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Mousetalgia Podcast 293: Maleficent ’14/’59, Canemaker on Schultheis

Mousetalgia welcomes Academy Award winning author/historian/filmmaker John Canemaker back to the show to discuss his new book, “The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis & the Secrets of Walt Disney's Movie Magic." Schultheis, who worked for the Disney Studio in the late '30s, hid notebooks detailing the methods that Disney's process lab used for some of their most incredible special effects...

Iconic Giant Dipper Celebrates 90 Years in Santa Cruz

I'm pleased to announce that Weekend Update contributor Marc Ricketts is back with a series of articles from the San Francisco Bay area. Today we'll visit the venerable Giant Dipper Roller Coaster on the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz. At 90 years in operation, this is California's oldest roller coaster! ~~Rick Iconic Giant Dipper Celebrates 90 Years in Santa Cruz by...

Universal Studios Hollywood Delivers Christmas in Spring

Q. What has 600 pounds of chicken, 600 pounds of vegetables, 600 pounds of salad, 4,000 desserts, Shrek, Beetlejuice, Scooby-Doo, and Minions? A. Universal Studios Hollywood’s 23rd annual “Christmas in Spring” celebration. Universal Studios Hollywood is actively engaged in a wide variety of community programs and initiatives year round.  Yesterday, Universal Studios Hollywood's "Discover a Star" foundation gave back to the community by...

Disafterdark Series 2, Episode 18 – The Stuart Miller Shout Out Show.

Welcome back to the Mouses Head and thank you for the download. Todays special guest is Derek Burgan, and Craig makes another appearance and talks a bit more this time. We discuss some news, we fail at coming up with our six top coasters and we forget to put Derek to the test on DisafterMind, so he will have to come...

The Haunted Mansion Show: Creepy California or Frightening Florida?

We all know that there are two Haunted Mansions in two individual Magic Kingdoms. Some say that one is better than the other and visa-versa. So, in this episode, we ask the question: Creepy California or Frightening Florida? Cast your eerie vote in the comments section and find out who wins in the next episode! This looks rather innocent; just...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #93 – News, Rumors and On Location

On this Episode we begin by welcoming Gregory to the Team and wishing Tyler Galinanes a Happy 10th Birthday. We then move on to the news, covering such topics as Mardi Gras, a more in depth discussion about the Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts attraction details that Universal gave out a couple of weeks ago, the new Wizarding...

Space Mountain Goes Down Flags Go Up

Another week, another refurbishment. With the long holiday weekend behind us, Space Mountain has finally gone down for its refurb. We see some interesting progress over at Alice In Wonderland as swarms of hardhats descend on the classic ride for a look-see.  Of course, Club 33 continues with its renovation, while below, more pathways are cordoned off.  Meanwhile, in Disney...

A Look Inside the Refurbished Knott’s Berry Farm Calico Mine Ride

Situated in the heart of Knott's Berry Farm is a remarkable piece of theme park history. The 54 year old dark ride masterpiece, the Calico Mine Ride.  Designed by Wendell "Bud" Hurlbut and opened in 1960, the attraction was a groundbreaking mix of immersive theming and educational storytelling.  This attraction sent riders on a journey aboard "ore carts" for...

The Walt Disney Story at Yesterland

Step into the Main Street Opera House at Yesterland for a tribute to a truly great American… Abraham Lincoln? No. Walt Disney!   Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: The Walt Disney Story   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

This Could be the Start of Something Big: The Story of Arrow Development Part 2

Dexter Francis returns with part 2 of his series on Arrow Development, the company behind so many great Disney attractions. For part one, CLICK HERE. The four years between 1946 and 1950 were very busy for Arrow. So much so that there wasn't even time to put a sign up on the new building. Work had been coming in so...

Rats in the Kitchen – Ratatouille Restaurant to Open at Walt Disney Studios Paris on July 10th

Disneyland Paris released this new concept-art showing the inside of Bistro Chez Remy, a new table service restaurant set to open the same day of the WDS Ratatouille ride, on July 10. They've also released the picture below showing the costumes of the cast members who will work on the ride or in the restaurant. As you can see...

My Disneyland Memories – AMERICA SINGS!

This week, Magic Joe continues "Music Month" with another recording from his personal audio library that perfectly “revolves” around music – America Sings!  Enjoy! Direct Link THE WTTM PODCAST APPLICATIONS for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch & now for Android & Kindle Fire Mobile access to the shows, and MUCH more! The WindowtotheMagic Podcast App: Apple: http://tinyurl.com/wttmapp Android: http://tinyurl.com/wttmapp3 Get the App, and inside is a coupon...

Lets Talk About Captain EO Starring Michael Jackson- Part 2

UPDATE- Last week I discovered that my dear friend Bob Gurr is going on an adventure for a few weeks, so I’ve been invited to fill in for him with my articles while he’s away.  The timing couldn’t be better as it means you get my 3 part series faster. Whoo Hoo! I was also interviewed on Combat Radio since last...

Glorious Magic Kingdom Sunrise and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Opens

It was a big week at Walt Disney World! Let's take a look at the 24 hour "Rock Your Disney Side" day as well as the now open Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at the Magic Kingdom. Welcome to the Magic Kingdom This past Friday was the 24 hour day at the Magic Kingdom. I was up super early to photograph the...

The Haunted Mansion Show: The Haunted Mansion That Never Was

At this point, every mortal guest of the Magic Kingdom knows what happens in that creaky, old house on the hill. They have spent years reporting that they’ve been taken into the boundless ream of the supernatural. Some even believe that they have uncovered every nook and cranny of Gracey Manor’s origins… or have they? Based on old concepts...

Disneyland 60 Hour Diamond Anniversary Celebration Takes Shape

Disneyland Resort kicked off its 59th summer season with not just a 24 hour party cooked up by the marketing department, but also by a ticket price increase and restrictions on Annual Passes approved by stressed-out executives in the Team Disney Anaheim building. On Sunday, May 18th the Resort rolled out increased pricing for both Annual Passes and basic...

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: A Fun and Solid “D Ticket” Attraction (Spoilers Only at End)

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train finally soft-opened to the public on Friday 5/23, which also happened to be the 24 hour day. While I didn't show up there until the late afternoon, I got to sample the ride six times in that first day (lines move much faster when there's no FastPass+) and have some initial reviews to offer....

Aquatica at SeaWorld San Antonio Opens Roa’s Aviary and Aquatica Suite

Howdy folks, today we are traveling to the Lone Star State as we look at the brand new attraction added at SeaWorld San Antonio's Aquatica. We'll also show you the brand new Aquatica Suite at the Omni Hotel Colennade. Aquatica at SeaWorld San Antonio Before we dive into the new Roa's Aviary at Aquatica, it is important to note that Aquatica...

Rock Your Disney Side 24 hour party kicks off busy summer season at Disneyland

Disneyland kicked off its busy summer season with another 24-hour party that encouraged guests to rock their "Disney Sides" by "Disney Bounding" and wearing costumes to the parks. The popular 24-hour event included special entertainment, dining, characters and more to keep guests entertained throughout the day and night. Today we fill you in on the highlights from the...

Mousetalgia Podcast Episode 292: Hacking Disneyland – tips and tricks

Enjoy Disneyland like an insider - from fireworks viewing areas to photo ops and more. Learn the places to sit and relax even on busy days. Make the most of the parades. Relive your childhood with Pooh, enjoy little-known experiences and search for hidden Walts. At DCA, Team Mousetalgia explores the nighttime entertainment, find more places to escape the...