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Mickey Mouse. Not Marty. Image by Loren Javier [CC BY-ND 2.0] via Flickr.

Inside the Magic: my day as a Disney character

Your reporter shares what it's like to "work with" Mickey Mouse for the day. SPOILER ALERT: Small children and others who don't want to have the "magic of Disney" spoiled should read this article and then forget what it says. ANAHEIM, CA -- 5:30 a.m. - My alarm goes off. It's Wednesday morning at last. Today I have the opportunity to spend the day at Disneyland "working with" everyone's favorite cartoon mouse and corporate icon, Mickey! ("Work with" is Cast Member-speak for working ... Read more
Disney's new Boba Fett Bobbidi Boutique. Image by Ken Lund [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr, modified.

Disney to offer Star Wars makeovers

The new "Boba Fett Bobbidi Boutiques" will feature everything from costumes to appearance-altering surgery. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL & ANAHEIM, CA -- We're just months [Ed.: days? hours? years? We haven't really been paying attention] away from the opening of the new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge lands at Disneyland in California and Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida. And now details have emerged about a new extra-cost offering that will transform guests into a true resident of the Star Wars universe. Thousands of options ... Read more
A random building at Disneyland. Photo by Carterhawk [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons.

A Disneyland guide for Walt Disney World veterans

Are you a Florida Disney pro visiting the California parks for the first time? Here's what to expect. ANAHEIM, CA -- You may be a seasoned pro when it comes to the Walt Disney World Resort and Spa. You know how to get around the parks, how to get the best Fastpasses, and how to find the best viewing places in Pandora for the Osborne Family Christmas lights. You know the location of all the churro carts. You know who Beverly is, ... Read more
New handmade chocolate hearts at Disneyland. Image from the Edible Museum.

Handmade chocolate hearts arriving at Disneyland

Forget those wimpy prostate-shaped traditional Valentines hearts! ANAHEIM, CA -- Arriving just in time for Valentine's Day, the master chefs at the Disneyland Resort and Spa have found the perfect gift for your loved one [Ed.: or loved ones. We don't judge]: handmade chocolate hearts! These lovingly crafted chocolate hearts are the perfect follow-up to Disneyland's popular handmade candy canes. Just as the candy canes are only available during the Christmas season -- that runs from just after Easter to February 13th of the ... Read more
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Fastpass auction paddles. Photo by BurnAway [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr.

Disney to auction Star Wars Fastpass times

Shorter waits for the more popular Galaxy's Edge will go to the highest bidder. ANAHEIM, CA -- As the Disneyland Resort and Spa prepares for the opening of its new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and Spa area this summer, to be followed in the Fall by its counterpart at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Spa, fans of the movie franchise are eagerly anticipating all the spacey goodness that awaits. But now word has leaked that the initial release of Fastpasses will not go ... Read more