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  • July 8, 2014: LAST CHANCE:  Pacific Ocean Park Breakfast, Panel & Book Signing - July 13 at ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney. Join us as we take a look back at one of the most fascinating theme parks ever built in Los Angeles. For a time, Pacific Ocean Park outsold even Disneyland. Let's explore this fantastic park together as the authors of a new book about this amazing destination take us on a audio/visual adventure. Discounted books available at the link. PLEASE NOTE - Book Package is nearly sold out, hurry to secure your book and admission to the event while you still can! ×0
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MiceAge Update: Disneyland’s Great Space Safety Race

April 23, 2013 at 3:30 am | 65 Comments

The past 10 days has been a trying time for Disneyland, with an embarrassing $230,000 fine from DOSH for the injury of an outside contractor cleaning the Space Mountain roof last year, the sudden closures…

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Magic Kingdom’s A Pirate’s Adventure – Treasure of the Seven Seas

April 23, 2013 at 3:00 am | 8 Comments

The upcoming game, A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasure of the Seven Seas, will soon debut in Adventureland. I will provide several photos here of the game stations now installed in the park, though the game isn’t…

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Universal Orlando Resort, Harry Potter, Transformers, and Screen Play

April 23, 2013 at 12:01 am | 9 Comments

We have a big update from Universal Orlando Resort for you today. Universal’s brand new package deal gives new meaning to their slogan “Vacation like you Mean it.” Signage goes up at Transformers, Rip Ride…

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Starbucks moves into the Market House as refurbishment projects continue at Disneyland

April 22, 2013 at 5:05 am | 26 Comments

Happy Earth Day! Disneyland‘s Market House coffee shop closed last week to make room for the park’s upcoming Starbucks location. Building on the success of the hugely successful Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe at Disney…

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From The Mouth of the Mouse: Rory’s Disneyland Days – Part 2

April 22, 2013 at 1:00 am | 4 Comments

In today’s From The Mouth Of The Mouse, we continue our conversation with Rory, who worked at Disneyland in the late 1960s. If you haven’t read the first part of his interview, you can do…

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Disney U by Doug Lipp

April 22, 2013 at 12:01 am | 1 Comment

George brings in his Communicore Weekly co-host (and fellow Disney Review columnist) Jeff Heimbuch to look at a new book about Disney University. The title is more than just a business lesson book; it also…

Posted in Features, Imaginerding

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Spoiler Alert: Hong Kong Disneyland Mystic Manor Ride Through!

April 21, 2013 at 11:13 am | 85 Comments

Hong Kong Disneyland’s Mystic Manor is up and running in cast member tests and previews. The first videos prove that the attraction is a spectacular family-friendly dark ride with advanced special effects. The trackless ride…

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SeaWorld Orlando Inches Closer to Antarctica

April 21, 2013 at 1:00 am | 7 Comments

We have a bit of Fire and Ice for you as SeaWorld Orlando kicks off the Viva La Musica festival.  We also check out the progress on Antarctica as it nears completion.  Anyone making plans…

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Marvel World: Raphael Sbarge Talks Jiminy Cricket

April 21, 2013 at 12:01 am | 5 Comments

One of the great features of WonderCon, or any pop culture convention for that matter, is the opportunity to meet celebrities and icons.  While browsing Autograph Alley at WonderCon 2013, I happened upon Raphael Sbarge,…

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Epic Trip to Tokyo Disneyland: Final Day, Final Thoughts

April 20, 2013 at 3:00 am | 25 Comments

Sadly, we have come to the last installment of ChrisNJ’s report on his trip to Tokyo Disneyland Resort. I can’t thank him enough for taking the time to write and photo-illustrate his report and then…

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Lincoln: a Blu-ray Review

April 20, 2013 at 12:00 am | 8 Comments

It might seem odd that Jeff and George are reviewing a Dreamworks Blu-ray in the Disney Review column, but this film has some special ties to Disney. First off, Disney has a distribution deal with…

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Hard Hat Tour of Knotts Berry Farm Log Ride Refurbishment and New Boardwalk Rides

April 19, 2013 at 3:35 am | 36 Comments

Knotts Berry Farm is currently hard at work on two major projects. What will likely get the most media attention is an expansion to the Boardwalk area of the park with three new family rides:…

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In The Parks: Fairies, Ride Closures and Springtime Fun at Disneyland

April 19, 2013 at 3:30 am | 34 Comments

Uh-oh!  Disneyland and Disney California Adventure both suffered ride closures this week, with more occurring yesterday, as the government safety agency, Cal/OSHA, descended upon the parks and forced action. Meanwhile the shuffle of collectables and…

Posted in In the Parks

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Animal Kingdom News, Construction, and Photos

April 19, 2013 at 2:00 am | 31 Comments

Jambo everyone! This week, we’ll be taking a look at some news, construction, and photos from Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We have about 60 photos of the park for you to enjoy today. If you’d like…

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Villa View at Aulani

April 18, 2013 at 11:31 pm | 4 Comments

Imagine that you’re on your private lanai about halfway up the Waianae tower at Aulani. No matter which direction you look, the view is great—but the best view is toward the ocean. Read the full…

Posted in Features, Werner Weiss

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SAMLAND: Disneyland the Exceptional, Acceptable, and Regrettable

April 18, 2013 at 3:00 am | 26 Comments

How do you get people to evaluate and document what they see and how they feel within the environments that they live, work, and play? That is a question I am frequently asked during my…

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Get Park Wise: Top Tips on Using Disney PhotoPass

April 18, 2013 at 12:01 am | 16 Comments

A couple weeks ago, we pondered the question of whether or not Disney PhotoPass is worth the money.  If you decided it wasn’t, maybe these tips will sway you or give you a few ideas…

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DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.8 – Disneyland’s Tragic Light Magic

April 17, 2013 at 3:00 am | 46 Comments

Disney legend, Bob Gurr, knows how to tell a story. And today, he has spun the Wheel of Years and landed on a topic which is . . . well. . . a part of…

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Disney News Round Up: Disneyland Ride Closures, Snow White Makes Tracks

April 17, 2013 at 2:00 am | 3 Comments

It has been one heck of a news week for the Disney Company (not all of it good). Rides were closed suddenly at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, Disney’s 2D animation has been shown the…

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The Sad End of Disney Hand Drawn Animation

April 17, 2013 at 12:01 am | 79 Comments

[Regarding 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'] The animation of the dwarfs themselves is something pretty much impossible to achieve in computer animation. That fluidity, that squash and stretch, that kind of stuff – it…