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Mousetalgia 276: Disneyland’s Mine Train, Disney music

Mousetalgia welcomes Mine Train expert James Keeline to the show to help us reminisce about the history of Frontierland's trains in anticipation of the newly renovated Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction. James discusses the history of Rainbow Ridge and the Mine Train attraction, and describes the scenes, special effects, and set pieces that made the Mine Train Through Nature's...

Knotts Berry Farm Update: Refurbishments and the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Yesterday, Knotts Berry Farm joined the fight agains breast cancer by teaming up with the Susan G. Komen foundation.  A wonderful event was held to mark the beginning of the relationship.  We'll also take you on a tour of the park to check up on the progress of major projects happening throughout the park.  This includes the massive overhaul...

Year of the Horse: Chinese New Year in Bangkok

Several of our MiceChat columnists have shown us how Disney is celebrating the Chinese New Year in the parks this week. Alain Littaye of the Disney and more blog shows us how the Year of the Horse was celebrated in Bangkok, Thailand. ~~Rick Year of the Horse: Chinese New Year in Bangkok by Alain Littaye, Disney and more blog We have...

Disafterdark Series 2, Episode 9 – Not A Zoo

Welcome back to the Mouse's Head and thank you for the download. Pull up a bar stool, because appearing in the pub this week is Eric Davis from MiceChat's unofficial Seaworld Podcast. We'll chat about some news as usual. Then we get serious for a bit as we SeaWorld and the film Blackfish with Eric. Plus the pub singer comes back for...

Meet the Amazing Tim Delaney, Disney Imagineer

On Saturday, February 8th, celebrated Disney Imagineer Tim Delaney will be giving a fascinating MiceChat exclusive presentation about the conception and construction of Disneyland Paris. There are just a few tickets left to this event and we have details on how YOU can attend – right after this brief introduction to Tim's work from Alain Littaye. ~~Rick Tim Delaney -...

UUOP #76 – Universal Haunt Legend Mike Aiello

This week, we interview Mr Halloween Horror Nights Orlando himself, Mike Aiello. When we first began the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast nearly three years ago, I dreamed of the day that I would get the chance to sit down an interview Mike Aiello. Well, a couple of weeks ago that dream finally happened. Darren, Tracey and myself sat down for a...

In The Parks – Chinese New Year and Disneyland Resort Update

It's time to say goodbye to January and hello the Chinese New Year this week at the Disneyland Resort.  The Year of the Horse bringing all sorts of multi-cultural fun to Disney California Adventure. If you'll be visiting California Adventure January 31st through February 2nd, you're in luck. We also have some exciting news regarding The Little Mermaid: Ariel's...

Dateline Disney World – Epcot Photos and News

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This was a pretty slow news week, and I almost got rained out. This week, we'll take a quick look at Epcot, where FastPass+ has taken over. Welcome to Epcot!! Monorail maintenance still happening. FP+ kiosk right in the center of the plaza. If you'd like to support this column and shop on Amazon.com at the same time,...

Erasing Wonders of Life, 2014 Edition

Although Wonders of Life at Epcot closed forever on New Years Day 2007—over seven years ago—the golden domed pavilion has had a new life since then as the Festival Center. Yesterland looks at how the facility has changed over the years.  Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Erasing Wonders of Life, 2014 Edition.    When you are done reading, please leave your...

Tips for Tipping at Disney

When visiting Disney resorts, many travelers aren't quite sure who can accept tips, how much to tip and whether or not there's a need to tip.  Despite what some insistent internet users may proclaim, tipping truly is at your discretion, but here's a little guide that may help you navigate through the tricky trade of tipping. Which Disney Cast Members...

Disneyland Resort Official Albums: Souvenirs to Last a Lifetime

It's no question the Disneyland Resort is the Happiest Place on Earth. You wouldn't be going there and you wouldn't be on MiceChat if you didn't know that to be true. One gamble, however, is deciding how to spend your money once you're inside the main gates. The expenses don't stop with the cost of your ticket; once you...

Saturday at Disneyland Resort – Part 2 of 3

WTTM #406 "Saturday at Disneyland Resort - Part 2 of 3" Part 2 of 3 of Paul's afternoon in the park.  This audio adventure series, recorded live at Disneyland resort contains lunch, a few rides and a LOT of the Disney sound experience. ...Enjoy! Direct Link   THE WTTM PODCAST APPLICATIONS for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch & now for Android & Kindle Fire - Mobile access...

Disney News Round Up: Diagon Alley Revealed and Disney World’s Future

What a wild and whacky week it was in the world of Disney and Theme Park news.  The Universal Orlando Resort finally divulged all of the magical details for the new Harry Potter expansion, Diagon Alley. But Walt Disney World, not to be left out of the game, shares news of an upcoming parade and the eventual opening of...

DoomBuggies Spook Show #5: A conversation with Rolly Crump

In this episode, DoomBuggies talks to WED Imagineer Rolly Crump in an exclusive interview. Crump, who worked directly with Walt Disney in the conceptualization and design of Disneyland, was assigned to the development of the Haunted Mansion, where he worked with Imagineer Yale Gracey on many proposed scenes and special effects. In this interview, we talk to Crump about...

Season Pass Podcast: Tales from the (Alton) Towers with Nick Sim

This week, TSPP brings in 2014 with Nick Sim, the author of the new book “Tales from the Towers,” based on the history of Alton Towers.  He discusses his love for the industry, the influence of theme parks in the UK & US, and the challenges, physical & mental, life throws at you.  Nick has made lemonade with the lemons he received.  Listen...

Future WDW – A Vision of WDW’s 100th Anniversary

2071 is a long ways off. We are closer to WDW's birth in 1971 than to its 100th anniversary, and yet I'm struck by a desire to imagine the resort at that century mark. Possibly this is a result of having received a media copy of the Communicore Weekly Musical (see below for a review) which uses a similar...

Harry Potter Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort

Last week Universal Orlando revealed the exciting details of what we can expect to find this summer at the new The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley expansion. The press event was followed by a 3 day Celebration of Harry Potter, with a Harry Potter expo, Q&A's with the cast, wand demonstrations, a party in Hogsmeade and more....

Disneyland Update: Refurbs Everywhere, Old Friends, Cars Land Improvements

Disneyland in the off-season is a give and take situation. On the plus side, the parks are generally less crowded (though they were PACKED this past weekend due to the annual NAMM convention). But with the lower crowds comes refurbishments and the associated ride closures. Splash Mountain, it's a small world, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Sailing Ship Columbia, Fantasmic,...

Mousetalgia 275: Tinker Bell Half Marathon trip report

Mousetalgia talks RunDisney this week. Dave did the inaugural Tinker Bell 10K, and Becky wonders about some sweeping issues. Becky ran the half marathon, earning her own PR and discusses the course, the trials, and the rewards of running 13 miles. Plus - scenes from the RunDisney Expo, dining with Princesses, navigating the parks during RunDisney weekends, and Radiator...

Disney Legend Bob Gurr Becomes Spokesperson for Marceline’s Finest Coffee

Just one day into the new year, I was invited to join a Disney legend and a sponsor of the Tournament of Roses on a very special mission. It's a story that I just can't keep to myself. Take a look and join me in congratulating our friend Bob Gurr on a very exciting new career.  - Dusty What do...