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A Sneak Peek at Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Orlando Resort

September 12, 2013 at 3:05 am | 16 Comments

Universal Orlando is pulling out all the stops for Halloween Horror Nights 23, with new technologies, a park wide “Walking Dead” theme, and a vomit room.  So get out your chainsaw, because this update is…


Samland visits the new Universal Plaza

September 12, 2013 at 3:00 am | 15 Comments

Universal Studios Hollywood’s greatest strength has also been its greatest weakness. Since 1964, the old chicken ranch had always been a working production studio first with a studio tour, theme park , and shopping mall…


When Should You Use an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner?

September 12, 2013 at 2:00 am | 27 Comments

A trip to any Disney resort can be a big undertaking.  Lots of decisions to make, deadlines to remember and tricks and tips to memorize.  This is where an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner agent comes…


Universal Hollywood Harry Potter Update with Exclusive Halloween Horror Nights Artwork

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

We have something sinister from Universal Studios Hollywood to share, exclusive artwork from one of their terrifying scare zones for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights.  But that’s not all.  We also breeze through the park…

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Disney News Round Up: California Grill Review, Halloween Villains and more

September 11, 2013 at 12:30 am | No Comments

Welcome to another installment of the MiceAge Disney News Round-up! The California Grill at Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort held a preview and we’ve got a review for you. The newest MiceChat Podcast is up,…


MiceChat Podcast 11 – The Geeky Side of Disney

September 11, 2013 at 12:01 am | 2 Comments

Did you hear the Disney angels singing hallelujah? For a long weekend in August, all the Disney stars aligned during Disney’s big Comic-Con like event, the D23 Expo. Of course, MiceChat was there. We set…


California Grill Re-Imagined

September 10, 2013 at 12:56 am | 21 Comments

After seven months of refurbishment, the California Grill is back with a new menu, subtle decor enhancements, and one Mother of All Parties to kick off the re-launch. I was fortunate enough to be selected…

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Universal Orlando Update – New Lorax Ride for Islands of Adventure

September 10, 2013 at 12:39 am | 21 Comments

We have a huge update for you this week from Universal Orlando Resort. Big crowds at Rock the Universe, a new attraction rumor for Islands of Adventure, and updates all around the Universal Resort in…


9 Theme Park News Nuggets and Wakefield Report Episode 46

September 10, 2013 at 12:01 am | No Comments

It has been 1 year since Episode 1 of the Wakefield Report Podcast hit the air, and boy have I learned a lot in the last 12 months! 46 episodes later, I find myself with…


Disneyland gets ready for Friday the 13th and Halloween Time during the brief off-season

September 09, 2013 at 5:05 am | 19 Comments

Disneyland guests enjoyed light crowds as the park entered a short post-summer off-season last week. Various projects around Disneyland continue, including Starbucks nearing completion on Main Street, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad‘s refurbishment moving along and…


Marvel World: Marvel Was Everywhere at D23

September 09, 2013 at 2:00 am | 23 Comments

Hello, dear readers!  D23 was certainly a different convention experience for me after covering Wondercon and San Diego Comic-Con for Micechat previously.  At those general pop culture conventions, I spend much of my time hunting…


Final Thoughts on the 2013 D23 Expo

September 08, 2013 at 3:00 am | 19 Comments

For many people, the takeaway from the 2013 D23 Expo was the lack of real takeaways. There were no substantial announcements from the Studios or the Parks and Resorts which left some people underwhelmed. However,…

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SeaWorld San Diego Gets Curvy

September 08, 2013 at 1:00 am | 13 Comments

SeaWorld San Diego is preparing for the big 50th anniversary coming up in March. The main attraction of the celebration will be the new interactive entrance facilities. At the moment, construction has the entire front…


Alaska Cruise: Icy Strait Point

September 08, 2013 at 12:01 am | 1 Comment

Here’s part four of BC_DisneyGeek’s report on his Alaska Cruise on the Celebrity Century. I’d like a pineapple fritter please. ~~Rick Part four of the trip has us heading to our first port, Icy Strait…


MiceChat Urgently Needs Your Help to Give Kids The World

September 07, 2013 at 3:00 am | 1 Comment

MiceChat needs your support. Next week (Sept 12th), we’ll participate in a fundraiser for one of our favorite charities, GIVE KIDS THE WORLD. The Blogger Bowl will feature writers and staff of some of your…

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Port Aventura Spain: One of Europe’s Best Theme Parks

September 07, 2013 at 2:00 am | 8 Comments

Originally built by Busch Entertainment Corp. and the Tussaud Group, the Spanish theme park, Port Aventura, was purchased by Universal in 1997 and renamed Universal Port Aventura. After Universal added a water park and two…


SeaWorld Teases Expansion to Aquatica Orlando

September 06, 2013 at 11:29 am | No Comments

On Friday the 6th, SeaWorld Parks and Resorts teased an expansion to their flagship water park, Aquatica in Orlando. When Aquatica first opened in 2008, Kevin Yee reviewed Aquatica for MiceChat and said, “They need…


Oswald Moves in for a limited Time at Disneyland Resort

September 06, 2013 at 3:00 am | 33 Comments

Lads and lassies, we have a nice update for you today from the Disneyland Resort.  Disney California Adventure and Disneyland are both experiencing a wonderful lull in attendance.  So, if you can get out of…

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Epcot Starbucks Now OPEN!

September 06, 2013 at 2:00 am | 15 Comments

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’ll take a look at the newly open Starbucks location in Epcot as well as preparation for this year’s Food and Wine Festival. Let’s head to…


Rainbow Ridge Pack Mules

September 05, 2013 at 11:01 pm | 17 Comments

There’s a ride that’s so low-tech that it keeps operating even if there’s a power failure. However, that doesn’t mean it’s always reliable. It can stop for no apparent reason—or for reasons known only to…