Editor’s Note:
  • April 18, 2014: DCA Reveals Maleficent – The Maleficent sneak peek has opened in DCA and the redone Bug's theater is a great venue for it. DCA gets to keep the new RealD 3D system when the regular Bugs show returns in June - a huge improvement over the original film format. The Studio executives came down from Burbank on Wednesday to approve the venue and were thrilled with the results. AP audiences raved at their Thursday night preview.  ||  And don't forget to sign up for the MiceChat Gumball Rally. We are just about to sell out the event and don't want you to miss out.  The Gumball Rally is a race through Disneyland to see who can ride the most attractions in a single day. Information and tickets HERE. ×0
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Help Us Save Walt Disney’s Birthplace

December 05, 2013 at 3:00 am | 7 Comments

Our good friends Dina Benadon and Brent Young of design company Super 78 have embarked on a remarkable journey to save the home that Walt Disney was born in. So many of the important structures…


To Surprise or Not to Surprise the Kids with a Trip to Disney

December 05, 2013 at 1:00 am | 21 Comments

For many families the big Christmas gift to their families will be a trip to Disney. We’re giving a Disney Cruise for Christmas this year. Shhh! Don’t tell! Some parents, though, have visions of a…


Selections from the Library of Samland

December 05, 2013 at 1:00 am | No Comments

Today Sam Gennawey delivers a collection of reviews, just in time for the holidays. There’s something for every taste here including the special treat of streaming Mickey Mouse cartoons! FROM DREAMER TO DREAMFINDER Ron Schneider…

Posted in Disney, Features, Samland


Christmas at Disneyland #1 – The Jingle Cruise

December 05, 2013 at 12:01 am | No Comments

This week, Paul takes you to Disneyland to experience the resort’s newest holiday overlay, The Jingle Cruise. It’s interesting, to be sure.  But first, we stop by the PA system in the queue to listen…


Knotts Berry Farm Loses Windseeker, Gains Santa and the Billies

December 04, 2013 at 3:00 am | 39 Comments

Welcome to Knotts Berry Farm! Which at this time of year is a MERRY Farm loaded with yule-tide cheer.  We’ve got all the details on the Christmas time festivities and what will be coming for…


Dueling Disney: The Castles

December 04, 2013 at 2:00 am | 45 Comments

Hear ye, hear ye! It is decreed that each Magic Kingdom-style Disney Park forthright shall have a Castle as its centerpiece! These majestic structures will stand as the symbol for their respective parks. Now, the…


Disney News Round Up: Candlelight, Christmas Delight and Tracking Fright

December 04, 2013 at 1:00 am | No Comments

The Disney and theme park news Round Up is back for your reading pleasure. This week Kevin Yee pontificates further on Walt Disney World and its Magic Band struggles while Disneyland prepares for the Candlelight…


Privacy at Disney World Waning? RFID and Tracking Updates

December 03, 2013 at 3:00 am | 73 Comments

All of a sudden last week, based on some first-hand reports, there was reason to suspect that the Disney MagicBands do, after all, contain the capability to be read at a distance. The assumption until…

Communicore Weekly – Diane Disney Miller, Planes, Anaheim Produce

December 03, 2013 at 2:30 am | 1 Comment

Direct Link  l   iTunes Link Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Diane Disney Miller, Planes, and Anaheim Produce! DISNEY HISTORY! – Diane Disney Miller passed away recently. We pay tribute to…


SeaWorld San Antonio Becoming Multiday Destination with Aquatica Expansion

December 03, 2013 at 2:00 am | 4 Comments

When SeaWorld San Antonio opened in 1988 it was the largest SeaWorld park built at over 250 acres. Located on the outskirts of San Antonio, it was originally envisioned to become a multi-day destination In…


Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast: Episode 70 – Armchair Themepark Creating & A Short Story

December 03, 2013 at 12:01 am | No Comments

Welcome to episode 70 of the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast with Lee, Tracey, Darren and Hunter! For your listening pleasure, we’ll bring you a live report from Jessie in her own inimitable way; a news…


Disneyland gets ready for Candlelight as the busy holiday season continues

December 02, 2013 at 5:40 am | 47 Comments

The holidays are in full swing at Disneyland as the park gets ready to host its annual Candlelight Processional in Town Square this upcoming weekend. The decades-long holiday tradition was hosted for an unprecedented 20…


ImagiNERDing Best Disney Books of 2013

December 02, 2013 at 2:00 am | 4 Comments

2013 was a much slower year for Disney books than 2012. My list of the best Disney books of 2012 had 11 titles on it. This year’s list is much smaller as was the total…


Mousetalgia 267: Diane Disney Miller; Wine and Dine Half Marathon

December 02, 2013 at 12:01 am | No Comments

This week, we welcome Joseph Titizian, writer for the Walt Disney Family Museum blog, to join us in a celebration of the life of Diane Disney Miller, with whom Joseph was a good friend. We…


Marvel Iron Man Hulk: Heroes United

December 01, 2013 at 11:10 am | 1 Comment

George: Marvel, like Pixar, has been on a continuous roll since the release of Iron Man in 2008. They’ve expanded their forays into animation thoughtfully, offering great product with great storylines. Marvel’s Iron Man Hulk:…


Designed to Thrill: IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013

December 01, 2013 at 3:00 am | 11 Comments

The typical theme park goer has probably never heard of IAAPA, the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, let alone the annual IAAPA Attractions Expo. I recently visited the IAAPA Expo in Orlando to…


Cast Blast: Future of the Old West

December 01, 2013 at 2:10 am | 3 Comments

Welcome back to the Cast Blast, humorous stories from the front line folks who really make the magic. You Must be THIS Tall to Read This Blog! Submitted by: Mountaineer Years ago I was working…


CHILL: An Icy Wonderland at the Queen Mary

December 01, 2013 at 2:00 am | 6 Comments

The Queen Mary in Long Beach California is certainly becoming an interesting destination to visit. Throughout the year it is an historic destination offering tours, restaurants, shopping and world-class hotel.  But now, they have begun…

Posted in CHILL, Features


New York City Dreams Tour with Adventures By Disney

November 30, 2013 at 3:00 am | 6 Comments

Weekend Update reader and contributor igrules recently visited New York City on the inaugural New York City Dreams Tour with Adventures By Disney. She was kind enough to share her trip with us. ~~Rick Adventures…


9 Theme Park News Nuggets and Wakefield Report Episode 55

November 30, 2013 at 1:00 am | 2 Comments

Now that I’ve moved back to the Midwest, I find myself anxiously awaiting the start of the regional theme park season. As the cold fall air smacks my face as I walk between Indianapolis skyscrapers,…

Posted in Features