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Mousetalgia 274: Book reviews, author Adam Berger

January 20, 2014 at 12:01 am | No Comments

Welcome back to Mousetalgia. This week, we review some recent Disney books, including Sam Gennawey’s ”The Disneyland Story” The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dream; Jim Korkis’ “The Book of Mouse: A Celebration…

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Knotts Berry Farm: One Last Ride on the Calico Mine Train

January 19, 2014 at 3:00 am | 23 Comments

A few weeks ago a very special event was held at Knott’s Berry Farm.  You see, the famous Calico Mine Ride was scheduled close on January 5th, 2014 for the most extensive refurbishment in its…

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Disney Cast Blast Quick Bites

January 19, 2014 at 2:00 am | 5 Comments

Today’s Cast Blast is sort of a grab bag. We are sent small bits of info and stories from time to time that do not warrant an entire entry, so we thought we would put…

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Micechat Podcast 14 – Looking into Disney’s Crystal Ball

January 19, 2014 at 12:48 am | 3 Comments

January is a great time to reflect on the year past and the year ahead. On this episode, we share our favorite and biggest theme park moments of 2013 and our predictions for 2014 and…

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Disney Imagineer Tom “Thor” Thordarson Journeys to the Center of the Earth

January 18, 2014 at 3:00 am | 13 Comments

Here is an amazing article and tribute to Tom “Thor” Thordarson and his artwork for the Tokyo DisneySea Mysterious Island rides. After being Director of Attraction Development at MCA Universal Studios, Hollywood, Tom became a…

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The Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast, Episode 74: News, Review, Photoconnect and You

January 18, 2014 at 12:01 am | No Comments

Well, hello dear friends and welcome to episode 74 of the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast. This week Tracey, Lee, Darren, Hunter and Eric have a news update and audio from the last performance of the…

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In The Parks: Disneyland Resort Off Season is Blissfully Uncrowded

January 17, 2014 at 3:00 am | 19 Comments

What a difference a week makes.  The holiday crowds have vanished, making this a wonderful period to visit the Disneyland Resort. Attractions like Space Mountain and Indy rarely crest over a 30 minute wait during…

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Dateline Disney World: Avatar Breaks Ground and Spice Road Opens

January 17, 2014 at 2:00 am | 34 Comments

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’ll be visiting both Animal Kingdom, where Avatar Land has finally broken ground and Epcot, where the new Spice Road restaurant has opened. There’s a lot…

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DCA Then & Now, Part 7: More Hollywood Land

January 16, 2014 at 8:30 pm | 2 Comments

This is the seventh (and final, for the time being) installment of Yesterland’s Disney California Adventure Then & Now series. Last time, we looked at Hollywood Blvd. Today we’ll look at more of what was…

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What to Do on Your Down Day at Walt Disney World

January 16, 2014 at 3:01 am | 28 Comments

If you’ve been reading over the last year, you know I’m a fan of taking a day off from the hustle and bustle of the parks during your Disney World trip.  After all, this is…

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Efteling Dream Flight

January 16, 2014 at 2:00 am | 15 Comments

We’d like to introduce you to Bernice Hobson, a Disney fan who is also madly in love with Efteling, the oldest park in the Netherlands (located in the municipality of Loon op Zand). Today, Bernice…

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Billy Hill and the Hillbillies – The Final Curtain Call

January 16, 2014 at 12:01 am | 5 Comments

In Part 2 of this series, Paul visits the Disneyland Resort and experiences the final 3 performances of Disneyland favorites… Billy Hill and the Hillbillies.  This show features a compilation of the 3 last performances,…

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Disney News Round Up: Blackfish and Blue Avatars

January 15, 2014 at 3:00 am | No Comments

There’s a huge amount of Disney and Theme Park news and information for you this week.  We begin with round two of the Blackfish controversy as yet another orca trainer comes forward. We then enjoy…

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Walt Disney – EPCOT and the Heart of Our Cities

January 15, 2014 at 1:00 am | 7 Comments

Sam Gennawey revisits Walt Disney’s original plans for EPCOT.  Since its initial publication several years ago, Sam has rewritten segments of the article with new information that he has gleaned through research.  Please enjoy this…

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #73 – The News

January 15, 2014 at 12:01 am | 2 Comments

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the first UUOP of 2014.This is the first of our new “weekly” shows and our first dedicated news episode. On this show we discuss an interesting survey that…

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Universal Orlando Update – Antojitos Preview and Park Updates

January 14, 2014 at 3:00 am | 20 Comments

We’ve survived the “Orlando blizzard” of 2014.  Even with record lows, strong winds and rain, construction at Universal continues forward on projects inside and outside the parks. CityWalk is gearing up for another record summer…

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Busch Gardens Tampa Falcons Fury Construction

January 14, 2014 at 2:00 am | 7 Comments

We’re back with a new update from Busch Gardens Tampa! There’s plenty of news and photos to share today, including the news that the popular Critter Castaways show is closing. Plus, we’ve got Falcon’s Fury…

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DoomBuggies Spook Show #4: Top 10 Haunted Mansion-related questions

January 14, 2014 at 12:01 am | 5 Comments

Welcome to episode number four of the DoomBuggies Spook Show, a podcast “dead-icated” to fans of Disney’s Haunted Mansion attractions, and other spooky things. In this episode, we discuss a listener’s “Top Ten Questions About…

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More Blackfish Backlash – Tilikum’s Trainer Dives In

January 13, 2014 at 5:15 am | 187 Comments

Last week, we brought you the story of Bridgette Pirtle, a former SeaWorld trainer who regrets her involvement with the film Blackfish. We follow up on Bridgette’s story with Mark Simmons, a noted orca expert…

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Billy Hill and the Hillbillies say good bye as Disneyland dives into refurbishment season

January 13, 2014 at 5:10 am | 33 Comments

With the busy holiday season over Disneyland has now jumped into the winter off-season by taking care of refurbishment and construction projects around the parks. At Disneyland, the exclusive Club 33 has taken over New…