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Destinations

Posts about non-Disney destinations.

Dateline Universal Orlando: Ch ch ch changes

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Universal Resort. This week, we're taking a look at the whole resort, with lots of projects happening and the holidays arriving. Let's go!   That's all we had time for this...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #116 – News from Around the Universal Globe

Hello everyone, we have a news heavy show this week. You can be on the show, all you have to do is record us a little message telling us who you are, where you're from...

A SeaWorld San Diego Update

We’ve got a brief update from SeaWorld San Diego this weekend covering construction on the park's new entrance and some projects around the property. NEW ENTRANCE New fences have popped up on the left side of...

Six Flags and Great America Announce New Rides in California

Tis the season when regional parks let us know what will be opening the following year; here's what to expect in the Golden State. (MiceChat previously covered the new dive-coaster coming to Knott's Berry...

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa has Unearthed a New Evil

In the heat of the Florida summer, sometimes it is hard to think of anything except for where and how you will escape the searing temperatures and occasional monsoonal rains. However, many fear fans...

Ice at the Gaylord Palms Resort is a Frigid Success

A tropical 9 degrees! Ice at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, is an amazing ice festival which has become a Christmas tradition over the past 10 years in central Florida.  Last year Gaylord Palms licensed characters from DreamWorks and...

Magic Mountain: Full Throttle Construction and Jet Stream Issues

Full Throttle is the big new attraction for Six Flags Magic Mountain this summer. With track now installed, attention has moved to electrical work and landscaping. We've noticed a few things going on at...

Indiana Jones Archeology Adventure is Not to be Missed

The mythos of Indiana Jones and his archaeological adventures needs no introduction.  Nearly everyone knows of the three (four if you count Crystal Skull) adventure films in which Indiana Jones scours the world in...

Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates Year of the Monkey

It's that time of year again!  Universal Studios Hollywood brings the Lunar New Year to life inside the Universal Plaza. In the new central hub for the park, guests can walk under a curtain...

Universal Studios Hollywood – Major Expansion Announced

This week Universal Studios Hollywood announced another major round of expansions that would effect the theme park, CityWalk and, most notably, the Studios. As a cherry on top, they even unveiled a streamlined new...

Diagon Alley and the Real London

Werner Weiss recently visited some of the real London landmarks that inspired Diagon Alley Universal Studios Florida. Enjoy the pairs of comparison photos this week at Yesterland. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Diagon Alley and...

Efteling Fairy Tale Forest – Part One

Efteling is a fantasy theme park located in the Neatherlands. It was opened in 1952 and continues to delight European travelers to this very day.  We begin a two part series on the heart...

Universal Orlando News and Photo Updates

Summer has only just begun at the Universal Orlando resort and already, we can spy the first signs of construction for Halloween Horror Nights this Fall. We've also spotted some changes to the Lagoon...

SeaWorld Aquatica San Diego Opens

On Saturday, June 1st, Aquatica San Diego opened its doors to guests. The park was previously a Knott's Soak City and required six months of extensive renovation to make the conversion. MiceChat was on...

Universal Studios Hollywood Changes the Scenery

Universal Studios Hollywood is abuzz with exciting construction projects. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is on track for a 2016 opening. Coming next year is the Fast and Furious Supercharged addition to the...

Tony Baxter on Harry Potter Diagon Alley, Frozen and More!

The Season Pass Podcast returns to the Baxter residence for another deep conversation on Themed Entertainment with Disney Legend and Imagineering Genius, Tony Baxter.  Tony discusses the back story of many great Disney Park...

Visitors Scream and Splash at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Part Two

Here's Part Two of Marc Ricketts photo essay on the enigmatic Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Park in Vallejo, California. You can get caught up on Part One of this report HERE. ~~Rick Before we carry...

Designed to Thrill: IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013

The typical theme park goer has probably never heard of IAAPA, the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, let alone the annual IAAPA Attractions Expo. I recently visited the IAAPA Expo in Orlando...

Universal Orlando Despicable Me Family Suites and Diagon Alley Update

We are back this week with another big update from Universal Orlando Resort, where we take a look at the progress that has been made on the Diagon Alley project, CityWalk, Hogsmeade, and we...

Season Pass Podcast: Sally Dark Rides with Drew and Rich

During the 2013 International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Exposition (IAAPA) in Orlando, Florida, the Season Pass Podcast sat down with the Creative Designers behind the amazing Sally Corporation, Drew Hunter (V.P. of Creative Design)...