|Welcome to the MiceChat News Roundup!|
This week in 2015, the premiere performances of both the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks event and “Paint the Night” parade debuted with the 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration. This week’s RoundUp has News, Photos and great Updates to share with you. This is the week that Guardians take over DCA’s tower. Fantasmic and the Disneyland Railroad are soon returning. And Pandora is all the rage at Walt Disney World. SO much to see this week! Let’s get started.
|This week’s Top Stories|
David Koenig: Disneyland Resort News Bites
Disneyland cast members have been dropping me bits and pieces of news this week, on the return of the steam trains, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, and WiFi finally coming to Disneyland. D23 weekend, starting July 14, is the target for having Fantasmic, Tom Sawyer Island, and the steam trains back on line.
All things Avatar!!!
Previews of Disney’s new Pandora: World of Avatar are well underway. We have three articles for you:
- Stephenie was first to post with her gorgeous photos from Pandora: Pandora Arrives HERE
- Then Kevin Yee posted his review on why Pandora is both a hit and a miss HERE
- and finally, Cory brought us even more photos from the land, including shops and restaurants. His photos are simply stunning. HERE
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|All Things Disney|
The Disneyland Resort is very busy today
MrLiver reports from Disneyland that it was so busy they shut down the park! You can read the discussion here.
Live music returning to the TLT Stage this Summer
Many of you love listening to live bands at the Tomorrowland Stage, this summer the bands are returning!
As the opening of Pandora gets closer, we have more coming out from the previews. – DLandFansAZ
Flight of Passage Full Ride POV
Goofy78 has shared a full ride video of the new Flight of Passage ride.
Can someone please explain to me why Na’vi River Journey is a disappointment?
Na’vi River Journey is a slow boat ride through Pandora and Spectacular is pondering other’s reactions.
Want to know more about Hong Kong Disneyland’s Mystic Manor? Read below. ~ Trekkie Dad
Mystic Manor In-Depth Story
Trace the development from Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, through iterations in Orlando, Tokyo, and Paris, culminating in this unique attraction.
|Other Theme Parks and more!|
It appears Universal Studios Hollywood will stay open later this summer. ~ Trekkie Dad
The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts™ Castle starts June 23
Expect to see projections on Universal Studios Hollywood’s Hogwarts Castle this summer.
|Podcasts & Videos|
The New MiceChat Podcast Is Here!
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!
Mousetalgia: Mike Van Eaton back to the show to discuss his newest upcoming Disneyland auction featuring a controversial piece: A presentation map of Disneyland hand-inked by Herb Ryman, purported to have been used by Roy Disney to sell the idea of Disneyland to ABC in 1953. While the item made national news with misleading headlines, Mike tells the story in his own words of how he came to discover this incredible piece of Disneyland. Next, we welcome author James Bohn to the show to talk about his new book, “Music in Disney’s Animated Features: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Jungle Book.” We talk about the amazing appeal of Disney songs, the theory behind the music, and some of the stories Bohn includes in his book. Finally, the Walt Disney Family Museum will open a major exhibition titled “Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle” this week, so we take a look at the life and career of artist Eyvind Earle.
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
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.
Plus, don’t miss these other featured MiceChat columns!
Disneyland Update – Mission: GRIDLOCKED!
We are on the cusp of insanity at Disneyland. The coming week brings the first public previews of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout to the Disneyland Resort. That, in turn, will bring crowds . . . but this past weekend was already one of the most insanely busy in recent memory. For a while on Saturday Disneyland…
- Disney Cruise Line Unveils New 2018 Itineraries
- Star Wars Land News: Seasons Change
- Welcome To The Tparty! A Journey Through The Disney College Program
- Yesterland: The Hunchback of Notre Dame Procession
- Interactive Theme Park Characters Grow Up
- Disneyland Photo Update: Eat the Force & Towers of Light
|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] !