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Fab News: Of Journeys, Homes and Castles

This week marks 100 days until the opening of Shanghai Disneyland, plus there's all sorts of fun and fascinating things going on as groundbreaking draws closer for Star Wars Land, Brad Pitt signs on for a new Disney film project, and there's some beautiful history to get a gander at as well! How to See “SECRETS OF THE FORCE AWAKENS: A...

MiceChat Podcast – Magic, Pirates & the Force

You know you're in theme park nirvana when Dusty and Doug discuss new Star Wars and Harry Potter lands in the same show. Universal Studios Hollywood's new Wizarding World of Harry Potter has finally opened, we share our hits and misses for the new land. We also share the layout for the new Star Wars land at Disneyland. Plus,...

Dateline Disney World – Flowers & The Dark Side

We have a double feature for you today on Dateline Disney World! We'll bring you photos from both Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, where all sorts of things are in bloom.     Now, let's journey to Disney's Hollywood Studios park . . .   More Disney World News:  Epcot is hosting an EGG-citing special event until March 27th. Guests will be able to purchase...

Disney News Round Up: New Rides, New Ships, New Podcasts

MiceChat Round Up Last Thursday, March 3 in chilly Chicago, Illinois, the Walt Disney Company held its annual stockholder meeting. Several exciting announcements were delivered: 2 new ships will be added to the Disney cruise line fleet bringing the total to 6 ships, both Disneyland and Walt Disney World resort will break ground next month on new Star Wars themed...

Fab News: The Force Awakens, Power Up Again, Moving Heroes and More

Hello MiceChatters and Fabanistas! There's a whole slew of great news going on, and today's Fab News just touches the surface of some of it. Knott's Annual Boysenberry Festival is just around the corner, as is the home release of The Force Awakens, there's good news about animation and it looks like I'm not the only one packing up...

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters dance into Cars Land as Star Wars prepares to break ground at Disneyland

Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters, the replacement for the much-maligned Luigi's Flying Tires soft-opened over the weekend. The new attraction brings Disney's highly-lauded trackless ride system to the United States for the first time in a choreographed "dance" across Luigi's tire yard in Cars Land. But is the 90-second ride, even if an improvement over the problematic Flying Tires,...

Mousetalgia Podcast 385: Disneyland seasonal pricing, Zootopia

Team Mousetalgia reviews Walt Disney Animation Studios' latest feature Zootopia on this week's episode, and we talk about the latest in a line of critically acclaimed hits from Pixar's sister studio. We'll tell you what worked and what to look for in this anthropomorphic whodunnit - all spoiler free! We also discuss Disneyland's move to tiered seasonal pricing, and...

10 Reasons To Go To Harry Potter Celebration at Universal Orlando

Let's pedal all the way back to the year 2000. I know some of you remember it, and some of you were just being born, or not even born yet! My best friend at the time told me I should read these books she liked. Something about Harry Potter. I was very busy at the time reading V.C Andrews,...

Disney Avenue Podcast – Show #19 – Interview with Two WDW Cast Members from the Early Years

Welcome to another exciting episode of the Disney Avenue Podcast. For our very first show of 2016, we are joined by R.J. and Suzanne Ogren who are two former Walt Disney World cast members. They are about to blow you away with some amazing stories from their incredible careers working at the vacation kingdom. R.J. painted Animatronic figures and...

You’ve Got To Be Kidding: Shakespeare on Disney

You've Got To Be Kidding is parody. Sit back, relax, and allow yourself to have a bit of fun! Few people have noted the hidden connections that exist between Shakespeare and Disney.  However, a close perusal of the bard’s works will show that he had much more to say about Disney than one might first suspect.  Following are a few...

Art Directing The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Designing a set for a film is a very precise art, as described by Alan Gilmore (Art Director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). Façades are constructed to convey the look and feel of the world being created. Lights are carefully positioned to pull out the right textures, the right tones....

Yesterland: Flowers & Food

Werner Weiss reports from the opening day of the 2016 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival. With all the food and beverage kiosks around World Showcase Lagoon, it has become like a “Spring Edition of the Food & Wine Festival.” Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Flowers & Food   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Fab News EXTRA: Two New Ships!

From Disney Cruise Line: (emphasis in bold mine) The leader in family cruising will grow its award-winning fleet with imaginative innovations that are uniquely fun and distinctly Disney CHICAGO (March 3, 2016) – The Walt Disney Company announced plans today to build two additional cruise ships, each of them showcasing the immersive family entertainment, enchanting storytelling and unparalleled service that only Disney...

Fab News: Food, Wine, Gaming and Star Wars Filming

March came in like a very sheepish lion here in SoCal, which is nice, because as soon as I got over pneumonia, I came down with bronchitis. More bed rest, but I'm not going to let that keep me from spending time with you! Here's a look at some of the news nuggets I've found from around the wonderful...

Your Guide to Disney Character Dining

Ahh, the Disney character meal. A rite of passage for many a Disney fan, but it can be a bit of a challenge for newbies planning their first Disney vacation. Here are my quick tips on the pros and cons of Disney Character Dining. What is Disney Character Dining? When planning first trips with families, I often hear parents asking little...

Demolition and Construction at Universal Orlando

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Universal Orlando! This week, we'll take a look at both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios, and the many changes at both parks. Wow! Lots of things happening all over Universal. Which are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments below! Thanks for reading! If you appreciate what we do here and would...

Disney News Round Up: Surging into a Hot Summer !

MiceChat Round Up A new Demand based or Surge pricing structure was implemented at Disney Parks, on both Coasts, Sunday February 28th. When Disneyland opened in 1955, it cost $1.00 to enter the park, with most attractions costing an additional 25 to 35 cents. You’d pay about $10 and still experience everything offered.Long gone are those nostalgic days, with many...

Fab News: Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters are Dancing Their Way into DCA

There is so much for me to geek out over today. Luigi's Flying Tires is gone, but the adorable car is returning to DCA on Monday with his new attraction, Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters, and it's adorable. 30 new tenants on their way to Disney Springs in an area called "Town Center". Prices may be up at Disneyland, but there's...

The Sweep Spot # 177 Discussion about Herb Ryman

We are launching a series of episodes where we talk about people who have contributed to the making of Disneyland over the years. This time we feature the legendary Herb Ryman. He was the first person to actually draw out what Disneyland would look like, with Walt's directions of course. Learn more about this talented man, in this weeks...

A closer look at Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter plus Disneyland’s new demand pricing

Today we take a break from Disneyland's off-season refurbishments and construction and take you back up to Universal Studios Hollywood for a closer look at the park's spectacular new Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Today we go in-depth on what you can expect when visiting -- taking a look at the good, bad and everything in-between. We...