MiceAge Disney News Round Up: Limited Time What?

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Published on July 31, 2013 at 1:00 am with No Comments

It may be the middle of summer, but there is some big news to share this week. Club 33 will be going to go through an extensive reconstruction, some fantastic photos of Expedition Everest under construction and a wonderful documentary of Richard Sherman. How do you feel about Christmas in July? Sarah brings us her opinion and more. Enjoy the top Disney stories and topics in this weeks Round Up!

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Extensive Changes Coming to Exclusive Club 33 at Disneyland
Hiding quietly behind unassuming doors near the exit of Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean is perhaps the most exclusive and historic dining experience in any theme park in the world. Club 33 is a members only restaurant which dates back to 1967 and is the only place inside Disneyland park where you can order an alcoholic beverage during regular operating hours. But BIG changes are in the works which will alter the experience forever.

Richard Sherman – Pursuing Happiness
Six months ago we began filming PURSUING HAPPINESS, a documentary quest to find the happiest people in America. Tired of the doom and gloom that dominates the media, we set out to make a film that celebrates the happiest among us in an effort to shift the focus.

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!


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Pageant on the water!

Electric Water Pageant is a cute light parade on Bay Lake outside the Magic Kingdom Park. It was originally created for the dedication of Disney’s Polynesian Resort in 1971 and was to run one night only.  But, by popular demand this show is now a nightly occurrence! Show times can vary but it is usually performing around the following times times of:

9:00 p.m. at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.
9:15 p.m. at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.
9:30 p.m. at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
9:45 p.m. at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground.
10:00 p.m. at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Disney Parks News and Reports

This week we learn a little about the magic behind “Soarin Over California”    We also have news about a new World of Color Show coming to DCA for the Christmas Holiday,  then we take a step back to the mid 1990’s at a show that was on the Disney Channel, that often gave us great information about Disneyland! ~ DLandFansAZ

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Behind the Soarin projection screen
Skunkwerx was offered a special behind the scenes look at how Soarin Over California works! Here is their report on the insight they gained about this popular attraction in DCA!

Swiss Family Treehouse, Tony Baxter, and closing old attractions
Tony Baxter gave us some information about the history of Disneyland’s Swiss Family Treehouse renovation/conversion to Tarzan’s Treehouse, on a recent The Season Pass Podcast. Listen the interview with Tony and tell us what you think!

Steve Davidson Annouces World of Color Christmas Show
The long anticipated World of Color Christmas show will be coming to DCA this Christmas Season. The host for this new show will be a snowman from the upcoming Disney Animated movie ‘Frozen’! More detail are here!

AT&T Becomes New Wireless Provider For Disneyland Resort
AT&T is Disney’s new official wireless provider, but what does that mean exactly, if you do have AT&T wireless service? And what if you don’t? Will this help AT&T, as they have ranked last in customer satisfaction in Consumer Reports, three years in a row?

Inside Out Disneyland Resort
xceemora found a couple of videos of the old show from the Disney Channel ‘Inside Out’. Going back to view these, you will see quite a few treasures including interviews with a wide variety of Disney personalities from Maynard, to Bruce Gordon and Dave Mumford, and even Thurl Ravenscroft! Be sure view these videos and tell us what you think!

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This week brings us some Star Wars fun and questions, more questions about rain and the California Grill at Walt Disney World, and a discussion about commercials used to advertise Walt Disney World. Come see what’s going on this week in the forums! ~ yoyoflamingo

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All that fuss over the WDW ad? Yes, and here is why…
mkcoastie shares a series of commercials for Walt Disney World, dissecting what makes it more successful than previous attempts. What are your thoughts? Take a look at the ads and join the discussion here.

California Grill
When does the California Grill reopen from its refurbishment? Anyone care to share any information? Share it here.

New Star Wars attraction patent
Is this a look at the future Star Wars attraction, Ratatouille, Avatar, or something else? Take a look, voice your opinion, and take a guess as to its usefulness or likely placement.

Star Wars and Avatar at D23
There seems to be some confusion in the ranks about what is being announced, shown, and/or discussed at the D23 Expo. Take a look at what was said, what was changed, and share your interpretations.

Rain at WDW
katy621 is worried about the forthcoming weather forecast calling for thunderstorms at Walt Disney World the coming week. Help cheer her up and offer suggestions for coping with the rain.

AV Room

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Walt Disney Family Museum, Disneyana Book, and the Baby Center! TRIP REPORT! — Jeff finally took a trip to the Walt Disney Family Museum and found it delightful. Find out all about it in his Trip Report! BOOK OF THE WEEK! — George collects books, amongst other things. Which is why the Disneyana Book is his Book of the Week!
FIVE LEGGED GOAT! — And finally, the baby center hides this week’s Five Legged Goat!

Splash Mountain Disneyland
A ride through of Disneyland’s Splash Mountain. Opened in June of 1989, Splash was the very first log flume attraction created by Walt Disney Imagineering. Packed with all of the left-over animatronics from America Sings, it is an immersive, fast-paced attraction for lovers of log rides. However, this video highlights some of the broken animatronic figures, most notably, the figures on the steamship at the end of the ride.

Sarah brings Christmas in July?!

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Wakefield Report, I answer your listener questions to start the show, and we also cover some of the latest new stories from around the theme park world! We also have a conversation with Ryan from Universal NOW; we talk about his experience booking a Disney World vacation using MyMagic+ Show notes can be found at WakefieldReport.com.

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Coffee with Kurtti features Keith and Jeff reflecting on their in-person recording failure, how fun the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet was, the Saving Mr. Banks trailer, and a little-known Disney employee periodical Jeff worked on called WD Eye.

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast brings you the news from around the U.S parks, the second of Darren’s Halloween Horror Nights segments “Dead Man’s Die-Gest” and finish with an interview with one of the creatives behind Universal Singapore’s Madagascar ride.

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The Season Pass: Tony Baxter Part II, This week is part TWO of the Interview with retired Imagineer & 2013 Disney Legend Tony Baxter!

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MiceChat Podcast – Under the Sea With Ursula and Bob. Dive under the sea with the voice of Ursula from the Little Mermaid, the amazing Pat Carroll. And as a surprise for Pat, Disney Imagineering legend, Bob Gurr pops on the show to discuss the creation of a HUGE Ursula animatronic for Tokyo DisneySea. Plus, some quick updates from the parks. This show is a real treat. Please be sure to share with your friends.

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Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast, Join Eric and guest hosts James and Joseph Taylor as they explore news, rumors, and Summer Nights at the SeaWorld parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio.

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Other Theme Parks

Holloween and the Holidays are already in the air, but one can be excited for Walking Dead coming back to Horror Nights! ~ DLandFansAZ

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The Walking Dead Returns to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights
It’s a ‘no brainer’ (thanks JerrodDRagon for the pun) but the Walking Dead returns to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights.

Interview with Creative Behind Madagascar Ride
The Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast features Brent Young from Super78 the company that worked on Singapore’s Madagascar ride.

Knott’s, Idealized
RandySavage noticed the importance of ‘park’ in theme park so he has come up with a fun new look at Knott’s Berry Farm.

Historic San Francisco Amusement Parks
ralfrick came across some pics from long gone San Francisco amusement parks.

Other Theme Parks

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.

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Jebediah Embiggens Springfield and Walkers Invade Universal Orlando Resort
We have some big Halloween Horror Night News as Walkers will be taking over the Universal Orlando resort. But it’s not all Halloween today.

Summer changes continue as Disneyland celebrates Christmas in July
Summer continues at Disneyland with changes around the parks, including progress at the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Market House projects.

Remembering The Disney Inn
The Golf Resort was one of the first three Walt Disney World resorts. It lasted from 1973 to 1986, when it was converted to the Disney Inn with a decidedly Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Animal Kingdom Expedition Everest Construction Photos
Let’s do something a little bit different today. Let’s just step in the time machine and look at OLD photos. I’m going to bring you a a photo essay of the construction of Expedition Everest, beginning in 2004.

Disneyland Paris Record High Temps and Algae
A few months ago, we were bringing you news of the record cold snap in Paris and how it was affecting the Disneyland Paris Resort.

Meet the Penguins at SeaWorld’s Antarctica
We recently brought you news about some changes at SeaWorld’s newest attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, which are improving guest experiences.

100th Birthday Celebration of Marc Davis
Just a few weeks ago, Disney celebrities mingled with fans in Anaheim to celebrate the 100th birthday of Disney Legend Marc Davis.

Disneyland Ups and Downs
We have a mixed report for you this week from the Disneyland Resort.  While the park is stunningly beautiful in some areas, there are a few spots that could use a little bit of help.

Imagination Pavilion Rumors and Future World News
Epcot rumors! Let’s take a look at the park we all love and see if there’s anything to rumors about the Imagination pavilion at Epcot, as well as the current state of the attraction.

Glow Fest
It’s 2010 at Yester California Adventure. Sunshine Plaza and Hollywood Pictures Backlot have been transformed into Glow Fest. During the day, colorful banners and columns leave no doubt that something is going on.

Universal Confirms The Walking Dead for Halloween Horror Nights
They’re baaaaack. Universal Studios has confirmed that the wildly popular AMC show, The Walking Dead, will be the basis for new mazes at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights.

The Five Most Awesome Things at Walt Disney World
Jessica is joined today by her mini-Disney aficionado, Stitchy-poo. Jessica asked him to come up with his top five most awesome things at Walt Disney World. It’s quite the list.

The Five Most Awesome Things at Walt Disney World
Jessica is joined today by her mini-Disney aficionado, Stitchy-poo. Jessica asked him to come up with his top five most awesome things at Walt Disney World.

The CalArts Disney Connection
Welcome to Samland. This week I have decided to reach over to the bookshelf and extract an excerpt from Walt and the Promise of Progress City.

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.14 – 1959 Modern Air Travel
Let’s go up, up and away with Disney Legend Bob Gurr as he takes us back to the Golden Age of Air Travel.

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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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