This week’s Disney news Round Up we share some excitement regarding movie reviews and premieres! Disney’s The Lone Ranger premiere took over Disney’s California Adventure and Monster’s University made a killing at the box office last weekend. What are your feelings on the latest Disney movies? MiceChat has an official review thread ready for your comments (read the stories below and add your thoughts)! The tip of the week focuses on what the best times to eat at the parks are and how to wait the least amount of time! Enjoy!

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Walt Disney Studios Dedicates Soundstage to Annette Funicello
Yesterday, in a small ceremony inside the Walt Disney Studios, Soundstage 1 was rededicated as the Annette Funicello Stage. Arguably the most popular Mouskateer, Annette commanded a sizable crowd of fellow Mousketeers, Disney dignitaries, studio staff, and executives.

Disney Animal Kingdom Wilderness Explorers
Disney’s Animal Kingdom has a new game, open since early June, thus joining Magic Kingdom’s two games and Epcot’s cell phone based game (hmm, will DHS get one? Will it be Star Wars themed? I kind of think Muppets would be a hoot). DAK’s game is called Wilderness Explorers, and it is decidedly low tech.

Disney California Adventure rolls out the red carpet for “The Lone Ranger” world premiere as the Enchanted Tiki Room turns 50
Disney California Adventure rolled out the red carpet over the weekend for the World Premiere of Disney’s new action-adventure film, The Lone Ranger. Saturday’s star-studded event included the likes of film stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, along with a number of other stars and hundreds of guests who purchased tickets to the event, benefiting the American Indian College Fund.

Tip of the Week

Save time when eating in the Parks!

A stroll through Disneyland and Magic Kingdom is sure to eventually be met with the delightful smell of popcorn, vanilla, fried chicken, and even turkey legs. You can not help but want to stop and grab a bite. But try to do so at peak times and you’ll end up at the end of a long line. To beat the crowds, aim to eat between the hours of 10:30 to 11:30am for lunch and do an early dinner around 3:30 to 4:30pm. During these times, you’ll have the best chance to get a table at the table service restaurants and you’ll wait less time in line for your food at quick service establishments. In short, eating at off-peak times gives you more time for rides and shows!


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The Lone Ranger Premiered in DCA this past Saturday, and we have photo and video reports from the Red Carpet.  Then head on over to Big Thunder Ranch in Disneyland and see the seasonal makeover that is in Festival Arena! ~ Aladdin

6/22/13 – Pictures of the Red Carpet
The Lone Ranger premiered in DCA this past Saturday, and Ron W has photos of the Red Carpet set up for DCA’s first movie premiere!

The Lone Ranger Red Carpet
Indiana Janes report direct from the Lone Ranger red carpet and have video of several VIP’s from the movie, as well as several of the Disney Channel tween stars that attended the movie premiere!

Adventureland Photo Sharing Thread
Regions Beyond shares some of their favorite Adventureland photos and then asks you to post your own Adventureland photos, too!

Woody’s All American Round-Up
Do you have a hankerin’ for a Cowboy Crunchies Marshmallow treat? Then you best git yerself to Woody’s All American Round up, this Summer! Ron W has the photos from Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland!


This week there is no shortage of ideas for improving Disney California Adventure and Disneyland, with two of our armchair Imagineers submitting more than one idea. ~ Trekkie Dad

Would you like to see Grizzly River Rapids become more Disneyesque?
DCAFanatic thinks Grizzly River Rapids could use some animatronics and possibly even a new theme. This has sparked a lively discussion.

How about a grand circle tram tour around the DCA park?
Would Disney California Adventure benefit from a grand circle tour? asks DCAFanatic.

A Couple Of Smaller DCA Attractions To Go Along With Monsters’ Door Coaster
Ride Warrior has ideas for a couple additions to Carsland.

Pacific Dive a dark ride for paradise pier (with concept art)
imaginashton incorporates elements from Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin, Animal Kingdom’s Dinosaur, and Tokyo’s submarine pods into a tour of California’s undersea life.

DCA Jumpin’ Jellyfish converted into an Oz Hot Air balloon ride
swaggerjagger wants to convert an existing ride into an Oz-themed balloon ride.

Universal Studios Hollywood building Carthay Circle Theater in the New Main Plaza
SoCalbma thinks a construction photo taken at Universal Studios Hollywood closely resembles the Carthay Circle Theater at Disney California Adventure.


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MiceChat Reviews – Monsters University
We want you to vote and give us your review of Pixar’s latest release! Was it a home run hit for you, or was it just hum drum ?

The Black Cauldron
Lordvader recently watched this Disney Classic, here is his take on the movie that just did not do well for Disney.


Hong Kong Disneyland prepares for a Monstrous Summer, and a plea for advice becomes a mini-report. ~ Trekkie Dad

HKDL ‘Monstrous Summer’
Looks like Hong Kong’s Animation Academy will be hosting Monsters University, according to MickeyHKP. Care to enroll?

Last Minute Advice!
Bender Rodriguez got advice for a quick day in Hong Kong Disneyland and reported how it went.

AV Room

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Circarama, Imagineering, Limited Time Magic, and the Aladdin Camels! DISNEY HISTORY! – In this week’s History segment, we take a look at the Circarama films and their many incarnations at the Disney parks! BOOK OF THE WEEK! – George reads through the gigantic Walt Disney Imagineering book for the Book of the Week! DISNEY DEBATE! – Jeff and George often agree, and when it comes to Limited Time Magic, it doesn’t change. That’s why Disney Debate is a terrible name for this segment! FIVE LEGGED GOAT – And finally, the feed those camels in Adventureland for this week’s Five Legged Goat!

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Sarah brings us news of the Long Ranger Premiere and information on Monsters U!

Sea Lions Tonight! Here are some great highlights from the popular show at Seaworld!


Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast takes a dive into San Diego’s new Aquatica park and discusses the upcoming 50th anniversary celebration of SeaWorld parks.

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Coffee with Kurtti: Armchair Imagineering Tomorrowland – Jeff and Keith explore what’s wrong with Disneyland’s Tomorrowland and what they’d do to change it.

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast looks at the new Springfield expansion around the Simpson’s ride as well as other Orlando and Hollywood news.

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And that’s not all, there’s a 2nd Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast this week as they UUOP crew bring us with them to the grand opening celebration of Transformers the Ride!

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V24 Disney Radio

V24 Radio will be broadcasting live from Tomorrowland this Friday!

We’ll bring you live to the Carousel of Progress with V24 Radio’s Matt Tice.

We’ll also be giving away an Earl of Sandwich gift card to a V24 Insider! Not an insider? You can be, by clicking here (it takes just a couple of seconds)!

Don’t miss this special presentation!

Broadcast brought to you by Earl of Sandwich USA.

Other Theme Parks

We are all over the place this week with behind the scenes on the Timber Mountain refurbishment at Knott’s, a trip to Pasadena for the chalk festival and over to Arizona to remember Legend City, a Disney inspired park. ~ DLandFansAZ

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Log Ride refurbishment – Behind the scenes
SpacemanSpiff shared a video from Knott’s Berry farm about the refurbishment of Timber Mountain Log Ride with behind the scenes footage and an interview with Garner Holt.

Joe’s 2013 Pasadena Chalk Festival trip report
mre200200 brings us a great trip report from the Pasadena Chalk Festival with some excellent photos and a side trip to the Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Happy 50th Anniversary Legend City – Phoenix Mesa Arizona
Phoenix, AZ had a theme park that was inspired by Disneyland that operated from 1963 until 1983. The Arizona Historical Society hosted the 50th Anniversary of the theme park and Aladdin brings us all the details of the event.

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D23 Expo

August 9th through 11th at the Anaheim Convention Center . We’ll have a magical booth in the Collector’s Forum area. Meet MiceChat staff, special guests and Disney legends whom we have scheduled throughout the three day Expo. We will also be giving away lots of great prizes, including hotel stays and an iPad Mini.

Disney Cruise

We invite you to join us on a very special MiceChat voyage to the Eastern Caribbean on the newest ship of the Disney Cruise Line, the Disney Fantasy. Contact [email protected] for full details. We’d love to have you join us!

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Universal Orlando Goes Old School with Cabana Bay Beach Resort
With Transformers now open and thrilling N.E.S.T. recruits, Universal is moving furiously to complete its Springfield expansion. And, we take our first look at what the family suites at Cabana Bay Beach Resort will look.

Disney Infinity E3
Disney Interactive had a large presence at the E3 Conference last week. They’ve shared some screen shots and images to get us even more excited about their upcoming and highly anticipated game, Disney Infinity.

Podcast – Transformers The Ride Grand Opening Special
As we’re sure you know, Universal Orlando officially opened their new Transformers The Ride 3D attraction to the public on Thursday the 20th of June. As part of the event, they had a gala event.

SeaWorld San Diego Aquatica Makes A Splash
Welcome to the second part of our Aquatica San Diego update, the first being coverage of the opening ceremony. In this update, we’ll be taking an in-depth look around the park, including all of the.

Local Authorities Cause Headaches for Disneyland Paris
The local authorities near Disneyland Paris have been causing some issues for the park recently. Apparently they have set up a radar speed trap on the main road leading into the park. Other officials have.

Busch Gardens Tampa Summer Nights
Summer is here and Busch Gardens’ annual Summer Nights promotion is in full swing. Now through August 18, the park is open until 9:00pm Sunday though Thursday, and until 10:00pm Friday and Saturday.

Updated: Full Throttle Grand Opening Celebration at Six Flags Magic Mountain
On June 21st, Six Flags Magic Mountain held its Media Day for Full Throttle. After a few hiccups in the morning, (as media days can often have) the ride launched with a great opening ceremony.

Best of Disney Xbox 360
Disney has released an app for the Xbox 360 called the Best of Disney. We are a three Xbox 360 household, and the console spends a lot of time providing entertainment for me, my wife and.

Disneyland Resort Prepares To Roll Out Red Carpet For The Lone Ranger
Disney California Adventure is getting ready to host the world premiere of Disney’s The Lone Ranger. We’ve got the scoop and photos for you. In the meantime, the resort has found an acceptable solution to the.

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Dateline Disney World: Magic Kingdom Perks Up
Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! I have to apologize for heading to Magic Kingdom again this week, but Starbucks on Main Street USA has opened, and was most definitely the biggest news story.

Is Disney Building a New Theme Park in Texas?
Disney theme park rumors have been smoldering in the Lone Star State for a long time. Texans hear from their friends or business associates that Disney is building a theme park in Texas.

Universal Orlando Transformers The Ride 3D Grand Opens with Star-Filled Event
Universal Orlando Resort officially opened Transformers : The Ride 3-D today, June 20, 2013. We’ve been reporting on Transformers on Micechat since walls went up around the formers Sound Stage 44 last year.

Mom, Can My Friend Go To Disney With Us?
If you’ve been following Park Wise this year, you’ve no doubt seen photos of my little mouseketeers. The adorable and sassy princess-turned-pirate is my niece.

Epcot: Exceptional, Acceptable, and Regrettable
Epcot has long been a favorite of mine. As you can imagine, I have been somewhat obsessed with Walt’s original vision, if you know what I mean (I did write the book Walt and the Promise.

Disney Cruise Line, Cruising For The First Time
Are you an avid cruiser? If you are anything like I was, odds are you’ve never really considered Disney Cruise Line as an option to take before. In fact, I never thought about cruising with.

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No. 12 – 1991 Fast Wireframe Design
Want to know how Disney Imagineering works? Disney legend, Bob Gurr, takes us back to his days working at Disneyland. He has spun the Wheel of Years and landed on 1991 to talk about his.

Dueling Disney: Best Second Gate
The term “second gate” refers to a resort’s second theme park. Disney’s first second gate, EPCOT Center, opened in Walt Disney World in October of 1982. Disneyland didn’t get its second gate, Disney’s California Adventure.

The MiceEars Crew and MiceChat Disney News Club put a lot of time and effort into making these Round-Ups happen. Here are the members:Your Editor: CakvalaSC and the MiceEars Crew: Demigod, Aladdin, elly, Yoyoflamingo, Trekkie Dad, DLandFansAZ, RegionsBeyond, Disney Wrassler, Fishbulb & Dustysage.

We hope to see you online again soon, Dusty and the amazing MiceChat crew!

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