Disney News and Theme Park Round Up

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Published on July 18, 2012 at 12:02 am with No Comments

Disneyland turned 57 years young yesterday. The occasion was marked by a simple ceremony in the park in which Wat’s opening day speech was played over the loud speakers. No matter how many times you hear it, it always inspires emotion. This week, the MiceChat Round Up brings you amazing Black and White photographs, rumors that a Monorail may be added in Florida, and lots of news and photos from the parks. We also share some great trip reports and a special happy birthday column to Disneyland from our own Al Lutz!

 

Disneyloon’s Monochrome Pictures
DisneyLoon goes black and white for this trip report to the Disneyland Resort, and returns with these terrific photos!

How To Get The Most Out Of Free Dining At Disney World
That’s right folks, FREE DINING IS BACK!  Vacationeering brings you the news and tells you how you can take advantage of this offer.

Fight Cancer With WDW Star Wars Weekends Photo Book
MiceChat’s Cory Disbrow, along with the Disney Photography Blog is offering a new photo eBook with 100% of the money going to charity. Our friend Katie Marino is running the Falmouth Road Race in Massachusetts on August 12th to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. So we wanted to do what would could to help this great cause!
We are asking for donations (of any amount) and as a thank you, we will be giving away a brand new eBook that includes almost 100 photos from this years Star Wars Weekends event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Every penny we get will be donated to Dana-Farber!
All the information and where you can donate will be found at:
We really appreciate your support and hope you can help out a great cause!!
MiceChat has 2 tickets to give away for the upcoming Destination D: 75 Years of Disney Animated Features at the Disneyland Resort (a $450 value). It’s easy to enter and you do NOT need to be a D23 Member to enter, win or attend the event.

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We have some great trip reports this week, with photos in color and black and white.  Then take a video tour of the Disney Exhibit at the Reagan Presidential Library.  And be sure to check out the information on the Disneyana Fan Club Convention, this coming weekend! ~ Aladdin

Trip Report: our road to CarsLand (w/ meals at Flo’s, the Carthay, & Carnation Cafe)
bookwyrm and crew spend 3 great days enjoying Radiator Springs at DCA, and Disneyland. Here’s there detailed report!

Walt Disney Archives Exhibit at Reagan Library Video
langenFox visited the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and takes you on this short video tour!

Disneyana Convention July 19 – 22 Lots To See and Do
Dustysage fills us in on all the events this coming weekend at the Disneyana Fan Club Convention, along with information on the Disneyana Show and Sale!

Disney Gallery Castle Exhibit – New Pics – 7/14/12
Ron W takes a look at the new Castle exhibit in The Disney Gallery!


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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.


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

This week we have a lot of questions that need answering in the Walt Disney World forum. How long will the Main Street Electrical Parade be at WDW, which resort has the best transportation, and, to start celebrating EPCOT’s 30th early, what’s your favorite ride at EPCOT are just some of the questions being asked this week in the forum. Take a look and help answer some of our members’ most pressing questions, or ask your own! ~yoyoflamingo

California Grill Rehab…
See what’s coming to one of the most popular restaurants on Walt Disney World property in the future.

Favorite ride in EPCOT
Let’s start celebrating EPCOT’s 30th just a wee bit early (though it’s never too early to celebrate EPCOT, in my opinion). What’s your favorite ride there? Answer the poll, or list your favorites in the thread!

Support Cancer Research and get a FREE WDW ebook!
Our fantastic blog, Dateline Disney World shares some information from their Disney Photography Blog about donating to a worthy cancer research fund. As a thank you, they are including a free WDW ebook! Not a bad deal. Check it out!

$20 Million per Mile Monorail
An interesting discussion in this thread about the expansion of the monorail (a popular topic, but always an interesting one). With a new proposal for a monorail from the airport, would the figure of $20 million a mile affect Disney’s decision? Discuss it here.

Is Mickey’s Christmas Party Worth the Extra Money?
It’s time for Christmas in July! Or, at least a discussion of it. Is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party worth the upcharge? View people’s opinions and share your own here!

Which resort hotel has the best transportation system?
A seemingly simple question, but with many different variations. In your opinion, which resort has the best transportation system?

How long will Disney’s Electrical Parade be at Walt Disney World?
Often on the boards, a thread with a simple question turns into a discussion. That’s the case here. Not only is there a discussion about the possible return of Spectromagic, but the naming and floats used in the MSEP. Join the discussion here.

 
We have two Communicore Weekly’s for you this week. First up, a traditional episode with a great history segment on Epcot’s long lamented World of Motion attraction. The 2nd video is an interview with Stacey J. Aswad, host of Top 7 Things To Do At WDW, a resort TV staple.

Sarah is back with a fun new MiceChatter video.  How awesome is she?


Join us for lots of Disney magic on: magic247live.com!

PODCAST UPDATE
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How long are people willing to wait in line to ride Toy Story Mania at Tokyo Disney Sea? Find out here. Want to see pictures from Grizzly Gulch at Hong Kong Disneyland? We’ve got them. ~ Trekkie Dad

Grizzly Gulch Photos
ree523
 brings us photos from Grizzly Gulch.

Tokyo Disney SEA records longest wait time in theme park history!!!!!!!
Would you wait eight hours to ride Toy Story Mania? According to disfa10, that’s how long the line got.

Grizzly Gulch Opening ceremony and Mystic Manor indoor shots
keithlee83
has found this five minute YouTube video promoting Grizzly Gulch and Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland. It’s mostly in Chinese, but still worth a watch.

Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda – Investigating the Mysteries of HKDL
MactheMan
shows us some maps and drawings used in planning Hong Kong Disneyland.

Disneyland Paris cancels Disney’s Fantillusion during the Christmas Season
Say is isn’t so! According to Fultimate, Disney’s Fantillusion Parade may be dark during the Christmas season.

Olszewski DCA
Here is some food for thought, would you buy a Beuna Vista Street for California Adventure, forestlite has brought up this question!

Disneyland Paris Mainstreet Celebrates Show
Messica
has posted a great video of the new Show for Disneyland Paris, that stars wonderful Duffy!

Redesign of Disney Princesses
Has anyone else seen the newly designed disney princesses? ILVDL wonders why they were redesigned. What do you think of the new designs? Come on in and share your thoughts!

This week we have exciting news about a new maze for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Hollywood. ~ Trekkie Dad

Universal Studios Announces Silent Hill Maze for annual Halloween Horror Nights 2012
Our very own Fishbulb has the scoop on this maze being built at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Annual Passholder discounted tickets for guests?
Looking for discounted tickets at Universal Studios Hollywood? Several possibilities are discussed here in a thread started by ILVDL.

Hurricane Harbor Ruined with Flashpass…
JerrodDRagon
is not happy with the implementation of Flashpass at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. Not everyone agrees.

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
ALIASd
 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?

My Disney Themed Tattoo
How much do you love Disney? IrishAmerican Loves our animated Disney pals a lot and as proof, has tattooed various characters across their body. I must say the art work is pretty impressive and worth checking out!

Win a Pair of Tickets to Destination D: 75 Years of Disney Animated Features
If you love watching classic Disney animated features then this contest is for you! Two tickets will be given away for an up coming event being held at the Disneyland resort in mid august titled ‘Destination D: 75 Years of Disney Animated Features’. If you are interested, check out this thread for more information.

Marvel sets dates for ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ & ‘Captain America’, ‘Thor’ titles
ALIASd
reports: Marvel Studios is keeping busy. Marvel’s Kevin Feige confirmed August 1, 2014 as the release date for the next super-hero ensemble Guardians of the Galaxy.

Knott’s Scary Farm resurrects old Haunt villain for the 40th anniversary of the event
Fishbulb
reports: Today, Friday the 13th the let a major morsel of goodness out of the Trick or Treat bag by revealing the return of a major character from Haunt past.

Disney crosses $1 Billion in Domestic Grosses, 1st studio in 2012
ALIASd
reports: That Disney has been doing quite well with the movies this year, check out the full report here.

 


Al Lutz – 57 Today
In trying to decide how to mark the occasion I looked back at some of our past anniversary photo essays and your feedback on them. One of the most popular featured the park’s unique attraction posters, along with a few favorite vintage publicity shots. We encore it again today; Enjoy the eye candy!


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


Dateline Walt Disney World

Hello, and welcome to In today’s column, we have another large construction update, I’ll share with you a new iBook all about that was just released by a friend of mine.


Dateline Disneyland

Unseasonal July rain showers brought Disney California Adventure‘s new Radiator Springs Racers E-Ticket to a stop last week, highlighting a major flaw in the attraction’s ride system.


From the Mouth of the Mouse
As you walk around EPCOT’s World Showcase, the Cast Members who work there are happy to share their stories and facts about their respective homelands with you. It fosters the illusion that you really are…


Imaginerding

Garner Holt Productions, a very special company that manufactures magical devices for your favorite theme parks, turns 35 today. But who is Garner Holt? Let’s turn the clock back to 1976 . . . Imagine…


In the Parks

Monster crowds, monster Halloween maze construction, and a reboot of television’s Munsters. With the juggernaut of Transformers driving visitors into the park, it is shaping up to be another record breaking year. Today, we stroll…


Orlando Parkhopper

There’s a lot of construction going on in the Orlando theme parks these days and very little of it is at Disney. Harry Potter has been a huge hit at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, so…


ParkWise

There’s almost no reason to stay on Walt Disney World property without a discount. Except for a few weeks out of the year, Disney offers great discounts that can make staying on site more affordable.…


Samland

Back in the early 1960s, author Ray Bradbury was concerned that the quality of life in the Los Angeles region was being threatened by urban sprawl and the lack of investment public transportation. He felt…


Weekend Update

I have always heard about the beautiful fall colors that are manifested in the leaves of the trees of New England. We don’t really have an equivalent natural phenomenon in Southern California. Scarlett Stahl took…


Yesterland
Yester California Adventure has a street with blue plywood constructions walls on both sides. It doesn’t have an offical name. So let’s call it Wall Street Street, U.S.A. This Wall Street has nothing to do with…


The 626
I don’t know about you guys, but I love Pete’s Dragon. A lot of people seem to secretly disdain it, but I find it charming and a great relic from my childhood. Behind The Three…


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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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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