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Disney News Round up: Winners and losers in the Theme Park Wars

June 05, 2013 at 12:01 am | 3 Comments

Summertime is here and bringing news of rising attendance numbers with it. 2012 theme park attendance figures have been released, and they are pretty significant for Disney California Adventure. Plus, ticket prices for the Disney…

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MiceAge Disneyland Update: Mickey’s Boomtown

June 04, 2013 at 4:05 am | 78 Comments

With a predictable increase in ticket prices, Anaheim’s first price hike since the re-launch of California Adventure last June, the Disneyland Resort heads into the busy summer vacation months ready to tackle the growing crowds.…

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Universal Orlando Resort Guide to Springfield

June 04, 2013 at 2:01 am | 25 Comments

This week, two of the new major summer offerings at the Universal Orlando Resort began technical rehearsals (what Disney calls “soft openings”) and gave park guests the first glimpse of what Universal Creative has been…

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Send in the Clones – A Closer Look at Universal Orlando’s Transformers

June 04, 2013 at 1:00 am | 11 Comments

It was a big weekend for Universal fans, as they opened not one but two new areas in their Orlando park. Both are high-level experiences and welcome additions to the lineup. Transformers faithfully reproduces its…

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Disneyland prices climb as ‘The Lone Ranger’ comes to California Adventure

June 03, 2013 at 5:05 am | 42 Comments

Disneyland prices got their annual increase over the weekend, bumping a one-day ticket to Disneyland above the $90 mark. The increases affect admission, Annual Passports and parking prices across the board, but the quiet weekend…

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SeaWorld Aquatica San Diego Opens

June 03, 2013 at 1:00 am | 12 Comments

On Saturday, June 1st, Aquatica San Diego opened its doors to guests. The park was previously a Knott’s Soak City and required six months of extensive renovation to make the conversion. MiceChat was on hand…

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MiceChat Podcast 8: Your Guide to Theme Parks Summer 2013

June 02, 2013 at 5:01 am | 4 Comments

What’s the best new attraction of summer 2013? You be the judge. Theme parks all across the country are preparing their offerings for summer 2013. This month’s show is your guide to the best of…

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Flying Over The Disneyland Resort with Apple Maps

June 02, 2013 at 12:01 am | 15 Comments

Alain Littaye goes on a digital flyover of the Disneyland Resort this week as we explore some of the new content that exists in the Apple Maps app. Join us and explore my favorite park…

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Four Easy Steps to Princess Practicality at Walt Disney World

June 01, 2013 at 1:02 am | 5 Comments

It’s every little girl’s dream: being a princess for a day. In 2006, Disney introduced a service to help guests achieve this. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, described by the company as “a magical beauty salon where…

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In The Parks: Bad week for Disneyland ToonTown

May 31, 2013 at 3:30 am | 20 Comments

It was a wild week at the Disneyland resort. Tuesday brought a frightening little incident in Mickey’s ToonTown that was masterfully handled by Disney’s in park security team. There has also been a sudden addition…

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Walt Disney World Starbucks Arriving and Mine Train Growing at Magic Kingdom

May 31, 2013 at 2:00 am | 21 Comments

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’re taking a look at the movement of lots of projects going in at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World! Let’s go! If you’d like…

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Original Billboards of Paradise Pier

May 30, 2013 at 9:51 pm | 3 Comments

It’s 2001. You’re walking around the lagoon at Paradise Pier to experience “the ultimate beachfront amusement zone, filled with thrilling attractions and vibrant graphics associated with the heyday of the great seaside amusement park piers.”…

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Accountineering, Disneyland Resort Attractions and Entertainment

May 30, 2013 at 4:00 am | 59 Comments

Hello readers!  I apologize for the long time between articles. Family comes first…now let’s get back to some Accountaneering!  I’m excited to share a story about a trip to WDI, in which I was able…

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From the Crazy Mixed Up Files of Samland

May 30, 2013 at 3:02 am | 5 Comments

I’m constantly working on all kinds of stories, research and ideas. Some become full blown articles here on MiceChat, others make it into books. Often, however, there are bits and pieces of ideas left on…

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Park Wise: Walt Disney World Special Events

May 30, 2013 at 1:00 am | 15 Comments

Any trip to Walt Disney World is special in itself, but there are certain times of the year that really make you say WOW!  In fact, I’d be willing to say that some Walt Disney…

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Marvel World: Agents of “S.H.I.E.L.D” Rumors, Videos and Websites, Oh My!

May 29, 2013 at 3:01 am | 16 Comments

My first article for MiceChat, back in March, was a recap of everything that’s been announced regarding the upcoming “S.H.I.E.L.D.” television show from Joss Whedon. Since then, there has been quite a bit of news,…

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Disney News Round Up: Penguins, Boardwalks, Magical Maps

May 29, 2013 at 1:00 am | No Comments

There was a TON of Disney and theme park news and information this week!  There was breaking news from Disneyland yesterday of a very small explosion in ToonTown. We also enjoyed the new show, Mickey…

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Kevin Yee: Wild Antarctica

May 28, 2013 at 3:02 am | 11 Comments

SeaWorld Orlando premiered a new attraction this weekend in the form of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. It’s very much a lush Disney-style production with high-end design values and the big budget for theming. Some…

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Orlando Parkhopper: Springfield USA Revealed at the Universal Orlando Resort

May 28, 2013 at 2:01 am | 17 Comments

While Orlando’s attention this past Friday was on the grand opening of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins at SeaWorld, Universal finally unveiled an extra treat for people planning to visit the parks this summer…SPRINGFIELD USA! …

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The Walt Disney Family Museum Presents Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 works, 50 reasons

May 28, 2013 at 12:01 am | 11 Comments

Today I have a treat for all you MiceChatters; I was recently invited to preview the new Maurice Sendak exhibition at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. For those of you with fond…