Past, present and future all come together in the MiceChat Round-Up, the place to get the latest Disney theme park news and discussions. This week we have a retro trip report to EPCOT 1986, stunning photography from the Disneyland Resort, and more reviews and reports on Star Tours and the Little Mermaid. And we can't forget a great report from Islands of Adventure in Orlando, and a sumation of goings on at MiceAge. Great stuff! - Fishbulb
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Q. I can't seem to get an answer from Disneyland about the grand opening ceremonies for Star Tours and Mermaid. - Floundering
A. As we mentioned in the 5/10 update, the song-and-dance grand opening ceremony for Mermaid is this Thur at 3:30pm, but only invited media are allowed on the ride until the next morning. Fri morning the Star Tours grand opening is at 9:30am in Tomorrowland, with both Star Tours and Mermaid then officially open to the public at 10am. Parking for fans early on Friday morning will be available after 2am in the Pumbaa lot, with an entry queue forming in the Esplanade only after Grad Nite finishes up around 7am. - Al
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The entire Disneyland Resort was in full swing this week, getting ready for the summer crowds! Disneyland was busy with the new Soundsational Parade premiering and Star Tours getting ready for its official opening. In DCA, the new Little Mermaid attraction greeted its first guests in soft openings, to prepare for the official opening later this week! The Disneyland Hotel also opened a new restaurant and bar! And MiceChatters have lots of trip reports and videos showcasing all the new additions! ~ Aladdin
Disneyland 2011 Spring Photos By Tom Bricker
WDWFigment shares some truly spectacular Disneyland Resort photos with us!
Coast-to-Coast Disney 2011 Trip Report: The Zany Adventures of The Brickers
WDW Figment also brings their expanded trip report here!
May 2011 Photo Report
Regions Beyond has another trip report, with a wide variety of phenomenal photos throughout Disneyland!
Trip Report from the Week of May 15th
Asylim and family travel from Canada to the Disneyland Resort, and also visit several other surrounding sites! Their full report is here!
The Little Mermaid Undersea Adventure - FULL Video RIDE Through in HD!!
Last week Asianbma brought us video of the new Star Tours attraction, and this week he brings a video of Ariel new attraction, which officially opens later this week!
Full HD Video of Mickey's Soundsational Parade - Enjoy!
Asianbma also brings us a video of the brand new Soundsational Parade, which premiered at Disneyland, this past week!
SOUNDSATIONAL Parade - Pics and a review
Disneyland's brand new parade Soundsational premiered this past week! Fishbulb has some wonderful colorful photos of this long anticipated parade!
JerrodDRagon's 5/28/11 Trip Report, with Mermaid Review!
JerrodDRagon has a photo video trip report for us, as well as a video of Ariel's new attraction and the recently re-opened and refurbished Splash Mountain!
Tangaroa Terrace, Trader Sam's and new pool at the Disneyland Hotel
lighttragic takes us on a tour of the newly opened Trader Sam's and Tangaroa Terrace at the Disneyland Hotel! Then tell us what you think of this part of the hotel makeover!
Date This Photograph
oldhotelguy brings us another photo quiz. Take a look at this photo of Disneyland, and tell us when you think it was taken!
Hopefully everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend and is gearing up towards the summer. Walt Disney World certainly is gearing towards it summer crowds. Let's see what else is new this week. ~yoyoflamingo
Star Wars Weekends 2011 Trip Report (+USO/IOA)
With so much emphasis lately on the new Star Tours, it's easy to forget this is also Star Wars Weekends in Disney's Hollywood Studios as well. Take a look at this trip report to see who was out and about, with a few other parks thrown in too!
Deer and alligators: Have you seen any wildlife in the resort?
We all know Walt Disney World resort is a huge expanse of land. However, when we stay there we are sharing the land with many other critters we normally don't see. What creatures have you seen while visiting WDW?
Pudong gears up construction for Disneyland
FloridaChris provides some interesting information on the new developments revolving around the construction of Disneyland in Pudong!
New rides at Sea World and Universal Studios Orlando are featured this week, with the great news that 'The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman' ride's 3D video footage - HKDLFAN
New Sea World Ride: Riptide Rescue
White Bones posts a video showing Sea World's new ride 'RipTide Rescue' in testing.
Universal Orlando to open Despicable Me attraction and REanimate
KingEric shares exciting news concerning Universal
Studios Orlando adding a ride based on 'Despicable Me' and reanimating
existing footage of the Spiderman ride.
My First Cruise! Disney Dream May 22-26
For his first cruise, expedition_evan took a voyage on the Disney Dream. Now come along for the ride as he takes us on a great photo journey and experience the fun and excitement with this great trip report.
Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives details for 2011 Expo released
D23 has released information about the Disney Archives exhibit at this summer's big D23 Expo. Dustysage explains that from the sound of the news they have doubled the size of the exhibit. To read the entire release and share your thoughts about this event come and check it out...
Comcast’s NBCUniversal Plans to Acquire Full Control of Orlando Theme Parks
Comcast-controlled NBCUniversal is planning to acquire private equity firm Blackstone Group’s 50 percent stake in two Orlando theme parks, a source said Tuesday.The company has until June 12 to make a decision as it has the right of first refusal. If it decided not to buy in the other 50 percent stake, Blackstone can approach other parties.The source confirmed a report that said that cable giant Comcast’s board has not yet formally approved a deal, but is expected to do so and pay $1 billion-$1.5 billion.
Hasbro's Masterpiece Rodimus Prime Officially Announced.
Rodimus Prime is announced. With all these great features who wouldn't want it?
Tired of reading about Star Tours and The Little Mermaid? Let's see what distractions the lounges offer!
Blackbeard's anchor recovered off N.C. Coast
Related to Pirates of the Caribbean, Blackbeard's anchor was recently recovered from what was believed to be the Queen Anne's Revenge. Wonder what else is buried down there?
Jetpack soars a mile high
The future is being made today, not in Muppet Labs, but in New Zealand with the test of a new jet pack. How cool is this?
5/30: Al Lutz: How Sweet it is
Tortillas are out and Chocolate is in. According to Al there is a far sweeter future for Disney California Adventure. Read all about it in this mini update.
5/31: Werner Weiss: Island Mouse
August 29th and the opening of the Aulani resort on Oahu comes ever closer. REad the lates update from Werner Weiss here.
5/30: Dateline Disneyland: Little Mermaid, Soundsational, Trader Sam
Disneyland Resort gets closer to the June 3rd launch of its big Soundsational Summer promotion. The ad campaign neatly packages all of the new offerings the Resort is launching this summer. Outside the parks, the excellent new tiki-themed dining complex opened at the Disneyland Hotel along with the unveiling of the hotel's new Monorail water slides as well as the completion of the Frontier Tower's re-designed lobby.
5/29: Orlando Parkhopper : Cheetah Hunt Pics; Car Masters Car Show; Pixar Weekend: Part 2 and Screamin Gator!
My goodness there was a lot to see this week. We start with the Canada Pavilion, Dining In a Minute: Aloha Isle, Car Masters Car Show at Downtown Disney and Pixar Weekend: Part 2. Then we go to Gatorland's Screamin Gator - Arriving Summer 2011. Eat to the Beat Concert Series Line Up, Star Wars: Inside the Saga and DHS New Meet and Greet Locations/Construction.
5/27: Weekend Update: Palm Springs at Night; Safari Park; Oatman, Az
Our Weekend Update reports are close to home this week. The first set of photos was taken in Palm Springs during a mini-vacation that MickeyMaxx and I went on a few weeks ago. We also visited the *sigh* Safari Park in Escondido with a group of MiceChatters last weekend. MaryAnninWndrland contributed the majority of the great animal shots. Matt Hammand contributed the *sigh*. Finally, Techskip and Tink wrangled the kids out on a camping trip recently. Their first stop was Oatman, Az - a little town that has a very unique claim to fame.
5/26: In The Parks: Disneyland's Soundsational Summer, Little Mermaid Video, Getting Tiki and More
The sound of music and fun is streaming from Disneyland this week with the premiere of the fantastic new parade, Soundsational. But if that wasn't enough, Star Tours is doing regular soft openings and the Little Mermaid will hold a mix of passholder and soft openings in the coming week. AND, they opened a new counter service restaurant and tiki themed bar at the Disneyland Hotel and a new perfume store opens this weekend in New Orleans Square. Beyond Disney, Windseeker has gone vertical at Knott's Berry Farm and The Road Runner Express coaster will be opening this weekend at Magic Mountain (to be followed in June by the highly anticipated Green Lantern coaster June). We have a lot to show you today, some of which might contain spoilers, so please tread carefully.