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Mousetalgia Podcast 450: Pirates, Pandora, and Mission: BREAKOUT!

Join us for a swashbuckling galactic review episode this week! First, we take a walk-through of the land of Pandora and discuss some of the tips and tricks to make the most of a trip to the moon called Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Next, Jeff and Kristen give a spoiler-free review of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men...

110 Years of Boardwalk Fun in Santa Cruz

Two weeks before Memorial Day weekend I was in Santa Cruz, and this was the state of their entrance rebuild. s Seemed that they were probably at least a month from completion, so with the announcement of it happening in time for the holiday, surprise was the reaction of your humble narrator. Now they did kind of get ahead...

TEA/AECOM Theme Index Shows Both Stable and Decreasing Attendance Trends for Disney Theme Parks in 2016

On June 1, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and AECOM released the latest edition of their annual Theme Index, profiling attendance figures and trends for the theme park industry. In this article, we’ll be analyzing attendance over calendar year 2016 for Disney’s parks worldwide. The attendance figures come directly from the report and, while the Theme Index contains analysis...

You’ve Got To Be Kidding: The Most Interesting Disneyland Fan in the World – Redux

Just a little over two years ago I introduced you to an amazing man…the most interesting Disneyland fan in the world.  Let’s revisit this extraordinary individual and remind ourselves what it is that makes him so…interesting. He always picks the shortest line.  Cast members ask him for directions. If he were ever wrong about a Disneyland fact, Disney nerds wouldn’t correct him.  Of...

I Put A Spell On You With Voodoo Doughnuts

It's National Doughnut Day!!! And that calls for something special. Let's cast a spell for some new pastry goodness . . . and presto . . . Voodoo Doughnuts officially opens at Universal CityWalk Hollywood. If you haven't been, there's magic in their pink boxes. Just look at these beauties . . . And if the doughnuts weren't enough to have...

Capturing the Magic: Fireworks at Disneyland

Fireworks are a magical experience at any Disney Park. The fireworks show at Disneyland dates back to Walt Disney, who wanted to leave guests with a "kiss goodnight," a tradition that has continued to this day. But photographing the magic of fireworks isn't easy. We have a few tips to help you capture Disneyland's fire in the sky! This article...

Yesterland: C A L I F O R N I A

The letters have the magical ability to accept promotional and seasonal overlays. They were gold with a crackle pattern when the park opened, but could be any color and pattern when you visit. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: C A L I F O R N I A When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Dateline Disney World – The Bioluminescence of Pandora at Night

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! It's been a busy few weeks for us here with both Pandora previewing and Volcano Bay opening at Universal, so this week, we have a short update showcasing the land of Pandora at night. I spent opening night, May 27th in the park until almost 2am to capture these shots. I hope...

Mousetalgia Podcast 449: Listener questions, Silicon Valley Comic Con

This week, Team Mousetalgia take you to Silicon Valley Comic Con and we discuss a panel on the art of Star Wars conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie, and a panel on working with Disney, in which a variety of artists discussed how they managed to get work with Disney, and how they've succeeded as Disney artists. Then, we go to...

Disneyland Photo Update – You Are Clear For Launch

Guardians taking over the Tower may be the big news this week, but Disneyland had a very interesting weekend as well. After weeks of horrible overcrowding, you might have expected this past holiday weekend to have been packed at the resort. It wasn't. With most annual pass holders blocked on Friday and Saturday and the 3 day SoCal ticket...

Pandora at night sparkles and amazes, but mostly in photos

Much digital ink has been spilled about Pandora and its two rides. Let me be the first to reiterate what I said last week: Avatar--Flight of Passage is not only good, it's transcendent. It was even better on my second flight than my first, and I would not be surprised if subsequent visits raised my opinion still higher. Such...

DCA Photo & Rumor Update – Guardians and Heroes

We generally lead with Disneyland on Monday, but today is different. With the huge new Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! finally open to guests, we have a lot to see and discuss. But there's more than just Guardians today, there are superheros, adorable bread (yes, that's a thing), and gossip. We start with a mini MiceAge Update sent...

Bay Area Parks Update – Wonder Woman and Red, White and Brews

It seems that big things are happening in theme parks all over the country this weekend, and amidst these feasts of Volcano Bays, Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakouts and Pandoras, a few crumbs have dribbled down to our parks here by The Bay. Let's take a quick look at what's happening at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and Great...

The Sweep Spot 210 Part 2 Conversation with Former Disneyland Attractions Cast member

In this episode we continue our conversation with Alex Stewart who worked at Disneyland on the Jungle Cruise, Big Thunder Mountain, and other attractions. He has some great stories we think you will enjoy.     Show notes and our book at www.thesweepspot.com

Mission Complete – Guardians Breakout at Disney California Adventure

How long does it take to remove a beloved attraction and turn it into something else? Five months. That's the length of time it took Imagineers to strip the Tower of Terror of its Twilight Zone theme and install a brand new Guardians of the Galaxy ride in its place. Of course, they were working for months on the...

Yesterland: America the Beautiful in Circarama

This presentation puts you “in the middle of everything.” Eleven movie screens form a circle above your head. Eleven perfectly synchronized projectors show eleven 16mm films, surrounding you with a 360-degree travelogue. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: America the Beautiful in Circarama When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Volcano Bay – New Water Theme Park Now Open at Universal Orlando Resort

Welcome to a special edition of Dateline Universal Orlando. We were lucky enough to be invited to a preview of Volcano Bay, Universal's brand new water theme park, yesterday. It grand opens to the public today, May 25th, and is a glimpse into the future of the resort, which now boasts three parks! We have about 140 photos to...

Disney News Roundup: Gridlocks to News Bites!

Welcome to the MiceChat News Roundup! This week in 2015, the premiere performances of both the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks event and “Paint the Night” parade debuted with the 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration. This week’s RoundUp has News, Photos and great Updates to share with you. This is the week that Guardians take over DCA's tower. Fantasmic and the Disneyland Railroad...

David Koenig: Disneyland Resort News Bites

Disneyland cast members have been dropping me bits and pieces of news this week, on the return of the steam trains, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, and WiFi finally coming to Disneyland. D23 weekend, starting July 14, is the target for having Fantasmic, Tom Sawyer Island, and the steam trains back on line. The river has been refilled and...

Disneyland Update – Mission: GRIDLOCKED!

We are on the cusp of insanity at Disneyland. The coming week brings the first public previews of Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: Breakout to the Disneyland Resort. That, in turn, will bring crowds . . . but this past weekend was already one of the most insanely busy in recent memory. For a while on Saturday Disneyland...

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