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Ashley Varela


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Ashley is a freelance writer based in the Bay Area. She has a deep-seated passion for the Disney Parks and theme park history and can often be found nose-deep in a history book -- when she's not planning her next trip to Disneyland, that is! She recently completed her first book, a retrospective on Disney's 1992 film and Broadway smash hit, Newsies.

Articles by Ashley Varela:

3 Amazing Theme Parks You’ll Have to Leave the U.S. to Experience

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Where in the world can you find a Hunger Games makeover experience, Divergent-inspired fear simulator, and a Lady Kitty House?

4 Things We Hope Disney Doesn’t Revive

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Hold onto your Mickey ears… we’re about to travel into an alternative universe of Ace Ventura stuntmen, human-sized dancing broccoli, and golf ball-shaped Goofys.

These Theme Park Restaurants Take Immersive Dining to the Next Level

Friday, August 30, 2019
A well-crafted restaurant can do more to enhance immersive theme park atmosphere than a meet-and-greet or even an E ticket attraction.

3 Things We’d Like to See from Universal’s Epic Universe

Thursday, August 29, 2019
What kind of universe should Universal plan to expand for its brand-new park?

How to Maintain Your Workout Routine on a Disney Vacation

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Don’t worry: you don’t have to waste precious vacation hours staring at the inside of a hotel gym.

4 Reasons You Need to Visit Disney California Adventure This Summer

Monday, July 15, 2019
Don’t look now, but Disney California Adventure is better than it’s ever been before.

5 Rides That Take Superhero Stories to the Next Level

Monday, July 15, 2019
Want to soar like Superman, stifle Swarmbots with Ant-Man, or rock out with Rocket Raccoon? You’ve come to the right place.

Here's How to Get the MOST out of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland

Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Headed for Disney’s most popular land? Here are a few hacks for getting through Galaxy’s Edge on your own…

4 Attractions We’d Like to See from the Studio Ghibli Theme Park

Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Hop aboard the Catbus? Yes, please!

5 Non-Disney Rides Sure to Delight Thrill Junkies in 2019

Saturday, June 29, 2019
You don’t have to visit a galaxy far, far away to get your thrill on this summer.

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