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Universal Studios Orlando Goes Back To The Future

Universal Studios Orlando is a resort that continually surprises us with the increased amount of effort they are putting towards guest experience.  Not one's to sit on their laurels, they are continually adding to the park.  Recently, they added some large props to the area known as Battery Park.  These props are not from the latest Michael Bay blockbuster. ...

Disneyland removes beach balls, speeds up Luigi’s Flying Tires in Cars Land

Just two months after opening, Disney is hoping to fix the problematic Luigi's Flying Tires attraction in Disney California Adventure's new Cars Land area. The attraction has suffered in guest satisfaction surveys and wait times at the attraction have been long due to notoriously slow load times. Changes at the ride include the removal of the giant...

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Opens – Photos and Video

Our long time contributor, Denise Preskitt, just got backing from staying a night in the newly opened Lion King Wing at Disney World's Art of Animation resort. She shares her photos and video with us, along with some updates from the parks -Rick We stayed in the Lion King section of Disney's Art of Animation Resort for one night. It's a...

A Grand Circle Tour of SeaWorld San Antonio

CaptPhoebus has been having a great theme park summer. During his trip to Texas, he filed a Weekend Update report from Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Today he has a photographic "grand circle tour" of SeaWorld San Antonio. It opened on Memorial Day weekend in 1988. At the time of the park's debut, it was billed as "the largest educational,...

Universal Wraps Up Summer With More Monster Mania

Summer is wrapping up early this year as most Los Angeles schools were back in session on August 14th. That means that Universal can shift gears and begin working in earnest on the next major season, Halloween. Universal's House of Horrors will close on Monday, August 20 in order to receive a brand new Halloween Horror Nights overlay called Universal Monsters...

Destination D at the Disneyland Hotel Packs plenty Into a Weekend of Fun

This past Monday, Dateline Disneyland brought you a glimpse of last weekend’s DestinationD and I’d like to touch on that subject again today with a little closer look at the event. I was there as invited press and I have to confess that had I not been invited, I probably wouldn’t have gone. I thought the $225.00 price tag...

Disney World Fantasyland Construction and Changes to Epcot’s France

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we have continued coverage of New Fantasyland along with news from both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Lots to talk about, so let's get started! http://datelinedisneyland.smugmug.com/Other/DDW/i-tgSgFTp/0/O/magickingdom-5.png Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!! http://www.miceshots.com/usr/72/DatelineDisneyWorld815-IMG_1161.jpg Here are the wait times at the Magic Kingdom from around 1PM on the day I visited. Manageable, but summertime is still...

Disneyland Resort More Candlelight Less Balls

With Disney, things change all the time. Imagineers and management are kept in a constant state of flux by competing ideas and changing conditions in the park. It's an ongoing test and adjust to get the show just right. Today, we look at some developments with the newer attractions while, and peek into what is just around the corner....

Yesterland and the S.S. Rustworthy, Presented by McDonald’s

S.S. rustworthy… what an odd name for a boat. “Paradise Pier’s fire boat, the S.S. Trustworthy, ran aground awhile back and has since been rechristened the S.S. rustworthy and transformed into a hands-on playzone. Here firefighters of all ages can do all the bell-ringing, lever-pulling and wheel-turning they want—and even activate the water cannons!” That’s the official explanation of why the...

Everyone Loves a Parade

Howdy everybody, and welcome to the third installment of This Animatronic Life. Since my last column, the dynamic at the Disneyland Resort and Disney California Adventure (DCA) in particular has changed in ways I’m sure no one could have imagined a decade ago. Speaking purely as a fan, the park is now easily one of Disney’s crowning achievements, and...

Five Things You Need for Your Disney World Trip and One Thing You Can Skip

You've got your packing list and you've read all the books, but what do you really need for your Walt Disney World trip? Well, good shoes, of course. And all the basics—you don't want to forget that toothbrush even if you can buy one at your resort.  On top of that, there are a few must-haves that I don't...

Disney News Round Up: Walt’s Apartment, Starcade Conjecture and Disney Deals

Love Disney news, rumors and gossip? So do we! This week's Disney Round Up is packed with fun stuff for you. What should be done with the Starcade at Disneyland?  Are traces of Walt Disney World's past still visible today?  Would you like a chance to visit Walt's original apartment above the fire station?  We also bring you major...

Cars Land – Kevin Yee’s Road Trip

Cars land has been open for weeks now, and it's a fair bet that many locals in Southern California have had a peek. Or, at least, they've been reading a number of reviews about the place. I finally got a chance to make my own road trip down Route 66 in late July. Call it a review by an...

Hogwarts Express is Arriving at Universal Orlando

Robots and trains and wizards, OH MY!  In any other place this would seem outlandish.  But, for the folks at Universal Studios Orlando, it's all in a days work. This week, we track the continued progress on three projects happening at the resort.  First up is the Transformers attraction site with a huge gaping hole in the earth and...

Fantasy Faire construction goes vertical as D23 celebrates 75 years of Disney Animation

Construction ramped up at Disneyland's new Fantasy Faire princess meet-and-greet village next to Sleeping Beauty Castle last week. A crane and steel framework now peeks over construction walls next to the Castle as a new permanent home for Disney's popular princesses takes shape. Meanwhile, Disney cashed in on the success of Disney California Adventure's new Cars Land...

World of Color Lights Up Honeymoon

We have traveled from one side of the U.S. to the other, following Rya86n around on his dream honeymoon. As their spectacular trip draws to a close, the World of Color show in Disney California Adventure provides a spectacular conclusion – albeit with a slight hiccup along the way. ~~Rick I waited the better part of two years to take...

SeaWorld San Diego Swelters

The August heat has caught up with SeaWorld San Diego. But we've found a few ways to beat the heat. And while we're at it, we'll show you a few little bits of news from the park as well. We think you'll agree, it's pretty cool. Coca-Cola Swelter Stopper We’ve been seeing Coca-Cola almost everywhere in the park since it replaced...

Disneyana Fan Club Gathers for 2012 Convention

MiceChat's Scarlett Stahl gets to do a lot of amazing things and meet some of the most incredible people. Today, she takes it up a notch. Warning Disney fans, you are about to be green with envy.  - Rixter THE DISNEYANA FAN CLUB’S 2012 CONVENTION By Scarlett Stahl The Disneyana Fan Club is a club for Disney enthusiasts, comprised of members from all...

Disney World Fantasyland Progress Plus Hollywood Studios news

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we have a HUGE New Fantasyland update along with some other news items from both the Magic Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios. http://datelinedisneyland.smugmug.com/Other/DDW/i-tgSgFTp/0/O/magickingdom-5.png Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!! http://www.miceshots.com/usr/72/DatelineDisneyWorld808-IMG_1016.jpg I've been asked by a few folks to post wait times, and I have completely forgotten to do them over the past few weeks, but...

Disneyland and California Adventure Sizzling in the Summer Sun

Mother nature did her very best to stymie the fun at the Disneyland resort this week, but to no avail. Despite the mercury spiking at the high end of the thermometer, crowds continued to appear. Then if the heat and humidity weren't enough, a 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck just a few miles from Anaheim Tuesday night 15 minutes before...