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This Animatronic Life – GHP’s Been Working on the Railroad

Howdy everyone, and welcome aboard the GHP Scenic Railway, a short-runs-on-time-(almost)-all-the-time-fair-weather-route-railroad of a column.  I’ve been thinking a lot about railroads and trains lately, and how my company (Garner Holt Productions, Inc.) has been part of a number of them in some very unusual locations, from theme parks to private estates, and more.  ALL ABOARD! Our hero Walt Disney once...

Disney News Roundup: Red, White and More

Welcome to the MiceChat News Roundup! Hopefully your Holiday weekend was filled with Fun, Food and Fireworks! Are you ready for the D23 Expo coming up July 14th thru 16th? We have all the details, insider information and tips for you. Plan to stop by the MiceChat booth (712-718) in the Collectors Forum and say Hello! We have a great Roundup...

AT-ATs Arrive at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we are heading to Hollywood Studios, where Star Wars Land construction has taken off. That's it for this week! Are you excited for the progress on both Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading! If you appreciate what we do here...

Disneyland Photo Update – Red, White and Boom

Independence Day is upon us and that calls for fireworks, concerts and plenty of red, white and blue. However, don't expect quite the same amount of entertainment as in years past. Disneyland Resort has scaled back their patriotic offerings for 2017. While Disneyland will be offering their "Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky" at 9:30pm...

See Mary Poppins July 23rd With Your MicePals

Musical Theatre West (MTW) is partnering with the Dick Van Dyke Foundation to raise funds to support the next generation of performing artists.  Purchase supercalifragilisticexpialidocious tickets to MTW's July 23, 6pm performance of "Mary Poppins" and receive a special discount - only $40 for Section B and C tickets (a $50-$65 value).  And for every ticket purchased, Musical Theatre West will donate $10...

Mousetalgia Podcast 454: Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline on the Expo, Gurr on Ryman’s map

This week, Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline talks to Mousetalgia about the upcoming D23 Expo and gives us a sneak preview of the Pirates-themed Walt Disney Archives exhibit, and some behind-the-scenes information about the Archives programming and the Archives stage. Cline also shares some last-minute pro tips for attending the Expo. Then, Jeff takes us along on his...

Exclusive Interview – What to Expect at D23 Expo 2017

I recently sat down with Jeffrey Epstein, Director of Corporate Communications at Disney, to discuss the upcoming D23 Expo in Anaheim scheduled for July 14th through 16th. The biennial Disney fan event has become a phenomenon since it made its debut in 2009. It's so huge and offers such a wide variety of options that we thought you might all...

Tim Grassey – Editorial -Should Disney Have an Edge?

The most iconic scene in Pirates of the Caribbean will change next year and fans aren’t happy (Please see the MiceChat news from Thursday HERE). Since 1967, the famed Auctioneer has given the pirates' an opportunity to “Take a wench for a bride.” For five decades, pirates demeaned an overweight maiden in hopes that one day the Auctioneer would...

Star Wars News

Sigh. I miss Darth Daver. I know I can't fill his big, black boots, but it's Friday, so here's some news about Star Wars Stuff: BFI/LucasFilm Video Gives a Peek at Film Sets The British Film institute and LucasFilm have a wonderful joint effort going on that provides training and work for students in the UK, where filming for The Last...

Dateline Disney World – Photos and Rumors from Epcot

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we're doing a loop through Epcot, as there are many rumors floating around the internet in regards to the future of the this park, and potential announcements at the D23 Expo in July. Let's go! (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "micechat-20"; amzn_assoc_search_bar_position = "bottom"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode...

Yesterland: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Coming in 2004

It’s February 8, 2002 at Disney’s California Adventure theme park. The park had its grand opening exactly one year ago. It’s not a secret that the new park has not met its business expectations. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Coming in 2004 When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Breaking News – Final Auction Coming Soon to Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom

In what is surely a sign of the times, Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland, Magic Kingdom and Disneyland Paris will all soon remove the "Auction" scene where pirates can buy a bride. The scene is iconic for its sultry redhead, voluptuous "Show us your larboard side" bride, and the spectacularly mobile and well dressed Auctioneer himself. The scene also...

Kevin Yee – Hail to the Chief?

This week Disney released a message reaffirming that the Hall of Presidents (MK) would reopen *with* a speaking role for President Trump, as has been the attraction's tradition since 1993. The re-opening is said to take place in late 2017 (so don't look for it on the Fourth of July). Given the polarizing role this particular president plays, one...

Disney News Roundup: MaxPass, Fantasmic and the Rumor Mill

Welcome to the MiceChat News Roundup! With Summer officially underway, theme parks worldwide are geared up for big crowds hungering for their new rides, shows and attractions. Here at MiceChat, we are excited about the upcoming D23 Expo, where we'll have a booth again this year. Please stop by to see our celebrity guests and to enter for your chance...

Knott’s Berry Farm: Ghost Town Alive and Circus of Wonders

Howdy Partner, welcome to Calico. Ghost Town has come alive again this summer, as cowboys and townsfolk add a rich tapestry of story development to the heart of Knott's Berry Farm. We also stop by the new Circus of Wonders, which lives up to its name . . .   Ghost Town Alive Knott's is hosting Ghost Town Alive for the second...

MiceAge Disneyland Rumor Update – To The Max . . . Pass

Summer has arrived at the Disneyland Resort and the out of town tourists are arriving in droves again. In this update we’ll fill you in on what the summer holds, and more importantly what TDA has planned for the fall season when new projects kick off and new concepts roll out. DCA SUMMER BREAKDOWN For the past month the Disneyland Resort...

Disneyland Photo Update – Railroad & Fastpass Testing

There's a lot to show you as summer officially kicks off! To get started, just pull out that little paper card you received earlier and wave it in front of the lighted box...yes! Your new scanners await! Disney has begun using new FastPass scanners at Disneyland. We saw them being used at Mission:Breakout last week, and now they're lighting...

The Sweep Spot #212 Retired Disneyland Band Drummer Joe Shaw

In this episode we are very excited to have had the chance to talk with retired Disneyland Band drummer Joe Shaw. Joe started playing drums at Disneyland in June of 1973, and Retired in 2013. He has played in different places throughout Disneyland from the Golden Horseshoe, New Orleans Square, Plaza Gardens, Tomorrowland, the Mark Twain, and Main Street...

Adventures by Disney Guide, No Recharging Necessary!

There are lots of places in this world I'd like to go, but I can't necessarily afford. But Disney sure does make it sound tempting to me. But it never hurts to be informed, right? So I got this free guide to Adventures By Disney, which provides the vacations families (and I) have been dreaming about. Vacations to Europe...

Yesterland: “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” Movie Set Adventure

Do you enjoy being miniaturized by theme park attractions? Toy Story Midway Mania shrinks you to the size of a toy. Honey, I Shrunk the Audience shrinks your entire theater to the size of a shoe box. And Adventure Thru Inner Space initially shrinks you to the size of a snowflake, but eventually makes you smaller than an atom. Read the...