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Universal’s Islands of Adventure Then and Now Marvel Super Hero Island

August 23, 2012 at 9:50 pm | 1 Comment

Universal’s Islands of Adventure opened May 28, 1999. Werner Weiss took his first visit in early 2000. He snapped some photos with a disposable camera. Eleven years later, he took new photos of the same subjects.…


Is A Walt Disney World Annual Pass Right For You?

August 23, 2012 at 12:50 am | 25 Comments

One thing that surprised me in a very good way while I was in Disneyland earlier this month was how well Disney treats passholders in its California parks.  Every time I purchased something, I was…


Traveling on the Mysterious Rainbow Caverns Mine Train at Disneyland

August 23, 2012 at 12:49 am | 16 Comments

1956 was an a year filled with amazing new attractions and the Rainbow Caverns Mine Train promised to be one of the most spectacular. At a reported cost of $500,000, it was also the most…


Disney News Round Up: More Christmas, Glow and Disney Fun

August 22, 2012 at 1:26 am | 7 Comments

Did you know that Candlelight will be extended a full twenty nights at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim?  It’s true.  How will this be pulled off without creating a logistical nightmare?  The MiceChatters are discussing.…


Jennifer’s Life in Fantasyland

August 21, 2012 at 11:20 pm | 3 Comments

When I was younger, I would often drift off into my own imagination. Sometimes, when it happened, I was at home, but more often than not, I was sitting in school. Of course, my teachers…

Communicore Weekly – Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Story of Toy Story, Rescuers, Pocahontas, Sherlock

August 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm | No Comments

This week we talk about Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Story of Toy Story, Rescuers, Pocahontas, and Sherlock! This week on Communicore Weekly… IT’S TIME FOR DISNEY HISTORY! – Join Jeff and George as they travel…


Roar or Bore? Kevin Yee on Disney World’s Lion King hotel

August 21, 2012 at 4:15 am | 15 Comments

The fantastic Art of Animation resort, the first truly new hotel at Walt Disney World in a number of years, has been opening in stages. The third part just opened a bit more than a…


Universal Studios Orlando Goes Back To The Future

August 20, 2012 at 11:49 pm | 21 Comments

Universal Studios Orlando is a resort that continually surprises us with the increased amount of effort they are putting towards guest experience.  Not one’s to sit on their laurels, they are continually adding to the…

Posted in Features, Orlando Parks


Disneyland removes beach balls, speeds up Luigi’s Flying Tires in Cars Land

August 20, 2012 at 4:15 am | 36 Comments

Just two months after opening, Disney is hoping to fix the problematic Luigi’s Flying Tires attraction in Disney California Adventure‘s new Cars Land area. The attraction has suffered in guest satisfaction surveys and wait times…


Near Miss: Walt Disney World Homes At The Lake Buena Vista Resort

August 19, 2012 at 10:52 pm | 22 Comments

Lake Buena Vista is more than just the host community for Walt Disney World, it was also going to be central to the ultimate vision that Walt Disney had for the planned community of EPCOT.…


Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Opens – Photos and Video

August 18, 2012 at 10:50 pm | 4 Comments

Our long time contributor, Denise Preskitt, just got backing from staying a night in the newly opened Lion King Wing at Disney World’s Art of Animation resort. She shares her photos and video with us,…


Magic Kingdom Quick Service Food Tips From The Experts

August 18, 2012 at 10:48 pm | 6 Comments

Planning a Walt Disney World vacation is as much about the food as it is about the theme parks and the resorts. Some days, you might have planned your sit-down dinners or character breakfasts, but…


A Grand Circle Tour of SeaWorld San Antonio

August 18, 2012 at 1:04 am | 5 Comments

CaptPhoebus has been having a great theme park summer. During his trip to Texas, he filed a Weekend Update report from Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Today he has a photographic “grand circle tour” of SeaWorld…


Disney Blu-Ray Review: Animation Bonanza

August 18, 2012 at 12:55 am | 6 Comments

Disney Blu-ray Bonanza! Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released a slew of Blu-ray titles. There’s a lot of high-definition goodness here. Jeff and George fill us in on the highs and lows. Pocahontas and…


Universal Wraps Up Summer With More Monster Mania

August 18, 2012 at 12:01 am | 2 Comments

Summer is wrapping up early this year as most Los Angeles schools were back in session on August 14th. That means that Universal can shift gears and begin working in earnest on the next major…


Destination D at the Disneyland Hotel Packs plenty Into a Weekend of Fun

August 17, 2012 at 1:40 am | 6 Comments

This past Monday, Dateline Disneyland brought you a glimpse of last weekend’s DestinationD and I’d like to touch on that subject again today with a little closer look at the event. I was there as…

Posted in Features, Sue Kruse


Disney World Fantasyland Construction and Changes to Epcot’s France

August 17, 2012 at 1:39 am | 21 Comments

Hello, and welcome to This week, we have continued coverage of along with news from both the and Lots to talk about, so let’s get started! Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!! Here are the wait…


Disneyland Resort More Candlelight Less Balls

August 17, 2012 at 1:37 am | 40 Comments

With Disney, things change all the time. Imagineers and management are kept in a constant state of flux by competing ideas and changing conditions in the park. It’s an ongoing test and adjust to get…

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Yesterland and the S.S. Rustworthy, Presented by McDonald’s

August 17, 2012 at 1:31 am | No Comments

S.S. rustworthy… what an odd name for a boat. “Paradise Pier’s fire boat, the S.S. Trustworthy, ran aground awhile back and has since been rechristened the S.S. rustworthy and transformed into a hands-on playzone. Here firefighters…

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Everyone Loves a Parade

August 16, 2012 at 5:25 am | 15 Comments

Howdy everybody, and welcome to the third installment of This Animatronic Life. Since my last column, the dynamic at the Disneyland Resort and Disney California Adventure (DCA) in particular has changed in ways I’m sure…