Will there be a special event for the opening of Cars Land? Is Tomorrowland finally going to get the refurbishment it deserves? Where is your favorite place to relax at Disneyland? All of this and more are featured in today's MiceChat Round-Up, your one stop for Disney (as well as others) theme park news and information. Do you plan to visit Universal Studios this Summer? We have advice for you. Plan to visit the Walt Disney Family Museum? Brad Bird will be there in May. Not to mention the Gumball Rally is coming as well as an amazing MiceChat Fall 2012 cruise in September. There's a whole lot of fun for us to share today.~ CakvalaSC
What's a Gumball Rally? Well, it's the biggest, best and the most exciting Disney fan event in the known universe that anyone can play and win. The Rally is a race to find out who can ride the most attractions at Disneyland in a single day. Sounds great, right? Well, it is even more fun than you can imagine.
Yes, it is harder than it sounds. Yes, it will challenge you physically. But, it's one event that folks of any age can compete in and have a great time in the process. Whether you win or lose, you are always a winner when the race takes place on your favorite rides at your favorite place on earth.
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4/11: The Intolerance elephants and the Taste Pilots Grill plane were removed yesterday. The elephants were long planned for removal, but the plane rehab was a late request from John Lasseter who gave Bob Iger a list of things to approve during Iger's latest Anaheim visit last month. Not wanting to let Lasseter have all the glory, Iger demanded that the big oak tree in front of the Practical Cafe be moved over 15 feet, at considerable expense. Lasseter returns this Friday to check on his list of fixes for DCA, and the revolving Condor Flats marquee is now in his gunsights to be rethemed. After spending 1.2 Billion to fix DCA, these last 60 days of construction will be a whirlwind of extra free money from the Burbank brass. Anaheim hasn't had it this good since Walt was here! - Al
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We have a great trip report this week, and even a trip report from Goofy! We have an interesting questioned posed to anyone who visited Disneyland in the 1970’s. And then we learn of a particularly famous snack that has Disneyland as it’s birthplace! ~ Aladdin
3/29 - 4/2 TRIP REPORT w/pics and A Big Thanks!! mattthemickeyman and his girlfriend bring us this entertaining trip report, and celebrate his birthday on their recent 4 day trip to Disneyland! Be sure to read the comments he overheard other guests making! (Anyone want to visit Yogi Bear?)
Favorite Place to Relax in the Park? KellyKallahan asks where your favorite relaxing spot in Disneyland is. Caution, you might not want to say it too loudly, or it might just make it on to the Endangered Disneyland Places list!
'We Must Operate the Attractions Until They Fail' DoctorQ9 asks about one of the infamous quotes of Paul Pressler, which signified a low point in the history of Disneyland, and the Eisner era, which lead to the Save Disney campaign headed by Roy Disney, and resulted in the demise of Eisner.
Welcome back, everyone! Volcanoes and Imagination are the themes of the week, and do you think a 24-hour event for the Cars Land premiere is a good idea? How about a Tomorrowland refurb? Remember to keep posting those ideas and whisperings… you never know if they’ll make it to the weekly Round-Up or not! -Demigod-
Join The MiceChat Vancouver To Los Angeles Cruise This September! Our Disney Dream cruise last year was such a hit that we've booked another remarkable voyage at low group rates. Join us September 10th through 16th as we voyage from Vancouver to Los Angeles with a two night stop in San Francisco. We'll even visit the wonderful Walt Disney Family Museum along the way. Don't miss out on this affordable, relaxing, and fun MiceChat adventure!
The A/V Room
Communicore Weekly on Horizons, Kingdom Keepers 5 Shell Game, Main Street Bathrooms, Storybook Trunks:
Speaking of Orlando we also have the latest WDW Photo Update from Kevin Yee.
Did you catch the last The Season Pass featuring MiceChat's Dustysage? It's worth a listen. For those who listen all the way to the end you might just hear about an upcoming MiceChat project. This link takes you directly to the iTunes store where you can download a FREE copy of the podcast. LINK TO THE SEASON PASS PODCAST
LIVE BROADCAST AT RALPH BRENNAN'S JAZZ KITCHEN
As the official venue of choice for MAGIC 24.7, Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney Anaheim will be hosting a live broadcast from the Ralph Brennan Radio Booth in the Jazz Kitchen on August 11, 2012 (exact time of broadcast TBA).
We'll be doing a live cooking demo, featuring our station's own signature drink (Twisted Magic), doing live contests and bringing on special Disney Park guests. We hope you can join us! For the full itinerary, check out our special event website: magic247live.com!
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The Time Rovers are going live again this Thursday at 6pm Pacific for one hour! Here's what we're discussing: If Disney gave you a free pass to do ANYTHING to any of it's parks...what would it be? Call us LIVE on Skype (username Magic24.7) or on our MAGICLINE at (424) 270-1955 and get in the discussion!
Remember to bookmark our site (magic247radio.com) and listen between 6am-4pm Pacific Monday to Friday for your official MiceChat.com Newscasts featuring YOUR posts and more Disney Park news! We also have welcomed former Weather Channel meteorologist Jeff Mielcarz to the station, who will provide you with Disneyland & WDW weather Monday to Friday!
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Universal Studios is hot topic this week, and we have a brief trip report from the Renaissance Faire. ~ Trekkie Dad
Universal Studios Hollywood and rain
Many of us know what Disneyland is like in the rain, but bbrooke wants to know what happens when it rains at Universal Studios Hollywood. Find out what's happened in the past.
Has arrived at Anaheim, will you be going? Crownguy has posted the information and some have commented on the pricing.
Brad Bird at Walt Disney Family Museum 5/19
The director of The Incredibles and Ratatouille (and the latest Mission Impossible sequel), Brad Bird will discuss how Walt adapted well-known as well as previously-filmed stories and created what are widely regarded as 'definitive' versions. All at The Walt Disney Family Museum. Check out this thread for more information.
Other bands Disney could look into for an animated feature
After too many late nights of watching Lilo and Stitch, Rocker has an interesting idea. Disney used Elvis Presley's music in that animation so why not look into other big and popular bands for future movies. Some ideas include using The Beatles, The Who, The Beach Boys, or the Foo Fighters. So what are your thoughts?
Gumball Rally Single Player Matchup!
The Gumball Rally is just around the corner on May 19th. The Gumball Rally requires teams of 2-4 players, so what do you do if you are a single person wanting to play? Check out this thread of course and meet up with other single players to form a team!
4/10: Kevin Yee – Magic, Tragic and Read. Kevin provides more in depth information on the Sorcerer’s game, Avengers now on the rail and new Orlando guide!
4/9: Test Track Back, Fantasyland Update, Universal Lagoon Show Video, SeaWorld Trek
Is the Test Track retheme back on again? Whats the story in Fantasyland? Is Turtle Trek set for arrival? We have the scoop for you here in this week's Orlando Parkhopper. But that's certainly not all. We still have plenty to discuss from the Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando too! Plus, info on an epic MiceChat event and a new Kevin Yee Video!
4/9: Red Car wires & Matterhorn makeovers Spring break crowds will begin to wind down this week as Disney enters the final stretch before its big 2012 summer season that will mark the grand re-opening of Disney California Adventure park. California Adventure's big 2012 re-launch will include the debut of the new Buena Vista Street entrance plaza as well as the grand opening of the massive new 12-acre Cars Land area. This summer will also launch new, expanded and refreshed offerings throughout Disneyland and Downtown Disney, making this summer one of the busiest summers in Disneyland history. There's still plenty of work to be done, however, and Imagineers are hard at work testing new attractions in Cars Land and installing new Red Car Trolley wires throughout Buena Vista Street. Meanwhile, in Disneyland, the Matterhorn's fantastic new paint job is nearing completion as work inside the mountain continues. We've got all the latest news and photos for you today in Dateline Disneyland!
4/8: The Continuing Saga of the Bob-A-Round and Bob-A-Long Boats When Bob Gurr was assigned to revise the design of the Bob-A-Round Boats that were pulled from service in1973, he thought it might be a simple redesign. But as many an imagineer finds out, their creations can sometimes behave in ways never anticipated. Gurr tells the story of how he was assigned the project. There was a full redesign, hence the dropping of the word "Round" in the new incarnation. The new watercraft was a lovely vessel that could even accommodate a aquatic picnic. But despite all of the new bells and whistles, it never made it past the testing phase. Read the story directly from Gurr here.
4/7: Muppet Vision 3-D: They’re Tourists. What do They Know? The Muppet-Vision 3D attraction had a long and winding road to completion. In-fact, with the passing of Jim Henson, the film almost didn't happen. Learn how this visitor favorite finally made its way to the Disney/MGM Studios in 1991 and what it took to get there. We also learn about who stepped in to direct the re-shot scenes that helped fill in the gaps to create the memorable moments.
4/6: Avengers Monorail, Harry Potter in London, Dreamworks Experience, Route 66
Let's take a trip around the globe in this Weekend Update! Denise Preskitt caught some photos of the Avengers Monorail as it travelled around the Magic Kingdom and through the Contemporary Resort plus shots of the Easter Egg Exhibit at the Grand Floridian. This week we also have part two of our coverage of The Making of Harry Potter exhibit at Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London thanks to Alex Korting (via Alain Littaye). Rya86n has been sharing his abundant photos of his American Theme Park Honeymoon Extravaganza® over the past few weeks, but he takes a week off from that report to bring us photos from the Dreamworks Experience at Dreamworld Australia.
4/6: Disneyland’s Matterhorn, DCA Buena Vista and Cars, SeaWorld Manta and Bubblefest
It's no surprise that Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are busy places during Spring Break, but today's update also finds Knott's Berry Farm, SeaWorld and the Discovery Science Center all packed with crowds as well. We'll start off with coverage of the many projects at the Disneyland resort. Then we'll show you what's new at Knott's Berry Farm and let you know what the opening dates are for SeaWorld's fancy new family coaster, Manta. Finally, we'll pop into Bubblefest at the Discovery Science Center. You'll want to read all the way through, because we are giving away tickets for this popular bubble show in today's update.
4/5: Sue Kruse – Pressing Matters Sue finds cool things and fun events you may have missed
4/5: Saving Walt Disney’s Laugh-O-gram Studio Building It was 1922 when 20-year-old artist and entrepreneur Walt Disney incorporated his own cartoon studio, Laugh-O-gram Films, and left his job at the Kansas City Film Ad Company. Using money from investors, Walt rented an office suite on the second floor of the then-new building at 1127 E. 31st Street in Kansas City. Walt and his young crew made inventive cartoons, including several fairy tales such asCinderella and his first Alice comedy. Today an organization is attempting to restore that same building to its original glory and preserve the location of the beginning of Walt's career in show business.
4/4: Education in Magic at the Magic Kingdom Sam offers a very unique tour of the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World this week. Many simply breeze past the carefully planned entry, up Main Street, though the hub and off to their favorite attraction. But Sam explains to us why things are the way they are. Why is there a lake in front of the Magic Kingdom? Why do we go through a tunnel to enter the park? Why do we walk up Main Street? All is revealed. Then we study the architecture on display in Liberty Square and beyond. Join us for the first of a two part article series.
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