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Universal Orlando – London of the Swamp

February 19, 2013 at 4:03 am | 9 Comments

London is rising from the swamps of Florida.  Yes, there is more progress on Kings Cross and the Gringott’s coaster inside Universal Studios Florida’s new Harry Potter expansion.  But further still, Springfield’s additional storefronts, Moe’s,…


Coffee with Kurtti: Memories of Disneyland

February 19, 2013 at 4:02 am | 6 Comments

Episode 4 of Coffee with Kurtti features two lifelong Disneyland enthusiasts reminiscing about their earliest memories of the park. Jeff and I also touch upon the nature of change, and share our respective views on…


Oz the Great and Powerful floats into Disneyland Resort as True Love Week comes to the parks

February 18, 2013 at 5:05 am | 29 Comments

Disney’s latest movie, Oz: The Great and Powerful hits theatres next month but the movie soared into the Disneyland Resort this weekend. Disneyland welcomed a special hot air balloon promoting the film on Sunday and…


In The Parks: Knott’s Berry Farm Growing New Attractions

February 18, 2013 at 4:03 am | 12 Comments

There is quite a bit of action going on at Knott’s Berry Farm in the dead of winter. The classic Timber Mountain Log Ride is enjoying some much needed repairs and upgrades during a major…


Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast, Episode 50 – Opening Night of Mardi Gras 2013!

February 18, 2013 at 4:02 am | 3 Comments

Hey Everybody, welcome to episode 50 of the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast!  On this Episode, Darren and Eric go to Universal for the opening night of Mardi Gras 2013 at Universal Studios Orlando. Listen in…


Disneyland City Hall Reading

February 18, 2013 at 4:01 am | 8 Comments

The other half of Communicore Weekly, Jeff Heimbuch, was out in California promoting the best Disney book of 2012 and found some great details at City Hall in Disneyland. I begged, er, requested some of…


Universal Studios Hollywood Walls and All

February 17, 2013 at 12:44 am | 12 Comments

It’s been a few weeks since our last Universal Studios Hollywood update. Change is afoot in movie city. We’ll show you the latest construction and some Hollywood magic we stumbled upon this week. Kathy Lee…


Who’s Afraid of the Song of the South? And Other Forbidden Disney Stories

February 16, 2013 at 4:04 am | 3 Comments

George: Jim Korkis is well known in the Disney community. When I heard that he was going to write a book about Song of the South, I was hoping to learn a lot about the…


Busch Gardens Gets Wild Again Today

February 16, 2013 at 4:02 am | 4 Comments

There’s always something to do at Busch Gardens and right now there’s a flurry of activity happening at this often overlooked little park in Tampa. Sheikra is set to reopen today, February 16th after a…


Pirates Paradise Restaurant in France Rivals Disney Eateries

February 16, 2013 at 4:02 am | 9 Comments

We love reading Alain Littaye’s updates from the international Disney parks. This time he takes us to a unique restaurant in the south of France. I don’t know about you, but I think this Pirate-themed…


In The Parks: Love in the Air, Refurbs on the Ground

February 15, 2013 at 4:04 am | 27 Comments

The Disneyland Resort is filled with love and refurbishment is in the air.  Disney’s Limited Time Magic celebrations continue with two charming offerings, True Love Week and the recently ended Lunar New Year in Disney…


Oz Opens at Epcot and True Love at the Magic Kingdom

February 15, 2013 at 4:03 am | 7 Comments

This was “True Love” week at the Magic Kingdom, we’ll show you all the romance, plus a glimpse of what is to come at the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. Nearly 80 photos of…


Candy Shoppe at Sunshine Plaza

February 14, 2013 at 10:25 pm | 9 Comments

Here at Sunshine Plaza, the shop names tend to involve puns. There’s Baker’s Field Bakery, Engine-Ears Toys, and Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream. You might think a candy shop here would have a name like La…


The Vacation Kingdom of the World

February 14, 2013 at 4:03 am | 6 Comments

A major milestone in the history of Walt Disney Productions (WDP) occured on April 30, 1969, when the company announced details for “The Vacation Kingdom of the World” in Central Florida. The announcement came from…


Four Generations, Four Parks, One Walt Disney World

February 14, 2013 at 4:01 am | 2 Comments

A few weeks after my college graduation, I took my multigenerational family to Disney World. What was I thinking? How on earth would we keep young and old entertained and everyone together for a full…

Posted in Disney, Features, Park Wise


Disney News Round Up, Love is in the Air

February 13, 2013 at 8:38 am | No Comments

Disney Earbooks, Endeavors from NASA and theme park races are highlights in our Round up today. MiceChatters report on their experiences during the MiceAge 10 year Anniversary, Full throttle gets a theme song at Magic…

Posted in MiceChat Round Up


Dueling Disney: A Battle Over Tom Sawyer Island

February 13, 2013 at 4:04 am | 20 Comments

Welcome to the third installment of Dueling Disney. This time ‘round, we’d like ya’ll to join us for a good ol’ fashioned hoot n’ holler over a little plot of land that can only be…

Communicore Weekly – Indiana Jones, Frankenweenie Book, UK Phone Booth Trivia, Big Thunder

February 12, 2013 at 8:58 pm | 2 Comments

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about the lost Indiana Jones rides, Art of Frankenweenie, Big Thunder Mountain, and another installment of Impromptu United Kingdom Pavilion Phone Booth Disney Trivia! DISNEY HISTORY!…


Unofficial 2012 Earbook

February 12, 2013 at 4:04 am | 3 Comments

 Unofficial WDW Earbook 2012 Living in Central Florida (since 2004) and visiting WDW every weekend as I do, it becomes easy after a while to see just how much the place changes. So I started…


Mardi Gras Shines at the Universal Orlando Resort and Hints of Krusty Burger

February 12, 2013 at 4:02 am | 17 Comments

On Saturday February 9th, 2013, the Universal Orlando Resort kicked off its 18th Mardi Gras Celebration. Each year, Universal Creative works with the Kearns Design team in New Orleans to develop a theme for the Mardi…

Posted in Orlando Parkhopper