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Mousetalgia Podcast 389: Silicon Valley Comic Con

This week, Team Mousetalgia takes you with us to the recently-held Silicon Valley Comic Con, with a focus on the Disney-related aspects of this new pop culture convention including a conversation about the showroom, Stan Lee and his Marvel-ous contributions to the current Disney media empire, and a presence we haven't felt since... well, since the last time we...

The Desert Jewel – Joshua Tree National Park

It's the slow time of year for the parks here by The Bay, with the promise of new things helping the slog through winter (ignoring the fact that mid-February temperatures plunged into the low 80s). Six Flags Discovery Kingdom has joined the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk with year round operations, at least on the weekends; it's difficult not to...

LudoBird Opens at Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk

World renowned Chef Ludo Lefebvre brings his famous buttermilk Provençal Fried Chicken-inspired menu to Universal CityWalk™ with the debut of LudoBird™, serving up a vibrant and flavorful take on the American classic fried chicken sandwich. CityWalk’s new establishment, LudoBird, which originated from Chef Lefebvre’s food truck concept called LudoTruck™, invites Universal Hollywood guests to dine alfresco on his tantalizing menu of fried chicken, signature sauces...

MiceAge Update: Star Wars Land Galactic Cash Crunch

Al Lutz returns today with a very special MiceAge Star Wars Update which fills us in on the latest news and rumors about a land so big that it doesn't really need many attractions. But it does need more money, lot and lots more money. As Star Wars land™ reshapes the happiest place on earth, the public’s focus on it...

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival 2016 Guide

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival is back! If there were anywhere tailor-made to have a food and wine festival, it's Disney California Adventure, with it's Wine Country area and fabulous eateries like Wine Country Trattoria and Carthay Circle. But the Fest isn't just Food and Wine - it's beer too. And Lifestyle, which encompasses things like art,...

Yesterland: Original Ghost Town Gold Mine at Knott’s Berry Farm

Here at Yester Knott’s Berry Farm, there’s a gold mine in the gully next to the only active volcano in Southern California. You can pan for real gold and take home the results of your efforts. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Original Ghost Town Gold Mine   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Shop Til You Drop: Disney-style!

One of the top questions I hear from Disney guests is how much to budget for souvenirs. Shopping can be a big part of your Disney vacation, so here are a few tips to make your perusing and purchasing productive! Gift Shops There are an abundant amount of gift shops around Walt Disney World and Disneyland. From the hotels to the...

Fab News: Aeronautics, Machinations, Expositions and Masterpieces.

Does it seem like everything is coming up Star Wars these days? It's the movie that ate the universe and I've got some fun new Star Wars news for you today. We've also got news on the upcoming D23 Expo. ANA's BB-8 Jet Makes Inagural Flight Last September, ANA launched its gorgeous R2D2 Airliner, the first of three to salute Star...

Disney News Round Up: Budget Cuts, Wizards, and Trip Reports

MiceChat Round Up April will be the beginning of an interesting time period at the Disneyland resort. If you missed the latest MiceAge Update, we learned that due to Shanghai Disneyland's much talked about delays and cost overruns, all other Disney owned parks will be making very noticeable budget cuts to help cover the costs.With Food and Wine festival starting...

MiceAge Disneyland Update: Shanghai Surprise

Disney’s third fiscal quarter begins next week, and it’s about to wreak major changes on the operation of the Disneyland Resort. In this update we’ll fill you in on why Shanghai Disneyland is driving huge cutbacks here in the states, and how it will affect your visit this spring and possibly this summer as well. Shanghai Disneyland is opening in...

Disneyland Update – Food, Wine and Imperial Walkers

The weather in Anaheim is absolutely beautiful right now, spring flowers are in full bloom and big things are on their way to the little park in Anaheim that Walt Disney built for his daughters. Andy Castro wasn't able to get a Dateline Disneyland together for you today, so I jumped at the chance to visit my happy place...

Mousetalgia Podcast 388: Disneyland with a toddler; Canemaker on Wong and Bambi

This week, Team Mousetalgia discusses Bambi, one of Time Magazine's "Top 25 Horror Films," and we look at the life of Disney Legend Tyrus Wong. Join us and learn about the animation for the film, take a brief look at the production of Bambi, and listen to our talk with Academy Award-winning animator and historian John Canemaker about Wong....

Silicon Valley Comic Con

He brought us the personal computer. He brought us the US Festival. And now Steve Wozniak has brought us Silicon Valley Comic Con. Held the weekend of March 18-20 in San Jose's Convention Center, the event featured panels, celebrity guests, and of course the ever dangerous vendor room. Your humble narrator met Mrs Narrator at a Doctor Who convention,...

The Sweep Spot #179 Date Nite and Dixieland Night at Disneyland

In this episode we take a look at two promotions Disneyland had in the late 50's. The promos were designed to get younger guests to stay in the park longer. It was very fun to talk about these and the great areas that were created to host these events in Disneyland. For more listen to the show, and get our...

You’ve Got To Be Kidding: Two Policemen Walk into a Bar

Welcome to another edition of You've Got To Be Kidding. This column is parody. Allow yourself a chuckle or two. We often hear the debate. Which is better – Disney animation or live action movies? Recently, while sitting in a little, hole-in-the-wall, adult beverage establishment, I overheard a very bizarre spin on the debate. Two police officers with extremely different...

Universal Studios Hollywood Prepped for Potter

We have magical things for you today.  It's been a while since we have had a chance to cover Universal Studios Hollywood and suddenly there is a ton of news to share.  Major changes are happening in the park on a daily basis, leaving us scurrying around the park to get pictures for you.  Let's begin at the front...

Yesterland: Magic Kingdom 1996 & 2016 Part 3: Main Street & Adventureland

Welcome to the conclusion of this series. This time, Yesterland starts at the park entrance and heads to Adventureland, revisiting the same spots where Chris Bales took photos in 1996. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Magic Kingdom 1996 & 2016, Part 3   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Fab News: The Secrets of Star Wars and of Shelly

New Teaser for Secrets of The Force Awakens: Deleted Scenes: Kylo Ren visits the Milennium Falcon, Maz Kanata uses The Force (she says she's not a Jedi, but she never said she wasn't Force-sensitive!) and more in this brief teaser: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7O10G5MMoZk] Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in Digital HD April 1st and Blu-ray & DVD April 5th. Breaking: Disney Studios and Marvel Studios Say...

Star Wars Day at Sea Set to Return to Disney Cruise Line in 2017

The inaugural 2016 schedule of eight Star Wars Day at Sea theme cruises continues to set sail through April onboard the Disney Fantasy, but that hasn't stopped the Disney Cruise Line from extending the program into 2017. In fact, next year Star Wars will be showcased on nearly twice as many sailings – 15 in total – newly alternating...

Dateline Universal Orlando: Big Islands of Adventure Photo Update

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Universal! This week, we're focusing in on Islands of Adventure and all the exciting happenings at the park. Skull Island: Reign of Kong       That does it for this week. Are you excited for the Toothsome Chocolate Factory? Ready to ride Reign of Kong? Let us know in the comments below! Thanks for reading! If you appreciate what...