Early Epic Mickey Release in Europe

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

The new Nintendo Wii game Epic Mickey by Disney Interactive is expected to become a big success for the Wii platform. Release date for the USA is set to November 30 and at this time it looks like this date will be honnored. In Europe a date was set for November 25 (example; Belgium and France) or November 26 (UK) but the game is already widely available since November 19 in some shops. I had the game in my hand and was very tempted but I could put it back in the shelves (for now). I’ll just wait a little longer so I can by them on Amazon as the price there are aways slightly (and sometimes a lot) better then in the high street shops. (more…)

Don’t Queue to Meet the Characters!

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Going to Disneyland Paris and want to meet the characters?

It’s horror for many parents, the hour queue to meet their children’s favorite Disney character when they visit the park. But it doesn’t have to be like that. There are better ways to meet up with the characters and without the queues. No, you don’t have to pay for an expensive meal either to see the characters at the dining tables, there are even better ways to greet and meet your favorites. While most people run to the parks and try to queue to meet Mickey and be with him for about a minute their is a better way to meet the Mouse! I always say a Disney visit isn’t only about the parks, there is a lot more to be seen. Yes, also at Disneyland Paris where you don’t have the extended resort area as you have in Walt Disney World. Most guest think everything happens at the parks only. But when it comes to meeting characters there might be better places to go to. (more…)

Walt Disney at Christie’s Auction House

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Collectors of Walt Disney and the Walt Disney Studio should make sure to check out the Christie’s auction house in London. On November 25, Christie’s will be selling some incredible Walt Disney items that are truly a one of a kind collectible.

Included in the lot are a Walt Disney signed page from Bob Thomas Art of Animation. The page is signed on the back by Walt Disney himself. This signature is expected to make something between $1600 and $2400. (more…)

Happy Birthday Walt Disney World

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Walt Disney opened its gates on October 1, 1971, so…

Happy Birthday
Walt Disney World!

Also an extra happy Birthday to Epcot that also opened its gates on October 1, but not in the same year of course. Epcot opened many years later on the same day but in the year 1982.

Everybody going to Walt Disney World today, enjoy the special Birthday.

Next year will be the big 40th birthday of the most magical place on earth. A year to look forewards too.

Picture copyrights Life

Disney Vacation Club Vinylmation

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Disney Vacation Club members and Vinylmation collectors will have the chance  to add an exclusive to their collection. As of September 24 a new figure will be sold in Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Although I try to stay away from yet another collectible item I must admit that I have a weakness for the Disney Vacation Club items and one of these might find a place on my shelves.

To obtain this Vinylmation you will need to show a valid Vacation Club Membership ID.

Mickey Speaks

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Disney characters speaking isn’t new, but using the technology for greet and meet is. The characters are being tested in Disneyland where they now talk to the children (and those young at heart) and can directly interact with a response or even using the name of the children that are visiting.

Below a video of one of these encounters. Sounds magical!

Minnie Style

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Just a fun picture of some girls in their element when visiting Walt Disney World. According to the Disney’s Human Element blog photographer only the Japanese have this sense for style and can pull it off. I just think it’s a great picture.

For more Disney’s Human element pictures check out the great blog where you’ll find pictures of the people in and around the Disney Theme Parks.

Picture copyrights Scott Smith – Disney’s Human Element

Disneyland in Comics

Monday, March 1st, 2010

It looks like comics are a good investment. Imagine if you would have owned a Action Comics 1 (first Superman) or a Detective Comics 27 ( first Batman). They both have been sold in a high grade (grade 8.0 CGC for those interested) for $1.000.000 and more. Not to bad, especially if you would have been the owner. Imagine how many trips this could pay to Walt Disney World or another Disney park. Talking about comics, anybody still thinking the Marvel Disney deal was a bad thing? (although I think it’s a great deal for whole other reasons)

Disney  already had its share of comics and although non of them might bring in a million anytime soon, some of them are very collectible and if found in the right grade already come with a “nice” price tag. The first daily comic strip staring Mickey Mouse began on January 13 in 1930, but the first comic books appeared in 1940. They where published by Western Publishing through the Dell Comics Four Color label. The very first Walt Disney Comics and Stories from Dell would be a very nice item in any Disney addict collection. Even if you wouldn’t want to keep it it, valued at $30.000 (Comic Price Guide at the moment this article was written) it could pay for your next trip(s). Of course this when you have a high graded issue. Damaged issues are less valuable but could still be worth $2.000.

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Mickey Mouse Helps to Solve a Crime

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Looks like Minnie isn’t the only one solving crimes. This time it’s Mickey helping out. If you want to commit benefit theft, don’t think you can go to visit Mickey Mouse and get away with it. Fraud investigators are using pictures of a couple posing with Mickey Mouse who are claiming to be Landlord and tenant.

The picture found by the investigators proofs otherwise and the “happy” couple will now have to face heavy sentences. For more on the story follow the link.

Picture Copyrights Disney

Minnie Mouse helps to Solve a Murder Case

Friday, February 12th, 2010

While most Disney news items or tidbits are fun and magical, occasionally one encounters a weird story. This story is about a very rare Minnie Mouse Key chain, only three of them ever made, that was stolen by a murderer from his victim.

When the key chain popped up at the suspects home the case for the investigators started to look strong and solid. This rare Disney memorabilia is now a key piece of evidence that could put a killer behind bars. To read the full story visit The Ledger website.

Fantasmic

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Tokyo DisneySea will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a new show ”Fantasmic”. This is now confirmed by the Oriental Land Co., Ltd. The new show will premiere in April 2011 to kick of the celebration of DisneySea’s anniversary, which is on September 4th.

The picture already promises that the show will be spectacular. Looking at the brooms walking up the mountain, one can already start dreaming on how Disney will make this work. Knowing Disney, I am very confident it will look amazing. The show will take place at night in Mediterranean Harbor and will feature Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. The show will have scenes from Aladdin, Cinderella and Finding Nemo incorporated. A big battle between Mickey and a gigantic dragon will be the highlight of the show.

The new “Fantasmic” show will replace the BraviSEAmo show that is currently running.

The official announcement can be found here.

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Trouble for Disneyland Shanghai?

Monday, November 30th, 2009

mickey1.jpgThe project has been approved  and the plans for the first phase are ready. This first phase will have a feisty price tag of $3.6 billion. You might think this could buy you a lot, but it will not get you a “big” first gate. The first gate will only be 116 hectares big, this is 10 hectares smaller than the Hong Kong Park. This will make the Shanghai park the smallest of all Disney parks yet. Remember the trouble the Hong Kong park went true in the beginning; to small, not enough rides, only a half day park…

Hong Kong has proven that a small Disney park doesn’t work and will only give the company trouble. People will leave the small park wanting more, but will not return because they where disappointed the first time. Unfortunately I think history will repeat itself if Disney doesn’t change their plans by learning from the Hong Kong parks. The park needs to be big and full of Disney attractions to get the people into it. Have a look at Tokyo and its DisneySea. Quality brings in people and brings in the needed cash to make it a success. I am worried that making yet another “small” park, Disney will yet again loose on their investment. (I just hope I’m wrong)

Happy Birthday Mickey

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

MickeyMouseBirthdayToday, November 18, we celebrate the birthday of our beloved Mickey Mouse. The Walt Disney Company decided to put Mickey’s birthday on the 18th November, the release date of Steamboat Willie (1928). Steamboat Willie wasn’t Mickey’s first movie, it was Plane Crazy, a movie release in the same year as Steamboat, but a little earlier, on May 15. Steamboat was Mickey’s first movie with sound.

Mickey still looks good for his age and can still be put up a great show. At the moment he is the main character in the Disney Channel’s Playhouse Disney Series “Mickey Mouse Playhouse”but I think most fans just love to see him appear inside the Disney parks.

Happy Birthday Mickey and many, many more years to come.

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!

Disney Acquires Marvel Entertainment

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Walt Disney Company agreed to buy Marvel Entertainment Inc for $4 billion. This could be one of the biggest media deals of this year, but is certainly Disney’s biggest acquisition since the $7,6 billion Pixar deal in 2006. Marvel is the home of 5000 characters, many of them with a big history. Mickey will now be able to welcome such characters as Captain America, The X-Men, The Avengers, The Hulk and many more. I never thought I would be able to mention Mickey Mouse and Wolverine in the same sentence, but this has now changed.

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Disney will be able to use their massive marketing programs to promote anything from Marvel to expand the well known brand even more. While Marvel movies already did very well at the box office, new movies such as Spider-Man 4 and Avengers will benefit from even more exposure. This on Cable TV or even in and around the parks.

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