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MiceChat Gumball Rally 2014 Results

May 14, 2014 at 1:00 am | 11 Comments

The MiceChat Gumball Rally was held on Saturday, May 3rd.  It was a race to see how many attractions teams could ride in a single day at Disneyland.  Players were divided into teams of two,…

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Disney News Round Up: Big Fix For DCA Under The Sea

May 14, 2014 at 12:01 am | No Comments

There’s a whole new world awaiting you in the MiceChat Round Up today.  Not only do we have the latest in Disney and Theme Park news and information, but we have a full collection of…


Universal Studios Orlando Unveils Diagon Alley Animatronics and more

May 13, 2014 at 5:00 am | 91 Comments

We are back this week with a massive Universal Orlando update, where some amazing new details have been revealed about the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, Gringotts Bank and more.  The…


Singles and Doubles

May 13, 2014 at 3:00 am | 49 Comments

There’s an old-time baseball tradition of discussing team strategies as either being “singles and doubles” or “home runs,” with the first strategy being about slow, methodical progress and the latter about big, lurching mini-victories that…

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Season Pass Podcast: The Ultimate Turn-Point for WDW?

May 13, 2014 at 12:01 am | 9 Comments

Chad Emerson returns to the Season Pass Podcast for the 6th episode of EMERSON’S DISNEY FILES.  This episode we talk the BIG battle between Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Florida.  Conversation on immersive environment,…


The Little Mermaid gets a makeover as new Main Street, U.S.A. construction begins at Disneyland

May 12, 2014 at 5:05 am | 111 Comments

Disney California Adventure‘s Little Mermaid dark ride reopened over the weekend with significant enhancements including a really great black-light re-imagining of the attraction’s big “Under the Sea” scene. Across the esplanade, Disneyland has begun work…


Mousetalgia 290: Disneyland, Million Dollar Arm, Marc Davis

May 12, 2014 at 12:01 am | 3 Comments

Mousetalgia presents an Emporium of topics this week as we review Disney’s latest film “Million Dollar Arm,” visit Disneyland, and discover the stories behind art of Marc Davis. First, Kristen reviews “Million Dollar Arm,” and…


Disneyland Paris Refurbishment Updates

May 11, 2014 at 3:00 am | No Comments

Disneyland Paris is preparing for the busy season and refurbishments can be seen all over the park. Alain Littaye of the Disneyandmore blog brings us his latest report. ~~Rick Refurbishments as Disneyland Paris Prepares for…


Falcon’s Fury Delayed at Busch Gardens Tampa, Pantopia Opens

May 11, 2014 at 2:00 am | 20 Comments

We’ve got lots of news and photos for you from Busch Gardens Tampa, where Pantopia has opened but the big new ride has been delayed. Pantopia Officially Open Pantopia officially opened to the public on…


SeaWorld Orlando Aquatica Opens Ihu’s Breakaway Falls

May 11, 2014 at 12:24 am | 4 Comments

Summer Season has kicked off for SeaWorld Orlando with the opening of Ihu’s Breakaway Falls at Aquatica. Let’s take a look at Ihu’s Breakaway Falls Grand Opening, and how this attraction is expanding the offerings…


Disneyland History Through Postcards: Anaheim Motels #2

May 10, 2014 at 3:02 am | 16 Comments

I had some nice feedback last week for my first article on the history of Anaheim motels surrounding the Disneyland Resort by using postcard images and Google Street View. Today we continue to investigate the…


Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #90 – Listener Feedback

May 10, 2014 at 12:30 am | No Comments

Welcome listeners to another episode of UUOP. This episode is all about YOU, as we share some of your voicemails and emails. We begin as always with the News Update, which includes the Universal Orlando…

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In The Parks: Disneyland Refurbishment Round Up

May 09, 2014 at 3:00 am | 32 Comments

It was a rare off-season week at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. With crowds away, the refurbs rolled on. In this update we will be sharing the progress at Alice in Wonderland and finding Nemo,…

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DoomBuggies Spook Show #9: WED Imagineer Paul Saunders

May 09, 2014 at 12:30 am | No Comments

Paul Saunders was a WED Imagineer in the late ’60s, working on the Omnimover system, New Tomorrowland, and the Haunted Mansion. In an exclusive interview, DoomBuggies talks to Paul about working for WED, working for…


Indian War Canoes

May 08, 2014 at 8:11 pm | 4 Comments

Most Yesterland ride vehicles run on electricity. A few, such as the Pack Mules and the Conestoga Wagons, are animal-powered. Others involve a diesel engine or steam engine. One attraction has human-powered vessels. Welcome to…


Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Fantasy: The Original Maleficent “Sleeping Beauty in the Wood”

May 08, 2014 at 3:00 am | 6 Comments

With the excitement over the upcoming revisionist fairy tale Maleficent, I thought it might be interesting to revisit the original story published by Charles Perrault in 1697, with just a bit of commentary at the…


Your Quick Guide to General Walt Disney World Discounts

May 08, 2014 at 3:00 am | 9 Comments

One of the ways to save the most money when traveling to Walt Disney World is to be on the lookout for promotions and discounts during your travel dates.  Here’s a quick rundown on all…


An Evening at EPCOT – IllumiNations

May 08, 2014 at 12:01 am | No Comments

Jeremiah has now produced 50 shows from WDW in Florida… and on show #50, he shares with us the story of his introduction to WindowtotheMagic and then provides us an updated recording of the show…


Magic Kingdom News and Photos

May 07, 2014 at 3:00 am | 48 Comments

Hello, and welcome back to Dateline Disney World. We are in the Magic Kingdom this week to look at the Mine Train, curb removal, Hub construction and hot princesses. Let’s get started! Welcome to the…


MALEFICENT: The Film is Coming Soon – Are You Excited?

May 07, 2014 at 2:00 am | 16 Comments

Last week was action packed as I had a book tour that took me across Ohio and Indiana. On May 3rd I was lucky enough to do a book signing at Brian’s Bookstore and Coffee Bar…

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