Welcome to the MiceChat News Round-up!

Can you believe it’s less then 10 days until this year’s World-famous Gumball Rally! It’s the most fun you’ll have at the Disneyland Resort. There’s still time to sign up, so don’t miss out! We also have news of a MiceChat Pizza Party at the new Pizza Press restaurant across the street from Disneyland. Read below to find out about both of these great events.

Did you miss Tuesday’s MiceAge Rumor Update? Have you heard all the latest news, photos and columns from the Disney parks and beyond? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Let’s get this Roundup started!

This Week’s Top Story

MiceChat Disney News RoundupMiceAge Disneyland Rumor Update – Schedule Struggle
Spring Break has ended and TDA has been very happy with the attendance and strong response to DCA’s expanded Food & Wine Festival. Despite the ongoing financial success of the Anaheim property, things are getting a bit tense in TDA lately as the planning calendar for fiscal year 2017 has come under serious strain. Some key dates have already…

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MiceChat’s newest sponsor, Grand Legacy At The Park hotel in Anaheim, is offering a great deal for Disneyland fans. Get a super pass holder special through the end of 2017. If you are headed to the parks with a pass, stay in style at the beautiful Grand Legacy At The Park, located just across the street from Disneyland on Harbor Blvd. Pro Tip: You can watch fireworks from their amazing rooftop restaurant and bar, The FIFTH!!! Here are the offer details:

Grand Legacy – Disneyland Annual Passholder Special

With This Offer You’ll get:

  • 14% discount on your stay at Grand Legacy
  • Early check-in: 2:00 p.m.
  • Late check-out: 1:00 p.m.
  • A complimentary room upgrade*
  • 10% OFF Alpha Gift Mart
  • 10% OFF at The FIFTH (rooftop restaurant and bar)
  • Available select dates through mid-June 2017
  • *Please see offer for details and exclusions – http://www.grandlegacyhotel.com/specials/

For more information, or to check on rates, please visit the GRAND LEGACY WEBSITE today HERE

It’s Gumball Rally Time!

Join us May 6th for the ultimate Disney fan event, the MiceChat Gumball Rally. The Rally is a race to see which team can ride the most attractions at Disneyland in a single day. It’s the most fun you’ll ever have in the parks. And this year, there be thundering pirates waiting for adventure as we celebrate 50 years of Pirates of the Caribbean. If you be ready to face a pirate’s curse, proceed:  GUMBALL RALLY INFO & HOW THE GAME IS PLAYED

Our friends at the Anabella Hotel recently purchased the Anaheim Plaza across the street from Disneyland. The hotel has just rebranded as “The Anaheim Hotel.” We’ll be hosting our Gumball Rally Award Party at the hotel in May and look forward to showing you all the fantastic mid-century inspired renovations the hotel has made. For those of you who love a good pool, the Anaheim Hotel has the largest pool in the city! And here’s another tip, the Pizza Press (formerly at the Carousel Hotel) has JUST reopened at the Anaheim Hotel in a huge and completely renovated space! Give the folks at the Anaheim Hotel a call and ask about MiceChat rates (20% off pending availability): 714-772-5900

Curious what the Hotel looks like? Dusty posted an impromptu video from the hotel. There are some delicious surprises ahead:

MiceChat Pizza Party at the Pizza Press – May 5th

We always hold a party the night before the Gumball Rally. Usually the party is open to Rally participants only. This year, we have room for additional attendees. Simply send us a message at [email protected] and let us know your name, email and how many people will be joining you and we’ll tell you how you can save 25% on your Pizza Press order during our event.

Join the party – Email: [email protected]

All Things Disney!

This week we look at an attraction and store from Disneyland’s past, and merry makeover of an old Fantasyland store.  We also ask what kind of water features and vegetation will be part of the new Star Wars addition to Disneyland! ~ Aladdin

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New Store in Castle Heraldry Shoppe
The old location that was home to the Heraldry Shoppe, has re opened as one of the merriest places at the Disneyland resort.

Water presence in Star Wars Land…
bayouguy reminds us that waterways and water features add to the ambiance of the various lands and attractions throughout the parks, and asks if any water features are planned for the Star Wars addition. And what kind of vegetation will add to the comfort of this addition? Let us know how important you think water and vegetation is for this expansion!

Disney Gallery, oh how I miss thee
stovk reminisces about the original Disneyland Gallery that was in New Orleans Square, and tells about their favorite exhibits, displays, and merchandise that were in this special location, that had its own courtyard and balcony! Tell us about your favorites things about the old Disney Gallery!

Pandora: Intentional low capacity rides?
mtlchuck read an article about the boat design of the Navi ride at Pandora and brings an interesting thought.

All Things Rumors!

Changes at Disneyland Resort are always a source of speculation. ~ Trekkie Dad

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Rapunzel and Flynn To Replace Snow White For Fantasmic!!
Rumored changes in Disneyland’s version of Fantasmic! are creating quite a stir.

WDW may be creating a Star Wars luxury resort hotel!
This rumor is based on the fact that Disney has hired a company to get feedback on a proposed immersive resort.

Other Theme Parks!

We have news from other California destinations. ~ Trekkie Dad

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The Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale is on now (weekends)
If you are in southern California and a fan of Shakespeare, jcruise86 recommends that you check this out.

Great America going 100% Renewable Energy
This theme park in California’s Silicon Valley is committed to a green energy future.

Podcasts & Videos

NEW – MiceChat Disney Podcast – Every Parent Comes Out Tired: Doug and Dusty explore some of the deep rumors in the theme park industry. Disneyland and Disney World news and rumors abound in the April MiceChat Podcast. Plus, we take a deep dive into what might be coming to Epcot in the next decade. It’s an impressive line-up, but is Disney abandoning the world’s fair theme of this aging park? And would that be a good or bad thing?

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MiceChat Disney Podcast – Food & Wine, New & Blue, Fallon & Flumes: It’s a big 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: Join Mousetalgia for a special Star Wars Celebration report on the sights and sounds of SWCO, courtesy of correspondent Emma Mosier. We’ll discuss the atmosphere, the vendors, the cosplay, the droids, and even the photo ops. Then, Jeff takes his 5 year old daughter to Disneyland, and we discuss the dynamics of a family trip. Topics include whether or not to let a toddler make decisions, quick hits on the Food and Wine Festival, garlic ice cream, grey stuff, Haunted Mansion thrills, walking back to the Mickey and Friends parking structure – and more. Plus, an extended Bits and Bytes segment discussing the rise and fall of Disflix, Metal Disney, Her Universe, and the runDisney virtual running shorts.

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The Sweep Spot: In this episode we welcome author Chris Strodder. Chris wrote the books The Disneyland Book of Lists, and The Disneyland Encyclopedia. He has a new 3rd edition of the book out now, and is here to talk all about whats new and much more. Plus we have the latest in the Disneyland Resort Current Events.

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Plus, don’t miss these other featured MiceChat columns!

Disneyland Photo Update – You Are Clear For Launch
Strike up the band, it’s time for a quick tour of Disneyland to see what’s new and what’s news. A classic is set to return as Space Mountain gives up on the popular Hyperspace overlay and Star Tours prepares to add new destinations. A new shop has opened in Fantasyland and crowd patterns continue to perplex the Disneyland faithful.

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] !