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New Fantasyland construction continues as Halloween arrives at the Magic Kingdom

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we'll take a look at the Magic Kingdom as it celebrates the Halloween season as New Fantasyland construction continues. We'll also hop over to...

Six Flags Magic Mountain gets ready for Fright Fest, prepares to head Full Throttle...

The off-season is here and Six Flags Magic Mountain is hard at work getting ready for Fright Fest. Some preparations are being done in advance of vertical construction of Full Throttle. Before we look inside...

Yesterland visits the Disney Vacation Club Doorway to Dreams!

Werner Weiss, our faithful steward of Disney long gone, shares a side trip to the Disney Vacation Club Doorway to Dreams store in Schaumburg, Illinois. When Disney shut down this Doorway to Dreams, did it signal a...

Eating Cheap at Disney World: How Low Can You Go?

I write a lot about Disney restaurants and the dining plan, but the truth is, they're not necessarily in everyone's budget. And even if you're on the dining plan, you'll still have out of pocket expenses...

Garner Holt’s Top 10 Animatronics of All Time

Howdy everyone, and welcome to a fun little interlude here at This Animatronic Life.  Thanks to everyone for their great comments and questions about my last article, all about GHP’s parade work.  Answers will...

Halloween haunts Universal Orlando as new construction takes shape

Halloween preparation is underway at Universal Orlando while the Resort is in full construction mode with future blockbuster attractions and theme park improvements. Even with the construction, popular seasonal events including Halloween Horror Nights...

Merchandise takes over Buena Vista Street and Disneyland food gets less magical

The good views along Buena Vista Street were bombarded with Disney merchandise this week as Disneyland's merchandise department went into the beautiful period-specific window displays and added mannequins and piles of theme park merchandise...

Tokyo DisneySea Celebrates 11 Years of Theme Park Excellence

Alain Littaye is infamous for collecting gorgeous images from Disney theme parks in Europe and Asia. In honor of Tokyo DisneySea's 11th anniversary, he presents this collection of signs and posters from this first...

More of Vancouver’s Pacific National Exhibition

Last week, BC_DisneyGeek took us on a little trip to Vancouver's Pacific National Exhibition. This is a Canadian version of a state fair in the U.S. Here's part two of a day at the...

Six Flags Great Adventure Merger Forms World’s Largest Theme Park

Since we published the first part of our photo essay on Six Flags Great Adventure, park management has announced a very bold move. They will merge the Six Flags Great Adventure park with the...

Magic Kingdom construction and Epcot Food & Wine preparation

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! Today, we will have some news on Magic Kingdom construction in New Fantasyland and a look at Epcot's Food and Wine Festival preparation. Let's get started! http://datelinedisneyland.smugmug.com/Other/DDW/i-tgSgFTp/0/O/magickingdom-5.png Welcome to...

Disneyland under refurbishment as Halloween Time nears

Disneyland is your land, if you are into rides under refurbishment that is.  No, not really, but there are a number of refurbishments happening at once inside the berm.  The park is still enjoyable...

Preview of Enchanted Tales with Belle at Walt Disney World

Hello, and welcome to a special edition of Dateline Disney World! This week, I go to go behind the construction walls at the Magic Kingdom and the New Fantasyland to experience the Enchanted Tales...

The Samland Grabbag of Disneyland Stories

One of the great things about Disneyland is pulling back the various layers of history concentrated in such a small site. Disney historian Jeff Kurtti noted that if you are able to frequently visit...

Resort Review: Disney’s Art of Animation

Even though it only opened in late May of this year, Disney's Art of Animation resort is fast becoming one of the most popular resorts on property, and with good reason! Excellent theming, rooms...

Sea World Orlando Building Antarctica

Construction has progressed a great deal since out last look at the next mega-attraction for Sea World Orlando, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin.  This trackless attraction will have guests "Floating" through frozen scenes and...

Fantasmic! glows with the show as construction continues at Disneyland

The Rivers of America lit up with a colorful glow last week as Disneyland premiered the new "Glow with the Show" addition to the popular Fantasmic! nighttime spectacular. Fantasmic's "Glow with the Show"...

Universal Studios Hollywood Hypes Up The Horror With Alice Cooper

Things are getting scary at Universal Studios Hollywood as the park ramps up for their annual Halloween Horror Nights events.  We have new concept art to share with you from the upcoming maze, Alice...

A Six Flags Great Adventure

Monorail Man, Capt Phoebus and Sir Clinksalot recently embarked on an epic coaster trip to the east coast. On their 8-day trip they visited Six Flags Great Adventure, Hersheypark, Knoebels, Dorney Park, Six Flags...

To Orlando and Beyond with the Disney College Program

We'd like to introduce you to a new column, Kevin In Wonderland. In these articles, you'll follow Kevin on his journey from civilian to magic maker in Disney's College Program. Hello, and welcome to my...