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The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian — Great inside! Outside… Well, take a look.

October 24, 2013 at 9:45 pm | 23 Comments

The villas themselves are spectacular—exceeding even the high standards of the other DVC resorts at Walt Disney World. But the outside of the building could have been better. Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: The Villas at…

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Three Great Quick Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World

October 24, 2013 at 5:02 am | 20 Comments

With a plethora of restaurant choices at Walt Disney World, there is something to suit every palate.  If you’re a fan of the typical burger and fries fare one normally finds at a theme park,…

Posted in Disney, Park Wise

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SAMLAND: How the Court of Angels Got Its Name

October 24, 2013 at 5:00 am | 24 Comments

One of the best things about Samland are the readers. You folks are great. I recently posted an article about the Court of Angels that used to be in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square. One of…

Posted in Disney, Features, Samland

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Disney News Round Up: Safety is our Top Priority!

October 23, 2013 at 5:00 am | No Comments

Today’s round up is full of holiday goodness, even if you are not in the spirit of the holidays quite yet! Disneyland and Walt Disney World have already started to set up decorations, but Halloween…

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Busch Gardens Tampa Is Ready For Halloween!

October 23, 2013 at 5:00 am | 5 Comments

We’re back with another Busch Gardens Tampa update! Lots of news and photos, so let’s get right to it, shall we? Howl-O-Scream Howl-O-Scream is in its final week, terrorizing guests select nights through October 26.…

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Universal Orlando Update – Diagon Alley and big CityWalk changes

October 22, 2013 at 5:02 am | 14 Comments

We are back this week with a resort wide update! Big changes are happening in CityWalk, there are some beautiful new Diagon Alley details, along with some fun photos from the MiceChat Halloween Horror Nights…

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Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare Lives Up to its Name

October 22, 2013 at 5:01 am | 4 Comments

Rob Zombie, musician and film maker, is no stranger to horror.  His special brand of macabre metal and theatrical staging are an iconic element of the rock and roll landscape.  It makes perfect sense that…

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Just Glow With the Shoooow

October 22, 2013 at 5:01 am | 14 Comments

There’s a song in the WDW Finding Nemo Musical which seems apropos to the current situation: “just go with the flow”, Crush might belt out, and he might as well be singing about the new…

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The holidays move in on Halloween Time as off-season refurbishments continue at Disneyland

October 21, 2013 at 5:05 am | 42 Comments

Halloween Time is still in full swing at Disneyland but that isn’t stopping the holidays from moving in early. The first signs of the holidays are now popping up around both theme parks, with thousands…

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #67 – Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood

October 19, 2013 at 1:58 am | No Comments

The one where we talk Halloween Horror Nights…again! Not only do we chat Orlando, but we have our Hollywood correspondent, Norm Fishbulb, joining us as part of this episode’s ‘Dead Man’s Digest, to tell us…

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Disneyland refurbishments continue before the holidays arrive as toys find a new home in Paradise

October 18, 2013 at 2:05 am | 24 Comments

Disneyland refurbishments continue as the popular Halloween Time season starts to wind down and the theme parks approach the ever-popular holiday season. This week we’ll fill you in on various refurbishments in both parks including…

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Magic Kingdom Construction and Photos!

October 18, 2013 at 2:00 am | 27 Comments

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’re covering the Magic Kingdom. Over 50 photos, so let’s go! If you’d like to support the column and shop on Amazon.com at the same time,…

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DCA Then & Now, Part 3: Paradise Pier

October 17, 2013 at 7:15 pm | 12 Comments

Today, in the third of a series of Disney California Adventure “then and now” comparisons, Yesterland looks at some parts of Paradise Pier. More of Paradise Pier will follow in a future article. Read the…

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How to Stop and Smell the Roses at a Disney Park

October 17, 2013 at 3:10 am | 37 Comments

We just flew home from another great trip to Walt Disney World, and, boy, are my arms tired.  Yeah.  I went there.  Although we had newbies with us, we ended up taking a lot of…

Posted in Features, Park Wise

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SAMLAND: Selections from the Library

October 17, 2013 at 3:03 am | 1 Comment

Sam Gennawey reviews two interesting books for Disney fans today.  First up King of the Jesters, the Danny Kaye biography from David Koenig.  And after that is New Media For Designers + Builders by Stephen…

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WTTM WDW 022 “Boo to You and a Perfect Mansion Ride”

October 17, 2013 at 3:00 am | No Comments

This week, Jeremiah takes you to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom for a few adventures captured during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013.  You will hear the wonderful and very fun Boo to You…

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DESIGN: Those Were The Times No. 20 – 1950 Sports Car Racing

October 16, 2013 at 3:00 am | 9 Comments

Bob Gurr, race car fanatic?  That’s right.  This Disney Legend was a speed racer way back in the day.  In fact today we set our time machine to 1950 and try to keep up with…

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Disney News Round Up: Avatar Animal Kingdom, Halloween Time and More

October 16, 2013 at 12:29 am | No Comments

It has been a rough week for Disneyland as they re-launch their disabled access program. How is it holding up with the many upset guests that do not like the changes? We also have big…

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Disney Animal Kingdom Avatarland in Context

October 15, 2013 at 3:00 am | 81 Comments

The Avatarland project at Disney’s Animal Kingdom got a sudden and unexpected boost Friday night (United States’ time) when details and concept art were unveiled at the D23 Expo taking place in Tokyo, several time…

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Knott’s Scary Farm Shows Scare and Entertain

October 15, 2013 at 2:14 am | 9 Comments

When most folks think of Knott’s Scary Farm, haunted mazes immediately come to mind.  Foggy alleyways with sinister monsters around every corner are the quintesential image from the world’s biggest, longest running, theme park Halloween…