Welcome to the MiceChat News Roundup!

With summer quickly coming to a close and kids headed back in school, area theme parks are shifting their attention to the fast approaching holiday seasons (Halloween and Christmas) as well as refurbishments and new projects.  You can almost smell the Pumpkin Spice in the air!

For those of you in the Southern California area, today also ends the run of the Electrical Parade at Disneyland. Will it glow away (again) forever or is this just a pause until the park needs another gimmick?

Lots of great articles to cover today so let’s get the Roundup started!

This week’s Top Stories

Efteling’s Symbolica – an Incredible, Immersive Dark Ride
On July 1 of this year, de Efteling—a world-class theme park south of Amsterdam, the Netherlands—opened Symbolica: the Palace of Fantasy right at the heart of the beautiful park. De Efteling’s core theme is fairy tales and character-driven, lavishly-detailed stories, from its classic Storybook Forest to the Pirates of the Caribbean-esque Fata Morgana. The park is filled with vignettes and visual delights featuring moving characters (motorized and animatronic figures, most of them built by artists and technicians at the park) set within a serene forest dotted with gardens, ponds and rivers, and teeming with wildlife. It’s also home to one of the best collections of dark rides outside a Disney theme park.



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 showing of ELVIRA in her final Knott’s Berry Farm performance.

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

All Things Disney!

This week we look at some of our favorite Disneyland commercials from the past.   We also learn of a recent chlorine leak near the pool at the Disneyland Hotel. And we have news of more stores closing soon in Downtown Disney Anaheim ~ Aladdin

MiceChat Disney News Roundup

2 more stores closing Disney Vault/Fossil
2 more stores are closing in Downtown Disney, But these are the ones that are making space for the Star Wars Virtual Reality experience. What are your thoughts about this location: is it too small for what is being planned?

One Hospitalized After Chlorine Leak at Disneyland Hotel
A chlorine leak in the grass area between the Frontierland Tower and the Swimming pool, sent a Disney employee to the hospital on Friday August 18th.

Favorite Disneyland Advertisements from the Past
PragmaticIdealist is sharing some of their favorite Disneyland commercials from the past. See the favorites posted so far, and then add your favorite DL Commercials!

Rumor is out that DLR is abandoning its eastern gateway plans…
longbeachaztec has shared that the proposed Eastern Gateway may not be ready in time for Galaxy’s Edge.

Your idea for a non IP ride
If you could design a unique attraction, what would you do?  matterhorn77 has an idea for a suspended ride that swings through turns.


Ever wonder what the Magic Kingdom’s Space Mountain looks lit up inside? ~ Trekkie Dad

MiceChat Disney News Roundup

Space Mountain with the lights on from the PeopleMover
Wedcot got this rarely seen view of the original Space Mountain.

One Man’s Dream to become new preview center
What was once an attraction devoted to Walt Disney’s history will expand to include previews of the new lands at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Podcasts & Videos

Don’t Miss The ALL NEW MiceChat Podcast

We have a show so big for you this month we had to do two episodes in one. We take a look at the MASSIVE enhancements and expansions at ALL of the Disney parks in the coming decade. Huge new lands for Disneyland, California Adventure and Disney Hollywood Studios. Plus, major new attractions for Epcot & Magic Kingdom.  We also pay tribute to a true Disney legend, the beloved Marty Sklar.

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Mousetalgia: This week, Team Mousetalgia welcomes Disney artist Eric Robison to the show to discuss his years at Walt Disney Imagineering with Marty Sklar. Robison shares some stories and personal memories, including insight into the relationship he had with Sklar and the story of how Sklar helped him launch his career. Learn about Tomorrowland’s proposed MegaPopper 2000 walking popcorn machine, and the birth of Robison’s career as an avant-garde Disney artist appearing regularly at the Disney Gallery. Plus, we welcome listener Amy to the show to share her experience with Disneyland’s new MaxPass service and to review the Fantasmic dining menu at the Hungry Bear Restaurant. Also – Kristen describes the perils of Disneyland’s frozen juice bars, we share a report on the production of Mary Poppins Returns – and more.

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The Sweep Spot: In this episode we are going to take a virtual tour of Disneyland as if it was the year 1997. That year had some memorable moments, and times for both of us. Get ready as we discuss some of the attractions that weren’t there yet, and some that were already gone, plus all the other events that took place at Disneyland in 1997.

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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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PLUS, more featured MiceChat columns!

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Promises #NowhereToHide
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s iconic Halloween event, Howl-O-Scream, returns for it’s 18th year with 19 menacing nights and two brand-new haunted houses (and five returning houses), five terrifying scare zones and thrill rides in the dark, some of which are “infected” with roaming creatures of the night.

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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