• Walt Disney Pictures
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    Film Review: The Finest Hours

    By Steven Guttman The Finest Hours: a rescue at sea & romance combo. The advertisements for this movie center on the fact that it is a true story of a miraculous rescue at sea. The opening scene, however, is the first date between Coast Guardsman Bernie Webber (Chris Pine)and his bride to be, Miriam (Holliday […]

  • Epcot
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    Tomb Warriors of Epcot’s China Pavilion

    Review by Mark Hickson: At the House of the Whispering Willows Gallery in Epcot’s China Pavilion there is an exhibit “Tomb Warriors – Guardian Spirits of Ancient China.” It showcases a replica of the most famous archaeological excavation in the history of China. above: an example of how all the Terracotta figures were painted. I […]

  • Disneyland
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    Review: Mickey and the Magical Map

    Review by Mark Hickson: Remember the original Videopolis theater at Disneyland? Well, since then it has transformed into many different shows through the years including Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, Mickey’s Detective School and Disney Princess Fantasy Faire. Now it is the home for Disney’s newest production, Mickey and the Magical Map. This 25-minute dance musical, which […]

  • Pixar
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    Film Review: Inside Out

    Review by Steven Guttman. Inside Out: Another astonishingly complex, enjoyable hit from Pixar.  The basic story line is simple: Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), an 11 year old girl, has to move with her parents from Minnesota, where she has enjoyed her life and her friends and ice hockey, to San Francisco, which causes much stress. The complexity of […]

  • Epcot
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    The Living Seas

    By Mark Hickson: In April I had a wonderful visit to The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion. I find the new pavilion title a bit of a mouthful so I just say “The Living Seas.” It’s short and straight to the point. They have changed a few things through the years but the small […]

  • Art of Animation Resort
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    Review: The Big Blue Pool

    Review by Mark Hickson: At the center of the Art of Animation Resort, between the Finding Nemo buildings you will find the Big Blue Pool, Schoolyard Sprayground, and the Righteous Reef Playground. These three attractions will keep you and your kids busy having fun, for hours. The buildings set the underwater theme from Disney’s movie, Finding […]

  • Walt Disney Pictures
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    Film Review: Tomorrowland

    Review by Mark Hickson: The film Tomorrowland stars George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Robinson and Raffey Cassidy. Story-line: “Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a mystery – adventure starring Academy Award winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright […]

  • Backstage
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    Behind the Seeds at Epcot’s Land Pavilion

    Review by Mark Hickson: For years I would ride Living with the Land and think how cool it would be to go behind the scenes and walk through it’s magical greenhouse. Well, little did I know that they have been running just such a tour for years! “Behind the Seeds” is a special backstage tour […]

  • Dining Reviews
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    Dining Review: Plaza Inn Character Breakfast

    Review by Mark Hickson: One of my favorite places to eat at Disneyland is the Plaza Inn at the park’s Hub. Their chicken dinners are total comfort food and I have always enjoyed lunches there too. Today I’m going to be brave and try the $30.00 (for adults and $15 for kids) Character Breakfast! It […]

  • Hollywood Studios
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    Tatooine Traders

    One of the most fun merchandise stores at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has to be Tatooine Traders. Situated next to the Star Tours attraction, this store has some very cool merchandise, and the best theming in the park. The Imagineers went wild by including some things that simply defy description. For example, just look at this […]

  • Walt Disney Pictures
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    Film Review: Cinderella & Frozen Fever

    Review by Mark Hickson: The much anticipated live action film Cinderella opened last night nation-wide to some very full theaters. Upon entering I found nine, 6 year old costumed princesses all in a row, lots of couples and a lot of teens throughout the theater. Tonight we were not only going to see the film but […]

  • Walt Disney Pictures
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    Film Review: McFarland, USA

    Review by Steven Guttman: McFarland, USA: a Kevin Costner film. This feel good story is based on real events that occurred in McFarland, California, a town in the Central Valley, which is a farming community with a predominantly Mexican-American population.  The events take place in 1987. Kevin Costner plays Jim White, a high school football coach […]

  • Epcot
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    Epcot’s Souk-Al-Magreb

    Review by Mark Hickson: Souk-Al-Magreb is one of the lesser-known merchandise stores at Epcot’s World Showcase. Located at the Morocco pavilion, next to the Spice Road Table, it has some of the most unique merchandise in the park. Many guests don’t even notice this store because the exterior is frankly plane, but in reality it […]

  • Animal Kingdom
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    Animal Kingdom’s Mombasa Marketplace

    So what do you do when your in Animal Kingdom’s Africa and it starts to pour down rain? You seek refuge in the Mombasa Marketplace! This is the most lively and fun merchandise stores in Animal Kingdom. Filled with all sorts of merchandise, from hand-made trinkets from Africa, to Leopard spotted Mickey Mouse underwear! The […]