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Friday, July 21, 2017

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The CalArts Disney Connection

Welcome to Samland. This week I have decided to reach over to the bookshelf and extract an excerpt from Walt and the Promise of Progress City. Toward the end of his life, Walt Disney...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.14 – 1959 Modern Air Travel

Let's go up, up and away with Disney Legend Bob Gurr as he takes us back to the Golden Age of Air Travel. Yes, there really was a time when folks dressed up to...

Universal Orlando Aye Aye Aye Resort Update

After a rainy and quiet start to July, the mobs have arrived and the Universal Orlando resort has been filled to brim with tourists from all over the world! We will take you around the Universal Orlando...

Disneyland celebrates its 58th anniversary with characters and fireworks

Disneyland celebrated its 58th anniversary last week with a small rededication ceremony in Town Square featuring Disney characters and daytime fireworks. The ceremony wasn't a major celebration but fans still packed Town Square...

Universal Studios Hollywood Surviving the Summer

Universal Studios has dubbed this the Summer of Survival.  No truer statement could be made of the park at the moment, as they are in the throws of major construction while at the same...

Throwing in the Towel

It’s not that I’m mad, I’m just disappointed. Disney used to be the leader. They used to pride themselves on besting their competition when in reality, there was no competition. Disney was Babe Ruth,...

SeaWorld Returns 4 Rescued Manatees to the Wild

On Thursday July, 18th, SeaWorld Orlando returned 4 rescued manatees simultaneously back into the wild. Three of the manatees were rescued due to cold stress, and the 4th manatee was suffering from buoyancy issues...

Disneyland Paris After The Guests Go Home

One can only imagine how much maintenance work takes place in a Disney park after the guests go home. Alain Littaye and the Disney and more blog team had access to Disneyland Paris after...

Disneyland is 58 years old, Starbucks loses variety in Disney California Adventure

Disneyland is 58 years old this week and we were there to help the gracefully aging park celebrate with an event held in Town Square on Wednesday.  We also stop by Big Thunder Mountain...

Dateline Disney World: Magic Kingdom On A Rainy Day

Let's take a soggy trip through a rain soaked Magic Kingdom to find the latest news and construction in the park. Along the way, we'll see what's going on with FastPass+, what's new with...

Yester Aulani & Future Aulani

Today’s article takes a look at the current construction at Aulani and what it replaced. Who would have thought that there would already be a Yester Aulani? Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Yester Aulani & Future...

Animal Kingdom and Disney Hollywood Studios Exceptional, Acceptable, Regrettable

Over the last couple of months, I have been making observations of things that have struck my fancy in the Disney Parks. The goal is to provoke a discussion. Thank you for playing along....

Disney Extracurriculars

After a few trips to visit the Mouse, you might want to throw something new into the mix to shake up your trips a bit.  From trading to scavenger hunts, there are many different...

Walt Disney: Theme Park Character

WALT DISNEY: THEME PARK CHARACTER With the “new” Disney California Adventure now a year old, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back on my original thoughts on the California theme, the...

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights, Springfield and Diagon Alley

Universal Orlando is moving forward on their 2014 plans and beyond, even as summer crowds swarm the parks.  Let's take a stroll around Universal Orlando Resort and see what's on tap in Springfield, Diagon...

Season Pass Podcast: The Tony Baxter Interview – Part 1

Everyone knows that we wouldn't have the moments and memories of the most amazing attractions in the world if it wasn't for Walt Disney Imagineering.  There are only few Imagineers that will be epitomized...

Universal Confirms EVIL DEAD Maze Coming to Halloween Horror Nights

UPDATE:  Universal has finally confirmed that a maze based on the 2013 film Evil Dead will be walk through attractions at both Universal Hollywood and Universal Studios Orlando as part of Universal Halloween Horror...

Disney California Adventure wraps up Cars Land as Disneyland celebrates its 58th anniversary

Disney California Adventure's new 12-acre Cars Land is getting a final finishing touch over a year after opening but guests inside the park won't be seeing it. The massive Cars Land mountain range...

Marvel World: Are You Ready for San Diego Comic-Con?

San Diego Comic-Con 2013 is just around the corner, July 17 -21, and announcements about the event are coming fast and furious. Are you a Disney, Marvel, or Star Wars fan headed to Comic-Con? I’ve...

Welcome to the Wakefield Report

Welcome to the Wakefield Report, from Chris Wakefield, the newest member of the MicePod. We think you'll agree that this show is a very fresh take on the Disney parks. Give the show a...