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The MiceAge crew was started by Al Lutz in 2003, and is committed to bringing you the inside Disney story that you just can't get anywhere else. As much as we'd all like to see more frequent rumor updates on the site, we only publish when reliable news and rumors are available to share. The MiceAge news Editor can be reached at: [email protected]
For a little over a year, our beloved Disneyland has been closed, but that's been the least of these trying times. So it just didn't feel like the right time for April Fools pranks. As a result, we've decided...
Salutations, happy holidays, and Merry Christmas. In these extraordinary times, we thought you might enjoy some comfort food for the soul, a nostalgic bit of Disneyana that colors the air and instantly puts you in the holiday spirit. Let's...
This wasn't how the summer of 2019 was supposed to go for Disneyland. The TDA suits had been planning for years for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, fighting over budgets and parkwide projects that would help manage...
As many of you have already heard, the Walt Disney Company is undergoing some profound changes in how it will operate as an entertainment company. Its recent acquisition of FOX and the integration of a new streaming service have...
Disney purchased Fox late last year, and at executive retreat immediately afterward began a survey and asset list of what came with the deal. Of particular interest to our audience of theme park observers was just what the Mouse...
While crowds during the Halloween season have been slowly building the past few years, last month's debut of all-new Halloween overlays at DCA's most popular locations have sent the crowd levels through the roof in the past two weeks....
Disneyland is heading into the dog days of summer with typically modest summertime crowds (don’t tell the lower level AP’ers that!) and a growing frenzy of planning as TDA execs plot out Fiscal 2018 that begins this October and...
As you read this, a long line of trucks are unloading exhibits and merchandise and archival treasures at the loading docks of the mammoth Anaheim Convention Center as the Walt Disney Company prepares to put on its bi-annual D23...
Summer has arrived at the Disneyland Resort and the out of town tourists are arriving in droves again. In this update we’ll fill you in on what the summer holds, and more importantly what TDA has planned for the...
Spring Break has ended and TDA has been very happy with the attendance and strong response to DCA’s expanded Food & Wine Festival. Despite the ongoing financial success of the Anaheim property, things are getting a bit tense in...
Pandora: Here, There… Everywhere! PLUS A MICEAGE EXCLUSIVE: Star Wars Land Parade/Show Rehearsal Footage! Over the past few weeks Walt Disney World has been hyping a new addition to their Animal Kingdom park, based on James Cameron’s successful, yet nowadays mostly forgotten,...
With 2016 gone and 2017 just begun, the Disneyland Resort closes the books on another crazy holiday season and looks ahead to a busy year full of new additions that will lay the groundwork for the truly momentous year...
Disney’s new 2017 fiscal year just started yesterday, and that’s always a big day when old concepts stop being funded, trendy new projects start being funded, and TDA suits get a fresh new balance sheet. In this quick update...
With both summer and Disneyland’s successful Diamond Celebration quickly winding down, the Anaheim parks will begin a rather predictable fall season, filled with some of the busiest weekends of the year as the locals replace the summer tourist crowds....
Disneyland turned 61 years old on Sunday, but many cast members found little to celebrate as the company conducted a major re-organization and layoffs last week. In this update, we'll fill you in on what the recent changes actually...
Disneyland Resort continues to lurch through a weird and unusual spring as Burbank mandates sweeping budget cuts while record crowds continue to pack both parks. In this update we’ll fill you in on why the parks are closing earlier...
Al Lutz returns today with a very special MiceAge Star Wars Update which fills us in on the latest news and rumors about a land so big that it doesn't really need many attractions. But it does need more...
Disney’s third fiscal quarter begins next week, and it’s about to wreak major changes on the operation of the Disneyland Resort. In this update we’ll fill you in on why Shanghai Disneyland is driving huge cutbacks here in the...
It’s been a week since Disneyland shut down five attractions from the 1950’s to begin the massive construction on the biggest expansion of the park in its 60 year history. While fleets of bulldozers, dump trucks and industrial wood...
2016 is going to be a big year for Disneyland as construction on Star Wars Land begins in earnest, and changes and expansion takes place around the rest of the Resort in anticipation of Star Wars’ arrival. In November,...