Disney News Round Up: 10 Years and counting.

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Published on January 23, 2013 at 4:03 am with No Comments

Disneyland continues to dazzle with its selections of Limited Time Magic, while Walt Disney World languishes in fake snow and meet and greets. Disney California Adventure’s Hyperion Bridge gets a new coat of paint while Animal Kingdom gets an interactive game. Moving on to Communicore weekly, we find Jeff and George dancing with Captain EO, Fankenweenie and more. We also get a nice, multi-camera video from In the Parks of the Mardis Gras Celebration in New Orleans Square. Rounding out the MIceChat Round up is news that Windseeker may be closed for good at Knott’s, Terminator 5 may be on the way, and Disney Infinity is shaping up to be a huge success. Read all this and more in today’s MiceChat Round up.

Thread: Rolly Crump Book Signings – Feb 1st, Feb 2nd
BUT WAIT! Did you miss your opportunity to get a signed copy of Rolly Crump’s new book, It’s Kind of a Cute Story? You still have a chance! The Disney Legend will also be signing copies of his book at two separate signing events near Disneyland next week.

Friday, February 1st – 6PM
Former Imagineer and Disney Legend Rolly Crump & Jeff Heimbuch will be signing copies of their book “It’s Kind Of A Cute Story” at the Barnes and Noble in Orange, CA (not far from Disneyland) on Friday, February 1st, 2013.
Address is: 791 South Main Street Suite 100, Orange, CA 92868
714-558-0028


With only 10 days left I wanted to make sure all of you are ready for the 10 year anniversary celebration for MiceAge, below are links to the full schedule of events!

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. There are lots of celebrity guests, fancy prizes to give away, and more fun than you can shake a stick at.  READ THE FULL SCHEDULE HERE. Don’t miss out.

Disney Legend, Alice Davis will be hosting a cocktail party for MiceAge at the Anabella Hotel (just behind DCA and next to the Anaheim Convention Center). There are just 6 tickets left. Get your tickets HERE.

STAY AT THE ANABELLA – GET A SPECIAL DEAL
Act quick and you can grab a great deal at the Anabella Hotel as well. Anabella is offering regular rooms at the low low rate of just $79.00 per night for a standard room and $119 per night for the larger concierge rooms (which includes breakfast for two) while supplies last. Please call 1-800-863-4888 and ask for the “MiceChat Anniversary Rate” (Be sure to ask for the MiceCHAT rate and not MiceAGE, since we are listed in their system under the MiceCHAT name).


In celebration of the MiceAge 10th Anniversary, D23 is offering our readers (and their friends and family) 10% off a D23 membership. It’s a great deal that we hope you’ll be able to take advantage of.

 



Mardi Gras has begun in New Orleans Square, Blue Sky Cellar has been updated.  And Buena Vista Street looks a little different this week! ~ Aladdin

Disneyloon’s 35mm Prime Adventure
DisneyLoon tries out a Christmas gift in Disneyland and DCA, and shows us the results in this trip report!

Princess Tianas Mardis Gras Celebration pics and video
Prince Naveen and Princess Tiana have returned to New Orleans Square, just in time for this years Mardi Gras Celebration in Disneyland! Fishbulb has photos and a video of the show, here!

The Bridge at DCA (Hyperion) has been painted
DCA is still apparently placing some final touches on it’s gigantic makeover. Take a look at the latest update here!

Blue Sky Cellar Update: Fantasy Faire Photos
BradleyC has a few quick photos from the most recent update to the Blue Sky Cellar. For the first time, it showcases some projects underway in Disneyland!

What are your Disneyland credentials?
BarbaraAnn wants to find out more about other Mice Chatters and wants to know about you Disneyland Credentials. When was your first trip to Disneyland? how close to Disneyland do you live? What kind of DL Books and Music, do you have/like, etc? Tell us more about your ties to DL!


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This week brings us some long lost friends, an update on the mysterious Flamingo Crossings, and a new interactive game (are there any others?) coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. In addition, we have questions about Spectromagic and the possible disappearance of the non-expiration option on tickets. Lots to read about in Walt Disney World this week! ~yoyoflamingo

Flamingo Crossing…current status
Remember the new retail development, Flamingo Crossing? Don’t worry, no one else does either.  KingEric gives us a photo update on the development. Hard to believe how much has happened in the years since it’s been announced. See for yourself in this thread.

SpectroMagic, Any word?
DarthAP expresses concern over the return of SpectroMagic. Is it coming back or did it glow away forever? Read the recent news and rumors here!

Long Lost Friends Week
The Limited Time Magic for this week at Walt Disney World has recently begun, bringing back long lost friends. Are they really long lost? Is this the first (minor) step towards a decent promotion at Walt Disney World? Does anyone have picture to share? Please post them here!

Wilderness Explorers Coming to Animal Kingdom
The Disney Parks Blog recently announced a new interactive game coming to Animal Kingdom. Exciting or yet another reason to get angry at yet another announcement not involving a new attraction?

No Expiration Disappearing?
The no expiration option might be expiring. Does this impact your travel plans at all or is this just good business sense? Share your thoughts here.


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.


Welcome to this week’s not-to-be-missed Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Captain EO, Art of Disney, Frankenweenie, and XS 17! DISNEY HISTORY! — Learn how we are here to change the world as we explore the origins of Captain EO! BOOK OF THE WEEK! — George looks The Art of Walt Disney: From Magic Mouse To The Magic Kingdom for this book this week. 60 SECOND REVIEW! – We watched Frankenweenie! We review it! We didn’t like it! FIVE LEGGED GOAT! – And finally, visit Blizzard Beach to find this tribute to an old, popular toy for this week’s Five Legged Goat!

In the Parks brings us The Princess Tiana’s Mardis Gras Celebration as part of the Limited Time Magic’s Bayou Bash at Disneyland, Anaheim, California.

MiceChat Podcast: They don’t happen often, but when they do, folks tune in to hear the latest gossip and dish from Disney and the theme park world. The latest MiceChat Podcast has JUST been published, don’t miss a minute of this cavalcade of fun (also available on iTunes HERE):

Coffee With Kurtti:  Keith Gluck and Jeff Kurtti discuss the surprising similarities and differences between Mary Poppins and Who Framed Roger Rabbit in the latest Coffee with Kurtti:

UUOP: Our newest partners from the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast cast an eye toward the future of the Universal resort. We think you’ll be excited by what you hear:



This week has some interesting events, from troubles about the weekseeker in Knott’s to a park that looks uncanny familiar to a famous game developed by Blizzard Entertainment!

Florida Trip December 26-January 5
KEBSD
 shares family vacation photos from Florida including Marco Island, Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.

Windseeker will not be reopening, Calico Mine Ride next to be refurbished
Rumor has it that Knott’s will not be re-opening Windseeker and next for refurbishment will be Calico Mine Trains.

Antartica: Empire of the Penguin
Coasterjunkie
brings us photos from Seaworld Florida on the construction of Antarctica : Empire of the Penguins.

World of Warcraft Them Park, in china
China is once again creating unofficial theme parks, this one themed after World of Warcraft.



‘Kai Tak Fantasy’ announced during 2013 Policy Address! new theme park in the city?
It has been announced that the former Kai Tak runway will now be developed into a tourism and entertainment hub.

Should WDC submit proposal for Kai Tak Fantasy Park?
With the news of the Kai Tak runway, HongKongDisneyland asks, ‘Should WDC submit a design proposal?’


Will Disney’s The Lone Ranger top John Carter?
According to an article found by jcruise86, ‘industry experts’ expect the long awaited Lone Ranger to be a commercial flop.


Disney Infinity
Disney’s new gaming initiative looks to be a winner, according to Hathaway Browne and other MiceChatters.

Writers announced for Terminator 5
calsig31 has found an article announcing the writing team for the next movie in the Terminator franchise.


“OZ the Great and Powerful” extended 4D Preview coming to MuppetVision Bldg
DL_CRAZE posted some info for the current Muppet Vision building, is this going to be a consistent for this attraction?

Disneyland adds “Dumbo Dare” to 2013 1/2 Marathon Weekend
Sir Clinksalot
has reported new marathon events for the Disneyland Resort!



Habit Heroes Fat-Free?
When Habit Heroes opened for previews in Innoventions in early 2012, it faced an immediate firestorm for its portrayal of fat people. The story went viral and became national news when the National Association to…


Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Barcode
With the flip of the calendar from 2012 to 2013, the Disneyland Resort has just closed the history book on one of the most successful years in the 58 year history of the Anaheim property.…


What’s Happening at the Walt Disney Family Museum – January 2013
While the interpretation of the Mayan Calendar may have been a tad off, the calendar for The Walt Disney Family Museum was right on the money! The Holidays are always a fun time at the…


Disneyland celebrates Mardi Gras as Tinker Bell Half Marathon races through Anaheim
Disneyland kicked off its annual Mardi Gras celebration over the weekend with the return of the New Orleans Bayou Bash! celebration. The Mardi Gras-themed live entertainment and food offerings in New Orleans Square return on…

Disney Imagineers give a sneak peek of the Fantasy Faire at the Blue Sky Cellar
The Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar at Disney California Adventure opened a new exhibit last week giving an in-depth preview of the new Fantasy Faire project at Disneyland. The new princess meet-and-greet village expands…

Dateline Disney World: New French Bakery at Epcot and Magic Kingdom News
This week, we’ll take a look at the new bakery in the France pavilion at Epcot, as well as news and construction at the Magic Kingdom. We have almost 80 photos for you this week…


Stories From The Graveyard Shift At Disneyland
After a brief break for the holidays, I’m back with a really interesting new cast member interview in today’s From The Mouth Of The Mouse. We chat with Garrett, who worked 3rd shift at Disneyland…


Theme Parkeology Mystery Solved and Vintage Magic Kingdom Main Street
For the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to discover how and when several photographs were taken at Walt Disney World. I’ve had some fantastic comments and some amazing emails with satellite images, Google Earth…


DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.1 – Meet Roger Broggie Sr.
Today’s Wheel of Years stopped at 1954, so here we go. Shortly after I began making design sketches at home for Disneyland’s Autopia Car, I received an early Saturday morning call; “Gurr, do you draft?” – sleepily…

NEWS: Bob wants you to know that he’ll have another all new post up on MiceChat next week!


In The Parks: Romance at Six Flags Magic Mountain
We will have a full Six Flags update later this week, but there are a couple of things the park has shared with us that we’d like you to know now. We also have an…

Disneyland Big Thunder Under a Crane, Mansion reopened, Grizzly Down
Quite a bit is happening at the Disneyland Resort this week.  Today marks the return of the classic version of The Haunted Mansion since Jack Skellington moved in last September.  We also get another dose…

 

Universal Orlando Resort Getting Harry-er
Orlando Resort.  As discernible progress has been made at the Harry Potter construction sites in each park, we are able to make out more and more of what is…

Checking up on Busch Gardens Tampa
Today we venture through Busch Gardens Tampa  for the latest news from this great alternative to the Orlando parks.  While the last bits of holiday decorations are still being shed, preparations are being made for…


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?


Sam Examines the Small Print Behind the My Disney Experience Program
As the battles between Disney and the other theme park operators is notched up another level with the introduction of the My Disney Experience program (MyMagic+), it is instructive to see how two of the…


Stars Celebrate Peter Pan 60th Anniversary Celebration at El Capitan Theatre
The stars came out to the El Capitan Theatre to mark the 60th anniversary of Disney’s beloved animated film, Peter Pan. Kathryn Beaumont (Wendy), Margaret Kerry (Tinker Bell) and Ted Thomas (director, writer and musician.)…


Blue Ribbon Bakery
When it’s morning at Yesterland and you want coffee and a buttery pastry or melt-in-your-mouth muffin, just head halfway up Yester Main Street, U.S.A. to the Blue Ribbon Bakery.


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…


Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Gasparilla Grill and Games at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa closed for refurbishment August 24 – December 17, 2012.  The massive refurbishment of the facility consisted of enhancements to the Grill, main pool, refurbishment…

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About Anthony Hays

Anthony is 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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