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Universal Studios Hollywood Wizarding World and Simpsons Update

Late Thursday night we posted our early review of the brand new Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood (review here). In short, it is wonderful sugar-coated confection of a family ride full of the heart and humor you'd expect from the franchise. But we also spent some time running through the park to grab an update...

Disney News Round Up: Walt, Minions, and Spring Break Crowds

Give us a few minutes and we'll bring you the week in Disney and theme park news. This time around, we'll take a look at Walt Disney World in Black and White, in video and the fish tank that cracked and flooded Downtown Disney's T-Rex restaurant.  SeaWorld celebrated its 50th Anniversary in San Diego. And the Maleficent movie is...

Walt Disney – The Great “Adapter”

Walt Disney enjoys an almost unmatched reputation as a Great Innovator in the same vein as Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. This extends to many epochs of his career, including the very concept of theme parks as we know them today. The problem is, he has been lionized so much, and put on so high a pedestal, that I...

The SeaWorld 50th Anniversary MiceChat Celebration

MiceChat recently visited SeaWorld San Diego during the SeaWorld 50th Anniversary Celebration, Sea of Surprises.  Throughout the day a group of very talented photographers took pictures of the event.  A special thanks to Michael Greening, Andy Castro, Dustysage, and Daniel Lew for their wonderful work throughout the day. It was a cool overcast morning along the shores of Mission Bay...

Disneyland gets ready for springtime fun as refurbishments continue throughout the park

Disneyland is getting ready to kick off spring with a festive springtime roundup at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree with special character meet-and-greets with Disney bunnies as well as the Easter Bunny himself. Meanwhile, as Big Thunder Ranch celebrates spring, the rest of the park is in full spring break mode with big crowds, despite several attractions and...

Mousetalgia 283: Disney Legend Rolly Crump, Seattle’s PNW Mouse Meet

Mousetalgia welcomes WED Imagineer and Disney Legend Rolly Crump to this episode of the podcast to talk about his time working for Walt Disney in the creation of Disneyland Park. Crump talks about his time with WED Enterprises, including his work on "it's a small world," the Adventureland Bazaar, and his relationships with the model makers, Imagineers, and other...

Batman Backwards at Six Flags Magic Mountain

MiceChat was invited to Six Flags Magic Mountain this week for a surprisingly fun ride on a classic coaster.   This spring, the park is giving both Batman the Ride and Colossus a fun spin with backward running trains.  We were pretty impressed with what we got to experience and have a ride video to share.  We also tour the...

The Haunted Mansion Show: Where’s Hattie?

It has been weeks now and one question plagues the mind of many a Happy Haunt: "Where has The Hatbox Ghost gone to now?" That question will finally be answered, for he has left behind a convenient tape recorder with a special message. Join us now, as we find out just what happened to Ol' Hattie.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_Q6eJ-r_DE   This looks rather innocent;...

Disneyland History Through Postcards – Walt Disney’s 100th Birthday

One way we can learn about Disneyland history is by looking at the postcards that have been sold in the park through the years. Before his untimely passing in 2012, our friend Ken Eslick encouraged us to share his incredible collection of Disneyland postcards with our MiceChat readers. In his memory, we offer this series of postcards produced to...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #83 – News, Rumors and Coldstone

Join us for another audio adventure as we go through the listener survey that we recently posted and let you know the changes that we are making due to your feedback. We continue our quest to find UUOP listeners favorite type of Butterbeer with a message from David Wilders. You too can be part of this by recording a message on...

Disneyland Resort Refurbishments Spread

The Disneyland Resort is looking absolutely stunning this week.  With the return of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, guests and pass holders alike flocked to Frontierland to see the explosive new changes on the classic attraction.  In the meantime, Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye went down for an extended refurbishment.  Cross that one off of the...

Magic Kingdom Hub in Pieces

Welcome back to Dateline Disney World. This week, the most action happened at the Magic Kingdom, so we’re back there this time around. Let’s get started! Outside the park, you can see the construction of the DVC bungalows at the Polynesian. Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!! Nice new flowers in Town Square. Walls up near the Plaza restaurant. Cranes have been up at Cinderella...

Universal Studios Hollywood Brings Despicable Me Minion Mayhem to Life

Earlier today MiceChat was invited to take a sneak peek at the brand new Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood.  The California version of the ride is brimming with interactive elements, goofball humor, and the mischievous minions that scamper around, spouting gibberish, and chasing bananas. Despicable Me Minion Mayhem We were escorted to the impressive façade of the...

Disney’s Electrical Parade, a California Classic

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, Yesterland proudly presents a spectacular festival pageant of nighttime magic and imagination in thousands of sparkling lights and electrosynthomagnetic musical sounds: Disney’s Electrical Parade.   Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Disney’s Electrical Parade, a California Classic.    When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Seven Things to Put In Your Disney Parks Bag

A few weeks ago, we chatted about the perfect park bag, and while some of you don't take a thing into the parks that won't fit into your pockets, I thought we ought to discuss what the rest of you are carrying around in those sacks.  Obviously we're all toting an ID, ticket media and some form of payment...

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – Ride It!

WTTM #412: "Big Thunder Cast Preview Event - Radio Edit" Paul and Calvin were the guests of their friend JEFF for the Cast Preview of the newly redone Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction at Disneyland.  This is the EDITED version of the audio...  The full version was released as a supporter "thank you" show. ...Enjoy! Visit Disneyland in the first 5 years it...

Bob’s True-Life Adventures No.3 2013 – Exotic Turkey

Today's Wheel of Adventures stopped at 2013, so here we go. The Aegean Sea is the center of Grecian ancient cultures - from Crete and Rhodes in the south to Troy in the north, Athens west to Ephesus east in Turkey. In May 2013 Turkey was my destination for 9 days to explore some of these antiquities first hand on...

Disney News Round Up: Upswing in WDW and Starbucks Everwhere!

The MiceChat Roundup of Disney and theme park news and information is back with the Disney week in info, trip reports, pictures and fun.  Should the Matterhorn be transformed into a Frozen themed thrill ride?  Some people think so.  Did you hear that Flo's Diner inside Disney California Adventure's Cars Land will be cutting breakfast?  It's true!  What are...

On the Upswing

By and large, things are looking up at Walt Disney World. Prices may continue rising every year, but the crowds keep coming back. Disney COULD look at the crowd levels and decide to leave well enough alone (it's what they get accused of often, anyway), but there are still a number of initiatives floating around. They are spending some...

Universal Orlando Update – Hogwarts Express details and Starbucks Opens at CityWalk

It's a big update from Universal Orlando Resort this week as details have been released about the upcoming Hogwarts Express attraction. Plus, Starbucks has opened at CityWalk and other venues are getting closer as construction moves forward.  We finish this article with a new episode of the Unofficial Universal Podcast. Cowfish The Sushi-Burger fusion restaurant Cowfish is moving forward now that...