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Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Preview, Part 3: The Review

On July 8th, muggles will get to experience the Wizarding World of Harry Pottter - Diagon Alley at the Universal Orlando Resort. Those who make the trip are in for an astounding treat!  For the past few days we emersed ourselves in all the amazing attractions, restaurants and experiences that can be had at the Universal Orlando Resort. Now that...

Disneyland Resort Gets Patriotic, Wet and Wild

We'd like to offer a sincere thank you to Andy Castro who kept MiceChat running while Dusty, Monorail Man and myself were in Europe for the past two weeks. Andy's work was outstanding and he kept the info flowing for all you readers.  Thanks Andy, you are awesome! Now, on with the show. Both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have...

An Urban Legend: Swan and Dolphin Reversed?

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotels are known for their iconic sculptures. According to legend, the 47-foot-tall swan sculptures and 55-foot-tall dolphin sculptures were installed on the wrong hotel buildings—and the paint schemes provide the proof.   Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: An Urban Legend: Swan and Dolphin Reversed?   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Preview, Part 2: Red Carpet Event

After a crazy kick off day, Universal, hit the gas, and wasted no time, getting everyone up to speed on the incredible changes they have made to the resort since the first phase of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter which opened in 2010.  So Grab your wand and butter beer, it's time to continue our Diagon Alley Preview...

Planning to Visit Disneyland?

The California Chapter of the American Planning Association is coming to the Disneyland Hotel for their annual conference in September. I penned this article with them in mind. But I think you hard core Disneyland fans will enjoy.  - Sam So you are coming to Anaheim to bond with your peers and learn the latest. You also thought you might...

A Conversation with Mark Hamill

This week, we get the chance to speak with Star Wars Royalty, Mark Hamill.  Talk about magic.  This guy has some wonderful stories to share and you can only hear them here on Window to the Magic.   CONTACT US TODAY! Email: podcast@windowtothemagic.com Voicemail: 1-307-438-9886 Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/wttm Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jeremiahgood Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/magicjoe1 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wttmpodcast ********************************* THE ORIGINAL DISNEYLAND: THE 1950's Visit Disneyland in the first 5 years it existed! The Exciting DVD...

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Preview, Part 1: CityWalk Kickoff

Universal has kicked off their week of previewing Diagon Alley by pulling out all of the stops.  With the Tonight Show and the Today Show filming live at Universal Orlando, they are making sure that there is mass awareness that Universal Orlando is expanding, and it has some exciting new offerings.  For the first day Universal Orlando teased everyone...

Tomorrowland refurbishments and Hub construction continues at the Magic Kingdom

Welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’re taking a look at the Magic Kingdom a few weeks removed from the opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. New Fantasyland may now be finished but construction walls and scrims can be found throughout the park with construction in the hub and refurbishments in Adventureland and Tomorrowland are ongoing....

Disney News Round Up: Harry Potter and the Mine Train!

It's an incredible summer for theme park fans! Knott's Berry Farm has unveiled their newly restored and re-imagined Calico Mine Ride, transforming the aging classic into a modern day marvel. Over at Disneyland, Frozen fans have a new opportunity to see their favorite Snow Queen in a new pre-parade on Main Street, U.S.A. On the other side...

Dedicated to DLP 38: Ratatouille & Disney Characters Special

The brand new official Disneyland Paris press release about Ratatouille: The Adventure kicks things off, as we discuss what was said, or not, and then cover Bistrot Chez Remy and what food is on offer. There are almost certain rumours about a new Star Wars feature coming to Disneyland Paris after Watchdog sensationally accuses Disneyland Paris of all sorts....

Universal Orlando Update – Kicking Off Wizarding World of Harry Potter Preview Week

It seems like just yesterday that we here at MiceChat were covering the closure of JAWS at the Universal Orlando Resort.  And just a few years later, we are getting ready to experience part 2 of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley. This week we will be brining you lots of coverage from the parks, along with some...

New Frozen pre-parade leads the way as Club 33 expansion continues at Disneyland

Disneyland debuted its new Frozen-themed pre-parade Friday afternoon. The one-float offering features Princess Anna, Olaf and Queen Elsa on an icy, snow-covered parade float but Frozen fans might want to lower their expectations before heading to Disneyland to see the new offering. Meanwhile, work continues in Disneyland's New Orleans Square as the major Club 33 expansion continues to...

Mousetalgia Episode 295: Lasseter winery party, Disneyland, Anaheim Packing District

This week, Dave and Becky report on the New Orleans-themed Lasseter Family Winery Spring Release party where they tasted new wine from the barrel, enjoyed food, fun and friends, and had a close encounter with John Lasseter himself. Next, Kristen reports on a six-day "work-ation" at Disneyland Resort, and shares some thoughts about touring the park in early June....

California’s Great America Struggles Against Mediocrity, Part Two

Marc Ricketts continues his visit to California's Great America. You can read part one . ~~Rick California's Great America by Marc Ricketts Water and boats are a necessary component of every park. Behind that splash above is a glimpse of Boomerang Bay, the small water park located where Stealth once stood. There isn’t much besides 3 raft slides, a couple of body...

The Sweep Spot – Disneyland Past and Future Anniversary Celebrations

In this episode of The Sweep Spot, we take a look at some of the past anniversary celebrations Disneyland has had. These normally would come every 5 to 10 years and most of the time a promotion was part of it. We discuss some of these anniversaries which would at times have its own TV special, with current stars...

Mythbusters at the Discovery Science Center

We love the Discover Science Center. Not too far from Disneyland on I-5, the Discovery Science Center has all kinds of great kid and family friendly ways to play with science and spend a few hours not only having fun, but sharing learning moments together. What’s really interesting about the center is their rotating exhibits that come in for...

California’s Great America Struggles Against Mediocrity

Weekend Update contributor Marc Ricketts takes us to California's Great America amusement park located in Santa Clara, California. A product of the Marriott Company's ill-fated foray into the theme park business and now operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, Great America has struggled for decades to attract crowds to its mediocre offerings. ~~Rick California's Great America by Marc Ricketts Back in...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #95 – News, Rumors and Menchies

Welcome back to the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast! It's time for another news show. We start by letting you know the announcements that Universal Orlando made about the new food offerings that will be available in Diagon Alley once it opens. The offerings inside The Leaky Cauldron will include a Ploughmans, Bangers and Mash and Toad in the Hole. At...

Grand opening of a Knott’s Berry Farm classic: The Reimagined Calico Mine Ride

On Thursday, Knott's Berry Farm officially reopened its classic Calico Mine Train after a major six-month renovation, restoration, and enhancement project. The top-to-bottom refurbishment included the addition of 46 new Audio-Animatronics figures along with dozens of new historically-accurate animals, the addition of new state-of-the-art lighting and special effects, restoration of the ride vehicles, and more. Today, we...

Knott’s Berry Farm celebrates Camp Snoopy’s 30th Anniversary with a ton of fresh charm

Knott's Berry Farm's family-favorite Camp Snoopy area officially reopened Thursday following a multi-part renovation project that brought three new attractions to the land. The project also included a complete aesthetic overhaul, giving the land a cohesive visual identity throughout using new natural wood, themed pavement, new signage, and an added emphasis on the lovable Peanuts characters. The result...