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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Set for Explosive Return to Disneyland

March 10, 2014 at 4:11 am | 66 Comments

Today, In the Parks steps in for Dateline Disneyland and boy do we have an update for you.  That big BOOM you hear is the newly refurbished Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, which is in cast member testing…

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A Nerdy Visit to the Top of the World Lounge

March 10, 2014 at 2:00 am | 2 Comments

I covered the early history of the Top of the World at the Contemporary Resort in an previous article. It was an example of providing nighttime entertainment at a time when the Magic Kingdom routinely…

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Mousetalgia 281: John Canemaker on Mary Blair, WED’s Paul Saunders

March 10, 2014 at 12:01 am | No Comments

Mousetalgia welcomes Academy Award-winning animator, author and historian John Canemaker to the show to talk about Disney Legend Mary Blair and the exhibit opening this week at the Walt Disney Family Museum called “Magic, Color,…

SeaWorld San Diego Gets Ready to Celebrate 50 Years

SeaWorld San Diego Gets Ready to Celebrate 50 Years

March 09, 2014 at 3:00 am | 11 Comments

Welcome to a very special update from SeaWorld San Diego as they head towards their fiftieth anniversary kickoff next week! New Entrance / Explorer’s Reef About half of the new entrance has been opened up…

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Disney Cast Blast: Time Bandits

March 09, 2014 at 2:00 am | 5 Comments

Time Bandits…you thawing out yet? This week let’s take a trip through time. Some of these stories you may have heard similar versions of, but they still seem to keep repeating themselves. Remember if you have…

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Season Pass Podcast: Fun Spot America – “EFC to Amusement Park!”

March 09, 2014 at 12:12 am | No Comments

TSPP is in the new and improved Fun Spot America Amusement Park in Orlando, Florida.  Doug Barnes and Robert Coker discuss this amazingly transformed family park that just received the IAAPA “Best Family Entertainment Center (FEC)” in…

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SeaWorld San Antonio Update – Aquatica’s New Aviary

March 08, 2014 at 3:00 am | No Comments

Recently, Erin (a Co-host on the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast) was able to travel to San Antonio to visit SeaWorld and check out the progress on the new Aviary being added to the Aquatica park. We…

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The CG Story by Christopher Finch

March 08, 2014 at 1:01 am | 1 Comment

The CG Story: Computer-Generated Animation and Special Effects by Christopher Finch was released in December 2013. Christopher Finch is a familiar name to most Disney fans. He authored the many, many, many editions of the…

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Disafterdark Series 2, Episode 12 – I Kissed JT (And I Liked it)

March 08, 2014 at 12:01 am | No Comments

Welcome back to DisAfterDark and thank you for the download. Joining us in the Mouses Head pub this week is Chris Reid from MiceChat’s V24 Radio Paul B is on a beer called Cocker Hoop,…

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In the Parks – Alice, Captain America and Big Thunder

March 07, 2014 at 3:01 am | 27 Comments

Howdy folks, it’s time for In the Parks featuring news from Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.  We have plenty to share with you as we take you through the latest happenings at the resort.  Captain…

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Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Officially Underway

March 07, 2014 at 2:00 am | 8 Comments

Spring has sprung at the Walt Disney World Resort! This week is all about the start of the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot, and we’ve got about 70 photos of it for you to…

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A visit to “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives”

March 06, 2014 at 9:51 pm | 1 Comment

“Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” is the headline special exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, from October 16, 2013 to May 4, 2014. Let Yesterland take you there in this photo…

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Walt Disney World Advanced Dining Reservations

March 06, 2014 at 3:00 am | 20 Comments

I don’t know about you, but half the time I barely know what I want for dinner at noon.  However, when planning a trip to Walt Disney World, I have to know what I want…

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The Monsanto House of the Future Story

March 06, 2014 at 2:00 am | 16 Comments

Join us for a classic SAMLAND story about Disney’s all-plastic house. The Monsanto House of the Future is an enduring memory. Millions of people associate that attraction with the optimistic future evangelized by Walt Disney.…

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Mickey’s Philharmagic and Space Mountain in 3-D Audio

March 06, 2014 at 12:01 am | No Comments

WTTM WDW 040: “Everyone Loves Jeremiah’s Shirt” On this show, Jeremiah visits Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and enjoys a few attractions.  Mickey’s Philharmagic & Space Mountain are both featured in 3-D (Binaural) Audio. Along…

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Design: Those Were The Times No. 25 – Garner Holt Student Enrichment

March 05, 2014 at 3:00 am | 8 Comments

Today’s Wheel of Years has stopped at 2014, so here we go. The DESIGN: Those Were The Times story No. 25 published in MiceChat January 8, 2014 told of the transition of Disney’s themed manufacturing operation to…

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Disney News Round Up: The Year of Refurbs and Safety

March 05, 2014 at 2:00 am | 1 Comment

There’s a huge amount of Disney and Theme Park news and information for you this week. Refurbs are everywhere as safety protection is installed all over Disneyland from Splash Mountain to it’s a small world.…

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The Haunted Mansion Show: Call in the Spirit

March 05, 2014 at 12:01 am | 2 Comments

Something has gone wrong at The Haunted Mansion! The peace and prosperity of Gracey Manor has been broken by a disruptive foolish morta- I mean, visitor. With chaos ensuing, the Happy Haunts will have to…

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MiceAge Update: Grey Skies Clearing for Disneyland’s 60th

March 04, 2014 at 4:00 am | 60 Comments

After a short winter off-season, Disneyland Resort is gearing up for a busy spring and summer ahead. While Burbank bosses hash out long-term expansion and financial strategies that have been complicated by the troubled MyMagic+…

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Universal Orlando Update – Hogsmeade Detour and New CityWalk venues

March 04, 2014 at 2:00 am | 7 Comments

Progress is quick at Universal Orlando Resort, where new venues are about ready to open at CityWalk. We’ll also take you into Islands of Adventure to look at changes coming to Hogsmeade, along with refurbs…