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Gilroy Gardens Holiday Lights

With its lush flora and thick groves of trees, Gilroy Gardens is certainly the most beautiful of the Bay Area’s theme parks. And even the loss of foliage upon the onset of winter won’t diminish the appeal with the installation of Holiday Lights, when the loss of leaves is soothed by the twinkle of millions of colorful bulbs that...

In the Parks Christmas Miracle from Universal Studios

Merry Christmas MiceChat readers! We bring you a very special update from Universal Studios Hollywood as the park readies for its biggest year ever in 2016.  As the finishing touches are being placed on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Grinchmas is being celebrated on the upper lot and Studio Tour.  Now through January 3rd, guests can get in...

Christmas in Yesterland: Seven Vintage Disneyland Photos (and Two More Recent Ones)

Welcome to Yesterland park during the holiday season. Let’s take a look at some of the decorations. We’ll start at the Monsanto House of the Future, near the entrance to Yester-Tomorrowland... Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Christmas in Yesterland: Seven Vintage Disneyland Photos When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

MOMS: Making Ordinary Moments Sparkle ~*

Holiday Greetings, everyone! I'm Antoniette Saunders, Dusty recently invited me to blog for you from the Mommy perspective. I'll share a little about myself now, but you can really get to know me better through my journal entries. Daniel, my husband of 18 years, calls me "the beautifier" because I love to create pretty things and I very much appreciate...

Crowds and Construction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Welcome to Disney's Animal Kingdom during one of the busiest weeks of the year. This park is rapidly evolving and we are excited to take you for a quick photo tour of all the recent changes. Animal Kingdom is building a new restaurant called “Tiffins”, which will "celebrate the art of traveling."  Tiffins will have waterfront views from both indoor and...

Disney News Round Up: Welcome to SecurityLand

The Holiday season is in full swing! Office Parties, Extended family get togethers, Gift exchanges and of course awesome ugly sweater contests.This week the RoundUp highlights some great columns you might have missed in all the hustle and bustle of the season. Dining in the parks showcased the lovely French Market restaurant at Disneyland. If you’re visiting the Disneyland...

Yesterland: Captain EO replaced by Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival

Unfortunately, Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival was not ready to open its doors on December 18—but guests were told it would open “any day.” The signs were up on the outside. The standing sign in the lobby announced the first three films of the “festival”; and the wall decor was updated—both visible through the glass doors.  Read the YESTERLAND...

Fab News: Merry Christmas, May The Force Be With You

First of all, Hau'oli la hanau (happy birthday) to one of my best pals, Roger Colton, one of the best bad influences a Disney Babe could ever ask for. Kungaloosh!   Star Wars She Who is Never Cold put on a sweater this week, so that's one for the books. We were not able to attend the Disney Infinity showing of Number...

The Juicy Details of Backstage Disneyland

It’s no surprise that the renowned LA Times reporter, Brady MacDonald, is a huge Disney Fan. After all, his eminence is based on his factual account of what‘s new and up and coming at theme parks around the world, subtly augmented with commentary. It seems natural that questions that could never really be answered would make their way into...

Disneyland increases security as Christmas crowds arrive

Hello, and a very Merry Christmas to you! Disneyland has beefed up security at its themes parks just in time for the final rush of holiday crowds. The increase in theme park security, which includes bomb dogs and metal detectors, comes following a bulletin by the Department of Homeland Security noted concern for possible terrorist attacks at...

Mousetalgia Podcast 374: Star Wars at Disneyland, on the screen, and in history

The Force is wide awake on this week's episode of Mousetalgia as we celebrate everything Star Wars, from past to present. First, we take a look at Disneyland's "Season of the Force," and discuss Hyperspace Mountain, the Star Wars Launch Bay, Star Tours' new trip to Jakku, and various food offerings - and of course, the new merchandise. Then,...

Fantasy of Lights Illuminates Bay Area

Although we humans are no longer so fascinated by the light bulb that there is a nightly parade to the one home in the neighborhood that has been wired with electricity, multiply that by a few thousand bulbs and throw in some color and you will still draw a crowd. Whether it’s the Osborne Family Lights, the RVs at...

The Sweep Spot 172 A Tour of Disneyland in 1965

In this episode we take a virtual walk through Disneyland in the year 1965. This year Disneyland was celebrating 10 years. The park had grown, and was on the verge of adding a new Land, and some attractions. Join us as we walk through Disneyland in 1965 and see what attractions were there and which ones were not yet....

You’ve Got To Be Kidding: Disney Songs for the Holidays

Well, it's been a little while since I've had anything to share, but part of the reason is that I've been hard at work on a little Christmas present for y'all.  And here it is.  Some holiday songs adapted for Disneyland fans everywhere. (One suggestion:  These are much better if  you actually sing them out loud.  So hide your embarrassment,...

Six Flags Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park 360!

Merry Christmas from Six Flags Magic Mountain! Holiday in the Park is now running from now through January 3rd and the park is a delightful winter wonderland of sights, sounds, and goodies. Of course Santa and Mrs. Claus are there too at their workshop ready to greet guests. Today we have a very special treat for you. Would you like...

Yesterland: Disappearing Reminders of Defunct Magic Kingdom Attractions

Yesterland has a 2915 update to a photo essay about reminders of defunct attractions at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park—places that used to be attractions, were still visible to guests, but were no longer attractions of any kind.  Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Disappearing Reminders of Defunct Magic Kingdom Attractions   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Fab News: Metal Detectors at Disneyland

Metal Detectors have landed at Disneyland. How will it impact lines and security at the happiest place on earth?

Dining in the Parks – French Market Restaurant and Holiday Treats

In previous columns, we have visited Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta at Disney California Adventure and the Carnation Café located on Main Street in Disneyland. Today's Dining at the Parks will drop by the French Market Restaurant, located in the heart of New Orleans Square, Disneyland. This quick service restaurant features a cafeteria style / counter service layout indoors, with an outdoor...

Dateline Disney World – Holiday Storytellers at Epcot

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we're looking at the Holiday Storytellers at Epcot. It's a magical time of year for Disney World's 2nd park.   That wraps things up for this week! Do you enjoy the storytellers in Epcot? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading! If you appreciate what we do here and would...

Disney News Round Up: Dick Van Dyke turns 90

Did you know 90 years ago the first drive up motel opened right here in San Luis Obispo California… F Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” was published and of course Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke was born. The roundup highlights several articles celebrating the recent birthday celebration at Disneyland, of our favorite chimney sweep. The holidays are in full swing...