Why I Thought “Guardians of the Galaxy” Was Just OK

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Let me start by saying that I realize, even after reading this post, there will still be many people who don’t really understand where I’m coming from and will probably think I must be either touched in the head or just a Marvel movie hater. I like to think that I am neither. I have heard practically everyone around me … Read More

I’m Wishing: Disney Games I Wish Would Come

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If there’s anything that piques my interest as much as DIsney, it would have to be video games. Some of my earliest memories of sitting in front of a television involve either watching The Disney Afternoon or holding an NES controller. Actually, those two interests often coincided when I played games like Mickey Mousecepade, Adventures in the Magic Kingdom, or … Read More

Almost There: A Disney Lesson in Hard Work and Perseverance

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Disney movies are known for having some of the best taught life lessons in the entertainment business. Some of this originates from the classic fairy tales that they’re famous for adapting into feature films. These classics were written centuries ago with valuable life lessons, like Pinocchio with the importance of listening to your conscience or , in the case of … Read More

Commonalities In Disney Movies Over the Decades

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Disney has been making full-length motion pictures for almost 80 years, and they have an amazing catalogue of classic fairytales and stories that have entertained and inspired generations. These stories range in scope from princesses and damsels in distress to futuristic robots falling in love in a post-apocalyptic world. In spite of the differences in story, characters, and even decade … Read More

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: A New Frontier

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One of the things I look forward to when I visit Walt Disney World is the resort that I will be staying in during my trip. Walt Disney World has an amazing selection of resort hotels that allow the magic of the parks to follow the guests back to their room at the end of the day. One of my … Read More

Remembering “Wishes”

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It’s hard to believe that “Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams” (more commonly known as simply “Wishes”) has been running nightly in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida for over 13 years and is still one of the most popular and highly regarded fireworks shows on Disney property. Later this spring, the nighttime fireworks … Read More

Hooray For Hollywood

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The classic Disney attraction, known as The Great Movie Ride, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been in the park since the park’s opening in 1989. There are many things that make this attraction a “must-do” (as referenced in Episode 202 of the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast titled, “The Must-Do’s of Disney’s Hollywood Studios), but one thing that makes … Read More

Top 10 Places To Propose In Disney Theme Parks

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Disney theme parks can be some of the most magical places on earth. So, it’s no surprise that people have been using the magical fairytale setting of the parks as the site for their marriage proposals to their soul mates for years. But, where is the best place in the park to propose? Well, the possibilities are endless. Depending on … Read More

Custom Disney Dresses by Paige’s Pretties

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A lot of people who know me are surprised to hear that my wife is a big Disney fan as well. She doesn’t quite take it to the extreme as much as I do, but she definitely “gets it”, as people in the Disney community say. So, when she discovered a custom Disney dress shop online called Paige’s Pretties, she … Read More

5 Reasons You Should Take Your Infant Or Toddler To Disney Theme Parks

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As someone who is an obvious Disney fan, I get a lot of different people at work and elsewhere asking me for advice and tips for their vacations to Disney. One of the questions I get quite a bit is the one dealing with, “How soon is too soon to take your child to Walt Disney World?”. If you ask … Read More

Stories From Small Disney Shops (Part 2)

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Last week we began a look at some truly unique small shops run by Disney fans that create products for Disney fans. This week we’re going to continue our look at some of these terrific small Disney shops. In case you missed the first part last week, you can read it here. Their shop: http://magicmainstreet.storenvy.com/ Their Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/magicmainstreet Magic … Read More

Stories From Small Disney Shops

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Whether it’s a happy cruise around the world or a tour through a mansion with no windows or doors, all the attractions at the Disney parks focus have a central theme: storytelling. That appreciation for the art of storytelling trickles down to us–the legion of Disney fans. While all of us cannot be Imagineers, we can bring our own spark … Read More

Jingle Bell, Jingle “Meh”

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The other day I was telling my wife about the new holiday night time show at Hollywood Studios, “Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam”. This show is brand new and showcases some of the impressive projection technology that has been amazing audiences at Magic Kingdom, but this time, it’s on the Chinese Theater. Set to holiday music, it utilizes special effects, fireworks, … Read More

A Look At The Hall of Presidents

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This week United States citizens elect their next President. The last year and a half of campaigning has been disturbing enough to turn stomachs on both sides of the aisle. So, while the rest of the country goes out to vote and fires up their Twitter and Facebook accounts to engage in verbal Civil War, I thought I’d look at … Read More

What’s In A Date? Incredibles and Toy Story sequels in 2018 and 2019

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With these dates so far out, it’s not hard to predict an almost inevitable change in release dates. Usually, films are only at the early stages of or in the middle of production when they announce the release dates that early. They’re more goals than anything else. However, the fact that these two films just switched release dates has me … Read More

Tips For Your Disney Family Road Trip

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Right now I am preparing for a 9-day road trip with my family. We did our first cross-country road trip as a spur of the moment trip, back in March, from Florida to Disneyland in California and back. While there are things we would definitely do differently, I have to think that we did a lot of things right, because … Read More

Exploring Disney’s Tree of Life

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of Disney’s most unique parks to date. The park not only has that Disney magic that we are all so fond of, but it is teeming with life – literally! That is why it is so fitting that the park icon and defining structure is the 145 ft. tall Tree of Life. Modeled after a … Read More

Disneyland and Single Riders

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Hey Mouskeketeers, Jessica here from The Happiest Blog on Earth! If you listened to the latest All About the Mouse Disney Podcast you heard me talking about my book, Disneyland On Any Budget. We also announced right here on All About the Mouse that the 2017 edition is up and ready, which means you awesome Mouseketeers are the first to … Read More

Top 10 Souvenirs That Don’t Cost As Much As Your Vacation

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It’s no secret: getting to Walt Disney World isn’t a vacation on the cheap. There may be more budget-friendly ways to approach your trip, but you’re still spending hundreds, probably thousands, of dollars. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always leave a lot of room for memorabilia to commemorate your experience. While there are plenty of ways to maximize your spending in the … Read More

Rapunzel Rest Area Untangled

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Disney theme parks contain some of the best examples of attention to detail that you’ll find anywhere. Even when Disney builds a rest area, seemingly consisting of nothing more than benches and restrooms, they do so with as much care and attention to detail as you’ll find in any attraction in the park. This is certainly true with the rest … Read More

The Jungle Book Reimagined

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Last week the Walt Disney Pictures live-action remake of The Jungle Book was released on DVD. I had been waiting rather anxiously for this movie to be released on DVD, because, as the father of a 4-year-old and a 1-year-old, I don’t make it out to the theaters very often. So, I quickly made my way to our area Redbox and rented the Bluray DVD version of The Jungle Book. Several things resonated with me about this movie. I could sit here and write up a movie review, but I’m much more interested in sharing some of the interesting facts and insight behind the movie that can only be found on the DVD.

The Road To Imagineering

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Hello everyone! My name is Rachel, and I’m currently a high school senior and an aspiring Imagineer. I am so incredibly excited to be a part of the All About the Mouse website and to document this insanely busy year of my life. When people ask me where my passion for all things Disney comes from, I never really know … Read More

Exploring Jock Lindsey’s In Disney Springs

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Recently Disney Springs has gone through a major transformation bringing in a plethora of new shops and dining locations. One of the brand new locations in the Disney Springs Landing area that is attracting a lot of attention is the Indiana Jones-themed Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar. This lounge is rich in theming, back story, and décor. It’s really the kind of place where you might want to go to relax and be immersed in another world (and time) other than the one you are currently in.

7 Things To Do At Night In Walt Disney World

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Over the nearly 45 years since it opened, Walt Disney World has become synonymous with the words “magic” and “fun”. Thousands of guests flock to the parks daily to experience the classic attractions, shows, and entertainment. If you’re anything like me, though, you’ve probably found yourself experiencing that awkward moment when the parks have all closed, but you’re not quite ready to end your day yet.

The Great Parade Charade

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Main Street Electrical Parade

A couple of weeks ago Disney announced that the popular Paint The Night parade, currently running at Disneyland park in California, would be ending its run as of September 5, 2016. The parade will make a few more appearances after that on select dates for the holiday season, but the last chance to see it on its regular schedule will be on September 5th. This came as a pretty big disappointment to Disneyland regulars. On the other hand, Walt Disney World regulars, like myself, were excited and hopeful that this news meant the Paint The Night parade would be coming to the Walt Disney World resort in Florida.
Approximately a week later, Disney officially announced that the Main Street Electrical Parade, currently running at the Walt Disney World resort in Magic Kingdom theme park, would be leaving Florida and returning home to Disneyland, where it began back in 1972. Suddenly, many Disneyland-goers were happy again, and Walt Disney World regulars were shocked and up-in-arms.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: The Pros And The Cons

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My wife and I have been going to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party almost every year for nearly a decade. Our annual Halloween Party visits began before we had children and coincided with an annual trip to Walt Disney World for our wedding anniversary in October. The only year we have missed the Halloween Party was due to the … Read More

Beyond Infinity: What’s Next As The Game Winds Down

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This week’s blog post comes to us from Adam Goswick. I’ve been a gamer since I can remember. Ask my mother, and she’ll tell you how I learned to count by watching the score ticker while playing Mario Bros. on NES. But while my love for gaming has a certain staying power, when you spend any amount of time around … Read More

13 Facts About The Twilight Zone™ Tower Of Terror

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Share this Post This week we got some very big news about the Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror out at Disney’s California Adventure theme park in Anaheim. It seems that Disney is switching the theme over to a property that they own verses one that they are, for all intents and purposes, leasing. However, the news of Guardians of the … Read More

(At Least) 10 Things To Do In WDW Outside Of the Parks

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I recently took a trip to Walt Disney World for the weekend with my family in the middle of summer when our Seasonal passes had us blocked out from getting into the parks. Most people would ask why we even bothered to make the trip down if we weren’t even able to get into the parks or ride any of … Read More

Frozen Ever After

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This week Frozen Ever After opened in Epcot’s Norway pavilion after months of being closed for the transformation from the now—defunct Maelstrom ride. As soon as Disney announced that Maelstrom would be closing to make way for a Frozen-themed attraction in Norway, Disney fans began fervent discussion and debate. Many people pleaded that Frozen was not authentically Norwegian and that … Read More