Welcome to the Fourth of July edition of the MiceChat Disney News Round up. This week we bring you a Red, White and Blue, update from the new Patriotic overlays at Disney California Adventure and Disneyland! We also have new costumes for Epcot’s American Adventure, and would you like to know the top ten things to love about Carsland? Our new columnist, Tom Bricker, has the list with fantastic pictures! And just in time for you to explore California Adventure’s new Route 66 for yourself, we have a very special hotel deal just for you!

Editor's Pick

Great Scot! Meet Highland Princess Merida @ Her Forrest Home. Be ‘Brave’, Mind You.
Ride Warrior
 has photos of Pixar’s Princess Merida, along with 3 cuddly cubs!


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Disneyland Park

We have several terrific trip reports this week and then we celebrate Independence Day at Disneyland and DCA ~ Aladdin

Our DLR and DCA trip filmed with the GoPro HD Hero 2
NightKidsGTR put together this great video from their recent vacation at Disneyland and DCA! This GoPro video picks up the all the action and fun!

Joe’s Glow with the Show AP preview report – 6/29 – with photos and video
mre200200 has this report direct from the Annual Passholder Special Glow with the Show World of Color report, and also has a few night photos from Radiator Springs!

Joe’s 2nd trip to Cars Land – with photos of course
mre200200 also has this daytime report from Radiator Springs, the new Lego displays in Downtown Disney, and even a few photos from Disneyland!


The Anabella Hotel, located just steps away from all the magic of the Disneyland Resort, is offering MiceChat readers the very special rate of $66 on select nights while supplies last.

Don’t miss out on this very special deal. Call 1-800-863-4888 and ask for the “MiceChat Route 66” rate.


RHJ’s 5-Day Girls Only Disneyland Trip!
RedHandedJill and friends spend five fun filled days at the Disneyland Resort and brings back this HUGE photo report!

4th of July World of Color Preshow Video
World of Color has a special pre show tribute to Independence Day, and Monorail Man has the video for you!

Patriotic Fireworks Return to Disneyland & DCA!
Fantasmiceddie24 also has the World of Color Patriotic salute along with Disneyland’s special 4th of July Fireworks Celebration on video!

Third Park to be Marvel Theme?
Al just mentioned that Imagineering has a detailed model of a theme park based only on Marvel Characters. Give us your thought on whether or not you would personally like to see this model become reality in Anaheim!

D23 Presents Treasures from the Walt Disney Archives
BugSam101 brings to our attention the special Disney Archive Exhibit on display at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library!

Carsland and BVS

Cars Land and Buena Vista Street Coverage continues for you this week. Not the least of which were the multiple articles from Andy Castro and In the Parks (links on the banners below).

We also have threads and discussion from the boards regarding the additions to DCA.

Trolley Troubles: RCT is MIA
 has noticed that the Trolley was not running. What may be the cause? Park too busy? Un-specified technical difficulties?

Anyone Else Collecting All Buena Vista Street Newspaper Volumes?
Good question asked by Bongo, are you collecting them before they just disappear all together!?

Love of the “Mother Road” across America…Route 66
Wild Ol’ Dan
 gave us a great story on the road going through the old American highways that started connecting us all together!

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MiceChat Events

MiceChat Fall Cruise
September 10th through 16th (Vancouver to Los Angeles aboard the Disney Magic) including an epic event at the Walt Disney Family Museum AND a Napa and Sonoma winery tour (with a Disney twist of course). We are nearly sold out and have just 6 discounted cabins still available. Contact us today!

The Wine Country Disney Tour

A leisurely all day tour through Wine Country with stops along the way that include the Pollyanna House, The Lasetter Family Winery, and DIane Disney Miller’s Silverado Winery.

Walt Disney Family Museum MiceChat Event September 14th – San Francisco
If you’ve never seen the Walt Disney Family Museum, you are missing out! It is located on a picturesque spot in the Presidio. Every room of the museum is packed with info, items and photos from Walt’s life, from his early days as an animator to his later years at Disneyland.

Communicore Weekly Epcot 30th Anniversary event
Join us on the evening of Saturday, September 29th 2012 in the Norway Pavilion Special Events Lounge in EPCOT’s World Showcase for this one of a kind event celebrating EPCOT’s 30th Anniversary in style. A live taping of MiceChat’s Communicore Weekly! Co-hosts Jeff Heimbuch & George Taylor, along with MiceChat’s Dusty Sage, Kevin Yee, and the Communicore Weekly Orchestra, in a fun-filled night of fandom and frivolity as they tape a special hour long episode of the hit show, Communicore Weekly.

Your ticket will include special guest, Ron Schneider, the original Dreamfinder,Decadent dessert reception, Short scavenger hunt hosted by Kevin Yee before the show will be available to those who would like to participate, Prizes, giveaways and more, The chance to be a part of EPCOT and Communicore Weekly history, Endless Five Legged Goats and perhaps even a real life Bathroom Break, Exclusive late night ride after park closing on a selected EPCOT attraction to cap off the evening! Admission into the park is NOT included. Learn more about the event and buy your tickets here.

If you have a question about any of these events, please email [email protected]

Walt Disney World

What better way to enjoy the 4th of July than at Walt Disney World. This week, we have the beginnings of a great trip report from a DVC member from a member of the military (thanks for your service), new costumes for the American Adventure, and suggestions for a bigger, brighter EPCOT. All this and a lot more in our salute to all nations, but mostly America! ~yoyoflamingo

What should be added or changed at EPCOT?
I think everyone agrees EPCOT could use some TLC. The question then becomes, what exactly does EPCOT need to restore it to its past glory? Do we bring back the past, or look to the future? Join in the discussion here.

New costimes for the American Adventure CMs
Speaking of EPCOT, there’s currently a rumor that has become more than a rumor in the past few days. Apparently, most World Showcase CMs will be getting new costumes at some point in the future. The American Adventure are the ones most apparent, as they are ‘modernizing’ the costumes. Appropriate or foolish? This one is sure to have folks in an uproar.

Our Grand Adventure (WDW, AKL, Beach Club, and more!)
mkcoastie Shares some pics from his recent trip, that had to be rescheduled due to some transfers at work. What a way to honor the spirit of the 4th by reading about a member of our military’s trip to Walt Disney World!

Tips for longtime DLR AP holder going to WDW for the 1st time in 15+ years
What suggestions for a relative WDW newbie do you have regarding attractions and dining? What’s missing from Disneyland that’s not to be missed at Walt Disney World and which attractions are better at Walt Disney World? Share your observations here!

A/V Room

We have a patriotic new Communicore Weekly for you today which is a salute to all the nations of the world . . . but mostly America! Jeff and George discuss America Sings, America on Parade and the American Adventure.

Magic 24.7

As the official venue of choice for MAGIC 24.7, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney Anaheim will be hosting a live broadcast from the Ralph Brennan Radio Booth in the Jazz Kitchen on August 11, 2012 (exact time of broadcast TBA).We’ll be doing a live cooking demo, featuring our station’s own signature drink (Twisted Magic), doing live contests and bringing on special Disney Park guests.

We hope you can join us! For the full itinerary, check out our special event website: magic247live.com!

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Disneyland Rumors

Happy 4th of July! Please be safe this mid-week holiday and enjoy the 236th year of U.S. independence! It’s full-on summertime here at the DLR so we have a lot for you to check out here this week! Post your ideas, rumors and thoughts and remember…you just might make it to the weekly Round-Up!  -Demigod-

Big Grizzly Mountain for DCA?
New MiceChatter Ivanj has heard a rumor that Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars could come to DCA. Could this be true?

People Mover Removal
Dirton says word around the DLR is that if some Tomorrowland attractions get scheduled for removal, then the 10-year old unused PeopleMover track could finally be taken down. What do you think about that?

How to Make A Marvel Park Without Just Marvel
YoungImagineer posts some ideas on how to include a little bit of Disney (and a few other ‘properties’) into a Marvel-themed park.

Tomorrowland Ride idea (people mover track)
With the rumor of a possible removal of the old PeopleMover track, zugzug15 offers an alternative: a new Pixar-based ride using that very same track.

Redoing the Esplanade
MiceChat member MrsMonroe feels that the Esplanade currently doesn’t fit with all of the updated theming at DCA, making the transition from DCA to Disneyland feel strange. She offers up a few ideas to make it better!

Crazy idea…turning Paradise Pier into Paradise Bay
imaginashton thinks that with the Paradise Pier renovation they could have returned that area to a beach setting with the pier and beach areas separate, making it Paradise Bay.

Off Shore Parks

This week brings us a trip report from Hong Kong Disneyland and discussions about Tokyo Disney Sea. ~ Trekkie Dad

HKDLFAN’s Summer 2012 Trip Report
Be prepared for lots of photos from Hong Kong Disneyland, courtesy of HKDLFAN.

Should Grizzly Gulch Expand?
Right on the heels of the above trip report, MANEATINGWREATH poses this question, and the discussion soon encompasses all of Hong Kong Disneyland.

Shopping in Hong Kong Disneyland
TimmyTimmyTimmy has some videos of what can be found in the shops on Main Street.

What’s Next for Tokyo Disney Sea?
IvanJ wants to know what will likely follow Toy Story Mania.

Disney Sea Toy Story Mania: A Video Look At Surrounding Toyville Trolley Park
Ride Warrior has pictures of Toyville Trolly Park and a link to a YouTube video.

Your Thoughts On Merging DLPs Toy Story Rides Into Disney Sea’s Toyville Area? =
In a followup thread, Ride Warrior seeks opinions on this idea.

New trains for Space Mountain!
Looks like Disneyland Paris’ Space Mountain will soon be getting an upgrade, according to Fultimate. Will it be enough?

Disney Business

The Next Disney Acquired Characters
Every family expands, including the Disney one. But would the Smurf be able to fit right in With Mickey, the Avengers, etc.? It’s just a rumor but should Disney acquire this little blue franchise? Lets hear your opinions!

Is Disney becoming a symbol of out of control corporate greed?
Does Disney act out of greed? Or do they act in a manner that helps them succeed in a struggling economy? Feel free to give us your thoughts!

Disney and Universal Studios theme parks in Brazil?
Do you think Disney and Universal should expand their theme park industry into Brazil? Yofey believes it would be a good idea and provides their reasons why. Come and share your thoughts on this idea as well!

Other Parks

This week, we find expanded games in Krustyland, a new house for the Munsters, and some Simpsons ideas and rumors. ~ Trekkie Dad

New Munster House
has photos of a new façade on the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood.

(IDEA) for a Simpsons-themed land
would like to see an entire land themed on Springfield at Universal Studios.

USH: Krustyland Games Midway & Plussing of Mummy Coaster Effects/AA Features
Ride Warrior
has picked up rumors involving the Simpsons ride queue and the Mummy roller coaster at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Marvel ‘Theme Park’ Moving Forward
has found news reports about a project in Dubai licensed by Disney.


Disney events at the San Diego Comic-Con and Walt Disney Studios partners with Marvel.

San Diego Comic-Con and Disney
The San Diego Comic-Con is right around the corner and Coheteboy has information about the events that has planned this year.

Marvel’s ‘Big Hero 6’ in development at Walt Disney Animation Studios
brings us information that Walt Disney Studios and Marvel are joining forces to bring us Marvel’s Big Hero 6.

So whatever happened to the new Haunted Mansion movie?
The wheels seem to have stopped and Linus asks our readers if anyone has heard any news?


This year MiceChat is planning an incredible trip to Knott’s Berry Farm’s Halloween Haunt. As fishbulb put it, ‘This will be the biggest and best MiceChat Halloween Haunt event EVER. Seriously. We’ll be pulling out all the stops this year.’ Come check out this thread if you are interested in having a spook-tastic time and see what will be in store for all of those who plan to attend.

Miceage Discussions


Micechat Round up
Al Lutz – Bon Voyage?
With June relaunch of Disney California Adventure went over better than anyone in Anaheim or Burbank could have hoped for. Whats next?

Micechat Round up
What Disney Can Learn from Other Parks
Kevin compares the perks that other parks offer and discusses how Disney World could use them.

Micechat Round up
Dateline Walt Disney World

Hello, and welcome to Thanks to Tropical Storm Debby coming through we only have a update for you. But, it is a large one, with lots of news, and finally some movement on the construction.

Micechat Round up
Dateline Disneyland

The parks are celebrating the Independence Day holiday this week with a holiday fireworks show at Disneyland and a special addition at Disney California Adventure’s World of Color water-and-light show.

Micechat Round up
From the Mouth of the Mouse
Each week, we spotlight a different Cast Member story to give you more insight into some of your favorite attractions, resorts, and movies from all over the Walt Disney Company.

Micechat Round up

Epcot’s Salute to the American Adventure Epcot’s 30th Anniversary is fast approaching and the plans laid out this year seem to focus on a moderately expensive (depending on the ticket price), short-lived and limited event.

Micechat Round up
In the Parks

Today’s update was supposed to be a full review of Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom – including photo’s, video’s and interviews – but unfortunately, the ride’s opening has been pushed back a week.

Micechat Round up
Orlando Parkhopper

The 4th of July falls on a Wednesday this year, which makes breaking away with the family for an American adventure a bit more difficult than usual.

Micechat Round up

I’ll admit it: I didn’t like the idea of Storybook Circus when I initially saw the concept. Sure, I’m biased because I loved Mickey’s Toontown Fair, but it was more than that.

Micechat Round up

Maybe it was inevitable that Walt Disney would build Disneyland. He certainly had been studying the idea his entire life.

Micechat Round up
Weekend Update

We always perk up when we see a new Scarlett Stahl article pop into our mailbox. She does such interesting things! This time around is no exception.

Micechat Round up
Werner Weiss, curator of Yesterland, first took a trip to Florida in 1983. Last year, he pulled out his color slides from that trip, digitized them, and returned to the same spots at Walt Disney World.

Micechat Round up
Tom’s Top Ten
Judging by the crowds we encountered during Disney California Adventure Grand Reopening weekend and the reported wait times at Radiator Springs Racers and Luigi’s Flying Tires since then, it seems as if 95% of the population west of the Mississippi has experienced Cars Land.

Micechat Round up
The 626
Last year, Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom celebrated the 5th anniversary of their big E-ticket attraction, Expedition Everest. Disney marked the occasion with a few special events.

Micechat Round up
This Animatronic Life
Howdy, and welcome to the second installment of “This Animatronic Life.”  This time around, we have a celebration of legendary Imagineer, Bob Gurr, and his association with Garner Holt Productions. It’s a story so good, you’ll want to read it twice.

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