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MiceAge Disneyland Update: Shanghai Surprise

Disney’s third fiscal quarter begins next week, and it’s about to wreak major changes on the operation of the Disneyland Resort. In this update we’ll fill you in on why Shanghai Disneyland is driving huge cutbacks here in the states, and how it will affect your visit this spring and possibly this summer as well. Shanghai Disneyland is opening in...

Disneyland Update – Food, Wine and Imperial Walkers

The weather in Anaheim is absolutely beautiful right now, spring flowers are in full bloom and big things are on their way to the little park in Anaheim that Walt Disney built for his daughters. Andy Castro wasn't able to get a Dateline Disneyland together for you today, so I jumped at the chance to visit my happy place...

Mousetalgia Podcast 388: Disneyland with a toddler; Canemaker on Wong and Bambi

This week, Team Mousetalgia discusses Bambi, one of Time Magazine's "Top 25 Horror Films," and we look at the life of Disney Legend Tyrus Wong. Join us and learn about the animation for the film, take a brief look at the production of Bambi, and listen to our talk with Academy Award-winning animator and historian John Canemaker about Wong....

Silicon Valley Comic Con

He brought us the personal computer. He brought us the US Festival. And now Steve Wozniak has brought us Silicon Valley Comic Con. Held the weekend of March 18-20 in San Jose's Convention Center, the event featured panels, celebrity guests, and of course the ever dangerous vendor room. Your humble narrator met Mrs Narrator at a Doctor Who convention,...

The Sweep Spot #179 Date Nite and Dixieland Night at Disneyland

In this episode we take a look at two promotions Disneyland had in the late 50's. The promos were designed to get younger guests to stay in the park longer. It was very fun to talk about these and the great areas that were created to host these events in Disneyland. For more listen to the show, and get our...

You’ve Got To Be Kidding: Two Policemen Walk into a Bar

Welcome to another edition of You've Got To Be Kidding. This column is parody. Allow yourself a chuckle or two. We often hear the debate. Which is better – Disney animation or live action movies? Recently, while sitting in a little, hole-in-the-wall, adult beverage establishment, I overheard a very bizarre spin on the debate. Two police officers with extremely different...

Universal Studios Hollywood Prepped for Potter

We have magical things for you today.  It's been a while since we have had a chance to cover Universal Studios Hollywood and suddenly there is a ton of news to share.  Major changes are happening in the park on a daily basis, leaving us scurrying around the park to get pictures for you.  Let's begin at the front...

Yesterland: Magic Kingdom 1996 & 2016 Part 3: Main Street & Adventureland

Welcome to the conclusion of this series. This time, Yesterland starts at the park entrance and heads to Adventureland, revisiting the same spots where Chris Bales took photos in 1996. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Magic Kingdom 1996 & 2016, Part 3   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Fab News: The Secrets of Star Wars and of Shelly

New Teaser for Secrets of The Force Awakens: Deleted Scenes: Kylo Ren visits the Milennium Falcon, Maz Kanata uses The Force (she says she's not a Jedi, but she never said she wasn't Force-sensitive!) and more in this brief teaser: Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in Digital HD April 1st and Blu-ray & DVD April 5th. Breaking: Disney Studios and Marvel Studios Say They'll...

Star Wars Day at Sea Set to Return to Disney Cruise Line in 2017

The inaugural 2016 schedule of eight Star Wars Day at Sea theme cruises continues to set sail through April onboard the Disney Fantasy, but that hasn't stopped the Disney Cruise Line from extending the program into 2017. In fact, next year Star Wars will be showcased on nearly twice as many sailings – 15 in total – newly alternating...

Dateline Universal Orlando: Big Islands of Adventure Photo Update

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Universal! This week, we're focusing in on Islands of Adventure and all the exciting happenings at the park. Skull Island: Reign of Kong       That does it for this week. Are you excited for the Toothsome Chocolate Factory? Ready to ride Reign of Kong? Let us know in the comments below! Thanks for reading! If you appreciate what...

Disney News Round Up: Spring and Crowds are in the Air!

MiceChat Round Up Spring is officially here and brings with it renewal, beautiful new colors and smells. Area theme parks are celebrating Spring with new attractions and events and will see heavy crowds for both Easter weekend and the rest of March as area schools celebrate Spring Breaks. Meanwhile, Knott’s Berry farm recently kicked off their world famous Boysenberry festival, Universal...

Fab News: Maz-Berries-Chopper Base and Are You Ready to Rally?

Lupita Nyong'o Shares Some Maz Love, Plus Emoji! One of the complaints about The Force Awakens that I heard from someone was: I could tell that Rey wasn't talking to anyone. She was just staring into space when she took that lightsaber. Um, no. Lupita Nyong'o was Right. There. I love that we're at the point where actors can actually...

Spring Break crowds arrive at Disneyland as the way is cleared for Star Wars

Spring break is here! The park is in bloom and packed as holiday crowds descend on the Resort, despite recently-increased ticket prices and numerous construction and refurbishment projects underway. In Disneyland, the early stages of Star Wars construction continues in the northern wilderness of Frontierland. Meanwhile, changes are afoot at Soarin' Over California in Disney California...

Mousetalgia Podcast 387: Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters; PNW Mouse Meet

Mousetalgia reviews Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters in Dave and Becky's latest trip report. Does Luigi's character carry the day, or is this attraction too slow to impress? Other trip report topics include the amenities at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa; the Disneyland Resort Egg-stravaganza; VIP seating for the Paint the Night Parade; and the benefits of Disneyland's Signature Annual...

Boysenberry Festival Blooms at Knotts Berry Farm

Berrylicious! It's that special time of the year down on the farm.  The Boysenberry Festival has returned to Knott's Berry Farm and runs through April 3. Guests can celebrate the amazing berry that started it all with ridiculously good food, live entertainment and shows. the entire park dripping with decorations and a festive atmosphere that really pops this year....

Big Expansion at LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Florida is quickly becoming one of my favorite Florida theme parks. Which is shocking because I myself am not under 12, nor do I even have any children. What I do have is an appreciation for themed places, and an ability to embrace my inner child. If you're reading this, it's likely you're similar to me. Right now...

Happy World Monopoly Day

Universal Parks & Resorts recently partnered with Hasbro on the latest edition of Monopoly Empire. In honor of World Monopoly Day, March 19th, they have given us a copy of the game to give away to one of our lucky readers. The Empire edition of Monopoly encourages you to "Own the world's top brands."  Those brands include Universal Parks &...

Quench Your Need For Speed at Fun Spot Kissimmee

“America is all about speed. Hot, nasty, badass speed.” - Eleanor Roosevelt, Talladega Nights (2006) Throughout our history, we have been searching for the newest, fastest, and most exciting ways to spend our time and well earned money. In the theme park mecca that is Central Florida, it seems as though there is always a race to build something never...

Disney & Railroads – The Ward Kimball Connection Continues

  When the subject of railroads and Walt Disney is discussed, one name that frequently makes its own way into the conversation is that of animator, musician and all around genius, Ward Kimball. For it was Ward who invited the boss out to the family orange plantation in the wilds of the San Gabriel orange groves, for a railroad event...