Editor’s Note:
  • April 18, 2014: DCA Reveals Maleficent – The Maleficent sneak peek has opened in DCA and the redone Bug's theater is a great venue for it. DCA gets to keep the new RealD 3D system when the regular Bugs show returns in June - a huge improvement over the original film format. The Studio executives came down from Burbank on Wednesday to approve the venue and were thrilled with the results. AP audiences raved at their Thursday night preview.  ||  And don't forget to sign up for the MiceChat Gumball Rally. We are just about to sell out the event and don't want you to miss out.  The Gumball Rally is a race through Disneyland to see who can ride the most attractions in a single day. Information and tickets HERE. ×0
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Communicore Weekly – D23 Expo, Imagineering Book, Jungle Telegraph

August 20, 2013 at 10:28 am | 1 Comment

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about D23 Expo, Imagineering Book, and the Jungle Telegraph Company! TRIP REPORT! –  Jeff attended the 2013 D23 Expo and he’d love to tell you all…

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SeaWorld Parks Update – Tough Summer but a Bright Future

August 20, 2013 at 3:00 am | 28 Comments

On Tuesday August 13th, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment released their Q2 earnings.  In spite of new attractions, the parks experienced a 9% drop in attendance for the quarter. Today, we’ll take a look at why…

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Universal Studios Singapore – Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase

August 20, 2013 at 1:20 am | 11 Comments

Please help us welcome Nicholas Yau to the MiceChat family. He’ll be covering Universal Studios Singapore for us from time to time and may have other treats for us as well. We are delighted to…

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Season Pass Podcast: John Wardley is Creating his own Nemesis

August 20, 2013 at 12:01 am | 4 Comments

John Wardley is the Tony Baxter of Britain!  He returns to the Season Pass podcast with Nick Hutson to discuss his new book, Creating My Own Nemesis, and more of his thoughts on the themed entertainment…

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Indiana Jones Adventure gets new magic as summer comes to an end at Disneyland

August 19, 2013 at 5:05 am | 37 Comments

The curse of the idol Mara was transformed with new magic at Disneyland‘s Indiana Jones Adventure ride last week. The ride’s enhancements brought new state-of-the-art projection technology along with a controversial new voice for the…

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The Optimist – Tomorrowland Movie Goes Viral

August 19, 2013 at 2:00 am | 17 Comments

At the D23 Expo August 9-11, in a big flashy Walt Disney Studios live action presentation, Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof came out on stage with a dusty box of old stuff, labeled “1952,” to…

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Dining Around the Walt Disney World in 1984

August 19, 2013 at 12:01 am | 6 Comments

I frequently bemoan the fact that early Walt Disney World is not very well documented. Unlike her older sister, Disneyland, the cultural phenomenon of Walt Disney World seemed to be born old hat and always…

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D23 Expo Imagineering Pavilion, a Deeper Look

August 18, 2013 at 3:00 am | 13 Comments

For those of you who can never get enough of Disney reports and Andy Castro’s photography, here’s a D23 Expo recap with photos from Andy and commentary from  Alain Littaye. ~~Rick D23 Expo Recap: Journey…

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Spectacular Disneyland Time Lapse

August 18, 2013 at 2:00 am | 27 Comments

We were recently contacted by Matt Givot, who has created a gorgeous Disneyland time lapse video with his friend Dan Douglas. We are thrilled to share this with you today. If you folks enjoy it…

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Alaska Cruise Galley Tour

August 18, 2013 at 12:01 am | No Comments

We’ve been sailing to Alaska with BC_DisneyGeek on the Celebrity Century cruise ship. Today we take a tour of the galley. One little warning: there are photos of frog legs ahead. If you are catching…

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The Disney Review: Once Upon A Time Season 2 Blu Ray and Grey’s Anatomy DVD

August 17, 2013 at 12:33 am | 5 Comments

I will admit it: when Once Upon A Time first starting airing last year, I became a massive fan. It was one of the shows I was excited to watch every week, and couldn’t wait…

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Scarlett Stahl’s Adventures in Russia

August 17, 2013 at 12:23 am | 1 Comment

We have another epic travel report from Scarlett Stahl. We’re calling it “Adventures in Russia” because Scarlett seems to make every trip into an adventure. Read on to hear about lost luggage, a lost purse,…

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In The Parks: Indiana Jones Updated at Disneyland

August 16, 2013 at 3:00 am | 51 Comments

There is a lot of news for us to share this week from the Disneyland resort. First and foremost, there has been a major show scene change at Indiana Jones and the Temple of the…

Posted in In the Parks

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Dateline Disney World – Magic Kingdom Refurbishments

August 16, 2013 at 1:00 am | 13 Comments

Hello, and welcome back to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’re looking at the news and construction around the Magic Kingdom park. Almost 50 photos for you, so let’s get started! If you’d like to…

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Disney Vacation Club Villa Views

August 15, 2013 at 8:27 pm | 3 Comments

In the context of this article, a villa is not a luxurious country residence high on a hill somewhere; it’s a term that timeshare developers use because it sounds better than small apartment. Read the…

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A Walt Disney World Transportation Fairytale

August 15, 2013 at 3:00 am | 18 Comments

Once upon a time the planners at Walt Disney World really did want to follow Walt’s vision and create a place that would show off on how proper urban design can create places that are…

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When is the Best Time to Visit Walt Disney World?

August 15, 2013 at 1:00 am | 41 Comments

With 365 days, 52 weeks, 12 months and four seasons to choose from, it can be difficult to narrow down the best time to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth.  Best, of course, is…

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MiceChat Podcast #10 – Tomorrowland, Horror Nights, Monstropolis

August 15, 2013 at 1:00 am | 2 Comments

Join us for MiceChat Podcast #10. Yes, that’s right, we’re nearly teenagers. Star Wars rules the galaxy, the box-office, and now Disney Park Discussion. Is the famous sci-fi franchise taking over Disney Hollywood Studios and…

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Dueling Disney: War of the Watercraft

August 14, 2013 at 3:00 am | 30 Comments

It’s no secret that water plays a huge part in the aesthetic of Disney Parks. Whether you’re passing through New Orleans Square and gazing upon the Rivers of America, or admiring the World Showcase Lagoon…

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MiceChat Disney News Round Up: At the D23 Expo and more

August 14, 2013 at 2:01 am | No Comments

Welcome to another installment of the MiceAge Disney News Round-up! This week we have many reports from D23 Expo, as well as news from around the globe. The fabled Haunted Mansion Hatbox Ghost has returned. …