Wait For a Table

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

WaitForTableMany Guest at Walt Disney World who would eat at a counter service would split up. One part would queue to get some food while the others would find a table and keep it occupied until the rest of their party returns with the order. Frustrating for those that did queue together and can’t find a seat because so many tables where reserved by those still waiting for their food. I never liked it and I always hoped Disney would do something about it. Well, now it looks like Disney came up with a superb solution. (more…)

The Fire Breathing Dragon

Friday, September 4th, 2009

She finally arrived at Disneyland, Murphy the Fantasmic Dragon. On the first day she had a little stage fright and didn’t breath fire but on the second day she gave it her all. Micechat has some of the very first pictures and photos from the first day but you can see the fire breathing dragon torching the lake on her second day in the youtube video below.

How was that. Doesn’t it look awesome. Wish you could be there and experience it for yourself. I know I do! I got goosebumps watching the video, but it must feel amazing seeing it for real. Great job Imagineers!

No Expansion for Hong Kong Disneyland

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

hongkong1Hong Kong Disneyland has been in trouble since opening day. To small, not enough to do, no repeat visitors and the financial trouble started soon after that as the visitor numbers stayed down. Although some new rides made it into the park since opening a big expansion was also already planned for the future. But now Disney and the Hong Kong government failed to agree on a cash infusion, putting any plans to expand away. With the plans to expand gone, Disney has now planned to cut some jobs related to the expansion.

Disney said it would fire about 30 Hong Kong-based employees dubbed “Imagineers” that had helped conceptualize and plan the expansion. Some jobs might also go at Disney’s home-turf of Burbank, California, as a result of the work stoppage, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Disney had already been funding creative efforts — designing and envisioning the look of rides — but decided to pull financing when it became clear that a deal with the government on expanding Disneyland was not imminent. (Reuters)

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Disney’s Secret “D23” Revealed Early

Friday, March 6th, 2009

d23magD23 was a little secret project of Disney which was going to be revealed on 10 March, a little over 4 days when you check the countdown clock on the official site. Nothing much was know, but speculation took place on many blogs and forums. But the secret is out a little early as some fans where able to find out what D23 stands for. D23 start out as a magazine and will be released on March 10. The magazine will be available in shops, and that’s how people found out about what D23 is. Some shop already got the first issue, together with the issue they probably also got some information on the release date and when they are allowed to sell it. Not everybody reading this information, just putting the magazine on their shelves early, and fans lucky enough to be near one of those shops got an insight on D23 early.

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MOUSEKINGDOM BLOG: 3 years in the making

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

wdwfireworks-3yHas it really been three years? A quick look at the archives, and yes, it has been!. Our first entry dates from 21st February 2006, so the Mousekingdom blog is celebrating its third year on the web and is ready for year 4.

Thank you to all our reader, fellow Disney fans and visitors of the blog. Without you we would not be here. Also a big thank you to the Cast Members, the imagineers and everybody at Disney for making the dreams we love so much reality. Thank you to all the other bloggers and Disney sites, especially those that occasionally linked us. And also a big thank you to the rest of the team and everybody who  contributed to the blog. (You have a story you want to share, we welcome guest writers).

3 years… it’s only the beginning of the ride. We hope you enjoyed it so far and that you’ll be there for the many more years we plan to be here on the blog.

Animatronics Again

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Looks like the news about the outsourcing of Disney’s Audio Animatronics isn’t that new at all.

A company named Garner Holt has already been working on Disney Audio Animatronics. They did the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay at the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland.

CIFX, another company, did some work on DCA figures and for the Winnie the Pooh Dark Ride.

(Source Screamscape)

Goodbye Audio Animatronics

Monday, June 16th, 2008

If you say Audio Animatronics its very likely you will use Disney in the same sentence. Walt pretty much invented the figures, improved them and made it part of Disney’s most important inheritance. Imagineers have been updating, re-inventing and shown the world some amazing new advanced Audio Animatronincs. Look at the road it made from using the term for the very first time in 1961, opening the Enchanted Tiki Room in 1963 and the trademark filed in 1964. Look at the New York fair (again 1964) with the Audio Animatronic of Lincoln, It’s a Small World, Carousel of Progress and a list that kept on growing and growing every year with rides as Pirates of the Caribbean to Lucky the Dinosaur and up to Toy Story Midway Mania today…

This weekend however a internal memo where Disney informed employees that they will start outsourcing some of their Audio Animatronics to third parties was forwarded to OC Register.

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Impact on the Mouse

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Mickey Mouse has a big impact on American history, an impact that goes far beyond American boundaries. Just look at the theme parks around the world, the movies playing in thousand theaters and the millions of toys in the shops. Even if you don’t have a Disney holiday, most likely you will still encounter some sort of Disney on your trip (or near your home). You can also ask what cartoon character is the most known in the world; I am pretty confident that Mickey Mouse will make it on the top spot as most well known cartoon character. Mickey (and his friends) are everywhere, even making an impact on our daily lives.

But what about the impact on Mickey Mouse and Disney from the outside? It’s a question that popped up in my head, more specifically the impact of today and in the (near) future! Let’s have a look at some possible theories (I think) that has have impact on the mouse and that might form the future look of Disney. Let’s do so starting with the biggest influence at the moment; PIXAR!

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Are the Disney Fans Wrong?

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

Hong Kong Disneyland has opened their version of “It’s a Small World” only days ago. Their version differences itself from other worldwide version by adding 38 Disney Characters to the classic ride. Disney fans and purist where horrified by the idea that a classic ride would contain Disney Characters. Especially since the news came out the Disney company would be adding the same Disney characters in the Disneyland Anaheim version. Disney fans stood up and let themselves be heard by expressing their thoughts and feelings all over the web about the upcoming changes Disney wants to do. (Example Save the Rainforest website). They didn’t like it…

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Night Kingdom to open in 2012?

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Night Kingdom rumors have been going for a while and although I thought that’s it, those plans are shelved, the rumors are alive again. This time you can find some info on the always great screamscape.com site where it is claimed that Disney is creating some new experience.

The big attraction and icon of the park, right now, appears to be a large central Disney-made mountain structure where guests will be forced to ‘rock climb’ to the top, take zip lines down again and explore a serious network of caves. The goal is for this to be a very interactive game based adventure experience, with both mental and physical challenges. (Screamscape.com

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Disneyland: 3rd Gate and Tinker bell

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Ed Grier, Disneyland Resort president, is talking about a possible third gate for the Disneyland Resort. While many thought that with the big rehab of Disney’s California Adventure a third gate would be something not for the near future but now Disney talks about it themselves. Obviously they did not give any more information other then the location of the possible 3rd gate expansion.

A third theme park was hinted at by Grier on Wednesday. “We do see a tremendous opportunity on our 88 acres of land,” Grier said. (OC Register)

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Happy 10th Birthday Animal Kingdom

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

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Today, April 22, 10 years ago Animal Kingdom opened its gates to the general public for the very first time. The park opened with 5 attraction, 9 exhibits and 12 live entertainment show on a 500 acres location. The main attraction of the resort are its inhabitants, the many incredible animals.

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Happy 25th Birthday Tokyo Disneyland

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

On April 15, 1983 Disney opened their very first park outside the USA; Tokyo Disneyland. While Disney Imagineers designed the park, “The Oriental Land Company” is the owner of the park, paying licenses to the Walt Disney Company. The success in Tokyo was (and still is) overwhelming and brought the “The Oriental Land Company” a lot of profit. (And Disney decided never to have an external company become owner of a Disney theme park again) In 2001 a second gate opened to the public; DisneySea, an amazing looking park.

Happy 25th Birthday Tokyo Disneyland

I hope to visit you soon as I would love to see DisneySea. (and as it is my dream to see every Disney park in the world)

Toon Studios Opening at Disneyland Resort Paris

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

crushoutsidetoonstudios.jpgLast week Monday I didn’t know I was going to be at Disneyland Resort Paris, 2 days later, on Wednesday, I had everything planned and ready to visit the Press event of the new Toon Studios area at the Walt Disney Studios. As I have been ‘recruited’ to be the principal research assistant for Simon and Susan Veness ‘A Brit’s Guide to Disneyland Resort Paris’ book, I was able to attend the big opening special event party. It would be wrong calling this a working weekend as it was way too much fun for that, but I did already send back my full report to Simon, showing my dedication to the job. I can only imagine how much work it is to write and publish a guide, so I am even more thankful that I got to do the fun part.

So how did the weekend go? Here some of the highlights of the trip, the event and of course the rides and the Toon Studios itself.

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Third Gate for Disney in Japan

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

japanmap1.jpgThe Tokyo Disney Resort has been very successful in Japan; high attendance for the resort and Disneysea being an Imagineering success are proof of that. Oriental Land Company is the owner of the parks (paying royalties to Disney) and they are the once responsible for the success. Now they are looking into the possibility to add a third gate in Japan.

Although one might expect a third gate to open near the existing resort rumors indicate it might be located somewhere else. The Oriental Land Company is looking at one possible area in Southern Honshu. There is no indication how far away from the main park the new gate would be located. One thing is for sure; with the amazing DisneySea the imagineers have a very high standard to go for, this promising a superb looking third gate for the future. But remember, this is a first rumor and nothing is for sure as long as Disney and the Oriental Land Company don’t give out an official announcement.

source; Screamscape. Copyrights Picture; Map-of-Japan.org