Rats are in the kitchen, goblins are in the bank, and the Mistress of the Dark is set to return! The MiceChat Round up of Disney and Theme Park news and information is filled with exciting things this week. The new Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy attraction has opened at the Walt Disney Studios park in Paris.  Next, Universal Studios Orlando has unveiled the astounding Diagon Alley land featuring Escape from Gringotts and Hogwarts Express.  We take you there.  We also have the first few details about Knott’s Scary Farm and their world famous Halloween Haunt event with dates announced and Elvira Mistress of the Dark taking her rightful place on the stage.  All of this plus discussion from the MiceChat boards, armchair imagineering, the MicePod, MiceTube and more!


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Universal has kicked off their week of previewing Diagon Alley by pulling out all of the stops. On July 8th, muggles will officially get to experience the Wizarding World of Harry Pottter – Diagon Alley at the Universal Orlando Resort. Those who make the trip are in for an astounding treat!  For the past few days we immersed ourselves in all the amazing attractions, restaurants and experiences that can be had at the Universal Orlando Resort. Below, you’ll find links to our three part review.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Preview, Part 1: CityWalk Kickoff

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Preview, Part 2: Red Carpet Event

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Preview, Part 3: The Review


MiceChat Podcast

It’s another special episode of the MiceChat Podcast. This time around the block, we chat with outspoken original Mouseketeer, Lonnie Burr. He’s lively, funny and full of stories you’ve likely never heard before! A 60-year show business veteran, Lonnie Burr has been seen in 25 films, over 300 TV shows, 49 plays and musicals (including Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theatre and national tours), many commercials, and heard on 100+ radio shows and voice overs. He has been seen in numerous live performances and TV and radio talk shows. He is also a book author, playwright, poet, film and theatre critic, choreographer and director. You can find Lonnie’s book, Confessions of an Accidental Mouseketeer HERE.

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It’s that time of year! Time to dive into the basement of a Mexican Restaurant in Silver Lake to celebrate all things America. This is a special, private performance of the Firecracker Follies!

Join the cast, James Grey, Eric Seppala, and the inimitable MOMMA for a salute to America!  This is an intimate variety show with live singing, dancing, and occasional choreography!  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wet your pants with patriotic pride!



Meet the amazing authors behind Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles’ Space Age Nautical Pleasure Pier and hear all about this one of a kind Los Angeles destination which has been all but lost to history. The authors will lead us through a colorful presentation about the park, followed by a book signing. As with all of our ESPN Zone events, there will be a fabulous breakfast BUY TICKETS HERE!

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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

Summer has arrived and we have a couple of trip reports for you to enjoy! ~ Aladdin

Alice in Wonderland Safety Rails
Nland316 reports that the safety railings on Alice are now being installed! And in their opinion, it actually doesn’t look bad at all. What do you think?

Misc. Vintage Disneyland Hotel Photos
Oldhotelguy was going through some files and found some completely random photos that have never been posted before.

GetHappier actually happened this week!
CassiefRN found that the #GetHappier campaign is actually happening and they were a part of the festivities.

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1st day of Summer at Disneyland
PirateLover takes us on a lovely photo journey in the evening, seeing mermaids, parades and coffee!

Technicolor Signs
Barbaraann brings us some groovy and colorful photos of the signage throughout the park!


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Wreck-It Ralph attraction coming to disneyland/disneyworld?
Another unique rumor Sing*Along*Song has overheard, if its true, what would you want this type of attraction to be?

Pooh’s Hunny Hunt to DL?
Imagineer45 has a great idea about the budget tight Pooh Ride in Disneyland resort, what do you think ?


The Princess Pecking Order
The Witches of Morva have brought us some unfavorable news about Snow White and Aurora.

If Be our Guest fills up 180 days in advance why doesn’t Disney raise its prices?
Not that jcruise86 is hoping for this, but with the insanely long wait time for reservations, why hasn’t Disney capitalized?

And not sure if it would be worth the $60 for me… Part of me thinks it’s a waste of money, but the other part wants to see the villains…
It’s that time of year again, so hadla is wondering about planning to go this year.


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Ratatouille Grand Opening
With the grand opening of Ratatouille the Adventure, Fultimate brings us the ceremony.

Ratatoulie: The Adventure POV
glenbot brings us an on board ride through of Ratatouille, this is a must see video!

Ratatouille. Report from someone who has actually ridden it several times
StrongStyle gives us a report on the Ratatouille ride area including the restaurant.

TDR will likely build the first Frozen attraction…
lightofdarkness brings a bold prediction, what do you think with Tokyo’s track record?

China already has big chain of ”Happy Valley theme parks’
How will China’s already established Happy Valley Parks will affect the Shanghai Disney Resort?


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AV Room

Sarah the MiceChatter talks to us about the recent fire at the Disneyland Resort.

The Haunted Mansion Show Episode 18: Frightening Father’s Day
There is no doubt that Gracey Manor has brought inspiration to the minds of many a fan. For several years since the house opened its creaky doors to the public, dozens upon dozens of creepy creations have materialized from the darkest recesses of the earth. In this episode, the Ghost Host sheds light on the subject matter, as well as further explaining how popular they are. Oh, and Happy Father’s Day from the 999 Happy Haunts!

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Disneyland Hotel, Art and Flair of Mary Blair, and Aurebesh! Jeff and George reserve a room at the Disneyland Hotel in this week’s Disney History! George and Jeff look through The Art and Flair of Mary Blair for the Book of the Week! And finally, learn Aurebesh in this weeks Five Legged Goat!

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Disafterdark Series 2, Episode 19 – Shoot the Valet.
Welcome back to the Mouses Head and thank you for the download. Todays guest was due to be Chef BigFatPanda, but due to unforeseen circumstances he couldn’t make it into the mouses head today, so will be coming up soon.

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #96 – Lora Wallace
Welcome to another show. On this show we bring you the news update, which includes a mini review of Vivo by Gregory, we then welcome Show Director for Universal Orlando, Lora Wallace on to the show to discuss her career at the parks and finish up with a Listener Q & A with David Fuller

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SeaWorld Podcast 26 – SeaWorld Summer Nights – Kelly Flaherty Clark, Chris Bellows and Shamu Light up The Night.
The SeaWorld Podcast crew is back with a whole new episode!  In this episode we will take you on location at SeaWorld Orlando, where we talk to Animal Curator Kelly Flaherty Clark about the new Killer Whale show, Shamu Celebration: Light up the Night, along with the new show Generation Nature.

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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!

The Season Pass: #270- Q&A with the NoLimits Design Team!
The Season Pass Podcast is always talking Theme Park Fun with the people behind the industry.  Check out this week’s show!

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Mousetalgia Episode 296: A trip to Pixar, Disneyland price hikes
Kristen reports on an “Incredible” visit to Pixar in Emeryville! But first, we discuss the cost of a day at Disneyland – do the recent price hikes change people’s philosophies about visiting the parks, and if not, why? Team Mousetalgia talks value vs. time vs. crowds, and we draw interesting conclusions. Next, a listener reviews the live action film “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride,” Jeff announces a haunting new project, and then Kristen visits the Pixar Studios for an amazing day at the annual Cartoon Art Museum benefit.

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Summer projects continue at Disneyland
Disneyland made headlines Sunday evening after a small fire broke out backstage. Luckily, the blaze was quickly put out by the local fire department and the park operations continued uninterrupted. Meanwhile, projects continue around the parks. In New Orleans Square, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, big refurbishment and expansion projects continue at Club 33, Space Mountain and Alice in Wonderland. With those projects set set to wrap up next month and more in the works for later this year, there’s plenty of progress to see and we’ve got all the photos and info to fill you in today.

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Knotts Scary Farm Dates and Details Announced
A thickening fog is swirling ominously above Buena Park California.  Some say it’s the seasonal June Gloom blowing in from the Pacific.  Others say it’s just nasty fumes from Fountain Valley.

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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