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Disney News Round Up: Castle Bling and Newsy Things

With everything Disney, things are always changing… This week’s MiceChat Round-up brings news about Bob Chapek, the new Parks & Resorts Chairman, as Tom Staggs moves up the ladder. We also have great news of the current “blinging” of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle for the 60th Anniversary! How would you feel about Marvel moving into Starcade? There are rumors a...

Infographic: Hatbox Ghost How-To

A certain long lost resident of the Haunted Mansion is rumored to soon be returning. The story of the Hatbox Ghost is the stuff of legend. While he really existed, the special effect of his head disappearing and reappearing in a hatbox never worked as well in the ride as it did at Imagineering, so the figure was removed...

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Brings The Party To Orlando

March in Florida means that a lot of the theme parks in Central Florida start hosting their annual spring events.  Over at the most magical place on earth, guests are sporting gardening gloves and sun visors for Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot, while over at the Universal Orlando Resort guests are getting ready for the biggest Mardi Gras...

Wakefield Report Podcast Episode 62 – Dolphins, Fire and Castaway Cay

We are back this week with more Theme Park News With an Attitude. As always, you can follow along on the Wakefield Report Facebook page! Here are your 9 News Nuggets You Need to Know for this week. Story 1: The World's on Fire  There was a small fire that broke out near Disneyland's It's a Small World. The attraction suffered no damage...

Disneyland Resort Refurbs Amid Spring Blooms

Today, In the Parks steps in for Andy Castro and Dateline Disneyalnd.  It's business as usual at the Disneyland Resort.  Prices are up, rides are being refurbished, and the marketing team is mounting a summer season fueled by nostalgia and the re-invigoration of beloved classics.  We start our update on the florid streets of Main Street U.S.A. as spring...

Mousetalgia Podcast 334: You emailed, we reply

It's back to the Mousetalgia inbox! We read and respond to recent email, and topics include: favorite cast member costumes; favorite parades through Disneyland history; Disneyana collecting 101; Mousetalgia's dubious lyrical memory skills and questionable theme song; remembering the Empire's 501st; Fantasmic dining Fastpasses; the proper care and feeding of Disney antenna toppers; and the upcoming D23 Expo... what...

Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates 50 Years Of Tours With New Surprises

This summer Universal Studios Hollywood will be celebrating a major milestone for what is arguably one of the most famous attractions ever created. The world famous Studio Tour will mark 50 years of behind the scenes tours and movie making magic with an unprecedented expansion in scope and a brand new finale that will leave visitors thirsting for more....

The Sweep Spot # 149 Richard Ferrin President of The Disneyland Alumni Club

In this episode we welcome Richard Ferrin to the show. Richard was King Lion in the Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland, now a theme park designer and president of The Disneyland Alumni Club. The club puts on some great events often throughout the year, and a big one coming this August. The events are not only for Disneyland...

Walt Disney Family Museum Among Annie Award Winners

On January 31, the animation industry recognized its own with the annual Annie Awards. The event recognizes the best of the past year in the world of animation as well as animation curation and history. The beloved Walt Disney Family Museum won this year's Special Achievement award, presented by Richard Sherman, for "its unique and significant impact on the...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #130 – Universal Orlando Ride Retheming

Greeting Universal fans! We are back with another great episode for you. This show is a little different than our usual stuff, recently Hunter came up with the idea for a new segment, his premise was : if you could take one ride at Universal Orlando and retheme it to something else, what would you do with it. So, basically keeping...

Knotts Berry Farm Readies Boysenberry Festival

Knotts Berry Farm readies their annual spring Boysenberry Festival. Food, flowers and entertainment are on the way. Photos and news from the park.

Storybook Land and the “Class of ’55” at Yesterland

The Storybook Land Canal Boats at Disneyland opened June 18, 1956—which begs the question, why is this second-year attraction part of the “Class of ’55”?   Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Storybook Land and the “Class of ’55”   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Becoming an Imagineer: The Practical Side of an Artistic Career

What is contained in this article can apply to the pursuit of any job. For me, these were skills used for Imagineering. Many of you have continued to ask the question, “What are some of the practical steps to becoming a professional artist?” So in this article, and perhaps my next two or three, I’ll address this very subject. You can...

MiceAge Update: Bob Chapek Takes the Lead at Disney Parks and Resorts

We have a brief MiceAge update for you today about the new head of Disney's Parks and Resorts. The jury is still out on what this big change will mean for the parks. As Bob learns his new role, please be sure to share your advice for him in the comments below. Bob Chapek was named Tom Staggs replacement as...

Dateline Disney World – Flower and Garden Officially Open at Epcot

Epcot is positively bursting into bloom for Flower and Garden Festival. We'll show you all the colorful details. There are quite a few things that were added since the last time we were at the park. That's all we've got for this week! Looks like another nice year at the Flower and Garden Festival, my favorite time to visit this...

Disney News Round Up: Grizzly Peak Airfield Art released and more!

Spring has arrived in Southern California with beautiful weather in the parks. The MiceChat round-up brings you news and discussion of the new Smokejumper Grill and re-imagining of Condor Flats as the Grizzly Peak Airfield. Concept art has been released! Let us know what you think of the new look. We also have great reports of the famous Dapper...

Eye to Eye from the Goofy Movie by Donovan

We have something really fun for you today from the MiceTube. Our friend Taran Gray presents recording artist Donovan singing "Eye to Eye" from A Goofy Movie. This young man has a lot of talent and we expect him to go far. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzMn-oGeK8U] Don't miss out on your free song download HERE. If you'd like to find out a bit more...

Refurbishments continue as Disneyland prepares to close Innoventions

With work happening from Critter Country to Condor Flats, off-season refurbishments, construction and enhancements projects continue throughout the Disneyland Resort. In Disneyland, Disney has confirmed Innoventions will close at the end of March but remains silent on plans for the Tomorrowland attraction. Is the rumored Disneyland 60th Anniversary exhibit moving in? Meanwhile, work continues in Disney...

Mousetalgia Podcast 333: Newsies tour, Disneyland ’55, Disney auction

Mousetalgia carries the banner and reviews the current touring production of Newsies, which landed recently in San Francisco. We discuss the differences between the film and the touring production, and even some differences between the Broadway show and the current tour. Souvenirs, dancing, the music - we cover it all. Then, Dave and Becky review Disney on Ice: "Let's...

Shanghai Disneyland Construction Update

Our good friend Stefan Zwanzger of TheThemeParkGuy.com recently shared some photos of Shanghai Disneyland construction. They show a very large castle and a completely new design for Tomorrowland. The Castle What's that big thing looming in the distance? It's Disney's largest castle to date.   Roaring Rapids Much about Shanghai Disneyland is different from previous "Magic Kingdom" style parks. One original attraction is the...