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Mom, Can My Friend Go To Disney With Us?

June 20, 2013 at 3:30 am | 18 Comments

If you’ve been following Park Wise this year, you’ve no doubt seen photos of my little mouseketeers. The adorable and sassy princess-turned-pirate is my niece. She travels with us at least once a year, and…

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Epcot: Exceptional, Acceptable, and Regrettable

June 20, 2013 at 3:00 am | 36 Comments

Epcot has long been a favorite of mine. As you can imagine, I have been somewhat obsessed with Walt’s original vision, if you know what I mean (I did write the book Walt and the Promise…

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Disney Cruise Line, Cruising For The First Time

June 20, 2013 at 2:30 am | 10 Comments

Are you an avid cruiser? If you are anything like I was, odds are you’ve never really considered Disney Cruise Line as an option to take before. In fact, I never thought about cruising with…

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DESIGN: Those Were The Times No. 12 – 1991 Fast Wireframe Design

June 19, 2013 at 3:00 am | 20 Comments

Want to know how Disney Imagineering works? Disney legend, Bob Gurr, takes us back to his days working at Disneyland. He has spun the Wheel of Years and landed on 1991 to talk about his…

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Dueling Disney: Best Second Gate

June 19, 2013 at 2:00 am | 35 Comments

The term “second gate” refers to a resort’s second theme park. Disney’s first second gate, EPCOT Center, opened in Walt Disney World in October of 1982. Disneyland didn’t get its second gate, Disney’s California Adventure…

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Disney News Round up: Starbucks, D23 is Free and more!

June 19, 2013 at 1:00 am | 1 Comment

Welcome to the re-designed Disney News Round Up, we hope you enjoy what we have been putting together for the past eight years! This week has been busy with Disney news. Starbucks has opened to…

Communicore Weekly – Timber Mountain Log Ride, WARP, Atlantis, Emperors New Groove, Bud Hurlbut

June 18, 2013 at 9:49 am | 1 Comment

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Timber Mountain Log Ride, WARP, Atlantis, Emperors New Groove, and Bud Hurlbut! Download on iTunes here! | http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/communicore-weekly/id496333443 Direct download here! | http://www.bamferproductions.com/communicore/0075-CommunicoreWeekly.mp3 DISNEY HISTORY! –  Sometimes…

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Universal Orlando Resort Update: The Mad Dash to the Transformers Grand Opening

June 18, 2013 at 3:00 am | 10 Comments

Transformers the Ride: 3-D officially opens this Thursday, June 20th.  While all the focus will be on the newest addition to the Universal Orlando Resort, last minute projects are being completed elsewhere in the resort…

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Magic Kingdom Starbucks Main Street Bakery Opens Today

June 18, 2013 at 1:00 am | 33 Comments

Tuesday, June 18th marks the official re-opening of the iconic Main Street Bakery at the Magic Kingdom.  This classic Magic Kingdom location for sweet treats and drinks has been closed for the last few months…

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Coffee with Kurtti: Armchair Imagineering Tomorrowland

June 18, 2013 at 12:01 am | 11 Comments

This time Jeff and I endeavor to solve the mystery that is “how do you fix Disneyland’s Tomorrowland?” In our first attempt at ”armchair imagineering,” we focus on the problems with Tomorrowland, and offer up what…

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Disney D23 Launches All New Website and Free Memberships

June 17, 2013 at 10:00 am | 20 Comments

There are hundreds of fan sites dedicated to covering Disney and the Disney Universe that are run and operated by Disney fans. In 2009, Disney themselves jumped into the online fan space with D23, the…

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Long-time Disneyland traditions return as California Adventure celebrates first anniversaries

June 17, 2013 at 5:05 am | 33 Comments

A couple great long-time Disneyland traditions returned over the weekend for the busy summer season. For music fans, the big news was the triumphant return of the evening swing parties at what is now the…

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SeaWorld San Diego Welcomes Summer

June 16, 2013 at 1:24 am | 2 Comments

Welcome to this week’s SeaWorld San Diego update! We’ve got quite a lengthy update this week, covering the new entrance, Cirque ’13, and much more! Let’s dive right into it! New Entrance / Explorer’s Reef…

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Knotts Your Typical Summer Fun

June 15, 2013 at 3:00 am | 51 Comments

Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, is a park in transition. Since the Knott family sold the park to Cedar Fair in 1997, the focus had moved steadily from family attractions to high thrills.…

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Spring Blooms at Disneyland Paris

June 15, 2013 at 2:00 am | No Comments

Here’s a spring update from Disneyland Paris brought to us by Alain Littaye of the Disney and more blog. Alain tells the story of how the Big Thunder Mountain trains almost lost their locomotives during…

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Disney Blu-ray Bonanza

June 15, 2013 at 1:15 am | 15 Comments

George: Disney has released four Blu-ray sets this past week. We reviewed Oz the Great and Powerful last week so that leaves us three films to cover this week! Disney has released combo packs for…

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Disneyland Summer Swarm

June 14, 2013 at 4:00 am | 15 Comments

The Disneyland Resort is in the middle of an average summer season. The crowds are swelling, schools are shuttering for the season, and the parks are becoming packed with locals and visitors alike. There is…

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Magic Kingdom Starbucks Windows and Mine Train Track

June 14, 2013 at 2:00 am | 25 Comments

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’re taking a look at the Magic Kingdom and the two big projects there. Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho, it’s off to Starbucks we go . . . If…

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Ben Hair & Dial M for Muscle

June 13, 2013 at 7:51 pm | 4 Comments

Walk up to the window at Ben Hair, an Epic Salon. The artwork on the glass shows a Roman soldier with the most amazing pompadour… Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Ben Hair & Dial M for…

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Is the Disney Dining Plan Right for You?

June 13, 2013 at 3:00 am | 48 Comments

Time and time again, whether I’m planning vacations for clients, friends, or family, as soon as we decide on a resort, the very next question is almost always “Is the Disney Dining Plan worth it?” …