An Ode to Going Nowhere: The North American Train Trips Where the Origin is the Destination

August 15, 2023

If you’re lucky enough to live in a city or a country with a bustling rail network, chances are you’ve rarely thought of train travel as little more than a modern convenience (and certainly preferable to a bus). But the history of rail travel – both from a commercial and commuter level – is one […]

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10 of the Most Immersive Experiences in America

December 20, 2022

From Disneyland in California to Broadway in New York, America has long catered to those looking for an immersive experience, and few do it better. Here’s just ten of my favourite places to visit in the U.S.A. when looking to escape reality; immersing yourself in art, music, scenery, cowboys (you’ll see what I mean) and […]

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Mickey’s Toontown gets a re-opening date as Disney celebrates “100 Years of Wonder” in California

November 26, 2022

When Mickey’s Toontown opened in 1993 at Disneyland in California, it was the first major expansion to the park since Bear Country (now called Critter Country with Splash Mountain as its centrepiece) in 1972. The inspired design of the land, and the rides that would make their way into the space, brought in elements from […]

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Can you visit Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland California in the same day?

November 8, 2022

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to have a day off in Los Angeles. It had been more than two years since I’d last been there – pandemic and all – and I had a lot of time to make up for. So, being the theme park enthusiast I am, I tried to (for […]

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Is Genie+ worth it at Disneyland & California Adventure? And how do the Lightning Lanes work?

June 2, 2022

Editor Update (April 2023): While the prices listed were correct at the original time of publication, the price of the Genie+ in California is now *from* $25 per person, and the price will fluctuate from there based on demand. In December 2021, after more than 20 years of the “FastPass” system (which this feature length […]

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Disneyland and California Adventure Level Up: Letting Immersion, Interactivity & Innovation Shine

May 31, 2022

I’ve been lucky enough to be a regular visitor at Disneyland, California, since I was a little kid. For me, the joy of attending it has never waivered; it is the “Happiest Place on Earth” after all, so even without the nostalgia, it’s a place that guarantees a pretty magical time. But for many years, […]

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Disney’s California Adventure Food & Wine Festival brings the spirit of EPCOT to the West Coast

April 7, 2022

At the end of the 1980s, Walt Disney World in Orlando was booming; overtaking the swampland they acquired for “The Florida Project” while founder Walt Disney was still alive with no less than three parks: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT and what is now known as Hollywood Studios (on its opening in 1989, it was the Disney-MGM […]

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Film Review: Jungle Cruise is charming, old-fashioned fun bolstered by the chemistry of Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt

July 28, 2021

As much as Jungle Cruise owes its filmic inception to the success of fellow Disney-theme-park-attraction-turned-blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean, this light-hearted, gloriously old-fashioned adventure is just as much in debt to such titles as The Mummy and The African Queen. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with honouring the spirit of those films in such a […]

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Jungle Cruise Australian release details revealed: When and where you can watch Disney’s next film

May 28, 2021

Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt are prepped for adventure in the new trailer for Jungle Cruise as it sets sail for a confirmed Australian theatrical date of July 29th and Disney+ with Premier Access* on July 30th, 2021. Inspired by the famous Disneyland theme park ride, Disney’s Jungle Cruise is an adventure-filled, rollicking thrill-ride down the Amazon with […]

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11 theme parks and attractions opening in 2020 around the world to get excited about

December 20, 2019

It’s going to be a massive year in 2020 for those who enjoy theme parks, with a number of brand new, highlight anticipated parks and expansions opening up all over the world. There are also new museums, IMAX cinemas and even hotels that are worthy of getting excited about here in Australia and overseas. Here’s […]

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Disneyland’s new adventures in Batuu go far, far beyond the Star Wars Ride

July 2, 2019

If you haven’t heard about the new addition to California’s Disneyland, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, by now, it’s likely you have been living under a space rock. The level of hype about the new attraction – which as we pointed out when it opened was just one single ride – has been the highest I’ve […]

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Why did Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge only launch with one new ride at Disneyland?

June 4, 2019

When Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (also known simply as “Star Wars Land”) officially opened its doors to the public on Friday at California’s iconic theme park Disneyland  – strictly to those who had reserved the privilege in advance – some may have been surprised to discover that after all that hype, and all those years […]

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Star Wars rides (and music score) finally revealed for Disney Parks as a slew of new attractions revealed

November 20, 2018

In celebration of 90 years of Mickey Mouse, Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman Bob Chapek has shared the many new and exciting ways to celebrate the beloved mouse, as well as sharing more about the multi-year transformation of Epcot that includes new spectaculars designed to honour the park’s original vision. Along with these, […]

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The world’s only Iron Man ride and five other reasons why Hong Kong Disneyland stands apart from other Disney Parks

July 12, 2018

Hong Kong Disneyland may be the company’s smallest theme park (the recently opened Shanghai park – whose development was memorably slowed to give the Hong Kong Park more time to grow an audience – is no less than 14 times larger than its Southern counterpart), and the only park not to have a true water ride […]

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Disney Parks are getting a lot of new rides and attractions over the next two years

February 13, 2018

Yeah Disney’s biannual company expo D23 has just wound up its first stop for 2018 in Japan, dropping a slew of trailers for Disney properties and many major company announcements. Among these announcements are a number of high-profile additions coming to Disney Parks across the world including some of your Disney-Pixar faves, a ton of […]

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Interview: Composer Tyler Bates on Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2, The Punisher, Atomic Blonde & touring with Marilyn Manson

August 11, 2017

Tyler Bates and his musically talented mind has not only collaborated in taking down hordes of Zombies with Zack Snyder’s Dawn of The Dead, dealt with psychopaths in worlds created by Rob Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects and Halloween), blurred the lines with Hank Moody (David Duchovny) for the Californication TV series, but has followed the […]

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Disney’s Star Wars Land gets a name, new concept art and a themed resort in Orlando

August 7, 2017

At the recent D23 expo, we were finally able to uncover some more details about the highly anticipated Star Wars theme parks set to land at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World in Anaheim and Orlando, respectively, in 2019. Yes it’s a ways away, but these kind of conferences are all about putting the hype into hyperspace […]

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Disneyland’s Star Wars Land to launch in California and Orlando in time for Episode IX

February 13, 2017

First announced back in 2015, just before the release of The Force Awakens, Disney has finally confirmed the opening date of their highly-anticipated Star Wars themed lands at Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Orlando. The new areas in the park will open in 2019, ahead of the release of Star Wars Episode […]

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Here’s everything you need to know about the opening of Shanghai Disney Resort next week

June 9, 2016

One week from today, on 16th June 2016, Disney’s newest Theme Park and Resort – their sixth internationally – will open in Shanghai, on mainland China, with tickets for the opening day festivities well and truly sold out. When it opens, the Shanghai Disney Resort will include two themed hotels, Disneyland Hotel and their first ever Toy […]

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Spending a day at the closest Disney Park to Australia – Hong Kong Disneyland

February 14, 2016

Disneyland Hong Kong is the iconic brand’s second home in Asia, after launching its Tokyo location back in 1983. It’s also the Disney Theme Park that’s geographically closest to Australia – and with the park originally opening in September 2005, that means that this year they recently celebrated their 10th Birthday! I had the chance to […]

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Disney’s D23 Expo: Toy Story Land is coming to Hollywood Studios in Orlando

August 16, 2015

In addition to Star Wars Land, which was also announced today at Disney’s D23 Expo in California, Orlando’s Hollywood Studios will be seeing another 11 acre expansion in the form of Toy Story Land. Unlike Star Wars Land, however, Toy Story Land has already been a tested formula among Disney Parks in Paris and Hong […]

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Disney’s D23 Expo: Star Wars Land is coming. Because of course it is.

August 16, 2015

It was perhaps a destiny Disney signed into action the minute they took over the iconic franchise – but it still has us very, very excited. As Universal Studios has done with the Harry Potter series’ Wizarding World, Disneyland will be expanding both Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disneyland in Anaheim, California, to […]

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