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Disney News Round Up: Disneyland’s Birthday is Near!

Happy Birthday Disneyland! This Thursday marks the 60th anniversary for the Happiest Place on Earth. Today's MiceChat Disney News Roundup celebrates this joyous occasion with a special insert for you all to enjoy! We have a fantastic two part interview with Chris Strodder, the Author of The Disneyland Book of Lists and The Disneyland Encyclopedia! We also have lots...

Last Chances to Spend Your Wednesdays With Walt

For the past four months, Disneyland has offered Annual Passholders to spend an evening each week with Uncle Walt. This week and next are the last offerings of this fun program, and July 16th’s presentation is expected to include some nice extras. Held in the Opera House on Main Street’s Town Square, Wednesdays With Walt has offered a variety of...

Fab News: Limited Edition, D23 Expo Star Wars Preview, Hastin and Dusty

MiceChateers, I'm so beat. My pal Dave is in from Seattle with his family and we're doing the theme parks like we haven't been there in nearly 15 years. Which he hasn't. It's fun seeing all the newer offerings through fresh eyes. Here's a little news before I pass out: Limited Edition, Baby! Kevin Kidney and Tim O'Day did a signing...

Why Disneyland Thrives at 60 — Part 4 of 5— Educate

An educated workforce is an empowered workforce. Today, Doug Lipp continues his series on why Disneyland continues to grow and thrive at 60 years young. If you are catching us in the middle, you can get caught up by reading Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3 before reading below. “Marketing is the time and money you spend to get...

Disney Avenue Podcast – Show #15 – Keep Moving Forward Documentary

Welcome friends to another episode of the Disney Avenue Podcast. As you all know, the Disney community is unlike any other. It's filled with amazing people who love to help each other out and enjoy reveling in the magic together. Although we are all different, we all share and have experienced that feeling you get when you walk into...

Summer continues as Disneyland prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary

Summer crowds continue to celebrate Disneyland's 60th Anniversary as the park gets ready to celebrate its big Diamond Anniversary on Friday. Disneyland will mark its 60th anniversary on July 17 with a special ceremony, live entertainment and special photo opportunities in both theme parks. Meanwhile, Disneyland's All-American College Band is back for the 2015 summer season bringing...

Why Disneyland Thrives at 60 – Part 3 – Leadership Support

In Part 3 of Doug Lipp's look at the success of Disneyland he examines the 2nd condition created by Disney Legend Van France, Leadership Support. Get caught up on this series by reading Part 1 and Part 2. “Walt cared about everyone. He would come out of his apartment (at Disneyland) at night just to interact with the maintenance crew,...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #144 – Top 5 Worst Attractions at Universal Orlando Resort

On this show Lee, Tracey, Darren and Hunter are joined by Derek Burgan to talk about their top 5 WORST attractions at Universal Orlando Resort. Bad can be a lot of fun to chat about! ENJOY!  DIRECT DOWNLOAD ITUNES  STITCHER Send us your top 5 worst attractions lists in to [email protected] and we'll compile a listener list. We appreciate your support and ask you to give some...

Disney Notes – You’ve Got a Friend in Me

Welcome to Disney Notes and the music of Disney. This time around, we look at You've Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story. For those of us who lived through the lean years of Disney movie production, the significance and meaning of this song cannot be overstated. Like so many great Disney songs, the symbolism of its words moves...

The Sweep Spot #158 The History of Tomorrowland at Disneyland Part 4

In this episode we finish our look at the History of Tomorrowland at Disneyland. This series was a par 4 series where we took a look at each year the park was opened and saw some great attractions comes and go, and some not so great attractions come and go as well. This area has probably had more changes...

Why Disneyland Thrives at 60 – Part 2 – Innovate

Doug Lipp continues his look at Disneyland at 60. If you are catching us in the middle, please read Part 1 HERE before continuing below. “It took more than a good idea to bring the Disney University into existence. This new baby in the corporate family might have died in the delivery room had it not been for certain circumstances.” ...

Planet Snoopy Expansion at California’s Great America

Planet Snoopy Expansion at California's Great America By Marc Ricketts California’s Great America enters its 40th Season in 2015 with an expansion of Camp Snoopy and a couple of new shows added to the park’s entertainment lineup. Yes, after a protracted political process involving some particularly nasty exchanges between Chucky from the Rugrats and Peanut’s music whiz Schroder at a memorably...

DisAfterDark Season 3 Episode 18 You had me at Boopoobedoo

We are joined this week by Ken from the Brilliant Web Site The Disney Movie Review & we chat about all the latest Disney & non Disney movies out this year.  We talked so long that we ran out of time for Disney Alphabet so expect that next show. We would really appreciate it if you would head over to iTunes and subscribe to the show...

Dateline Disney World – Magic Kingdom News and Photos

Hello, and welcome to a Friday edition of Dateline Disney World! This week, we're taking a journey to the Magic Kingdom. Well, that's it for this week. What do you think of the new trees? Castle turrets? Adventureland restaurant project? Let us know in the comments below!! If you appreciate what we do here and would like to support...

Disneyland at 60: Four Leadership Gems from the Founder of the Disney University

Please help us welcome Doug Lipp to MiceChat. You might recognize the name. Doug is a highly sought after business consultant, public speaker and author who worked for many years at the Disney University and with Disney Legend Van France (who created the Disney University and Disneyland's famous customer service principals). This is the first in a series of...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #142 – Kong Returns and Emails

 On this episode we begin by bringing you news of the latest addition to Universal Orlando Resort, Skull Island : Reign of Kong will open at Islands of Adventure in 2016. We then delve in to the mail bag to answer some listener questions, discuss some topics and more. ENJOY!  DIRECT DOWNLOAD ITUNES  STITCHER We appreciate your support and ask you to give some kindness...

House of the Future, LEGO Edition

Today’s unusual Yesterland article is about a plastic house inspired by a plastic house. Yesterland reader Andy Baird shares his LEGO model of the iconic Mid-century landmark.   Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: House of the Future, LEGO Edition   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Fab News: Giants, Color and Huge Habitats

A bunch of you folks are at San Diego Comic-Con, and a bunch more are not. I took off this year, but my daughter's down there with her dad, Jim Hill. If you see them, say hi! Great Big Giant Good News! The Iron Giant, not only one of the best animated films of all time, but one of the best...

BLAINE GIBSON – Disney Imagineer, Mentor, Friend, Missed

This week we mourn the loss of yet another Disney great.  Mr. Blaine Gibson was one of the most amazing sculptors of our time. He was also an animator.  Blaine is responsible for a lot of the figures we enjoy every day at Disneyland. That’s the work that got my heart pumping. He passed away peacefully on July 5th. However, even...

Best Non-Disney Hotels at Walt Disney World

In addition to the Disney owned and operated resorts, there are several resorts on property available for booking which Disney doesn't own.  These hotels don't share all the same benefits as a Disney owned and operated resort would (such as Disney's Magical Express, Extra Magic Hours or the Disney Dining Plans).  However, there's still something to be said for...