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To Surprise or Not to Surprise the Kids with a Trip to Disney

December 05, 2013 at 1:00 am | 21 Comments

For many families the big Christmas gift to their families will be a trip to Disney. We’re giving a Disney Cruise for Christmas this year. Shhh! Don’t tell! Some parents, though, have visions of a…


Selections from the Library of Samland

December 05, 2013 at 1:00 am | No Comments

Today Sam Gennawey delivers a collection of reviews, just in time for the holidays. There’s something for every taste here including the special treat of streaming Mickey Mouse cartoons! FROM DREAMER TO DREAMFINDER Ron Schneider…

Posted in Disney, Features, Samland


Christmas at Disneyland #1 – The Jingle Cruise

December 05, 2013 at 12:01 am | No Comments

This week, Paul takes you to Disneyland to experience the resort’s newest holiday overlay, The Jingle Cruise. It’s interesting, to be sure.  But first, we stop by the PA system in the queue to listen…


Knotts Berry Farm Loses Windseeker, Gains Santa and the Billies

December 04, 2013 at 3:00 am | 39 Comments

Welcome to Knotts Berry Farm! Which at this time of year is a MERRY Farm loaded with yule-tide cheer.  We’ve got all the details on the Christmas time festivities and what will be coming for…


Disney News Round Up: Candlelight, Christmas Delight and Tracking Fright

December 04, 2013 at 1:00 am | No Comments

The Disney and theme park news Round Up is back for your reading pleasure. This week Kevin Yee pontificates further on Walt Disney World and its Magic Band struggles while Disneyland prepares for the Candlelight…


Privacy at Disney World Waning? RFID and Tracking Updates

December 03, 2013 at 3:00 am | 73 Comments

All of a sudden last week, based on some first-hand reports, there was reason to suspect that the Disney MagicBands do, after all, contain the capability to be read at a distance. The assumption until…

Posted in Walt Disney World


SeaWorld San Antonio Becoming Multiday Destination with Aquatica Expansion

December 03, 2013 at 2:00 am | 4 Comments

When SeaWorld San Antonio opened in 1988 it was the largest SeaWorld park built at over 250 acres. Located on the outskirts of San Antonio, it was originally envisioned to become a multi-day destination In…


Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast: Episode 70 – Armchair Themepark Creating & A Short Story

December 03, 2013 at 12:01 am | No Comments

Welcome to episode 70 of the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast with Lee, Tracey, Darren and Hunter! For your listening pleasure, we’ll bring you a live report from Jessie in her own inimitable way; a news…


Disneyland gets ready for Candlelight as the busy holiday season continues

December 02, 2013 at 5:40 am | 47 Comments

The holidays are in full swing at Disneyland as the park gets ready to host its annual Candlelight Processional in Town Square this upcoming weekend. The decades-long holiday tradition was hosted for an unprecedented 20…


Mousetalgia 267: Diane Disney Miller; Wine and Dine Half Marathon

December 02, 2013 at 12:01 am | No Comments

This week, we welcome Joseph Titizian, writer for the Walt Disney Family Museum blog, to join us in a celebration of the life of Diane Disney Miller, with whom Joseph was a good friend. We…


Designed to Thrill: IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013

December 01, 2013 at 3:00 am | 11 Comments

The typical theme park goer has probably never heard of IAAPA, the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, let alone the annual IAAPA Attractions Expo. I recently visited the IAAPA Expo in Orlando to…


Cast Blast: Future of the Old West

December 01, 2013 at 2:10 am | 3 Comments

Welcome back to the Cast Blast, humorous stories from the front line folks who really make the magic. You Must be THIS Tall to Read This Blog! Submitted by: Mountaineer Years ago I was working…


CHILL: An Icy Wonderland at the Queen Mary

December 01, 2013 at 2:00 am | 6 Comments

The Queen Mary in Long Beach California is certainly becoming an interesting destination to visit. Throughout the year it is an historic destination offering tours, restaurants, shopping and world-class hotel.  But now, they have begun…

Posted in CHILL, Features


New York City Dreams Tour with Adventures By Disney

November 30, 2013 at 3:00 am | 6 Comments

Weekend Update reader and contributor igrules recently visited New York City on the inaugural New York City Dreams Tour with Adventures By Disney. She was kind enough to share her trip with us. ~~Rick Adventures…


9 Theme Park News Nuggets and Wakefield Report Episode 55

November 30, 2013 at 1:00 am | 2 Comments

Now that I’ve moved back to the Midwest, I find myself anxiously awaiting the start of the regional theme park season. As the cold fall air smacks my face as I walk between Indianapolis skyscrapers,…

Posted in Features


In The Parks Holiday Edition: What Are We Thankful For

November 29, 2013 at 3:00 am | 12 Comments

It was a rather busy week at the Disneyland Resort.  The holidays are in full swing with hoards of guests clogging the parks, but it was also business as usual for a resort accustomed to…

Posted in Features


The Holidays Have Arrived at Epcot

November 29, 2013 at 2:00 am | 7 Comments

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you for stopping by our column to catch up on what’s new at Walt Disney World. This week, we’re…


Defunct Magic Kingdom Attractions “Then and Now”

November 28, 2013 at 8:26 pm | 6 Comments

In 2009, Yesterland visited former Magic Kingdom attractions that were still visible to guests, despite being defunct. Now Yesterland returns to the same locations to see what has changed. Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Defunct Magic…


Top Ten Things I’m Thankful for at Walt Disney World

November 28, 2013 at 3:00 am | 7 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving, MiceChatters! Our family has so much to be thankful for, but I’m taking this column to list my Walt Disney World gratitude, then I want to know yours in the comments below! 1.…


Universal Studios Hollywood Launches Grinchmas with Whomanitarian Award

November 28, 2013 at 2:30 am | 4 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Did you know that today is not only Thanksgiving but the start of Hanukkah as well? Oh, and one more holiday kicks off today . . . Grinchmas! Yes, Universal’s Grinch themed…