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  • November 18, 2014: Join us in Celebration, Fl, this Friday – We invite you to join us at a very special event in Disney's master planned community of Celebratio, Fl. The event is a benefit for the Walt Disney Birthplace restoration project:
    • - November 21st in Celebration, Florida - Walt Disney Birthplace benefit with Bob Gurr. Enjoy a fun filled cocktail reception with a true Disney Legend. Tickets and details here
    • - February 6th through 8th - MiceChat 10th Anniversary Weekend - Save the Date
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Radiator Springs Racers FASTPASS Distribution

January 23, 2014 at 8:14 pm | 4 Comments

A masterfully designed “vintage” neon sign reads “FASTPASS” horizontally across the top and “Distribution” vertically. Perfect! This must be the right place. And this must be the most elaborately themed FASTPASS distribution location anywhere.  …

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Universal Orlando Resort Reveals Diagon Alley Details

January 23, 2014 at 9:42 am | 104 Comments

Universal Studios Florida’s long awaited announcement regarding the second phase of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was made a short time ago via webcast, a muggle technology. The Diagon Alley expansion was first announced…

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What’s Your Perfect Disney Parks Bag?

January 23, 2014 at 3:00 am | 40 Comments

Sometimes packing for a day in the Disney parks isn’t, well, a walk in the park.  If touring with littles, you may be traveling with a pack full of diapers, snacks, bottles, etc.  If traveling…

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Disneyland French Market Review: Value Dining Options

January 23, 2014 at 2:00 am | 17 Comments

Please give a warm MiceChat welcome to our newest columnist, Steven Johnson, who is a proud value traveler. He has to be, he’s a starving student! There’s a lot we all can learn from Steven,…

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Final Disney Channel Rocks! Performance

January 23, 2014 at 12:01 am | No Comments

In this listener request show, Jeremiah is on hand for the final performance of Disney Channel Rocks! at Disney Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. The sister of one of our listeners was in the…

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Bob’s True-Life Adventures No.1 – 2013 Catalina Island

January 22, 2014 at 3:00 am | 21 Comments

We have something really exciting for you today from Disney legend Bob Gurr. He’s starting a new series of articles for you which focus on his amazing travels. You knew Bob was a brilliant designer,…

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EPCOT and the Heart of Our Cities – Part Two

January 22, 2014 at 2:00 am | 9 Comments

Join us for Part Two of SAMLAND’s look at Walt Disney’s original plans for an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow or EPCOT for short. Before continuing on to Part Two below, please read Part One…

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Disney News Round Up: Everything New Is Blue Again

January 22, 2014 at 12:10 am | No Comments

January is almost over folks and the Disney news and theme park information is coming in fast.  Today, Kevin Yee takes stock of the rumors swirling around Walt Disney World.  With Avatar finally breaking ground…

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Taking Stock: WDW Rumor Roundup

January 21, 2014 at 3:00 am | 30 Comments

It’s been a while since we’ve glanced at the current state of construction, renovation, and rumors at the WDW theme parks and resorts, so it’s high time to see what’s cooking–some of which is necessarily…

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Universal Update – Diagon Alley Scaffolding Comes down and Harry Potter Celebration

January 21, 2014 at 2:00 am | 15 Comments

We are back this week with a jam packed look at Universal Orlando Resort. Scaffolding has finally come down from around the new Harry Potter London facades. This year’s Mardi Gras Concert lineup has been…

Communicore Weekly – World’s Fairs, Walt’s People, Mickey Watch

January 21, 2014 at 12:01 am | No Comments

Direct Link  l   iTunes Link Welcome to this week’s episode of Communicore Weekly, where we talk about World’s Fairs, Walt’s People, and a big Mickey Watch! DISNEY HISTORY! – Jeff and George kick off a…

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Big Thunder Mountain lights up, Mark Twain sets sail into the night and pixies race through Disneyland

January 20, 2014 at 5:05 am | 31 Comments

Disneyland‘s off-season continues with winter refurbishments continuing in both theme parks. In Disneyland, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has debuted a gorgeous and dramatic new lighting package as that attraction wraps up its year-long refurbishment. Nearby,…

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SeaWorld Orlando Wild Days and OSHA Conflict

January 20, 2014 at 2:00 am | 37 Comments

SeaWorld Orlando is launching a new annual event called “Wild Weekends” and we’ve got the details for you today. Plus, we’ll share photos of the brand new “Shamu Up Close Experience” as well as park…

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Monorail Red Lives

January 20, 2014 at 1:00 am | 8 Comments

After my trip to Walt Disney World in early December, I stopped in Atlanta on the way home to spend the evening with my nephew and his family. My nephew had been telling me for…

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Mousetalgia 274: Book reviews, author Adam Berger

January 20, 2014 at 12:01 am | No Comments

Welcome back to Mousetalgia. This week, we review some recent Disney books, including Sam Gennawey’s ”The Disneyland Story” The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dream; Jim Korkis’ “The Book of Mouse: A Celebration…

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Knotts Berry Farm: One Last Ride on the Calico Mine Train

January 19, 2014 at 3:00 am | 23 Comments

A few weeks ago a very special event was held at Knott’s Berry Farm.  You see, the famous Calico Mine Ride was scheduled close on January 5th, 2014 for the most extensive refurbishment in its…

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Disney Cast Blast Quick Bites

January 19, 2014 at 2:00 am | 5 Comments

Today’s Cast Blast is sort of a grab bag. We are sent small bits of info and stories from time to time that do not warrant an entire entry, so we thought we would put…

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Micechat Podcast 14 – Looking into Disney’s Crystal Ball

January 19, 2014 at 12:48 am | 3 Comments

January is a great time to reflect on the year past and the year ahead. On this episode, we share our favorite and biggest theme park moments of 2013 and our predictions for 2014 and…

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Disney Imagineer Tom “Thor” Thordarson Journeys to the Center of the Earth

January 18, 2014 at 3:00 am | 13 Comments

Here is an amazing article and tribute to Tom “Thor” Thordarson and his artwork for the Tokyo DisneySea Mysterious Island rides. After being Director of Attraction Development at MCA Universal Studios, Hollywood, Tom became a…

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The Disney Review: The Original Grimms by Kevin Yee

January 18, 2014 at 2:00 am | No Comments

George: Kevin Yee is a very well-known name in Disney circles, especially as one of the original columnists at MiceAge. Kevin’s also one of the most prolific Disney-related authors and has published some of the…