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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.
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...
Greetings, Dateline Disneylanders! Dateline Disneyland is taking a vacation break this week, so in lieu of a regular park update, we're bringing you a classic MiceChat feature. Back during the height of Disney California Adventure's re-imagining and expansion,...
It was a huge news week for Disneyland, as rumors hit the web early last week of major changes coming to Disneyland's Rivers of America as part of the park's upcoming Star Wars-themed expansion. Surprisingly, Disney quickly began confirming...
This weekend's heatwave didn't slow down crowds from hitting the parks en masse for this year's Dapper Day event, the on-going 60th Anniversary celebration and the popular Halloween Time offerings. Temperatures hit 90 on Friday, but Disneyland was on...
Disneyland's popular Halloween Time is back for its annual run. The offerings are a bit scaled back this year but marquee offerings such as Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy are ready to scare up some...
Disneyland is enjoying what's left of its brief off-season between the end of summer and the start of the popular Halloween Time season. Guests should dial back their Halloween Time expectations this year as the on-going 60th Anniversary...
D23 Expo has come and gone and Disneyland is now enjoying the last weeks of its busy summer season before jumping head first into its popular Halloween Time. Jack-o-lanterns and seasonal decorations are popping up along Main Street, U.SA....