Hello Round Up readers! This week we bring even more information about two big anniversaries, MiceChat’s 10th and Disneyland’s 60th. There’s all sorts of discussion on confirmed and rumored refurbishments in the parks. Full information about the new night time offerings and the new Night Time Parade that is coming to Disneyland Resort! In our rumors and armchair Imagineering, we have ideas for a WestCOT in California, and Ewoks for Redwood creek challenge trail. Last but not least we here at MiceChat are celebrating 10 amazing years and the full line-up of weekend festivities has just been announced. We’d like to invite you to come join us this weekend at Disneyland. Don’t miss it.

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MiceChat Disney News RoundupDisneyland Resort 60th Anniversary Celebration Rundown
Get your party hats ready. Last night, during a special after-hours presentation on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park, Tom Staggs (Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts) announced that the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, which will mark the resort’s 60th anniversary, will begin Friday, May 22.

MiceChat Disney News RoundupAre You Ready To Paint The Night At Disneyland?
On Wednesday night, Disneyland revealed the three new entertainment offerings which will debut May 22nd at the Disneyland Resort for the 60th Anniversary of the park Walt built (you can read more about those shows HERE). Of particular note is the return of a true nighttime parade to Disneyland Park.

After the disastrous Light Magic failed to catch on following on the heals of the beloved Main Street Electrical Parade, Disneyland simply gave up on the idea of an evening parade, relying instead on a daytime parade only. This spring, all of that will change when the park debuts Paint the Night every evening.

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DON’T MISS: MiceChat 10th Anniversary Weekend at Disneyland

February 6 – 8th

It’s been 10 years since we first started MiceChatting. Our big celebration will be held in and around the Disneyland Resort and will include a cocktail reception with legends of animation, panel discussions with Disney Imagineers, authors and even a beloved legend or two. We’ll celebrate Yesterland, give away fantastic prizes, and enjoy a wonderful time with friends old and new at the Happiest Place on Earth. If you’ve been with us from the beginning or have only recently found us, we look forward to seeing you at the Disneyland Resort February 6th through 8th. Below are the must attend events for our 10th anniversary! TICKETS AND INFORMATION HERE

Join a select group of animation superstars with a casual and fun MiceChat 10th Anniversary cocktail party at the lovely Anabella Hotel, located just steps away from the Disneyland Resort. We’ll have a brief discussion with the animators about 2-D and 3-D animation, past and future. Then we’ll enjoy a night of drinks, nibbles, and interaction with some of the most creative folks in the Animation industry!


Celebrate MiceChat’s 10 years of Disney and theme park magic with our special AMAZEMENT Saturday epic event at the ESPN Zone. We will treat you with three fantastic panel discussions with notable legends and surprise guests:

  • “This Animatronic Life” – The fantastic story of how Animatronics have transformed the theme park experience.
  • “Disney in the Book” – Meet the authors behind some of the hottest Disney books currently available. You’ll have a chance to pick up your own signed copy of these fantastic tomes. More details will be shared shortly.
  • “Voices of Magic” – The voices behind some of your favorite Disney characters will reveal the secrets behind bringing the magic to stage and screen.
  • We will also celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Yesterland with MiceChat legend Werner Weiss.

This enchanted morning will last from 9am until 1:30pm and will include a light breakfast of fresh fruit and assorted bagels as well as a delightful lunch of apple walnut salad, truffle mac and cheese with broccoli, and a delicious grilled beef tri tip with mashed potatoes and assorted desserts. Twelve lucky attendees can upgrade to the “VIP Package”, which offers VIP front row seating as well as a keepsake gift signed by our special guests.

After the morning sessions we will head into DCA for a day of play including a scavenger hunt and one of our famous trivia contests with fabulous prizes sponsored by Fairy Godmother Travel.


FREE DCA scavenger hunt event from MiceChat and D23 during MiceChat Anniversary weekend. Come join us at 3:30 on Saturday, February 7th for a one hour quest celebrating the upcoming D23 Expo. There will be all sorts of surprises along the way. It’s free (you still need park admission), but you’ll need to sign up to participate. Don’t miss out, lots of great prizes! SIGN UP FOR THE D23 CHALLENGE FOR FREE HERE

The day will start in the classic style, as we’ve done for the last 10 anniversaries, with breakfast at the Riverbelle Terrace, a trip around the Rivers of America aboard the Mark Twain, and a classic noon meet and group photo in front of the castle (we’ll meet you all at the Walt and Mickey statue at noon).

This year, we have a very special program planned for you after lunch. MiceChat is turning 10 years old, Yesterland is turning 20, and Disneyland is turning 60! That’s a lot of memories. Just after lunch we’ll join Werner Weiss of Yesterland and special guest hosts for a historic tour of Disneyland Park the way Walt would have remembered it. It promises to be a wonderful day full of tributes, memories and magic.

Please note that the Yesterland portion of the afternoon has SOLD OUT. You can join the YESTERLAND TOUR WAIT LIST HERE.



MiceChat Anniversary Hotel Offer


Looking for a hotel room for the MiceChat Anniversary? The delightful Anabella Hotel (just behind California Screamin’ at DCA) is offering a remarkable MiceChat 10th Anniversary Rate:

  • $89 (Standard Room Types)
  • $139 (Concierge)
  • Rate is valid 2/6/15-2/8/15

Rate only available for those who call in to reservations at 800.863.4888. Don’t forget to ask for the “MiceChat 10th Anniversary” rate.

Thank you to our Sponsor who has made this weekend possible:


MiceChat Anniversary weekend is sponsored in part by Fairy Godmother Travel, the official travel agency of MiceChat.com. For all of your Disney travel needs, please contact the wonderful pixies at Fairy Godmother Travel – HERE


Disney Parks News and Reports

This week we find out if Disneyland is still the place that is first on the mind of the winners of the Superbowl.  We also have news about some of the entertainment that will be part of the 60th celebration for Disneyland, which begins on May 22nd.   ~ Aladdin

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Disneyland Starbucks Mugs are Here
Starbucks has added two unique mugs specifically for the Disneyland Resort.   See what they look like, here!

Is the Superbowl MVP visit to Disneyland going the way of Dippy the Dinosaur
You’ve just won the Superbowl, what are you going to do next? Ever since Superbowl XXI, that has been the 1st question asked of the winning team.  Are the winners planning a trip this year, and will it be to Disneyland or Disneyworld? The answer came real quick this year, and here is the video proof.

Disneyland Forever – 60th Fireworks Show
A new fireworks show has been announced, as part of Disneyland’s 60th Birthday celebration.  We have some video of projection mapping tests on Main Street along with an artistic rending of the show.

The New Bakery Tour at Disney California Adventure
John 69 takes us on a walk thru of the refurbished Boudin bakery tour.

Disneyland 60th Anniversary Press Event Live
Disneyland finally announces 3 of the shows created for Disneyland’s 60th, including a new fireworks show for Disneyland, a new World of Color show in DCA,  and a new night time parade for Disneyland!


This week we have rumors from both coasts and overseas as well as some interesting ideas for Disneyland Resort. ~ Trekkie Dad

Rumor Round Up from Throughout the Internet
Imagineer45 has collected a long list of rumors regarding the future of Walt Disney World. Which ones do you think are credible?

Muppet Vision 3D gone for good
DisneylandMaster has heard that the Muppets will not be returning to Disney California Adventure after Frozen Fun completes its run.

WestCOT the 3rd Gate Ideas
BigBaloo thinks it would be great if Disneyland Resort’s rumored third gate would be an Epcot-like world showcase based upon Earth’s continents.

Turn Space Mountain into an X-Wing ride
Nikefutbolero has an idea for Disneyland’s Space Mountain that’s not gaining much support from other MiceChatters.

Add Ewoks to Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
Nikefutbolero is at it again, suggesting that Ewoks be found in the Disney California Adventure attraction.


With the anniversary of MiceChat we have some fun pretending it existed when the resort first opened and image what we would have been talking about then.  Plus we take a look at rumors for the park and the real demolition of Sorcerer Mickey’s Hat. – DLandFansAZ

MiceChat Disney News Roundup

Sorcerer’s Hat Demolition
As the Sorcerer’s Hat continues to be taken down, PlutoHasFleas has shared some pictures.

If MC was around in the past
A fun thread on the Disneyland forum has made it to WDW.  So what would be talking about MiceChat was around when WDW first opened?

Rumor Round Up from Throughout the Internet
Imagineer45 has looked around the Internet and put together rumors for WDW.  So what might be next?


MiceChat Disney News Roundup

2nd Park to be completed in 2020.
HongKongDisneyland shares information about Phase II expansion for the park.

Other Theme Parks & Resorts

Check out the reports we have from our other southern California theme parks. ~ Trekkie Dad

MiceChat Disney News Roundup

The Simpsons Springfield Expansion videos/pictures update
SoCalbma has a YouTube video showing the latest construction update at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Does Knott’s have a cat population as Disneyland does?
…asks jcruise86. Read the thread for the answer.

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MiceChat Podcast: Disney Bling Bling and Other Things – The MiceChat crew is BACK after a long delay, and they’ve got some surprises for you. The Hat Box Ghost isn’t the only thing returning, we’ve got news of the return of the Fabulous Disney Babe! There’s all sorts of news about the things which will be keeping us busy in the theme parks in 2015, not the least of which is Disneyland’s Diamond Anniversary. Let’s chat . . .


Haunted Mansion’s strange new wall
A brief look at the new wall that has popped up inside Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion. Could it be hiding the installation of the Hatbox Ghost?


Window to the Magic: Enjoy the sounds of the park on our weekly journeys into the wonderful world of the Disney sound experience!

Disafterdark: Welcome back to the Mouse’s Head and thank you for the download. Today, We are joined by Martin, a Disneyland Paris shareholder who has recently attended the AGM. So, today is a very French episode. When sit, drink and talk about all the goings on at that meeting and what is coming out of it. All neat and pretty, then on with the show.

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The Season Pass: The Essential Theme Park Podcast:  We review the biggest story of 2014-Wizarding World of HarryPotter: Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida.  Doug Barnes, Brent Young, Arthur Levine, Len Testa and Josh Young discuss and dissect the immersive new land plus all the upgrades happening at the Universal Orlando Resort.

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Disney Avenue Podcast: Born in Southern California in 1952, Ron was born to be a performer.  He was a puppeteer, ventriloquist, magician and actor, who was fascinated by Walt Disney’s Disneyland and so was born his dream of one day performing at the park. Ron got his first theme park job in 1970, and over the ensuing 40 years he’s done it all – writing, directing, consulting, managing and performing for multiple production companies and in eight theme parks and five themed restaurants across America.

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Mousetalgia! – An Unofficial Disneyland Podcast: Disneyland just announced details of the 60th anniversary celebration, and Mousetalgia’s special correspondent Mady reports on Disneyland’s media night describing the festivities, which will include new dancing fountains; a focus on Walt Disney, the man; new Richard Sherman music and fireworks; a new nighttime parade; lots of diamonds and… swans?

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast: On this episode we welcome Sam Gennawey on to the show to talk about his latest book – Universal Versus Disney : The Unofficial Guide to Theme Parks Greatest Rivalry.

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MiceChat Disney News RoundupGeorge Reviews Pom Poko, Tales from Earthsea and Porco Rosso on Blu-ray!
We’ve got three films to review from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and Studio Ghibli. We’ve reviewed other titles by Studio Ghibli before and it’s no secret that the films by Hayoa Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli are some of our most favorite films of all time. As mentioned in previous reviews, My Neighbor Totoro and The Wind Rises are spectacular films and might be the best animated films ever made.

MiceChat Disney News RoundupGigantic MiceChat 10 Year Anniversary Weekend, February 6th, 7th, 8th
It’s hard to believe that 10 years have gone by so quickly. So many things have happened in that time. So many friendships, and events, and Disney news stories. Today, there are nearly 100,000 registered MiceChatters, but we are still very much the little site of Disney nerds who just want things to be the best they can be. FULL MICECHAT ANNIVERSARY PLANS HERE

The MiceEars Crew puts a lot of time and effort into making the Disney News Round-Up happen.Our thanks to: 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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