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Is Disney PhotoPass Worth the Money?

April 04, 2013 at 3:59 am | 36 Comments

If you’ve been to a Disney Park recently, you’ve no doubt seen happy cast members posted at various locations throughout the park with large cameras in hand.  These are your friendly PhotoPass photographers, and they’ll gladly snap a picture…

Posted in Disney, Park Wise


Bubblefest at the Discovery Science Center

April 04, 2013 at 3:01 am | 17 Comments

The most exciting time of year at the Discovery Science Center is back! Bubblefest, which runs from March 28th to April 14th, is blowing back into town. What is Bubblefest?  Well, it’s the most amazingly…


DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.7 – 1942 Living in Wartime What Was it Really Like

April 03, 2013 at 4:59 am | 22 Comments

Bob has once again spun the Wheel of Years and this time it has stopped at 1942. WAR! Just two months after the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, war began to take…


Knotts Berry Bloom, Log Ride news, and Coast Rider Progress

April 03, 2013 at 3:57 am | 18 Comments

Knotts is celebrating spring this year with an all new event, Knott’s Berry Bloom, which includes a mini food and wine festival. The park is impressively awash in large swaths of color, blossoms, and foliage…


Disney News Round Up: Finding Dory, and Easter, and Avatar

April 03, 2013 at 1:00 am | 1 Comment

It was a surprisingly busy week in Disney news. Iron Man to become a part of Innoventions, Finding Dory sequel to Nemo announced by Pixar, and observations of Walt Disney World’s Monorail system, and a…


Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue, Review

April 02, 2013 at 3:55 am | 12 Comments

It’s been several years since I last saw the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue at Walt Disney World’s Fort Wilderness. In the intervening years, there was a copyright battle involving the show’s trademark song, with the…

Posted in Walt Disney World


PinPics: The Rise of the Disney Pin Collector

April 02, 2013 at 3:54 am | 14 Comments

Please help us welcome the good folks from PinPics.com to MiceChat. From time to time, they’ll be dropping by to fill us all in on what’s new in the world of Disney pins. You’ve probably…

Posted in Features


Universal Orlando Resort Transformers meet guests

April 02, 2013 at 1:01 am | 18 Comments

Spring Break crowds have hit the parks, and Megatron has invaded the Universal Orlando Resort, and some old characters have been found wandering the parks.  The countdown to the opening of Transformers: The Ride is…


Jungle Cruise News Blues

April 01, 2013 at 4:01 am | 67 Comments

The following article initially ran on Monday, April 1st, as an April Fools Day piece.  Enjoy the silly fun below and pray Disney doesn’t get any ideas from this article. On September 20th, 2011, Disney…


Easter at Disneyland brings some Limited Time Magic to both theme parks

April 01, 2013 at 3:58 am | 19 Comments

Disneyland celebrated the Easter holiday last week with several Easter-themed offerings including meet-and-greets with the Easter Bunny at Disneyland and an egg hunt in Disney California Adventure. The “Spring Fling” Easter-themed offerings were around for…


The Disneyland 1/2 Marathon – How does it compare to other local races?

March 31, 2013 at 4:01 am | 14 Comments

I started running in January of 2010 as a way to lose weight. Shortly after, some friends talked me into doing my first 1/2 Marathon, the 2010 Disneyland Half Marathon. At a cost of $125…


Season Pass Podcast: The Matt Ouimet Interview

March 31, 2013 at 4:00 am | 13 Comments

This week’s Season Pass Podcast interviews the CEO of the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company – Matt Ouimet. Matt discusses his beginnings in the amusement and themed entertainment industry with Disney, the Disney Cruise Line, becoming…


Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast #3: An Exclusive Look at Antarctica

March 31, 2013 at 2:00 am | 7 Comments

We are pleased to bring you episode 3 of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast where we talk about all the latest news, rumors, rescues, history and more about your favorite SeaWorld parks in Orlando, San Diego…


Epic Tokyo Disneyland Trip Report

March 30, 2013 at 3:59 am | 23 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from a MiceChat member who had just returned from a trip to the Tokyo Disney Resort. “Hi. I’ve been a regular reader of your incredible site…


Remembering Alfred Hitchcock at the Universal Orlando Resort

March 30, 2013 at 3:55 am | 4 Comments

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. During a 1987 press conference announcing the opening of Universal Studios Florida, a video of Back to the Future’s Doc Brown, who was time traveling to the opening of the…

Posted in Features


In The Parks: Easter Fun and Warnings at the Disneyland Resort

March 29, 2013 at 3:59 am | 25 Comments

Limited time magic continues to impress at the Disneyland Resort this week with special Easter offerings.  You’ll find furry fun in both Disneyland’s Bunny Hop and Disney California Adventure’s Easter egg hunt.  But the news…


Dateline Disney World: Is Disneys Hollywood Studios Prepping Cars Land Expansion?

March 29, 2013 at 3:55 am | 27 Comments

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World. This week, we will take in the sights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, sharing some news, rumors, and photos. Is the Studios park prepping for an expansion on par…


Hyperion Wharf

March 29, 2013 at 12:40 am | 7 Comments

On November 18, 2010, The Walt Disney Company announced that Pleasure Island would become Hyperion Wharf. It would involve more than just renaming the former nightclub area. Concept art showed a vibrant “electric wonderland” at…


Who’s afraid of Song of the South and other titles, Selections from the Samland Library,

March 28, 2013 at 4:03 am | 9 Comments

Sam Gennawey reviews three interesting pieces for Disney fans today.  First up is the fascinating book, Who’s afraid of Song of the South? by Jim Korkis.  Next is information for the Disney geeks that are…

Posted in Samland


Park Wise: Top Five Disney Places to Cool Off

March 28, 2013 at 4:02 am | 19 Comments

Although it’s still a little chilly in my part of the country, the temperatures are slowly creeping up on the coasts, and summer vacations will be here before you know it!  When walking miles a…