The spooky season is packing the parks at the Disneyland Resort and the past week has seen some very busy days, especially in the hours leading up to Mickey’s Halloween Party. This update will take you on a quick tour of the Disneyland Resort to see the sights, freights, heights, and lights.

Mickey’s Halloween Party

“Trick-or-Treat”

Last Monday MiceChat hosted a meet-up for Mickey’s Halloween party. There was lots of Trick-or-Treating, a parade, fireworks. and even a ride of the Headless Horseman. These parties are a lot of fun. Here are some photos from Dusty and I.

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Pro-tip: If you are attending the party over the next couple weeks, and you are a AP, head into the Opera House on the way into the party to get a way bigger bag, a reusable tote-bag, for your Trick or Treating pleasures.
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The “Magical” gateway into the party. Regular Park Guests were still exiting and Disney wants to make sure that they get the last dollar from them on the way out by leaving Main Street open to them, so Mickey’s Party guests can escape that madness by taking the overflow corridor behind Main Street and into the park.

 

Disney is using the projectors they installed for Disneyland Forever Fireworks to transform Main Street and the Castle into party mode.

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Mr. Owl look behind you!
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Awesome, right?

 

Back in Tomorrowland, The Jedi Training is doing showings for party gusts late into the evenings:

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ToonTown offers a pre-party for Halloween. .

Back in Frontierland:

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She’s all bones…
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Another great treat trail is in the Golden Horseshoe. But just try to get your winning’s from their bony fingers…
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Even though Big Thunder Trail is closed there is still a little scary on it.

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The Cadaver Dans sing on the river.

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How long until Christmas?…

 

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If you are going to Mickey’s Halloween Party, here’s a tip, the Critter Country and Star Wars Launch Bay treat trails open an hour before the official start of Mickey’s Halloween Party, along with a ToonTown pre-party. These trails are less populated than the ToonTown party, so get your candy early.

Candy, candy, candy. It’s all about the treat trails.

The treat trail through Mickey and Minnie’s house in ToonTown was lots of fun.

We happened upon the Launch Bay treat trail just as the sun was setting behind Tomorrowland.  Beautiful.

There’s even a trail which takes you up on the Monorail platform.

The trail through Pixie Hollow is lit in saturated colors.

Characters are a big part of the party too. Your best spot to meet a villain is at the Main Street Train Station. This is villain central.

But you’ll see all sorts of characters all over the park. Even some creations which aren’t based upon Disney characters.  Take these pumpkin stilt walkers for example:

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Pooh is in his bee costume.

 

The ride of the Headless Horseman. . .

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The Headless Horseman rides again.

 

After the Headless Horseman ran by, the new Frightfully Fun Parade started…

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The Mayor did smile at us though.
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The ballroom dancers heading down Main Street.
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Hitchhiking Ghosts!
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Leota in the window.
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Dr. Facilier has friends on the other side…

 

Here’s a MiceChat Facebook Live video from the Halloween Party which shows the Headless Horseman and the parade:

The parade is a lot of fun and has great music, but we kept hearing folks say that it was a bit short.

After the Parade, the MiceChatters stepped off the curb and into the center of Main Street to watch one of the best fireworks shows that Disneyland has in its repertoire, “Halloween Scream’s.”

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After that we did some more trick-or-treating and headed home to have sugar coated dreams…

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Even at a non-Frozen event, Frozen always seems to work its way in.
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And Now The Nightmare Begins…

Yes, it’s Halloween Time, but there is already evidence around of the switch to Christmas! Let’s start on Main Street

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Here is the first culprit:

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I should have known…

 

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Christmas is adorning the outside as well as the inside

 

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Mickey and Minnie are decking the halls early

 

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Dashing through the snow…

 

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Yes, there are Christmas displays over the Halloween merch….

 

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Pluto is excited to see the Holiday Train set…

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They are using the new Mickey Mouse Cartoon Mickey. I like the new look.

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Ugly Christmas Sweeter… I mean T-shirts

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New Glow with the Show Ears have appeared in the shops around the parks.

 

I had to get out of there… too much Christmas spirit for so early in the year… let’s get back to Halloween.

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Much better

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Energy (Coffee)… You make the world go round.

Inside the Market House New Starbuck Disney Parks mugs have debut.

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It’s time to get rid of those 60th pedestals.
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These are cute
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It’s nice to see Disneyland Resort specific cups instead of “Disney Parks” generic stuff. The current Halloween cups (right) next to the new print cups (left) that will more than likely replace the Halloween cups on November 1st. The new cups have several resorts icon adorning it.

At the Hub…

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Christmas Lights have been placed on the trees around the inner spokes, meaning that Christmas is on the way and the parks are already prepping for the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Filming that will be shot in about two weeks.

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Fantasyland

Back in Fantasyland, it the final week for it’s a small world before it subsumes to the Christmas pressure.

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The small world sign now without children…

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The stringing of the lights is underway now.

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The sorcery tree…

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Let’s take a ride through for quick look at a beloved attraction before the Christmas creep takes over.

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As a reminder: Please no Disco dancing….
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It’s not a scary clown…it’s not a scary clown…

 

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Kiwi Birds!

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To me, this scene doesn’t fit the look and feel of the rest of the attraction. I really wish they’d rethink this side of the North America scene.

 

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This side works much better, but still feels sparse.
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Coming Soon: Giant Snowman!

 

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It’s small world Holiday should return November 11th.

Meanwhile in the rest of Fantasyland…

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by the castle…

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Those green things (no, not the trees) are fog machines that are used for Mickey’s Halloween Party.

 

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Sneezy knows something…

 

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Refurb work on Peter Pan’s Flight facade has concluded:

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Pretty colors…

 

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You can see the difference in roof colors between Mr. Toad and Peter Pan

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Cast Members are no longer being posted by the Big Thunder Trail gate.

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I’d like to share some highlights from the Tangle show inside the Royal Theatre:

If you have not seen any of the shows inside the theater, I highly recommend you go watch it at the park. They do two shows, three sets each throughout the day. Generally they do Beauty and Beast in the morning and Tangle in the afternoon.

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Mr. Smyth (right) and Mr. Jones (left) are your narrators.
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Mr. Jones is the flamboyant one and Mr. Jones is the funny one.
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Who is going to hold their not the longest?

 

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“Oh no is that a mole”
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I can’t do anything with my hair.

 

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He did it…

 

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Maximus does not speak, he’s a little horse.

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 Toontown

Back in Toontown refurb work continues everywhere.10148444

At the Train Station the tarps have come down.

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They have repainted the railings to a yellowish color.
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Baggage is missing (in this case that’s not relationship-ly speaking)

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Hopefully the Train project is on track and nothing could derail its momentum.
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La-La-La I’m not listening

 

Refurb has concluded over Roger Rabbit, but the tarps have moved over to the Glass Factory and Power House.

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Fireworks plunger is still missing
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Powerhouse

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Critter Country

Critter Country is a hard area of the park to get into right now. During the weekdays the area is completely closed off (except for the candy trail on Halloween party nights), during the weekends only Winnie the Pooh and shops and Hungry Bear are open until 5pm.

 

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The train tressle is currently being worked on.

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My what a flat barrel you have…

 

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The train passes through Splash. That may be one of the reasons for the closure as the train is rerouted and retracked.

Splash Mountain will reopen on November 4th.

Behind Hungary Bear, construction work has been happening on the new Western entrance to Star Wars Land…

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Sorry, we are already closed

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Speaking of Star Wars Land…

Star Wars Land Construction

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 Frontierland

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Refurb work continues on the Columbia
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The Fantasmic stage is looking good

 

On Tom Swayer’s Island refurb work to Castle Rock looks finished, but work continues on Dead Man’s Cave.

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Turnstiles are still missing…

The Stage Door Cafe is currently closed for refurbishment, but the Golden Horseshoe walk-up counter is still open. These two counter-service restaurants use the same kitchen and are back to back of each other

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 Tomorrowland

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Tomorrowland…Now with 30% less Star Wars
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Speakers installed for Season’s of the Force and which played Star Wars Music have switch back to the old Tomorrowland music loop.

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Colorful!
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Fly me to the Moon

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Don’t run out of steam yet… Time for DCA.

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California Adventure

There’s a new tower in our future. Let’s go take a look at what’s going on at DCA.

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Tower became a little more shrouded this week

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There’s a little of everything going on in this window. Beauty and the Beast merch, 60th anniversary diamonds. . .
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The one thing your kids don’t need this week. They’ll be loaded up with candy at the end of the month.
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The sign has been repaired

 

Hollywood Land

Oh Tower of Terror, you are the gift that keeps on giving…

This week even more scaffolding has been placed across the Tower of Terror to uglify it. The slow, torturous transformation to Guardians of Galaxy: Mission Breakout with the pipe work all over it continues. The Tower will finally be closed January 2nd and the new attraction is expected to open late Spring 2017. That’s a rapid schedule we find very hard to imagine.

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I sure wish they’d eave our Tower alone and put Marvel anywhere else in the park.

 

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Now THAT is a Halloween dress.
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Oh there’s that missing luggage.

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Last week the Sunset Showcase (formally known as Muppet*Vision 3D and Frozen Singalong) opened the preview of Marvel’s Doctor Strange. The Sunset Theater has received a refurbishment as it remove almost all of the Frozen Singalong changes made to the theater.

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The center overhead light

 

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Dr. Strange’s Costume

 

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Inside the theater its very dark… the projections on the side panels have been turned off.

In the Backlot, the stage and A-frame structures from Mad T Party have been deconstructed and the original fountain should return to where the stage was.

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Yes, there was a line stretching out the door for Monster’s Inc.

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Empty shot where once there was a stage
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Empty Spaces… The drink stands installed for Mad T Party have been left in place and are still open at night.

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A new Pretzel cart has replaced the temporary (old Tomorrowland) Popcorn cart outside the Hyperion Theater. Looks nice. Too bad it wont fit the new theme of Tower of Terror in the coming months

 

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 Bugs Land

Jumping down to the size of a bug as we look at the opening of the another movie preview.

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Markings left on the ground from the 60th Photo spot.

 

Disney Animation’s next movie, Moana, is having its preview inside A Bug Life Theater.

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Maui is a very fun character and I cannot wait to see this movie in theaters.
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Yes, they do poke the seats during this preview, but no water.
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This kind-of looks like signage you’d see over at the Polynesian Village at Disney World

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Blue walls

is two movie previews in one park too much?

Grizzly Peak

Time to head off to Paradise Pier, but first a run through Grizzly Peak:

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 Paradise Pier

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Unless you are smaller than 32 inches…

 

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He loves, he loves me not, he loves me, he loves me not…

 

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The changes to Tower can be felt across the park

Over at Midway Mania the refurbishment work to the garden area is now finished. They have created an opening between main walkway and the queue. No chains or gates have been installed yet.

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Hamm is happy to see you too!

 

Downtown Disney and Resort

Mickey and Friend Parking Structure

Up in the structure, on Donald level, the blue floor tiles have been replaced by bricks. They must have done it to help reduce slips and falls when the ground gets wet.

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Along the Tram route work continues on the garden spaces from the structure to Downtown Disney.

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Finished result

 

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Almost finished… Just about to rock and roll…

 

New Disneyland Resort Transportation Plaza and Bridgeway

Today (Monday, the 17th) is the last day for the Carousel Inn on Harbor Blvd. We are sad to see them go, but it’s all for a new parking complex and bridge to the Disneyland Resort.

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We hear that The Pizza Press will be relocating.

 

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Just picturing the new bridge now. I know that TDA is…

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New cement barriers have been installed to prevent cars from enter the Transportation Plaza.

 

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Downtown Disney

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Just looking around World of Disney Tonight as we notice that whoever designed the figures inside definitely channeled their inner “Epcot Center.” All of the characters have that “It’s fun to be free” feeling about them.

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You now need to find Mr. Mouse…

 

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Donald is not having any fun

 

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Lego has released their new set of Cinderella’s Castle and both World of Disney and the Lego store has them.

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Mommy can we buy this, open it, not finish it, and get pieces everywhere?

 

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Cheese!

 

On the East end of Downtown Disney, what once was the Quicksilver shop has been divided into two and the right unit is under construction. Also, the once Something Silver shop is under construction. We hear that this is the future location of a Sprinkles cupcake shop.

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What ever you do, do not name your shop anything-Silver they don’t last long in Downtown Disney

The House of Blues building still sits empty and not under construction. A rental fence has been placed behind the building between the walkway to Mickey and Friends and the building.

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The DVC Office in Downtown Disney has finished its exterior refurbishment.

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Hey look, Food Trucks…

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The food trucks are set up along the turn next the Taxi Stand and tables have been set up so you’ve got a spot to eat.

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Dinning in Fine Style… with Food Truck food

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Well it’s no Magic Kingdom Food Truck…

That’s it for this week. Is anyone else ready for Christmas? Anyone can find ways to get better jokes? Let us know down in the comments below and I will see you all in the coming weeks.

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Thank you for joining us today. Each week we’ll feature different photographers and commentators (often more than one). Today’s MiceChat Disneyland Update was shot and assembled by Brian Pinsky, with additional photos and video by Dusty Sage.


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