This week we reflect on ourselves — the fan community — with a couple of introspective pieces on the Disney fan community and our theme park experience. Kevin Yee looks at the difference between “gnashes” and “foamers” in the Disney community, while Cory Gross investigates what “story” means to our experience at Disney parks. Meanwhile, construction continues on Disneyland‘s big Club 33 expansion and Walt Disney World debuts its new Marketplace Co-Op store in Downtown Disney. Plus, take a visit to SeaWorld San Antonio, a unique museum in San Francisco, listen in on some great podcasts and join discussions about everything Disney and more!


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Spectatorship and Experientialism in Disneyland: Rethinking “Story”
The bread-and-butter of much discussion throughout the Disneysphere is the perceived decline of Imagineering and the attractions it creates. Many of these focus on the question of licensed works as opposed to original concepts, having observed a decided lack of modern classics in the vein of a Pirates of the Caribbean or Haunted Mansion or Journey into Imagination.


Gnashers and Foamers
There’s a longstanding divide in the world of Disney fandom, especially in the online realms. The point of contention is a fundamental one: are the Disney parks on the right road, or the wrong one? At the first extreme, these fans see Disney doing nothing wrong and can stomach no criticism of their beloved Disney product. As one Imagineer once put it, such fans are “foamers” because they foam at the mouth with fervent, almost messianic, desire once a new Disney project is announced.




MiceChat Podcast

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
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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!!!


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

We have several reports this week from the 24 Hour Party that started the Summer Season at the Disneyland Resort.  California Adventure receives a visit from one of Disney’s most notorious villains.  We also are treated to a tour of a special Ranch that is used for film productions! ~ Aladdin

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Rock Your Disney Side 24hr Event with Captain America and (tiny) Hulk!
KellyMcG86 and friend tell us about their 24 hour adventure in Disneyland for the Rock Your Disney Side event!

Rock Your Disney Side
CassiefRN and her niece also Rocked their Disney side at the 24 Hour Disneyland Party!

Overnight at Disneyland. Rocking, Something, Something.
sbk1234 and his daughter arrive at the 24 Hour Disneyland Party about 1pm, and enjoy the park until closing hour. They even have a photo from the mini Mice Chat meet!

Rockin my Disney Side
Jayce visits several characters during his visit to Disneyland and DCA. He even discovered that the villains took over the Princess Fantasy Fair for part of the 24 Hour event!

Disneyland Rock Your Disney Side 4am and 6am
Orbitalpunk has a couple short videos from the tail end of the 24 Hour Festivities!

Tour Golden Oak Ranch May 17th 2014
fifthrider was able to tour a famous movie location, that Disney has owned for over 50 years. They even get a surprise visit from 4 Disneyland Celebrities!

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Another ‘Rock Your Disney Side’ Report
Orbitalpunk also has this report from the 24 Hour Party, and has several phenomenal photos, along with a slide show in this report!

Maleficent Meet And Greet Ticket
Both WDW and DCA got a visit from someone that has a movie coming out this Friday. Photo are in this topic!

Guardians of the galaxy preview to take over captain eo theater
Marvel’s Invasion of Tomorrowland will soon expand by temporarily taking over the Magic Eye Theater,  with a preview of a brand new movie, granting us a short term reprieve from the 28 year old movie currently playing.

Merida, Evil Queen and Fairy Godmother gone?
Unfortunately, even with the recent price increase at Disneyland Anaheim, the profit still is not high enough. And even though attendance at the resort continues with record crowds, that still is not enough to prevent they layoff of several Disney Characters. Seems that with more crowds, MORE entertainment is necessary, not less. But sadly, that’s not the way Disney is working, these days. Post your thoughts here!

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Sunday Funday!
CassiefRN took her niece to Disneyland and met up with some of the characters!

Matt’s first ever solo trip to the Disneyland Resort…
whoever rewards himself with a Trip to Disneyland and an Annual Pass, after a work trip to San Diego. He also tells us about the Walk in Walt’s Footsteps tour!


This week the disney Co-Op that opened in Downtown Disney and new event for Walt Disney World! ~DLandFansAZ

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Disney’s Marketplace Co-Op Opens
The Marketplace Co-Op opened and wdwfan brings us a photo tour of the location.

Disney announces Villans Unleashed event!!!
On August 23rd, over 50 of the most notorious Disney villians will emerge for Villians Unleashed!


Our MiceChatters bring us tons of new ideas, suggestions and rumors from all over the globe. How would you like Frozenland or even a Crush Coaster in EPCOT? ~ Trekkie Dad

Monstropolis may be still on the way after all…
The possibility of this happening at California Adventure is generating a lot of discussion.

Desiderant’s very first post on MiceChat proposes a Frozenland just north of the Rivers of America in Disneyland.

Bring back Skyway as a *Frozen* attraction.
If this is a reason to bring back Disneyland’s Skyway, sleepyjeff would like to see it.

Bringing back the PeopleMover and other assorted ideas
Bringing back Disneyland’s Peoplemover is only the beginning of a transformation proposed by nerdycm.

Greater New Orleans Themed Haunted Mansion?
Cheshire is a fan of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, but proposes some interior changes to make it more aligned with its setting in New Orleans Square.

3rd Gate in Irvine?
Eddie Davidson thinks Disney should look beyond Anaheim to the Orange County community of Irvine to build a theme park and resort.

Crush’s Coaster to EPCOT?
Imagineer45 thinks the Seas Pavilion at Epcot could benefit with a copy of the ride from Walt Disney Studios.

Attraction Under Tomorrowland Speedway?
Here’s another idea from Imagineer45 for the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

Third Theme Park to TDR?
Rumors are flying about how Oriental Land Company plans to spend the $5 billion it’s investing in the Tokyo Disney Resort.


Last rides on a coaster, preview of a magical train, and a movie celebrates its 30th anniversary (maybe). ~ Trekkie Dad

A moment of silence for Colossus (1978-2014)
If you want to ride this classic coaster at Six Flags Magic mountain, better get there before August 16, according to an article found by BogLurch.

Hogwarts Express Letdown?
Say it isn’t so! cruise is not impressed with a brief moment from a youtube video.

Back to the Future coming BACK to the Present?
2015 marks the 30th anniversary of the first film (and also the year the second one was set in). While the ride itself may not be coming back, there may be plans to add an element to the tram tour at Universal Studios California.


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The Haunted Mansion Show Episode 17: A Disquieting Queue
Welcome, Foolish Mortals, to the Summer house of the 999 grim, grinning ghosts. Much like the original abode in California, every location on the property is as creepy as can be… save for one. Due to an unpredictable move-in from another family of ghosts, there has been a disquieting metamorphosis on the family plot. As a result, a mixed reaction has materialized from mortal visitors, ranging from spiritual praise to grisly groans. But how does this appeal to the eyes of the spooky tenants themselves?

Rock Your Disney Side Review!
Here is our very own Sarah bringing her point of view and experience of this year’s 24 hour rock your Disney side event.

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Magic Skyway 2, Space Mountain, Captain America, and Dick Tracy! WORLD’S FAIR! — Jeff and George finish up with Part 2 of their look at the Ford Magic Skyway from the 1964-65 NY World’s Fair! BOOK OF THE WEEK! — George and Jeff travel to the furthest reaches of the galaxy (and time!) to explore Space Mountain: A Graphic Novel (Disney Original Graphic Novel) for the Book of the Week! 60 SECOND REVIEW! — Jeff and George FINALLY talk about Captain America: The Winter Soldier (1-Disc Blu-ray) in the 60 Second Review! FIVE LEGGED GOAT! – And finally, find Dick Tracy in this weeks Five Legged Goat!

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Disafterdark Series 2, Episode 18 – The Stuart Miller Shout Out Show.
Welcome back to the Mouses Head and thank you for the download. Today, being the evening of a bank holiday weekend much drink has been consumed and we can only apologise in advance for our behaviour. Todays guest is Derek Burgan, and Craig makes another appearance and talks a bit more this time.

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #94 – Gregory and the PotterHeads
Join us for the latest news and then we join Gregory "On Location" inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade as he is joined by @violarum, @megadis13 and Laura, as they talk about the Harry Potter fandom, the Wizarding World at Islands of Adventure as well as the soon to open Diagon Alley.

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SeaWorld Podcast Ep 25 – The SeaWorld San Antonio Review – Roa’s Aviary and Superfan event
Everything is bigger in Texas, and that is true for this podcast episode.  This episode we travel to SeaWorld San Antonio as the SeaWorld podcast crew explores the brand new attraction Roa’s Aviary at Aquatica San Antonio.

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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: #269 – Documenting the Industry: Disneyland, PGAV Destinations and Lost Parks!

TSPP looks into special documentary projects happening within the Theme Park and Amusement Park Industry.  Discussion on The Lost Park of Northern California with Kris Rowberry of Great American Thrills, the new book Storytelling: It Can Change Your Mind with PGAV Destinations’ Vice Presidents Al Cross & Ned Diestelkamp, and the newly written biography on Disneyland, The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dream with Author Sam Gennawey.  Also at the end of the show, a special segment with Joe Pardo on his new project that helps bring awareness of the amazing Give Kids The World resort, Adventurtorium.

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Mousetalgia Episode 293: Maleficent ’14/’59, Canemaker on Schultheis
Mousetalgia welcomes Academy Award winning author/historian/filmmaker John Canemaker back to the show to discuss his new book, "The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis & the Secrets of Walt Disney’s Movie Magic."

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DoomBuggies Spook Show #10: ScareLA’s Haunted Mansion event.
This week, the DoomBuggies Spook Show presents an abbreviated news-only show, featuring a variety of topics, including the recent passings of horror artists; a Haunted Mansion pin-up calendar; news about Marvel’s Seekers of the Weird; minor news about Guillermo del Toro’s possible Haunted Mansion film; the opportunity to spend the night in a "real" Santa Ana Haunted Mansion; and the announcement of ScareLA’s tribute called "When Hinges Creak: 45 Years of the Haunted Mansion" featuring your host Jeff Baham and Disney Legend Bob Gurr on stage, celebrating the Haunted Mansion’s anniversary on August 9.

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Featured Columns
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Changes continue in New Orleans Square as summer heats up at Disneyland
Construction continues on the major Club 33 expansion in Disneyland but most guests facing the project’s significant impact on the streets of New Orleans Square won’t event be able to enjoy the final product when the club reopens later this year. Still, New Orleans Square’s La Masquerade d’Orleans shop will mercifully lose its designation as a pin tradition location and be stocked with themed merchandise starting later this summer.

SeaWorld San Antonio Review: Three Days in Texas

Michael Lee and the Amazing Widen Your World

Summer Sizzles at Busch Gardens Tampa

Musee Mechanique Endures on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf

E Ticket Report Episode 6: Diagon Alley, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, World of AVATAR and more!

It’s Official! Disneyland Paris’ Ratatouille Ride to Open July 10th

Art of Disney Princesses

Universal Studios Hollywood Lining Up the Big Projects

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Form and Content in Disneyland
It likely goes without saying that an overabundant love of Disney and its parks are incomprehensible to most people. The majority of us have experiences of being looked at from down someone’s nose as they mutter something about us going to a Disney park (again) or, in my case, proposing to my fiancée in one. Doubtless many of us are equally familiar with the self-appointed critics who live in a state of utter exasperation that anyone could like a Disney park when there are other amusement parks with newer, larger, and more expensive rides out there.

Aulani Guests: Will Walk for Food

Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Fantasy: Disney Runs Away With the Circus

A few questions with Disney Legend Jack Lindquist

Starbucks opens as Downtown Disney continues its transformation into Disney Springs

Let’s Talk About Captain EO starring Michael Jackson — Part 3

Universal Orlando Update: Dragons on Buildings and Jurassic Park Suites



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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