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MiceAge Update: DAS is the New GAC

October 08, 2013 at 3:00 am | 173 Comments

Today is the last day to use the Guest Assistance Card, a de facto Unlimited Front Of Line pass that Disneyland has been using since 2004. While Disney finally released some basic information around the…

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Disney Gridlock

October 08, 2013 at 2:00 am | 42 Comments

The gridlock in Congress (still no budget, as of this writing) seems like a strange topic to bring up on a Disney fan site, but I think there are parallels to the online world of…

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Universal Orlando Update – Hogwarts Express Trains and Resort Update

October 08, 2013 at 1:05 am | 46 Comments

It’s a big news week at Universal Orlando. Trains have arrived for the Hogwart’s Express, which will transport guests between the Studios and Islands of Adventure, and they are now being stored in plain sight.…

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Disneyland gets ready to launch new Disability Access Service as Gay Days comes to Anaheim

October 07, 2013 at 5:17 am | 31 Comments

Disneyland will implement its new Disability Access Service this week, bringing an end to the popular but highly abused Guest Assistance Card program. The new system will function similarly to the Disney’s FASTPASS service, issuing…

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Welcome Dis After Dark to the MicePod

October 07, 2013 at 1:00 am | 6 Comments

One small step for man, one giant leap for a podcast with three Disdiots drinking beer and talking Disney. It’s Dis After Dark, a podcast with a unique look at the Disney parks worldwide. In…

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Dark Harbor Returns to Port for Scares and Fun

October 07, 2013 at 12:13 am | 9 Comments

The spectacular Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor returns this Halloween season to scare up more fun by the sea.   Last year, Dark Harbor introduced characters inspired by actual hauntings that have occurred on the ship. …

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Getting to Know Imagineer Steve Davison

October 06, 2013 at 3:00 am | 13 Comments

Imagineers do the things that we, the fans, can only dream of.  They are paid to devise immersive new shows and attractions designed to delight us. They travel the world on research trips to far…

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Mousetalgia: The Haunted Mansion, the Art of Bambi

October 06, 2013 at 1:00 am | 5 Comments

Jeff dons his “Chef” hat and offers a synopsis of a recent Haunted Mansion presentation he delivered at the fall gathering of the Golden Gate Disneyana Club on this week’s episode of Mousetalgia. From the…

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Disneyland Paris’ Indiana Jones Attraction to be Rebuilt in Stone

October 05, 2013 at 2:00 am | 9 Comments

It looks like the styrofoam and concrete construction methods used to balance the budget at Disneyland Paris may have caused some problems twenty years later. Disney and more blogger Alain Littaye brings us the story.…

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #66 – Halloween Horror Nights 23 Review

October 05, 2013 at 12:01 am | 3 Comments

OoowwOoooooooooooo! Episode #66(6) is here! Join us on our journey towards Halloween as we discuss the recent announcement that NBC Universal will be pumping $500 million annually into it’s U.S. parks, and hear Darren’s review…

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In The Parks: Surprise Behind Disneyland’s Door Number Two

October 04, 2013 at 3:00 am | 21 Comments

Halloween Time is in the air at the Disneyland Resort. This week we’ll look at the renovation of the Candy Palace on Main Street and the continued reaction to the new Starbucks.  We’ll also observe…

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Dateline Disney World: Jungle Cruise Reopens and Magic Kingdom Construction

October 04, 2013 at 2:00 am | 32 Comments

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we have a ton of photos and items to show you from the Magic Kingdom, including the reopening of the world famous Jungle Cruise after its…

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The Vault of Walt: Volume 2

October 03, 2013 at 8:26 pm | 6 Comments

President Dwight D. Eisnenhower’s Audio-Animatronic twin plays the lute on Spaceship Earth. That’s just one of the many, many amazing details in this new book. Volume 2 offers 28 stories, evenly spread across four categories:…

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This is WindowtotheMagic Part 4 – A Stroll in the Magic Kingdom

October 03, 2013 at 12:00 pm | No Comments

WINDOW  TO THE MAGIC PODCAST ALSO COVERS WALT DISNEY WORLD! Jeremiah takes you along as he enters The Magic Kingdom for the very first time as a Florida resident and shares his thoughts and feelings…

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Knott’s Scary Farm 2013 Maze review

October 03, 2013 at 3:00 am | 11 Comments

Knott’s Scary Farm opened its 41st Halloween Haunt season this past weekend with a full line-up of shows and mazes to firghten and delight. The have unveiled 5 new mazes this year which really helps…

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Disney Park Hopping: Do or Don’t?

October 03, 2013 at 2:00 am | 30 Comments

Both coasts offer the Park Hopper upgrade to their base tickets.  For an additional cost, you’ll have the flexibility to visit more than one park in a single day, but is it right for you…

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Samland: Thoughts on Starbucks on Main Street at Disneyland

October 03, 2013 at 1:00 am | 22 Comments

It seems that everybody has an opinion on the inclusion of a Starbucks on Main Street at Disneyland. I went to the park this week and was inspired to toss my two cents into the…

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DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.19 – 1954 Cars, Clubs and Concours

October 02, 2013 at 2:00 am | 6 Comments

Today’s Wheel of Years stopped at 1954, so here we go. Starting in 1951 I wrote and illustrated a few books with Dan Post, a close friend of Walt Disney’s zany animator Ward Kimball. Both were antique…

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Disney News Round Up: Halloween, Events, and Fun

October 02, 2013 at 1:00 am | 1 Comment

Mickey’s Halloween Party has begun at Disneyland and there is plenty of coffee to be had on Main Street as Starbucks joins the ranks of Main Street U.S.A. establishments.  The MiceChat News Round covers the…

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New Meet Minnie at Disney Hollywood Studios Delivers

October 01, 2013 at 3:00 am | 19 Comments

The newest addition to The Magic of Disney Animation – a Meet Minnie character interaction – is a success on every level. It certainly satisfies on the character interaction level, but what really caught my…

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