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SeaWorld Lights Up Summer Nights

June 24, 2014 at 7:07 am | 2 Comments

It is Summer time, which means it is that time of year when SeaWorld kicks off it’s Summer Night offerings, and this year as part of the Sea of Surprises, celebrating 50 years of SeaWorld…

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Summer projects continue at Disneyland

June 23, 2014 at 5:05 am | 38 Comments

Disneyland made headlines Sunday evening after a small fire broke out backstage. Luckily, the blaze was quickly put out by the local fire department and the park operations continued uninterrupted. Meanwhile, projects continue around the…

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Mousetalgia Episode 296: A trip to Pixar, Disneyland price hikes

June 23, 2014 at 2:00 am | No Comments

Kristen reports on an “Incredible” visit to Pixar in Emeryville! But first, we discuss the cost of a day at Disneyland – do the recent price hikes change people’s philosophies about visiting the parks, and…

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Ratatouille Attraction Soft Opens and First Ride Videos

June 22, 2014 at 3:00 am | 71 Comments

Things are moving quickly since we first posted this report on Sunday morning. Disneyland Paris Resort management staged a press opening for the new Ratatouille attraction in the Walt Disney Studios park on Sunday morning.…

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #96 – Lora Wallace

June 22, 2014 at 1:04 am | No Comments

Welcome to a special Episode of the show. On today’s show we bring you the latest news from the Universal parks, including the Official Opening date for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon…

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The Haunted Mansion Show: Creepy Creations

June 21, 2014 at 2:00 am | No Comments

There is no doubt that The Haunted Mansion has brought inspiration to the minds of many a fan. For several years since the house opened its creaky doors to the public, dozens upon dozens of…

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Preview, Part 3: The Review

June 20, 2014 at 4:00 am | 145 Comments

On July 8th, muggles will get to experience the Wizarding World of Harry Pottter – Diagon Alley at the Universal Orlando Resort. Those who make the trip are in for an astounding treat!  For the…

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Disneyland Resort Gets Patriotic, Wet and Wild

June 20, 2014 at 3:00 am | 13 Comments

We’d like to offer a sincere thank you to Andy Castro who kept MiceChat running while Dusty, Monorail Man and myself were in Europe for the past two weeks. Andy’s work was outstanding and he…

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An Urban Legend: Swan and Dolphin Reversed?

June 19, 2014 at 9:17 pm | 10 Comments

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotels are known for their iconic sculptures. According to legend, the 47-foot-tall swan sculptures and 55-foot-tall dolphin sculptures were installed on the wrong hotel buildings—and the paint schemes…

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Preview, Part 2: Red Carpet Event

June 19, 2014 at 4:25 am | 90 Comments

After a crazy kick off day, Universal, hit the gas, and wasted no time, getting everyone up to speed on the incredible changes they have made to the resort since the first phase of the…

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Planning to Visit Disneyland?

June 19, 2014 at 3:00 am | 7 Comments

The California Chapter of the American Planning Association is coming to the Disneyland Hotel for their annual conference in September. I penned this article with them in mind. But I think you hard core Disneyland…

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A Conversation with Mark Hamill

June 19, 2014 at 12:01 am | 1 Comment

This week, we get the chance to speak with Star Wars Royalty, Mark Hamill.  Talk about magic.  This guy has some wonderful stories to share and you can only hear them here on Window to…

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Preview, Part 1: CityWalk Kickoff

June 18, 2014 at 1:31 am | 67 Comments

Universal has kicked off their week of previewing Diagon Alley by pulling out all of the stops.  With the Tonight Show and the Today Show filming live at Universal Orlando, they are making sure that…

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Tomorrowland refurbishments and Hub construction continues at the Magic Kingdom

June 18, 2014 at 1:00 am | 13 Comments

Welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’re taking a look at the Magic Kingdom a few weeks removed from the opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. New Fantasyland may now be finished but…

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Disney News Round Up: Harry Potter and the Mine Train!

June 18, 2014 at 12:45 am | No Comments

It’s an incredible summer for theme park fans! Knott’s Berry Farm has unveiled their newly restored and re-imagined Calico Mine Ride, transforming the aging classic into a modern day marvel. Over at Disneyland, Frozen fans…

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Dedicated to DLP 38: Ratatouille & Disney Characters Special

June 18, 2014 at 12:30 am | No Comments

The brand new official Disneyland Paris press release about Ratatouille: The Adventure kicks things off, as we discuss what was said, or not, and then cover Bistrot Chez Remy and what food is on offer.…

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Universal Orlando Update – Kicking Off Wizarding World of Harry Potter Preview Week

June 17, 2014 at 1:45 am | 24 Comments

It seems like just yesterday that we here at MiceChat were covering the closure of JAWS at the Universal Orlando Resort.  And just a few years later, we are getting ready to experience part 2…

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New Frozen pre-parade leads the way as Club 33 expansion continues at Disneyland

June 16, 2014 at 5:42 am | 47 Comments

Disneyland debuted its new Frozen-themed pre-parade Friday afternoon. The one-float offering features Princess Anna, Olaf and Queen Elsa on an icy, snow-covered parade float but Frozen fans might want to lower their expectations before heading…

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Mousetalgia Episode 295: Lasseter winery party, Disneyland, Anaheim Packing District

June 16, 2014 at 12:30 am | No Comments

This week, Dave and Becky report on the New Orleans-themed Lasseter Family Winery Spring Release party where they tasted new wine from the barrel, enjoyed food, fun and friends, and had a close encounter with…

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California’s Great America Struggles Against Mediocrity, Part Two

June 15, 2014 at 12:30 am | 19 Comments

Marc Ricketts continues his visit to California’s Great America. You can read part one [HERE]. ~~Rick California’s Great America by Marc Ricketts Water and boats are a necessary component of every park. Behind that splash…