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Disney News Round Up: New Hotel, Controversy, and New Views

MiceChat Round Up “Summer Awakens”  the new promotion at Disney parks is in full effect at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure!“Frozen- Live at the Hyperion”has been playing for over a week to mixed reviews from fans.“Jammin’ on the Backlot,” the summer replacement for the shuttered Mad T party, has launched on the Hollywood Pictures Backlot of Disney California Adventure....

Fab News: UPDATED! NEW DISNEYLAND HOTEL COMING

UPDATED: New Disneyland Luxury Hotel Disneyland has filed a proposal to build a new 700-room 4-diamond luxury hotel on its property adjoining Downtown Disney:   Mark Eades, you are THE BEST. Thank you! Also, I think they should call the rooftop restaurant The Florida Grill, just to make me laugh. Previously on Fab News... Today's Fab News is a little bit hairy. Or...

Star Wars expansion construction continues as summer heats up at Disneyland

Summer has arrived as temperatures rise and crowds hit Disneyland. Behind the scenes, heavy work continues on prepping the site for the upcoming 14-acre Star Wars expansion and rerouting the Rivers of America to accommodate that expansion's massive footprint. We get you up to speed today on the latest construction changes and more. This week also kicks off...

Mousetalgia Podcast 398: Disney Archivist Dave Smith, Disneyland Park Pack

Team Mousetalgia talks to Disney Legend Dave Smith, the founder of the Disney Archives, about his new book, "Disney Facts Revealed." We talk about Dave's career of answering Disney fans' questions about the studio, and he discusses the easiest and hardest questions he has answered about Disney; his background as the original archivist for the Disney Studio, and stories...

The Sweep Spot 184 Walt Disney World Trip Report

In this episode we have the latest in the Disneyland Resort Current Events, an interview with Ted from Disneyana to discuss the upcoming Disneyana Convention in July, and Ken returns back from Walt Disney World to tell us all about his trip. For show notes and our book Cleaning the Kingdom go to www.thesweepspot.com

When You Wish – The Musical Story of Walt Disney

We'd like to thank Luis Terrazas for sending us this review of "When you Wish - The Story of Walt Disney." The show was workshoped at UCLA in 2013 and has finally opened to the public in Arizona. Let's hear from Luis and see if this is a show we should all look forward to seeing for ourselves. ....

An Enhanced Disney Wonder Is On the Way from Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line's Disney Wonder will receive a number of favorite and exclusive features this fall just as the Disney Magic did in 2013, and highlights include Spider-Man and Princess Tiana this time around. Marvel Super Hero Academy First up are new additions to the Disney’s Oceaneer Club (ages 3-12) kids facilities with Marvel Super Hero Academy. Like the similar space on the reimagined...

Opinion: The Color-Blind Casting of Disney’s Frozen Live

EDITORS NOTE: We have a very interesting opinion piece today about the color-blind casting of Disney's new Frozen Live at the Hyperion. RJ looks at the noble quest by Disney to increase diversity in casting and how that impacts character integrity. This is sure to be a controversial topic and we hope you will add your own voice to...

Yesterland: Pizza Oom Mow Mow

“At this wacky, beachcomber restaurant next to Reboundo Beach, they serve up great pizza—like the Big Kahuna Hawaiian, Awesome Pepperoni and Wipe Out Cheese—pasta, salad, beverages, and more…and good vibrations at no extra charge. Dude, it’s the ultimate!” That’s what the official website says about this surfer-themed eatery. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Pizza Oom Mow Mow   When you are done...

Fab News: Alive with Magic – Updated!

Magic dear readers, I offer you magic . . . and the melted helmet of Darth Vader . . . and the return of Mary Poppins, and . . . well . . . lots of Disney goodness. I promise! Updated! Disney Interactive just let me know about a new Finding Dory game they're releasing TODAY! Scroll to the very...

Aulani: A Honeymoon ‘He Said, She Said’ Review

There’s paradise, and then there’s Disney paradise. In my opinion, both the Disney Cruise Line and Aulani offer the same unparalleled level of tranquility and relaxation, with a touch of magic, of course. When it came down to my fiancee and I deciding on our honeymoon it was surely going to come down to one of the two. As...

Dateline Disney World – Old Soarin’ Returns as Flower and Garden Wraps Up at Epcot

We're headed to Epcot this week to check out the last of the Flower and Garden Festival and to say farewell to the old version of Soarin'. Along the way we'll check out the new Frozen additions to Norway and a few other projects. Let's go!   Elsewhere in Disney World Animal Kingdom unveiled  a wonderful new Restaurant experience last Friday,...

Disney News Round Up: Frozen Woes and Jammed into the Backlot

MiceChat Round Up While some of the Memorial Day weekend crowds have left the Disneyland resort, both locals and visitors from out of town will find the parks very busy still.Though summer hasn't officially started, with multiple Grad nights and park visitors eagerly trying to see Frozen Live, the new stage show at Disney California Adventure, crowded and packed theme...

Fab News: Holograms, Holidays, Art Days and Par-tays

Hello MiceChatters and Fabanistas! How are you? I'm doing very well! I've been recording! If you have a "Dear Fabby," speak now or hold your peace until...um...month after next or so! STAR WARS: The Force Awakens Soundtrack to be Released on Vinyl LPs with 3D Holograms Pre-Order Available Now Walt Disney Records is set to release a new hologram vinyl version of...

“Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” opens the door to new magic at Disney California Adventure

Disney California Adventure kicked off summer this Memorial Day weekend with the debut of its big new Frozen — Live at the Hyperion musical stage show. With limited showtimes and high demand, the show is selling out quick every day as guests flock to see how the much-hyped replacement for the theatre's long-running Aladdin musical measures up. ...

Mousetalgia Podcast 397: The Art of Pinocchio, Walt Disney on WWII

Mousetalgia reports on "Wish Upon a Star: The Art of Pinocchio," the latest special exhibition at the Walt Disney Family Museum. First, Jeff reports on a talk by animation historian John Canemaker in a presentation focusing on an analysis of two of Pinocchio's lead animators: Bill Tytla and Milt Kahl. Then, we have a review of the exhibition, and...

Disneyland Star Wars News: Birthday, Celebration and Summer

This week’s Disneyland Star Wars update brings some celebrations, a peek at some new characters, a visit to the Season of the Force and a look at what’s happening in Star Wars Land. Let’s make the jump! A New Hope is 39 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, that some refer to as the original Star Wars, had it’s 39th...

The Disney Cruise Line Will Reprise Popular Home Ports in 2017

In fall 2017, The Disney Cruise Line will once again set sail from a number of popular and convenient U.S. home ports. New York, San Diego, California and Galveston will all be reprised, and reservations are open now. New York, New York  The Disney Magic will embark from New York heading to the Bahamas as well as Canada. For instance, on...

The Joker Siezes Discovery Kingdom This Weekend

 "You don't stop playing because you get old. You get old because you stop playing"     (Michael Pritchard) After two days of passholder previews, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will open the Joker to the public Sunday May 29. The highly anticipated hybrid conversion of the former Roar is complete, and I literally bounded out of bed for the media...

You’ve Got To Be Kidding: Overheard at the Gumball Rally

You've Got To Be Kidding is parody. settle in and enjoy yourself. The results are in and the 10th Anniversary Gumball Rally is becoming another fond memory. However, before it all fades away, let's revisit the excitement with a list of the top comments overheard while participating in this year's event. Restroom breaks??!!!  We don’t need no steenking restroom breaks!!! We’ve got...