Disney News Round up: Transformational and Sensational

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Published on June 12, 2013 at 3:00 am with 1 Comment

Welcome back to another fun-filled, information-packed Disney and Theme park news round up! This week, we round up all sorts of hot new attractions that have just opened for summer 2013 or which have just been announced for 2014.  Falcon’s Fury was announced for Busch Gardens Tampa, Despicable Me and Super SIlly Fun Land are coming to Universal Studios Hollywood, and SeaWorld will be celebrating for 18 months to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its San Diego park.  We also have news from Disneyland Paris, and Tokyo Disneyland and much much more.  Let’s round things up!

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Yesterday was a very busy news day for the MiceChat crew. Three theme parks announced attractions for next year. 

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Universal Hollywood Officially Announces Despicable Me and Super Silly Fun Land
Even though MiceChat readers have known about it for quite some time, Universal Studios Hollywood has just officially announced “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” is taking over the building vacated by the Terminator. This delightful 3D motion simulator adventure based on the hit film, Despicable Me, has been wowing crowds at Universal Orlando for almost a year. But there’s a little bit of extra whimsy which will be constructed next to the attraction which will truly delight the family audience.

Busch Gardens Tampa Announces Falcon’s Fury Drop Tower.
Busch Gardens Tampa “dropped” some big news today announcing the addition of the Falcon’s Fury drop tower attraction to their line-up of world class thrill rides. The ride will be the tallest free-standing drop tower ride in North America at a staggering 335 feet and have a unique twist that will make it the first of its kind.

SeaWorld Announces 50th Anniversary Celebration for 3 Parks.
SeaWorld hopes to make a splash with plans for its 50th anniversary in 2014. Promising a “Sea of Surprises,” all three SeaWorld parks (Orlando, San Diego, and San Antonio) will be celebrating an 18 month anniversary blast. New shows, up-close animal encounters, entertainment and prizes will mark the occasion, along with a whole new entry complex for the park that started it all, SeaWorld San Diego.


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Attendance numbers for 2012 have been announced,  Al has information on the current plans for Disneyland’s upcoming 60th Birthday, a few things in the Disney family are celebrating their 50th birthday, and some great trip reports from members of your MiceChat family! ~ Aladdin

MiceAge Rumor Report: The Reality of the Disneyland Explosion, D23 Expo, Fantasyland Updatings
Al and his crew at MiceAge have their most recent update with the current plans for Disneyland’s 60th Birthday, and some information about the Boom in Towntown caused by dry ice, and a now former cast member.

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May 30 – June 5 trip longest trip yet with photos
mouseknotts and family, including their granddaughter, spend 7 fun filled days at the Disneyland resort and wrote this trip report!

A Short Capt. Hook trip report for June 9, 2013 Part of my plan
Capt Hook makes the rounds at Disneyland visiting some of his favorite Disney celebrities.

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room: 50th Anniversary Thread
Several things in the Disney family are turning 50 this year: Johnny Depp, just celebrated his 50th birthday this week, and soon Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room will be hitting the big 5-0, also. Here are the plans for the celebration of Walt’s 1st all-encompassing audio-animatronic attraction!

No more adding a sixth day to Park Hopper
rbakel lets us know that a 6th day add-on to a 5 day passport is no longer available. It appears this has been an on and off thing over that past year. Here is the information they received.



An old rumor about Tomorrowland resurfaces, and we have an idea for another roller coaster in California Adventure. ~ Trekkie Dad

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Tomorrow Land
New member Disneysidney24 claims to have spoken with an Imagineer about plans for Disneyland’s Tomorrowland, but others are not buying it. Judge for yourself.

Concert Chaos: DCA’s Rockin’ Rollercoaster
imaginashton has an idea that he claims would be a better fit for Hollywoodland than the rumored Monsters Inc. door coaster.



This week brings us a honeymoon question, a look at theme park attendance, and Cars Land: Is it a good or bad idea? Take a peek and see what we’re offering in the Walt Disney World forum this week!

Honeymoon in WDW :D
MarenBoBarren has a question: What tips can you offer newlyweds who are traveling to Walt Disney World for the first time in November for their Honeymoon? Share your tips here!

Why Cars?
With Carsland celebrating its first year at DCA and rumors of it coming over to Florida makes CaptainSmollett wonder why Cars? Aren’t there better properties to use in its place? Do you agree or disagree?

2012 Walt Disney World theme park attendance announced
While DCA’s attendance was the big news in the TEA’s attendance report, see what Central Florida’s numbers have brought as well. Take a peek at the highlights here, or find the link to the complete report.


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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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COMMUNICORE WEEKLY

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about the Tobacco Shop, Realityland, Lilo And Stitch and Oz Blu-Rays, and Tiki Buffalo! DISNEY HISTORY! — Did you know there was a Tobacco Shop on Main Street in Disneyland? Learn all about it in this week’s Disney History! BOOK OF THE WEEK! — George visits Realityland: True-Life Adventures at Walt Disney World in this week’s Book of the Week! 60 SECOND REVIEW! – Jeff and George review the Lilo & Stitch and Oz the Great and Powerful Blu Rays in the 60 Second Review! FIVE LEGGED GOAT! — And finally, the Enchanted Tiki Room hides this week’s Five Legged Goat

FALCONS FURY – GREAT BUSCH GARDENS NEWS!

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ANTARCTICA AT SEAWORLD ORLANDO – UNOFFICIAL SEAWORLD PODCAST EPISODE #6

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MICECHAT PODCAST 8 – YOUR GUIDE TO THEME PARK SUMMER 2013

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COFFEE WITH KURTTI #6

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UNOFFICIAL UNIVERSAL ORLANDO PODCAST #58

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Live On Location from Universal Orlando’s Transformers Grand Opening
 

V24 Radio and MiceChat present live coverage of the grand opening of Transformers: The Ride 3D at Universal Orlando!
 
Starting around 9am Eastern on June 20, MiceChat’s Eric Davis will be doing cut-ins all throughout the morning of regular V24 Radio programming.
 
Hear guest reaction to the ride, join us for the ride-through, and hear the grand opening celebrations!
 
V24 Radio takes you right to Universal Orlando for this special occasion.
 
Listen live at V24Radio.com. Autobots, roll out!
 
 
 
Be The Boss is our all-request hour where you take over the station and hear what YOU want! Send us your request by 2pm Eastern, and we’ll make sure to play it for Be The Boss at 5pm Eastern Monday to Friday.
 
And if that wasn’t enough…anyone who sends a request for Be The Boss this week is entered to win an Earl of Sandwich lunch, valid anywhere in the US of A! The winner of the contest will be announced on Twitter on Friday and notified by e-mail.
 
So what are you waiting for? Send us a request and get in to win!
 


We have some news from Disneyland Paris and members seeking advice about upcoming trips to Tokyo and Hong Kong. ~ Trekkie Dad

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New screens near the Ticket Booths !!!
DLRP_bopazot reports a convenient way to exchange e-vouchers for tickets at Disneyland Paris.

New Specific Merchandise at DLP !!!
Tired of generic Disney Parks merchandise? Disneyland Paris has some specific to that resort.

DLP’s Unlogical Pricing: $ 27 a day, $ 210 a year, and free for guests under 7
Fultimate is puzzled as to why some Disneyland Paris admission prices are so much lower than those in the US.

Need Advice: Hong Kong and HKDL in October
Brisal73 is planning a trip to Hong Kong around Halloween and gets advice from other members.

Christmas
vickitricki plans to visit Tokyo Disneyland in late November and hopes that the characters will be decked out in Christmas attire.


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California Mission restoration
SpacemanSpiff spent a interesting time with one of the restorers for the California missions that Knott’s berry farm holds on display.

V.I.P. Pricing Ridiculous Or The Next Big Thing?
This has been a on-going issue with most theme parks, and the N.Y. Times has brought focus to it again and johnlawwhiskey is wondering if this is going to become a bigger trend.

#SeaOfSurprises – Big announcement for SeaWorld Orlando and San Antonio tomorrow
KingEric reports that SeaWorld Orlando and San Antonio are teasing on Twitter about a big announcement coming tomorrow titled the Sea of Surprises!

Porcupine Gulch – backyard ‘amusement’ area and train layout.
RegionsBeyond brings us another great photo trip report from the western lands of one unique theme park, a theme park in a back yard!


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Newsies heading to the West End!
Hathaway Browne gives us news that this loved show is coming to the other side of the pond!

Disney D23 Expo: Broadway and Beyond Concert
Dustysage brings us information on a special concert at the D23 Expo on August 9th at 6:30 pm. The concert is included with Expo tickets and will feature stars from some of Disney’s most successful Broadway shows.

Is The D23 Expo Worth The Admission Price?
Nikefutbolero, is wondering if the price of admission is worth the money for this yearly expo. Help them out with some great feedback!


Universal Orlando Resort Transformers Preview
Since the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened in 2010, Islands of Adventure has seen a dramatic 72% increase in attendance.  Over that same time period, its next door neighbor, Universal Studios, saw a much…

Summer at Disneyland is here as Big Thunder Mountain refurbishment continues
Summer at Disneyland is now in full swing, with most attractions open and the parks open late every night. Summer typically means a ramp up in crowd levels and a slow-down on major construction and…

Understanding Digital Domain and Digital Domes in Theme Parks
In a previous piece, I wrote about how visual effects company Rhythm & Hues, whose work includes “It’s Tough to Be a Bug” at DCA and Animal Kingdom, filed for bankruptcy a week before winning…

Nerdy Disney Father’s Day
Shopping for your favorite nerdy, Disney dad for Father’s Day? I’ve got some great suggestions to help out with the gift-giving that include some great books, theme park gear and one amazing collectible. Every Disney…

Keeping Score between Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort
The bar has been raised. The new level is: Gigantic fire breathing dragon on top of a tower. No word yet on whether or not said fire breathing dragon’s wing flap has a thrust equivalent…

Unofficial SeaWorld Orlando Podcast, Designer of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins, Brian Morrow
In the last episode of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast, we brought you lots of news about the upcoming grand opening of SeaWorld Orlando’s Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. We follow up on that by bringing…

Dateline Disney World: New Artisan Ice Cream Parlor at EPCOT
Hello, and welcome to a weekend edition of Dateline Disney World! We had a tropical storm on my normal photo days, so I stopped by Epcot on my way home from work Friday to get…

Catching up with Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood is a park that is never afraid to re-invent its image (or layout, for that matter).  The park is embarking on a multi-year overhaul of its upper lot area that will include…

Oz the Great and Powerful
George: Oz the Great and Powerful was released to theaters on March 8 of this year. It always surprises me when a film is released on Blu-ray so quickly, but it’s an easier and more…

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In The Parks: Disneyland Resort Now With Extra Magic Prices
As of last Sunday, all of the continental Disney Parks have raised their prices.  But, as of this week, there is very little to show for it. Minor refurbishments are going on throughout the parks,…

Marvel World Grab Bag: Iron Man at Disneyland, “Big Hero 6″ Movie and “Once Upon a Time” Graphic Novel
For your geeky enjoyment, I present to you a grab bag of Marvel-related news. Let’s start at Disneyland. STARK INDUSTRIES INVADES TOMORROWLAND Although it has taken me some time to post this, I was there…

Full Throttle Testing Begins at Magic Mountain
Six Flags Magic Mountain is about to go Full Throttle for summer! Testing on their newest coaster began this week. We got a good look at work going on in the Special Effects tunnel, as…

WDW Monorail System Expansion?
Disney fans love to spread information—and sometimes misinformation—about the Walt Disney World Monorail system and the possibility that it will be expanded. Today Yesterland has three updated and expanded Monorail stories and the truth behind…

Accountaneering Disney Disneyland Resort Attractions and Entertainment Part 2
Before there was a Cars Land, Disney floated all sorts of ideas for new attractions at Disneyland. Last week, we brought you part one of this two part story. You can get caught up HERE.…

Should You Stay On-Site or Off-Site at Disney
One of the most important factors in planning your Disney vacation is choosing your resort.  You don’t want to end up in Barbie’s Dream Projects, like we did when I traveled with my high school…

The Orlando Fun Spot Goes BIG
The summer of 2013 is turning into a banner year for Orlando. From SeaWorld’s Antarctica, to Universal’s Transformers and Springfield, and even Disney’s Tangled Toilets, Orlando has created an aura of anticipation and excitement for…

Dueling Disney: Resorts
So, you decided to come to a Disney resort, but now the ultimate question hangs in the balance: where will you rest your weary head after a long day of Park-hopping? Well, luckily, both Walt Disney World and Disneyland offer a host of different options for you to choose from. However, is one Coast superior than the other when it comes to their offerings? We’re about to find out!

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.11 – 1969 Walt Disney World Tram Design
Disney legend Bob Gurr is famous for making things move. He invented the Autopia, Monorail, Main Street Vehicles, and at least one behemoth . Today, he has spun the Wheel of Years and landed on a topic…

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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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  1. Yesterday was sort of crazy. The morning started with news from SeaWorld about their plans for the 50th. Then Busch Gardens announced their big scary new torture device. And later in the day, Universal Hollywood confirmed what we’ve all known about, Despicable Me, and dropped info on Super Silly Fun Land as well. Great stuff all the way around!

    And a big thanks to everyone involved in all of the videos and podcasts above. A LOT of work goes into those and they are much appreciated.

    Thank you to all of the writers, podcasters, editors and readers of MiceChat.com!