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The animated classic Sleeping Beauty debuted this week in 1959. Though the Castle at Disneyland was originally supposed to be Snow Whites Castle, the Imagineers felt that re- naming it Sleeping Beauty’s Castle would help promote the upcoming Disney film.

This week’s Roundup has all the latest news and updates including all the fun from last weekend’s MiceChat Anniversary! Let’s get the Roundup started.

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MiceChat Disney News Roundup

Kevin Yee: Is Disneyland’s 21 Royal Street Worth $15,000?
In my mind’s eye, that’s how the conversation ended between high-ranking Disney executives, when trying to decide if they have pushed the boundary far enough, if they have TRULY tested charging “what the market will bear.” In itself, there’s nothing evil in this thought experiment. If you’re a business, you really do want to find optimal pricing. Now, that might not always mean truly charging the upper limit of what the market will bear – you might develop resentment about elitism otherwise *cough* MODERN DISNEY *cough*. But it also doesn’t hurt to actually figure out just where that limit is. One wants to live in the world of facts and data, not conjecture.

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Are crowd levels starting to kill the traditional friendly CM service?
Seems most are reported crowds are not gone from Disneyland which usually is a in its off peak time and the park is quieter than normal busy holidays months. What are your thoughts?

Could the Eastern Gateway drama actually halt the project?
Current drama from the construction of the Parking Garage and Security Checkpoints have caused some protests and pushing for delays on construction. Presonwing is wondering if it will actually stop the construction.

Everything You Need to Know About Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
Interesting conversation on what exactly our Disney Fans want to know about Mission: Breakout! The construction is already on its way and people still have very mixed feelings.

Just back from a 1-day trip: My impressions and questions on crowds, etc.
JungleBumCT gives us a brief but well written trip report from his one day adventures.

Off Shore Parks

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Main Street USA rehab
Disneyland Paris has been replacing the bulbs of Main Street with LED lamps and DLRPbigfan has shared photos of the change.

25th Anniversary Mickey and Minnie
DLRPbigfan brings us photos of the new 25th Anniversary costumes for Mickey and Minnie.

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 Update: Past, Present and Future
Happy Monday everyone! This is Darth Daver checking in with this week’s Disneyland Photo Update. The Great Storm of 2017 has passed and this weekend the clouds have parted and the sun has shined on MiceChat’s Anniversary weekend. We’ll be taking a look at the Events this past weekend, a quick trip around the parks today and a peek at some things to come. Permanecer sentados por favor…

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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.

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