Welcome to the MiceChat News Roundup!

With the D23 expo now in the rear view mirror, we cast our eyes on the future. What have we learned and where are things headed . . . we’ll bring you the latest news on all things Disney!

This week’s Roundup also includes the latest MiceAge update, major changes to Fantasmic! at Disneyland and the controversial update to the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland Paris (and coming soon to all versions of this classic attraction).

If you didn’t get the email or see the Facebook announcement, MiceChat has JUST released tickets to our insanely popular Knott’s Halloween Haunt event HERE.  Don’t miss out on our most SPOOKTACULAR event of the year.

There’s a lot to cover so let’s get the RoundUp started !

This week’s Top Stories

MiceChat Disney News RoundupNew Fantasmic Debuts at Disneyland
The opening to Fantasmic asks a question that many of us have been wondering about for over a year and a half. Will the new version of the show be embraced by fans or will its changes go too far? Our months of waiting are over. On Saturday the 15th, Fantasmic returned to the Rivers of America in Disneyland’s Frontierland.

Disney Parks and Resorts Announces Sweeping New Attractions – The Good & the Bad from Andy Castry
Years of MiceAge rumors were confirmed last weekend by Disney. Much of this is good news for theme park fans, lots and lots of brand new attractions and experiences on the way to all the parks. But it’s not all clear cut. Let’s take a closer look.

MiceChat Events

 

November 6-13, 2017 – MiceChat Walt Disney World Invasion and Epcot Food and Wine Festival

There isn’t a more fun way to visit WDW than with lots and lots of your MicePals.

  • Sip and Nibble around Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival
  • Enjoy the lower crowd levels between Halloween and Christmas
  • Tour Universal’s Wizarding World
  • Meets, dinners, special events and more!
  • For more information about this MiceTrip, please contact: [email protected]

MiceChat Halloween Haunt at Knott’s Scary Farm – September 30th, 2017

Leave the real world behind and enter a dreamland of spooky fun with fellow MiceChat readers. What happens in the fog . . . stays in the fog.

Your special MiceChat Haunt package includes:

  • Admission into Knott’s Scary Farm
  • Meet and greet with maze designers
  • Backstage tour of a new maze before the event
  • All you can eat Private Pre-scare Boo-fet dinner
  • Early entry into Haunt
  • Unlimited front of the line access to all mazes!
  • Fastlane front of line for rides!
  • Priority Seating for Ghoultime Theater show.

DON’T MISS OUT – SECURE YOUR TICKET TODAY HERE!

All Things Disney!

This week we take a look at the history of the Main Street Electrical Parade and take a look at the best Disney has to offer in Audio-Animatronics in 2017.  We also get a little preview of the revised Fantasmic show.   And don’t forget the D23 Expo is this coming weekend, so keep your eyes tuned here! ~ Aladdin

MiceChat Disney News Roundup

Our Top 22 Disney Animatronics from around the World
SoCalbma has visited all Disney Parks worldwide, over the past year, and here is a countdown of their favorite Audio Animatronics! Do you agree? What would you add or change on this list?

The Main Street Electrical Parade Project
Twenty years ago, the Main Street Electrical Parade Glowed Away for ever, but we all know that story changed, rather quickly. The MSEP has returned to Main Street Disneyland this summer, and is suppose glow away again, by the end of August. Lighthope has put together video from multiple sources, in order to show us as many parade units from this parade over all the years!

SPOILER Review of New Fantasmic!
The new version of Fantasmic is about to premiere, and jamesrdeed has some of the details for the revised show! Tell us what you think!

What have you done at WDW that you are confident not many people have experienced?
Have some fun with this and share your experience.

Is the Wonders of Life pavilion becoming a Space themed restaurant?
Disney Parks recently announced a space theme restaurant at Epcot and chris2fett is pondering its location.

Menus Released for 2017 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival
PhotoMatt reminds everyone of our annual Sip and Nibble so have a peek at the menu for this year’s Food and Wine Festival.

Official Artwork and Photos Released by Disney Featured in the Orlando Sentinel
If you are looking for the official photos and artwork released by Disney, you can view them in one place.


We rarely get a trip report from Shanghai and Hong Kong Disneyland, Enjoy! ~ Trekkie Dad

MiceChat Disney News Roundup

At Shanghai Disney Resort, Mulan, Mickey and Dumplings
Julie Lasky of the New York Times reports on a family trip with her husband and adopted daughter.

[Pictures & Videos] July 2017 Trip
Feast your eyes on these pictures and videos from Hong Kong Disneyland submitted by josh_kslow.


If you missed Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Festival this year, SpacemanSpiff has it covered. ~ Trekkie Dad

MiceChat Disney News Roundup

2017 Boysenberry Festival trip report
So many foods available to try, when you read this report try not to drool!

Emerald Waterways 14 Night Splendours of Europe River Cruise PLUS Disneyland Paris!
mikeland submits nine hours of YouTube videos from his recent trip.

Podcasts & Videos

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So much Disney controversy this month! Pirates of the Caribbean going PC, Trump on his way to the Hall of Presidents, and changes to Fantasmic. But it’s not all angst and strife. Huge new attractions are on the way to all the Disney Resorts and the D23 Expo cemented those plans. Doug and Dusty are your advocates into all things theme park. Let’s explore the next wave of theme park excitement!

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MiceChat LIVE from Fantasmic!  See the new show from an amazing vantage on the Royal Street Veranda. Stay up to date and get all of our news as it happens on our Facebook Page HERE.

Mousetalgia: This week, Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline talks to Mousetalgia about the upcoming D23 Expo and gives us a sneak preview of the Pirates-themed Walt Disney Archives exhibit, and some behind-the-scenes information about the Archives programming and the Archives stage. Cline also shares some last-minute pro tips for attending the Expo. Then, Jeff takes us along on his trip to Van Eaton Galleries for the “Walt Disney’s Disneyland” live auction, and describes the atmosphere and the happenings, and lets us listen along as the brownline presentation map that Walt Disney and Herb Ryman created in a whirlwind weekend is auctioned off for – well, if you haven’t already heard, we don’t want to ruin the surprise! Jeff also talks about the nature of live auctions, why they are an apples-and-oranges comparison with eBay, and how to prepare if you wish to ever participate in a Disneyana auction.

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The Sweep Spot: In this episode we continue our discussion with Top Jani, and former Disneyland Custodial Manager Ray Sidejas. Ray was only the second Custodial Manager, and had a big role in opening many other Disney parks all over the world. Ray has so many memories and stories to share we needed to talk to him more. Plus the Disneyland current events.

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The Season Pass: In this episode, we welcome Ralph Apel to our show. Ralph worked in Disneyland Day Custodial with both Ken and Lynn, then years later went back to work at DCA, but in Night Custodial. He shares his memories of over 10 years in Custodial.

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D23 Expo Round-Up

Plus, don’t miss these other featured MiceChat columns!

MiceChat Disney News Roundup

D23 Expo: Walt Disney Archives celebrates the swashbuckling Pirates of the Caribbean
Every other year, the folks Walt Disney Archives delivers a show-stopping exhibit at D23 Expo and this year is no different. This year the Archives takes us through Disney’s storied history with pirates in TV, film, and theme parks in the sprawling A Pirate’s Life for Me: Disney’s Rascals, Scoundrels and Really Bad Eggs exhibition of props, ephemera, art, rare documents, and Audio-Animatronics. There’s plenty to see here, with the bulk of the exhibition from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies starring Johnny Depp. Let’s take a look.

The Round-up Crew Thanks you!

The MiceEars Crew puts a lot of time and effort into making the Disney News Round-up happen. Our thanks to: Editor CakvalaSC and the MiceEars Crew: Aladdin, TrekkieDad, DLandFansAZ, RJH76 and Dustysage.

If you have questions for our Editor or our MiceEars Disney News crew they can be e-mailed at: [email protected] !

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