Editor’s Note:
  • October 12, 2015: Change is in the wind at the Disneyland Resort – With all the projects now underway or rumored for the Disneyland Resort, we are relaunching Andy Castro's Disneyland Resort Project Tracker on our forums. We invite you to bookmark and check this thread on a regular basis as we track the future of the Disneyland Resort HERE. - We also examine the price increases at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World in an article from Hastin Zylstra HERE and Andy Castro takes a look at Disneyland price increases as the entire Rivers of America complex and Railroad prepare to shut down HERE. ×0
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If you Give Kids the World, it’s Universal

April 24, 2013 at 12:01 am | 15 Comments

This past week Universal Orlando unveiled a truly unique vacation package.  One that truly embodies their new slogan “vacation like you mean it!”  This 3 Day vacation package includes 2 Days at the Universal Orlando…

Posted in Orlando Parkhopper


Universal Studios Hollywood Given Green Light For Evolution

April 23, 2013 at 6:14 pm | 25 Comments

It was a great day for the folks at Universal Studios Hollywood the city and county have given them the authority to build Harry Potter. Construction is set to begin this summer. Actually, Uni was…

Posted in Features


MiceAge Update: Disneyland’s Great Space Safety Race

April 23, 2013 at 3:30 am | 65 Comments

The past 10 days has been a trying time for Disneyland, with an embarrassing $230,000 fine from DOSH for the injury of an outside contractor cleaning the Space Mountain roof last year, the sudden closures…


Magic Kingdom’s A Pirate’s Adventure – Treasure of the Seven Seas

April 23, 2013 at 3:00 am | 8 Comments

The upcoming game, A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasure of the Seven Seas, will soon debut in Adventureland. I will provide several photos here of the game stations now installed in the park, though the game isn’t…

Posted in Features


Universal Orlando Resort, Harry Potter, Transformers, and Screen Play

April 23, 2013 at 12:01 am | 9 Comments

We have a big update from Universal Orlando Resort for you today. Universal’s brand new package deal gives new meaning to their slogan “Vacation like you Mean it.” Signage goes up at Transformers, Rip Ride…


Starbucks moves into the Market House as refurbishment projects continue at Disneyland

April 22, 2013 at 5:05 am | 26 Comments

Happy Earth Day! Disneyland‘s Market House coffee shop closed last week to make room for the park’s upcoming Starbucks location. Building on the success of the hugely successful Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe at Disney…


Spoiler Alert: Hong Kong Disneyland Mystic Manor Ride Through!

April 21, 2013 at 11:13 am | 85 Comments

Hong Kong Disneyland’s Mystic Manor is up and running in cast member tests and previews. The first videos prove that the attraction is a spectacular family-friendly dark ride with advanced special effects. The trackless ride…


SeaWorld Orlando Inches Closer to Antarctica

April 21, 2013 at 1:00 am | 7 Comments

We have a bit of Fire and Ice for you as SeaWorld Orlando kicks off the Viva La Musica festival.  We also check out the progress on Antarctica as it nears completion.  Anyone making plans…


Marvel World: Raphael Sbarge Talks Jiminy Cricket

April 21, 2013 at 12:01 am | 5 Comments

One of the great features of WonderCon, or any pop culture convention for that matter, is the opportunity to meet celebrities and icons.  While browsing Autograph Alley at WonderCon 2013, I happened upon Raphael Sbarge,…


Epic Trip to Tokyo Disneyland: Final Day, Final Thoughts

April 20, 2013 at 3:00 am | 25 Comments

Sadly, we have come to the last installment of ChrisNJ’s report on his trip to Tokyo Disneyland Resort. I can’t thank him enough for taking the time to write and photo-illustrate his report and then…


Hard Hat Tour of Knotts Berry Farm Log Ride Refurbishment and New Boardwalk Rides

April 19, 2013 at 3:35 am | 36 Comments

Knotts Berry Farm is currently hard at work on two major projects. What will likely get the most media attention is an expansion to the Boardwalk area of the park with three new family rides:…


In The Parks: Fairies, Ride Closures and Springtime Fun at Disneyland

April 19, 2013 at 3:30 am | 34 Comments

Uh-oh!  Disneyland and Disney California Adventure both suffered ride closures this week, with more occurring yesterday, as the government safety agency, Cal/OSHA, descended upon the parks and forced action. Meanwhile the shuffle of collectables and…

Posted in In the Parks


Animal Kingdom News, Construction, and Photos

April 19, 2013 at 2:00 am | 31 Comments

Jambo everyone! This week, we’ll be taking a look at some news, construction, and photos from Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We have about 60 photos of the park for you to enjoy today. If you’d like…


Villa View at Aulani

April 18, 2013 at 11:31 pm | 4 Comments

Imagine that you’re on your private lanai about halfway up the Waianae tower at Aulani. No matter which direction you look, the view is great—but the best view is toward the ocean. Read the full…

Posted in Features, Werner Weiss


SAMLAND: Disneyland the Exceptional, Acceptable, and Regrettable

April 18, 2013 at 3:00 am | 26 Comments

How do you get people to evaluate and document what they see and how they feel within the environments that they live, work, and play? That is a question I am frequently asked during my…


Get Park Wise: Top Tips on Using Disney PhotoPass

April 18, 2013 at 12:01 am | 16 Comments

A couple weeks ago, we pondered the question of whether or not Disney PhotoPass is worth the money.  If you decided it wasn’t, maybe these tips will sway you or give you a few ideas…


DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.8 – Disneyland’s Tragic Light Magic

April 17, 2013 at 3:00 am | 46 Comments

Disney legend, Bob Gurr, knows how to tell a story. And today, he has spun the Wheel of Years and landed on a topic which is . . . well. . . a part of…


Disney News Round Up: Disneyland Ride Closures, Snow White Makes Tracks

April 17, 2013 at 2:00 am | 3 Comments

It has been one heck of a news week for the Disney Company (not all of it good). Rides were closed suddenly at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, Disney’s 2D animation has been shown the…


Kevin Yee: Seven Dwarfs Track Spotted at Magic Kingdom and Other News

April 16, 2013 at 4:01 am | 10 Comments

Orlando is hopping with action.  Disney World is in the middle of adding a huge family coaster to their ongoing Fantasyland expansion.  While at the same time, Universal is firing on all cylinders in both…


Universal Orlando Resort Transformers Watch

April 16, 2013 at 12:24 am | 11 Comments

Universal Orlando Resort is on the cusp of transformation with a brand new major budget attraction about ready to open.  Team members have been hired, are being trained, and the ride is cycling daily. But…