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Disney News Update: Atlantis to Christmas, We Have You Covered

December 12, 2012 at 4:01 am | No Comments

Welcome back to the MiceChat weekly Round Up. Lots of Disney news to uncover today. Should Candlelight at Disneyland move indoors?  Will there be a new Fantasmic for the 60th anniversary of Walt’s original Magic…

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MiceChat Podcast #4: Star Wars, Marvel, Cars Land and Competition

December 12, 2012 at 4:00 am | 10 Comments

Join Al Lutz, Dusty Sage and Doug Barnes as we get you caught up on all the biggest news and gossip in the Disney and theme park worlds: – Disney’s owership of Marvel Comics and…

Communicore Weekly – Miss Disneyland, EPCOT Book, Fantasyland Dragon, Big Thunder

December 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm | 5 Comments

Welcome to the latest Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Miss Disneyland, an EPCOT Book, the New Fantasyland Dragon, and Big Thunder! DISNEY HISTORY! – Here she comes, Miss Disneyland! Learn all about her in…

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Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow – Virtually Yours

December 11, 2012 at 5:05 am | 18 Comments

Lost in the deafening roar of this past week’s Disney press event junkets (which celebrated Test Track with a visit by band One Republic and New Fantasyland with a visit by a nighttime dragon flapping…

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Construction and more at the Universal Orlando Resort

December 11, 2012 at 4:01 am | 13 Comments

Tick tock, tick tock, Universal’s in a race against the clock. Construction of two major attractions continues at the Universal Orlando Resort as the year winds to a close. Transformers: The Ride 3D is nearly…

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Just Say No to Avatar Land

December 10, 2012 at 5:08 am | 82 Comments

Something different today… A long time ago… In a place far far away (from Florida) an executive retreat was convened. For those unfamiliar with the term “executive retreat,” let me explain: it’s a way for…

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Candlelight shines as Disneyland gets ready to welcome Starbucks

December 10, 2012 at 5:05 am | 173 Comments

Candlelight continues to draw big crowds this holiday season as it performs twice nightly for 20 nights in Town Square. Candlelight might bring a bit of gridlock to Main Street, U.S.A. this holiday season, but…

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Vintage Walt Disney World Photos from 1972 and 1973

December 10, 2012 at 5:01 am | 20 Comments

If you’ve looked online for vintage photos (who can define vintage anyway) of Walt Disney World, you’ll find the interwebs sorely lacking. There are numerous sites dedicated to Disneyland photos and there isn’t much about…

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Disney’s Beach Club Resort features Gingerbread Carousel

December 09, 2012 at 5:03 am | 2 Comments

Denise Preskitt shares this close-up look at the charming gingerbread carousel at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. ~~Rick One of the things I enjoy most about Christmas at Walt Disney World is the various decorations and…

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Candlelight Procession Dining Package and New Holiday Treats!

December 09, 2012 at 5:03 am | 1 Comment

One of the long-standing traditions at Epcot is the Candlelight Procession.  It’s become so popular that Disney has added dining packages that include priority seating for the event. The Candlelight Procession started at Disneyland in…

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WONDERful MiceChat Cruise on the Disney Wonder, Day Five

December 09, 2012 at 5:02 am | 5 Comments

BC_DisneyGeek continues his trip report with day five of the MiceChat Cruise on the Disney Wonder. If this looks like fun to you, check out the information about the 2013 MiceChat Cruise at the end…

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Hong Kong Disneyland Celebrates A Sparkling Christmas

December 08, 2012 at 5:02 am | 9 Comments

We have a great Hong Kong Disneyland update from Alain Littaye of the Disney and more blog. As we have seen over the years, Disney has brought the American-style Christmas tradition to the other countries…

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Fairest One of Them All, The Making of Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

December 08, 2012 at 4:01 am | 3 Comments

December 21, 2012 marks the 75th anniversary of the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This was a monumental film for the Disney Company and is arguably one of the single most important…

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Grand Openings – Test Track and New Fantasyland Now Officially Open at Walt Disney World

December 07, 2012 at 5:03 am | 13 Comments

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This was a big news week with the grand opening of New Fantasyland and the reopening and complete re-imagining of Test Track over at Epcot! Before we start,…

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Refurbished Magic at the Disneyland Resort – Indy Reopens!

December 07, 2012 at 5:02 am | 30 Comments

Refurbishments, ride closures, and upkeep are all part of the life of any well-maintained theme park.  Disneyland has been maintaining things nicely ever since the 50th anniversary and it is to be commended.  It’s all…

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Universal Studios Hollywood Bestows Whomanitarian Award Upon Betty White

December 07, 2012 at 5:01 am | 8 Comments

On Thursday, December 6th, the estimable Betty White was awarded the Whomanitarian award for her lifelong dedication to animal welfare. Ms. White graciously accepted the honor and kicked off Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood. The…

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The Original Carnation Ice Cream Parlor

December 06, 2012 at 9:00 pm | 8 Comments

Whether you’re looking for a meal, dessert, or both, you’ll enjoy the atmosphere and nostalgia at the Carnation Ice Cream Parlor and Restaurant. Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: The Original Carnation Ice Cream Parlor.   When…

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Universal Studios Hollywood – The Show Must Go On – Rain or Shine

December 06, 2012 at 5:03 am | 14 Comments

The old saying, “The show must go on,” is taken seriously at Universal Studios Hollywood. We visited the park last week during a rain storm and found that when bad weather rolls through, their gates…

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Coffee with Kurtti: MiceChat’s Newest Column and Podcast

December 06, 2012 at 5:02 am | 5 Comments

For the few Disney fans who don’t know who Jeff Kurtti is, his body of work spans many mediums. He’s authored such books as: Walt Disney’s Imagineering Legends, Disneyland Through the Decades, and Since the…

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Should You Add Insurance to Your Disney Vacation

December 06, 2012 at 5:01 am | 7 Comments

For a lot of guests, adding insurance to their Disney vacation package makes perfect sense.  Maybe your job situation is iffy or planning a trip far in advance makes you nervous.  Maybe you’re just worried…