There was a TON of Disney and theme park news and information this week! There was breaking news from Disneyland yesterday of a very small explosion in ToonTown. We also enjoyed the new show, Mickey and the Magical Map and the Monstrous 24 hour party. And just up the freeway, Knott’s opened three new family attractions and is about to reopen their Timber Mountain Log Ride. On the other side of the world, the Chinese government is reclaiming more land near Hong Kong Disneyland and a spectacular Summer Festival is happening at the Tokyo parks. And Bob Gurr gives us a delightful history lesson by reintroducing us to the amazing Herb Ryman, Walt’s finest artist.
Explosion at Toontown (05/28/13)
Late afternoon on Tuesday, there was a small explosion inside ToonTown at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. It was later determined that it was merely a plastic bottle filled with dry ice. Funny? No. Will the pranksters be found?
Mickey and the Magical Map opens
The brand new show, Mickey and the Magical map, opened this past weekend and we had the first review up! Read along to learn more about the show, and if you’ve seen it, let us know what you think.
SeaWorld Orlando Antarctica Empire of the Penguin Opens
Over the past 2 years, MiceChat has been covering the construction of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins. At long last, this icy spectacular of an attraction has opened to guests. And while the ride portion of the experience may not quite live up to everyone’s expectations, it’s truly an amazing experience overall…
Knotts Berry Farm Open Three New Family Attractions In Boardwalk
Beloved Southern California park, Knott’s Berry Farm, opened three new attractions that are geared to the family set. But, it’s what’s coming tomorrow that has most fans excited.
Disneyland’s Monstrous Summer Kicks Off with 24 Hour Events
Disneyland launched its big Monstrous Summer with a line-up of events over the long Memorial Day Weekend, including a 24-hour party, a Greek festival, and the debut of a major new stage musical. Andy Castro fills you in with an amazing Dateline Disneyland.
The Walt Disney Family Museum Presents Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 works, 50 reasons
Space Painter was recently invited to preview the new Maurice Sendak exhibition at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. For those of you with fond memories of reading Sendak’s books as a child, this should be something very special!
Lowbrow Disney Art Exhibit plus a Trip to Silverado Winery with Diane Disney Miller
Scarlett Stahl recently took a trip to the Bay Area to visit her friend Maggie Richardson, the niece of Mary Blair. As usual, Scarlett’s trip had a wonderful Disney flair. She visited an exhibit of “lowbrow” Disney artwork by Camille Rose Garcia at the Walt Disney Family Museum. This report finishes with a trip to Silverado Winery with Diane Disney Miller.
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Memorial Day weekend at the Disneyland Resort started off the Summer Season with a Monstrous 24 Hour Day, the re-opening of the Fantasyland Theater, complete with a new show, a Greek Festival near It’s A Small World. Characters from the Monsters University Fraternity Oozma Kappa kicked off the Pixar Play Parade, and Mickey and Friends got into the spirit of May the 4th a few weeks late! Oswald cartoons were shown in Toontown, and several characters ended the 24 hour day in nightcaps and pajamas! Yes, it’s been a wild week at the resort. ~ Aladdin
Disneyland’s Mickey and the Magical Map
For seven years, the Disney Princesses, aka the Royal Mafia, held court inside the shell of the old Fantasyland Theatre. The last bit of live theatre performed in this space, Snow White: An Enchanting Musical, was a high-concept piece of stage work that featured elaborate sets and songs from the classic 1937 film, but left with little fanfare.
Monstrous 24 Hour Party at Disneyland
Disneyland kicked off its big Monstrous Summer with a big line-up of events over the long Memorial Day Weekend including a 24-hour party, a Greek festival and the debut of a major new stage musical.
Monstrous Summer! Monsters University Pixar Play Parade Video and more
SoCalbma has several videos from the 24 Monstrous weekend, including Oozma Kappa leading the Pixar Play Parade, the new stage show in the Fantasyland Theater, and several Disney character playing Star Wars! All the craziness is here!
24 Hour Event Phototimeline
brianpinksy has several photos from the 24 hour event from all around DCA!
Napa Rose, Fantasmic! And Fireworks
CassiefRN recently dined at the Napa Rose Restaurant and has this full review, from the chef’s table!
Mickey and the Magical Map’ show at Disneyland – Debut performance
Mickey’s Magical Map premiered at the newly re-opened Fantasyland Theater, here is the full show on video!
Disneyland Hotel Articles: Crazy for Building Disneyland Hotel
Many people weren’t sure of Walt’s Disneyland dream would be successful, so of course a hotel for this Disney dream was also a questionable investment. Old Hotel Guy has some more newly found old news from the Wrather vaults!
No new rumors this week, but we have some interesting ideas put forth both at home and abroad. ~ Trekkie Dad
Galapagos Bay, a new land for DAK
imaginashton proposes a land based on the Galapagos Islands as an addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
What ride do you want to see in Pixar Place?
toonaspie wants your opinion on what should be added to Pixar Place at Disney Hollywood Studios.
How’d you spend 1 billion to improve Paris’ studios park?
jcruise86 started this thread about improving Disney Studios Paris, but other micechatters have expanded the idea to the entire resort.
Cars Land Music
SoCalFan likes the music loop played in Cars Land, but thinks it could benefit with more variety while keeping the basic theme intact.
Anyone else still recovering from the long weekend? I’m sure Walt Disney World is, after their 24 hour party to begin the”Monstrous Summer.” This week in the Walt Disney World forum, we have a trip report with a lot of character, a discussion about Animal Kingdom that does not include Avatar, and a new coffee for the parks that is not Starbucks. Read all about these stories, as well as a slew of others, in the Walt Disney World forum. ~yoyoflamingo
Joffrey’s Fresh Brewed Coffee inside Magic Kingdom
While all the focus is on the imminent arrival of Starbucks at the bakery this June, this week also seems to have seen the beginning of all other locations switching from NesCafe to Joffrey’s coffee. (Insert your own Game of Thrones joke here) For better or worse? Share your thoughts here.
Will Animal Kingdom ever get new animal experiences?
An Animal Kingdom discussion without Avatar? While seemingly rare lately, a very pertinent discussion about Animal Kingdom lacking any new…animals. Cost? Not ‘Disney’ enough? Something else? Join in the discussion and add your thoughts here.
Haley B’s 2013 Disney World Trip Report
Join in beloved MiceChatter Hayley B’s first trip to Walt Disney World since 2006. Especially interesting are the characters she sees during her trip, with a nice overview of the characters now in New Fantasyland. Take a look here.
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