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Mousetalgia Episode 436: Disney vacation planning, Guide to runDisney

This week, Beci Mahnken, CEO of Mouse Fan Travel, joins Mousetalgia to talk about planning your next Disney vacation. We cover multiple topics, including value vacations, luxurious vacations, Walt Disney World, VIP Guides, Disney cruises, Disney for families, Aulani, getting the best bang for your Disney buck, and more. Then, we speak with Christopher Schmidt, author of The Complete...

Disney News Round Up: Beauty and the Beast & Rainy Days

  Welcome to the MiceChat news Round-up! With an unforgettable 89th annual Academy Award ceremony this past weekend, we look back at the 11th annual award show held in 1939, where Walt Disney was honored for his release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In a memorable moment, Shirley Temple presented a special Oscar Statuette alongside seven miniature Oscars -...

Star Wars Land Aerial Shots, Epcot Flower and Garden & Magic Kingdom Updates

There is so much going on at Walt Disney World right now that it's hard to know where to start. Today's update will take you high above the Star Wars construction site. Then we'll journey to the Magic Kingdom where refurbishments and minor changes are underway. And we end up at Epcot where the park is positively bursting with...

Saving Seats For the Electrical Parade is a Thing of the Past

There's been an operational update at Disneyland in reaction to the large crowds that have been gathering for the Main Street Electrical Parade. According to the image below that was leaked from The Hub (the Cast Member exclusive portal), Guests will no longer be able to save seats before operations have come by and set up viewing areas. Guests...

Disneyland Update – Rainy Days Are The New Off Season

Another week of intermittent wet weather swept through Disneyland this past week. Honestly, if you can stand the inconvenience and discomfort, rainy days are really the new "off season." When it was dry, Disneyland was packed, when it was wet, Disneyland was enjoyable. Have you tried the Grey Stuff at the new Red Rose Taverne in Fantasyland? Lines were...

Disneyland Update: Beauty and the Beast Invades Fantasyland

In anticipation for Disney's upcoming live action Beauty and the Beast film, the back portion of Fantasyland has been taken over by Belle, the Beast, and Gaston. Admittedly, it's actually all pretty great. The main attraction is a complete overlay of the Village Haus restaurant, which they've dubbed the "Red Rose Taverne." //   The addition of...

You’ve Got To Be Kidding: Why I’m Late

It’s been quite a while since my last “You’ve Got To Be Kidding” post.  I want you to know that I’ve got a lot of really good excuses, and I was prepared to share each and every one of them with you.  However, this reminded me that we need to add a little Disney magic to all aspects of...

A Review of Disney Cruise Line’s Newly Reimagined Disney Wonder

I had the recent pleasure of previewing Disney Cruise Line's newly refurbished Disney Wonder fresh out of dry-dock, and from the experience I produced another one of my signature video reviews, hosted at my Popular Cruising YouTube channel and embedded below. Come along with us as we take a look at new and retooled spaces like Concierge Outdoor Seating, Concierge Lounge, Twist...

Star Wars Land News: Princess or Legend?

Josh Gad continues his search for Jedi news, the Millennium Falcon building is going up in Star Wars Land, the riverbed tracks are sticking out, and the cockpit is getting very cramped. And a big question . . . Should Leia be an official Disney Princess?

Yesterland: Norway at Epcot – Before & After Frozen

Werner Weiss picked a dozen photos of the Norway pavilion from around ten years ago—before Disney’s megahit Frozen (2013) moved in. He went back to the same spots recently. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Norway at Epcot - Before & After Frozen   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Summer 2018 Itineraries Revealed by Disney Cruise Line

For summer 2018, the Disney Cruise Line will return to favorite destinations like Alaska and the Caribbean as well as head to some new ports such as Milan, Italy and Cork, Ireland in Europe. The Disney Wonder will be in Alaska and the Disney Magic will be in Europe while the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy will remain in the Caribbean. Reservations...

Dateline Disney World – Rivers of Light & Avatar

Disney's Animal Kingdom comes alive at night with the new Rivers of Light. We'll show you what to expect from Disney's newest nighttime spectacular as well as other happenings in the park. Let's take a look. // // Rivers of Light Opens While I wasn't able to get into the show, a friend of the column, Ben...

Walt Disney World – Gondolas, Guardians, and Goodies, Oh My

Things are moving and shaking at Walt Disney World. You've got Rivers of Light that just opened (see below), and a continuing stream of new tenants in the bustling Disney Springs. The Hall of Presidents will reopen after six months with a new show. Upcoming you've also got Pandora this year, and Star Wars Land in 2019. So it...

Disneyland Photo Update: Fire, Flooding, and Valentines

It was Valentine's Day this week, but you wouldn't have known it if you were at Disneyland! I visited on Wednesday, it was the perfect time of year/the week for a trip to the park, with low wait times, sunny weather, and another week of AP Days. Well, that is, unless you parked at Mickey and Friends on Monday. Getting...

The Sweep Spot #202 Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

In this episode we celebrate presidents Day by talking about an attraction at Disneyland that is dedicated to our former president Abraham Lincoln, Great Moments. We discuss the start of this historic attraction at the New York Worlds Fair in 1964/1965, to all of its versions at Disneyland, Ca. Plus we have the latest in  Disneyland Resort current events. Get...

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Scores with Galactic Attack

Last Fall Six Flags Discovery Kingdom made its first foray into the world of roller coaster virtual reality by adding Rage of the Gargoyles to Kong, with a result that was not entirely satisfactory, at least on my visit (Review HERE). After a brief return to normal operations, Kong is now featuring The New Revolution Galactic Attack (also being...

Disneyland Paris Star Tours, Illuminations & More

Disneyland Paris is a resort on the upswing. Let's take a look at the renovations and additions and a couple things that need further attention. // On Main Street USA, the Gazebo is behind walls in preparation for the 25th anniversary decorations. The celebration begin in one month! The refurbishment of Ribbons & Bows Hat Shop facade...

Angela Lansbury Joins Cast of Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns is shaping to be practically perfect in every way. First came the news that Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt were cast as the leads with Meryl Streep in a supporting role. Then came word that Dick Van Dyke had signed on to the picture. Now Angela Lansbury has joined the cast. The only big name missing...

Star Wars Land News: I’ve Got A Bad Feeling About This…

The only line spoken more than, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this,” in the Star Wars Universe is, “May The Force Be With You.” And the Force is telling me that dark times may be looming for Star Wars Land News. More on that later. But first… Disneyland Let’s take a look at Temporary Star Wars Land at Disneyland. Part of...

Yesterland: ABC Soap Opera Bistro

Get ready to dine dramatically! Step into ABC’s hot daytime dramas—Port Charles, All My Children, One Life to Live, and General Hospital. This table-service restaurant is just past the Hollywood Pictures Backlot Elephants. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: ABC Soap Opera Bistro   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.