Editor’s Note:
  • December 19, 2014: MiceChat New Year’s Eve Event Now On Sale!!!
    • NEW YEAR'S EVE EVENT  - Tickets are now available for our New Year's Eve extravaganza at Knott's Berry Farm. Amazing buffet dinner, a night of entertainment and wholesome fun on the farm. Last year we sold out this event in just a few hours, so be sure to pick up your tickets right away - NYE EVENT TICKETS HERE.
    • MC ANNIVERSARY EVENTS NOTICE - Also, we'd like you to save the date for the MiceChat 10th anniversary weekend, which will be held February 6th through 8th at the Disneyland Resort. We have lots of amazing things planned for you! Let us know if you are planning to attend the anniversary and find out about the FANTASTIC Anabella Hotel rate on our MiceChat Facebook Events Page HERE
    • FROZEN FUN DELAYS AT DISNEYLAND - All previews on the 18th and 19th appear to have now been cancelled. Freeze The Night and the Animation meet n' greet will try to open on the 20th. The stage show in MuppetVision and Olaf's Snow Fest won't open until at least the 23rd. Olaf's will operate in limited capacity until January as the Merchandise and Foods teams setting up shop in Stage 17 are the most behind schedule. Storybook Land should re-open on schedule this weekend with a new Arendelle scene.
     
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Arrow Development – The Birth of a Dream – Part 1

May 18, 2014 at 10:00 am | 7 Comments

Today, Dexter Francis reaches into his treasure trove of Arrow Development photos and information to bring us the origin story for the company which has created so many beloved roller coasters and attractions over the…

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Knotts Soak City opens for the 2014 Summer Season

May 18, 2014 at 4:00 am | 7 Comments

Knott’s Soak City opened for the 2014 season yesterday, Saturday, May 17th. Reflecting the local theme, water rides and attractions at Knott’s Soak City pay tribute Southern California surfing heritage with names like Malibu Run and Laguna Storm Watch Tower. It’s a…

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Walt Disney Family Museum Presents Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatale

May 18, 2014 at 3:00 am | 2 Comments

The Walt Disney Family Museum has unveiled a wonderful exhibit on Disney Legend Marc Davis and MiceChat’s Scarlett Stahl was there to bring us the news. As always, it’s a delight to be a fly…

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Workers Race Against the Clock to Complete Ratatouille Ride

May 17, 2014 at 3:00 am | 13 Comments

The clock is ticking on the completion of Disneyland Paris’ Ratatouille Ride. In this latest update, Alain Littaye brings us photos showing just how close the ride is to completion. Park managers are fine tuning…

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Art of Disney Golden Books by Charles Solomon

May 17, 2014 at 2:00 am | 4 Comments

I remember hours upon hours of of sitting in my room and devouring my collection of Little Golden Books. Like so many others, I have fond and vivid memories of a handful of Little Golden…

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #91 – News, Rumors and Escape from Gringotts

May 17, 2014 at 12:01 am | No Comments

Thanks for taking a look at our latest episode. We begin with the news which this episode includes the announcements that Universal Orlando made about the NEW Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringott’s attraction…

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Disneyland 60th Parade Back On Track

May 16, 2014 at 6:45 am | 42 Comments

We’re trying something new with our MiceAge Updates today. Rather than save up a bunch of small items over the course of 4 or 5 weeks, we’d like to bring you more frequent individual news…

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New things Under the Sea in Disney California Adventure and Resort Update

May 16, 2014 at 2:00 am | 42 Comments

This was an interesting week at the Disneyland Resort. While many projects continued along on their refurbishment path inside Disneyland Park, a highly anticipated refurbishment wrapped up. Yes, the long-rumored retooling of the Little Mermaid…

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Season Pass Podcast: A Talk with Jim Seay, President of Premier Rides

May 16, 2014 at 12:01 am | No Comments

It’s the final report from the IAAPA Expo 2013 floor for the Season Pass and to close it out, we bring you the President of Premier Rides, Jim Seay.  Jim shares his beginnings in the…

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Swiss Family Treehouse at Yesterland

May 15, 2014 at 8:54 pm | 9 Comments

Father, Mother, Fritz, Ernst, and little Francis invite you to visit their home. You may have seen this family at your local movie theater in 1960. You probably thought their treehouse was on a far-off-tropical…

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Chillin’ at Blizzard Beach

May 15, 2014 at 2:00 am | 16 Comments

So, you’ve hit the middle of your vacation and are looking for something a little tamer than the theme parks but aren’t quite ready to spend the day lazing around your hotel.  Why not consider…

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Samland: Tivoli Gardens of Los Angeles

May 15, 2014 at 1:00 am | 6 Comments

Peel back the layers of time and it is amazing what one can find. Take Universal Studios Hollywood as an example. Today we know the upper lot as a hodgepodge of unrelated intellectual properties shoved…

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Radiator Springs Racers Interior Queue Background Music Loop

May 15, 2014 at 12:01 am | No Comments

Close your eyes and let your engines rev as we take a trip to Radiator Springs. Window to the Magic is the binaural journey into all things Disney.  Paul’s continues “May is Music Month”  or…

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Animal Kingdom News and Photos

May 14, 2014 at 6:38 am | 41 Comments

Dateline Disney World is headed on safari today. It’s been a while since we visited Animal Kingdom, so that’s where this week’s news and photos are coming from. Let’s take a look. Welcome to Animal…

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Bob’s True-Life Adventures No.5 2005 – Tahiti Moorea

May 14, 2014 at 2:00 am | 7 Comments

Tahiti is one of those far off south seas places that evokes dreams of paradise. So in June 2001, flying to Papeetee, I traveled with my mountain biking buddy, Fred, on Renaissance Cruises locally to…

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MiceChat Gumball Rally 2014 Results

May 14, 2014 at 1:00 am | 11 Comments

The MiceChat Gumball Rally was held on Saturday, May 3rd.  It was a race to see how many attractions teams could ride in a single day at Disneyland.  Players were divided into teams of two,…

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Disney News Round Up: Big Fix For DCA Under The Sea

May 14, 2014 at 12:01 am | No Comments

There’s a whole new world awaiting you in the MiceChat Round Up today.  Not only do we have the latest in Disney and Theme Park news and information, but we have a full collection of…

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Universal Studios Orlando Unveils Diagon Alley Animatronics and more

May 13, 2014 at 5:00 am | 92 Comments

We are back this week with a massive Universal Orlando update, where some amazing new details have been revealed about the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, Gringotts Bank and more.  The…

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Singles and Doubles

May 13, 2014 at 3:00 am | 49 Comments

There’s an old-time baseball tradition of discussing team strategies as either being “singles and doubles” or “home runs,” with the first strategy being about slow, methodical progress and the latter about big, lurching mini-victories that…

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Communicore Weekly – Knott’s Berry Farm, Habst, Bear-y Tales

May 13, 2014 at 1:00 am | 3 Comments

Direct Link  l   iTunes Link Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Knott’s Berry Farm, Habst, and Bear-y Tales! TRIP REPORT! – Jeff took George to Knott’s Berry Farm for the first…