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Soarin Returns to the Disneyland Resort and More 60th Prep

It's another big week for the Disneyland Resort as the all new Grizzly Peak Airfield and the spiffed-up Soarin' Over California debuted on Friday.  With its all-new, hi-def projection and brand new screens, does the ride benefit from the attention given to it?  That is, of course, not to mention the re-themed land that came along with it.  All...

Mousetalgia Podcast 343: Hat Box Ghost’s return, Tomorrowland premiere

Team Mousetalgia takes you to the blue carpet and the world premiere of Tomorrowland in this week's episode! Join Jeff and Dave as they watch the celebrities descend on Downtown Disney's AMC multiplex to watch Brad Bird's fascinating new movie and report on the goings on. Jeff joins D23 to attend the private after-party in Disneyland's Tomorrowland, and Dave...

Efteling Fairy Tale Forest – Part One

Efteling is a fantasy theme park located in the Neatherlands. It was opened in 1952 and continues to delight European travelers to this very day.  We begin a two part series on the heart of Efteling today. Disneyland has its Castle at the heart of the park, Efteling has its Fairy Tale Forest (Sprookjesbos).  This is where the Efteling we...

Gator Spot takes a bite out of International Drive

On Monday, May 11, the world of attractions along International Drive in Orlando went from big to “HUGE," as the newest member of the ever expanding and changing group of attractions on the iconic street attempts to chomp the competition by combining two of the greatest family owned amusement and zoological companies in one location. Located on the campus of...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #137 – News, Autism at the Parks, Butterbeer and Emails

We then bring you a new segment to the podcast from Maureen at Autism at the Parks, in which she aims to help people with disabilities, ailments and kids get more from the Universal Orlando Resort by helping them find out more about the options available to people, we then delve in to the email bag to talk about...

You’ve Got to be Kidding: The Most Interesting Disneyland Fan in the World

"You've Got To Be Kidding" is parody. Allow yourself the opportunity to have a little fun . . . Many of us like to think we are Disneyland's number one fan.  And many more like to think we might crack the top ten.  But we all pale in comparison to one man.  Let's take a moment to recall why he...

Back to the…. Coonskin Hat?

Please welcome Karl Beaudry to MiceChat. Karl's interest is in Disney music. We think you'll enjoy these little notes. Greetings Disney music lovers and welcome to Disney Notes - a regular visit to the world of Disney melodies. We're here to discuss all things relating to the magic of Disney music - on the screen or in the parks. Put...

Visiting John Muir’s Home

Visiting John Muir's Home By Marc Ricketts Alert readers may have noticed by now that since the Bay Area theme parks don’t have as much news as the ones to the south, I like to fill in some of the gaps by visiting my other favorite type of parks, the National ones. Few people are more connected to those than Theodore...

Fab Disney News – Iron, Diamonds and D23

Happy Weekend! Mine started off with a bang as my car was rear-ended by a huge pickup truck Wednesday morning, so it hasn't been Thursday news day until today. Tonight at 5PM, we're meeting up at the Original Trader Sam's to do some mugging and talk and trade tiki mugs. Stop by and say hello. Last night, MiceChatters got a...

Voyage to the Iron Reef opens at Knotts Berry Farm!

After waiting years for a new attraction to fill the abandoned, upstairs space in Knott's Berry Farm's former dark ride show building (Knott's Berry Tales and Kingdom of the Dinosaurs), we finally have something new up there. Ladies and gentlemen, the all new 4D attraction, Voyage to the Iron Reef has opened at Knott's Berry Farm! Best of all,...

Reminders of Disneyland’s Past, Part 2

The conclusion of this two-parter has more actual remnants of the past, tributes by Disney’s Imagineers, and examples of creative recycling. The research and text are from Chris Strodder. Werner Weiss added photos.   Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Reminders of Disneyland’s Past, Part 2   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Springfield U.S.A. Officially Opens at Universal Studios Hollywood

Tuesday night a block party was held to officially open Springfield U.S.A. at Universal Studios Hollywood.  That's right, America's most yellow family now has a full land where fans can explore the sights, sounds, and foods of T.V's longest running sitcom. Springfield at Universal Studios Hollywood features the many iconic landmarks made famous throughout the series’ mind boggling 26 seasons,...

Deluxe Villa Resorts at Walt Disney World

Last time we ran through the quick and dirty version of the deluxe resorts at Walt Disney World.  Big WDW fans may already know, there's another set of deluxe resorts – the villas!  These options are great for large families and afford many of the same luxuries as the deluxe resorts. “Add-On” Villa Resorts Since the recent addition of villas at...

Wonderful Refurbishments at the Magic Kingdom

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we are at the Magic Kingdom, and we are focusing on some of the great work Disney has been doing to keep their #1 park in top notch condition. Let's take a look! That's going to do it for this week's column. Do you like what you see at the Magic...

Season Pass Podcast – Universal’s Diagon Alley is Much More Than Butter Beer

This muggle hasn’t had the pleasure, yet, of experiencing Harry Potter Diagon Alley, but maybe you have? In preparation for summer theme park season (I can’t believe it’s basically already here! What happened to winter and spring?!) we take an auditory trip with the guys to talk about their reviews of everything from queue theming to butter beer ice...

This Week’s News with The Fabulous Disney Babe

Just returned from The Camping Trip From Hell and oh-so-glad to be back to civilization. So why am I rambling? Let's get to the news! Get a Dark Helmet (or a light one) Disney and UNICEF's Children's Fund have had a long and happy relationship, starting with their sponsorship of "it's a small world" at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair....

Merlin’s Growing Power in Central Florida

What is the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the name Merlin? For many of you, medieval mythology, you might think of a powerful wizard who helped out King Arthur in his administration of Camelot. However, recent openings in the Orlando area may soon have you thinking of the other connotation of Merlin: Merlin Entertainments. “Merlin...

Disneyland Diamonds and Hatbox Ghosts

The Hatbox Ghost has returned to the Haunted Mansion! It's true!  We have that story and more in today's Disneyland Resort edition of In The Parks.  While we aren't getting a new attraction to celebrate 60 years of Walt's original park, there are still some wonderfully enjoyable things on their way.  With The Hatbox Ghost already mentioned we have...

Mousetalgia Podcast 342: You asked, we answered

Heigh ho - it's time for Mousetalgia to dig, dig, dig into the mailbag! Topics include: tips for traveling with a child; what to expect from 24-hour day and Disneyland's 60th anniversary launch; picky eaters vs. Disneyland's restaurants; Disney-style wedding vows; traveling to Disneyland and dining with a large group; DCA's Frozen stage show; tips for attending the Pacific...

Tim Grassey – Addicted To The Easy Money

On June 18th 2010, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter changed the way that people think about theme parks. J.K. Rowling created a world that was all encompassing and Universal Creative reproduced it as an entire land devoted to a single intellectual property. It remains a remarkable achievement, but it very well may have been a harbinger for change...