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This coming weekend in 1967, the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction made its debut in New Orleans Square. It was the largest use of “ Audio- Animatronics” in an attraction to date and it was received with great fanfare and much excitement from the Guests.

The Blue Bayou restaurant also opened alongside this thrilling new attraction.

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We have all the latest News, Photos and Updates including a special Pirate themed celebration around New Orleans Square at Disneyland this weekend. Happy 50th to a beloved Disney attraction… it is truly a Pirates life for us all!

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Disneyland Update – Pirates Prepare to Return with Expanded Offerings
Yesterday we posted a HUGE update on the 2017 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival, today, we’ve got a few more photos from the Disneyland Resort to share. Looks like MaxPass is just about to burst onto the scene and Pirates is nearly ready for its 50th anniversary! Plus, Guardians Tower, Star Wars Land construction and a whole lot more!

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California Adventure 2017 Food and Wine Festival a Delicious Adventure
Disney California Adventure’s beloved Food and Wine Festival returned last year after a lengthy absence, and folks seemed to really enjoy the revived Festival, but were turned off by high prices and small portions. After visiting the festival this year, it’s clear that those concerns were heard. For 2017, prices are down, portions are larger, and the available food items have been somewhat simplified to make them more appealing to a wider audience. The upshot? The first weekend of the Festival was incredibly popular, with food selling out, long lines, and lots of happy guests. While not perfect, this was a huge improvement over previous offerings and hopefully a step in the right direction for future festivals in the park. Let’s take a look and this year’s Food and Wine Festival and how we’d like to see it evolve in the future.

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All things Disney!

A BIG milestone for Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland. Lots of rumors haunt us, this week. And that’s what we live for.   ~ Aladdin

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Joe’s Friday Disneyland and DCA visit
Another fun filled trip by the mre200200, he shows us some fun events and they even try the grey stuff!

“Confidential” Layout of Star Wars Land
Oh! Captain shares a leaked photo of the general layout of where everything is going for Star Wars land. Check it out!

Red Rose Tavern Trip Report!
DL Lover in LA, takes a trip to the Red Rose Tavern overlay at Disneyland. Read more about her adventures here!

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L.A. Times: ‘Avatar 2’ release date pushed back again
With Pandora: The World of Avatar opening in May, Mr. Wiggins brings us info about the second installment of the movie franchise.

A Theme Park to Compete with DLP?
Paramount London has planned a mega theme park in Kent to rival the Disney resorts in Florida.

All things Rumors!

Speculation abounds about the future of Disneyland Resort. ~ Trekkie Dad

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[Rumor] DLR SWL is going to have two giant AT ATs
Photos from the Star Wars construction site at Disneyland have fans buzzing.

Disneyland Railroad Reopening in July 2017
There are reports that Disneyland cast members have been told the railroad may be up and running as early as July, instead of August or September.

Aerial Gondola system between Disneyland and California Adventure
While this outcome doesn’t seem likely, it’s spurred some interesting conversation.

Other Parks and more!

A virtual reality experience is taking shape in California, and a theme park to rival Disneyland Paris is planned across the Atlantic. ~ Trekkie Dad

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Virtual Reality Game coming to Knott’s This Spring
“VR Showdown in Ghost Town” is scheduled to open April 1.

A Theme Park to Compete with DLP?
Paramount is planning a theme park to open in the United Kingdom in 2022.

Podcasts & Videos

NEW – MiceChat Disney Podcast – Food & Wine, New & Blue, Fallon & Flumes: It’s abig update from Doug and Dusty as they discuss what’s new at the Disneyland Resort, the massive new attraction set for Walt Disney World, and two new attractions which aren’t getting a lot of positive buzz. Listen, laugh, and love . . .   

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Mousetalgia: Comedian and podcaster Tim Babb returns to Mousetalgia this week to discuss Disneyland’s new no-parking-on-Main-Street rule, and general queuing etiquette. When is it okay to save places in lines for parades and attractions? As the parks get more crowded, are there unspoken rules that guests should follow? We weigh the pros and cons of hopping in and out of lines. Plus, we stay on top of recent listener email, with topics including making magic for others in the parks (pin-giving vs. pin-trading); attending Disneyland during Grad Nite – is it a potential pitfall, or just another day?; and helping a Walt Disney World pro make the most of an early summer trip to Disneyland. Next, we offer the top three attractions we’d each like to see receive a holiday overlay (a Halloween grand circle ghost train tour, anyone?) Also, we share our Disney secret tips, including methods for travelers with children to get to Disneyland from the airport without a child’s car seat; Walt Disney’s own chili recipe; and tips for finding hotels near the Disneyland Resort.

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The Sweep Spot: In this episode we welcome former Disneyland Tour Guide Andrea Keech to the show to talk about her time working at Disneyland in 1969. She had the honor of taking guests on tours of Disneyland, and has some great stories to share. Plus, we’ll discuss her book (Cream of the Crop: Tour Guide Tales From Disneyland’s Golden Years) as well as the latest in Disneyland current events.

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Universal Studios Hollywood Fun New Stuff and Free Movie Tickets
The one thing that’s not new at Universal Studios Hollywood is the phrase, “There’s something new at Universal Studios Hollywood.” It’s true. Every time I go to this park, I see something under construction or something new and exciting. This trip brought the dual surprises of a completely reimagined AMC Theater complex with state of the art projection, sound and seating, as well as a new restaurant in CityWalk. In this update, I’ll take you to the AMC Theater and we’ll chat with Universal Creative about it. Plus, we’ll dine at the BRAND NEW Margaritaville and meet the General Manager and Chef. Then I’ll take you on a whirlwind trip through the park. And read all the way through for your chance to win two free tickets to the new AMC Universal CityWalk.

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] !