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Yesterland: Captain EO replaced by Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival

Unfortunately, Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival was not ready to open its doors on December 18—but guests were told it would open “any day.” The signs were up on the outside. The standing sign in the lobby announced the first three films of the “festival”; and the wall decor was updated—both visible through the glass doors.  Read the YESTERLAND...

Fab News: Merry Christmas, May The Force Be With You

First of all, Hau'oli la hanau (happy birthday) to one of my best pals, Roger Colton, one of the best bad influences a Disney Babe could ever ask for. Kungaloosh!   Star Wars She Who is Never Cold put on a sweater this week, so that's one for the books. We were not able to attend the Disney Infinity showing of Number...

The Juicy Details of Backstage Disneyland

It’s no surprise that the renowned LA Times reporter, Brady MacDonald, is a huge Disney Fan. After all, his eminence is based on his factual account of what‘s new and up and coming at theme parks around the world, subtly augmented with commentary. It seems natural that questions that could never really be answered would make their way into...

Disneyland increases security as Christmas crowds arrive

Hello, and a very Merry Christmas to you! Disneyland has beefed up security at its themes parks just in time for the final rush of holiday crowds. The increase in theme park security, which includes bomb dogs and metal detectors, comes following a bulletin by the Department of Homeland Security noted concern for possible terrorist attacks at...

Mousetalgia Podcast 374: Star Wars at Disneyland, on the screen, and in history

The Force is wide awake on this week's episode of Mousetalgia as we celebrate everything Star Wars, from past to present. First, we take a look at Disneyland's "Season of the Force," and discuss Hyperspace Mountain, the Star Wars Launch Bay, Star Tours' new trip to Jakku, and various food offerings - and of course, the new merchandise. Then,...

Fantasy of Lights Illuminates Bay Area

Although we humans are no longer so fascinated by the light bulb that there is a nightly parade to the one home in the neighborhood that has been wired with electricity, multiply that by a few thousand bulbs and throw in some color and you will still draw a crowd. Whether it’s the Osborne Family Lights, the RVs at...

The Sweep Spot 172 A Tour of Disneyland in 1965

In this episode we take a virtual walk through Disneyland in the year 1965. This year Disneyland was celebrating 10 years. The park had grown, and was on the verge of adding a new Land, and some attractions. Join us as we walk through Disneyland in 1965 and see what attractions were there and which ones were not yet....

You’ve Got To Be Kidding: Disney Songs for the Holidays

Well, it's been a little while since I've had anything to share, but part of the reason is that I've been hard at work on a little Christmas present for y'all.  And here it is.  Some holiday songs adapted for Disneyland fans everywhere. (One suggestion:  These are much better if  you actually sing them out loud.  So hide your embarrassment,...

Six Flags Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park 360!

Merry Christmas from Six Flags Magic Mountain! Holiday in the Park is now running from now through January 3rd and the park is a delightful winter wonderland of sights, sounds, and goodies. Of course Santa and Mrs. Claus are there too at their workshop ready to greet guests. Today we have a very special treat for you. Would you like...

Yesterland: Disappearing Reminders of Defunct Magic Kingdom Attractions

Yesterland has a 2915 update to a photo essay about reminders of defunct attractions at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park—places that used to be attractions, were still visible to guests, but were no longer attractions of any kind.  Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Disappearing Reminders of Defunct Magic Kingdom Attractions   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Fab News: Metal Detectors at Disneyland

Metal Detectors have landed at Disneyland. How will it impact lines and security at the happiest place on earth?

Dining in the Parks – French Market Restaurant and Holiday Treats

In previous columns, we have visited Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta at Disney California Adventure and the Carnation Café located on Main Street in Disneyland. Today's Dining at the Parks will drop by the French Market Restaurant, located in the heart of New Orleans Square, Disneyland. This quick service restaurant features a cafeteria style / counter service layout indoors, with an outdoor...

Dateline Disney World – Holiday Storytellers at Epcot

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we're looking at the Holiday Storytellers at Epcot. It's a magical time of year for Disney World's 2nd park.   That wraps things up for this week! Do you enjoy the storytellers in Epcot? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading! If you appreciate what we do here and would...

Disney News Round Up: Dick Van Dyke turns 90

Did you know 90 years ago the first drive up motel opened right here in San Luis Obispo California… F Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” was published and of course Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke was born. The roundup highlights several articles celebrating the recent birthday celebration at Disneyland, of our favorite chimney sweep. The holidays are in full swing...

Fab News: I’m Not Lion – The Skipper Canteen’s Great

Is everyone getting ready for the holiday rush? I have one more day with my daughter until I put her on a plane; she'll be on the East Coast until February. I'll have a lot of work to keep me busy. I hope everyone who is traveling has safe travels, wherever you are going. Now, what's coming? The Lion Guard...

Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke celebrates 90th birthday at Disneyland as Jedi train in Tomorrowland

Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke celebrated his 90th birthday on Sunday and invited everybody at Disneyland to join him. The Mary Poppins star was honored with a dedication of the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe, followed by a birthday singalong in New Orleans Square, and a pre-parade down Main Street, U.S.A. Fans joined along in costume throughout the day to...

Mousetalgia Podcast 373: Holidays at Disneyland; Becky Cline on Walt’s office

This week Mousetalgia reports from Disneyland's Candlelight ceremony and brings you a holiday report from both the resort and D23's "Light Up The Season" holiday event on the Walt Disney Studios lot. At the D23 event, guests celebrated the season as they met Sorcerer Mickey, played carnival games, ate in the commissary and watched holiday shorts in the studio...

Disneyland Paris Photo Update – it’s a small world, Frozen, and More

Disneyland Paris is in a restoration phase with many projects underway. Small World, Big Thunder, Phantom Manor and the Rivers of the Old West are all currently closed for refurbishment. Photos ahead!

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Holiday in the Park Lights Up the Night

As the calendar moves on and the temperatures drop, tinsel and lights sprout up throughout the landscape. Theme parks are no exception, so I donned my thickest hoodie, counted my pennies for a refillable mug of hot chocolate and spent a Saturday at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom for this year’s version of Holiday in the Park. Also experienced was...

MiceCrafts – Photo Puzzles Make a Great Personalized Gift

Ken Goldenberg is a Producer and Reporter for Channel 6 TV in Orange County, CA, as well as a long time MiceChat reader and a good friend. Ken sent us this great idea for creating customized souvenirs. With Christmas less than two weeks away, this is also a crafty gift you can whip up just in time for the...