Our Contributors

MiceChat has a great collection of writers who cover all aspects of the Disney Company, theme parks and family travel. If you are interested in joining our crew, please contact our Executive Editor, Dusty Sage, at: [email protected]

  • Alain is the author of Disneyland Paris: From Sketch to Reality and a long time Disney historian and blogger. His book is known the world over as one of the best Disney theme park books ever assembled. You'll often find his work featured in the MiceChat Weekend Update and can find his latest musings on his personal blog: Disney and More Blog.

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  • Amy is lucky to live in beautiful Tampa Bay, Florida and frequently visits the Busch Gardens theme park in that city. You can find Amy's updates on Busch Gardens and other Central Florida attractions in MiceChat's Orlando Parkhopper columns.

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  • Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

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  • Anthony is a graphic designer and admirer of all things Disney. He is also the Editor of our weekly Round Up of Disney and Theme Park news. The Round Up is MiceChat's oldest continuously updated column. You'll find Anthony and the Round Up every Wednesday morning.

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  • Bernice is a self-confessed Disney addict from the U.K. This interest in Disney inspired her to study animation. She earned her a BA degree in 2010. Her (very close) second love is for Efteling, a fairy tale-based theme park in the Netherlands, for which she runs an English fan site called eftelinguk.com. For more information about Efteling UK, please send mail to [email protected], follow us on Twitter: @EftelingUK, and ‘like’ us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/eftelinguk

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  • Bob Gurr is a true Disney legend who was hired on to design the Autopia for Disneyland. Over nearly four decades, Bob would become famous for developing the Monorails, Submarines, Flying Saucers, antique cars and double-decker buses of Main Street, Ford Motor Company's Magic Skyway (at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair), Omnimover ride system, Matterhorn and lots more. It has been said that if it moves, Bob probably played a part. Upon leaving Imagineering in 1981, Bob worked on a number of "leisure-time spectaculars" and "fantastical beasts" for parks and developments all over the world. Most notably, he created King Kong and Conan's Serpent for Universal Studios Hollywood, A UFO for the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics, and the memorable T-Rex figure featured in Steven Spielberg's motion picture "Jurassic Park." You can find Bob's column, Design: Those Were The Times, right here on MiceChat. Though don't pin Bob down to a schedule, he's busy being "retired."

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  • Chester Gold is a self-confessed Disney nut who knows and loves pins. Look out for his "Pin Collector's Guide" to the pins of your favorite Disney characters. All images in the above article courtesy of PinPics.com

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  • Chris Wakefield lives in South Florida and spends most of his free time traveling across the country looking for the best thrills that theme parks have to offer. Growing up in the Midwest,Chris is used to the high and fast coasters offered up at parks like Cedar Point and Kings Island, and moving to Florida four years ago was a bit of theme park culture shock. With twice a month visits to Orlando, Chris works hard to keep his finger on the pulse of the ever expanding theme park community in Central Florida. Outside of the Orlando parks, Chris also visits California twice a year and isnt above going to a good haunt or two! Chris created the Wakefield Report website in the fall of 2011 to bring theme park and themed entertainment fans closer to the latest news, and opinions in the community. Each week, the Wakefield Report Podcast goes on the air to provide an unbiased, open, and honest look at the latest in Disney and theme park news. You can reach Chris at: [email protected]

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  • Cory likes Walt Disney World so much, he recently packed his bags and moved to Orlando. Cory is a photographer and writes MiceChat's Dateline Disney World columns every Friday.

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  • Cory Gross is a professional educator in the museums and heritage field, sharing his passion for history, science and art in his home of Calgary, Canada. He is also the creator of Voyages Extraordinaires, a blog dedicated to Victorian-Edwardian Scientific Romances and Retro-Futurism, which can be found at http://voyagesextraordinaires.blogspot.com.

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  • It all started as a holiday booked as a surprise present for my wife, and 12 years on I've visited Disneyland Paris 15 times, and ridden Pirates of the Caribbean more times than I've had hot meals...in Disneyland Paris. I love the details and the feeling of escapism, and pirates chanting for redheads of course. Walking down Main Street U.S.A. brings a unique combination of calm and excitement - it's my happy place, and in a resort that I just love to talk about, which is how the Dedicated to DLP podcast was born. Dedicated to DLP Podcast, is proud to be part of the MiceChat MicePod Network! You can find us online at: Website - http://dedicatedtodlp.com Twitter - http://twitter.com/DedicatedToDLP Facebook - http://facebook.com/DedicatedToDLP

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  • The Disney Cast Blast team likes to be "seen" as a virtual contributor to MiceAge. Even though there is a leader of the pack, it could not be done without the gracious contributors like yourself and the immediate team that works hard to bring it all to life. With experience working at Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, EURO Disney SCA, Universal Studios Orlando and Six Flags, our core has a wealth of knowledge and great stories that we cannot wait to share with you. In addition, we can never thank our contributors enough for the great stories YOU provide. Want to know more about us? Shoot us an email. [email protected] Thanks and continue to "Adventure On!"

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  • Doug Barnes is a Life Long Fan of Theme Parks and Roller Coasters as well as a fan of Podcasting. Doug has spent his entire life living and meandering under the California sky; regularly attending many parks including Disneyland, DCA, Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott's Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (AKA-Marine World), California's Great America (AKA-PGA), and more. Doug has toured all over the country in search of Great Themed Recreational Fun including Florida, Ohio, Texas, Nevada, Indiana, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Missouri & more. Aside from his duties as master of ceremonies for the MiceChat Podcast, Doug owns the critically acclaimed Season Pass Podcast: http://www.seasonpasspodcast.com/

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  • Dusty is the founder and CEO of MiceChat.com. He's long been a consumer advocate for theme park travelers and a consistent voice for high standards in the industry. When he's not visiting theme parks and writing and editing articles about Disney and theme parks worldwide, Dusty is busy running a telecommunications company and speaking at various theme park and communications events. If you've got news or photos to share with the MiceChat community, or would like to book Dusty for an upcoming event, please contact [email protected]

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  • By day, Eric is in Marketing and Social Media. But on the weekends, he's a theme park addict. Eric is a frequent contributor to MiceChat's Orlando Parkhopper columns and tends to focus his efforts on what's new and what's news at Universal Studios and SeaWorld.

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  • Fievel Hitchcock is MiceChat's Universal Studios Hollywood insider. He's so frequently at the park that he considers the commissary to the stars his kitchen. Fievel update's MiceChat's In The Parks columns on all things Universal Hollywood.

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  • Frank Fiorinelli is from New York, but that has not held him back from his love of the Disney Parks. Frank has been visiting the parks since the age of 2 and has not looked back. His passion is collecting Theme Park Maps, since he is able to look them over when returning home. X Marks the Spot, Frank's biweekly Column for Micechat, unfolds from those very maps. A two time Disney College Program Alumni, Frank is currently in the midst of Graduating with a Business Management Degree.

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  • Garner Holt is the founder and president of Garner Holt Productions, Inc. (GHP) Located in San Bernardino, CA, GHP is the world’s largest designer and fabricator of animatronics, show action systems, special effects, and other creations for theme parks, museums, retail and dining experiences, and other attractions. Inspired by a childhood trip to Disneyland and a lifelong love of Disney theme parks, Garner founded his company when he was only 16 years old. Since 1977, GHP has created nearly 3,000 individual animatronics and hundreds of other items for clients like the Disney Theme Parks, Universal Studios, Chuck E. Cheese Restaurants, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, NASA, Lockheed-Martin, and hundreds of other clients. Find out more about Garner and GHP at www.garnerholt.com

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  • George has been obsessed with Disney theme parks since the first time he saw a photo of the Haunted Mansion in the early 70s. He started writing about Disney in 2007 and has amassed one of the world's largest Disney-related libraries.

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  • Gwen has been a MiceAge reader and a MiceChat member since 2005. In recent years, you may have seen her in an official leadership roles as a member of the MiceChat Special Events Crew. She has a BA in Theater Arts from UC Santa Cruz and has served in both onstage and offstage roles including Producer, Director and Playwright. Gwen is a huge comics fan and has followed comic book culture for over a decade, including an annual pilgrimage to San Diego Comic Con every July. Gwen and her husband write a comic strip called Bad Muffins: www.Facebook.com/BadMuffins. (Though, we must warn you of some harsh language and adult situations on this link.)

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  • Jeff has been in love with all things Disney since a very early age. He writes From The Mouth Of The Mouse and The 626 every week for MiceChat. He also collaborates on The Disney Review every weekend. Aside from that, he is one half of the devastatingly good looking duo of the weekly vid/podcast Communicore Weekly (the other half being fellow MiceChat columnist George Taylor), which you can find at www.communicoreweekly.com Jeff is also writing a book with former Imagineer and Disney Legend, Rolly Crump. You can find out more about the book at www.itskindofacutestory.com

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  • Jessica is a special education teacher by day and blogger and Fairy Godmother Travel agent by evening. When not supervising play dates or sleepovers, she can be found creating, sewing or singing. She loves hitting the Disney Parks, and she and her family escape to the World and Land as often as they can. She can be contacted at [email protected], and you can also check out her family blog, Magic, Memories, Mayhem.

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  • InPark Magazine (IPM) is a multi-media news source for the themed entertainment industry. IPM covers the latest trends in theme parks, waterparks, museums and attractions. Designed for those involved in and appreciative of themed entertainment, IPM includes digital and print magazines, weekly newsletters, feature interviews and an online archive. Some recent contributors include Bob Rogers, Gary Goddard, Jeremy Railton, Craig Hanna and countless other former Disney Imagineers. Browse or subscribe for free at InPark Magazine. Like us on Facebook

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  • Joseph Taylor writes many of the In the Parks articles relating to Sea World and the surrounding San Diego attractions for MiceChat. He is an avid theme park and roller coaster enthusiast centered in Southern California.

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  • Kandace "Kandy" Sparkles is more than just a Disney World fan, she's an expert and an insider. She also has a great love for the food and beverage of the resort and authors the Mice Munchies column on MiceChat.

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  • Keith Gluck writes for and volunteers at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. He also runs a Disney blog called thedisneyproject.com, and travels to Disney Parks as often as he can. A fan of many facets of The Disney Company, Keith's main interest is the life and legacy of Walt Disney. For questions/comments, or to request a certain topic be covered, please send an email to: [email protected] Twitter: @DisneyProject Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Disney-Project/194569877288847

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  • Kevin Yee is an author and blogger writing about travel, tourism, and theme parks in Central Florida. He spent more than a decade working at Disneyland and cultivating a never-ending fascination with that park’s rich traditions and history. Now relocated to Orlando, Kevin enjoys the Disney offerings on both sides of the country. Kevin is the author of numerous independent Disney books, including the popular Walt Disney World Earbook series and Walt Disney World Hidden History. Readers are invited to connect with him online and face to face at the following locations: UltimateOrlando.com – Kevin’s personal blog for daily WDW updates Public Facebook page – or friend his personal Facebook account, Twitter feed (user UltOrlando), Google+ account (user cafeorleans), Email at [email protected], Weekly Walt Disney World, a Facebook group of regulars who visit Disney World each weekend. Visitors from out of town are encouraged to come and say hello when in Orlando! Join the FB group to learn when/where the next meet is. Kevin’s books on Amazon

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  • Lee Mallaby runs the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast on the MicePod network. It is the largest and longest running Universal podcast. We invite you to listen in twice a month.

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  • Lynn is a former Disneyland cast member, who now lives in St. George, Utah. He collects Disney books and is the host of The Sweep Spot podcast.

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  • The moment Mallory Miller found a chance to move to Orlando, she took it. A childhood love of all things Disney has grown into a respect for the great reach of the company today. She currently spends most her time exploring the Walt Disney World property, discovering the best ways to explore the resort. She hopes to make visiting the parks easier and more pleasant for the people who can only visit for a limited time.

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  • The MiceAge crew was started by Al Lutz in 2003, and is committed to bringing you the inside Disney story that you just can't get anywhere else. As much as we'd all like to see more frequent rumor updates on the site, we only publish when reliable news and rumors are available to share. Generally, you'll find a new MiceAge news update from Al and crew once or twice a month on Tuesdays. The MiceAge news Editor can be reached at: [email protected]

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  • Nate Parrish researches Disney history for his podcasts: WEDWay Radio, a show about Disney history, experiencing the Disney Parks and the Walt Disney Company, and WEDWay NOW! the companion news show and window to the Disney community, both co-hosted by with his brother Matt. Nate helped create and produce Betamouse, the first Disney podcast about the convergence of Disney and technology. One of the areas that has made WEDWay Radio a success is that it not only explores the details of the Disney Parks, but also examines the cultural relevance. By day, Nate is a high school history teacher in suburban Kansas City MO.

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  • Nick is a huge Haunted Mansion fan and the creator of the Haunted Mansion Show. His alter ego, The Ghost Host, is our guide many wonderful Disneyland adventures.

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  • Nightshadow is the longest running horror host on Los Angeles local television. His love of Halloween brings him to MiceChat, where he will be sharing all sorts of ghost stories and videos. If you have any questions or would like to respond to his reviews, TOO BAD!. Just a little Horror Host joke, you can write to me at: [email protected]

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  • Paul is the creator and host of the longest running Disneyland Audio Adventure Podcast on the internet. A one-of-a-kind sensory experience, featuring binaural (3-D) audio that requires only headphones to enjoy, this weekly fan-based audio show is the ultimate way to surround yourself with the magic of Disney between your own trips to the Happiest Place on Earth!

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  • Dis After Dark was started in 2012 by Paul Boniface and Nick “Soapdish” Branch as a Disney Podcast for Grown Ups. It started with a focus on a mature audience, but after a few episodes we decided to try re-focus and become the show that we are today. Paul Dolan was added to the line up in the summer of 2012 and the show has remained the three of us ever since. We are all based in England.

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  • Rick has been a long term MiceChat author and co-founder of the Weekend Update. You will often find Rick in the position of "Greeter" at official events due to his warm and welcoming spirit. If you've got photos, news or trip reports to share, Rick would love to hear from you: [email protected]

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  • Photographer, horror enthusiast, professional cook, collector of old junk and morbid curiosities. Overly enthusiastic about area music, set-dressing and the obscure and historical as it pertains to the Disney theme park experience.

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  • Sam Gennawey is an urban planner who has collaborated with communities throughout California over the course of more than 100 projects to create a great, big, beautiful tomorrow. Sam is a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Regional Planning History Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving municipal, county, and private sector planning documents from throughout Los Angeles County. Sam is the author of Walt and the Promise of Progress City which you can find on Amazon.

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  • Sarah is an exceptional video bloger and hosts the weekly MiceChatter video series. She's a SoCal native and loves all things Disneyland.

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  • Space Painter is a professional painter, photographer and theme park lover who frequents parks all over the country.

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  • Terri Hardin has designed attractions as a Disney Imagineer from 1987-1997. She's also a Jim Henson Puppeteer and has worked on over 42 film and TV projects including Ghostbusters & Captain EO. She currently creates Disney collectables and plays a Foster Farms Chicken.

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  • The Accountaneer grew up going Disney parks and was quickly hooked on the pixie dust. He soon found himself sharpening pencils and counting beans for the world's favorite mouse. He hopes to share with readers a little insight on how decisions are made in the Happiest Place On Earth.

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  • Three months before being born, Tim enjoyed his first trip to Disney World. Ever since, frequent trips to Disney World and Disneyland have helped feed the obsession. After a three year run as a podcaster, Tim currently co-owns the Disney information site, WDWThemeParks.com. You can follow the site on twitter @wdwthemeparks or follow Tim directly @tgrassey

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  • Although Tom lives over a thousand miles away from both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, he is an Annual Passholder on both coasts. Tom is a published photographer of the Disney theme parks. He posts regular updates to his personal site, DisneyTouristBlog.com. You'll also find his new column, Tom's Top Ten, right here on MiceChat. If you see some fool contorted in an awkward position trying to get the "perfect photo angle" in the parks, stop and say hello, as that fool is probably Tom.

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  • Tracey Mallaby is co-host of the acclaimed Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast. She invites you to listen along on the madcap journey through the Universal Orlando Resort twice a month right here on the MicePod Network.

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  • Darren is co-host of the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast. When he is not talking to the internet about Universal, you’ll probably find him taking pictures, frequenting the Florida theme parks or reading. Darren has been a Florida resident and Universal park-goer since the age of 10 and is inexplicably the world’s biggest fan of Twister the Ride. He is also the resident Halloween Horror Nights expert on the show and is a proponent of getting Ghostbusters and Back to the Future back into the parks. You can check out his Flickr galleries here, including pictures from the Theme Parks and around Florida: http://www.flickr.com/photos/63887154@N06/

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  • Werner is the curator of Yesterland.com, the ultimate collection of Disney theme park past attractions. You'll find his handiwork featured here every Friday.

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