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Universal Hollywood Celebrates Christmas in Spring at M.E.N.D.

Every year Universal Studios Hollywood’s gets into the spirit of giving with their annual “Christmas in Spring” event. Held at M.E.N.D (Meet Each Need with Dignity) in Pacoima, the event gives low income families a chance to celebrate and have some fun. This was a particularly auspicious year as it marked a milestone of 25 years of bringing springtime holiday cheer...

Disneyland suffers from budget cuts this spring as Jungle Cruise reopens with new safety changes

Disneyland's classic Jungle Cruise reopened with new safety enhancements that make the experience safety for guests and Cast Members alike. The changes improve the loading and unloading procedures at the attraction but most guests won't notice much difference. Meanwhile, budgets are being cut at Disneyland and are now affecting the guest experience negatively, despite Disney enjoying record...

Mousetalgia Podcast 394: A career as an Imagineer; Disneyland with toddlers

A team of Imagineers recently spoke about the ins and outs of starting a career as an Imagineer, and Jeff reports on the panel discussion. Hosted at the Walt Disney Family Museum, Imagineers Marty Sklar, Tony Baxter, Frank Stanek and Tom Morris spoke candidly about how to enter the field of theme park attraction design, including topics such as...

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Joker Construction

I started this column for MiceChat with no book to sell or podcast to promote, but figured that I'd perhaps get to go on one of those cool roller coaster hard hat construction tours one day. Excitement ran high when the email finally arrived with the details for taking in The Joker at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. But fate...

The Sweep Spot #182 A Musical Tour of Disneyland

In this episode we play and discuss some of Disneyland's music you can hear in the different lands. We will discuss each track and talk about maybe a memory we had in that land with the background music. We are former Disneyland Custodial Cast members talking Disneyland history, and our stories working there. Plus the latest in the Disneyland...

You’ve Got to be Kidding: The New Disney CEO IS . . .

The biggest race that you may not be following closely is who will replace Tom Staggs as the heir apparent of Disney CEO Bob Iger. But you won't get a straight answer in this column. You've Got to be Kidding is parody. Any resemblance to characters living or dead is purely coincidental . . . or something like that....

LEGOLAND California’s New NINJAGO World and Ride

Matt is a long time MiceChatter and father of two adorable theme park loving kids. His daughter Laura reviewed LEGOLAND California's newest attraction for us today as well HERE. Here's Matt's version of the new offerings. LEGOLAND California is opening their newest land, LEGO Ninjago World, to the public on May 5th and we were able to get an early...

Ninjago World at Legoland California Through the Eyes of a Child

We have a very special father and daughter review of Legoland California's newest attraction which opens this weekend. This article is by Laura Hamand, an enthusiastic 7 year old theme park lover. Be sure to read her dad's article as well. Today I went to the new Ninjago World at Legoland! It opens this weekend. The ride is really, really...

Disneyland Star Wars Day: Merch, Trivia and Celebration

Star Wars attire filled the park as passionate fans celebrated Star Wars Day (May the 4th) at Disneyland. Some brought costumes in backpacks and changed in the restrooms while others donned their favorite Star Wars t-shirt. There was a bunch of limited edition merchandise and a trivia contest to top the day. A Little Background… The first known record of “May...

SeaWorld San Diego Seven Seas Food Festival a Treat

Spring is apparently the time for theme park food festivals. Knott’s Berry Farm had the Boysenberry Festival. Disney California Adventure had the Food and Wine Festival. Starting on May 7th and continuing every weekend until June 12, the Seven Seas Food Festival is returning to SeaWorld San Diego. SeaWorld had a passholder sneak preview of the event and we...

Yesterland: Autopia, presented by Chevron

Yesterland now has the first 21st century version of Autopia—the one that opened at Disneyland on June 29, 2000. This Autopia is better than ever, thanks to Chevron, the California-based energy company known for all those TV commercials featuring the Chevron Cars. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Autopia, presented by Chevron   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Fab News: Revenge of the Fifth

If you didn't stick to the nice, safe blue milk when celebrating May the Fourth yesterday, then today you'll probably be feeling Revenge of the Fifth. And remember, Mexican Independence Day is in SEPTEMBER. MiceAge Makes the News So, I'm checking out Facebook, minding my own business (and everyone else's that's on my wall, naturally), and what do I see trending? Guardians...

Dateline Disney World – Disney Springs Updates

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we're taking a very rain soaked look at Walt Disney World's Disney Springs. We're interested in your thoughts about the expansion of what was once Downtown Disney.   Other News from Disney World: Starting this weekend and running until early June, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be offering a 10 minute sneak peek...

Disney News Round Up: Guardians of the Tower, and more!

MiceChat Round Up This week in 2005, Disney Theme parks around the world kicked off “The Happiest Celebration on Earth” marking the start of the 50th anniversary celebration at Disneyland.That historic 18 month long celebration of Walt’s original park, began with a special ceremony in front of Sleeping Beauty castle with guests LeAnn Rimes singing the “Remember When” anniversary song...

Star Wars Land: May The 4th Be With You

This week we take a look at where the younglings go at rope drop, who that woman is with the lightsaber, possible Star Wars Rides and where all that dirt is going backstage. We'll also share Disneyland's plans for Star Wars Day, May the 4th. May The 4th Disney Parks are celebrating with a new Force For Change campaign. Starting May...

MiceAge Disneyland Update – Guardians of the Tower

Disneyland Resort continues to lurch through a weird and unusual spring as Burbank mandates sweeping budget cuts while record crowds continue to pack both parks. In this update we’ll fill you in on why the parks are closing earlier than usual, why random locations continue to shut down, why weekdays feel just as busy as weekends, and the wild...

Fab News: Freemakers, Record-Breakers, Kid-Trackers, and Emoji

Hello my MiceChatters and Fabanistas! May is here and it's almost Gumball Rally Time! Are you getting excited? Do you want to sign up? Do Pasta? Volunteer? - Sign up for Gumball Rally HERE - Sign up for Pasta Party (May 13) - Sign up to Volunteer HERE LEGO Star Wars Original Series to Debut on Disney XD "LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures" will premiere MONDAY, JUNE 20 (10:00 a.m....

Fastpass+ moves in at Disneyland as Autopia reopens with Honda

The first signs of Disneyland's version of the MyMagic+ and Fastpass+ programs from Walt Disney World have started to appear in the park. Testing and an eventual rollout of the new features are rumored to happen soon. Meanwhile, the classic Autopia attraction has emerged from an extended refurbishment with Honda as a new sponsor. Elsewhere in the...

Mousetalgia Podcast 393: Disneyland lodging options

'Tis the season to book your summer trips, so Team Mousetalgia takes our annual look at Disneyland Resort hotels and a variety of area lodging options, and we offer tips and advice to make your trip a success. First, we present the advantages as well as the disadvantages of each of the Disneyland resort hotels (Paradise Pier, The Disneyland...

Interview with Disney Legend Charlie Ridgway – Disney Avenue Podcast

Welcome back to another exciting episode of the Disney Avenue Podcast. On today's show, host Keith Mahne is joined by MiceChat CEO Dusty Sage for an amazing interview with Disney Legend Charlie Ridgway. Before Charlie was hired as a cast member under Walt, he promoted Disneyland as a news reporter. During 1954-55, while the Park was still under construction,...