|Happy Lunar New Year, it’s the year of the Monkey! Theme Parks on both coasts are celebrating this festive occasion with limited time events and of course special food and menu additions. Though the official celebration lasts until the middle of February, most theme parks hosted their in-park events this past weekend alone.Both Dateline Disneyland and In the Parks have great pictorial guides to the weekend celebrations at Disneyland resort and Universal Studios: Hollywood. One big difference with the Chinese New Year and Lunar celebration versus the traditional end of year sequined hats/countdowns, it’s all about family and close friends gathering together. We are still basking in the glow of the recent Micechat anniversary celebration and gathering.
If you weren’t able to participate or want to see your favorite moments both MiceChat Roundup and Fab News have chronicled all the MiceChat Anniversary weekend fun! We wish you good fortune, luck and a happy year of the Monkey!
|This Weeks Top News|
Disneyland Resort celebrates Lunar New Year and Annual Passholders
Disney California Adventure turns 15 today and Disney will commemorate the occasion with a special ceremony at the opening of the park this morning. Meanwhile, the park celebrated the Lunar New Year over the weekend and treated Annual Passholders to special events and activities over the week as part of the Resort’s AP Days. Over at Disneyland, construction on the new Star Wars expansion is slowly getting underway, both in the park and in backstage areas. In Frontierland, Disneyland’s traditional breakfast at River Belle Terrace has migrated over to Rancho del Zocalo, as the River Belle prepares to roll out table service later this week.
Surrender to an age of bravery and honor and witness epic battles of steel and steed at Medieval Times dinner show. From ringside seats, discover a feast of the eyes and appetite with more action, more fun & more excitement than ever before. As you thrill to a rousing live jousting tournament and sword to sword combat plus marvel at awe-inspiring horsemanship and falconry, you’ll feast on a four-course banquet fit for royalty. Hang on to your helmet. The show is about to begin.
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|All Things Disneyland|
Quick Trip – Slow Day – We’re back! 2.2.16
DizneyPhotoGuy is back with a short trip to the parks and some wonderful photos!
DAB Pose Banned By Disney Photopass
A unique discussion has started about the infamous “Dab Pose” that many have seen being done in public and social media. Disney Photopass wants nothing of it. What are your thoughts?
|Rumors & Armchair Imagineering|
Draining the ROA has begun
With the upcoming changes to Rivers of America, announcement of the draining of the Rivers of America is happening. Hoping to see some photos posted !
Tom Sawyer’s treehouse to be torn down
News has been circulating that this famous treehouse will officially be no more, it has been off limits for years already what are your feelings?
|All Things Walt Disney World|
Photos and Report – WDW and Universal, January 2016.
RegionsBeyond takes us on a great photo journey of Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Florida !
|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.
Mousetalgia! This shows discusses “Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo Barbecue,” which was located in Disneyland from 1957 through 1961. We learn about Ron’s father Don, who, as an innovative live television broadcaster, caught Walt Disney’s attention and became close to Walt, eventually opening his own barbecue restaurant in Frontierland at Disneyland. Ron talks about the restaurant as well as other stories about growing up with a backstage key to Walt’s Magic Kingdom, including riding down Main Street in Autopia cars, becoming a Flying Saucer test dummy, sneaking around the Jungle Cruise, and riding in a parade with Walt Disney. Then, we welcome Disney Legend Alice Davis back to Mousetalgia to remember Nelbert Chouinard, founder of the Chouinard Art Institute, which was a critical institution to the Disney Studio during animation’s earliest days. Also – restoring a Tiki Bird, constructing a Deagostini Disneyland model, “Disney”-scented candles, and more.
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.
Fab News: The Fairest Valentine of All, Plus Bears
Hello to all my wonderful MiceChatters and Fab Newsies! I hope you’re holding up in this sudden heat. I’m in the middle of moving, and also have a rotten cold. Go figure. Everything will be fine by next weekend. Starbucks has molten chocolate everything!
Plus, don’t miss these other great MiceChat columns from the past week:
- A Final Curtain for Animagique at Disneyland Paris
- Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates Year of the Monkey
- You’ve Got To Be Kidding: Ask the Old Disney Guy
- Universal Studios Hollywood Wizarding World Nearly Ready for Magic
- Yesterland: Epcot Wish List – Part 1, Innoventions Plaza
- Fab News: Ghosts, Jobs, and Wet Disney Fun
- Four Fun Disney World Date Nights
- Dateline Disney World – Change is Roaring at Animal Kingdom
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