Hold on tight! Today's MiceChat Round-Up delivers tons of Cars Land information for you this week. We have a break down of Radiator Springs Racers and a walk through of the entire land. We also have a brilliant time lapse video of one year in Disneyland, info on the new Blue Sky Cellar exhibit coming June 8th and lots more.
You'll also find new pictures form Dumbo's interactive queue in Walt Disney World and read about the two month refurb coming to the Magic Kingdom's Country Bears. Overseas, there was an accident on the Raging Spirits ride at Tokyo Disney Seas and there was news about the third largest fountain show opening at Efteling in Holland.
Have you heard about the fantastic Bob Gurr event coming up on June 30th in Anaheim? Don't miss your chance to meet a legend. And you also won't want to miss out on our Cars Land contest to win a stay at Carousel inn and Suites and the Anabella Hotel PLUS 4 park hopper tickets to the Disneyland Resort. The contest ends this week, so sign up today. All this and so much more for you below! ~ CakvalaSC
5/30: The Very First Look at Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Were you one of the 66 invited to preview Cars Land at Disney California Adventure? A very lucky MiceChatter was, and they share their opinion. Read as they detail their tour through Luigi's Flying Tires, the Cozy Cone area and Flo's V8 Cafe. Hear what the imagineers Kevin Rafferty, Sr. and Kathy Mangum had to share with them. We even get to hear about Mater's Junkyard Jamboree!
Bob Gurr Book Signing Luncheon - June 30th
(Pick up a copy of the book and meet the legend himself)
If you live in the Southern California area, you won't want to miss out on the Bob Gurr Book Signing Luncheon at the beautiful Anabella Hotel on June 30th: tickets and books available HERE.
The first 100 books sold for this event will be the red "Collectors" edition (which are pretty much sold out). Since all books will be picked up at the event, no shipping will be charged. That's Disney legend Bob Gurr + New book + Lunch + Plus great stories = Disney Nirvana (or should I say NERDvana).
To preserve an intimate feeling, this event will have very limited availability. Get your copy of the book, meet Bob Gurr and enjoy a delightful lunch at the Anabella Hotel's Tangerine Restaurant on June 30th, 2012 - TICKETS HERE.
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We have some great photos from around the Disneyland Resort, and even a time lapse video that took a year to put together! As DCA prepares entertainment for Buena Vista Street, some concern arises about the Newsies inspired show. Then we take a look at one of Tomorrowland’s best loved attractions! ~ Aladdin
Radiator Springs Racers Review - Warning SPOILERS! Dustysage brings you a play by play of the brand new E-Ticket, Radiator Springs Racers. While we don't have pics we have plenty of spoilers. So if you want to be surprised, don't read. For everyone else, let's burn rubber!
Whats wrong with these pictures? orbitalpunk informs us of some rather disruptive noise and lighting near the castle, while guest were still in the area. Then see if you can figure out the missing item in a couple of photos!
New Blue Sky Cellar Exhibit Opens on June 8th
In addition to all big things happening in DCA this summer, even the Blue Sky Cellar is getting updated displays, but this time, instead of coming from Imagineers, the items are being donated by the residents of Radiator Springs!
Why is Universal Orlando better than Disneyland? WDW1971 has several reasons why Universal Orlando as a Resort tops Disneyland as a resort. But how would you rank them as resorts? Then ask, how would you rank Universal Orlando Resort, Disneyland Resort, and WDW Resort!
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 last day for Snow White, an increase in ticket prices, the Country Bears get some love, and a lot more in this week's Round Up. It's been a busy week in Walt Disney World; come and see what you missed! ~yoyoflamingo
Country Bears getting two month refurb in August
Hot on the heels of Big Thunder, another Frontierland attraction is going down for a lengthy refurbishment. Will the Bears be spruced up or get a not so loving refurb? And is it necessary? Join the discussion.
Walt Disney World Ticket Prices go up 6/3
The beginning of this week saw an increase in ticket prices at Walt Disney World. While not as bad as Disneyland's, certain tickets have definitely seen a major jump. Check out the changes here.
4 parks, 1 day...can it be done?
The thread asks an interesting hypothetical: Can one travel to 4 parks in one day, visiting attractions at each? Share your stories (triumphs or tribulations) and suggestions here.
Snow White's Scary Adventures tribute
Last week marked the end of an era, as an original Magic Kingdom attraction closed with Snow White's (Scary) Adventures. Take a look at this fantastic tribute, with videos and photos, both old and new. Definitely a worthwhile read.
The A/V Room
We have a new Communicore Weekly with topics on: Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, debate on who has the better Dole Whip and the five legged goat ventures to the chamber of commerce!
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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Sandsculpture Festival 2012 featuring 20 years Disneyland Paris Disney is always known for it's creativity. These sand sculptures at Disneyland Paris are not the usual sand castles. Check out what Disney artists can do when they put their imagination to work when it comes to playing with sand! These videos are incredible!
6/5: Al Lutz – Cars Land Guide Al has some spoilers, in a guide that lets you know if Cars Land was really worth the wait.
6/5: Blastaway Beach opens at Wet n’ Wild, Busch Gardens Summer Nights and more It's a deluge of fun this week as Wet N' Wild opens a brand new play area for Kids and adults. The Blast Away Beach is the park's newest addition and we were there for the opening. But that isn't all. We have a variety of activities happening in Central Florida this week that will be big on fun and easy on the budget. And there's one last hoopla in us as Star Wars weekends comes to a close at Disney Hollywood Studios. C'mon gang, let's park hop!
6/4: Chocolate, Parades and Finishing Touches With less than two weeks until the grand reopening of Disney California Adventure, final details are being added throughout the park at a fever pitch as it reaches the end of its major five-year expansion and remodeling efforts. On the Pacific Wharf, the new Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shopsoft-opened, giving an early taste of the delicious ice cream sundaes and chocolates the shop will offer when it officially opens at the end of this week. In Disneyland, the Carnation Cafe's outdoor dining patio continues to take shape behind walls as that restaurant and the Matterhorn Bobsleds near the end of their major refurbishment projects.
6/3: The EPCOT Center 25th Anniversary Gallery and Museum, Part One Since Disney discovered that creating 18-month long celebrations tended to drive in the guests at Walt Disney World, they embarked on a series of celebrations (Year of a Million Dreams, 100 Years of Magic, Remember the Magic, Where Magic Lives, etc.) that seemed to follow each other relentlessly. In 2007, a group of fans decided to create their own celebration for Epcot's 25th Anniversary when it was learned that Disney was not going to officially celebrate it. After seeing the momentum that Celebration 25 was gaining, Disney stepped in with some official activities for October 1, 2007 and an EPCOT Center25th Anniversary Gallery. Visit the EPCOT Center 25th Anniversary Gallery and Museum. It may not be an 18 month celebration, but it's something.
6/2: The Dark Side Of Disney No this isn't a tell all story from Cast Members. This is the review of a brilliant book that takes a different look at enjoining Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. The Dark Side Of Disney is NOT your typical travel guide. In fact, I would dare say it’s not even for the faint of heart. While most guides point you in the right direction for great dining deals, fantastic tips for the Parks, and general Disney knowledge, this one leads you straight off the beaten path & into forbidden territory. Read on, if you dare!
6/1: John Carter, the Blu-ray Experience John Carter was one of the biggest box office black eyes that the Company has seen in a long time. Blame was pointed everywhere, from Marketing to famed animation director Andrew Stanton. But is this a movie you should avoid or one you should embrace now that it is available on Blu-ray? George Taylor sits down and reviews the Blu-ray release of this troubled, infamous film. Was it really as bad as everyone said? See what George says here
6/1: Disney Mountains Rise in Hong Kong; Animation Luminaries Gather in Beverly Hills
Everyone knows about the Disney mountains that are rising in Disney California Adventure, but did you know that Disney mountains are also rising in Hong Kong Disneyland? Alain Littaye of the Disney and more blog  gives us a comprehensive look at the new Grizzly Trail area at Mickey's home in Hong Kong. Scarlett Stahl spent a luxurious evening rubbing shoulders with the royalty of the animation business at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's 18th Marc Davis Celebration of Animation. Such Disney luminaries as Alice Davis, John Lasseter and Richard Sherman were in attendance.
6/1: Fantasyland Getting Lush, Farewell to a Classic, Lots of Epcot news, and MORE!!!
Welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we saw more movement on the New Fantasyland project, Big Thunder Mountain reopening, and lots of little things going on at the Magic Kingdom. We also saw the closing of a classic dark ride. Over at Epcot, there are lots of little things to report on as well. We've got around 100 photos to get to this week, so let's get started!
6/1: New WESTERN Music at Knott’s, DCA Nears Relaunch, Six Flags Readies Doom Drop
Are you all ready for the biggest theme park summer in years? The madness is upon us and the fun has already begun. Manta at SeaWorld and Transformers and Universal have already opened, and the upcoming re-launch of Disney California Adventure and Disneyland's Matterhorn are just a couple of weeks away. And that's not all, Six Flags Magic Mountain's Drop of Doom and SoCal area water parks are all gearing up for a big summer. But there's one item this week which has us dancing a happy tune... for that, we need to take you with us to Knott's Berry Farm...
6/1: C A L I F O R N I A, 11-foot-tall letters welcome you to Yester California Adventure
The letters are the first layer of the California postcard entrance to the park. The second layer is the world’s largest ceramic mural , which forms the mountainous backdrop. Next is the Golden Gate Bridge, connecting the two set of mountains. If you’re standing in the right place, the final layer is the golden sun of Sunshine Plaza
5/30: Is The Disney Dining Plan Worth It? If you read MiceChat, you probably already have a good handle on how the Disney Dining Plan works, but what you might not know is whether or not it’s a good deal for you. Chris Wood goes through the ins and outs of the Disney Dining plan and examines what a vacationer should consider before opting in. On the one hand, you simply will not go hungry, on the other hand everything is planned out. It's good because everything is planned, it's bad because what you don't use, you lose. Read on to get a better insight into this daunting subject. Is the dining plan worth it for you?
5/30: A Story With Bite – Remembering the California Alligator Farm Sam is joined by historian, Richard Harris, this week as they examine the history of the California Alligator Farm. You may not know it, but this slithery story began in Arkansas of all places in 1906. Later on the exhibit was moved to Los Angeles California, before finally settling in Buena Park California, near Knott's Berry Farm. This colorful history is a surprising story of the good and bad fortune of this California icon.
5/29: Laugh With Mike From Monsters Inc Laugh Floor Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor opened in April 2007 as a comedy club, where folks from the human world could go to help power Monstropolis through the power of their laughter. The show is interactive, having some of the monster comics converse with people in the audience, adding a layer of realism to the show. This week, we're lucky to have with us the ironically named Mike (no relation to Wazowski!), who formerly provided some of the live voices for the show.
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