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It’s A Small World at 50 – A History in Postcards

It's A Small World will celebrate its 50th anniversary on April 10, 2014. In honor of this auspicious occasion, here are some postcard images that have celebrated the attraction through the years. ~~Rick Note that in the following two postcards, the backside description of the scene changed from "Latin America in It's A Small World" to "South American Serenade". Happy 50th...

The Haunted Mansion Show: Dead Men DO Tell Tales!

Avast there, ye scurvy corpses! Ye come seekin’ adventure and haunted ol’ mansions, aye? Sure, ye come to the proper place. At the cursed manor house of Gracey, your cadaverous captain, the Ghost Host, will take you on a wicked voyage through the haunted side of piracy in honor of the 47th anniversary of “Walt Disney’s Pirates of the...

Universal Studios Hollywood and the Harry Potter Project

Universal Studios Hollywood is a flurry of activity as a new attraction opens and another is under major construction. Today, we stroll through SoCal's busiest theme park construction project since DCA 2.0 and see all of the jaw-droppingly huge projects that Universal Hollywood is undertaking at the moment: Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Super Silly Fun Land, Despcable Me Minion Mayhem, Springfield and...

Magic Kingdom Construction and Photos

Hello, and welcome back to Dateline Disney World. We have lots construction updates and pretty Magic Kingdom pictures coming your way today.  Could the Mine Train open later this month? Take a look at the photos and let us know what you think. http://datelinedisneyland.smugmug.com/Other/DDW/i-tgSgFTp/0/O/magickingdom-5.png   Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!! http://www.miceshots.com/usr/72/DatelineDiseyWorld04032014-_DSC3750.jpg http://www.miceshots.com/usr/72/DatelineDiseyWorld04032014-_DSC3754.jpg http://www.miceshots.com/usr/72/DatelineDiseyWorld04032014-_DSC3755.jpg   There was some pavement work happening on Main Street. http://www.miceshots.com/usr/72/DatelineDiseyWorld04032014-_DSC3756.jpg   Work also continues on Cinderella...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #84 – Rip, Ride, Rockin’ It

It's time for another UUOP and on this show we take time off, from the usual theme park stuff,  to have a little fun. But, before that we bring you the latest news in the Update, which includes Mardi Gras, Cabana Bay and minions. Then for the main topic of this show, we act as if Universal Orlando has approached the...

Yellow Ponchos of Yester World

When it’s sunny at Yester World, guests are dressed in every imaginable color. But when it rains, the predominant color is yellow.   Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Yellow Ponchos of Yester World.    When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

10 Freebies at Walt Disney World

We all know the Most Magical Place on Earth can leave a not-so-magical dent in your wallet. From resort rates to dining to souvenirs, it seems like we're pulling out the plastic (or, now, the MagicBands) every time we turn around at Walt Disney World. Believe it or not, there are a some freebies to be had around the...

The DCA Animation Building – A Soundtrack to Magic

WTTM #414: 38 and Counting... The DCA Animation Building contains a wonderful lobby with HUGE images projected on the walls and accompanying those images is a sampling of some of the best movie music that Disney has ever made... and on this show you will hear the entire loop in binaural audio (3D audio).  USE HEADPHONES! My friend Josh is turning 38...

Knott’s Timber Mountain Log Ride: Updating Bud’s Masterpiece – Part 1

Greetings, and welcome to a new installment of This Animatronic Life…and you only had to wait a year to read it!  As you may be aware, my company, Garner Holt Productions, Inc. (GHP), has been busier than ever in the past year or so, with projects in every corner of the globe for all sorts of different clients (more...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.28 – 1956 Disneyland Animals Before Animatronics

Today's Wheel of Years stopped at 1956, so here we go. In the years before Disneyland's attractions were able to use Audio-Animatronic figures, both human and animal, animations were very rudimentary. A few still exist along the banks of the Rivers of America in the form of non-moving deer and lions. But a few do have ears that wiggle or tails...

The E Ticket Report Podcast: Episodes 1 and 2

Welcome to the E-Ticket Report! Chris Wakefield has retired his popular Wakefield Report podcast  . . . but never fear, Chris has returned with two co-hosts, Tim Grassey and Derek Burgan! This new show is theme park dynamite. Enjoy.  - Dusty Spring has sprung in America (except for here in Indiana where the temperature continues to find its way below freezing),...

MiceChat Disney News Round Up: Frozen forever!

An earthquake hits the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World has raised parking prices, and potential changes coming to FastPass+. That's just some of the news coming to you this week in The MiceChat Round Up of Disneyland and theme park news and information.  But we don't stop there.  No sir.  We also bring you the icy April Fools joke...

Disney with a Z!

The Walt Disney Company celebrates the billion-dollar “Frozen” franchise with a new motion picture and several theme park attractions. Expanding upon the success of the newest princesses to join Disney’s Royal court, a series of carefully crafted synergistic brand extensions will spur the Maus House’s other established entertainment brands to whole new levels. The hit song says “Let It Go,”...

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Opens – Orlando’s Most Luxurious Value Resort

On Monday March 31st Universal Orlando opened their newest hotel, the retro mid-century style Cabana Bay Beach Resort. MiceChat takes you for a tour of the new hotel. We then head off for a mini photo tour around the Universal Orlando Resort to share what's new at this ever expanding destination. Cabana Bay Beach Resort Universal announced back in 2012 that...

Free Scavenger Hunt This Sunday in Epcot

If you've followed my writing for a while, you know that I have written and hosted many scavenger hunts held inside Disney theme parks over the years. And the newest one is coming this Sunday, April 6, from 1pm-5pm in Epcot. It's free! It started, for me, in 1990. I was a Disneyland Cast Member at the time, and the...

Disneyland Update: Mother Nature Shakes Things Up

A lot can happen over a weekend.  Rides get refurbished, crowds amass, and earthquakes strike without warning.  Yes, today we bring you a Monday edition of In the Parks. Andy is taking the week off and the In The Parks crew brings you the latest happenings from Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.  Aside from the shaking mother nature gave...

Which Disney Park Has The Most Rides?

MiceChat Moderator David Yeh rekindles an old debate between Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Folks often assume that the much larger Walt Disney World offers more rides. But, as David shows us, that's not really true. This article isn't about which resort is best, it's about which has the most rides. Which park comes out on top? Read on. Disneyland...

Mousetalgia 284: Inside Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge

Disney Legend Jim Henson founded a "Creature Shop" in 1979 to create mechanical creatures and whimsical beasts for various productions. That shop, now led by Henson's son Brian, is the basis for a new reality competition on SyFy. Team Mousetalgia welcomes Joseph Freed, Executive Producer and co-creator of the new SyFy series Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge, to this...

Disney’s MyMagic Failure

Tim Grassey returns with his thoughts on Disney World's MyMagic+. As you can gather from the title, this isn't a column the Disney suits are going to like. However, it's an important discussion as the new MyMagic+ fundamentally changes the theme park dynamic for both Disney and its guests. Give it a read and then let us know your...

Bubblefest Takes Flight at Discovery Science Center

Our favorite time of year at the Discovery Science Center has returned! Bubblefest is back now through April 20th to teach kids and adults the fun science behind these spherical wonders. Presented by Scholarshare, the three week festival will feature entertainment, interactive science experiments and the popular bubble lagoon where guests climb into a floating bubble set adrift in...