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Imagination Pavilion Rumors and Future World News

July 26, 2013 at 2:00 am | 25 Comments

Epcot rumors! Let’s take a look at the park we all love and see if there’s anything to rumors about the Imagination pavilion at Epcot, as well as the current state of the attraction, and…

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Glow Fest

July 26, 2013 at 12:06 am | 8 Comments

It’s 2010 at Yester California Adventure. Sunshine Plaza and Hollywood Pictures Backlot have been transformed into Glow Fest. During the day, colorful banners and columns leave no doubt that something is going on. The area…

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Universal Confirms The Walking Dead for Halloween Horror Nights

July 25, 2013 at 7:30 am | 6 Comments

They’re baaaaack. Universal Studios has confirmed that the wildly popular AMC show, The Walking Dead, will be the basis for new mazes at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights.  The eerily authentic and disturbingly real maze…

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Richard Sherman – Pursuing Happiness

July 25, 2013 at 3:00 am | 8 Comments

We have a very special guest column for you today. Our good friend and filmmaker, Nicholas Kraft (of finding Kraftland fame), is in the middle of a fabulous new project and has just completed a…

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The CalArts Disney Connection

July 25, 2013 at 1:00 am | 4 Comments

Welcome to Samland. This week I have decided to reach over to the bookshelf and extract an excerpt from Walt and the Promise of Progress City. Toward the end of his life, Walt Disney was…

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DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.14 – 1959 Modern Air Travel

July 24, 2013 at 3:00 am | 29 Comments

Let’s go up, up and away with Disney Legend Bob Gurr as he takes us back to the Golden Age of Air Travel. Yes, there really was a time when folks dressed up to fly…

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MiceAge News Round Up: Magically Delicious Disney News

July 24, 2013 at 2:00 am | No Comments

Today, we bring you two of your favorite things: Disney news and Disney rumors. Disneyland is now 58 years young and celebrated with a small event and flash mob of characters in Town Square. Our…

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Ten Years of Price Increases at Walt Disney World

July 23, 2013 at 3:00 am | 42 Comments

I moved to the East Coast (North Carolina) in 2002 and to Orlando in 2004. I was at WDW at least every couple of months starting in 2002, so I’ve been a local for a…

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Universal Orlando Aye Aye Aye Resort Update

July 23, 2013 at 2:00 am | 9 Comments

After a rainy and quiet start to July, the mobs have arrived and the Universal Orlando resort has been filled to brim with tourists from all over the world! We will take you around the Universal Orlando Resort…

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From the Matterhorn to Monster Town

July 23, 2013 at 12:01 am | 10 Comments

 Sarah returns with more fun Disneyland video, news and rumors. It’s 3 minutes of awesome! – Dusty From the icy peak of the Matterhorn Mountain to Monstropolis, our video this week brings you the best…

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Disneyland celebrates its 58th anniversary with characters and fireworks

July 22, 2013 at 5:05 am | 24 Comments

Disneyland celebrated its 58th anniversary last week with a small rededication ceremony in Town Square featuring Disney characters and daytime fireworks. The ceremony wasn’t a major celebration but fans still packed Town Square on Wednesday…

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Universal Studios Hollywood Surviving the Summer

July 22, 2013 at 12:02 am | 13 Comments

Universal Studios has dubbed this the Summer of Survival.  No truer statement could be made of the park at the moment, as they are in the throws of major construction while at the same time…

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Wakefield Report Podcast Episode 40

July 21, 2013 at 4:18 pm | 3 Comments

Welcome back for another fun edition of the Wakefield Report Podcast! This weeks show is a little different from what you have heard so far. I am on vacation this week in beautiful Indianapolis, Indiana.…

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Throwing in the Towel

July 21, 2013 at 3:00 am | 95 Comments

It’s not that I’m mad, I’m just disappointed. Disney used to be the leader. They used to pride themselves on besting their competition when in reality, there was no competition. Disney was Babe Ruth, Michael…

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SeaWorld Returns 4 Rescued Manatees to the Wild

July 21, 2013 at 1:00 am | 5 Comments

On Thursday July, 18th, SeaWorld Orlando returned 4 rescued manatees simultaneously back into the wild. Three of the manatees were rescued due to cold stress, and the 4th manatee was suffering from buoyancy issues when…

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Disneyland Paris After The Guests Go Home

July 20, 2013 at 2:00 am | 7 Comments

One can only imagine how much maintenance work takes place in a Disney park after the guests go home. Alain Littaye and the Disney and more blog team had access to Disneyland Paris after closing…

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Disneyland is 58 years old, Starbucks loses variety in Disney California Adventure

July 19, 2013 at 4:00 am | 60 Comments

Disneyland is 58 years old this week and we were there to help the gracefully aging park celebrate with an event held in Town Square on Wednesday.  We also stop by Big Thunder Mountain Railroad…

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Dateline Disney World: Magic Kingdom On A Rainy Day

July 19, 2013 at 2:00 am | 19 Comments

Let’s take a soggy trip through a rain soaked Magic Kingdom to find the latest news and construction in the park. Along the way, we’ll see what’s going on with FastPass+, what’s new with our…

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Yester Aulani & Future Aulani

July 19, 2013 at 2:00 am | 8 Comments

Today’s article takes a look at the current construction at Aulani and what it replaced. Who would have thought that there would already be a Yester Aulani? Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Yester Aulani & Future…

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Animal Kingdom and Disney Hollywood Studios Exceptional, Acceptable, Regrettable

July 18, 2013 at 3:00 am | 26 Comments

Over the last couple of months, I have been making observations of things that have struck my fancy in the Disney Parks. The goal is to provoke a discussion. Thank you for playing along. Today,…

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