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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…

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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…

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Dateline Disney World: Pirate’s Adventure, Construction, and Magic Kingdom Photos

April 26, 2013 at 1:00 am | 13 Comments

It’s been a few weeks since this column visited the Magic Kingdom, so that is where this week’s update comes from. We have photos of the new interactive Pirate game, as well as construction of…

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Country Bear Vacation Hoedown

April 25, 2013 at 11:01 pm | 9 Comments

The same performing bears who used to present the Country Bear Jamboree have a new show for you with new songs, new costumes, new props, and even a replacement for old show’s raccoon. Read the…

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Disneyland and the Exceptional, Acceptable, or Regrettable Part 2

April 25, 2013 at 3:01 am | 57 Comments

Last week I decided to apply a tool I use at my day job to give me a reason to spout out a bunch of opinions about the state of the Disneyland Resort (Exceptional, Acceptable,…

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Five Weird Things We Take to Walt Disney World

April 25, 2013 at 2:00 am | 26 Comments

To my fellow OCD planners, some of my strange packing seems completely logical.  However, most of my newbie travel companions or even a few seasoned clients utter “I never would’ve thought of that!” when I…

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SeaWorld Orlando Update and Podcast

April 25, 2013 at 12:01 am | 3 Comments

Spicy flavors, hot music, updates at Clyde and Seymour’s and spies’ tips us off on what to expect when we ride Antarctica this summer. We also bring you the newest Unofficial SeaWorld Orlando Podcast!  So…

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Dueling Disney: Fantasyland Face-off

April 24, 2013 at 3:00 am | 46 Comments

Perhaps no other land is more cherished by children than Fantasyland, for it gives them a chance to step into and experience some of the very films they were raised on (whenever Walt’s classics get…

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MiceChat News Round Up: Mystic Manor Opens, Disneyland Rides Close, Big News for Uni

April 24, 2013 at 1:00 am | 1 Comment

Last week brought news of unexpected ride closures at the Disneyland Resort. The latest MiceAge Update explains why those closures happened, along with news on what’s coming soon to Disneyland. Bob Gurr looks back at…