Disney News Round Up: Star Wars, Aladdin and the Last Days on the River

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Published on January 13, 2016 at 2:00 am with No Comments

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This past Sunday, guests at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure said goodbye…making some final memories to both opening day attractions and more recent but still beloved experiences and shows.As the Disneyland resort moves forward into that challenging and promised future, both Fab News and Dateline Disneyland take time to provide pictorial farewells and recaps of the weekend events, both on and along the Rivers of America and throughout the resort.Not all happenings this week were Disneyland related though. Disney by Steph introduced her No Movie Trailer club… There are even rules! Loose rules, really maybe more like guidelines. The goal to help preserve that magical movie watching experience… So take a look and maybe join the club!

Not to be left in the shadow of recent Disneyland events, Dateline Disney World takes a closer look at significant and exciting changes happening in 2016, at Epcot in Walt Disney World. With so much happening this year, don’t forget to celebrate the MiceChat anniversary with us January 29 -31 at Disneyland resort and beyond!

Were you able to visit your favorite Disneyland attraction or experience one last time? Do you have a favorite fond memory of the past, like Walt Disney stated? Share it with us in the comments section below.

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Disneyland’s Rivers of America close for extended period as Star Wars expansion begins
Disneyland‘s historic Rivers of America and Disneyland Railroad saw their final guests over the weekend as they closed to undergo major changes to accommodate the upcoming Star Wars-themed expansion coming to the park. The River will be rerouted, a change which will effectively reduce its size and the Railroad will receive a new path that hugs the River’s new northern shore. The changes to the River come alongside permanent closures of the nearby Big Thunder Ranch area, which will be absorbed completely by the new Star Wars area. Meanwhile, Disney California Adventure bid a fond farewell to its popular Aladdin musical, as the Hyperion Theatre gets ready to stage a new musical based on Disney’s hit animated film, Frozen.

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All Things Disneyland

This past Sunday, we sadly said goodbye to the Aladdin show in DCA Hyperion Theater.  We also said goodbye to the Rivers of America, for well over a year, while it’s route is being significantly shortened.  We also get a special tour of the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank!  ~ Aladdin

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Joe’s tour of the Disney Studios in Burbank California
mre200200 takes us along on another tour. This one is not on the list of tours at Disneyland, though. Joe and family were able to tour the Disney Studios in Burbank!

First Look at New Rivers of America Waterfront and Disneyland Railroad
The Rivers of America are now in the process of being significantly shortened, and we have a look at the conceptual artwork of what the altered course will look like.

Some fun anecdotes about Aladdin musical from Disney Parks Blog panel presentation
SpacemanSpiff has some interesting facts about the Aladdin show in DCA, which sadly closed, this past Sunday.

ABC To Air Disney 60th Anniversary Special in February.
This past Sunday, you may have noticed some special lighting set up along Main Street and the Hub in Disneyland. A Disneyland 60th Anniversary is in the works. They are rushing to get this tv special ready to be aired in February.

The Rumor Mill

With all the closures for the Disneyland Resort we now have some interesting Rumors are flying around on what is going to happen at the resort! ~ Trekkie Dad

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Tangled Show Returning To Disneyland
According to Disney CM, Beauty and the Beast may also come back to the Royal Theater at Disneyland.

Disneyland Fireworks Drone Permit Filed
This according to a Market Watch article found by mousefan33.

Star Wars Land to feature a boat ride?
A businessinsider.com article seems to hint there will be a water ride in Star Wars land in Disneyland. Or does it? Dusty warns that the boat ride is likely for Avatar Land and not Star Wars.

With the River down, should they build a retractable bridge to Tom Sawyer Island?
Troy has come up with an idea to keep Disneyland’s Tom Sawyer Island open.

Other Theme Parks

Starting this year Universal is offering a new season pass, Knott’s is getting Starbucks, Cedar Point is getting a coaster and we have a cruise report to kick it all off. – DLandFansAZ

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Universal Studios Hollywood selling lowest-tier annual pass for $109
Universal is now selling a season pass with only 140 available days for as low as $99.

New Starbucks Location Coming to Knott’s Marketplace!
explodingboy shares info and pictures of the new Starbucks coming to Knott’s Marketplace the Spring.

2016 Boysenberry Festival Dates
deadwinterskies brings us the dates for this year’s Boysenberry Festival Date at Knott’s Berry Farm.

Valravn: Cedar Point’s newest coaster on the way
Attic Haunt brings us news from Cedar Point in Ohio about Valravn, the world’s tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster.

Princess Cruise’ Emerald Princess sailing to the Eastern Caribbean
What a phenomenal trip report from mikeland as his family takes their annual New Year’s cruise aboard the Emerald Princess.

Podcasts and Videos

Sights and sounds from Disneyland’s Rivers of America
Views of Disneyland’s Rivers of America just before it closed to undergo major changes for Star Wars construction.

Disney Avenue Podcast: It’s the most wonderful time of year here on the Disney Avenue Podcast and boy, what an amazing show we have in store for you. As many of you know, Christmas and Disney go hand in hand. I’ve yet to experience a Christmas display or “Spectacle” anywhere on earth that can top Disney. The beautiful lights and decorations along Main Street, the beauty of Cinderella Castle decked out in millions of lights and, of course, that little light show over in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the truly breathtaking Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.

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Mousetalgia! Travel back to the New World, out to Halloween Town, and off to a galaxy far, far away this week as Mousetalgia takes you to SacAnime, a convention for anime fans held biannually in Sacramento, CA. Jeff reviews the convention and talks to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman about Star Wars, and offers excerpts of panel discussions with Chris Sarandon and Ken Page (the voices of Jack and Oogie Boogie from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas) and Irene Bedard, the voice of Disney’s “Pocahontas.” Then, the team reunites to further discuss Lucasfilm’s “The Force Awakens,” with more of our impressions, thoughts, and questions – and lots of spoilers.

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The Sweep Spot: In this episode we have the latest current events around the Disneyland Resort, and our main topic is all about Restrooms at Disneyland. We discuss how Disneyland keeps them so clean, our experiences working in them, and a tour of all the Restrooms at Disneyland Park. Come join us for some potty talk on The Sweep Spot. For more stories of all aspects of Custodial at Disneyland and insider stories go to www.thesweepspot.com to order your book today.

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UPDATED! Fab News: A Fun Farewell To Disneyland’s River
I’m writing this Sunday night, after a fun day at the park for the Last Day of the River (it’s not really the last day of the whole river, but it is the last day we’ll enjoy it for quite some time and the last time we’ll see it as Walt envisioned it). Let’s start by taking a look at the fantastic new concept artwork for the River!

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The MiceEars Crew puts a lot of time and effort into making the Disney News Round-Up happen. Our thanks to:Editor CakvalaSC and the MiceEars Crew: Aladdin, TrekkieDad, DLandFansAZ, RJH76 and Dustysage.If you have questions for Anthony our Editor or our MiceEars Disney News crew they can be e-mailed at: [email protected] If you love Disney Photos, follow him on Twitter @CakvalaSC | Flickr: flickr.com/photos/cakvalasc/ | Instagram: instagram.com/cakvala

About CakvalaSC

A graphic designer and admirer of all things Disney. He is also the Editor of our weekly Round Up of Disney and Theme Park news. The Round Up is MiceChat's oldest continuously updated column. You'll find Anthony and the Round Up every Wednesday morning.

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