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Knotts Soak City opens for the 2014 Summer Season

Knott’s Soak City opened for the 2014 season yesterday, Saturday, May 17th. Reflecting the local theme, water rides and attractions at Knott’s Soak City pay tribute Southern California surfing heritage with names like Malibu Run and Laguna Storm Watch Tower. It's a nice enough water park, and surprisingly popular among the locals as opening day was far busier than anticipated. MiceChat was invited to come play in...

Walt Disney Family Museum Presents Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatale

The Walt Disney Family Museum has unveiled a wonderful exhibit on Disney Legend Marc Davis and MiceChat's Scarlett Stahl was there to bring us the news. As always, it's a delight to be a fly on the wall via Scarlett's photos and comments. ~~Rick Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis By Scarlett Stahl Tuesday, April 29, 2014,...

Workers Race Against the Clock to Complete Ratatouille Ride

The clock is ticking on the completion of Disneyland Paris' Ratatouille Ride. In this latest update, Alain Littaye brings us photos showing just how close the ride is to completion. Park managers are fine tuning the attraction – going so far as to actually change out one of the giant signs that was erected just weeks ago. ~~Rick Workers Race...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #91 – News, Rumors and Escape from Gringotts

Thanks for taking a look at our latest episode. We begin with the news which this episode includes the announcements that Universal Orlando made about the NEW Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringott's attraction that will be part of the Diagon Alley expansion, due to open next month. We are VERY excited by these announcements and we're sure to discuss...

Disneyland 60th Parade Back On Track

We're trying something new with our MiceAge Updates today. Rather than save up a bunch of small items over the course of 4 or 5 weeks, we'd like to bring you more frequent individual news items as they become available. Be sure to check back daily as brand new news, rumor and gossip may pop up any day and...

New things Under the Sea in Disney California Adventure and Resort Update

This was an interesting week at the Disneyland Resort. While many projects continued along on their refurbishment path inside Disneyland Park, a highly anticipated refurbishment wrapped up. Yes, the long-rumored retooling of the Little Mermaid attraction at,Disney California Adventure, made its debut to pleased guests and pundits alike. But guests can still be overheard grumbling about the amount of attractions...

Season Pass Podcast: A Talk with Jim Seay, President of Premier Rides

It's the final report from the IAAPA Expo 2013 floor for the Season Pass and to close it out, we bring you the President of Premier Rides, Jim Seay.  Jim shares his beginnings in the industry, how Premier Rides came to be, and how they have become one of the most innovative and successful companies in themed entertainment and...

Swiss Family Treehouse at Yesterland

Father, Mother, Fritz, Ernst, and little Francis invite you to visit their home. You may have seen this family at your local movie theater in 1960. You probably thought their treehouse was on a far-off-tropical island. But it’s actually right here in Yesterland. Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Swiss Family Treehouse When you are done reading, please leave your comments...

Chillin’ at Blizzard Beach

So, you've hit the middle of your vacation and are looking for something a little tamer than the theme parks but aren't quite ready to spend the day lazing around your hotel.  Why not consider spending a day at one of Walt Disney World's two water parks?  Wondering which one is the best fit for your family?  This week...

Samland: Tivoli Gardens of Los Angeles

Peel back the layers of time and it is amazing what one can find. Take Universal Studios Hollywood as an example. Today we know the upper lot as a hodgepodge of unrelated intellectual properties shoved into a confined space. The recent round of construction is an attempt to bring some cohesion to the facility. But this was not the...

Radiator Springs Racers Interior Queue Background Music Loop

Close your eyes and let your engines rev as we take a trip to Radiator Springs. Window to the Magic is the binaural journey into all things Disney.  Paul’s continues “May is Music Month”  or whatever he’s calling it today with his favorite Carsland attraction background music loop, Radiator Springs Racers Interior Queue Background Music Loop.  This is a...

Animal Kingdom News and Photos

Dateline Disney World is headed on safari today. It’s been a while since we visited Animal Kingdom, so that’s where this week’s news and photos are coming from. Let’s take a look. Welcome to Animal Kingdom!! This dinosaur photo op is now a character meet and greet. Over in DinoRama, Disney was testing a pretty terrible walk around dinosaur character. I hung...

Bob’s True-Life Adventures No.5 2005 – Tahiti Moorea

Tahiti is one of those far off south seas places that evokes dreams of paradise. So in June 2001, flying to Papeetee, I traveled with my mountain biking buddy, Fred, on Renaissance Cruises locally to visit a number of Tahitian islands including the storied Bora Bora. Along the way, we noticed a quaint group of thatched roof huts on...

MiceChat Gumball Rally 2014 Results

The MiceChat Gumball Rally was held on Saturday, May 3rd.  It was a race to see how many attractions teams could ride in a single day at Disneyland.  Players were divided into teams of two, three, or four and set loose on Disneyland Park. The day began bright and early at 6:30am as teams lined up outside the patio...

Disney News Round Up: Big Fix For DCA Under The Sea

There's a whole new world awaiting you in the MiceChat Round Up today.  Not only do we have the latest in Disney and Theme Park news and information, but we have a full collection of Gumball Rally trip reports from the big event. However, the major news of the week comes from an updated Little Mermaid attraction in Disney...

Universal Studios Orlando Unveils Diagon Alley Animatronics and more

We are back this week with a massive Universal Orlando update, where some amazing new details have been revealed about the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley, Gringotts Bank and more.  The look inside will amaze you. Diagon Alley and Escape from Gringotts We are just a few weeks away from the opening of this amazing new land,...

Singles and Doubles

There's an old-time baseball tradition of discussing team strategies as either being "singles and doubles" or "home runs," with the first strategy being about slow, methodical progress and the latter about big, lurching mini-victories that are harder to obtain. There's a little of "tortoise and the hare" reasoning in the analogy, and the entire model could be fruitfully applied...

Season Pass Podcast: The Ultimate Turn-Point for WDW?

Chad Emerson returns to the Season Pass Podcast for the 6th episode of EMERSON’S DISNEY FILES.  This episode we talk the BIG battle between Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Florida.  Conversation on immersive environment, luxury vacations, My Magic +, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Avatar, and of course, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride in the Magic Kingdom.  Can WDW get...

The Little Mermaid gets a makeover as new Main Street, U.S.A. construction begins at Disneyland

Disney California Adventure's Little Mermaid dark ride reopened over the weekend with significant enhancements including a really great black-light re-imagining of the attraction's big "Under the Sea" scene. Across the esplanade, Disneyland has begun work today on the long-rumored Main Street, U.S.A. bypass corridors. The new "Guest Flow Corridors" will open this fall but will only be...

Mousetalgia 290: Disneyland, Million Dollar Arm, Marc Davis

Mousetalgia presents an Emporium of topics this week as we review Disney's latest film "Million Dollar Arm," visit Disneyland, and discover the stories behind art of Marc Davis. First, Kristen reviews "Million Dollar Arm," and offers her thoughts on its place in the pantheon of Disney family movies. Dave and Becky report on a recent trip to Disneyland, and...