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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Walt Disney World

MiceChat Podcast #1: WDW’s Fantasyland Expansion, Manta and Transformers Open, Huge Price Increase...

A brand new MiceChat Podcast has been posted and this month it's filled with nearly an hour and a half of Disney and theme park news and opinion. Join Al Lutz, Jeff Heimbuch, Sam Gennawey,...

Polynesian Village Resort and Magic Kingdom Updates

Walt Disney World celebrated its 43rd birthday this week. We were there and have some news and photos from the Polynesian Village Resort and Magic Kingdom for you. Get ready, lots for you to...

Yesterland: Studio Catering Co. and High Octane Refreshments

It’s fun when a theme park restaurant has a view into an attraction. Just think of Blue Bayou Restaurant at Disneyland, with a late twilight view of the bayou, boats, and fireflies of Pirates...

Yesterland: The Hall of Presidents Welcomes a New President

We’ve updated The Hall of Presidents with a new President—George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States. You were expecting someone else? Sorry. This is Yester World, not Today World. Well, to tell...

Pandora at night sparkles and amazes, but mostly in photos

Much digital ink has been spilled about Pandora and its two rides. Let me be the first to reiterate what I said last week: Avatar--Flight of Passage is not only good, it's transcendent. It...

Disney World to pay $3.8 Million to Cast Members for Back Pay

According to the Department of Labor, Disney has been shorting cast members, who dress as Characters, pay for their pre-shift routine. Disney has been forced to send back pay to 16,339 of its Florida cast members. The...

Brave Highland Games at Epcot, Grand Floridian DVC expansion, and more!!

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! we have so much to share this week that we've had to break the column into two parts. In this part of our coverage this week, we...

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: A Fun and Solid “D Ticket” Attraction (Spoilers Only at...

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train finally soft-opened to the public on Friday 5/23, which also happened to be the 24 hour day. While I didn't show up there until the late afternoon, I got...

Tim Grassey: DAS Good – Another Look at the New Disney Disability Card

Back in April of 2013 I wrote an article defending Disney's now defunct Guest Assistant Card program. The program was met with significant (and justifiable) criticism because of abuse. Disney saw the writing on...

Disney Avenue Podcast – Show #16 – Lee Cockerell Interview

This time around on the Disney Avenue Podcast, Dusty and I interview the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World Resort, the incredible Lee Cockerell. As the Senior Operating Executive...

Fantasyland Expansion Getting Greener, Art of Animation, and MORE!!

Welcome to Dateline Disney World on the all new and beautiful MiceChat! This week, we saw lots of work going on in the New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, particularly in the Storybook Circus...

Magic Kingdom’s New Brew & Other Miscellaneous Happenings

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we're heading over to THE Magic Kingdom (you'll understand the all caps there in a second). Let's see what's new this time around. . . //pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js

Dateline Disney World – Photos and Rumors from Epcot

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we're doing a loop through Epcot, as there are many rumors floating around the internet in regards to the future of the this park, and...

Yesterland: Mickey’s Toontown Fair Train Station

For the most part, this park is all about putting you into detailed environments that immerse you in another place and time. Sorry, folks. Mickey’s Toontown Fair Train Station is an exception to that...

Kevin Yee: Epcot 2.0 Rumor Explosion

Many of us who have been following Disney parks for years know all about DCA 2.0 - a reboot of the entire theme park, basically, with so many new themes and attractions that the...

Yesterland: Pooh’s Playful Spot

Pooh’s Playful Spot isn’t for everybody—but for its target guests, it might just be the second best attraction in the Yester Magic Kingdom. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Pooh’s Playful Spot   When you are done...

New Fantasyland Construction Update and other Magic Kingdom News!!

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! I've got two Disney World columns for you today. This particular article will deal with the Magic Kingdom and the New Fantasyland construction. So, without any further...

Serious Star Wars

Star Wars Weekends have begun, and the signature finale to the event is now the Symphony in the Stars fireworks show. The name is not new, and in fact using the show name with...

Disney’s MyMagic Failure

Tim Grassey returns with his thoughts on Disney World's MyMagic+. As you can gather from the title, this isn't a column the Disney suits are going to like. However, it's an important discussion as...

Disney Avenue Podcast – Show #10 – Ron Schneider Interview

The Disney Avenue Podcast returns with a fantastic interview with the original Dreamfinder, Ron Schneider! Born in Southern California in 1952, Ron was born to be a performer.  He was a puppeteer, ventriloquist, magician and...