An earthquake hits the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World has raised parking prices, and potential changes coming to FastPass+. That’s just some of the news coming to you this week in The MiceChat Round Up of Disneyland and theme park news and information.  But we don’t stop there.  No sir.  We also bring you the icy April Fools joke written by Al Lutz, Tim Grassey’s insightful piece on how My Magic+ might be considered a failure, and the collection of amazing podcasts from the MicePod Network. Plus, we ask the question “Which Disney park offers the most attractions?” Do you know the answer?And don’t forget to sign up for the MiceChat Gumball Rally, which is rapidly selling out. Click HERE for more information and to sign up!

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Disney with a Z!
The Walt Disney Company celebrates the billion-dollar “Frozen” franchise with a new motion picture and several theme park attractions. Expanding upon the success of the newest princesses to join Disney’s Royal court, a series of carefully crafted synergistic brand extensions will spur the Maus House’s other established entertainment brands to whole new levels.

Disney’s MyMagic Failure
I will often point to the Happiest Celebration on Earth as the last great Disney promotion because it brought forth the main thing Disney fans want: new attractions. The Happiest Celebration on Earth began in May of 2005 and continued through September 2006. Soarin’, Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show and Expedition Everest all opened in the first 11 months of the celebration and the result of this investment was a substantial increase in attendance from 2005-2007.

Which Disney Park Has The Most Rides?
MiceChat Moderator David Yeh rekindles an old debate between Disneyland and Walt Disney World and settles his argument with something very hard to argue with . . . numbers. Which park comes out on top of the ride list? You might be surprised.



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.  This race through Disneyland has become the ultimate Disney fan event. Fun for all ages, compete in teams of 2-4 people as you attempt to ride the most attractions at Disneyland in a single day.  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).


Day Port Guest Ashore Guest Onboard
1 Barcelona, Spain 5:00 p.m.
2 At Sea
3 Villefranche (Monte Carlo, Cannes, Nice), France* 7:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m.
4 La Spezia (Florence, Pisa), Italy 7:15 a.m. 7:30 p.m.
5 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy 7:30 a.m. 6:45 p.m.
6 Naples (Pompeii), Italy 7:30 a.m. 5:45 p.m.
7 At Sea
8 Barcelona, Spain 7:00 a.m.

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]

Disney Parks News and Reports

This week we get a new vantage point for many of the shows and parades from Disneyland in the 1990’s.  We also take a look at some curious creatures that roam the parks 24 hours a day ~ Aladdin

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Please post photos of Disneyland’s real cats
When the Mice are away, the cats will play, at least that’s how it works at Disneyland. jcruise86 wants to see your photos of the cats that roam throughout the Disneyland resort!

Disneyland and DCA experienced a little more shaking than normal, this past weekend, fortunately everyone was safe after the series of small, but extremely close quakes.

Got some good backstage footage!!! Enjoy
WildForMrToad found some mostly backstage video for many shows and parades from the 1990’s, including: The Haunted Mansion, The Lion King Parade, Hunchback Show in Festival Arena, Hercules Victory Parade, Light Magic, and Fantasmic. And if you keep your eyes open, you will see the Ursula Float that used to be in Fantasmic!

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Disneyland in Minecraft
Wityblack and friends have been working on recreating the famous Magic Kingdom in nothing but digital blocks! Look inside this for the full image tour!

Pictures being taken at turnstiles
Liva148 returns to this topic about photos of multi-day pass users and if it actually works as a deterrent or not. Read the discuss here!

Happy 5th Anniversary to D23!
D23 celebrates their 5th birthday with a very special video. There are a lot of memories packed into less than three minutes. Take a look:

Disney Rumors

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TDS Ride: Leonardo’s Workshop
Check out this idea that RandySavage has to freshen up the Tuscan Hill section of Tokyo Disney Sea.

Walt Disney World

This week brings us another price increase, some Fastpass+ questions (seemingly standard these days), Star Wars character meals, and news for offsite guests wanting to prebook their Fastpasses. A lot of read, so let’s take a look!~yoyoflamingo

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Offsite guests can now use My Disney Experience to prebook FastPass
Another piece of the trial comes into place: offsite guests are now included in the pre-booking Magic of FastPass fun. Find out the details and see how much you, yes you, can purchase a MagicBand for in this thread!

Walt Disney World increases parking fees
With price hikes coming left and right, it seems like we have another one every other week. This week, it’s the parking fees. They have to make up for the MyMagic+ debacle some/everywhere, right?

Star Wars Weekends Character Meals
Ever want to dine with Darth or Chew with Chewie? Well, now it’s possible at Star Wars weekends this year, with 2 opportunities to do so, Disneyfied or no. Get the details here.

FP+ may be changing according to a survey. More FPs and other changes possible
Some possible good news for the FastPass+ system. It looks as if Disney is trying to tweak the system by asking opinions on various options, including adding more FastPasses. See what the options are and voice your opinions here.

Any good about Fastpass Plus?
Are we unnecessarily harsh on the Fastpass+ system, scaring guests who haven’t used it yet? Share some concerns, and assuage some fears in this thread.


This week around the world of Disney Parks asks if Tokyo needs some aggressive expansion, a look at the new itineraries of the Disney Cruise Line for 2015, and if Phantom Manor and Pirates of the Caribbean in France are less impressive than people make them out to be. Take a look and see what’s going around in the Off Shore Disney Parks.  ~yoyoflamingo

Pirates and Phantom Manor: Am I the only one unimpressed?
So, have what all of us who haven’t been there heard about Phantom Manor and Pirates of Caribbean in Disneyland Paris false advertising? Are these 2 Disney attractions not as stellar in Paris as we’re led to believe? Share your thoughts here.

Does TDR need to expand both parks?
After record crowds and amazing attendance, does Tokyo need to expand their offerings, including the possibility of a third theme park? Share your thoughts here.

2015 Cruise Destinations from the Disney Parks Blog
See where the Disney Cruise Line is heading out next year. Anywhere you’re interested in? Take a peek and share your thoughts here.



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MiceChat Podcast #15: A Spoonful of Sherman Our latest show was quite a while in the making. We think it was worth the wait. Aside from our usual round up of Disney and theme park news, we’ve got an outstanding interview with Robbie Sherman (son of Disney legend Robert Sherman of the Sherman Brothers). Robbie was quite candid. The interview was conducted at the Disneyana Fan Club show and sale, so there’s quite a bit of background noise, but it’s all in good fun. It’s a spoonful of Sherman and then some. Enjoy!

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Joe’s summer trip to Paris France
Joe Flowers (aka mre200200) follows up his photo rich trip report from Disneyland Paris with a trip report from the City of Light itself.

WWOHP in USJ to Open in June
disfa10 reminds us that Universal Studios Japan will be opening the Wonderful World of Harry Potter this summer.

AV Room


Sarah brings another wonderful episode of MiceChatter

The Haunted Mansion Show Extra: Bloopers and Outtakes
Sometimes its very hard to perform a show with a giant skeletal puppet and a dark hood over your face. “The Haunted Mansion Show” creator, Nick Barbera, will show you exactly how hard that can be.

Communicore Weekly – Sleeping Beauty Castle, Wally Boag, Cape May Cafe, Star Tours
This week on Communicore Weekly, we talk about Sleeping Beauty Castle, Wally Boag, Cape May Cafe, and Star Tours! We both had a rough week and didn’t get to record a new episode. Thankfully, we have a long, lost episode recorded just for situations like this! So, enjoy this buffer episode!

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Disafterdark Series 2, Episode 13 – DisAfterMind.
Welcome back to the Mouses Head and thank you for the download. Joining us in the Mouses Head this week is fan and friend of the show Kaitlyn Albone. Kaitlyn is a current cast member in Orlando, but for the record she doesn’t speak on behalf of the Walt Disney Company or the parks, and is just a fan who happens to also be a cast member!

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #84 – Rip, Ride, Rockin’ It
On this show we announce our UUOP Club, bring you the latest news in the Update an then we have a bit of fun by going roundtable to all pick new tracks, that we would like to hear, for Universal Studios Florida’s attraction, Rip, Ride, Rockit. We hope you enjoy something a little different and we’d love to hear your track picks too.

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SeaWorld Podcast 21 – Interviews with Brian Morrow Bill Shedd and Mike Price
March into April with episode 21 of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast! We have a sea of surprises to share with you! Erin is back with a special Animal Spotlight, and we also have brand new Marine Mammal Trainer Segment, and a new Busch Gardens Minute.

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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 is back to the IAAPA Expo for part 2 of the event.  Interviews with Gary Goddard, Great Coasters International, S&S-Sansei, Rocky Mountain Construction, Oceaneering and Soaring Attractions (Fly Over Canada attraction).

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Mousetalgia Episode 284: Inside Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge
Disney Legend Jim Henson founded a “Creature Shop” in 1979 to create mechanical creatures and whimsical beasts for various productions. That shop, now led by Henson’s son Brian, is the basis for a new reality competition on SyFy. Team Mousetalgia welcomes Joseph Freed, Executive Producer and co-creator of the new SyFy series Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, to this week’s episode to share behind the scenes stories and secrets from this exciting new show in which amateur contestants vie for a dream job working for Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

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DoomBuggies Spook Show # 8: Knight tales and the Corridor of Doors
Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion briefly used live characters to portray a knight inside of a suit of armor inside of its dank halls in the 1980s, and in this episode of the DoomBuggies Spook Show we learn more about the experiences and challenges that these actors faced in bringing some true scares into the Haunted Mansion. We’ll also take a tour of the Corridor of Doors inside of the Haunted Mansion, and learn some behind-the-scenes information about this brief yet surprisingly integral scene in the attraction.

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The world famous MiceChat Gumball Rally will be rolling your way the first Saturday in May. Can you ride the most attractions at Disneyland in a single day? Let’s find out! Lots of fun and surprises are in store. Last year’s event sold out in record time with over 100 names on the waiting list. Don’t end up shut out of the best fan event of the year,

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Disneyland Update: Mother Nature Shakes Things Up
A lot can happen over a weekend. Rides get refurbished, crowds amass, and earthquakes strike without warning.

Which Disney Park Has The Most Rides?
MiceChat Moderator David Yeh rekindles an old debate between Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Disney’s MyMagic Failure
Tim Grassey returns with his thoughts on Disney World’s MyMagic+. As you can gather from the title, this isn’t a column the Disney suits are going to like.

Bubblefest Takes Flight at Discovery Science Center
Our favorite time of year at the Discovery Science Center has returned! Bubblefest is back.

Disneyland Paris Update: Ratatouille Ride Progress Report
Here’s another Disneyland Paris pictorial update about the progress on the WDS Ratatouille site. There are plenty of new things to see!

Disneyland Resort Upkeep and Keep Ups
It was a lovely, albeit erratically weathered, week at the Disneyland Resort. Despite the on again, off again sunny weather, the Spring Break crowds remained heavy. We’ll catch you up with what’s happening at Disneyland.

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Walt Disney World News and Updates
It’s a big photo update from Walt Disney World for you this week. We hit three parks and have over 80 photos for you to enjoy.

Walt Disney Hometown Museum
Yesterland takes you to the museum about Walt Disney in his boyhood hometown, Marceline, Missouri.

SAMLAND: Did You Know Universal Studios Tried To Buy SeaWorld?
Did you know that Universal Studios tried to buy SeaWorld? Of course! In Hollywood anything is possible. However, this is not current news.

Get Park Wise: Familiarizing Your Children with Disney Characters
If you’re like most families with young children, characters will be a big part of your Disney vacation. Who doesn’t dream of the day they watch as their sweet child runs up to Mickey with open arms and a sparkle in his eyes?

Universal Studios Hollywood Wizarding World and Simpsons Update
Let’s check on the progress of the upcoming Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion, look at the mystery project on the Studio Tour and the opening of the new midway games in front of The Simpsons Ride.

Free Scavenger Hunt This Sunday in Epcot
If you’ve followed my writing for a while, you know that I have written and hosted many scavenger hunts held inside Disney theme parks over the years. And the newest one is coming this Sunday, April 6, from 1pm-5pm in Epcot. It’s free!

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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