MiceChat Disney News Round Up: It’s a Animatronic Life for Us!

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Published on April 09, 2014 at 1:00 am with No Comments

What are your must-have foods at Disneyland? What are the craziest things you have been told by a cast member?  What are the absolute, must-do’s at the Tokyo Disneyland Resort?  The MiceChat round up of Disney News and Theme Park information is here to cover all those burning questions and more.  We also share the great news that Garner Holt has won a lifetime achievement award from TEA. Kevin Yee observes the amount of money spent on studio-backed projects in the park. And don’t forget to sign up for the MiceChat Gumball Rally, which is rapidly selling out.

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Garner Holt Wins Thea Award For Lifetime Achievement
Yesterday was a milestone achievement for animatronics wizard and MiceChat columnist Garner Holt.  Theme park industry trade association, TEA (Themed Entertainment Association), bestowed their top honor upon Garner during their gala three day event at the Disneyland Resort.  Garner joins such prestigious talent as Harrison “Buzz” Price, Marty Sklar, Don Iwerks, John Hench, Bob Gurr, Tony Baxter, Joe Rohde, Kim Irvine and other industry leaders.

Studio Promotions at WDW
This past weekend, we had a chance to sample the Muppets Most Wanted promotion in WDW (specifically, the interactive game added to Epcot). The diversion was pleasant enough, but it got me thinking about Studio money vs. Parks money, and on the whole, whether they were doing all they could to maximize value. I think they could do better.

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A food item(s) that you must have at Disneyland
Turkey Legs, Churros and Dole Whips.. Oh My! Jimmyboy Wants to know what are the MUST have foods you need on your visit and why!

Funny things you have been told by a CM at DL.
tahoebob54 brings up a fun thread on what you been told by a CM at the resort, what’s your funniest piece of trivia you have been told?

Trip Review! 4/5/2014
GagarianPrincess gives us a great review of their recent trip to the Disneyland Resort, you can read about the “success” here!

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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.

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Must-see attractions?
PhantomLassie is going to be going to Tokyo Disney Resort and wants help compiling a list of must do attractions.

Long, rambling, wholly unsolicited advice regarding TDS.
jxxwxx1 brings us some advice for visiting Tokyo DisneySea.

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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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Other Parks

This week we have updates from Universal Studios Hollywood and photos and videos from last year’s Knott’s Scary Farm. ~ Trekkie Dad

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Knott’s Scary Farm photos + video thread
RegionsBeyond has started a thread of photos and videos from Knott’s Scary Farm. Enter at your own risk!

New Updated WaterWorld Show Video at Universal Studios Hollywood 2014
SoCalbma has a video of the latest version of the Waterworld show at Universal Studios Hollywood.

WWOHP April 2014 Construction Update
Kenny Loggins has posted a video that shows construction progressing on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.

 

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The Future of Tomorrowland
MiceChatters Leo and Sarah discuss what might happen to Tomorrowland in the future. Which rides will disappear? Which ones will be built in their place?

Communicore Weekly, the greatest online show, is proud to announce the release of Communicore Weekly: The Musical! For the first time ever, hear the true origin story of how Jeff and George were brought together to face the biggest threat that the Disney theme parks, and the universe, has ever faced: Michael Eisner! Through the use of patent-pending time travel technology, Communicore Weekly was able to obtain an episode of the radio broadcast “Theater On The Move” from the year 2215. In this episode, they are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Communicore Weekly: The Musical, and have brought the actors playing the pivotal roles of Jeff and George onto the show to discuss the lavish anniversary production and to share the music of the show.

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Its a Small World
The Mouses Head Pub Singer Duets with Tom Ameen on this very special Version of Dis After Dark!

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #85 – News, Rumours and Weezer
Join us a we bring you another Listener Butterbeer preference, the latest news and rumours and then finish with Darren telling us about his trip to Universal Orlando for the Mardi Gras Weezer concert with Hunter.

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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 285: Disneyland trip planning tips.
This week, Mousetalgia offers some timely Disneyland summer trip planning tips. Splurging on special tours or fine dining – which is the better choice? Fastpass schemes – which attractions should you hit first? We also offer our opinions on World of Color dining and viewing options, Fantasmic dessert seating, and choosing a tower at the Disneyland Hotel or a room at other Disneyland Resort hotels.

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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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Cabana Bay Beach Resort Opens – Orlando’s Most Luxurious Value Resort
On Monday March 31st Universal Orlando opened their newest hotel, the retro mid-century style Cabana Bay Beach Resort. MiceChat takes you for a tour of the new hotel.

Disney with a Z!
The Walt Disney Company celebrates the billion-dollar “Frozen” franchise with a new motion picture and several theme park attractions.

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.28 – 1956 Disneyland Animals Before Animatronics
Today’s Wheel of Years stopped at 1956, so here we go. In the years before Disneyland’s attractions were able to use Audio-Animatronic figures, both human and animal, animations were very rudimentary.

Knott’s Timber Mountain Log Ride: Updating Bud’s Masterpiece – Part 1
Although we had half a dozen attraction openings last year featuring our design and production work, our efforts at Knott’s Berry Farm certainly brought the most interest and enthusiasm from guests.

10 Freebies at Walt Disney World
We all know the Most Magical Place on Earth can leave a not-so-magical dent in your wallet. From resort rates to dining to souvenirs, it seems like we’re pulling out the plastic (or, now, the MagicBands) every time we turn around at Walt Disney World.

Magic Kingdom Construction and Photos
Hello, and welcome back to Dateline Disney World. We have lots construction updates and pretty Magic Kingdom pictures coming your way today. Could the Mine Train open later this month? Take a look at the photos and let us know what you think.

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Universal Studios Hollywood and the Harry Potter Project
Universal Studios Hollywood is a flurry of activity as a new attraction opens and another is under major construction. Today, we stroll through SoCal’s busiest theme park construction project since DCA 2.0 and see all of the jaw-droppingly huge projects that Universal Hollywood is undertaking at the moment.

Blu-ray Review: The Pirate Fairy
George & Jeff, both received review copies of The Pirate Fairy on Blu-ray and felt a certain compunction to offer an official review.

It’s A Small World at 50 – A History in Postcards
It’s A Small World will celebrate its 50th anniversary on April 10, 2014. In honor of this auspicious occasion, here are some postcard images that have celebrated the attraction through the years.

Garner Holt Wins Thea Award For Lifetime Achievement
And the Buzz Price Award For A Lifetime Of Distinguished Achievements goes to . . . Garner Holt!!!

The Impossible Dream – The Story behind SeaWorld San Diego’s Penguin Encounter
Recently, we had the pleasure to chat with Frank Todd, who is a recognized authority on waterfowl and penguins. Frank has work more than 30 seasons in the Antarctic.

Disneyland Resort Update – Beauty and the Bugs
In The Parks is filling in for Dateline Disneyland today to bring you your Disneyland and Disney California Adventure fix.

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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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About Anthony Hays

Anthony is 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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