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Disneyland Photo Update: Holiday Breakout!

Have you made a New Year Resolution? If you were able to make one for Disneyland, what would it be? Yesterday was the last day for the holiday season at the Disneyland Resort. Today's Disneyland Photo Update takes a look at the parks as they wrapped up a very busy period. The decorations will start coming down right away. Haunted...

Mousetalgia Podcast 429: Tower of Terror “13th Hour” event, remembering Carrie Fisher

This week, Team Mousetalgia offers you a different kind of podcast that requires a different kind of introduction. We start with an internal "Hand-with-the-Land" question from Kristen, who wants to know if its possible to enjoy a trip to Disneyland Resort with a group of 30 or more people. A trip the involves ages 0 to 85. A trip...

Great Sand Dunes: Colorado Clockwise Part 1

Like many readers here at MiceChat, we take a lot of park centric vacations. In 2016 that was certainly true, but our objectives weren't theme parks, but National Parks, specifically, the four park's of Colorado. So let's get underway with part one of this adventure. Great Sand Dunes National Park You know how fantasy and reality are often at odds? Sure...

The Sweep Spot # 199 Talk with Former Disneyland Circle D Ranch Cast Member

In this episode we talk to friend, former Disneyland Custodian and Former Circle D Ranch Cast Member Hillary Jacobson. This is an amazing interview in which we learn behind the scenes stories of what it was like to work at the Circle D Ranch at Disneyland. Hillary worked with all the animals at Disneyland at one time or another,...

Yesterland: Venice, Italy & Epcot’s Italy

Sam the Eagle might characterize the Italy Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase as, “A Salute to All of Italy, but Mostly Venice.” Yesterland photographer Chris Bales recently visited Italy, while Werner Weiss visited Walt Disney World. The results are this article. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Venice, Italy & Epcot’s Italy   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Carolwood – Walt’s Home Returns

In its day, the Disney family home on Carolwood Drive in Holmby Hills was something special. How many homes do you know with a soda fountain, swimming pool and a backyard railroad that inspired a theme park? While the property may not look today as it did when Walt, Lillian, Diane and Sharon called it home, visitors to the Walt...

Dateline Disney World – Starting 2017 at the Magic Kingdom

Happy New Year from Walt Disney World! This week, we are heading to the Magic Kingdom to see what's new. Let's go! Starting Monday, January 9th, the Magic Kingdom will present a new “ Opening Moment”. Guests will be allowed early access to Main Street USA so they can stop for breakfast and shop. The Castle forecourt stage will host...

Disney News Round Up: Electrical Parade Returns and more!

Welcome to the MiceChat news Round-up! As we say goodbye to the 2016 holiday season, exciting new changes are on their way to some of our favorite Theme Parks. This weeks newsletter has all the recent New Years events, Park updates and photos for you to discover! Welcome to 2017 - Wishing each and every one of you an amazing year...

Kevin Yee – Testing Walt Disney’s Cocktail Party Theory Today

A short time before he died, Walt Disney was given a dress rehearsal of the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean ride, moving at the desired ride speed through the sets. The designers were apologetic for the way that conversations bled from one scene to the next, resulting in some moments of babble during the transition. Walt famously replied that...

Disneyland 2016 Year in Review

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. 2016 was a year of celebrations and grief. When you look back, it's amazing how many changes can happen in just one short year. 2016 brought a new Frozen musical to the resort and took away three beloved nighttime spectaculars. We celebrated with two big festivals at...

Disneyland Photo Update – Tower of Terror Checking Out Today

It's a sad but somewhat exciting start to the new year as the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ends its run at Disney California Adventure today to make way for a new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction. We'll take a final look at this popular ride and also show you a teaser of the construction going on at the...

Ten Things to Make a Day at Disneyland Magical

With the holidays coming coming to a close, and having seen my fair share of days at the Happiest Place on Earth, (with more of these lists replacing what used to be called journalism online or on the printed page) I thought I would share some points that have helped make visits more magical for me and mine over...

Fab News: The End of 2016

Happy Fab News Friday! It's the end of 2016 tomorrow, and I'm really not unhappy to see it go. While there have been some nice things, there have been some rotten things too, so out with the old and in with the new. Next week, I'll be able to go to Disneyland again! Hooray! Fabulous Congratulations! Commenter #12 of 13 Autumn...

Yesterland: California Missions, Real and Knott’s

Knott’s calls its missions “scale models.” But is that really what they are? They are works of art—a collaboration between two artists working almost 60 years apart. Let’s look at how these artists represented the actual missions as models. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: California Missions, Real and Knott’s   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

David Koenig: Disneyland Exodus Averted

David Koenig returns with an inside the berm look at what's going on at Disneyland. Cast member concerns, park operations reorganization, the ridiculous thing cast members are supposed to call Star Wars Land and more. Going into this fall, cast members were already quitting in significant numbers because they were sure Disneyland was going to overhaul its longtime attendance policy....

Dateline Disney World: 2016 Year in Review

Hello, and welcome to the final Dateline Disney World of 2016! This week, we're taking a look at everything that happened over the course of the year at Walt Disney World. ] Where did the year go? What did you think of 2016 in the parks? Excited for what 2017 will bring? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks...

Disney News Round Up: Here’s to a new year.

Welcome to the MiceChat news Round-up! As we bid farewell to 2016, a year filled with moments of happiness, sadness and loss, we move forward into 2017 with hope ... “There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow." This week's newsletter has a great collection of news, photos and fun for you to explore. Happy New Year from all of us at MiceChat. This...

Tim Grassey Editorial – Fixing Epcot

It’s no secret that Epcot needs help. I visited Disney World and Universal Orlando in January 2016 and Epcot was without question, the worst of the six parks I visited on that trip. At that time, there was no Frozen Ever After or Soarin’ Around the World. There was no food centric festival, just a piecemeal shell of EPCOT...

Disney News Round Up: Happy Holidays!

  Welcome to the MiceChat news Round-up! This Holiday season has brought record crowds to both Disneyland resort and other local Theme Parks. But lucky for your day guests and Signature Plus ticket holders, now that all other passes have been bocked, the parks are blissfully uncrowded. Today's Round Up has all the latest news & tips for this most festive...

Yesterland: Hollywood Holly-Day Parade

If this parade looks strangely familiar, there’s a reason. It’s a holiday—oops, I mean “Holly-Day”—makeover of the Disney Stars & Motor Cars parade. The cars, which are all themed to movies or television programs, are now decorated with snowdrifts, wreaths, garland, gift boxes, ribbons, and ornaments. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Hollywood Holly-Day Parade   When you are done reading, please leave...