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SeaWorld San Diego: Putting It Together

April 10, 2013 at 1:00 am | 8 Comments

Change is coming to SeaWorld San Diego, so we’re back with another update. We’ve got a lot to cover this week, including major developments on the new entrance, the new temporary entrance, Cirque 2013, and…


MiceAge Update: Tron-morrowland and Monsters Backlot

April 09, 2013 at 4:00 am | 101 Comments

Spring break crowds are beginning to wane, and the Anaheim parks will soon begin a few brief weeks of slow off-season through early May. The past few weeks of busy crowds only cemented the new…


Avatar Moves Forward at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

April 09, 2013 at 3:55 am | 26 Comments

Kevin Yee is on a roll today. He takes us from Animal Kingdom to Epcot and beyond. He’s got an eagle’s eye on what’s going on at the Walt Disney World Resort and he’s worried…

Posted in Features


ipm on MiceChat: The Thea Awards Honor the Best Themed Attractions of 2012

April 09, 2013 at 3:50 am | 4 Comments

This past Saturday, members of the themed entertainment design community met at the Disneyland Hotel to honor their peers for the best themed attractions of last year at the 2013 Thea Awards.  Presented by the Themed…


Universal Orlando Resort Preparing for Massive Summer

April 09, 2013 at 3:00 am | 11 Comments

Fast cars, big queues, new apps, hiring news, and more walls coming down around Transformers. Yes, the Orlando Parkhopper is running around the Universal Orlando Resort again this week, with news from nearly every corner…


Spring break winds down as construction projects continue at Disneyland

April 08, 2013 at 5:05 am | 31 Comments

Big crowds continued through the final week of Disneyland‘s busy spring break season. As the final crowds of spring break hit the parks, work continued on Disneyland’s various on-going projects. In Fantasyland, work continues on…


How the New LEGOLAND Hotel San Diego Stacks Up

April 08, 2013 at 3:05 am | 25 Comments

The new LEGOLAND Hotel, San Diego, opened its doors to guests this week and invited MiceChat to stay for a night.  We decided to send the Hamand’s, long time MiceChat readers, and family of four,…


Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #53: Limited Time Magic

April 07, 2013 at 10:32 pm | 1 Comment

The Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast is back and with more of the Uni news you’ve been waiting for. For our main discussion this show, we discuss what we would like to see if Universal Orlando…

Posted in Features


Cold weather has a chilling effect on Disneyland Paris attendance

April 07, 2013 at 3:04 am | 10 Comments

The weather in Paris has been painfully cold this year, and it seems to have had an effect on the attendance at Disneyland Paris. The lack of guests at the park during the chilly early…


Marvel World: WONDERCON 2013 Part 2

April 07, 2013 at 3:00 am | 13 Comments

Yesterday we brought you part 1 of our WonderCon Anaheim coverage. Today, Gwen takes us into the heart of the event and what makes it tick. As my husband and I walked towards the convention…

Posted in Marvel, Marvel World


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…


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


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


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…


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,…


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…


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…


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


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


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…