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The Original Corn Dog Castle

February 08, 2013 at 12:01 am | 9 Comments

Disneyland in California has Sleeping Beauty Castle. The Magic Kingdom in Florida has Cinderella Castle. Yester California Adventure has a castle too—the original Corn Dog Castle. Actually, today’s Disney California Adventure also has Corn Dog…

Universal Formula

Universal Formula

February 07, 2013 at 4:04 am | 32 Comments

We fans like to talk a lot about the Disney Difference — a vaguely defined set of guidelines and expectations which loosely encircle concepts like immersion, the wow factor, and attention to details. They can…

Posted in Universal Orlando


Park Wise: Walt Disney World with Food Allergies

February 07, 2013 at 4:03 am | 13 Comments

With such an emphasis placed on dining at Walt Disney World, I’d often wondered what options were available for those with food allergies.  When a friend of mine, Clara, became a Walt Disney World local…


An Al Lutz Breakfast

February 07, 2013 at 4:01 am | 8 Comments

As a historian, it is always nice to review original documents. I recently examined all of Al Lutz’s old columns for a book project. One thing that stood out were all of the breakfast suggestions…

Posted in Samland


Valentine’s Day, A Universal Love Story

February 07, 2013 at 4:01 am | 7 Comments

February is THE month for all you old (and young) romantics out there and it got me thinking, just how can you celebrate Valentine’s Day on Universal property? A little thought and research resulted in…


Design Those Were The Times #4: 1951 Ward Kimball’s Fire Engine, My Fire Engine Too

February 06, 2013 at 4:04 am | 30 Comments

The Wheel of Years has been sent spinning and when the clicking stops, the red arrow will point to a year – that’s where we’ll start. The tale can flow forward or backward, flow into…


MiceAge News Round Up: Tony Baxter Moves On, Vintage Pictures and Construction Updates

February 06, 2013 at 4:02 am | No Comments

The recipe for a good MiceChat Round up is simple. Take one part Disney and theme park news and place into a browser.  Mix in information about a Big Thunder Mountain Railroad television show from…


Hello and Goodbye at Disneyland

February 05, 2013 at 4:07 am | 109 Comments

Like clockwork, every three years Disneyland gets a new Resort president, and the new guy just arrived to take over in Anaheim. In this update we’ll fill you in on a few of the changes…

Posted in MiceAge Update


Orlando Parkhopper: Universal Orlando Resort Gets Extra Exciting

February 05, 2013 at 1:04 am | 12 Comments

Construction continues at a rapid pace at the Universal Orlando Resort. Today, we’ll show you what’s new and hypothesize on a potential new lagoon show for Islands of Adventure. Cabana Beach Resort Construction Universal Orlando…


Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast. Episode 49, The Jeff Heimbuch Interview

February 05, 2013 at 1:00 am | 10 Comments

Join us, the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast gang, for episode 49. In addition to the latest Universal Studios Resort news and a listener email,  this edition sees us invite fellow MicePod and MiceChat.com contributor Jeff…


Disneyland’s Fantasy Faire officially set to open March 12 as Tony Baxter leaves Walt Disney Imagineering

February 04, 2013 at 5:05 am | 36 Comments

Disneyland officially announced the grand opening date of its newest attraction last week. The new Fantasy Faire princess meet-and-greet village next to Sleeping Beauty Castle is scheduled to open its gates March 12, just in…


Disneyland Paris After the Storm, Part Deux

February 02, 2013 at 4:05 am | 8 Comments

There was a lot of interest in last week’s photos of Disneyland Paris after the record snow storm. This week the resort is starting to dig out from under its dusting of white pixie dust.…


In The Parks: Disneyland News and Refurbishments – No Tea For You

February 01, 2013 at 4:03 am | 14 Comments

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure both enjoyed light crowds this week during one of the resort’s last “slow” periods of the season. During this winter hibernation, there are many projects that are quietly tinkered away…


Dateline Disney World: Magic Kingdom News and Construction

February 01, 2013 at 4:02 am | 12 Comments

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World. We were on limited time (fun reference there) this week, so we only have for you what’s going on at the Magic Kingdom, but it still comes out…


Retro Space Mountain

February 01, 2013 at 12:51 am | 18 Comments

Space Mountain lets you travel through space inside a structure that futurists H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and Leonardo da Vinci might have imagined. This giant copper kettle with a green patina represents an ingenious relic…


Walt’s City of Tomorrow, Palm Beach Disneyland

January 31, 2013 at 4:03 am | 9 Comments

It’s a Samland double feature today. First up is the story of how Palm Beach almost became home to Disneyland East. Then we find out more about the legendary science fiction author, Ray Bradbury, and…


Park Wise: Fun with Characters

January 31, 2013 at 4:02 am | 28 Comments

I remember romping through Disneyland as a child. One of my fondest memories was running into the characters. To be honest, it’s no different now. I love seeing the kids’ faces light up when Mickey…


MiceChat Round up, 10 Years of MiceAge, Trip Reports and Pictures galore!

January 30, 2013 at 4:02 am | No Comments

The MiceAge 10 year Anniversary is almost upon us and we have an amazing amount of Disney and theme park news and discussions to share today in the MiceChat Round Up! Will Dancing return to…


Long Lost Friends

January 29, 2013 at 4:04 am | 25 Comments

Disney World has really gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to the national promotion called limited time magic. Disney considers the program to be part of its one Disney initiative, meaning…

Posted in Walt Disney World


Universal Orlando Resort Refurbs and Construction Update

January 29, 2013 at 4:02 am | 26 Comments

January used to be ‘off season’ in Orlando, but thanks to an increase in international visitors, and growth in domestic travel, all the parks in Orlando have been experiencing record January crowds.  Even with the…