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Mousetalgia Podcast 311: Haunted Mansion origins, New Orleans Square

October 06, 2014 at 12:01 am | No Comments

Team Mousetalgia examines Kansas City’s haunted Sauer Castle as a possible influence on a young Walt Disney in today’s episode. Might Walt’s personal connection to the Sauer descendants have had an effect on his perception…

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An Afternoon Visit To The Hearthstone Lounge

October 05, 2014 at 2:00 am | 17 Comments

“So, what did you bring me?” One of the male bartenders inquired as I sat myself down at the bar one August afternoon. His bubbly, yet sincere personality resonated in his voice and in his…

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A Closer Look at Universal Orlando Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

October 05, 2014 at 1:00 am | 19 Comments

If you have been reading about the newest Harry Potter attractions at Universal Orlando Resort and wondering if this might be the trip to see it from an on-site hotel. Well take a look at…

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Disafterdark Series 2, Episode 25 – The one that was in the bag.

October 05, 2014 at 12:47 am | No Comments

Welcome back to the Mouses Head and thank you for the download. Okay, as I write the notes for this one I realise we recorded it months ago, then went on holiday. and now I…

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Disney Decay: Mark Twain Disintegrates in Disneyland Paris

October 04, 2014 at 3:04 am | 13 Comments

After the sad story we ran last weekend about the horrid condition of Disneyland Paris’ Mark Twain, Alain Littaye has more information about the decaying park icon, plus some information about how the Rivers of…

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TEA SATE – Spotlight on Technology

October 04, 2014 at 2:00 am | 3 Comments

SATE (Storytelling, Architecture, Technology, Experience) is an annual, international gathering of themed entertainment and experience design creators, producers, owners and operators, organized by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). SATE ’14 took place Oct 2-3 at…

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In The Parks – Disneyland Treats and Tricks

October 03, 2014 at 4:00 am | 74 Comments

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to a Disneyland Resort edition of In The Parks!  There is plenty to see around the resort this week as Disneyland prepares for the upcoming 60th anniversary while simultaneously celebrating…

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Disney Big Hero 6 – XPRIZE Challenge

October 03, 2014 at 3:21 am | 1 Comment

Sometimes, things in life are simply meant to go perfectly together. When unique and separate elements are combined in the right way, the result is a truly unique experience, and everything just makes sense. Peanut…

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #109 – News, Rumors and Lombards

October 03, 2014 at 12:30 am | No Comments

Welcome to another Episode of the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast . On this episode we start with Lee and Tracey sharing their experience of trying Butterbeer at the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London. Following…

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Yesterland: Backstage Studio Tour

October 02, 2014 at 9:08 pm | 13 Comments

When Disney-MGM Studios opened, its biggest—and certainly its longest—attraction was the Backstage Studio Tour. Over the years, its importance, popularity, and length diminished. The final day of the attraction—called the Studio Backlot Tour in its…

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Polynesian Village Resort and Magic Kingdom Updates

October 02, 2014 at 3:30 am | 9 Comments

Walt Disney World celebrated its 43rd birthday this week. We were there and have some news and photos from the Polynesian Village Resort and Magic Kingdom for you. Get ready, lots for you to see…

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Costume Ideas for Mickey’s Halloween Party

October 02, 2014 at 3:00 am | 10 Comments

My favorite time of year is finally here! Not much I don’t love about fall. Crisp air, jeans and boots, hot chocolate and HALLOWEEN!! Luckily, the Disney Parks love the spooky holiday as much as…

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How Disney Legend Van France Changed a Life – Disneylander Jerry’s story

October 02, 2014 at 3:00 am | 15 Comments

October 3rd marks the birthday of Disney Legend Van France. Van was an icon – a genius in sharing Walt’s vision of training and hiring “The Disney Way.” We hope you’ll enjoy this touching tribute…

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A Window into Princess Fantasy Faire

October 02, 2014 at 12:06 am | 2 Comments

This week, new WTTM co-host (and super sweetie) Bryn MacKinnon takes you into the Royal Theatre inside the still new Princess Fantasy Faire at Disneyland to enjoy a vaudeville-style performance by Mr Smythe & Mr…

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It’s Fun to be Free: Magic Skyways’ Influence on Disney Theme Parks

October 01, 2014 at 3:00 am | 15 Comments

Aloha! Did you miss me? I’m Shelly Valladolid, otherwise known as The Fabulous Disney Babe. I wrote about Disney, went home to Hawaii to get my mind, body and soul back to health, went to…

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Bob Gurr’s True-Life Adventures – No.13 Safari – Duma Tau

October 01, 2014 at 2:00 am | 5 Comments

Today’s Wheel of Adventures has stopped at 2014, so here we go. This is the last in a four part series about my recent African safari. Part one introduced Camp Banoka and described what a…

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Disney News Round Up: Out With The Old, In With The New

October 01, 2014 at 1:00 am | 2 Comments

Tires deflated, pumpkins are carved, and subs reopened. Yes, it’s the MiceChat Round up of Disney and Theme Park news and information.  It seems that Luigi’s Flying Tires attraction could very well be on its…

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MiceAge Update – Enhancements for Disneyland, Tire Replacement for DCA

September 30, 2014 at 3:00 am | 110 Comments

The first week in October begins the new fiscal year for the Walt Disney Company, and for Disneyland Resort that almost always means projects either kick off or wrap up in order to satisfy the…

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Explore the Watery World at Marineland Florida

September 30, 2014 at 2:00 am | 1 Comment

If you’ve ever driven along A1A between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, you’ve probably gone through the small town of Marineland. It is in this sleepy Florida town where the world of modern aquariums, dolphin…

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Knotts Scary Farm Review: Monsters Unleashed

September 29, 2014 at 8:11 am | 7 Comments

Knott’s Scary Farm has been in the business of haunted themed event entertainment longer than any other theme park in the business.  With 41 years of Halloween Haunts under their belt, the original has plenty…

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