Disney News Round Up: New Orleans Outrage, Missing Fingers and Monorail Drama

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Published on July 16, 2014 at 12:01 am with No Comments

The MiceChat Round Up of Disney and theme park news and information is here to serve up the week in news, gossip, rumors, and fun.  Big changes are coming to Disneyland’s exclusive Club 33 and the alterations are hard to miss from this once secretive club.  There are also games afoot as “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush” completes its first week of game play.  How did it go?  Not to be outdone, Disney California Adventure is lovingly photographed by user, RegionsBeyond.  Walt Disney World is also in the spotlight this week as a Monorail broke down on the beam, stranding passengers and forcing an evacuation.  Next up, User Täysikuu delivers some epic pictures from Disneyland Paris that must be seen to be believed.  It’s all here along with a fantastic collection of Podcasts and videos from MiceChat.  Let’s get this started, shall we?

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Club 33 brings major change to Disneyland’s New Orleans Square as Frontierland gets its game on
Disneyland‘s newly renovated and expanded Club 33 began testing for special guests over the weekend as more scaffolding and walls began to come down from the New Orleans Square buildings that were affected during club’s expansion. The changes that were revealed are dramatic, making the private club more noticeable than ever thanks to major changes throughout New Orleans Square. Elsewhere in the park, Disneyland debuted its new Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush! interactive game to great enthusiasm from early players.

Disneyland Legends of Frontierland – A First Look
As you may have seen from our In The Parks updates – a new type of interactive experience has been brewing at Disneyland. Called Legends of Fronterland, the goal of this experience is to allow the guest to create and engage in some of the story that drives a narrative based on the land. Let’s look at the official line from Disney:

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Happy 59th Birthday Disneyland and Happy 25th Birthday Splash Mountain! We take a look at DCA Today, and Tomorrowland back in 1967!  We also hear rumblings about Club 33’s expansion and confusion about games going on in Frontierland.  The Official Disney Blog also promises information about the plans for celebrating Disneyland’s 60th Birthday next year! ~ Aladdin

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Do you actually want to experience Club 33?
DrFink
started thinking… do you really want to experience Club 33 someday? 

Why no outrage over NoS/33 changes?
Now Locked thread, but worth a read. We have a big uproar over Disneyland taking away the Court of Angels taken away from guest access, and now with the Club 33 expansion nearing completion, JCSkipr79 notes several other things that this expansion has done to the detriment of New Orleans Square. Tell us what you think about the changes.

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California Adventure: the photo tour.
Regions Beyond
 takes us on a photo tour of the details found in DCA, beginning with Buena Vista Street!

60 year Announcement scaled back
The Official Disney Blog has promised that Disneyland will announce plans for next year’s 60th Birthday Celebration, on their 59th Birthday this week! Stay tuned to see what is announced!

47th Anniversary of Tomorrowland II
Tomorrowland 1967
 has several color photos from all around Tomorrowland in 1967. How ironic that these photos from the past, look better than the Tomorrowland we have today.

July 16-18 — 25th Anniversary Splash Mountain Poster
Happy 25th Birthday Splash Mountain! And Disneyland has a special anniversary poster available for Annual Passholders. See this topic for details!

My five years of Disney Memories…in Pics
whoever
 shows us their favorite family photos from Disneyland visits over the past 5 years!

9 Years of Disney Memories
For Barbaraann, It has been almost nine years since she entered the Magic Kingdom that is Disneyland, here are some fantastic photos from that time period.

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Lots of incidents happened recently at the Walt Disney World resort, a accident on Pirate of the Caribbean and a monorail struck by lightning! ~DLandFansAZ

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WDW monorail Struck By Lightning
A Disney World monorail train had to be evacuated Sunday night after what passengers said was a possible lightning strike.

Man Loses Fingertips On ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ Ride At Disney World
In an unfortunate accident last week, A British tourist lost two fingertips on the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ ride at Walt Disney World.

WDS in Paris is just as good as DHS in Orlando
mtlchuck visited Disney Studios in Paris and does a side by side comparison to Orlando.

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Should Disney pick up the Redwall franchise? And what should be done with Disneyland’s Fort Wilderness and Tomorrowland? Our armchair imagineers have some ideas. ~ TrekkieDad

Redwall Franchise
As a youngster, TheWhiteWhale found this series of novels fascinating and thinks it would be a good acquisition for Disney’s theme parks.

What to do with fort wilderness at Tom Sawyer’s Island
Here is a chance to vote in a poll or express your ideas about what should be done with Disneyland’s Fort Wilderness.

The Future of Tomorrowland
Gibson510 is tired of ‘riding the movies’ in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland and would like to see more focus on emerging and future technologies.

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Magic in pictures!
Täysikuu brings us some great HDR photos of Disneyland Paris.

Shanghai Disney construction pics
thethemeparkguy brings us some new photos of the construction of the Shanghai Disney Resort

Deal signed for Toy Story Mania and Star Tours 3D
*TIMMIE* shares information that Toy Story Mania and Star Tours 2 are on the way.

Ratatouille: The Adventure model
mratigan has finished his latest model of Ratatouille.

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Joe’s Huntington Beach weekend get-away
Joe Flowers (mre200200) treats us to a photo report from Huntington Beach, California.

Halloween Haunt 2013: video maze recap and discussion.
RegionsBeyond
has posted a collection of videos from the mazes of last year’s Halloween Haunt at Knott’s Scary Farm.

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Sarah the MiceChatter returns with a 4th of July report from Disneyland.

The Haunted Mansion Show Episode 19: Magic Resurrected
In this week’s installment of this ghostly gallery of episodes, The Hatbox Ghost has come back from his cavernous hatbox with another magic trick to mystify your senses. He then details more on his trip from a peculiar place called “Phantom Manor.” Unlike last time, though, he recalls having an encounter with a strange man. One might argue that it isn’t a man at all…

Communicore Weekly – Davy Crockett, Once Upon A Dream, Projection Mapping, Self Reliance. Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Davy Crockett, Once Upon A Dream, Projection Mapping, and the statue of Self Reliance! DISNEY HISTORY! — Learn all about the king of the wild frontier, Davy Crockett, in this week’s Disney History! BOOK OF THE WEEK! — George and Jeff learn about Sleeping Beauty in Once Upon a Dream: From Perrault’s Sleeping Beauty to Disney’s Maleficent (Disney Editions Deluxe (Film)) for the Book of the Week! ZAK EXPLAINS IT ALL! — Special Guest Zak tells you about Projection Mapping in Zak Explains It All! FIVE LEGGED GOAT! – And finally, the statue of Self Reliance is this week’s Five Legged Goat!

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SeaWorld Podcast 27 – 4th of July at SeaWorld – Chris Bellows talks Belugas and more
The SeaWorld Podcast team is back with a brand new episode where we talk you to Seaworld Orlando where SeaWorld John talks about the amazing 4th of July Celebration that SeaWorld Orlando put on.  Then SeaWorld Mike talks about what it was like taking his girls on Antarctica for the first time.  He also brings us a brand new SeaWorld Conservation Fund Spotlight.

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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: The Essential Theme Park Podcast
TSPP is back at the Thea Awards!! Part one of our coverage on the 2014 TEA Summit and Theas is all about DISNEY!  Discussion on the creative process behind TEA award recipients: Hong Kong Disneyland’s attraction Mystic Manor with Director of Creative Development for Walt Disney Imagineering Japan (formerly Hong Kong) Mark Schirmer, and Enchanted Tales with Belle with Imagineers Ted Robledo & Chris Kelly.

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Mousetalgia Episode 299: Producer Don Hahn; Imagineer Glenn Barker
This week, Team Mousetalgia speaks with legendary producer Don Hahn (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Who Framed Roger Rabbit) at the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet. Hahn shares some thoughts on producing, creating documentaries and working on Disneynature films, and we also discuss the nature of creativity within Disney productions. Mousetalgia also welcomes Imagineer Glenn Barker to the show, who talks about his start as a drummer for Disneyland parades and his eventual career working at WED as a media designer, producing soundscapes and soundtracks for all of the attractions at the Disney theme parks.

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Dis After Dark
We don’t have a guest this week, so it’s just the three of us. Which gives us an opportunity to ask each other questions such as: Where would you hide on Disney Property in the event of a zombie apocalypse? Plus, play a quick round of Desert Island DVDs with us. Everyone neat and pretty? Then on with the show!

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The Sweep Spot: In this Episode we welcome former Disneyland cast member Vern Hoiland. Vern was hired into Disneyland in 1969 and retired in 2006. Vern saw a lot fo changes over the years from managment, park changes, his own changes in roles, and much more. This is a great interview if you want to learn about how it was working in Disneyland as far back as 1969. Plus, we’ll look at the latest in the Disneyland Resort news with Tommy. Enjoy and please visit our new website www.thesweepspot.com

Interview with Former Disneyland Cast Member Who Was Hired in 1969

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Universal Studios Hollywood Tram Tour 50 Years Old
Today, July 15th, we offer our congratulations to Universal Studios Hollywood on 50 years of their world famous Studio Tram Tour and the genesis of their theme park operations. You provided the masses with a chance to peek backstage at a real movie studio and there is still nothing quite like it. What is even more remarkable is how much change has come to Universal City since 1964.

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Frontierland Games and Summertime Fun at Disneyland Resort
The Disneyland Resort survived the 4th of July with ease as low crowd levels made the holiday weekend an absolute dream for those with access to the park. Meanwhile, a brand new type of interactive park experience launched this week with mixed reviews. Legends of Frontierland, a new interactive game, began on Wednesday in the saloon and pathways of Frontierland.  While interesting, there did seem to be a few kinks to work out. Meanwhile refurbishment of the front gates of Disneyland continues as another bank of turnstiles goes behind construction walls.  There is finally some visible work on the arcade/alley that is being constructed behind the eastern side of Main Street, U.S.A. The new First Aid station has opened its doors where the old locker location was.  Plus, we’ve got construction shots from around the park for you.

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About Anthony Hays

Anthony is a graphic designer and admirer of all things Disney. He is also the Editor of our weekly Round Up of Disney and Theme Park news. The Round Up is MiceChat's oldest continuously updated column. You'll find Anthony and the Round Up every Wednesday morning.

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