Today’s Disney news Round Up brings information about protests being held in front of the Disneyland Resort in California,  fantastic photo trip reports, news about Halloween time offerings, and a debate on the recent changes to the Jungle Cruise. Al Lutz fills is in on plans for Disneyland, Halloween and Christmas theme changes, and what’s up with the strange new traffic patterns at the park.  All this, plus Walt Disney World,  Howl-O-Scream news from Busch Gardens in Tampa, a possible Avengers television series, and a chance to win a beautiful piece of Disney artwork valued at $650! Thank you to everyone who reads this column. The Mice Ears Crew certainly enjoys creating it every week and we think you’ll really enjoy what we’ve got for you today.

Behind the scenes in Space Mountain (short video)
 posted a unique video showcasing behind the scenes video of Space Mountain. The video also documents the important role facility services employees play in keeping the ride fine-tuned and up to cyber speed!

Disney In Stone Artwork – Enter To Win
Our friends at Sanders Art Studios are giving away a very special Disney art piece (valued at $650) to one lucky MiceChat reader. The Disney in stone collection creates beautiful works of art out of solid stone. We think you’ll agree that this is a some amazing artwork and a great prize as well!

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This week we have a special trip report from someone who recently stayed at Disneyland, overnight!  Then we learn some interesting details about DCA’s newest addition.  Then tell us what you would suggest purchasing at the Disneyland Resort, whether it’s a souvenir or food item! ~ Aladdin

Joe’s Epic Overnight Disneyland Dream Suite Trip Report – with lots of pictures
brings us a trip report from one of the most exclusive places in Disneyland, and stays overnight! Not too many trip reports bring us a bathrobe afterhours tour of Disneyland, so don’t miss this!

Children Discouraged From Riding Jungle Cruise?
comments about the latest round of ‘bubble wrapping’ and ‘idiot proofing’ aka protecting guests from themselves, in various areas throughout the Disneyland Resort. The latest attraction is the Jungle Cruise, with protective netting and bumpers on the boats. Tell us what you think!

Revv-ealing Little-Known Factoids About Cars Land
Here are some fun fact about the newest addition to DCA!

Some things that are a must buy?
has trip planned for Disneyland in September, and is wondering what are some things they should place on their Disneyland Shopping List. What would you suggest?

PARK REPORT CARD – An occasional but knowledgeable visitor’s DLR scorecard
has given us a indepth review of his current trip to the parks, do you feel it is on target or was it a run of bad luck?

A Sat. Trip Report from Capt. Hook July 28, 2012
We have another fun time from Capt Hook on his adventures getting new pictures of the Characters that bring the parks to life!

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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.

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Walt Disney World

Lots to talk about this week! This week is a very forward thinking update, with a horrible rumor about the Country Bears, a look ahead at EPCOT, some honeymoon advice, an interesting rumor about the future of Audio Animatronics, and a lot more. Take a minute to look through the Walt Disney World forum. I’m sure there will be a thread to interest you! ~yoyoflamingo

Country Bear Jamboree to be edited down!!
While a long, loving refurbishment is a great thing for the Country Bear Jamboree and welcome come August, the second rumor flying around is much less welcome: the possible removal of songs from the attraction. Hopefully this isn’t truthful, as the rumored deletion would lose one of the best numbers in the show! Poor little Buford.

Honeymooners seeking transportation advice from WDW to Universal IOA
Any help for our newlyweds? They’re planning a honeymoon sidetrip from the World, and are looking for the best way to travel to Islands of Adventure. Suggestions are more than welcome.

What’s next for Epcot after Test Track refurb?
A simple question, with unfortunately not many prospects. What will be next for EPCOT after Test Track’s reimagining? Hopefully something wonderful. Share your thoughts and rumors here.

Disney to use people’s faces to make Animatronic faces
A very intriguing rumor to make AAs more realistic: Through the use of advanced scanning technology, Disney is apparently looking into making more realistic faces for their Animatronic figures. Pretty cool, no?

Communicore Weekly prepares you for a spectacular festival pageant of nighttime magic and imagination as Jeff and George look into the bright lights of the Main Street Electrical Parade! George take us back to the past with the Walt Disney World 15th Anniversary Souvenir Book! And finally, trust Captain Bob with this week’s Five Legged Goat!


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

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Disneyland Railroad Spiel
Do cast members ruin the show by constantly interrupting the recorded spiel you are supposed to hear while riding the train in Disneyland Paris? Check out this video and you be the judge.

Visiting soon! Questions! Please answer!!! ^.^
is planning a trip to Tokyo Disneyland and asks some great questions regarding how to plan wisely and what to expect. Our intelligent MiceChatters provide some wonderful tips and tricks that I believe everyone should know, especially if they too plan on visiting the park.

Fantastic Motion Simulator-Based Attraction for Shanghai Disneyland
It appears Disney submitted a patent for a motion simulator device that looks quite interesting. if this were ever to be implemented into the shanghai Disneyland park, how do you think it should be used? Let us hear your opinions!

This week we have a trip report from Children’s Fairyland in Oakland, California and pictures from my bike ride down the central California coast. Enjoy! ~ Trekkie Dad

A Visit to Children’s Fairyland … and to My Childhood
Children’s Fairyland in Oakland provided one of Walt’s inspirations for Disneyland, and lctom1 returns to his childhood haunt with his granddaughter. Check out the pictures from the past and compare them with the present.

Busch Gardens Tampa’s Howl O Scream event begins to leak info
Busch Gardens Tampa has leaked some info on this year’s Howl-O-Scream event via their HOS Insider Twitter account. It all started with the following tweet on Friday the 13th.

Bicycle tour down the central California coast
On this six-day bike ride from Watsonville down the coast to Malibu, I managed to stop the bike a few times to take pictures.

The Avengers may get a series on ABC
calsig31 brings us information that The Avengers may be headed to television. So what is your take?

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.


Al Lutz – A Tale of Two Parks, Disneyland Update.

Disneyland Resort heads into the Dog Days of summer working under a radically changed set of operating philosophies, with the success of Cars Land and the re-launched DCA turning on its head a decade worth of assumptions how visitors to the resort will use the property. In this update we’ll fill you in on exactly what is going on with overall resort.

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.

Dateline Walt Disney World

Hello, and welcome to This week, brings news of some unfortunate cutbacks. The popular Magic Kingdom Extra Magic Hours and Country Bear Jamboree may be suffering changes which won’t be popular among fans. We will…

Dateline Disneyland

Protestors upset with recent Anaheim Police-involved shootings marched at Disneyland‘s doorstep this weekend in an effort to call attention to their cause. The protests prompted increased police presence around Disneyland’s Harbor Boulevard pedestrian entrance but…

From the Mouth of the Mouse
Today’s Disney cast member interview is with Mauricio, who worked in both the International College Program (in Animal Kingdom) and the Cultural Representative Program (in EPCOT). Yes, he is one of those authentic Cast Members…


In the mid-1970s, Walt Disney World was working to come out of the slumps that paralyzed the travel industry. Various Phase II hotels were scrapped and new ideas were brought to the table. In line…

In the Parks

With the recent news of civil unrest in Anaheim, many potential guests are concerned, debating whether or not a visit to the happiest place on Earth is also a safe place. We answer those questions…

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…


I’m about to write something that might seem like sacrilege to some Disney fans: I don’t really care for character dining.  It’s not that I don’t feel a flutter of happiness in my cold little…


Sitting Next To Famous People This past weekend, I was invited by the fine people of the Disneyana Fan Club to participate in the Author’s panel at their annual national convention in Garden Grove. There…

Weekend Update – Honeymoon at Disney California Adventure
We’ve been following Ryan’s epic honeymoon for weeks. Now, with his Disneyland visit all done, next up is Disney California Adventure. -Rick These photos were taken before the new Cars Land and Buena Vista Street…

Weekend Update – A Carefree Day in Victoria British Columbia
Last week, we soared over Canada in a seaplane with British Columbia_DisneyGeek. This week, we’ll see what he found upon landing.

Weekend Update – A Carefree Day in Victoria British Columbia
MiceChatter and longtime Weekend Update contributor, CaptPhoebus, recently took a quick trip to San Antonio, Texas. As is typical of my MiceChat friends, he visited multiple theme parks while he was in the area. His…

Yesterland – Compass Books
When you take a vacation at the Yesterland Resort, the rides and shows are the big draw. But sometimes the best part of a vacation is getting away from the crowd with something good to read.

Yesterland – Virgin Megastore
You’re on vacation at Yester World. There’s more to do than just visiting theme parks. Whether you’re looking for a specific, hard-to-find CD or you just want to spend hours listening to whatever kind of music you like, head over to the Virgin Megastore.

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
Disneyland is better at night. This isn’t my opinion–it’s an unassailable truth. (Okay, it is my opinion…but it should be a fact!) I am a firm believer that a big part of the appeal of…

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