MiceAge Disney Newsletter: Christmas Crowds, Autotopia Rumors, Disneyland Dogs and More

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Published on December 19, 2012 at 4:01 am with 3 Comments

Brad Paisley performs in Disney California Adventure, tunaburgers return and the Autopia might be doomed!  All this and more Disney and theme park news in today’s MiceChat round up.  How do you visit Disneyland with newbies?  How do you visit walt Disney World with only 3 days at your disposal? Find it all here.  We also have news that both Helena Bonham Carter and Rupert Grint are filming additional footage for Harry Potter theme park attractions.  What could they be?  Read on. . .

Is Disneyland’s Autopia Doomed?
DoctorQ9 wonders if Autopia is demolished as rumor indicates, what new attraction should be designed in its place? What are your thoughts?

Set your calendars for February 1, 2 and 3rd as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of MiceAge! To mark the occasion, we’ve prepared three days of celebrities, meets, events, prizes, friendship and lots and lots of fun. Click the link and let us know if you see any events you’d like to attend: READ THE FULL SCHEDULE HERE

Special D23 Membership Discount: In celebration of the MiceAge 10th Anniversary, D23 is offering a 10% discount off their membership rate. Visit this discussion for more information – HERE.

Wishing all MiceChatters a very Merry Christmas. This week we have several trip reports from MiceChatters enjoying the holiday festivities throughout the Disneyland Resort!  ~ Aladdin / DLandFansAZ

A Disney Engagement (+ Magic Castle, Disneyland Holidays, Club 33) Nov 25 – Dec 2
A trip to the park with some friends turns into a magical experience and a Disneyland Engagement for bookwyrm. Congratulations from all of us at MiceChat!

Disneyland with NEWBIES! Dec 10 & 11, 2012
 and three of her friends report back from their busy two day trip to Disneyland and DCA!

Brad Paisley 12-13-12 in Radiator Springs for Xmas day show
 saw Brad Paisley perform in DCA, for the Disney Christmas Day Special. Their report is in post 3.

Ode to World of Color – Lots of Pictures and a Video
So Dang8 is enthralled with water. From the earliest of time fountains were a thing to behold, so now here are some excellent photo from World of Color.

Holidays at DLR: Treat Photos
wants to see what treats the season offers at the resort. So if you are going to the park, be sure to take a photo and make everyone else envious of the holiday offerings.

Dec 12-13, When the Parks are Practically Empty
Fantasygirl took a two day trip to Disneyland with a one park a day pass and a fantastic shocker that they were able to walk onto everything!

The last time I went to Disneyland
Davidyenoki gives us a detail on his last trip to the Disneyland Resort as a pass holder, you can read his adventure here!

Disneyland Pirate Ship Restaurant Tunaburger Recipe
OswaldTheRabbit has some fantastic pictures of a placement that is from the original chicken of the sea pirate ship, enjoy!

Goofy’s Paint & Playhouse coming to DL!
10/6 reports on a rumor that this is coming to Disneyland, what do you think? Good idea or bad? Discuss it here!

Set Carousel of Progress at Disneyland Hotel/Disneyland
jcruise86 has a unique idea of putting this iconic rides theme in the hotels.

It’s A Small World Christmas Wreaths
fireandmewzik became obsessed with the white wreaths with white and pink lights and jeweled/translucent colored ornaments, and decided to recreate them!


MiceTrip: Sail Away on the Disney Fantasy with MiceChat – October 19th – 26th, 2013
We invite you to join us on a very special MiceChat voyage to the Eastern Caribbean on the newest ship of the Disney Cruise Line, the Disney Fantasy. Are you still looking for that perfect Christmas gift? Contact MiceChat’s travel agent, Teresa Cory, and book our Fall 2013 cruise. You can print out the itinerary and have it under the tree in plenty of time for the holiday!


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Happy Holidays everyone! No matter what holiday you celebrate, there’s always something to be excited for this time of year. However, it seems this year it seems to be some good and bad with Walt Disney World (what else is new?) With the expanded Fantasyland opening, we have a lot of gorgeous detail, but also a lot of fun rides to enjoy. – Yoyoflamingo

Choices, choices!
MiceChatter Avaren asks which parks are worth visiting with her children and husband before a cruise. The catch is she only has 3 days to spare. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Disney World Trip Report 12/10-12/16 [Image Heavy]
The Tag [Image Heavy] is definitely a plus to trips reports, and these pictures are definitely worth it. Some lovely shots of the expanded Fantasyland here, and in addition, this trip included a special proposal! Congrats, GhostHostJeff

More Disney Fastpass+ Details revealed through new TOS posted
FastPass+ has definitely been a mysterious entity since it’s inception. While no one knows exactly how it will be implemented, there are new pieces emerging more and more. Recently, with the launch of the new Walt Disney World website, the new Terms of Service give the reader a chance to peek behind the curtain just a little bit. Find out what’s in store here…

Welcome to the latest Communicore Weekly, where we talk about the Viewliner with a special guest, Bob Gurr! We’ll also discuss  Disneyland: The First Quarter Century, and Test Track DISNEY HISTORY! – What’s that strange looking train thing? And finally, find out who is driving the Test Track truck now in this weeks Five Legged Goat!

Sarah has returned with another spectacular MiceChatter video. So great to have her back!

In the Parks provides us some insight about the Canine-Angels.org a non-profit organization that breeds and trains dogs to assist individuals ages 5-25 with special needs. MiceChat followed them along one day during training at Disneyland. The dogs rode it’s a small world and The Little Mermaid for the first time. Enjoy an attraction with these adorable animals.

Orlando Parkhopper brings us video on how the Fastpass+ works at Walt Disney World.

It’s true!  We have finally produced another MiceChat Podcast.  Episode 4 features Al Lutz, Dusty Sage and Doug Barnes as they discuss the biggest news in the Disney universe, Marvel, Star Wars, Cars Land and more. You can listen to the podcast on the player below OR subscribe on iTunes

Care to check out three Las Vegas buffets? And what actors are filming footage for an attraction at Universal Studio? Find out below. ~ Trekkie Dad

Full Tour of 3 of the Top Buffets in Las Vegas in HD & New Bacchanal Buffet
has not only dined at three of Las Vegas’ finest buffets, but offers videos of what is found there.

Rupert Grint’s rep confirms he’s back as Ron for ‘Harry Potter’ theme park filming
Not just Rupert Grint, but Helena Bonham Carter as well, according to an article found by DisCollector. Now what attraction could they be filming for?

Universal Orlando serves 5 MILLIONTH butterbeer!
If you like butterbeer, you and KingEric are not alone.

Comcast CEO looking to focus on more international
Now that Comcast has acquired NBC/Universal, their CEO admits looking abroad to grow the company.

D23 Expo Early Bird Discount Ends 12-31-2012
The early bird discount for this summer’s D23 Expo is ending soon, for more information be sure to check this out.

What are your favorite Holiday Specials/Movies?
Twas the week before Christmas and LordVader is making his list of favorite TV specials. With so many out there, what are your favorites?

Django Unchained….On Christmas Day!
is really looking forward to Django Unchained on Christmas. This latest film from Quentin Tarantino is a strong contender in the Oscar race. Are you ready?

Imagineer Steve Davison found a little spare time for yet another wonderful project.  It’s one day, December 22nd, and is for a great cause.  Want to join us?

What are your favorite Holiday Specials/Movies?
Christmas is nearly upon us, and you know what that means!! Time for all of our nostalgic memories of Christmases past to come rushing back in the form of television specials or movies.

TRON Legacy Sequel is happening.
is reading rumors that all those who said this would never happen after the epic failure of Legacy…

‘The Muppets’ sequel sewn up
Ricky Gervais is in negotiations to join the previously announced Ty Burrell, of ABC’s hit ‘Modern Family’, as the human stars of ‘The Muppets’ movie sequel.

Disneyland on Facebook Top Ten
reported that Disneyland had one of the highest “check-ins” on facebook? Wow!

Airing of Grievances – Disney World Scorecard
A faux holiday famously invented for the Seinfeld TV show, Festivus includes a bare aluminum pole in place of a Christmas tree, a Feat of Strength wrestling match, and an Airing of Grievances at which…

Just Say No to Avatar Land
Something different today… A long time ago… In a place far far away (from Florida) an executive retreat was convened. For those unfamiliar with the term “executive retreat,” let me explain: it’s a way for…

Cars Land in Tokyo
I had the opportunity to visit New Fantasyland a few weeks ago. I’m not the first person to snoop around this area, but I did spend some time thinking about the ramifications of New Fantasyland…

Coffee with Kurtti: MiceChat’s Newest Column and Podcast
For the few Disney fans who don’t know who Jeff Kurtti is, his body of work spans many mediums. He’s authored such books as: Walt Disney’s Imagineering Legends, Disneyland Through the Decades, and Since the…

What’s Happening at the Walt Disney Family Museum in December – and Free Admission on December 5th
Snow White was a huge hit for the Walt Disney Family Museum in November, much like she was for Walt himself when the film was first released. The special exhibition Snow White and the Seven…

Disneyland explores the Realms of Fantasy and gets ready for 2013
The Disney Gallery on Main Street, U.S.A. has opened a new exhibit exploring the various “Realms of Fantasy” at Disney’s theme parks, including the New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World in Florida. Meanwhile, construction continues…

Grand Openings – Test Track and New Fantasyland Now Officially Open at Walt Disney World
Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This was a big news week with the grand opening of New Fantasyland and the reopening and complete re-imagining of Test Track over at Epcot! Before we start,…

Valerie is a Disney All Star
In this week’s From The Mouth Of The Mouse, I chat with Valerie, who worked at the Walt Disney World resort hotels. I find that a lot of the folks from the resorts have much…

More Vintage 1971 Walt Disney World Photos
Last week, we ran some great vintage Walt Disney World photos from Trevor Clor. You all liked them so much that I’ve got even more for you this week! These photos were taken by Trevor’s grandparents,…

Disneyland Resort Serves Up a Surprise Christmas Concert with Brad Paisley, Dick Van Dyke at Candlelight, and More Rain
A wild, wet, whacky week at the Disneyland resort brings concerts, Christmas, and rain.  Rain hit the parks Wednesday and Thursday this week putting a damper on activities at Disneyland. But the show went on…

Universal Orlando Resort Christmas Construction Cavalcade
Christmas is in full swing at the Universal Orlando Resort.  While th Macy’s holiday parade is performed on a daily basis, construction continues full steam ahead on projects like the Transformers ride, Gringotts bank coaster…

Walt Disney World testing FastPass Plus
The Walt Disney World Resort is holding a third test of its FastPass+ system from December 11th to 15th.  The new reservation system allows Guests to prebook FastPass tickets in advance of their park visit.…

Should You Add Insurance to Your Disney Vacation
For a lot of guests, adding insurance to their Disney vacation package makes perfect sense.  Maybe your job situation is iffy or planning a trip far in advance makes you nervous.  Maybe you’re just worried…

Notes from Walt Disney World
Like many dedicated Disneylanders, every now and again I must visit that other Mecca of theme parks… Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. So bear with me as I travel through six theme parks in…

Knoebels Amusement Park Offers Pennsylvania Thrills
It’s been awhile since Sir Clinksalot posted a trip report from his epic East Coast Theme Park Trip. We’re glad he’s back this week, because he treats us to these photos from a very charming…

The Original Test Track Presented by General Motors
The new Test Track Presented by Chevrolet opened this month. Yesterland takes you back to the original Test Track Presented by General Motors.

Disney World’s Reluctant Dragon
Well, it’s official. The “largest expansion ever in Magic Kingdom history,” New Fantasyland, is open and the holiday season crowds have descended upon it. If you’re visiting the Vacation Kingdom of the World anytime soon.

Gingerbread House at Walt Disney World Boardwalk Resort
Disney’s Boardwalk Resort features a Gingerbread display with a little bit of a mischievous side.  On the far left is the Gingerbread House that Stitch has taken over.  Let’s hope he hasn’t replaced the Gingerbread smell with…

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About CV-DisneyFan

A graphic designer and admirer of all things Disney. He is also the Editor of our weekly Round Up of Disney and Theme Park news. The Round Up is MiceChat's oldest continuously updated column. You'll find Anthony and the Round Up every Wednesday morning.

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  • Algernon

    Great update. Lots of good articles. Glad to see Sarah back. Nice Communicore video.

  • http://micechat.com Dusty Sage

    Welcome back Sarah!

    Fantastic Round up everyone. Thank you so much for all your hard work this year and have a very merry Christmas!!!

  • dankallen

    I’m not sure what could go in place of Autopia — seems like a huge area, almost like a new “land” could fit there.

    I hope it will be a better idea than Iron Man taking over for Innoventions, though. No love for Innoventions, just that Iron Man is a poor fit. Why not a Wall-E attraction?

    Wall-E had a great messages about environmentalism, friendship, and hope. And there’s no reason a ride based on Wall-E couldn’t be fast, fun, and futuristic.

    The message Iron Man conveys is that wealth buys you the right to be an ass and do as you please. And, aside from the Iron Man suit’s technology, it’s basically not futuristic at all.