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Fab News: Jay is Leaving, Summer is Coming

A whole bunch of MiceChatters, including our fearless leader Dusty Sage, are on board the Disney Wonder as he (yes, Italian ships are HE's, not SHE's!) makes his way to Alaska. Stay warm, have fun and say hi to my awesome pal Fitzroy. Dusty left MiceChat in the hands of intelligent and capable webmasters, which, fortunately for us all, means...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #139 – The Live Anniversary Show

This was our 4th anniversary show and was broadcast LIVE over at mixlr.com/uuopodcast on Monday the 13th of April. On this show we bring you the latest news which includes Mardi Gras, Metal detectors at Universal Orlando Resort, Fire Whisky, a suicide at Universal Studios Hollywood and an On Location from Universal Studios Singapore at the new Puss In Boots...

Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration in full swing as summer hits the resort

Disneyland's huge 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration launched over Memorial Day weekend and now the party is in full swing as the Resort enters the busy summer season. We take a look at even more of the 60th anniversary offerings today, from special sweets and snacks to Disneyland's lineup of high-end art and collectibles available for the occasion. ...

The Sweep Spot # 154 Tour Disneyland in 1975

The Sweep Spot is two former Disneyland custodial cast members talking Disneyland history, and more. In this episode we take a look at Disneyland in the year 1975. It was an interesting year for Disneyland because there was a big celebration on the horizon, and some that had passed. Join us for this journey, plus the latest in the...

You’ve Got to be Kidding: An Important Announcement from the National Organization of Amusement Park Scouts

"You've Got To Be Kidding" is parody. Allow yourself the opportunity to have a little fun . . . For almost 75 years the National Organization of Amusement Park Scouts has allowed children of all ages (from one to one hundred) to explore the wonderful world of amusement parks.  An integral part of amusement park scouting is the achievement of...

The Haunted Mansion Show: Melancholy Melodies

Among many other pleasures at Gracey Manor like reading, art, and elegance, one might say that music is one of the key delights. Several instruments are scattered throughout various areas of the house including trumpets, tambourines, harps, bagpipes, a piano, among others. But the most important instrument in all of the Haunted Mansion (or any melancholy haunted house, for that...

In The Parks: The 60th Has Arrived at the Disneyland Resort

It's a gigantic Disneyland Resort photo update today for you.  With the 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration now fully underway we can see, mostly, the special treats that were created or held for the occasion.  In this update we recap all of the new offerings that include the sparkly Sleeping Beauty Castle, the new Paint the Night Parade, Disneyland Forever fireworks...

Fab News: Universal’s New Volcano Bay “Theme” Park

Aloha! I know I usually only serve up the news on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but I've got some big theme park news for you that just can't wait. Volcano Bay Universal has just announced their Volcano Bay water park. They're calling it a third theme park. Is it really going to be up there with Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure?...

Busch Gardens Tampa Announces Cobra’s Curse

Busch Gardens Tampa is putting a new spin on family thrills. This week, the park announced their newest coaster, Cobra’s Curse, which will be a new take on the spinning coaster genre. The new ride will be in the Egypt section of the park and has an archeological excavation theme. Once riders reach the top of the 70-foot elevator lift,...

Yesterland: Alpine Gardens

Welcome to Alpine Gardens, a quiet corner of Yesterland. According to your park guide booklet, the name of the souvenir stand here is Souvenir Stand, offering “a large selection of Disneyland mementos.”   Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Alpine Gardens   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Fab News – More Sanderson Sisters and Star Wars

Wow! It's been a really busy week! And a short one, too. Don't worry, it's almost over. Here's some news to help get you through to the weekend: Holidays with the Sanderson Sisters Yesterday, Walt Disney World announced that the spooky, silly Sanderson Sisters from the hit film Hocus Pocus would be the stars of all all-new show at Mickey's Not-So-Scary-Halloween-Party...

Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Merlot – Alfresco Tasting Terrace at Disney California Adventure

On a wonderfully quiet Tuesday at the Disneyland Resort, a good friend and I decided to enjoy our day off from work and venture into the parks. Being not only a weekday, but also the end of the bustling holiday season, both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure quite deserted (compared to most Southern Californian days), and to our liking. Knowing...

Harambe Market Opens at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and 24 Hours at the Magic Kingdom

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we're taking a quick look at the 24 hour day at the Magic Kingdom and also the opening of the new Harambe Market at Disney's Animal Kingdom. First, let's take a look at a beautifully uncrowded Magic Kingdom during a 24 hour day. Nothing quite like a sunrise at the Magic...

This Isn’t What it Looks Like. Honest!

Disneyland Resort  A Celebration of New Magic and Fond Memories Despite having a small Diamond Celebration sticker on its cover, Disneyland Resort A Celebration of New Magic and Fond Memories has nothing to do with Disneyland's 60th Anniversary. Also, despite it being by two of the most genius Disney historians on earth, it is not by any means a history of...

Disney News Round Up – 24 Hours is Forever

It's Round Up time again folks. And my how things have changed in one short week. Three new spectaculars have opened at the Dineyland Resort. And Disney isn't the only one with new attractions; Six Flags Magic Mountain has just opened perhaps the most anticipated new ride of the year, Twisted Colossus. Of course, we've got news and reviews...

Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration dazzles with new decor, entertainment, and attraction enhancements

Today we finish up our two-part update on Disneyland's big 60th Anniversary celebration kick-off by taking a look at the new daytime entertainment, attraction enhancements and special 60th anniversary decorations in both parks. From fierce new enhancements at the Matterhorn Bobsleds to new tunes from Five and Dime and a new Disney Gallery exhibit, we've got all of the...

Fab News – Everything Disney is Bigger in China

Is everybody recovered from last weekend's mayhem? Good! Today's news column has little to do with that. But it does have to do with some big Disney news, and we know you love that or you wouldn't be here. Everything's Bigger in China Remember when we chatted about how in Hong Kong bigger is "more," and in Mainland China bigger is...

Terri Hardin 60 YEARS OF MAGIC – Castle Plaque Project

Amazing artist, Terri Hardin-Jackson, is creating a new work of art just for you. The piece is inspired by 60 years of Disneyland and celebrates each decade of your favorite park.  Terri is making the piece available for pre-order today.  Link at the bottom of this article. THE RESULTS ARE IN AND THE PRE –SALE STARTS TODAY. A few weeks ago,...

Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration kicks off with a bumpy 24-hour party

Disneyland launched its big 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration over the weekend with a big 24-hour party that included the public debuts of three new nighttime shows. The popularity of the 24 hour party combined with the demand for the new shows forced Disneyland to close to new admissions early in the afternoon, which later proved to be a...

A Pretty Fab (No, Really) 24 Hours

The Fabulous Disney Babe returns from her first 24 hour Disneyland party with a trip report and some personal opinions. Take a look and let us know your own experience. It was my first time doing the 24-hour thing at a Disney Park. Okay, I’m being all technical here. In 1985, my friend Kim Alziebler and I did 30 hours...