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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...

Aulani and the “Disney Presence”

Aloha! Yesterland once again visits the 50th state in a article that’s not about something that’s gone. What does it mean to have a “Disney presence,” and does Aulani have it?   Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Aulani and the “Disney Presence”   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

The Haunted Mansion Show: A Disquieting Queue

Welcome, Foolish Mortals, to the Summer house of the 999 grim, grinning ghosts. Much like the original abode in California, every location on the property is as creepy as can be… save for one. Due to an unpredictable move-in from another family of ghosts, there has been a disquieting metamorphosis on the family plot at the Haunted Mansion. As...

MiceChat Podcast #17: Getting Real with Original Mouseketeer Lonnie Burr

It's another special episode of the MiceChat Podcast. This time around the block, we chat with outspoken original Mouseketeer, Lonnie Burr. He's lively, funny and full of stories you've likely never heard before! A 60-year show business veteran, Lonnie Burr has been seen in 25 films, over 300 TV shows, 49 plays and musicals (including Broadway, off-Broadway, regional...

Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Fantasy: The Wilderness Lodges of Glacier National Park – Part I

In this two-part article, we're going to start an exploration of those far-flung wilderness regions of the United States whose rustic lodges have inspired some of Disney's grandest hotels, from the Wilderness Lodge in Florida to the Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim to the Sequoia Lodge in Paris. Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Fantasy is an unofficial guide to the world beyond Disney, exploring the original...

A Podcast Audio Contest – Where in the Park?

This week, SUPER-Adorable Guest Host Bryn Mackinnon brings you a classic Where in the Park game... and this show has PRIZES! Listen to the show for all the details on how to enter and win...  Contest entries MUST be received no later than 11:59pm Pacific Time on June 30th, 2014 to be considered. Thanks so much to Bryn for being our...

Big changes and construction at Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Resort

Welcome back to Dateline Disney World! This week, we look at the growing construction at Disney's Polynesian Resort as the classic hotel goes under the knife for major — and controversial — renovations. In addition to taking a look at new guest bungalows under construction, we fill you in on the various construction-related changes guests staying at the...

Season Pass Podcast: Q & A with the Designers of NoLimits 2!

This week the NoLimits 2 coaster simulator team is back on the Season Pass Podcast. Tom Zeliff (3-D Modeler) and Kevin “Crayola” Stone (Graphic Designer) discuss the functions and future of NoLimits 2 with NOT JUST Doug Barnes and Robert Coker... but YOU! This episode was recorded live over BlogTalkRadio on April 27th, 2014. Tons of...

Disney News Round Up: Summertime Madness!

This week we reflect on ourselves — the fan community — with a couple of introspective pieces on the Disney fan community and our theme park experience. Kevin Yee looks at the difference between "gnashes" and "foamers" in the Disney community, while Cory Gross investigates what "story" means to our experience at Disney parks. Meanwhile, construction continues...

SeaWorld San Antonio Review: Three Days in Texas

The SeaWorld Podcast team was invited to attend the opening of Roa's Aviary at Aquatica at SeaWorld San Antonio, and while at the opening, they were invited to experience the park, meet the animals, and see what makes SeaWorld San Antonio special.  So put on your cowboy boots, and find your best 10 gallon hat, and let's explore SeaWorld...

Spectatorship and Experientialism in Disneyland: Rethinking “Story”

The bread-and-butter of much discussion throughout the Disneysphere is the perceived decline of Imagineering and the attractions it creates. Many of these focus on the question of licensed works as opposed to original concepts, having observed a decided lack of modern classics in the vein of a Pirates of the Caribbean or Haunted Mansion or Journey into Imagination. Most seem to...

Changes continue in New Orleans Square as summer heats up at Disneyland

Construction continues on the major Club 33 expansion in Disneyland but most guests facing the project's significant impact on the streets of New Orleans Square won't event be able to enjoy the final product when the club reopens later this year. Still, New Orleans Square's La Masquerade d'Orleans shop will mercifully lose its designation as a pin tradition...

Mousetalgia 294: Listener mail, Audio-Animatronics

It's time to dig into the Mousetalgia mailbag! Topics include Walt Disney World Fastpass+ tips, Adventures by Disney tours, binging on Mousetalgia, seeing Disneyland through a new lens and trip planning tips, an update on the Carolwood Society's Storybook Land restoration, Disney Cruise Line dining tips, re-creating Disneyland's Fantasia ice cream, and insights from a WDW Guest Relations cast...

Summer Sizzles at Busch Gardens Tampa

We’re back with another Busch Gardens Tampa update. We have a few new things to share with you, including an update on the delayed Falcon’s Fury drop tower ride, some changes and additions, and information on a special passholder event. Falcon’s Fury Delay As you’re most likely aware of, the opening of Falcon’s Fury has been delayed as the...

Musee Mechanique Endures on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf

The Zelinksy family's collection of coin operated mechanical musical instruments and antique arcade machines, known as the Musee Mechanique, is one of the largest in the world. Most of the items in the collection are in their original working condition. Weekend Update contributor Marc Rickets shares the history of the collection and gives us a photo tour. ~~Rick Historical Musee...