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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.
It was an exciting week at Disneyland with the return of a beloved classic.  Pirates of the Caribbean returned after a lengthy refurbishment and is once again serving up swashbuckling fun to the masses.  On the other side of...
Summertime is heating up at Disneyland!  The heatwave over the weekend brought scorching weather to the parks which resulted in canceled park reservations and somewhat smaller crowds. After a two-year hiatus, the All-American College Band has returned! This summertime...
The Disneyland Resort is celebrating Black Music Month with new offerings under the Celebrate Soulfully banner.  The events in both parks and in Downtown Disney largely kicked off yesterday, June 1, and will continue throughout the month of June....
It was a busy week at Disneyland with hot weather, big crowds, some new entertainment, and tons of construction!  Across the Resort, new additions are weaving the magic of our diverse world into the fabric of the Disneyland experience....
After an unusually mild Spring Break season, big crowds finally arrived last week at Disneyland.  The crush of big crowds comes as Disneyland prepares to bring back four major nighttime spectaculars this upcoming weekend, including a 50th Anniversary run...
Spring is in full bloom at Disneyland as the Resort continues through its own season of renewal.  Downtown Disney demolition continues as Imagineers clear the way for new development.  Inside Disneyland, New Orleans Square's waterfront continues its reimagining.  But...
It's a season of change at Disneyland.  Spring floral is in full bloom in the theme parks as demolition, refurbishments, and construction are underway throughout the Disneyland Resort.  In Disneyland, New Orleans Square's waterfront has begun its major re-imagining...
The Disneyland Resort's popular Lunar New Year festival is in full swing at Disney California Adventure but the park just can't seem to keep up with demand.  Meanwhile, refurbishments and construction projects are underway throughout the resort, with Downtown...
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...