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  • March 28, 2015: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD SPRINGFIELD NOW SOFT OPENED – The new Simpsons Springfield area began technical rehearsals (soft openings) yesterday. MiceChat was first in line to get our Lard Lad Donuts, Flamin' Moe, and Chicken Thumbs. Get the full report on the new Simpson's themed land HERE.
    • The MiceChat Gumball Rally is a race through Disneyland Resort to see who can ride the most attractions in a single day. It's the most fun you'll ever have in the parks. Don't delay, sign your team up today. Tickets are VERY limited.  GUMBALL RALLY TICKETS HERE
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Garner Holt Wins Thea Award For Lifetime Achievement

April 06, 2014 at 3:00 am | 23 Comments

And the Buzz Price Award For A Lifetime Of Distinguished Achievements goes to . . . Garner Holt!!! Yesterday was a milestone achievement for animatronics wizard and MiceChat columnist Garner Holt.  Theme park industry trade…

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The Sweep Spot Episode 126 – 1984

April 06, 2014 at 12:01 am | 6 Comments

This week we sweep back to Disneyland in the year 1984. Ken and Lynn discuss and take a tour of the park in that year. We discover some great attractions that are no longer there,…

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It’s A Small World at 50 – A History in Postcards

April 05, 2014 at 3:00 am | 4 Comments

It’s A Small World will celebrate its 50th anniversary on April 10, 2014. In honor of this auspicious occasion, here are some postcard images that have celebrated the attraction through the years. ~~Rick Note that…

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Blu-ray Review: The Pirate Fairy

April 05, 2014 at 2:00 am | 2 Comments

George: There are no limits to what Jeff and I will cover for our readers. Even if that means sitting through the latest Tinker Bell home video release. Yeah, we both received review copies of…

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The Haunted Mansion Show: Dead Men DO Tell Tales!

April 05, 2014 at 12:01 am | No Comments

Avast there, ye scurvy corpses! Ye come seekin’ adventure and haunted ol’ mansions, aye? Sure, ye come to the proper place. At the cursed manor house of Gracey, your cadaverous captain, the Ghost Host, will…

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Universal Studios Hollywood and the Harry Potter Project

April 04, 2014 at 3:00 am | 19 Comments

Universal Studios Hollywood is a flurry of activity as a new attraction opens and another is under major construction. Today, we stroll through SoCal’s busiest theme park construction project since DCA 2.0 and see all…

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Magic Kingdom Construction and Photos

April 04, 2014 at 2:00 am | 27 Comments

Hello, and welcome back to Dateline Disney World. We have lots construction updates and pretty Magic Kingdom pictures coming your way today.  Could the Mine Train open later this month? Take a look at the…

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #84 – Rip, Ride, Rockin’ It

April 04, 2014 at 12:01 am | No Comments

It’s time for another UUOP and on this show we take time off, from the usual theme park stuff,  to have a little fun. But, before that we bring you the latest news in the…

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Yellow Ponchos of Yester World

April 03, 2014 at 8:00 pm | 4 Comments

When it’s sunny at Yester World, guests are dressed in every imaginable color. But when it rains, the predominant color is yellow.   Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Yellow Ponchos of Yester World.   …

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10 Freebies at Walt Disney World

April 03, 2014 at 3:00 am | 23 Comments

We all know the Most Magical Place on Earth can leave a not-so-magical dent in your wallet. From resort rates to dining to souvenirs, it seems like we’re pulling out the plastic (or, now, the…

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The DCA Animation Building – A Soundtrack to Magic

April 03, 2014 at 12:01 am | 1 Comment

WTTM #414: 38 and Counting… The DCA Animation Building contains a wonderful lobby with HUGE images projected on the walls and accompanying those images is a sampling of some of the best movie music that Disney…

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Knott’s Timber Mountain Log Ride: Updating Bud’s Masterpiece – Part 1

April 02, 2014 at 4:00 am | 13 Comments

Greetings, and welcome to a new installment of This Animatronic Life…and you only had to wait a year to read it!  As you may be aware, my company, Garner Holt Productions, Inc. (GHP), has been…

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DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.28 – 1956 Disneyland Animals Before Animatronics

April 02, 2014 at 3:00 am | 18 Comments

Today’s Wheel of Years stopped at 1956, so here we go. In the years before Disneyland’s attractions were able to use Audio-Animatronic figures, both human and animal, animations were very rudimentary. A few still exist along the…

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The E Ticket Report Podcast: Episodes 1 and 2

April 02, 2014 at 1:00 am | 1 Comment

Welcome to the E-Ticket Report! Chris Wakefield has retired his popular Wakefield Report podcast  . . . but never fear, Chris has returned with two co-hosts, Tim Grassey and Derek Burgan! This new show is theme…

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MiceChat Disney News Round Up: Frozen forever!

April 02, 2014 at 12:01 am | 1 Comment

An earthquake hits the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World has raised parking prices, and potential changes coming to FastPass+. That’s just some of the news coming to you this week in The MiceChat Round Up…

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Disney with a Z!

April 01, 2014 at 3:00 am | 43 Comments

The Walt Disney Company celebrates the billion-dollar “Frozen” franchise with a new motion picture and several theme park attractions. Expanding upon the success of the newest princesses to join Disney’s Royal court, a series of…

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Cabana Bay Beach Resort Opens – Orlando’s Most Luxurious Value Resort

April 01, 2014 at 2:00 am | 54 Comments

On Monday March 31st Universal Orlando opened their newest hotel, the retro mid-century style Cabana Bay Beach Resort. MiceChat takes you for a tour of the new hotel. We then head off for a mini…

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Free Scavenger Hunt This Sunday in Epcot

April 01, 2014 at 1:00 am | 5 Comments

If you’ve followed my writing for a while, you know that I have written and hosted many scavenger hunts held inside Disney theme parks over the years. And the newest one is coming this Sunday,…

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Communicore Weekly – Sleeping Beauty Castle, Wally Boag, Cape May Cafe, Star Tours

April 01, 2014 at 12:01 am | 2 Comments

Direct Link  l   iTunes Link Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Sleeping Beauty Castle, Wally Boag, Cape May Cafe, and Star Tours! We both had a rough week and didn’t get…

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Disneyland Update: Mother Nature Shakes Things Up

March 31, 2014 at 3:00 am | 25 Comments

A lot can happen over a weekend.  Rides get refurbished, crowds amass, and earthquakes strike without warning.  Yes, today we bring you a Monday edition of In the Parks. Andy is taking the week off…

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