Hello Fabanistas! Did you have a fabulous long weekend? I hope so! Things are swinging right into fall, and unlike last year, the temperatures here in sunny California seem to be more cooperative. It’s great weather for a backyard B-B-Q with some of the greatest human beings on the planet PLUS homemade root beer floats, all to support something that helped bring Walt Disney’s park to Anaheim. Let’s get out and show this thing – and the people behind it – some love, ok?
Don’t forget about the Anaheim Halloween Parade fundraiser this Saturday! Click on that link to find out about volunteering to help create floats, push floats, paint floats, push floats, glue things on floats, push floats, march in the parade, push floats after everyone else has left… My husband Noe told me all about it because I was in Orlando last year. He loved it! If you’re really big and strong, please come volunteer for the parade, stay late and push floats with him!
Oh, and you’ll be working with Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily, among a lot of other brilliant people. Designers behind Party Gras, Jolly Holiday Bakery, Trader Sam’s, Soundsational Parade, a ton of tiki mugs, bowls, dishware, art pieces, and other Disney gorgeousnesses. Oh heck: Click here to see some of the stuff by a couple of the extremely cool people you’ll be helping preserve an extremely important piece of Anaheim history. PS: Seeing the parade is one of the reasons Walt zeroed in on Anaheim for Disneyland, because keeping that tradition really gave him that “small-town” feeling he so craved. This is actual history, not urban legend. I think Jason Schultz even checked it out. Disney artists worked on and designed many of the original floats that are now being restored by volunteers like you and me – ask Jody some of the artists’ names when you get there. You’ll recognize them. I sure did.
Did You Get Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Two Yet?
You can watch the episodes on demand, sure, but you won’t get the extras, and if you’re somewhere out of range, you’re hosed. This just came out last week, if you missed it, and Star Wars released an exciting lightsaber fight clip (love those) to remind us all. See below.
Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Two delivers all 22 action-packed episodes of the hit CG animated series’ second season, plus exclusive, never-before-seen bonus material on DVD and even more exclusive footage on Blu-ray! Available August 30, this thrilling continuation of the Star Wars Rebels saga depicts the continued efforts of the crew of the starship Ghost to defeat the evil Empire.
Amid growing Imperial oppression on Lothal, the rebels are forced to seek out new allies throughout the galaxy and additional resources to sustain their fight against the Empire. With the help of Ahsoka Tano, the crew of the Ghost bands together with a secret rebel cell and ex-soldiers from the Clone Wars to join a fledgling alliance determined to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy.
As Ezra continues his journey to become a Jedi under Kanan’s guidance, the threat of the dark side looms large over the fate of the growing rebellion. Darth Vader himself will dispatch new Inquisitors to snuff any spark of resistance, setting the stage for a climactic showdown in which past lives will be revealed, terrible truths will be discovered, and the lives of our heroes will be changed forever.
Note: said climactic showdown will mess you up emotionally for the rest of your life. Damn you, Dave Filoni, I love you so.
Star Wars Rebels was created by Dave Filoni (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”), Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Sherlock Holmes”), and Carrie Beck. The Lucasfilm Animation production is also executive-produced by Filoni and Kinberg.
Featuring the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr. (“I Know What You Did Last Summer”) as Kanan, Vanessa Marshall (TV’s “Young Justice”) as Hera, Steve Blum (“The Boxtrolls”) as Zeb, Tiya Sircar (“The Internship”) as Sabine, Taylor Gray (TV’s “Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures”) as Ezra, Ashley Eckstein (Her Universe apparel) as Ahsoka Tano, Dee Bradley Baker (“American Dad,” “Phineas and Ferb”) as Captain Rex and all the clones, David Oyelowo (“Selma” and “The Butler”) as Agent Kallus and Sarah Michelle Gellar (“The Crazy Ones,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”) as the Seventh Sister Inquisitor.
BATMAN – The Telltale Series Continues
September 20th in Episode 2: Children of Arkham
The second of five episodes in the season, Episode 2: ‘Children of Arkham’ will be available digitally worldwide starting Tuesday September 20th on PC from the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services, on the PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 4, and on the Xbox Games Store for Xbox One®. Release dates for additional platforms will be announced later in September.
The series will also be available to purchase at retailers starting September 13th in North America as a special Season Pass Disc, which will include the first of five episodes in the season, and will grant access to the subsequent four episodes as they become available for download via online updates. The series will then be available to purchase at retailers across Europe on September 16th.
Rendered to look like a living, breathing comic book, Telltale’s vision of Batman features an award-winning cast of talent, including Troy Baker in the role of Bruce Wayne, Travis Willingham as Harvey Dent, Erin Yvette as Vicki Vale, Enn Reitel as Alfred Pennyworth, Murphy Guyer as Lieutenant James Gordon, Richard McGonagle as Carmine Falcone, Jason Spisak as Oswald Cobblepot, and Laura Bailey as Selina Kyle. Additional cast and characters will be revealed as the season progresses.(advertisement) Fab News is sponsored by DVCResaleMarket.com – save time & money, plus $50 more!
Sideshow Collectibles Releases Hot Toys’ Death Trooper
The first in Sideshow’s line of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story statues and figures, the Death Trooper Specialist Premium Format™ Figure is a first intimidating look into a galaxy longer ago.
This movie-accurate elite soldier of Director Krennic is kitted out in specialized Stormtrooper armor which features a three-cell pouch located on the left shoulder, fabric pauldron on the right, and reinforced helmet with composite armor. The Death Trooper Specialist’s armor sits atop a detailed body suit and is accented by a fabric tactical chest rig that holds sculpted grenades and other accessories – including a thermal detonator.
Rounding out the Death Trooper Specialist’s armament is a blaster and a side arm blaster pistol. The Sideshow Exclusive Death Trooper Specialist Premium Format™ Figure also includes an exclusive long-range blaster rifle.
All of this is paired with an environmental base modeled after the ground of a planet far, far away.
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If you want to see it in more detail, just ask! I took about 350 or so more photos of it. So, yeah, not faking it on the “Sideshow Collectibles is a fantastic company” thing.
The Jungle Book Progression Images and Gifs
The Jungle Book came out on video last week; how about that animation to Trust In Me? Was I right? Like with Rebels, above, the studio sent a post-release bonus to egg on anyone who hasn’t yet picked up a copy – but this isn’t the usual deleted scene or bloopers or behind the scenes interviews … this is really fascinating, at least to me, who loves to watch how the animation and live action is put together.
At Midsummer Scream, the Jim Henson Creature Shop (NOT The Muppets, which is owned by Disney), talked about their work on the film; that they had been asked to make minimally moving puppet heads. Being Henson and therefore perfectionists, they did not do that. This is a little bit of the result, mixed with a lot of other Disney Magic.
James Cameron on Jimmy Fallon Wednesday
I don’t know why, but I’m hoping he’ll have something to spill about his theme park plans. You never know with James Cameron. I’m sure if he does, you other night owls will let me know, because I have an early bird cuddled up next to me, so don’t have the TV on at that hour!
Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort Starts Sept. 9
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Begins its Final Check-out
Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort offers two new reasons for guests to visit this year––a special celebration at The Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror with a chance to “drop in” like never before, and the debut of the “Frightfully Fun Parade” at Mickey’s Halloween Party, a separate-ticket event. The parade features some popular Disney villains and a procession of grim, grinning ghosts, while The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow appears for the first time at Mickey’s Halloween Party.
Those treats add to the family-friendly thrills, popular seasonal attractions and spooky decor that make Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort so magical. The season runs from Friday, Sept. 9, through Monday, Oct. 31, offering the popular Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy attractions, themed foods and merchandise, plus spirited decor that features a giant Mickey Mouse jack-‘o-lantern on Main Street, U.S.A.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Final Check-out Celebration at Disney California Adventure Park
The invitation to check into the Hollywood Tower Hotel is even more urgent now as The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror approaches its final check-out date, Jan. 2, 2017. A special tribute begins Sept. 9 to salute the haunted hotel’s eerie story and exciting adventure at Disney California Adventure Park. During the celebration, guests who arrive after twilight will enjoy “Late Check-Out”–-a chance to venture beyond the fifth dimension into complete darkness. It’s something guests have never experienced before: free-falling in the attraction’s haunted elevator shaft with all the lights out.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror celebration also includes special musical performances, commemorative merchandise and specialty food and beverage items. Performing at the Hollywood Tower Hotel are the Silver Lake Sisters, characters from the story of this famous hotel who once performed at its rooftop lounge. The sisters make their return to the Hollywood Tower Hotel during Halloween season.
Spooky Halloween Traditions at Disneyland Park
Throughout the Halloween season, guests will find special treats and thrilling traditions. Haunted Mansion Holiday returns to celebrate the collision between Halloween and Christmas, and a familiar guest moves into the Mansion: Jack Skellington from the Walt Disney Pictures classic “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
- Jack Skellington brings a unique spark to the season and, for the first time, his friend Sally joins him in the Mansion graveyard.
- The annual Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house is back with a new theme. This year’s version appears to have been stitched together from pieces of other gingerbread houses and treats. In fact, the ghoulish architect has stitched himself inside the house, and one green arm still may be spotted, sewing the walls together around him.
- Another Halloween favorite is Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, a Halloween-themed reimagining of the popular thrill ride in Tomorrowland, at Disneyland. Guests on board the speeding Space Mountain vehicles are thrust into a ghostly galaxy where they are bombarded with eerie screams, sound effects and music. Spine-chilling spirits pop out of the darkness, appearing to reach out to menace the space travelers. To be followed by the return of Hyperspace Mountain? I hope? Maybe? Please? Pretty, pretty please, ohpleaseohpleaseohplease? Please?
- The traditional Mexican celebration,“Dia de los Muertos,” is observed with a skeleton display in Frontierland, near Rancho del Zocalo restaurant.
- As a special, after-dark treat during the Halloween season, guests visiting Disneyland on select nights will enjoy the“Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks spectacular.
- During the day, the dynamic “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” marches down Main Street, U.S.A., throughout Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.
Mickey’s Halloween Party
New this year at Mickey’s Halloween Party is the premiere of the “Frightfully Fun Parade,” seen exclusively on the 17 nights of this separately ticketed event at Disneyland.
- The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow (from the Disney animated classic “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad”) brings a warning to guests, riding through the park on his ghostly black steed with a flickering jack-‘o-lantern.
- Shortly afterward, the parade begins with greetings from Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
- Grim, grinning (and hitchhiking) ghosts follow along in the procession, joined by other spirits from the iconic Haunted Mansion attraction.
- Inspired by Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog,” the creepy Dr. Facilier calls on mystical powers, summoning his Shadow Men from the bayou to loom large over his strange and twisted Voodoo parlor.
- Mischievous Disney villains appear out of the darkness, ready to stir up some trouble, and their wicked gathering includes the Evil Queen, Jafar and Cruella.
Mickey’s Halloween Party guests are invited to visit in costume and trick-or-treat throughout Disneyland for candy and healthy snacks. An extra special treat is the “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular, presented exclusively for guests of Mickey’s Halloween Party and hosted by “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington.
Tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party* may be purchased online and on mobile devices at Disneyland.com/party, as well as at the Disneyland Resort main gate and by phone at 714-781-4400. Guests may check for availability for the 17 nights: Friday, Sept. 23; Monday, Sept. 26, Wednesday, Sept. 28; Friday, Sept. 30; Monday, Oct. 3; Wednesday, Oct. 5; Friday, Oct. 7; Monday, Oct. 10;Wednesday, Oct. 12; Friday, Oct. 14; Monday, Oct. 17; Wednesday, Oct. 19; Friday, Oct. 21; Monday, Oct. 24; Wednesday, Oct. 26; Saturday, Oct. 29; and Monday, Oct. 31, Halloween night. Online and mobile purchases are not available the day of the event. Parking is not included in the ticket price, and parking fees will apply.
Tickets purchased in advance are available at a discount for select nights. Tickets purchased on the day of the event are $89 each. All tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 29, and Monday, Oct. 31, are $99 each. Mickey’s Halloween Party is a non-smoking event. Smoking is permitted only in the Esplanade outside the Disneyland main entrance.
For more information about Halloween events at the Disneyland Resort, please visit http://www.Disneyland.com/Halloween. Entertainment and attractions are subject to change without notice.
*Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets are subject to availability and are valid only for specific event dates and hours. Space is limited and event dates may sell out. Limit eight (8) tickets per person, per event date. Tickets are nonrefundable and may not be resold. May not be combined with other discounts. Costumes subject to Disney guidelines and should not be obstructive or offensive; please check guidelines for all restrictions. Ages 2 and under: no ticket required. Entertainment may be cancelled due to inclement weather or otherwise. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.
If you haven’t seen us mention it yet, MiceChat is holding a magical meet-up at Mickey’s Halloween Party this year on October 10th at Disneyland. Get your ticket from Disney now, before it sells out, and then click THIS LINK to sign up for MiceChat’s event info list so we can email you about meet times and locations. You don’t need to attend Mickey’s party alone, come join us! For good measure, here are several of the MiceChat Events coming right up.
Upcoming MiceChat Events
October 1st – MiceChat Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt Event
Join us in the fog for a night of spooky treats and VIP experiences. For one low price, you’ll get an all you can eat BOO-ffet dinner, early entry into the event, tours, meet and greets with Knott’s creatives, front of line for the mazes, VIP seating for shows, Skeleton Key access and a night of fun with your mice pals at the haunt which started it all. We have a VERY limited number of tickets available this year, SIGN UP NOW – HERE
October 10th – Mickey’s Halloween Party @ Disneyland
Join the MiceChatters for a not so scary Halloween event on Monday October 10th. Please buy your own tickets directly from Disney for the October 10th Halloween Party. Then sign up for MiceChat’s event list HERE to be notified about event meeting times and locations. It promises to be a night filled with candy, friendship, headless horsemen, scary parades and fireworks!
November 3rd and 4th – New York Meet-ups and events
The MiceChatters invade NYC in November before their New York to Puerto Rico cruise. We’ll be seeing Aladdin and Cirque Du Soleil Paramour as well as taking a city tour. If you are interested in any or all of these activities, please contact [email protected] for more information.
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