Happy New Year to you all from all of us at MiceChat & MiceAge. We hope 2012 will bring you magic and fantastic surprises. This week we have a tale of a first Christmas trip to Disneyland, and you'll see the Carthay Circle icon building at DCA has been uncovered. There are also discussions about the Holiday offerings at WDW vs. SeaWorld. Enjoy! ~ CakvalaSC
My First Disneyland Christmas! izaneybraney celebrated Christmas, a new job and a friend’s birthday by going to Disneyland. Here are some of their wonderful photos!
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Every year I have five wishes I like to make, in regards to changes that should be considered at Disneyland or the Walt Disney Company. This year I've used questions you've sent in as a basis for each. So, in reverse order, here they are:
5. My first wish involves kids and their budgets, and not forgetting about them. When I was younger, and our family visited Disneyland, our parents always gave us a few dollars in spending money so we could buy something on our own as a keepsake or a souvenir. The park had a broader selection back in those days, and I took a lot of care in selecting my purchase because it was my decision. I remember buying character glassware for two dollars, candy sticks for as low as a dime or nickel, and of course the 5-cent postcards. Nowadays you'd be hard pressed to find anything under $5, with many impulse items in the $10 and up range. It would be nice to see a broader line of products at a "allowance" price point at the parks.
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4. While there have been a few screenings of the 1956 Disneyland USA Cinemascope short at the park and for D23 events, they have only been presented from a video source. My second wish it that the park itself schedule a screening on property or a nearby properly equipped theater to see this travelogue on a big screen in the superior quality film format. (Throw in the Fantasyland Theater Mousketeer 3-D Jamboree film as a bonus too.)
3. Continuing that previous thought, I would also like to see a Disneyland Blu-Ray release, that not only would include the film above as a part of it, but would also be a "vault" type of collection with anniversary shows, films utilized in long gone attractions, press sizzle reels, etc. Considering that the company did quite well with its 50th music releases, (the Disneyland 50th CD box set sales surprised many), this should be a no-brainer.
2. Bring back a new technologically advanced Electrical Parade to Main Street USA. It belongs there, not at DCA.
And my number one wish? Come back next week and I'll let you know what it is. -Al
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Then it continues on Saturday January 28th, our DCA day, filled with fun and games. The grand finale is on Sunday January 29th which is our traditional Disneyland day with breakfast along the Rivers of America, a grand circle tour of the happiest place on earth and the classic noon meet at the right hand of Walt Disney himself. We hope you'll be able to join us. Details about the meets, events and special opportunities will be posted soon.
Happy 2012! The fireworks show had a couple of glitches last week, which resulted in the cancelling of some shows during the busiest time of the year. Keep checking back on what to expect for New Years. More of the DCA rehab is being unveiled, and we also have some great photos from around the entire Disneyland Resort! ~ Aladdin
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Forbidden Journey? People speak very highly of Forbidden Journey at Universal Studios Orlando, but Quentin isn't convinced because of the quality of online videos. The question is could this be better than Indiana Jones? With Harry coming to Hollywood, what do you think of the competition?
Copyrighted characters in Vegas
imaginashton noticed that people were dressing up as Disney characters on the strip in Las Vegas. Is this something new or how long has it been going on? Is 'The Strip' becoming the next Hollywood Boulevard?
Ridley Scott is going back to his Sci-Fi roots. So what is Prometheus, and Alien prequel or something completely new? So is the sci-fi geek in you stirring?
Three Stooges To 'Nyuck Up' the Big Screen Again
It looks like the Three Stooges are getting a modern day makeover. This film is by the Farrelly brothers who are descendents of the original Moe and Curly. So is Hollywood ready for the Stooges again?
12/27: Kevin Yee – X-pass, x-press, x-pensive Kevin Yee has reported about the news (much of it originating here on MiceAge/MiceChat) concerning a new type of ride reservation (the XPass) coming to Walt Disney World. It will allow folks to make ride reservations weeks or months before the actual vacation.
12/27: You Choose The Top Attractions Of 2011
We hope your Christmas was a good one and that you are gearing up for a fantastic 2012. This year, has flown by in a whirl of construction, new shows and attractions and endless theme park fun. To celebrate the year gone by and reward your top picks, we invite you to join us in our first annual MiceChat Central Florida theme park awards. We also have an interesting update for you today as well, so be sure to return to the Parkhopper when you are done with that poll! Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland Construction is coming along nicely and we take a look at the very sad state of Splash Mountain. Next, some new offerings have popped up at Disney's Hollywood Studios and we'll share some news from SeaWorld and Busch Gardens.
12/26: 2011: The Year in Review
It's been a busy year at the Disneyland Resort! Disneyland got the brand new Mickey's Soundsational Paradeand a refreshed attraction in Tomorrowland with the new Star Tours — The Adventures Continue whileDisney California Adventure opened re-themed attractions and dining locations as well as the all-new The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure in Paradise Pier. Both parks also saw plenty of new and on-going construction, with new work getting underway along Disneyland's Main Street, U.S.A. and plenty of changes and construction in California Adventure's new main entrance plaza and the major 12-acre Cars Land expansion. The parks weren't the only thing that saw major change in 2011 — the Disneyland Hotel wrapped up major construction on its multi-year remodel project, opening fantastic new restaurants and recreation offerings along the way.
12/25: A Walt Disney World Merry Christmas
Happy holidays to all of our readers. We hope your day is a magic one. If you've got a moment or two between presents, Christmas specials on TV and long winter's naps, take a few moments to celebrate with us as we invite you to join along with the 626 at Walt Disney World for Christmas.
12/24: A Very Merry Weekend Update from SeaWorld and Disneyland Paris
We have a jolly holiday Weekend Update for you today as Rixter and Mickey Maxx take us along on a Christmas voyage to see Shamu and friends at SeaWorld. If you haven't visited SeaWorld at Christmas, you're missing out on some special holiday magic. From there, we'll take you to Disneyland Paris for a tour of what's new and what's news. And we finish this holiday update with vintage Christmas cards sure to make you misty-eyed for bygone times.
12/23: Happy Holiday Edition of In The Parks
It seems like we've been talking about Christmas forever, but now the main event is finally here. The Southern California parks are snug in their beds and on a sort of holiday-time autopilot that they prepare for all year. Disneyland, Knott's, and Disney California Adventure are all offering the specialized festive entertainments designed to make your holiday merry and bright. As we prepare to send our team of photographers, news hounds and spies home for Christmas we'd like to wish all of our readers a very safe and happy holidays. Just knowing that you tune in week after week provides us with a lot of comfort and joy. We hope you enjoy today's update from the parks.
12/23: Universal Studios Orlando – Then and Now
Lights! Action! Changes! Yesterland takes a look at Universal Studios Orlando to see how much the park has changed over the years and what has stayed the same. Giant apes are replaced by mummies, coasters loom over the skyline, but the bones of the park remain constant. Take and look for yourself and let us know what you like and don't like about the changes Universal has made over the years.
12/22: Behind The Scenes At Epcot Guest Relations
From The Mouth Of The Mouse is our weekly celebration of Disney cast members. Today, we talk to Rachel, who worked in Guest Relations at Epcot as part of the College Program. As part of her job, she also worked in the Disney Reservation Center, and was a guide on the Segway Tours around the World Showcase. She's got some great stories to share.
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