Editor’s Note:
  • October 30, 2014: Let the freezing begin - MuppetVision at DCA will be closing this Sunday. The attraction will then begin a seven week transformation into the Frozen stage show opening with the rest of the Frozen offerings that should debut on Saturday, December 20th. TDA is in no rush to announce their Frozen plans, and they're now planning to wait until after Thanksgiving before they say anything. But the Frozen related closures around Hollywood Land will soon be very noticeable. ×0
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10 Freebies at Walt Disney World

April 03, 2014 at 3:00 am | 23 Comments

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…

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The DCA Animation Building – A Soundtrack to Magic

April 03, 2014 at 12:01 am | 1 Comment

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…

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

April 02, 2014 at 4:00 am | 13 Comments

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…

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

April 02, 2014 at 3:00 am | 18 Comments

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…

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The E Ticket Report Podcast: Episodes 1 and 2

April 02, 2014 at 1:00 am | 1 Comment

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…

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MiceChat Disney News Round Up: Frozen forever!

April 02, 2014 at 12:01 am | 1 Comment

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…

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Disney with a Z!

April 01, 2014 at 3:00 am | 45 Comments

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…

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

April 01, 2014 at 2:00 am | 54 Comments

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…

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Free Scavenger Hunt This Sunday in Epcot

April 01, 2014 at 1:00 am | 5 Comments

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,…

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Communicore Weekly – Sleeping Beauty Castle, Wally Boag, Cape May Cafe, Star Tours

April 01, 2014 at 12:01 am | 2 Comments

Direct Link  l   iTunes Link Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Sleeping Beauty Castle, Wally Boag, Cape May Cafe, and Star Tours! We both had a rough week and didn’t get…

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Disneyland Update: Mother Nature Shakes Things Up

March 31, 2014 at 3:00 am | 25 Comments

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…

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Which Disney Park Has The Most Rides?

March 31, 2014 at 2:00 am | 46 Comments

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…

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Mousetalgia 284: Inside Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge

March 31, 2014 at 12:01 am | No Comments

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…

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Disney’s MyMagic Failure

March 30, 2014 at 3:00 am | 96 Comments

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…

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Bubblefest Takes Flight at Discovery Science Center

March 30, 2014 at 2:00 am | 2 Comments

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…

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Disafterdark Series 2, Episode 13 – DisAfterMind.

March 30, 2014 at 1:00 am | No Comments

Joining us this week on the Disafterdark podcast is our fan and friend, Kaitlyn Albone. Kaitlyn is a current Disney cast member in Orlando, but for the record she doesn’t speak on behalf of the…

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Disneyland Paris Update: Ratatouille Ride Progress Report

March 29, 2014 at 10:00 am | 10 Comments

The Ratatouille Ride is quickly moving into the home stretch as Disney Imagineers add the final touches to their latest creation. Alain Littaye brings us a pictorial progress report. ~~Rick Ratatouille Ride Progress Report by…

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Sarah the MiceChatter: New Club 33 logo and Disney Buys Maker

March 29, 2014 at 2:00 am | 11 Comments

Lots of stuff going on this week! What do you think of the (horrible) new Club 33 logo? Interesting that Disney has bought YouTube channel Maker Studios, no? Have you been on the newly reopened…

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DoomBuggies Spook Show #8: Knight tales and the Corridor of Doors

March 29, 2014 at 1:00 am | No Comments

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion briefly used live characters to portray a knight inside of a suit of armor inside of its dank halls in the 1980s, and in this episode of the DoomBuggies Spook Show we…

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Disneyland Resort Upkeep and Keep Ups

March 28, 2014 at 3:00 am | 46 Comments

It was a lovely, albeit erratically weathered, week at the Disneyland Resort.  Despite the on again, off again sunny weather, the Spring Break crowds remained heavy. We’ll catch you up with what’s happening at Disneyland,…