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Future WDW – A Vision of WDW’s 100th Anniversary

January 28, 2014 at 3:00 am | 22 Comments

2071 is a long ways off. We are closer to WDW’s birth in 1971 than to its 100th anniversary, and yet I’m struck by a desire to imagine the resort at that century mark. Possibly…

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Harry Potter Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort

January 28, 2014 at 2:00 am | 8 Comments

Last week Universal Orlando revealed the exciting details of what we can expect to find this summer at the new The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley expansion. The press event was followed by…

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Disneyland Update: Refurbs Everywhere, Old Friends, Cars Land Improvements

January 27, 2014 at 3:01 am | 44 Comments

Disneyland in the off-season is a give and take situation. On the plus side, the parks are generally less crowded (though they were PACKED this past weekend due to the annual NAMM convention). But with…

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Mousetalgia 275: Tinker Bell Half Marathon trip report

January 27, 2014 at 12:01 am | 2 Comments

Mousetalgia talks RunDisney this week. Dave did the inaugural Tinker Bell 10K, and Becky wonders about some sweeping issues. Becky ran the half marathon, earning her own PR and discusses the course, the trials, and…

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Disney Legend Bob Gurr Becomes Spokesperson for Marceline’s Finest Coffee

January 26, 2014 at 2:00 am | 8 Comments

Just one day into the new year, I was invited to join a Disney legend and a sponsor of the Tournament of Roses on a very special mission. It’s a story that I just can’t…

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The Haunted Mansion Show: Let’s Get Weird!

January 26, 2014 at 1:00 am | 1 Comment

Step right up! Don’t be afraid! On second thought, be very afraid! This week, the Ghost Host takes you on a trip to the “Museum of the Weird” as we pay tribute to legendary Imagineer,…

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #75 – Diagon Alley and the News

January 26, 2014 at 12:57 am | No Comments

Greeting Universal fans and welcome to another Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast. On this episode we bring you Universal Orlando’s announcement about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley and all the other news from…

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Marvel World: Seekers of the Weird

January 25, 2014 at 2:00 am | 15 Comments

“Seekers of the Weird” is the first time we’ve seen a Disney Parks and Resorts property turned into a Marvel comic book series. Marvel has been creeping into the parks with comic book properties inspiring…

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Disneyland Paris Temple of Peril Rebuilt in Stone

January 25, 2014 at 1:00 am | 18 Comments

There are lots of projects, big and small, going on at Disneyland Paris. Alain Littaye of the Disney and more blog updates us on the new stone temple rising at the Indiana Jones attraction, progress…

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Disneyland Update – Big Thunder Mountain Delay

January 24, 2014 at 3:00 am | 52 Comments

Welcome back to the Disneyland Resort folks!  Last weekend was fairly busy in the parks for the holiday weekend and Tinker Bell half marathon. However, if you were lucky enough to stop by the parks…

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Magic Kingdom Update – Dwarfs, FastPass+, and Refurbs

January 24, 2014 at 2:00 am | 24 Comments

FastPass+ and Mine Train progress dominate today’s Magic Kingdom update. Refurbishments are to be found all over the park, but overall, things look really good at the moment. We have lots of photos for you…

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Radiator Springs Racers FASTPASS Distribution

January 23, 2014 at 8:14 pm | 4 Comments

A masterfully designed “vintage” neon sign reads “FASTPASS” horizontally across the top and “Distribution” vertically. Perfect! This must be the right place. And this must be the most elaborately themed FASTPASS distribution location anywhere.  …

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Universal Orlando Resort Reveals Diagon Alley Details

January 23, 2014 at 9:42 am | 104 Comments

Universal Studios Florida’s long awaited announcement regarding the second phase of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was made a short time ago via webcast, a muggle technology. The Diagon Alley expansion was first announced…

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What’s Your Perfect Disney Parks Bag?

January 23, 2014 at 3:00 am | 39 Comments

Sometimes packing for a day in the Disney parks isn’t, well, a walk in the park.  If touring with littles, you may be traveling with a pack full of diapers, snacks, bottles, etc.  If traveling…

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Disneyland French Market Review: Value Dining Options

January 23, 2014 at 2:00 am | 17 Comments

Please give a warm MiceChat welcome to our newest columnist, Steven Johnson, who is a proud value traveler. He has to be, he’s a starving student! There’s a lot we all can learn from Steven,…

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Final Disney Channel Rocks! Performance

January 23, 2014 at 12:01 am | No Comments

In this listener request show, Jeremiah is on hand for the final performance of Disney Channel Rocks! at Disney Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. The sister of one of our listeners was in the…

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Bob’s True-Life Adventures No.1 – 2013 Catalina Island

January 22, 2014 at 3:00 am | 21 Comments

We have something really exciting for you today from Disney legend Bob Gurr. He’s starting a new series of articles for you which focus on his amazing travels. You knew Bob was a brilliant designer,…

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EPCOT and the Heart of Our Cities – Part Two

January 22, 2014 at 2:00 am | 9 Comments

Join us for Part Two of SAMLAND’s look at Walt Disney’s original plans for an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow or EPCOT for short. Before continuing on to Part Two below, please read Part One…

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Disney News Round Up: Everything New Is Blue Again

January 22, 2014 at 12:10 am | No Comments

January is almost over folks and the Disney news and theme park information is coming in fast.  Today, Kevin Yee takes stock of the rumors swirling around Walt Disney World.  With Avatar finally breaking ground…

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Taking Stock: WDW Rumor Roundup

January 21, 2014 at 3:00 am | 30 Comments

It’s been a while since we’ve glanced at the current state of construction, renovation, and rumors at the WDW theme parks and resorts, so it’s high time to see what’s cooking–some of which is necessarily…