A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the MiceChat round up arrived with new Disney and theme park info!  The rumor is that a Marvel land may be planned for Hong Kong Disneyland.  Do you think it will happen? What will become of Walt Disney World’s former Pleasure Island?  Will something ‘Spring’ from that?  We also hear that Han Solo may return for Episode 7, is he too old for the job?  All this plus Oz the Great and Powerful touching down in California and a collection of the best news, articles and events from Disney and beyond.

MiceChat’s world famous Gumball Rally will be rolling your way on May 4th. Find out if your team has what it takes to ride the most attractions at Disneyland in a single day.  Tickets and information HERE?

MiceChat Takes a Hardhat Tour of Antarctica Construction at SeaWorld Orlando
On Tuesday February 19th, SeaWorld Orlando opened construction wall doors to MiceChat for a sneak peek hardhat tour of their biggest expansion project ever, Antarctica! This expansion is unprecedented in SeaWorld’s history, so the park is justifiably proud of what they will soon open to the public. We think you’ll be impressed with how the project is coming together.

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The Princes made an appearance with their respective Princes for Valentines week.  We also catch a glimpse of a certain Emerald City. ~ Aladdin

Journey to Oz Balloon Tour to Lands at Disneyland
Disney has often used various size and shaped GIANT balloons and inflatables at the Disneyland resort, to advertise their new movies, from Stitch to Madame Leota, from Chicken Little to the House from Up. This past week it was a balloon for the upcoming movie, OZ The Great and Powerful. We have even have a video from Right Ear here!

Capt Hook’s Trip Report Wishes do come True
Capt Hook visited with several of Disney’s Princesses and Princes during Valentines week at Disneyland. Here is report along with several photos!

Barbaraann’s Photopass Fun
Barbarann shares some of the Photopass photos from her recent Disneyland trip. She also has a few of those special Magic Moment Photo’s also!

Baroque Hoedown in Instant Concert!
The Forbidden Eye has a video of the Instant Concert series that features Paradise Piers fountains, during the day. However this is the first one that does not feature Goofy as the conductor. Here is the video!

What’s up with the (former) Starcade area?
What would you do if you had creative control of this now lack luster area of Disneyland’s Tomorrowland? There are some great ideas within this thread!

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This week brings us some hope for a long dead area, as well as the demise of another unique offering at Walt Disney World. A playground, elderly parents, and a lot more in this week’s update. See what’s going on in the World this week! ~yoyoflamingo

Parents last trip to WDW… help me make it special!
parents are getting older, and would like to visit Disney World one last time before they are unable. What could they do to make this trip extra special? Offer your suggestions here.

Replacement to PI?
Usually I don’t add rumors to the roundup, but this one seems to have a lot of traction and is gaining steam the more people pick up on it. Apparently, there are reports of a new reworking of Downtown Disney into ‘Disney Springs.’ See all the details and share your thoughts here.

Land of Oz Garden at EPCOT
An early entry for the Flower and Garden Festival is the Oz themed gardens and playground at EPCOT. Good idea for rambunctious children or a waste of space? Check it out and see!

Segway Tours Cancelled???
As either another cost cutting measure or for some other reason, EPCOT has lost its Segway tours. Nothing to miss or declining by degrees?

Live with Kelly and Michael Talk!
Live! With Kelly did a show at Walt Disney World, were you there to see it and what do you think about the gags they played on unsuspecting tourists?

[Marvel Land] might debut on or before 2017
One of the proposals to expand the Hong Kong Disneyland is to add Marvel Land.

HKDL reports HK$109 million profit, 1st time in 7 years. Annual attendance 6.7mil
Hong Kong Disneyland is reporting its first profit in 7 years of operation with 6.7 million guests during the 2011-2012 season.

We’re serving up the fantastic news that our world famous Gumball Rally is coming to the Disneyland Resort on May 4th – tickets are on sale now!

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?

MiceTrip: Sail Away on the Disney Fantasy with MiceChat
October 19th – 26th, 2013

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Jeff and Geroge talk Toy Story, Jim Henson, Whispering Canyon, and Muppets 4D.  Don’t miss this weeks Five Legged Goat!


Darren and Eric visit opening weekend at Universal’s Mardi Gras and interview the create team. It’s a festive time of year at Uni.


Keith and Jeff talk old school Disneyland and change. Have you ever noticed that most fans seem to hate change? But they all have things they loved which weren’t there when the park opened.


Splash into MiceChat’s newest podcast from SeaWorld Orlando, where an amazing new attraction is under construction.

What Question Would You Ask Iger at the Shareholder Meeting?
With the annual Disney shareholder meeting coming up, Aladdin wants to know what you would ask Bob Iger if you had the chance.

Does Disney even patrol this board?
is curious, where does Disney get its research information? Do they look at fan websites?

The Characters of USH
starts a new thread on the unique characters that are in Universal Studios Hollywood.

Sea World San Diego welcomes baby Orca.
Whats this? Squeee! A baby orca has come to Sear World San Diego, jsmith11618 has the report here!

Brand New Musical Variety Stage Show
DisneyFunGuy tells us that part of Knott’s Spring Break activities this year, they are hosting a brand new musical style variety stage show!

Ride system tests have started on Transformers at Universal Orlando
KingEric reports that they are testing the ride system for Transformers! Exciting news that the ride is progressing quickly!

Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase Ride POV
Robert3377 found a great video of this classic ride, what are your thoughts on this attraction? Good, Bad? Discuss it here!

Han Solo back for Episode VII
Rumors are stirring, and there may be a character returning to the Star Wars Franchise.

House of Cards – Netflix first original series
Sir Clinksalot
gives us a great review of this original series by just an online only show.

Gumball Rally 2013 – SIGN UP NOW – May the 4th Be With You!
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.

Gumball Rally 2013: Trash Talking Thread
Bookwyrm has started the thread to rile you up and get the trash talking started! Join in on that fun!

Epcot’s Oz Playground
This weekend I had a chance to see the new playground installed for the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. Themed to the upcoming Wizard of Oz movie, it was a more intricate and multilayered…

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…

Design Those Were The Times #4: 1951 Ward Kimball’s Fire Engine, My Fire Engine Too
The Wheel of Years has been sent spinning and when the clicking stops, the red arrow will point to a year – that’s where we’ll start. The tale can flow forward or backward, flow into…

Coffee with Kurtti: Memories of Disneyland
Episode 4 of Coffee with Kurtti features two lifelong Disneyland enthusiasts reminiscing about their earliest memories of the park. Jeff and I also touch upon the nature of change, and share our respective views on…

Oz the Great and Powerful floats into Disneyland Resort as True Love Week comes to the parks
Disney’s latest movie, Oz: The Great and Powerful hits theatres next month but the movie soared into the Disneyland Resort this weekend. Disneyland welcomed a special hot air balloon promoting the film on Sunday and…

Oz Opens at Epcot and True Love at the Magic Kingdom
This was “True Love” week at the Magic Kingdom, we’ll show you all the romance, plus a glimpse of what is to come at the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. Nearly 80 photos of…

Walt Disney World Memories – Part 1
In today’s From The Mouth Of The Mouse, we begin a multi-part series where we talk to Stan, who worked all over the Walt Disney World Resort! Today, we chat a bit about how he…

Disneyland City Hall Reading
The other half of Communicore Weekly, Jeff Heimbuch, was out in California promoting the best Disney book of 2012 and found some great details at City Hall in Disneyland. I begged, er, requested some of…

In The Parks: Knott’s Berry Farm Growing New Attractions
There is quite a bit of action going on at Knott’s Berry Farm in the dead of winter. The classic Timber Mountain Log Ride is enjoying some much needed repairs and upgrades during a major…

Universal Studios Hollywood Walls and All
It’s been a few weeks since our last Universal Studios Hollywood update. Change is afoot in movie city. We’ll show you the latest construction and some Hollywood magic we stumbled upon this week. Kathy Lee…


Universal Orlando – London of the Swamp
London is rising from the swamps of Florida.  Yes, there is more progress on Kings Cross and the Gringott’s coaster inside Universal Studios Florida’s new Harry Potter expansion.  But further still, Springfield’s additional storefronts, Moe’s…

Busch Gardens Gets Wild Again Today
There’s always something to do at Busch Gardens and right now there’s a flurry of activity happening at this often overlooked little park in Tampa. Sheikra is set to reopen today, February 16th after a…

Park Wise: Walt Disney World with Food Allergies
With such an emphasis placed on dining at Walt Disney World, I’d often wondered what options were available for those with food allergies.  When a friend of mine, Clara, became a Walt Disney World local…

Four Generations, Four Parks, One Walt Disney World
A few weeks after my college graduation, I took my multigenerational family to Disney World. What was I thinking? How on earth would we keep young and old entertained and everyone together for a full…

Pirates Paradise Restaurant in France Rivals Disney Eateries
We love reading Alain Littaye’s updates from the international Disney parks. This time he takes us to a unique restaurant in the south of France. I don’t know about you, but I think this Pirate-themed…

Candy Shoppe at Sunshine Plaza
Here at Sunshine Plaza, the shop names tend to involve puns. There’s Baker’s Field Bakery, Engine-Ears Toys, and Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream. You might think a candy shop here would have a name like La…

Beaches and Cream – The Whole Can
Beaches & Cream is a sweet little 50’s style ice cream shop.  This table service location is best known for their amazing hot off the grill burgers and ice cream selections such as “The Kitchen Sink.” …

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