What's better, Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach? Happy Birthday Disney Hollywood Studios, you're 23 years old! New Merida dresses and dolls can be seen from Pixar's Brave. All of this and much more are part of today's MiceChat's Round-Up of Disney and theme park news and discussions. We also wish Tokyo Disney Resort a happy 30th, we get a preview of Turtle Trek 4-D from SeaWorld Orlando and hear of testing of Canada's Wonderland's Leviathan. So much to read, so little time! Not to mention that there's still a little time left to register for the MiceChat Gumball Rally ~ CakvalaSC
Re-imagined Test Track Concept Art
It's a known fact Test Track has recently closed for a 'reimagining.' Recently, Disney released a few key pieces of concept art for the new design. Does the 'Tron-ish' look get you excited or leave you yawning?
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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The Penny Arcade is scheduled to reopen today, BUT has this part of Main Street USA decreased in size again? We also get some great views from inside Radiator Springs of the huge mountain range that Disney doesn’t know what to call. Then we get a sneak preview of some upcoming merchandise for Pixar's “Brave” ~ Aladdin
Would You Like to Work the 2012 Gumball Rally?
Not competing in this years Gumball Rally? MiceChat wants YOU to be part of the staff! We are currently recruiting spotters, photographers and early morning registration crew to help us run the most popular Disneyland fan event. If interested read the above linked discussion on MiceChat
Inside Cars Land Quentin lets us know about some photos taken from inside Radiator Springs! Anticipation is building for when guests will be able to get a closer view of the largest mountain range that Disney has built, but will not be able to call the Cadillac Range.
Candy Palace, Gibson Girl, Penny Arcade re-open May 2
Today marks the opening of the refurbished Penny Arcade, Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, and Candy Palace in the Northwest portion of Main Street USA. However there is concern that the Penny Arcade has been downsized even further. Check back here for the latest news on this portion of the makeover of Main Street USA.
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 acclaimed Walt Disney Family Museum along the way. Don't miss out on this affordable, relaxing, and fun MiceChat adventure!
The A/V Room
We have a new Communicore Weekly video today that looks at Country Bear Jamboree, Sunrise To Sunset, Animal Kingdom and a Big Hidden Mickey...
Double your video pleasure and fun today, as Sarah returns with an all new MiceChatter Video this week...
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!
YOUR DISNEY TOP FIVE
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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A Disney park celebrates a birthday, we explore the merits of the Disney World water parks, we get a sneak peek of Test Track's reimagining, and some questions for a first-timer round out this week's round up. Come see what the discussions are about this week! ~yoyoflamingo
Happy Birthday DHS
May 1st was Disney's Hollywood Studios 23rd birthday. The park has experienced some growing pains along the way; does it need a facelift or is it perfect the way it is?
TDR is getting ready to turn thirty and we are all invited to participate in the fun! A press release has been posting letting us know what we can expect from April 15, 2013, leading up to Tokyo's birthday celebration!
While last week's threads about Transformers 3-D are still active, we have other new topics worth looking into. ~ Trekkie Dad
5/1: World View - Kevin gathers together a few of the many things going on at Walt Disney World.
5/1: Turtle Trek 4-D Opens at SeaWorld Orlando, Universal’s Minions, Fantasyland
Turtles, turtles everywhere! This week, Orlando Parkhopper was in attendance at the grand opening of SeaWorld Orlando's brand new Turtle Trek 4-D. We have a full review of this amazing new attraction along with interviews from the attraction creators. Next up, we check in on Universal Studios Orlando as they continue to put the finishing touches on Despicable Me: Minion Madness. We find Disney World still working on their Fantasyland expansion. Finally, we get wonderful news from Busch Gardens Tampa about a set of rare lemur twins. It's two much fun in today's Orlando Parkhopper
4/30: Pizza Planet Crew Reach PIXAR Destination Follow your dreams. That's what we've learned from a group of young folks we met at the D23 Expo last year. They spoke to us at the MiceChat booth and told us all about their plan to build a Pizza Planet truck from Toy Story and drive it up to Pixar. They hoped to record everything that happened along the way, including the moment of truth. Once they reached the gates of Pixar, what would happen next? Would they be welcomed in? Would they be rejected? And if so, how? Our questions have been answered. Read this heartwarming blog post from our friends on the Pizza Planet crew, you'll be glad you did.
4/30:Carnations, Bobsleds and Starbucks Disney fans gathered to mark the end of an era this weekend as the final swing dancing performances took place at the iconic Carnation Plaza Gardens at the edge of Disneyland's Central Plaza. The performance space closed to make way for the controversial new Fantasy Faire princess meet-and-greet area. Dateline Disneyland is here this week with another huge update! Check out what's new at Disneyland in today's column.
4/29: Safari to South Africa with Disney Have you ever wanted to go on African safari? Curious about Disney's expertly planned adventures? Well, you're in luck, MiceChat travel agent, Teresa Cory has just returned from an Adventures by Disney Safari to South Africa and is here to share the details and photos with us. Penguins, lions, giraffes and history plus a day to day guided tour of one of the most interesting and beautiful places you'll ever see.
4/27: New Universal Studios Orlando Show; Star Wars Land Rumor; Plantation Tour The Weekend update is your weekend trip around the globe, brought right to you. This week Denise Preskit takes us to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom where the Casey Jr. Train of Storybookland Circus gets a few more animals. We next get some amazing news from Disneyland Paris. They plan on building a Mos Elsley cantina, and we have pics of a model for the project. Finally, we take a trip into the deep south for a trip to an old, southern plantation. Where else could you see so much in a single spot. Nowhere else but in weekend update.
4/27: News from Disneyland, DCA, Knott’s, Magic Mountain, and SeaWorld There is a ton of news and information from the Southern California Parks this week. Disney California Adventure's Cars Land is nearly ready to go and the Matterhorn should begin vehicle testing soon in Disneyland. We also have news that Magic Mountain's Drop of Doom is progressing nicely and SeaWorld's Manta coaster has begun testing as well. And don't forget Knott's, with their epic turnaround of a lovely park. All this plus your last chance to get tickets to the MiceChat Gumball Rally.
4/27: The Spectacular Evolution of the Tomorrowland Station Werner Weiss rolls into Yesterland with the evolution of the Tomorrowland Station From E-Ticket attraction to leisurely transportation system of today the station went through many changes. You could get off of the train at any time during your journey around the park. But if you wanted to get your money's worth, you would at least make a full circle around the Magic Kingdom. This article is full of wonderful pictures and commentary.
4/26:Pressing Matters - From teddy bears to superheroes with a little something nice thrown in for good measure, Sue Kruse has quite an assortment of items to mull over.
4/26: Samland Goes West to Knott’s Berry Farm Sam hops in the saddle and heads West to Knott's Berry Farm, home of ghosts, fried chicken and high in the sky rides. This little park down the road from Disneyland is improving by leaps and bounds. And with big new rides opening at Disneyland Resort and Universal this summer, Knott's might just be your oasis away from the crazy summer crowds. Let's take a ride in the stage coach SAMLAND for a look at the park the other Walt built.
4/25: Constance haunts the Mansion Grimm Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize in the latest From the Mouth of the Mouse. We talk to Constance who has been working the Mansion for years and loves her job. Learn what it's like to be part of the classic Haunted Mansion attraction at Walt Disney World.
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