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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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Harry Potter Goes Vertical at Universal Orlando Resort

March 12, 2013 at 4:03 am | 23 Comments

Harry Potter goes vertical and Optimus Prime appears for guests in today’s Orlando Parkhopper.  Yes, Universal Orlando Resort has begun meet and greets with the transforming robots and it has proven to be wildly popular. …

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Full Throttle Construction heads over Superman Plaza at Magic Mountain

March 12, 2013 at 4:01 am | 9 Comments

Construction of the new Full Throttle coaster has picked up the pace. The track for the entire back portion of the ride, inside the tunnel and over Superman Plaza has been completed. The large crane…

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Disney Princesses move into their new home at Disneyland’s Fantasy Faire

March 11, 2013 at 5:05 am | 31 Comments

Annual Passholders were invited to preview Disneyland‘s new Fantasy Faire late last week, getting an early glimpse at the park’s rather intimate new princess meet-and-greet area. The new addition to Disneyland’s Fantasyland opens to the…

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Walt Disney World Mysteries Solved

March 11, 2013 at 4:01 am | 19 Comments

With all of this discussion about the new Fantasy Faire opening at Disneyland, I thought we should take a look at the Fantasy Faire area at the Magic Kingdom. Yep, the area where Ariel’s Grotto used…

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More Flowers & Gardens at Epcot

March 10, 2013 at 9:07 pm | 1 Comment

Epcot looks good all year, but it looks its best during the 75-day run of the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival. Even the Leave a Legacy monuments—often maligned as Epcot’s “tombstones”—look festive with colorful vertical…

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Seaworld Orlando Aquatica Celebrates 5 Years

March 10, 2013 at 4:03 am | 13 Comments

AQUATICA SeaWorld Orlando resort celebrates a milestone as Aquatica, SeaWorld’s first water park, turns 5 years old.  I was there that cold March day in 2008 when Aquatica opened.  The wind chill alone would have…

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SeaWorld San Diego Update

March 10, 2013 at 4:02 am | 6 Comments

Time for a SeaWorld San Diego update! The park is moving into high gear on the construction of a whole new park entry. And that means a temporary entry into the park has to be…

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Photos In Wonderland – Knott’s Berry Farm After Dark

March 09, 2013 at 10:59 pm | 7 Comments

Welcome back to another of our brief digital photo ‘excursions.’ Let’s have a look where we are off to this time! Knott’s Berry Farm was founded on the back of a ‘wonder berry’ and a…

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Blu-Ray Review: Hunchbacks and Mulan, Oh My!

March 09, 2013 at 2:00 am | 8 Comments

The Hunchback of Notre Dame / The Hunchback of Notre Dame II During the middle of their 1990s renaissance, Walt Disney Animation showed no signs of changing up their “Broadway Musical at the Movies” formula.…

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In The Parks: Disneyland Opens Fantasy Faire Village

March 08, 2013 at 4:04 am | 50 Comments

The princesses have arrived. After many long months of exile on small world mall, the Disney princesses have a new home in Fantasy Faire Village. Previews began yesterday for annual passholders, We also have more…

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Spring has Sprung at Walt Disney World

March 08, 2013 at 4:03 am | 13 Comments

It’s been two weeks since our last column, and lots of things have changed at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, with progress on the Mine Train and Tangled Toilets at Magic Kingdom, and the Flower…

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Flower & Garden & Food & Beverage

March 07, 2013 at 10:35 pm | 4 Comments

After 19 previous Epcot International Flower & Garden Festivals that focused plants, the 20th edition adds food and beverages—with a garden perspective. Werner Weiss fills you in on what’s new. Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Flower…

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The Very Early History of Universal Studios Hollywood

March 07, 2013 at 4:03 am | 11 Comments

Motion pictures can be an intoxicating and addictive drug for some people. Like a moth to a light, they are drawn into an all consuming passion that can never really be completely satisfied. Carl Laemmle,…

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Top 5 Tips for Surviving Disney Standby Lines with Kids

March 07, 2013 at 4:02 am | 12 Comments

While we generally pass by lines with more than a 15-minute wait, we have been tricked into longer queues.  I’m looking at you, Astro Orbiter!  Or sometimes the wait for your dining reservation can be…

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What’s Happening at the Walt Disney Family Museum – March 2013

March 07, 2013 at 1:00 am | 6 Comments

The long, cold nights are nearly behind us as the vernal equinox rears its glorious head. And with this new month and season, lots of great stuff is coming to the Walt Disney Family Museum!…

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DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.5 – 1937 Grand Central Air Terminal the Original WDI Creative Campus

March 06, 2013 at 4:03 am | 28 Comments

Legendary Disney Imagineer, Bob Gurr, has set the Wheel of Years spinning once again. Wherever the red arrow points is where today’s story will start. Let’s see what Bob has in store The Wheel of…

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Disney News Round Up: Royal Faire, Photography, New Park Maps and More

March 06, 2013 at 4:02 am | 1 Comment

Will Aladin’s carpets fly again at DCA? The hot dogs of Oz. The story behind Minnie’s Moonlight Madness.  The new Ratatouille ride has finally been announced for the Disneyland Paris Resort.  Toned down fireworks for…

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Walt Disney World Memories – Part 3

March 06, 2013 at 4:01 am | 3 Comments

In today’s From The Mouth Of The Mouse, we continue with a multi-part series we started two weeks ago where we talk to Stan, who worked all over the Walt Disney World Resort. We think…

Communicore Weekly – Swiss Family Treehouse, Death Valley, Buena Vista Construction, WRE

March 05, 2013 at 2:16 pm | 3 Comments

Welcome to this week’s exciting episode of Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Swiss Family Treehouse, Race To Death Valley, Buena Vista Construction, and Western River Explosives! DISNEY HISTORY! – Have you ever been shipwrecked…

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Disney’s MyMagic+ Good or Evil?

March 05, 2013 at 4:04 am | 64 Comments

Online reception to Disney’s NextGen initiative, called MyMagic+, has been far short of what one could charitably call lukewarm. In fact, the more appropriate term is, probably, outright hatred. I’ve done my share of moaning…