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An Afternoon Visit To The Hearthstone Lounge

“So, what did you bring me?” One of the male bartenders inquired as I sat myself down at the bar one August afternoon. His bubbly, yet sincere personality resonated in his voice and in his smile as he glanced at my easily recognizable Disneyland Resort souvenir plastic bag. Today I had decided to spend a few hours at Downtown...

A Closer Look at Universal Orlando Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

If you have been reading about the newest Harry Potter attractions at Universal Orlando Resort and wondering if this might be the trip to see it from an on-site hotel. Well take a look at what Universal has to offer with emphasis on their high-end hotel, Loews Portofinio Bay Hotel.   Universal Orlando Resort is a collection of two theme parks,...

Disafterdark Series 2, Episode 25 – The one that was in the bag.

Welcome back to the Mouses Head and thank you for the download. Okay, as I write the notes for this one I realise we recorded it months ago, then went on holiday. and now I can’t for the life of me remember what we talked about. anyway… All neat and pretty, then on with the show. We would really appreciate it if you would...

Disney Decay: Mark Twain Disintegrates in Disneyland Paris

After the sad story we ran last weekend about the horrid condition of Disneyland Paris' Mark Twain, Alain Littaye has more information about the decaying park icon, plus some information about how the Rivers of the Far West were supposed to look when the park opened in 1992. ~~Rick More Photos of the Decaying Mark Twain Plus the Missing Scenes...

TEA SATE – Spotlight on Technology

SATE (Storytelling, Architecture, Technology, Experience) is an annual, international gathering of themed entertainment and experience design creators, producers, owners and operators, organized by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). SATE '14 took place Oct 2-3 at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida.   TEA's SATE '13 Conference was held at the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) in Savannah, GA. Peter...

In The Parks – Disneyland Treats and Tricks

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to a Disneyland Resort edition of In The Parks!  There is plenty to see around the resort this week as Disneyland prepares for the upcoming 60th anniversary while simultaneously celebrating Halloween Time.  The refurbishments on Main Street U.S.A. have moved up the road to the ice cream parlor and Coke Corner as the East...

Disney Big Hero 6 – XPRIZE Challenge

Sometimes, things in life are simply meant to go perfectly together. When unique and separate elements are combined in the right way, the result is a truly unique experience, and everything just makes sense. Peanut butter and chocolate. Summer and barbeques. A boy and his dog… err… robot. You catch my drift. The newest pairing to this list is...

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #109 – News, Rumors and Lombards

Welcome to another Episode of the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast . On this episode we start with Lee and Tracey sharing their experience of trying Butterbeer at the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London. Following that, we answer a question from listener Allison, from South Carolina, about visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. We then enter the...

Yesterland: Backstage Studio Tour

When Disney-MGM Studios opened, its biggest—and certainly its longest—attraction was the Backstage Studio Tour. Over the years, its importance, popularity, and length diminished. The final day of the attraction—called the Studio Backlot Tour in its most recent form—was September 27, 2014.  Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Backstage Studio Tour   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

Polynesian Village Resort and Magic Kingdom Updates

Walt Disney World celebrated its 43rd birthday this week. We were there and have some news and photos from the Polynesian Village Resort and Magic Kingdom for you. Get ready, lots for you to see this week. There are some great new signs in the remodeled Captain Cook's. It's just a short Monorail or boat ride from the Poly to the...

Costume Ideas for Mickey’s Halloween Party

My favorite time of year is finally here! Not much I don't love about fall. Crisp air, jeans and boots, hot chocolate and HALLOWEEN!! Luckily, the Disney Parks love the spooky holiday as much as I do, and Mickey hosts not so scary parties on both coasts. While costumes aren't required, it's not often that we get to trick-or-treat...

How Disney Legend Van France Changed a Life – Disneylander Jerry’s story

October 3rd marks the birthday of Disney Legend Van France. Van was an icon – a genius in sharing Walt’s vision of training and hiring “The Disney Way.” We hope you'll enjoy this touching tribute to Van and the lives he continues to touch.  - Pam Lipp There are countless impactful quotes by Walt Disney and Van France, but one...

A Window into Princess Fantasy Faire

This week, new WTTM co-host (and super sweetie) Bryn MacKinnon takes you into the Royal Theatre inside the still new Princess Fantasy Faire at Disneyland to enjoy a vaudeville-style performance by Mr Smythe & Mr Jones and a very special guest. On the way there, Bryn tells you a little about the history of this well-known and much-loved section...

It’s Fun to be Free: Magic Skyways’ Influence on Disney Theme Parks

Aloha! Did you miss me? I'm Shelly Valladolid, otherwise known as The Fabulous Disney Babe. I wrote about Disney, went home to Hawaii to get my mind, body and soul back to health, went to college to try to learn how to write good, got married, got happy, and here I am, with a story about an attraction in...

Bob Gurr’s True-Life Adventures – No.13 Safari – Duma Tau

Today's Wheel of Adventures has stopped at 2014, so here we go. This is the last in a four part series about my recent African safari. Part one introduced Camp Banoka and described what a typical game drive day was like, and showed a variety of some of the larger wildlife. Part two showed more of what camp life was like...

Disney News Round Up: Out With The Old, In With The New

Tires deflated, pumpkins are carved, and subs reopened. Yes, it's the MiceChat Round up of Disney and Theme Park news and information.  It seems that Luigi's Flying Tires attraction could very well be on its way out at Disney California Adventure. Was the new Fantasyland at Walt Disney Worlds Magic Kingdom worth the wait? We ask the question here...

MiceAge Update – Enhancements for Disneyland, Tire Replacement for DCA

The first week in October begins the new fiscal year for the Walt Disney Company, and for Disneyland Resort that almost always means projects either kick off or wrap up in order to satisfy the sharp pencil boys who are always trying to defer the bills to the following fiscal year. Fiscal Year 2015 is no different for Anaheim,...

Explore the Watery World at Marineland Florida

If you’ve ever driven along A1A between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, you’ve probably gone through the small town of Marineland. It is in this sleepy Florida town where the world of modern aquariums, dolphin research, and indeed the entire field of oceanography began. The park opened to the public as Marine Studios on June 23, 1938 as the world’s...

Knotts Scary Farm Review: Monsters Unleashed

Knott's Scary Farm has been in the business of haunted themed event entertainment longer than any other theme park in the business.  With 41 years of Halloween Haunts under their belt, the original has plenty of experience and a huge amount of expectation to live up to. The 2014 event kicked off on Thursday, the 25th of September, with...

Disneyland’s Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage resurfaces as Big Hero 6 lands in Tomorrowland

Disneyland's iconic Submarine Voyage reopened over the weekend after a lengthy refurbishment that included repainting sections of the outdoor lagoon. The Finding Nemo-themed attraction closed earlier in January amidst rumors that it might not reopen due to future plans for the Tomorrowland real estate. Nine months later, the ride has reopened after rumors failed to pan out....