Time to Round-Up all the latest Disney and theme park news, discussions and photos from the MiceChat boards. It's been another interesting week. Comic-Con hit San Diego and we bring the best of it to you. There are numerous reports from Disneyland and the ever-changing California Adventure. We also take the time to sit with KingEric on a bench off of Walt Disney World's Main Street for some people watching. Plus, there's a beautiful trip report from Disneyland Paris. All this plus dozens more stories, and the ever popular Sarah and her MiceChatter video blog. Even Al chimes in. Let's get to it! - CakvalaSC
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Friday @ San Diego Comic Con 2011 (PIC HEAVY)
Lucky Crazy Larry took a trip down to Comic Con in San Diego this past weekend and shares his day at the Con with us this week. Yeah, I'm totally jealous, Comic Con is on my bucket list and one of these years I'll actually make it!
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Q. Like the song says, "Should I stay, or should I go" ...to the D23 Expo, that is. - Scandalous John
A. Let's see John... As with the last time around, there will be a large exhibit from the Parks & Resorts arm of the company, with lots of Imagineers on hand to answer your many questions. Lots of models, concept art and displays on all the tricks of the trade will be there for you to see. They have also teased that there will be a new retro/vintage line of park-inspired merchandise.
One of the items on display at the last Expo was the handmade storybook
that was filmed for the introduction of the Sleeping Beauty.
While yes, there may be way too many Disney Channel and Radio Disney personalities wandering around the Anaheim convention center for some; what's really of interest here is the sheer avalanche of artifacts, product booths and displays from all the different divisions of the Disney company that are all worth a least an afternoon of your time.
In other words, you should go. You won't be bored, you should have plenty to see and do, and you know the Mouse puts on a pretty good show. - Al
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This week the last icon of the entry area to DCA 1.0 dissolved before our eyes. One, make that two last rides on the Matterhorn before its lengthy refurbishment. Then we visit a longtime Main Street USA cast member. ~ Aladdin
Golden Gate Coming Down
Over the past week, the last major icon of DCA's original entrance went off to Yesterland ~ DCA's Golden Gate Bridge; take a look here for the photos, as well as a few videos of how DCA used the Golden Gate Bridge during its first decade!
Coke Corner Entertainer Rod Miller
Many longtime fans of Coke Corner fondly remember when Rod Miller was THE Piano Player on Main Street USA and for all of Disneyland! Tiki brings us a few videos of Rod performing at the Disney Family Museum!
Matterhorn Left vs. Right video
Here's an age-old question - left or right? Just before the Matterhorn went down for a lengthy refurbishment kindagoofy rode both sides, and has this video to help you decide!
Howdy, Pardners! If you are in the area check out the Orange County Fair – lots to do and to eat as well! (try the deep-fried beer-battered bacon!) This week we highlight HalloweenTime ideas, a new ‘third gate’ idea, and John Carter of… Frontierland?! Please keep posting your rumors and ideas as you never know…they might just make next week’s Round-up! -Demigod-
John Carter in Frontierland?
MiceChatter Liquidspaceman wonders if the new John Carter of Mars movie that’s coming is a big enough hit, if it’d show up somewhere in Frontierland. Do you think that would work?
Halloween Time Expansion
Mice Chat member DisneylandMaster offers up some theme expansion ideas for HalloweenTime at Disneyland.
World of Color daytime shows
From disneyseeker comes a thought about adding a few little WoC shows during the daytime – sort of like how the Bellagio in Las Vegas does it.
Retheme of California Screamin’
Mice Chat member 999happyhaunts posts some ideas on changing how California Screamin’ looks. A name change, too! Check out the drawings after the jump!
Things have been quiet recently on the WDW front. Rumors have been steady, but nothing really new. Perhaps Disney has clamped down on leaks in light of the D23 Expo? Whether anything new is announced or not, let's see what people are talking about this week in the WDW forum. ~yoyoflamingo
Is it worth it to skip rides at other parks?
A question that appears every once in a while on here: If you are familiar with a ride at one park (i.e. Disneyland) is it necessary to see it at another park? Share your thoughts here!
A Journey Back: Lake Buena Vista Village
Do you remember simpler times, before Pleasure Island and the West Side? Take a trip back to 1975 and see what was available at the Village before Landry's, empty clubs, and La Nouba came to town. DisneybyMark shares from his blog, which is worth a look in and of itself!
Sit on Main Street USA with me KingEric shares with us a simple video of Main Street, USA in this video. If you're missing the parks, this captures the charm of sitting on a bench in the middle of the magic.
Photos from Lassen Volcanic National Park, July 17, 2011
As a side trip to one of his many long distance bike rides Trekkie Dad took some time out to explore Eastern Lassen County in Northern California and brings us some lovely photos. Check out all the snow pack still up there, in the middle of July no less.
With the D23 Expo a little less than a month away, be sure to keep your eyes on D23 - Disney Twenty Three area in Disney Business to keep up on announcements for this year's D23 Expo. ~DLandFansAZ
Walt Disney Studio Tour Trip Report
Follow disneylandfan95 on a tour of The Walt Disney Studios. Beginning early on Saturday morning, this trip report brings us some great photos.
Walt Disney's Home Up 4 SALE!
Looking for a new home that has star appeal? You want something that will impress your friends? Then JMora has found the house for you. Walt Disney's Working Way residence is on the market and could be yours for only...
7/23/11 - Studio Tour - TR
Then join 10/6 and his fiancé as they follow in disneylandfan95's footsteps and show us their perspective of the studios. It's another excellent photo tour of the studios that you won't want to miss.
When I’m a dad… MANEATINGWREATH has brought up a unique topic of planning your future, what are your thoughts? Ideas?
7/26 - Kevin Yee: Sword Play Kevin notes a unique dinner offering for Medieval Times fun!
7/26 – Orlando Parkhopper: ESPN Weekend Canceled, Raglan Road’s Celebration and Halloween Events
The Orlando Parkhopper brings us the latest news and photos from DisneyWorld and other Orlando area theme parks. New this week, ESPN Weekends have been canceled for the Studios. New pavilion headed to Innoventions at Epcot. Ragland Road celebrates "Half-Way To Paddy's Day." A review of SeaWorld's fireworks. Halloween Horror Nights gets a new theme. Universal Studios trip report in glorious photos. Kennedy Space Center's Star Trek ties and more!
7/25 – Dateline Disneyland: Golden Gate Removed, Color Tests, Cars Land Construction
Dateline Disneyland brings us news and photos from where work is underway at the main entrance to Disney California Adventure. A new detour is being prepared that will take guests backstage past Buena Vista Street construction This re-routing is a small price to pay while Disney Imagineers and work crews transform the space into the Los Angeles that Walt Disney saw in the 1930s.
7/22 – Werner Weiss: Then & Now V
Werner compares more shots from 1983 and 2011 at Disney World.
7/22 – Weekend Update: Disney World, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aladdin Musical, Gold Coast and More
The Weekend Update's a feast. We're serving up tasty bites of photographic treats from around the world. Do you love Disney? Our first course will be Walt Disney World. The exotic second course is an Asian specialty from Hong Kong Disneyland. Third course: a review of the Aladdin musical stage show now playing in Seattle. We have two more delicious courses in this special Weekend Update extravaganza. We make a run on the Gold Coast of Australia. And for dessert, we have Porcupine Gulch. Enjoy your weekend treat.
7/21 – SamLand: The Story Of Disney World’s Reedy Creek
Few people who visit Walt Disney World ever pause to consider how Disney maintains such a huge property. They might be shocked to find that Disney has created their own municipal district and has been privileged over the years to control just about every aspect of zoning and property control. Today's SAMLAND Blog explores the Reedy Creek Improvement District and how it has helped shape the Disney World we know today. Fascinating stuff.
7/21 – Sue Kruse: Pressing Matters
Sue finds cool things and fun events you may have missed!
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