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MiceAge Update: Return of the Hatbox Ghost

We have a mini MiceAge update for you today with some really big news. The Disneyland Resort has had some very busy weeks lately, with the popular Halloween Time season playing to Anaheim’s two key demographics; local Annual Passholders and families from the western states and Canadian provinces on school holidays. The result is full hotels and daily attendance approaching...

Rail Trip to the Walt Disney Family Museum

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Walt Disney Family Museum, a group of intrepid Disney fans took to the rails to make an experience out of the event. On board, we had a great group of people, along with the staff: myself, my husband Noe, our daughter Alice and the ringleader for all of this nonsense Roger Colton of...

Disneyland Resort Holiday Switcheroo and Rosie’s Dough

Happy Monday Morning folks! Andy Castro and Dateline Disneyland are on vacation today, but In The Parks is here to deliver the week in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure news. It's a small world is getting its holiday overlay.  The park isn't even done celebrating Halloween and already preparations for Christmas are underway.  Some of the shops on Main Street have already...

Mousetalgia Podcast 313: Ryman Arts Fundraiser, a trip to Chili John’s

Mousetalgia reports on "An Affair of the Art," the Ryman Arts annual fundraiser held at the home of Disney Legend Marty Sklar, which raises funds to help offer art training to high school students. This year, the event was focused on Herb Ryman's history with the circus, and featured a panel discussing the sketches and artwork Ryman created while...

Tim Grassey: MyMagic+ and the Myth of Convenience

My wife and I recently returned from a great trip to Central Florida, and while it’s late to the game, I wanted to share my general observations about MyMagic+. We had experienced pieces of it before but this was the first trip where I utilized all the major components. I’ve talked ad nauseam about Fastpass+ and most of it has...

Top five things to do in Historic St. Augustine

Four hundred and forty nine years ago, a small expedition led by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés landed on the western shore of the Matanzas River and founded a settlement known as St. Augustine. This settlement  served as the capital of Spanish Florida for two hundred years and is the oldest continuously occupied European city in the United States. St. Augustine...

Coasting Above Lake Erie at Cedar Point

A Day by the Bay Lake Coasting above Lake Erie at Cedar Point by Marc Ricketts When I’m writing about destinations near the San Francisco Bay, they are usually places with which I’m familiar, and with our various parks, have years of visitation and even a bit of employment history. But we were recently able to spend time near another...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #112 – Diagon Alley Roundtable Part 2

Welcome back Universal fans. On this show Darren, Nina and Gregory talk to Lee and Tracey about the food and drink, entertainment and Interactive wands inside the new Universal Studios Florida attraction Diagon Alley. They begin talking about the food options that can be found inside Diagon Alley, specifically inside The Leaky Cauldron restaurant.   We then move on to the MANY...

Knotts Berry Farm Fall Fun and Park News

Knott's Berry Farm is in full haunt swing.  But that isn't all that is going on at this classic Southern California Theme park.  There is the kid-friendly Camp Spooky that children can enjoy during the day.  And, for more adventurous rug rats, The Witch's Keep overlay of the Calico Mine Ride is running during the day as well as at the...

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 24 Thrills

The dark veil of Halloween Horror Nights has descended yet again on Universal Studios in Orlando. For the past twenty-four years around Halloween time, Universal has turned their parks into nightmare fuel to scare, shock and disturb their guests. This year is no exception. In the interest of full disclosure, I have to let you know that it was...

Walt Disney Birthplace – Restoration Underway

Perhaps you remember the story. Around ten months ago, two theme park professionals announced they had purchased the house in Chicago that was Walt Disney’s birthplace and childhood home, with the goal of restoring it to how it was when the Disney family lived there.   Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Walt Disney Birthplace - Restoration Underway   When you are done...

Netting Comes Down Around the Disney Animal Kingdom Tree of Life

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we're taking a look around Disney's Animal Kingdom! Let's go! There were many rumors these past few weeks that some of the netting around the Tree of Life had come down, so I went to investigate. So, the nets were still up on the west side of the tree. Let's keep digging. Trail...

Where to Satisfy Your Pizza Cravings at Walt Disney World

Maybe it's that I'm missing the Food and Wine Fest this year. Maybe it's that I love a good pie. Or maybe it's just because it's mid-afternoon when I write this, and my stomach is starting to grumble, but I've got pizza on the brain and have been craving one of my favorite slices from the World. But we'll...

WTTM Podcast: Disney Parks Blog Creepy Cruise & A Mad T Halloween

It's October... and that means its time for a month full of Halloween fun! On this show, Bryn, Calvin and Paul visit Disneyland for The Disney Parks Blog Creepy Cruise and then we head over to DCA to enjoy highlights from A Mad T Halloween! Enjoy! ********************************* Direct Link | iTunes Link ********************************* THE WTTM PODCAST APPLICATIONS for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch & now for...

Bob’s True-Life Adventures – No.14 Burning Man – 2007

Today's Wheel of Adventures has stopped at 2007, so here we go, to a creative adventure in the desert with Bob Gurr. The Nevada desert in August every year attracts over 50,000 very special folks to a hot dusty barren dry lake bed completely devoid of any amenities - not even weeds will grow there. Why special? They call themselves...

Five Tips for Easy Park Hopping at Walt Disney World

One of the great things about a visit to the Walt Disney World Resort is the fact that you don’t just have one theme park to choose from, but four uniquely themed worlds where you can immerse yourself in the magic. Many visitors choose to try and conquer only one park each day, but for the well prepared and...

The Seasonpass Podcast: Scare L.A.

The Season Pass Reviews the biggest Halloween convention in Southern California, Scare LA. Interviews with Universal Hollywood Halloween Horror Night's Chris Williams, Ben Dickow and more!

Planes, Tanks, and Props: Farewell to the Studio Backlot Tour at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

With the closing of the studio Backlot tour, I thought I would share some history of the attraction. The Studio Backlot Tour opened with Disney's MGM Studios (Now Hollywood Studios) on May 1st 1989. The original entrance to the tour was housed at the current entrance to The Magic of Disney Animation. The original tour lasted much longer then the final...

Howl-O-Scream Is A Frighteningly Good Time

I recently had the opportunity to check out this year's Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa, now in its 14th year. The general theme for the event is "Cursed," and here's why: There is a song. They say you’re cursed once you hear it. Survive a night with hundreds of roaming creatures at Howl-O-Scream 2014 to break the curse. Or, spread the...

Main Street, U.S.A. changes continue during Disneyland’s Halloween Time

Disneyland unveiled its new First Aid facility last week, revealing new fully-themed facades at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. The new facades replace simple, minimally-themed facades that had been up since the early 1960s with lovely brickwork, faux second-story windows, and more. Meanwhile, other refurbishments continue in Disneyland on Main Street, in New Orleans Square, and...