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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.
The Last Jedi is Coming Home It's been a great week to be a Star Wars Fan. The Last Jedi has a Coming Home Date. Dates. Multiple, because who buys just one format anymore? Plus, there's the first of the...
Mindy Kaling, Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon, the stars of Disney’s upcoming “A Wrinkle in Time,” made a surprise appearance on stage at Disney California Adventure Park’s Sneak Peek Theatre following an exclusive preview of the studio’s...
Today's Fab News is full of legends and cupids and helping hearts, kind wonders, cool couture, promising tech, and a panda with a penchant for potions. Working With Walt Disney: An Evening with Disney Legend Bob Gurr If you're going to be in...
Hello to all of you! I'm on the tail end of a horrific cold, but I've been bundled up, with a bunch of DVDs and games, my attentive daughter making sure I have way too many fluids and a...
Hello, greetings and welcome! Don't fall asleep on me! I've been binge-watching Netflix shows with Alice (YES! She's back after two months away!) and doing spring cleaning because it's 82 degrees here in SoCal. I keep trying to get...
Greetings and salutations! Is everybody getting used to writing "2018" on whatever we write dates on instead of checks nowadays? Back in the parks and enjoying the annual display of colorful construction walls? I'm always glad to see them...
It's a beautiful night in the galaxy and I certainly know that Disney has over 1.2 billion reasons to be happy right now.  How about you? How cool is it for us Disneylanders that we can now see Chewbacca...
Happy New Year! I'll type this quietly just in case your cabeza is still a little tender from New Year's Eve festivities. There's still five days left until the Three Kings come and take down my Christmas decorations, and let's...
No sooner is The Last Jedi out of the gate than we have a release date and working title for Episode IX. As most fans know, the working title for The Last Jedi was Space Bear, and many of...
Can you believe that it's almost Christmas? Not enough time to gather together all my favorite things to share. But I've got a running start. Quite a few little nuggets of goodness below . . . and even a...
Shelly's Fabulous Things 2017 Happy Jolly, everybody! Fabby's back and wow, do I have a Santa's bag o' fun stuff to show you instead of the usual bits of news from around my fun, Fabulous world. I've missed you all...
Today, the Walt Disney Company announced that it would pay $1.58 billion to acquire a 42% stake in BAMTech to add to the 33% acquired last year, making them majority owners in the multi-sport direct-to-consumer streaming service, MLBAM, (Major...
Marty Sklar Feb 6, 1934 - July 27, 2017 Marty Sklar was a student at UCLA and editor for The Daily Bruin when Walt Disney hired him on to create and run a daily paper for his theme park, Disneyland News....
As anybody who has crossed the Disneyland Resort Esplanade, experienced Autopia or visited Innoventions in the past decade knows, Disney and Honda have had a long and happy Strategic Alliance. This continues not only with another great Disney Parks/Honda...
The Animation Show of Shows' Kickstarter is in its last day and its not looking great for them, but if anybody can pull a rabbit out of their collective hat, it's animation fans, and Ron Diamond is definitely familiar...
Musical Theatre West (MTW) is partnering with the Dick Van Dyke Foundation to raise funds to support the next generation of performing artists.  Purchase supercalifragilisticexpialidocious tickets to MTW's July 23, 6pm performance of "Mary Poppins" and receive a special discount - only $40...
Sigh. I miss Darth Daver. I know I can't fill his big, black boots, but it's Friday, so here's some news about Star Wars Stuff: BFI/LucasFilm Video Gives a Peek at Film Sets The British Film institute and LucasFilm have a...
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...