March 2016 Disney News


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Disneyland | Disney World Updates

Disney World now has a purple magicband

People are going gaga over the purple magicband and it’s now available as part of your Disney Vacation Package.  Pink was the most popular magicband.  Will purple overtake it?

World Of Color Show Dessert Party

Disneyland is offering a World of Color dessert party.  It is $79.00 a person for the selection of desserts.  If this is not your speed, there is also a dinner World of Color offering that we think is a better value, especially the lunch option.  You can also just get a World of Color Fastpass first thing in the morning and then head to World of Color early to get your spot.

Zootopia opened and Sharpie says go see it.

Zootopia broke Frozens  67.4 M  opening weekend record.  Zootopia brought in 233 M Globally, 73.7 M US for it’s opening weekend.  The characters are coming to the Walt Disney World parks.   Sharpie says it’s a good movie worth seeing, but no need to see it in 3D.

Disney Hollywood Studios Jungle Book Sneak Peak Trailer

You can see the extended trailer for the Jungle Book at Disney Hollywood Studios.

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Big Thunder Mountain Referb.

Big Thunder Mountain Aug 8 – Nov 18 closed for refurbishment.

Run Disney will have PhotoPass+ in April

So your photos during the race will be included in Disney Memory Maker.  You can also login and see where your family members are in the race by watching for their photos.

Blizzard Beach Frozen Summer Games

There are some fun family games and relay races coming to Blizzard Beach this Summer.  Join in some of the Frozen Summer games.

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters is open

This looks super cute.  It’s not a fast pace ride, but the little ones I think are going to love this.

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  1. Love all the Animal Kingdom updates! Can’t wait to visit in 61 short days! I hadn’t commented earlier, but I wanted to give big kudos to Sharpies trip review he did, very informative and exciting.
    I’m also super excited they changed Big Thunder Mountain refurb date, this trip will be my 6 year olds first time on the ride!

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    • Wow Terri, I am sure the first Big Mountain experience is going to be magical. I think I need a count down to Walt Disney World too. I really can’t wait to get down there again too.
      Thanks you for listening to us on Mouse Chat and thank you for your comments.

      Have a great day

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  2. Just wanted to send a BIG THANK YOU to you all for the great shows you always put on. It is entertaining, informative and never ever boring. Your lively discussions always puts a smile on my face and I always look forward to another fresh show. In between, my ipod is loaded with all the past shows (and current ones of course) which I replay and always learn something new or hear something I missed the first time. I consider you all close friends and you always put a smile on my face. Looking forward to someday meeting you all. Will be at Disney World Pop Century this coming April 7th thru the 18th and yes, I made it in time and got the Purple Magic Bands. They arrived today. Again, continued success to you all and Thank You Lisa, Steve, Lauren, Sharpie & last but not least, Chris Wood for sharing your knowledge, laughter and friendship with us all. Love you all!!!

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    • Thanks Butch,

      Nice to hear you went with the purple MagicBand too. I think you fly out went at least one of us flies in for April, but hopefully we can catch up at Walt Disney World on a future trip. Thank you for the kind words and for listening to us on Mouse Chat.

      Have a great Monday,

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  3. I just received my purple Magic Band in the mail today! I have to say I am loving it! There’s something very sad about going to Disney and not being able to sport your favorite color Magic Band. I’m hoping in the future they’ll make a sweat proof band! We have found the bands to be incredibly convenient for purchases, photos, fast passes, and hotel keys. It is so nice for the entire family to have access to our room key, and I don’t have to worry about losing track of all of my credit cards, photo tickets, and keys. I can’t imagine doing Disney any other way these days.

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    • Hi, Julie,

      I know what you mean about the MagicBands being convenient. I hate to take mine off when my vacation ends.
      I’ll have to go for a purple magicband this next time.

      Have a great night,

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  4. Just heard the segment on Blizzard Beach and I was yelling at my computer to you all! Ice Gator is the mascot of Blizzard Beach and he is the one who flew off Summit Plummet and into the Beach Haus merchandise location. I used to work at the Beach Haus 🙂 But I think Olaf is the PERFECT mascot for the park!

    Thanks for helping me keep the magic alive while living in the Midwest. You all help make my days go by quickly!

    Tena Sapp

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    • See I knew I was not crazy. Everyone kept telling me it was Goofy. Thank you Tena. 🙂


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  5. Howdy all! Your show makes my morning and evening commute enjoyable! I like to keep updated on all things Disney and you guys give me the latest news and reviews. I have to admit I’m also a little jealous of your fabulous jobs and the great perks you enjoy! Keep it coming!

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    • Thanks Heather.
      Glad to hear we can help make your commute a little easier.

      Thanks for listen.


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  6. Mousechat helps to get me my Disney fix until the next time we get to go. I can’t wait to bring my son, hopefully next Fall, I’ve always wanted to go during Food and Wine!!!!

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    • I love the International Food and Wine festival at Epcot Alyssa. It is a very nice time to head to Walt Disney World. Let us know how you like it.


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  7. Your podcast is our favorite and although my husband and I usually listen to it separately, we refer to the show and comments you made like we know you all personally. Other family members wonder about these other crazy Disney friends we quote 🙂 Speaking of crazy, we will one of the many families there the week after Easter. We’ve been there that week before since we’re both educators and our options are limited so we just plan to do what we can and love knowing we have fastpasses for our must dos. We’re grateful for Lauren…this is the second trip she has helped us plan to our favorite place 🙂

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  8. Hey everyone! Found the podcast a while ago in preparation for my family trip to Disneyworld at the end of April! Just ordered my purple magic band, and I’m anxiously awaiting its arrival. Hope it’s not passe by the time I get there ? Your podcast will be in my permanent rotation even after we return because I love the dynamic of everyone on the show, and you make the listener feel like part of the podcast. My new game is to see if I make the same pun in my head before Sharpie says it out loud. Keep up the good work!

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    • That is great to hear Ashley. Have a fantastic time at Walt Disney World in April. I find myself trying to predict the Sharpie puns too. Glad to hear I am not the only one.

      Steve 🙂

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  9. The March 2016 Update was my 1st time hearing your podcast! Very insightful and as a Disney lover who lives in Missouri but makes a trip down to WDW at least once a year, it’s refreshing to hear news about the parks and movies! Can’t wait to hear the next podcast and continue hearing you all talk Disney!

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    • Thanks Brock, Welcome to Mouse Chat, we are glad to have you. Stop by our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts too. We have a great group of Mouse Chatters that love to talk Disney.

      Have a wonderful Wednesday,

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  10. Hi, all! I love the show! I’ve been binge listening during my commute to and from work, and I’m back to April 2013 at this point.

    A question related to a past show: Would you be able to do another show with Jim Hill?

    And a current question: Which is your favourite Disney March Madness design? I love the one for Imagination Institute Dreamfinders, but then again, I love all things Figment.

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    • Hi, Kelly,

      I emailed Jim to see if we can schedule him to come join us on Mouse Chat. Hopefully we will have another show with Jim Hill to share his Disney insight soon. He’s great!
      I saw the Disney March Madness Designs on Facebook today. What a cool idea. Yeah it’s hard to beat Dreamfinder.


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  11. My fiancé and I are HUGE Disney fans (we’ll be encorporating Disney in our wedding!) and are heading to Disneyland for the first time this summer. I just recently found your podcast and have been listening religiously in addition to downloading some old episodes about Disneyland. Every time you guys post a podcast I get so excited and it makes me even more excited for my trip!! Thanks for all the amazing information and I’ll definitely consider using you all when I plan my next Disney vacation!

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    • Hi, Jen,
      Welcome to Mouse Chat. 🙂 We are all Hugh Disney fans too and love to talk Disney. Be sure to join all the Mouse Chatters on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Disneyland is amazing. We love to head over to Disneyland when we can. You will have a great time. Yeah, we would love to help you plan a future Vacation. Send us a quote request at Pixie Vacations and we can help you get the best price for your next adventure.

      Have a great night,

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