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Disney News Round Up: Summertime Madness!

This week we reflect on ourselves — the fan community — with a couple of introspective pieces on the Disney fan community and our theme park experience. Kevin Yee looks at the difference between "gnashes" and "foamers" in the Disney community, while Cory Gross investigates what "story" means to our experience at Disney parks. Meanwhile, construction continues...

SeaWorld San Antonio Review: Three Days in Texas

The SeaWorld Podcast team was invited to attend the opening of Roa's Aviary at Aquatica at SeaWorld San Antonio, and while at the opening, they were invited to experience the park, meet the animals, and see what makes SeaWorld San Antonio special.  So put on your cowboy boots, and find your best 10 gallon hat, and let's explore SeaWorld...

Spectatorship and Experientialism in Disneyland: Rethinking “Story”

The bread-and-butter of much discussion throughout the Disneysphere is the perceived decline of Imagineering and the attractions it creates. Many of these focus on the question of licensed works as opposed to original concepts, having observed a decided lack of modern classics in the vein of a Pirates of the Caribbean or Haunted Mansion or Journey into Imagination. Most seem to...

Changes continue in New Orleans Square as summer heats up at Disneyland

Construction continues on the major Club 33 expansion in Disneyland but most guests facing the project's significant impact on the streets of New Orleans Square won't event be able to enjoy the final product when the club reopens later this year. Still, New Orleans Square's La Masquerade d'Orleans shop will mercifully lose its designation as a pin tradition...

Mousetalgia 294: Listener mail, Audio-Animatronics

It's time to dig into the Mousetalgia mailbag! Topics include Walt Disney World Fastpass+ tips, Adventures by Disney tours, binging on Mousetalgia, seeing Disneyland through a new lens and trip planning tips, an update on the Carolwood Society's Storybook Land restoration, Disney Cruise Line dining tips, re-creating Disneyland's Fantasia ice cream, and insights from a WDW Guest Relations cast...

Summer Sizzles at Busch Gardens Tampa

We’re back with another Busch Gardens Tampa update. We have a few new things to share with you, including an update on the delayed Falcon’s Fury drop tower ride, some changes and additions, and information on a special passholder event. Falcon’s Fury Delay As you’re most likely aware of, the opening of Falcon’s Fury has been delayed as the...

Musee Mechanique Endures on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf

The Zelinksy family's collection of coin operated mechanical musical instruments and antique arcade machines, known as the Musee Mechanique, is one of the largest in the world. Most of the items in the collection are in their original working condition. Weekend Update contributor Marc Rickets shares the history of the collection and gives us a photo tour. ~~Rick Historical Musee...

E Ticket Report Episode 6: Diagon Alley, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, World of AVATAR and more!

It’s time for episode 6 of The E-Ticket Report where hosts Tim, Chris, and Derek take a look at all the goings on in the theme parks we all love. Subjects include: Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at the Magic Kingdom, Cranes at Animal Kingdom for Pandora: World of Avatar and a whole...

DoomBuggies Spook Show #10: ScareLA’s Haunted Mansion anniversary tribute

This week, the DoomBuggies Spook Show presents an abbreviated news-only show, featuring a variety of topics, including the recent passings of horror artists; a Haunted Mansion pin-up calendar; news about Marvel's Seekers of the Weird; minor news about Guillermo del Toro's possible Haunted Mansion film; the opportunity to spend the night in a "real" Santa Ana Haunted Mansion; and...

It’s Official! Disneyland Paris’ Ratatouille Ride to Open July 10th

Disneyland Paris officials have now made it official. The Ratatouille Ride at Walt Disney Studios will open this summer on July 10th. Alain Littaye of the Disney and more blog brings us the official press release. ~~Rick It's Official! Disneyland Paris' Ratatouille Ride to Open July 10th by Alain Littaye Disney and more blog Here is the official press release of...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #94 – Gregory and the Potterheads

Welcome to another session of the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast! We begin by bringing you up to date, briefly, with the latest news, such as the new food offerings and the entertainment spectacles that will be available in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley and more. Then to whet your appetite for the soon to open Diagon Alley...

Universal Studios Hollywood Lining Up the Big Projects

Today we offer a construction tour of Universal Studios Hollywood. The multiple projects going on at this park are literally transforming the face of this once humble little movie studio.  Fast and Furious: Supercharged is an attraction being added to the end of the Studio Tour.  Will it top the dancing cars on a stick that we had before?...

Form and Content in Disneyland

It likely goes without saying that an overabundant love of Disney and its parks are incomprehensible to most people. The majority of us have experiences of being looked at from down someone’s nose as they mutter something about us going to a Disney park (again) or, in my case, proposing to my fiancée in one. Doubtless many of us...

Aulani Guests: Will Walk for Food

Usually, Yesterland is about things that are gone from Disney parks. But not always. Today, Yesterland looks at 15 restaurants in walking distance from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai‘i.   Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Aulani Guests: Will Walk for Food   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Fantasy: Disney Runs Away With the Circus

Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Fantasy is an unofficial guide to the world beyond Disney, exploring the original stories and sources of beloved films and attractions. This week, from Fantasyland: Disney Runs Away With the Circus. - Cory On the dustjacket of their impressive tome Walt Disney's Imagineering Legends and the Genesis of the Theme Park, Jeff Kurtti and Bruce Gordon reiterate one of the...

A few questions with Disney Legend Jack Lindquist

Editor's Note: Please give a warm MiceChat welcome to Keith Mahne with his new "A Few Questions With..." series. You may know Keith from elsewhere in the Disney online community where he has his own blog, Disney Avenue. Today, Keith shares a great one-on-one he had with Disney Legend Jack Lindquist who was Disneyland's first marketing manager,...

DJ LOBOT & Star Wars Weekends Fireworks

This week Jeremiah visits Disney's Hollywood Studios to share with you the final hour of Star Wars Weekends, and featuring DJ Lobot's Galactic Dance Party, a bit of STAR WARS Character fun and then the 2014 Star Wars Weekends Fireworks Finale... To say it was LOUD would be a gross injustice.  Enjoy! ********************************* or use this Direct Download Link ********************************* THE WTTM PODCAST...

Starbucks opens as Downtown Disney continues its transformation into Disney Springs

Welcome again to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’re taking a look at some of the changes and construction at Downtown Disney as it continues its transformation into the new Disney Springs. Big changes are currently underway as part of the Disney Springs transformation including new buildings and shops, a permanent Food Truck Park, a major new parking...

Let’s Talk About Captain EO starring Michael Jackson — Part 3

Update I have to say that writing every week does pose its challenges. Last week and as late as yesterday, my week was full of adventure. Do I say that every week? It started with me attending a Big Money Speaker Boot-camp hosted by James Malinchak. My dream is to be a very well-paid speaker in that industry and he knows...

Season Pass Podcast: Documenting Disneyland, Storytelling & Lost Parks

The Season Pass Podcast takes a look into special documentary projects based on Theme Parks, creative thinking and Disneyland!  Join us for discussion on The Lost Parks of Northern California with Kris Rowberry of Great American Thrills, the new book Storytelling: It Can Change Your Mind with PGAV Destinations’ Vice Presidents Al Cross & Ned Diestelkamp, and the newly written biography on...