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How to Stop and Smell the Roses at a Disney Park

In the midst of tragedy, I'll admit my heart was not in penning Disney tips for this week's Park Wise. My mind kept wandering to the brevity of our time. I'm reminded to be in the moment and really make the most of the time we have with family, friends and in our favorite places, which for a lot...

Disney News Round Up: Shanghai Disneyland in Detail

MiceChat Round Up This week will see the long awaited debut of Shanghai Disneyland. Much has been written about the financial impact Shanghai has had on the Disneyland & Walt Disney World resorts. Labor cutbacks, late open/ early closing of both attractions and restaurants. We will keep you up to date as this resort is unveiled to the world and...

The Unknown Engineer of the Disneyland Railroad

Are you the biggest Disneyland Railroad fanatic? You may have all the reference materials and listened to all the historical presentations but you've never heard of the person who saved the Disneyland Railroad. There might be a bit of hyperbole in that statement, but not much. Our thanks to Kevin Hicks for sending in this wonderful story. Roger Broggie was...

A Theme Park Designer Look at Shanghai Disneyland

Please enjoy some thoughts on Shanghai Disneyland from theme park designers who were able to visit during “Trial Operations” of the newest Disney park. Several attractions were not operating at the time (Roaring Rapids) and some were only operating sporadically (Voyage to the Crystal Grotto). And while this is not a traditional photo report or review, we think you'll...

Fab Disney News: All That Glitters

I'm going to be at E3 this week, so expect some gaming stories in the near future. I'm also going to be very, very tired, so expect many, many typos as well. A Sparkly Surprise, Sunday! So, this was posted on the MiceChat Sunday Meet-Up Facebook group Sunday: I love surprises when they are good ones that involve me. I know, most...

Summer and Star Wars continue at Disneyland

News slows to a trickle as the summer heats up and crowds continue to hit the parks. While most refurbishment projects are done for the season, Disneyland's massive 14-acre Star Wars expansion project continues in full force. We'll catch you up on the latest Star Wars construction this week and a few odds-n-ends around Disneyland and Downtown...

Mousetalgia Podcast 399: Skipping Disney’s latest films

This week, the Team Mousetalgia doctor is in to dispense a little therapy related to Disney's latest crop of live action films. For various reasons, we haven't been hitting every film on opening weekend lately and we ask why. Kristen skipped Jungle Book, Jeff skipped Alice (along with most everyone else), and Becky skipped Zootopia, so we check in...

New Experiences for Knott’s Ghost Town at 75 Years Fun

Knott's Berry Farm is celebrating a very special milestone, the 75th anniversary of Ghost Town. Yes, the very heart of Knott's Berry Farm has been entertaining guests with its rich theme of western life and lore, capturing the hearts of theme park fans for generations. What began as a small berry stand evolved into a chicken dinner restaurant which...

California’s Great America Opens Mass Effect: New Earth

Since 1994 the Action Theater at California's Great America has hosted everybody from James Bond to Stan Lee to Sponge Bob. All the while the technology kept falling farther and farther behind. By last year things had deteriorated to the point where the ride hydraulics were as loud as the show audio. So the immediate question upon the announcement...

Magic Kingdom News and Photos – It’s Speak Like a Whale Day

Dateline Disney World returns with more Magic Kingdom news and photos. Summer season is well under way and Speak Like a Whale Day is today. Let's see how the park is looking for the summer visitors. News from Walt Disney World Today (Saturday, June 11) Epcot will celebrate “Speak Like a Whale Day." Just like Dory and her new friends Bailey...

The Death of Disney Interactive – You Can’t Top Pigs with Pigs

It's been almost a month since the announcement that Disney Infinity will be shuttered, and to many fans, the shock remains. Yet, to insiders and veteran observers, it was only a matter of time. The video game division of the company, Disney Interactive, never seemed to have complete confidence from the parent company. They were never given autonomous creative...

Star Wars News: Darkness, Cookies and Dirt

This week we take you to the Dark Side! …well…night. We have a look at The Season of the Force after dark, some Tsum’s, and the latest on the progress of Star Wars land construction. Let’s take out the Tauntaun’s! Star Wars At Night When the sun goes down, the Season of the Force takes on a very different aura. Shanghai Star...

Yesterland: Skyway to Fantasyland

Three weeks ago, Yesterland featured the Skyway to Tomorrowland, with its Swiss chalet station in Fantasyland. The response was huge. In a major update to an article first published in 1995, Yesterland is back with the other end of the Skyway. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Skyway to Fantasyland   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Fab News: Happy Halloween-ish

It's barely into summer and we're talking about Halloween! But in the haunt world, these things take time. Winchester Mystery House Debuts New Tour for 2016  ALL-NEW “HALLOWEEN CANDLELIGHT TOUR’’ OFFERS A UNIQUE WAY TO EXPERIENCE ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST LEGENDARY  HAUNTED MANSIONS As autumn winds swirl, full moons rise and black cats come out to play, its time to book a...

Disney News Round Up: New Hotel, Controversy, and New Views

MiceChat Round Up “Summer Awakens”  the new promotion at Disney parks is in full effect at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure!“Frozen- Live at the Hyperion”has been playing for over a week to mixed reviews from fans.“Jammin’ on the Backlot,” the summer replacement for the shuttered Mad T party, has launched on the Hollywood Pictures Backlot of Disney California Adventure....

Fab News: UPDATED! NEW DISNEYLAND HOTEL COMING

UPDATED: New Disneyland Luxury Hotel Disneyland has filed a proposal to build a new 700-room 4-diamond luxury hotel on its property adjoining Downtown Disney:   Mark Eades, you are THE BEST. Thank you! Also, I think they should call the rooftop restaurant The Florida Grill, just to make me laugh. Previously on Fab News... Today's Fab News is a little bit hairy. Or...

Star Wars expansion construction continues as summer heats up at Disneyland

Summer has arrived as temperatures rise and crowds hit Disneyland. Behind the scenes, heavy work continues on prepping the site for the upcoming 14-acre Star Wars expansion and rerouting the Rivers of America to accommodate that expansion's massive footprint. We get you up to speed today on the latest construction changes and more. This week also kicks off...

Mousetalgia Podcast 398: Disney Archivist Dave Smith, Disneyland Park Pack

Team Mousetalgia talks to Disney Legend Dave Smith, the founder of the Disney Archives, about his new book, "Disney Facts Revealed." We talk about Dave's career of answering Disney fans' questions about the studio, and he discusses the easiest and hardest questions he has answered about Disney; his background as the original archivist for the Disney Studio, and stories...

The Sweep Spot 184 Walt Disney World Trip Report

In this episode we have the latest in the Disneyland Resort Current Events, an interview with Ted from Disneyana to discuss the upcoming Disneyana Convention in July, and Ken returns back from Walt Disney World to tell us all about his trip. For show notes and our book Cleaning the Kingdom go to www.thesweepspot.com

When You Wish – The Musical Story of Walt Disney

We'd like to thank Luis Terrazas for sending us this review of "When you Wish - The Story of Walt Disney." The show was workshoped at UCLA in 2013 and has finally opened to the public in Arizona. Let's hear from Luis and see if this is a show we should all look forward to seeing for ourselves. ....