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Mousetalgia Podcast 449: Listener questions, Silicon Valley Comic Con

This week, Team Mousetalgia take you to Silicon Valley Comic Con and we discuss a panel on the art of Star Wars conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie, and a panel on working with Disney, in which a variety of artists discussed how they managed to get work with Disney, and how they've succeeded as Disney artists. Then, we go to...

Disneyland Photo Update – You Are Clear For Launch

Guardians taking over the Tower may be the big news this week, but Disneyland had a very interesting weekend as well. After weeks of horrible overcrowding, you might have expected this past holiday weekend to have been packed at the resort. It wasn't. With most annual pass holders blocked on Friday and Saturday and the 3 day SoCal ticket...

Pandora at night sparkles and amazes, but mostly in photos

Much digital ink has been spilled about Pandora and its two rides. Let me be the first to reiterate what I said last week: Avatar--Flight of Passage is not only good, it's transcendent. It was even better on my second flight than my first, and I would not be surprised if subsequent visits raised my opinion still higher. Such...

DCA Photo & Rumor Update – Guardians and Heroes

We generally lead with Disneyland on Monday, but today is different. With the huge new Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! finally open to guests, we have a lot to see and discuss. But there's more than just Guardians today, there are superheros, adorable bread (yes, that's a thing), and gossip. We start with a mini MiceAge Update sent...

Bay Area Parks Update – Wonder Woman and Red, White and Brews

It seems that big things are happening in theme parks all over the country this weekend, and amidst these feasts of Volcano Bays, Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakouts and Pandoras, a few crumbs have dribbled down to our parks here by The Bay. Let's take a quick look at what's happening at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and Great...

The Sweep Spot 210 Part 2 Conversation with Former Disneyland Attractions Cast member

In this episode we continue our conversation with Alex Stewart who worked at Disneyland on the Jungle Cruise, Big Thunder Mountain, and other attractions. He has some great stories we think you will enjoy.     Show notes and our book at www.thesweepspot.com

Mission Complete – Guardians Breakout at Disney California Adventure

How long does it take to remove a beloved attraction and turn it into something else? Five months. That's the length of time it took Imagineers to strip the Tower of Terror of its Twilight Zone theme and install a brand new Guardians of the Galaxy ride in its place. Of course, they were working for months on the...

Yesterland: America the Beautiful in Circarama

This presentation puts you “in the middle of everything.” Eleven movie screens form a circle above your head. Eleven perfectly synchronized projectors show eleven 16mm films, surrounding you with a 360-degree travelogue. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: America the Beautiful in Circarama When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Volcano Bay – New Water Theme Park Now Open at Universal Orlando Resort

Welcome to a special edition of Dateline Universal Orlando. We were lucky enough to be invited to a preview of Volcano Bay, Universal's brand new water theme park, yesterday. It grand opens to the public today, May 25th, and is a glimpse into the future of the resort, which now boasts three parks! We have about 140 photos to...

Disney News Roundup: Gridlocks to News Bites!

Welcome to the MiceChat News Roundup! This week in 2015, the premiere performances of both the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks event and “Paint the Night” parade debuted with the 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration. This week’s RoundUp has News, Photos and great Updates to share with you. This is the week that Guardians take over DCA's tower. Fantasmic and the Disneyland Railroad...

David Koenig: Disneyland Resort News Bites

Disneyland cast members have been dropping me bits and pieces of news this week, on the return of the steam trains, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, and WiFi finally coming to Disneyland. D23 weekend, starting July 14, is the target for having Fantasmic, Tom Sawyer Island, and the steam trains back on line. The river has been refilled and...

Disneyland Update – Mission: GRIDLOCKED!

We are on the cusp of insanity at Disneyland. The coming week brings the first public previews of Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: Breakout to the Disneyland Resort. That, in turn, will bring crowds . . . but this past weekend was already one of the most insanely busy in recent memory. For a while on Saturday Disneyland...

Disney Park Elements Bring Magic to Kingdom Hearts Games

As the summer heats up so do the theme park wars. Disney, Universal, Six Flags and the other players are all expanding and looking to give visitors more reasons to return. Our family looks forward to visiting Disneyland and Disney California Adventure and join many MiceChatters this summer. We also are eager to see what other experiences are waiting...

Disney Cruise Line Unveils New 2018 Itineraries

The fall of 2018 will bring classic itineraries and new sailings to the Disney Cruise Line including inaugural calls on Bermuda and in Canada. Routes are set to leave from homeports in California, Florida, New York and Texas. Reservations open on May 18, 2017. Bermuda Entirely new will be five-night voyages to Bermuda from New York aboard Disney Magic in October 2018 including two full days in...

Mousetalgia Podcast 447: Herb Ryman’s Disneyland Map, Eyvind Earle, Disney music

Team Mousetalgia welcomes Mike Van Eaton back to the show to discuss his newest upcoming Disneyland auction featuring a controversial piece: A presentation map of Disneyland hand-inked by Herb Ryman, purported to have been used by Roy Disney to sell the idea of Disneyland to ABC in 1953. While the item made national news with misleading headlines, Mike tells...

Star Wars Land News: Seasons Change

As we say goodbye to the Season Of The Force in Tomorrowland (again) we’ll take a look at what’s leaving, the idea behind The Grey Jedi and some photos of the newest developments in Star Wars Land. I’ve got a great feeling about this (or however that goes). Goodbye Hyperspace Mountain...For Now. The seasons are changing again in Temporary Star Wars...

Welcome To The Tparty! A Journey Through The Disney College Program

the Tparty in front of the Castle at Walt Disney World
Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls... Walt Disney once said, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” There is no truer statement for my daughter, Taylor, and me. We have been “talking” about this series of upcoming articles and writing for MiceChat for quite some time now. We have been dreaming, imagining and formulating. Now,...

Yesterland: The Hunchback of Notre Dame Procession

Guests have lined the parade route. Floats with characters from The Hunchback of Notre Dame emerge from backstage. And parade music fills the air. Only this isn’t really a parade, in the traditional sense. <h2Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: The Hunchback of Notre Dame Procession When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Interactive Theme Park Characters Grow Up

I get all sorts of Theme Park Industry stuff all the time. Some of it we use in articles, or link to on social media, this particular email caught my attention because it's a system based on an attraction which we've all seen a rudimentary version of in the Disney parks. It appears that interactive digital characters (like Turtle...

Beauty and the Beast:Perfect Match Mixes Match-3 and Sim in Unique New Mobile Game

An enchanting experience awaits! Disney today announced the launch of Beauty and the Beast: Perfect Match on the Apple App Store and Google Play. The new mobile game invites fans of the global hit film to join Belle, Beast and the castle staff to solve match-3 puzzles, decorate the Beast’s Castle and experience the tale as old as time...