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Disneyland Resort – Big Thunder Mountain Railings

December 20, 2013 at 3:00 am | 13 Comments

To all who come to this happy site – welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here fans relive fond memories of the past and here youth may savor the challenge of finding a solution for Tomorrowland.…

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Gaining and Losing Trees at the Magic Kingdom

December 20, 2013 at 2:00 am | 14 Comments

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’re taking a look at the Magic Kingdom, as it seems to continually be the park with the most news. Let’s go! If you’d like to…

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DCA Then & Now, Part 5: Pacific Wharf

December 19, 2013 at 9:00 pm | 3 Comments

Pacific Wharf was one of the six “districts” of the Golden State “land” when Disney’s California Adventure opened in 2001. Now Disney California Adventure has eight lands and no districts. The Pacific Wharf district and…

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Saving Mr. Banks: A Spoon Full of Sugar

December 19, 2013 at 3:30 am | 44 Comments

There is a moment in the new Disney film, Saving Mr. Banks, where P.L. Travers, flawlessly played by Emma Thompson, is overcome with a new musical composition hammered out by the Sherman Brothers. She begins…

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My Three Favorite Christmas Activities at Disney World

December 19, 2013 at 3:00 am | 13 Comments

I’m a Disney geek.  I’m a Christmas nerd.  Is it any surprise that I LOVE visiting Walt Disney World at Christmastime (which actually begins almost overnight after the last Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party)?!  Here are…

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SAMLAND: California Living

December 19, 2013 at 2:00 am | 12 Comments

This week is a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I will start with a brief excerpt from The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide, then try and impress you with some…

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Season Pass Podcast: Behind Mystic Manor with Stephen Stanton and Jerry Rees

December 19, 2013 at 12:02 am | No Comments

Let’s take a trip back to the Anaheim Convention Center, August 2013, during the D23 Expo.  The Season Pass gang takes a look at Hong Kong Disneyland’s newest attraction (and immediate fan favorite) Mystic Manor. Doug and Brent are…

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Disney News Round Up: Paperless Fastpass, Wondrous Christmas lights

December 18, 2013 at 1:00 am | No Comments

Today’s MiceChat Round Up is filled with Disney and theme park news, rumors, podcasts, photos and videos. FastPass is going fully electronic at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom.  Towne Square Photography is closing in Disneyland…

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Mousetalgia 269: Disneyland Holidays, Remembering Annette

December 17, 2013 at 10:49 pm | No Comments

Team Mousetalgia reviews the Disneyland Holiday season for 2013 in this episode. First, Jeff and Kristen discuss various aspects of the holidays at the resort, including reports and reviews from Viva Navidad, World of Color…

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Going Paperless: FASTPASS Becomes Fully Electronic at Disney Animal Kingdom

December 17, 2013 at 3:00 am | 51 Comments

I think I’m going to bring cookies to the Guest Relations Cast Members at Animal Kingdom. They will need the boost! What’s going on? FASTPASS as you know it will end this week (starting December…

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Knotts Merry Farm and MiceChat New Year’s Eve Special Event

December 17, 2013 at 2:00 am | 8 Comments

Knott’s Merry Farm has returned this year along with the wonderful Christmas Crafts Village and Santa’s Cabin.  While we covered those offerings in a previous update, today we focus on the impressive line-up of top…

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Universal Orlando – CityWalk update and Diagon Alley details

December 17, 2013 at 12:28 am | 8 Comments

With all the Christmas activities and recent CityWalk announcement, we’ve been busy covering Universal Orlando Resort. Today, we are finally able to get back to a regular update with lot’s of great construction shots from…

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The Park In The Dark: Disneyland Resort Christmas Lights

December 16, 2013 at 4:06 am | 14 Comments

We’ve covered the parades, shows and changes in the parks this holiday season. Today we bring you a special photo report of Disneyland’s beautiful Christmas lights from Fishbulb. Dateline Disneyland’s Andy Castro takes a much-deserved…

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DoomBuggies Spook Show #3: Haunted Mansion Holiday

December 16, 2013 at 12:01 am | No Comments

In this episode, the DoomBuggies Spook Show celebrates Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Holiday seasonal overlay with an extensive behind-the-scenes look at the development and creation of this extremely popular attraction. After taking a trip back to…

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SeaWorld Orlando Christmas – A Shamu Christmas Miracle

December 15, 2013 at 1:39 am | 36 Comments

SeaWorld Orlando is awash in Christmas, with 7 unique Christmas shows and decorations around the park, it’s easy to get completely swept away by the Christmas spirit. We also have an interview with SeaWorld Orlando…

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Welcome to the Jungle

December 15, 2013 at 1:00 am | 3 Comments

Welcome to the Jungle! A trek into the wild side of the Disney Cast Blast. We have a couple of new cast member stories for you this week. Be sure to check back next week as…

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Raving Rabbids Invade French Theme Park

December 15, 2013 at 12:56 am | 2 Comments

French theme park Futuroscope has debuted what is possibly the first theme park ride that whisks you through time on a toilet seat. Yep, you read that right. Here are the details… ~Rick Raving Rabbids…

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The Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast, Episode 71 – CityWalk the Walk

December 14, 2013 at 12:54 am | 1 Comment

Hello and welcome to episode 71 of the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast. For your listening pleasure, we have the latest news which includes the annual pass benefits at Universal Orlando during the holiday season; Harry…

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Disneyland Resort Holiday Frolic and Flowers

December 13, 2013 at 3:00 am | 17 Comments

Happy Friday folks!  Today’s update is choc full of fun news and information from the Disneyland Resort.  To begin with, the Flower Market has returned to Main Street U.S.A. in what we are hoping is…

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Discovery Science Center: Science of Gingerbread

December 13, 2013 at 2:00 am | 1 Comment

The holidays are usually associated with visions of sugar plums, candy and old St. Nick. But for the 8th year in a row, Discovery Science Center is presenting an inquisitive take on Christmas with, The…

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