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Welcome to the MicePod “The Sweep Spot!”

Micepod Listeners and MiceChat Readers, I'm excited to introduce you to the newest member of the MicePod family, THE SWEEP SPOT!   The Sweep Spot podcast is hosted by former Disneyland cast members (the Founder, Lynn Barron, is a former Custodial Cast Member) discussing Disneyland history, stories and exclusive interviews. For the Micehat.com introduction, The Sweep Spot features some of the...

SeaWorld 50th Special MiceChat Event and Park Update

A major milestone for SeaWorld is just weeks away and we've got some special news to announce. This week, we have a hard hat tour at Aquatica as we take a look at the new attraction being added this summer.  We also have a new episode of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcas.  So put on your wetsuit, and let's dive...

Disney Raises Ticket Prices; Many Rides Static

Like clockwork, Disney has raised the price of admission to its WDW parks: it's now $94 per park, except the Magic Kingdom, which now costs $99/adult. The $100 mark will be breached the next time Disney raises ticket prices (most likely right after summer season 2014), so we're looking at the LAST set of sub-$100 prices. The announcement of the...

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras Fun

We are back with another great update from around the Universal Orlando Resort. This week we take a closer look at the floats and characters in the annual Mardi Gras parade, and we'll update you on some of the construction projects going on around the resort. Mardi Gras Characters Last year Universal introduced new floats and characters from some of the...

Mousetalgia 279: Fantasia

This week, Team Mousetalgia takes a look at various aspects of Walt Disney's Fantasia, the classic animated feature that was a great leap forward for the Walt Disney Studio in terms of technical accomplishment and artistic endeavor, but didn't achieve great commercial success upon its release. We discuss Fantasound, Leopold Stokowski, Fred Moore and Mickey Mouse, and some of...

The Disney Gallery explores Mechanical Kingdoms as Dapper Day comes to Disneyland

Disneyland guests arrived in style over the weekend as part of the increasingly popular Dapper Day events that encourage guests to visit the parks in their Sunday's best. Meanwhile, The Disney Gallery unveiled its latest exhibit on Saturday, exploring Disney's steampunk-style attractions and experiences around the world. Elsewhere around the parks, refurbishments, Cal/OSHA additions, and construction projects...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #79 – Beetlejuice, Mardi Gras and News

Welcome to the UUOP. We review the new Beetlejuice show at Universal Studios Florida as well as this year's Mardi Gras event and then bring you up to date with the latest Universal Studios news. The brand new, updated Beetlejuice show, "Beetlejuice Graveyard Mashup," made its debut at Universal Studios Florida on February 8th and Darren was there to see....

Hong Kong Disneyland Posts Profitable Year, Plans New Hotel and Attraction

The Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is chugging away as "the little park that could." Park management announced its second profitable year a row and celebrated with plans for a third 750-room hotel to accommodate an expected uptick in attendance. Add the new Iron Man Experience attraction, and you have a success story in the making. Alain Littaye of the...

Falcon’s Fury progress at Busch Gardens Tampa

Time for another Busch Gardens Tampa update! Come along as we have a cheetah birthday party, get the latest on Bands Brew & BBQ and check on the progress of Falcon’s Fury and Pantopia! Cheetah Birthday Kasi the cheetah recently turned 3 years old and Busch Gardens threw a party fit for a king… or a cheetah at least. His trainers...

The Haunted Mansion Show: Tales from Beyond the Grave

"Creepies and crawlies, toads in a pond, Let there be ghost tales from regions beyond!" Madame Leota has finally become part of The Haunted Mansion Show! In her debut appearance, she will tell the scariest tales that have been told around many campfires, couches, and coffins. Can your hearts take the fright? In other news, The Haunted Mansion Show has a...

Ratatouille Presentation Wows Disneyland Paris Stockholders

Excitement at the Disneyland Paris Resort is ramping up as the opening of the new Ratatouille attraction grows closer. At their recent annual meeting, stockholders were treated to a presentation on the attraction from Walt Disney Imagineering's Executive Vice President Tom Fitzgerald. Thanks to Alain Littaye, we have photos and video of the meeting. ~~Rick Ratatouille Presentation Wows Disneyland Paris...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #78 – The Universal Orlando The Unofficial Story

This show we bring you the latest news from the Orlando resort and a great interview with Theme Park Tourist's Nick Sim, author of Universal Orlando - The Unofficial Story. There are very few books written on our favorite subject so we couldn't pass up the opportunity to chat with someone who had tackled it! It is a fantastic...

Big Thunder Prepares For Previews at Disneyland

Something old and something new.  Yes, the refurbishments at the Disneyland Resort are still underway.  The good news is that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  One of which is that the mammoth Big Thunder Mountain Railroad refurbishment could soon be coming to an end as cast members sign up for previews.  While the Sailing...

Flower and Garden Arriving at Epcot

This week, we’re looking at the arrival of much of the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot! Are you ready for Spring, because it's bustin' out all over. Welcome to Epcot!! It appears that over the last week or so, Spaceship Earth has gotten a much needed bath! This was really, really needed, seeing as this is the park icon and all. As...

King Triton’s Carousel of the Sea

This Yesterland article is not about something that’s gone. It’s about something that should be gone—and probably will be gone some day. But not the whole thing. Please let me explain…   Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: King Triton’s Carousel of the Sea.    When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Epcot’s World Showcase for Kids

A lot of first time Walt Disney World guests tend to write-off Epcot as an “adults only” type of park, but I encourage all of them to give it at least one day with the kiddos, and most of them are glad they did.  While my little mouseketeers enjoy all of Epcot, they really gravitate toward the World Showcase. ...

Exploring more of the Wilds of Adventureland

Last week we took some time to explore the wilds of Adventureland in this Samland classic. The tour continues today in our second part. If you missed the first part, please click here. Adventureland has seemingly changed little since it first opened. On opening day, the Jungle Cruise was the only attraction. By 1962, the area was freshened up with two...

Ellen’s Energy Adventure – A 3-D Audio Experience

On this show, Jeremiah takes us to Epcot to enjoy a wonderful walk thru Future World, ending with  the entire Ellen's Energy Adventure experience.  THIS audio is BINAURAL and sounds BEST when enjoyed with HEADPHONES.  GOOD HEADPHONES.  Trust me.  You will enjoy this MUCH MORE if you use your best headphones. ...Enjoy! Direct Link | iTunes Link   THE WTTM PODCAST APPLICATIONS for iPhone,...

Disney News Round Up: A Night To Remember

Walls down around Walt Disney World's dwarf coaster, fairytale wedding plans, and Aladdin returns to Disney California Adventure.  Yes, the MiceChat Round is here to scratch that itch for the latest Disney news and theme park information.  We even take a look at a video on the making to the Ratatouille ride at Disney Studios Paris and we learn...

Bob’s True-Life Adventures – No.2 2009 Alaska

From time to time, Bob Gurr shares a past adventure with us. The destination and the year is up to fate. Today's Wheel of Adventures has stopped at 2009 in Alaska . . . and off we go . . . Make sure you have a visit to Alaska on your bucket list. This is the one place in America...