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Magic Kingdom Starbucks Windows and Mine Train Track

June 14, 2013 at 2:00 am | 25 Comments

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’re taking a look at the Magic Kingdom and the two big projects there. Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho, it’s off to Starbucks we go . . . If…

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Ben Hair & Dial M for Muscle

June 13, 2013 at 7:51 pm | 4 Comments

Walk up to the window at Ben Hair, an Epic Salon. The artwork on the glass shows a Roman soldier with the most amazing pompadour… Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Ben Hair & Dial M for…

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Is the Disney Dining Plan Right for You?

June 13, 2013 at 3:00 am | 48 Comments

Time and time again, whether I’m planning vacations for clients, friends, or family, as soon as we decide on a resort, the very next question is almost always “Is the Disney Dining Plan worth it?” …

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A Look Back At Six Flags Full Throttle Construction at Magic Mountain

June 13, 2013 at 2:00 am | 6 Comments

As we approach opening day for Full Throttle at Magic Mountain (June 22, 2013), we wanted to take a look back at the last 20 months, starting with the Log Jammer closure all the way…

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Disney News Round up: Transformational and Sensational

June 12, 2013 at 3:00 am | 1 Comment

Welcome back to another fun-filled, information-packed Disney and Theme park news round up! This week, we round up all sorts of hot new attractions that have just opened for summer 2013 or which have just…

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Jeff Continues To Dish On Disneyland’s Skyway

June 12, 2013 at 2:00 am | 14 Comments

In today’s From The Mouth Of The Mouse, we finish up our conversation with Jeff, who worked on the Skyway at Disneyland in the lat 1980s. He tells us more about his experience there, how…

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Universal Hollywood Officially Announces Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem

June 11, 2013 at 3:07 pm | 11 Comments

Even though MiceChat readers have known about it for quite some time, Universal Studios Hollywood has just officially announced this afternoon that “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” is taking over the building vacated by the Terminator.…

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Busch Gardens Tampa Announces Falcon’s Fury Drop Tower

June 11, 2013 at 2:05 pm | 20 Comments

Busch Gardens Tampa “dropped” some big news today announcing the addition of the Falcon’s Fury drop tower attraction to their line-up of world class thrill rides. The ride will be the tallest free-standing drop tower ride…

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SeaWorld Announces 50th Anniversary Celebration for 3 Parks

June 11, 2013 at 9:00 am | 9 Comments

SeaWorld hopes to make a splash with plans for its 50th anniversary in 2014. Promising a “Sea of Surprises,” all three SeaWorld parks (Orlando, San Diego, and San Antonio) will be celebrating an 18 month anniversary…

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Universal Orlando Resort Transformers Preview

June 11, 2013 at 3:00 am | 20 Comments

Since the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened in 2010, Islands of Adventure has seen a dramatic 72% increase in attendance.  Over that same time period, its next door neighbor, Universal Studios, saw a much…

Communicore Weekly – Tobacco Shop, Realityland, Lilo And Stitch, Oz, Tiki Buffalo

June 11, 2013 at 2:00 am | 4 Comments

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about the Tobacco Shop on Main Street USA, Realityland, Lilo And Stitch and Oz Blu-Rays, and Tiki Buffalo! Download on iTunes here! | http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/communicore-weekly/id496333443 Direct download here! |…

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Summer at Disneyland is here as Big Thunder Mountain refurbishment continues

June 10, 2013 at 5:05 am | 37 Comments

Summer at Disneyland is now in full swing, with most attractions open and the parks open late every night. Summer typically means a ramp up in crowd levels and a slow-down on major construction and…

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Understanding Digital Domain and Digital Domes in Theme Parks

June 10, 2013 at 3:00 am | 7 Comments

In a previous piece, I wrote about how visual effects company Rhythm & Hues, whose work includes “It’s Tough to Be a Bug” at DCA and Animal Kingdom, filed for bankruptcy a week before winning…

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Nerdy Disney Father’s Day

June 10, 2013 at 1:00 am | 2 Comments

Shopping for your favorite nerdy, Disney dad for Father’s Day? I’ve got some great suggestions to help out with the gift-giving that include some great books, theme park gear and one amazing collectible. Every Disney…

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Keeping Score between Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort

June 09, 2013 at 3:01 am | 39 Comments

The bar has been raised. The new level is: Gigantic fire breathing dragon on top of a tower. No word yet on whether or not said fire breathing dragon’s wing flap has a thrust equivalent…

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Unofficial SeaWorld Orlando Podcast, Designer of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins, Brian Morrow

June 09, 2013 at 2:00 am | 2 Comments

In the last episode of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast, we brought you lots of news about the upcoming grand opening of SeaWorld Orlando’s Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. We follow up on that by bringing…

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Dateline Disney World: New Artisan Ice Cream Parlor at EPCOT

June 09, 2013 at 12:01 am | 8 Comments

Hello, and welcome to a weekend edition of Dateline Disney World! We had a tropical storm on my normal photo days, so I stopped by Epcot on my way home from work Friday to get…

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Catching up with Universal Studios Hollywood

June 08, 2013 at 4:00 am | 16 Comments

Universal Studios Hollywood is a park that is never afraid to re-invent its image (or layout, for that matter).  The park is embarking on a multi-year overhaul of its upper lot area that will include…

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast 58 – Duff, Donuts and Dining

June 08, 2013 at 1:06 am | 1 Comment

Episode 58 of the Universal Orlando Podcast is here already people! Listen in as we give you the latest news from Orlando & Hollywood, including an in-depth speculative look at the new Simpson’s Expansion of…

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Oz the Great and Powerful

June 08, 2013 at 1:00 am | 11 Comments

George: Oz the Great and Powerful was released to theaters on March 8 of this year. It always surprises me when a film is released on Blu-ray so quickly, but it’s an easier and more…