Dapper Days, Sing-alongs under the stars, and your favorite mountains are all part of our Disney and theme park news this week.  The round up also brings a special MiceChat Anniversary recap, a hard hat tour of Busch Gardens Tampa’s Falcon’s Fury, and news about the 2014 Gumball Rally.  But that is far from all.  We also get a chance to go behind the scenes at Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem at Universal Studios Hollywood and much more.We even have news of a VERY special Disney celebrity gala that YOU simply have to attend!  Learn more about this star-studded evening and find out how you can get tickets HERE.

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Minor characters discontinued; Frozen characters extended
The talking trashcan, PUSH, has been discontinued at the Magic Kingdom. At least, that’s true as of this writing; I wouldn’t be too surprised if this changes yet again after this story is published.

Disneyland Update and MiceChat Anniversary Recap
This is the MiceChat column you are looking for…  Today, In the Parks again takes over Dateline Disneyland’s spot in the MiceChat schedule. Andy is in the middle of a big move and wasn’t able to produce his normal Dateline update this week.  Don’t worry, he’ll be back soon.  But in the meantime, we will share all the latest news from Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and Downtown Disney.

Busch Gardens Tampa: Falcon’s Fury & Pantopia Hard Hat Tour
MiceChat was invited by Busch Gardens for a behind the scenes look at Falcon’s Fury and the conversion of Timbuktu to Pantopia. The tour was led by three of the main engineers for the new ride and land makeover.

We cordially invite you to a star-studded and glamorous night of sumptuous dining, Broadway-caliber entertainment and Disney Legends – benefiting the Ryman Arts Foundation! Broadway’s brightest young stars will entertain us in a remarkable cabaret-style performance of Disney songs hosted by the fabulous Michael-Leon Wooley (Louis the Alligator from Disney’s Princess and the Frog). We’ll share a touching tribute to the beloved and recently departed Diane Disney-Miller by Imagineering Legend, Marty Sklar. And we’ll wrap up the evening with the opportunity to bid on some rare and fun works of art and treasures in support of the Ryman Arts Foundation.




IT’S BACK!!!!! Let’s find out who can ride the most attractions at Disneyland in a single day . . . it’s the MiceChat Gumball Rally.  Click HERE for more information and to sign up! 


Join Disney Legend Bob Gurr and the MiceChat Crew as we set sail on the Disney Magic for a once in a lifetime Mediterranean cruise (from Barcelona to Italy and back again).  Stay after the cruise and you can also join us for a journey to Disneyland Paris!  Ask us for more details by emailing us at [email protected]

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MiceChat Podcast #14- Looking Into Disney’s Crystal Ball
January is a great time to reflect on the year past and the year ahead. On this episode, we share our favorite and biggest theme park moments of 2013 and our predictions for 2014 and beyond. What will be our biggest story of 2013? Will it be Disney’s MyMagic+, SeaWorld’s Blackfish problem, Tony Baxter’s retirement from Disney . . .?  Listen on to find out. Then we turn our attention to 2014 and what is already shaping up to be a magical year for Universal as Harry Potter 2.0 – Diagon Alley – prepares to open at the Orlando park. Plus, Disneyland to sink the Subs? Tomorrowland Star Wars projects, major construction delays and much, much more. We even have a cameo by Robert Coker about the project to save Walt Disney’s birthplace in Chicago.

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Come see Dustysage, Jeff Heimbuch, Fishbulb, and other MiceChat peeps at the Disneyana Show and Sale in Anaheim this coming Sunday, February 16th. We will be interviewing Robbie Sherman, son of Robert Sherman, at our booth for the next MiceChat Podcast. Robbie has just published a book about his father Robert Sherman (of the famous Sherman Brothers) and we can’t wait to speak with him! More info Here

Disney Parks News and Reports

Valentine’s Day is coming in a couple days, and with that, an opportunity to see a few more characters than normal, as the Princesses normally make appearances with their better halves.  We have a report from the 1st of four different movie sing a long events at Big Thunder Ranch.  And it’s time to put on make up, it’s time to dress up right, it’s time to raise the curtain on Dapper Days again! ~ Aladdin

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Beauty and the Beast under the stars sing along
During February, Disneyland is hosting some special movie nights out in Big Thunder Ranch for Annual Passholders, and they are including a few special extras with these Sing Along Movie nights. Disneyland Kitty tells us about the first show, and The Disney Ninja provides a few photos from the event.

Dapper Day?
Dreams of Color informs us about the next Dapper Days weekend on February 22nd and 23rd at the Disneyland Resort. What is Dapper Days? Think of it as a day to dress up in classy fashion, or a day to put on your Easter Sunday Clothes a little early, This is not an official Disneyland event, just something to make the day a little more special by showcasing your elegant attire from vintage-inspired classics to chic contemporary looks.

Favorite Disneyland Mountain attraction and why
DisneyZealotBJP asks, Which of the 4 Disneyland Mountains is your favorite? Be sure to vote your choice in this poll, and then let us know why you like it best!

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Trip Report: Enjoying the off-season!
Dr Fink spent a couple rainy days at the Disneyland Resort, last week. Here is their report, along with a few of their photos!


This week sees the end of a dear friend in the Magic Kingdom, a look at a Disneylander’s first trip to Walt Disney World, and lots of other fun stuff! Take a peek and see what we have in this week’s roundup! ~Yoyoflamingo

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1st WDW trip for a DLR regular
Wonder what the World is like for those who haven’t been yet? Take a peek at this thread, which besides offering some interesting perspectives and some fun pictures, gives a general idea of Fastpass+ and its implementation – an interesting read.

It appears that Push the talking garbage can is ending :)
Sadly, another beloved performer is leaving Disney for good. Everyone’s favorite trash can has ended his run at the Magic Kingdom. Share your thoughts and love here.

Refurbishment Schedules Removed from WDW site?
Scary if true, but has Walt Disney World lost the refurbishment schedules from their website? Share your insight here.

One day at Epcot
Cakvalasc brings us some great and “rainy” photography from his one day visit to Epcot and the World Showcase.


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How would you Feel about this?
G242 has an idea for a trail connecting Frontierland to critter country and even Toontown! What do you think?


This week in the other Disney Parks around the world brings us a thread about what we know so far about Shanghai Disneyland, a snowstorm in Tokyo, and questions about the early days of Disneyland Paris (EuroDisney). Take a glance! ~yoyoflamingo

Question about the early problems of DLRP
mtlchuck has a question about the early days of Disneyland Paris and stories that may or may not have been true. Does anyone have any information to help a MiceChatter out?

Tokyo was hit by a snowstorm and we were in Disneyland. Here are some photos we took
Want to know what Disneyland looks like after 10.5 inches of snow? Then stop by this thread to see what happens when a magical place becomes even more magical with the most snow Tokyo has seen in 45 years!

SDL: News, Rumors, Updates & Discussion
Thanks to RandySavage for creating a thread to keep track of all the bits and pieces of information we have gleaned about the Disney park in Shanghai. A great place to put pieces together and to discuss its uniqueness – or lack thereof.

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Welcome to this week’s episode of Communicore Weekly, where we talk about 1964-65 World’s Fair, Designing Disney, The Jungle Book, and the Skyway! DISNEY HISTORY! — Jeff and George return to the World’s Fair as they continue their season-long look at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair! BOOK OF THE WEEK! — George looks into Designing Disney (A Walt Disney Imagineering Book) for the Book of the Week! 60 SECOND REVIEW! – Jeff and George take a walk on the wild side and review The Jungle Book for the 60 Second Review! FIVE LEGGED GOAT! – And finally, ride a piece of World’s Fair history in this weeks Five Legged Goat!

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The Haunted Mansion Show Episode 8: Tales from Beyond the Grave

“Creepies and crawlies, toads in a pond, Let there be ghost tales from regions beyond!” Madame Leota has finally become part of The Haunted Mansion Show; here she will tell the scariest stories that have been told around many campfires, couches, and coffins. Can your hearts take in the fright?


DoomBuggies Spook Show #5: Imagineer Rolly Crump
In this episode, DoomBuggies talks to WED Imagineer Rolly Crump in an exclusive interview. Crump, who worked directly with Walt Disney in the planning and design of Disneyland, was assigned to the development of the Haunted Mansion, where he worked with Imagineer Yale Gracey on many proposed scenes and special effects. In this interview, we talk to Crump about working with Gracey, his relationship with Walt Disney, and his ideas for the Haunted Mansion.

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Disafterdark Series 2, Episode 10 – Weekend at Dolans
Joining us in the Mouses Head this week is Bart Scott from Ears of Steel, the podcast and the book of the same name. We chat about some news as usual, then we talk to Bart about his book.

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #77 – Potter Celebration and News
Join us as Darren tells us about his trip to the Celebration of Harry Potter, we bring you the latest news from the parks and more. Now, Discover the Universal, One Theme Park at a Time. We would really appreciate it if you would head over to Itunes and subscribe to the show and leave us a review. Even if you don’t use Itunes, it will really help us build up the awareness of the podcast.

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SeaWorld Podcast Episode 17 – Interview with Cathy Valeriano and Bands Brews and BBQ
In this episode we’re going to talk about the Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics, heartwarming Manatee Rescues, the SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Conservation spotlight and much more!

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Window to the Magic Enjoy the sounds of the park on our weekly journeys into the wonderful world of the Disney sound experience!

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The Seasonpass Podcast: Season Pass Podcast brings you its coverage of the 2013 International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Exposition from Orlando, Florida. Part 1 of 2 from the floor of the IAAPA Expo (1 of 8 for the entire trip)—Interviews with Tom Burnet (CEO of Accesso), Lee Cockerell (Former Executive Vice President of Walt Disney World), Marty Sklar (Former Ambassador of Walt Disney Imagineer), Paul Noland (President and CEO of IAAPA) and Mario Mamon (Chairman of the IAAPA Board/Chairman and President of Enchanted Kingdom Park). Find out what’s happening in the themed entertainment and amusement industry. Enjoy!

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Mousetalgia Episode 277: Disneyland Records, Jimmy Johnson
Disney producer and author Greg Ehrbar joins Team Mousetalgia this week to discuss the history of Disneyland Records and the new book “Inside the Whimsy Works,” an autobiography of Disney Legend Jimmy Johnson which Ehrbar co-edited. Johnson created Disney’s record division, and Ehrbar provides a wealth of information about the early days of Disney recordings, discussing Little Golden Records, See Hear Read Records, and stories about some of the behind the scenes players like Tutti Camerata, the producer who set the early vision for Disneyland Records in place.

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The world famous MiceChat Gumball Rally will be rolling your way the first Saturday in May. Lots of fun and surprises are in store. Join the info list now so you won’t miss out on early discounted registration (just after the first of the year).  Last year’s event sold out in record time with over 100 names on the waiting list. Don’t end out shut out of the best fan event of the year, add your name to the list HERE and we’ll notify you when tickets go on sale.

 adWe cordially invite you to a star-studded and glamorous night of sumptuous dining, Broadway-caliber entertainment and Disney Legends – benefiting the Ryman Arts Foundation! Broadway’s brightest young stars will entertain us in a remarkable cabaret-style performance of Disney songs hosted by the fabulous Michael-Leon Wooley (Louis the Alligator from Disney’s Princess and the Frog). We’ll share a touching tribute to the beloved and recently departed Diane Disney-Miller by Imagineering Legend, Marty Sklar.




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Universal Orlando – Antojitos Review, Mardi Gras, Beetlejuice and More
It’s time to journey back to Universal Orlando Resort for a full construction and news update! Antojitos Restaurant has finally opened and we bring you our official review.

Magic From Across Orlando: the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
I know. Harry Potter and Universal are not Disney properties! What in the world am I doing writing about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in my weekly column dedicated to the nerdiest of Disney?

A Look inside Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem at Universal Studios Hollywood
Gru has summoned MiceChat to Universal Studios Hollywood for a tour of his new lair.  Who were we to say no?

Animation’s Highest Honor – The Annie Awards
The Annie Award is considered by many to be the animation industry’s highest accomplishment. Presented since 1972 by the Los Angeles branch of the International Animated Film Association, ASIFA-Hollywood, the Annie Award celebrates lifetime.

Cast Blast: Back in the Saddle
Back in the Saddle! Glad to be back after the flu got the best of us here at Disney Cast Blast! We are putting the finishing touches on our celebrity edition.

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Paramount Park in Spain Finally Gets The Green Light
It looks like the Paramount theme park proposed for Murcia, Spain has received the green light from the money guys and will immediately begin construction.

In The Parks: California Adventure Turns 13, Tomorrowland Films, Disneyland Refurbs A-Plenty
Happy Birthday Disney California Adventure!  This weekend, as MiceChat celebrates its 11th anniversary,  DCA turns 13 years old. We’ll hold a scavenger hunt in the park to mark the occasion (see below).

Magic Kingdom News and Construction
Dateline Disney World takes you to the Magic Kingdom this week where off season refurbishments are underway, the dwarf coaster continues to rapidly move toward opening day.

Fountain View Ice Cream at Yester Future World
The columns of water blasting skyward from the Fountain of Nations capture your attention—making it easy to overlook the ice cream fountain nearby. It’s Fountain View Ice Cream, the ice cream fountain.

Walt Disney World Water Park Fun and More Option
With so many ticket options and configurations at Walt Disney World, it can get a little overwhelming.

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:  Aladdin, Yoyoflamingo, Trekkie Dad, DLandFansAZ, RegionsBeyond,  Fishbulb & Dustysage.

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


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