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D23 Expo: Imagineers celebrate Pirates of the Caribbean’s 50th anniversary amid controversy

A group of Disney Imagineers and Legends gathered on stage at the D23 Arena on Friday afternoon to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Disney's iconic Pirates of the Caribbean attractions. The conversation ranged from Imagineering Legends Marty Sklar and Orlando Ferrante sharing their stories working on the original Disneyland attraction to Imagineers Tony Baxter and Nancy Seruto talking about...

D23 Expo: Disney Studios makes a splash on the show floor with Animation, Marvel

D23 Expo brings all aspects of the Walt Disney Company together under one roof and that includes Disney's film division. This year, Walt Disney Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios and Marvel Studios are all represented with splashy pavilions that showcase the latest and greatest from Disney's ever-growing film division. Take a look — In addition to signings and...

D23 Expo: Disney Parks gives a sneak peek at Star Wars Land’s Galaxy of Stories

Greetings from D23 Expo 2017! Disney's big biennial convention is well underway now and like other Expos, one of the must-dos on this year's show floor is the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts pavilion, hosted by Walt Disney Imagineering. It's all about Star Wars this year, and while the pavilion as a whole is fairly sparse (more on that...

The 2017 Disney Legends

The Disney Legends Awards puts Disney's impact on our world into light. Each person started out, just like you and me. Normal people who had a dream for their lives and made it come true. It is an inspirational event that rewards people for their incredible careers and contributions to the Walt Disney company. Here are the 2017 award...

D23 Expo Weekend Preview – Pirates and Padawans

It's one of the best weekends! D23 Expo is here! You're in the spot for in depth coverage too! Dusty, myself, Andy Castro and the rest of the team will be running around like crazy people trying to report on all the happenings at the World Famous D23 Expo! So grab some popcorn (but put it in a ziploc...

DCA Photo Update: Summer Around California

Welcome back to the Disneyland Resort. The highly anticipated D23 Expo starts TODAY and you'll find all your MiceChat pals, including Disney celebrities and legends, at our booth in the Collector's Forum (Booths 712-718). On Monday we took a look at Disneyland and today we are going to finish our report as we explore Disney California Adventure, Downtown Disney,...

Yesterland: Country Bear Vacation Hoedown

Which show was better? The Country Bear Jamboree (last week's Yesterland)? Or Country Bear Vacation Hoedown (this week's Yesterland)? Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Country Bear Vacation Hoedown When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Honda’s Fashionable Custom Odyssey Minnie-Van Makes D23 Expo Debut

As anybody who has crossed the Disneyland Resort Esplanade, experienced Autopia or visited Innoventions in the past decade knows, Disney and Honda have had a long and happy Strategic Alliance. This continues not only with another great Disney Parks/Honda sweepstakes, "Unlock the Magic Sweepstakes", but also a fashion-forward custom 2018 Honda Odyssey MINNIE VAN for display at the D23 Expo...

David Koenig: Fantasmic!

With Fantasmic! slated to officially return to Disneyland Monday July 17 after an 18-month absence, we have some news and rumors about this popular Disney spectacular. And be sure to read all the way through for a surprise ending. New Duds The biggest murmuring among cast members hasn’t been about all the changes to the show—but rather about the new costume...

First Look: New Auction Scene in Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Paris

Pirates of the Caribbean has reopened at Disneyland Paris. This gives us our first glimpse at how the Bride Auction has been transformed into the auction of loot. Similar changes are on their way to Disneyland in Anaheim and the Magic Kingdom in Orlando as well.  Take a look and let us know your thoughts: https://youtu.be/9KNbCh0jXNI Here's a full ride-through of...

The Animation Show of Shows Needs Your Help

The Animation Show of Shows' Kickstarter is in its last day and its not looking great for them, but if anybody can pull a rabbit out of their collective hat, it's animation fans, and Ron Diamond is definitely familiar with magic, having provided fans and families with animation from around the world, from animators legendary and heretofore unseen for...

Dateline Universal Orlando – Universal Express Added to the Wizarding World

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Universal Orlando! There's always so much to see and cover in these parks. Today we're headed to Universal Studios!     Even though it isn't new, there's something truly amazing about being in Diagon Alley. That does it for this week. Are you excited for Express at the...

MiceAge Disneyland Rumor Update – Bye Bye Buggies

As you read this, a long line of trucks are unloading exhibits and merchandise and archival treasures at the loading docks of the mammoth Anaheim Convention Center as the Walt Disney Company prepares to put on its bi-annual D23 Expo extravaganza. This is the fifth Expo that Disney has hosted since launching the concept back in 2009. And while...

Disneyland Photo Update: Turn Up The Heat

Welcome back to the Disneyland Resort where it has been so hot you could cook an egg on Main Street. But all that heat also chased away the crowds. If you were able to brave the temperature, you likely had a great time in the park with unusually low waits. This week we bring views from Adventureland and its recent...

The Sweep Spot #213 Former Top Custodial Manager Ray Sidejas Part 2

In this episode we continue our discussion with Top Jani, and former Disneyland Custodial Manager Ray Sidejas. Ray was only the second Custodial Manager, and had a big role in opening many other Disney parks all over the world. Ray has so many memories and stories to share we needed to talk to him more. Plus the Disneyland current...

You’ve Got To Be Kidding: A Press Release Regarding Pirates of the Caribbean

You've Got To Be Kidding is parody. We can't guarantee you'll enjoy it, but you'll live longer if you do. The Disney corporation has always maintained a laser-like focus on our fans, ready to provide rapid response and reaction to their concerns and needs. An example of this was our recent announcement of changes to Pirates of the Caribbean –...

DCA Photo & News Update – Heroes, Zeroes and Halloween

Heroes in Hollywood, patriotic bunting, and Halloween rumors are just a few of this week's topics. There's even a humorous little construction item. Let's start at the beginning . . . it's a very good place to start . . . All adventures must begin somewhere, ours starts on Buena Vista Street . . . which is currently decked out...

Yesterland: Country Bear Jamboree

“The Bear Band bears will play now, in the good ol’ key of G. Zeke and Zed and Ted and Fred, and a bear named Tennessee.” Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Country Bear Jamboree When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

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...