Disney News Round Up: Price Hikes, Make a Splash, and New Podcasts

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Published on February 26, 2014 at 3:00 am with No Comments

Prices have gone up again at Walt Disney World and our readers have lots of opinions. For one fun day, Disneyland’s dress code was dapper.   Plus, this week we introduce a brand new podcast starring former Disneyland cast members; please help us welcome The Sweep Spot to the MicePod.  We also have a brand new MiceChat Podcast for you as well.  But that is just the beginning.  We share the presentation given to shareholders about the new ride at Disney Studios Paris, the possibility of a new Universal park in Japan and Universal Orlando Mardi Gras fun.We also announce a big new MiceChat event in celebration of SeaWorld San Diego’s 50th anniversary.  Find out all about this amazing event and deal.  Read on!

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Disney Raises Ticket Prices; Many Rides Static
Like clockwork, Disney has raised the price of admission to its WDW parks: it’s now $94 per park, except the Magic Kingdom, which now costs $99/adult. The $100 mark will be breached the next time Disney raises ticket prices (most likely right after summer season 2014), so we’re looking at the LAST set of sub-$100 prices. But does the general lack of new things in the parks justify the price increase?

The Disney Gallery explores Mechanical Kingdoms as Dapper Day comes to Disneyland
Disneyland guests arrived in style over the weekend as part of the increasingly popular Dapper Day events that encourage guests to visit the parks in their Sunday’s best. Meanwhile, The Disney Gallery unveiled its latest exhibit on Saturday, exploring Disney’s steampunk-style attractions and experiences around the world. Elsewhere around the parks, refurbishments, Cal/OSHA additions, and construction projects continue through the surprisingly busy warm winter off-season.

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Micepod Listeners and MiceChat Readers, We are excited to introduce you to the newest member of the MicePod family, THE SWEEP SPOT!   The Sweep Spot podcast is hosted by former Disneyland cast members (the Founder, Lynn Barron, is a former Custodial Cast Member) discussing Disneyland history, stories and exclusive interviews. For the Micehat.com introduction, we bring you The Sweep Spot Episode 123!  In this episode Lynn Barron features some of the best guests they have had on the show, a few are Disney legends, authors, and past Disneyland cast members.

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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!

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Announcing the biggest, splashiest celebration ever: The MiceChat, SeaWorld 50th Anniversary Celebration!  Join MiceChat at SeaWorld San Diego for a day soaked with fun.  Click here for more details.

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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]

MiceChat Podcast

 Dusty and Doug have FINALLY released the next episode of the MiceChat podcast. It was worth the wait. Along with the usual news and rumor banter, they’ve got a heart-felt and candid interview with Robbie Sherman, son of Disney legend Robert Sherman (of Sherman Brothers fame).  Don’t miss it.

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The Disney Gallery has opened a new exhibit this week, and we also have some reports coming in from Dapper Days weekend at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim!! ~ Aladdin

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Dapper Day at the Animal Kingdom
Dapper Day brought some large crowds to Disneyland Anaheim this past weekend, and sbk1234 has one of the first photo reports from this dress up day!

The Disney Gallery Goes Steampunk
The Disney Gallery opened a new display this week – Mechanical Kingdoms – think of it as Steampunk inspired Disney attractions and artwork. Ron W brings us this photo tour for us!

My Dapper Day Trip Report as it happens Feb, 2014
whoever has a play-by-play report on their Dapper Day weekend at the Disneyland Resort!

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The tempo is picking up at Walt Disney World. ~Trekkie Dad

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Polynesian Resort renovations…kinda sad?
Not everyone is thrilled with the changes happening at the Polynesian Resort, according to Mondo Mouse.

First ‘onride’ of 7 Dwarfs Mine Train
Walt Disney Imagineering has shared an onride video of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster soon to open at the Magic Kingdom.

DHS Fantasmic Updated
Changes to Fantasmic! at Disney Hollywood Studios have not escaped the notice of Disney Analyst.

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My Walt Disney World Resort Photos
Take a look at the photo report submitted by DizneyPhotoGuy.

Disney World Raising Ticket Prices Again….
Not exactly the news we want to hear!

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TDR VS US part2 again!!!
disfa10 has found news that Universal Studios Japan is considering building a brand new theme park in yet another part of Japan. More competition for Tokyo Disney Resort.

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Welcome to this week’s episode of Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Flying Saucers, World’s Fair Book, Thor, and Baltimore Gun Club! DISNEY HISTORY! — Jeff and George venture into the unknown on the Flying Saucers this week’s Disney History! BOOK OF THE WEEK! — George looks at the latest World’s Fair photo book for the Book of the Week! 60 SECOND REVIEW! — Jeff and George travel to The Dark World while reviewing the latest Thor blu-ray in the 60 Second Review! FIVE LEGGED GOAT! — And finally, find out the motto of the Baltimore Gun Club in this weeks Five Legged Goat!

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Dapper Day and construction updates! Sarah our favorite MiceChatter brings us updates from the Disneyland Resort and more!

The Haunted Mansion Show Episode 9: Call in the Spirit Something has gone wrong at The Haunted Mansion! The peace and prosperity of Gracey Manor has been broken by a disruptive foolish morta- I mean, visitor. With chaos ensuing, the Happy Haunts will have to take matters into their own cold, undead hands. This looks rather innocent; just another webshow on MiceChat.com, but there’s a twist. This webshow is HAUNTED! Based on the classic Disneyland attraction, join the Ghost Host as he gives you the fright of your life…. or not.

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Disafterdark Series 2, Episode 11 – Logan’s Fun Welcome back to the Mouses Head and thank you for the download. Joining us in the Mouses Head this week is Logan Sekulow, Director of “As Dreamers Do” Paul D is on Tigger (Tiger) Beer, Nick is on Bud Light with Lime, Logan is drinking a Scotch Mist and Paul is drinking Fullers Honeydew. We chat about some news as usual, then we talk at some length with Logan about his movie.

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #79 – Beetlejuice, Mardi Gras and News On this episode, we answer a listener email, Darren reviews the new Beetlejuice show at USF and Mardi Gras 2014 and then we bring you up to speed with the news. Thanks and enjoy the show..

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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 This week TSPP visits the Give Kids The World village in Kissimmee, Florida.  The discussion with the Director of Risk Management, Neal McCord, elaborates on the origin, people, purpose, and expanding mission of this amazing and humbling foundation.

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Mousetalgia Episode 279: Fantasia This week, Team Mousetalgia take a look at various aspects of Walt Disney’s Fantasia, the classic animated feature that was a great leap forward for the Walt Disney Studio in terms of technical accomplishment and artistic endeavor, but didn’t achieve great commercial success upon its release. We discuss Fantasound, Leopold Stokowski, Fred Moore and Mickey Mouse, and some of the fasciating musical selections encorporated in this anthology film. Next, we speak with Research Supervisor Rob Schneider from Disney about how the studio’s original cue sheets and music is archived, and how the business side of music is incorporated into the day to day operations of the studio today.

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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.

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Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras Fun
We are back with another great update from around the Universal Orlando Resort. This week we take a closer look at the floats and characters in the annual Mardi Gras parade.

The Cost of Inflation at Walt Disney World
So many people complain about the price of visiting Walt Disney World today. With the recent admission price increases, it won’t be long until a single day at the Magic Kingdom is going to be.

Hong Kong Disneyland Posts Profitable Year, Plans New Hotel and Attraction
The Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is chugging away as “the little park that could.” Park management announced its second profitable year a row and celebrated with plans for a third 750-room hotel.

Falcon’s Fury progress at Busch Gardens Tampa
Time for another Busch Gardens Tampa update! Come along as we have a cheetah birthday party, get the latest on Bands Brew & BBQ and check on the progress of Falcon’s Fury and Pantopia!

Ratatouille Presentation Wows Disneyland Paris Stockholders
Excitement at the Disneyland Paris Resort is ramping up as the opening of the new Ratatouille attraction grows closer. At their recent annual meeting, stockholders were treated to a presentation on the attraction.

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Thor: The Dark World, a Review
George: Thor: The Dark World is the second in the Thor series and the eighth in the Marvel Universe (not counting the Hulk films).

Big Thunder Prepares For Previews at Disneyland
Something old and something new.  Yes, the refurbishments at the Disneyland Resort are still underway.

Flower and Garden Arriving at Epcot
This week, we’re looking at the arrival of much of the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot! Are you ready for Spring, because it’s bustin’ out all over.

King Triton’s Carousel of the Sea
This Yesterland article is not about something that’s gone. It’s about something that should be gone—and probably will be gone some day. But not the whole thing. Please let me explain…

Epcot’s World Showcase for Kids
A lot of first time Walt Disney World guests tend to write-off Epcot as an “adults only” type of park, but I encourage all of them to give it at least one day with the.

Exploring more of the Wilds of Adventureland
Last week we took some time to explore the wilds of Adventureland in this Samland classic. The tour continues today in our second part. If you missed the first part, please click here.

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

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About CakvalaSC

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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