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Epic Tokyo Disneyland Trip Report, Day Two

April 06, 2013 at 4:02 am | 39 Comments

Last week, we began a series of articles about Tokyo Disneyland Resort. Here’s a link to Part One. Judging from the comments week, there are quite a few of you who are looking forward to…

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Marvel World: WONDERCON 2013 Part 1

April 06, 2013 at 4:01 am | 20 Comments

I have something really fun for you today, as I’ve just returned with some interesting stories from Comic-Con International’s WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center.   I’ve been attending WonderCon since the mid-2000s and have seen…

Posted in Disney, Marvel, Marvel World

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Disney: The First 100 Years by Dave Smith

April 06, 2013 at 4:00 am | 2 Comments

Doing original Disney research requires collecting lots of books, magazines and ephemera (like brochures and park maps). Dave Smith, the Director Emeritus of the Disney Archives (and the founder) has published quite prolifically on the history of…

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Designed to Thrill: Welcome to Northern California’s Top Theme Parks

April 05, 2013 at 4:01 am | 30 Comments

Please pardon our pixie dust as MiceChat grows again. Join us in welcoming our newest columnist, Spacepainter. We are delighted to have such a distinguished theme park designer join our crew. While most of these…

Posted in Other Destinations

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In The Parks: Disneyland Resorts Flowers, Wait Times, and Construction

April 05, 2013 at 3:59 am | 23 Comments

What a colorful we have for you today from the Disneyland Resort.  The park is, of course, in the middle of a very busy Spring Break season. But it is the onslaught of blossoms and…

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Dateline Disney World: Magic Kingdom News, Construction, and Photos

April 05, 2013 at 3:00 am | 22 Comments

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! Thank you for the super positive reaction to last week’s article. This week, we return to the Magic Kingdom, where we’ll take a look at some changes, news,…

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Golden Dreams

April 04, 2013 at 10:49 pm | 16 Comments

There’s a movie theater in the Bay Area district of the Golden State with 335 comfortable seats, 70 mm projection, and state-of-the art sound. The theater shows Golden Dreams, a 22-minute mini-epic about people who…

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Unique Full Throttle Track at Six Flags Magic Mountain

April 04, 2013 at 12:06 pm | 17 Comments

This weeks Magic Mountain update brings a unique look at Full Throttle. The track is some of the most interesting we’ve seen from any coaster at any park. Also, we’ll take a look at the Season…

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Finally a Window on Main Street for Buzz Price – Part 1

April 04, 2013 at 4:00 am | 4 Comments

Two years ago, almost exactly, Sam Gennawey pulled out a megaphone right here on MiceChat and declared that Harrison “Buzz” Price should be awarded a window on Disneyland’s Main Street. Next week, in a private…

Posted in Samland

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Is Disney PhotoPass Worth the Money?

April 04, 2013 at 3:59 am | 36 Comments

If you’ve been to a Disney Park recently, you’ve no doubt seen happy cast members posted at various locations throughout the park with large cameras in hand.  These are your friendly PhotoPass photographers, and they’ll gladly snap a picture…

Posted in Disney, Park Wise

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Bubblefest at the Discovery Science Center

April 04, 2013 at 3:01 am | 17 Comments

The most exciting time of year at the Discovery Science Center is back! Bubblefest, which runs from March 28th to April 14th, is blowing back into town. What is Bubblefest?  Well, it’s the most amazingly…

Just Ask Alex – Pirates Is The Best Ride

April 03, 2013 at 10:45 pm | 8 Comments

Alex is your typical 10 year old who loves Disney. In “Just Ask Alex,” he answers YOUR burning questions about Disney. In this episode of “Just Ask Alex,” Alex tells us why Pirates of the…

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DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.7 – 1942 Living in Wartime What Was it Really Like

April 03, 2013 at 4:59 am | 22 Comments

Bob has once again spun the Wheel of Years and this time it has stopped at 1942. WAR! Just two months after the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, war began to take…

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Knotts Berry Bloom, Log Ride news, and Coast Rider Progress

April 03, 2013 at 3:57 am | 18 Comments

Knotts is celebrating spring this year with an all new event, Knott’s Berry Bloom, which includes a mini food and wine festival. The park is impressively awash in large swaths of color, blossoms, and foliage…

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From The Mouth of the Mouse: Rory’s Disneyland Days

April 03, 2013 at 3:55 am | 8 Comments

In today’s From The Mouth Of The Mouse, we begin another multi-part series, but this time with Rory, an early employee of Disneyland. He started in the 1960s as a dishwasher on Main Street, and…

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Disney News Round Up: Finding Dory, and Easter, and Avatar

April 03, 2013 at 1:00 am | 1 Comment

It was a surprisingly busy week in Disney news. Iron Man to become a part of Innoventions, Finding Dory sequel to Nemo announced by Pixar, and observations of Walt Disney World’s Monorail system, and a…

Communicore Weekly – Cuban Carnival, Window on Main Street, Pete’s Dragon, Charlton Heston

April 02, 2013 at 11:59 am | 6 Comments

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where this week we talk about Cuban Carnival, Window on Main Street, Pete’s Dragon, and Charlton Heston! Download on iTunes here! | http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/communicore-weekly/id496333443 Direct download here! | http://www.bamferproductions.com/communicore/0064-CommunicoreWeekly.mp3 DISNEY HISTORY! –…

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Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue, Review

April 02, 2013 at 3:55 am | 12 Comments

It’s been several years since I last saw the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue at Walt Disney World’s Fort Wilderness. In the intervening years, there was a copyright battle involving the show’s trademark song, with the…

Posted in Walt Disney World

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PinPics: The Rise of the Disney Pin Collector

April 02, 2013 at 3:54 am | 14 Comments

Please help us welcome the good folks from PinPics.com to MiceChat. From time to time, they’ll be dropping by to fill us all in on what’s new in the world of Disney pins. You’ve probably…

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Universal Orlando Resort Transformers meet guests

April 02, 2013 at 1:01 am | 18 Comments

Spring Break crowds have hit the parks, and Megatron has invaded the Universal Orlando Resort, and some old characters have been found wandering the parks.  The countdown to the opening of Transformers: The Ride is…