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SeaWorld San Diego is Spooktacular

It's been a while since our last visit, but we're back at SeaWorld San Diego with a "Spooktacular" update of the park and their popular Halloween event. Plus, we'll take a look at what's new in the park and preview what's to come in 2017. It's Spooktacular! The ever so popular Halloween Spooktacular has returned this year in a somewhat smaller...

Jim Hill News – Muppet Babies Mania

We interrupt this week’s edition of Fab Jim Hill News for … A Muppet news flash! Are you like me and still a little blue because ABC opted not to renew “The Muppets” back in May? I know that I’m probably in the minority here, but I really liked what Bill Prady & Kristin Newman were doing with the characters....

Dateline Disney World – Magic Kingdom Halloween Photo Update

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we're heading to the Magic Kingdom. But first, the Walt Disney World news. Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant at Disney Springs is celebrating a Celtic Halloween! This year they are offering a new cocktail that honors the harvest festival called Samhain. Druids Samhain Potion is being served from Oct 24th thru...

Disney News Round Up: Degrees of Disney

Welcome to the MiceChat news Round-up! Can you believe It's almost time for Halloween? Which means Christmas is already being set up in the parks and Holiday preparations are in full swing! Lots of treats for you this week and hopefully no scary tricks. We have big updates from the Disneyland resort, Kevin Yee's “Declining By Degrees” takes a look at...

Kevin Yee: Declining by Degrees – An Update on the Magic Kingdom

About ten years ago, I wrote an article in this space with an idea called "Declining by Degrees." Since it's been a couple years since I've written about it, a fresh look is warranted to see if, on balance, things have been moving forward or backward. A quick refresher: the concept of Declining by Degrees (DBD) is that Disney's changes...

DCA Update – What Holiday?

The Disneyland Update yesterday centered on the collision of two holidays, Halloween and Christmas. At DCA it's really the lack of Halloween that is most significant. DCA just doesn't bother with Halloween decorations and hasn't for quite some time. It's a shame too, Halloween is big business and DCA is really missing the boat. Just imagine a slightly scarier...

Disneyland Update – Halloween Frights and Christmas Delights

Twas the week before Halloween and all through the park, the guests were all queuing and the lines hit high marks. The pumpkins were nestled all snug in the hub while Christmas creep began with holiday grub. It's that time of year folks. Halloween isn't even here yet and Christmas can't wait to move in. We've got all sorts of...

Mousetalgia Podcast 418: Mickey’s Halloween Party

Get spooky with Team Mousetalgia as Kristen reports on Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort. First, we talk about a Halloween Time dilemma - crowds, heat, and closed attractions during one of the most popular weekends of the year. Kristen shares a potpourri of thoughts, including notes on this year's Halloween treats, tips for traveling with a hesitant two-year-old,...

Marvel Day at Sea to Set Sail on Disney Cruise Line Next Fall

Following the success of Disney Cruise Line's Star Wars day at Sea aboard the Disney Fantasy will be Marvel Day at Sea on the Disney Magic in the fall of 2017. The day-long event will commence on seven special sailings from New York City in celebration of Marvel comics, films and animated series. Like the galactic franchise of Star Wars will be the...

You’ve Got To Be Kidding: News Updates from Disneyland

You've Got To Be Kidding is parody. Sit back, relax and allow yourself to smile . . . A lot going on around the park these days. Here’s a few stories you may have missed. Pumpkin Spice Makes a Big Splash In the spirit of the fall season, Disneyland will be fully embracing the headlong rush to the bandwagon that is pumpkin...

SAMLAND – The JayBangs Story

MiceChat favorite, Sam Gennawey, returns today with a peek into his brand new book, the JayBangs Story.  The book tells the fascinating tale of how Jay Stein built Universal Orlando and his run-ins with the Mouse. If it hadn't been for Bruce Jenner in his helicopter, Jay Stein might have been put in charge of the Disney theme parks. Jerry Weintraub...

Yesterland: Eleven New Books for Disney Park Fans

Authors and publishers have given us another banner year. Yesterland highlights eleven titles with publication dates since the beginning of May 2016. Be sure to scroll down to the final three titles—which were just released this week.   Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Eleven New Books for Disney Park Fans  When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Fab News from Jim Hill . . . It’s a Disney Thing

Hey there. Jim Hill here. The Fabulous Disney Babe isn’t feeling particularly fabulous at the moment. So while she recovers from her recent surgical procedure, Michelle asked me if I could cover her Fab News column for a few weeks. I said “What the hey?” (Which is ex-husband talk for sure). The next thing I know, my e-mail box is...

Major Changes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we're looking at the continued progress of Disney Hollywood Studios as it transforms to add Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land. But first, some news from around Walt Disney World. The WonderGround Gallery, located in the Market Place Co-Op at Disney Springs is celebrating Artist Dave Perillo. He will be...

Disney News Round Up: Pumpkins, Christmas and Star wars Construction!

Welcome to the MiceChat news Round-up! With just over a week untill Halloween, area Theme Parks are already preparing for Christmas and the upcoming Holiday Season. We have updates on the latest changes to Disneyland resort and some tips on last minute Halloween fun. Let's get this roundup started … it's a frightfully fun time of year!!! This Week's Top Stories Disneyland Photo...

Star Wars Land at DHS – Fitting the Puzzle Together

Kevin Yee returns with a look at the upcoming Star Wars Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios. There's a fun bit of speculation involved in this discussion and we'd love to hear your thoughts on where everything is going and what you'd like to see at the park. Disney's Hollywood Studios has long had a reputation as a park that struggles...

Disneyland Photo Update: As Halloween Approaches Christmas is Already on the Way

The spooky season is packing the parks at the Disneyland Resort and the past week has seen some very busy days, especially in the hours leading up to Mickey's Halloween Party. This update will take you on a quick tour of the Disneyland Resort to see the sights, freights, heights, and lights. // Mickey's Halloween Party "Trick-or-Treat" Last...

Mousetalgia Podcast 417: Animator Frans Vischer, listener email

Animator Frans Vischer joins team Mousetalgia this week to share stories of his career, both with Disney and since. He shares his story about how Chuck Jones helped him get into Cal Arts, and discusses studying the art of animation under Eric Larson, one of Walt's Nine Old Men. We also talk about his work on Paperman and utilizing...

The Sweep Spot #193 Fun Discussion About Touring Disneyland

In this episode we take a different and fun approach. We answer some questions about our touring habits, dislikes, likes and some fun talk, that any veteran Disneyland fan could appreciate or the new visitor. We welcome our friend Aaron Robbins from Chrurros and Villians podcast to join us in this discussion. Get show notes, our book Cleaning the...

Winchester Mystery House Ticket Giveaway

I recently wrote about a great new nighttime candlelight tour at the Winchester Mystery House. Now, some lucky MiceChat reader has the opportunity to win a pair of tickets for a General Mansion Tour! See the house in daylight, explore the grounds thoroughly, take in the details, and explore the mysteries! Read below for details on MiceChat's Winchester Mystery...