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Hopefully your Holiday weekend was filled with Fun, Food and Fireworks! Are you ready for the D23 Expo coming up July 14th thru 16th? We have all the details, insider information and tips for you. Plan to stop by the MiceChat booth (712-718) in the Collectors Forum and say Hello!

We have a great Roundup for you today, including some controversial changes on the way to the classic Pirates of the Caribbean attraction!

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MiceChat Disney News Roundup

Kevin Yee – Hail to the Chief?
This week Disney released a message reaffirming that the Hall of Presidents (MK) would reopen *with* a speaking role for President Trump, as has been the attraction’s tradition since 1993. The re-opening is said to take place in late 2017 (so don’t look for it on the Fourth of July). Given the polarizing role this particular president plays, one can easily imagine Disney’s care in re-envisioning the attraction.

Breaking News – Final Auction Coming Soon to Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom
In what is surely a sign of the times, Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland, Magic Kingdom and Disneyland Paris will all soon remove the “Auction” scene where pirates can buy a bride. The scene is iconic for its sultry redhead, voluptuous “Show us your larboard side” bride, and the spectacularly mobile and well dressed Auctioneer himself.

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All Things Disney!

The latest MiceChat update focuses attention on making over some DCA attractions for Halloween, starting this fall!  We also have video of the Disneyland Railroad testing its new track.  We also want to know what 3 Disney movies from the past 50 years, you would like to show Walt!   ~ Aladdin

MiceChat Disney News Roundup

Halloween overlays are coming to Radiator Springs Racers and Mission Breakout!
MiceAge heard talk about adding some Halloween makeovers to DCA attractions, for this coming fall! Will Matar be Trick or Treating in Radiator Springs Racers? Will Guardians of the Galaxy become the scariest attraction at the Disneyland Resort? And what about some other attractions that would be available to change out for Halloween, perhaps a World of Color show, or a Haunted Toy Story Midway Mania! Tell us what you think about these possibilities.

What 3 Disney films would you show Walt that were released after he passed away?
moviemike asks of all the Disney movies released since Walt passed away, would you like to show Walt? That’s over 50 years of movies from Disney, to choose from!

A Fantasyland Expansion – what to add?
If Fantasyland was expanded, or if a new 3rd Anaheim Theme Park was created with an all new Fantasyland, which movies should be represented, and what would you put in it? Tell us your ideas!

June 2017 – Photos
Regions Beyond has returned with some terrific photos, many with new things recently added to DCA!

DRR Testing video!!
To say Disneyland fans are anxious to make a grand circle tour of the Magic Kingdom, once again, is an understatement. In the meantime, at least we have video of the trains being tested!

If you had to sacrifice a good attraction?
Grizzlyhead is doing a little armchair Imagineering and needs to get rid of one popular attraction.  Which one would you sacrifice?


Joe Flowers is back with a photographic trip report. ~ Trekkie Dad

MiceChat Disney News Roundup

2017 Belmont Shore Stroll and Savor – June
Joe Flowers (mre200200) never fails to entertain us with his trip reports. Here is one from a recurring event in Long Beach, California.

“Symbolica” at Efteling in The Netherlands
Take a ride on what 9oldmen describes as a “Baroque Mystic Manor.”

Knott’s to employ two full-time police officers
Not particularly surprising, since Disneyland employs 11 from the Anaheim PD.


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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: This week, Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline talks to Mousetalgia about the upcoming D23 Expo and gives us a sneak preview of the Pirates-themed Walt Disney Archives exhibit, and some behind-the-scenes information about the Archives programming and the Archives stage. Cline also shares some last-minute pro tips for attending the Expo. Then, Jeff takes us along on his trip to Van Eaton Galleries for the “Walt Disney’s Disneyland” live auction, and describes the atmosphere and the happenings, and lets us listen along as the brownline presentation map that Walt Disney and Herb Ryman created in a whirlwind weekend is auctioned off for – well, if you haven’t already heard, we don’t want to ruin the surprise! Jeff also talks about the nature of live auctions, why they are an apples-and-oranges comparison with eBay, and how to prepare if you wish to ever participate in a Disneyana auction.

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The Sweep Spot: In this episode we are very excited to have had the chance to talk with retired Disneyland Band drummer Joe Shaw. Joe started playing drums at Disneyland in June of 1973, and Retired in 2013. He has played in different places throughout Disneyland from the Golden Horseshoe, New Orleans Square, Plaza Gardens, Tomorrowland, the Mark Twain, and Main Street and more.

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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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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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