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A Journey Down Candy Cane Lane at the Disneyland Resort

Season’s Greetings! The festive merriment and cheer encompasses the Disneyland Resort in all its usual glory once again. “Snow” and lights cascade down the majestic and iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle, colored bulbs encapsulate the “it’s a small world” attraction, the towering Christmas tree, in all its splendid décor, greets all guests entering Main Street, U.S.A., and those seasonal treats...

Disney News Round Up: Jingle into a Frozen Night Party

Wedding trips to Disneyland, Candlelight Processionals, and gingerbread cookies are just some of the highlights in this weeks MiceChat Round up of Disney and theme park news and discussions. That is just the beginning though as we find that all is not perfect in the magic kingdom, even with a Club 33 membership.  We also kick around the idea...

Haunted Mansion History Mystery

Please join us in welcoming the amazing Sara Hofstein to MiceChat. Sara will be checking in from time to time as her busy schedule allows. Her inaugural article is a real life ghost busting mystery involving the Haunted Mansion. In Savannah, Georgia, the dead are just as important as the living. Graveyards and majestic homes named after their prominent former...

Disney Avenue Podcast – Show #9 – Christmas Special with Jim Korkis

The Disney Avenue Podcast returns with a wonderful Christmas Special that is sure to get you in the Holiday spirit. Disney historian and author Jim Korkis joins host Keith Michael Mahne for a wonderful interview on Walt Disney featuring some amazing and rarely heard Christmas stories from his life. Jim is the ultimate "go-to guy" on Walt Disney and we couldn't think of a better...

Fantasmic! Fastpass arrives at Disneyland as Frozen continues to move in

More than twenty years later and Disneyland's popular Fantasmic! nighttime water-and-light show has finally added a new Fastpass-based reservation system. The new Fantasmic! Fastpass eliminates the need to camp out hours before the show and streamlines the viewing experience similarly to Disney California Adventure's World of Color show. In addition to Fastpass, Fantasmic! fans can now enjoy a...

Mousetalgia Episode 321: Alice Davis on the ’64 World’s Fair

Disney and the World's Fair - Disney Legend Alice Davis talks to Mousetalgia about attending the 1964 World's Fair, and she shares some personal recollections of her time visiting the Fair with Walt Disney and her husband Marc Davis, one of Walt Disney's "Nine Old Men." We also discuss the Walt Disney Family Museum's second recent presentation of "Walt...

Ratatouille Shop Opens in Walt Disney Studios Paris

Good news. . . The new souvenir shop in the Ratatouille area of Disneyland Paris' Walt Disney Studios looks first class and the merchandise selection appears to be top notch. Here's Alain Littaye's latest DLP update. ~~Rick Disneyland Paris Update: Long Awaited Ratatouille Merchandise Shop Opens in Walt Disney Studios by Alain Littaye Disney and more blog We have a great...

Holiday Lights Sparkle at Gilroy Gardens

I was surprised to learn that the charming little park know as Gilroy Gardens is open during the winter season. Marc Ricketts reports on their holiday light show. ~~Rick Holiday Lights Bring a Sparkle to Gilroy Gardens by Marc Ricketts Theme park folk, even the self-described commandos among us, usually learn the importance of flexibility. This typically happens because of something...

The Sweep Spot Ep. 143 Disneyland Trip Report

In this episode Lynn talks about his most recent family vacation to Disneyland Resort. As someone who has been to Disneyland probably hundreds of times, and worked there for 12 years, Disneyland never gets old, and discovers something new every time he visits. As a former cast member visiting Disneyland you would think the magic may be ruined forever....

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #120 – The Top 10 CREEPY Things at Universal Orlando Resort

There are many Disney podcasts out there, that I'm sure many of you listen to, but there is one that is very different from all the rest and that is Creepy Kingdom. James over at Creepy Kindgom deals in talking about the creepy elements of the Disney rides and movies, he recently visited Universal Orlando Resort for the first time...

In The Parks – Disneyland Resort Launches Fantasmic FastPass, Announces Frozen Fun

The Disneyland Resort is about to experience an ice age unlike anything ever seen before.  That's right, Anna and Elsa are taking over the resort.  With activities and highlights mainly centered in Disney California Adventure, Frozen Fun will be highlighted by a "Family Dance Party", a new stage show, a new meet and greet, and a snow play land.  Want...

Yesterland: Dinosaur Jack’s Sunglass Shack

It’s a good idea to protect your eyes from the intense sunshine. So head over to Dinosaur Jack’s Sunglass Shack. Look for the smiling, 33-foot-tall, pink Apatosaurus with the yellow spots.   Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Dinosaur Jack’s Sunglass Shack   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Samland – Disney’s Burbank Adventure in the 80’s

For 12 years, Burbank had been looking for someone to build a regional shopping center on a significant piece of vacant property on Third and Magnolia, right in the heart of “Beautiful Downtown Burbank,” as comedian Johnny Carson used to say. At one point, Ernest W. Hahn Inc. had an agreement with the City to build a conventional $158...

Noe Valladolid – Marvel Series 5

Noe is back with part 5 of his epic look at Marvel and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. You can get caught up on parts One, Two, Three, and Four  before jumping into today's article. Warner Bros. owns the library of DC characters and has a pretty solid following on television. If recent seasons had shown a weakness with the comic...

Oceaneering: Creating the Ride Systems that Changed Theme Parks

In 2013, SeaWorld Orlando's Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin introduced a ride system that has changed everything we know about motion based entertainment.  The Revolution Ride System finally showed the world that there are no limitations to what a dark ride can do.  The slogan for the vehicle is "Infinite Possibilities," and early demonstrations solidify the bold statement. Of course,...

Peace on Earth Fireworks and Christmas Parade

This week, we're taking a look at the Peace on Earth holiday fireworks at Epcot and the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade that happens during the Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom.   Well, that's it for us this week! Do you love Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Parade? What are your thoughts on the changes to Holiday Illuminations...

Bob’s True-Life Adventures – No.18 WONDER-Full Christmas

Where to go for the Holidays? Take a cruise with me on the Disney Wonder. This time of year the Wonder is…well, WONDER-Full as she's all decked out in her Christmas finery and filled with Disney characters all in special holiday dress. Of course, all the music and entertainment is created just for the season, even though she's in...

Disney News Round Up: Candy Canes Everywhere!

What has two sticks for arms, a carrot for a nose, and coal for eyes? The MiceChat Round up of course!  Olaf the snowman will begin meet and greets at Disney California Adventure and Samland looks back at the Peoplemover to start things off.  But that is just the beginning.  We also have a wonderful report from a MiceChat...

Candlelight lights up the holidays as Frozen Fun takes over the Disneyland Resort

Winter is coming! Frozen is a year old and Disneyland is finally giving into guest demand with a lineup of new entertainment and attraction additions based on the hit animated film. Starting December 20, Frozen Fun will bring a variety of offerings to Disney California Adventure's Hollywood Land including a snow play area, a sing-along stage show, and character...

The WEDway PeopleMover Story

A while back, we wandered through the Monsanto House of the Future with Samland. That demonstration home lasted until 1967, when a whole new Tomorrowland based on the “World on the Move” theme was unleashed. One of the breakthrough attractions in the new Tomorrowland was the WEDway PeopleMover. Although it is now gone, it certainly is not forgotten. Where...