Round'em UP! MiceChat's weekly Round-Up of Disney news and theme park discussions is here to highlight the best material on the boards. Goofy's Sky School has begun daily flights in DCA, and a special 4th of July edition of World of Color debuts this weekend. We get news that WDW's Fantasmic will go back to nightly performances for the summer and a rumor is flying around that the "Disney Parks" marketing plan may be headed out. Such great discussions! Let's get to it. - CakValaSC
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Sunday in the Park with Mark - A Magic Kingdom Photo-Heavy Trip Report
Join newly Floridian ABOMIBOT as he travels from his home in Celebration to the Magic Kingdom for a few hours, then back. Some wonderful, gorgeous pictures here! Man, I wish it was that easy!
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Q. I have a question for you, Cars 2 had a great opening weekend, but after having seen it my thoughts are that it won't have a long shelf life. Will that affect anything in California Adventure with Cars Land? – Rambler
A. It shouldn't. I'm guessing the new film is a mess because of the toy line; they couldn't make the depth of changes needed without orphaning already produced inventory. Cars Land on the other hand pretty much only references the first film, not only in its opening plans, but its future list of possible additions.
Speaking of such, one thing I would like to see is a shop devoted exclusively to die cast toys from the films. Either sponsored or run by Mattel it would be the one place collectors could go to complete their sets. – Al
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Special Independence Day entertainment has been announced, Goofy’s Sky School was taking some guests for test flights, prior to its official opening, and the monthly payment plan has been expanded. ~ Aladdin
A Trip Report Fantasmic!
RedHandedJill and her crew take to Disneyland for a 5 fun filled days! Here's her report!
Carsland Construction site water leak
Momma Mousketeer was on the scene when a huge column of water shot from the construction site at Cars Land. Take a look.
Aladdin Seating New Rules
Dannyland brings to our attention some new seating restriction for the Aladdin Show in the Hyperion Theater in DCA.
Blackbeard or Davy Jones
HMF asks which you prefer on the waterfall effect in Pirates of the Caribbean, Black Beard or Davy Jones, or perhaps something else?
Annual Pass Monthly Payments Now Offered To All Of California
Skyway1981 notes that the monthly payment program is now available for folks in Northern California. But what about treating all guests the same, regardless of where they live. Tell us what you think about this.
Goofy's Sky School Now Open
Goofy's Mulholland Madness makeover is compete. Now, instead of traveling in tiny 'cars', you travel in tiny wingless airplanes. Take a look here for photos AND videos!
World of Color 4th of July Pre-Show confirmed and Fireworks!
The Disneyland Resort has announced special Independence Day Fireworks and World of Color show for this coming week! Find out more here!
Howdy, Buckaroos! It’s sum-sum-summertime! This week we discuss the possibility of ending of ‘Disney Parks’ branding scheme, some Disney characters we’d like to see come back and the ever-popular ‘bring back the PeopleMover’ discussion. Please keep posting your rumors and ideas as you never know…they might just make next week’s Round-up! -Demigod-
The end of “Disney Parks?”
MiceChat member HMK hears rumors floating around that with Al Weiss gone as World-Wide Operations Manager for Disney Parks & Resorts, the ‘One Disney’ branding concept could end.
Thriller instead of Captain EO for HalloweenTime?
gameplayer951 wonders if putting in Thriller for Disneyland’s HalloweenTime would be a good idea.
Bring Back the Tobacco Shop!
Flying in the face of breathers everywhere is this idea from jeremys about bringing back the old Tobacco Shop to Main Street.
Characters we want back!
sillyrach would like to see some of the lesser-known Disney characters come back to Disneyland, and offers some examples.
Snow White Castle and the Carthay Circle Theatre
MiceChatter PragmaticIdealist would like to see Sleeping Beauty’s Castle changed to Snow White’s Castle, to better link Disneyland to DCA’s new Carthay Circle Theatre showing ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’.
PEOPLE MOVER – Bring it back!!
Lovingly referred to as ‘The Topic That Will Never Die’ here at DLR&AI, appropriately-named Bringitback posts to bring back this popular old favorite.
The summer season is in full effect in Walt Disney World, and will be until August. While it will be undoubtedly be hot, crowded, and humid, let's live vicariously through these updates, shall we? ~yoyoflamingo
Fantasmic returning to Nightly!!
While now news and not a rumor (and should never have been an option to begin with), Fantasmic is returning to nightly performances throughout the summer. Share your thoughts on the news here.
Vacation Lodge on Fire
Bill shares the news of the Vacation Lodge on 192 catching fire. The fire was so severe, 192 was shut down both ways for hours. See the pictures and read the latest here.
EPCOT World Showcase Restaurant best for kids?
Another MiceChatter needs advice: What's the best restaurant in World Showcase for 11 and 6 year olds? Voice your opinion here.
First Time WDW Vacation Help?
Another trip advice thread, this time for first timer DisneyAsh. Several important questions need answering. Share your knowledge here!
Ticket prices to rise at HKDL: SCMP
HKDLFAN provides an article with information partaining to ticket price increases at Hong Kong Disneyland
In the Entertainment lounges this week we have news and speculation about upcoming movies as well as some music news. Here's a sampling. ~ Trekkie Dad
'Wreck-It Ralph' now Disney's 2012 animated feature
MarkTwain thinks this animated feature about a video game character has a very interesting story concept. Do you agree?
Jurassic Park 4
JMora is a big Jurassic Park fan and is thrilled to hear that Steven Spielberg is working on a new story for this old series.
Rock of Ages (2012)
Another thread submitted by JMora shows a picture of Tom Cruise playing an aging rock star in this movie scheduled for release next year.
Saw Cars 2 this morning @ an early preview and...
Wreckless Abandon has written a short review.
The Muppets full trailer
If you haven't seen the full trailer for the upcoming Muppets movie Hathaway Browne has a link.
'Weird Al' Yankovic
Weird Al parodies Lady Gaga in this YouTube video.
4 New Jimi Hendrix titles to be released
If you are Jimi Hendrix fan, you may want to check out the news posted here by Retrocool.
'The Big Man' Clarence Clemons dies at 69
ALIASd shares the sad news about this legendary saxophone player.
Pendleton Mud Run, Belmont Park, Padres Game and Legoland
Our very own sir clinksalot had a heck of a weekend and shares his adventures with us. Legoland, a Padres game, a mud run and more!
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
An update on the construction of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum is brought to us this week by JMora. It looks to a very humbling and emotional experience.
Early Warning Signs for PIXAR's Cars 2
Our fearless/awesome leader, DustySage gives us the heads up that 'Cars 2' is scoring low on Rotten Tomatoes... So he's asking for other MCers to review the movie! Is it a go? Or is there trouble in Radiator Springs?
Universal Studios Announces Halloween Horror Night, Short Film Competition
In the Parks gives us the heads up about Universal Studios' Short film competition. Scary stuff...
Marvel StudiosL No Hall H @ Comic Con 2011
Aliasd informs the loyal MC public that Marvel Studios will not be in the GIANT Hall H at the San Diego Comic Con, but there is cryptic vibes that they will do something on the floor. Ohhhh, wonder what it will be? Speculate in the thread... Maybe Mark Ruffalo will turn into the Hulk on the show floor... :D
6/28: Kevin Yee - Reedy? Ready! - Kevin takes a in-depth tour of Disney World's Emergency Services.
6/28: Werner Weiss - Island Mouse - More updates and construction photos of the DVC Ko Olina Resort on Oahu.
6/27: Orlando Parkhopper - Fantasyland Update, Meet Shag, Candlelight News, More - Independence Day is next week, and in celebration of the 4th of July, our Orlando Parkhopper crew take a look at the two most patriotic attractions at Disney World. We also meet with SHAG, the retro-hip artist beloved by Disney fans. We'll update you on Fantasyland Construction. Plus, news from Universal Studios and Busch Gardens.
6/27: Dateline Disneyland - Goofy’s Sky School Soft Opens at DCA - Goofy's Sky School unofficially opened this past weekend at Disney California Adventure, visible construction is gearing up again at the park's new Carthay Circle Theater and work continues finishing the new Pan Pacific Auditorium-inspired gates at the park's main entrance. Over at Disneyland, most of the Main Street Emporium interior is behind walls while the store undergoes a major refurbishment. Finally, Disney is gearing up for the Fourth of July holiday with scheduled nightly fireworks and special World of Color shows through the long holiday weekend.
6/25: Weekend Update - Magic Kingdom, DisneySea, SeaWorld Australia, More - Weekend Update is celebrating Summer. We start off with a lovely trip report to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. We have a sneak preview of some Tokyo DisneySea photos from a fancy new iPhone app.
6/23: Sue Kruse - Pressing Matters - Sue finds cool things and fun events you may have missed
6/23: In the Parks - Sky School, DC Universe, Turtle Reef, Snoopy On Ice, More - In The Parks went on a spree this week and visited a plethora of parks in Southern California. Disneyland, California Adventure, SeaWorld, Six Flags, LEGOLAND, Knott's Berry Farm AND Universal Studios Hollywood. Along the way, we find out what's going on at Goofy's Sky School, Windseeker, Turtle Reef, DC Universe and much more. This is a really wonderful update you won't want to miss.
6/22: SamLand - Who’s Who In The Pirate’s Queue – The Real Story
You've surely seen those paintings in the queue of Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean. But who are they? SAMLAND gets to the bottom of the real life (for the most part) pirates in the classic Disneyland attraction.