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  • January 31, 2016: Thank you for an AMAZING MiceChat Anniversary Weekend – It was an epic weekend with Disney Legends Dick Van Dyke and Marty Sklar, Mike Peraza, Terri Hardin, Amy Mebberson, David Koenig, a trip to Medieval Times, games, quests, meet-ups and even a rare rainy day at Disneyland. Whether you were able to join us in person or just wished us a happy anniversary on Facebook or Twitter, we appreciate you!!! Thank you for 11 AMAZING years!!! We have much more planned for you in the near future. We have photos for you in our MiceChat Round Up and Fab News. ×0
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Busch Gardens Tampa Readies Madagascar, Viva La Musica

April 28, 2013 at 1:10 am | 3 Comments

Welcome to Busch Gardens Tampa where the weather is warm, the music is fun and the rides are awesome!  The animals are pretty cute too!  We return to this great alternative to the Orlando parks…

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Disneyland Paris Ratatouille Ride – Rumors Dispelled

April 28, 2013 at 1:00 am | 5 Comments

Alain Littaye from the Disney and more blog has news about the Ratatouille Ride now under construction at Walt Disney Studios in the Disneyland Paris Resort. A peek at the construction plans allows Alain to…

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Long Winter Comes to an End, Trees Bloom at Disneyland Paris

April 27, 2013 at 3:00 am | 6 Comments

Over the last few months, Alain Littaye of the Disney and more blog has reported on the bitter cold winter in Paris this year. Who can forget the amazing photos of Disneyland Paris cast members…

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Magic Mountain: Full Throttle Construction and Jet Stream Issues

April 27, 2013 at 1:00 am | 9 Comments

Full Throttle is the big new attraction for Six Flags Magic Mountain this summer. With track now installed, attention has moved to electrical work and landscaping. We’ve noticed a few things going on at Jet…

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In The Parks: Disneyland Resort Goes to the Monsters

April 26, 2013 at 3:00 am | 26 Comments

Disneyland resort is going to the Monsters as new merchandise for the upcoming Pixar film is added to stores. But that’s just the start. As we told you in our last MiceAge Update, Disney plans…

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Dateline Disney World: Pirate’s Adventure, Construction, and Magic Kingdom Photos

April 26, 2013 at 1:00 am | 13 Comments

It’s been a few weeks since this column visited the Magic Kingdom, so that is where this week’s update comes from. We have photos of the new interactive Pirate game, as well as construction of…

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Country Bear Vacation Hoedown

April 25, 2013 at 11:01 pm | 9 Comments

The same performing bears who used to present the Country Bear Jamboree have a new show for you with new songs, new costumes, new props, and even a replacement for old show’s raccoon. Read the…

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Disneyland and the Exceptional, Acceptable, or Regrettable Part 2

April 25, 2013 at 3:01 am | 57 Comments

Last week I decided to apply a tool I use at my day job to give me a reason to spout out a bunch of opinions about the state of the Disneyland Resort (Exceptional, Acceptable,…

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Five Weird Things We Take to Walt Disney World

April 25, 2013 at 2:00 am | 26 Comments

To my fellow OCD planners, some of my strange packing seems completely logical.  However, most of my newbie travel companions or even a few seasoned clients utter “I never would’ve thought of that!” when I…

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SeaWorld Orlando Update and Podcast

April 25, 2013 at 12:01 am | 3 Comments

Spicy flavors, hot music, updates at Clyde and Seymour’s and spies’ tips us off on what to expect when we ride Antarctica this summer. We also bring you the newest Unofficial SeaWorld Orlando Podcast!  So…

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MiceChat News Round Up: Mystic Manor Opens, Disneyland Rides Close, Big News for Uni

April 24, 2013 at 1:00 am | 1 Comment

Last week brought news of unexpected ride closures at the Disneyland Resort. The latest MiceAge Update explains why those closures happened, along with news on what’s coming soon to Disneyland. Bob Gurr looks back at…

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If you Give Kids the World, it’s Universal

April 24, 2013 at 12:01 am | 15 Comments

This past week Universal Orlando unveiled a truly unique vacation package.  One that truly embodies their new slogan “vacation like you mean it!”  This 3 Day vacation package includes 2 Days at the Universal Orlando…

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Universal Studios Hollywood Given Green Light For Evolution

April 23, 2013 at 6:14 pm | 25 Comments

It was a great day for the folks at Universal Studios Hollywood the city and county have given them the authority to build Harry Potter. Construction is set to begin this summer. Actually, Uni was…

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MiceAge Update: Disneyland’s Great Space Safety Race

April 23, 2013 at 3:30 am | 65 Comments

The past 10 days has been a trying time for Disneyland, with an embarrassing $230,000 fine from DOSH for the injury of an outside contractor cleaning the Space Mountain roof last year, the sudden closures…

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Magic Kingdom’s A Pirate’s Adventure – Treasure of the Seven Seas

April 23, 2013 at 3:00 am | 8 Comments

The upcoming game, A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasure of the Seven Seas, will soon debut in Adventureland. I will provide several photos here of the game stations now installed in the park, though the game isn’t…

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Universal Orlando Resort, Harry Potter, Transformers, and Screen Play

April 23, 2013 at 12:01 am | 9 Comments

We have a big update from Universal Orlando Resort for you today. Universal’s brand new package deal gives new meaning to their slogan “Vacation like you Mean it.” Signage goes up at Transformers, Rip Ride…

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Starbucks moves into the Market House as refurbishment projects continue at Disneyland

April 22, 2013 at 5:05 am | 26 Comments

Happy Earth Day! Disneyland‘s Market House coffee shop closed last week to make room for the park’s upcoming Starbucks location. Building on the success of the hugely successful Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe at Disney…

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Spoiler Alert: Hong Kong Disneyland Mystic Manor Ride Through!

April 21, 2013 at 11:13 am | 85 Comments

Hong Kong Disneyland’s Mystic Manor is up and running in cast member tests and previews. The first videos prove that the attraction is a spectacular family-friendly dark ride with advanced special effects. The trackless ride…

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SeaWorld Orlando Inches Closer to Antarctica

April 21, 2013 at 1:00 am | 7 Comments

We have a bit of Fire and Ice for you as SeaWorld Orlando kicks off the Viva La Musica festival.  We also check out the progress on Antarctica as it nears completion.  Anyone making plans…

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Marvel World: Raphael Sbarge Talks Jiminy Cricket

April 21, 2013 at 12:01 am | 5 Comments

One of the great features of WonderCon, or any pop culture convention for that matter, is the opportunity to meet celebrities and icons.  While browsing Autograph Alley at WonderCon 2013, I happened upon Raphael Sbarge,…