Walls down around Walt Disney World’s dwarf coaster, fairytale wedding plans, and Aladdin returns to Disney California Adventure.  Yes, the MiceChat Round is here to scratch that itch for the latest Disney news and theme park information.  We even take a look at a video on the making to the Ratatouille ride at Disney Studios Paris and we learn that Hong Kong Disneyland actually did well last year.  How awesome is that?  But wait!  There’s more!  How about a trip to Florence, Italy and a recap of the refurbs at Knott’s Berry Farm and Camp Snoopy?  It’s all here. But first: TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO GRAB YOUR TICKETS TO THE RYMAN ARTS CELEBRITY GALA! TICKETS AND INFORMATION HERE!  

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Walls Coming Down at the Mine Train
It was another gloomy photo day at the Magic Kingdom, but we had to head there as there has been some significant movement at the Mine Train that you are going to want to see. Let’s take a look around!


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buttonWe 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. 

And for you collectors, there will be some VERY interesting and unique items up for auction at the Ryman Gala. Here’s a short listing.

  • Mike Perazza brings us a one-of-a-kind, original pastel art piece created specificallyfor this event!
    Renowned Disney artist, Mike Perazza (Art Director for Disney’s the Little Mermaid and Concept Artist for such films as Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast) has created a dazzling, original portrait of Ariel, The Little Mermaid.
  • A Day in the park with Bob Gurr
    Disney Legend, Bob Gurr, is offering a tour of the original Disneyland Park.  Enjoy a leisurely stroll around your favorite park with an original Imagineer who helped build it!
  • Walt Disney Family Museum Mary Blair Gala Tickets
    The Walt Disney Family Museum is about to open a new exhibit on the artwork of celebrated Disney artist Mary Blair. An invitation only gala will be held on opening night. Two of our lucky event guests will be able to bid on the opportunity to attend the lavish Walt Disney Family Museum event. This package also includes a private tour of the Walt Disney Family Museum and other perks.
  • Signed Hand-Drawn Artwork
    Bob Gurr, Margaret “Tinker Bell” Kerry, Floyd Norman, Dick Jones, and Marty Sklar have signed special works of art that you won’t want to miss.
  • Signed Peter Emmerich Portrait of Walt Disney
    This Walt Disney Portrait Lithograph is a limited edition of 2500 only and celebrates the 100th birthday of Walt Disney.
  • John Hench 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney Imagineering Poster
    Signed by WDI Legends!
  • Limited Edition SIGNED Fine Art Prints from Herb Ryman and Peter Ellenshaw
    These works are not of Disney subjects, but they are by two of Disney’s finest artists. We think you’ll find them stunning and they are signed by these beloved but long departed Disney legends!
  • Plus: Signed sketches, prints, posters, gift baskets, and more!

Tickets and information for the MiceChat Ryman Arts Charity Gala HERE



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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It was a loveless Valentine’s Day at Disneyland, as the Princes were not allowed out this year.  However, this coming week, Prince Ali will be returning to the Hyperion Theater in DCA, as the musical returns to the stage this coming Friday.   We also take a step back in time, to 1957, for a video taken at the Disneyland Hotel! ~ Aladdin

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Aladdin, A Musical Spectacular Returns!
Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular returns to DCA’s Hyperion Theater this coming Friday, February 21st! Here are the details of what happened during its time off.

More Good Stuff from the Disneyland Hotel Telerama in 1957
This week oldhotelguy takes us back to a fundraiser for the City of Hope, that was held at the Disneyland Hotel in 1957. He even video of from the event, with Host Don DeFore.

Mice Chat Anniversary 2014 group Photo
akfandisney has a photo of the entire group, from the recent MiceChat Anniversary celebration!

Mark & Steven’s Fairy Tale Disneyland Wedding
Zeitzeuge, a while back when I posted a trip report, that included quite the surprise proposal . Many asked that he start a wedding thread, discussing our plans and many things about a Disney wedding


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My Walt Disney World Resort Photos
DizneyPhotoGuy first time at the park and gives us some great photos of the wonderful Magic Kindgom Park.

Fire at Disney World’s Journey of the Little Mermaid ride
Fireworks ignited a small fire at the Magic Kingdom Park, according to reports found by Scarlet Spanky and Mojave.


We have a video presentation from Disneyland Paris and some news from Hong Kong. ~Trekkie Dad

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Tom Fitzgerald presents Ratatouille
Fultimate found this 10 minute video that shows concept and construction of the Ratatouille attraction at Walt Disney Studios Paris.

2013 HKDL financial results
The results are in, and it looks like Hong Kong Disneyland did well last year.

Third hotel officially announced
A new hotel at Hong Kong Disneyland is planned to open in 2017, according to reports found by Asa.


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Joe’s summer trip to Florence Italy
mre200200 takes a fantastic trip to Florence Italy, you can view all the photos and more in his post!

Camp Snoopy refurbishment updates
SpacemanSpiff brings us a great round up of the refurbishments at the beloved camp.

How is the food at Knott’s main restaurants in 2014?
jcruise86 wants to know if the food as indeed improved since a new head chef has taken charge at Knotts

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Welcome to this week’s episode of Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Disneyland Paris, Moose, and The Little Mermaid! DISNEY HISTORY! — Jeff and George take a trip to the past as they check out Disneyland Paris for this week’s Disney History! BOOK OF THE WEEK! — George and Jeff learn all about Robert Sherman in Moose for the Book of the Week! FIVE LEGGED GOAT! – And finally, find a cool map 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 #6: Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House

Disney producer and author Greg Ehrbar joins us on this episode of the DoomBuggies Spook Show to discuss the seminal spooky sound effects record “Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House” released by Disneyland Records in 1964. In this 50th anniversary year of the album’s release, we take a look back at the history and circumstances surrounding the creation of the world’s most popular Halloween record. From the kooky narration and stories to the familiar sounds from the Disney sound library, this collection of various situations and set-ups made the studio a mint while costing next to nothing to produce. Learn all of the behind-the-scenes secrets in this episode. Plus – a new bronze based on Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast is released, haunted industry events are scheduled – and more. Direct Link

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 #78 – Universal Orlando – The Unofficial Story
On this episode we bring you the News Update and then invite Nick Sim on to the show to talk to us about his book “Universal Orlando, The Unofficial Story”, stay tuned till the very end to find out how to win one of 3 copies of the book.

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SeaWorld Podcast Episode 18 – Interviews with Jim Atchinson and Pedro talks about SeaWorld Animal Rescues
Episode 18 of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast is jam packed from beginning to end with amazing SeaWorld news from your favorite SeaWorld Parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio. On March 22nd, 2014 MiceChat and the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast will be holding a 50th meet up, that will be the event of the year!  You can book online at MiceChat.com

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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 278: Make Mine Music
Team Mousetalgia reports on “Disney Goes to the Opera” at the Walt Disney Family Museum, and takes an in depth look at “Make Mine Music,” Walt Disney’s post-war animated anthology. As part of a rebuilding effort for the feature film division of the studio, Make Mine Music was a package film featuring many different musical pieces, and we take a brief tour of the music used in the movie in this episode.

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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.

Wecordially 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 Update – CityWalk Refurbs and Diagon Alley
Time for a another stroll around the Universal Orlando resort with a full update of what is happening with the big CityWalk changes, and we look at all the other large projects happening.

Holiday crowds hit Disneyland as the parks celebrate Valentine’s Day, Gospel and more
Disneyland‘s various off-season refurbishments and construction projects didn’t slow down the Presidents Weekend holiday crowds from arriving in big numbers.

Walt Disney World Pleasure Island in the Glory Days of 1991
Let’s take a look back at 1991 Pleasure Island! I ran across a great YouTube video and captured some screen shots of some pretty amazing details.

You are invited to the Ryman Arts Spectacular Charity Gala
Next Sunday, February 23rd, MiceChat will host an evening of entertainment, gourmet dining, Disney legends, and unique auction items all in benefit of charity.

Disney Cast Blast: This Post Presented by KODAK
This week we have a few stories involving film. Film you ask? If you are under the age of 30, you may not realize just how important a role this now antiquated consumable played not.

Walt Disney’s Grand Tour of Europe
Alain Littaye of the Disney and more blog brings us an interview with Didier Ghez, author of the book Disney’s Grand Tour.

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The Jungle Book Rocks on Blu-ray!
George: The Jungle Book really doesn’t need a review. It’s truly a classic Disney animated film and the last film that Walt personally supervised.

In the Parks: Disneyland Refurb Tango
The 60th anniversary of Disneyland Park is fast approaching and the clock is tick, tick, ticking down toward Summer 2015. There is currently a mad scramble to refurbish all of the major attractions.

Avalon Cove by Wolfgang Puck
It’s Valentines Day at Yesterland, so invite someone you love to a romantic dinner at this “yestaurant” on Paradise Pier.

Three Romantic Walt Disney World Resorts for Couples
With the day of love quickly approaching, I thought it would be the perfect time to daydream about a few of the resorts perfect for you googly-eyed romancers out there.

SeaWorld Orlando – Record January Crowds and Bands Brews and BBQ
The off season has turned busy at SeaWorld Orlando. We have a full update on record January crowds, the start of Bands Brews & BBQ festival, and some rumors.

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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