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Welcome to SAMLAND 2.0 – Disneyland Observed

Welcome to Samland 2.0. This is one man's attempt to understand and document public places that respect people. Sometimes those spaces are inside of theme parks and at other times they are out there in the big world. Welcome to my journey. THE CITY OBSERVED: DISNEYLAND When one reviews the critical literature regarding the topic of Disneyland, they would find opinion...

Holiday Shopping at Walt Disney World

Can you believe it's already halfway through November? The leaves are turning, temperatures are dropping and wallets are shrinking. The holidays are here, and for many that means shopping. If you're traveling to Walt Disney World, here are a few tips to ponder before tackling the gift shops in search of that perfect present. Discounts While Disney prices are definitely higher...

Marvelous Marvel – The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Part 3

This is part 3 of Noe Valladolid epic series on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L D. If you are catching us in the middle, please check our PART ONE and PART TWO first. The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is shaping up to be a great series. It has the capacity to carry the Marvel banner for years. However, for younger audiences, it is...

Disneyland Paris – A LIVE 3-D Audio Adventure

Paul recently received an email from a Dutch listener named Michel who was just about to visit the Disneyland Paris Resort. He offered to do a Where in the Park game for the show, and we eagerly accepted his offer. This is such an amazing sound experience... HEADPHONES HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! BE SURE TO SEND IN YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS SHOW! Enjoy! ********************************* Direct...

Bob’s True-Life Adventures – No.16 AirVenture – 2014

I've been a life-long aviation enthusiast from age 5, piloted sailplanes and motorgliders for 50 years, attending numerous air shows over the years. In August 2014 I spent a week with a friend at the largest air show in the world - AirVenture in Oshkosh Wisconsin. It started with a Disney connection; I donate my time to give personalized...

Disney News Round Up: Christmas Time is here!

Did you miss us? The MiceChat Roundup returns after a short break while our editor relocated to Southern California. We've got a lot of news, stories and events to share today, so settle in for some Disney and theme park fun.The sudden transition from Halloween to Christmas has taken all of the parks by storm. Frozen is making a...

Plancha at the Four Seasons Resort Walt Disney World

This past week I tried out Plancha, a Cuban-American cuisine restaurant inside the new Tranquilo Golf Club at the Four Seasons at WDW. The location of the restaurant is inside the former clubhouse of Disney's Osprey Ridge, in which Disney Legend Dick Nunis and Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner had meals and drinks together. The restaurant offers a very upscale...

Delusion Haunted Play is an Engrossing Masterpiece of Interactive Theatre

Suspension of disbelief is a necessary element for any theatrical experience.  More to the point, it is invaluable to have when trying to create something scary. If an audience does not feel fully invested in whatever they are watching, their interest is lost.  Writer, Director Jon Braver returned this year with his brilliantly twisted and lavishly produced experience, Delusion: Lies...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #115 – Universal Studios Japan

We step away from our usual coverage of the U.S theme parks and take a trip over to Japan to talk about Universal Studios Japan and the New Wizarding World of Harry Potter that opened there recently. Here at the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast, we recently added a correspondant from Singapore to the team and this correspondant, Xiao, recently visited...

Holidays soft-launch at Disneyland as Hiro and Baymax arrive in Tomorrowland

The holidays soft-launched at Disneyland over the weekend, bringing most of Disneyland's big holidays season online for park guests. With the holidays officially launching this Thursday, November 13, we've got a full update today filling you in on this year's seasonal offerings. In addition to Christmastime, we also take a look at the new Big Hero 6...

Mousetalgia Podcast 316: WDI’s Spirit Photography, Fantasmic reservations

Imagineering develops Spirit Photography for the Magic Kingdom's Haunted Mansion gift shop, and we have an exclusive interview about the project. Mousetalgia welcomes Imagineers Jim Clark, Brian Crosby, and Daniel Joseph to the show to discuss the inspiration, the creative process, and some of the magic behind the amazing new custom changing portraits that park guests can purchase at...

Ratatouille Land Lights Up Disneyland Paris Resort

Alain Littaye of the Disney and more blog brings us photos of the scenic area surrounding the Ratatouille attraction at the Disneyland Paris Resort – this time after dark. The new area shows off the expert work of the lighting designers at WDI. ~~Rick The Magnificent Lighting of WDS Ratatouille Land at Night by Alain Littaye Disney and more blog You would...

Big Hero 6 Meet and Greet at Disneyland

MiceChat staffer, Bob Hooper, visited the new Big Hero 6 meet and greet located in the old Tomorrowland Starcade on Friday. While he loved Baymax and thought the meet and greet was cute, the Fastpass implementation during the preview on Friday, November 7th, was a mess. Even with a valid Fastpass, he still had to wait over an hour....

The Sweep Spot Episode 141 The History of The Disneyland Hotel

In this episode we take a look back at the long history of The Disneyland Hotel. This hotel has gone through so many changes over the years, with great additions, and some things we miss about it. Join us as we look back at The Disneyland Hotel. www.thesweepspot.com

Hong Kong Disneyland Hotels

In today's article, we take a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland. Micechatter Toby Johnson was kind enough to share his photos and report on his holiday. Toby has prepared a two part series for us. In today's article we are going to take a look at the two hotels at Hong Kong Disney, and next week we will get...

Knotts Berry Farm Goes From Scary to Merry

The scariest time of year has suddenly become the merriest at Knott's Berry Farm.  Yes, all of the monsters have gone home for the season and now Santa's elves are getting everything ready for a fun-filled Christmas time hoedown with all of the trimmings.  Today we fill you in on all the work that is being done to get...

Disney Avenue Podcast – The Rolly Crump Interview

On this episode of the Disney Avenue Podcast, host Keith Michael Mahne and Dusty Sage team up for another amazing interview with the one and only Rolly Crump! Words may not fully describe this man, but one thing is for certain, he is a true “original,” even among Imagineers. Born Roland Fargo Crump on February 27, 1930, in Alhambra, California, Rolly took...

The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow

Yester Studios has its own state-of-art Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. It’s The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow—the attraction that’s based on a Disney movie franchise that’s based on an attraction.   Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Dining with Food Allergies – Olivia’s at Walt Disney World’s Old Key West

Being locals here in Orlando, we are fortunate enough to dine on Disney property quite often.  We go for the food, not the entertainment or characters, and we have our favorite spots that are usually more off the beaten path. Our hands down favorite spot to dine is Olivia’s at Old Key West.  It’s usually pretty easy to get...

Marvelous Marvel – The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Part 2

Welcome back to our series on the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. If you are catching this story mid-stream, you can start from the beginning HERE. The television show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (AoS) had introduced a number of new faces and several comic book characters in the first season. In fact, the entire first season arc was dedicated to the creation of...