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In The Parks: Fairies, Ride Closures and Springtime Fun at Disneyland

April 19, 2013 at 3:30 am | 34 Comments

Uh-oh!  Disneyland and Disney California Adventure both suffered ride closures this week, with more occurring yesterday, as the government safety agency, Cal/OSHA, descended upon the parks and forced action. Meanwhile the shuffle of collectables and…

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Animal Kingdom News, Construction, and Photos

April 19, 2013 at 2:00 am | 31 Comments

Jambo everyone! This week, we’ll be taking a look at some news, construction, and photos from Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We have about 60 photos of the park for you to enjoy today. If you’d like…

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Villa View at Aulani

April 18, 2013 at 11:31 pm | 4 Comments

Imagine that you’re on your private lanai about halfway up the Waianae tower at Aulani. No matter which direction you look, the view is great—but the best view is toward the ocean. Read the full…

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SAMLAND: Disneyland the Exceptional, Acceptable, and Regrettable

April 18, 2013 at 3:00 am | 26 Comments

How do you get people to evaluate and document what they see and how they feel within the environments that they live, work, and play? That is a question I am frequently asked during my…

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Get Park Wise: Top Tips on Using Disney PhotoPass

April 18, 2013 at 12:01 am | 16 Comments

A couple weeks ago, we pondered the question of whether or not Disney PhotoPass is worth the money.  If you decided it wasn’t, maybe these tips will sway you or give you a few ideas…

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DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.8 – Disneyland’s Tragic Light Magic

April 17, 2013 at 3:00 am | 46 Comments

Disney legend, Bob Gurr, knows how to tell a story. And today, he has spun the Wheel of Years and landed on a topic which is . . . well. . . a part of…

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Disney News Round Up: Disneyland Ride Closures, Snow White Makes Tracks

April 17, 2013 at 2:00 am | 3 Comments

It has been one heck of a news week for the Disney Company (not all of it good). Rides were closed suddenly at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, Disney’s 2D animation has been shown the…

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The Sad End of Disney Hand Drawn Animation

April 17, 2013 at 12:01 am | 79 Comments

[Regarding 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'] The animation of the dwarfs themselves is something pretty much impossible to achieve in computer animation. That fluidity, that squash and stretch, that kind of stuff – it…

Communicore Weekly – Space Mountain, Animated Man, UK Phone Booths, Smythe-Wallis

April 16, 2013 at 11:58 am | 6 Comments

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Space Mountain, The Animated Man, Smythe-Wallis, and call the UK Phone Booths again! Download on iTunes here! | http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/communicore-weekly/id496333443 Direct download here! | http://www.bamferproductions.com/communicore/0066-CommunicoreWeekly.mp3 DISNEY HISTORY! –…

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Kevin Yee: Seven Dwarfs Track Spotted at Magic Kingdom and Other News

April 16, 2013 at 4:01 am | 10 Comments

Orlando is hopping with action.  Disney World is in the middle of adding a huge family coaster to their ongoing Fantasyland expansion.  While at the same time, Universal is firing on all cylinders in both…

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Universal Orlando Resort Transformers Watch

April 16, 2013 at 12:24 am | 11 Comments

Universal Orlando Resort is on the cusp of transformation with a brand new major budget attraction about ready to open.  Team members have been hired, are being trained, and the ride is cycling daily. But…

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VIDEO: Tokyo Disneyland Turns 30

April 16, 2013 at 12:22 am | 16 Comments

Tokyo Disneyland turned 30 years old yesterday in spectacular fashion. Have you ever seen so many characters in one place? Happy Birthday TDL. You look great!

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Iron Man lands in Tomorrowland as Long Lost Friends bring Limited Time Magic to Disneyland

April 15, 2013 at 5:05 am | 35 Comments

It was a busy news week at Disneyland. Long Lost Friends week brought rare characters out for special appearances in Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree as part of the on-going Limited Time Magic promotion. At Disney…

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ImagiNERDing: Giving a Kick to Theme Park Studios

April 15, 2013 at 12:01 am | 7 Comments

Many Mice Chat readers are fans of Roller Coaster Tycoon and are eagerly following the development of Theme Park Studios by Pantera Entertainment (check out my update from March). The roller coaster simulator is scheduled for…

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“Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” Celebrates 25 Years

April 14, 2013 at 3:00 am | 9 Comments

It has been 25 years since a group of talented people sent the cartoon world of Roger Rabbit careening into the live action world of private detective Eddie Valiant. Scarlett Stahl recently attended a reunion…

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Saying No To Cars Land – Fixing the Disney Hollywood Studios

April 14, 2013 at 12:01 am | 59 Comments

Rumors about additions and changes to Hollywood Studios have existed for years. While many are figments of fan boys’ imaginations, usually where there’s smoke, there’s fire. A few months ago, Al Lutz reported that a…

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Epic Tokyo Disneyland Trip Report Part Three: DisneySea

April 13, 2013 at 3:59 am | 28 Comments

I’m pleased to present Part Three of ChrisNJ’s incredible report on his trip to the Tokyo Disney Resort. In case you missed the first two parts, I suggest that you read them in order. Part…

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast – TheTwo Year Anniversary

April 13, 2013 at 3:15 am | 2 Comments

It’s time for another visit to the podcasting world of Universal Orlando and a little bit of Universal Hollywood. I still can’t believe that we have been putting out a twice a month podcast talking…

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Building a Company: Roy O. Disney

April 13, 2013 at 12:01 am | 9 Comments

There are a handful of biographies on Walt Disney; some are spectacular while some are misleading and almost reprehensible. In 1998, Bob Thomas, who also wrote the official biography of Walt Disney and several books…

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In The Parks: Iron Man for Disneyland

April 12, 2013 at 4:00 am | 33 Comments

This week we have more magical news for you from the Disneyland resort.  For starters, we have news that the Iron Man exhibit will be previewing today for a short period, to annual passholders only.…