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Chillin’ at Blizzard Beach

So, you've hit the middle of your vacation and are looking for something a little tamer than the theme parks but aren't quite ready to spend the day lazing around your hotel.  Why not consider spending a day at one of Walt Disney World's two water parks?  Wondering which one is the best fit for your family?  This week...

Samland: Tivoli Gardens of Los Angeles

Peel back the layers of time and it is amazing what one can find. Take Universal Studios Hollywood as an example. Today we know the upper lot as a hodgepodge of unrelated intellectual properties shoved into a confined space. The recent round of construction is an attempt to bring some cohesion to the facility. But this was not the...

Radiator Springs Racers Interior Queue Background Music Loop

Close your eyes and let your engines rev as we take a trip to Radiator Springs. Window to the Magic is the binaural journey into all things Disney.  Paul’s continues “May is Music Month”  or whatever he’s calling it today with his favorite Carsland attraction background music loop, Radiator Springs Racers Interior Queue Background Music Loop.  This is a...

Animal Kingdom News and Photos

Dateline Disney World is headed on safari today. It’s been a while since we visited Animal Kingdom, so that’s where this week’s news and photos are coming from. Let’s take a look. Welcome to Animal Kingdom!! This dinosaur photo op is now a character meet and greet. Over in DinoRama, Disney was testing a pretty terrible walk around dinosaur character. I hung...

Bob’s True-Life Adventures No.5 2005 – Tahiti Moorea

Tahiti is one of those far off south seas places that evokes dreams of paradise. So in June 2001, flying to Papeetee, I traveled with my mountain biking buddy, Fred, on Renaissance Cruises locally to visit a number of Tahitian islands including the storied Bora Bora. Along the way, we noticed a quaint group of thatched roof huts on...

MiceChat Gumball Rally 2014 Results

The MiceChat Gumball Rally was held on Saturday, May 3rd.  It was a race to see how many attractions teams could ride in a single day at Disneyland.  Players were divided into teams of two, three, or four and set loose on Disneyland Park. The day began bright and early at 6:30am as teams lined up outside the patio...

Disney News Round Up: Big Fix For DCA Under The Sea

There's a whole new world awaiting you in the MiceChat Round Up today.  Not only do we have the latest in Disney and Theme Park news and information, but we have a full collection of Gumball Rally trip reports from the big event. However, the major news of the week comes from an updated Little Mermaid attraction in Disney...

Universal Studios Orlando Unveils Diagon Alley Animatronics and more

We are back this week with a massive Universal Orlando update, where some amazing new details have been revealed about the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley, Gringotts Bank and more.  The look inside will amaze you. Diagon Alley and Escape from Gringotts We are just a few weeks away from the opening of this amazing new land,...

Singles and Doubles

There's an old-time baseball tradition of discussing team strategies as either being "singles and doubles" or "home runs," with the first strategy being about slow, methodical progress and the latter about big, lurching mini-victories that are harder to obtain. There's a little of "tortoise and the hare" reasoning in the analogy, and the entire model could be fruitfully applied...

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.