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In the Parks: Disneyland Resort Pixie-Dusting

February 08, 2013 at 4:04 am | 37 Comments

Construction inside Disneyland continues with a peppering of projects throughout the park.  Big Thunder Mountain’s ten month long refurbishment rolls along with progress on Rainbow Ridge.  Out in the Rivers of America, Fantasmic and the…


Magic Kingdom Construction and Flower and Garden Preparation

February 08, 2013 at 4:02 am | 10 Comments

This week, we have construction and news from the Magic Kingdom, as well as Flower and Garden Festival preparation from Epcot. 70 photos for us to get to this week. let’s get going. If you’d…


The Original Corn Dog Castle

February 08, 2013 at 12:01 am | 9 Comments

Disneyland in California has Sleeping Beauty Castle. The Magic Kingdom in Florida has Cinderella Castle. Yester California Adventure has a castle too—the original Corn Dog Castle. Actually, today’s Disney California Adventure also has Corn Dog…

Universal Formula

Universal Formula

February 07, 2013 at 4:04 am | 32 Comments

We fans like to talk a lot about the Disney Difference — a vaguely defined set of guidelines and expectations which loosely encircle concepts like immersion, the wow factor, and attention to details. They can…

Posted in Universal Orlando


Park Wise: Walt Disney World with Food Allergies

February 07, 2013 at 4:03 am | 13 Comments

With such an emphasis placed on dining at Walt Disney World, I’d often wondered what options were available for those with food allergies.  When a friend of mine, Clara, became a Walt Disney World local…


An Al Lutz Breakfast

February 07, 2013 at 4:01 am | 8 Comments

As a historian, it is always nice to review original documents. I recently examined all of Al Lutz’s old columns for a book project. One thing that stood out were all of the breakfast suggestions…

Posted in Samland


Valentine’s Day, A Universal Love Story

February 07, 2013 at 4:01 am | 7 Comments

February is THE month for all you old (and young) romantics out there and it got me thinking, just how can you celebrate Valentine’s Day on Universal property? A little thought and research resulted in…


Design Those Were The Times #4: 1951 Ward Kimball’s Fire Engine, My Fire Engine Too

February 06, 2013 at 4:04 am | 30 Comments

The Wheel of Years has been sent spinning and when the clicking stops, the red arrow will point to a year – that’s where we’ll start. The tale can flow forward or backward, flow into…


MiceAge News Round Up: Tony Baxter Moves On, Vintage Pictures and Construction Updates

February 06, 2013 at 4:02 am | No Comments

The recipe for a good MiceChat Round up is simple. Take one part Disney and theme park news and place into a browser.  Mix in information about a Big Thunder Mountain Railroad television show from…


Walt Disney World Memories – Part 1

February 06, 2013 at 4:01 am | 5 Comments

In today’s From The Mouth Of The Mouse, we begin a multi-part series where we talk to Stan, who worked all over the Walt Disney World Resort! Today, we chat a bit about how he…

Communicore Weekly – Disneyland Trip Report, Disney’s Dream Weavers, Mrs. Potts & Chip

February 05, 2013 at 3:15 pm | 9 Comments

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Jeff’s Disneyland Trip Report, Disney’s Dream Weavers, and Mrs. Potts & Chip! TRIP REPORT! – Jeff just came back from an epic 8 day trip…


Hello and Goodbye at Disneyland

February 05, 2013 at 4:07 am | 109 Comments

Like clockwork, every three years Disneyland gets a new Resort president, and the new guy just arrived to take over in Anaheim. In this update we’ll fill you in on a few of the changes…

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Orlando Parkhopper: Universal Orlando Resort Gets Extra Exciting

February 05, 2013 at 1:04 am | 12 Comments

Construction continues at a rapid pace at the Universal Orlando Resort. Today, we’ll show you what’s new and hypothesize on a potential new lagoon show for Islands of Adventure. Cabana Beach Resort Construction Universal Orlando…


Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast. Episode 49, The Jeff Heimbuch Interview

February 05, 2013 at 1:00 am | 10 Comments

Join us, the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast gang, for episode 49. In addition to the latest Universal Studios Resort news and a listener email,  this edition sees us invite fellow MicePod and MiceChat.com contributor Jeff…


Disneyland’s Fantasy Faire officially set to open March 12 as Tony Baxter leaves Walt Disney Imagineering

February 04, 2013 at 5:05 am | 36 Comments

Disneyland officially announced the grand opening date of its newest attraction last week. The new Fantasy Faire princess meet-and-greet village next to Sleeping Beauty Castle is scheduled to open its gates March 12, just in…


Walt Disney World History Books

February 04, 2013 at 4:01 am | 11 Comments

I’ve been collecting Walt Disney World books since 1994. My current count of Disney-related titles puts me at 661 books. I field a lot of questions about books specific to Walt Disney World history, especially…


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

February 03, 2013 at 4:03 am | 20 Comments

One of the best attractions ever created for the Disney theme parks, at least in my opinion, was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Debuting slightly after Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom first opened its doors…


Disneyland Paris After the Storm, Part Deux

February 02, 2013 at 4:05 am | 8 Comments

There was a lot of interest in last week’s photos of Disneyland Paris after the record snow storm. This week the resort is starting to dig out from under its dusting of white pixie dust.…


Disney’s Dream Weavers: The Visionaries Who Shaped Disneyland, Freedomland, the New York World’s Fair and Walt Disney World-and the ties that bind them by Chuck Schmidt

February 02, 2013 at 4:02 am | 1 Comment

Disneyland, Freedomland, the New York World’s Fair and Walt Disney World are all names that make any Disney historian pay attention. When a new book comes out that purports to cover all four, well, that’s…


In The Parks: Disneyland News and Refurbishments – No Tea For You

February 01, 2013 at 4:03 am | 14 Comments

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure both enjoyed light crowds this week during one of the resort’s last “slow” periods of the season. During this winter hibernation, there are many projects that are quietly tinkered away…