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In Spite of Cars Land, Disneyland Attendance Seems Flat

It was a milestone week for Disneyland, which turned 57 years old on Tuesday.  The little park which Walt was told would never work has only grown more popular over the years. And it honestly looks better today than it ever has. However, there are initial signs that attendance is not living up to the lofty expectations for this...

Pocahontas and her Forest Friends

It’s almost show time at Grandmother Willow’s Grove. Find a spot on a bench in this 350-seat outdoor theater for Pocahontas and Forest Friends. The first four rows are reserved for children. Oh, you can’t bring food into the theater; there are animals and they might want your food. The 12-minute show features the title character from the 1995 Disney animated...

Disney World Plans – More Monorails and Parks

Disney World’s Master Plan: More Parks, More Monorails Master plans don’t HAVE to come true. They aren’t blueprints, they aren’t set in stone, and the items contained on them aren’t yet pitched to top executives, let alone greenlit. They represent a vision, and an overarching plan so that when things do get built and added, they do so with a...

Top Ten Things that are Better in a Disney Park

Your day to day life can get routine, but in a Disney park, even the most ordinary things are better. Don't believe me? Here's a list of things you do, or deal with, every day and how Disney makes it better. 10. Breakfast. There are very few places in the world where it's perfectly acceptable to eat Tonga Toast or an...

The Disneyland Paris That Never Was

As the Author of Disneyland Paris: From Sketch to Reality, I had access to thousands of images and concept paintings from Imagineering. Most folks have seem images of the park as it appears today, but what most folks have never seen are the images of what WASN'T built, but what was envisioned by the Imagineers. I'd like to tell...

Transformers Ride Possibly Coming to Universal Studios Orlando

Orlando Parkhopper just acquired a bit of poster art that indicates what Universal Orlando's next big attraction might be and when it may arrive.  Transformers: The Ride 3D has posibly been fast-tracked and  may now be under construction at Universal Studios Orlando.  The innovative, blockbuster attraction is a design wonder that creates an expansive ride experience with a relatively...

Disney News and Theme Park Round Up

Disneyland turned 57 years young yesterday. The occasion was marked by a simple ceremony in the park in which Wat's opening day speech was played over the loud speakers. No matter how many times you hear it, it always inspires emotion. This week, the MiceChat Round Up brings you amazing Black and White photographs, rumors that a Monorail may...

MiceChat Disney Podcast #2: Fantasy, Robots, Mantas and Dance Parties

Join Al Lutz, Fishbulb, Cory Disbrow, Jeff Heimbuch, Sam Gennawey, Doug Barnes and Dusty Sage as they discuss the new Fantasyland Expansion at Walt Disney World, the new Transformers ride at Universal Studios Hollywood, the recent HUGE price increase at the Disneyland Resort and the new dance party at DCA. We invite you to participate in our monthly Disney podcast...

Win a Pair of Tickets to D23’s Destination D

THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED. We'd like to congratulation the winner: GLOWMAN We hope you enjoy Destination D!!! Thank you to everyone who participated and please keep your eye on MiceChat for more contests and opportunities soon. In celebration of D23's Destination D: 75 Years of Disney Animated Features at the Disneyland Resort, we are giving away a pair of tickets to the...

MiceChat Podcast #3: Cars Land, Liberty & Lex

The MiceChat Podcast is back and zooming into your home. This month: We turn our eyes to the Disneyland Resort, where Cars Land is NOW OPEN. What we think of the new land and its attractions - Reviews and Thoughts. Then we turn to the Voices of Liberty, Now in the Disneyland Park. And we wrap things up with a HUGE Drop in Six Flags Magic Mountain that...

Anna Maria Island a Delightful Diversion from Orlando Theme Parks

About a two hour drive from Orlando and away from the constant hum of the theme parks is Anna Maria Island, FL. Catering to those that want to experience the casual beach bum vibe, it’s the best place to escape to and pretend that the rest of the world doesn’t exist. This eight mile stretch of island is missing the...

Disneyland News Update: Radiator Springs Racers Flaw and Treasures of the Disney Archives

Unseasonal July rain showers brought Disney California Adventure's new Radiator Springs Racers E-Ticket to a stop last week, highlighting a major flaw in the attraction's ride system. Still, Disneyland is set to celebrate its 57th anniversary this week as both theme parks continue to entertain big crowds coming to see the blockbuster line-up of new attractions, restaurants and shows...

Colorful Southern Vermont

I have always heard about the beautiful fall colors that are manifested in the leaves of the trees of New England. We don't really have an equivalent natural phenomenon in Southern California. Scarlett Stahl took a trip to Southern Vermont and shares some wonderful photos of the fall foliage.                    ...

Universal Studios Hollywood Goes To The Monsters

Monster crowds, monster Halloween maze construction, and a reboot of television's Munsters. With the juggernaut of Transformers driving visitors into the park, it is shaping up to be another record breaking year.  Today, we stroll the park and offer some tips for avoiding the crowds (or at least deal with them).  Then, we'll give you a glimpse into a...

Disney Honeymoon Continues at Disneyland

Those of you who have been following our coverage of Rya86n's fantastic bicoastal Disney honeymoon will remember that the lucky couple visited all four parks of Walt Disney World as well as a cruise on the Disney Dream. We join their honeymoon in progress as it continues at Disneyland.                    ...

WDW Fantasyland Expansion Update

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! In today's column, we have another large Magic Kingdom construction update, I'll share with you a new iBook all about Tokyo DisneySea that was just released by a friend of mine, and we'll also take a look at a short film I created at the park this week. Lots to look at,...

Disneyland and California Adventure Busy but Manageable

Cars Land is open and well into normal operations, it's time to slow down and take in the scenery at the Disneyland Resort.  Earl of Sandwich is moving into Downtown Disney and should be open by the end of the Summer, The Penny Arcade has gotten sweeter, and Fantasy Fair Village is still quite a ways away.  Meanwhile, DCA...

Knott’s Berry Farm is a Great Escape for the Family this Summer

As summer broils along, we'd like to introduce you to our insider tip for a delightful locals getaway. . .  Knotts Berry Farm.  With a Season pass to Knott's costing only $64.99 per person for the rest of the year and Disneyland costing $87.00 for one day, one park, it's easy to see the tremendous value that Knott's is...

Wall Street, U.S.A.

Yester California Adventure has a street with blue plywood constructions walls on both sides. It doesn’t have an offical name. So let’s call it Wall Street Street, U.S.A. This Wall Street has nothing to do with the Lower Manhatten street whose name is shorthand for the financial markets of the United States. The Wall Street at Yester California Adventure is...

Disneyland Video: Sarah the MiceChatter Visits Disneyland Post Cars Land

In this Disneyland video from the MiceTube, Sarah visits the Disneyland Resort and reports on Cars Land, lower crowds at Disneyland, a new Disney Gallery exhibit, Glow With The Show World of Color ear hats, and even a brand new mountain ride at Hong Kong Disneyland. We think you'll agree that Sarah is terrific.