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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...

Ratatouille Attraction Soft Opens and First Ride Videos

Things are moving quickly since we first posted this report on Sunday morning. Disneyland Paris Resort management staged a press opening for the new Ratatouille attraction in the Walt Disney Studios park on Sunday morning. We then received a report from several MiceChatters in Paris that the attraction had actually soft opened. We have now posted actual videos of...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #96 – Lora Wallace

Welcome to a special Episode of the show. On today's show we bring you the latest news from the Universal parks, including the Official Opening date for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley and the first of Gregory's "On Location: Resort Report" segments live from Vivo on the day it opened. We then bring you an interview with...

The Haunted Mansion Show: Creepy Creations

There is no doubt that The Haunted Mansion has brought inspiration to the minds of many a fan. For several years since the house opened its creaky doors to the public, dozens upon dozens of creepy creations have materialized from the darkest recesses of the earth. In this episode, the Ghost Host sheds light on the subject matter, as...

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Preview, Part 3: The Review

On July 8th, muggles will get to experience the Wizarding World of Harry Pottter - Diagon Alley at the Universal Orlando Resort. Those who make the trip are in for an astounding treat!  For the past few days we emersed ourselves in all the amazing attractions, restaurants and experiences that can be had at the Universal Orlando Resort. Now that...

Disneyland Resort Gets Patriotic, Wet and Wild

We'd like to offer a sincere thank you to Andy Castro who kept MiceChat running while Dusty, Monorail Man and myself were in Europe for the past two weeks. Andy's work was outstanding and he kept the info flowing for all you readers.  Thanks Andy, you are awesome! Now, on with the show. Both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have...

An Urban Legend: Swan and Dolphin Reversed?

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotels are known for their iconic sculptures. According to legend, the 47-foot-tall swan sculptures and 55-foot-tall dolphin sculptures were installed on the wrong hotel buildings—and the paint schemes provide the proof.   Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: An Urban Legend: Swan and Dolphin Reversed?   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Preview, Part 2: Red Carpet Event

After a crazy kick off day, Universal, hit the gas, and wasted no time, getting everyone up to speed on the incredible changes they have made to the resort since the first phase of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter which opened in 2010.  So Grab your wand and butter beer, it's time to continue our Diagon Alley Preview...

Planning to Visit Disneyland?

The California Chapter of the American Planning Association is coming to the Disneyland Hotel for their annual conference in September. I penned this article with them in mind. But I think you hard core Disneyland fans will enjoy.  - Sam So you are coming to Anaheim to bond with your peers and learn the latest. You also thought you might...

A Conversation with Mark Hamill

This week, we get the chance to speak with Star Wars Royalty, Mark Hamill.  Talk about magic.  This guy has some wonderful stories to share and you can only hear them here on Window to the Magic.   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: http://www.facebook.com/wttmpodcast ********************************* THE ORIGINAL DISNEYLAND: THE 1950's Visit Disneyland in the first 5 years it existed! The Exciting DVD...

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Preview, Part 1: CityWalk Kickoff

Universal has kicked off their week of previewing Diagon Alley by pulling out all of the stops.  With the Tonight Show and the Today Show filming live at Universal Orlando, they are making sure that there is mass awareness that Universal Orlando is expanding, and it has some exciting new offerings.  For the first day Universal Orlando teased everyone...