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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #92 – Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

  Join us on episode 92 as we join Harry Potter on a Forbidden Journey. We begin the show, in the usual fashion, by bringing you the News Update which includes news about Mardi Gras,the new Universal Orlando blog and Diagon Alley. We then begin the main topic of the show. The Wizarding world of Harry Potter Hogsmeade opened in Universal Orlando's Islands...

Universal Studios Hollywood Fast and Furious and Harry Potter

With Andy Castro delivering your guide to the 24 hour madness at Disneyland this weekend, we switch gears and bring you an In The Parks from Universal Studios Hollywood.  There is an astounding amount of construction taking place at this park both on and offstage, promising a full lineup of major additions for the next several years. Slated for...

Preserving a Masterpiece…The Battle to Save the Polynesian Resort Waterfall

The Polynesian Resort is one of two Disney World hotels that began operation on October 1, 1971. It is here that guests find themselves immersed in a tropical paradise. The resort originally opened with 492 rooms and has a South Seas theme reminiscent of 1950s style Polynesian hotels that Walt Disney and his wife Lillian often enjoyed. Welton Becket and...

“This Week at WDW” in Summer 1972 at Yesterland

It’s summer of 1972. Walt Disney World has been open less than a year. Walt Disney World wants you to know that there’s a lot more than just the Magic Kingdom. You’re given a handy horizontal fanfold brochure with Mickey Mouse on a bright green cover. Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: “This Week at WDW” in Summer 1972 When you...

Your Guide to Disneyland’s Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Party

Disneyland will officially kick off the summer season with another 24-hour party on Friday. Luckily it seems like Disney is taking the lessons learned from the wildly-popular 24-hour events from the last two years and is working hard to ensure the third outing will be the smoothest yet. From carpooling incentives to lots of entertainment and food...

Get Swept Away at Typhoon Lagoon

Last week we were chillin' at Blizzard Beach, but now it's time to get swept away!  Typhoon Lagoon is the second Walt Disney World water park, and it's every bit as packed as its sister park. Child's Play As I mentioned last week, Blizzard Beach would be my pick for most family friendly, but Typhoon Lagoon doesn't leave out the kiddies. ...

Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Fantasy: Walt Disney and the Triumph of Corporate Synergy

Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Fantasy is an unofficial guide to the world beyond Disney, exploring the original stories and sources of beloved films and attractions. Sometimes, the inspirations for Disney's theme parks are Disney's own films and cartoons. In this article, we're going to take a look at how Disney parks have always been part of Disney's larger corporate strategies, even...

Jeremiah Isn’t Feeling Good – The Musical!

WTTM WDW 052: Jeremiah Isn't Feeling Good - The Musical! Jeremiah is sick... but the show must go on.  "May is Music Month" continues with music from the Disney Studios. DIRECT LINK THE WTTM PODCAST APPLICATIONS for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch & now for Android & Kindle Fire Mobile access to the shows, and MUCH more! The WindowtotheMagic Podcast App: Apple:  http://tinyurl.com/wttmapp Android: http://tinyurl.com/wttmapp3 Get the App, and...

Lets Talk About Captain EO Starring Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's new album XSCAPE was just released . . . So, let's talk about Captain EO today. UPDATE: Last week was full of book signing and appearances in my father’s hometown of Hanford, CA.  For those of you who have absolutely NO idea where Hanford is, its between Bakersfield and Fresno. I was scheduled to do a lot more book signings, but due to...

Star Wars Weekends at Hollywood Studios

Dateline Disney World takes you to the first of six Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios today. This is one of Disney World's most popular festivals. Let's take a look . . . Welcome to the Studios! The map for SWW is interactive this year through an augmented reality smartphone app. Nikon represented here now. Darth’s Mall used to be behind Rock...

Disney Cruise Line headed to Hawaii, Mexico, and Texas

West coast and gulf coast residents can rejoice with the news that the Disney Cruise Line will once again deploy the Disney Wonder to Hawaii, Mexico, and Texas for a series of select sailings in 2015. Hawaii To or from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on two 10-night voyages, the Wonder will stop at Hilo, Hawaii; Nawiliwili, Kauai; Kahului, Maui and Honolulu,...

Disney News Round Up: Showing your Disney Side

It's a big ol' heapin' helpin' of Disney and theme park news for you today in the MiceChat Round Up.  Did you hear that Disneyland is getting its 60th back?  Yes it seems a new parade is back on track for the big anniversary. Star Wars Weekends has returned to Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando.  That's not all that...

Serious Star Wars

Star Wars Weekends have begun, and the signature finale to the event is now the Symphony in the Stars fireworks show. The name is not new, and in fact using the show name with just Star Wars music has been done before (on a previous year's May the Fourth celebration), but it is new to use the show as...

Universal Orlando Despicable Me Family Suites and Diagon Alley Update

We are back this week with another big update from Universal Orlando Resort, where we take a look at the progress that has been made on the Diagon Alley project, CityWalk, Hogsmeade, and we take a special look at the Despicable Me Family Suites at Universal's Portofino Bay Hotel. Despicable Me Family Suites This past year, Universal Orlando quietly opened new...

Season Pass Podcast: Antarctica at SeaWorld Orlando with Brian Morrow!

TSPP is at SeaWorld Orlando with Brian Morrow (Creative Director of SeaWorld Parks) for the newest attraction of the park, Antarctica.  This time around, you'll hear discussion on SeaWorld’s mission, creative process, introducing new technologies, as well as the newest family ride and exhibit in the park, Antarctica’s Empire of the Penguin.  Fans of SeaWorld, Orlando, Penguins, Theme Parks, etc, will...

Disneyland gets ready to Rock Your Disney Side with another 24 Hour Party as ticket prices go up again

Disneyland quietly rolled out new theme park admission price increases Sunday morning, raising prices across the board. The biggest price hikes were a $13 increase for One-Day Park Hopper tickets and a $50 jump for the Premiere Annual Passport. The price jumps come as Disney prepares to kick off the busy summer season with another one of...

Mousetalgia Podcast 291: Disneyland’s magic shops; the “Yippie Invasion”

Take a trip to Merlin's in Fantasyland as we travel back in time and marvel at Disneyland's magic shops. Mousetalgia welcomes Disneyland magic shop cast member Steve Simmons to the show to talk about working his way up in the parks from janitorial to magic shop magician! Relive the gimmicks, the gag gifts, and the mystifying magic as Steve...

The Sweep Spot Podcast: The Old Frontierland

This week we take a journey back to the early days of Frontierland at Disneyland. We look at some attractions, exhibits, shops and restaurants, and some you maybe didn't know existed. Disneyland opened in July of 1955, and then the old west was a popular theme for movies and television shows. One of those shows and characters was Davy...

Arrow Development – The Birth of a Dream – Part 1

Today, Dexter Francis reaches into his treasure trove of Arrow Development photos and information to bring us the origin story for the company which has created so many beloved roller coasters and attractions over the years, including dozens for the Walt Disney Company. When Angus “Andy” Anderson, Karl Bacon, Bill Hardiman and Edgar Morgan left their jobs at the Joshua Hendy Iron...

Knotts Soak City opens for the 2014 Summer Season

Knott’s Soak City opened for the 2014 season yesterday, Saturday, May 17th. Reflecting the local theme, water rides and attractions at Knott’s Soak City pay tribute Southern California surfing heritage with names like Malibu Run and Laguna Storm Watch Tower. It's a nice enough water park, and surprisingly popular among the locals as opening day was far busier than anticipated. MiceChat was invited to come play in...