We have a fully loaded MiceChat Round Up of Disney and theme park news and information for you today! Stunning Disneyland photography is in full force along with pics and video of Disney New Year’s celebrations.  We also rummage through the Carousel of Progress at Walt Disney world for more maintenance problems. In other parks, we have news of a stagecoach crash at Knott’s Berry Farm and Gatorland turning 50 years old!  It’s all here, ready for you, in the MiceChat Round up!
The entire staff of MiceAge/MiceChat wishes you and your loved ones a fantastic new year. . . may all your dreams come true!

World of Color New Year’s Eve 13′ Fireworks Glow with the Show Ears. Panoramic View
SoCalbma had filmed from the VIP Section giving you a Panoramic View of the 2013 NYE World of Color. Take notice that December 31st, 2012 was the only time where people actually purchased a lot of these Glow with the Show ears.

Most Magical Trip Yet, Dec 12 – 16 with photos
mouseknotts has a rainy trip report of the parks, and after a 7 hour drive they arrived and reported to us about their grand times!

Still no word on the Fanstasyland Theatre show?
With the closure of the PPF, DARTH MAUL wants to know if their as been any announcement on the upcoming show for the theatre.

New Years Eve Countdown at Paradise Bay!
The Forbidden Eye brings us the countdown video to the New Year at Disney’s California Adventure!

Daily Disneyland Photo Sharing Thread
Going strong since 2011, WDWFigment (Aka Tom Bricker) has started this photo sharing thread; everyone should take a look at this quite large discussion. When you have time of course!

Tom Staggs Says — “It Can’t Just Be About Nostalgia”
This topic has stirred quite the debate. DoctorQ9 posted a quote from a New York Time article that was done about the New Fantasy Land.

Has the phrase “Disneyland will never be completed…” become negative?
Change can be hard for some, but has this famous quote bringing negative response from fans, purist or even within the Disney Company?

Our Southern California Trip Recap
Teknik_DC2 brings us a great trip of nine days that covers USH to Hollywood!

Disney to give away one free Disney vacation per day throughout the month of January!
Disney announced on Facebook that they would be giving away one free Disney vacation per day! Disneylandfan67 posted the information about the new promotion here!

The old Maliboomer Location
Fun brainstorming conversation on what can go into this now blank canvas location.

Autopia Idea – probably not feasible but still fun to imagine.
Turn this ride into a go kart racing track? WHAT? B2D explains this fun idea further!

Old attractions – Would they hold up in 2012 and beyond?
What rides would hold up to 2012 standards and demands and which would not? Monster Heck provides us a list of what they think what would and what wouldn’t.

Labyrinth – Fantasyland
Now that Disney owns LucasFilm, DJS has a unique idea on bringing this cult movie into the parks.


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.

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Happy new year everyone! 2012 was definitely an interesting year for the Walt Disney Company, especially Walt Disney World, with positives and negatives causing much debate in the fan world. Hopefully, 2013 is the beginning of a new age for the Florida Resort, which is facing fiercer competition and some seriously ailing attractions. Let’s take a look at the important threads this week, and keep our fingers crossed that 2013 is the year Walt Disney World shines once more! ~yoyoflamingo

Meg Crofton out as Disney World President, George K in – 2013
A rumor that spread across the Internet like wildfire once it was leaked was the possible replacement of the much maligned Meg Crofton with the popular George Kalogridis from Disneyland. If this proves true, could this be the kick that TDO needs to change their act, or just another management shift? This had sparked a major debate in the forums: Share your thoughts here.

Carousel of Progress… or Nastiness!
Hot on the heels of the eye opening Maelstrom thread, KingEric shares some pictures of the much beloved, but in need of a refurb, Carousel of Progress. It saddens many of us to see the parks in such sorry shape, but hopefully by spreading the word and pointing out why this is wrong, we can make it right. Please voice your opinions in this thread!

WDW AP merch discounts reduced for 2013
2013 doesn’t seem to be starting off as a good year for Premier Passport and Deluxe AP holders, as they see their discounts on merchandise drop from 20% to 10%. Another way to squeeze money and alienate their core fanbase? Share your thoughts here!

Visiting the WDW Resort for 7 days in March
Help a fellow MiceChat reader plan their vacation.  ATSF&DLRR has some questions. How much time should be spent at each park, how busy will it be and what will the weather be like? Share your opinions and experience here to help a fellow MCer out!

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

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Character Breakfasts, The Nickel Tour, Secret Tour of Disneyland, and Rock and Roller Coaster ! DISNEY HISTORY! – Eating breakfast with characters? It wasn’t always so crazy! Find out more in week’s History segment! BOOK OF THE WEEK! – George takes you on the Nickel Tour in this week’s Book of the Week! 60 SECOND REVIEW! – Find out what we thought of The Secret Tour of Disneyland in the 60 Second Review! FIVE LEGGED GOAT! – And finally, an old phone number on Rock and Roller Coaster is this weeks Five Legged Goat!

Orlando Parkhopper Brings us the annual Comedy Warehouse Christmas Special performed at Disney Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.

Here are Sarah’s favorite moments from 2012 at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. What are yours?

Did you know Florida’s Gatorland is 50 years old? We also have news from Knott’s Berry Farm and Sea World. Also, check out the pictures from Universal Studios Florida and Hollywood. ~ Trekkie Dad

Gatorland Turns 50 years old today!
KingEric wishes this classic Florida tourist trap a Happy Birthday with some vintage pictures.

Stagecoach crash
If you haven’t heard about this accident at Knott’s Berry Farm (or just care to discuss it), mratigan had a link to the CBS news article.

SeaWorld Adventure Parks going public; announces intent for IPO
Check out the details in this article found by Exprmnt626.

A Grinchmas Trip to Universal Studios – Picture and Videos (lots)
clara gives us a pictorial report of her family’s recent trip to Universal Studios Hollywood.

Macy’s Holiday Parade PHOTO DUMP 2012 at Universal Studios in Orlando
KingEric is back with a collection of photos from the Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios Florida.

Pirate Dinner Adventure Show 12-22-12 Pics and Video
And clara is back with pictures and video from the Pirate Adventure Dinner show just down the street from Knott’s Berry Farm.

If you are thinking of a trip to Tokyo Disneyland Resort, you might want to check out some of the threads below. ~ Trekkie Dad

TDR tickets
Globetrotter1968 is planning a trip to Tokyo Disneyland in August and wants to know the options for advance purchase of tickets. As always, help soon arrives.

February 2013 trip questions
tomoyo is also planning a trip to Tokyo and has more general questions.

Tokyo Disney Store
Last spring TimmyTimmyTimmy shot this video of a walk-through of the Disney Store in the Shibuya district of Tokyo.

Is HK Gov planning for a 3rd Theme Park ?
HongKongDisneyland (the person, not the theme park) wonders if the local Hong Kong government has a theme park in mind for part of a remaining development.

As 2012 came to a close we will look at all the past events of the Disney Company as a whole, with the Purchase of LucasFilm, price increases and the Disney Cruise Line this year held a lot for the Company and we can look forward to 2013 for more! – CakvalaSC

Disneyland ticket prices? Really?
With the recession being hot topic overall, cpuJesse expressed their concerns over the price increases Disney put into place at the parks.

Disney Purchases Lucasfilm
Great news for everyone who loves Star Wars, this year brought up the entire Lucasfilm franchise to be used as they see fit.

Will we see Disney Cruise Line Expand again?
With the current fleet of cruise ship Disney has built, will there be more on the horizon being built or is this it for the Disney Cruise Line?

HAPPY 2013, Duffeteers!^^
DuffyDaisuki would like to wish all of MiceChat a happy and fun new year!

New Year’s Resolutions
Do you do these traditions and if so, Barbaraann wants to know what your goals for 2013 will be!

10,000 mile cycling goal within reach!
Trekkie Dad has finally reached his go of 10,000 bicycled miles, congratulate him on his huge accomplishment!

My new Disney tattoo
Are you into tattoos? Well if so, Timo Van de Bilt got their first Tattoo ever! This one makes feel that every person needs to “dream”.

2012 brought us many great news stories and changes too all things within Disney, below are our top news items of the year:

Frankenweenie’ chosen by Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Animated Film

Burton’s Billion Dollar ‘Alice In Wonderland’ getting a Sequel

‘Tron: Legacy’ sequel back on the Grid at Disney

‘Lincoln’ Marches On

‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Box Office Smash

Disney to buy Lucasfilm for $4.05 Billion

Giggle Gang and Wowzer
A bit more than a week ago, clowns invaded Storybook Circus at the Magic Kingdom. My wife hates clowns with a passion. I’ve always been cautiously indifferent about them. There’s something creepy about them on…

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…

Soarin Over Disneyland: Remembering the Skyway
If you were to ask me what one thing I like the most about Disneyland, you would be waiting a while. The answer would either take several minutes for me to formulate as I expanded…

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…

2012 — The Year in Review: Disney California Adventure’s adventurous new beginnings
Happy New Year! The Disneyland Resort will ring in 2013 tonight in both theme parks but it’s been a spectacular 2012 at the Resort, with big changes in both parks and throughout Downtown Disney. Disney…

2012 — The Year in Review: Disneyland changes with the times
It goes without saying that 2012 was a huge year for the Disneyland Resort. While the big headline of the year was the grand re-opening of Disney California Adventure which included the roll out of…

Dateline Disney World: Holiday Crowds and Construction at the Magic Kingdom
Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’ll take a look at the busy holiday crowds, construction at the Magic Kingdom, and the status of a classic attraction. Lots to talk about. Welcome…

Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom News and Construction
Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! Since I took off last week due to a nasty case of the flu, we’ve got lots to cover at the Magic Kingdom this week, so let’s get…

Let’s Go On Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
There’s one ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom which has earned the lion’s share of attention since the park opened. In today’s From The Mouth Of The Mouse, I chat with Cynthia, who worked the Kilimanjaro…

Best Disney Books of 2012
2012 was a great year for Disney-related books. In addition to Disney Publishing and D23 titles, we saw a large number of small press and self-published books hit the market. Some were good, some were…

Make Your Own Mickey Mouse Gingerbread House
The Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa quickly became a holiday staple with its debut in 1999. At the time, there was discussion between Chef Erich Herbitschek, the Grand Floridian general manager…

Six Flags Magic Mountain Construction Goes Full Throttle
We’ve got a Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle construction update for you today. Preparation for the new coaster had some parts of the park closed off during our visit. There’s also news of a…

In The Parks: Ring in New Year 2013 at the Disneyland Resort
It has been an a truly remarkable year at the Disneyland Resort.  Disney California Adventure finally came into its own and can now handle half the daily traffic at the resort.  Disneyland has been able…

Disney Hollywood Studios Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special
The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special has returned for a second year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  This year, due to increased popularity, the show has been moved to the larger Premier Theater.  Premier Theater is located…

SeaWorld Orlando Getting Ready for a Chilly Summer with Antarctica Expansion
Construction for SeaWorld Orlando’s new blockbuster attraction, Antarctica, continues at breakneck speed as it prepares for a late Spring 2013 opening. Exterior theming and rock-work is taking shape and we are really beginning to see this…

Disney New Year’s Resolutions
Every year millions of people make New Year’s resolutions. Statistically, these resolutions last until around February because, let’s be honest, how fun is it to starve yourself or give up enjoyable but “bad” habits?

Samland: Latest Selections For A Disney Fan’s Library
Sam returns after a week of heavy reading to let us know which books are worth adding to your shelves. Find out what Sam thinks of IT’S KIND OF A CUTE STORY,  EPCOT: THE FIRST…

Automata-mericana, the Disneyland Paris Attraction That Never Was
As we learned last week in Alain Littaye’s Mystic Manor article, sometimes the stories behind the attractions can be as interesting as the attractions themselves. It turns out that the stories behind the attractions that…

MiceChat Cruise on the Disney Wonder, Day Six
All good things must come to an end, and alas, this applies to the recent MiceChat cruise on the Disney Wonder. Today, BC_DisneyGeek shares the final installment of his photo documentation of this incredible journey.…

Mickey’s Toontown Fair Train Station, Departed
For the most part, this park is all about putting you into detailed environments that immerse you in another place and time. Sorry, folks. Mickey’s Toontown Fair Train Station is an exception to that rule.…

A Great Big Broken Down Tomorrow
For years now, there has been a definite decline in the maintenance and upkeep for show elements at Walt Disney World. One of the most noticeable, as fellow MiceChat columnist Kevin Yee has pointed out…

Holiday Treats from the Walt Disney World Confectionery
Disney makes hundreds of different holiday treats each year.  If you’ve visited Walt Disney World during the holiday season, one of these is bound to be a favorite of yours.  Some of the most popular…

Gingerbread Carousel and Holiday Goodies of Disney World’s Beach Club Resort
Disney’s Beach Club Resort features a unique holiday display – a moving carousel made of Gingerbread!  The Gingerbread Carousel is located in the middle of the Resort lobby and is surrounded by additional decorations. Let’s…

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