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Yesterland: California Adventure Preview Center

Disney’s all new theme park, located right next door to Disneyland park, opens February 8, 2001. Visit the Preview Center in the Main Street Opera House building on Main Street, U.S.A. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: California Adventure Preview Center When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Knott’s Berry Farm Update: Peanuts Celebration

Welcome back to the Farm. It may be slow season over at Disney, but not here at Knott's. Today we are going to be running around the park and checking out their weekend Peanuts Celebration delighting guests through February 25th. Peanuts Celebration!   Knott's has placed Peanuts banners everywhere around the entry to the park. Just inside...

LEGOLAND California Castle Hotel Construction Tour with Concept Art and Photos

Five years ago this April the LEGOLAND Hotel opened at LEGOLAND California. Laser focused on the family market, the 250 room hotel proved so popular that a second hotel was planned. Ground broke in January 2017 for the new LEGOLAND Castle Hotel. With three floors, 250 rooms, top to bottom castle theming, and a continued focus on a family...

Fab News: Castles, Legends, Dreams, Wishes, and Fun

Hello, greetings and welcome! Don't fall asleep on me! I've been binge-watching Netflix shows with Alice (YES! She's back after two months away!) and doing spring cleaning because it's 82 degrees here in SoCal. I keep trying to get back to Disneyland but I haven't done so yet. And I have to pick up a Shipwreck barrel for someone!...

Disneyland Resort Update – Off With Their Heads!

We have a Disneyland Resort update for you today that will have you screaming "Off with their heads!" Splitsville Luxury Lanes opened today at long last. DCA is celebrating Lunar New Year. ToonTown turned 25, but is it already past time to put this land out of its misery? Plus, Pixar Pier and Star Wars land construction updates. Splitsville Luxury...

The Sweep Spot #227 Disneyland 1958 with Jim Korkis

In this episode we welcome back author, and Disney Historian Jim Korkis. We discuss the year 1958 at Disneyland, with the additions, and the growing new park. Disneyland was just 3 years old, but adding new things and planning is always something on the horizon. Plus the latest in the Disneyland Resort Current Events. for more info on our...

More River and Theme Cruises Coming From Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise Line

Adventures by Disney is expanding its partnership with AmaWaterways to offer new family-friendly river cruises on the Seine. They are also tacking on additional land packages to Disney Cruise Line voyages from San Diego. Plus, even more Star Wars Day and Marvel Days at Sea have been set for the Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic respectively. New on the Seine...

Yesterland: Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship

Are you hungry for a tuna sandwich, a tuna burger, or a hot tuna pie? Then plan to eat at the Pirate Ship. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update: Bowling for Sushi

Welcome back to the Disneyland Resort where things are really on a roll. Today we take you for a look at Disney California Adventure, Downtown Disney, and Mickey & Friends Parking as lots of changes big and small are on their way to the resort. If you missed our coverage of the Disneyland After Dark event, you can find...

This Animatronic Life – The Challenges of Creating Portrait Figures

Howdy everyone—in the past few weeks, I’ve been hearing a tremendous amount of commentary about the creation of successful portrait figures (that is, animatronic or static characters designed to look like a realistic, lifelike, or specific person).  I’ve even been asked by a number of parties to give my opinion (as someone with a bit of working knowledge on...

Disneyland Resort Update: Retro Power

Welcome back to the Disneyland Resort. Well, it’s finally the slow season. Today we are going to look at the highly anticipated Disneyland After Dark event. But we’ve also got a full Disneyland update for you, including new merchandise in the parks. And check out the second half of this week for continuing coverage of California Adventure, Downtown Disney, and...

Mousetalgia Podcast 483: Michael Vargo, VP, D23; author Matthew Reinhart; Disneyland’s last cowboy

This week we present an Emporium of topics. First, Disney historian David Koenig joins us to talk about the late Frank Pfannenstiel, who was the last Disneyland cowboy. Hired in 1954 and employed at the park for 33 years, Frank, a WW II Marine veteran, was hired to care for and train horses and mules for Walt's still-in-development Disneyland...

Disneyland Paris – New Year of Star Wars

Mickey's Big Band Hello everyone and Happy New Year, this is our first article of the year, and the relaunch of Star Wars "Season of the Force." But first I'd like to share a bit of the Christmas season with you, which was marked by the magnificent last performance of "Mickey’s Christmas Big Band." We hope that this show will return...

7 Cool Things You May Not Know About Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

by Dave Bossert When Walt Disney lost the contract to create Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons he turned a lemon into lemonade by creating Mickey Mouse. Oswald ultimately passed onto Universal, where his design changed from a cartoony scamp to a more realistic looking rabbit and eventually faded into obscurity. Because of that and the fact that Oswald was not...

Yesterland: California Screamin’

Is Pixar even a legitimate theme for a land? After all, Pixar is not a genre, a location, or a particular period of time. It’s an animation studio that has made a lot of very good movies, each with its own setting. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: California Screamin’ When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Dateline Disney World – AMAZING Aerial Construction Photos of New Hollywood Studios Lands

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we are looking at some great aerial content of the two new lands under construction at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Those are, of course, Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Hang on to your seats folks, we'll be doing some high flying on this update! Toy Story Land Construction First, we'll...

Disneyland Update – It’s A WALL World After All

The off-season at Disneyland is a world of walls. In an attempt to keep you from seeing magic in process, Disney has erected an epic number of construction walls throughout the resort.  Main Street, Small World, Dumbo, Paradise Pier, parts of Downtown Disney. While it's impressive to think about the amount of work going on, the parks do look less...

Fab News: Things Old, New, and Weird

Greetings and salutations! Is everybody getting used to writing "2018" on whatever we write dates on instead of checks nowadays? Back in the parks and enjoying the annual display of colorful construction walls? I'm always glad to see them because I know that it means something is being done. And honey, I lived through the era where that didn't...

Disneyland Resort Update – Pixar with a “P”

You've got a friend in me . . . and I'm going to take you with me to the Disneyland Resort this week. Today finds us at Disney California Adventure as the old Paradise Pier begins a major transformation. There's also a big shakeup in Downtown Disney and some news about Garden Walk. Welcome to Pixar Pier Disney has wasted no...

MiceChat Anniversary Extravaganza February 2nd, 2018

It's time to celebrate MiceChat/MiceAge Anniversary (our 15th) with another AMAZING evening of food, wine, celebrities and Disney history! Join us on the evening of February 2nd at The Anaheim Hotel (across the street from Disneyland) Featured Panels Welcome To The Jungle: David Koenig presents a panel of original Jungle Cruise skippers! The jokes will be corny and the history will be heartfelt. First...