some photos and commentary provided by Alain Littaye of the Disney and more blog. ~~Rick Let's...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #99 – News, Rumors and the Quest for Gringotts

Welcome to another UUOP. On this show we begin with the news,which includes the opening of the Hotdog Hall of Fame and Breadbox at Universal Orlando's Citywalk, and then we join Darren for reviews of each, Wet'n'Wild Orlando's new waterslide, free concerts at Universal Studios Hollywood and Biohazard : The Real returning to Universal Studios Japan and more. We then head...

Visitors Scream and Splash at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Continuing his series on San Francisco Bay area parks, Marc Ricketts brings us a two-part photo essay on Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. This park has weathered economic ups and downs as well as a 55 mile move north forced by rising property values. ~~Rick Screaming and Splashing at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom by Marc Ricketts Marine World. Marine World Africa USA. Six...

Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk Delivers More Than You Think

On our way into Universal Studios this week to take photos for yesterday's construction update, we passed through CityWalk as we always do. It suddenly dawned on us that, while delightful, we rarely ever talk about this shopping and dining mecca. Universal Studios Hollywood didn't always have a CityWalk.  In fact, Universal Studios wasn't always a theme park.  It was...

Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights Announcements and Construction Update

Universal Studios Hollywood is a movie studio, theme park and family attraction in a state of masive transformation. Springfield continues to take shape across the midway from The Simpsons Ride. Meanwhile, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is working some magic to expand the attraction space on the upper lot to nearly twice its current size.  Along the Studio...

Arrow Development Story Part 3 – Patently Obvious

Most Micechat readers probably know what happened on Sunday July 17, 1955 in what had been, up till then, a remote orange grove near Anaheim, CA. Of the available attractions on Opening Day five had Arrow’s fingerprints all over them: Dumbo the Flying Elephant, King Arthur's Carousel, Mad Tea Party, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride and Snow White's Scary Adventure....

Mystic Manor and Enchanted Tales with WDW’s Belle – Season Pass Podcast

Today's podcast has an in depth conversation Discussion on the creative process behind Thea award recipients: Hong Kong Disneyland’s attraction Mystic Manor with Director of Creative Development for Walt Disney Imagineering Japan (formerly Hong Kong) Mark Schirmer, and Enchanted Tales with Belle with Imagineers Ted Robledo & Chris Kelly.  Discussion on beginning a theme park design career at Disneyland...

Did Disneyland Open July 17 or July 18?

Disney fans know that Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955. That’s when Disneyland celebrates the anniversary of its opening. However, back in 1955, the official opening date was July 18.   Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Did Disneyland Open July 17 or July 18?   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

A 59 Photo Salute to Disneyland’s 59th Birthday

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DISNEYLAND! Disneyland hits a milestone today as it turns 59 years old. Disneyland is a pure original. The park Walt Disney had designed and built out of personal passion has gone on to spawn four additional Magic Kingdoms around the world, with a fifth currently on its way in Shanghai. Today, in no particular order, we reflect and...

10 Tips from (Former) Walt Disney World Newbies

Sometimes it’s hard to step out of park vet brain.  Although we’ve discussed tips for newbies on Park Wise, I thought it might be interesting to hear from former newbies who’ve traveled to Walt Disney World for the first time recently.  Here are ten of the top tips I received from the geeks-in-training. 1. Plan Ahead “Don’t just show up and...

Classic WTTM: Disneyus NonSequiturium

On this weeks show... Paul takes you deep into his Disney audio collection and plays for you some of his most beloved tracks. From the movies, theme parks and anywhere else, this is one to just sit back and enjoy. No theme, no reason, no rules... Just Disney music. Enjoy. Direct Link | iTunes Link  CONTACT US TODAY! Email: [email protected] Voicemail: 1-307-438-9886 Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/wttm Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jeremiahgood Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/magicjoe1 Facebook:...

Dateline Disney World – Magic in the Mornings

You've all been there . . . sticky hot day in a park filled with fellow tourists. The old adage is get to the park at opening to stay a step ahead of the crowds. Want to see what that really looks like? Let’s take a trip to the Magic Kingdom! Early in the morning there was no monorail service...