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Mimi's Cafe on Harbor (across the street from Howard Johnson's Anaheim Plaza Hotel) is giving away $3,000 in FREE Gift Cards on Tuesday, March 31st. The cards (which will vary in amount, they will hand out 75 of them, must be 18 or older to qualify), of course, the line will form prior to 9 AM, but if you are in the area, this is a great deal.

The reason Mimi's on Harbor is handing out the free Gift Cards is they just remodeled, and now features a full bar with speciality drinks, along with the great food.

And if you can't make it on Tuesday, there is always the free food offer if you sign up for Mimi's e-mail group...

Time for the links.

Mimi's Cafe

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Good Friday Morning, while this column focuses on Theme Parks, and we have a lot of that this week, we also look at the "malls" and hotels near the parks.... And there is lots of news, some good, and some bad.... Plus plenty of photos....

Why not a "Bolt", that could promote the movie, and the San Diego Chargers!

Quick Plug, I will be at Disneyland this afternoon, and plan to watch/take photos of the new "Street Party", check Darkbeer.Smugmug.Com Saturday for lots of photos of the new parade.

And once again, a parking warning. For the next few weeks, Spring/Easter Break and things like Cheer/Dance competitions are filling up the parking lots. And while Disney is trying to address the situation by paving over the Strawberry Field, there are still major losses in other locations, including the Timon Lot. As the saying goes, First Come, First Served, so get to the parks early in the day!

Anaheim GardenWalk Update

Big news here, the two Disney 'Managed" hotels will start being built around May, as the Financing has been finalized. Prospera Hotels will be the owners, but the two hotels will be "Disney" properties, as they will feature Disney Names, and use Disney employees. A 4-Star/Upscale Hotel will be at the corner of Disney Way and Clementine, and a more "Family" hotel will be on the south lot, next to the Cheesecake Factory.

Three new food options have opened at AGW. Mrs. Fields opened on Wednesday, and Tacone Flavor Grill and Palama Hawaiian Fusion BBQ started serving in the last couple of weeks.

Plus Fire + Ice Grill is opening in late May/early June...

FiRE + iCE Improvisational Grill

In this day and age of "being smart" with your money, AGW is the place to go for Happy Hours, Cheesecake Factory has some amazing offers, as does Bar Louie and McCormick and Schmicks Grille.

And of course, the Food Court is a great place any time of the day, with places like Johnny Rockets and many other choices.

Eateries at Anaheim GardenWalk

While Disney raise prices and closes locations (more on this later), it makes AGW look better every day. Heck, Low cost Sushi... San Sei... High End Sushi... Roy's.

And now Disney is sending folks to AGW to park, bringing in more guests to the complex.

Also, AGW is hosting a special American Cancer Society's Survivor event on Saturday, April 4th.

So congrats to all those who have beaten Cancer!

Also, we mentioned it here last week, but a reminder than the Taste of Anaheim will be at AGW for the first time on May 14th.

14th Annual Taste of Anaheim | May 14th, 2009

More Charity Stuff

I am a fan in general of the Amazing Race, and really impressed with what the host is planning to do...

Keoghan To Embark on a 40 Day, Coast-to-Coast Bike Ride Across America, Averaging 100 Miles Per Day, Covering Over 3,500 Miles Total with
Pit Stops in Over 30 Cities
If you can, please think about donating to causes like MS and the ACS, they really do a lot of good for a lot of folks.

Heck, riding a bike across the country... WOW!

Downtown Disney stuff

Yes, we can pick on the Monorails, as they have been having major issues, and did not run much of the day on Thursday. (Mark VII Orange is being tested, but Mark VII Red wants to stay in the barn!)

The big news is that the former Club Libby Lu location will reopen in May as "Studio Disney 365", featuring themed makeovers for both boys and girls. Opening Team Casting is being held today for the new store. This will be the second "makeover" location in the Resort, as the new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will open soon in Fantasyland.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

A new Sign has been added at DtD, the former Quiksilver is now Quicksilver/Roxy store. The sign was installed Thursday.

Yes, notice what is in BOLD!

Disneyland Resort Food news

Folks, you are very lucky you were not in my house last night when I found out this news... (Unless you like to hear LOTS of swear words)

39 Disney employees told restaurant will close - Around Disney -

Disney officials announced Thursday afternoon that Yamabuki restaurant, inside the Paradise Pier Hotel will close down April 11.
If you go to the link, they talk about the restaurant opening in 1996, but that is when Disney took it over. Many of the employees worked for the prior owner, the Pan Pacific. Some of the Sushi Chefs have been there since the 80's.

I will be there on April 11th for the "last" meal, and I will truly miss the place. A couple of years ago, Disney tried to convert the place from upscale to "fine dine" (and of course the higher prices) and sometimes you need to accept higher volume and a slightly smaller average check than trying to empty folks wallets completely.

Fans of Hook's Pointe should also be worried, as it is rumored to be next on the list. (Currently only operating limited hours).

And since we are talking about Price Increases, Disney has once again brought back Seasonal Pricing to selected locations. The easiest to change is the Fixed-Price Character dining locations, and Disney raised its prices on March 20th. The "seasonal" price increase will end on April 26th, but will return for Summer and Christmas.

Lots of news in the local newspapers.

While we truly appreciate you checking in at MiceAge every day, we also need to mention newspapers, and that you should break out a few quarters and buy them!

Lots of good stuff was written this week from both the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times. Here are the highlights.

Disney begins laying off back-office employees - Around Disney -

Disneyland expert and Web writer Al Lutz

And can we finally just call the attraction "Toy Story Mania!" as we have the new Wii version....

The current Mickey and Friends Parking Structure Tram Loading area signs

Disney announces Toy Story Mania Wii game - Around Disney -

Does Disney want out-of-town guests? Heck, yes, this Summer, Pay for three nights, get an extra 2 nights free. (aka 2 extra nights at your hotel, and a 5 day ParkHopper, instead of 3).. And this is not just for the three Disney owned hotels, but also the Good Neighbor hotels.)

The new "Street Party" starts today....

100 performers in new Disney street parade; starts Friday - Around Disney -

I have not seen the event yet, but based on what I have heard, it is another "Block Party Bash", which means it is not my cup of tea. Here is hoping for a more "Traditional" parade for the 55th!

Knott's Berry Farm News

Yes, Snoopy's Spring Safari is returning for Easter Break. April 4th through the 19th will allow kids to collect free adventure gear.

Also, last Saturday was the 10th Winter Coaster Solace, including a chance to go "behind the scenes" on a few attractions.

Knott's does a great job hosting the event, and yes, this column will be "heavy" on photos, but for good reason.

Should this be renamed the "Stupid Guest Tricks" button?

Yep, this is the "Code V" stuff

Gee, is it Cheer/Dance season?

Selected photos from Darkbeer.Smugmug.Com, including Goats, Chickens and a Turtle.

OK, this is Elvis, aka Chuck, as some folks think it is half breed between a Chicken and a Duck....

OK, one Baby Ducks photo from the week

And as always, there are a LOT more photos at

Once again, thanks for checking MiceAge out, hope you have a great weekend, and for those San Diego State Fans, yes, we made the Final Four (OK, the NIT), but still GO AZTECS!

See you tomorrow for a special Celebrate - A Street Party edition of In the Parks.