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Imagineering Pumpkins

UPDATE: It’s Pumpkin season and I’m hip deep on my east coast tour. October 3rd. was the kick off as I was a featured guest at a fundraiser for the NO Bull Music Gala Charity Event in Springfield, Indiana to support nobullchallenge.org.  They empower teens and young adults to create a YouTube video about their own personal experience or short film...

Epcot Says Goodbye to Maelstrom

This week, we're taking a look at the last day of operation of Maelstrom in Norway at World Showcase. The attraction will undergo a year of Imagineering to turn it into a Frozen ride. I've got tons of photos of this classic Epcot attraction for you, so let's get started!   Maelstrom Last Day This past Sunday was the last day of...

Disney News Round Up: Too Safe?

Disneyland Paris in peril again, the Fun Wheel trapped passengers for an hour at DCA, and Pinks Hot Dogs has left Knott's Berry Farm and Halloween is scaring up business everywhere.  That is just some of the news we have for you today in the MiceChat round up. We bring you a trip report from the Mahaloween event from...

Uh-Oa and Aloha at Trader Sam’s First Mahaloween

A week ago, I attended Trader Sam's Mahaloween Luau. I was pretty delighted to see the announcement pop up on the Disney Parks Blog a few weeks ago: Here's what it said: It’s one day only, and guaranteed to put you in the spirit of Halloween Time – Trader Sam’s “Mahaloween Luau,” with seatings starting at 3 p.m., September 29. Just 100 guests per...

The Top Five Haunted Attractions in Palm Beach

With the popularity of gory horror movies and TV shows like “The Walking Dead” and “Face Off” combined with the high demand of horror-based video games, it looks as though mainstream America is embracing the same thrills with Halloween entertainment  all across the country. Haunted house owners have taken the task of inducing blood-curdling screams to a whole new level....

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #110 – First Timer Mistakes + Hints and Tips

Welcome to another feast of UUOP goodness. We recently received an email from listener Tom Stidman.  His email said, " Dear Lee, Tracey, Darren and the gang, I Really enjoy the show even though I've only been to Universal one day each of the four times I've visited. I have a question that could be a whole show for your. I'm planning to...

Disneyland’s iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle gets safer as the first sign of the holidays arrives

It's not quite Halloween yet but Disneyland has already quietly started its preparations for the holiday season. Christmas lights are going up around Sleeping Beauty Castle and at "it's a small world," as part of those iconic attractions big holiday overlays. Meanwhile, safety railing is now up along the bridge to Sleeping Beauty Castle as Disneyland continues...

Mousetalgia Podcast 311: Haunted Mansion origins, New Orleans Square

Team Mousetalgia examines Kansas City's haunted Sauer Castle as a possible influence on a young Walt Disney in today's episode. Might Walt's personal connection to the Sauer descendants have had an effect on his perception of haunted houses, and even his future Haunted Mansion? We tell the story, and you can decide. Also, we talk about New Orleans Square...

An Afternoon Visit To The Hearthstone Lounge

“So, what did you bring me?” One of the male bartenders inquired as I sat myself down at the bar one August afternoon. His bubbly, yet sincere personality resonated in his voice and in his smile as he glanced at my easily recognizable Disneyland Resort souvenir plastic bag. Today I had decided to spend a few hours at Downtown...

A Closer Look at Universal Orlando Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

If you have been reading about the newest Harry Potter attractions at Universal Orlando Resort and wondering if this might be the trip to see it from an on-site hotel. Well take a look at what Universal has to offer with emphasis on their high-end hotel, Loews Portofinio Bay Hotel.   Universal Orlando Resort is a collection of two theme parks,...

Disafterdark Series 2, Episode 25 – The one that was in the bag.

Welcome back to the Mouses Head and thank you for the download. Okay, as I write the notes for this one I realise we recorded it months ago, then went on holiday. and now I can’t for the life of me remember what we talked about. anyway… All neat and pretty, then on with the show. We would really appreciate it if you would...

Disney Decay: Mark Twain Disintegrates in Disneyland Paris

After the sad story we ran last weekend about the horrid condition of Disneyland Paris' Mark Twain, Alain Littaye has more information about the decaying park icon, plus some information about how the Rivers of the Far West were supposed to look when the park opened in 1992. ~~Rick More Photos of the Decaying Mark Twain Plus the Missing Scenes...

TEA SATE – Spotlight on Technology

SATE (Storytelling, Architecture, Technology, Experience) is an annual, international gathering of themed entertainment and experience design creators, producers, owners and operators, organized by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). SATE '14 took place Oct 2-3 at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida.   TEA's SATE '13 Conference was held at the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) in Savannah, GA. Peter...

In The Parks – Disneyland Treats and Tricks

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to a Disneyland Resort edition of In The Parks!  There is plenty to see around the resort this week as Disneyland prepares for the upcoming 60th anniversary while simultaneously celebrating Halloween Time.  The refurbishments on Main Street U.S.A. have moved up the road to the ice cream parlor and Coke Corner as the East...

Disney Big Hero 6 – XPRIZE Challenge

Sometimes, things in life are simply meant to go perfectly together. When unique and separate elements are combined in the right way, the result is a truly unique experience, and everything just makes sense. Peanut butter and chocolate. Summer and barbeques. A boy and his dog… err… robot. You catch my drift. The newest pairing to this list is...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #109 – News, Rumors and Lombards

Welcome to another Episode of the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast . On this episode we start with Lee and Tracey sharing their experience of trying Butterbeer at the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London. Following that, we answer a question from listener Allison, from South Carolina, about visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. We then enter the...

Yesterland: Backstage Studio Tour

When Disney-MGM Studios opened, its biggest—and certainly its longest—attraction was the Backstage Studio Tour. Over the years, its importance, popularity, and length diminished. The final day of the attraction—called the Studio Backlot Tour in its most recent form—was September 27, 2014.  Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Backstage Studio Tour   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Polynesian Village Resort and Magic Kingdom Updates

Walt Disney World celebrated its 43rd birthday this week. We were there and have some news and photos from the Polynesian Village Resort and Magic Kingdom for you. Get ready, lots for you to see this week. There are some great new signs in the remodeled Captain Cook's. It's just a short Monorail or boat ride from the Poly to the...

Costume Ideas for Mickey’s Halloween Party

My favorite time of year is finally here! Not much I don't love about fall. Crisp air, jeans and boots, hot chocolate and HALLOWEEN!! Luckily, the Disney Parks love the spooky holiday as much as I do, and Mickey hosts not so scary parties on both coasts. While costumes aren't required, it's not often that we get to trick-or-treat...

How Disney Legend Van France Changed a Life – Disneylander Jerry’s story

October 3rd marks the birthday of Disney Legend Van France. Van was an icon – a genius in sharing Walt’s vision of training and hiring “The Disney Way.” We hope you'll enjoy this touching tribute to Van and the lives he continues to touch.  - Pam Lipp There are countless impactful quotes by Walt Disney and Van France, but one...