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In The Parks: Valentine's Options, Super Pass, and Captain EO

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by , 02-11-2010 at 09:52 PM
The weekend is upon us, and it's a big one for lots of reasons. Many folks have either today or Monday off for Presidents Day, and that means crowds for Disneyland! It is also Valentines Day on Sunday and the perfect excuse for even more folks to head out to the parks. So make your plans early and start calling restaurants to see if you can still make a dinner reservation



Perhaps the most exciting activity is taking place where guests aren't likely to enter at all . . . the Captain EO theater. Let's get to today's news and your alternatives for a busy Disneyland Resort. You'll be surprised by just how much is going on in the SoCal entertainment and amusement industry.



New "Domestic Parks" Pass for Disney's Well Traveled Fans
We have some interesting news which is sure to be popular with Disney Vacation Club members. A new annual pass has been developed for the Disney parks in the USA. This new "Domestic Parks Pass" is essentially a combined annual pass for both Walt Disney World in Florida and the Disneyland Resort in California and should be rolling out soon. The price is expected to be in the $800 range. We'll leave it to you to debate the price point and whether this pass would be much of a value at such a high price point.
Disneyland Resort News


Disney is offering AP Discounts for the Annual Food and Wine Festival
DCA Food and Wine discounts for passholders through February 15th.

Annual Passholders will be able to register from February 4 through February 15 to get special reduced prices for these events:

  • Winemaker dinners Regular Price $135; Annual Passholder Price $110
  • Brewmaster Dinner Regular Price $110; Annual Passholder Price $90
  • Finale celebration “Taste Food-Wine-Life” Regular Price $135; Annual Passholder Price $110.

More information about Disneyland Resort's 2010 Food and Wine Festival HERE
For you financial geeks
Disney corporate earning report has been released. Among the interesting details, Disneyland's attendance was up 15% compared to a loss of 1% at Disney World. There is quite a conversation gong on about the financials and what they mean, right here on MiceChat:
http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...-down-1-a.html
Captain EO Testing
For those of you who have been following the Captain EO saga, (the return of which was first announced first by Al Lutz last Summer and then promptly denied by Disney) it now looks like the attraction is getting closer to an opening. Cast members have been invited to test the show later today (they are trying out the use of the audience motion platform according to Al), and cast member training is being conducted later this weekend. Apparently plans are also in place for a photo op and premier with members of the Jackson family and cast of the 3D attraction upon its return.


Still no EO
We'd give you a opening date, but for now let’s just say you'll be moon-walking again with Michael soon enough


EO queue (on Monday)
We'll post, Twitter, and Facebook the news as soon as we have either a firm date or the attraction opens. Follow us to keep current with breaking news!
Happy Un-Birthday DCA

Happy Un-Birthday DCA

Disney's California Adventure turned 9 on Monday and no one really noticed. There was no Disney "Celebration" or buttons, or cake, or even a mention at the park across from the Happiest Place On Earth. While there may not have been an official celebration this year, by this time next year, DCA will be well on its way to become a whole new adventure. Let's just call this year's lack of recognition a down-payment on the festivities soon to come.
Refurbishment, Renewal, and Reconstruction at the Disneyland Resort
The resort is a maze of walls throughout California Adventure and around the Rivers of America at Disneyland. Sadly, the river refurb was cut back and the major retheme and new storyline was cut (for now). But let's take a look at some photos of the progress in the parks and a few areas which have recently reopened.

The corridor of future dreams




Mermaid on top, Paradise Park (World of Color viewing) on the bottom



Paradise Park seems a bit stalled. While there is always a lot of activity,
it seems to be taking forever to complete



It's been gone for a while, but the half of the tugboat play area
nearest the Silly Symphony Swings has been removed




Silly Symphony Swings queue area begins to take shape below while simple
sling swings are added above




The walls may mostly be at DCA, but the bulk of
the closures are at Disneyland


Note the construction in the area behind the band (former stroller rental)



It's always sunnier at Disneyland



The entry to Frontierland is still closed while the bridge is being replaced


Valentines and Presidents Day
For all you love-birds (and guys who may have forgotten), Sunday is Valentines day. Expect the parks to be busy this weekend between couples looking for a nice romantic place to spend Valentines Day and tourists who have an extra day off on Monday for Presidents Day. While Disneyland may not reach capacity, it may seem that way with all the construction walls and ride closures.

Even though Disneyland will be packed, that doesn't mean there aren't some very special things for you to do elsewhere this weekend. Let's take a look at how some of the other local parks and attractions are celebrating the weekend.

TWOGETHER IS BETTER
Now through February 28, bring your friend, spouse, relative, neighbor or date and get in for the fantastically low price of $25 each! That's two tickets for only $50! This is a savings of over $57, just for bringing a friend. And now Juniors (ages 3-11) and Seniors (62+) are just $19.99. This is a limited time price. Tickets are available online or at the Knott's Berry Farm ticket booths. (Minimum two tickets for $25 offer.)
Cost: 2 Tickets for $50
Info: (714) 220-5200 Knott's Mobile
Shark Lagoon Nights
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
The public is invited to get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators at the Aquarium of the Pacific for FREE during Shark Lagoon Nights. Guests will have the opportunity to touch more than 150 sharks and see large sharks such as the sandtiger at the Shark Lagoon exhibit on select Friday evenings from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Shark Lagoon brings guests closer to these predators than they ever imagined. Guests can touch and learn about sharks; shop in Pacific Collections; purchase drinks, coffee, dessert, or a light meal; and enjoy live music during select Shark Lagoon Nights.
Cost: FREE
Info: 562-590-3100 or www.aquariumofpacific.org

And two Valentines Day Events at the aquarium

Sunday, February 14, 2010
Valentine’s Day Late Night
5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Families and sweethearts are invited to enjoy a romantic night at the Aquarium of the Pacific after hours while taking advantage of special savings. During the Valentine’s Day Late Night, admission will be just $11.95 per person after 5 p.m., and the Aquarium will remain open until 9 p.m.Visitors will have the opportunity to journey through the Pacific Ocean to meet over 11,000, including more than 150 sharks they can touch. In addition, the Aquarium's short films will be shown in the Honda Theater throughout the evening.
Cost: $11.95 per person
Info: 562-590-3100 or www.aquariumofpacific.org


Sunday, February 14, 2010
Valentine’s Day Dinner
6:30 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. Seating Available

Experience the ambiance of the Aquarium at night and enjoy a gourmet meal in Cafe Scuba. You are welcome to enjoy the exhibits and galleries as the Aquarium will be open until 9:00 p.m. that night.Two seating times are available: 6:30 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. Please note that we sold out last year, so make your reservations early.
Menu:
First course of sustainable tuna tartar wrapped grilled asparagus with toasted citrus zest and a Meyer lemon reduction;
Second course of mixed greens tossed with a rosemary vinaigrette with dried cranberries, gorgonzola cheese, and candied walnuts;
Third course is a choice of a slowly braised short rib with a roasted vegetable demi-glace served over chèvre au gratin potatoes and creamed spinach OR panko and herb crusted sustainable halibut served on Parmigiano-Reggiano risotto and topped with a roast red pepper pesto cream sauce and served with asparagus drizzled with a balsamic reduction;
Fourth course is a tea cup chocolate espresso crème brûlée served with fresh berries. (if you ever get a chance to dine with Fishbulb, don't even attempt to share the crème brûlée with him, there is a high probability of injury)
Cost: $40 per guest, $30 per Aquarium member / Aquarium admission included
RSVP/Ticket Purchase: 562-590-3100 or www.aquariumofpacific.org

I like anything that involves food, so you might just find me at the Aquarium this Sunday!
RESERVE YOUR VALENTINE DATE WITH SHAMU:
Reservations are being taken now for SeaWorld’s “Valentine’s Evening With Shamu” taking place on Feb. 14. During this special romantic affair, SeaWorld’s award-winning chefs serve a gourmet, four-course meal at candlelit tables just a few feet from the park’s magnificent killer whales. Shamu and friends entertain diners with a mesmerizing performance during this exclusive celebration, which includes the meal, plus beer and wine, a champagne toast and a commemorative photo. Price is $250 per couple, plus tax and includes gratuity. To reserve a table, visit www.seaworldsandiego.comor call (800) 25-SHAMU (press 5).
The San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park are the perfect place for a date. And it doesn't matter if it's a first date with a prospective new love or a return trip with your sweetheart of many years—we have lots of fun ways for you to make it extra special:
Valentine's Meals at the Zoo and Wild Animal Park
We'll be preparing an elegant dinner and a delightful brunch for you and the special someone in your life.
Night Moves at the Wild Animal Park
Join us for the animal courtship-centered Night Moves caravan tour and see how rhinos, giraffes, and other animals handle mate selection. For ages 21 and older.
Ride on the Wild Side: For the Love of Animals at the Wild Animal Park
An electric cart to visit three behind-the-scenes areas. This two-hour tour also includes a trip around our Asian field exhibits and the use of binoculars to help you get the best view possible of our animals.
Roar & Snore Sleepovers at the Wild Animal Park
Love is in the air! Spend a wild night with your loved one learning all the dirty little secrets of animal mating and procreating. Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner, an animal mating tour, and much more. For ages 21 and older.
Kindernights: Pretty & Pink at the Zoo
Meet radiantly pink animals and learn how they show their love for each other. Hear some heartfelt stories and make a heart-healthy edible necklace. For ages 3–6 with a favorite adult.
Adopt a Polar Bear for Valentine's Day
We are offering a special polar bear adoption option for Valentine's Day: regularly $100, this sweet deal is $50 and includes an adoption certificate, fact sheet, polar bear photo, plush, and chocolate.
Valentine's Day Wish List
Show our animals some love this Valentine's season by purchasing special toys and treats! The Valentine's Day theme Wish List will be available starting January 31. Valentines Day Dinners
Universal Studios is having multiple events for couple's and singles alike.

Howl at the Moon - Love Sux Party. Saturday, February 13th. This is THE night to be single! Bring in a mutilated picture of your ex to receive discounted cover (twisted but fun). Best mutilated picture wins $100 cash.
iFly Hollywood - Indoor Skydiving with your special someone. "Fly for 2 Package" gets you 4 flights to split between 2 people and a personalized DVD to commemorate your experience. Package is $89.95. Offer is available for purchase through 2/28/10 (think of it as an adventure date)
Rumba Room - Dance the night away and take some free Salsa Lessons. $10 cover starting at 8 P.M. The first 200 ladies get a carnation.
Information: Can be found at Universal Studios Website: HERE
Pirate's Dinner Adventure and Medieval Times
MiceChat's preferred ticket vendor in Southern California is offering buy 1 get one FREE tickets to these two dinner shows in Buena Park. Only a theme park fan would consider this for Valentine's Day, but many theme parks fans would love it! For the lowest rate on your tickets, click through to Discount Tickets page on MiceChat HERE


Fantasia 2000 Screening With Destino at the El Capitan Theater

Disney's El Capitan theater in Hollywood will be screening the film that Roy Disney put on the map, Fantasia 2000. Plus, before every showing see the short film Destino. There will be a special Filmmaker Panel Discussion on Feb 17 at 7:00pm. Tickets and more information HERE

This is a rare opportunity to see the short Destino on the big screen. We highly recommend your making the trip!

Southern California Attraction Ticket Deals
We are very excited to announce that we are working with Discount Tickets and Tours of the Anaheim GardenWalk to provide MiceAge and MiceChat readers with lowest price tickets and packages to theme parks and attractions throughout the area, including Disneyland 2Fer Tickets and Annual Passes. Featured packages will save you even more on combination tickets to Universal Studios, Sea World and other area attractions!



Vist the MiceChat Discount Tickets page and print our your coupon for lowest rates and FREE parking - HERE
Who Can Complete The Most Rides In A Single Day?

If you haven't seen the news yet, MiceChat has announced its next Gumball Rally to be held at Disneyland on May 1st, 2010. Visit this link to indicate if you would like to be contacted when registration becomes available: MiceChat Gumball Rally 2010. You'll want to sign up as soon as registration becomes available because this event will fill up fast!
It is certainly a fun time to be a theme park fan. World of Color and Captain EO are both just around the corner. The Little Mermaid and Cars Land are not too far behind that. And theme parks and attractions all across the south-land are constantly tempting you to visit with interesting promotions and deals. And we'll be right here to help you make your weekend plans.

There's also a treat for you lovers of Oingo Boingo out there, Dead Man's Party is playing in Santa Ana on Saturday night: Santa Ana Alternative: Dead Man's Party on Saturday 2/13 - OC Register

A huge thank you to Sir Clinksalot, Pratt55, MickeyMaxx, Fishbulb, MasterGracey, and Darkbeer for their help with today's column while David is taking a short break. Stop by their visitor pages to leave them a note of thanks for all their hard work in news gathering and amazing photos!


DUCKS (for David)

Well, that about does it for today's column, but there is still a lot for you to see on MiceChat. For even more Disneyland news, photos and information check out the Dateline Disneyland column which is packed with great stuff. And don't miss MiceChat's Weekend Update, which tours the world of Disney theme parks and other worldly sights and landmarks! If you enjoyed today's update, please share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and beyond! We'll see you in the parks!



-DustySage

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  1. Fishbulb's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by filmfreak11
    Okay, I've grown tired of MC patting itself on the back with the claim that Captain EO was "promptly denied by Disney". Bob Iger's quote was "There aren’t plans to bring back ‘Captain EO’ at this time. We are looking at it. It’s the kind of thing that, if we did it, would get a fair amount of attention and we’d want to make sure we do it right." Many "reporters" keep ignoring the "at this time. We are looking at it" portion of the quote.

    You are right to remember "at this time", I will give you that. But the misinformation therein is that they WERE planning it, or as Iger says, "We are looking at it". They weren't opening the next day, but the plans to bring it back were there. Disney wanted to deny the whole thing was in the works but we knew better.
  2. NeverNeverland's Avatar
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    First, I LOVE the in thr parks logo. So cute

    Second, that domestic pass really is intriguing. I want to know the blackout dates! Grea tidea on the whole though!
  3. Dustysage's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeverNeverland
    First, I LOVE the in thr parks logo. So cute
    You can thank Fishbulb for the fantastic logo and new section headers.

    Quote Originally Posted by NeverNeverland
    Second, that domestic pass really is intriguing. I want to know the blackout dates! Grea tidea on the whole though!
    I don't know enough about the new pass to answer that question for you. However, if the pass is designed with Disney Vacation Club (DVC) owners in mind, then it shouldn't have blackout days.
  4. jcruise86's Avatar
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    While I think Disney should charge through the roof for Disneyland Premium APs, they might want to consider making the combined D.land/WDW APs just a bit more expensive than the price of an AP for one destination. To go parks in both Anaheim and Florida, almost all guests will have to stay at hotels at one of the two locations, and Premium AP pass holders are more likely to stay at the more upscale resorts.
    Updated 02-12-2010 at 03:52 PM by jcruise86
  5. Dustysage's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcruise86
    While I think Disney should charge through the roof for Disneyland Premium APs, they might want to consider making the combined D.land/WDW APs just a bit more expensive than the price of an AP for one destination. To go parks in both Anaheim and Florida, almost all guests will have to stay at hotels at one of the two locations, and Premium AP pass holders are more likely to stay at the more upscale resorts.
    I completely agree. A good price point would be $100 more than a WDW Annual Pass.
  6. DMagic's Avatar
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    Reading more information, about things said by Iger allows all of us to study "motive" and the "ultimate direction he wants to drag the Disney corporation", and unless I am getting the wrong message from "comments said by Iger"... He doesn't sound too different now than a late version of Michael Eisner.

    I personally, was hoping for more. But now that there are no remaining Disney family members in charge, I guess we are going to have to get used to "Big Corporation Mentality"... resulting in less of the theory... "The Happiest Place on Earth" and more of... "How can we squeeze out more money". There's nothing wrong wioth a corporation earning money... just look at all of us and how pleased we have been to open our wallets when it WAS "the happiest place on Earth"?

    Iger actually seems down in the dumps that he has had to 'lower some hotel and food prices" to keep the crowds coming... and I can tell you, a recent trip I personally made there with my wife and some friends, demonstrated that much of the Disney Merchandise had slipped in quality - way below par... this has been so apparent that our local newspaper reported that John Lassiter specifically went over seas to chastise the Disney manufacturers for shoddy workmanship. I believe that the stockholders know that Disney isn't going anywhere, and that it is the former top quality merchandise, plus any "reasonable" meals, and the GREAT service from dedicated CMs (sorely lacking today) that made the park what it was at it's hey-day!

    Bob! If you want to start someplace... lower the selling price of your bottled water, or... raise the size of the bottle. This is one small thing makes Disney look like a money-grubber.

    The "Impressions" the your audience are going home with DOES make a difference over the long haul. And please... Keep in mind what Uncle Walt said... "It's a lot more important to keep people coming back for repeat trips, than it is to generate brand new people."

    Denny Magic
  7. mickhyperion's Avatar
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    Paradise Park seems a bit stalled. While there is always a lot of activity,
    it seems to be taking forever to complete
    I'm glad someone else has noticed this. It hasn't been a popular opinion around here.
  8. Momma Mouseketeer's Avatar
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    Another GREAT Update! Thanks Darkbeer!
  9. Darkbeer's Avatar
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    >>Another GREAT Update! Thanks Darkbeer!<<

    I had a LOT of help this week, and VERY thankful for the help...

    Thank Goodness my Mom was released from the Hospital.... (Still in a Convalescent Home)

    Attended a Friend's Funeral on Friday in LA.

    But things are looking GOOD, my LOVELY, wonderful wife just bought me a new Camera.
  10. LAZ-E's Avatar
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    Thanks for the update!
  11. Timekeeper's Avatar
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    Like the new look, great photos, still the same hush-hush on EO; and with the possablity of an all USA Disney Park Pass? for appx $800? I think that price alone would make think of geting just a DL Premium Pass.


    Timekeeper
  12. saphron37's Avatar
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    Thanks for the update.
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