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The Sweep Spot # 177 Discussion about Herb Ryman

We are launching a series of episodes where we talk about people who have contributed to the making of Disneyland over the years. This time we feature the legendary Herb Ryman. He was the first person to actually draw out what Disneyland would look like, with Walt's directions of course. Learn more about this talented man, in this weeks...

A closer look at Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter plus Disneyland’s new demand pricing

Today we take a break from Disneyland's off-season refurbishments and construction and take you back up to Universal Studios Hollywood for a closer look at the park's spectacular new Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Today we go in-depth on what you can expect when visiting -- taking a look at the good, bad and everything in-between. We...

Mousetalgia Podcast 384: Disneyland advice, listener email

Team Mousetalgia returns to our overflowing inbox to catch up on your burning questions, and topics include: Searching for nightlife at the Disneyland Resort; locker rentals at the park; trip budgeting; limos from LAX; the value of an Annual Passport during park construction; blu-ray storage; adult experiences at the parks; Disneyland bests and worsts; comparing the Land versus the...

Remembering Our Friend, Disneylander Jack Lindquist

This morning, we learned that our friend, Jack Lindquist, died. And by "our", I don't mean just those of us who were lucky enough to have been able to meet him, talk with him, and hear his wonderful stories (and say thank you!), but also to anyone who attended a Grad Night, who was a member of the Magic...

Huge Disneyland Price Increase or Not

Are you ready to pay up to $20 more for a one day ticket to the Disney Parks? Beginning Sunday, February 28th, a brand new pricing scheme will hit the parks in Anaheim and Orlando. As we've mentioned here over the last year, Disney has been kicking around the idea of demand-based pricing to help level out the overcrowding...

The Best Animated Feature Oscar Goes To . . .

The red carpet has already been laid out on Hollywood Blvd as Tinseltown prepares for its biggest night of the year. And while this isn't the most exciting year for many awards, there is one category which proves that creativity still thrives in the film industry. Let's take a quick look at this year's five nominated animated features and...

Adam Sanderson – Head of D23 – Departing Disney

The affable Adam Sanderson, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for the Walt Disney Company and head of D23, will soon be departing the company after 19 years of service to pursue new opportunities. Adam is very well liked by his coworkers and by Disney fans alike and will be deeply missed. Lest the fan community start with conspiracy theories...

Yesterland: Flying Saucers

If you’ve never looked at this ride closely, you might think it’s just a colossal air hockey table with a fleet of ride vehicles that can scoot above it. But it’s much more complicated—and much more ingenious—than that. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Flying Saucers   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Fab News – May The Blocks Be With You

Happy Thursday! I hope you're all having a fabulous week. It's looking more and more like spring here in Southern California, when it's not feeling like summer! This edition of Fab News is chock full of goodies: I had a really nice chat with The Good Dinosaur director Peter Sohn, found out about a sweet new perk for the...

The Lego Movie 4D: A New Adventure at LEGOLAND

EVERYTHING IS AWESOME! I was recently invited to preview the new LEGO Movie 4D: A New Adventure at LEGOLAND Florida in Winter Haven, FL. I'm sure you're eagerly awaiting my review, but first let's talk about what we're getting ourselves into! Via the Press Release: In an evening of glitz and glamour befitting a classic Hollywood movie premiere, LEGOLAND Florida Resort welcomed celebrities,...

Dateline Disney World – More Flowers, Star Wars and Fireworks

Epcot is beginning to bloom for Flower and Garden Festival. We'll take a quick look at the colorful happenings as well as news from Hollywood Studios, where Star Wars is taking over the park. Let's go! Time to move over to Hollywood Studios! More News from around Walt Disney World: Yo ho, yo ho.. It's a pirate  tsum tsum life starting Friday,...

Disney News Round Up: StarWars Updates and Reviews of Hogwarts

MiceChat Round Up Sunday February 21st 8pm, ABC aired a celebration of Disneyland’s 60th anniversary. This reflection of Walt Disney’s inspiration & creativity in building a new theme park experience was a star studded event. The Dolby Theater in the heart of Hollywood, and several iconic locations inside the Disneyland resort hosted appearances by the likes of Helen Mirren, Neil...

Fab News: “Good” Bonus Material, Classic Disney TV and more

Hello, and thanks for all the well wishes! I'm still (sort of) obeying doctor's orders (and missing AP days, dash it all!) but it gave me time to catch up on some video, including finding some old chestnuts from the 70s and 80s that Disney put out to celebrate theme park milestones. (Like the 60th Anniversary special, they were...

Demolition clears the way for Star Wars at Disneyland as Universal Studios previews Harry Potter

Sunday night's big two-hour TV special on Disneyland's 60th Anniversary may have disappointed audiences with embarrassingly little real Disneyland-related content but the actual parks continue through the winter off-season with big changes underway. At Disneyland, demolition is quickly getting underway backstage as the park's massive Star Wars expansion gets moving. Disney California Adventure, meanwhile, will soon bid...

Mousetalgia Podcast 383: Disneyland AP Days and dining reviews

Team Mousetalgia brings you dueling trip reports on today's episode of the show as we discuss the current Annual Passholder Days happening this month at Disneyland Park. Kristen gets adventurous while Jeff trips the park fantastic, but the rare character photo ops leave Kristen stewing and Jeff hopping. Other topics of discussion include Disneyland's new Inspired Photography, the state...

Disney Zootopia: An Adventuous Ride On The Wild Side (Film Review)

When it comes to animated films, it seems like the past decade has had it's fill of animal characters. From cuddly hamsters to smart alecky birds, there has been no shortage of these family films that seem to pander more to the children than adults. Many moviegoers could argue that Hollywood has run out of ideas and started recycling...

DoomBuggies Spook Show Episode 15: Joshua Williamson on Marvel’s “Haunted Mansion”

On this episode of the DoomBuggies Spook Show, host Jeff Baham speaks with comic book writer Joshua Williamson about Marvel's new Disney Kingdoms title, "The Haunted Mansion." Williamson talks about his history as an artist, his interest in Disney's Haunted Mansion, and his trek through Disney fandom. We talk about how he goes about creating characters for this enigmatic...

Fab News: In a Chinese Theater Far Far Away

It's been quite a week: movie premieres, DCA News, a new wizard, oh . . . and I'm in the middle of a big move and managed to come down with pneumonia. But fear not, this drugged up blogette loves you too much to leave you alone at the keyboard. Here's what I dug up for you: Projections Look Good...

Yesterland: Epcot Wish List – Part 3, World Showcase

It was the 1970s. If national governments were willing to build pavilions at temporary world’s fairs, surely they would jump at the chance to promote their culture, commerce, and tourism using Disney showmanship at World Showcase. It didn’t work out that way... Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Epcot Wish List - Part 3, World Showcase   When you are done reading, please leave...

Busch Gardens Cobra’s Curse Construction Tour

Busch Gardens Tampa invited us to a behind-the-scenes hard hat tour of their newest coaster that is currently under construction, Cobra's Curse. We have to applaud Busch Gardens for adding a bit of a backstory to the ride, which is basically as follows: Around 2,000 years ago, in Ancient Egypt, there was a Snake God that had a following and they...