Welcome to the MiceChat News Roundup!

Wow! It’s been a busy couple weeks in the Theme Park world.

New and exciting Attractions, Themed Lands and New Experiences opened at Disneyland Resort, Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World and Volcano Bay Waterpark  at Universal, Orlando.

We have a packed Roundup for you today with all the latest news, columns and great photo updates.

This week’s Top Stories

MiceChat Disney News Roundup

Disneyland Photo Update – Any Way You Slice It Folks, You…
It never ceases to amaze me how much can change at Disneyland in just one week. We have lots of help this week from a MiceChat reader, as well as Update Staffmembers Brian Pinsky and Dusty Sage. Let’s take a look at the new home for Disneyland’s horses, the old/new Big Thunder Trail, Rivers of America pending reopening, Adventureland shuffle, and lots of little tid bits.

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All Things Disney

Big Thunder Trail is open again, and Tom Sawyer Island is getting ready to open soon. Adventureland is planning for some changes around the Bengal BBQ and the Indiana Jones shop.  We also want to know what songs your Guardians Mix Tape would include ~ Aladdin

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More Efficient Use of Adventureland Real Estate
Adventureland is going through a few quick changes this month. The Indy store and some adjacent store space will be clearing out, to make way for indoor seating for the Bengal BBQ. Also the fruit/soda stand in front of the Jungle cruise will also be cleared out, for stroller parking.

Edited Title – Big Thunder Ranch Trail Now Open
Yes, things in Frontierland are slowly getting back to normal, .. or at least the new normal. This past week, Big Thunder Trail re-opened, connecting the back side of Frontierland and Fantasyland! We have some new rockwork, new lighting, and a couple of blocked off pathways that will eventually open to a new land!

Create Your Own Awesome Mix Tape
With the Awesome Mix Tapes from Guardians of the Galaxy playing a big part in their movies, RforFilm asks what songs would you put on your own personal Awesome Mix Tape?

Share Your Secrets
Every now and then a subject pops up about the secrets of Walt Disney World.  It can be a fun subject and linkheartkc has started the ball rolling.

Other Theme Parks and more!

Two announcements from Universal Studios Hollywood and one from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom ~ Trekkie Dad

MiceChat Disney News Roundup

Christmas is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
According to the source, there will be special projections on the castle and holiday food items available.

New Kung Fu Panda Attraction – Coming Soon
While not expected to open until next year, speculation is that this will replace the Shrek attraction.

Season Passholder Celebration June 16 at Discovery Kingdom
If you hold a pass for the Vallejo, California theme park, you may want to check this out.

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: We cover a variety of topics, including security updates, kids’ race woes, photo ops and entertainment removed from the 5K route, and the evolution of runDisney (plus a note about being evacuated from Goofy’s Sky School). Then, Jeff reports on a talk at the Walt Disney Family Museum about Ruth Shellhorn and mid-century landscape architecture at Disneyland, including answers about Disneyland’s current landscape technique by Imagineer Julie Bush. Finally, we celebrate Phantom Manor’s 25th anniversary with a conversation about the experience, the history, and the differences between Phantom Manor and Haunted Mansion. Plus – wi-fi is coming to the parks, Her Universe and Hunny Bee Kids’s latest Disney-related offerings, and a report on the current Fastpass status at Disneyland Resort.

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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: In this episode, we welcome Ralph Apel to our show. Ralph worked in Disneyland Day Custodial with both Ken and Lynn, then years later went back to work at DCA, but in Night Custodial. He shares his memories of over 10 years in Custodial.

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Column Round-up

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

MiceChat Disney News Roundup

Fab News: A Meeska-Mooska-Magical-Mousketeer Weekend in Chicago June 24th and 25th
Chicago: where it all started. Where Elias Disney worked as a contractor at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 (the famed White City) and brought home stories of a gleaming modern city, to his amazed little boys that they later passed down to their brothers and sister. Those tales must have planted quite a seed in young Walt Disney’s already brilliant mind.

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] !

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