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Andy Castro

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Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy wrote the long-running weekly Dateline Disneyland photo, news and opinion blog here on MiceChat from 2007-2016. Andy continues to make occasional special guest contributions on MiceChat.
Disneyland entered its second week of the holiday season with a bang, announcing a major re-imagining of Mickey's Toon Town that would bring large new green spaces for relaxation and play.  The announcement was a little unexpected and the...
It was a busy week at Disneyland!  In the parks, the holidays moved in quickly as Halloween Time vanished.  Garland, lights, and snow are now up in both parks, with even more on the way before the holiday season...
Honk! The Disneyland Monorail is back! The iconic Highway in the Sky has returned to daily operation at Disneyland for the first time since the park's extended closure.  But as the Monorail takes to the skies, the Disneyland Parking...
Mickey's Toon Town had some late-breaking news last week with the reveal that Jessica Rabbit would be making a career change from famed movie star to private detective.  The change will bring some notable updates to Toon Town's classic...
Disneyland made big news last week when it announced the highly-anticipated replacement for its long-running Annual Passport program.  The new program, dubbed Magic Key, is strikingly similar to the old program, save for a few key modifications that may...
Following several days of Cast Member and media previews, Disney California Adventure officially opened Disney's first Marvel-themed land on Friday with great fanfare.  The brand new Avengers Campus folds in the park's existing Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission:...
Disneyland has reopened its gates after a closure that spanned more than 400 days.  While the gates were shut, Disney continued with various changes and projects in its Anaheim theme parks.  Today, in a special edition of Dateline Disneyland,...
Disneyland is back!  After three days of Cast Member previews, Disneyland Resort's theme parks officially reopened on Friday to eager crowds.  The emotional homecoming included a warm morning welcome from park cast members and Disney executives alike.  Join us...
Welcome back to the magic!  While the Anaheim theme parks don't open officially to the general public until Friday April 30th, Cast Members and their invited guests are getting exclusive previews from April 27th through 29th.  We are very...
What a week!  For the first time in a year, Disney California Adventure welcomed ticket-holding guests into the park as it kicked off its limited-time food and shopping event.  The new event is already completely sold out but don't...
After a year of being (mostly) closed, Disney California Adventure reopened on Thursday to guests for its brand new, limited-time, special-ticketed "A Touch of Disney" event.  The new event gives guests access to nearly the entire theme park, including...
Today is a Legacy Passholder preview of the brand new Star Wars Trading Post in Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort. The shop takes over the former Rainforest Cafe on the West end of Downtown Disney. And we where...
It's hard to believe Disney California Adventure is now 20 years old!  The park that went from parking lot to laughing stock, to born-again gem hits the two decade mark today.  And while the park is currently (mostly) closed,...
So, 2020... Disneyland may have only been open for a grand total of 75 days last year, but that doesn't mean a lot didn't happen at what we normally think of as the Happiest Place on Earth.  As we...
On-brand for 2020, last week felt like an eternity as we all anxiously awaited votes across America to be counted.  But over at Disneyland, work ramped up as Disney prepares to reopen Buena Vista Street as an expansion of...
It was quite a week in the world of Disney news. From theme park guidelines to Disneyland Paris being forced to close again, with a heavy dose of politics mixed in -- it feels like the last week was...
Disney recently made a slew of announcements about one of Disney's most ambitious theme parks ever built, Epcot at Walt Disney World. When it opened, Epcot was a massive achievement and Worlds Fair style park celebrating the nations of...
In addition to all the Epcot news, D23 Expo's big Parks and Resorts presentation on Sunday morning included a number of big announcements for the larger Walt Disney World Resort. Details remained vague for what to expect from Walt Disney...
Sunday morning's Parks presentation continued with news from Disney Cruise Line. Disney announced the name of its fifth cruise ship will officially be the Disney Wish. The new ship will be delivered in 2021 and set sail in January...
Sunday morning's Parks and Resorts presentation included a sneak peek at the new Marvel-themed Avengers Campuses coming to Disney California Adventure and Walt Disney Studios Paris. Chapek introduced Imagineer Scot Drake who is heading the Marvel projects for Disney...