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The Demise of the O-Zell Company

Although born in Chicago, Walt spent less than six years living there—his first four and a half years and then one intensely busy year as a teenager. The O-Zell Company was part of Walt’s teenage years—and now it’s back in a new form.   Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: The Demise of the O-Zell Company   When you are done reading, please...

What is the Best Place to Stay at Walt Disney World in December?

December at Disney World is truly a sight to behold. Lights, glitter and gingerbread around every corner. Parks boast larger than life Christmas trees and carols waft through the air as the atmosphere takes on an even more magical and cheerful tone than usual. The resorts, of course, are not left out of the merriment. So, what is the...

Marvelous Marvel – The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Part 4

This blog series has given examples of how Marvel has brought in traditional comic book storytelling and character development to television. If you are joning us in the middle, please take a moment to review parts One, Two, and Three first. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. demonstrates that heroes come from many different backgrounds. There are spies, computer hackers, biologists, engineers and...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #118 – Disney Hipsters Assumptions of Universal Orlando Resort

Welcome to another episode of the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast. On this show we begin helping a listener out by suggesting ways that they could let their kids know that they are going to Orlando after keeping it a secret. If you have any suggestions, stick them in the comments below. The Disney Hipsters recently visited Universal Orlando Resort and we...

Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we're taking a look at the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Let's see what all the buzz is about . . . That's going to do it for this week! Are you an Osborne lights lover? Do you remember the old version of this spectacle on...

Terri’s World – Country Bears Story – Part 1

I had been working with the Henson team for some time when the opportunity to work on the Country Bears film came about. Disney had contacted The Jim Henson Company to create the bears for the film and the suit performers were selected and brought in for measurements and body casting. To clarify, a suit performer is the person who gets...

Disney News Round Up: Christmas has Frozen Over

The MiceChat Roundup brings you another healthy dose of Theme Park and Disney fun.  We start things off by sharing news about Disneyland's Candlelight Processional event and Arendelle coming to Storybookland.  Should Space Mountain get a Star Wars retheme?  What are those secret menu items that you can order in the park?  We next share info on the Turner...

MiceAge Update – The Force Awakens For Disneyland Resort

Since this past summer we’ve been telling you in these updates all about the new attractions and entertainment coming to Anaheim for 2015, and this Thursday morning Disneyland Resort President Michael Colglazier will address a crowd of DCA managers to finally begin announcing some of what’s coming to the Anaheim parks in the weeks and months ahead. That internal...

The Great Movie Ride and TCM

With this past Wednesday’s announcement revealing a partnership between Disney and TCM, I thought it would an ideal time to reflect briefly on the history, as well as take a somewhat detailed look at the current incarnation, of this opening day attraction. We'll also do some speculating on what might be coming soon. The Great Movie ride opened with Disney’s...

Rain Rain Rain at the Disneyland Resort

Thanksgiving Day crowds enjoyed a healthy dose of holiday cheer at the Disneyland Resort despite the rain that moved in on Sunday night.  Many argue that Disneyland is far more magical in the rain than at any other time.  Is it the lights, the cool air, or is it just the lack of crowds?  Whatever the reason, there is...

Mousetalgia Podcast 319: Don Hahn; Walt Disney; holiday gifts

Walt Disney's birthday special edition! This week, Mousetalgia welcomes director/producer Don Hahn back to the show to help us celebrate the 113th anniversary of Walt's birth. First, Hahn discusses "Christmas with Walt," his film about Walt Disney's personal holiday celebrations with his family and his studio, which is screening this month at the Walt Disney Family Museum. Next, Jeff...

Universal versus Disney: The Unofficial Guide to American Theme Parks’ Greatest Rivalry

Sam is back, and this time it's really personal. Today, we run the prologue of his new book which releases on Tuesday of this week! Universal versus Disney: The Unofficial Guide to American Theme Parks' Greatest Rivalry Prologue Universal Studios did not set out to challenge The Walt Disney Company in the theme park business. The men who ran the Music Corporation...

Christmas Season Lights Up Disneyland Paris

Christmas has arrived at the Disneyland Paris Resort. Thanks to Alain Littaye of the Disney and more blog, we have front row seats to the Christmas parade and castle show! ~~Rick Christmas Season Lights Up Disneyland Paris by Alain Littaye The Christmas season has arrived at Disneyland Paris, and we have some wonderful photos thanks to Max, D&M contributor and DLPWelcome...

Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk Kicks off the Holiday

The holidays are bright, loud, and full of music and fun at Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk.  Monday night marked the beginning of a season-long concert series.  The event was hosted by Carson Daly, fresh off the set from NBC's The Voice. Carson took the stage at about 7:30 and greeted the huge crowd that had gathered for the tree lighting...

Six Flags Magic Mountain Presents Holiday in the Park

Six Flags Magic Mountain has seen its share of ups and downs, and we're not just talking about the record setting coasters.  Over the years the park has struggled to maintain a family friendly atmosphere while still promoting ever more extreme attractions. This winter, the park will hold its first ever "Holiday in the Park," Christmas event.  I'm happy...

Disafterdark Series 3, Episode 2 – The listener phone in show (Finally)

Welcome back to DisAfterDark, we thank you for the download. After some delay, we are finally getting back on our podcasting feet. This is the phone in (well, Skype, but it still counts) show. Paul, Paul, Nick and Craig are joined by a few others, some you might even recognize. and it wasn’t until I listened back to it, I realize my own...

Knotts Merry Farm Delivers Down Home Christmas Cheer

No other park offers a Christmas celebration quite like Knott's Berry Merry Farm. Their particular mix of down-home charm, mouthwatering munchies, and live entertainment remains a unique Southern California gem that must be experienced.  Today we share what's happening down on the farm, including the Christmas Crafts Village, The Birdcage Theatre presentations of The Gift of the Magi and...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #117 – News, Cowfish and Trip Report

Welcome to another Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast. We begin this show with a news update which includes the announcement of some of the "celebrities that will be attending next years A Celebration of Harry Potter event at Universal Orlando Resort. For more information head over to UniversalOrlando.com# Universal Orlando have also announced that they will be holding an "Every Witch Way"...

Yesterland: Happiest Turkeys on Earth

It’s 2005 at Yesterland. You can visit two turkeys here—37-pound Marshmallow and 35-pound Yam. They look like regular farm-raised turkeys, albeit very large ones. But these gobblers have bragging rights—especially one of them.   Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Happiest Turkeys on Earth   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party

If one was to look for a story that sums up this time of year for many people, they would not have to go much farther than the novella of Mister Charles Dickens, entitled "A Christmas Carol". Since the initial publication in December of 1843, this tale of redemption at Christmas in Victorian England has been a favorite of...