Welcome to the MiceChat news Round-up!

The classic Main Street Electrical Parade returned to Disneyland this past weekend! This much beloved Parade made its debut in the Summer of 1972 and continued to glow until its last performance on Main Street in November of 1996.

This week’s Round-Up has all the latest photos, news and updates from the Disney parks and an invitation to MiceChat’s epic anniversary celebration at the Disneyland Resort!

MiceChat Anniversary THIS Weekend


MiceChat Anniversary Weekend Events

MiceChat Anniversary is coming your way January 27th through 29th at the Disneyland Resort. We’ve got some great surprises for you this year, including Disney Legend Bob Gurr, beloved author David Koenig, The ORIGINAL Disneylanders, meet-ups, meals, contests, friendship and a whole lot of fun!!!


Friday Evening January 27th – cocktail party with Bob Gurr

8pm Anaheim Plaza Hotel. (including a teaser screening of his documentary, panel discussion, and a screening of his celebrity roast!) Bob is a treasure and a big fan of MiceChat.com. Don’t miss this amazing event. Tickets HERE.



Saturday morning January 28th – “Walt’s Disneyland” breakfast and panel with David Koenig and the Original Disneylanders at the ESPN Zone.

David is leading a discussion with two original Disneylanders about their days in the park and their interactions with Walt Disney. These are stories which have never been heard before. This NOT-TO-BE-MISSED opportunity will warm your heart and make you feel thankful toward the generation which created the Disney magic we love so much today. Breakfast Event Tickets HERE


In addition to the two ticketed events above, we have a full schedule for the weekend, these activities are free to join in! We love to see all of our MiceChat fans join us in celebrating twelve years of magic!


Saturday, January 28, 2017 — Our Annual DCA Day of Play

  • Noon – Let’s do lunch at the Paradise Garden Grill & Lunar New Year celebration
  • 1:30pm – FREE Eye Spy Game – Meet in World of Color stadium – SIGN UP HERE
  • 2:50pm – Group Photo at World of Color Stadium
  • 3:30pm – Frozen Musical meet-up
  • 4:25pm – DCA Animated Experience – Meet in the Animation building to learn how to draw a character, ride some animated attractions and enjoy the park.
  • 5:30pm – Drink-Up and relax with your MicePals at the Wine Country patio
  • 7:00pm – Monorail Man Trivia Night at the Hearthstone. Have a drink, share your trivia knowledge, and you might even win a prize or two (outside patio)


Sunday, January 29, 2017 — Disneyland Day of Play

There’s been a disturbance in the Force and our traditional spots are currently closed. That means new opportunities and new magic to be made.

  • 9:00AM — This Is The Breakfast You Are Looking For, Galactic Grill
  • 10:30AM — Storm the Galaxy Meet-Up & rides
  • NOON — MEET up in the central Hub of Disneyland (by the Walt and Mickey statue)
  • 12:30 PM — Photo in front of the Castle
  • 1:00 PM — Head West! Lunch at Stagedoor Café (grab food from anywhere and bring it back to the outdoor patio at Stagedoor)
  • 2:30 PM — West Side Wonder Meet-Up – Meet at Magnolia Gardens (the round garden next to the Mansion) where we will then venture on to ride Haunted Mansion (Then Pirates & Tiki Room)
  • 4:00 PM — Great Moments Meet-up (Lincoln)
  • 7:30 PM — BONUS EVENT – Electrical Parade viewing (Small World Mall)

Here’s a printable version of our schedule:

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This Week’s Top Stories

MiceChat Disney News Roundup

Kevin Yee: Whale of a Tale

It’s been ages since I’ve taken up the theme of SeaWorld here in this space, so an update is long overdue. Where do we stand? What’s the State of the Oceanic Union? Turns out, as is so often the case, the story is mixed. Some wins, and unfortunately a lot of losses.

MiceChat Disney News Roundup

Disneyland’s iconic Main Street Electrical Parade returns

Andy Castro returns to MiceChat with an amazing photo review of Disneyland’s iconic Main Street Electrical Parade. The parade, which originally debuted in the summer of 1972 reappeared in California for the better part of Disney California Adventure‘s difficult first decade and most recently completed a several-year stint at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida.So how does the revised version of this old parade hold up . . .

Upcoming Events


MiceChat Disney News Roundup

MiceChat Anniversary Weekend – Jan 27-29th, 2017 – SAVE THE DATE! MiceChat’s funnable anniversary weekend will be bigger and better than ever. This year’s event features David Koenig, Original Disneylanders, and Disney legends!  DON’T miss it!!! Event jnformation, schedules and tickets HERE.

MiceChat Gumball Rally – May 6th, 2017 – SAVE THE DATE! MiceChat’s world-famous Gumball Rally is rolling your way the weekend before Mother’s Day. Two parks, one day, how many attractions can you ride?!!! Add your name to the waiting list HERE.

All things Disney!

Lots of news about the future of Fastpass at Disneyland.  We are also looking forward to the limited return of the Main Street Electrical Parade, and the fireworks show that was designed for Disneyland’s 50th anniversary. ~ Aladdin

MiceChat Disney News Roundup

Toy Story and Matterhorn to get Fastpasses and new MaxPass
Toy Story and the Matterhorn will be added to the Fastpass network at the Disneyland Resort. Let us know if you like this decision, or not.

Remember… Dreams Come True – Virtual Fireworks Display
Remember, Dreams Come True fireworks show, that was originally designed for Disneyland’s 50th anniversary, will be returning in February. Until then you can enjoy a version of this show, as never seen before. jandkwins has this virtual fireworks display, that is based on the original show.

Disneyland adds Fastpass to mobile app
Disneyland is getting ready to add a digital Fastpass to its online application, BUT they will charge $10 per guest for each day they would use that service. The good news is that paper FastPasses will still be available for those that don’t want to fork over the $10 per day. Take a look here for all the details and let us know what you think of this latest money grab, by Disney.

This weeks Rumors and more has some strange and new ideas! Check out what our armchair imagineers are proposing. ~ Trekkie Dad

MiceChat Disney News Roundup

Moving the parades to the Esplanade…
Blackness has an idea that’s gained a lot of attention from other MiceChatters. Some like it, others not so much.

When do you think the rest of DCA 1.0 will be fixed? What would you like to change?
Wow starts a conversation with ideas for improving Disney California Adventure’s Hollywoodland and Paradise Pier.

Disneyland to have MSEP and DCA to have PTN?
prestonewing claims to have heard the rumor that the Paint the Night Parade will play in California Adventure while the Main Street Electrical Parade is in Disneyland.

[RUMOR] Studio Tram Tour Starring the Muppets (2019)
If this is true, the tram tour at the studios at Disneyland Paris will be much different.

Walt Disney World

This week we have a spectacular re-imaging of Tower of Terror along with rumors of a vacation club and the Avatarland opening. – DLandFansAZ

MiceChat Disney News Roundup

Made an homage to ToT in the form of a roller coaster, and Mark Silverman voiced it!
Joseph Pojunis has made a phenomenal homage to Tower of Terror in the form of a roller coaster.

Disney files expansion plans for Caribbean Beach
RTDJ has shared that Walt Disney World has filed plans for an expansion of the Caribbean Beach Resort.

Avatarland expected to open around Memorial Day
ORD84 has posted an article from the Tampa Bay Times ORD84 speculating about use restrictions of Florida resident tickets and the opening of Avatarland.

Other Theme Parks

Harry Potter isn’t the only reason to pop in to Universal Studios Hollywood. ~ Trekkie Dad

MiceChat Disney News Roundup

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster January 21 – February 5 at Universal Plaza!
Universal Studios Hollywood celebrates the Year of the Rooster with some special offerings.

Podcasts & Videos

MiceChat Podcast – Disneyland Extra . . . Charge That Is: Happy 2017 from Disneyland, where the park wants to start charging you for FastPass. This is a juicy gossip-filled spectacular of Disney dish. Upcharge everything on the way to a Disney park near you. Star Wars and Marvel land news. And more nerdy fun than you can shake a stick at.

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Mousetalgia: This week, Team Mousetalgia offers a RunDisney primer and a report on Disneyland’s Star Wars Light Side Half Marathon Weekend. Dave and Becky talk about why Star Wars is a good race weekend for beginners to start with, and they discuss the 2017 events and race courses. We also discuss Disneyland’s current security situation, spiked Dole Whips, and the RunDisney Expo. Next, Jeff reports from SacAnime Winter 2017 and their amazing Beauty and the Beast panel, which featured voice actors Richard White (Gaston), Paige O’Hara (Belle), Robby Benson (Beast), Bradley Pierce (Chip), and animators Nic Ranieri (Lumiere) and Rick Farmiloe (LeFou). Jeff shares a bit about the convention, the perils of autograph collecting, and shares a few highlights from the all-star panel discussion. Plus, we talk about the just-announced Disney MaxPass, and give our initial thoughts and impressions on this new feature for touring the parks. Bonus topic: Those late cabanas in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom – should Disney keep trying?

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The Sweep Spot: In this episode we celebrate our 200th episode. We have worked hard over the past almost 6 years. Lynn started the podcast in 2011, and it grew over the years and has shaped and formed, but always remained about Disneyland, and working there too. We have had so many awesome guests over the years from Disney Legends, Authors, Cast Members, Former Cast members, Podcasters, and more. We have had such a wonderful time with the show, and hope to have many more. In this episode we have the Disneyland Resort Current Events, messages from fellow friends and podcasters, the history of The Sweep Spot, questions from listeners, and more. Join us for the celebration.

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Disneyland Photo & Rumor Update – Rainy Days and Mondays Never Get Us Down
Welcome to a soggy Disneyland Resort photo report with bonus update from our rumor desk! This update will be a bit shorter than normal as we got washed out of the parks. But there’s a lot for you to enjoy and a bit to learn as well. Disneyland & Disney California Adventure both closed early on Sunday due to the heavy rain (DCA at 7 & Disneyland at 8 PM). The advantage was an empty park with no waits. The disadvantage was soggy feat and flooding throughout the resort. Lunar New Year has launched at DCA and Disneyland is about to get new-old fireworks.

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The Round-Up crew Thanks you!

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 our Editor or our MiceEars Disney News crew they can be e-mailed at: [email protected] !