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Fab News: Ghosts, Jobs, and Wet Disney Fun

I celebrated my first anniversary with MiceChat last weekend, as MiceChat celebrated its eleventh anniversary. What a great year it's been! I would have shared the story with you Tuesday but Sunday night, part of my parents' roof blew off! They're fine and they didn't have any damage or loss (except the roof, of course), but I blew town...

Four Fun Disney World Date Nights

Love is in the air! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, here are a few fun date night ideas for you and your sweetie at Walt Disney World. Disney’s Boardwalk Plenty of dining options and lots of entertainment make Disney’s Boardwalk is a great option for some lovey dovey time with your better half. With four full-service restaurants and plenty...

Dateline Disney World – Change is Roaring at Animal Kingdom

Since our last visit, there have been tons of changes to Disney's Animal Kingdom. The park is rapidly transforming from a day park into a full day (and NIGHT) experience. Avatar Land and Rivers of Light will be their most attractive after dark. That's a major shift indeed. Let's take a look at the progress.   Valentine's Day Tips Love is...

Disney News Round Up: Construction Central for both Coasts!

MiceChat RoundUpCrew! MiceChat just celebrated 11 great years this past weekend! If you were able to join us this weekend, we hope you had as much fun as we did! If you weren't able to celebrate with us, thank you for being a part of the MiceChat family these past 11 years. You are the heart and soul of the...

The Ganachery at Disney Springs: Your Cure for the Common Chocolate

Oh, the powers of chocolate. The mere mention of that wonderful confection invokes a smile on my face, so when I discovered the removal of the tarps and fencing around The Ganachery Chocolate Shoppe during my recent visit to Walt Disney World, I gasped in excitement. I quickly joined the others lined up outside the quaint store to experience...

Disneyland honors its history as Star Wars construction gets underway

Disneyland has decorated construction walls along the Rivers of America with posters honoring the park's history as construction gets underway on the major 14-acre Star Wars project. With Star Wars popularity at an all-time high, the massive expansion project has been placed on the fast track and Harrison Ford will help unveil new details on the new land...

Mousetalgia Episode 380: Disney books, collectibles corner

Team Mousetalgia expands our Disney library and brings you four new book reviews, including "Mickey Mouse: Emblem of the American Spirit" by Garry Apgar; "Funny: Twenty-Five Years of Laughter from the Pixar Story Room;" "Keep Moving (and Other Tips and Truths About Aging)" by Dick Van Dyke; and "The Nine Old Men" by Andreas Deja. Plus, in a Mousetalgia...

The Sweep Spot #175 History of Big Thunder Ranch Area

In this episode we take a look at an area of Disneyland that is no longer there. . . the Big Thunder Ranch. This rustic area, which opened in 1986, hosted a petting zoo, a cabin, a farm, an arena, restaurant, restrooms, and more over the years. For many this was a favorite place to eat, or maybe a...

Three Free Quests This Weekend At The Disneyland Resort

MiceChat Anniversary weekend stars TODAY. We'd like to point you toward several events which you won't want to miss out on.  Tonight kicks off the celebration at Medieval Times dinner theater. On Saturday, we are offering two great competitions, a MiceQuest at DCA and a Monorail Man Trivia Challenge that evening (which includes fireworks viewing and a cocktail bar). ...

Yesterland: McDonald’s at WDW & McDonald’s Dinoland U.S.A.

Two all-beef patties? No. Two Yesterland articles about the Golden Arches years at Walt Disney World. Take a photo tour. Do you remember a whole land presented by McDonald’s? (DOUBLE FEATURE based on articles originally published at Yesterland in 2009) Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: McDonald’s Food at Walt Disney World Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: McDonald’s presents Dinoland U.S.A.   When you are...

Fab News: Star Wars Cruise, AP Days and Restored Trains Coming to Disneyland

Star Wars Days at Sea or "Aye Aye, Cap'n Phasma!" The first images of the Star Wars events on the Disney Cruise line are up, and man, do they look fun. Wait, is that Captain Phasma??? I WANT TO GO! Disneyland Days I spent a ffew days at Disneyland this week, continuing my Magic Walk and visiting my favorite Disney prince, Kylo...

Dateline Disney World – Skipper Canteen and Magic Kingdom Projects

The holidays are officially over at the Magic Kingdom, and that means refurb season is in full swing. Let's take a look at what is happening at the park, including a look at the Skipper Canteen!         This is the latest from Magic Kingdom, but here's what else is going on in the Disney World: Disney’s Animal Kingdom will host a...

Disney News Round Up: MiceChat Anniversary Weekend Adventures

MiceChat RoundUpCrew! We are in a celebratory mood this week at the Roundup! With Micechat celebrating 11 wonderful years this coming weekend, we wanted to make sure you had all the details needed so you can come celebrate with us. Fab news has all the necessary information on the different and amazing events happening at Disneyland and beyond! Of course there are...

Step into Disneyland Railroad history as Star Wars Land construction gets underway

Walls have gone up in Critter Country and Frontierland as Disneyland gets started in earnest on its new 14-acre Star Wars-themed expansion. The first major step, besides reshuffling and moving backstage facilities, is rerouting the Rivers of America and Disneyland Railroad. Railroad tracks have already been removed and trees along the river are tagged for removal as...

Mousetalgia Podcast 379: Arrow Development, Star Wars Half Marathon

Mousetalgia's own Dave Breiland ran the Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort as the park finally started closing much of Frontierland in anticipation of the construction of the new Star Wars galaxy, and he reports from the event and the status of the parks. Covering everything from Elton John performing a surprise concert to some food reviews, we...

Dining at the Parks – Steakhouse 55

Recently, Dining in the Parks has visited several popular quick service / grab & go restaurants. Though it's also a treat to walk thru Downtown Disney, enjoying the atmosphere, great shopping and dining and just steps away from Downtown Disney, is the famous Disneyland hotel. If you’re looking for a great meal, Goofy’s Kitchen and Trader Sam’s enchanted tiki bar, will get...

Star Wars Boards Disney Cruise Line with Full Force

As a cruise travel journalist, I've had the recent pleasure of covering Disney Cruise Line's latest Star Wars offerings onboard both the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy. The Dream now sports the wonderfully imaginative Star Wars: Millennium Falcon kids space, and the Fantasy is hosting a series of exceptional Star Wars Day at Sea theme cruises. I invite you...

Fab News: Reasons to Celebrate

I saw a peanut stand, heard a rubber band and seen a needle wink its eye. But I be done seen about everything, when I see an elephant fly. A part of the current restorations on the attraction, one of the large bull elephants was hoisted out of the jungle by helicopter. Cool! It's 2016 and I'm ready to celebrate. What...

Yesterland: Sun Wheel

It’s not a Ferris Wheel. It’s the Sun Wheel. The California Sun smiles at you from the center of the 160-foot diameter amusement wheel. (This is an expanded update to an article originally published at Yesterland in 2009.) Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Sun Wheel   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

The Stroller Survival Guide For Your Disney Vacation

I know, I know. The words that can strike fear in the hearts (and ankles!) of park-goers everywhere. Strollers!!! But here’s the deal, if you’re frequenting an extremely child-friendly destination such as the Disney Parks, they’re gonna be there. So, let’s save the admonishments for another day (in fact, we’ve already had that battle here on Park Wise). Today...