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Marvel World: Raphael Sbarge Talks Jiminy Cricket

April 21, 2013 at 12:01 am | 5 Comments

One of the great features of WonderCon, or any pop culture convention for that matter, is the opportunity to meet celebrities and icons.  While browsing Autograph Alley at WonderCon 2013, I happened upon Raphael Sbarge,…


Epic Trip to Tokyo Disneyland: Final Day, Final Thoughts

April 20, 2013 at 3:00 am | 25 Comments

Sadly, we have come to the last installment of ChrisNJ’s report on his trip to Tokyo Disneyland Resort. I can’t thank him enough for taking the time to write and photo-illustrate his report and then…


Lincoln: a Blu-ray Review

April 20, 2013 at 12:00 am | 8 Comments

It might seem odd that Jeff and George are reviewing a Dreamworks Blu-ray in the Disney Review column, but this film has some special ties to Disney. First off, Disney has a distribution deal with…


Hard Hat Tour of Knotts Berry Farm Log Ride Refurbishment and New Boardwalk Rides

April 19, 2013 at 3:35 am | 36 Comments

Knotts Berry Farm is currently hard at work on two major projects. What will likely get the most media attention is an expansion to the Boardwalk area of the park with three new family rides:…


In The Parks: Fairies, Ride Closures and Springtime Fun at Disneyland

April 19, 2013 at 3:30 am | 34 Comments

Uh-oh!  Disneyland and Disney California Adventure both suffered ride closures this week, with more occurring yesterday, as the government safety agency, Cal/OSHA, descended upon the parks and forced action. Meanwhile the shuffle of collectables and…

Posted in In the Parks


Animal Kingdom News, Construction, and Photos

April 19, 2013 at 2:00 am | 31 Comments

Jambo everyone! This week, we’ll be taking a look at some news, construction, and photos from Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We have about 60 photos of the park for you to enjoy today. If you’d like…


Villa View at Aulani

April 18, 2013 at 11:31 pm | 4 Comments

Imagine that you’re on your private lanai about halfway up the Waianae tower at Aulani. No matter which direction you look, the view is great—but the best view is toward the ocean. Read the full…

Posted in Features, Werner Weiss


SAMLAND: Disneyland the Exceptional, Acceptable, and Regrettable

April 18, 2013 at 3:00 am | 26 Comments

How do you get people to evaluate and document what they see and how they feel within the environments that they live, work, and play? That is a question I am frequently asked during my…


Get Park Wise: Top Tips on Using Disney PhotoPass

April 18, 2013 at 12:01 am | 16 Comments

A couple weeks ago, we pondered the question of whether or not Disney PhotoPass is worth the money.  If you decided it wasn’t, maybe these tips will sway you or give you a few ideas…


DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.8 – Disneyland’s Tragic Light Magic

April 17, 2013 at 3:00 am | 46 Comments

Disney legend, Bob Gurr, knows how to tell a story. And today, he has spun the Wheel of Years and landed on a topic which is . . . well. . . a part of…


Disney News Round Up: Disneyland Ride Closures, Snow White Makes Tracks

April 17, 2013 at 2:00 am | 3 Comments

It has been one heck of a news week for the Disney Company (not all of it good). Rides were closed suddenly at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, Disney’s 2D animation has been shown the…


The Sad End of Disney Hand Drawn Animation

April 17, 2013 at 12:01 am | 79 Comments

[Regarding 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'] The animation of the dwarfs themselves is something pretty much impossible to achieve in computer animation. That fluidity, that squash and stretch, that kind of stuff – it…

Communicore Weekly – Space Mountain, Animated Man, UK Phone Booths, Smythe-Wallis

April 16, 2013 at 11:58 am | 6 Comments

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Space Mountain, The Animated Man, Smythe-Wallis, and call the UK Phone Booths again! Download on iTunes here! | http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/communicore-weekly/id496333443 Direct download here! | http://www.bamferproductions.com/communicore/0066-CommunicoreWeekly.mp3 DISNEY HISTORY! –…


Kevin Yee: Seven Dwarfs Track Spotted at Magic Kingdom and Other News

April 16, 2013 at 4:01 am | 10 Comments

Orlando is hopping with action.  Disney World is in the middle of adding a huge family coaster to their ongoing Fantasyland expansion.  While at the same time, Universal is firing on all cylinders in both…


Universal Orlando Resort Transformers Watch

April 16, 2013 at 12:24 am | 11 Comments

Universal Orlando Resort is on the cusp of transformation with a brand new major budget attraction about ready to open.  Team members have been hired, are being trained, and the ride is cycling daily. But…

TDR30th Anniversary

VIDEO: Tokyo Disneyland Turns 30

April 16, 2013 at 12:22 am | 16 Comments

Tokyo Disneyland turned 30 years old yesterday in spectacular fashion. Have you ever seen so many characters in one place? Happy Birthday TDL. You look great!

Posted in Features


Iron Man lands in Tomorrowland as Long Lost Friends bring Limited Time Magic to Disneyland

April 15, 2013 at 5:05 am | 35 Comments

It was a busy news week at Disneyland. Long Lost Friends week brought rare characters out for special appearances in Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree as part of the on-going Limited Time Magic promotion. At Disney…


ImagiNERDing: Giving a Kick to Theme Park Studios

April 15, 2013 at 12:01 am | 7 Comments

Many Mice Chat readers are fans of Roller Coaster Tycoon and are eagerly following the development of Theme Park Studios by Pantera Entertainment (check out my update from March). The roller coaster simulator is scheduled for…

Posted in Features, Imaginerding


“Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” Celebrates 25 Years

April 14, 2013 at 3:00 am | 9 Comments

It has been 25 years since a group of talented people sent the cartoon world of Roger Rabbit careening into the live action world of private detective Eddie Valiant. Scarlett Stahl recently attended a reunion…


Saying No To Cars Land – Fixing the Disney Hollywood Studios

April 14, 2013 at 12:01 am | 59 Comments

Rumors about additions and changes to Hollywood Studios have existed for years. While many are figments of fan boys’ imaginations, usually where there’s smoke, there’s fire. A few months ago, Al Lutz reported that a…

Posted in Features