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This weekend marks the 61st birthday of Disneyland. The pomp and pageantry celebrated on the 60th birthday will most likely not be replayed this year. But a quieter and reflective celebration helps us remember what we all love best about Disneyland. Memories of Summer fireworks in front of Sleeping Beauty castle, your last viewing of the Main Street Electrical Parade.The first time you were old enough to ride Space Mountain or the joy in taking your child to meet Mickey Mouse. More than any extended 60th anniversary celebration, these are the moments to celebrate and remember what we all truly love about “ Walt’s Park”.Happy Birthday Disneyland and Thank You for the 61 years of Magic and Memories!

 

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Disneyland Update – The Not So Crazy Days of Summer
The dog days of summer are upon us at the Disneyland Resort. If you were too busy playing Pokemon Go to get out to the parks, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. But you did miss out on great weather and low crowd levels at the Happiest Place On Earth. Today’s update includes photos and news about Star Wars land construction, the new parking structure which is finally moving forward, Disneyland’s ever-changing security and hundreds of photos from the parks! With nearly 200 comments, this column by our own Dusty Sage has touched a nerve. Take a look and leave your thoughts as well!

All Things Disneyland!

This week we take a look back at Frontierland from 60 years ago and a little of the history of the fondly remembered Skyway attraction! ~ Aladdin

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Abandoned Disneyland Skyway Documentary
With the recent removal of the Fantastyland Skyway Chalet, we take a look back at this attraction that closed more than 20 years ago, and still fondly remembered.

Happy 60th Birthday to the RAINBOW CAVERNS MINE TRAIN
In this topic, we get a great look at what Frontierland looked like 60 years ago!

New Star Wars Land Concept Art
Disney has officially released a new more detailed concept of the upcoming Rivers of America and Star Wars Land, discuss it here!

Rumors & Armchair Imagineering

Our armchair imagineers always love to tinker with Disneyland, this week sparking conversation about Guardians of the Galaxy and what will become of ToonTown ?. ~ Trekkie Dad

Tomorrowland Terrace Bands Returning
TLT DREW reports that bands will be returning to Disneyland’s Tomorrowland, according to posts on social media by band members.

DL FL Beauty And The Beast Ride
xceemora would like to replace Disneyland’s Snow White’s Scary Adventures with a dark ride based on Beauty and the Beast.

Toontown Suggestion: Replace the Treehouse with Oswald’s house
Walt’s Ghost thinks it’s time Oswald the Lucky Rabbit moved into Disneyland’s Toontown.

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VIDEO: WDW Mark IV Monorails at Las Vegas circa 1995
Ever wonder what happened to the Mark IV monorails?  chris2fett has shared an old video of their new home.

Rumor: Guardians of the Galaxy (and possibly more) coming to Epcot
Mondo Mouse has dug up some rumors about a possible Guardians of the Galaxy presence at Epcot.

Other Theme Parks & Destinations

Check out the photos from the Walt Disney Birthplace! ~ Trekkie Dad

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Walt Disney Birthplace – Creativity Days
Chicago resident Barbaraann attended this event, featuring Dick Van Dyke and MiceChat’s own Dusty Sage, who is the Executive Director of the Walt Disney Birthplace.

Alaskan Cruise aboard the Ruby Princess
sbk1234 treats us with a photo report from the great Alaska.

New USH Season Pass
Universal Studios Hollywood’s new season pass offering is getting mixed reviews.

Podcasts & Videos

DON’T MISS – MiceChat Podcast – Theme Park Wild West Gets Wilder:
Howdy partner! Best hang on to your hats and glasses, because this here is the WILDEST MiceChat podcast from Doug and Dusty yet! There’s some sad news, some things to get angry about, some things to marvel at and plenty of juicy rumors and gossip about the theme parks you love at Disney, Universal and Knott’s Berry Farm. We’ll use the magic lasso to transport you to the Wild West as Knott’s Ghost Town goes “LIVE”. This is our favorite show yet and we hope you share with your friends and family. Warning, this show is sassy, classy, and a bit gassy.

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Mousetalgia: Team Mousetalgia takes you on a Forbidden Journey through the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios this week with a very magical trip report. But first, we visit Disneyland to see the newly re-opened attractions including Soarin’ Around the World, Autopia, the Matterhorn and the Jungle Cruise. Kristen offers a few tips regarding the VIP tours, and we offer an in-depth review of Soarin’ – the sights, the scents, the CG. Then, we journey north to Universal Studios Hollywood to review the newly-opened Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and offer our insights into Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Flight of the Hippogriff attractions. We also take you on a whirlwind tour of Hogsmeade with stops at Honeydukes, Ollivanders, Zonko’s, and the Three Broomsticks Inn. We compare the work of the Universal Creative team with the Disney Imagineers (many of whom have moved back and forth) and discuss what worked best and what may have missed the mark. Plus – Kristen visits and reviews an exhibition of Eyvind Earle artwork showing in Glendale.

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The SweepSpot: Interview with Dusty Sage of MiceChat: In this episode we welcome special guest Dusty Sage to our show. We have an interesting conversation about how and why Dusty became a Disney fan, and theme park fan. We talk to him about social media, Disneyland in the 90’s, future Disneyland, The Walt Disney Birthplace and more. Plus we have the latest in the Disneyland Resort Current Events.

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Fab News: Disneymania
Disneyland’s birthday is approaching and that means so many things – the Disneyana Fan Club’s DisneyMania, lots of friends coming into town, and Comic-Con is next week, then Tiki Oasis is August 18-21 here, and of course Star Wars Celebration is celebrating the end of principal filming later this week as well. Hey, someone pick me up a Kylo Black so I don’t have to deal with the Hasbro line stupidity here, okay? What do you have planned? Staying inside with something icy? Let me know in the comments below!

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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