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Harry Potter is coming to Hollywood, Cars Land's Radiator Springs Racers is testing and more, all in the MiceChat Round-Up today. It was a big week for Disney and theme park news. Aside from Harry, we have a wonderful trip report and review of the Candlelight Processional, pics from Tokyo Disneyland during Halloween and Christmas, and ride video from the new Transformers Ride in Singapore. Also, both Matt and Sarah have new videos, and they, along with Al, share their thoughts on the Harry Potter news. Tons to see and do in today's Round-Up! ~ CakvalaSC

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Kevin Kidney - I Speak For The Tree
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More than a few of you have been asking about Universal Hollywood's Harry Potter announcement. Herewith a few thoughts from yours truly...

There are already a few rumors as to where the first phase for Hollywood might go; look for the Gibson Amphitheater to go away, as well as the Shrek 4D theater. Also expected to disappear are the Nickelodeon water play area and the Waterworld arena as well as the current tram loading area. Look for Hogwarts and environs to pop up first here. A second phase could pop up on the lot below/next to it, (towards the current War of the World's jet crash site and Falls Lake area) consisting of the London locales.

Speculation here – placing the castle on the upper lot allows for a smaller building footprint made possible by an illusion of height optical trick. Which should make the neighbors happy by a smaller intrusion upon their Valley views. And speaking of neighbors, the adjacent community of Toluca Lake was difficult to deal with in the past for Uni thanks to a particular resident. Roy Disney's passing, along with a sluggish economy, should improve that situation and help speed the environmental approvals needed.

Butterbeer meet Churro
Should we ask for Babs?

One advantage that Hollywood's version of Harry Potter will have is that both the parent companies involved (Universal and Warner Bros.) will be close by. Just like Disneyland benefits from having corporate up the freeway watching over it, Hollywood’s set up will likely benefit as well. Which means if you thought Orlando did a great job with what they had, you will probably be even more blown away by the superior available local talent pool and closer corporate oversight the Hollywood version will get.

How it will effect Disney should be interesting. Expect a minor brain drain at least initially as Uni puts the project together. One thing that Disneyland Resort fans might expect is the approval of at least one E ticket for Disneyland Park proper, and quite possibly one more addition to California Adventure if Cars Land continues to do well. Don't expect a third gate at least for now. And I wouldn't expect to see Avatar making an appearance here... yet. Marvel, who knows.

I think Universal getting serious with both a state-of-the-art Transformers attraction and the Harry Potter expansion is going to be one of the best things ever to hit the Southern California theme park scene. As I've written before, a rising tide floats all boats, and Uni has certainly come to the forefront with these recent announcements. Add Matt Ouimet taking the reins at Cedar Fair/Knott's Berry Farm into the mix, nearby Legoland's and SeaWorld’s continuing improvements, as well as world-class attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, and the Southern California region becomes all the more attractive to vacationing families.

If the economy continues to improve, and mother nature behaves, it should be a spectacular decade ahead for theme park aficionados. The competition will benefit all of us, and I can't wait.

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Disneyland
This week we celebrate Walt’s 110th Birthday, take a look at the Candlelight Procession, and the other Christmas festivities in Disneyland ~ Aladdin

Micechat Round-Up

Joe's 2011 Disneyland Candlelight Processional mini review and photos
mre200200 reports directly from the Candlelight Procession at Disneyland, and has these wonderful photos!

Radiator Springs Racers Testing pics
Fishbulb brings us the first pics of Radiator Springs Racers vehicle testing.

Disneyland Christmas 2011 Time-Lapse Video
WDWFigment takes us on a quick holiday tour of Disneyland, and we even have time for the light show on It's a Small World and the holiday fireworks show!

Micechat Round-Up

A TR about DLR but mostly DCA
While the Candlelight Processional was going on at Disneyland, The Forbidden Eyetook a trip across the esplanade and took several photos around DCA.

Walt in Disneyland: Happy 110th Birthday, Walt
In recognition of Walt's 110th Birthday, Regions Beyond has a photo tribute to the man who created the original magic kingdom.


The A/V Room

Matt, a.k.a. infaMOUSEproject has his latest cHATBOX up...

Sarah's MiceChatter video is up too...

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Walt Disney World
Wow! December, already. This year is almost over with! The holidays are definitely showing at the parks and its getting a mite chilly around here as well! Remember to keep posting your ideas and whatever rumors you want to share as they just might end up here next week. Have a great holiday everyone! :) -Demigod-

Micechat Round-Up

Muppet Vision 3D Revamped
MiceChat member DisneylandMaster tosses out an idea for revamping this aging family favorite.

Armchair Imagineering: Splash Mountain Holiday Carols
Right Ear posts some thoughts for a holiday overlay to Splash Mountain.

Another 3rd gate thread, NO! A 4th and 5th gate thread, too.
MiceChatter Scarlet Lark goes big on this idea with thoughts on parks 3, 4 AND 5.


Off Shore Parks

Future TDS: My Artwork
It's hard to image what DisneySea will bring in the year 2025, but that is exactly what RandySavage has been doing. Check out this phenomenal concept of armchair imagineering and see what he believe the future holds.

Photos from Haloween and Christmas trips to TDL/TDS
isny has just done some hoping across the Pacific and been to both Disneyland and to Tokyo Disneyland. With just way to many photos to create a standard trip report, be sure to check out the great photo albums of these travels.


Other Parks and Destinations
Have we got news for you! There are pictures and reports from all over, and Harry Potter fans are excited about the Wizarding World coming to Hollywood. ~ Trekkie Dad

Micechat Round-Up

Live From Universal Studios Hollywood Harry Potter Media Event - Dec 6th 11am
MiceChat was at Universal Hollywood for the official announcement of Hogwarts coming to Universal Studios Hollywood. What will be be built on the west coast? Did they announce anything new?

Wall Street Journal: Wizarding World Coming to Universal Hollywood
Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter is coming to California, and MiceChatters have lots to say in this thread started by stevek.

Universal Orlando: JAWS the Ride to close forever?!
Say it isn't so! DocDar reports that this classic attraction will be closing for good next month.

Tansformers: The Ride - World Preview w/Michael Bay - & Ride Video Peek/Photo Preview
Ride Warrior provides us with a link to a YouTube video of the world premiere and launch party.

Universal Studios - Tansformers: The Ride Audio
Can't afford to go to Singapore to experience the ride? Close your eyes and imagine you are there as you listen to audio posted by Ride Warrior.

Micechat Round-Up

Some Random Busch Gardens Tampa Photos
Some beautiful shots posted by aimster

The Million Dollar Theatre / Bradbury Building (Photos ahead)
Great shots of two classic buildings in downtown Los Angeles posted by Crazy Larry.

'Illuminique' Holiday show at Westfield Mall/San Francisco Center
An interior dome is transformed into an animated music box in a report shared by AtomicBear.

KOD is dead.
Remember Knott's Berry Farm's Kingdom of the Dinosaurs? New MiceChatter Parker posts some insider pictures of its current state of decline.

Micechat Round-Up

Photo TR - Liberty of the Seas
mikeland just returned from a Caribbean cruise. Check out his photos.


Lounges

Missing Muppets
It's time to light the lights on the Muppets who were excluded from the Muppets movie. Check this posting out to see which Muppets were left in the dark for this production

Walt Disney Studios taking the 'Walt' out of Disney. :(
What do you think about the new name change?


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Micechat Round-Up

Micechat Round up
12/6: Turtle Swoop
Kevin gives you a peek inside the Crush Coaster at the studios park next to Disneyland Paris.

Micechat Round up
12/6: Major Magic Kingdom Update, Fantasyland construction, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens Tampa
You can't avoid the holidays around the Orlando Parks, but there is still a lot for us to show you today beside all the pretty lights and Christmas carols. Fantasyland construction has really come a long way. We have a look at the new Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom interactive game construction, as well as a look at the newly reopened Swiss Family Treehouse.

Micechat Round up
12/5: Town Square by Candlelight and California Chocolate
Disneyland played host to its wildly popular annual Candlelight ceremony this weekend. Meanwhile, construction continued at Disney California Adventure, with big progress being made throughout various parts of the Cars Land and Buena Vista Street projects.

12/4: Remembering Walt Disney World’s Orange Bird
Do you remember the Orange Bird of the Magic Kingdom? Those who grew up visiting Walt Disney World in the 70's and 80's likely remember the cute bird with the head of an orange.  But what's happened to him, where did he go, and could he return? Join the 626 as we look back at Orange Bird.

Micechat Round up
12/3: Merry Tokyo Disneyland Christmas
The Weekend Update takes us back to the fantastic Tokyo Disneyland Resort today. The Japanese really know how to put on a show. Then, SummerInFL and her mom share a visit to the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami. Finally, MickeyMaxx shares photos of Disney's Castaway Cay private island.

Micechat Round up
12/2: Harry Potter and Transformers at Universal Hollywood, Disneyland Candlelight, Candy Canes and Construction
Our In The Parks blog is here with some surprising news. Universal Studios plans to bring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Hollywood! We also have a sneak peek of what the interior of the new Transformers ride may look like. Disney California Adventure's Cars Land is rapidly coming along and a variety of new, interesting details have emerged.

Micechat Round up
12/2: The Walt Disney Postage Stamp of 1968
Yesterland takes us back to 1968 and the commemorative Walt Disney postage stamp.  You'll be surprised just how much story there is to tell about this pint sized image.

Micechat Round up
12/1: Holiday Gift Ideas
Sam has been busy reading books and checking out theme park apps to bring us another grab bag of holiday gift ideas.  This week brings a review of the Walt Disney Family Museum picture book, a time line of Disneyland history, touring plans of the parks and a great charity giving idea.

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The MiceEars Crew and MiceChat News Club put a lot of time and effort into making these Round-Ups happen. Here are the members:

Your Editors: Dustysage, Fishbulb and CakvalaSC

The MiceEars Crew: Demigod, Aladdin, elly, pezz lightyear, Yoyoflamingo, Tinkermonkey, Pineapplewhipaddict, KnittingKnerd, Trekkie Dad, DLandFansAZ ,RegionsBeyond, HKDLFAN and Disney Wrassler!

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