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Visiting John Muir’s Home

Visiting John Muir's Home By Marc Ricketts Alert readers may have noticed by now that since the Bay Area theme parks don’t have as much news as the ones to the south, I like to fill in some of the gaps by visiting my other favorite type of parks, the National ones. Few people are more connected to those than Theodore...

Fab Disney News – Iron, Diamonds and D23

Happy Weekend! Mine started off with a bang as my car was rear-ended by a huge pickup truck Wednesday morning, so it hasn't been Thursday news day until today. Tonight at 5PM, we're meeting up at the Original Trader Sam's to do some mugging and talk and trade tiki mugs. Stop by and say hello. Last night, MiceChatters got a...

Voyage to the Iron Reef opens at Knotts Berry Farm!

After waiting years for a new attraction to fill the abandoned, upstairs space in Knott's Berry Farm's former dark ride show building (Knott's Berry Tales and Kingdom of the Dinosaurs), we finally have something new up there. Ladies and gentlemen, the all new 4D attraction, Voyage to the Iron Reef has opened at Knott's Berry Farm! Best of all,...

Reminders of Disneyland’s Past, Part 2

The conclusion of this two-parter has more actual remnants of the past, tributes by Disney’s Imagineers, and examples of creative recycling. The research and text are from Chris Strodder. Werner Weiss added photos.   Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Reminders of Disneyland’s Past, Part 2   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Springfield U.S.A. Officially Opens at Universal Studios Hollywood

Tuesday night a block party was held to officially open Springfield U.S.A. at Universal Studios Hollywood.  That's right, America's most yellow family now has a full land where fans can explore the sights, sounds, and foods of T.V's longest running sitcom. Springfield at Universal Studios Hollywood features the many iconic landmarks made famous throughout the series’ mind boggling 26 seasons,...

Deluxe Villa Resorts at Walt Disney World

Last time we ran through the quick and dirty version of the deluxe resorts at Walt Disney World.  Big WDW fans may already know, there's another set of deluxe resorts – the villas!  These options are great for large families and afford many of the same luxuries as the deluxe resorts. “Add-On” Villa Resorts Since the recent addition of villas at...

Wonderful Refurbishments at the Magic Kingdom

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we are at the Magic Kingdom, and we are focusing on some of the great work Disney has been doing to keep their #1 park in top notch condition. Let's take a look! That's going to do it for this week's column. Do you like what you see at the Magic...

Season Pass Podcast – Universal’s Diagon Alley is Much More Than Butter Beer

This muggle hasn’t had the pleasure, yet, of experiencing Harry Potter Diagon Alley, but maybe you have? In preparation for summer theme park season (I can’t believe it’s basically already here! What happened to winter and spring?!) we take an auditory trip with the guys to talk about their reviews of everything from queue theming to butter beer ice...

This Week’s News with The Fabulous Disney Babe

Just returned from The Camping Trip From Hell and oh-so-glad to be back to civilization. So why am I rambling? Let's get to the news! Get a Dark Helmet (or a light one) Disney and UNICEF's Children's Fund have had a long and happy relationship, starting with their sponsorship of "it's a small world" at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair....

Merlin’s Growing Power in Central Florida

What is the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the name Merlin? For many of you, medieval mythology, you might think of a powerful wizard who helped out King Arthur in his administration of Camelot. However, recent openings in the Orlando area may soon have you thinking of the other connotation of Merlin: Merlin Entertainments. “Merlin...

Disneyland Diamonds and Hatbox Ghosts

The Hatbox Ghost has returned to the Haunted Mansion! It's true!  We have that story and more in today's Disneyland Resort edition of In The Parks.  While we aren't getting a new attraction to celebrate 60 years of Walt's original park, there are still some wonderfully enjoyable things on their way.  With The Hatbox Ghost already mentioned we have...

Mousetalgia Podcast 342: You asked, we answered

Heigh ho - it's time for Mousetalgia to dig, dig, dig into the mailbag! Topics include: tips for traveling with a child; what to expect from 24-hour day and Disneyland's 60th anniversary launch; picky eaters vs. Disneyland's restaurants; Disney-style wedding vows; traveling to Disneyland and dining with a large group; DCA's Frozen stage show; tips for attending the Pacific...

Tim Grassey – Addicted To The Easy Money

On June 18th 2010, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter changed the way that people think about theme parks. J.K. Rowling created a world that was all encompassing and Universal Creative reproduced it as an entire land devoted to a single intellectual property. It remains a remarkable achievement, but it very well may have been a harbinger for change...

The Sweep Spot 153 Disneyland Book of Lists with Chris Strodder

In this episode we talk with author Chris Strodder about his newest book Disneyland Book of Lists. Chris is the author also of The Disneyland Encyclopedia. We discuss his book, Disneyland history and more. Plus the latest in the Disneyland Current Events.

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #136 – Disney vs Universal

On this episode we delve in to the mailbag to discuss what we would like to see for Halloween Horror Nights 25, we get into the Selfie Stick debate, some Diagon Alley tips and answer a family's question about why they should give Universal Orlando Resort some of their Orlando vacation time instead of Walt Disney World. We then put...

Frozen Franchise Invades Disneyland Paris

Frozen Franchise Invades Disneyland Paris by Max Fan, DLPWelcome Hi everybody, it’s under a threatening sky that we offer our latest Disneyland Paris update. The floral Mickey features the colors of Spring! The entrance paving is complete and is continuing on to the Disneyland Hotel. A very nice result. Welcome to Disneyland Park New speakers have appeared on Central Plaza, facing the center. The Lancelot's...

Explore Our Wild World at the Brevard Zoo

Located less than an hour east of the land of the mouse lies the small town of Melbourne, Florida. Located only a few miles north of Patrick Air Force Base and just south of the Kennedy Space Center, it is one of the gateways to the Space Coast, but the final frontier isn’t the only attraction in this part...

Disafterdark Series 3, Episode 13 – Walts Frozen Head.

Welcome back to the Mouses Head and thank you for the download. Joining us in the bar today is the director and filmmaker Ben Lancaster. Ben is currently producing a feature-length comedy shot on location in Orlando about the head of the world's largest media conglomerate. If you want your name in the credits, have a look here. Enjoy the show,...

A Wizarding Update from Universal Studios Hollywood

It's a gigantic update today from Universal Studios Hollywood, the entertainment capital of Los Angeles.  It's all about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as we bring you a huge photo update from the construction site.  You will not believe the amazing progress that has been made.  Still, there is plenty to get done before the area opens one...

Reminders of Disneyland’s Past, Part 1

This article includes actual remnants of the past, tributes by Disney’s Imagineers, and examples of creative recycling. The research and text are from Chris Strodder. Werner Weiss added a photo in front of each list item.   Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Reminders of Disneyland’s Past, Part 1   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.