How do they decide which Disney movies are made into theme park rides?  What is your favorite land in any Disney park?  Will we see something developed for the parks from the Captain America Franchise?  We talk about all of this and more the MiceChat round up of Disney and Theme Park news and information.  Want to take a hard hat tour of the Calico Mine Train and Camp Snoopy projects at Knott’s Berry Farm? It’s all here and ready for your enjoyment.  All of this plus the latest podcast from the MicePod including the brilliant Dis after Dark, Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast, Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast and much much more!


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Velociraptor Entertainment Added to DAK – But It’s Not What You Think
I’m pleased to report that Walt Disney World started, this past weekend, testing a new atmosphere entertainment show in Dinoland U.S.A., in the form of a human scientist interacting with a velociraptor. There were many reasons to be cheerful about this news, when I first heard it. First, one obviously wants more “streetmosphere” added when possible; it brightens the park. Second, this particular area of the park struggles anyway with theme, so anything they could do with the dinosaur theme would be helpful.

Knotts Berry Farm Calico Mine Ride and Camp Snoopy Hardhat Tour 
We took a sneak peek at Knott’s Berry Farm’s Calico Mine Ride and Camp Snoop yesterday. What we found was a very good sign for things to come this summer.



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Upcoming MiceTrips
Join MiceChat for these two wonderful upcoming adventures:


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!!!


MiceChat 7 night Alaska Cruise on the Disney Wonder – June 1st, 2015:  Join us as we sail toward the top of the world on the delightful Disney Wonder.  We’ll hold all sorts of special MiceChat meet-ups on board. Suggest group excursions you might want to join us on. Dine as a group to discuss our adventures and more.

Day Port Guest Ashore Guest Onboard
1 Vancouver, Canada 4:00 p.m.
2 At Sea
3 Tracy Arm, Alaska Cruising Cruising
4 Skagway, Alaska 7:15 a.m. 7:45 p.m.
5 Juneau, Alaska 6:15 a.m. 4:45 p.m.
6 Ketchikan, Alaska 11:15 a.m. 7:45 p.m.
7 At Sea
8 Vancouver, Canada 8:00 a.m.

Ask us for more details on any of our upcoming MiceTrips or for Disney adventures of your own by emailing us at [email protected]. It doesn’t cost you more to use our travel agent, it’s just more magical. Let us do the work, you enjoy the Disney fun!!!

Disney Parks News and Reports

This week we found a 1968 video from Disneyland, and then we take a look at Disneyland’s 30th Birthday in 1985 – Do you think next years 60th will be twice as spectacular?  We also want to know your favorite Land at the resort! ~ Aladdin

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Vintage Disneyland Video -1985
Daboltz also discovered a Disneyland video on Youtube. This one is from Disneyland’s 30th Anniversary! Take a look at what they had planned for the 30th! Let’s hope they have even more excitement planned for next years 60th Disneyland Anniversary!

Your Favorite Land
CinderellaGirl asks What is your favorite land at the Disneyland Resort. Let us know, and tell us why you like that land best!

What Disney movie deserves, but doesn’t have a ride at the parks?
Which Disney movie would you like to see have its own attraction at the Disneyland resort? Also, let us know any ideas you may have for the ride!

Disneyland Video from 1968
We go back to 1968 Disneyland, for this color video that scorey found on Youtube!



Disney Memory Maker Package
is planning a trip and wants to know about the new Disney Memory Maker Package for photos. Help a Micechatter out!

Walt Disney Face Character Facial Requirements
is putting together a list of what it takes to become a Walt Disney face character.


Villains or heroes, which do you choose from our armchair imagineers’ ideas? ~ Trekkie Dad

Maleficent ride – a Disney Villain first?
New member mykeedee’s very first post on MiceChat proposes an adventure thrill ride based on an upcoming movie release.

Captain America ride
On the other hand, Lakerfan3224 would like to see ride based upon the Captain America character.


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Tokyo Disneyland Easter Season
The park is decorated beautifully and TimmyTimmyTimmy brings us an excellent photo review of Easter at the Tokyo Disneyland.

Where’s next for WDS?
With the complete of Ratatouille, Hathaway Browne is wondering what is next for the park.

Spider-Man meet’n’greet
The Spider-Man meet and greet is open in the Backlot at Walt Disney Studios Paris.

Disney’s PhotoPass at Hong Kong Disneyland
Photopass has been introduced to HKDL and MickeyHKP is wondering if this is the first step to bringing MyMagic+ to the park.



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MiceChat Podcast #15: A Spoonful of Sherman. Last call for this very popular episode of the MiceChat Podcast. 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. We’ll be back next week with an all new show.  Enjoy!

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Interactive Wands
Podcaster UUOPLee Mallaby has a quick note about the possibility of interactive magic wands being offered at Universal Studios Florida this June.

Knott’s history and movies at the Egyptian Theatre, April 27, 2014
Eric lynxwiler invites you to attend his illustrated presentation on the history of Knott’s Berry Farm.

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The Haunted Mansion Show Episode 14: Hopping Mad! It’s Easter at Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom again, and a decree has been passed that every area of the Kingdom must celebrate. This includes the old Haunted Mansion at New Orleans Square, which is Hopping Mad from all of the festivities. With Mr. Easter Bunny coming to town, however, it’s more than eggs that the Ghost Host is after… Also included in this episode: Terrifying Trivia that will make you think twice about Gracey Manor!

Grand Sierra Narration MiceChat brings you a sample of the new Peanuts-themed narration on the Grand Sierra Railroad in Knott’s Berry Farm’s Camp Snoopy!


Communicore Weekly, 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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Disafterdark Series 2, Episode 15 – A Blustery Day in the Mouses Head
Welcome back to the Mouses Head and thank you for the download. Joining us in the Mouses Head this week is Rob Foster from the Dibbcast. Paul D is on A Masters Brew, Nick is on Green Desperados, Paul B is on Portugese Super Bock and Rob has a bottle of Tanglefoot.

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #87 – News, Rumours and Cabana Bay
On this show, we have a little listener feedback, another Butterbeer preference, the latest news, a HUGE rumours segment anf then bring you audio from a tour of Cabana Bay Beach Resort taken by eric, which includes Russ Dagon and Phil Klinkenberg.

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SeaWorld Podcast Ep 22 – Interview with Chuck Cureau and a review of the Dream Big 5k Welcome to the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast Episode 22!  We have a sea of surprises to share with you this episode! First, we have a special interview with assistant Animal Curator at SeaWorld Texas Chuck Cureau and Erin brings us a new SeaWorld Superfan interview with Sam aka @samanthabeall on twitter.

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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 287: The Aulani ResortEverything Aulani! Catch the aloha spirit with Kristen via her extensive review of Disney’s Aulani Resort in the Hawai’ian islands. With explanations of food and dining options, entertainment offerings, pools, and the various opportunities offered throughout the resort, Kristen gives you the full rundown on the tropical paradise Disney has planted on the island of O’ahu. Plus, the TCM film festival honors Richard Sherman, Marvel films at other studios, the team contemplates the choice between whips, floats, or spears – and more!

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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 – Taking Market Share from Disney
This week we take you to Universal Orlando, where we look at the exciting projects all around the resort.

Maleficent moves in to Disney California Adventure and Small World turns 50
It was a rather quiet Easter week at the Disneyland Resort. The popular EGG-Straveganza maps that led guests on an easter egg hunt through the happiest place on earth sold out quickly.

Top Ten Disneyland Books
I’ll be spending a few days in Disneyland next week as part of the CommuniTOUR and as a general tourist.

Magic of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum
MAGIC COLOR FLAIR the world of MARY BLAIR by Scarlett Stahl Tuesday, March 11, 2014, was the date for the invitation-only dedication of the Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall at the Walt Disney Family Museum.

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Carowinds In Bloom Festival
I was recently invited to spend the day at Carowinds to experience the park during the brief Carowinds In Bloom weeklong festival.

Kevin Yee’s Unofficial Earbook 2013
George: I’ve often bemoaned that there needs to be an annual look at Walt Disney World. Something that recounts the changes throughout the entire property over the year, including parades, attraction refurbishments and special festivals.

The End of “Let the Memories Begin”
It officially began January 2011—a brand new slogan—“Let the Memories Begin!” Your memory of “Let the Memories Begin” might be that there were many “Let the Memories Begin” banners and signs.

Baby on Board: Walt Disney World With a Diaper Bag
If you’ve read past the title, let’s assume you’ve decided to brave the parks with your mini-mouseketeer.

Magic Kingdom Moat filled and Mine Train Prepares for Soft Opening
Welcome to our first Wednesday edition of Dateline Disney World! Thanks to everyone who is adjusting to the switch in schedule for this column. It means a lot to me to have your support.

Bob’s True-Life Adventures No.4, 2009 – Galapagos Islands
Of all the spectacular natural locations on planet earth, the Galapagos Islands are the most fascinating, mysterious, and educational.

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.

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