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Universal Update – Diagon Alley Scaffolding Comes down and Harry Potter Celebration

We are back this week with a jam packed look at Universal Orlando Resort. Scaffolding has finally come down from around the new Harry Potter London facades. This year's Mardi Gras Concert lineup has...

Big Thunder Mountain lights up, Mark Twain sets sail into the night and pixies...

Disneyland's off-season continues with winter refurbishments continuing in both theme parks. In Disneyland, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has debuted a gorgeous and dramatic new lighting package as that attraction wraps up its year-long...

SeaWorld Orlando Wild Days and OSHA Conflict

SeaWorld Orlando is launching a new annual event called "Wild Weekends" and we've got the details for you today. Plus, we'll share photos of the brand new "Shamu Up Close Experience" as well as...

Knotts Berry Farm: One Last Ride on the Calico Mine Train

A few weeks ago a very special event was held at Knott's Berry Farm.  You see, the famous Calico Mine Ride was scheduled close on January 5th, 2014 for the most extensive refurbishment in...

Disney Cast Blast Quick Bites

Today's Cast Blast is sort of a grab bag. We are sent small bits of info and stories from time to time that do not warrant an entire entry, so we thought we would...

Disney Imagineer Tom “Thor” Thordarson Journeys to the Center of the Earth

Here is an amazing article and tribute to Tom "Thor" Thordarson and his artwork for the Tokyo DisneySea Mysterious Island rides. After being Director of Attraction Development at MCA Universal Studios, Hollywood, Tom became...

The Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast, Episode 74: News, Review, Photoconnect and You

Well, hello dear friends and welcome to episode 74 of the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast. This week Tracey, Lee, Darren, Hunter and Eric have a news update and audio from the last performance of the...

In The Parks: Disneyland Resort Off Season is Blissfully Uncrowded

What a difference a week makes.  The holiday crowds have vanished, making this a wonderful period to visit the Disneyland Resort. Attractions like Space Mountain and Indy rarely crest over a 30 minute wait...

Dateline Disney World: Avatar Breaks Ground and Spice Road Opens

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’ll be visiting both Animal Kingdom, where Avatar Land has finally broken ground and Epcot, where the new Spice Road restaurant has opened. There's a...

DCA Then & Now, Part 7: More Hollywood Land

This is the seventh (and final, for the time being) installment of Yesterland’s Disney California Adventure Then & Now series. Last time, we looked at Hollywood Blvd. Today we’ll look at more of what...

What to Do on Your Down Day at Walt Disney World

If you've been reading over the last year, you know I'm a fan of taking a day off from the hustle and bustle of the parks during your Disney World trip.  After all, this...

Efteling Dream Flight

We'd like to introduce you to Bernice Hobson, a Disney fan who is also madly in love with Efteling, the oldest park in the Netherlands (located in the municipality of Loon op Zand). Today,...

Billy Hill and the Hillbillies – The Final Curtain Call

In Part 2 of this series, Paul visits the Disneyland Resort and experiences the final 3 performances of Disneyland favorites... Billy Hill and the Hillbillies.  This show features a compilation of the 3 last...

Walt Disney – EPCOT and the Heart of Our Cities

Sam Gennawey revisits Walt Disney's original plans for EPCOT.  Since its initial publication several years ago, Sam has rewritten segments of the article with new information that he has gleaned through research.  Please enjoy...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #73 – The News

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the first UUOP of 2014.This is the first of our new "weekly" shows and our first dedicated news episode. On this show we discuss an interesting survey that...

Universal Orlando Update – Antojitos Preview and Park Updates

We've survived the "Orlando blizzard" of 2014.  Even with record lows, strong winds and rain, construction at Universal continues forward on projects inside and outside the parks. CityWalk is gearing up for another record...

Busch Gardens Tampa Falcons Fury Construction

We’re back with a new update from Busch Gardens Tampa! There's plenty of news and photos to share today, including the news that the popular Critter Castaways show is closing. Plus, we've got Falcon's...

More Blackfish Backlash – Tilikum’s Trainer Dives In

Last week, we brought you the story of Bridgette Pirtle, a former SeaWorld trainer who regrets her involvement with the film Blackfish. We follow up on Bridgette's story with Mark Simmons, a noted orca...

Billy Hill and the Hillbillies say good bye as Disneyland dives into refurbishment season

With the busy holiday season over Disneyland has now jumped into the winter off-season by taking care of refurbishment and construction projects around the parks. At Disneyland, the exclusive Club 33 has taken...

Universal Studios Hollywood Gearing Up For Harry Potter And Springfield

Hooray for Hollywood folks! While Disneyland has no major attraction projects under construction down in Anaheim, Universal Studios is wasting no time lining up projects for the next few years.  Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem,...