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Diagon Alley Officially Opens and CityWalk Update at the Universal Orlando Resort

July 8th, 2014 marks the official public grand opening of The Wizarding World: Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort. Diagon Alley Opens In the days leading up to the grand opening, Universal was soft opening the land, trying to get a grasp on capacity, and how long people on average spent in the land.  I know for myself personally, there is...

Progress at Shanghai Disneyland

We have a very special treat for your today. Stefan Zwanzger, world traveling "Theme Park Guy", has been tracking the progress of Shanghai Disneyland for years on his own site thethemeparkguy.com. We now share his latest update from the Shanghai project, but you can find early updates on his website. It is a fascinating look at the impact that a...

Disafterdark Podcast – Series 2, Episode 20 – Drop the Zombie Donkey

We don't have a guest this week, so it's just the three of us. Which gives us an opportunity to ask each other questions such as: Where would you hide on Disney Property in the event of a zombie apocalypse? Plus, play a quick round of Desert Island DVDs with us. Everyone neat and pretty? Then on with the show! iTunes | Download the iTunes...

Disneyland celebrates the Fourth of July with new Wonders, Marvels and Frontiers

Disneyland celebrated the Fourth of July holiday with special fireworks and live entertainment but the holiday weekend brought some new magic and marvelous sneak peeks to the park. In Fantasyland, the classic Alice in Wonderland dark ride reopened with a safety-retrofitted outdoor portion and spectacular new enhancements inside. Meanwhile, a 3D preview of Marvel's upcoming Guardians of the...

Mousetalgia 298: Disney Legend Tony Baxter, Chris Merritt on Pacific Ocean Park

Recorded live from the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet, Mousetalgia presents part one of our coverage from this popular Disney fan event. Returning special guest Tony Baxter talks about his mentor, Claude Coats; what he likes (and doesn't like) about the updates to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad; the next wave of great aspirational attractions; understanding the heart of a Disney...

The Amazing Pacific Ocean Park

A long time ago, near Venice Beach California, a fascinating theme park rose from the water.  Its name was Pacific Ocean Park.  "POP" (pronounced "pee-oh-pee"), as it was soon nicknamed, was a joint venture between CBS and Santa Anita Park. It opened on Saturday, July 28, 1958 with an attendance of 20,000. The next day, the park drew 37,262...

Gilroy Gardens: One Man Dreamed of Trees (Part 2)

Here's part two of Marc Rickett's visit to Gilroy Gardens including some photos of the world famous Circus Trees. If you didn't catch part one yesterday, you can get caught up HERE. ~~Rick Gilroy Gardens: One Man Dreamed of Trees (Part 2) by Marc Ricketts Rock on, everybody, because this isn’t a hedge maze; it’s a rock maze. And there’s a local...

Dedicated to DLP Podcast #40: Ratatouille The Adventure Fan Event

Just back from Disneyland Paris, Mark tells us all about the new Ratatouille: The Attraction, Bistrot Chez Rémy & La Place de Rémy which was opened up for the press and a special group of invited fans. Don’t worry if you are avoiding spoilers as in this episode gives an in depth analysis of the ride, without actually giving...

Gilroy Gardens: One Man Dreamed of Trees

Marc Ricketts has been traveling around the Bay Area and again shares one of his awesome photo essays. Join us as we visit Gilroy Gardens (formerly Bonfante Gardens). We have part one for you today and check back with us again tomorrow for part 2. ~~Rick Gilroy Gardens: One Man Dreamed of Trees (Part 1) by Marc Ricketts Two well known...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #97 AND Diagon Alley Special Edition

We have TWO UUOP podcasts for you today. Both feature the brand new Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley. Lots of magical goodness for you to enjoy this holiday weekend! On this episode we begin with the news and the first part of which is a conversation between Lee and Katy Rogers, one of the winners of the Today...

Disneyland Gets New Guardians And Returns To The Rabbit Hole

It's a big, bold and patriotic weekend at the Disneyland Resort.  Alice in Wonderland, the classic Fantasyland dark ride, finally reopened after a long 6 month refurbishment.  Is it as good or better than it was before? We'll show you the mostly amazing results. We also share with you the brand new Guardians of the Galaxy extended preview now...

Knotts Berry Farm Grows Great Entertainment and More

I've just returned from the Farm and boy are they pulling out all the stops this summer.  As you know, they have recently renovated another one of their major classic attractions, the Calico Mine Ride.  But there is much more to see at Knotts Berry Farm .  Did you know about the tons of Live entertainment that recently began performances...

Mousetalgia 297: Walt Disney Family Museum tour, Disneyland and its fans

This week, Jeff reports on a panel talk held recently at the Walt Disney Family Museum called "Disneyland: The Fan Driven Time Machine," which featured special guests Todd Pierce, Jeff Kurtti, Werner Weiss, and Sam Gennawey. The discussion was centered on the idea of the development of Disneyland, and how fans have come to adopt the park as their...

America Sings

Every year, on the 4th of July, Americans celebrate the anniversary of the country’s founding. At Yesterland, America Sings is a nostalgic and patriotic salute to American music.  Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: America Sings   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk, A Complete Living Environment

It was rewarding to see so many comments regarding my look at an early proposal to turn Universal City into the Tivoli Gardens of Los Angeles by 1970. Instead, the studio tour would become the focus. However, the legendary entertainment mogul Lew Wasserman had the vision to believe that Universal City could become the cultural and commercial hub of...

How to Beat the Heat in the Disney Parks

It's officially summer, and the crowds are headed to the Disney Parks to enjoy their well-earned vacations.  Although summer vacation and Disney Parks go hand in hand, the heat can get the best of those who aren't prepared.  While a cool treat is always a great go-to, here are a few other tips on beating the heat at the...

Star Wars Stars of the Saga: Ray Park & Billy Dee Williams

This week, Jeremiah takes you to Walt Disney World for STAR WARS Weekends, and the Stars of the Saga conversation with Ray Park (Darth Maul) and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian).  The conversation is lead by James Arnold Taylor. Enjoy! Direct Link | iTunes Link ********************************* THE WTTM PODCAST APPLICATIONS for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch & now for Android & Kindle Fire Mobile access...

My Love Hate Relationship with Angela Jolie’s Maleficent

Just last Saturday I had a birthday. I love birthdays. Mentally, I have to say I’m always excited like a 5-year-old child. I still love getting up early and seeing the sunrise as I run my 4 miles per day. Then, coming home after my run and making tea and breakfast for the love of my life, as our...

Garner Holt Sends Feathered Gift To Walt Disney Family Museum

The Walt Disney Family Museum has received a fantastic gift from the master of mechanical movement. Founded by Dianne Disney Miller, the Museum opened in San Francisco's Presido district in 2009. The museum is beloved by Disney fans. One such fan is the founder of one of the most prolific and successful animatronic factories in the themed entertainment industry. Motivated...

Disney News Round Up: Marvel Mania, Disneyland Gossip, and POP

Marvel fandom, feisty feminism, and outspoken Mousketeers are just some of the subjects highlighted this week in the MiceChat Round Up of Disney and Theme Park news and information. Have you heard that a small Marvel land may be coming to Disney California Adventure? What was Anaheim and Orange County like before Walt Disney set his eyes on a...