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Universal Studios Hollywood Launches Grinchmas with Whomanitarian Award

November 28, 2013 at 2:30 am | 4 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Did you know that today is not only Thanksgiving but the start of Hanukkah as well? Oh, and one more holiday kicks off today . . . Grinchmas! Yes, Universal’s Grinch themed…

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WTTM WDW 027 – Into the Studios and Under the Sea

November 28, 2013 at 2:00 am | No Comments

This week, Jeremiah takes you into Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a walk around the park, a talk with Mushu, and a visit with Ariel and her undersea friends at the VOYAGE of the LITTLE MERMAID…

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DESIGN: Those Were The Times – No.23 1955 Arrow Development – Ed Morgan and Karl Bacon

November 27, 2013 at 3:00 am | 19 Comments

Today’s Wheel of Years has stopped at 1955. Most Disneyland fans typically assume that all Disneyland attractions have always been designed by Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), and also manufactured and installed by Disney’s own shops…

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Busch Gardens Tampa Is Ready for Christmas

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

It’s Christmas time at Busch Gardens, our favorite time of the year in the park. In today’s update, we’ll show you the holiday daytime offerings. Plus, Falcon’s Fury construction and other news from around this…

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Disney News Round Up: A MagicBand Christmas

November 27, 2013 at 1:00 am | No Comments

  It’s Thanksgiving time. In honor of the holiday, we’ve stuffed this update with all sorts of holiday treats, and one big turkey you’ve got to eat. The MiceChat Round up is here to sum…

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MiceAge Disney Parks Update: Iger’s Ire

November 26, 2013 at 3:00 am | 225 Comments

The holiday season is in full swing, and huge crowds have descended on the Disneyland Resort this week. Both parks have never looked better with Christmas decorations covering nearly every land and corner of the…

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MagicBands and More – Kevin’s Review

November 26, 2013 at 2:20 am | 16 Comments

I have seen them on the wrists of other visitors for many weeks now, but I finally got a chance this past weekend to try MagicBands for myself (courtesy of a stay at Pop Century).…

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Universal Orlando Resort Update – Christmas and Diagon Alley Details

November 26, 2013 at 12:30 am | 5 Comments

Universal Orlando Resort is looking jolly. Christmas decorations are now up around the resort, CityWalk construction is pressing ahead at full steam, Diagon Alley gets more details by the day, and we have an extra…

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Holiday treats bring seasonal tastes to Disneyland Resort theme parks

November 25, 2013 at 5:05 am | 25 Comments

The holidays are in full swing at Disneyland as the busy Thanksgiving holiday week gets underway. Big crowds will hit the parks this week, with levels hitting their peak over the weekend. As holiday crowds…

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Mousetalgia 266: The true story of Mary Poppins

November 25, 2013 at 1:00 am | 3 Comments

Disney Legend Dave Smith, Disney Archivist Emeritus, joins Mousetalgia this week to tell the true story of Walt Disney’s pursuit of P. L. Travers to bring her book Mary Poppins to the screen. In anticipation…

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Disney’s Frozen is Red Hot

November 24, 2013 at 3:00 am | 39 Comments

Halfway through Disney’s new animated feature film, Frozen, I realized I had no idea what was going to happen next.  That was about the same time I realized that what I was watching was something…

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The Disneyland Paris that never was

November 24, 2013 at 2:00 am | 5 Comments

It’s always fun to hear about the Disney attractions that were never built – “the ones that got away” as it were. Only rarely do we get to see the actual renderings and concept art.…

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast: Episode 69 – Retro Trippy

November 24, 2013 at 12:32 am | No Comments

In episode 69, we offer you live audio from Lee and Tracey’s August trip, the latest news from Orlando, Hollywood and now Singapore, including the defection of a Disney exec to NBCUniversal! We also discuss…

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Welcome to the Disney Cast Blast

November 23, 2013 at 3:00 am | 14 Comments

Please join us in welcoming a new column to MiceChat, Disney Cast Blast. We think you’ll agree that this column is a bit like eating popcorn. Once you start reading, you won’t want to stop.…

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Disneyland Paris Transforms into Christmas Wonderland

November 23, 2013 at 2:00 am | 2 Comments

Disneyland Paris has achieved another one of those Disney miracles and has transformed the resort from Halloween to Christmas in record time. Alain Littaye of the Disney and more blog shares a photo and video…

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A Holiday for Happy Play at the Disneyland Resort

November 22, 2013 at 3:00 am | 15 Comments

The Holidays at the resort are in full swing and they are firing on all cylinders.  Disneyland is offering Haunted Mansion Holiday, it’s a small world holiday, believe in Holiday Magic, A Christmas Fantasy Parade,…

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Jingle Cruise and Magic Kingdom News

November 22, 2013 at 2:00 am | 15 Comments

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we have an update from around the Magic Kingdom area, and have over 70 photos! Let’s get started! If you’d like to support the column and…

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Yesterland: The Book of Mouse

November 21, 2013 at 10:00 pm | 1 Comment

The Book of Mouse is not structured as a chronological narrative. It’s collection of stories, anecdotes, quotations, and FAQ-like question-and-answer sections, with a complete Mickey Mouse annotated filmography somewhere in the middle. Read the full…

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Samland: The Motion Simulator Ride

November 21, 2013 at 3:00 am | 15 Comments

When Star Tours opened at Disneyland in 1987, little did the Imagineers know that they would create a new industry. The breakthrough attraction combined a motion simulation base with a film and a story to…

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How Long Should We Stay at Disneyland

November 21, 2013 at 2:00 am | 34 Comments

Last week we chatted about length of stay at Walt Disney World.  What works at Disney World doesn’t always match what you should do at Disneyland. . . so I gabbed with some Disney geek…