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Disney News Round Up: Harry Potter officially opens and more!

July 09, 2014 at 12:01 am | 1 Comment

The MiceChat Roundup of Disney and theme park news and discussion is back and full of newsy, parky goodness.  Disney Hollywood Studios has ‘frozen over,’ as all manner of merchandise, characters and interactions inundate the…


Diagon Alley Officially Opens and CityWalk Update at the Universal Orlando Resort

July 08, 2014 at 3:00 am | 19 Comments

July 8th, 2014 marks the official public grand opening of The Wizarding World: Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort. Diagon Alley Opens In the days leading up to the grand opening, Universal was soft opening…


Progress at Shanghai Disneyland

July 08, 2014 at 2:00 am | 7 Comments

We have a very special treat for your today. Stefan Zwanzger, world traveling “Theme Park Guy”, has been tracking the progress of Shanghai Disneyland for years on his own site thethemeparkguy.com. We now share his latest…


Disafterdark Podcast – Series 2, Episode 20 – Drop the Zombie Donkey

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

We don’t have a guest this week, so it’s just the three of us. Which gives us an opportunity to ask each other questions such as: Where would you hide on Disney Property in the event…

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Disneyland celebrates the Fourth of July with new Wonders, Marvels and Frontiers

July 07, 2014 at 5:07 am | 40 Comments

Disneyland celebrated the Fourth of July holiday with special fireworks and live entertainment but the holiday weekend brought some new magic and marvelous sneak peeks to the park. In Fantasyland, the classic Alice in Wonderland…


Mousetalgia 298: Disney Legend Tony Baxter, Chris Merritt on Pacific Ocean Park

July 07, 2014 at 12:01 am | 6 Comments

Recorded live from the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet, Mousetalgia presents part one of our coverage from this popular Disney fan event. Returning special guest Tony Baxter talks about his mentor, Claude Coats; what he likes…


The Amazing Pacific Ocean Park

July 06, 2014 at 3:00 am | 10 Comments

A long time ago, near Venice Beach California, a fascinating theme park rose from the water.  Its name was Pacific Ocean Park.  “POP” (pronounced “pee-oh-pee”), as it was soon nicknamed, was a joint venture between…


Gilroy Gardens: One Man Dreamed of Trees (Part 2)

July 06, 2014 at 2:00 am | 4 Comments

Here’s part two of Marc Rickett’s visit to Gilroy Gardens including some photos of the world famous Circus Trees. If you didn’t catch part one yesterday, you can get caught up HERE. ~~Rick Gilroy Gardens:…


Dedicated to DLP Podcast #40: Ratatouille The Adventure Fan Event

July 06, 2014 at 12:01 am | 2 Comments

Just back from Disneyland Paris, Mark tells us all about the new Ratatouille: The Attraction, Bistrot Chez Rémy & La Place de Rémy which was opened up for the press and a special group of…


Gilroy Gardens: One Man Dreamed of Trees

July 05, 2014 at 3:00 am | 6 Comments

Marc Ricketts has been traveling around the Bay Area and again shares one of his awesome photo essays. Join us as we visit Gilroy Gardens (formerly Bonfante Gardens). We have part one for you today…


Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #97 AND Diagon Alley Special Edition

July 05, 2014 at 12:01 am | No Comments

We have TWO UUOP podcasts for you today. Both feature the brand new Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley. Lots of magical goodness for you to enjoy this holiday weekend! On this episode we…


Disneyland Gets New Guardians And Returns To The Rabbit Hole

July 04, 2014 at 3:00 am | 34 Comments

It’s a big, bold and patriotic weekend at the Disneyland Resort.  Alice in Wonderland, the classic Fantasyland dark ride, finally reopened after a long 6 month refurbishment.  Is it as good or better than it…


Knotts Berry Farm Grows Great Entertainment and More

July 04, 2014 at 2:00 am | 13 Comments

I’ve just returned from the Farm and boy are they pulling out all the stops this summer.  As you know, they have recently renovated another one of their major classic attractions, the Calico Mine Ride.…


Mousetalgia 297: Walt Disney Family Museum tour, Disneyland and its fans

July 04, 2014 at 12:01 am | No Comments

This week, Jeff reports on a panel talk held recently at the Walt Disney Family Museum called “Disneyland: The Fan Driven Time Machine,” which featured special guests Todd Pierce, Jeff Kurtti, Werner Weiss, and Sam…


America Sings

July 03, 2014 at 7:39 pm | 15 Comments

Every year, on the 4th of July, Americans celebrate the anniversary of the country’s founding. At Yesterland, America Sings is a nostalgic and patriotic salute to American music.  Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: America…


Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk, A Complete Living Environment

July 03, 2014 at 3:00 am | 9 Comments

It was rewarding to see so many comments regarding my look at an early proposal to turn Universal City into the Tivoli Gardens of Los Angeles by 1970. Instead, the studio tour would become the…

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How to Beat the Heat in the Disney Parks

July 03, 2014 at 2:00 am | 15 Comments

It’s officially summer, and the crowds are headed to the Disney Parks to enjoy their well-earned vacations.  Although summer vacation and Disney Parks go hand in hand, the heat can get the best of those…

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Star Wars Stars of the Saga: Ray Park & Billy Dee Williams

July 03, 2014 at 12:01 am | No Comments

This week, Jeremiah takes you to Walt Disney World for STAR WARS Weekends, and the Stars of the Saga conversation with Ray Park (Darth Maul) and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian).  The conversation is lead…


My Love Hate Relationship with Angela Jolie’s Maleficent

July 02, 2014 at 3:00 am | 31 Comments

Just last Saturday I had a birthday. I love birthdays. Mentally, I have to say I’m always excited like a 5-year-old child. I still love getting up early and seeing the sunrise as I run…

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Garner Holt Sends Feathered Gift To Walt Disney Family Museum

July 02, 2014 at 2:00 am | 10 Comments

The Walt Disney Family Museum has received a fantastic gift from the master of mechanical movement. Founded by Dianne Disney Miller, the Museum opened in San Francisco’s Presido district in 2009. The museum is beloved…