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Power Surge – Never a Dull Moment at the Disneyland Resort

Summer is officially underway at the Disneyland Resort. The SoCal annual passes are now blocked out until the end of August. 4th of July festivities are about to ignite park attendance. And a power...

Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour Celebrates 75 Years of Batman with New Exhibit

On a dark soundstage deep inside the Warner Bros. Studio lot a lone Bat signal sat waiting in the dark.  It would soon shine its beacon to signal the caped crusader to the to...

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...

Summer Nights Heats Up Without Falcon’s Fury At Busch Gardens Tampa

Time to check in on what’s happening at Busch Gardens Tampa. The popular Summer Nights event returns to the park and we'll take a look at the still in progress Falcon's Fury. Falcon’s Fury Closer...

The Sweep Spot # 132 America Sings

In this episode Ken and Lynn look at the history of the beloved former attraction, America Sings. The show was housed in the current Innoventions (Carousel of Progress) building at Disneyland. It was a...

Europa Park Challenges Ratatouille Ride with New E-Ticket Attraction

After the flurry of coverage of the opening of Disneyland Paris' Ratatouille attraction, we turn our attention this week to Disneyland Paris' biggest competitor: Europa Park. Not coincidentally, the German park has just opened...

Season Pass Podcast: Remembering The Season Pass, A New Era?

The Season Pass has been pushing the envelope on theme park creative coverage for over six years with over 300 Creators, Directors, Leaders, Writers, Designers, Analyst, Imagineers, Content Providers, Cast Members, and Theme Park Fans.  The...

Universal Studios Hollywood Construction Update: Harry Potter, Springfield, Horror Nights

It's a big update from Universal Studios Hollywood where we find thrills, chills, and the promise of greater things to come. There has been quite a bit of progress at the three major construction...

Disafterdark Series 2, Episode 19 – Shoot the Valet

Today's guest was scheduled to be Chef BigFatPanda, but due to unforeseen circumstances he couldn’t make it. We'll have him on soon. But no worries, Nick is back with a Soapdish’s Soabbox. And without a guest...

Mike Fink Keel Boats

Davy Crockett and Mike Fink raced their keel boats down the river to New Orleans. Davy Crockett may have won the race, but Mike Fink has the honor of having his name on this...

Universal’s Destination Dining

Ever since MCA bought Universal Studios in 1958, the owners wanted Universal City to become a gathering place for the San Fernando Valley the same way Disneyland served Orange County. Albert Dorskind was the...

Magic Mountain Debuts 19th Coaster in Bugs Bunny World

Six Flags Magic Mountain has jumped back into the record books, unveiling a renovated Bugs Bunny World in the process. Speedy Gonzales Hot Rod Racers puts Magic Mountain into the Guinness Book of World...

All American College Band 2014 Opening Weekend Highlights

This week, summertime fun returns with the 2014 All-American College Band, as we share highlights from their premiere weekend at Disneyland.  This band will change and evolve as the summer progresses, so stay tuned...

Epcot News and Photos

This week we’re taking a tour through Epcot, photographing the park and checking out the latest news and happenings there. Let the march of nations begin. . . Welcome to Epcot! This is a few weeks...

Bob’s True-Life Adventures – No.6 2014 Barcelona

Disney Legend Bob Gurr spins the Wheel of Adventures and lands in Barcelona, Spain.   While joining the recent MiceChat Mediterranean Cruise he explored many corners of the ancient lands we visited and brings...

Knotts Scary Farm Dates and Details Announced

A thickening fog is swirling ominously above Buena Park California.  Some say it's the seasonal June Gloom blowing in from the Pacific.  Others say it's just nasty fumes from Fountain Valley.  But here at...

SeaWorld Lights Up Summer Nights

It is Summer time, which means it is that time of year when SeaWorld kicks off it's Summer Night offerings, and this year as part of the Sea of Surprises, celebrating 50 years of...

Summer projects continue at Disneyland

Disneyland made headlines Sunday evening after a small fire broke out backstage. Luckily, the blaze was quickly put out by the local fire department and the park operations continued uninterrupted. Meanwhile, projects...

Ratatouille Attraction Soft Opens and First Ride Videos

Things are moving quickly since we first posted this report on Sunday morning. Disneyland Paris Resort management staged a press opening for the new Ratatouille attraction in the Walt Disney Studios park on Sunday...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #96 – Lora Wallace

Welcome to a special Episode of the show. On today's show we bring you the latest news from the Universal parks, including the Official Opening date for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon...