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MiceChat just celebrated 11 great years this past weekend! If you were able to join us this weekend, we hope you had as much fun as we did! If you weren’t able to celebrate with us, thank you for being a part of the MiceChat family these past 11 years. You are the heart and soul of the site and we are so thankful for your support.Today’s Round Up brings you a Dateline Disneyworld with an in-depth look at all the new magic inside the Magic Kingdom, including Jungle Skipper Canteen. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we have a great look at The Ganachery, Disney Springs at Walt Disney World. This new chocolate shop is the perfect way to end your magical day.We are really excited to share a lot of really exciting events and enhancements to the site with you in the near future. As Buzz Lightyear likes to say….. To infinity and beyond!

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Disneyland honors its history as Star Wars construction gets underway

Disneyland has decorated construction walls along the Rivers of America with posters honoring the park’s history as construction gets underway on the major 14-acre Star Wars project. One of those posters may hint and the new theme for the back of the river when construction is complete. With Star Wars popularity at an all-time high, the massive expansion project has been placed on the fast track and Harrison Ford will help unveil new details on the new land in an upcoming special on Disneyland’s ongoing 60th Anniversary Celebration. Meanwhile, refurbishments continue in both parks as tons of new merchandise hit store shelves.

MiceChat’s 11th Anniversary

Once a year we take a weekend to celebrate the birth of the MiceChat community. Some years the events have been simple, other years are more complicated. Last year was our 10th anniversary and was our biggest spectacular ever. But this year . . . this year we had a great surprise for you . . . DICK VAN DYKE!  Yes, we love you. And we have lots of AMAZING things that we are soon to announce. Whether you were able to join us at Disneyland this weekend or were only there in spirit . . . THANK YOU for your support over the years. You are the wind beneath our wings, the shoulder restraints on our coaster and the cinnamon on our churros.

Here’s a quick run-down on MiceChat Anniversary weekend!

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MiceChat Anniversary was a full three days of events, meet-ups, meals, games, prizes and fun.
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Anniversary weekend kicked off on Friday night with our first ever event at Medieval Times. It was awesome and a lot of fun!

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After the show, the King, Queen, and Knights joined the MiceChatters for a private reception. It was amazing!
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Artist Joseph Yakovetic presents Dick Van Dyke with an original work of art at the MiceChat breakfast (extra points if you know what that’s a photo of) at the ESPN Zone. YES, DICK VAN DYKE was at the MiceChat breakfast folks. You’ve got to pay attention to your emails. This event sold out the moment tickets were released.
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Artist David Derks presents Disney Imagineering super-legend Marty Sklar with an original work of art at the breakfast.
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Marty Sklar and Dick Van Dyke spoke about their careers, new books and motivation. The panel was hosted by Mouse Tales author, David Koenig.
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The event offered two panels. The first, hosted by our own Dusty Sage, featured Disney animator Mike Peraza, Disney Imagineer Terri Hardin, and Disney Artist Amy Mebberson. The second panel, hosted by David Koenig, featured Disney Legends Dick Van Dyke and Marty Sklar.
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Later in the day, we offered a MiceQuest at DCA. The teams had a great time and won fun awards.
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That night, our own Monorail Man hosted a game show at the brand new Courtyard by Marriott Anaheim Theme Park Entrance hotel. Attendees were treated to a tour of the hotel, cocktail hour, a game show, and then we headed to the rooftop pool deck for Disneyland Fireworks viewing. And we waited, and waited, but the winds had caused the fireworks to be canceled. So, we headed to Mimi’s for desserts instead. It was a GREAT night!
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Jeffrey is happy to win two free tickets to Medieval Times at Monorail man’s game show!
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Sunday started with nostalgia as we enjoyed a final breakfast at the Riverbelle Terrace. As of Monday, the breakfast has moved to Rancho Del Zocalo. This particular pancake was crying.
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And then the rain came down and washed the crowds out of the park. Have you ever seen an empty Adventureland? But a few brave MiceChatters braved the storm and made their way to our next event . . .
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The Fabulous Disney Babe produced an in-park quest to discover the secrets of New Orleans Square. And the rain continued to fall through the MiceChat noon meet. . .
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We were losing attendees like flies. But even though the rain continued to fall, one brave photo pass cast member stuck it out to take our picture in front of the castle. It was a fun, but VERY wet,  afternoon at Disneyland. Then we took shelter and enjoyed a few classic attractions before calling it a day. It was an amazing weekend filled with adventure, legends and knights of the round table. Thank you to EVERYONE for your support over these past 11 years. We have some big surprises coming soon for you. Stay tuned for more great adventures in MiceChat land!!!

Much thanks to our staff and sponsors for making these events possible, especially:

  • Fairy Godmother Travel who sponsored the entire weekend
  • ESPN Zone who always provide amazing service and food for our events
  • David Koenig for offering his services as moderator of our Disney Legends panel
  • Dick Van Dyke for his youthful energy (at 90 year’s old folks)!
  • Marty Sklar for his candor and star-power
  • Medieval Times for an amazing evening at a deeply discounted price (you can get this deal too HERE)
  • As well as awesome panelists Mike Peraza, Terri Hardin, Amy Mebberson for taking time out of their busy schedules to infotain us.
  • And to Jennifer O’Brien Chavez (our Sales Director), Michelle King (registration), Mary Ostrow (Stage Manager), Anthony Hays (Graphic Design), Hastin Zylstra (Game Show Host), Shelly Valladolid (In-Park Quest), Alan Kawaratani (photos), Andy Castro (photos), Ellen and Andrew Dawson (event support), Kathy Oliver (event support), Melissa Salazar (event support) and a huge cast of helpers, volunteers and all around good guys and gals who do a million little tasks to pull off three full days of activities. You rock our world and we love you all!!!

All Things Disneyland

Disneyland has just begun 4 weeks filled with special extras, for annual passholders.  Also, a tv special will be airing, later this month, celebrating Disneyland’s 60thAnniversary! ~ Aladdin

MiceChat Disney News Roundup

AP Event: Disneyland Resort AP Days
During February, Disneyland has four weeks has a few little extras for Annual Passholders. The themes for the four weeks appear to be Main Street, Adventureland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland. Look here for more details

Harrison Ford to unveil Disney’s Star Wars theme park plans in TV special
On February 21st, ABC will be airing a Disneyland 60th Anniversary Special. You may have heard that Elton John was in Disneyland recently, to be part of this special. Also Disney is promising that Harrison Ford will give us more info on the Star Wars additions to Disneyland and WDW.

New Menus For River Belle Terrace And Rancho del Zocalo
We all knew it was going to happen, the new menus are out for River Belle and Rancho del Zocalo, what do you think about the offerings?

So it Begins. Peak Pricing Announced Ahead of Potter Opening ..Disneyland Far Behind?
Universal announced it will now have variable pricing with the upcoming opening of Harry Potter land, what do you think about this? How far is Disney behind doing something similar?

Rumors & Armchair Imagineering

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Possible Nature’s Wonderland References on the Disneyland Railroad?
With some simple changing of words, TFN5459 might be onto something with the Disneyland Railroad.

Downtown Disney, Paradise Pier Hotel, waterpark…
Mondo Mouse is wondering if there might be an expansion to Downtown Disney and a new hotel and waterpark in the future?

Parade/Fireworks Viewing Expansion
With the firework and parade viewing area becoming so crowded, Coolwowzer has an idea to make more room.

Re-routing of the Jungle Cruise?
Clarkie4824 has a different approach to the Famous Jungle Cruise, re-routing it to another dimension?

Podcasts and Videos

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! Team Mousetalgia expands our Disney library and brings you four new book reviews, including “Mickey Mouse: Emblem of the American Spirit” by Garry Apgar; “Funny: Twenty-Five Years of Laughter from the Pixar Story Room;” “Keep Moving (and Other Tips and Truths About Aging)” by Dick Van Dyke; and “The Nine Old Men” by Andreas Deja. Plus, in a Mousetalgia “Collector’s Corner,” Jeff talks about Star Wars cards, Mark Hamill taking on fake autographs, and Rey’s Po-Zu boots; and Kristen acquires a 100-piece Magical Kingdom. Plus – bubbles, pennies, and noodles, oh my – it’s the $20 Valentine’s date at Disneyland!

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The Sweep Spot: In this episode we take a look at an area of Disneyland that is no longer there. . . the Big Thunder Ranch. This rustic area, which opened in 1986, hosted a petting zoo, a cabin, a farm, an arena, restaurant, restrooms, and more over the years. For many this was a favorite place to eat, or maybe a quiet place to sit, or a place to see a show. Disneyland is a place that has always had changes, and I know many of us have great memories of attractions of the past, or places like Big Thunder Ranch. So in this episode we talk about the history of the Ranch. Plus, we have the latest in the Disneyland Resort news and current events.

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The Ganachery at Disney Springs: Your Cure for the Common Chocolate

Oh, the powers of chocolate. The mere mention of that wonderful confection invokes a smile on my face, so when I discovered the removal of the tarps and fencing around The Ganachery Chocolate Shoppe during my recent visit to Walt Disney World, I gasped in excitement. I quickly joined the others lined up outside the quaint store to experience the latest addition to Disney Springs.

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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