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Andy Castro

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Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy wrote the long-running weekly Dateline Disneyland photo, news and opinion blog here on MiceChat from 2007-2016. Andy continues to make occasional special guest contributions on MiceChat.
Today we take a break from Disneyland's off-season refurbishments and construction and take you back up to Universal Studios Hollywood for a closer look at the park's spectacular new Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Today we go in-depth...
Sunday night's big two-hour TV special on Disneyland's 60th Anniversary may have disappointed audiences with embarrassingly little real Disneyland-related content but the actual parks continue through the winter off-season with big changes underway. At Disneyland, demolition is quickly...
Disneyland celebrated the Denver Bronco's Super Bowl victory last week with a special parade featuring Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Meanwhile, work continues to get underway on Disneyland's massive new Star Wars-themed expansion, as trees are cleared along the...
Disney California Adventure turns 15 today and Disney will commemorate the occasion with a special ceremony at the opening of the park this morning. Meanwhile, the park celebrated the Lunar New Year over the weekend and treated Annual...
Disneyland has decorated construction walls along the Rivers of America with posters honoring the park's history as construction gets underway on the major 14-acre Star Wars project. With Star Wars popularity at an all-time high, the massive expansion...
Walls have gone up in Critter Country and Frontierland as Disneyland gets started in earnest on its new 14-acre Star Wars-themed expansion. The first major step, besides reshuffling and moving backstage facilities, is rerouting the Rivers of America...
Disneyland's winter off-season is now in full swing but despite numerous attractions being closed for refurbishment or construction, crowds continue to hit the parks to see Disneyland's ongoing 60th Anniversary celebration. Among the closures is, of course, the...
Disneyland's historic Rivers of America and Disneyland Railroad saw their final guests over the weekend as they closed to undergo major changes to accommodate the upcoming Star Wars-themed expansion coming to the park. The River will be rerouted,...
Disneyland's popular holiday season will come to a close this week as the park heads into 2016 eager to get construction on the 14-acre new Star Wars Land underway. That Star Wars-themed expansion of Disneyland will mean big...
Editor's Note, January 4, 2016: We're re-running Dateline Disneyland's 2016 Year-in-Review again today while Andy catches up after the holidays. But don't worry! A super-sized Dateline Disneyland will run tomorrow, Tuesday, January 5th. Thanks for reading...
The New Year is almost here and with it will come a myriad of changes for Disneyland. But before Star Wars Land moves in, the Resort will bid farewell to 2015 and ring in 2016. From Main...
Hello, and a very Merry Christmas to you! Disneyland has beefed up security at its themes parks just in time for the final rush of holiday crowds. The increase in theme park security, which includes bomb dogs...
Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke celebrated his 90th birthday on Sunday and invited everybody at Disneyland to join him. The Mary Poppins star was honored with a dedication of the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe, followed by a birthday singalong...
Disneyland's traditional Candlelight Processional lit up the holiday season with four performances over the weekend. The long-running tradition re-tells the story of the first Christmas in a stunning show of light and music on Main Street Station in...
The big Thanksgiving holiday week has come and gone at the Disneyland Resort. Over the holiday week Disneyland tried out a new increased entertainment schedule that saw the park running two showings of its nightly fireworks show. ...
Disneyland unveiled its new Star Wars Season of the Force celebration in last week and the new Tomorrowland offerings serve up a galaxy of disappointments. From underwhelming memorabilia displays in the new Star Wars Launch Bay to terrible...
The holidays are here! From Main Street to Buena Vista Street, both parks are covered in Christmas lights and tinsel as favorite seasonal attractions including Jingle Cruise and ¡Viva Navidad! return for their annual run this week. Meanwhile, the...
Seasons are changing at Disneyland, as both parks quickly switch over from Halloween Time to the Holidays, which officially begin this Friday, November 13. Big seasonal changes are underway at Disneyland, as traditional holiday decorations are modified to accommodate...
Disneyland's popular Halloween Time is quickly coming to a close and the Resort is wasting no time getting ready for the even more popular holiday season, which will kick off in mid-November. As Disneyland strings up the Christmas...
You might blink and miss it, but the first signs of the holidays have already popped up at Disneyland. Christmas lights are going up at "it's a small world," which is now closed to install its popular holiday...