Welcome to this week’s Disney News Round-Up! Lots of great news and some controversal changes coming to Disneyland Resort. Our latest MiceAge article expands on the ever changing world of StarWars Land and the long hiatus of Fantasmic!, Rivers of America and the fate of the Disneyland Railroad. What are your feelings on the upcoming changes? We also have great trip reports from the very early Safari Jungle Cruise and video from EPCOTs food and wine festival.


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MiceAge Update – Star Wars Brings Big Changes and Reduced River
Star Wars Land construction is on the way this winter, and it’s promising to force some big changes to Disneyland’s sleepy northwest corner. Here’s a quick update to recap some of the recent public announcements, and some of the backstage planning now going on in Team Disney Anaheim.

The plans for Star Wars attractions at Disneyland have been changing since Disney bought LucasFilm three years ago. The original Tomorrowland plan to build a speeder-bike ride where Autopia and the Submarine lagoon now exists wasn’t deemed ambitious enough, and TDA’s planners weren’t impressed with the loss in overall park ride capacity by removing Autopia and the Subs. Once the Star Wars project got enough funding to create an entirely new land it’s been shifting from a 10 acre plan that was due north of Fantasyland to an even bigger 14 acre plan that has landed on Disneyland’s northwest perimeter. But there’s not enough space within the existing railroad tracks, so big changes to Disneyland’s footprint are required.

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October 4th, 2015, Palm Springs

O-Zell, the sodas made famous by Walt Disney and his father Elias, is relaunching this weekend with four fantastic flavors. And they are holding a Festival of Fun to celebrate at the Rocket Fizz Store in Palm Springs with celebrities, pumpkin carving, an actual monorail photo-op, and some neat offers. PLUS, there’s a “Soda Tasting” dinner at the kitschy Melvyn’s restaurant starring Charles Phoenix. Not to be missed!!!

You are sure to have a great time as we eat, drink and make merry at Melvin’s, a restaurant which looks as though Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. might walk through the door at any moment.

Bring the family and come out out to Palm Spring this Sunday. And if you’ll be joining us for dinner, don’t delay, pick up your tickets right away.

Tickets are just $49 per person and all proceeds will benefit the Center for Early Childhood Creativity at the Walt Disney Birthplace.

Date: Sunday, October 4th
Time: 5:30 pm until approximately 7:30 pm
Location: Melvyn’s Restaurant
200 W Ramon Rd
Palm Springs, CA 92264

•  Sign up for the O-Zell Dinner HERE  •



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!

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Have you ever wanted to be a Jungle Cruise Skipper?  Disneyland has offered an opportunity (that comes with a price) to become a Skipper for at least part of the tour, and we have a special trip report about this special event, that continues through to the beginning of December. We also have some of the 1st Halloween Party trip reports coming in.  And more information has been released about  Disneyland’s celebration of Star Wars, Season of the Force,  which will begin the same time as the Christmas Season in Disneyland, this year. ~ Aladdin

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Matt’s Sunrise Safari Report – Breakfast on the Jungle Cruise!!
Disneyland offered an opportunity for guests to become members of the Fraternal League of Secret Skippers of the World famous Jungle Cruise (for a price, of course) Whoever tells us all about this special experience (except their secret handshake!)

Matt’s September, 2015 Solo Trip after the Safari Cruise…
Whoever returns to the Disneyland resort, to capture some amazing photos from inside the Haunted Mansion and around Disneyland!

Joe’s visit to Salon Nouveau and one last dinner at Big Thunder Ranch BBQ
mre200200 visits Disneyland with family and friends, to enjoy Club 33 and one last meal at Big Thunder Ranch BBQ. And their son enjoys private playtime with both Mickey and Minnie!

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Mickey’s Halloween Party Trip Report
prillzilla went trick or treating for the 1st time in over 30 years, and enjoy Mickey’s Halloween Party at the same time!

Season of the Force begins November 16th
The new Star Wars entertainment called Season of the Force will begin sooner than expected, November 16th. The 1st level of the old Innoventions building will be housing meet and greets among other things, Tomorrowland Terrace will also be seeing an update to the Jedi Training show, as well as Space Mountain being transformed to Hyperspace Mountain.


This weeks round up of fun adventures from Walt Disney World! With a new Meet and greet for Minnie to a great video of how the EPCOT Food and Wine festival gets prepped! – DLandFansAZ

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Checking out all the Food and Wine preperations at Epcot
Although the Food and Wine Festival has already begun, Stoneking shares a video about the preparations.

Pecos Bill’s Is Getting An Epic Menu Change
Beginning October 1st, Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn & Cafe in Frontierland will offer a brand new menu featuring Mexican cuisine.

New Minnie Mouse M&G At DHS
Starting October 8th, Minnie Mouse will have a new meet and greet at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Complimentary Popcorn At Select WDW Resorts
PlutoHasFleas brings us information that the partnership with Disney and Pop Secret will bring some complimentary popcorn to Movies Under the Stars.

New Halloween Magic Shots For PhotoPass
Check out these new Halloween Magic Shots for PhotoPass.


Lots of exciting discussions from around the globe, from DisneySea to Disneyland Paris! – DLandFansAZ

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Enjoying the atmosphere at Disneyland Park September 2015
filipv brings us a video of the atmosphere at Disneyland Resort Paris.

proposed recreation, tourism strategies for Lantau Island endorsed
PennysBayChronicle brings us information about the planning of Lantau Island around the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

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RUN – Blood, Sweat, and Fears A Walkthrough of the house RUN – Blood, Sweat, and Fears at Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights.

An American Werewolf in London A Walkthrough of An American Werewolf in London house at Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights!

MiceChat Podcast – 4 Amazing Theme Park Things to Celebrate! It’s a countdown to fun on the MiceChat Podcast as we celebrate the biggest Southern Californian attractions of summer 2015. Disneyland may be getting all the attention with its 60th anniversary, but the biggest attractions are to be found outside the borders of the Happiest Place On Earth. We take you with us to the parks as we explore the Iron Reef, a Twisted Colossus, Springfield USA and a Diamond Celebration. There’s a lot of competition for your theme park dollars this summer and the big winner is . . . you!

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The Season Pass Podcast: The Season Pass Podcast returns to Disney Lengend Tony Baxter’s house for another conversation on Disney Park attraction design and a look into what makes Universal Studios Florida’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley SO RIGHT!

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Disney Avenue Podcast: The Disney Avenue Podcast returns with another amazing guest from the Disney universe. Dave Bossert, who is currently the Producer, Creative Director and Head of Classic Projects at Walt Disney Animation Studios, joins us for a spectacular interview. This is a show you won’t want to miss…

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast: This episode was recorded Live at our first UK meet on Saturday 26th of September. As part of the Haunted Hangout we bring you a Great Butterbeer Debate, a little news, a Listener Q&A with Claire Goodwin, Autism at the Park with Maureen, the latest update of our Top 5 Worst attractions at Universal Orlando and Andy DiGenova’s list and then we wrap up talking to Mackenzie, who will be visiting Orlando next year for the first time.

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Star Wars Launch Bay and Unobstructed Chinese Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we are taking a look at the rapid change over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Lights . . . Camera . . . ACTION!


The MiceEars Crew puts a lot of time and effort into making the Disney News Round-Up happen.Our thanks to: Editor CakvalaSC and the MiceEars Crew: Aladdin, Trekkie Dad, DLandFansAZ, & Dustysage.
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