MiceAge News Round Up: Tony Baxter Moves On, Vintage Pictures and Construction Updates

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Published on February 06, 2013 at 4:02 am with No Comments

The recipe for a good MiceChat Round up is simple. Take one part Disney and theme park news and place into a browser.  Mix in information about a Big Thunder Mountain Railroad television show from ABC, stir in the story of Tony Baxter and his partial retirement.  Fold in the possibility that Baxter’s Imagination Pavilion at Epcot could suffer from his departure and talk about how the New Fantasyland still has the same old problems.  Finally, after baking, sprinkle with a brand new Communicore Weekly,  a new video regarding Limited Time Magic from adorable Sarah the MiceChatter, and garnish with trademarks granted for Middle Earth in theme parks. Serve with a copious side of discussion.

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The world famous MiceChat Gumball Rally will roar into the Disneyland Resort on May 4th! And to celebrate the date (and Disney’s purchase of a beloved franchise), we are shaking things up a bit. It’s the biggest, best and most fun Disney fan event in the known universe. The Rally is a race to find out who can ride the most attractions at Disneyland in a single day.  Can you do it?

Tony Baxter
Long time Imagineer, Tony Baxter, is curiously stepping down from WDI and will become a ‘part time advisor’. See Tony’s official letter in post 21 of this discussion. Be sure to post your thoughts on this news!


We have several trip reports this week from Disneyland ~ Aladdin

Last minute one-day trip – Feb 2nd, 2013
KellyMcG86 and her husband take to the Disneyland Resort for Groundhog Day. They start off with early entry in DCA, and end their day with several Micechatters at Trader Sam’s! Their full report is here!

Fireworks, Fun & the Who!
PirateLover brings back this two day trip report to Disneyland, and a side trip to see The Who!

Ambiance videos from around Disneyland and DCA
Regions Beyond has several short videos that captures the atmosphere from around the Disneyland Resort!

Disneyland Pictures from Old
cakvalasc has recently refurbished some of his husbands old family photos from the 1970′s, and ran across these photos taken in Disneyland!

A Capt. Hook Trip Report Feb. 3rd, 2013 (A new Princess Dress)
New dress for a Princess, Capt Hook took a day trip to the Park with friends. Here is his report!

Photo Journal from 1-24-13
Ww12345
took his 1952 Argus C3 and my 1957 Stereo Realist for some extremely unique photography of the Disneyland Resort, enjoy!

Big thunder Trail Progress
Ttrocc7007
found some changes on the Big Thunder Trail, discuss these “widening” differences in Frontierland .


DL: Mainstreet Electrical Parade returns this year!
BreakYesFixNo heard that this attraction will be brought back to the streets of Disneyland, Could this be true?

Fantasyland needs a tea house
To go with the Mad Tea Party why can’t we get a decent cup of tea in Disneyland? Matman730 wants to discuses this idea.

A replacement attraction in the Captain EO/Starcade area?
What to do with the StarCade, ideas on Micechat have been throw around for years about this great little space in Tomorrowland. Disneylandfan85 has presented some unique ideas to resolve this.

KROQ says Star Wars land in DCA
What this?! Star Wars Land could be a possibility in DCA? What would you think about this rumor, Disneymike wants to know!


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There was no shortage of big news this week, with this week leaving us with a big Tony Baxter shaped hole in the WDI offices with his “retirement.” In addition, we have some first timers seeking help on trips as well as a perhaps not so surprising report that Fantasyland might not be drawing in the big numbers TDO was expecting. Come take a look at the big news this week. - Yoyoflamingo

Does Golden Oak reflect Disney execs’ increasing discomfort with the middle class?
Hot on the heels of the stratification supposedly coming with MyMagic+, jcruise86 brings up an interesting point about Golden Oak: Does this further solidify the change in attitude Disney has about Walt Disney World visitors?

Help me plan our first trip to Disney World
MiceChatters come to the rescue yet again, recommending the Florida experiences, including Disney, beaches, Universal, etc. This is what brings the MiceChat community together, so please help out with suggestions if you can.

First timers seeking tips
Another thread asking for first time help – this time for a 5th anniversary in November. Any and all advice would be welcome about how to plan their time in the parks!

Bad News Imagination fans
The big news this week is of course Tony Baxter leaving Imagineering. How this directly affects Walt Disney World is through its long broken Imagination pavilion. While Baxter recently admitted Imagination doesn’t work, it looks like he won’t get the chance to fix the mistake. Should EPCOT Center fans lose all hope, or could there still be a change?

New Fantasyland – Not Getting the Numbers They Expected
From Al’s most recent update, there seems to be a bit of letdown in the attendance numbers generated by New Fantasyland. While most of us could have told the execs that, there now seems a scramble to create a buzz and desire to return to property that isn’t armband related. Could this be the beginnings of the same, or false hope?


This Couple Really Loves Disney……A SUPER Disney wedding
This couple takes their Disney themed wedding to the extreme with the bride as Ariel and groom as Prince Eric.

Big Thunder TV Series Commissioned by ABC
ABC is going forward with its drama based on the popular Western-themed Disney attraction Big Thunder Mountain.


MiceTrip: Sail Away on the Disney Fantasy with MiceChat – October 19th – 26th, 2013
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Welcome to this week’s not-to-be-missed Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Jeff’s Disneyland Trip Report, Disney’s Dream Weavers, and Mrs. Potts & Chip! Jeff just returned from an epic 8 day trip at Disneyland, and he gives you the lowdown in his Trip Report! BOOK OF THE WEEK! – George takes a look at Disneys Dream Weavers for his Book of the Week! FIVE LEGGED GOAT! – And finally, Tarzan’s Treehouse hides this weeks Five Legged Goat!

Sarah the MiceChatter brings us the details on Limited Time Magic with Love!

Unofficial Orlando Podcast turns an eye to legendary Disney Imagineer, Rolly Crump. It’s an excellent interview that you won’t want to miss.



What’s going on in theme parks other than Disney you ask? Well, this week we have a Middle Earth Trademark, a gift card deal from Universal, a photo sharing thread about Sea World, and a lot more. Why not take off the mouse ears and see what else is out there. ~yoyoflamingo

SeaWorld Photo Share
Have some pictures of Sea World that you’d like to share? Well, you’re in luck! Take a peek at this thread and view and share your shots!

Spend $50.00 and get a $10.00 gift card at Universal Orlando!
The title says it all – though it’s great news to share!

Middle Earth Trademark granted for Amusement Parks
While there’s no official announcement yet, speculation is of course running wild. Where will it be built, if anywhere? Share your thoughts here.


This Couple Really Loves Disney……A SUPER Disney wedding
This couple takes their Disney themed wedding to the extreme with the bride as Ariel and groom as Prince Eric.

Big Thunder TV Series Commissioned by ABC
ABC is going forward with its drama based on the popular Western-themed Disney attraction Big Thunder Mountain.


Celebrate Oscar® Week at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
In the week leading up to the Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present five public events celebrating this year’s nominees.

Belle’s New Look!
Some great news! Belle has a new look for the Disneyland Resort, what do you think of this new dress design?



Hello and Goodbye at Disneyland
Like clockwork, every three years Disneyland gets a new Resort president, and the new guy just arrived to take over in Anaheim. In this update we’ll fill you in on a few of the changes…


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…


Dueling Disney – Main Street versus Main Street
Welcome to the second installment of Dueling Disney. In our first column, we got a lot of good responses to our initial topic of RESORT SIZE. We asked to know how you felt, and you…


Disneyland’s Fantasy Faire officially set to open March 12 as Tony Baxter leaves Walt Disney Imagineering
Disneyland officially announced the grand opening date of its newest attraction last week. The new Fantasy Faire princess meet-and-greet village next to Sleeping Beauty Castle is scheduled to open its gates March 12, just in…

Dateline Disney World: Magic Kingdom News and Construction
Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World. We were on limited time (fun reference there) this week, so we only have for you what’s going on at the Magic Kingdom, but it still comes out…

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…


Walt Disney World History Books
I’ve been collecting Walt Disney World books since 1994. My current count of Disney-related titles puts me at 661 books. I field a lot of questions about books specific to Walt Disney World history, especially…


DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.3 – The Red Car Diaries
Bob takes us back to the early days of WWII and his fondness for the Los Angeles Red Cars. It’s a touching story you won’t want to miss.


In The Parks: Disneyland News and Refurbishments – No Tea For You
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure both enjoyed light crowds this week during one of the resort’s last “slow” periods of the season. During this winter hibernation, there are many projects that are quietly tinkered away…

 

Orlando Parkhopper: Universal Orlando Resort Gets Extra Exciting
Construction continues at a rapid pace at the Universal Orlando Resort. Today, we’ll show you what’s new and hypothesize on a potential new lagoon show for Islands of Adventure. Cabana Beach Resort Construction Universal Orlando…


Park Wise: Fun with Characters
I remember romping through Disneyland as a child. One of my fondest memories was running into the characters. To be honest, it’s no different now. I love seeing the kids’ faces light up when Mickey…


Walt’s City of Tomorrow, Palm Beach Disneyland
It’s a Samland double feature today. First up is the story of how Palm Beach almost became home to Disneyland East. Then we find out more about the legendary science fiction author, Ray Bradbury, and…


Disneyland Paris After the Storm, Part Deux
There was a lot of interest in last week’s photos of Disneyland Paris after the record snow storm. This week the resort is starting to dig out from under its dusting of white pixie dust.…


Retro Space Mountain
Space Mountain lets you travel through space inside a structure that futurists H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and Leonardo da Vinci might have imagined. This giant copper kettle with a green patina represents an ingenious relic…


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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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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