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SAMLAND – The JayBangs Story

MiceChat favorite, Sam Gennawey, returns today with a peek into his brand new book, the JayBangs Story.  The book tells the fascinating tale of how Jay Stein built Universal Orlando and his run-ins with the Mouse. If it hadn't been for Bruce Jenner in his helicopter, Jay Stein might have been put in charge of the Disney theme parks. Jerry Weintraub...

Yesterland: Eleven New Books for Disney Park Fans

Authors and publishers have given us another banner year. Yesterland highlights eleven titles with publication dates since the beginning of May 2016. Be sure to scroll down to the final three titles—which were just released this week.   Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Eleven New Books for Disney Park Fans  When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Fab News from Jim Hill . . . It’s a Disney Thing

Hey there. Jim Hill here. The Fabulous Disney Babe isn’t feeling particularly fabulous at the moment. So while she recovers from her recent surgical procedure, Michelle asked me if I could cover her Fab News column for a few weeks. I said “What the hey?” (Which is ex-husband talk for sure). The next thing I know, my e-mail box is...

Major Changes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we're looking at the continued progress of Disney Hollywood Studios as it transforms to add Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land. But first, some news from around Walt Disney World. The WonderGround Gallery, located in the Market Place Co-Op at Disney Springs is celebrating Artist Dave Perillo. He will be...

Disney News Round Up: Pumpkins, Christmas and Star wars Construction!

Welcome to the MiceChat news Round-up! With just over a week untill Halloween, area Theme Parks are already preparing for Christmas and the upcoming Holiday Season. We have updates on the latest changes to Disneyland resort and some tips on last minute Halloween fun. Let's get this roundup started … it's a frightfully fun time of year!!! This Week's Top Stories Disneyland Photo...

Star Wars Land at DHS – Fitting the Puzzle Together

Kevin Yee returns with a look at the upcoming Star Wars Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios. There's a fun bit of speculation involved in this discussion and we'd love to hear your thoughts on where everything is going and what you'd like to see at the park. Disney's Hollywood Studios has long had a reputation as a park that struggles...

Disneyland Photo Update: As Halloween Approaches Christmas is Already on the Way

The spooky season is packing the parks at the Disneyland Resort and the past week has seen some very busy days, especially in the hours leading up to Mickey's Halloween Party. This update will take you on a quick tour of the Disneyland Resort to see the sights, freights, heights, and lights. // Mickey's Halloween Party "Trick-or-Treat" Last...

Mousetalgia Podcast 417: Animator Frans Vischer, listener email

Animator Frans Vischer joins team Mousetalgia this week to share stories of his career, both with Disney and since. He shares his story about how Chuck Jones helped him get into Cal Arts, and discusses studying the art of animation under Eric Larson, one of Walt's Nine Old Men. We also talk about his work on Paperman and utilizing...

The Sweep Spot #193 Fun Discussion About Touring Disneyland

In this episode we take a different and fun approach. We answer some questions about our touring habits, dislikes, likes and some fun talk, that any veteran Disneyland fan could appreciate or the new visitor. We welcome our friend Aaron Robbins from Chrurros and Villians podcast to join us in this discussion. Get show notes, our book Cleaning the...

Winchester Mystery House Ticket Giveaway

I recently wrote about a great new nighttime candlelight tour at the Winchester Mystery House. Now, some lucky MiceChat reader has the opportunity to win a pair of tickets for a General Mansion Tour! See the house in daylight, explore the grounds thoroughly, take in the details, and explore the mysteries! Read below for details on MiceChat's Winchester Mystery...

SPECIAL EVENT: Walt Disney’s Los Feliz – October 22nd, 2016

Every once in a while an event comes along which is both amazing and benefits a great cause. On Oct 22nd, the Walt Disney Birthplace will offer a tour of Walt Disney's Los Feliz, CA to bring attention to the fragile history of Walt Disney which could soon be lost.  There are less than 15 spots left for this...

Yesterland: Parking Lot

Pay your 25-cent parking fee and drive into the park’s 100-acre parking lot. It’s bigger than the park itself. Friendly parking attendants will direct you to a spot. Arrive early, and you may find yourself parked in the convenient Bambi section.  Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Parking Lot  When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

5 Tips for Your Visit to Knott’s Scary Farm

This article comes to you from Steve Rosolio, a theme park designer with Super78 Studios. He recently visited Knott's Scary Farm and wanted to share some tips and tricks with you. We'd like to hear your additional suggestions for specific things not to miss at Knott's Scary Farm - add your voice to the comments section below. If you are...

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Photos

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we're heading in for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! But first, the news from around the Walt Disney World. This past weekend, “One Mans Dream” at “Disney’s Hollywood Studios” began offering a special sneak peek at Marvels “ Doctor Strange”. This 10 minute advance preview features several clips of the...

Disney News Round Up: Hurricanes, Halloween and Kevin Yee’s Return

Welcome to the MiceChat news Round-up! It's been a busy week on MiceChat ad there's a lot to share from all around the Disney and theme park universe. With Construction projects on both coasts, we will continue to keep you updated on the latest closures and changes. We have a “can't miss”  Facebook video post from “Mickeys Not so Scary Halloween...

Kevin Yee: Holding for Further Traffic Clearance

I'm back! For those who remember me, I last wrote in this space more than two years ago, with a veiled "goodbye" article about gnashers and foamers. The truth was, I was taking a breather. I had written a weekly article for MiceChat (and its spiritual ancestors) since 1999, and the experience was starting to feel a bit routine, so...

Our Happy Place: A New Book That Explores Disney Parks Fandom

A few months ago I got an offer from Scott Renshaw (Columnist, Salt Lake City Weekly) to join us on our The Last Day of the River celebration, to collect research and stories for a new book he was writing, called Happy Place: Living the Disney Parks Life. Well, after a few months, I'm glad to say that the...

Disneyland Photo Update: Pumpkins, Jedi and Towers

Howdy folks and welcome back to the Monday MiceChat Disneyland Photo Update. You can't escape Halloween at this time of year, so hopefully you aren't afraid of pumpkins.  I'll share today's update in the order I shot it. Consider it your virtual day in the park with news and comments inserted to help fill in the blanks.

Mousetalgia Podcast 416: Queen of Katwe, book reviews

It's a Mousetalgia Review Revue! First, Kristen reviews Queen of Katwe. Kristen lived in sub-Saharan Africa for 3 months and has a unique perspective on the meaning and authenticity of the film. Then, we revisit "Walt Disney Studios - A Lot to Remember" and give a brief review of the book, along with speculation about its recall by the...

Winchester Mystery House by Candlelight

From the beginning of this column I've been aware that the parks here by the Bay would not have the never ending stream of news of the level that Disneyland provides, so other options outside of the parks would occasionally be spotlighted. Even made a list on an old Blackberry. Number 4 on that list was the Winchester Mystery...