Disney news, rumors, photos and more are yours in today’s MiceChat Round Up.  What’s the latest news from Disneyland? The MiceAge team have a brand new update for you. And after a little over a month, the MiceChat Podcast is back with a unique walk through the park.  Over in Walt Disney World, the construction walls have come down from around the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride.  And please done forget to sign up for for our amazing MiceTrips to Orlando in October and a cruise to Alaska on the Disney Wonder. Lots to see below.


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Disneyland Executive Shuffle
The busy spring break period has ended and the Anaheim parks get a few short weeks of relatively light crowds before Grad Nights and summer crowds return. But late last week the Anaheim parks had a major executive shuffle that could make Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary next year more interesting. In this update we’ll fill you in on the executive news, explain the latest on the fiscal freeze that took hold of many projects for the parks a few months ago, and tell you what TDA now has up their sleeve for the Anaheim property they are eyeing beyond the parks.


The New MiceChat Podcast Has Arrived!

Our latest podcast is literally a walk in the park. Doug, David and Dusty wander Disneyland’s historic trails and byways and share lots of fun info and stories along the way. We also chat with some MicePod listeners about their experiences in the park.  Then we teleport back to the MicePod studios to discuss the ride count at Disneyland Resort versus Walt Disney World. Which resort wins?  It’s a fun and lively show which will leave you wanting to book a trip to the parks.

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Walls Come Down
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has been under construction for so long, we could be forgiven for almost accepting that it’s never coming. But that day is almost upon us. Last weekend, the construction walls finally came down around the remaining areas of the mountain, revealing many more vistas of the undulating tracks and surprisingly thickly-forested valleys.



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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!!!

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We have several terrific trip report this week from around Eastertime and old hotel guy received a special package in the mail this week! ~ Aladdin

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Look What Came in the Mail Today
oldhotelguy received something in the mail that used to be a prominent part of the old Disneyland Hotel. Take a look at his new souvenir here!

April 21-24 Anniversary trip and 2nd Birthday trip with photos
mouseknotts and family celebrate their 25th anniversary at the Disneyland resort, and their granddaughter’s 2nd birthday in this trip report, complete with several photos of Disney’s most recognized rabbits!

Joe’s very first trip to Disneyland with his new baby boy!
Joe (mre200200) and Theresa take their son to Disneyland for the very first time. Here is their photo report, including photos with several Disney Characters!

Adventures in Cars Land
DCA Rick and family take us on a video tour of Radiator Springs, and all its attractions!



This week we see changes to the FastPass+ system, an idea for resurrecting a past favorite and we ponder Disney’s goal for their parks. ~DLandFansAZ

It’s official! Disney is modifying Fastpass +
This week started some changes to the FastPass+ system.

Disney vs Universal: Missing the point
VulcanCage brings up the question, what is Disney’s goal with respect to their parks?


What ride would you create at DLR if you could?
New member Hazer15 starts this thread with an idea for an Aladdin ride, and several other armchair imagineers join the thread with ideas of their own.

Return our Adventurers Club [part 2]
RandySavage is one of many that wishes for the return of the Adventurer’s Club at Walt Disney World and opens this new thread with an idea to bring back the club at Disney Springs.

Filming for New Soarin video taking place next month at the Magic Kingdom
Lakerfan3224 found this rumor at another site. Speculation follows.


This week we look at what the OLC investment in Tokyo might mean, take a shopping tour in Shibuya and then ponder what is next for Paris. ~DLandFansAZ

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Disney Shopping in Tokyo
TimmyTimmyTimmy shares some videos of Bon Voyage and Tokyo Disney Store to give a glimpse of the experience there.

OLC is about to invest 50billion Dollars.
The Oriental Land Company announced a large investment in the Tokyo parks.

Where’s next for DLP?
Continuing along the same lines of last weeks WDS, Hathaway Browne is now focusing on what is next for DLP.

Investments to speed up in DLP?
And following those lines, *TIMMIE* has found info that may speed up projects at DLP.



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MiceChat Podcast 16 – The Disney Dudes Take a Walk in the Park
the MiceChat crew takes a field trip to Disneyland and brings you with them. As we walk through Frontierland, New Orleans Square and Critter Country, we chat about what’s new, what’s coming, history, trivia and more. Then we transport back to the MiceChat Studios to examine the question, which Disney resort has the most rides . . . Disneyland Resort with its two parks or the Walt Disney World Resort with four parks? You might be very surprised by the answer.

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Spend the day at Pixar Animation Studios
Here’s a rare opportunity to visit Pixar Studios in Emeryville, California on May 17. The event benefits the Cartoon Art Museum, and several Pixar filmmakers will be present.

Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem model
Mratigan has created a unique scale model of the Despicable Me ride that so many are enjoying.

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The Haunted Mansion Show Extra: How the Hatbox Ghost Was Made
Sometimes it’s not easy to get a-HEAD in show business. That’s why the show’s creator, Nick Barbera, has come to elaborate how the infamous Hatbox Ghost’s head was created for “The Haunted Mansion Show.” Sit back, “rest in peace,” and enjoy!

The BEST Good Neighbor Hotel near Disneyland!
I love the Hojo Anaheim. They have a great retro theme, lots of options for kids and adults, and are within WALKING DISTANCE from Disneyland!


Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Ride Reviews, In and Out, and California Screaming! We are literally all over the place in this episode. Literally! George is in California, so he and Jeff travel all over Disneyland and more! The two are joined throughout the episode by special guests Gary Hall of WDW Kingdomcast and artist Brian Rechenmacher! Hear what the two think of the Canoes and Radiator Springs Racers in two 60 Second Reviews! Hear what George has to say of his first trip to In and Out in the Food Rapport! And finally, a ride on California Screaming hides this weeks Five Legged Goat!

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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 #88 – Back To The Future : The Ride
Join us as we get the podcast up to 88 miles per hour for this Back To The Future : The Ride Special. We take you back to 1991 to discuss one o Universal’s most famous attractions. We share a Fact Hunter about the attraction as well as sharing our listeners thoughts on the ride and our own.

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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: #266 – The Jim Seay Interview! Season Pass Podcast brings you the final report from the IAAPA Expo 2013 floor—President of Premier Rides, Jim Seay.  Jim shares his beginnings in the industry, how Premier Rides came to be, and how they have become one of the most innovative and most successful companies in the theme park world.

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Mousetalgia Episode 288: Marc Davis, Wondercon, Frozen The talent and legacy of Disney Legend Marc Davis is on display in this week’s episode of Mousetalgia. In honor of the upcoming exhibit titled “Leading Ladies and Femme Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis” at the Walt Disney Family Museum, Mousetalgia welcomes Imagineer Chris Merritt to the show to talk about the influence Marc Davis had on his own career, and the incredible talent that Davis displayed throughout his career working as Disney animator and Imagineer.

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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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Springtime refurbishments and merchandise mishaps at Disneyland
Welcome back to Dateline Disneyland! This week we take a look at Disneyland‘s various springtime refurbishments as the parks continue through the busy spring break season.

Universal Orlando Update – Honeydukes Expands and Resort Update
We are one week closer to the opening of Phase 2 of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  We will take you into both parks today to look at how each one is rapidly reaching.

The Epcot Center Outreach Library
Being a librarian, I’ve always had an interest in the Disney Archives (yes, Dave Smith is a personal hero) and any other library related to the Disney Company.

Walt Disney Studios Ratatouille Ride to Officially Open July 10th
We have been bringing you regular progress reports on the Disneyland Paris Resort’s newest attraction – Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy (Ratatouille: the Totally Zany Adventure of Remy).

The Sweep Spot: It’s a Small World
Our show this week is on the attraction It’s a Small World. In this episode we discuss the history of the attraction everyone loves, though some don’t want to admit it, it’s a small world.

Every Guest Is a Hero by Adam M. Berger
This week, we’re looking at a different type of Disney book. Every Guest Is a Hero by Adam M. Berger draws back the curtain behind the stories of the attractions but not in the expected way.

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Earth Day and More Ride Closures at the Disneyland Resort
Who knew that so much could happen in a single off-season week at Disneyland? To begin with, Earth Day took place Tuesday, April 22nd and was celebrated, to a degree, in Downtown Disney.

Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage!
When you visit the Hollywood Pictures Backlot at Yester California Adventure, your family might want to see famous television celebrities.

Yesterday, Tomorrow and Fantasy: Château d’Ussé, the Real Sleeping Beauty Castle
A version of the following article was the first to be published to the original Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Fantasy blog and was one of our most popular.

Samland Grab Bag
Welcome to another NEW episode of Samland. This week will be a grab bag of things that have crossed my desk and sparked my curiosity.

Making the Most of Extra Magic Hours at Disney World
Often touted as one of the biggest perks of staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, extra magic hours can be a blessing or a curse depending on which side of the magic you’re on.
La Taniere du Dragon – Dragon’s Lair Part 2
First of all, I want to thank all of you who came out to Walt Disney’s Barn on Easter to share your day with Tony Baxter and I.

Dateline Disney World: Epcot Blooms and Magic Kingdom Construction
Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’re taking a look at both EPCOT and the Magic Kingdom, and we have over 100 photos, so let’s get started!! Welcome to EPCOT!!

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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