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A Flamboyance Of Fancy Flamingos At SeaWorld Orlando

We breeze through SeaWorld Orlando this week for a splash of news from around the park.  The Happy Harbor area is behind walls for construction.  Meanwhile, Antarctica: Empire opt the penguin, is going vertical.  Finally, we see a new parade in the park, but this one wasn't planned by entertainment. FLAMINGOS ON PARADE What do you call a grouping of Flamingos?...

Rumors Abound At Universal Orlando

Universal seems to be preparing for some interesting things.  This week, they began to set up a filming location on CityWalk.  Next, construction walls suddenly appeared in the center of the park.  Do these have anything to do with each other?  Perhaps.  But we've also turned a close eye on some other developments around the park.  There is the...

Adventurous new beginnings at the Disneyland Resort

After five years of construction, changes and growing pains, the Disneyland Resort finally celebrated the grand re-opening of Disney California Adventure. The park's tortured beginnings faded away Friday as Disney CEO Bob Iger officially welcomed the first guests to the newly re-imagined park. With the stunning new Buena Vista Street as its opening act and the spectacular...

Six Flags Magic Mountain Lex Luthor Drop of Doom and Pirate Paradise

They may be located an hour and a half away from Disneyland, but we still try to make it to Six Flags Magic Mountain from time to time to bring you updates on what's new. This week finds two big additions to the park. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Pirates Paradise The new Pirates Paradise opened over Memorial Weekend at Six Flags'...

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Sir Clinksalot spent a day at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. It is located in Simi Valley, California and is 90 minutes north of Disneyland. It is the final resting place of our 40th president. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library The entrance of the Library features a statue of our 40th president http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x356/micechat/Weekend%20Update%202012/6-16-2012/SirClinksalot/IMG9526-L.jpg The lobby features the seal of the POTUS http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x356/micechat/Weekend%20Update%202012/6-16-2012/SirClinksalot/IMG9528-L.jpg The Gipper http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x356/micechat/Weekend%20Update%202012/6-16-2012/SirClinksalot/IMG9529-L.jpg Statue of Ron...

Eureka, California: A Peek into California History

MiceChat moderator Penguin Soda spent some time in Old Town Eureka and the surrounding area. Recently I made a trip to Northern California to see my daughter graduate from Humboldt State University in Arcata. I spend a couple of weeks with her and her husband, and while we didn't to has much "tourist" stuff as when I went 3 years...

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Disneyland Exhibit on Viewmaster

Rare 1955 View-Master Disneyland 20000 Leagues Under the Sea Exhibit The 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea exhibit opened at Disneyland's Tomorrowland in 1955. The attraction displayed the original sets from the 1954 movie. Today we have some very rare photos which come from the View-Master folks with their release of a their 3-D 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea reel. Photos...

Disney California Adventure rededicated following five-year expansion project

This morning, Disney California Adventure's major five-year expansion and remodeling efforts officially came to an end when Disney's CEO Bob Iger rededicated the park at a grand reopening ceremony in front of the new Carthay Circle Theatre. Crowds of excited fans camped out overnight in the Disneyland Resort's Main Entrance Plaza, waiting to get their first glimpse at the...

Disneyland Matterhorn, Carnation Cafe and Voices of Liberty News

It was an exciting couple of days at Disneyland.  This week the Carnation Cafe opened after a very long refurbishment and we went to try it out on opening day for you. Tough work, right?!  Next up, we have news about the Matterhorn and the changes they have made to the queue and loading area (plus ride video!).  Finally...

Disney California Adventure Officially Reopens

Disney California Adventure was closed to regular guests on Thursday, June 14th. It was a chance for the media to get exclusive access to the park and for final touches to be made in preparation for Friday's grand reopening of DCA. We'll have full coverage of the public reopening ceremony for you later on Friday (be sure to check...

Brave Highland Games at Epcot, Grand Floridian DVC expansion, and more!!

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! we have so much to share this week that we've had to break the column into two parts. In this part of our coverage this week, we will include everything not named "Magic Kingdom". We have some Epcot news and a look at the new Highland Games meet and greet, a quick...

New Fantasyland Construction Update and other Magic Kingdom News!!

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! I've got two Disney World columns for you today. This particular article will deal with the Magic Kingdom and the New Fantasyland construction. So, without any further ado, lets get started! http://datelinedisneyland.smugmug.com/Other/DDW/i-tgSgFTp/0/O/magickingdom-5.png Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!! http://www.miceshots.com/usr/72/DatelineDisneyWorld613-IMG_8958.jpg http://www.miceshots.com/usr/72/DatelineDisneyWorld613-IMG_2514.jpg Main Street News http://datelinedisneyland.smugmug.com/Other/DDW/i-M7dg4fZ/0/O/inside-magickingdom-02.png On Main Street USA, it is just another week with the same old construction scrims! http://www.miceshots.com/usr/72/DatelineDisneyWorld613-IMG_2515.jpg http://www.miceshots.com/usr/72/DatelineDisneyWorld613-IMG_2517.jpg Like I...

Yesterland Takes a Look At Bob Gurr

There has been a lot of interest in Bob Gurr (Imagineering super legend) lately due to his new tell all book. But Werner Weiss of Yesterland has a different take on the subject and shares lots of never before seen photos! You'll want to read this article, it's Yesterland gold: Yesterland Looks at Bob Gurr

Cars Land grand opening lights up with Hollywood stars, neon and fireworks

Last night the Disneyland Resort rolled out the red carpet for the grand opening of Cars Land. The new 12-acre land brought out a cavalcade of Hollywood stars, including talents from the "Cars" films including Larry the Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt and Cheech Marin. The new land opened with a ceremony that included Disney executives discussing the...

Bob Gurr – Design Just For Fun

Bob Gurr is the design and mechanical genius behind many of your favorite Disney attractions. From the Autopia to the Monorails, the PeopleMover or the Omnimover, Gurr was at the creation. His new book, Design: Just For Fun, is a beautifully illustrated review of those projects and a lot more. Gurr describes the book as a "saga will span...

When’s The Best Time to Visit Walt Disney World?

The holy trinity of a great Disney World vacation is the perfect combination of mild weather, low crowds, and discounts.   It can be difficult to get all three: Let’s face it, Orlando is really hot at least five months out of the year, so you're fighting a pretty big battle with the weather as it is. But you can...

Voices of Liberty debut and the Carnation Café returns to Disneyland

Imported from Epcot at Walt Disney World in Flordia, acapella group "The Voices of Liberty" are now singing their way into the hearts of guests at Disneyland. The new group, performing at the Main Street Opera House, sings a medley of patriotic songs as a prelude to Disneyland's iconic "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" show. Also debuting today...

MICECHAT ROUND UP, Disneyland, DIsneyWorld, Tokyo Disney, Travel news from around the globe

Are you revved up for the official debut of Carsland this Friday? If not, today's MiceChat Round-Up delivers gallons of Cars Land information and photos which are sure to get your motor running. We have a break down of Radiator Springs Racers and a walkthrough of the entire land as well as the Beautiful and immersive Buena Vista Street. You'll also...

A Closer Look at Buena Vista Street

Yesterday we gave you an overview of the all-new Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure. Today we're taking a closer look at California Adventure's new main entrance. Here, we go in-depth on the new offerings, with a look inside the new shops and restaurants including Elias and Co. Department Store and the Fiddler, Fifer and...

Despicable Me Minion Madness in Technical Rehearsals At Universal Orlando

Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem has opened at Universal Studios Florida for Technical Rehearsals. This is Universal's term for a soft opening. We were lucky enough to ride and will share our review below (Spoiler alert!). Workers were still making adjustments The costumes An extended queue has been set up on the side of the show building Minion Mayhem is a retheme of the...