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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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MiceChat Disney News Round Up: Winds, Heat and Refurbs oh my!

May 07, 2014 at 12:01 am | 1 Comment

A splashy new water show is on the way to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World.  A Trader Sam’s style tiki bar is coming to the Polynesian. Communitour and the Gumball Rally reports are…


SeaWorld Parks Summer 2014 Attraction and Show Preview

May 06, 2014 at 10:59 am | 17 Comments

This year, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment are opening new shows and attractions at 11 of the their 12 parks, with great new offerings and a whole ‘Sea of Surprises’ that goes along with the 50th…


Splashy Walt Disney World Future Projects Announced

May 06, 2014 at 3:00 am | 95 Comments

Last week, Disney released plans for several upcoming attractions at Walt Disney World which were previously shrouded in the mists of rumor: Rivers of Light water fountain show at DAK, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at…

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Mousetalgia 289: Walt Disney World trip planning, Sleeping Beauty

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

This week, anticipating the release of Disney’s “Maleficent,” we welcome Disney historian and author Charles Solomon to the show to discuss his latest book “Once Upon a Dream: From Perrault’s Sleeping Beauty to Disney’s Maleficent.”…


High temperatures hit as crowds maneuver closures at Disneyland

May 05, 2014 at 5:05 am | 31 Comments

Strong winds and high temperatures hit the parks over the last week as guests continued to maneuver the on-going construction and refurbishment projects around the parks. Today we take a look at the continued work…