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Habit Heroes Fat-Free?

January 22, 2013 at 4:04 am | 11 Comments

When Habit Heroes opened for previews in Innoventions in early 2012, it faced an immediate firestorm for its portrayal of fat people. The story went viral and became national news when the National Association to…

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Hurricane Hanna Waterside Bar and Grill reopens at Walt Disney World Beach Club Resort

January 22, 2013 at 4:03 am | 4 Comments

If you’ve visited Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort over recent months, chances are you’ve learned that Hurricane Hanna’s is closed for refurbishment.  The planned extensive refurbishment was from August 27, 2012 and re-opens today,…

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Universal Orlando Resort Getting Harry-er

January 22, 2013 at 4:02 am | 17 Comments

Things are getting more Harry at the Universal Orlando Resort.  As discernible progress has been made at the Harry Potter construction sites in each park, we are able to make out more and more of what is…

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Disneyland celebrates Mardi Gras as Tinker Bell Half Marathon races through Anaheim

January 21, 2013 at 5:49 am | 16 Comments

Disneyland kicked off its annual Mardi Gras celebration over the weekend with the return of the New Orleans Bayou Bash! celebration. The Mardi Gras-themed live entertainment and food offerings in New Orleans Square return on…

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Disney Imagineers give a sneak peek of the Fantasy Faire at the Blue Sky Cellar

January 21, 2013 at 5:48 am | 37 Comments

The Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar at Disney California Adventure opened a new exhibit last week giving an in-depth preview of the new Fantasy Faire project at Disneyland. The new princess meet-and-greet village expands…

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Theme Parkeology Mystery Solved and Vintage Magic Kingdom Main Street

January 21, 2013 at 4:03 am | 9 Comments

For the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to discover how and when several photographs were taken at Walt Disney World. I’ve had some fantastic comments and some amazing emails with satellite images, Google Earth…

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast Episode 48

January 21, 2013 at 4:02 am | 7 Comments

It has been an exciting time at the Universal Orlando Resort, what with the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman getting a 4k HD make over, both…

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Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

January 20, 2013 at 4:04 am | 3 Comments

Gasparilla Grill and Games at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa closed for refurbishment August 24 – December 17, 2012.  The massive refurbishment of the facility consisted of enhancements to the Grill, main pool, refurbishment…

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In The Parks: Romance at Six Flags Magic Mountain

January 20, 2013 at 4:03 am | 2 Comments

We will have a full Six Flags update later this week, but there are a couple of things the park has shared with us that we’d like you to know now. We also have an…

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Remembering Roger Broggie Jr.

January 20, 2013 at 4:00 am | 3 Comments

Roger Broggie, Jr, the genius Imagineer, passed away on Dec 11 at the age 72 in La Pine, Ore. Sadly, He fell from a Christmas float he had been working on and didn’t recover from his…

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Stars Celebrate Peter Pan 60th Anniversary Celebration at El Capitan Theatre

January 19, 2013 at 4:04 am | 7 Comments

The stars came out to the El Capitan Theatre to mark the 60th anniversary of Disney’s beloved animated film, Peter Pan. Kathryn Beaumont (Wendy), Margaret Kerry (Tinker Bell) and Ted Thomas (director, writer and musician.)…

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Coffee with Kurtti: Roger Rabbit vs Mary Poppins

January 19, 2013 at 4:02 am | 4 Comments

In episode 3 of Coffee with Kurtti, I hit Jeff Kurtti with a bombshell: “Roger Rabbit is just as good as, if not better than, Mary Poppins.” Jeff, incredulous, fires back in defense of his…

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Vinyl Leaves, Walt Disney World And America

January 19, 2013 at 4:01 am | 10 Comments

I’ve loved almost every Disney-related book I’ve read. Of course, there are a few that I’ve disliked and three that I’ve hated (we can discuss those after drinks one night). Vinyl Leaves: Walt Disney World…

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Dateline Disney World: New French Bakery at Epcot and Magic Kingdom News

January 18, 2013 at 4:05 am | 29 Comments

This week, we’ll take a look at the new bakery in the France pavilion at Epcot, as well as news and construction at the Magic Kingdom. We have almost 80 photos for you this week,…

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Disneyland Big Thunder Under a Crane, Mansion reopened, Grizzly Down

January 18, 2013 at 4:03 am | 46 Comments

Quite a bit is happening at the Disneyland Resort this week.  Today marks the return of the classic version of The Haunted Mansion since Jack Skellington moved in last September.  We also get another dose…

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Blue Ribbon Bakery

January 17, 2013 at 9:21 pm | 7 Comments

When it’s morning at Yesterland and you want coffee and a buttery pastry or melt-in-your-mouth muffin, just head halfway up Yester Main Street, U.S.A. to the Blue Ribbon Bakery. Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Blue Ribbon…

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Sam Examines the Small Print Behind the My Disney Experience Program

January 17, 2013 at 4:02 am | 60 Comments

As the battles between Disney and the other theme park operators is notched up another level with the introduction of the My Disney Experience program (MyMagic+), it is instructive to see how two of the…

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Checking up on Busch Gardens Tampa

January 17, 2013 at 4:01 am | 9 Comments

Today we venture through Busch Gardens Tampa  for the latest news from this great alternative to the Orlando parks.  While the last bits of holiday decorations are still being shed, preparations are being made for…

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Dueling Disney – Does Resort Size Matter?

January 16, 2013 at 4:04 am | 45 Comments

Welcome to installment one of Dueling Disney. This new monthly column will run the length of 2013, and entail two friends on different coasts battling it out for Disney park supremacy. Keith Gluck grew up…

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MiceChat Podcast #5: Disney’s Orwellian Adventure?

January 16, 2013 at 4:02 am | 10 Comments

Al Lutz, Doug Barnes and Dusty Sage discuss the latest from the Disney and Universal theme parks. It’s a big start to the new year: Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World have new Presidents. We’ll tell you what…