Did you know there is an interplanetary hidden Mickey on Mercury? It’s true! Have you heard about the cool new “Glow with the show” feature added to World of Color?  Have you purchased your tickets yet to the fantastic Bob Gurr event  coming up on June 30th in Anaheim?  There is plenty of Disney and theme park news from all over the world this week in the MIceChat Round Up.  But that is certainly not all.  We also have a brand new Communicore Weekly and interviews with the imagineers behind Cars Land.  Let’s jump right in and see what’s happening in our favorite parks. ~ Anthony Hays

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The World of Color show will have some added special lighting, courtesy of you and $25. Special Mickey Ears have been Imagineered to light up at certain times, with certain colors in certain places around DCA! Find out more here!


This Animatronic Life: The Great Gurrini 
Animatronic wizard, Garner Holt, brings us a unique look at how some of the world’s most complex mechanical creations are designed and brought to life. This time around, he focuses on his association with the amazing Bob Gurr, the legendary Disney Imagineer behind the Monorails, Autopia, Matterhorn and some major Garner Holt designs as well.


Get Your Kicks With this Special $66 Room Offer from MiceChat Sponsor, Anabella Hotel
The Anabella Hotel delivers yet another way for you to visit Disneyland Resort’s spectacular new Cars Land on a budget. The next 10 callers to request this deal will get rooms for just $66 on select nights. And after those rooms are spoken for, you’ll still get the amazing rate of $79!  When calling to make your reservation, just say the magic words, “MiceChat Route 66”.

DCA Attendance Update – From today’s MiceAge Editors Note:
After DCA broke attendance records twice over the weekend with 45,000+ visitors per day, they broke the records again on Tuesday with 53,000 visitors at DCA. The suits are smiling as Disneyland held its own with 47,000 visitors on Tuesday. And yes, DCA is now getting more visitors per day than Disneyland. Thrilling the Anaheim team even more is the fact that DCA felt busy with a once unthinkable 53K, but that the overall park vibe was upbeat and had manageable wait times outside of Cars Land. | The Pixar Cars Toon short Time Travel Mater is now on sale online for 1.99 at Amazon.com and iTunes. It tells the story of how Cars Land’s town of Radiator Springs came to be. – Al Lutz


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Disneyland Park

The Matterhorn is once again sending guests down its icy slopes.  Goofy shows us How to Conduct a Water Concert, a brand new Walt and Mickey statue has become an instant icon for the new DCA, Buena Vista Street and the formerly quiet town of Radiator Springs have been welcoming record crowds to DCA.  Even the Disney Villains have come out to celebrate the new DCA! ~ Aladdin

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DannyB was in Radiator Springs on Media Day, and brings back some wonderful photos!
Ever since the huge investment for the World of Color fountains, and even since the Day DCA opened, Paradise Pond has desperately needed some sort of activity on the water during the day. This week, Goofy orchestrates some magic on the water, and turns the area into a Series of Live Goofy Short Cartoons! This serves as wonderful afternoon appetizer, for the World of Color Show later in the evening. Disney Analyst has the video
Want to know something unusual about some new kid’s entertainment in DCA? It has the largest gathering of Disney Villains in the entire resort! Perhaps even larger than Halloweentime! SoCalbma has the photos and the video! Can a whole new Villain Land be much further behind?
fantasmiceddied24 shows us what DCA looks like after the sun goes down! Amazing video a must see!
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mre200200 has this report from Radiator Springs and Main Street USA!
Harold now has his meet and greet, also known as the Matterhorn, open again! Unfortunately, no more lap seating is available, and also, sadly gone is the roomy feeling of a riding a real bobsled. Walt Fan opens the topic for us.
A brand new statue of Walt and Mickey was designed for DCA’s Do-Over. This week the statue was unveiled and has become an instant icon for Buena Vista Street and all of DCA. It also helps set the mood for DCA’s new entry!

Disneyland Rumors

Welcome back, gang!  Did you brave the crowds to visit Cars Land and  sample the Dill Pickle popcorn? What do you think of Buena Vista Street? Should there be even more improvements to DCA? Post your ideas, rumors and thoughts and remember…you just might make it to the weekly Round-Up!  -Demigod-

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Wizard of Oz Land
YoungImagineer would like to know what you think about the upcoming Wizard of Oz prequel making it into the parks somehow? If so, what would you like to see and where should it go?

Godzilla 3D: The Ride (My idea)
MiceChatter gzilla45 wonders about a new 3D ride based on the Godzilla movies. Would that fit into the Disney/Marvel scheme of things? (My wife would love this no matter where it was!)

New Land – Expansion behind Cars Land
New MiceChat member DisneyWorld posts some thoughts on another expansion for DCA – this time behind where Cars Land is now.

One More Land Would Make DCA A Full Day Resort!
DCAfanatic feels like DCA doesn’t have enough to do to make it worth spending an entire day there. If they added another land after Cars Land, however…

Carsland and BVS

We have a great deal of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street Coverage for you this week. Not the least of which were the multiple articles from Andy Castro and In the Parks directly below.

We also have threads and discussion from the boards regarding the additions to DCA.

Easter Eggs / Hidden Mickeys of Cars Land & BVS
Looking for hidden surprises in Cars Land and Buena Vista Street? This is the thread to start in!

How long do you guys think Luigi’s Flying Tires is going to last?
What are your thoughts, with long load times and longer lines. Do you think this ride will endure the test of time?

BVS Guests in Period Costumes?
BlackWidowBride thinks the guests who were in DCA were great, what are your thoughts?

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MiceChat Events

Meet Imagineering Legend Bob Gurr – Book Signing and Lunch – June 30, 2012
One of our all time favorite Disney Imagineers is Bob Gurr, father of the Monorail, Autopia, Matterhorn, and just about every Disney attraction with wheels. He’s a true legend and an all around nice guy. And lucky for us, there is a limited opportunity for you to grab a copy of his new book and join him for lunch at the Anabella Hotel (just behind DCA and next to the Anaheim Convention Center) on June 30th. Sign up today!

MiceChat Fall Cruise
September 10th through 16th (Vancouver to Los Angeles aboard the Disney Magic) including an epic event at the Walt Disney Family Museum AND a Napa and Sonoma winery tour (with a Disney twist of course). We are nearly sold out and have just 6 discounted cabins still available. Contact us today!

The Wine Country Disney Tour
A leisurely all day tour through Wine Country with stops along the way that include the Pollyanna House, The Lasetter Family Winery, and DIane Disney Miller’s Silverado Winery.

Walt Disney Family Museum MiceChat Event September 14th – San Francisco
If you’ve never seen the Walt Disney Family Museum, you are missing out! It is located on a picturesque spot in the Presidio. Every room of the museum is packed with info, items and photos from Walt’s life, from his early days as an animator to his later years at Disneyland.

Communicore Weekly Epcot 30th Anniversary event
Join us on the evening of Saturday, September 29th 2012 in the Norway Pavilion Special Events Lounge in EPCOT’s World Showcase for this one of a kind event celebrating EPCOT’s 30th Anniversary in style. A live taping of MiceChat’s Communicore Weekly! Co-hosts Jeff Heimbuch & George Taylor, along with MiceChat’s Dusty Sage, Kevin Yee, and the Communicore Weekly Orchestra, in a fun-filled night of fandom and frivolity as they tape a special hour long episode of the hit show, Communicore Weekly.

You ticket will include special guest, Ron Schneider, the original Dreamfinder,Decadent dessert reception, Short scavenger hunt hosted by Kevin Yee before the show will be available to those who would like to participate, Prizes, giveaways and more, The chance to be a part of EPCOT and Communicore Weekly history, Endless Five Legged Goats and perhaps even a real life Bathroom Break, Exclusive late night ride after park closing on a selected EPCOT attraction to cap off the evening! Admission into the park is NOT included. Learn more about the event and buy your tickets here.

If you have a question about any of these events, please email [email protected]

Walt Disney World

A much quieter week this week after the craziness of last week, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have anything to share. There’s a trip report worth bragging about, some questions about shopping in Disney World, and a discussion about the original plans for Animal Kingdom. So why not take a break and see what’s happening in the Walt Disney World forum. ~yoyoflamingo

Were there ever any real plans for continental areas beyond Africa and Asia at DAK? 
Jungle Trekkie asks about the original plans of the Animal Kingdom: What exactly were the plans beyond Africa and Asia? Share your knowledge and thoughts in here!

Staying at Pop Century
A few questions in this thread about dining and shopping at Walt Disney World. Just where can you find a carton of milk in Walt Disney World anyway?

Did I do it? YES!!! Trip report coming soon!
While no trip report as of this writing, joannaorange shares the thrill of ‘4 parks, 17 hours, 19 rides, 2 sitdown meals, trams, buses, boats and monorails!’ Talk about a busy trip! Keep an eye out for the trip report here!

A/V Room

We have a new Communicore Weekly with topics on: 20,000 leagues under the sea, Kevin Yee’s Mouse Trap!, and the five legged goat Escape the clutches of a prehistoric beasts!

And a brand new MiceChatter from Sarah

Micechat has Interviews with many of the Disney Castmembers at the opening of Carsland!

Interview with Jeannie Villarreal-Bissell, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Beverage Manager.

Interview with Imagineer Russell Larsen, Principle Landscape Architect for Cars Land.

Interview with Disney Imagineer Michael Brown, Project Architect for Cars Land.

Magic 24.7

As the official venue of choice for MAGIC 24.7, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney Anaheim will be hosting a live broadcast from the Ralph Brennan Radio Booth in the Jazz Kitchen on August 11, 2012 (exact time of broadcast TBA).We’ll be doing a live cooking demo, featuring our station’s own signature drink (Twisted Magic), doing live contests and bringing on special Disney Park guests.

We hope you can join us! For the full itinerary, check out our special event website: magic247live.com!

The Time Rovers are going live again this Thursday at 6pm Pacific for one hour! Here’s what we’re discussing: If Disney gave you a free pass to do ANYTHING to any of it’s parks…what would it be? Call us LIVE on Skype (username Magic 24.7) or on our MAGICLINE at (424) 270-1955 and get in the discussion!Remember to bookmark our site (magic247radio.com) and listen between 6am-4pm Pacific Monday to Friday for your official MiceChat.com Newscasts featuring YOUR posts and more Disney Park news! We also have welcomed former Weather Channel meteorologist Jeff Mielcarz to the station, who will provide you with Disneyland & WDW weather Monday to Friday!

Every Monday to Friday between 6-9 am Pacific, we give you your MiceChat.com Newscast. Coming soon, you’ll be able to get a full recap of news from your favorite site.

Get Your Kicks On Route 66 With An Amazing $66 Deal From The Anabella Hotel  
Headed to the Disneyland Resort to check out the fantastic new Cars Land? The Anabella is offering $66 rooms on select nights to the next 10 readers who call in. But even if you don’t snag that amazing rate, you’ll still quality for their special MiceChat rate of just $79 (while supplies last).  You’ll want to race to this great deal.

Off Shore Parks

Raging Spirits Accident Report Released
has posted the details form OLC who has released the accident report for the incident that happened on May 28, 2012.

New Music CD for Tokyo Disneyland Resort
What a great thing! New music has been released for the TDR, what do you enjoy about the music from overseas?


Hidden Mickey on Mercury!
Mickey in space? It seems our favorite rodent has made an impression on Mercury! Can you find the hidden Mickey?


The ‘What TV show did you just see?’ thread REGENERATED
The age old question still exists! What TV show did you just see? This discussion has been lively for quite some time now so come and join in!

What book are you reading? (or just finished)
Just like our TV show thread, we also like to get reviews from our mice chatters on the current books they are reading. Come check out this discussion and read the good, bad, and ugly reviews our chatters have given on the books they have been reading.


Mice Chat Singles Meet – July 1 or July 8?
Coheteboy provides this poll for those who have expressed interest in meeting Disneyland fans who aren’t attached, have kids, or just want a good time with the young 20s-30s crowd.


‘The Art of Frankenweenie’ worldwide exhibition
Walt Disney Studios will launch a touring exhibition featuring the art of Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’, the director’s upcoming stop-motion, animated feature film which comes out on October 5, 2012.

Castle – Update on the Little Lost Turret
Waltopia shows that the Castle turret, is a little less lost as Disneyland works on the Princess Faire project at Carnation Gardens.

Miceage Discussions

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Kevin Yee – Turtle Gawk
We look at SeaWorld’s newest 3D movie attraction.

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Dateline Disneyland

After five years of construction, changes and growing pains, the Disneyland Resort finally celebrated the grand re-opening of Disney California Adventure. The park’s tortured beginnings faded away Friday as Disney CEO Bob Iger officially welcomed the new DCA.

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Dateline Walt Disney World

Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! we have so much to share this week that we’ve had to break the column into two parts. In this part of our coverage this week, we will include everything not named “Magic Kingdom”. We have some Epcot news and a look at the new Highland Games meet and greet, a quick word from Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and some construction over at the Grand Floridian.

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Let’s take another stroll through the history of EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World by visiting the west side of Future World (the Land, the Living Seas and Journey into Imagination).

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In the Parks

They may be located an hour and a half away from Disneyland, but we still try to make it to Six Flags Magic Mountain from time to time to bring you updates on what’s new. This week finds two big additions to the park.

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Orlando Parkhopper

We breeze through SeaWorld Orlando this week for a splash of news from around the park. The Happy Harbor area is behind walls for construction. Meanwhile, Antarctica: Empire opt the penguin, is going vertical. Finally, we see a new parade in the park, but this one wasn’t planned by entertainment.

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The holy trinity of a great Disney World vacation is the perfect combination of mild weather, low crowds, and discounts. It can be difficult to get all three: Let’s face it, Orlando is really hot at least five months out of the year, so you’re fighting a pretty big battle with the weather as it is. But you can get close. Here’s how you can determine the best time to visit Walt Disney World.

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Bob Gurr is the design and mechanical genius behind many of your favorite Disney attractions. From the Autopia to the Monorails, the PeopleMover or the Omnimover, Gurr was at the creation.

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Weekend Update

Sir Clinksalot spent a day at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. It is located in Simi Valley, California and is 90 minutes north of Disneyland. It is the final resting place of our 40th president.

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The Claim is that the Disneyland Hotel had erector set architecture because its owner also owned the company that made erector sets. Is this crazy notion true? As with many myths, there are elements of the claim that are true.

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Al Lutz – Carsland Guide

Whats worth the wait in this new land, what to avoid for now and whats to come!

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The 626
It’s just after Thanksgiving of 2010, and I’m sitting in my car in front of Wal-Mart. It’s 6:54 in the morning, and I have to be at work at 7:15. The first thing that comes to mind is probably: “After Thanksgiving? It must be Black Friday!” But in fact, Black Friday was almost a week before. Those great deals have long passed. So why exactly am I staking out my local Wally Mart, risking being late for work, waiting for it to open its doors? Because on that day, November 30th, 2010, Epic Mickey would finally be released.

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From the Mouth of the Mouse
Each week, we spotlight a different Cast Member story to give you more insight into some of your favorite attractions, resorts, and movies from all over the Walt Disney Company.

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