Welcome to the MiceChat Disney News Roundup!

Over the holidays you might have missed some of our recaps, reviews, and articles. Fear not, we’ve got summaries and links for you of the latest on Star Wars Land, Disney news, and our year in review – You’ll be shocked how much news you’ve forgotten from the previous year.

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. But how many top Disneyland stories can you even remember from 2017? Everyone remembers the crowds and Star Wars construction. . . but what about the fires, the Rumors, D23 Expo the return of Fantasmic, Guardians kicking Twilight Zone to the curb, the return and retreat of the Electrical Parade . . . There were SO many stories we had to make this a two-part article. Don’t miss a delicious minute of it:

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Disneyland refurbishing Main Street Vehicles and Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Some much needed love to the tracks of main street and Dumbo, hopefully no major changes come to the rides that are being refurbishing.

Mike’s Novebmer 16-18, 2017 Solo Birthday Trip
mpabis525 had a fun birthday trip on their own with some fun camera action!

Joe’s quick Friday Disneyland trip, plus the Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights
Mre200200 has a quick and fun trip to Disneyland to avoid the crush of holiday crowds, unfortunately that wasn’t the case.

New video and details of incredicoaster
New video and information has come up for the facelift for California Screamin, what are your thoughts ?

(Poll) Would you approve a major upgrade for the Haunted Mansion?
1LE McQueen what if Disney were to upgrade all the animatronics in the attraction to the same level as the Hatbox Ghost?

Disneyland Paris Halloween And New Year Parade
xceemora think other Disney Parks (especially California Adventure) might take a lesson from these two videos.


A new year brings changes to the WDW hotels and Stitch may be on his last escape.  Happy New Year MiceChat! DLandFansAZ

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Do Not Disturb signs to be phased out
In a change to operations at Walt Disney World hotels, the “Do Not Disturb” signs will be changed to “Room Occupied.”

Animal Kingdom trip report vlog form!
Lightning brings us a video trip report from their visit to Animal Kingdom and first visit to Pandora.

Was there a Goosebumps attraction at Disney/MGM Studios? (Photo Evidence)
In a trip down memory lane, RforFilm finds images that could be from Disney/MGM Studios.

Disney World’s Worst Attraction May Finally Be Closing for Good
DeadKenobi shares information that Stitch’s Great Escape may never return.


Happy New Year as we start the year off with more details about HangTime and the future of Knott’s Berry Farm.- DLandFansAZ

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New HangTime POV video posted by Knotts
SpacemanSpiff brings us great updates on Knott’s new roller coaster, HangTime, which includes computer generated POV rides.

Is the park’s future compromised?
With Matt Ouimet stepping down as CEO of Cedar Fair, Skyway.To.Yesterland has concerns regarding the future of Knott’s Berry Farm.

2018 Gumball Rally

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The MiceChat Gumball Rally is a full day adventure through Disneyland Park to see how many attractions you can ride in a single day. We are told over and over again that this was the most fun our attendees have ever had in the parks.

THINK YOU ARE THE BIGGEST DISNEYLAND FAN? LET’S FIND OUT!!!  HOW MANY ATTRACTIONS CAN YOU RIDE IN JUST ONE DAY?!

  • Compete in teams of 2, 3, or 4 people.
  • You don’t have to be a trivia buff, ride warrior, or theme park nerd to play.  The game is designed to put everyone on a level playing field.
  • You can play at the speed that you like.  Take it easy or tear through the park.  It’s up to you.
  • Prizes will be awarded for 1st – 10th place
  • This year’s Rally is Disneyland Only (No DCA this year)

The 2018 Gumball Rally celebrates the 50th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland! Join us as we take you down the rabbit hole. Curious and curiouser!

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Podcasts & Videos

Don’t Miss The MiceChat Podcast

NEW! MiceChat Podcast: Star Wars Ate My Brain. It’s true. EVERYTHING was Star Wars this holiday. The new land is being built at Disneyland. A Star Wars VR Experience is about to open in Downtown Disney. And Dusty was invited to interview the Nerdist, Chris Hardwick, on the red carpet at the historic El Capitan Theater in Hollywood on opening night. This show is PACKED with special guests, insider info and lots of fun moments.  Have a ho, ho, holiday everyone!

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Mousetalgia: This week, Team Mousetalgia hosts a roundtable discussion reviewing our strongest memories and opinions of Disney’s past year. Topics include our favorite changes to the theme parks; the best books and purchases we’ve made through the year; our favorite movies from the various Disney studios in 2017; the best dining experience we’ve each had on a Disney property this year, our famous Oswald Award, which is awarded to events that may have missed their intended marks, and our favorite overall Disney memories from the past twelve months. So welcome to 2018, and enjoy our look back at Disney’s past year in review.

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The Sweep Spot: In this episode we have an interview on Disneyland Fandom and social media in the early days. Plus latest in Disneyland Resort Current Events.

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The Season Pass: Technology has been rapidly advancing over the last several years. Completely changing how we vacation as well as how we go about our daily lives. Cell phones, RFID, virtual queues, augmented reality, virtual reality, and so many other kinds of tools are redefining how a day is spent. Innovation pushes the themed entertainment industry forward. It provides new avenues for creativity and opens the doorway to possibilities for the audience. People who have that drive to keep pushing technological boundaries in innovative ways provide some of the most interesting Season Pass Podcast interviews. One of the best places to find those talented minds is the TEA Summit!

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New Star Wars Experience Opens in Downtown Disney
The secrets of the Empire are about to be revealed to you in a brand new VR experience in Downtown Disney Anaheim and at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World. Earlier this week, we were able to attend a preview of Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire at The Void in Downtown Disney (located in the space vacated by Fossil and Vault Disney). All we knew about Secrets of the Empire beforehand was that it was a virtual reality Star Wars experience.

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 our fearless leader 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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