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  • August 20, 2014: The long awaited MiceChat Knott's Scary Farm event tickets are now available. And don't miss out on the upcoming MiceChat Invasion, coming to Orlando October 22nd through 29th (which includes a Walt Disney World Gumball Rally!).
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Samland: Thoughts on Starbucks on Main Street at Disneyland

October 03, 2013 at 1:00 am | 22 Comments

It seems that everybody has an opinion on the inclusion of a Starbucks on Main Street at Disneyland. I went to the park this week and was inspired to toss my two cents into the…

Posted in Features, Samland

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Van France – How a Disney Legend Changed a Life – Disneylander Jerry’s story

October 02, 2013 at 3:00 am | 12 Comments

October 2, 2013 marks the last day of Van France’s 100th year. Van was an icon – a genius in sharing Walt’s vision of training and hiring “The Disney Way.” There are countless impactful quotes by Walt…

Posted in Features

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DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.19 – 1954 Cars, Clubs and Concours

October 02, 2013 at 2:00 am | 6 Comments

Today’s Wheel of Years stopped at 1954, so here we go. Starting in 1951 I wrote and illustrated a few books with Dan Post, a close friend of Walt Disney’s zany animator Ward Kimball. Both were antique…

Posted in Bob Gurr, Features

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Disney News Round Up: Halloween, Events, and Fun

October 02, 2013 at 1:00 am | 1 Comment

Mickey’s Halloween Party has begun at Disneyland and there is plenty of coffee to be had on Main Street as Starbucks joins the ranks of Main Street U.S.A. establishments.  The MiceChat News Round covers the…

Communicore Weekly – Guest Assistance Card and Disability Access Service Card

October 01, 2013 at 12:00 pm | 5 Comments

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Guest Assistance Card and the new Disability Access Service Card! DISNEY DEBATE! – Leaving the usual shenanigans for an episode, Jeff and George discuss the…

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New Meet Minnie at Disney Hollywood Studios Delivers

October 01, 2013 at 3:00 am | 19 Comments

The newest addition to The Magic of Disney Animation – a Meet Minnie character interaction – is a success on every level. It certainly satisfies on the character interaction level, but what really caught my…

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Universal Orlando Update – Diagon Alley Details and the Simpson Couch Gag

October 01, 2013 at 1:00 am | 35 Comments

Construction is happening at a fever pitch at Universal Orlando where we find something new in Jurassic Park and Springfield as well as updates on Harry Potter, Citywalk and the new family hotel being constructed…

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Mousetalgia: Halloween Time, Anaheim’s Halloween Parade

October 01, 2013 at 12:04 am | No Comments

Halloween Time has come to Disneyland, and Team Mousetalgia reports on the arrival of this popular villainous season. But first, we welcome Kevin Kidney back to the show to give some history of the upcoming…

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Tour of Busch Gardens Tampa Death Water Bayou, Howl-O-Scream

September 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm | 3 Comments

We have a mini Busch Gardens update for you today with a little treat from Howl-O-Scream. Let’s strap our columnist into he “Scream Cam” and see what happens! Howl-O-Scream “Scream Cam” My fellow MiceChat colleague…

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Starbucks opens on Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A. as Club 33 gets ready for expansion

September 30, 2013 at 5:05 am | 72 Comments

Disneyland‘s newly expanded Market House reopened on Main Street, U.S.A. last week, officially marking the controversial debut of Starbucks in Disneyland. The addition of the coffee giant brought significant changes to Main Street’s classic Market…

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Inside the Walt Disney World Empress Lilly

September 30, 2013 at 1:00 am | 3 Comments

I’ve heard the same story from so many people: “When my mom took pictures of us at Disney, she took pictures of us and not of the parks or restaurants!” Before the era of digital…

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Disneyland Paris Managers Reveal Official Name of New Ratatouille Ride

September 29, 2013 at 2:53 am | 8 Comments

Thanks to Alain Littaye of the Disney and more blog, we have some announcements from Disneyland Paris. Park management revealed plans for the Halloween and Christmas seasons plus they announced the official name of the…

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Disney Mountains by Jason Surrell

September 29, 2013 at 2:48 am | 3 Comments

Wearing your lederhosen? We’re going to do some Disney Mountain climbing this week! The Disney Mountains: Imagineering at Its Peak was published in September 2007 and has 128 pages. Jason Surrell might be a familiar name…

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Spanish Theme Park Port Aventura Part 2

September 28, 2013 at 3:00 am | 3 Comments

Today, Alain Littaye of the Disney and more blog finishes up our trip to Spain’s Port Aventura theme park. This European theme park has an American heritage and, according to Alain, the quality is quite…

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast – The Meet

September 28, 2013 at 1:18 am | 2 Comments

August 23rd 2013 marked the date of the very first Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast Meet. Lee, Tracey, Darren and Eric were joined by 20 or so listeners and friends to firstly take part in a…

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In The Parks: Starbucks on Main Street at Disneyland

September 27, 2013 at 3:00 am | 51 Comments

This Wednesday Starbucks finally opened on Main Street U.S.A. after years of rumors and speculation.  Many are happy with the change and many others are not. We’ll take you on a tour and let you…

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Dateline Disney World: Epcot Food and Wine Festival Starts Today

September 27, 2013 at 2:00 am | 5 Comments

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’re taking a look at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which starts today! We have almost 50 photos for you, so let’s go! If you’d…

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An Urban Legend about Walt Disney and Disney Theme Parks

September 26, 2013 at 11:38 pm | 11 Comments

In a few days, it will be October 1. It’s the biggest anniversary date at Walt Disney World. Back in the days when Walt Disney World bus drivers often provided their own commentary to passengers,…

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Dressing Up for Mickey: Disney Halloween Party Tips

September 26, 2013 at 3:00 am | 29 Comments

Fall in is full swing at the Disney Parks, and the Halloween parties are one of the most fun events of the season!  While guests can show up sans costume, I think part of the…

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J.B. Kaufman and Russell Merritt – Pinocchio Part 1

September 26, 2013 at 2:00 am | No Comments

A WindowtotheMagic Podcast introduction for MiceChat MicePod Listeners: Part 3 – Conversations & Interviews: J.B. Kaufman and Russell Merritt – Pinocchio Part 1 On this show, we introduce you to our Disney luminary conversation/interview shows,…