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Walt Disney: Theme Park Character

July 17, 2013 at 3:00 am | 8 Comments

WALT DISNEY: THEME PARK CHARACTER With the “new” Disney California Adventure now a year old, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back on my original thoughts on the California theme, the…


Disney News Round Up: Tony Baxter, Fastpass+ and Disneyland at 58

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

  We have a Disney news Round Up for you today which is jam packed with interesting tidbits. We bring you an interview with the amazing Tony Baxter in our new Season Pass Podcast! We…


Paying the $3 Billion Price Tag for FASTPASS+

July 16, 2013 at 4:00 am | 34 Comments

The latest test of MyMagic+ (and its FASTPASS cousin, FP+) will start next week, involving guests at Bay Lake Tower–in other words, the DVC crowd. Disney may well get different feedback from this population than…

Posted in Walt Disney World


Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights, Springfield and Diagon Alley

July 16, 2013 at 3:00 am | 12 Comments

Universal Orlando is moving forward on their 2014 plans and beyond, even as summer crowds swarm the parks.  Let’s take a stroll around Universal Orlando Resort and see what’s on tap in Springfield, Diagon Alley,…


Season Pass Podcast: The Tony Baxter Interview – Part 1

July 16, 2013 at 12:01 am | 11 Comments

Everyone knows that we wouldn’t have the moments and memories of the most amazing attractions in the world if it wasn’t for Walt Disney Imagineering.  There are only few Imagineers that will be epitomized as…


Universal Confirms EVIL DEAD Maze Coming to Halloween Horror Nights

July 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm | 9 Comments

UPDATE:  Universal has finally confirmed that a maze based on the 2013 film Evil Dead will be walk through attractions at both Universal Hollywood and Universal Studios Orlando as part of Universal Halloween Horror Nights…


Disney California Adventure wraps up Cars Land as Disneyland celebrates its 58th anniversary

July 15, 2013 at 5:05 am | 36 Comments

Disney California Adventure‘s new 12-acre Cars Land is getting a final finishing touch over a year after opening but guests inside the park won’t be seeing it. The massive Cars Land mountain range is in…


Marvel World: Are You Ready for San Diego Comic-Con?

July 15, 2013 at 2:00 am | 5 Comments

San Diego Comic-Con 2013 is just around the corner, July 17 -21, and announcements about the event are coming fast and furious. Are you a Disney, Marvel, or Star Wars fan headed to Comic-Con? I’ve…

Posted in Marvel, Marvel World


Welcome to the Wakefield Report

July 15, 2013 at 12:01 am | 6 Comments

Welcome to the Wakefield Report, from Chris Wakefield, the newest member of the MicePod. We think you’ll agree that this show is a very fresh take on the Disney parks. Give the show a listen…


SeaWorld Orlando Summer Update and Antarctica Changes

July 14, 2013 at 3:00 am | 7 Comments

Summer crowds have descended on the SeaWorld Orlando resort, with Aquatica closing at capacity most days during the busy 4th of July holiday week. Lines for Antarctica hovered around the 2 hour mark during day…


Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #60 – HHN, Cabana Bay and Springfield

July 14, 2013 at 12:41 am | 5 Comments

On the newest episode of the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast, we have all the recent Halloween Horror Nights news, as well as more information from behind the scenes at the new Cabana Bay Hotel and…

Posted in Features


Maurice Sendak Exhibit at Disney Family Museum Highlights Walt Connection

July 13, 2013 at 3:00 am | 4 Comments

The Walt Disney Family Museum is really working hard to present some interesting and thought-provoking programming. Along these lines, the Museum recently presented “The Maurice Sendak Exhibit: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons”. Of course,…


Disneyland Resort Anniversary, Splash Troubles, and Updates

July 12, 2013 at 3:00 am | 51 Comments

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure survived the 4th of July holiday mega-week and came out just fine.  The lighter than normal crowds were helped, in part, by annual passholder block-out dates, and made for a…


Dateline Disney World: Epcot News and Photos

July 12, 2013 at 2:00 am | 15 Comments

This week, we’ll look at what’s going on over at Epcot. Construction, obstructions and refurbishments! About 50 photos for you, so let’s get started! If you’d like to support the column and shop on Amazon.com…


Two Myths about World Showcase at Epcot

July 11, 2013 at 9:18 pm | 17 Comments

Disney hasn’t added any countries to World Showcase at Epcot since Norway in 1988—that was 25 years ago. On the Internet, two reasons are mentioned over and over. What’s the real story? This is an…


Knotts Berry Farm Announces Halloween Haunt 2013 Details

July 11, 2013 at 4:00 am | 28 Comments

Last night, Knott’s Berry Farm held a huge announcement event in the Charles Schultz Theatre to reveal all of their dastardly plans for the 41st Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt. Heralding the oldest and biggest…


Sam Compares Parks, Disney, Universal, Knotts, Magic Mountain

July 11, 2013 at 3:00 am | 21 Comments

Let’s face it: Tickets for theme parks are expensive. Every year, we have come to expect price increases that exceed inflation, and every year, we somehow find a way to pony up the extra bucks. …

Posted in Features, Samland


Walt Disney World for Grownups

July 11, 2013 at 2:00 am | 23 Comments

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I hopped a plane from the Sooner State for a week of kid-free fun at the Most Magical Place on Earth?  Well, it turned out to be a…


Season Pass Podcast: SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Designers PGAV

July 11, 2013 at 1:00 am | 2 Comments

Please welcome back the Season Pass Podcast. This time around, the team speaks with a theme park design firm who has worked closely with SeaWorld and Busch Gardens on a number of high profile attractions.…


Disney to Honor Tony Baxter and 7 Others with Legend Award

July 10, 2013 at 6:00 am | 23 Comments

We talk about Disney Legends all the time on MiceChat, but do you know how they are minted? At the Disney Legends Awards of course! You are invited to this year’s ceremony, which will take…

Posted in Disney, Disney History