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We are in for a busy summer at the Disneyland resort and beyond . . . and we don’t just mean crowds! A brand new Big Thunder Trail to Fantasyland was recently unveiled, Tom Sawyer Island has reopened for exploring, and there is continued progress on “The Rivers of America” as it nears its debut in July with a reimagined “Fantasmic!!” .

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MiceChat Disney News Roundup

Disneyland Photo Update – The Big Return
Things are starting to return to normal at the Disneyland Resort. Tom Sawyer Island is back from an 18 month closure and crowds on Father’s Day were down right enjoyable. For a few fleeting moments, Disneyland has felt like its old self.

Hogwarts Lights Up at Night
We journey to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood to se the brand new nightly Hogwarts Castle projection show. While not a Disney style nighttime spectacular, it’s absolutely a magical kiss goodnight. Photos and glorious spoiler video!

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All Things Disney!

Pirates Lair on Tom Sawyer Island has reopened after nearly a year and a half, and Mark Twain, Columbia, and the Disneyland Railroad are scheduled to open by the end of July!  We also learn about some planned changes to the Auction Scene in the Pirates attraction. ~ Aladdin

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Opening Dates for Pirates Lair, Fantasmic, River Attractions, and DLRR Confirmed
After the closure of much of Frontierland for nearly a year and a half, Pirates Lair on Tom Sawyer Island has opened, with a July 17th Date planned for a modified Fantasmic, and the Disneyland Railroad, the Mark Twain, and the Columbia scheduled for a July 29th opening.

Changes to Pirates of the Caribbean
The Auction scene in Pirates may be going away at Disneyland Paris, but what about the Auction Scene in Anaheim? Could it be replaced too?! Tell us what you think about changing this iconic scene in the Pirates attraction.

Space Mountain going down for 2 months starting in August
Over on the east side of Disneyland, Space Mountain will be going down for a 2 month maintenance.

Add trolley Switch Track in DCA
MSmoovepi27 has an idea to set up an area for the performance trolley in California Adventure to allow the ride trolley to continue.

Curious, What are you willing to lose at WDW?
Omegadiz has been thinking of ways to expand the Magic Kingdom and was wondering the impact moving attractions around?

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Hayley B’s 2017 Walt Disney World Trip Report
We have a wonderful trip report this week from Haley B who shares her fantastic experience.

Off Shore Parks.

Check out these reports from Paris. ~ Trekkie Dad

MiceChat Disney News Roundup

Trip Report – Disneyland paris
DisneyanaFan has a short report from a visit to the Paris parks.

What do you think of the name change for Blue Lagoon
It’s reported that the restaurant inside Disneyland Paris’ version of the Pirates of the Caribbean will be undergoing a change. How do you feel about it?

Podcasts & Videos

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LIVE IN THE PARKS! Join Dusty, Doug and David inside Disney California Adventure as they dish the dirt on the brand new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! You’ll hear the sounds, and the screams, first hand. Then they perform a bit of magic to transport us all to Pandora – The World of Avatar to chat with Hastin, who has this new land all figured out. These guys are hilarious and share so much interesting information. Give it a listen and add them to your iTunes Podcast list!

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Mousetalgia: The music of Disney’s live action films will be featured in the upcoming D23 Expo, and this week, we continue to prepare for the Expo with a closer look at some of the recently announced panels and performances scheduled for the weekend of July 14-16. With topics ranging from the Golden Girls to Hercules, D23 has a stellar list of events and sessions with enough options to please almost any type of Disney fan. Join us as we talk about options and strategies for this upcoming fan convention. Next, we welcome Disney historian Jeff Kurtti back to the show to discuss the music of Walt Disney’s live action films. It seems that the songs from Disney’s animated features get a lot of attention and love – but what about some of the great tunes from Disney’s live action filmography? Kurtti talks with us about some of that music, and some of the performers behind it, and we discuss why it doesn’t seem to be highlighted as much as it should be. Plus – Becky bakes some Jolly Holiday Whoopie Pies with special guest baker Button; we announce Happy Place Welcome, the curated vintage Disney collectibles subscription from Jeff and Kristen; Jeff continues telling the saga of selling a poster at auction; and an Ears to the Ground reporter calls in from the beginning of the Summer of Heroes at Disney California Adventure.

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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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MiceChat Disney News Roundup

Disneyland Paris, The Walt Disney Company and More
Disneyland Paris is a beautiful park which has suffered a series of challenges, including declining attendance. It’s also a park in the middle of a major anniversary celebration. Let’s take a look at the resort and see how things are going during the 25th birthday of Disneyland Paris.

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 (the magical master of magic and mayhem that we call MiceChat.com).

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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