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Season Pass Podcast: The Ultimate Turn-Point for WDW?

Chad Emerson returns to the Season Pass Podcast for the 6th episode of EMERSON’S DISNEY FILES.  This episode we talk the BIG battle between Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Florida.  Conversation on immersive environment, luxury vacations, My Magic +, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Avatar, and of course, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride in the Magic Kingdom.  Can WDW get...

The Little Mermaid gets a makeover as new Main Street, U.S.A. construction begins at Disneyland

Disney California Adventure's Little Mermaid dark ride reopened over the weekend with significant enhancements including a really great black-light re-imagining of the attraction's big "Under the Sea" scene. Across the esplanade, Disneyland has begun work today on the long-rumored Main Street, U.S.A. bypass corridors. The new "Guest Flow Corridors" will open this fall but will only be...

Mousetalgia 290: Disneyland, Million Dollar Arm, Marc Davis

Mousetalgia presents an Emporium of topics this week as we review Disney's latest film "Million Dollar Arm," visit Disneyland, and discover the stories behind art of Marc Davis. First, Kristen reviews "Million Dollar Arm," and offers her thoughts on its place in the pantheon of Disney family movies. Dave and Becky report on a recent trip to Disneyland, and...

Disneyland Paris Refurbishment Updates

Disneyland Paris is preparing for the busy season and refurbishments can be seen all over the park. Alain Littaye of the Disneyandmore blog brings us his latest report. ~~Rick Refurbishments as Disneyland Paris Prepares for Summer by Alain Littaye Disneyandmore Blog We have another Disneyland Paris update for you. We'll see what's going on at DLP Magic Kingdom thanks to Max Fan, D&M...

Falcon’s Fury Delayed at Busch Gardens Tampa, Pantopia Opens

We've got lots of news and photos for you from Busch Gardens Tampa, where Pantopia has opened but the big new ride has been delayed. Pantopia Officially Open Pantopia officially opened to the public on May 1st. This remake of the former Timbuktu section of the park is an amazing oasis of color and kinetic energy. Let’s take a...

SeaWorld Orlando Aquatica Opens Ihu’s Breakaway Falls

Summer Season has kicked off for SeaWorld Orlando with the opening of Ihu's Breakaway Falls at Aquatica. Let's take a look at Ihu's Breakaway Falls Grand Opening, and how this attraction is expanding the offerings at Aquatica Orlando. At the bottom of this article, you'll find video of Eric taking the plunge at Ihu's Breakaway Falls. Ihu’s Breakaway Falls features the tallest, steepest, and only multi-drop...

Disneyland History Through Postcards: Anaheim Motels #2

I had some nice feedback last week for my first article on the history of Anaheim motels surrounding the Disneyland Resort by using postcard images and Google Street View. Today we continue to investigate the motels on Harbor Boulevard. ~~Rick Charterhouse Hotel 1700 South Harbor Boulevard ...convenient to all the thrills and excitement of Disneyland – enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of Charterhouse...swimming...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #90 – Listener Feedback

Welcome listeners to another episode of UUOP. This episode is all about YOU, as we share some of your voicemails and emails. We begin as always with the News Update, which includes the Universal Orlando Mardi Gras concert details, the arrest of Captain America and some jobs opportunities at Universal Orlando Resort. Then it's in to the listener content. First we share...

In The Parks: Disneyland Refurbishment Round Up

It was a rare off-season week at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. With crowds away, the refurbs rolled on. In this update we will be sharing the progress at Alice in Wonderland and finding Nemo, while keeping you up-to-date on the other ongoing projects in the park. Ah Disneyland.  Walt's original theme park.  Out in the entry plaza we see...

DoomBuggies Spook Show #9: WED Imagineer Paul Saunders

Paul Saunders was a WED Imagineer in the late '60s, working on the Omnimover system, New Tomorrowland, and the Haunted Mansion. In an exclusive interview, DoomBuggies talks to Paul about working for WED, working for Walt, and helping to develop and engineer the Haunted Mansion. Paul discusses what it was like in Imagineering at the time, and how he,...

Indian War Canoes

Most Yesterland ride vehicles run on electricity. A few, such as the Pack Mules and the Conestoga Wagons, are animal-powered. Others involve a diesel engine or steam engine. One attraction has human-powered vessels. Welcome to the Indian War Canoes!  Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Indian War Canoes    When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Fantasy: The Original Maleficent “Sleeping Beauty in the Wood”

With the excitement over the upcoming revisionist fairy tale Maleficent, I thought it might be interesting to revisit the original story published by Charles Perrault in 1697, with just a bit of commentary at the end. Most of us are familiar with the first half of the story, in which the princess (who is nameless in this version) is...

Your Quick Guide to General Walt Disney World Discounts

One of the ways to save the most money when traveling to Walt Disney World is to be on the lookout for promotions and discounts during your travel dates.  Here's a quick rundown on all things “Disney Discount.” Choose Your Dates Wisely I always tell friends and prospective guests “Never travel without a discount!”  Walt Disney World has been running promotions...

An Evening at EPCOT – IllumiNations

Jeremiah has now produced 50 shows from WDW in Florida... and on show #50, he shares with us the story of his introduction to WindowtotheMagic and then provides us an updated recording of the show that started it all. ------------------------------------------------ Direct Link THE ORIGINAL DISNEYLAND: THE 1950's Visit Disneyland in the first 5 years it existed! The Exciting DVD from WTTM and Spotted Dog...

Magic Kingdom News and Photos

Hello, and welcome back to Dateline Disney World. We are in the Magic Kingdom this week to look at the Mine Train, curb removal, Hub construction and hot princesses. Let’s get started! Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!! When I entered the park, Festival of Fantasy was making its way down Main Street. The parade still feels very popular and exciting to lots...

MALEFICENT: The Film is Coming Soon – Are You Excited?

Last week was action packed as I had a book tour that took me across Ohio and Indiana. On May 3rd I was lucky enough to do a book signing at Brian’s Bookstore and Coffee Bar in Connersville, Indiana. I love this little coffee house where you can have a nice home cooked meal and read some really awesome books...

MiceChat Disney News Round Up: Winds, Heat and Refurbs oh my!

A splashy new water show is on the way to Disney's Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World.  A Trader Sam's style tiki bar is coming to the Polynesian. Communitour and the Gumball Rally reports are being posted.  Yes it's all here in the MiceChat Round of of Disney and theme park news and information.  Who is your favorite band...

SeaWorld Parks Summer 2014 Attraction and Show Preview

This year, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment are opening new shows and attractions at 11 of the their 12 parks, with great new offerings and a whole 'Sea of Surprises' that goes along with the 50th celebration.  In this article we'll take you from San Diego California to Langhorne Pennsylvania as we look at all of these new offerings coming...

Splashy Walt Disney World Future Projects Announced

Last week, Disney released plans for several upcoming attractions at Walt Disney World which were previously shrouded in the mists of rumor: Rivers of Light water fountain show at DAK, Trader Sam's Grog Grotto at Polynesian, and Harambe Nights in DAK's Africa. Taken together with the previously-announced AVATAR expansion at DAK, the Mine Train in Fantasyland, and the Disney...

Mousetalgia 289: Walt Disney World trip planning, Sleeping Beauty

This week, anticipating the release of Disney's "Maleficent," we welcome Disney historian and author Charles Solomon to the show to discuss his latest book "Once Upon a Dream: From Perrault's Sleeping Beauty to Disney's Maleficent." Solomon talks about the origins of the Sleeping Beauty story, and discusses the artwork and animation of the classic animated feature, as well as...