Fab News – Rebels, Spies & Boysenberry Pies

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Published on August 30, 2016 at 11:45 am with No Comments

I want to thank those of you that have been thinking of me and helping me in different ways, from the bottom of my heart. In a few months, I hope this illness will be Ancient History.

There is a LOT going on!

Star Wars Rebels Season 2 BluRay Hits the Streets TODAY!!!

So go get it!


You watched it, right? Because I told you to. Well, don’t do stuff because I tell you to, do stuff because it’s good, and this show is so very good. Yes, season one, it was finding its place, but in Season Two, it hit its stride. Dave Filoni and his team were able to reach out and bring in some beloved Clone Wars characters, most importantly Rex and Ahsoka, to become part of (but never overpower) the narrative. Every character was important, and had their story to tell. This animated series truly respects the Star Wars universe, and the storytelling is wonderful, especially at the bookends of the season. I, like every other Star Wars nerd out there, ugly cried at the final episode. And then I watched it again.


But there’s more than just the excellent series on this beauty. The BluRay comes with some swell extras: A Rogue One Trailer, some episodes of Rebels Recon, which helps you get in-depth on the episodes, a talk with Dave Filoni about the epic battle in the last episode between two of the characters, and my favorite, a showcase of some of the coolest Star Wars “Easter Eggs” scattered throughout the series.

If you get the DVD, you just get Rebels Recon and the Easter Eggs along with all of the amazing episodes. It’s available everywhere you buy media.

An Evening with Terri Hardin September 3!

TerriSeptember 3rd – An Evening with Imagineer Terri Hardin at the Anabella Hotel’s Tangerine Bar and Patio. (There is no cost for this event). Join your MiceChat pals for cocktail and drink specials and some amazing inspiration from former Disney Imagineer, Jim Henson Muppeteer, and runDisney fangirl, Terri Hardin. The event will take place from 6pm until 7pm at the Tangerine Grill & Patio (next to the pool at the Anabella Hotel in Anaheim). The event is in celebration of the big runDisney event that weekend. But whether you are racing or not, come join us for drinks with Terri! You can let us know you plan on attending by visiting our Facebook Events Page HERE (There’s also an exclusive hotel rate and perks for MiceChatters for that weekend – MiceChat Runners Deal at the Anabella Hotel)

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MiceChat Mickey’s Halloween Party @ Disneyland – October 10th

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – A colorful display at Disneyland park honors Dia de los Muertos with cheerful skeletons, sugar skulls and marigolds during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, from Sept. 9 through Nov.1.  Halloween Time entertains guests with seasonal entertainment and décor, in addition to the return of Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. This year, the family-friendly Mickey’s Halloween Party will be held on 17 nights at Disneyland park, where guests are invited to trick-or-treat in costume, celebrate with favorite Disney characters and enjoy the “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – A colorful display at Disneyland park honors Dia de los Muertos with cheerful skeletons, sugar skulls and marigolds during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, from Sept. 9 through Nov.1. Halloween Time entertains guests with seasonal entertainment and décor, in addition to the return of Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. This year, the family-friendly Mickey’s Halloween Party will be held on 17 nights at Disneyland park, where guests are invited to trick-or-treat in costume, celebrate with favorite Disney characters and enjoy the “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

MiceChat’s Disneyland Halloween Party event focuses on the less scary side of the holiday. See the park in a whole new light as Disneyland is bathed in shades of Halloween. A special fiend returns this year with the Ride of the Headless Horseman!

(Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

(Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

Plus, we’ll enjoy the amazing Halloween Screams Fireworks, Trick or Treat Stations, Disney Villains at Villains Square, the Cadaver Dans (a barbarous-shop quartet sure to slay you with their razor-sharp wit and AAAHH!-cappella harm-onies), Haunted Mansion Holiday and lots of added MiceChat fun.

(Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

(Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

fabsays AND, there’s something BRAND NEW that was just announced yesterday. They’re launching a new parade this Halloween season, the “Frightfully  Fun Parade”! This looks like it’s going to be as wonderful as the one at Walt Disney World that Alice and I loved so much when we visited last October! Certainly a great reason to join the MiceChatters at the party this year.

(David Roark, photographer)

(David Roark, photographer)

To attend this event on October 10th, we need you to do two simple things:

  1. Buy your ticket today directly from Disney: https://disneyland.disney.go.com/…/mickeys-hallow…/purchase/
  2. Then sign up for the MiceChat event email list for more info on meeting times and locations http://eepurl.com/cb4gm5

It promises to be a night filled with candy, friendship and fireworks!


MiceChat Knott’s Scary Farm – October 1st

MiceChat KSF

Join us in the fog-shrouded streets of Ghost Town for the MiceChat Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt 2016. This is the 10th anniversary of our event and we are working with the great folks of Knott’s Berry Farm to make this our best ever! Leave the real world behind and enter a dream-land of spooky fun with fellow MiceChat readers.

It will be a night of spooky delights and VIP treatment! For one low price you’ll get:

  • All-you-can-eat Boo-Fet
  • Backstage Tour of a maze before night falls to see how the magic is made
  • Meet and greet with maze designers
  • Early Admission into Knott’s Scary Farm
  • Unlimited front of the line access to all mazes
  • One time access to the standalone Skeleton Key Rooms
  • Early entry to Elvira show

And, of course, an extraordinary night of fun with your fellow MiceChatters at the theme park haunt which started it all.  We have a VERY limited number of tickets this year (100 fewer than last year), sign up ASAP so you don’t miss out.  


fabsays I talked to Jeff Tucker at the #ScaryFarm announcement on August 25th and he is VERY excited  about seeing all of us MiceChatters in the fog October 1st! As some of you know, Jeff is the host of the announcements, the Ambassador of #ScaryFarm at places like Midsummer Scream and San Diego Comic-Con, he’s worked on several different experiences throughout the years. A big kid and fan himself, he’s also our eyes and ears throughout the planning process, the “fan proxy”, as it were. Or “guinea pig”, if you prefer. He attempted a run at City Council, if you recall, but didn’t make the entry by two signatures. He says he’ll start earlier next time, that he learned a lot from this experience, and that it definitely hasn’t soured him from trying again in two years, which is fantastic, because we really do need theme-park friendly people in office in theme park cities. He cites watching “Dave” and “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” multiple times during one of his first jobs at Blockbuster Video in Buena Park with inspiring him, and says he’s still an optimist. That’s what we need, Jeff! Also, Jeff says if I’m not fully recovered in time to walk around, he’ll put me on a wagon and tie a cow-catcher to the front of it…and decorate it with fake blood, so people will stay out of the way. Now there’s a City Councilman that’s going to get things done! 

From the Mailbag:

New Scary Farm Logo 2014Knott’s Scary Farm, the largest and most haunting Halloween event in Southern California, has unveiled the 13 haunted attractions that will terrify guests when the event returns for 24 horrifying nights, September 22 – October 31. Four all-new nightmarish haunted attractions will debut this year; each featuring unearthly surprises, ghoulish monsters and frightening legends that come to life as you step inside.Black Ops: Infected (New for 2016): Armed with cutting edge laser guns, brave guests will face off against hordes of zombies in the groundbreaking all-new Black Ops: Infected interactive maze. Small units of guests will battle the zombie apocalypse through blood soaked city streets and an underground sewer system crawling with nearly one hundred ravenous zombies. The high tech innovative experience thrusts guests into the middle of a live-action video game complete with live actors, real time scoring system, kill streak rewards system and interactive targets, including a juggernaut boss zombie. The new attraction is one of the largest mazes ever created in Knotts Scary Farm history so form your squad and put your zombie apocalypse survival skills to the test in this action packed, one-of-a-kind experience.

Shadow Lands (New for 2016):ShadowLands (no background)

A fulfilling life ensures a soul safe passage into eternity, but what happens to the souls of soldiers slain in battle? Enter the hair-raising Shadow Lands maze and fight off demon samurais whose souls are cursed to rot within the depths of purgatory. Guests will embark on a quest through a sacred shrine, an ancient Japanese temple and into the midst of the shadow lands.Shadow Lands Hero Image with Logo Slide

Red Barn (New for 2016):

The Red Barn (no background)

Take a trip to a blood-soaked barn filled with carnivorous animals seeking to prey on human flesh in the Red Barn gore maze. Legend has it the farmer who owns the barn was transformed into a heinous creature that sends his sadistic sons to ensure his legacy. None dare enter the barn, for those who enter never escape.Red Barn Hero Image with logo slide

The Hollow (New for 2016):

TheHollow (no background)

fabsays The Hollow is not a maze. It’s not a show. It’s not even a Skeleton Key room. Hold on to your Boys and Berries: It’s an entire new SCARE ZONE!

From within the fog, the legendary Headless Horseman and his army of the undead are ready to unleash a reign of terror in the new scare zone, The Hollow. Guests entering the frightful 6-acre area will be terrorized by the souls of fallen soldiers and local farmers that have escaped their shallow graves.

The Hollow Hero Image Slide

For the whole scoop on all things #ScaryFarm, check out MiceChat’s coverage of the August 25th announcement!

A Sweet! Note from Skypp Cabanas

A special event will be happening in the heart of Hollywood on Saturday, September 10 from 6 PM – 10 PM featuring performers and musicians from the Disneyland Resort. The event is called A Sweet! Hollywood Tiki Night and 100% of the ticket sales are being donated to the National MS Society to help aid research towards a cure of Multiple Sclerosis as well as for patient care and services.

Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. It attacks the insulating coating around nerve cells making it difficult for a person’s brain to talk to their muscles and producers varied debilitating effects.  Imagine not knowing if you could get up out of bed with your own free will from day to day. This is one of many types of causes of MS.

This year’s event features a concert by theme park performers Evan Saucedo, Jamie Carganilla, Rod Castro, Shane Brouse, Patrick Copeland, and Keynon McBurney. DJ Wendy Walker will also join us as she takes the night off from the Backlot to help spin some music at Tiki Night. Also in store for our Tiki Night Guests will be an Anaheim favorite treat (Dole whip floats mixed with rum!) as well as other themed drinks, entertainment, special guests, games, a silent auction, and raffle prizes to be won.

We’ll also be giving away swag and a pair of tickets to Disney’s NEWSIES THE MUSICAL LIVE FILMING happening at the Pantages Theatre on Sunday, September 11th  at 6pm (the night after Tiki Night) along with tickets to La Mirada Theatre, Center Theatre Group, and a host of other prizes and silent auction items. You must be present to win these prizes.

Ordering your tickets on line and on the web will give you entry into our special door prize package consisting of two One Day Disneyland Park Hopper tickets, a $100 Disney Gift Card, and a one night stay at the Candy Cane Inn. To qualify for entry for this special door prize you must purchase your ticket on line and in advance. You need not be present to win this special door prize.

A Sweet! Hollywood Tiki Night
Saturday, September 10 from 6 PM – 10 PM
Sweet! Hollywood

Hollywood & Highland
6801 Hollywood Blvd #201
Los Angeles, CA 90028


Up to date information on A Sweet! Hollywood Tiki Night can be found on their Facebook page

Please Note: Skypp will be riding in the Bike MS Bay to Bay Tour to help bring an end to Multiple Sclerosis.
Please support my efforts by clicking the image below to make a donation to the MS Society.


fabsays Fab says: Do it for Annette.


Fun.com:  If Marvel Suits You. (And You’re Hella Skinny)

Fun.com has Marvel’s Avengers suits  if you feel like bounding as Iron Man and you don’t want to do casual clothes or a drress.

I wanna get this one for Noe, but they don’t have big and tall – yet:



I think the ones that look like superhero suits on the outside are a bit much. I like the Secret Identity ones. They ARE very “I’ve got a secret”, you know?

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About Shelly Valladolid

Shelly Valladolid, The Fabulous Disney Babe, has been writing about Disney and theme parks for about two decades. She has written for various fan and pop culture sites, Disney Magazine and OCRegister.com and participated in several books, including Passporter's Disneyland and Southern California and Disney World Dreams. She was co-founder and president of the Orlando, Florida chapter of the NFFC (now Disneyana Fan Club). She taught a class on theme park history at a Southern California University. She is creator and co-owner of Jim Hill Media, one of the creators of MousePlanet and was a consultant on MSNBC, The Motley Fool and others about Disney. She was a Heel wrestling manager on TV and a voice artist on the radio in Honolulu, HI, where she grew up. She has a blog: PinkMonorail.com and an upcoming podcast of the same name. She and her husband, MiceChat columnist Noe Valladolid, live in Southern California with their and Jim's daughter, Alice Hill.

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