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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.
Disneyland is quickly becoming a park full of construction walls as more and more closes for refurbishment as the park gets ready for its big 60th Anniversary celebration this summer. Today, Sleeping Beauty Castle begins its refurbishment and...
Rain fell on the parks over the weekend as Disneyland finished taking down the Christmas garland and gets ready to string up the diamonds for its big 60th anniversary celebration. Big refurbishments are springing up throughout both theme...
Welcome to 2015! With no major new attractions, the loss of Billy Hill and the Hillbillies, controversial changes in New Orleans Square, and ugly safety changes at Sleeping Beauty Castle, it was a bit of a rough year...
Ready or not... 2015 is almost here and it's time to plan your New Year's Eve celebration. From Main Street to Buena Vista Street, the Disneyland Resort is always a great choice to ring in the new year....
Merry Christmas! Frozen Fun is here! The Disneyland Resort has soft-launched a big new lineup of Frozen-themed events, entertainment and attractions in both theme parks just in time for the busy Christmas week. The full Frozen...
More than twenty years later and Disneyland's popular Fantasmic! nighttime water-and-light show has finally added a new Fastpass-based reservation system. The new Fantasmic! Fastpass eliminates the need to camp out hours before the show and streamlines the viewing...
Winter is coming! Frozen is a year old and Disneyland is finally giving into guest demand with a lineup of new entertainment and attraction additions based on the hit animated film. Starting December 20, Frozen Fun will bring a...
The holidays are now in full swing at Disneyland following this weekend's official launch for the holiday season. While most of the holiday offerings soft-launched last week, this week some notable offerings opened, including the enhanced Jingle Cruise in...
The holidays soft-launched at Disneyland over the weekend, bringing most of Disneyland's big holidays season online for park guests. With the holidays officially launching this Thursday, November 13, we've got a full update today filling you in on...
Halloween Time wrapped up at Disneyland on Friday with a final sold out Mickey's Halloween Party and theme parks that were caught between two holidays as Christmas decorations continue to go up. Main Street, U.S.A.'s new Guest Flow...
There may be another week of Halloween Time left but Disneyland is wasting no time stringing up the Christmas lights and garland. Sleeping Beauty Castle is already covered in snow while New Orleans Square is covered in garland,...
Disneyland unveiled its new First Aid facility last week, revealing new fully-themed facades at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. The new facades replace simple, minimally-themed facades that had been up since the early 1960s with lovely brickwork,...
It's not quite Halloween yet but Disneyland has already quietly started its preparations for the holiday season. Christmas lights are going up around Sleeping Beauty Castle and at "it's a small world," as part of those iconic attractions...
Disneyland's iconic Submarine Voyage reopened over the weekend after a lengthy refurbishment that included repainting sections of the outdoor lagoon. The Finding Nemo-themed attraction closed earlier in January amidst rumors that it might not reopen due to future...
Halloween Time is in full swing at Disneyland, with restaurants throughout the park serving up terrifyingly tasty seasonal specials. Meanwhile, the park continues to take advantage of what was traditionally its off-season with various refurbishments including repainting the...
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit made his first official in-park appearance on Disney California Adventure's Buena Vista Street on Sunday, marking the character's big debut in American Disney theme parks. Despite the Southern California heat wave that bumped Disneyland...
Food prices jumped at many Disneyland Resort restaurants last week, raising some entree prices as much as $2 in some cases. The price hikes come as the park enjoyed a brief off-season as it gears up for the...
Happy Labor Day! Officially marking the end of the summer season, the busy holiday weekend also brought along a weekend of RunDisney events to the Resort, including the annual Disneyland Half-Marathon and Health and Fitness Expo. Inside the...
Halloween Time has started to creep in across the Disneyland Resort as the summer season comes to a close. Meanwhile, refurbishments continue as well, with work underway on Main Street, in Tomorrowland and at the Grand Californian Hotel....
Disneyland's summer season is starting to wind down as the park begins to gear up for the popular Halloween Time season. As summer wraps up, refurbishments continue from Main Street, U.S.A. to Tomorrowland and the Grand Californian...