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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 made headlines Sunday evening after a small fire broke out backstage. Luckily, the blaze was quickly put out by the local fire department and the park operations continued uninterrupted. Meanwhile, projects continue around the parks. In...
Disneyland debuted its new Frozen-themed pre-parade Friday afternoon. The one-float offering features Princess Anna, Olaf and Queen Elsa on an icy, snow-covered parade float but Frozen fans might want to lower their expectations before heading to Disneyland to see...
On Thursday, Knott's Berry Farm officially reopened its classic Calico Mine Train after a major six-month renovation, restoration, and enhancement project. The top-to-bottom refurbishment included the addition of 46 new Audio-Animatronics figures along with dozens of new historically-accurate...
Knott's Berry Farm's family-favorite Camp Snoopy area officially reopened Thursday following a multi-part renovation project that brought three new attractions to the land. The project also included a complete aesthetic overhaul, giving the land a cohesive visual identity throughout...
Construction continues on the major Club 33 expansion in Disneyland but most guests facing the project's significant impact on the streets of New Orleans Square won't event be able to enjoy the final product when the club reopens later...
Disneyland is now in full summer mode with big crowds and late operating hours but refurbishments and construction projects continue in both theme parks. The major Club 33 expansion continues in New Orleans Square while Space Mountain and...
Disneyland kicked off its busy summer season with another 24-hour party that encouraged guests to rock their "Disney Sides" by "Disney Bounding" and wearing costumes to the parks. The popular 24-hour event included special entertainment, dining, characters and more...
Disneyland will officially kick off the summer season with another 24-hour party on Friday. Luckily it seems like Disney is taking the lessons learned from the wildly-popular 24-hour events from the last two years and is working hard...
Disneyland quietly rolled out new theme park admission price increases Sunday morning, raising prices across the board. The biggest price hikes were a $13 increase for One-Day Park Hopper tickets and a $50 jump for the Premiere Annual...
Disney California Adventure's Little Mermaid dark ride reopened over the weekend with significant enhancements including a really great black-light re-imagining of the attraction's big "Under the Sea" scene. Across the esplanade, Disneyland has begun work today on the...
Strong winds and high temperatures hit the parks over the last week as guests continued to maneuver the on-going construction and refurbishment projects around the parks. Today we take a look at the continued work on Disneyland's Club...
Welcome back to Dateline Disneyland! This week we take a look at Disneyland's various springtime refurbishments as the parks continue through the busy spring break season. Major projects underway include a major rethinking of the outdoor portion...
Disneyland is getting ready to kick off spring with a festive springtime roundup at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree with special character meet-and-greets with Disney bunnies as well as the Easter Bunny himself. Meanwhile, as Big Thunder Ranch...
Disneyland's classic Big Thunder Mountain Railroad emerged from its extended 14-month refurbishment project over the weekend with Annual Passholder and Disney Vacation Club previews that showed off the ride's impressively smooth new track and explosive new finale. The...
Some much-needed rain hit Southern California over the weekend, washing the recent crowds out of the parks. The rain storms resulted in some standard attraction closures in both parks, the cancellation of parades, and even brought down a...
Disneyland guests arrived in style over the weekend as part of the increasingly popular Dapper Day events that encourage guests to visit the parks in their Sunday's best. Meanwhile, The Disney Gallery unveiled its latest exhibit on Saturday,...
Disneyland's various off-season refurbishments and construction projects didn't slow down the Presidents Weekend holiday crowds from arriving in big numbers. Today we update you on the current construction and refurbishment projects in both theme parks (including the on-going...
Disney California Adventure celebrated the Year of the Horse over the weekend with a special three-day Lunar New Year celebration. The Lunar New Year festivities included plenty of live entertainment, characters, arts and crafts and special food in...
Disneyland's off-season continues with winter refurbishments continuing in both theme parks. In Disneyland, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has debuted a gorgeous and dramatic new lighting package as that attraction wraps up its year-long refurbishment. Nearby, New Orleans...
With the busy holiday season over Disneyland has now jumped into the winter off-season by taking care of refurbishment and construction projects around the parks. At Disneyland, the exclusive Club 33 has taken over New Orleans Square with...