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The Disney Empire Strikes Back

August 27, 2013 at 3:00 am | 155 Comments

Universal has been on such a tear lately, it’s easy to say that they have momentum on their side in Orlando for perhaps the first time ever. But Disney can come roaring back, and there…

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Universal Orlando Resort Update with Extra MicePod Magic

August 27, 2013 at 2:00 am | 7 Comments

This past week, the Universal Orlando Resort was invaded by MiceChatters and fans of the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast. They took on in park challenges for charity, and were treated to special guest speaker Russ…

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Long Lost Friends return as Disneyland play tests new interactive fun in Frontierland

August 26, 2013 at 5:19 am | 47 Comments

This weekend’s Labor Day holiday weekend will bring Disneyland’s traditional summer season to an end. The theme parks have already begun transitioning into the short fall off-season while preparing for the the popular Halloween Time…

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Knotts Scary Farm Update, Haunt, and MiceChat Nights of Horror Meet

August 26, 2013 at 1:00 am | 17 Comments

We have a nice little update from Knotts Berry Farm for you today. Plus, the launch of ticket sales for MiceChat’s HUGE Scary Farm event on September 28th. We also update you on the visible…

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Disney Infinity Starter Pack Review

August 25, 2013 at 3:00 am | 26 Comments

Disney Infinity is a gaming gamble that Disney Interactive Studios hopes will catch on like wildfire. Truth is they have something on their hands that works well on many levels. Those who are familiar with…

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Season Pass Podcast: The Making of Carthay Circle and Harry Potter Tour

August 25, 2013 at 2:01 am | 2 Comments

Walt Disney Imagineering and Harry Potter!  What more could you ask for? The TSPP team discusses Carthay Circle Restaurant with Ray Spencer (Creative Director at Walt Disney Imagineering).  Also a conversation with Sarah Roots (Vice…

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A Disney Weekend in Hollywood with Scarlett Stahl

August 24, 2013 at 2:05 am | 6 Comments

Scarlett Stahl has regaled us with stories about her many Disney friends. Today’s story about a recent weekend in Hollywood is no exception! Imagine spending a weekend with such amazing Disney celebrities and legends. Frankly,…

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This Week at the Disneyland Resort

August 23, 2013 at 3:00 am | 35 Comments

If your idea of Disney magic is new safety railings, you’ll like today’s update. And if Halloween in August tickles your fancy, you’ll be thrilled. Plus, Starbucks is invading Downtown Disney. Long Lost Friends week…

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The Empty Grave Opens Early at Anaheim Gardenwalk

August 23, 2013 at 1:00 am | 13 Comments

Hidden away in the dark recesses of the Garden walk is an independent haunt with a loyal following.  The Empty Grave Haunted attraction opened its doors last weekend for limited hours of operation until the…

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Yesterland-Alweg Monorail

August 22, 2013 at 11:10 pm | 7 Comments

You’ve just boarded the Yesterland Alweg Monorail for a nonstop, round-trip journey. Now you’re gliding along the gently curving “Highway in the Sky.” As you look out the windows, you enjoy scenic views of Tomorrowland…

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How to Operate the Disneyland Monorail

August 22, 2013 at 3:00 am | 10 Comments

Recently, as I was sorting through some files, I came across a 1966 operator’s manual for the Disneyland-Alweg Monorail System and thought I would share some of the highlights. As was the custom with Disneyland…

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Skipping School for Disney: Do or Don’t

August 22, 2013 at 2:00 am | 75 Comments

Last week, we discussed some of the pros and cons of different times to visit Walt Disney World.  Maybe you’ve discovered that you’d rather head to the parks in the cooler, less crowded, value seasons. …

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Universal Studios Hollywood Gets Centered, Gears up for Halloween

August 22, 2013 at 1:00 am | 10 Comments

Welcome to another huge update from Universal Studios Hollywood. Let’s explore what’s happening at this theme park inside a working movie studio and see how the reconfiguration of the center of the park and new…

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9 Theme Park News Nuggets and Wakefield Report Episode 44

August 22, 2013 at 12:01 am | 2 Comments

Well here we are, another week removed from D23 Expo and more theme park news is starting to trickle in. I was really hoping more would come out in the days following D23 regarding the…

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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…