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California Grill Re-Imagined

September 10, 2013 at 12:56 am | 21 Comments

After seven months of refurbishment, the California Grill is back with a new menu, subtle decor enhancements, and one Mother of All Parties to kick off the re-launch. I was fortunate enough to be selected…

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Universal Orlando Update – New Lorax Ride for Islands of Adventure

September 10, 2013 at 12:39 am | 21 Comments

We have a huge update for you this week from Universal Orlando Resort. Big crowds at Rock the Universe, a new attraction rumor for Islands of Adventure, and updates all around the Universal Resort in…


9 Theme Park News Nuggets and Wakefield Report Episode 46

September 10, 2013 at 12:01 am | No Comments

It has been 1 year since Episode 1 of the Wakefield Report Podcast hit the air, and boy have I learned a lot in the last 12 months! 46 episodes later, I find myself with…


Disneyland gets ready for Friday the 13th and Halloween Time during the brief off-season

September 09, 2013 at 5:05 am | 19 Comments

Disneyland guests enjoyed light crowds as the park entered a short post-summer off-season last week. Various projects around Disneyland continue, including Starbucks nearing completion on Main Street, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad‘s refurbishment moving along and…


Marvel World: Marvel Was Everywhere at D23

September 09, 2013 at 2:00 am | 23 Comments

Hello, dear readers!  D23 was certainly a different convention experience for me after covering Wondercon and San Diego Comic-Con for Micechat previously.  At those general pop culture conventions, I spend much of my time hunting…


Final Thoughts on the 2013 D23 Expo

September 08, 2013 at 3:00 am | 19 Comments

For many people, the takeaway from the 2013 D23 Expo was the lack of real takeaways. There were no substantial announcements from the Studios or the Parks and Resorts which left some people underwhelmed. However,…

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SeaWorld San Diego Gets Curvy

September 08, 2013 at 1:00 am | 13 Comments

SeaWorld San Diego is preparing for the big 50th anniversary coming up in March. The main attraction of the celebration will be the new interactive entrance facilities. At the moment, construction has the entire front…


Alaska Cruise: Icy Strait Point

September 08, 2013 at 12:01 am | 1 Comment

Here’s part four of BC_DisneyGeek’s report on his Alaska Cruise on the Celebrity Century. I’d like a pineapple fritter please. ~~Rick Part four of the trip has us heading to our first port, Icy Strait…


MiceChat Urgently Needs Your Help to Give Kids The World

September 07, 2013 at 3:00 am | 1 Comment

MiceChat needs your support. Next week (Sept 12th), we’ll participate in a fundraiser for one of our favorite charities, GIVE KIDS THE WORLD. The Blogger Bowl will feature writers and staff of some of your…

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Port Aventura Spain: One of Europe’s Best Theme Parks

September 07, 2013 at 2:00 am | 8 Comments

Originally built by Busch Entertainment Corp. and the Tussaud Group, the Spanish theme park, Port Aventura, was purchased by Universal in 1997 and renamed Universal Port Aventura. After Universal added a water park and two…


SeaWorld Teases Expansion to Aquatica Orlando

September 06, 2013 at 11:29 am | No Comments

On Friday the 6th, SeaWorld Parks and Resorts teased an expansion to their flagship water park, Aquatica in Orlando. When Aquatica first opened in 2008, Kevin Yee reviewed Aquatica for MiceChat and said, “They need…


Oswald Moves in for a limited Time at Disneyland Resort

September 06, 2013 at 3:00 am | 33 Comments

Lads and lassies, we have a nice update for you today from the Disneyland Resort.  Disney California Adventure and Disneyland are both experiencing a wonderful lull in attendance.  So, if you can get out of…

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Epcot Starbucks Now OPEN!

September 06, 2013 at 2:00 am | 15 Comments

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’ll take a look at the newly open Starbucks location in Epcot as well as preparation for this year’s Food and Wine Festival. Let’s head to…


Rainbow Ridge Pack Mules

September 05, 2013 at 11:01 pm | 17 Comments

There’s a ride that’s so low-tech that it keeps operating even if there’s a power failure. However, that doesn’t mean it’s always reliable. It can stop for no apparent reason—or for reasons known only to…


Five Ways To Save Money At Disney When Traveling With Kids

September 05, 2013 at 3:00 am | 31 Comments

We all know that a Disney vacation can be a hefty financial commitment, but here are a few ways to cut costs when traveling with little ones. 1. Pack Enough Essential Supplies Pack a week’s…


Terminator 2: 3D Battle Across Time

September 05, 2013 at 2:00 am | 12 Comments

Director James Cameron may be best known for his use of cutting edge technology in telling monumental stories. When Terminator 2: Judgement Day debuted on July 3, 1991, people could not believe how a computer…


Season Pass Podcast: Jon Binkowski – Creating Hard Rock Park

September 05, 2013 at 1:00 am | 11 Comments

On today’s Season Pass Podcast we have the CEO of Renaissance Entertainment, Jon Binkowski. He discusses the start of his career at SeaWorld, starting Renaissance Entertainment, becoming the CCO of the most famous “Unfortunate” Theme…


Hayao Miyazaki Retires From Filmmaking, Fans Shocked

September 04, 2013 at 4:00 am | 19 Comments

We have some major but very sad news out of Japan where Hayao Miyazaki, the animation genius, has announced that he is set to retire. His upcoming film, The Wind Rises, will be his last…

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DESIGN: Those Were The Times – No.17 1961 Soaring With the Birds

September 04, 2013 at 3:00 am | 10 Comments

We have a treat for you today as Disney Imagineering Legend, Bob Gurr, takes to the clouds. Who says man can’t fly, Bob can! Today’s Wheel of Years stopped at 1961, so here we go.…


MiceAge Disney News Round Up: More Mara, C33 Date, Holiday Shift

September 04, 2013 at 2:00 am | 2 Comments

Welcome to another installment of the MiceAge Disney News Round-up! Mara’s voice was changed AGAIN in the Indiana Jones attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim and we get some great announcements from Six Flags for ALL…