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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #129 – News and Tchoup Chop On Location

On this episode of the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast.we begin with a Butterbeer preference from Listener Travis Terrell. We then head to the news, which includes the announcement of the last two Mardi Gras acts, Harbor Nights Romantico, the Blues Brother show at Universal Studios Hollywood being discontinued and the recent publication of the Injury report at the theme parks. We...

Construction is Universal: Harry Potter, Springfield, Fast and Furious

Change is coming at a rapid pace for Universal Studios Hollywood, the entertainment capital of Los Angeles. The park is in the middle of unprecedented growth and expansion that has not been seen by a theme park since DCA's make over. It's a drag to have to walk around a maze of construction walls, but the end result is...

Disneyland Long Ago, Not-So-Long Ago, and Now: Adventureland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland

Back in 2009, Yesterland ran a series of “Disneyland Then and Now” articles comparing Disneyland photos from the 1950s to similar photos in 2009. This month, Werner Weiss went back to the same locations to take another look. Here is the second in this series.   Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Disneyland Long Ago, Not-So-Long Ago, and Now: Adventureland, Fantasyland, and...

Samland: Disneyland Parking

Parking. It seems that parking has always been an issue at Disneyland and having an adequate supply has been critical to the success of the park. Now, once again, parking has become an issue. Some say that the recent changes in the annual passholder prices and parking policies is one way Disney is battling a losing battle with its...

Disney Cruise Line Frozen Port Adventures in Norway

As previously announced, the Disney Cruise Line will be deploying the Disney Magic to the land of all things Frozen in Norway and Iceland this summer from June to August 2015. Disney has now detailed what its Port Adventures – including a very special one with Queen Elsa, Princess Anna and Kristoff along for the ride – will look and...

Podcast Double Feature – The Wakefield Report Episode 60 and E Ticket Report Episode 13

I am very pleased to announce the return of the Wakefield Report! Each week I will run down the top 9 news stories in theme park news from across the country. Known as the 9 News Nuggets You Need to Know (clearly stolen from KFI640 AM), these are news stories from MiceChat and around the internet. Feel free to...

Flower and Garden Festival Coming Soon to Epcot as Prices Rise

On this week's Dateline Disneyland we're taking a look at the installation of the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. It's a very pretty time of the year for this park and we have lots of photos to share. The one sour note in our update is that prices went up again this past weekend at WDW. A one day...

Disney News Round Up: Prices go up up up

It is that time of the week again for the MiceChat Round up. Big news this week for both Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts as once again prices have increased across the board. Discussions have been heated discussing if this good, bad or just normal practice. How do you all feel about these changes? We also have a...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #128 – Sam Gennawey: Universal Vs Disney

Welcome  to another Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast, on this show we invite writer and Micechat contibutor Sam Gennawey to discuss his latest book - Universal Versus Disney : The Unofficial Guide to Theme Parks Greatest Rivalry. The competition between the Disney parks and the Universal parks is hotter than ever right now, but where did it all begin? We delve...

Disney raises ticket prices again as California Adventure celebrates Lunar New Year

Disneyland just got pricer! Disneyland quietly raised theme park admission prices across the board on Sunday, just nine months after the last price increase. The price hikes continue the Resort's aggressive pricing strategy, which has seen a nearly 87% increase in one-day, one-park theme park tickets over the last decade. Annual Passport prices also went up, with...

Mickey Mouse In The Band Concert Celebrates 80 Years

In honor of the 80th anniversary of Mickey Mouse in "The Band Concert," MiceChat contributor Andi Stein brings us the history behind the beloved film. Many Disney fans are familiar with the image of Mickey Mouse dressed in a red jacket with gold trim and shiny brass buttons, sporting a baton and leading a ragtag group of musicians. But, how...

Mousetalgia Podcast 331: Star Wars Costumes, Disneyland Auction part 2

Mousetalgia investigates the ways of the force this week as Kristen goes to the recently opened "Star Wars and the Power of Costume" exhibit which premiered in Seattle's EMP Museum, and shares her opinions of the new nine-part exhibition of costumes from all six Star Wars films. Covering everything from Darth Vader's armor to Princess Leia's slave outfit, the...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #127 – News and Men In Black V’s Toy Story

Welcome to another episode of the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast.  On this show we begin with a Butterbeer preference from listener Darren Brown, followed by the latest news. We'll discuss Twister Team Members's being told their contracts will run for an extended time, Universals policy on objects being taken on to coasters and the Mardi Gras 2015 concert line...

Disney Infinity 2.0 Rocks

Comic book, video game and movie fans are converging on Disney Infinity 2.0. The new version of the popular gaming platform was created to introduce the Marvel Universe to audiences. This attempt to adapt the Marvel franchises to the game screen is not focused on a movie tie-in. Giving audiences a reason to celebrate. The previous movie tie-ins were...

South Korea: Incheon Airport Tours

Here's part two of our beautiful photo tour of Seoul, South Korea thanks to Toby Johnson. If you recall, Toby took several of the courtesy tours that are offered out of the Incheon Airport while on a layover flying home from Hong Kong. You can view part one of Toby's report right . --Rick We next travel on foot to...

Six Flags Magic Mountain Twisted Colossus Construction Update

We come to you this week from the coaster capital of the world, Six Flags Magic Mountain.  Twisted Colossus is currently under construction and we have an exciting tease of what's to come. The floorless coaster, Scream, is also enjoying a full refurbishment and repainting.  We will also take a look at the progress on the new Steampunk District...

Disney Avenue Podcast – Show #11 – Dave Smith Interview

The Disney Avenue Podcast is back with another fantastic interview with a Disney Legend. This time around we've got Walt Disney Archives founder and former chief archivist David Smith! Dusty Sage teams up with host Keith Michael Mahne for another amazing show. It was a wonderful conversation and a whole lot of fun! Walt Disney Archives founder and former chief...

Yesterland: Magic Window on Cinderella Castle

The most prominent jewel on the castle is an enormous golden frame above the front arch. With its tall oval shape and art nouveau details, the Magic Window is reminiscent of the Evil Queen’s Magic Mirror from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs—but that’s a different story, and there’s no menacing face here.  Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Magic Window...

Dateline Disney World – New Hub Nears Completion at the Magic Kingdom

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, there are lots of things happening at the Magic Kingdom, and we have lots of pictures to share with you. The massive central hub project is really starting to come together. We'll show you how it's all shaping up.   That's going to do it for this week's column. Do you all...

Garner Holt Productions – Opening Our Doors for a Worthy Cause

Howdy! To everyone who was in the audience for the “This Animatronic Life” panel at MiceChat’s 10th Anniversary Weekend, thank you! The response we got—my creative director, Bill Butler, project management lead Tracy Cathey, technical director Vic Martin, and animation programmer Davy Feiten, and myself—was very enthusiastic. We had a lot of fun sharing stories from our careers, the...