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  • April 16, 2014: Schedule Changes – Dateline Disney World has moved to Wednesday. Be sure to stop by and welcome Cory to his new spot in our weekly schedule. And don't forget MiceChat's biggest event of the year. Gumball Rally is a race through Disneyland to see who can ride the most attractions in a single day. It's every bit as fun as it sounds and a wonderful way to spend a day with friends and family in the Happiest Place on Earth. Now's the time to sign up for this year's big event (rolling your way on May the 3rd). We have room for just 7 more teams. Don't miss out. ×0
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Disneyland and the Exceptional, Acceptable, or Regrettable – Part 3

May 02, 2013 at 3:00 am | 36 Comments

It was not my intention to milk this topic for a third installment, but everybody seemed to be having so much fun with it that I threw caution to the wind and here we are…

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Great America Gold Striker Update

May 02, 2013 at 1:01 am | 13 Comments

Howdy Micechatters, time for another Designed to Thrill! This week I’ll be covering recent construction on Gold Striker at California’s Great America. Enjoy . . . As many Bay Area amusement park goers know, Gold…

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Park Wise: Vacationing with a Reluctant Disney Traveler

May 02, 2013 at 12:01 am | 18 Comments

If you’re hanging around this site, chances are you’re a mega Disney fan. Weirdly, though, not everyone is.  Crazy, right?  Even weirder, sometimes those people end up on a Disney vacation with you.  Maybe it’s…

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Mystic Manor: An Original E-Ticket Attraction in the Classic Sense

May 01, 2013 at 3:00 am | 57 Comments

Though it technically isn’t open until May 1st, guests visiting Hong Kong Disneyland have begun to experience the original creative environment that is Mystic Manor. Luckily for us, videos of the ride have already appeared…

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MiceChat News Round up: Too Many Monsters, Give Kids the World, Disney Dish

May 01, 2013 at 2:00 am | 1 Comment

Take a dash of Disneyland, a monstrous dose of Walt Disney World, and you have the start of a great MiceChat News Round up.  Even as we gear up for the annual Gumball Rally event…

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SeaWorld San Diego is Construction Central

May 01, 2013 at 12:01 am | 7 Comments

June gloom has hit us early in San Diego, but we still have a lot to share with you from SeaWorld.  The main entrance construction is rumbling along as the 50th anniversary of this seaside…

Communicore Weekly – Monsanto, Lots To Do In Line, Theme Park Studio, Mighty Microscope

April 30, 2013 at 11:33 am | 5 Comments

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Monsanto At Disney, Lots To Do In Line, Theme Park Studio, and the Mighty Microscope! Download on iTunes here! | http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/communicore-weekly/id496333443 Direct download here! | http://www.bamferproductions.com/communicore/0068-CommunicoreWeekly.mp3 DISNEY…

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Accountaneering Disney: The Calculus of Defining a Child at Disneyland

April 30, 2013 at 4:00 am | 48 Comments

Hello again MiceChat!  First of all, thank you all for the many kind words left in the comments!  I was overwhelmed by the response to my first article.  While I had assumed that the pictures…

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Farewell SpectroMagic and Fort Langhorn Escape Tunnel at the Magic Kingdom

April 30, 2013 at 3:00 am | 22 Comments

Apparently, about a month ago the “escape tunnel” from Fort Langhorn, in the Magic Kindom’s Tom Sawyer Island, was unceremoniously closed. I couldn’t get any confirmation from the front line Cast Members (who may indeed…

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Universal Orlando Resort UH-OH Down Below Parade Woes

April 30, 2013 at 12:01 am | 15 Comments

We are back this week with news and photos from all around the dynamic Universal Orlando Resort. With updates at Transformers, Springfield USA, Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley and the troubled Superstar Parade.  We also have…

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Monstrous Summer to scare up 24-hour party at Disneyland as ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ prepares to debut

April 29, 2013 at 5:05 am | 24 Comments

Disneyland will kick off its 2013 summer season with a 24-hour “all-nighter” this Memorial Day holiday weekend. The 24-hour party will launch the Disney Parks “Monstrous Summer” marketing campaign, based on Disney-Pixar‘s upcoming animated film…

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MiceChat Podcast 7 – Getting Geeky for Summer 2013

April 29, 2013 at 1:00 am | 7 Comments

The MiceChat Podcast is back with a very special episode featuring lots of great news and surprises. April turned into a huge news month for Disney and theme park fans. With the opening of Mystic…

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Vintage Magic Kingdom Visit – 1974

April 29, 2013 at 12:01 am | 16 Comments

Tim Hollis, co-author of the fantastic book Mouse Tracks and the Mouse Tracks Online site sent me some photos of a trip to the Magic Kingdom that his family took in 1974. Besides the 1970s outfits,…

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In Defense of the Disney Guest Assistance Card (GAC)

April 28, 2013 at 2:30 am | 86 Comments

Disney has a long standing reputation of accommodating families of all shapes and sizes. This reputation is largely based on their ability to create attractions that parents can enjoy with their children and grandparents can…

Posted in Disney Parks

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Busch Gardens Tampa Readies Madagascar, Viva La Musica

April 28, 2013 at 1:10 am | 3 Comments

Welcome to Busch Gardens Tampa where the weather is warm, the music is fun and the rides are awesome!  The animals are pretty cute too!  We return to this great alternative to the Orlando parks…

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Disneyland Paris Ratatouille Ride – Rumors Dispelled

April 28, 2013 at 1:00 am | 5 Comments

Alain Littaye from the Disney and more blog has news about the Ratatouille Ride now under construction at Walt Disney Studios in the Disneyland Paris Resort. A peek at the construction plans allows Alain to…

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Long Winter Comes to an End, Trees Bloom at Disneyland Paris

April 27, 2013 at 3:00 am | 6 Comments

Over the last few months, Alain Littaye of the Disney and more blog has reported on the bitter cold winter in Paris this year. Who can forget the amazing photos of Disneyland Paris cast members…

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Magic Mountain: Full Throttle Construction and Jet Stream Issues

April 27, 2013 at 1:00 am | 9 Comments

Full Throttle is the big new attraction for Six Flags Magic Mountain this summer. With track now installed, attention has moved to electrical work and landscaping. We’ve noticed a few things going on at Jet…

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Disneynature: Wings of Life

April 27, 2013 at 12:01 am | 3 Comments

Wings of Life, released in celebration of Earth Day, is the latest documentary from Disneynature. Previous films from the Disneynature label have received critical acclaim and minimal box office success. So, how does their latest…

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In The Parks: Disneyland Resort Goes to the Monsters

April 26, 2013 at 3:00 am | 26 Comments

Disneyland resort is going to the Monsters as new merchandise for the upcoming Pixar film is added to stores. But that’s just the start. As we told you in our last MiceAge Update, Disney plans…