Is Disneyland losing the Dole Whip?  Is Ratatouille coming to Disney California Adventure?  Have you seen the new Oswald ears in the parks?  Read further to learn all about these and many other Disney news items in today’s MiceChat Round up, your weekly summary of Disney news and theme park discussion.  Could Lights, Motors, Action be leaving the Disney Hollywood Studios in Orlando?  Have you heard about Tokyo Disneyland’s 30 year anniversary and what will they be doing to celebrate it?  All this plus some fun MiceChat events, Halloween in the parks, MiceTube videos and lot’s of fun news, photos and discussions.

The Space Shuttle Endeavor made its final flight above several California landmarks, including Disneyland, on Friday September 21st, 2012. Here are several videos and photos of this historic flight! Be sure to post your stories, videos and photos, too!

The biggest attraction at Disneyland this week soared over Disneyland!  We also have a report from the Disneyland Half Marathon.  Then keep your eyes open for some rabbit ears in DCA  ~ Aladdin

BoygunaSurf has returned from the Disneyland Half Marathon and has several photos from this Annual Disneyland Event. Be sure to look for some of the special characters that made appearances along the route!
piratedad and his crew set sail for Disneyland, and this is what they recorded in the ship’s log!
Sorcerer Dan lets us know that Oswald’s Rabbit ears are available in DCA now! The question still remains, will we be lucky enough to meet the Rabbit in person, on Buena Vista Street?
Orbital Punk has good news about the refurbishment of Snow White’s Grotto in Disneyland!

Trip Report 9/15-9/23
Wow, just … WOW!! Sorcerer’s Apprentice had a wonderful relaxing trip to Disneyland, read all about it here!

Rod Miller
wants to know what the now retired Rod Miller, who is famous for his rag time at the Coke Corner on Mainstreet in Disneyland, is doing these days. 


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LAST CHANCE: Epcot 30th Anniversary FREE MiceQuest – Sept 29, 2012
Join MiceChat’s Kevin Yee and the Communicore Weekly crew for a FREE fun-filled scavenger hunt game celebrating Epcot’s 30th Anniversary.  The Quest, designed by Kevin Yee, is fun for the whole family and will take place on the Mexico side of World Showcase from 3:30pm until 6:30pm on September 29th, 2012.  Create a team of 1-4 people, and compete for the title of biggest Epcot geek. Fun prizes will be awarded to the winning teams.

LAST CHANCE: Sip and Nibble at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival – Sept 30, 2012
Enjoy a leisurely stroll around World Showcase with your favorite MiceChatters, sampling the food and wine offerings of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival along the way. You will be given a lanyard with a marker attached so that you can record your progress as you tour the world of food and drink! Guests who desire to partake of the adult beverages will also be given a small glass to conveniently share “sips” during our journey.  Come spend some quality time with other foodies and the best online Disney community on Earth! To reserve your place at this year’s Sip & Nibble event purchase your ticket today for just $3.99. Please click through for full event details.

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Disney Rumors and Armchair Imagineering

Ratatouille Land in California Adventure Park
has an interesting idea on placing some other style of “mouse” inside DCA, what do you think? Good idea or just plain spaghetti?

What Would Disneyland Be Like Today If WDW Was Never Built?
A unique question brought up by Barbaraan, what are your thoughts? Do you feel it would pack Disneyland to the brim? Would you miss Walt Disney World? Discuss it here!

A compromise restoration of POTC
Simple enough question one would think, matman730 wants to know would you like the original or keep it as is!

Dole Whip leaving
Oh no! This is not a good rumor, Mickey2005 thinks Dole will not be renewing their contract with the mouse, what will we do!

Walt Disney World

This week brings us some mermaids to Walt Disney World (and not Ariel), some Country Bears, the possible demise of Lights, Motors, Action, and an ultimate question: Is Walt Disney World overrated in 2012? Lots of little things keep popping up in the news this week at Walt Disney World, so keep your eyes peeled to the forum to stay up to date! ~yoyoflamingo

Lights Motors Action! Meets its death
With the recent rumor of Carsland in some form coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, LMA looks to be the place it might go. Will you miss the 50th anniversary gift from Disneyland’s Anniversary or not?

Is Walt Disney World Overrated in 2012?
A very interesting question: Is Walt Disney World overrated? While it seems like a simple answer, when you really think about it, there’s a lot to discuss. Join in with your thoughts and weigh in here!

Country Bear Jamboree Multi-Angle Edit
With the rumor of the Country Bears being edited for length, here’s a great video of the show in its entirety. Relive the magic before the rumored changes occur!

Mermaids coming to POTC – finally confirmed by DisneyParks Blog
While not specifically stated, the DisneyParks Blog did inform its readers a new addition was coming to Pirates of the Caribbean. The major assumption is that mermaids are the addition. Is this overkill of the movie franchise or a welcome addition?

T’S TIME FOR DISNEY HISTORY! – It’s so easy…to learn about Pete’s Dragon when Jeff and George talk about it! GEORGE’S BOOK OF THE WEEK! – George learns a bit about Roy Disney in the book Roy Disney: Building A Company! BATHROOM BREAK! – What bathroom has Jeff never visited? Find out in the Bathroom Break! FIVE LEGGED GOAT! – And finally, learn the connection between Morocco and the Tower of Terror in this week’s Five Legged Goat!

Orlando Parkhopper’s Aimster ventures into a Busch Gardens Haunted House with the Scream Cam.

Pen and Teller field questions while promoting their new haunted house that is featured at Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights.


Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary ‘The Happiness Year’ 4/15/2013 through 3/20/2014
Tokyo Disney Resort will be celebrating it’s 30th anniversary next year. TravisMT81 brings us the news of what is going to take place during ‘Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary ‘The Happiness Year”

Funny TDS CM/Streetmoshphere
Need a good laugh this week? Hathaway Browne brings us a streetmosphere performance from Tokyo Disney Sea that is quite entertaining.

DIsneyland Electrical Parade Photos
shelemm brings us photos of the Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade.

Vampires Vs Werewolves for this year Haunted Halloween
Disney’s Haunted Halloween at Hong Kong Disneyland will be enhanced through augmented reality technology. It’s an epic battle between Vampires and Werewolves to determine the leader of darkness in Hong Kong.

This week it is all about Halloweentime at Knott’s and Universal. But we’ll start this week off all the way on the east coast with an Ocktoberfest in Delaware. ~DLandFansAZ

2012 Oktoberfest at Delaware Saengerbund
Hayley B went to this year’s Ocktoberfest at Delaware Saengerbund and shares the adventure with pictures and videos.

Riders trapped on Windseeker since 4:00pm – 9-19-12
The real scary news out of Knott’s this week was when Windseeker broke down and trapped riders 300 feet in the air.

The Better Haunt
It’s Halloween time in the theme parks. So which is the better haunt? Knott’s Scary Farm or Universal’s Halloween Horror!

My Knott’s Haunt Review 9-22-12
madmonkeygirl attended the MiceChat night at Knott’s Haunt on September 22nd and brings us all the details of that night.

Knott’s Scary Farm 2012 reviews
And, jcruise86 brings us another review of Knott’s Haunt.

Elvira at the 40th Haunt
The legendary mistress of the dark, Elvira will make a one night appearance as part of Knott’s Halloween Haunt’s 40th year celebration on Thursday, October 4th.

Universal Orlando 2012 Official HHN line up
Here is the official thread for the 2012 Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Night line up.

HHN ’12: Invaded by DTH316 (Very Lengthy Opening Night Review)
To start of Universal’s Halloween Horror, dth316 brings us a detailed review of opening night.

Spoiler free review of Halloween Horror Nights 22 at Universal Orlando
KingEric shares a spoiler free version of Halloween Horror Nights at Univeral Orlando

Awesome Video POV Waterworld!!! Behind the Scenes!!!
And to finish of this week, WildForMrToad brings us this behind the scene video of Waterworld using a GoPro camera.

Do you like to visit Disney-related sites outside of the parks?
Were all fanatics of Disney Parks, but where else do you go? 14 MPH would love to know all the places you venture to!

“Don’t you know who I am?” Kris Jenner demands Apple Store put 5 iPhones on hold
Well? Don’t you? CaliforniaAdventurer posted a interesting discussion on a recent incident that involved the infamous Kardashian’s and the Apple iPhone 5.

NYC Trade Group
Do you live in New York City and just love Vinylmation? Well this thread gives you the details for a Trade group that gets together in the big apple!

Countdown to my next trip?
Ever wanted one of those neat countdown timers for your next Disney Parks trip? Here is where you can find all the different styles and how to place them in your signature!

Universal Hollywood Halloween Horror Night meet up – Saturday October 6th
and MiceChat friends wants you to join them for a frighteningly fun time at the world Famous Universal Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights on Saturday, October 6th!

‘Finding Nemo 3D’ box office bubbles
reports on ‘Finding Nemo 3D’ opened in second place in the weekend box office race with $17.5 million on 2,904 screens.

Fright Fest 2012 at Six Flags Magic Mountain
sir clinksalot
reports on Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest for 2012 promises to be bigger and better than ever!!

Disney Animation’s Wreck It Ralph Display
The pace of change here in Orlando is fast enough that sometimes I do not see new attractions or experiences for a few weeks, even several weeks, after they’ve been opened. That goes double for things that opened inside parks I visit less frequently, such as Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Al Lutz says the Party is Over at Disneyland
As the wildly successful summer of 2012 quickly morphs into the next peak season dubbed HalloweenTime, both parks had a scant two weeks when things slowed down a bit before the crowds rushed back to…

Space Shuttle Endeavour soars over California Adventure as Disneyland refurbishments continue
The Space Shuttle Endeavour treated Disneyland guests to a special treat Friday, as the Resort was included on the list of California landmarks it flew over during its final flight. Endeavour’s historical final flight over…

Dateline Walt Disney World
Hello, and welcome to Today, we have a large photo update from the , and I’ll show you a new eBook about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! Lots to do, so let’s go! Before…

Adam Shares The Magic Behind The Magic Kingdom
We all love the magic that The Walt Disney Company creates on a daily basis. But haven’t you always wanted to go behind the scenes to see how it’s all done? Of course you have!

WorldKey Kiosks of Epcot Center
One of the goals of Epcot Center was to entertain, enlighten and educate the guests. Not only through E-Ticket level attractions, but also through the technology that was presented to guests for their use. Back in 1982,…

Halloween Hoopla at the Disneyland Resort
Grinning pumpkins glare from window sills of Main Street USA.  Ochre bunting along the roof lines and awnings.  Yes, it’s Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.  The special Fall festivities began on September 14th and…

Orlando Parkhopper
Halloween preparation is underway at Universal Orlando while the Resort is in full construction mode with future blockbuster attractions and theme park improvements. Even with the construction, popular seasonal events including Halloween Horror Nights and…

Disney World Halloween and Christmas Parties, Worth the Price?
It’s that time of year again, the start of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and, in November, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. . . Each party is a hard ticket evening event, meaning you’ll…

The Samland Grabbag of Disneyland Stories
One of the great things about Disneyland is pulling back the various layers of history concentrated in such a small site. Disney historian Jeff Kurtti noted that if you are able to frequently visit the…

Epic Disney Honeymoon: Final Chapter
We have been following Rya86n and his blushing bride around the United States as they experienced an epic Disney-themed honeymoon. After visiting Orlando theme parks and taking a Disney cruise, they came to the West…

Growing Up Disney: The Twins Meet Disney Legend Alice Davis
Scarlett Stahl previously shared the adventures of the “Flat Twins” with us, in which they met Disney dignitaries. Today we start a three part story about the twins’ Disney-themed adventures this past summer. Today’s installment…

River Country Closed by Brain-Eating Amoeba?
Disney’s River Country was the first waterpark at Walt Disney World. It’s also safe to say it was the first themed waterpark. Some even consider River Country to be the first water park anywhere, but that…

The 626
Horizons was a much beloved attraction at EPCOT during the 1980s and 90s. Though it opened a year after the Park did, it was hailed as the pinnacle of EPCOT attractions, showcasing just the right…

Garner Holt’s Top 10 Animatronics
Howdy everyone, and welcome to a fun little interlude here at This Animatronic Life.  Thanks to everyone for their great comments and questions about my last article, all about GHP’s parade work.  Answers will be…

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