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The Sweep Spot 204 Pirates of the Caribbean with Rick West

In this episode we talk with Rick West, who is a former Disneyland Attractions Cast Member and founder of Theme Park Adventure. We talk about his time working at Disneyland on Pirates of the Caribbean, and Haunted Mansion. Plus Disney current events For show notes, our book Cleaning the Kingdom, T shirts and more visit www.thesweepspot.com

EPCOT in Full Bloom for Flower and Garden Festival 2017

Recently I had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World. A long overdue visit, my last having been in 1999. My goal was to enjoy a few days and to take in things I had not done previously. I could not have chosen a better time of year as this was the opening weekend of EPCOT’s International Flower and Garden...

Disney World to pay $3.8 Million to Cast Members for Back Pay

According to the Department of Labor, Disney has been shorting cast members, who dress as Characters, pay for their pre-shift routine. Disney has been forced to send back pay to 16,339 of its Florida cast members. The Department of Labor said the company violated wage laws by deducting a “uniform or costume” expense from the paychecks of some employees, causing their effective wages...

Star Wars Land News: Walkers In The House!

Welcome to your weekly source for news and images of the construction of Star Wars Land at Disneyland. We have an update on those mysterious frames we saw last week and a little video from Disney that shows where it’s going. Let’s make the jump to hyperspace! (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); Disney Confirms AT-AT's In Star Wars...

Yesterland: Tomorrowland Starcade

Your guidemap promises “two floors of the most popular video games” and calls it “a stellar experience.” Be prepared to stick dollar bills into coin change machines. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Tomorrowland Starcade   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Marvel Land News: Breakout!…Of The Shroud

We have breaking news coming from the future Marvel Land at Disney California Adventure. The scaffolding in the back and shrouds in front of Guardians Of The Galaxy: Mission Breakout! have come down and we have our best look yet at the attraction opening in May. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); The View From The Street When we first...

Beauty and the Beast Bits and Bytes

Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast roars into theaters this weekend, and from everything we've seen and heard, it's going to be a massive success. But how is the film? Did the animated feature need to be remade? We have a few items for you in this column including our review and some interesting things Disney has put...

Magic Kingdom’s New Brew & Other Miscellaneous Happenings

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we're heading over to THE Magic Kingdom (you'll understand the all caps there in a second). Let's see what's new this time around. . . (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "micechat-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode...

Disney News Round Up: Pirates of the Caribbean and more!

  Welcome to the MiceChat news Round-up! This coming weekend in 1967, the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction made its debut in New Orleans Square. It was the largest use of “ Audio- Animatronics” in an attraction to date and it was received with great fanfare and much excitement from the Guests. The Blue Bayou restaurant also opened alongside this thrilling new...

Mousetalgia Podcast 438: Pirates of the Caribbean turns 50, part 1: New Orleans Square

Disney trivia champion and historian Joseph Titizian joins Team Mousetalgia this week to begin a two-week celebration of Pirates of the Caribbean's 50th anniversary. Join us as we look at the press coverage of the grand opening of Disneyland's Pirates attraction, and then trace the history of the attraction back to its initial roots as a wax museum. Then,...

Disneyland Update – Pirates Prepare to Return with Expanded Offerings

Yesterday we posted a HUGE update on the 2017 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival. Today, we've got a few more photos from the Disneyland Resort to share. Looks like MaxPass is just about to burst onto the scene and Pirates is nearly ready for its 50th anniversary! Plus, Guardians Tower, Star Wars Land construction and a whole lot...

California Adventure 2017 Food and Wine Festival a Delicious Adventure

Disney California Adventure's beloved Food and Wine Festival returned last year after a lengthy absence, and folks seemed to really enjoy the revived Festival, but were turned off by high prices and small portions. After visiting the festival this year, it's clear that those concerns were heard. For 2017, prices are down, portions are larger, and the available food...

Universal Studios Hollywood Fun New Stuff and Free Movie Tickets

The one thing that's not new at Universal Studios Hollywood is the phrase, "There's something new at Universal Studios Hollywood." It's true. Every time I go to this park, I see something under construction or something new and exciting. This trip brought the dual surprises of a completely reimagined AMC Theater complex with state of the art projection, sound...

Disney Fantasy to Be Updated Next in the Disney Cruise Line Fleet

Following recent updates made to the Disney Dream, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, Disney Cruise Line is set to next enhance the Disney Fantasy for May 2017. The newest ship in the fleet will receive kids club improvements from the Star Wars and Marvel franchises, the pool deck will get a new ice cream and candy shop and the...

You’ve Got To Be Kidding: The Extinct Attractions Support Group

It can be hard to face reality. And how much harder is it when you have reached the pinnacle of your career, only to be thrown into the dustbin of history. Such is the fate of Disney’s extinct attractions. We join the meeting of the Extinct Attractions Support Group as they recite the group’s daily affirmation. “I deserve good things....

Star Wars Land News: Indy, Rebels and Walkers! Oh, my!

There's so much good news! Today's Star Wars Land column includes word of the first footage from “The Last Jedi”, BB-8 at Launch Bay and another year to fight for the Rebels. But first...“Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory.” (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); Indiana Jones Returns In 2019! “…Indiana Jones. I always knew someday you’d come walking...

Yesterland: Engine-Ears Toys

It’s a toy store. It’s a candy store. It’s two... two... two stores in one! And there are two sides to Engine-Ears Toys at Yester California Adventure. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Engine-Ears Toys   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

An Inside Look at Race Through New York with Jimmy Fallon at Universal Orlando

Yesterday, Cory Disbrow shared an early preview of the brand new Race Through New York with Jimmy Fallon ride at Universal Orlando. Today, Stephenie Pashkowsky takes us on a detailed look at the unique attraction as well as her discussions with Universal Creative.  This isn't an E-Ticket, but it is a surprisingly comfortable experience and one which breaks ground...

Disney News Round Up: Fantasmic! 2.0 to Epcot 2.0?

  Welcome to the MiceChat news Round-up! This week in 2008, Disney California Adventure debuted the Pixar Play Parade. This fun and enjoyable experience featured many favorite Pixar characters. Though with the recent “ Festival of Holidays” celebration, “Food and Wine Festival”, and Guardians of the Galaxy construction the Parade is not scheduled to run in the foreseeable future. Speaking of DCA Food...

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon Soft Opens at Universal Studios Florida

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Universal Orlando! This week, we're taking a tour of the brand new #FallonRide at Universal Studios. Let's go! (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "micechat-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = "Guardians of the Galaxy"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "8918fd9d375659f51b2353202779e9e1"; amzn_assoc_asins = "076245945X,0706418735,B0084VADD6,B00000JMOF"; ...