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News: Universal Studios Hollywood Expansion Plans Finally Announced

April 09, 2014 at 3:00 am | 31 Comments

Yesterday, in a series of anticipated announcements, Universal Studios Hollywood confirmed an impressive series of additions to their original park in Los Angeles, California.  Starting with Transformers: The Ride in 2012 the creative forces at…

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Terri’s Dragon: La Taniere du Dragon

April 09, 2014 at 2:00 am | 15 Comments

I’d like to thank all of you wonderful readers who commented on my first article on MiceChat. You all made me feel so welcome and this touched my heart. Thank you Bob Gurr for your…

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MiceChat Disney News Round Up: It’s a Animatronic Life for Us!

April 09, 2014 at 1:00 am | No Comments

What are your must-have foods at Disneyland? What are the craziest things you have been told by a cast member?  What are the absolute, must-do’s at the Tokyo Disneyland Resort?  The MiceChat round up of…

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Studio Promotions at WDW

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

This past weekend, we had a chance to sample the Muppets Most Wanted promotion in WDW (specifically, the interactive game added to Epcot). The diversion was pleasant enough, but it got me thinking about Studio…

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Universal Orlando Update – Diagon Delays and HHN Dates

April 08, 2014 at 2:00 am | 10 Comments

Today’s Universal update brings news and details that might push the opening of Diagon Alley back into summer and why Bill Davis, Universal Orlando President, is not going to let that happen. Plus, the new…

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Season Pass Podcast: Sally Dark Rides with Drew and Rich

April 08, 2014 at 12:01 am | 2 Comments

During the 2013 International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Exposition (IAAPA) in Orlando, Florida, the Season Pass Podcast sat down with the Creative Designers behind the amazing Sally Corporation, Drew Hunter (V.P. of Creative Design) and…

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Disneyland Resort Update – Beauty and the Bugs

April 07, 2014 at 3:00 am | 34 Comments

In The Parks is filling in for Dateline Disneyland today to bring you your Disneyland and Disney California Adventure fix. To begin with we share the latest progress made over at Alice in Wonderland and…

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Mousetalgia 285: Disneyland summer trip planning

April 07, 2014 at 1:00 am | No Comments

This week, Mousetalgia offers some timely Disneyland summer trip planning tips. Splurging on special tours or fine dining – which is the better choice? FastPass schemes – which attractions should you hit first? We also…

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The Impossible Dream – The Story behind SeaWorld San Diego’s Penguin Encounter

April 06, 2014 at 9:00 am | 3 Comments

As the 50th Celebration for SeaWorld San Diego kicks off, the team at the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast have been interviewing people who have been involved in the parks during the past 50 years at SeaWorld…

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Garner Holt Wins Thea Award For Lifetime Achievement

April 06, 2014 at 3:00 am | 23 Comments

And the Buzz Price Award For A Lifetime Of Distinguished Achievements goes to . . . Garner Holt!!! Yesterday was a milestone achievement for animatronics wizard and MiceChat columnist Garner Holt.  Theme park industry trade…

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The Sweep Spot Episode 126 – 1984

April 06, 2014 at 12:01 am | 6 Comments

This week we sweep back to Disneyland in the year 1984. Ken and Lynn discuss and take a tour of the park in that year. We discover some great attractions that are no longer there,…

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It’s A Small World at 50 – A History in Postcards

April 05, 2014 at 3:00 am | 4 Comments

It’s A Small World will celebrate its 50th anniversary on April 10, 2014. In honor of this auspicious occasion, here are some postcard images that have celebrated the attraction through the years. ~~Rick Note that…

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The Haunted Mansion Show: Dead Men DO Tell Tales!

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

Avast there, ye scurvy corpses! Ye come seekin’ adventure and haunted ol’ mansions, aye? Sure, ye come to the proper place. At the cursed manor house of Gracey, your cadaverous captain, the Ghost Host, will…

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Universal Studios Hollywood and the Harry Potter Project

April 04, 2014 at 3:00 am | 19 Comments

Universal Studios Hollywood is a flurry of activity as a new attraction opens and another is under major construction. Today, we stroll through SoCal’s busiest theme park construction project since DCA 2.0 and see all…

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Magic Kingdom Construction and Photos

April 04, 2014 at 2:00 am | 27 Comments

Hello, and welcome back to Dateline Disney World. We have lots construction updates and pretty Magic Kingdom pictures coming your way today.  Could the Mine Train open later this month? Take a look at the…

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #84 – Rip, Ride, Rockin’ It

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

It’s time for another UUOP and on this show we take time off, from the usual theme park stuff,  to have a little fun. But, before that we bring you the latest news in the…

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Yellow Ponchos of Yester World

April 03, 2014 at 8:00 pm | 4 Comments

When it’s sunny at Yester World, guests are dressed in every imaginable color. But when it rains, the predominant color is yellow.   Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Yellow Ponchos of Yester World.   …

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10 Freebies at Walt Disney World

April 03, 2014 at 3:00 am | 23 Comments

We all know the Most Magical Place on Earth can leave a not-so-magical dent in your wallet. From resort rates to dining to souvenirs, it seems like we’re pulling out the plastic (or, now, the…

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The DCA Animation Building – A Soundtrack to Magic

April 03, 2014 at 12:01 am | 1 Comment

WTTM #414: 38 and Counting… The DCA Animation Building contains a wonderful lobby with HUGE images projected on the walls and accompanying those images is a sampling of some of the best movie music that Disney…

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Knott’s Timber Mountain Log Ride: Updating Bud’s Masterpiece – Part 1

April 02, 2014 at 4:00 am | 13 Comments

Greetings, and welcome to a new installment of This Animatronic Life…and you only had to wait a year to read it!  As you may be aware, my company, Garner Holt Productions, Inc. (GHP), has been…