Disney News Update: Star Wars Comes To Disney, Halloween & Fantasyland Expansion

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Published on October 31, 2012 at 5:02 am with 1 Comment

All of us at MiceChat wish you a frightening and safe Halloween! This week’s Disney News Round-Up is double double toil and trouble! With lots of news from the parks. But there’s one item which eclipses all others.  Disney has just acquired LucasFilm in a deal that brings Star Wars and Indiana Jones inside the house of mouse for good. A new Star Wars film will be released in 2015 and new attractions and perhaps even lands or whole Star Wars parks may soon be on the way as well. It’s news beyond big for Disney and Star Wars lovers alike. And don’t forget to read all the way to the bottom of today’s update for a full review of Disney World’s new Be Our Guest restaurant from our newest columnist, Kandy Sparkles.

Disney Acquires Lucasfilm, Can Theme Park Attractions Be Far Behind?   Dusty asks the quest every theme park fan wants to know. Now that Disney has purchased Star Wars and Indiana Jones, what’s coming beyond the announced films? The possibilities astound.

Disney to Acquire LucasFilm  Over 4 Billion dollars to purchase this iconic franchise, what do you think Disney will do with it? Is this good, bad or did you already expect this? Discuss this big announcement here!



Disneyland is celebrating its last Halloween Party for the year tonight!  We welcome the newest Disney characters to the arcade in Tomorrowland, and begin to say goodbye to some special artists on Main Street USA.  And as Christmastime quickly takes over the Disneyland Resort, we keep our ears open for information about taping the Christmas Day special at Disneyland (which just might begin this coming week!)  Then, we’ll see who some of the narrator’s are for Disneyland’s Candlelight Processional this Christmas season! ~ Aladdin

Mickey’s Halloween Party – Friday the 26th w/ pics and video
Clara and her family bring us this Disneyland Halloween Party Trip report!

Jungle Cruise boat came off the tracks… what an experience!
Imagine if the elephant in the River actually hit your Jungle Cruise Boat, or if the Hippos bumped your boat, and knocked you off course! Well, that didn’t exactly happen with Supertank, but we do have Supertank’s firsthand account of what transpired when their boat got stuck in the middle of Disneyland’s Anaheim Jungle!

No more hand painted watches on Main Street-Declining by Degrees continues
Some unfortunate news about the Fortuosity shop on Main Street USA, the Artisan Watches are to become a part of Yesterland. Tell us how you feel about more distinct merchandise disappearing from the Disneyland Resort.

Wreck-It Ralph meet & greet in Tomorrowland…
Quarar44 asks about the new meet and Greet characters from Wreck It Ralph, and trueBruin86 has the answer and photo’s of Disney’s newest characters!

Disneyland Hotel Check-In Magazines
This week, oldhotelguy has great photos from the Disneyland Hotel magazine, which were originally published in the 1960′s and 70′s!

Christmas Day Parade
disneylandmissy asks when segments for the Christmas Day TV special will be taped at Disneyland. With the official opening of the Christmas Holiday to begin earlier than ever before, it’s possible that taping may begin this coming weekend. Disneyland usually doesn’t officially announce these dates in advance, nor who the special guest artists will be, but keep your eyes here, as Mice Chatters will sometimes let us know in advance, with very short notice!

OK, Earl of Sandwich is now OPEN….
Disneyland 1951 has snapped some of the first pictures of the new Early of Sandwich in Downtown Disneyland, and now I want a sandwich from there.

Candlelight narrators announced
Many of the Narrators have been announced for this year’s extended Candlelight Celebrations on Main Street USA! The list is here!


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Walt Disney World
Let’s catch our breath between Halloween and the upcoming holidays and see what’s got our attention at Walt Disney World. ~ Trekkie Dad

Avatar Plans Leaked
Opinions may diverge on the fit of Avatar in Animal Kingdom, but flynnibus has found what appears to be early blue prints for two attractions in the proposed land.

Tip for those attending the Halloween Party
It’s probably over by the time you read this, but PBandJ advises it’s best to eat first before going to the party. Next year?

What will become of the second room in the Town Square Theater?
When the princesses move to their new location in Fantasyland, who or what will take their place in the abandoned room on Main Street? Wonders Disneylandfan85

This week on Communicore Weekly… It’s our Halloween episode! OOOOOOH! SPOOKY! IT’S TIME FOR DISNEY HISTORY! – Jeff and George take a trip to the Museum of the Weird in the first of this week’s History segments. GEORGE’S BOOK OF THE WEEK! – George reviews Jason Surrell’s Haunted Mansion book as his Book of the Week! Is Pirates of the Caribbean haunted? Find out as we tell the story of George’s Ghost for another History segment! FIVE HEADED GOAT! – And finally, the Tower of Terror is where you’ll find this week’s Five Legged Goat!


Terrorific Nights: DLP conceives (bad) attractions without Walt Disney Imagineering
This is the third year of ‘Terrorific Nights’ at Disneyland Paris. Although it is a commercial success, Fultimate feels as though the attractions do not quite live up to Disney standards. So should sponsors be allowed to take over rides or is WDI needed?

Tokyo Disney Jan 2013
aliceinwonderland1 is planning a trip to Tokyo Disney next year and has asked for advice. There are some good ideas in this thread if you are also planning a trip. Or ir you have been there, share your advice.

Public urination on plants at Shanghai Disneyland
One of the cultural differences that has been noted at Shanghai Disneyland is the not so Disney way people are taking care of business. So what should Disney do about this if anything?


Disney Fantasy gets tossed by Hurricane Sandy
Disney Cruise Lines’ newest ship in rough seas, in this video report found by mycroft16.

Koutesu in Laughlin
Koutesu took a trip to Laughlin for a few nights at the Colorado Belle on the way to Disneyland and has a great video to show us!

Madmonkeygirl was on a roll this week and has some great tips when attending the many fantastic haunting adventures around California!

My visit to Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor 10/28

Reign Of Terror visit 10/26

Blumhouse of Horror

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT NOVEMBER 1st at UNIVERSAL ORLANDO!
Looks like Universal is cooking up something special for families of all kinds, what do you think they are going to announce? Speculate here!


Cinderella Restored Wrong
Disneu Dusty has looked over the restored version of Cinderella and found that there are differences between the prints. Take a look at the example and see if you agree with these changes.


Disneyland noon meet, 4 Nov 12
We love the meet ups, and SDMouseFan has started the thread to get together for the soon to be opened Earl of Sandwich, are you in?!


Disney to buy Lucasfilm for $4.05 Billion
Under terms of the deal, Lucas will be paid half in cash and half in form of 40 million Disney shares according to Forbes. The deal includes Industrial Light and Magic, LucasArts and Skywalker Sound.



Pop Century Review
I’ve admitted previously online that my visits to official Disney hotels have been international in character until now. I’ve spent nights in Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland hotels, but none at Walt Disney World.


At Disneyland Christmas may be extra
October began a new fiscal year for Disney, and the Team Disney Anaheim (TDA) suits are rushing quickly to kick off projects big and small over the next twelve months. Unfortunately, this isn’t one of those warm and fuzzy updates that makes you feel good about being a Disney fan. To the contrary, Tomorrowland, Christmas and the way the company treats its best employees are all being dealt tough blows. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for an eye opening updated that will challenge the way you feel about how the Disney Company is being run these days.

Disney + Lucasfilm = $
Is the deal between Disney and Lucasfilm a good thing? What will it mean for the movies, the Parks? Al Lutz weighs in on this brand new bit of news and shares his opinion on this major announcement.


Wreck-It Ralph comes to Tomorrowland as Christmas hits Disneyland
Happy Halloween! Disneyland will host its final Mickey’s Halloween Party of 2012 on Halloween this Wednesday night, but guests trick-or-treating in the park will find much of it already decorated for the next big holiday…


Be Our Guest Tour, Magic Kingdom, and Disney Hollywood Studios News
Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we have more coverage of the New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom, as well as some other Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios news. Welcome to the…


Emmy Award Winning Composer Jim Dooley
This week’s From The Mouth Of The Mouse is a bit more musical than usual because we’re joined by Emmy-award winning composer Jim Dooley! Jim is probably best-known among gamers as the composer of the…


The Fancy Pumpkins of Disney World’s Main Street, USA
The Magic Kingdom goes all out when decorating for the holidays. One of my favorite times to visit is the Halloween season. Not only is the park decorated to the hilt, but you get one…


Sinister Pointe Haunted Attraction Is A Scream This Halloween
Last year, Sinister Pointe hit the Southern California Haunt scene with a brand new facility that offered haunts not just at Halloween, but also at Christmas and for a few other weekends throughout the year.…

Disneyland Hallow-Christmas
The Disneyland Resort is celebrating refurbishmas.  No, perhaps Halloween. Wait, there are lights and Christmas decorations up. I’ve got it, it must be that beloved holiday . . . Christmaween.  We are now in that…


Disney World Country Bear Jamboree Revised, Recut and Revived?
Walt Disney World unveiled a cut and paired down Country Bear Jamboree on Wednesday October 17th, 2012.  It opened to immediate fan criticism. We sent some of our staff to the park to view the…


How to Lodge a Complaint or Give Praise at Disney World
It’s a subtle thing, perhaps something that the average guest doesn’t notice, but part of what makes your experience in a Disney park so good is the cast members who go out of their way…


Disney’s America Part 5 – The Story Comes To An End
We have spent 4 weeks discovering the history behind the never built Disney’s America theme park in Virginia. Michael Eisner was determined to keep his dream alive through a barrage of hurdles, but…


MiceChat’s WONDERful Disney Cruise
A group from MiceChat recently took a cruise together on the Disney Wonder, traveling from Vancouver, B.C. to Los Angeles. BC_DisneyGeek has prepared a multi-part photographic report on their adventure. Our report starts on the…

Disney Voice Artist Mark Silverman Tours the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at the Reagan Library
Scarlett Stahl recently gave Disney voice artist Mark Silverman a special tour of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, including the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives. Her photos and narrative describing the day are fascinating.…


Echos at Echo Lake, Disneys Hollywood Studios Inspirations
It’s now Disneys Hollywood Studios, but it was Disney-MGM Studios when it opened in 1989. Today, we’ll head into the Echo Park section of the park. Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Real Buildings that Inspired Disney-MGM…


A Brief History of the WEDWay PeopleMover
”Tomorrow’s transportation . . . today!” That’s the slogan that once graced the PeopleMover’s attraction poster at Disneyland. Debuting July 2nd, 1967 with the newly remodeled Tomorrowland, the PeopleMover was one of the most visible…


Full Review of Walt Disney World’s New Be Our Guest Restaurant
Be Our Guest is the newest Walt Disney World restaurant and is located in the newly expanded Fantasyland. Guests experience a unique, immersive, and innovative restaurant, but does the food live up to the environment?…


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About Anthony Hays

Anthony is a graphic designer and admirer of all things Disney. He is also the Editor of our weekly Round Up of Disney and Theme Park news. The Round Up is MiceChat's oldest continuously updated column. You'll find Anthony and the Round Up every Wednesday morning.

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