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Mousetalgia Podcast 423: Destination D – Amazing Adventures

Team Mousetalgia goes bi-coastal as we take you out to Florida to report on the 2016 "Destination D: Amazing Adventures" event that just concluded with breaking news and behind-the-scenes insights into some of Disney's most adventurous undertakings. But first, Jeff reports on recent West Coast happenings, including in-person reports from the Van Eaton Galleries "Souvenirs of Disneyland" auction; the...

Winterfest Debuts at California’s Great America.

Normally, this time of year at California's Great America means the gates are locked tight, seasonal workers are filling out job applications elsewhere and the mechanics are ensuring that the coasters are ready for spring. Not so fast this year, because on Friday the park inaugurated Winterfest and the fun will keep going through the end of 2016. Holiday...

The Sweep Spot # 196 Disneyland 1966 with Former Night Custodian Cast Member

In this episode we take a tour of Disneyland as if it were the year 1966 with former night Custodial Cast Member Rob Merritt. Rob worked there in the summer of 1966 and has some great stories to tell as we talk about what Disneyland was like in 1966. It was a transitional year of changes, and an unfortunate...

Star Wars Land News: Tomorrow, Troopers and Tunnels

A long time ago on a holiday weekend far, far away . . . Wishing all of our readers a very happy Thanksgiving weekend. I am thankful to be able to visit Disneyland and see my favorite park host my favorite movie experience, Star Wars. Let’s see what’s happening this week… Disneyland The holiday season is in full swing at Disneyland... …except for...

Yesterland: Superstar Limo

Yesterland takes an expanded look at the ride that invites you to “Get ready to be ‘taken for a ride’ through a wacky, whimsical version of Hollywood, where you’re Tinseltown’s biggest new star.” Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Superstar Limo   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Fab News: Giving Thanks!

It's just a little bit of Fab News for the holiday - Happy Thanksgiving for those of you in the USA, and for those of you not in the USA, Happy probably not-Thanksgiving! Happy Holiday Sandwich season for all Earl of Sandwich customers not near a Disney resort, happy being too cool to leave the house for Black Friday...

David Koenig: Don’t Screw It Up

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please join us in welcoming David Koenig to the MiceChat family. If the name sounds familiar it's because David has developed quite a following for his groundbreaking Mouse Tales books and fantastic Disney insider articles on Disney fan sites. There's a little something for everyone in David's first MiceChat column. Please read all the way through and...

Disney News Round Up: Jingle BAM!

  Welcome to the MiceChat news Round-up! Happy Thanksgiving! It's time once again to gather with family and friends, sleep through football games, enjoy a four day weekend and try to survive the door-buster deals at the local mall. While you are enjoying the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, dazzle your family by letting them know that  Disney first took part in the Macy's...

Kevin Yee: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

The traditional folk wisdom about brides and weddings ("something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue") applies in a weird way to the two newest offerings at Disney's Hollywood Studios: PizzeRizzo and "Jingle Bell Jingle BAM!" fireworks and projections. In other words, both offer newness, but also a kind of sameness. It's progress and evolution, but nothing to write home about. Jingle...

Yesterland: D23 Destination D, Amazing Adventures

This past weekend at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World, Werner Weiss attended his first D23 Destination D event. He was there as a paying attendee, but D23 provided press photos to him. What a great event! If you were lucky enough to be there too, take another look. Otherwise, see what you missed. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE:...

Disneyland Photo Update: The Magic is in the Details

There's no better place to be during the holiday season than the Disneyland Resort, and while Disney is famous for their gigantic spectaculars and fantastic events, we all know that the real magic of Disney is in the details; the things that the average guest probably won't even notice on their first pass-through, but these are the things that...

Mousetalgia Podcast 422: Dumbo’s 75th anniversary, Christmas crowds

Tim Babb, host of the "Can't Wait for Christmas" podcast, joins Team Mousetalgia this week for a holiday showdown. We talk about his podcast, and then discuss dealing with the hectic nature of the Disneyland Resort during the holidays. Tim reacts to the boisterous crowds at the resort, and we offer some suggestions to help keep the holiday spirit...

Stroll Through Disneyland – The Lost Frontier

“Westerns” were a cultural juggernaut when I was a boy. While it's difficult for younger people to imagine today, walking through the wooden stockade gates into Frontierland back then felt like a really big deal. It was thrilling, and not “quaint” at all. In those days, the shops in Disneyland carried unique and “land-specific” items that could only be found...

Yesterland: Luigi’s Flying Tires

Here at Yester California Adventure, Luigi and Guido invite you to their “Festival of Flying Tires.” You can “fly” around on a tire behind their tire shop, controlling your flight by shifting your body weight. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Yesterland: Luigi’s Flying Tires When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Fab News: A Hand-y Tale and Some New Zoo Reviews

It's a wonderful fall day here in Southern California. Today is my husband Noe's birthday, and I talked him into playing hooky and going to Disneyland with me today! It's not all play - we've got the Disneyland Photo Update assignment this week, so will be looking for something to write about. History at Hand at Van Eaton The next day...

Disney Hollywood Studios & Animal Kingdom bring in the Holidays!

The Holiday season is upon us as we visit two parks in this week's Dateline Disney World photo update. But first, a bit of Disney Springs news. Disney Springs is ready to celebrate the Holiday season in style! Several fan favorites are back along with some special new events. Every evening at 6pm, the Marketplace Christmas tree will be illuminated...

Disney News Round Up: Ho Ho Holiday Highlights

Welcome to the MiceChat news Round-up! This Friday, Nov 18th in 1928... Steamboat Willie made its debut and Mickey Mouse helped change how we experience movies. Though Walt Disney had great success in the past with silent movies, the addition of sound ensured that both Mickey & Minnie Mouse, his newest creations, would be stars still beloved today. The Round-Up has...

Disney Springs Lottery – Who Will Be the First To Leave?

I'm actually a really big supporter of the Disney Springs expansion. You'll find many critics, especially online, but in general I like what they've done with the former Downtown Disney. That said, they've expanded so much, and added so many merchants, that SOME of them are bound to fail. Today's column is all about speculation of which one will...

GMA Celebrates Mickey’s Birthday on November 18th!

GMA Celebrates Mickey's Birthday on November 18th! This Friday*, ABC's Good Morning America is going to feature a visit from Mickey Mouse, fresh off his whirlwind world birthday tour. Good Morning America airs live Mon.-Fri. (7:00-9:00 a.m. EDT) on ABC. Since it's also his birthday, they'll be celebrating with the debut of his new music video, “WHAT WE GOT”.  Mickey surprised fans and friends in Los...

Mousetalgia Podcast 421: Mickey Mouse turns 88, Van Eaton Disneyland auction

Mickey Mouse is turning 88 this week, and Team Mousetalgia invites you to celebrate with us! First, we welcome Mike Van Eaton back to the show to discuss "Souvenirs of Disneyland," an upcoming exhibition and auction of Disneyland memorabilia and merchandise. From a pen in the shape of a woman's leg to a scale Imagineering model of New Orleans...