Summer Fun edition: Disney News and Theme Park Round Up

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Published on July 24, 2012 at 8:30 pm with 3 Comments

Brilliant Disney photography and theme park news are the highlights of this weeks MiceChat Round up.  Are the Subs at Disneyland safe now that Finding Nemo may have a sequel in the works?  Why were the boats decommissioned at the Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World?  If you had to pick, which rides would stay and which should go at Disneyland Paris?  Finally, there is a spectacular Pirates of the Caribbean knock off in England that you just have to see.  All this and in today’s Disney news round up!

Cars Land Adventure Time-Lapse Video. Plus more!!! 
SoCalbma has returned, this time with a terrific time lapse video of Radiator Springs!


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:
MiceChat held a contest to give away 2 tickets to the upcoming Destination D: 75 Years of Disney Animated Features at the Disneyland Resort. We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to enter. But there can only be one winner, and that lucky person is . . .
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We have a couple of great trip reports this week, then we ask when Imagineering reached its high point, and we also ask will a recently announced Pixar movie save a certain body of water near the Matterhorn. ~ Aladdin

Disneyland Trip Report July 16-20: Thrills! Chills! & …SPILLS??? 
Meville and family travel from Calgary to the Happiest Place on Earth for a few fun days, and even a Me Party!

When do you think the height of Imagineering was?
WDW1971 wants to know when you think Imagineering reached its pinnacle? Did it start going down when Walt passed away? Perhaps it passed with Frank Wells? Or was it a certain attraction or park that signified Imagineering’s high point? Give us your thoughts!

Single Rider Line Abuse 
gary94080 brings to our attention some abuse going on in the single rider line for Radiator Springs Racers. People cutting in line for a ‘single rider line’!

With Finding Nemo 2 announced, Are the Subs safe?
flickor wants to know if the recently announced Nemo 2 movie will save the Nemo Subs, along with the clearest and arguably most beautiful body of water in the Disneyland Resort, from a Tomorrowland Makeover. Tell us what you think.

My Disneyland Photography and Trip (July 4th to 11th!)
What does someone do with thousands of Disney Park pictures? Well CakvalaSC has posted some great pictures from a recent vacation to the parks!


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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 some hopeful news about a wonderful lost Magic Kingdom!

Sword in the Stone Ceremony Revival
Our own Witches of Morva offers an encouraging story of the possible revival of the Sword and the Stone ceremony at the Magic Kingdom. While Merlin was conspicuously missing, there is hope that he may return as well. Is this a welcome return or a yawner? Voice your joy and hope for Merlin’s return here!

Finally got around to editing my photos
TSMfreak offers us a glimpse at his amazing photos from Walt Disney World. Why not take a look and see yet another extremely talented photographer we have on MiceChat.

Why were the Discovery River Boats decommissioned?
Another lost attraction this week, this time in the Animal Kingdom. Why exactly did this attraction close? Share your thoughts and feelings about the ride here.

COMMUNICORE WEEKLY

Communicore Weekly returns with a historic look at Disneyland’s lamented PeopleMover. Do you miss it? So do we! Also this week on Communicore Weekly… George takes a look at Kathy Jakobsen’s Meet Me At The Magic Kingdom! Which is the best dark ride in Fantasyland? Jeff and George debate! And finally, learn about living with The Land…and this week’s Five Legged Goat!

MICECHATTER

Sarah celebrates Disneyland’s 57th birthday in today’s MiceChatter video.  If you enjoy the video, be sure to give her a shout out!

MICECHAT PODCAST

The MiceChat crew discusses Cars Land, Buena Vista Street, new entertainment in the parks and Six Flag’s terrifying new drop ride. Join Al Lutz, Dusty Sage, Monorail Man and Fishbulb for a fun and geeky look into the theme parks you love. We’ve embedded the audio player here, but you can also take us with you on iTunes: MiceChat Podcast on iTunes


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

PODCAST UPDATE
Every Monday to Friday between 6-9 am Pacific, we give you your MiceChat.com Newscast. Coming soon, you’ll be able to get a full recap of news from your favorite site.


Which rides do you think should stay?
WDW1971 asks what rides are worth keeping and which ones need to get the heave-ho from Euro-Disneyland? Come join in on this interesting discussion, sit in the imagineering arm chair, and share your thoughts!

Paramount Park : A competitor to make Euro Disney invest ?
In 2015, Spain will welcome Paramount Park. Will this provide competition for Euro-Disneyland? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Birdseye Ariel View of Hong Kong Disneyand w/ Key Areas Labeled
Ride Warrior provides an INCREDIBLE picture from the sky of Hong Kong Disneyland!

Universal Studios Japan wants to “Moppy” the floor with Duffy!
What’s this? Some competition for Disney’s trademark character, gurgi has some info and comments on the new character.

Universal Studios generated some buzz among Mice Chatters last week. See what they are talking about. ~ Trekkie Dad

Going to USH on 8/13. Tips on doing whole park in one day?
Patman345 wants to make the most out of a single day at Universal Studios Hollywood and get some tips that are good most any day.

Evolution plan update
Alexshow notes that Universal Hollywood has deleted the residential portion of their planned expansion. Check out the map.

USF: Grinch/ Mr. Crumpet Coaster Said To Be Coming In 2016
Out in Florida, it’s rumored that a new coaster is on its way to Seuss Landing in Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Pirate Adventure – POTC Inspired / Ripped off ride.
DanR has a few pictures of a ride in a UK theme park that has a familiar look about it.

Anyone remember the Ponderosa Ranch near Lake Tahoe?
sbk1234 remembers visiting this ranch as a child and wonders if anyone has memories to share.

Paramount Resort Murcia (Spain) : 2015!
Check out this video link found by Fultimate.

 

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?

Ginny Tyler, Voice Artist and Mouseketeer Dies at 86
We have lost another incredible member of the Disney family. The original Mouseketeer, Ginny Tyler will be missed.

Knott’s Scary Farm resurrects old Haunt villain for the 40th anniversary of the event.
Knott’s Berry Farm has been playing it close to the vest this year with news about their highly anticipated 40th anniversary Halloween Haunt event.

Universal Studios Announces the Walking Dead for annual Halloween Horror Nights 2012
It’s official, a walk through maze based on the hit AMC Channel Series, The Walking Dead, is coming to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights this fall in Hollywood and Florida.

 


Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Review

Last month Universal Studios Florida unveiled a new attraction called Despicable Me. It wasn’t a brand new building; this was the former home of the simulator movie Jimmy Neutron, so it’s no surprise that the new attraction is also a simulator movie.


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!


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
Today’s cast member interview is with Angela, who has worked a wide variety of roles at the Walt Disney World resort over the past few years. From the College Program to a full time employee,…


Imaginerding

Sometimes, a book is released that catches you by surprise. I reviewed the Disneyland Encyclopedia and realized that it was going to be one of my favorite and most important research tools. I emailed the…


In the Parks

As summer presses on, Knott’s Berry Farm continues to make improvements which add value and substance to the park. Management has been investing in infrastructure, landscaping and set decoration which has truly improved the overall…


Orlando Parkhopper

This Week, SeaWorld Orlando released a new promotional teaser video advertising Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. This new mega attraction and land will transport visitor to the frosty southern reaches of Earth for an up-close…


ParkWise

Your day to day life can get routine, but in a Disney park, even the most ordinary things are better. Don’t believe me? Here’s a list of things you do, or deal with, every day…


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

Our MiceChat friend BC_DisneyGeek recently took a flight from Vancouver, BC to Victoria, BC in a 14-passenger seaplane. His strategic seating in the co-pilot’s spot allowed him to capture some breathtaking photos.


Yesterland
It’s almost show time at Grandmother Willow’s Grove. Find a spot on a bench in this 350-seat outdoor theater for Pocahontas and Forest Friends. The first four rows are reserved for children. Oh, you can’t bring…


The 626
I recently had the privilege of flying out to California for a few days to work with Disney Legend Rolly Crump on our forth-coming book about his life, It’s Kind Of A Cute Story. While…


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.


Top Ten Ways To Enjoy An Evening In Disneyland
Tom Bricker rest urns with another wonderful photo journal of how to enjoy Disneyland at night.  What’s your favorite spot?  The Treehouse, Hungry Bear or Tomorrowland?  Tom talks about his favorites here

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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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  1. Fantastic Round Up today folks! Amazing photos in so many articles. Love the one of Bert from Mary Poppins!

  2. I always look forward to the Sarah videos. I hate the bumps on the Nemo railings, but since I hate Nemo, they don’t really bother me. I hope the Subs will be returning because they have dumped Nemo and been restored it to their previous glory.

    I really liked the Peoplemover story on Communicore. Just think– five thousand people an hour who wouldn’t have been walking around, jamming the walkways. Note how much nicer Disneyland looked back then. Note the smooth pavement. The trees weren’t overgrown–plenty of sun and sky–so clean–so nice.

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