|MiceChat Round Up|
|Last Thursday, March 3 in chilly Chicago, Illinois, the Walt Disney Company held its annual stockholder meeting. Several exciting announcements were delivered: 2 new ships will be added to the Disney cruise line fleet bringing the total to 6 ships, both Disneyland and Walt Disney World resort will break ground next month on new Star Wars themed lands and finally Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released digitally April 1 and via DVD/ Blu-Ray on April 5th.
Fab News delivers further information about several key announcements from the shareholder meeting. Dateline Disneyland, back from a quick side trip to Universal Studios:Hollywood, has the latest on Cars land newest attraction, Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters and a indepth photo collection about Disneyland railroad which was just unveiled this past week. So many announcements, new spring time offerings and activities across all area theme parks… The roundup is bursting at the seams this week!
|This Weeks Top News|
Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters dance into Cars Land as Star Wars prepares to break ground at Disneyland
Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters, the replacement for the much-maligned Luigi’s Flying Tires soft-opened over the weekend. The new attraction brings Disney’s highly-lauded trackless ride system to the United States for the first time in a choreographed “dance” across Luigi’s tire yard in Cars Land. But is the 90-second ride, even if an improvement over the problematic Flying Tires, worth the wait in line? Meanwhile, Disneyland continues to clear the wilderness and see big changes backstage as it prepares for its upcoming Star Wars-themed expansion. On Main Street, the Disneyland Railroad is getting come attention while it’s down for Star Wars construction in the form of its own exhibit at the Disney Gallery. And across the Resort, Disney’s annual “Eggstravaganza” Easter egg hunt returns.
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|All Things Disneyland|
Easter has arrived at Disneyland, and the egg hunts have begun. No sooner does Disneyland dedicate the 2nd level of the old Innoventions building to Marvel Super Heroes, and now they are moving out? We also learn that some new characters will be appearing with Crush, in the Animation Building! ~ Aladdin
Joe’s 2016 Disneyland Egg-stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt
mre200200 takes his family to the Disneyland Resort to experience the expanded Easter Egg hunt. Here is their complete report with lots of photos!
Super Hero HQ to close April 2nd
After re-opening for only a few short months, the Marvel Superhero HQ – the 2nd level of the old Innoventions building, is closing. If you want to see Marvel Superheroes, they will be moving to an outdoor meet and greet location, near the Hyperion Theater. Captain America will be returning and Spiderman will also be available! If you want to see Thor, you will need to visit Super Hero HQ, before it closes.
Characters from ‘Finding Dory’ to join Turtle Talk with Crush
With the new Pixar movie coming soon, some new characters will help freshen up Turtle Talk. Some of the details are here!
|All Things Walt Disney World|
So for fun, Rocker wants to know what is your favorite pavilion, with all of the different events and festivities EPCOT can provide the possibilities are endless!
|Off Shore Parks|
A change in leadership at Hong Kong Disneyland. See below. ~ Trekkie Dad
Citing “personal reasons” the managing director for Hong Kong Disneyland resigns after eight years at the helm.
|Other Theme Parks & Destinations|
Disney’s competition appears to be heating up. ~ Trekkie Dad
Does the new 3D version of F. Journey cause too much motion sickness?
Early reports from Universal Studios Hollywood suggest the 3D version of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey may be too intense for some riders.
VR coming to New Revolution
Six Flags is planning to offer virtual reality headsets to roller coaster riders at all nine of their theme parks.
Ghost Town’s 75th Anniversary Celebration Begins May 27th
Things are improving at Knott’s Berry Farm.
|Podcasts & Videos|
The MiceChat boys are FINALLY back with an all-new MiceChat Podcast, and it’s a fun one. Join Dusty and Doug as they dive deep into Star Wars Land, Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Shanghai Disneyland. All that glitters isn’t gold and the guys sure aren’t afraid to share their opinions. You’ll learn things you never knew you never knew in this epic podcast from MiceChat.com (Direct Download):
Our fearless leader is in the news! Did you know that Dusty Sage is saving the Walt Disney Birthplace in Chicago? It’s true! Yesterday, he was featured on the Chicago morning news. Take a look, it’s really amazing!
Welcome to another exciting episode of the Disney Avenue Podcast. For our very first show of 2016, we are joined by R.J. and Suzanne Ogren who are two former Walt Disney World cast members. They are about to blow you away with some amazing stories from their incredible careers working at the vacation kingdom. R.J. painted Animatronic figures and “plussed” attractions. Suzanne drove monorails, marched in parades, and entertained as Sleepy the dwarf, among other things. Together, the Ogren’s brought their unique skills to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom during its formative years.
Mousetalgia! reviews Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest feature Zootopia on this week’s episode, and we talk about the latest in a line of critically acclaimed hits from Pixar’s sister studio. We’ll tell you what worked and what to look for in this anthropomorphic whodunnit – all spoiler free! We also discuss Disneyland’s move to tiered seasonal pricing, and what it might mean for the future. In other topics on the show, the “Small World” movie gets writers; LEGO Disney Minifigs announced; changes over at D23; and we remember Disney Legend Jack Lindquist, who passed away on Feb. 28.
The Sweep Spot: We are launching a series of episodes where we talk about people who have contributed to the making of Disneyland over the years. This time we feature the legendary Herb Ryman. He was the first person to actually draw out what Disneyland would look like, with Walt’s directions of course. Learn more about this talented man, in this weeks episode.
Fab News: The Force Awakens, Power Up Again, Moving Heroes and More
Hello MiceChatters and Fabanistas! There’s a whole slew of great news going on, and today’s Fab News just touches the surface of some of it. Knott’s Annual Boysenberry Festival is just around the corner, as is the home release of The Force Awakens, there’s good news about animation and it looks like I’m not the only one packing up my bags and heading to new digs.
And don’t miss these featured articles from MiceChat’s front page:
- 10 Reasons To Go To Harry Potter Celebration at Universal Orlando
- You’ve Got To Be Kidding: Shakespeare on Disney
- Art Directing The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
- Yesterland: Flowers & Food
- Fab News EXTRA: Two New Ships!
- Fab News: Food, Wine, Gaming and Star Wars Filming
- Your Guide to Disney Character Dining
- Demolition and Construction at Universal Orlando
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