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Welcome to this week’s news round-up! We have everything and anything you want to know about Pandora the World of Avatar, whether this new land will be a “Potter Swatter” – something impressive enough to get tourists talking about it.

We also have great trip reports, reviews and more for you to read!

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MiceChat Disney News Roundup

Pandora – The World of Avatar Impresses But Still Comes Up Short
Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s newest land has already had some public previews, and photos and opinions are starting to be published everywhere. The question many folks have been asking since the project was announced (three years ago!) is whether this new land will be a “Potter Swatter” – something impressive enough to get tourists to stop talking about Universal’s Harry..

Visiting Pandora: Avatar Comes to Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Like most of the Disney fans I’ve talked to, I have been anticipating Pandora at Animal Kingdom with trepidation. I remember seeing the movie when it first came out. We saw it in 3D because that was “new” technology at the time. I can hear James Cameron saying, in an interview, that seeing it in 3D was the only…

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All Things Disney

This week we want to know about your 1st time at the Happiest Place on Earth.  We also celebrate the 5th Birthday of John Lasseter’s successful Radiator Springs project in DCA.  ~ Aladdin

MiceChat Disney News Roundup

Most Vivid Memory From First Visit
VintageMouse asks about your first trip to Disneyland. Tell us the details of when you visited, and how old you were, and the most memorable parts of your first experience in the Happiest Place on Earth!

New Projectors, Mist screens and Aladdin Confirmed Fantasmic
Disney is releasing news about the revised Fantasmic! 2 at a torturous water dripping pace. They have now released an artistic rendering of the new Aladdin scene. But the question remains, which scene is being cut for this new segment?

Carsland and Radiator Springs Racers, is now 5 years old!
The biggest makeover of a Disney Park is reaching its 5th anniversary! Disney owned up to the historical failure of DCA 1.0 with a complete change to the entrance of DCA and the addition of Radiator Springs.

All Things Disney”Pandora”World

First Look at Pandora
mtlchuck shared a video of the preview of Pandora which includes both rides and seeing the land in operation.

Podcasts & Videos

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Summer of Heroes, Breakouts and Avatars. Join Dusty and Doug as they dish the dirt and slog the hottest Disney and theme park industry news. These guys are hilarious and share so much interesting information. Give it a listen or add them to your iTunes Podcast list!

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Mousetalgia: D23 Expo planning – it’s time to get serious! Join Team Mousetalgia as we discuss potential crowd levels, last-minute hotel plans, and our favorite Expo survival tips. We share our plans for getting into panels, exploring the floor, enjoying the cosplay, and getting free stuff. From staying fueled to maintaining focus, we share our personal success stories about navigating this massive biennial event. We complete our Expo planning show with a conversation with Michael Vargo, the head of D23 and the Walt Disney Archives. Vargo shares some of D23’s plans for the upcoming Expo, increasing capacity, and a bit of his 25 year history with the Walt Disney Company. Plus – Jeff explores an amazing warehouse; Kristen reviews some books, and Dave and Becky report on Andreas Deja’s current exhibition at the Walt Disney Family Museum.

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The Sweep Spot: In this episode we welcome Former Disneyland attractions cast member Alex Stewart to our show to talk about his time working on Westside attractions at Disneyland, from The Jungle Cruise, Tiki Room, Big Thunder Mt, to Main Street. plus our latest in the Disneyland Resort current events. For info, our book, and T-Shirts go to www.thesweepspot.com

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The Season Pass: Keith James has a fascinating history in the themed entertainment industry. To be honest, I had not heard of Mr. James before I listened to this latest episode. In my opinion, one of the best parts about The Season Pass Podcast is the discovery that lies within its archives. Among the hours and hours of content you will always find that new story that you have never heard before. Mr. James started as a stage manager in the early development of King’s Island. His career has taken him through numerous incredible projects. A few of these have included Carowinds, Canada’s Wonderland, Legoland Windsor, Australia’s Wonderland (Later known as Wonderland Sydney), Universal Orlando Resort, and many more spectacular venues.

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New Fireworks At Magic Kingdom – Happily Ever After Debuts!
For many people, saying goodbye to wishes on Thursday was hard. But we have photos and a review of the Magic Kingdom’s new fireworks spectacular, Happily Ever After! Take a look and let us know which show you like better.

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] !