Disney News Round Up: Penguins, Boardwalks, Magical Maps

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Published on May 29, 2013 at 1:00 am with No Comments

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?

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Gay Days at Disney World MiceChat Meetup – June 1st and 2nd, 2013

Will you be in Orlando June 1st and 2nd? Come join the MiceChat crew for a Walt Disney World Gay Days meetup.  There are meets, events and fun while celebrating Disney style!

NIGHTS OF HORROR MEETS 2013 – Knott’s Scary Farm

Mark your calendars for a spooky good time at Knott’s Scary Farm on Saturday, September 28th!  Let us know if you will be joining us by signing up for our Halloween Haunt list below. We’ll send you an email when more information and tickets are available.

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MICECHAT.COM PODCAST GUIDE TO THEME PARK SUMMER 2013

The MiceChat Podcast crew rounds up the top attractions opening for summer 2013. Plus some surprising rumors from Disneyland. It’s a really fun show. Listen in:

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COMMUNICORE WEEKLY

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, DISNEY HISTORY! — This week, were a television show! Jeff and George explore the origins of Disney-MGM Studios in Disney History! BOOK OF THE WEEK! — George watches a lot of television, and reads The Wonderful World Of Disney Television, in this weeks Book of the Week! WINDOW OF THE WEEK! – Jeff and George take a look at IBSAD in the Window of the Week! FIVE LEGGED GOAT! — And finally, Superstar Television is all about the glamor in this weeks Five Legged Goat!

 

SUMMER KICK-OFF AT DISNEY PARKS!

Summer 2013 has officially begun at Disney Parks!

COASTRIDER AT KNOTTS BERRY FARM

A POV ride through of the Coast Rider Rollercoaster at Knotts Berry Farm in Buena Park California.

UNOFFICIAL UNIVERSAL ORLANDO PODCAST

On this episode we have some listener emails, the Orlando and Hollywood news, then a “First Time Visitor” interview and we finish with an interview with the Director of PR for Give Kids The World.

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THE UNOFFICIAL SEAWORLD PODCAST

Check out the awesome podcast we have that covers SeaWorld Orlando. With all the amazing things happening at the parks, there is plenty to hear about.

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HK Gov plans to reclaim 60-100 hectare of land at Sunny Bay
More land to be reclaimed near Hong Kong Disneyland. Second gate? Other entertainment? Your guess is as good as any.

Natsu Matsuri 2013 (Summer Festival)
A new event always promises new merchandise at Tokyo Disney. Here’s a sneak peak.

Latest Information on ATMs in Japan
Something to consider if you are planning a trip to Tokyo Disneyland.


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SeaWorld Antarctica
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.  It’s truly an amazing experience and quite a bit more in depth than we expected.

Review of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin at SeaWorld Orlando
The official article and column can be viewed here, this is the first take of this new area by King Eric!

New Penguin Exhibit
This new exhibit has brought up some questions, Malin is reporting that you are required to go through the ride portion and there is no option to just see the penguins.

Knott’s Boardwalk Bay
Grand opening of three new family attractions at Knotts Berry Farm. More thrills will come next week, as Knott’s reopens the classic Timber Mountain Log Ride after a multi-million dollar reimagining of the the attraction which has added dozens of brand new human and animal animatronics.

Trip Report 5/20 – 5/21: Universal Orlando Resort
DuckyDelite
brings us a concise and wonderful trip report from their recent visit the Universal in Orlando Florida!

Rumor and Speculation: Super Silly Fun Land for the Despicable Me attraction
Rumor has it that they build a entire land for this specific scene in Despicable Me, what are your thoughts on this rumor?

Simpsons Expansion Announced.
Here is the official announcement for the Simpsons area! Woo Hoo! Springfield, hometown to America’s favorite animated family, The Simpsons, comes to life at Universal Orlando Resort this summer.

Fish Taco stand behind Pets Stadium out from behind construction walls
Freddie Freelance brings us some great pictures of some of the recent finished construction at Seaworld in California.


Fast & Furious 6 – Very Brief Review & 2 Spoilers, One BIG ONE RE: Post Credits Scene
Love fast and the furious? stitchfanocala comes back with a great review of the furious franchise!

Richard Sherman and Alan Menken Live in Concert at D23 Expo
DustySage brings us news  that two of Disney’s most famous composers, the beloved Richard Sherman and the amazing Alan Menken will be performing for guests of the D23 Expo this August!

The 9 Most Unhealthy Chain Restaurant Meals
CaliforniaAdventurer brings us the list of the top Most Unhealthy Chain Restaurant Meals! Can you guess which ones are it?


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Kevin Yee: Wild Antarctica
SeaWorld Orlando premiered a new attraction this weekend in the form of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. It’s very much a lush Disney-style production with high-end design values and the big budget for theming.


DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.10 – 1956 Herb Ryman
We have a very special article from famed Disney Imagineer, Bob Gurr, today.  He has spun the Wheel of Years and landed on 1956 and his time with legendary Disney artist, Herb Ryman.


Flower and Garden Removal at Epcot
Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World, where we are getting ready to visit the Magic Kingdom for the 24 hour day! However, today’s update is dedicated to Epcot, where the bloom is finally off…


Walt Disney World Vintage Main Street USA Postcards
We’re always on the lookout for collectibles, ephemera and other Walt Disney World oddities at ImagiNERDing. Postcards are a lot of fun, especially when they’re presented in a slightly different way.


Six Flags Magic Mountain Update: Slow to Full Throttle
It’s been a few weeks since our last Magic Mountain update and while it may seem like progress has been slow for Full Throttle (it has) the ride is coming together. Elsewhere around the park,…

Monstrous Summer Puts Mickey Back on the Map at Disneyland
A monstrous Disneyland Resort update is here for you today, filled with all of the information you will need to survive the upcoming weekend.  With the 24-hour madness event underway at Disneyland today (May 24th),…


Orlando Parkhopper: Springfield USA Revealed at the Universal Orlando Resort
While Orlando’s attention this past Friday was on the grand opening of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins at SeaWorld, Universal finally unveiled an extra treat for people planning to visit the parks this summer…SPRINGFIELD USA!


Park Wise: Best Disney World Pools
The end of the school year is upon our household, and that can only mean one thing…SUMMER!!!  When I think of summer here in the middle of the country, I immediately start sweating.  With temperatures…


Why the Monorail Failed in Los Angeles
I realize that most people associate early Monorails with Walt Disney. It is well-known that one of the earliest drawings of Tomorrowland by Herb Ryman had one crossing over the entrance. The Disneyland Monorail was…


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…

Will The New Paramount Park in Spain Jeopardize Disneyland Paris’ Future?
Alain Littaye, of the Disney and more blog, brings us part two of our virtual tour of Paramount Parks Europe’s new proposed theme park in Alhama de Murcia, Spain. He also shares his analysis of…

Paramount Parks Europe Reveals Plans for Spanish Park
In the United States, Paramount theme parks suffered lackluster performance and multiple changes of ownership. Paramount Parks Europe, however, has lofty plans to build two theme parks in the next few years. In back-to-back announcements,…


Toy Story Midway Mania Times Three
Most Yesterland articles are about things that are gone—but not today. We’ll look at a very popular attraction that’s been “cloned” for three parks, but has been “packaged” differently at each location. Let’s compare how…


Coffee with Kurtti: The Art of Walt Disney World
Last time on Coffee with Kurtti, Jeff talked about his book The Art of Disneyland. In this episode, he picks up right where he left off, and talks about a few of the obstacles he…


My Neighbor Totoro and Howl’s Moving Castle
Disney has just released My Neighbor Totoro and Howl’s Moving Castle on Blu-ray. With these releases, the only major films left are Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, which have not seen the hi-definition treatment.


Dueling Disney: Square-off
Ye come seeking adventure and salty old pirates, aye? Well don’t close your eyes, and don’t try to hide. For my fellow Americans, we have ourselves a good old-fashioned Square-off! We can smell the pundit’s…


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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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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