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Dorney Park in 90 Minutes

January 05, 2013 at 4:02 am | 8 Comments

Those of us who are local to Southern California’s amusement parks are lucky enough to “drop in” to the parks for just a few hours. Last weekend, MickeyMaxx and I stopped by SeaWorld San Diego…

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Since the World Began, Walt Disney World the First 25 Years by Jeff Kurtti

January 05, 2013 at 4:01 am | 7 Comments

I get a lot of questions about Disney history from MiceChat readers. Sometimes it’s a straightforward question about an attraction or a land that I can answer offhand; sometimes I have to dig into my vast archives…

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Universal Orlando Podcast, A Chat with Chris Wakefield, Listener Q&A, more

January 04, 2013 at 4:44 pm | 7 Comments

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to what we feel is the first of many great episodes of the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast for 2013. Many people have asked us why, when we decided to…

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In The Parks: Last Ride on Big Thunder at Disneyland

January 04, 2013 at 4:03 am | 41 Comments

Get to Disneyland now if you want one final holiday fix.  Starting Monday morning, Haunted Mansion and it’s a small world will be going down for the removal of their popular holiday overlays and you only…

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Dateline Disney World: Magic Kingdom Construction and Epcot Odds and Ends

January 04, 2013 at 4:02 am | 10 Comments

Hello, and welcome to the first Dateline Disney World of 2013! This week, we’re covering news and construction updates from both Magic Kingdom and Epcot at Walt Disney World! If you’d like to support the…

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What’s Happening at the Walt Disney Family Museum – January 2013

January 03, 2013 at 10:38 pm | 4 Comments

While the interpretation of the Mayan Calendar may have been a tad off, the calendar for The Walt Disney Family Museum was right on the money! The Holidays are always a fun time at the…

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Who’s Afraid of the Song of the South?

January 03, 2013 at 9:02 pm | 23 Comments

Werner Weiss discusses the 1946 Walt Disney movie that’s locked in the vault with Jim Korkis, author of the new book, Who’s Afraid of the Song of the South? The article begins with the ride…

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Universal Acquiring Rights to Lord of the Rings Attractions

January 03, 2013 at 9:11 am | 45 Comments

We have recently learned that after a very long and protracted negotiation, Universal is  very close to acquiring the rights to develop and produce attractions based on the successful Lord of the Rings franchise of…

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Looking forward to Walt Disney World’s past

January 03, 2013 at 4:01 am | 7 Comments

Time to step into the Wayback Machine and take a look at how the Walt Disney World public relations team tried to portray the Magic Kingdom just prior to opening. Back in April 1969, it…

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Five Rainy Day Strategies For The Disney Parks

January 03, 2013 at 4:00 am | 9 Comments

Sadly, there’s no truth to the old joke that Disney Parks can control the weather. You can bet it’s going to be hot in the summer and cold in the winter (at least sometimes) and…

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Disney News Round up, New Years Edition!

January 02, 2013 at 4:02 am | No Comments

We have a fully loaded MiceChat Round Up of Disney and theme park news and information for you today! Stunning Disneyland photography is in full force along with pics and video of Disney New Year’s…

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2013 Walt Disney World Dining Plan Changes

January 02, 2013 at 4:01 am | 8 Comments

The Disney Dining Plan always centers around the same discussion. It’s either a great addition to your vacation package or a waste of time and energy as it creates too much need for planning. There are…

Communicore Weekly – Character Breakfast, Nickel Tour, Secret Tour, Rock & Roller Coaster

January 01, 2013 at 1:30 pm | No Comments

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Character Breakfasts, The Nickel Tour, Secret Tour of Disneyland, and Rock and Roller Coaster ! DISNEY HISTORY! – Eating breakfast with characters? It wasn’t always…

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Giggle Gang and Wowzer

January 01, 2013 at 3:50 am | 13 Comments

A bit more than a week ago, clowns invaded Storybook Circus at the Magic Kingdom. My wife hates clowns with a passion. I’ve always been cautiously indifferent about them. There’s something creepy about them on…

Posted in Walt Disney World

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Six Flags Magic Mountain Construction Goes Full Throttle

January 01, 2013 at 2:04 am | 8 Comments

We’ve got a Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle construction update for you today. Preparation for the new coaster had some parts of the park closed off during our visit. There’s also news of a…

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2012 — The Year in Review: Disney California Adventure’s adventurous new beginnings

December 31, 2012 at 6:25 am | 14 Comments

Happy New Year! The Disneyland Resort will ring in 2013 tonight in both theme parks but it’s been a spectacular 2012 at the Resort, with big changes in both parks and throughout Downtown Disney. Disney…

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Best Disney Books of 2012

December 31, 2012 at 4:01 am | 11 Comments

2012 was a great year for Disney-related books. In addition to Disney Publishing and D23 titles, we saw a large number of small press and self-published books hit the market. Some were good, some were…

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A Great Big Broken Down Tomorrow

December 30, 2012 at 4:03 am | 71 Comments

For years now, there has been a definite decline in the maintenance and upkeep for show elements at Walt Disney World. One of the most noticeable, as fellow MiceChat columnist Kevin Yee has pointed out…

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Disney Hollywood Studios Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special

December 30, 2012 at 4:01 am | 8 Comments

The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special has returned for a second year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  This year, due to increased popularity, the show has been moved to the larger Premier Theater.  Premier Theater is located…

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Automata-mericana, the Disneyland Paris Attraction That Never Was

December 29, 2012 at 4:02 am | 6 Comments

As we learned last week in Alain Littaye’s Mystic Manor article, sometimes the stories behind the attractions can be as interesting as the attractions themselves. It turns out that the stories behind the attractions that…