Where can see Walt Disney playing in his backyard, an Easter trip report to Disneyland, and new Dumbo popcorn buckets all in one place? The MiceChat Round up of Disney, theme park and travel news and information of course! Here is your weekly digest of all things theme park fun including a trip to the San Diego Safari Park and the Butterfly Jungle exhibit and the Walt Disney Los Angeles tour too!  There are also new videos and podcasts including a new Communicore Weekly, a new video from Sarah the MiceChatter, a new Just Ask Alex, Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast and SeaWorld Podcast too.  Let’s get to the info!  There’s a lot to take in!

RX-24’s one day solo trip 4-5-13 (report for long time lurker needs a hand) pic heavy
RX-24 had asked the fans of MiceChat to lend a hand with planning a one day incidental trip I was making to the Disney Resort, here is the result!

This week we sadly say goodbye to one of Walt’s original Mouseketeers, Annette Funicello.  Another princess has received a new dress, and a new popcorn bucket has arrived in Disneyland! ~ Aladdin

Walt Disney playing with a friend’s backyard train, 1948
matman730 found this online video of Walt operating and riding on a small scale train! This love of trains found it’s way into Disneyland just a few years after this video was taken. Take a look here!

The New Princess To Recieve a New Dress Is……………
The Disney Ninja has a photo of the next Disney Princess with a dress makeover. Take a look and then tell us if the new outfit represents this Disney Princess that we have known for decades.

Our Easter photo tour from Disnyland | Bunny Hop included!
FreshBakedDisney visited Disneyland the day before Easter and has these photos for us!

New Dumbo Popcorn Buckets
The newest special popcorn bucket has arrived in Disneyland Take a look at the photo and see if you can resist taking one home!

Annette Funicello has passed away
We sadly say goodbye to one of the most memorable original Mickey Mouse Club members, Annette Funicello.

No new rumors this week, but we do find a couple ideas for Walt Disney World from a couple of our armchair imagineers. ~ Trekkie Dad

Revamp on DHS
sandlotgiant1 thinks that Disney Hollywood Studios should be the focus of a revamp using recently acquired Lucasfilm properties.

Mickey’s Big Top Spin for MK’s Storybook Circus
Disneylandfan85 has been working on an idea for a Mickey Mouse dark ride to be added to Fantasyland at WDW’s Magic Kingdom Park.

This week takes us to the Seven Seas with Pirates, a loss of a beloved Mouseketeer, Billy Dee Williams sightings, and some help with infants. A lot of things to look at this week, so let’s get started! ~yoyoflamingo

Sneak Peak at A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasure of the Seven Seas
Have you seen the new video sneak preview of the interactive Pirates game coming to Adventureland this summer? Does it look fun or just another opportunity for Disney to pass on new attractions?

Need Advice – first trip to Disney World, first flight with an infant
Hindsight2020 is traveling to Walt Disney World for the first time, in addition to traveling with a 6 month old. Does anyone have any advice to help her out, especially for traveling on a plane with an infant?

Annette Funicello…Rest in Peace
The big Disney news making the news this week was the passing of a true Disney legend – Annette Funicello. Share your thoughts and memories here.

Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) will Make Heroes Visit to Star Wars Weekends IV
Billy Dee Williams returns to Star Wars Weekends in Walt Disney World this summer. Exciting or old news?

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Coffee With Kurtti:

Episode 5 of Coffee with Kurtti features Jeff and Keith talking about the art of Disneyland. It’s a fantastic discussion.  Direct Link   |  iTunes Link


The Unofficial SeaWorld podcast is back today and we have an EXCLUSIVE interview with Brian Morrow, the Creator of Antarctica, about what it was like creating the Coldest Attraction on the planet.  Learn what guests can expect to get out of their day at SeaWorld!  DIRECT LINK  |  iTunes Link


Now that Disney has given up on Pleasure Island and night time entertainment, where is the Orlando tourist to go? A great option is Universal’s CityWalk. Chock full of bars, clubs & eateries with a fantastic atmosphere to boot, CityWalk has oodles of entertainment and options all set in great surroundings.

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Join Dusty, Doug, Eric and Fishbulb as we explore the Disney princess explosion and compare the speed with which Disney and Universal are building their new attractions. It’s a fun romp through the worlds of Disney, Universal and SeaWorld.

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DISNEY HISTORY! — Disney Legend Bob Gurr returns to the show to talk to Jeff about the Monorail in this weeks Disney History! BOOK OF THE WEEK! — George takes a peek at the Windows On Main Street for his Book of the Week! WINDOW OF THE WEEK! — Jeff looks at Dr. Benjamin Silver for the Window of the Week! FIVE LEGGED GOAT! — And finally, the Animation Courtyard hides this week’s Five Legged Goat!


Alex is your typical 10 year old who loves Disney. In “Just Ask Alex,” he answers YOUR burning questions about Disney.


Long Lost Friends Week (a part of Limited Time Magic) is in full swing at the Disneyland Resort! Who are you most excited to meet?

Tokyo Disneyland Resort is getting a lot of discussion this week, and we have a possible sneak peek at a Ratatouille ride vehicle for Paris. ~ Trekkie Dad

TDR Blu-ray Release Info
Tokyo Disney Resort fans (like bradk) anxiously await the release of a set of blu-ray discs of some of the best shows there.

Just moved to Japan and trying to plan a trip the resort with the family.. Help?
KittieKyo404 and her family have just arrived in Japan and are looking for some good advice for visiting Tokyo Disney Resort.

Disney Cruise Line: Tokyo / Shanghai / Hong Kong
CaliforniaAdventurer thinks DCL should enter the cruise market in Asia. What do others think?

Could Japan support a second Disney resort?
Here’s another idea from CaliforniaAdventurer: Could Japan support another Disney Resort–say near Osaka?

Conceptual Art of Walt Disney Studios Ratatouille ‘Rat-like’ Ride Vehicle
ide Warrior has found some art work that purports to be an early concept of a Ratatouille ride vehicle for Disneyland Paris.

New round of significant layoffs at TWDC
Flynnibus reports with the recent closure of LucasArts studio and laying off all it’s staff this week, there is looming news of more layoffs across all of Disney.

As spring hits us in full swing, so do the trips to other parks! We have some excellent reports from all over California!

Joe’s Life of Walt Disney Los Angeles Tour
Mre200200 takes us on a tour of Los Angeles in the steps of Walt Disney and his family, read the full trip report here!

San Diego Zoo Safari Park – Butterfly Jungle
KEBSD takes us on a photo tour of the San Diego Zoo’s Butterfly exhibit, you can say they got up real close and personal with these bugs!

Joe’s Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology Adventure – Pic Heavy
Mre200200 found out about this new exhibit coming to the states, he had to jump on this opportunity to visit it!

Our Favorite Mouseketeer, Annette Funicello, Has Passed Away at 70
Unfortunate news that the original Mouseketeer is no longer with us, our thoughts go to her family.

Disney closing LucasArts game publisher.
Changes are in the air with Disney and their recent purchase, looks like LucasArts is no more!

Muppets Co-Creator Jane Henson Dies At 78
Co-creator of the Muppets has past away from a long battle with cancer.

Disney closing LucasArts game publisher.
Changes are in the air with Disney and their recent purchase, looks like LucasArts is no more!

Muppets Co-Creator Jane Henson Dies At 78
Co-creator of the Muppets has past away from a long battle with cancer.

MiceAge Update: Tron-morrowland and Monsters Backlot
Al Lutz brings us another update, choc-full of fun rumors and speculation from the Disneyland Resort.  In this update he’ll fill you in on how this changed dynamic has now altered the future plans for the Disneyland Resort, what the new projects president Michael Colglazier may be able to greenlight during his three year visit to Anaheim, as well as the current thinking on how to handle Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary coming up in 2015.

Avatar Moves Forward at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Kevin Yee is on a roll today. He takes us from Animal Kingdom to Epcot and beyond. He’s got an eagle’s eye on what’s going on at the Walt Disney World Resort and he’s worried…

Spring break winds down as construction projects continue at Disneyland
Big crowds continued through the final week of Disneyland‘s busy spring break season. As the final crowds of spring break hit the parks, work continued on Disneyland’s various on-going projects. In Fantasyland, work continues on…

Dateline Disney World: Magic Kingdom News, Construction, and Photos
Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! Thank you for the super positive reaction to last week’s article. This week, we return to the Magic Kingdom, where we’ll take a look at some changes, news,…

ImagiNERDing: Walt Disney World Eastern Winds
I’m obsessed with 1970s Walt Disney World. I think a lot of it boils down to the simple fact that people didn’t document their vacations the same way they did at Disneyland in the 1950s…

How the New LEGOLAND Hotel San Diego Stacks Up
The new LEGOLAND Hotel, San Diego, opened its doors to guests this week and invited MiceChat to stay for a night.  We decided to send the Hamand’s, long time MiceChat readers, and family of four,…

In The Parks: Disneyland Resorts Flowers, Wait Times, and Construction
What a colorful we have for you today from the Disneyland Resort.  The park is, of course, in the middle of a very busy Spring Break season. But it is the onslaught of blossoms and…

Universal Orlando Resort Preparing for Massive Summer
Fast cars, big queues, new apps, hiring news, and more walls coming down around Transformers. Yes, the Orlando Parkhopper is running around the Universal Orlando Resort again this week, with news from nearly every corner…

Is Disney PhotoPass Worth the Money?
If you’ve been to a Disney Park recently, you’ve no doubt seen happy cast members posted at various locations throughout the park with large cameras in hand.  These are your friendly PhotoPass photographers, and they’ll gladly snap a picture…

Finally a Window on Main Street for Buzz Price – Part 1
Two years ago, almost exactly, Sam Gennawey pulled out a megaphone right here on MiceChat and declared that Harrison “Buzz” Price should be awarded a window on Disneyland’s Main Street. This week, he finally got one!

Cold weather has a chilling effect on Disneyland Paris attendance
The weather in Paris has been painfully cold this year, and it seems to have had an effect on the attendance at Disneyland Paris. The lack of guests at the park during the chilly early…

Epic Tokyo Disneyland Trip Report, Day Two
Last week, we began a series of articles about Tokyo Disneyland Resort. Here’s a link to Part One. Judging from the comments week, there are quite a few of you who are looking forward to…

Golden Dreams
There’s a movie theater in the Bay Area district of the Golden State with 335 comfortable seats, 70 mm projection, and state-of-the art sound. The theater shows Golden Dreams, a 22-minute mini-epic about people who…

What’s Happening at the Walt Disney Family Museum – April 2013
Oswald, Roger, and the Easter Bunny have had their annual meeting. Easter 2013 is behind us, and April 2013 is before us. There are some cool things happening at The Walt Disney Family Museum this…

Disney: The First 100 Years by Dave Smith
Doing original Disney research requires collecting lots of books, magazines and ephemera (like brochures and park maps). Dave Smith, the Director Emeritus of the Disney Archives (and the founder) has published quite prolifically on the history of…

Dueling Mountain Ranges-Part one
Who has the better Mountain Range?  Walt Disney World or Disneyland.  Jeff and Keith battle it out in the first part in a series.

ipm on MiceChat: The Thea Awards Honor the Best Themed Attractions of 2012
This past Saturday, members of the themed entertainment design community met at the Disneyland Hotel to honor their peers for the best themed attractions of last year at the 2013 Thea Awards.  Presented by the Themed…

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