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An Urban Legend: Swan and Dolphin Reversed?

June 19, 2014 at 9:17 pm | 10 Comments

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotels are known for their iconic sculptures. According to legend, the 47-foot-tall swan sculptures and 55-foot-tall dolphin sculptures were installed on the wrong hotel buildings—and the paint schemes…


Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Preview, Part 2: Red Carpet Event

June 19, 2014 at 4:25 am | 92 Comments

After a crazy kick off day, Universal, hit the gas, and wasted no time, getting everyone up to speed on the incredible changes they have made to the resort since the first phase of the…


Planning to Visit Disneyland?

June 19, 2014 at 3:00 am | 7 Comments

The California Chapter of the American Planning Association is coming to the Disneyland Hotel for their annual conference in September. I penned this article with them in mind. But I think you hard core Disneyland…

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A Conversation with Mark Hamill

June 19, 2014 at 12:01 am | 1 Comment

This week, we get the chance to speak with Star Wars Royalty, Mark Hamill.  Talk about magic.  This guy has some wonderful stories to share and you can only hear them here on Window to…


Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Preview, Part 1: CityWalk Kickoff

June 18, 2014 at 1:31 am | 67 Comments

Universal has kicked off their week of previewing Diagon Alley by pulling out all of the stops.  With the Tonight Show and the Today Show filming live at Universal Orlando, they are making sure that…


Tomorrowland refurbishments and Hub construction continues at the Magic Kingdom

June 18, 2014 at 1:00 am | 13 Comments

Welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’re taking a look at the Magic Kingdom a few weeks removed from the opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. New Fantasyland may now be finished but…


Disney News Round Up: Harry Potter and the Mine Train!

June 18, 2014 at 12:45 am | No Comments

It’s an incredible summer for theme park fans! Knott’s Berry Farm has unveiled their newly restored and re-imagined Calico Mine Ride, transforming the aging classic into a modern day marvel. Over at Disneyland, Frozen fans…


Dedicated to DLP 38: Ratatouille & Disney Characters Special

June 18, 2014 at 12:30 am | No Comments

The brand new official Disneyland Paris press release about Ratatouille: The Adventure kicks things off, as we discuss what was said, or not, and then cover Bistrot Chez Remy and what food is on offer.…


Universal Orlando Update – Kicking Off Wizarding World of Harry Potter Preview Week

June 17, 2014 at 1:45 am | 24 Comments

It seems like just yesterday that we here at MiceChat were covering the closure of JAWS at the Universal Orlando Resort.  And just a few years later, we are getting ready to experience part 2…

Communicore Weekly — Storybook Land Canal Boats, Art of Disney Princess, Texas Glenn, Barnabas T. Bullion

June 17, 2014 at 1:25 am | No Comments

Direct Link  l   iTunes Link Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Storybook Land Canal Boats, Art of Disney Princess, Texas Glenn, and Barnabas T. Bullion! DISNEY HISTORY! – Jeff and George…


New Frozen pre-parade leads the way as Club 33 expansion continues at Disneyland

June 16, 2014 at 5:42 am | 48 Comments

Disneyland debuted its new Frozen-themed pre-parade Friday afternoon. The one-float offering features Princess Anna, Olaf and Queen Elsa on an icy, snow-covered parade float but Frozen fans might want to lower their expectations before heading…


Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Half-Day Park?

June 16, 2014 at 12:45 am | 25 Comments

One of our running gags on Communicore Weekly concerns Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The call of “half-day park” is usually one of my rejoinders whenever Jeff mentions the Animal Kingdom. I joke about it being a…


Mousetalgia Episode 295: Lasseter winery party, Disneyland, Anaheim Packing District

June 16, 2014 at 12:30 am | No Comments

This week, Dave and Becky report on the New Orleans-themed Lasseter Family Winery Spring Release party where they tasted new wine from the barrel, enjoyed food, fun and friends, and had a close encounter with…


California’s Great America Struggles Against Mediocrity, Part Two

June 15, 2014 at 12:30 am | 19 Comments

Marc Ricketts continues his visit to California’s Great America. You can read part one [HERE]. ~~Rick California’s Great America by Marc Ricketts Water and boats are a necessary component of every park. Behind that splash…


The Sweep Spot – Disneyland Past and Future Anniversary Celebrations

June 15, 2014 at 12:20 am | 2 Comments

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…


Mythbusters at the Discovery Science Center

June 14, 2014 at 12:50 am | 23 Comments

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…


California’s Great America Struggles Against Mediocrity

June 14, 2014 at 12:30 am | 20 Comments

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…


Art and Flair of Mary Blair by John Canemaker

June 14, 2014 at 12:15 am | 4 Comments

George: Mary Blair is one of the more well-known artists to come out of the Disney Studios. Granted she had a career as a water colorist well before working for Disney but really came into…


Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #95 – News, Rumors and Menchies

June 14, 2014 at 12:05 am | 1 Comment

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…


Grand opening of a Knott’s Berry Farm classic: The Reimagined Calico Mine Ride

June 13, 2014 at 4:48 am | 23 Comments

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…