MiceChat Disney News Round Up: Easter Fun In The Disney Parks

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Published on April 16, 2014 at 1:00 am with 2 Comments

We have a full collection of Disney and theme park news and information to share with you today. Iconic Disney attraction, it’s a small world, celebrated its 50th anniversary last week.  Did you see the new MiceChat column, Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Fantasy? Have you read Imagineer Terri Hardin’s story on how she built the famous dragon at Disneyland Paris?  We have that too!  All of this , plus the latest news from Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disney Resort and now, Shanghai! It’s a big round up folks so let’s get moving. And don’t miss out on the MiceChat Gumball Rally, the ultimate Disneyland fan event. We have room for just 7 more teams!

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Introducing Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Fantasy
If you listen to MiceChat’s own Window to the Magic or Communicore Weekly (and if not, why not?!) then you may already have heard from us. For the past several months we have been working quietly at our own blog to share the world beyond Disney with our readers. Now we are ready to share that with an even wider audience through a partnership with the preeminent Disney fan site.

Terri’s Dragon: La Taniere du Dragon
As many of you know, becoming a Walt Disney Imagineer usually isn’t an easy task. If this is your dream, it may not come true for you overnight. You may have to jump through a few hoops before you get considered. But good things come to those who keep on fighting for their dreams. Never give up.

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MiceChat Walt Disney World Invasion – October 22nd through 29th, 2014:  We’ll visit the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando, offer an optional Halloween Horror Nights event, hold a Walt Disney World GUMBALL RALLY, travel the World Showcase in our wonderful Food and Wine Festival Sip and Nibble event, enjoy Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, PLUS La Nouba, meet-ups, meals and more. Don’t miss this fantastic week of Orlando fun!!!

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Disney Parks News and Reports

Happy Easter to all!  This week we go on an Egg Hunt,  We also celebrate the 50th Anniversary of it’s a small world.  The Main Street Music Shop has been infested with pins,  I guess you could call that “PIN-festation.” ~ Aladdin

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Joshrzmeup’s 3 day TR!!!
Joshrzmeup returned to the west coast after many years, to see the new additions to DCA, and has several wonderful photos from both Disneyland and DCA!

small world celebration today, anyone else?
It’s A Small World had a worldwide 50th Celebration this week. We have a couple videos from the event direct from Disneyland.

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1980 Disneyland Parade film
don731 takes us back to Disneyland’s 25th year!

20th Century Music Company now a Pin store
If you didn’t already have enough places to buy pins at Disneyland, they have now invaded the Main Street Music Shop. Yes, you read that correctly. Something about that doesn’t sound right. Tell us what you think about this decision.

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Hunting for Easter Eggs at Disneyland – Egg-Stravaganza 2014
SoCalbma takes us along on his Easter Egg hunt through Disneyland, in this video!

Funny Twitter Page – DCA Yesterday
So much of the original DCA has already disappeared, and that is a good thing! KEBSD found a Twitter account that reminds us what used to be.

LiveFastDiePoor – quick yet informative videos based around Disneyland attractions
Several Disney Fans have their own channels on YouTube, and Bongo points us to one of his favorites. This way, to some lesser know info about Disneyland

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This week brings us some sad news from the Contemporary, as well as a new concept for EPCOT after dark. Take a peek and see what’s going on this week in the Roundup! ~yoyoflamingo

EPCOT after hours
Just like Wishes has their dessert party in the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT now has its own hard ticketed event, including a chance to stroll around World Showcase after it closes. Check out the details, and if it’s worth the cost, here.

Cast Member Suicide at Contemporary Resort
Some sad news from the Contemporary with the tragic death of a cast member. It’s truly a sad day when anyone takes their own life, especially in a public place like Walt Disney World. Our thoughts are prayers go out to the family of the CM…

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Once Upon A Time
disfa10 brings us information and interesting images of rehearsals of Once Upon a Time at Tokyo Disneyland Resort.

Enchanted Storybook Castle wins AIA award
Spacemtuk points out that The American Institute of Architects have awarded WDI their Technology in Architectural Practice Award to the Castle in Shanghai.

Whats Happening TDR’s Entertainment Department.
Since the last new Seasonal Shows were so off, disfa10 is wondering what is happening with the entertainment department in Tokyo!

Duffy gets locked out
The title says it all, Duffy gets locked out of backstage.

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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

Spring brings us a festival, a faire, and big wheel on the west coast, along with a magical bus in Florida. . ~ Trekkie Dad

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High Roller – World’s Tallest Observation wheel – Las Vegas Video
Save yourself the $35 (and a trip to Las Vegas) and watch SoCalbma‘s nighttime video of the ride’s highlights.

Knott’s Boysenberry Festival, April 12-27th, 2014
lynxwiler is excited about the Boysenberry Festival that just started at Knott’s Berry Farm.

Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale, weekends through May 18th
Check out the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale, California, and you might just run into MiceChatter BogLurch who performs with a band there.

The Knight Bus : Now in place in front of Diagon Alley
MiceChat podcaster UUOPLee Mallaby found a picture of the Knight Bus just after it arrived at Universal Studios Florida. It’s now in place near Diagon Alley.

 

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MiceChat’s Ride Through of It’s a Small World
A ride through of it’s a small world during its brief opening between refurbishment windows.

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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The Haunted Mansion Show Episode 13: Sinister Superstitions
Everyone is afraid of something. It could be spiders, ghosts, or even the darkness. Several superstitions have evolved around these fears; legends that are sure to make you think twice before your luck is at risk. Lucky for you, however, the Ghost Host of Gracey Manor will uncover them all (at least the ones he found) for the special 13th episode of “The Haunted Mansion 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 #86 – Skip Sherman On this, our three year anniversary show, we invite former Senior Vice President of Entertainment for Universal Orlando, Skip Sherman on to the show to discuss his history at Universal Orlando.

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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 Season Pass: #265 – Atlantis at The Kennedy Space Center w/ Emily Howard of PGAV!
Season Pass Podcast is at the Kennedy Space Center to check out how the themed entertainment industry gets infused with NASA, thanks to the newest exhibit Atlantis!  Doug Barnes and Robert Coker join the Project Manager of Atlantis, Emily Howard (Vice President of PGAV Destinations), to experience and discuss the Kennedy Space Center and the amazing new project.

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Mousetalgia Episode 286: Healthy Disney dining; working with Walt.With topics covering everything from the latest Marvel film to the earliest days of working for Walt – it’s an Easter Emporium on Mousetalgia! We have a plethora of fun Disney discussions for you this week, including the Mousetalgia review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier; book reviews of the latest from Charles Solomon (“The Art of the Disney Golden Books”) and a just-published posthumous autobiography of Homer Brightman about the earliest days of the Walt Disney Studios called “Life in the Mouse House”.

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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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Universal Orlando Update – Diagon Delays and HHN Dates
News and details that might push the opening of Diagon Alley back into summer and why Bill Davis, Universal Orlando President, is not going to let that happen. Plus, the new dates for Halloween Horror Nights 24.

Studio Promotions at WDW
This past weekend, Kevin Yee had a chance to sample the Muppets Most Wanted promotion in WDW (specifically, the interactive game added to Epcot).

Terri’s Dragon: La Taniere du Dragon
I had to pinch myself as I began to assemble the tables that would be the foundation of the cavern under Merlin’s Magic Shop, the home of the soon to be La Taniere du Dragon model. I was the only designer and sculptor on this attraction.

News: Universal Studios Hollywood Expansion Plans Finally Announced
Yesterday, in a series of anticipated announcements, Universal Studios Hollywood confirmed an impressive series of additions to their original park in Los Angeles, California.

Top Disneyland Freebies
As we discussed last week, a Disney trip is no small investment, but there are definitely a few reprieves for the wallet. Last time around, I gave you my favorite freebies at Walt Disney World, this time it’s Disneyland Freebies.

Introducing Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Fantasy
Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Fantasy is dedicated to the original source material that inspired Disney’s films and attractions.

Samland: The Mickey and Friends Parking Structure Story
Today I will be talking about a really sexy topic, parking structures. Specifically, the Mickey and Friends structure at the Disneyland Resort.

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Easter Eggs and Magic Kingdom News
We have an egg-citing Dateline Disney World for you this week. We’ll take a look at something new that the Grand Floridian has cooked up and take you to the Magic Kingdom, where the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is just about to open.

Knott’s Berry Bloom
Today, In the Parks visits Knott’s Berry Farm as they get ready to kick off the wonderful Berry Bloom event. What is the Berry Bloom? It’s a…

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and Super Silly Fun Land Officially Open at Universal Studios Hollywood
The long-awaited Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride has officially opened to the public at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Swing into Spring at Disneyland Paris Resort
Spring has sprung at the Disneyland Resort Paris and park managers have mounted quite an impressive ode to the season with their Swing into Spring entertainment.

Pocahontas Wedding Reenactment in Jamestowne
Beautiful spring weather set the stage for an outdoor wedding as Pocahontas wed John Rolfe in the 400th anniversary reenactment of the historic Jamestowne nuptials.

Knotts Berry Bloom Brings Bites and Blossoms
Knotts Berry Farm kicked off their second annual Berry Bloom Festival this weekend (running now through April 27th). It is evident that management knows they have a good idea on their hands as they’ve made some nice enhancements to the event.

Vintage 1986 Town Square Cafe Barbecue Menu
Thanks to a great friend, Todd at Disney Parks Earchives, I was able to pull some images from a 1986 Town Square Cafe Barbecue menu. It was called the Town Square Times and was sponsored by Hormel.

Disneyland Update: Celebrating Small World and Easter Egg Fun
The past week brought a fair amount of fun, pomp and pageantry to the Disneyland Resort. On Friday, the Disneyland resort celebrated the 50th anniversary of it’s a small world complete with a Richard Sherman sing-along.

 

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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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