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Shelly Valladolid

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Shelly Valladolid, aka Fab, has been writing about Disney and theme parks for about two decades. She has written for various fan and pop culture sites, Disney Magazine and OCRegister.com and participated in several books, including Passporter's Disneyland and Southern California and Disney World Dreams. She was co-founder and president of the Orlando, Florida chapter of the NFFC (now Disneyana Fan Club). She taught a class on theme park history at a Southern California University. She is creator and co-owner of Jim Hill Media, one of the creators of MousePlanet and was a consultant on MSNBC, The Motley Fool and others about Disney and various media matters. She was a Heel wrestling manager on TV and a voice artist on the radio in Honolulu, HI, where she grew up. She has a blog and a podcast with her daughter, Mission:Breakout Obsessive Alice Hill: . She and her husband, MiceChat columnist Noe Valladolid, live in Southern California with Alice.
There are lots of places in this world I'd like to go, but I can't necessarily afford. But Disney sure does make it sound tempting to me. But it never hurts to be informed, right? So I got this...
Are you planning a Disney vacation for you and your loved ones and you're not sure where to start? Here's a really fun way to take a lot of the headache out of the major parts of your planning:...
Today in Burbank, coinciding with this week's E3 in Los Angeles and last week's starry Premiere of Cars 3 in Anaheim,  Warner Brothers Interactive (Disney already has a friendly working relationship with them vis-a-vis the LEGO Marvel and LEGO...
Chicago: where it all started. Where Elias Disney worked as a contractor at the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 (the famed White City) and brought home stories of a gleaming modern city, to his amazed little boys that they...
An enchanting experience awaits! Disney today announced the launch of Beauty and the Beast: Perfect Match on the Apple App Store and Google Play. The new mobile game invites fans of the global hit film to join Belle, Beast...
D23.com has the scoop on next Sunday's fabulous musical ep of Once Upon a Time, composed by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, who also gave us the spectacular Twice Charmed on the Disney Magic. Show creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy...
On May 27, Walt Disney World guests will begin to experience the wonders of Pandora - The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom. But D23 Gold Members are lucky - they'll begin to experience the beauty and majesty...
Star Wars: Puzzle Droids, the first mobile Star Wars casual puzzle game, is now available for download on the Apple App Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore. The brand new match-3 adventure invites players to tap into the holographic memory...
Hello my loves! I've missed you! Time to curl up in front of the comforting glow of your second-favorite electronic device and find out about all the new, fun and wonderful things that the world of Disney, Marvel, Star...
6:00 PM UPDATE - ABC 7's Michelle Tuzee just reported that the fire is out. No news on when it will be safe for guests to re-enter the structure. ABC 7 News has reported a fire that broke out on...
This special weekend is a star-studded celebration dinner for The Happiest Millionaire’s 50th anniversary and the career of screenwriter A. J. Carothers. PLUS a celebration of one of the most beloved Walt-era Disneyland eateries, Don DeFore's Silver Banjo Barbecue...
Friend of MiceChat and Disney Legend Floyd Norman will be doing a "QuickDraw" January 13 at 9:30 AM  Pacific Time on the Disney YouTube Channel.  During the livestream, Floyd will be working at the fully-restored desk of legendary Mickey...
Somebody wring me out, already!  I don't think it's rained this much since the storm of '78! Back in the day, Imagineers Bruce Gordon and David Mumford used to wax poetical about how lovely it was to see Main...
Happy Fab News Friday! It's the end of 2016 tomorrow, and I'm really not unhappy to see it go. While there have been some nice things, there have been some rotten things too, so out with the old and...
Happy holidays to all of my Fabanistas and all of the other MiceChatters out there. I've been away for a few weeks because my mom had a stroke. Is it just me or has 2016 been an especially trying...
Oswald, Oswald! It's December 1st! Ah, sunny Southern California! Post-Thanksgiving, we said farewell to the leftovers over the course of several days as it rained and rained and rained on this planet. It was lovely; sweaters and tea, books and...
It's just a little bit of Fab News for the holiday - Happy Thanksgiving for those of you in the USA, and for those of you not in the USA, Happy probably not-Thanksgiving! Happy Holiday Sandwich season for all...
There's no better place to be during the holiday season than the Disneyland Resort, and while Disney is famous for their gigantic spectaculars and fantastic events, we all know that the real magic of Disney is in the details;...
It's a wonderful fall day here in Southern California. Today is my husband Noe's birthday, and I talked him into playing hooky and going to Disneyland with me today! It's not all play - we've got the Disneyland Photo...
GMA Celebrates Mickey's Birthday on November 18th! This Friday*, ABC's Good Morning America is going to feature a visit from Mickey Mouse, fresh off his whirlwind world birthday tour. Good Morning America airs live Mon.-Fri. (7:00-9:00 a.m. EDT) on ABC. Since it's also...