Welcome to the MiceChat News Roundup!

Wow! It’s been a busy week in the theme park world.

New and exciting attractions, entertainment and experiences have opened at the Disneyland Resort, Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World and Volcano Bay Waterpark at Universal, Orlando. We have a packed roundup with all the latest gews on Guardians of the Galaxy, summer crowds, featured columns and great photo updates.

Let’s get this roundup started!

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MiceChat Disney News Roundup

Disney California Adventure Photo Update: Summer of Marvel
Welcome back to the Disneyland Resort as we continue our Welcome to Summer coverage. Today we will be looking at the Summer of Heroes and other offerings around California Adventure and Downtown Disney and updates from the parking structures.

Disneyland Photo Update: Summer Has Arrived at the Happiest Place on Earth
Let’s look at Walt’s park and all the little changes happening. Star Wars Land construction, the return of classic Space Mountain, the evolution of Fastpass and lots of beautiful photos from the happiest place on earth.

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Our friends at the Anabella Hotel recently purchased the Anaheim Hotel, across the street from Disneyland, and have been spending a tremendous amount of effort to restore its mid-century glory. It’s a must see hotel and we are proud to partner with them. 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!

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All Things Disney

Summertime 2017 has arrived at the Disneyland Resort, and with that The Summer of Heroes at DCA and the Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland.  And a new version of Fastpass is on its way.  ~ Aladdin

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MSEP Premiere Party and GOTG M:B Galactic Premiere Party videos
order 1966 Attended two parties: One for the Main Street Electrical Parade, and another for the Guardians of the Galaxy makeover of the old Tower of Terror, and has videos from both parties!

Which versions of Space Mountain have you been on?
of all the different variations of Space Mountain at Disneyland, bigcatrik asks which versions you have ridden! Vote in the poll here!

MaxPass Going Live In July
Disneyland’s next version of Fastpass may be starting up next month. And the Matterhorn even has installed its Fastpass machines.

Star Wars Land: Choose the Light side or the Dark side by the path you enter
Rezpeni has found a video, your experience may be guided by which entrance you used for the land.

Maps being phased out?
With the digital era upon us, biggsworth has heard a rumor that Disney may be phasing out printed maps.

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Trip Report (Disneyland Paris)
Jabroniville brings us a land by land trip report with photos from Disneyland Paris Resort.

[Merchandise news] Disneyland Marvel comic book
Here’s an exclusive offer soon to be available only at Hong Kong Disneyland.

Other Theme Parks and more!

If you are a carousel fan, you need to check this out. ~ Trekkie Dad

Balboa Park Carousel Being Sold
Follow the link to learn about the 1910 carousel that has been a fixture in San Diego’s Balboa Park.

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!

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Mousetalgia: Join us for a swashbuckling galactic review episode this week! First, we take a walk-through of the land of Pandora and discuss some of the tips and tricks to make the most of a trip to the moon called Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Next, Jeff and Kristen give a spoiler-free review of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and we decide if it’s a hit, a miss, or something in between, savvy? Finally, Mousetalgia correspondent Nicole brings us a spoiler-free report from opening day of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! and describes the crowds, the lines, the attraction, the hullabaloo – and a run-in with Mary Popp- er, Michael Rooker. Plus: how long would YOU wait to ride on Mission: BREAKOUT!? Team Mousetalgia weighs in!

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The Sweep Spot: In this episode, we continue our conversation with Alex Stewart who worked at Disneyland on the Jungle Cruise, Big Thunder Mountain, and other attractions. He has some great stories we think you will enjoy.

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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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Column Roundup

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

110 Years of Boardwalk Fun in Santa Cruz
Two weeks before Memorial Day weekend I was in Santa Cruz, and this was the state of their entrance rebuild. Seemed that they were probably at least a month from completion, so with the announcement of it happening in time for the holiday, surprise was the reaction of your humble narrator.

The Roundup Crew Thanks you!

The MiceEars Crew puts a lot of time and effort into making the Disney News Roundup 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] !