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South Korea’s Lotte World Celebrates 25 Years With SPECTACULAR New Parade

South Korea's Lotte World theme park celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The park is the 14th most visited theme park in the world, with 7,300,000 guests in 2013. The anniversary celebrations include a brand new nighttime spectacular parade called "Let's Dream!". Here are some photos and commentary provided by Alain Littaye of the Disney and more blog. ~~Rick Let's...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #99 – News, Rumors and the Quest for Gringotts

Welcome to another UUOP. On this show we begin with the news,which includes the opening of the Hotdog Hall of Fame and Breadbox at Universal Orlando's Citywalk, and then we join Darren for reviews of each, Wet'n'Wild Orlando's new waterslide, free concerts at Universal Studios Hollywood and Biohazard : The Real returning to Universal Studios Japan and more. We then head...

Visitors Scream and Splash at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Continuing his series on San Francisco Bay area parks, Marc Ricketts brings us a two-part photo essay on Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. This park has weathered economic ups and downs as well as a 55 mile move north forced by rising property values. ~~Rick Screaming and Splashing at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom by Marc Ricketts Marine World. Marine World Africa USA. Six...

Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk Delivers More Than You Think

On our way into Universal Studios this week to take photos for yesterday's construction update, we passed through CityWalk as we always do. It suddenly dawned on us that, while delightful, we rarely ever talk about this shopping and dining mecca. Universal Studios Hollywood didn't always have a CityWalk.  In fact, Universal Studios wasn't always a theme park.  It was...

Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights Announcements and Construction Update

Universal Studios Hollywood is a movie studio, theme park and family attraction in a state of masive transformation. Springfield continues to take shape across the midway from The Simpsons Ride. Meanwhile, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is working some magic to expand the attraction space on the upper lot to nearly twice its current size.  Along the Studio...

Arrow Development Story Part 3 – Patently Obvious

Most Micechat readers probably know what happened on Sunday July 17, 1955 in what had been, up till then, a remote orange grove near Anaheim, CA. Of the available attractions on Opening Day five had Arrow’s fingerprints all over them: Dumbo the Flying Elephant, King Arthur's Carousel, Mad Tea Party, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride and Snow White's Scary Adventure....

Mystic Manor and Enchanted Tales with WDW’s Belle – Season Pass Podcast

Today's podcast has an in depth conversation Discussion on the creative process behind Thea award recipients: Hong Kong Disneyland’s attraction Mystic Manor with Director of Creative Development for Walt Disney Imagineering Japan (formerly Hong Kong) Mark Schirmer, and Enchanted Tales with Belle with Imagineers Ted Robledo & Chris Kelly.  Discussion on beginning a theme park design career at Disneyland...

Did Disneyland Open July 17 or July 18?

Disney fans know that Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955. That’s when Disneyland celebrates the anniversary of its opening. However, back in 1955, the official opening date was July 18.   Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Did Disneyland Open July 17 or July 18?   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

A 59 Photo Salute to Disneyland’s 59th Birthday

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DISNEYLAND! Disneyland hits a milestone today as it turns 59 years old. Disneyland is a pure original. The park Walt Disney had designed and built out of personal passion has gone on to spawn four additional Magic Kingdoms around the world, with a fifth currently on its way in Shanghai. Today, in no particular order, we reflect and...

10 Tips from (Former) Walt Disney World Newbies

Sometimes it’s hard to step out of park vet brain.  Although we’ve discussed tips for newbies on Park Wise, I thought it might be interesting to hear from former newbies who’ve traveled to Walt Disney World for the first time recently.  Here are ten of the top tips I received from the geeks-in-training. 1. Plan Ahead “Don’t just show up and...

Classic WTTM: Disneyus NonSequiturium

On this weeks show... Paul takes you deep into his Disney audio collection and plays for you some of his most beloved tracks. From the movies, theme parks and anywhere else, this is one to just sit back and enjoy. No theme, no reason, no rules... Just Disney music. Enjoy. Direct Link | iTunes Link  CONTACT US TODAY! Email: [email protected] Voicemail: 1-307-438-9886 Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/wttm Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jeremiahgood Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/magicjoe1 Facebook:...

Dateline Disney World – Magic in the Mornings

You've all been there . . . sticky hot day in a park filled with fellow tourists. The old adage is get to the park at opening to stay a step ahead of the crowds. Want to see what that really looks like? Let’s take a trip to the Magic Kingdom! Early in the morning there was no monorail service...

Terri Hardin, Everyone Is An Artist, So Why Do So Many Say They Aren’t?

UPDATE:  First of all ALERT, ALERT. Tomorrow July 17th. Is Disneyland’s 59th Birthday . . . Whoo Hoo!  I will be at the Park from 9am – 4pm to celebrate.  I’ll be hanging around coke corner.  How do I celebrate? By seeing all of YOU of course. So if you’re in the area, celebrating Disneyland’s Birthday too, then please, please...

Disney News Round Up: New Orleans Outrage, Missing Fingers and Monorail Drama

The MiceChat Round Up of Disney and theme park news and information is here to serve up the week in news, gossip, rumors, and fun.  Big changes are coming to Disneyland's exclusive Club 33 and the alterations are hard to miss from this once secretive club.  There are also games afoot as "Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush" completes its...

Universal Studios Hollywood Tram Tour 50 Years Old Today

Today, July 15th, we offer our congratulations to Universal Studios Hollywood on 50 years of their world famous Studio Tram Tour and the genesis of their theme park operations. You provided the masses with a chance to peek backstage at a real movie studio and there is still nothing quite like it. What is even more remarkable is how...

The Disney Avenue Podcast Joins the MiceChat Family

The Disney Avenue Podcast is honored and thrilled to join the MiceChat family. The podcast is brand new and will feature intriguing insights, interviews and opinions with top Imagineers and other popular figures in the Disney stratosphere on a monthly basis. We couldn't think of a better guest to kick off the show than former Imagineer and just all around great guy, Tim Delaney....

Club 33 brings major change to Disneyland’s New Orleans Square as Frontierland gets its game on

Disneyland's newly renovated and expanded Club 33 began testing for special guests over the weekend as more scaffolding and walls began to come down from the New Orleans Square buildings that were affected during club's expansion. The changes that were revealed are dramatic, making the private club more noticeable than ever thanks to major changes throughout New Orleans Square....

Mousetalgia Podcast Episode 299: Producer Don Hahn, Imagineer Glenn Barker

This week, Team Mousetalgia speaks with legendary producer Don Hahn (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Who Framed Roger Rabbit) at the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet. Hahn shares some thoughts on producing, creating documentaries and working on Disneynature films, and we also discuss the nature of creativity within Disney productions. Mousetalgia also welcomes Imagineer Glenn Barker to the...

Disneyland History Through Post Cards: Anaheim Motels Part 3

Here's part three of our "Disneyland History Through Post Cards" series. This time we're taking a look at the motels of West Katella Avenue. ~~Rick Islander Motel 424 West Katella Avenue Too bad the awesome tiki-style sign was lost to the "Anaheim Resort" improvements. The buildings still retain the quasi-Asian style architecture. The motel is no longer "close to Movieland Wax Museum"....

The Sweep Spot Episode 133 – Interview with Former Disneyland Cast Member Who Was Hired in 1969

In this Episode we welcome former Disneyland cast member Vern Hoiland. Vern was hired into Disneyland in 1969 and retired in 2006. Vern saw a lot fo changes over the years from managment, park changes, his own changes in roles, and much more. This is a great interview if you want to learn about how it was working in...