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MiceAge News Roundup: Christmas Changes, Disneyland Paris Bailout, Last Minute Hotel Deal

September 19, 2012 at 12:09 am | 3 Comments

Disney will begin serving alcohol in the Magic Kingdom with the expansion of Fantasyland at Disney World. Controversial to be sure. In other news, Halloween Time has begun at the Disney Parks and we have…

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Adam Shares The Magic Behind The Magic Kingdom

September 19, 2012 at 12:08 am | 3 Comments

We all love the magic that The Walt Disney Company creates on a daily basis. But haven’t you always wanted to go behind the scenes to see how it’s all done? Of course you have!…

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Al Lutz says the Party is Over at Disneyland

September 18, 2012 at 10:16 am | 1 Comment

As the wildly successful summer of 2012 quickly morphs into the next peak season dubbed HalloweenTime, both parks had a scant two weeks when things slowed down a bit before the crowds rushed back to…

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Sneak Peek At Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights

September 17, 2012 at 11:56 pm | 4 Comments

The lineup for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood skews to movies.  Mostly the terrifying kind.  This year, the classic horror film Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), and the wildly popular film and video game…

Communicore Weekly – Disney Trains, Poster Art of Disney Parks, Big Bang Boom, France

September 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm | 3 Comments

All the Disney fun you want and need is back on Communicore Weekly! This week, Jeff and George talk about Disney Trains, Poster Art of Disney Parks, Big Bang Boom, and the France Pavilion! This…

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Buena Vista Street gets cleaned up as Halloween Time haunts Disneyland

September 17, 2012 at 2:06 am | 26 Comments

Halloween Time has arrived at Disneyland with the return of popular attractions including Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. New this year is the Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch, featuring carnival games…

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Review: Poster Art of the Disney Parks

September 17, 2012 at 2:05 am | 9 Comments

It’s rare that Disney releases a book that completely galvanizes everyone’s attention months before its release. The last book to even come close was Walt Disney Imagineering from 2010. When Poster Art of the Disney Parks…

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Scott Weinger: The Voice of Aladdin

September 16, 2012 at 12:46 am | 3 Comments

SCOTT WEINGER, THE VOICE OF ALADDIN By Scarlett Stahl Writing for different print and internet publications, I have had the pleasure of meeting numerous Disney personalities and making other contacts. This has led to my…

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Disney College Program: The First Week

September 16, 2012 at 12:40 am | 19 Comments

Hey, everyone, glad to be back, and boy do I have some stories. First of all I just wanted to thank everyone who commented on my last article. I love hearing the feedback and am…

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Knotts Scary Farm preview of new Haunt maze, Dominion of the Dead

September 14, 2012 at 11:34 pm | 7 Comments

As a special treat for all of you Knotts Scary Farm fans, we were granted a special look inside the Dominion of the Dead.  The maze, still under construction backstage at Knott’s Berry Farm, will…

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HersheyPark Endures After 100 Years

September 14, 2012 at 11:29 pm | 11 Comments

HersheyPark started as an area where Hershey employees could relax and eat lunch. Over time, attractions were added, including a roller coaster in 1923. Unfortunately, the park itself experienced a roller coaster ride of popularity…

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Disney Review: James Cameron’s Ghosts of the Abyss on Blu-ray

September 14, 2012 at 11:25 pm | 3 Comments

Though originally released in 2003, I did not get a chance to watch Ghosts of the Abyss until this past week when Disney released it as a Blu-Ray/DVD/3D Combo pack. I can sum up my…

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New Fantasyland construction continues as Halloween arrives at the Magic Kingdom

September 14, 2012 at 12:25 am | 18 Comments

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’ll take a look at the Magic Kingdom as it celebrates the Halloween season as New Fantasyland construction continues. We’ll also hop over to Epcot to…

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Six Flags Magic Mountain gets ready for Fright Fest, prepares to head Full Throttle into 2013!

September 14, 2012 at 12:00 am | 6 Comments

The off-season is here and Six Flags Magic Mountain is hard at work getting ready for Fright Fest. Some preparations are being done in advance of vertical construction of Full Throttle. Before we look inside…

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Yesterland visits the Disney Vacation Club Doorway to Dreams!

September 13, 2012 at 11:25 pm | No Comments

Werner Weiss, our faithful steward of Disney long gone, shares a side trip to the Disney Vacation Club Doorway to Dreams store in Schaumburg, Illinois. When Disney shut down this Doorway to Dreams, did it signal a change…

Just Ask Alex – Hershey Park

September 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm | No Comments

Alex is your typical 9 year old who loves Disney. In “Just Ask Alex,” he answers YOUR burning questions about Disney…and other theme parks. In this episode of “Just Ask Alex,” Alex takes a field…

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Eating Cheap at Disney World: How Low Can You Go?

September 13, 2012 at 1:25 am | 17 Comments

I write a lot about Disney restaurants and the dining plan, but the truth is, they’re not necessarily in everyone’s budget. And even if you’re on the dining plan, you’ll still have out of pocket expenses you’ll…

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Garner Holt’s Top 10 Animatronics

September 13, 2012 at 1:19 am | 35 Comments

Howdy everyone, and welcome to a fun little interlude here at This Animatronic Life.  Thanks to everyone for their great comments and questions about my last article, all about GHP’s parade work.  Answers will be…

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Disney News Roundup: Halloween, refurbishments and a look at New Fantasyland

September 11, 2012 at 11:03 pm | 1 Comment

Welcome to our weekly Disney news round-up! This week we take a look at the various refurbishments underway at Disneyland as its newly re-launched sister park gets some upsetting changes to its new Buena Vista…

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April Travels Along The Storybook Land Canal

September 11, 2012 at 11:01 pm | 5 Comments

While visiting Disneyland last summer for the first time in over 20 years, I finally had an opportunity to ride one of the opening day attractions that I’ve been dying to see forever: the Storybook…