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Yesterland-Alweg Monorail

August 22, 2013 at 11:10 pm | 7 Comments

You’ve just boarded the Yesterland Alweg Monorail for a nonstop, round-trip journey. Now you’re gliding along the gently curving “Highway in the Sky.” As you look out the windows, you enjoy scenic views of Tomorrowland…

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How to Operate the Disneyland Monorail

August 22, 2013 at 3:00 am | 10 Comments

Recently, as I was sorting through some files, I came across a 1966 operator’s manual for the Disneyland-Alweg Monorail System and thought I would share some of the highlights. As was the custom with Disneyland…

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Skipping School for Disney: Do or Don’t

August 22, 2013 at 2:00 am | 75 Comments

Last week, we discussed some of the pros and cons of different times to visit Walt Disney World.  Maybe you’ve discovered that you’d rather head to the parks in the cooler, less crowded, value seasons. …

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Universal Studios Hollywood Gets Centered, Gears up for Halloween

August 22, 2013 at 1:00 am | 10 Comments

Welcome to another huge update from Universal Studios Hollywood. Let’s explore what’s happening at this theme park inside a working movie studio and see how the reconfiguration of the center of the park and new…

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9 Theme Park News Nuggets and Wakefield Report Episode 44

August 22, 2013 at 12:01 am | 2 Comments

Well here we are, another week removed from D23 Expo and more theme park news is starting to trickle in. I was really hoping more would come out in the days following D23 regarding the…

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DESIGN: Those Were The Times – No.16 1955 Early Disneyland Managers

August 21, 2013 at 3:01 am | 20 Comments

Let’s go back to early Disneyland history with Imagineering legend Bob Gurr as he takes us on a journey to the inaugural year of Walt’s original Magic Kingdom. There are many unsung heroes responsible for helping…

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MiceChat Disney News Round Up: Look into my Eyes!

August 21, 2013 at 1:11 am | No Comments

Universal’s Spaghetti Space Chase, The Optimist goes viral, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye’s deity gets fancy. Those are just a sample of the fun topics covered in this week’s Disney…

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Mouth of the Mouse: Evan Does the College Program

August 21, 2013 at 12:01 am | 22 Comments

In today’s Mouth Of The Mouse, we talk to Evan, who just recently finished a stint in the Walt Disney World College Program. With his experiences fresh in his mind, he shares some great stories. Let’s…

Communicore Weekly – D23 Expo, Imagineering Book, Jungle Telegraph

August 20, 2013 at 10:28 am | 1 Comment

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about D23 Expo, Imagineering Book, and the Jungle Telegraph Company! TRIP REPORT! –  Jeff attended the 2013 D23 Expo and he’d love to tell you all…

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SeaWorld Parks Update – Tough Summer but a Bright Future

August 20, 2013 at 3:00 am | 28 Comments

On Tuesday August 13th, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment released their Q2 earnings.  In spite of new attractions, the parks experienced a 9% drop in attendance for the quarter. Today, we’ll take a look at why…

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Universal Studios Singapore – Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase

August 20, 2013 at 1:20 am | 11 Comments

Please help us welcome Nicholas Yau to the MiceChat family. He’ll be covering Universal Studios Singapore for us from time to time and may have other treats for us as well. We are delighted to…

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Season Pass Podcast: John Wardley is Creating his own Nemesis

August 20, 2013 at 12:01 am | 4 Comments

John Wardley is the Tony Baxter of Britain!  He returns to the Season Pass podcast with Nick Hutson to discuss his new book, Creating My Own Nemesis, and more of his thoughts on the themed entertainment…

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Indiana Jones Adventure gets new magic as summer comes to an end at Disneyland

August 19, 2013 at 5:05 am | 37 Comments

The curse of the idol Mara was transformed with new magic at Disneyland‘s Indiana Jones Adventure ride last week. The ride’s enhancements brought new state-of-the-art projection technology along with a controversial new voice for the…

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The Optimist – Tomorrowland Movie Goes Viral

August 19, 2013 at 2:00 am | 17 Comments

At the D23 Expo August 9-11, in a big flashy Walt Disney Studios live action presentation, Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof came out on stage with a dusty box of old stuff, labeled “1952,” to…

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Dining Around the Walt Disney World in 1984

August 19, 2013 at 12:01 am | 6 Comments

I frequently bemoan the fact that early Walt Disney World is not very well documented. Unlike her older sister, Disneyland, the cultural phenomenon of Walt Disney World seemed to be born old hat and always…

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D23 Expo Imagineering Pavilion, a Deeper Look

August 18, 2013 at 3:00 am | 13 Comments

For those of you who can never get enough of Disney reports and Andy Castro’s photography, here’s a D23 Expo recap with photos from Andy and commentary from  Alain Littaye. ~~Rick D23 Expo Recap: Journey…

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Spectacular Disneyland Time Lapse

August 18, 2013 at 2:00 am | 27 Comments

We were recently contacted by Matt Givot, who has created a gorgeous Disneyland time lapse video with his friend Dan Douglas. We are thrilled to share this with you today. If you folks enjoy it…

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Alaska Cruise Galley Tour

August 18, 2013 at 12:01 am | No Comments

We’ve been sailing to Alaska with BC_DisneyGeek on the Celebrity Century cruise ship. Today we take a tour of the galley. One little warning: there are photos of frog legs ahead. If you are catching…

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The Disney Review: Once Upon A Time Season 2 Blu Ray and Grey’s Anatomy DVD

August 17, 2013 at 12:33 am | 5 Comments

I will admit it: when Once Upon A Time first starting airing last year, I became a massive fan. It was one of the shows I was excited to watch every week, and couldn’t wait…

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Scarlett Stahl’s Adventures in Russia

August 17, 2013 at 12:23 am | 1 Comment

We have another epic travel report from Scarlett Stahl. We’re calling it “Adventures in Russia” because Scarlett seems to make every trip into an adventure. Read on to hear about lost luggage, a lost purse,…