It’s a big ol’ heapin’ helpin’ of Disney and theme park news for you today in the MiceChat Round Up.  Did you hear that Disneyland is getting its 60th back?  Yes it seems a new parade is back on track for the big anniversary. Star Wars Weekends has returned to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando.  That’s not all that we have for you today, no sir.  We also have a trip to Yosemite, a review of the foods at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Super Silly Funland, and an opinion on the new TV screens that have appeared in the queues at Knott’s Berry Farm.  Not to mention the slew of videos from MiceTube and podcasts from the MicePod!  Let’s get started!


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Serious Star Wars
Star Wars Weekends have begun, and the signature finale to the event is now the Symphony in the Stars fireworks show. The name is not new, and in fact using the show name with just Star Wars music has been done before (on a previous year’s May the Fourth celebration), but it is new to use the show as the cap to the Star Wars Weekend day of festivities. Previously that honor went to the Hyperspace Hoopla, a comedy variety/dance show that used (and ridiculed) Star Wars characters. The Symphony fireworks is a worthy successor.


Disneyland 60th Parade Back On Track
It looks like Disneyland will be getting a new night parade for the 60th after all. When the MyMagic+ cost overruns at Disney World forced the Orlando execs to ring the alarm bell last fall and confess to Burbank that things weren’t going as planned, a spending freeze forced most Disneyland projects to be put on hold or be cancelled outright.


MiceChat Gumball Rally 2014 Results
The MiceChat Gumball Rally was held on Saturday, May 3rd.  It was a race to see how many attractions teams could ride in a single day at Disneyland.  Players were divided into teams of two, three, or four and set loose on Disneyland Park. The day began bright and early at 6:30am as teams lined up outside the patio of ESPN Zone to begin registration.


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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. Take a listen to our most rapidly downloaded show ever.

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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

The Summer Season at the Disneyland Resort begins this Friday, with a 24 Hour Party,  but be sure to bring some extra dollars, because Disneyland raised the price of Daily Tickets and Annual Passports! We also have a Gumball Rally Trip Report from a Team that had a great score! ~ Aladdin

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Tour of The Golden Oak Ranch – May 17, 2014
Fifthrider visits a place in Disneyland History, the Golden Oak Ranch.

Disneyland Suspends Sales of New SoCal Passes
Disneyland increased the price of all Daily Tickets and Annual Passports. In addition, Disneyland suspended the sale of the higher cost Southern California Annual Pass. The other 3 Annual Passes are still available, for now. The details are here!

AP Summer Bash Extra Hours TR
CassiefRN has this report on the Extra Hours Bash in DCA, and also has details on the special character meet and greets that were available.

Food Offerings For The #RockYourDisneySide 24 Hour Party
The 24 hour Summer Kick Off party is this Friday, and special food items will be available!

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OMG It’s our Princesses! Gumball Rally Trip Report- FINALLY!
kandirae traveled from Phoenix to participate in the MiceChat Gumball Rally Trip. Find out how well her team finished in her report!


This week we look at a restored movie from 1972 and possible information about more Frozen in the parks! ~DLandFansAZ

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1972 Super8 WDW Home Movie restored in HD – Final Film Released!
takes us back to 1972 with Super8 film of the park restored and for us to enjoy.

More Frozen attractions are coming to the parks
brings us information that according to Imagineer Pam Rawlins, there are plans for more Frozen in the parks.


There is no shortage of ideas that MiceChatters have for improving the guest experience at Disneyland Resort. ~ Trekkie Dad

Money is no object, make ONE MAJOR change to the resort to improve it
Ask this question (as Mojave did), and you will get a wide variety of answers.

Country Bears at DCA
Would the Country Bears fit in at California Adventure, as mickEblu proposes?

FastPass-mic ! Fast Passes for Fantasmic
ravencroft would like to see a fastpass similar to the one at World of Color implemented at Disneyland’s Fantasmic!

Possible 60th fireworks show
After reading a story about Steve Davison at Disneyland’s official web site, kibia16 thinks it’s hinting about a new fireworks show for the park’s 60th anniversary.


Disney D’s Delights 2014 Drink Line Up
Duyanh92 brings us a treat, literally, with a guide to D’s Drinks and Delights!


California is the focus of our new threads from other theme parks and destinations. ~ Trekkie Dad

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Joe’s Yosemite Valley Trip Report
Joe Flowers (aka mre200200) has a trip report from the national park peppered with gorgeous photographs.

Review: New Food Offerings in Super Silly Funland
ralfrick has some recommendations as to what to order (and what to avoid) among the new food offerings at Universal Studios Hollywood.

TV Screens in Queue
DannyB is not impressed with the TV screens that have appeared in some of the ride queues at Knott’s Berry Farm.


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The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
MiceChat brings you a ride through of the newly refurbished The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure at Disney California Adventure.

The Haunted Mansion Show Episode 15: The Haunted Mansion That Never Was
At this point, every mortal guest of the Magic Kingdom knows what happens in that creaky, old house on the hill. They have spent years reporting that they’ve been taken into the boundless ream of the supernatural. Some even believe that they have uncovered every nook and cranny of Gracey Manor’s origins… or have they? Based on old concepts collected from the Imagineers at WED Enterprises, join the Ghost Host as he takes you throughout “The Haunted Mansion that Never Was!”

Little Mermaid Updates!
Our very own MiceChatter Sarah brings us updates on the Little Mermaid right in Disney’s California Adventure!

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about House of the Future, More Cute Stories 4, Window, and Monsanto Block! We look back at the future…the House of the future, that is, in this week’s Disney History segment! George listens to More Cute Stories Vol 4 for the Book of the Week! Jeff and George travel to Disneyland Paris to look at Forsgren and Green for the Window of the Week! And finally, find a piece of the future hidden in Disneyland in this weeks Five Legged Goat!

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Disafterdark Series 2, Episode 17 – Whereabouts are we in the boobosphere.
Today it doesn’t matter what we are drinking, or what news we have. Because Jim Hill is back! SO, sit back and enjoy the talk about Avatar, 3D movies, mine trains, Maleficent, Duffys’ girlfriend and Bob Hoskins (Not necessarily in that order)

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #91 – News, Rumors and Escape from Gringotts
On this show we bring you the news, which includes Universal Orlando’s announcement of some of the details for the new Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts attraction, then we delve in to the “rumor mill” discussing rumors about Halloween Horror Nights, Diagon Alley, we hear from another listener about their Butterbeer preference and wrap things up talking about the Producrers Club.

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SeaWorld Podcast 24 – Ihus Breakaway Falls Grand Opening & SeaWorld San Antonio Superfan event preview!
Welcome to the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast Episode 24! In this episode we are thrilled to debut our Pre San Antonio SuperFan meet-up show! We travel to Orlando for the grand opening of Ihu’s Breakaway Falls at SeaWorld Orlando, and talk to SeaWorld VP of Marketing Toni Caracciola and VP of Aquatica Orlando Bryan Nadeau about this new attraction, and what guests can expect.

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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: #267 – TSPP is at SeaWorld Orlando with Creative Director Brian Morrow in Antarctica to discuss the park, the new land and attraction, Empire of the Penguin.

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Mousetalgia Episode 291: Disneyland’s magic shops, the Yippie invasion.
Take a trip to Merlin’s in Fantasyland as we travel back in time and marvel at Disneyland’s magic shops. Mousetalgia welcomes Disneyland magic shop cast member Steve Simmons to the show to talk about working his way up in the parks from janitorial to magic shop magician! Relive the gimmicks, the gag gifts, and the mystifying magic as Steve tells us all about the sales techniques and tricks of the trade behind Disneyland’s beloved magic shops in 1969.

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DoomBuggies Spook Show #9: WED Imagineer Paul Saunders
Paul Saunders was a WED Imagineer in the late ’60s, working on the Omnimover system, New Tomorrowland, and the Haunted Mansion. In an exclusive interview, DoomBuggies talks to Paul about working for WED, working for Walt, and helping to develop and engineer the Haunted Mansion. Paul discusses what it was like in Imagineering at the time, and how he, as an architect and designer, interfaced with the art directors and creative legends that Walt selected to work for WED.

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Disneyland gets ready to Rock Your Disney Side with another 24 Hour Party as ticket prices go up again
Disneyland quietly rolled out new theme park admission price increases Sunday morning, raising prices across the board. The biggest price hikes were a $13 increase for One-Day Park Hopper tickets and a $50 jump for the Premiere Annual Passport.

Universal Orlando Despicable Me Family Suites and Diagon Alley Update
We are back this week with another big update from Universal Orlando Resort, where we take a look at the progress that has been made on the Diagon Alley project, CityWalk, Hogsmeade, and more!

Theme Park Studio Phase 2 Set to Stun!
Pantera Entertainment has released some new renderings, a new video and some very exciting news about their latest software update to Theme Park Studio.

Arrow Development – The Birth of a Dream – Part 1
Today, Dexter Francis reaches into his treasure trove of Arrow Development photos and information to bring us the origin story for the company which has created so many beloved roller coasters and attractions.

Knotts Soak City opens for the 2014 Summer Season
Knott’s Soak City opened for the 2014 season yesterday, Saturday, May 17th. Reflecting the local theme, water rides and attractions at Knott’s Soak City pay tribute Southern California surfing heritage with names like Malibu Run and Laguna Storm Watch Tower.

Walt Disney Family Museum Presents Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatale
The Walt Disney Family Museum has unveiled a wonderful exhibit on Disney Legend Marc Davis and MiceChat’s Scarlett Stahl was there to bring us the news.

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Workers Race Against the Clock to Complete Ratatouille Ride
The clock is ticking on the completion of Disneyland Paris’ Ratatouille Ride. In this latest update, Alain Littaye brings us photos showing just how close the ride is to completion.

Art of Disney Golden Books by Charles Solomon
I remember hours upon hours of sitting in my room and devouring my collection of Little Golden Books.

New things Under the Sea in Disney California Adventure and Resort Update
This was an interesting week at the Disneyland Resort. While many projects continued along on their refurbishment path inside Disneyland Park, a highly anticipated refurbishment wrapped up.

Swiss Family Treehouse at Yesterland
Father, Mother, Fritz, Ernst, and little Francis invite you to visit their home. You may have seen this family at your local movie theater in 1960.

Chillin’ at Blizzard Beach
So, you’ve hit the middle of your vacation and are looking for something a little tamer than the theme parks but aren’t quite ready to spend the day lazing around your hotel.

Samland: Tivoli Gardens of Los Angeles
Peel back the layers of time and it is amazing what one can find. Take Universal Studios Hollywood as an example. Today we know the upper lot as a hodgepodge of unrelated intellectual properties shoved into a confined space.

Animal Kingdom News and Photos
Dateline Disney World is headed on safari today. It’s been a while since we visited Animal Kingdom, so that’s where this week’s news and photos are coming from.

Bob’s True-Life Adventures No.5 2005 – Tahiti Moorea
Tahiti is one of those far off south seas places that evokes dreams of paradise. So in June 2001, flying to Papeetee, I traveled with my mountain biking buddy, Fred, on Renaissance Cruises.

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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