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Mousetalgia Podcast 400: Finding Dory review – 400 episodes

Team Mousetalgia reviews "Finding Dory" and looks back over 399 shows on this special 400th episode! First, we look back at almost 8 years of Mousetalgia and we talk about things we've learned, reminisce about awkward moments, and share a few of our favorite moments from the show. We also welcome special guest Beci Mahnken of Mouse Fan Travel...

The Sweep Spot # 185 Interview with Dusty Sage of MiceChat

In this episode we welcome special guest Dusty Sage to our show. We have an interesting conversation about how and why Dusty became a Disney fan, and theme park fan. We talk to him about social media, Disneyland in the 90's, future Disneyland, The Walt Disney Birthplace and more. Plus we have the latest in the Disneyland Resort Current...

NEW Cobra’s Curse at Busch Gardens is a Family Thriller

We're back with a special Busch Gardens Tampa update as we take a ride on the park's newest roller coaster, Cobra's Curse! The long awaited Cobra's Curse is now open to the public and is a one-of-a-kind take on the family spin coaster. The ride features a unique loading platform that utilizes a moving walkway/speed ramp to make load/unload quicker...

Noe Knows: Disney Magical Happy Mirror Brings Back Disney Arcade Games

Disney arcade games are back in the news. Not long ago I wrote about the Tsum-Tsum arcade game by Konami. In case you didn't know, the mobile Tsum-Tsum game, based on the collectible plush figures, has done very well on both sides of the Pacific. It prompted Konami to create an arcade unit that supports two large touch screen displays...

Jam Packed update from Universal Studios Hollywood

We have a ginormous update for you from Universal Studios Hollywood, the entertainment capital of Los Angeles. The new Walking Dead walk-through attraction is slated for a July 4th opening. We can't wait. Next, we stroll through the park as summer heats things up and guests look for ways to cool off, including the Super Silly Funland water playground...

Disneyland Star Wars News: Troopers, Scavengers And A Clearing In The Trees

This week we visit Star Wars in Tomorrowland, see previews for upcoming Star Wars Television and Game spinoffs and say goodbye to the Skyway Chalet. But first… Disneyland’s Flags At Half Staff Our hearts go out to the victims, family and friends who suffered so much in Orlando this week. Summertime Of The Force The summer season is in full “Force” as Star Wars...

Yesterland: Cascade Peak

Cascade Peak is not just a show scene on the Mine Train ride. It’s a Frontierland landmark, enjoyed by guests on the Mike Fink Keel Boats, Mark Twain, Sailing Ship Columbia, and Indian War Canoes, as well as from Tom Sawyer Island. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Cascade Peak   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Fab News: Finding Happiness

What a horrible week it's been in Orlando. And what a thing to see, how people pull together, bringing their service dogs across the country, writing notes to a grieving Abuela on a JetBlue flight, landmarks around the world lit up with the colors of the rainbow, and people everywhere saying "I stand with Orlando." The worst of situations...

The Hotels of Disneyland and New One on the Way

Disney has finally announced that they will build a new luxury hotel to open in 2021. The hotel will be built on a plot of land between the current Disneyland Hotel and the Mickey and Friends parking structure. With that news, let's take a look at the past, present and future of the Hotels of Disneyland and what the newest...

How to Stop and Smell the Roses at a Disney Park

In the midst of tragedy, I'll admit my heart was not in penning Disney tips for this week's Park Wise. My mind kept wandering to the brevity of our time. I'm reminded to be in the moment and really make the most of the time we have with family, friends and in our favorite places, which for a lot...

Disney News Round Up: Shanghai Disneyland in Detail

MiceChat Round Up This week will see the long awaited debut of Shanghai Disneyland. Much has been written about the financial impact Shanghai has had on the Disneyland & Walt Disney World resorts. Labor cutbacks, late open/ early closing of both attractions and restaurants. We will keep you up to date as this resort is unveiled to the world and...

The Unknown Engineer of the Disneyland Railroad

Are you the biggest Disneyland Railroad fanatic? You may have all the reference materials and listened to all the historical presentations but you've never heard of the person who saved the Disneyland Railroad. There might be a bit of hyperbole in that statement, but not much. Our thanks to Kevin Hicks for sending in this wonderful story. Roger Broggie was...

A Theme Park Designer Look at Shanghai Disneyland

Please enjoy some thoughts on Shanghai Disneyland from theme park designers who were able to visit during “Trial Operations” of the newest Disney park. Several attractions were not operating at the time (Roaring Rapids) and some were only operating sporadically (Voyage to the Crystal Grotto). And while this is not a traditional photo report or review, we think you'll...

Fab Disney News: All That Glitters

I'm going to be at E3 this week, so expect some gaming stories in the near future. I'm also going to be very, very tired, so expect many, many typos as well. A Sparkly Surprise, Sunday! So, this was posted on the MiceChat Sunday Meet-Up Facebook group Sunday: I love surprises when they are good ones that involve me. I know, most...

Summer and Star Wars continue at Disneyland

News slows to a trickle as the summer heats up and crowds continue to hit the parks. While most refurbishment projects are done for the season, Disneyland's massive 14-acre Star Wars expansion project continues in full force. We'll catch you up on the latest Star Wars construction this week and a few odds-n-ends around Disneyland and Downtown...

Mousetalgia Podcast 399: Skipping Disney’s latest films

This week, the Team Mousetalgia doctor is in to dispense a little therapy related to Disney's latest crop of live action films. For various reasons, we haven't been hitting every film on opening weekend lately and we ask why. Kristen skipped Jungle Book, Jeff skipped Alice (along with most everyone else), and Becky skipped Zootopia, so we check in...

New Experiences for Knott’s Ghost Town at 75 Years Fun

Knott's Berry Farm is celebrating a very special milestone, the 75th anniversary of Ghost Town. Yes, the very heart of Knott's Berry Farm has been entertaining guests with its rich theme of western life and lore, capturing the hearts of theme park fans for generations. What began as a small berry stand evolved into a chicken dinner restaurant which...

California’s Great America Opens Mass Effect: New Earth

Since 1994 the Action Theater at California's Great America has hosted everybody from James Bond to Stan Lee to Sponge Bob. All the while the technology kept falling farther and farther behind. By last year things had deteriorated to the point where the ride hydraulics were as loud as the show audio. So the immediate question upon the announcement...

Magic Kingdom News and Photos – It’s Speak Like a Whale Day

Dateline Disney World returns with more Magic Kingdom news and photos. Summer season is well under way and Speak Like a Whale Day is today. Let's see how the park is looking for the summer visitors. News from Walt Disney World Today (Saturday, June 11) Epcot will celebrate “Speak Like a Whale Day." Just like Dory and her new friends Bailey...

The Death of Disney Interactive – You Can’t Top Pigs with Pigs

It's been almost a month since the announcement that Disney Infinity will be shuttered, and to many fans, the shock remains. Yet, to insiders and veteran observers, it was only a matter of time. The video game division of the company, Disney Interactive, never seemed to have complete confidence from the parent company. They were never given autonomous creative...