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Can you believe It’s almost time for Halloween? Which means Christmas is already being set up in the parks and Holiday preparations are in full swing!

Lots of treats for you this week and hopefully no scary tricks. We have big updates from the Disneyland resort, Kevin Yee’s “Declining By Degrees” takes a look at WDW’s Magic Kingdom and the return of Jim Hill! Happy Halloween …. let the round begin!

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Kevin Yee: Declining by Degrees – An Update on the Magic Kingdom
About ten years ago, I wrote an article in this space with an idea called “Declining by Degrees.” Since it’s been a couple years since I’ve written about it, a fresh look is warranted to see if, on balance, things have been moving forward or backward.

There were also two Disneyland Resort Updates this week:

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All Things Disneyland!

How much longer will it be until paper fastpasses disappear completely from Disneyland Resort? ~ Trekkie Dad

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Digital Fastpass at Disneyland Resort to begin in November!!!!
Toy Story Midway Mania will be the first to utilize the new system, according to the article quoted.

Paint the Night Returning Nov 18
The popular nighttime parade will return to Disneyland on November 18, but for how long?

Rumors & Armchair Imagineering

Changes at Disneyland Resort keep us wondering “What next?” ~ Trekkie Dad

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Name plaques may return
Remember the personalized pavers that were sold and placed in the Disneyland Resort esplanade for Disneyland’s 50th anniversary? Capt Hook has heard sales may begin again.

Monsters Inc, too?
Stormy wants to know if anyone has heard that Disney California Adventure’s Monsters Inc. is on the chopping block.

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Podcasts & Videos

MiceChat Podcast: A Sense of Mystery in the Air: It’s time to venture into the dimly lit fog of theme park Halloween once again. The major parks have opened their Haunted attractions, monsters roam the streets, and guests line up in droves (take my money please) to be scared out of their wits. On Today’s show, Doug and Dusty are joined by horror god Rick West to discuss Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights, Virtual Reality, Tips and Tricks, and all sorts of gossip about the theme parks.

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Mousetalgia: Animator Frans Vischer joins team Mousetalgia this week to share stories of his career, both with Disney and since. He shares his story about how Chuck Jones helped him get into Cal Arts, and discusses studying the art of animation under Eric Larson, one of Walt’s Nine Old Men. We also talk about his work on Paperman and utilizing digital technology; his work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit; and his books “Jimmy Dabble,” “Fuddles,” “A Very Fuddles Christmas,” and his new book, “Fuddles and Puddles.” Then Team Mousetalgia answers some listener email questions, including: how to make Disneyland special for non-Disney people; the evolution of our Disney fandom; and runDisney hotel options and tips. Also, we have a special interview with Zachariah Abrams, CHOC’s Director of Corporate Relations, about the upcoming CHOC Walk. Plus – Jeff is kicked off of a WDFM panel, Kristen keeps collecting Kevin and Jody, Becky finds some shoes, and Dave discusses Don Hahn’s latest project.

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The Sweep Spot: In this episode we take a different and fun approach. We answer some questions about our touring habits, dislikes, likes and some fun talk, that any veteran Disneyland fan could appreciate or the new visitor. We welcome our friend Aaron Robbins from Chrurros and Villians podcast to join us in this discussion.

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Marvel Day at Sea to Set Sail on Disney Cruise Line Next Fall
Following the success of Disney Cruise Line‘s Star Wars day at Sea aboard the Disney Fantasy will be Marvel Day at Sea on the Disney Magic in the fall of 2017. The day-long event will commence on seven special sailings from New York City in celebration of Marvel comics, films and animated series.

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