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Summer comes to a close as Halloween Time moves in at Disneyland

Disneyland is enjoying what's left of its brief off-season between the end of summer and the start of the popular Halloween Time season. Guests should dial back their Halloween Time expectations this year as the on-going 60th Anniversary celebration will take priority with the Diamond Celebration decorations and entertainment running instead of traditional Halloween decorations and shows. ...

Mousetalgia Podcast 358: D23 Expo 2015 – Panels & Presentations

Join Team Mousetalgia on another in-depth look at the 2015 D23 Expo, including a closer look at the Walt Disney Archives exhibition and a few of the panels and presentations. First, we talk about "Disneyland: The Exhibit," an extensive display of memorabilia, props and ephemera from Disneyland's 60 year history. We also have exclusive commentary on the exhibit from...

You’ve Got to be Kidding: The D19 Expo – A Less Expensive Alternative

You've Got to be Kidding is parody. Allow yourself to have a little fun. Enjoy the Expo you never heard about . . . I have really enjoyed reading the reports on this year's D23 Expo.  From everything I've seen it was a fantastic event and a good time was had by all.  However, lost in all the hype and...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #150 – Planning Universal Studios Florida with Sam Gennawey

On this episode we welcome Sam author Sam Gennawey back on to the show to talk about the story behind the creation of Universal Studios Florida and how the park is designed and laid out. ENJOY!  DIRECT DOWNLOAD ITUNES  STITCHER You can get Sam's latest book : Universal versus Disney: The Unofficial Guide to American Theme Parks' Greatest Rivalry On AMAZON as a Kindle book, paperback or audio...

Labor Day Fun Coming to Knotts Berry Farm

It was a big news-filled week at Knotts Berry Farm as the park shifts from the summer season and gears up for the mega Halloween season.  Knotts held a major announcement event in the Charles Schultz Theater laying out everything that is coming for the annual Halloween Haunt.  Today we focus on what's going on in the park right now,...

Yesterland: 60 Closings in 60 Years — Part 2: 1985 to 2015

In honor of the 60th anniversary of Disneyland, I made a Yesterland list. For each year that Disneyland has been open, I would find something—just one thing—that CLOSED that year. There are 31 entries this time, because the two-part list includes 1955 and 2015.   Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: 60 Closings in 60 Years — Part 2: 1985 to 2015   When...

Knotts Scary Farm Announces Full Line Up

Last night, Knotts Berry Farm invited haunt fans and season pass holders to the Knotts Scary Farm Announcement event.  Here we would find out what was in store for us when Knotts Scary Farm opens its gates to Halloween and theme park fans.  Scary Farm, slashing into its 43rd year, is the single biggest haunt event in the world, employing...

Dateline Universal Orlando: Horror Nights, Farewell to Lucy, and Something FAST

Welcome back to Dateline Universal Orlando! This time around the block we're taking a look at all the happenings at Universal Studios Florida. There are lots of signs of change yet to come. We think you'll have a lot to talk about in the comments and we are very curious what you think about the changes coming to the...

4 Things to Leave at Home on a Trip to Walt Disney World

With post upon post and list upon list about all the things to take to the parks, it’s really easy to over pack.  I’ll admit it, I’m guilty as charged.  Back in our stroller days, I loaded that sucker down with costumes changes, what-if supplies, snacks, drinks and more.  And while I never had to plunk down big bucks...

Disney News Round Up: Star Wars, Halloween, and Fun Events

Welcome to this week’s Disney News Round-Up! We have lots to entertain you this time around. Our top stories include complete coverage of the D23 Expo and news and photos from the parks. We also have great discussions of Stars Wars Land, Toy Story land and our MiceChatters bring great trip reports from their adventures in the Disney parks. Get...

The Haunted Mansion Show: Creepy Conventions

With all the recent hustle and bustle at the many conventions these past couple of months (obviously including the D23 Exposition), this definitely caught the Ghost Host’s attention. Thanks to the reports sent from the ever-so-creepy Ghost Relations Dept. at Disneyland, he is more than happy to share all of them here on “The Haunted Mansion Show” for all...

Fab Knows: Fun in the Center of D23 EXPO 2015

Many people think that the D23 EXPO is sessions, pavilions and shopping. Well, yes, of course, but it's a lot more. When chatting with someone who said she could not stand waiting in all of those lines, I told her very matter-of-factly that she could have taken less than ten steps on to the Show Floor, stopped, and been...

Six Flags Magic Mountain: Now’s the time to go

If you haven't been to Six Flags Magic Mountain yet this summer, NOW is the time to go. With SoCal schools back in session, the park is practically empty right now. With all of the local kids back to the institutional learning facilities you have the opportunity to have the run of the park.  You could literally shoot a cannon...

The Little Man of Disneyland returns and Halloween Time creeps in, plus thoughts on D23 Expo

D23 Expo has come and gone and Disneyland is now enjoying the last weeks of its busy summer season before jumping head first into its popular Halloween Time. Jack-o-lanterns and seasonal decorations are popping up along Main Street, U.SA. and the Haunted Mansion has now closed for its seasonal overlay as Disneyland gears up for the launch of Halloween...

Mousetalgia Podcast 357: D23 Expo 2015, Part 1

Join Team Mousetalgia on a tour of the floor of the 2015 D23 Expo, where we'll examine the various pavilions and attractions scattered throughout the enormous biannual Disney fan convention. We take a look at the various queues, and examine the StagePass and StorePass systems D23 has in place to attempt to ease the pain of standing in lines....

MiceMoms – Disney’s Hollywood Studios Ice Palace Boutique

 Please welcome MiceMom, Amy Bashor, as she shares her family's experience with Disney's new Ice Palace Boutique. It's a cool summer makeover for her daughter. Like so many other young girls, my daughter is a Frozen fan.  We have visited with Elsa and Anna a dozen times in Walt Disney World, enjoyed all the summer fun in Hollywood Studios and...

The Sweep Spot Podcast #162 Disney and Star Wars

In this episode we take a look at the history of the Disney Company and Star Wars. We go back to when Michael Eisner came to the company in 1984 and wanted to do some projects with his friend George Lucas, and to bring these ideas to the parks. We then talk about the recent announcements at D23 Expo...

No Roar, No More – Discovery Kingdom Closes Classic Woodie

No Roar No More, Bay Area Briefs By Marc Ricketts August 16 was National Roller Coaster Day, and at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom it was also the last day for Roar, the park’s woodie since 1999. Roar was the first coaster to feature Millennium Flyer trains. With only one row per car, these trains can handle the tight turns and...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #147 – News and Rumors

On this show we tackle some of the big news items that have come out at Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Singapore and Universal Studios Japan, including Volcano Bay, The Annual theme park attendance figures, NBC Sports Grill and Brew, Battlestar Galactica and more. Then we give you the current Listener Top 5 Worst Attractions at Universal Orlando Resort, email...

D23 Expo In-Depth: The Walt Disney Archives celebrates 60 years of Disneyland

One of the absolute highlights of this year's D23 Expo was the Walt Disney Archive's exhibit on the show floor. For the first time, the Walt Disney Archives moved to the Expo's main show floor and focused on a single topic for this year's exhibit, showcasing the last 60 years of Disneyland history. What resulted was a...