The MiceAge 10 year Anniversary is almost upon us and we have an amazing amount of Disney and theme park news and discussions to share today in the MiceChat Round Up! Will Dancing return to Disneyland?  Have you seen Bob Iger’s scathing letter to Congress regarding MyMagic+ ?  It’s all here.  Did you hear who was tapped to direct Disney’s upcoming Star Wars Film?  There’s been a strange turn on the road to bring The Graveyard Book to the silver screen.  It’s all here along with a brilliant Communicore weekly, a ride through the Matterhorn’s bumpy caverns, and Sarah the MiceChatter’s musings on the 10 year anniversary festivities. Read all the way through and might just win two tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm!

ITS ALMOST TIME! Only three days left and we 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 5 tickets left. Get your tickets HERE.

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.

We look at some of the latest photos from the Blue Sky Cellar to see what is being constructed next to the Castle.  Then we take a look at the latest photos from the actual construction site.  We also travel our favorite Disneyland dark rides! ~ Aladdin

1/26/13 – Mega update upload
Ron W has a wonderful photo report, with all the most recent changes and updates, including some photos of Walt (many which you might not have seen before) on the Big Thunder Construction walls!

Ultra Low Light Clarity POV of Indiana Jones, Pirates, Haunted Mansion & Peter Pan HD
Many of Disneyland’s favorite attractions are dark rides, and due to their nature of being DARK, it has been difficult to capture these on video. Fortunately, SoCalbma came prepared and has a few Fantastic videos of several Disneyland’s Classic attractions.

Three new dining experiences this weekend, two positive
Sir Clinksalot has THREE Restaurant reviews from the Disneyland Resort! Find out what you should hit, and what you may want to miss.

January 2013 Photos
We have another treat; with Regions Beyond own unique photo styling!

Dancing to return inside Disneyland?
Now that the Fantasy Faire Project is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, CUatDL has brought up a very important point about dancing! You can discuss it here!

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This week the big news is the letter The Walt Disney Company received from Congress with concerns about the MyMagic+ program. What makes it even more interesting is the letter Iger wrote in response. It’s definitely worth a read if you haven’t seen it yet! In addition, we have a trip report and a look at the nets surrounding the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. A lot of things to absorb this week, so enjoy! ~yoyoflamingo

The Nets of Life….err Nets around the Tree of Life
It is old news that a branch fell off the Tree of Life a few months back. While the nets were supposedly ‘temporary,’ the nets are still there and there doesn’t seem to be any real motivation to remove them. Take a look for yourself and see: Distracting or no big deal?

Bob Iger sent letter by Congress on MyMagic+
The news of the week is the continuing saga over MyMagic+. This week, Bob Iger receives a letter over privacy concerns about MyMagic+ and children, which many people have already expressed. What makes the letter even more interesting is Iger’s seemingly irrational and heated response. Definitely worth a read!

Quick trip 1/22-1/24 EXTRA PHOTO HEAVY!!!
shares his quick trip report to Walt Disney World to get out of the cold weather and snow. For everyone in the same boat (and even those who aren’t) take a look.

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 Bob-A-Rounds & Bob-A-Longs with Bob Gurr, My Neighbor Totoro, France Bathrooms, and the Fiddler, Fifer, and Practical Cafe! DISNEY HISTORY! – Because it’s in our theme song, have you ever wondered what the heck a Bob-A-Round is? Well, now you can learn the history behind this oft forgotten piece of Walt Disney World lore, along with Bob-A-Longs, from the man who helped design them, Bob Gurr! BOOK OF THE WEEK! – George tells you all about his neighbor Totoro…well, actually, just the art about him. BATHROOM BREAK! – Take a look at the new bathrooms of the France Pavilion in this week’s Bathroom Break! FIVE LEGGED GOAT! – And finally, visit the Fiddler, Fifer, and Practical Cafe for this week’s Five Legged Goat!

In the Parks brings us a great POV ride through of the classic Disneyland attraction, Matterhorn Bobsleds. This video features the track facing Tomorrowland!

Sarah brings us the details of the MiceAge 10 Year anniversary!

Paris Trip Report, January 2013
Mark brings us an enchanting trip report from Paris, a city that has been written about, sung about, photographed and filmed probably more than any other city on earth.

Shanghai Disneyland Plans
Our resident adventurer, TimmyTimmyTimmy brings us pictures of various plans for the new Disneyland Park to open overseas!

Wreck-It Ralph/The Avengers crossover comic
has an idea of a crossover between Wreck-It-Ralph and The Avengers. What do you think of it?

Now that Disney owns Lucasfilm, there’s lots of buzz surrounding Star Wars~ Trekkie Dad

Annie Leibovitz does Disney Dream Portrait Featuring Taylor Swift as Rapunzel
The Disney Parks Blog has unveiled an interesting portrait of Rapunzel.

JJ Abrams to Direct Episode VII
OK kids, the news is out; here’s the place to discuss the choice of director for Star Wars VII.

Drew Struzan approached to do the posters for Episode VII
Before we learned who was directing the film came the announcement regarding the poster art, in this link found by calsig31.

New ‘The Graveyard Book’ Developments
reports that Disney has hired Ron Howard to direct a live action version of this story. What do you think?

Olympus Has Fallen – In Theaters March 22nd
is anticipating the release of a film whose plot revolves around the capture of the White House by a terrorist mastermind.

Magic Kickball Game Tuesday
Lindsey is calling out to everyone young at heart. CA Magic league is hosting a free co-ed pickup kickball game just blocks from the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure.

RICHARD M. SHERMAN – In-Store Performance + Q&A
Arilvdc posted a very unique opportunity, only 200 people will be allowed at this event with Richard Sherman at the Seal Beach’s own Solid Air Records!

‘Wreck-It Ralph’ wins Producers Guild Award for Best Animated Film
ALIASd reports that Disney’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ was honored as Best Animated Film Saturday night at the 24th annual Producers Guild of America awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Disney’s 1952 Film Retitled Tomorrowland!
reports that the live-action film formerly titled “1952” (a project written by Damon Lindelof, being directed and produced by Brad Bird and starring George Clooney) is now being called “Tomorrowland”.

True Love Week
reports that this will be a new “limited time magic” for observing Valentine’s Day with a weeklong celebration of love and “happily ever after”!

Long Lost Friends
Disney World has really gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to the national promotion called limited time magic. Disney considers the program to be part of its one Disney initiative, meaning…

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.…

Coffee with Kurtti: Roger Rabbit vs Mary Poppins
In episode 3 of Coffee with Kurtti, I hit Jeff Kurtti with a bombshell: “Roger Rabbit is just as good as, if not better than, Mary Poppins.” Jeff, incredulous, fires back in defense of his…

Disneyland continues through the winter off-season with refurbishments, construction
Seasonal rain washed out what could have been big crowds visiting the Anaheim area for various convention and special events. Despite the rain, Disneyland refurbishments and construction projects continue through the winter months. Guests visiting…

Dateline Disney World: Classic Characters Return to Magic Kingdom and Studios News
Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! In this week’s column, we’ll take a look at some Limited Time Magic (or is that Limited Magic Time?), some projects at the Magic Kingdom, and also some…

A Star Tours Pilot Shares His Disneyland Stories
In today’s From The Mouth Of The Mouse, we chat with Bob, who worked attractions in Tomorrowland at Disneyland! Though he dreams of one day becoming a Monorail Pilot, he was happy to share his…

Theme Park Studio, a First Look
Raise your hand if you’re a Roller Coaster Tycoon fan! Did you spend months crafting your theme park, taking care of guests, hiring maintenance workers and janitors? How many garbage cans did you strategically place?


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…

Full Throttle track appears at Magic Mountain, new Dining Plan, More
Over the past few weeks, construction of Six Flags Magic Mountain’s newest coaster has kicked into high gear. Land clearing and digging is well underway as footers are being poured. There is some track and…

A SeaWorld San Diego Update
We’ve got a brief update from SeaWorld San Diego this weekend covering construction on the park’s new entrance and some projects around the property. NEW ENTRANCE New fences have popped up on the left side…

In The Parks: Yellow Sky Tower Ride at Disneyland, Fantasy Faire, Refurbishments and Celebrations
There’s a ray of light at the Disneyland Resort as the Blue Sky Preview Center in Disney California Adventure opens a new exhibit featuring the new Fantasy Faire Village.  But that isn’t all that is…


Universal Orlando Resort Refurbs and Construction Update
January used to be ‘off season’ in Orlando, but thanks to an increase in international visitors, and growth in domestic travel, all the parks in Orlando have been experiencing record January crowds.  Even with the…

The Challenge Of Traveling With Friends To Disney World
Top Tips For Taking On The World With Friends Ahh, the Disney trip.  This is the stuff dreams are made of, my friends.  After years of making these dreams come true for ourselves, our family…

Disneyland Main Street: Form Follows Function
Looking through my files the other day, I came across an early 1970s Cast Member training manual for Disneyland’s Main Street U.S.A. In this case, Main Street was describe as the area that included the…

Record Snowfall Turns Disneyland Paris into a Winter Wonderland
Record snowfall blanketed Disneyland Paris, turning this already beautiful park into a winter wonderland. The snow paralyzed public transportation and air flights. Even the Eiffel Tower was closed. One weather station in Paris measured 4.5 inches…

New Seal Harbour Exhibit debuts at SeaWorld Australia
Our theme park reporter from down under, Rya86n, has sent us photos from SeaWorld Australia’s newest exhibit. Although the sea life featured in Seal Harbour are not new to the park, the attraction makes a…

Homage to the Moonliner
Two icons of Disneyland’s early Tomorrowland endure, even though the originals were destroyed in the 1960s. One is the House of the Future. The other is the Moonliner, which stood at the entrance to the…

Hurricane Hanna Waterside Bar and Grill reopens at Walt Disney World Beach Club Resort
If you’ve visited Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort over recent months, chances are you’ve learned that Hurricane Hanna’s is closed for refurbishment.  The planned extensive refurbishment was from August 27, 2012 and re-opens today,…


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