Welcome to this week’s Disney News Round-Up! Our MiceChat Forums are back and we encourage you to join in the great discussions, trip reports and all the fun! This week we have news that Aladdin, the Musical Spectacular, is on the way out in January and Frozen is on the way in – do you love it or hate it? We also have photos of Halloween Time coming into the Parks!


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A First Look at 21 Royal Street

We have a totally glamorous first look at the all-new 21 Royal Street dining room at Disneyland courtesy of an early guest. What exactly IS 21 Royal Street? Well, 21 Royal Street is an exquisite new dining experience which opened at Disneyland on September 11th. We’ve been sharing photos of work being done on the exterior of 21 Royal Street in New Orleans Square for quite some time. As you’ll see, the interior boasts the singular most exclusive dining experience in any theme park and perhaps one of the top dining experiences of any type anywhere in Southern California. This new venue is a leap above even the venerated Club 33 (with which it shares a kitchen).

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Halloween Scaled Back at Disneyland – Plus Aladdin Gives Way to Frozen

Disneyland‘s popular Halloween Time is back for its annual run. The offerings are a bit scaled back this year but marquee offerings such as Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy are ready to scare up some fun. In Disney California Adventure, Disney has gotten an ice-cold response to news that a “Frozen” musical would replace the fan-favorite “Aladdin — A Musical Spectacular” early next year. Has Disney finally burned people out on all things Frozen?


Preview of Halloween Horror Nights 25

It’s that time of the year again, ladies and gentleman. Universal Studios Florida becomes the capital of terror at Halloween Horror Nights! We were lucky enough to attend a media preview at Universal Orlando Resort this week and will share with you all the news about the haunted houses, street entertainment, shows, and more. We were also among the first to experience one of the houses. Let’s get an early jump on Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 25 and share the scares yet to come. . .

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The BIG MiceChat Haunt Event – September 26

Ghouls and boys it is time once again to return to the foggy streets of Ghost Town as we gather for the annual Knott’s Scary Farm Meet! In an annual tradition that is reaching its ninth year, MiceChat.com and our partners at HorrorBuzz will be leading a group through the grandaddy of haunts.

The event features:

  • VIP treatment
  • Backstage tour through the inner workings of Haunt.
  • All you can eat buffet!
  • Early entry into Knott’s Scary Farm.
  • Front of line for each and every maze in Knotts Scary Farm
  • VIP seating for the Hanging and Elvira’s Asylum stage shows.


VIP Package Early Bird Discount – $130 (Ends Sept. 7th) Regular Price $145 

Backstage Tour of maze and meet and greet with Haunt Designer.
All-you-can-eat Boo-ffet.
Early Admission into Knott’s Scary Farm.
Early entry to Elvira’s Asylum*
Front of the line for MAZES ONLY

This year we have added even more ways to experience the biggest, most original haunt in Southern California. We have two options that will get you closer to the fear, closer to the madness, and closer to the fun, but act fast! logoroundEV

Elvira’s BIG Package Early Bird Discount – $230 (Ends Sept 7th) Regular Price$250 

Includes ALL features of the VIP package above, PLUS the following:

Front of the line for all RIDES & ATTRACTIONS, Special Meet and Greet with Elvira, Special Elvira Sovenier pack (a $50 value)


Disneyana Event at the Historic Henson Studios – October 3rd

The Disneyana Fan Club is naming the late Jim Henson a Disneyana Legend, and his daughter Lisa will be accepting for him at a special Legends luncheon at the Jim Henson Studios, the former Charlie Chaplin Studios, on October 3 of this year.

The event will also be a fund raiser for the Walt Disney Birthplace Restoration, with a silent auction to benefit the cause (a MiceChat favorite). Tickets are $95 and you do not have to be a DFC member to join in on the fun. For more details, please go to http://disneyanafanclub.org/Henson.

Payments can be made via PayPal or Credit Card at http://DisneyanaFanClub.org/store/Henson or by downloading a registration form here. If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Perrone at [email protected]

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to visit the Jim Henson Studios, home of the Muppets!  If you have items you would like to donate to the silent auction,please contact [email protected], we appreciate your help!



You’ve read all about your favorite Disney parks on MiceChat, now it’s time to visit them in person!  Join the MiceTrips Facebook Page: MiceTrips. Coming up soon is the annual MiceChat Walt Disney World Invastion. With meets, events, and the fabulous Sip and Nibble around Epcot’s World Showcase for the Food and Wine Festival, you won’t want to miss this great week of food, friendship and fun!!

  • Oct 22 – Splitsville Dinner (and bowling if you’d like). Contact Teresa Cory for details and to be added to reservation.
  • Oct 23 – 11am – Epcot Food and Wine Festival Sip & Nibble – eat and drink your way around the world (we’ll meet at 11am just in front of Wonders of Life, in the event of rain, we’ll meet just inside of Wonders of Life). SIP AND NIBBLE TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE NOW!!!
  • Oct 24 – Animal Kingdom day
  • Oct 25 – Magic Kingdom Meetup – Meet us at noon at the Walt and Mickey statue for a MiceChat meet, followed by attractions and a late lunch at Chef Mickey’s (to be added to lunch reservations, please contact Teresa Cory). We’ll resume our celebrating at 4pm for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. There’s an optional Hallowishes Dessert Party if you’d like to be added, please contact Teresa Cory.
  • Oct 26-30, 2015 – All aboard the Disney Dream on its first trip following a big refurbishment. We’ll be Visiting Nassau and Disney’s private Island Castaway Cay!

For more information on the WDW Invasion & Caribbean cruise, please email Fairy Godmother Travel or call 832-284-4002

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MiceChat Podcast – Dishing the Latest Dirt on Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and Avatar Land! You never know what Doug and Dusty are going to say, or who they’ll run into. Just imagine the hijinks when they storm Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim to find out what’s new and what’s next. They are taking no prisoners and holding back no opinion on Avatar Land, Shanghai Disneyland, Star Wars Land and Marvel. Some of which was announced by Disney at the Expo and some of which wasn’t. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you might even listen all the way to the end.  And if you do, you’ll discover a contest which could earn you a special limited edition pin signed by Disney Imagineer Terri Hardin!

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Haunted Mansion Holiday 2015 MiceChat brings you the 2015 version of the Haunted Mansion Holiday at the Disneyland Resort!

The Season Pass Podcast: Disembodied Spirits: Voice Over Experts of Disney Parks panel. Featuring Peter Renaday, Corey Burton, Mark Silverman, and hosted by LA Times’ Brady MacDonald!

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Disney Avenue Podcast: This time around on the Disney Avenue Podcast, we interview the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World Resort, the incredible Lee Cockerell. As the Senior Operating Executive for ten years, Lee has led a team of 40,000 Cast Members and was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, a shopping & entertainment village and the ESPN sports and recreation complex in addition to the ancillary operations which supported the number one vacation destination in the world.

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Disafterdark: We are joined in The Mouses Head by Russell Flores. And we all drop an E in the bar. Don’t forget to have a look at our sponsors app. Magical Trips by Emily Rawling We would really appreciate it if you would head over to iTunes and subscribe to the show and leave us a review. Even if you don’t use iTunes, it will really help us build up the awareness of the podcast or if you listen on Stitcher Radio, please leave us a review there too.

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Mousetalgia! – An Unofficial Disneyland Podcast: Visit Disneyland on July 17, 2015 with Jeff and Kristen as they report from the park on its 60th birthday with location recordings as well as thoughts about the day. We listen in on Michael Colglazier’s speech, visit New Orleans Square to catch Queenie and the Royal Street Bachelors, and even catch the new Disneyland Band in one of its first day performances. Also – Kristen does a rain-soaked VIP Tour, Jeff attends a D23 panel with a host of Disney Legends to learn even more about Disneyland’s early days, and we discuss Fantasmic dining packages. Plus – a chance to win souvenir park maps and a July 17 “I was there!” button; a tiny Ant-sized movie review – and more!

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast: On this episode we bring you another installment of the Great Butterbeer Debate from Kenneth, the latest news from around the Universal Parks, we go On Location from the Hulk and hear about chill out areas in Suess Landing with Maureen in Autism at the Parks and we wrap the show up with a Listener Q & A with Chris Ezell.

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Tre Pan’s Favorite Water Slides in Central California
Overview: Central California has a great variety of waterparks and waterslides ranging from vintage slides like “The Rampage” to the latest and greatest such as “Riptide.”  I recently went on a tour of the major waterparks in central California and documented my favorites for you. Hopefully you can enjoy them sometime too.

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Disney’s New Orleans Square vs. the Real Big Easy
When Walt Disney first opened Disneyland, he exposed people to a world of imagination and days gone by. The park, divided into different lands, set the stage for future amusement parks, and is still the king when it comes to themed entertainment.



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