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  • May 15, 2016: Thank you for an AMAZING Gumball Rally! To all the teams who participated and all the folks who staffed this year's Gumball Rally - Thank you for making our 10th anniversary spectacular! ×0
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The Grizzly Flats Railroad locomotive 2 “Emma Nevada”, “Coach 5” and caboose at the home of Ward & Betty Kimball in San Gabriel, California. June 16, 1946. Image from Wikipedia.

Disney & Railroads – The Ward Kimball Connection Continues

March 18, 2016 at 3:00 am | No Comments

  When the subject of railroads and Walt Disney is discussed, one name that frequently makes its own way into the conversation is that of animator, musician and all around genius, Ward Kimball. For it…

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Yesterland: Magic Kingdom 1996 & 2016 Part 2: Frontierland & Liberty Square

March 17, 2016 at 5:23 pm | No Comments

When first-time Walt Disney World visitor Chris Bales took these photos in March 1996, he had no idea Yesterland would match his photos almost exactly 20 years later. This is part 2 of a 3-part…

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Fab News: Berry Fun, Star Wars and SeaWorld Splashdown

March 17, 2016 at 12:40 am | No Comments

There’s some big items to share in Today’s Fab News. SeaWorld is ending its captive breeding program, Marvel is moving at the Disneyland Resort, Star Wars everything, and winners of our Boysenberry contest!

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Dateline Disney World: Nighttime Fun Approaches at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

March 16, 2016 at 3:00 am | No Comments

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World. We’re very close to a huge change in the daily operation of Disney’s Animal Kingdom as the park begins offering regular nighttime hours to accommodate the new Rivers…

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Disney News Round Up: Price Hikes to Boysenberry!

March 16, 2016 at 1:00 am | No Comments

MiceChat Round Up  With St Patrick’s Day tomorrow March 17th, we couldn’t feel more lucky about all the great food related events happening both Thursday and in the coming weeks and month! Of course, Downtown…

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Fab News: So Much Star Wars, But Other Stuff Too!

March 15, 2016 at 8:47 am | No Comments

A VERY IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT CONTENT/COMMENTS TODAY: One of today’s news items is about some Star Wars Episode VIII filming photos. These photos show scenes, characters, sets, costumes and may give away situations in the upcoming…

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The Walking Dead Attraction is Coming to Universal Studios Hollywood

March 14, 2016 at 2:59 pm | No Comments

Universal Studios Hollywood has announced the addition of a brand new, state of the art, horror walkthrough based on AMC’s popular series, “The Walking Dead”.  The attraction brings the most popular show in cable television…

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Editorial: Squeezed Out of Disneyland

March 14, 2016 at 3:00 am | No Comments

The recent changes in Disneyland pricing had a lot of people talking all over the internet.  Disney announced that they will be charging more for peak periods, and less for less crowded times.  For “Peak”…

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Mousetalgia Podcast 386: Disney cruises, Haunted Mansion origins

March 14, 2016 at 1:00 am | No Comments

Come sail away with Mousetalgia! This week we welcome Beci Mahnken, CEO of Mouse Fan Travel, to the show to discuss everything you need to know about the latest offerings from the Disney Cruise Line,…

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Disneyland Paris Spring Entertainment and Refurbishments

March 13, 2016 at 3:00 am | No Comments

We have some great news for you from Disneyland Paris, where Spring entertainment has launched even as major refurbishments continue. At Walt Disney Studios Park the Mickey fountain still has its winter plantings. The park…

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The Sweep Spot #178 A Tour of Disneyland in 1996

March 13, 2016 at 12:01 am | No Comments

In this episode we take a virtual tour of Disneyland in the year 1996. We go through each land and discuss the attractions that were there during this time. Plus we talk about other events…

Posted in The Sweep Spot

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Six Flags Magic Mountain Revolution Goes Virtual

March 12, 2016 at 3:00 am | No Comments

Six Flags Magic Mountain is a park of firsts.  The first ride to go over 100mph (Superman). The first suspended coaster on the west coast (Ninja). The first 360 degree loop (The Great American Revolution).…

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Disney Cruise Line Set to Expand Fleet and Season Palo Menu

March 11, 2016 at 3:00 am | No Comments

Big news is afoot at the Disney Cruise Line as it recently announced the expansion of its fleet from four to six ships as well as new menu items at its signature Italian specialty restaurant,…

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Yesterland: Magic Kingdom 1996 & 2016 Part 1: Tomorrowland and Fantasyland

March 10, 2016 at 6:52 pm | No Comments

Yesterland photographer Chris Bales took his first trip to Walt Disney World in March 1996. He recently shared his photos from that trip with Werner Weiss, who went back to the same spots almost exactly…

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Fab News: Of Journeys, Homes and Castles

March 10, 2016 at 3:00 am | No Comments

This week marks 100 days until the opening of Shanghai Disneyland, plus there’s all sorts of fun and fascinating things going on as groundbreaking draws closer for Star Wars Land, Brad Pitt signs on for…

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MiceChat Podcast – Magic, Pirates & the Force

March 10, 2016 at 12:01 am | No Comments

You know you’re in theme park nirvana when Dusty and Doug discuss new Star Wars and Harry Potter lands in the same show. Universal Studios Hollywood’s new Wizarding World of Harry Potter has finally opened,…

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Dateline Disney World – Flowers & The Dark Side

March 09, 2016 at 3:00 am | No Comments

We have a double feature for you today on Dateline Disney World! We’ll bring you photos from both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where all sorts of things are in bloom.     Now, let’s…

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Disney News Round Up: New Rides, New Ships, New Podcasts

March 09, 2016 at 12:09 am | No Comments

MiceChat Round Up Last Thursday, March 3 in chilly Chicago, Illinois, the Walt Disney Company held its annual stockholder meeting. Several exciting announcements were delivered: 2 new ships will be added to the Disney cruise…

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Fab News: The Force Awakens, Power Up Again, Moving Heroes and More

March 08, 2016 at 7:44 am | No Comments

Hello MiceChatters and Fabanistas! There’s a whole slew of great news going on, and today’s Fab News just touches the surface of some of it. Knott’s Annual Boysenberry Festival is just around the corner, as…

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Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters dance into Cars Land as Star Wars prepares to break ground at Disneyland

March 07, 2016 at 3:44 am | No Comments

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters, the replacement for the much-maligned Luigi’s Flying Tires soft-opened over the weekend. The new attraction brings Disney’s highly-lauded trackless ride system to the United States for the first time in a choreographed…