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Ward Kimball fans take note – Special Event Sunday, March 26th

Folks may recall that Disney animator Ward Kimball owned a collection of full sized railroad equipment. He and wife Betty donated that collection to the Southern California Railroad Museum, in Perris, CA, where it is now on display (and under restoration) in the Museum's Grizzly Flats Barn. This Sunday sees a special event as the Grizzly Flats volunteers are putting...

Yesterland: Pooh’s Playful Spot

Pooh’s Playful Spot isn’t for everybody—but for its target guests, it might just be the second best attraction in the Yester Magic Kingdom. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Pooh’s Playful Spot   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Bob Iger Extends . . . Again

In a move that everyone expected, Bob Iger's contract with the Disney Company has been extended by one year, through July 2, 2019. There's no doubt that shareholders benefit from this news. Bob has led the Disney Company to unprecedented growth in the 11 years he has served as CEO. During that time, the company has reported a total...

MiceChat Podcast – Pandora, Fallon & Flumes

There was almost too much for us to get to this time around. Food and Wine has returned to Disney California Adventure. Avatar is about to turn Animal Kingdom blue. And there are two new Orlando attractions which aren't getting great buzz. There's lots for Doug and Dusty to dish about! All that's missing is you . . ....

Disney News Round Up: Tarps are down and so are our hopes

  Welcome to the MiceChat news Round-up! As we welcome the official start of Spring, area theme parks and resorts are very busy. With the looming opening of Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! It will probably be even busier. What are your thoughts on this new permanent overlay? With so many events happening, The Round Up is packed with the latest...

The Season Pass Podcast #341 – The Tony Baxter Interview: Part Six

The Season Pass Podcast is almost ten years old...a decade! That’s a long time for anything to be around. While those seconds, minutes, hours, days, and months are large in number, time moves very quickly. Hearing those interviews and insights from themed entertainment designers, experts, and fans throughout the years has influenced me in so many ways. Doug Barnes and...

David Koenig Disneyland Rumors: Putting Off Tomorrow

Last week I had the opportunity to briefly converse with a Disneyland insider familiar with the park’s current long-range plans. This person cautioned that this only reflected where discussions are at the moment—everything’s fluid, is sure to change, and none of the projects have any funds yet allocated to them. But it does give an interesting picture of where...

Disneyland Resort Photo Update: Tower of Pipes

Welcome back to the Disneyland Resort. Today we'll take a look at California Adventure, Tower of bright colors, Food and Wine Festival, Downtown Disney, and parking problems and more. Yesterday we looked at Pirates' 50th Anniversary, Star Wars Land Update, and Star Tours Fastpass; if you did not read it, click HERE. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); Pipe Dream Over...

Disneyland Photo Update – Pirates Fabulous at 50

Welcome back to the Disneyland Resort. Today we'll be looking at the big stories from Disneyland, where Pirates of the Caribbean just turned 50 years young. It was also the weekend that Beauty and the Beast was released in theaters and the start of Spring Break for many young folks. Of course, all of that means that Disneyland was...

Mousetalgia Podcast 439: Pirates of the Caribbean’s 50th, part 2 – Imagineer Alan Coats

Join us this week as the Lady Mousetalgia sets sail for part two of our Pirates of the Caribbean 50th anniversary celebration! This week, Imagineer Alan Coats joins us to talk about his father - Disney Legend Claude Coats - who was put in charge of the Pirates project by Walt Disney. Alan discusses Claude's plans for the original...

Nintendo Switch at Disneyland

So you're one of the lucky few people who were able to snag a Nintendo Switch at launch, congratulations. You now have the option to never stop playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and why would you? But you also love Disneyland and you really need to get your Food and Wine on this weekend, so you pack up...

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...