• Disney Related News
    The Chicken of the Sea Mermaid

    By Mark Hickson: When I was a kid one of my favorite attractions at Disneyland was the “Pirate Ship” in Fantasyland. This is the original stern in all it’s corporate logo glory. It was full scale mock-up of Captain Hook’s pirate ship from the movie Peter Pan. They served tuna fish sandwiches, tuna burgers, tuna salad, […]

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    Retro Disneyland

    The Art Corner in Tomorrowland – 1956 Rocket Jets in Tomorrowland – 1959 A crowded day in Fantasyland, taken from the deck of the Pirate Ship- 1956 The Tom Sawyer Island Raft is crossing the Rivers of America to it’s dock in front of the Chicken Plantation Restaurant. -1956 Skull Rock in Pirates’ Cove next […]

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    Fantasyland Expansion: Where Should It Go?

    By Mark Hickson: As much for all the rumors about “Star Wars Land” taking over where Disneyland’s Toontown is, well it aint going to happen! Why? Thematically it won’t work there. Tomorrowland, Yes, Fantasyland, No. Can you imagine a giant land walker next to it’s a small world? So what is store for the next […]

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    DbM Details: Sleeping Beauty Bronze

    Just inside the Sleeping Beauty Castle on the right hand side is a small-nondescript drinking fountain that has a most amazing bronze statue of Aurora, Prince Charming and the three fairies, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather. If you take the time, you will be enchanted by this most lovely scene. Tweet

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    ToonTown Turns Twenty Two

    Now say this quick three times… ToonTown Turns Twenty Two… ToonTown Turns Twenty Two… ToonTown Turns Twenty Two! 1993: Twenty two years ago Mickey’s Toontown opened at Disneyland. In case you haven’t been there, Toontown is small-scale recreation of a Disney cartoon world created behind Fantasyland’s berm. Inspired by “Toontown” from the 1988 film Who […]

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    3­D Tinkerbell Debuts at Peter Pan’s Flight

    Disney Imagineers have wrapped up installing the new ride pre-show queue line at Peter Pan’s Flight at Walt Disney World. Today guests will soon be able to watch Tinker Bell fly around and interact with Wendy, John and Michael’s toys. They’ll also see their own shadows come alive on the wall in the children’s nursery […]

  • Dining Reviews
    Dining Review: Village Haus at Disneyland

    Review by Mark Hickson: Pinocchio’s Village Haus at Disneyland… what a fun place to eat! I have been dining here for years and I must say the new menu is a big improvement over the old fare. Gone are the Hot Dogs, which many thought were marginal, to be replace by a more ‘healthy & […]

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    DbM Details – Toad Hall Memorial Plaques

    In the queue line at Disneyland’s Mister Toads Wild Ride you will find these ‘Memorial Plaques,’ of Toady and his three best friends! First we have Angus MacBadger who offers sage advice but is so often scorned! Next we have Mr. Mole. A loyal and very sympathetic friend. And of course dont forget Mr. Toad! […]

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    DbM Details – Aurora’s Forest Friends

    Around the moat at Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle is a stone wall on either side of the castle’s main entry. Situated on top of these wall are four pedestals, each one with a small sculpture of Princess Aurora’s forest friends. On the left side youll find a Squirrel and an Owl. On the right side […]

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    Video: Mine Train Ride Catches on Fire

    The new Disney World “Seven Dwarfs Mine Train” attraction caught fire on Saturday night. People on the ride were evacuated, and no injuries had been reported. Photos from the scene showed Reedy Creek Fire Department crews working to extinguish the fire, and Disney World officials later confirmed the fire was out. The extent of the […]

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    In-Depth Analysis of Major Changes Set for Tokyo Disneyland

    Following on heels of the opening of New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom, Oriental Land Company (OLC), the majority owner of the Tokyo Disneyland Resort has announce major changes and expansion of their two parks. Yesterday OLC announced a 500 billion yen level of investment in their two theme parks over the next ten years. All attraction […]

  • Dining Reviews
    Dining Review: Gaston’s Tavern

    Review by Mark Hickson: How can a roasted Pork Shank not be good? Well, fear not, Disney made it even better! Gaston’s Tavern at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom gives you the ultimate in medieval dining. This dinner is even better than the turkey leg that you can can get at Disneyland’s food carts. Combine it […]

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    The “Buckets”

    By Mark Hickson: I think the thing I miss most about riding the Skyway was the cast members loading and unloading you. Above is Tomorrowland’s unload station and below is Fantasyland’s unload station. You would come in, swinging in your bucket, when a cast member would grab your bucket and bring it to a halt. […]