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DESIGN: Those Were The Times – No.16 1955 Early Disneyland Managers

August 21, 2013 at 3:01 am | 20 Comments

Let’s go back to early Disneyland history with Imagineering legend Bob Gurr as he takes us on a journey to the inaugural year of Walt’s original Magic Kingdom. There are many unsung heroes responsible for helping…

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MiceChat Disney News Round Up: Look into my Eyes!

August 21, 2013 at 1:11 am | No Comments

Universal’s Spaghetti Space Chase, The Optimist goes viral, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye’s deity gets fancy. Those are just a sample of the fun topics covered in this week’s Disney…

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SeaWorld Parks Update – Tough Summer but a Bright Future

August 20, 2013 at 3:00 am | 28 Comments

On Tuesday August 13th, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment released their Q2 earnings.  In spite of new attractions, the parks experienced a 9% drop in attendance for the quarter. Today, we’ll take a look at why…

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Universal Studios Singapore – Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase

August 20, 2013 at 1:20 am | 11 Comments

Please help us welcome Nicholas Yau to the MiceChat family. He’ll be covering Universal Studios Singapore for us from time to time and may have other treats for us as well. We are delighted to…

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Season Pass Podcast: John Wardley is Creating his own Nemesis

August 20, 2013 at 12:01 am | 4 Comments

John Wardley is the Tony Baxter of Britain!  He returns to the Season Pass podcast with Nick Hutson to discuss his new book, Creating My Own Nemesis, and more of his thoughts on the themed entertainment…

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Indiana Jones Adventure gets new magic as summer comes to an end at Disneyland

August 19, 2013 at 5:05 am | 37 Comments

The curse of the idol Mara was transformed with new magic at Disneyland‘s Indiana Jones Adventure ride last week. The ride’s enhancements brought new state-of-the-art projection technology along with a controversial new voice for the…

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The Optimist – Tomorrowland Movie Goes Viral

August 19, 2013 at 2:00 am | 17 Comments

At the D23 Expo August 9-11, in a big flashy Walt Disney Studios live action presentation, Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof came out on stage with a dusty box of old stuff, labeled “1952,” to…

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D23 Expo Imagineering Pavilion, a Deeper Look

August 18, 2013 at 3:00 am | 13 Comments

For those of you who can never get enough of Disney reports and Andy Castro’s photography, here’s a D23 Expo recap with photos from Andy and commentary from  Alain Littaye. ~~Rick D23 Expo Recap: Journey…

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Spectacular Disneyland Time Lapse

August 18, 2013 at 2:00 am | 27 Comments

We were recently contacted by Matt Givot, who has created a gorgeous Disneyland time lapse video with his friend Dan Douglas. We are thrilled to share this with you today. If you folks enjoy it…

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Alaska Cruise Galley Tour

August 18, 2013 at 12:01 am | No Comments

We’ve been sailing to Alaska with BC_DisneyGeek on the Celebrity Century cruise ship. Today we take a tour of the galley. One little warning: there are photos of frog legs ahead. If you are catching…

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Scarlett Stahl’s Adventures in Russia

August 17, 2013 at 12:23 am | 1 Comment

We have another epic travel report from Scarlett Stahl. We’re calling it “Adventures in Russia” because Scarlett seems to make every trip into an adventure. Read on to hear about lost luggage, a lost purse,…

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In The Parks: Indiana Jones Updated at Disneyland

August 16, 2013 at 3:00 am | 51 Comments

There is a lot of news for us to share this week from the Disneyland resort. First and foremost, there has been a major show scene change at Indiana Jones and the Temple of the…

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Dateline Disney World – Magic Kingdom Refurbishments

August 16, 2013 at 1:00 am | 13 Comments

Hello, and welcome back to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’re looking at the news and construction around the Magic Kingdom park. Almost 50 photos for you, so let’s get started! If you’d like to…

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Disney Vacation Club Villa Views

August 15, 2013 at 8:27 pm | 3 Comments

In the context of this article, a villa is not a luxurious country residence high on a hill somewhere; it’s a term that timeshare developers use because it sounds better than small apartment. Read the…

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A Walt Disney World Transportation Fairytale

August 15, 2013 at 3:00 am | 18 Comments

Once upon a time the planners at Walt Disney World really did want to follow Walt’s vision and create a place that would show off on how proper urban design can create places that are…

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When is the Best Time to Visit Walt Disney World?

August 15, 2013 at 1:00 am | 41 Comments

With 365 days, 52 weeks, 12 months and four seasons to choose from, it can be difficult to narrow down the best time to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth.  Best, of course, is…

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MiceChat Podcast #10 – Tomorrowland, Horror Nights, Monstropolis

August 15, 2013 at 1:00 am | 2 Comments

Join us for MiceChat Podcast #10. Yes, that’s right, we’re nearly teenagers. Star Wars rules the galaxy, the box-office, and now Disney Park Discussion. Is the famous sci-fi franchise taking over Disney Hollywood Studios and…

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MiceChat Disney News Round Up: At the D23 Expo and more

August 14, 2013 at 2:01 am | No Comments

Welcome to another installment of the MiceAge Disney News Round-up! This week we have many reports from D23 Expo, as well as news from around the globe. The fabled Haunted Mansion Hatbox Ghost has returned. …

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San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Wrap Up: Where for art thou, Lucasfilm?

August 14, 2013 at 12:30 am | 13 Comments

Wow. Two big Expos back to back, Comic-Con and D23. Have you recovered yet?  I’m just barely here, holding on with espresso.  Before we can get to the D23 stuff, that I can’t wait to…

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D23 Expo 2013 takes fans inside Disney Imagineering, animation and movies

August 13, 2013 at 5:37 am | 28 Comments

Disney’s big 2013 D23 Expo took the Anaheim Convention Center by storm over the weekend, bringing three days of everything Disney underneath one roof. Expo attendees were invited to step through the doors of Walt…