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Five Weird Things We Take to Walt Disney World

April 25, 2013 at 2:00 am | 26 Comments

To my fellow OCD planners, some of my strange packing seems completely logical.  However, most of my newbie travel companions or even a few seasoned clients utter “I never would’ve thought of that!” when I…


SeaWorld Orlando Update and Podcast

April 25, 2013 at 12:01 am | 3 Comments

Spicy flavors, hot music, updates at Clyde and Seymour’s and spies’ tips us off on what to expect when we ride Antarctica this summer. We also bring you the newest Unofficial SeaWorld Orlando Podcast!  So…


MiceChat News Round Up: Mystic Manor Opens, Disneyland Rides Close, Big News for Uni

April 24, 2013 at 1:00 am | 1 Comment

Last week brought news of unexpected ride closures at the Disneyland Resort. The latest MiceAge Update explains why those closures happened, along with news on what’s coming soon to Disneyland. Bob Gurr looks back at…


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…