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Disneyland Resort Bids Farewell to Summer, Hello to Halloween

The cool breeze of autumn has yet to be felt in Anaheim. But Halloween is already being installed throughout the park. Meanwhile, the Princesses remain homeless until their new location at Fantasy Faire Village...

Universal’s Islands of Adventure Then and Now Marvel Super Hero Island

Universal’s Islands of Adventure opened May 28, 1999. Werner Weiss took his first visit in early 2000. He snapped some photos with a disposable camera. Eleven years later, he took new photos of the same...

Is A Walt Disney World Annual Pass Right For You?

One thing that surprised me in a very good way while I was in Disneyland earlier this month was how well Disney treats passholders in its California parks.  Every time I purchased something, I...

Traveling on the Mysterious Rainbow Caverns Mine Train at Disneyland

1956 was an a year filled with amazing new attractions and the Rainbow Caverns Mine Train promised to be one of the most spectacular. At a reported cost of $500,000, it was also the...

Disney News Round Up: More Christmas, Glow and Disney Fun

Did you know that Candlelight will be extended a full twenty nights at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim?  It's true.  How will this be pulled off without creating a logistical nightmare?  The MiceChatters are...

Universal Studios Orlando Goes Back To The Future

Universal Studios Orlando is a resort that continually surprises us with the increased amount of effort they are putting towards guest experience.  Not one's to sit on their laurels, they are continually adding to...

Disneyland removes beach balls, speeds up Luigi’s Flying Tires in Cars Land

Just two months after opening, Disney is hoping to fix the problematic Luigi's Flying Tires attraction in Disney California Adventure's new Cars Land area. The attraction has suffered in guest satisfaction surveys and...

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Opens – Photos and Video

Our long time contributor, Denise Preskitt, just got backing from staying a night in the newly opened Lion King Wing at Disney World's Art of Animation resort. She shares her photos and video with...

A Grand Circle Tour of SeaWorld San Antonio

CaptPhoebus has been having a great theme park summer. During his trip to Texas, he filed a Weekend Update report from Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Today he has a photographic "grand circle tour" of...

Universal Wraps Up Summer With More Monster Mania

Summer is wrapping up early this year as most Los Angeles schools were back in session on August 14th. That means that Universal can shift gears and begin working in earnest on the next...

Destination D at the Disneyland Hotel Packs plenty Into a Weekend of Fun

This past Monday, Dateline Disneyland brought you a glimpse of last weekend’s DestinationD and I’d like to touch on that subject again today with a little closer look at the event. I was there...

Disney World Fantasyland Construction and Changes to Epcot’s France

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we have continued coverage of New Fantasyland along with news from both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Lots to talk about, so let's get started! http://datelinedisneyland.smugmug.com/Other/DDW/i-tgSgFTp/0/O/magickingdom-5.png Welcome...

Disneyland Resort More Candlelight Less Balls

With Disney, things change all the time. Imagineers and management are kept in a constant state of flux by competing ideas and changing conditions in the park. It's an ongoing test and adjust to...

Yesterland and the S.S. Rustworthy, Presented by McDonald’s

S.S. rustworthy… what an odd name for a boat. “Paradise Pier’s fire boat, the S.S. Trustworthy, ran aground awhile back and has since been rechristened the S.S. rustworthy and transformed into a hands-on playzone. Here...

Everyone Loves a Parade

Howdy everybody, and welcome to the third installment of This Animatronic Life. Since my last column, the dynamic at the Disneyland Resort and Disney California Adventure (DCA) in particular has changed in ways I’m...

Five Things You Need for Your Disney World Trip and One Thing You Can...

You've got your packing list and you've read all the books, but what do you really need for your Walt Disney World trip? Well, good shoes, of course. And all the basics—you don't want...

Disney News Round Up: Walt’s Apartment, Starcade Conjecture and Disney Deals

Love Disney news, rumors and gossip? So do we! This week's Disney Round Up is packed with fun stuff for you. What should be done with the Starcade at Disneyland?  Are traces of Walt...

Hogwarts Express is Arriving at Universal Orlando

Robots and trains and wizards, OH MY!  In any other place this would seem outlandish.  But, for the folks at Universal Studios Orlando, it's all in a days work. This week, we track the...

Fantasy Faire construction goes vertical as D23 celebrates 75 years of Disney Animation

Construction ramped up at Disneyland's new Fantasy Faire princess meet-and-greet village next to Sleeping Beauty Castle last week. A crane and steel framework now peeks over construction walls next to the Castle as...

World of Color Lights Up Honeymoon

We have traveled from one side of the U.S. to the other, following Rya86n around on his dream honeymoon. As their spectacular trip draws to a close, the World of Color show in Disney...