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Mousetalgia Podcast 357: D23 Expo 2015, Part 1

Join Team Mousetalgia on a tour of the floor of the 2015 D23 Expo, where we'll examine the various pavilions and attractions scattered throughout the enormous biannual Disney fan convention. We take a look at the various queues, and examine the StagePass and StorePass systems D23 has in place to attempt to ease the pain of standing in lines....

MiceMoms – Disney’s Hollywood Studios Ice Palace Boutique

 Please welcome MiceMom, Amy Bashor, as she shares her family's experience with Disney's new Ice Palace Boutique. It's a cool summer makeover for her daughter. Like so many other young girls, my daughter is a Frozen fan.  We have visited with Elsa and Anna a dozen times in Walt Disney World, enjoyed all the summer fun in Hollywood Studios and...

The Sweep Spot Podcast #162 Disney and Star Wars

In this episode we take a look at the history of the Disney Company and Star Wars. We go back to when Michael Eisner came to the company in 1984 and wanted to do some projects with his friend George Lucas, and to bring these ideas to the parks. We then talk about the recent announcements at D23 Expo...

No Roar, No More – Discovery Kingdom Closes Classic Woodie

No Roar No More, Bay Area Briefs By Marc Ricketts August 16 was National Roller Coaster Day, and at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom it was also the last day for Roar, the park’s woodie since 1999. Roar was the first coaster to feature Millennium Flyer trains. With only one row per car, these trains can handle the tight turns and...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #147 – News and Rumors

On this show we tackle some of the big news items that have come out at Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Singapore and Universal Studios Japan, including Volcano Bay, The Annual theme park attendance figures, NBC Sports Grill and Brew, Battlestar Galactica and more. Then we give you the current Listener Top 5 Worst Attractions at Universal Orlando Resort, email...

D23 Expo In-Depth: The Walt Disney Archives celebrates 60 years of Disneyland

One of the absolute highlights of this year's D23 Expo was the Walt Disney Archive's exhibit on the show floor. For the first time, the Walt Disney Archives moved to the Expo's main show floor and focused on a single topic for this year's exhibit, showcasing the last 60 years of Disneyland history. What resulted was a...

Disneyland Sparkles as Disney California Adventure Gets Spooky

Ladies and gentlemen it's an all-new Disneyland Resort update from In The Parks. Have you fully recovered from your D23 hangover by now? Ready for some Disneyland Resort goodness? News is light and breezy this week as much of the big items broke during Disney's weekend convention.  Shelly and Andy offered a tidal wave of D23 coverage so today...

Tony Baxter on Harry Potter Diagon Alley, Frozen and More!

The Season Pass Podcast returns to the Baxter residence for another deep conversation on Themed Entertainment with Disney Legend and Imagineering Genius, Tony Baxter.  Tony discusses the back story of many great Disney Park attractions (Phantom Manor, Haunted Mansion, New Orleans Square, the Disney Studios Parks, Fantasy Faire, etc.), but also dives deep into Universal Studios Florida's amazing Wizarding...

Yesterland Goes to D23 Expo

Werner Weiss shares his experience, impressions, and opinions from the 2015 D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center.   Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Yesterland Goes to D23 Expo   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Fab News: Health, Safety, Preservation and Infinity

Are we still recovering from the D23 EXPO? I'm recovering from whatever I caught there. Totally worth it. Let's take a look at some of the good and the bad from the past week - including a really swell giveaway! Health: CHOC Walk Taste of Downtown Disney Thursday night, Downtown Disney opened up to CHOC donors for the Taste of Downtown...

D23 Expo In-Depth: George Lucas, Johnny Depp and more named Disney Legends

Disney kicked off is big D23 Expo last weekend with the special Disney Legends Awards ceremony. The biennial award ceremony honors Disney employees that have made a lasting impact on the company in a variety of areas — from Parks and Resorts to Animation to Music to Administration. This year, the pre-announced list of Legends Award recipients were...

Disney Cruise Line at D23 Expo 2015

D23 Expo 2015 featured the Disney Cruise Line to a lesser extent this time around, but it did present a fun announcement roundup panel titled "Experience the World with Disney: Adventures by Disney, Aulani, Disney Cruise Line, and Disney Vacation Club" nonetheless. Aulani was highlighted much as it has been in the past by passionate imagineer Joe Rohde, and Disney...

Knott’s Renovating Ghostrider and removing Screamin’ Swing

Today Knotts Berry Farm quietly announced plans to close the celebrated wooden coaster, Ghostrider, for an extensive refurbishment.  They have also announced plans to remove Screamin' Swing, the up-charge attraction, from Calico Square. All of this in preparation for the upcoming 75th anniversary of Ghost Town which will be celebrated next year. Opened on December 8th, 1998, GhostRider is the...

D23 Expo In-Depth: Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Pavilion takes you to Shanghai Disneyland and Pandora

A highlight of the D23 Expo show floor is always the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts pavilion where Walt Disney Imagineering pulls back the curtain to give you an a sneak peek at the latest and greatest coming to Disney Parks. This year, the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts pavilion showcased the upcoming Shanghai Disney Resort in exhaustive...

HUGE Changes Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Hot off of the D23 Expo, there is big news of change coming to Hollywood Studios. So, we headed to the park this week to take a look at where some of these projects may go. Let's check it out! One rumor has Star Wars land taking over the Echo Lake area of the Hollywood Studios. The expansion could wrap...

D23 Expo News Round Up is here!

Welcome to a very special edition of the MiceChat Disney News Round-Up ! This week we have collected all the information from the D23 Expo 2015 into one place so you can get all the Disney news you crave! If you attended the Expo, please comment below and let us know about your experience. What did you like, what...

D23 Expo In-Depth: Walt Disney Parks and Resorts announces Star Wars, Toy Story Land, and more

The big 2015 D23 Expo weekend has come and gone and after four years without any significant Disney Parks and Resorts announcements at D23 Expo, this year Disney finally delivered. The biggest news, of course, was the announcement of major new Star Wars expansions at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, making the Parks and Resorts presentation the...

Fab News: Attractionistas

You can't swing a lightsaber without hitting D23 EXPO news, some of which I will be delving into later this week, and if you spent even a little time online this past weekend, you probably have a good idea of what the major announcements and news entail. Let's look at some of the things that happened off-campus this past...

Mousetalgia Podcast 356: From the mailbag

Team Mousetalgia answers your email this week as we recover from the D23 Expo weekend. Topics include: places to find a drink at the resort; the best way to search the Mousetalgia archives; Haunted Mansion Holiday facts; the Disneyland Legacy Collection CD set discussed; CV Wood's Heritage Square; "When You Wish" - a Disney stage show currently performing in...

D23 Expo from the Show Floor: Walt Disney Studios, Disney Animation and Pixar!

Day 1 of the D23 Expo is now in the books and as we get into Day 2, here's a quick look at the Walt Disney Studios, Disney Animation, and Pixar Animation pavilions, all clustered together on the show floor. Disney Studios features lots of promo for the upcoming Alice Through the Looking Glass and Star Wars: The...