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Published on September 20, 2016 at 10:37 am with No Comments

Hello to all my Fabanistas and MiceChatters! I hope you’re doing swell! Chili mochas are in so I’m happy when a friend brings me one; I’m nesting for the next few weeks, but hope to be out in time for the end of Halloween Time and the beginning of Holiday Time. But now, it’s Fab News Time!

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Tales of Ghoulish Delight at the Walt Disney Family Museum

Walt Disney first announced his plans to add a haunted house-style attraction to Disneyland in 1958, but the Haunted Mansion didn’t open until a full eleven years later. It is believed to be the last attraction Walt had a hand in before his death in 1966. But, what happened in between conception and the Mansion’s opening in 1969? Take a look at the evolution of the attraction under Walt’s tutelage from a scare-a-minute walk-through to the creepy but comical Doom Buggy ride we all know and love. Join Imagineer Kim Irvine, Walt Disney Company alum Ed Squair, and Winchester Mystery House General Manager Walter Magnuson for a discussion on Walt’s influence on this adored attraction and the three scripts developed by his original “Illusioneers”:  Ken Anderson, Marc Davis and X. Atencio.

Tickets will be on sale to the public beginning Thursday, September 22 at 10am online. Sat, Oct 15 Two times: 11am–12:30pm & 3–4:30pm These two presentations will be identical. $18 members | $12 student & youth members $20 non-members | $15 student & youth non-members

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Walt Disney Family Museum Fundraising Gala November 1 at The Grand Californian

Neil Patrick Harris will serve as the master of ceremonies

“As a massive Disney fan, I am honored to be able to carry on the renowned legacy of the man who made it all possible—Walt Disney himself—and support The Walt Disney Family Museum for its second annual gala to help foster the next generation of creative talent while honoring Disney Legend, Marty Sklar for his outstanding achievements,” said Harris.

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As previously announced, the event will honor Marty Sklar, Disney Legend and Walt Disney Imagineering Ambassador, who, in addition to working directly with Walt Disney, has been a leading Disney creative force contributing to each of the eleven parks around the world. For more than half a century, Sklar has been instrumental in sharing the magic of Disney-themed entertainment with people around the globe.

WDFM_gala-announce-marty-sklarThe Walt Disney Family Museum Gala The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to announce it’s second annual fundraising gala benefiting the Museum’s ongoing initiatives to support the next generation of creative talent. The event will honor Marty Sklar, Disney Legend and Walt Disney Imagineering Ambassador, who, in addition to working directly with Walt Disney, has been a leading Disney creative force contributing to each of the eleven parks around the world. For more than half a century, Sklar has been instrumental in sharing the magic of Disney-themed entertainment with people around the globe. Sklar will be honored with the Diane Disney Miller Lifetime Achievement Award. The accolade recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding impact in the field of arts, education, community involvement, and/or technological advancements.Last year’s inaugural recipient was Disney Legend and songwriter Richard Sherman.

The gala is presented by the Board of The Walt Disney Family Museum and President of the Board, Ron Miller, with Neil Patrick Harris confirmed as the Master of Ceremonies.  Additional special guests and presenters to be announced. The Walt Disney Family Museum is a nonprofit organization located in the Presidio of San Francisco, California. The gala will take place at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa at the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, California. Gala guests will enjoy an after-hours private viewing of World of Color in Disney California Adventure® Park. To learn more about tickets or table sponsorship opportunities, please contact Carma Zisman, Director of Institutional Advancement at [email protected]

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Special MiceChat Rate at the Anabella Hotel

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Here’s something fresh off the presses for you and just in time for you folks visiting Mickey’s Halloween Party. You and your little monsters only need to cross the street and stumble into comfy beds at MiceChat partner hotel, Anabella, because we’ve got a special rate for you! Call Anabella Hotel reservations at 800.863.4888 and ask for the MiceChat rate for a 20% discount! And it’s not just for Halloween, you can call and ask for this rate any time (subject to availability). 

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LEGO® Dimensions™ Expansion Packs Based on The LEGO Batman Movie and Knight Rider Announced for February 2017 Release

New Story Pack Lets Gamers Play LEGO Batman’s Big Screen Adventure

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today revealed details around three highly collectible expansion packs for LEGO® Dimensions™, the LEGO toy and videogame hybrid, that will be available on February 10, 2017. The LEGO® Batman Movie Story Pack, Excalibur Batman Fun Pack and Knight Rider Fun Pack will broaden the selection of the world’s most popular entertainment brands allowing players to customize their experience by mixing and matching favorite characters and universes with full compatibility.

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Coinciding with the release of the upcoming film on which it’s based, The LEGO Batman Movie Story Pack, will provide a deep, story-driven gameplay experience with iconic DC characters in six puzzle-packed levels and new LEGO Gateway bricks that allow players to build the Bat-Computer atop the LEGO Toy Pad.  The pack comes with buildable Batgirl and Robin minifigures and the 3-in-1 buildable Batwing which can be rebuilt into The Black Thunder and Bat-Tank.  Gamers can play the complete movie and band together with Batgirl and Robin to fight off the Joker and his team of villains. Batgirl’s batarang, glide and stealth abilities can reach areas with high security access and Robin’s agility and dive skills provide sneak access. Players can also transform Robin into the Nightwing, utilize his vine cut, and deflect moves for more crime-fighting adventures. Batgirl and Robin provide access to the new The LEGO Batman Movie Adventure World with its own unique Battle Arena with competitive split-screen local gameplay for up to four players.

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Batman fans can broaden their LEGO Dimensions gameplay with Excalibur Batman from The LEGO Batman Movie. The Fun Pack comes with a buildable Batman minifigure and a 3-in-1 buildable Bionic Steed which can be rebuilt into the Bat-Raptor and Ultrabat for additional in-game abilities. Players can use Batman’s Master Builder and Sword Switching abilities to solve puzzles and take down enemies. Batman also provides access to The LEGO Batman MovieAdventure World and Battle Arena. The Excalibur Batman Fun Pack will release in North America first at Target.

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Michael Knight and K.I.T.T. from the classic 80s TV series, Knight Rider, are also coming to LEGO Dimensions. Players can add the iconic duo with theKnight Rider Fun Pack featuring a buildable Michael Knight minifigure, and a rebuildable 3-in-1 K.I.T.T., that can be rebuilt into the K.I.T.T. Jet and Goliath Armored Semi for upgraded in-game powers.

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In the game, players can activate Michael Knight’s dodging and dash abilities to solve puzzles and overpower enemies or use his Wrist Watch to uncover secrets behind x-ray walls and outsmart enemies by hacking into terminals and following trails. Players can also fight crime on four wheels with K.I.T.T., the highly advanced, artificially intelligent robotic vehicle, to boost their gameplay. Michael Knight provides access to a new Knight Rider Adventure World with its own unique Battle Arena. The Knight Rider Fun Pack will release in North America first at GameStop.

Players can continue to broaden and customize their experience with new expansion packs releasing this year.  The Ghostbusters Story Pack, Adventure Time and Mission: Impossible Level Packs, Harry Potter and Adventure Time Team Packs, and The A-Team Fun Pack will be available on September 27and the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Story Pack, Sonic The Hedgehog Level Pack, Gremlins Team Pack, and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Adventure Time Fun Packs will be available on November 18.

Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, LEGO Dimensions is now available for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and the Wii U system.

BATMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.

LEGO, the LEGO logo, the minifigure and the brick and knob configuration are trademarks of the LEGO Group.  © 2016 The LEGO Group.  Used with permission.  All rights reserved.

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Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition – Get it Today!

I got some great bonus clips and character sketch art to share with you for today’s Blu-ray and DVD release of Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition.

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Beauty and the Beast Returns to Lincoln Center

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST ” returned to Alice Tully Hall last week, 25 years after it made its much acclaimed debut with a “work in progress’ screening, when Walt Disney Studios and the Film Society of Lincoln Center presented an exclusive screening in celebration of today’s “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION” release.

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Among those in attendance were Robby Benson (voice of Beast), Paige O’Hara (voice of Belle), Angela Lansbury (voice of Mrs. Potts),and Richard White (voice of Gaston), Alan Menken (composer), Don Hahn (Producer), star of stage and screen Edie Falco, composers Robert & Kristen Anderson Lopez  (Frozen, The Book of Mormon), Linda Larkin (Jasmine’s voice in the film version of Aladdin), plus Broadway stars Stephanie Styles (Newsies) and Laura Osnes (Grease, South Pacific, Anything Goes)

Here are some event and red (blue!) carpet shots in an gallery. Thanks, Disney! Photo credit for every single photo in the gallery below to Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

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Gorgeous Captain America: Civil War Concept Art

Here’s a look at some really beautiful concept art for Captain America:Civil War, followed by some clearer images of the art if you’d like a better look. Now would be a good time to remind you that Marvel’s Captain America:Civil War is available RIGHT NOW, from streaming to digital to DVD to Blu-Ray to 3D.

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WARYou can find more concept art images in Marvel’s Captain America:Civil War:The Art of the Movie.

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Funko Disney Princesses Help Us All “Be Inspired”

Because when it comes to Disney Princesses, it’s not just kids and it’s not just girls, amirite? 

A new video from Disney, which celebrates the “Be Inspired” campaign, Disney’s commitment to inspiring kids and families to take action to care for the world we share. WATCH: Be Inspired – Funko Princess | Disney Toy Adventures This stop-motion series uses Funko versions of Pocahontas, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Mulan and speak to the four pillars of Friends For Change and core Princess values (Strengthening Community, Environmentalism, Living Healthy, and Creativity). Disney Friends for Change partnered with Youth Service America to offer young change makers aged 5-18 who are working to make their communities healthier, greener and stronger $500 Summer of Service Grants.

Learn more at Disney.com/BeInspired.

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Superfan-Created #GoRogue Series Continues; Chapter 3 Stars New Hasbro Toys from “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

“The instructions are out there somewhere in that wreck…” – Pao, Chapter 3, Go Rogue fan-created video series

Time is running out for the heroes of the “Go Rogue” YouTube series, with just two installments left to outwit the Empire in this fan-created, toy-sized adventure. Written, directed and produced by a team of Star Wars superfans, the original four-part stop motion story stars key toys from the new “Rogue One” line before they hit stores Sept. 30. Chapter 3 is live:

The series follows the imagined adventures (no film spoilers!) of “Rogue One” toys as they try to track down the building instructions to the LEGO Star Wars Death Star set that have been misplaced by the Empire. Chapter 3 features the first look at the Hasbro RAPID FIRE™ IMPERIAL AT-ACT™ in action, which can be controlled remotely by smart device, as well as now familiar characters in new toy forms and scale sizes, such as Hasbro’s 3.75” action figures. Additionally, some special effects in Chapter 3 were created using the Hasbro Star Wars StudioFX™ App that launches for free on Sept. 30*.

Chapter 2 left off with Jyn Erso and an unlikely group of heroes recovering half of the Death Star building instructions. In Chapter 3, the Rebels seek the second instruction book on rain-soaked Eadu, but the Empire has beaten them to the prize. Will they be able to outsmart the scheming Director Krennic to escape with the instructions and their lives?

The four-part “Go Rogue” series has been embraced by fans worldwide, with the first two installments garnering more than 5 million views to date. The series kicks off a global UGC contest beginning Sept. 30 that asks fans to share their own “Rogue Stories.” More information is available at StarWars.com/GoRogue for ages 13+, and for parents of kids ages 8-12, have them visit Disney.com/MyRogueStory.

*About Hasbro Star Wars StudioFX™ App

Create your own Star Wars movie or #GoRogue UGC entry set in a galaxy far, far away with the Hasbro Star Wars StudioFX App! Recreate battle scenes with Hasbro figures and vehicles, and bring the action to life with visual and sound effects from the films. Simply stage the figures, choose which special effects to use, press record, and select when the effects are added to each scene. Unlock additional effects by collecting and scanning compatible Hasbro Star Wars products. With more than 50 unique effects, the Hasbro Star Wars StudioFX App gives fans the force needed to create their own Star Wars movie magic. Available for free on iOS and Android devices beginning Sept. 30.

The Go Rogue series was created by a team of superfans led by James DeJulio at Tongal, written by Kevin Ulrich, and brought to life by stop motion animators and directors Dan MacKenzie and Tucker Barrie.

Lucasfilm, the Lucasfilm logo, STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

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Get Free Pancakes, Give Kids The World!

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This Thursday, September 22 is Give Kids The World Pancake Day at Perkins®. Which means a short stack of buttermilk pancakes will be ABSOLUTELY FREE.

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So enjoy Perkins on this special day, and, with the money you save, please consider making a donation to Give Kids The World Village. You’ll leave happy — and full — knowing you’ve made someone else smile.

I’m a fan of the Village. When I was president of the Orlando, FL chapter of the NFFC, we did a lot of stuff for the kids there. I always liked that they never left the siblings out, because it could be a scary and horrific time for them, too. The Village is a really beautiful, fantastic place and I hope if you’re in the area, you’ll throw them a little support!

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“Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood Comes to Life with an All-New Slate of Terrifying Mazes

Southern California’s Most Intense Halloween Event Kicks off at Universal Studios Hollywood as “Halloween Horror Nights” Comes to Life with an All-New Slate of Terrifying Mazes Popular Event Runs on Select Nights from September 16 – November 5, 2016

You can see MiceChat’s FULL COVERAGE of the opening night of Halloween Horror Nights HERE

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Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywoodgot off to a terrifying start as Hollywood celebrities paraded along the blood-red carpet in honor of the event’s opening night festivities, which kicked off this evening and will continue on select nights through November 5, 2016.

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It’s EAGLECLAW! Actor Jon Heder attends Universal Studios “Halloween Horror Nights” opening night at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 16, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/WireImage)

Attending celebrity guests included Linda Blair (The Exorcist and Founder of the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation); “American Horror Story” cast, including Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare, Finn Wittrock and Naomi Grossman; Eli Roth (“Eli Roth Presents Terror Tram,” Hostel); director Michael Dougherty (Krampus) and Seth Green (Krampus, “Family Guy”); Ouija: Origin of Evil cast, including Elizabeth Reaser, Annalise Basso, Lulu Wilson, Kate Siegel and director Mike Flanagan;  Slash (musician); director James Wan (Insidious and “MacGyver”); Leigh Whannell (Insidious and Saw franchises); Guillermo Diaz (“Scandal”); Mark Ballas (“Dancing with the Stars”); Diego Boneta (“Scream Queens”); Olivia Holt (“I Didn’t Do It”); Jabbawockeez; and John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.”

“Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood, brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror. The popular event features a new slate of unrivaled film and television production quality mazes, frightful scare zones and a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” experience – all uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties.

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The 2016 Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood mazes at Universal Studios Hollywood Photo by David Sprague

This year’s slate of mazes includes, “American Horror Story,” inspired by Ryan Murphy’s critically-acclaimed, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning television anthology series on the FX network; UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 16:  A general view of the American Horror Story maze entrance at the Universal Studios "Halloween Horror Nights" opening night at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 16, 2016 in Universal City, California.  (Photo by Rich Polk/WireImage)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 16: A general view of the American Horror Story maze entrance at the Universal Studios “Halloween Horror Nights” opening night at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 16, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Actors Finn Wittrock (2nd from L), Evan Peters (2nd from R) and Denis O'Hare (R) attend the Universal Studios "Halloween Horror Nights" opening night at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 16, 2016 in Universal City, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/WireImage)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 16: Actors Finn Wittrock (2nd from L), Evan Peters (2nd from R) and Denis O’Hare (R) attend the Universal Studios “Halloween Horror Nights” opening night at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 16, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/WireImage)

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“The Exorcist: The Possession of Regan MacNeil,” based on the iconic supernatural horror film;

“Freddy vs. Jason: Dream Battle,” inspired by New Line Cinema’s 2003 film that brought together the biggest horror icons in history: demented killer Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and notorious hockey mask killer Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th); “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Blood Brothers,” which pits guests against the unsavory wrath of manic killer Leatherface and his mentally unhinged brother, Chop Top; Don’t forget to say hi to Daddy on your way in!

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2016 Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood at Universal Studios Hollywood Photo by David Sprague

“Halloween:  Hell Comes to Haddonfield,” an all-new maze inspired by the second film in the classic “Halloween” horror franchise;

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2016 Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood at Universal Studios Hollywood Photo by David Sprague

“Krampus: The Christmas Devil,” based on Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures’ Christmas-themed horror film that brings to life the fabled anthropomorphic “half-goat, half-demon” horned creature who terrorizes those devoid of holiday spirit;

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UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 16: Actor Seth Green (L) attends Universal Studios “Halloween Horror Nights” opening night at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 16, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/WireImage)

“The Walking Dead,” an authentic living representation of AMC’s hit television series that takes the realism of the show to an entirely new level with the permanent attraction, as well as “Eli Roth Presents Terror Tram,” marking the first time ever that the signature attraction comes to life through the twisted mind of the filmmaker; and an all-new performance by the award-winning hip hop-dance crew Jabbawockeez.

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 16:  (L-R) Dancers Phil Tayag, Kevin Brewer, Joe Larot, Jeff Nguyen and Rynan Paguio of the Jabbawockeez attend Universal Studios "Halloween Horror Nights" opening night at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 16, 2016 in Universal City, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/WireImage)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 16: (L-R) Dancers Phil Tayag, Kevin Brewer, Joe Larot, Jeff Nguyen and Rynan Paguio of the Jabbawockeez attend Universal Studios “Halloween Horror Nights” opening night at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 16, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/WireImage)

Adding to the event’s intrigue, Universal’s most popular rides and attractions also will be open to guests, including “Transformers: The Ride-3D,” “Jurassic Park–In the Dark,” “The Simpsons Ride” and “Revenge of the Mummy–The Ride.”

Tickets to this year’s event are available for purchase at www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood, including the Frequent Fear Pass which allows guests to visit multiple times throughout the event.  Guests purchasing the all-new After 2 p.m. Day/Night Combo ticket can enjoy the park’s popular daytime attractions such as “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™,” “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Fast and Furious—Supercharged” on the world-famous Studio Tour by day, then step into the mazes and attractions located throughout the park to experience the terror of “Halloween Horror Nights” for one admission price.

“Halloween Horror Nights” guests can also purchase the popular Front of Line ticket, enabling them to enjoy one-time priority access to all the mazes, attractions, all-new Terror Tram, and Jabbawockeez performance. (Which you should see while it’s still light out) Advance purchase for all tickets is recommended as event nights will sell out.

Halloween Horror Nights” dates are: September 16, 17, 23, 24, 29, 30, October 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 and November 4 and 5, 2016.

“Halloween Horror Nights” also takes place on select nights at Universal Orlando Resort.

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Descendants 2 – More #D2Deets as New Image Released

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Showcasing new looks from the sequel, the image includes the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains (from left to right) – Carlos, son of Cruella de Vil (Cameron Boyce),  Evie, daughter of the Evil Queen (Sofia Carson), Mal, daughter of Maleficent (Dove Cameron), and Jay, son of Jafar (Booboo Stewart) – as well as Ben, King of Auradon, son of Beast and Belle (Mitchell Hope).  “Descendants 2” is currently in production for a 2017 premiere on Disney Channel.

The story deepens in the music-driven sequel to the global smash hit “Descendants,” as the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains — Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay (also known as Villain Kids or VKs) — try to find their place in idyllic Auradon. When the pressure to be royally perfect becomes too much for Mal, she returns to her rotten roots on the Isle of the Lost where her archenemy Uma, the daughter of Ursula, has taken her spot as self-proclaimed queen of the run-down town.  Uma, still resentful over not being selected by Ben to go to Auradon Prep with the other Villain Kids, stirs her pirate gang including Captain Hook’s son Harry and Gaston’s son Gil, to break the barrier between the Isle of the Lost and Auradon, and unleash all the villains imprisoned on the Isle, once and for all.

Kenny Ortega, “Descendants 2” director, choreographer and executive producer explains King Ben’s “Isle of the Lost” look in this image…

“When Ben realizes Mal has left Auradon, he decides to go after her.  Mal’s friends — Carlos, Evie and Jay — decide to go with him to help, but first they have to teach him their wicked ways so he can sneak around the Isle of the Lost without being recognized.”

The “Descendants 2” Creative Team includes: Emmy Award-winning director Kenny Ortega (“Descendants,” “High School Musical” movies, 2016’s “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”) will return as director, executive producer and choreographer. “Descendants” executive producer Wendy Japhet (“An Education”, “The Italian Job”) also returns for the sequel.  Lauded writers Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon (“The Starter Wife,” “Runaway Bride”), who won a 2016 Writers Guild Award for “Descendants,” wrote “Descendants 2” and also serve as executive producers. “Descendants” costume designer Kara Saun (“Project Runway”) and production designer Mark Hofeling (“Teen Beach Movie,” “High School Musical”) are signed on for the sequel. Tony Testa (“The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “This Is It”) joins the creative team as choreographer with Ortega, and Shawn Williamson (“Adventures in Babysitting”) is producer.

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#D2Deets:  FYI – keep an eye out on the official “Descendants” fan accounts (Twitter @Descendants & Instagram @DisneyDescendants).for exclusive updates!

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“Jay Bangs” by Sam Gennawey is Coming this Fall!

Sam, whom you might remember from years of Samland columns on MiceChat, puts it thusly:

“I am 78 years old, Sid is 80+, Lew is dead, Jules is dead, Drabinsky is in jail, Katzenberg and Spielberg probably don’t want to be interviewed; Eisner will probably say I’m lying when he learns what I could show you. You be the judge. I’m determined to get history right. Would you like to interview me and examine my evidence as to what happened? Let me know.”

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“The plot for the Jay Stein story could have been ripped from the typewriter of a Hollywood screenwriter. All the elements are there. An ambitious guy starts out in the mailroom, works hard, claws his way up the ladder, overcomes obstacles and bloodthirsty enemies to end up a mogul, and then completely revolutionize an industry. Then he disappears at the top of his game. Years later, he comes back to set the record straight.

Unlike most Hollywood stories, the Jay Stein story is true. Jay was in charge of the Universal Studios theme parks for almost 30 years and, as a result, he changed the nature of theme parks, including the Disney parks. Walt Disney may have invented the theme park, but Jay is the real  “father” of the modern theme park.

Until Jay developed the Universal Studios Tours, and ultimately the other parks, most second tier theme parks were crummy ride parks with names slapped on off-the-shelf rides. In Disney’s case, there were cute, wholesome attractions, which at best were only mildly scary (in a child-friendly way), along with their versions of something out of real life (or an imagined real life that never actually existed). The Universal parks put visitors in situations that either did not exist in real life or made the experience seem actually scary or funny, with an adult edge to them; attractions with an attitude.

Jay accomplished all of this despite tight budgets, completion deadlines, often less than enthusiastic superiors, and extraordinary external opposition. He insisted on complete involvement (generally from a leadership role) in creation and design, in both the big picture and the smallest details, as well as in advertising and marketing, frequently even coming up with the basic premises of commercials. Jay demanded that his team collaborate fully with the best ideas surviving the process. Moreover, he achieved this through a sometimes cruel, impatient, demanding, hands-on supervision of subordinates. His management style caused many to leave, but he got much more to perform beyond their expectations.”

fabsays Okay, I want to read it…but it’s not available yet. It will be, later this year, on Amazon. It’s  just…that title, Sam. I’m not sure if it sounds like a Ricky Martin song or something naughty.


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Walt Disney Records To Release Original Motion Picture Soundtrack For Queen of Katwe On September 23rd

  • Original Song “Back to Life” Performed By Alicia Keys
  • Compilation Features African Songs With Original Score Composed By Alex Heffes

Walt Disney Records will release the original motion picture soundtrack for “Queen of Katwe” on September 23, 2016.  The buoyant score was composed by Golden Globe® nominee Alex Heffes (“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “The Last King of Scotland”).  Rated PG, “Queen of Katwe” opens in limited release on the same day and nationwide on September 30.

Fifteen-time GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist Alicia Keys’ new original song, “Back to Life,” also appears in the film’s end credits. “Back to Life” was written by Alicia Keys, Carlo Montagnese andBilly Walsh and produced by Illangelo and Keys. 

The soundtrack is rounded out with a rich compilation of African songs featuring artists from Ugandaand neighboring countries.  It includes the original song “#1 Spice” written and performed by Young Cardamom & HAB, as well as the poignant ballad from the film’s epilogue, “Home Again” by chart-topping artist Michael Kiwanuka.

Alex Heffes said, “Scoring ‘Queen of Katwe’ for Mira Nair and Disney has been a musical pleasure. The film is so rich in humour, human drama and emotion, and it provides a great canvas for music. Bringing the game of chess alive musically was a real challenge. We scored many of the games as ‘mini dramas’ and hope that the score can guide all viewers – chess novices and experts alike – through the drama of the scenes.”

“Queen of Katwe” is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Ugandawhose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. Directed by Mira Nairfrom a screenplay by William Wheeler, “Queen of Katwe” is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, p.g.a. andJohn Carls, p.g.a. with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as executive producers. The film stars Golden Globe® nominee David Oyelowo, Oscar® winner and Tony Award® nominee Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.

The “Queen of Katwe” track list follows:

1.  “#1 Spice” Performed by Young Cardamom & HAB
2.  “Sekem” Performed by MC Galaxy
3.  “Budo!”   Alex Heffes
4.  “Tuli Kubigere” Performed by A Pass
5.  “Bomboclat” Performed by Jose Chameleone feat. Weasel
6.  “Brian, My Brother!”   Alex Heffes
7.  “Skelewu” Performed by Davido
8.  “Juicy” Performed by Radio & Weasel
9.  “It is Fine” Alex Heffes
10.  “Engoma Yange” Performed by Nsubuga Saava Karim
11.  “Wuuyo” Performed by A Pass
12.  “Oswadde Nnyo” Performed by Moses Matovu and Afrigo Band
13.  “Mbilo Mbilo” Performed by Eddy Kenzo
14.  “Escape from Hospital” Alex Heffes
15.  “Nfunda N’omubi” Performed by Joanita Kawalya and Afrigo Band
16.  “The Promise of Harriet” Alex Heffes
17.  “Kyempulila”   Performed by A Pass
18.  “Kiwani” Performed by Bobi Wine
19.  “Home Again” Performed by Michael Kiwanuka
20.  “Back to Life” Performed by Alicia Keys

The “Queen of Katwe” soundtrack, featuring Alicia Keys’ “Back to Life” and Alex Heffes’ score, will be available in digital and physical formats and streaming services on Sept. 23, 2016.

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Disney In Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

THIRD AND FINAL SHOW ADDED DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 AT 8:00PM

PERFORMED BY DANNY ELFMAN AND ORIGINAL SINGING CAST MEMBERS CATHERINE O’HARA (SALLY), KEN PAGE (OOGIE BOOGIE) AND PAUL REUBENS (LOCK)

In Concert Live to Film Conductor John Mauceri with Full Orchestra & Choir

Fans of Disney’s timeless holiday classic, TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS will now have another chance to see DISNEY IN CONCERT’S TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS at the Hollywood Bowl onFriday, October 28 at 8:00pm.  The first two nights of this concert event sold out within days when it was announced Los Angeles’ reigning Pumpkin King, Danny Elfman, would return to the Hollywood Bowl performing his role of Jack Skellington singing live to film.  Elfman will be joined by other original cast members including Catherine O’Hara (Sally), Ken Page (Oogie Boogie) and Paul Reubens (Lock).

Tickets for the third and final concert are on sale now via all Ticketmaster outlets.  To purchase by phone, call (800) 745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com.

Danny Elfman, who wrote the film’s songs (music and lyrics), composed its original score and was the original singing voice of Jack Skellington, says, “Being able to perform ‘Nightmare’ live last year, in synch to the movie with a full orchestra was such a thrill. But having Catherine O’Hara, Ken Page and Paul Reubens to perform with me really made it a unique and magical experience. I’m happy to bring it to our amazing Los Angeles audience one more time.”

Conductor John Mauceri, Founding Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, will lead the full orchestra and choir performing the film’s classic score and songs live to picture.

Named “#1 Concert of 2015” by the Orange Country Register, HALLOWEEN AT THE HOLLYWOODBOWL- TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS- IN CONCERT LIVE TO FILM will transform this legendary venue into Halloween Town with special pre-show activities including an audience participation costume contest, unique photo opportunities and trick-or-treating stations. Tim Burton-inspired costumes are encouraged.

First released in 1993, Tim Burton’s THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS was directed by Henry Selick (JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH), and based on a story and characters by Tim Burton. The film follows the earnest-but-misguided adventures of Jack Skellington, Halloween Town’s beloved Pumpkin King, as he attempts to take over the Christmas holiday. Against the advice of Sally, a lonely rag doll who has feelings for him, Jack enlists three mischievous trick-or-treaters – Lock, Shock, and Barrel – to help him kidnap Santa Claus. The film is rated “PG”.

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The concert is produced by Laura Engel & Richard Kraft, Tim Fox & Alison Ahart Williams and Andrew Hewitt & Bill Silva Presents, in association with Disney Concerts, the team that recently presented the highly-acclaimed DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID IN CONCERT AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL, starring Sara Bareilles and Rebel Wilson.

DISNEY IN CONCERT’S TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS is produced under license by Disney Concerts, a division of ABC Inc. Disney Concerts currently licenses 14 different concert packages including Fantasia, Pixar In Concert, Alice In Wonderland, Frozen, Ratatouille, The Pirates of the Caribbean series (episodes I-IV), and Silly Symphonies, which last year accounted for approximately 325 performances in some of the world’s top venues, including Lincoln Center, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Forum and the Hollywood Bowl. All acts and ticket prices subject to change without notice. Know Before You Go: www.hollywoodbowl.com/lease for parking information.

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 You can park at Hollywood and Highland and take a shuttle, or you can park at many local Metro  stations, too!

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Once Upon a Time Starts Exciting Sixth Season

THE HEROES FACE OFF AGAINST A DANGEROUS NEW ENEMY, AS EMMA COMES TO TERMS WITH WHAT IT MEANS TO BE THE SAVIOR, AND RUMPLE ENTERS BELLE’S DREAMSCAPE, ON THE SEASON PREMIERE “ONCE UPON A TIME”
ONCE UPON A TIME - "The Savior" - As "Once Upon a Time" returns to ABC for its sixth season, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network, so does its classic villain-the Evil Queen. (ABC/Jack Rowand)

ONCE UPON A TIME – “The Savior” – As “Once Upon a Time” returns to ABC for its sixth season, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network, so does its classic villain-the Evil Queen. (ABC/Jack Rowand)

Oded Feher Guest Stars as Jafar and Deniz Akdeniz as Aladdin
Season 6 Premieres Sunday, September 25 at  8:00 p.m. ET

In “The Savior,” our heroes set out to stop Hyde, Emma develops a mysterious side effect, and Storybrooke becomes a haven for refugees from the Land of Untold Stories. Meanwhile, Regina and Zelena embrace their newfound sisterhood by becoming roommates, while Rumple tries to free Belle from the sleeping Curse with the help of a stranger. In flashback, Jafar confronts an afflicted Aladdin in Agrabah, and a secret about the Savior is revealed.

(ABC/Jack Rowand)

The sixth season of “Once Upon a Time” premieres on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.

COLIN O'DONOGHUE, HANK HARRIS, JENNIFER MORRISON, GINNIFER GOODWIN

(ABC/Jack Rowand) COLIN O’DONOGHUE, HANK HARRIS, JENNIFER MORRISON, GINNIFER GOODWIN

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Upcoming MiceChat Events

October 1st – MiceChat Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt Event

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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

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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

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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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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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