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Universal Orlando Resort – Harry Potter Announcement Set and Resort Update

December 24, 2013 at 2:00 am | 20 Comments

HO HO HO and Happy Holidays!  We are back with the last Universal Orlando update for 2013.  Today, we will take a quick look at the major projects in the resort with a big Harry…

Communicore Weekly – Holiday Episode – Santa Claus Land, Christmas Crafts, Baby Sinclair, Ghostbusters II

December 24, 2013 at 1:00 am | 1 Comment

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where it’s our second annual holiday episode! We talk about Holiday Episode – Santa Claus Land, Christmas Crafts, Baby Sinclair, and Ghostbusters II! DISNEY HISTORY! – George and Jeff…


Crowds arrive for Christmas week at Disneyland

December 23, 2013 at 5:05 am | 16 Comments

Merry Christmas! The biggest crowds of the year will hit Disneyland starting this week, running through the New Year holiday. Guests visiting this week should be sure to plan for some of the longest wait…


Fascinating 1971 Walt Disney World Brochure

December 23, 2013 at 2:00 am | 7 Comments

In a recent trove of ephemeral treasures I was bequeathed, I ran into an amazing Walt Disney World brochure from 1971. If you’ve kept up with my columns at MiceChat, then you know I’m slightly…


Mousetalgia 270: Marvel’s Seekers of the Weird, listener mail

December 23, 2013 at 1:00 am | No Comments

Merry Weird-mas from Mousetalgia! On today’s special holiday show, we welcome three – count ‘em, three – Imagineers to the show to talk about Marvel’s upcoming “Disney Kingdoms” line of comics, which will be based…


World of Color: Winter Dreams and Viva Navidad

December 22, 2013 at 12:45 am | No Comments

Podcast #400: “World of Color: Winter Dreams and Viva Navidad” This week, as we celebrate our 400th episode, Paul & Calvin enjoy “World of Color: Winter Dreams” and “Viva Navidad” from Disney California Adventure Park…


Disney Cast Blast: Holiday Snow Around the World

December 22, 2013 at 12:41 am | 3 Comments

Welcome to a very Merry Christmas edition of the Disney Cast Blast. ‘Holiday Snow Around the World’ spotlights a few Christmas stories from Walt Disney World.  Hope you enjoy this edition and have a safe…

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Lone Ranger Blu-ray Review

December 21, 2013 at 2:00 am | 13 Comments

George: There was a lot of hype for the big screen adaptation of the Lone Ranger,  unfortunately, the initial press and fan reviews were pretty scathing. I chose to forgo seeing it in the theater…


Scarlett Stahl’s Merry Olde Trip to England

December 21, 2013 at 1:00 am | 6 Comments

Scarlett Stahl’s been off on one of her wonderful trips abroad again. This time she is generously sharing her experiences and photos from her trip to England! ~~Rick My Merry Olde Trip to England By…


Disneyland Resort – Big Thunder Mountain Railings

December 20, 2013 at 3:00 am | 13 Comments

To all who come to this happy site – welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here fans relive fond memories of the past and here youth may savor the challenge of finding a solution for Tomorrowland.…

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Gaining and Losing Trees at the Magic Kingdom

December 20, 2013 at 2:00 am | 14 Comments

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’re taking a look at the Magic Kingdom, as it seems to continually be the park with the most news. Let’s go! If you’d like to…


DCA Then & Now, Part 5: Pacific Wharf

December 19, 2013 at 9:00 pm | 3 Comments

Pacific Wharf was one of the six “districts” of the Golden State “land” when Disney’s California Adventure opened in 2001. Now Disney California Adventure has eight lands and no districts. The Pacific Wharf district and…


Saving Mr. Banks: A Spoon Full of Sugar

December 19, 2013 at 3:30 am | 44 Comments

There is a moment in the new Disney film, Saving Mr. Banks, where P.L. Travers, flawlessly played by Emma Thompson, is overcome with a new musical composition hammered out by the Sherman Brothers. She begins…

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My Three Favorite Christmas Activities at Disney World

December 19, 2013 at 3:00 am | 13 Comments

I’m a Disney geek.  I’m a Christmas nerd.  Is it any surprise that I LOVE visiting Walt Disney World at Christmastime (which actually begins almost overnight after the last Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party)?!  Here are…


SAMLAND: California Living

December 19, 2013 at 2:00 am | 12 Comments

This week is a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I will start with a brief excerpt from The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide, then try and impress you with some…

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Season Pass Podcast: Behind Mystic Manor with Stephen Stanton and Jerry Rees

December 19, 2013 at 12:02 am | No Comments

Let’s take a trip back to the Anaheim Convention Center, August 2013, during the D23 Expo.  The Season Pass gang takes a look at Hong Kong Disneyland’s newest attraction (and immediate fan favorite) Mystic Manor. Doug and Brent are…


Dueling Disney: Reflections

December 18, 2013 at 3:00 am | 23 Comments

Sometimes when you take a year out of your life to co-write a column with one of your best buds, you want to take a moment to look back on said year and reflect. Sometimes…


Disney News Round Up: Paperless Fastpass, Wondrous Christmas lights

December 18, 2013 at 1:00 am | No Comments

Today’s MiceChat Round Up is filled with Disney and theme park news, rumors, podcasts, photos and videos. FastPass is going fully electronic at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom.  Towne Square Photography is closing in Disneyland…


Mousetalgia 269: Disneyland Holidays, Remembering Annette

December 17, 2013 at 10:49 pm | No Comments

Team Mousetalgia reviews the Disneyland Holiday season for 2013 in this episode. First, Jeff and Kristen discuss various aspects of the holidays at the resort, including reports and reviews from Viva Navidad, World of Color…

Communicore Weekly – Trip Report, The Disneyland Story, Mary Poppins, Crystal Arts

December 17, 2013 at 6:18 am | 1 Comment

Direct Link  l   iTunes Link Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about George’s Trip Report, The Disneyland Story, Mary Poppins, and Crystal Arts! TRIP REPORT! – George just got back from a…