Disney Newsletter: Candlelight Snuffed, Test Track 2.0 Opens, Celebrations and more!

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Published on December 05, 2012 at 5:03 am with No Comments

An all new version of Test Track has finally reopened at Epcot in Walt Disney World and we have several reports that that should have Disney smiling.  Meanwhile, in Anaheim, the Disneyland resort plows through 20 straight nights of Candlelight and the cracks are beginning to show in this marathon production schedule.  We do have more fun entertainment news as well including info on a Family Guy movie in the works, yet another idea for a Roger Rabbit sequel and special honors for Wreck-it-Ralph and Brave.  Let’s not forget about the big MiceAge Anniversary meet coming up in February and the MiceChat cruise in 2013.


Candlelight Ceremony – What to Expect
G24T has some advice for lottery winners and non-winners on viewing the Candlelight Ceremony. Even if you don’t plan to watch, there’s information about traffic on Main Street.



The 20-day run of the Candlelight Procession has started, and we have tips and pictures among the photos, trip reports, and other news from the Disneyland Resort. ~ Trekkie Dad

Candlelight Opening Night Reception
ttrocc7007 gives us a look at the opening night reception for invited guests.

Don’t miss the carolers at the Grand Californian!
Word is getting out about the carolers at the Grand Californian Hotel, and jcruise86 has a short review.

Changes to Indiana Jones
Indiana Jones Adventure reopens soon, and jasmineray plans to check out the changes described by the Orange County Register.

60 + year old tree falls into river
PozEmerald was nearby when a fallen tree caused the closure of the Rivers of America and the Disneyland Railroad.

My First Trip Report — After Thanksgiving Trip…
Dang8 picks the weekend after Thanksgiving to visit the Disneyland Resort.

More Disneyland Photography by Llamaboy!
llamaboy admits he may have gone a bit wild in post processing these pictures, but you should decide if you like them. To our eye, they look amazing, over-processed or not.

Disneyland Resort in Fog
Mapmaster has some interesting pictures shot around closing time with the fog rolling in to a near empty park.

Tom Bricker’s Disneyland Christmas Photos
Tom Bricker (aka WDWFigment) will miss going to Disneyland this Christmas, but he gives us some beautiful shots from last year to enjoy.


Carsland and BVS

Red Car News Boys and Newsies.
FiestyDuck loves this show that has been in place at Disney’s California Adventure since the re-opening, and wants to know if anyone whose followed Newsies, like or dislike this show?


New Fantasmic for 60 years at Disneyland
Alexshow has thought about what Disney will do for the parks 60th, specifically with Fantasmic! What do you think they should do? Change it all together, update it or get rid of it?

I wish the Disneyland Railroad had a second “line” that also went around DCA
Having this classic attraction going all the way around DCA is what PiecesofEight would like to do, how do you feel about this unique idea?

Tomorrowland Update: Would you prefer ‘gritty’ or ‘clean’? 
Vote in this poll and tell PiecesOfEight what your vision is for the next update of Tomorrowland.

Screwy Idea for New Disneyland Attraction Ride Vehicle
DoctorQ9 was stumbling around the Internet, and came across this very intriguing vehicle that was invented in the 1920′s and was known as the Fordson Snow Motor.


 

MiceTrip: Sail Away on the Disney Fantasy with MiceChat – October 19th – 26th, 2013
We invite you to join us on a very special MiceChat voyage to the Eastern Caribbean on the newest ship of the Disney Cruise Line, the Disney Fantasy.

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Walt Disney World
A big week for Walt Disney World with the grand opening of the Fantasyland Expansion, The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow, Test Track 2.0, and Splitsville. While the expansion is arguably underwhelming, there is still a lot to discuss this week in the forums! ~yoyoflamingo

First Test Track 2.0 ride Video hits the web
While it’s been overshadowed by Fantasyland, Test Track seems to be impressing a lot of people, if you’ve seen Kevin Yee’s review this week. If you’re into spoilers, here’s one of many videos of the complete ride through that has already made it to YouTube.

Port Orleans Riverside Royal Guest Rooms River View?
With so many different room views, there are many options if you’re staying at a Disney resort. The main question is: Is it worth it? Share your opinions here, especially of Port Orleans Riverside, and the Boardwalk.

Disney FastPass +
We all know Next Gen is on its way, and GhostHostJeff has a chance to experience it first hand at both the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Do his choices make sense? Share your thoughts and view his experiences here!

TDR Blog Releases Rare Photos!
Roger55 shares the release of some rare photos from Tokyo Disney Resort

DLP Parade Floats
xceemora is curious where the old floats?



Set your calendars for February 1, 2 and 3rd as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of MiceAge! To mark the occasion, we’ve prepared three days of celebrities, meets, events, prizes, friendship and lots and lots of fun. Click the link and let us know if you see any events you’d like to attend: READ THE FULL SCHEDULE HERE



Welcome to the latest Communicore Weekly, where we talk about the Royal Street Bachelors, Snow White, MK Parties, and Gaston’s Tavern! DISNEY HISTORY! – Learn all about the Royal Street Bachelors in this week’s History Segment! BOOK OF THE WEEK! – George looks at yet another Snow White book for his book of the week! DISNEY DEBATE! – Special Magic Kingdom Parties? Which is the best? Find out in the Disney Debate! FIVE LEGGED GOAT! – And finally, Gaston’s anger in this weeks Five Legged Goat!

Orlando Parkhopper visits Busch Gardens Tampa and Christmas Town.


Despicable Me
With T2:3D closing at Universal Studios, mratigan wonders about a Despicable Me attraction.


D23 Announces 2013 Schedule of Events
D23 is preparing for a big year of events in 2013, including another “Fanniversary” tour of the country, holiday events, movie screenings (new and old), and the crowning event of the year, the D23 Expo.

Has anyone traveled to China with Adventures By Disney?
TNutter has asked the question, do you have any information that can help ?


Fantasyland Platforms shipping!
For those who collect the Olszewski pieces, the platforms that go with this entire set are shipping! Report here about your recent delivery!

Duffy comes to the UK Disney Store
Great news for those who live in the UK, Becx reports that this lovable bear is coming to the Disney stores in their area.



SciFi, fantasy, and animated film are this weeks topics in the Entertainment lounge. ~ Trekkie Dad

Seth MacFarlane Announces Family Guy Movie Script
Wow! This is great news for those who love hte show, calsig31 found this article in Entertainment Weekly online.

Roger Rabbit Sequel Idea
Rocker pitches an idea that’s generating some interest from other MiceChatters.

The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey. Who’s excited?
LordVader is excited about the upcoming release, but worries about it being expanded into a trilogy.

Poster and Plot Details for the New Star Trek
calsig31 urges you to check out this link.

Details Revealed on The CW’s New Wonder Woman Series
CW is bringing back Wonder Woman, and calsig31 has the link to the details.


Disney’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ & ‘Brave’ lead 40th Annual Annie Award nominees
Disney’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ and Pixar’s 13th feature film, ‘Brave’ both received ten nominations each for this year’s 40th Annual Annie Awards, recognizing the best animation of the year.

‘Frozen’ breezes in 2013
Disney announced today that the upcoming animated 3D film, ‘Frozen‘ will be co-directed by Jennifer Lee, the first woman to direct an animated feature film for Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Brad Bird’s ’1952′
As previously reported here, Director Brad Bird will follow-up his massive global success with ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol’ with a secretive new film for Disney entitled ’1952′.



Test Track Rebooted at Epcot
Color me impressed. The new Test Track is no mere reboot from a tired industrial setting to a multi-hued digital world that would look right at home in the movie Tron, a concept that struck…


Cars Land in Tokyo
I had the opportunity to visit New Fantasyland a few weeks ago. I’m not the first person to snoop around this area, but I did spend some time thinking about the ramifications of New Fantasyland…

Disneyland’s Main Street Christmas Music Loop
As we get into high gear for the holiday season, here’s a short, but much requested past column (updated last year, with an out-of-print LP now finally released on CD) about Disneyland’s Main Street Christmas…


Keith Liked the Rocket Rods
As one of the few, the proud, the mournful, Keith LOVED the Rocket Rods.  Sure it killed off the classic Peoplemover attraction for a troubled 2 year run.  Yes it’s queue took up an an entire attractions worth of show building.  But there were goo points too.  Hear what Keith has to say.

Snow White On Her Way to the Family Museum
Learn what is happening at the Walt Disney Family Museum.  This article features details on the new Snow White screening going on as well as other activities that can be found at the museum.


Rain washes out the first nights of Candlelight at Disneyland
Rain washed away just about all of the first two nights of Disneyland’s newly-expanded 20-night run of Candlelight over the weekend. Still, the extended run of the popular event will continue as planned, with seating


Magic Kingdom Construction and News Update
Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’ll be taking a look at some construction and holiday happenings at the Magic Kingdom! Before we start, we would just like to let you know…


Working the Disneyland Jungle Cruise, Another Skipper Shares His Tales
In this week’s From The Mouth Of The Mouse, we travel back into the wilds of the Disneyland Jungle Cruise! We just interviewed a fellow skipper from Disney World a few weeks ago, but Dan…


It’s Kind of an Amazing Book, Disney Imagineer Rolly Crump and His New Memoir
It’s Kind of a Cute Story is a Disney memoir that stands heads and shoulders above the slew of small- and self-published books from the past year. It’s also a book that surpasses most of…


Disneyland Prepares for Twenty Nights of Candlelight and More Wretched Merchandise
According to Disney, more is more.  Tomorrow, the first of 20 nights of Candlelight begin and Disneyland is all staged and ready for the big, unprecedented run.  Meanwhile Indiana Jones enters its final week of…


Unique Christmas Fun Universal Orlando Resort Style
December 1st marked the beginning of the Holiday Season for the Universal Orlando resort. Even with large parts of the resort behind construction walls, this isn’t stopping Universal Orlando from showcasing some of the most unique Holiday…

Busch Gardens Tampa Opens Christmas Town
Busch Gardens Tampa held their first ever Christmas Town event this past weekend and all was merry and bright!  This special event runs select nights (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) through December 23. The entire park is decked…


The Scoop On When To Book A Disney World Vacation
You’ve probably heard that you should book your Walt Disney World vacation as far in advance as possible. In some situations, that’s great advice . . . but that’s not always the case.


The Beloved and Long Lamented WEDway PeopleMover
One of the breakthrough attractions of Disneyland’s Tomorrowland was the WEDway PeopleMover. Although it is now gone, it certainly is not forgotten. Where did this marvel of technology come from? The PeopleMover is a by-product…


Disneyland Paris and Ratatouille Attraction Update
MiceChat’s Alain Littaye shares a rare look at Disneyland Paris during “early entry” hours with very few guests. We also get a look at the progress being made on the Ratatouille attraction now under construction at….

Disney’s Finest Remember Jeannette Thomas
Scarlett Stahl remembers Jeannette Thomas as a beautiful and unique lady, so it isn’t a surprise that her memorial at Pasadena’s Gamble House was also beautiful and unique. Here’s Scarlett’s wonderful tribute to Jeannette as…


Leave a Legacy at Epcot
Would you like to be at Walt Disney World every day of the year, for at least 20 years? You—or at least your face—could be! But your ability to Leave a Legacy at Epcot has…

Photo Album of the New Test Track
Test Track, Presented by Chevrolet, will have its official grand opening on Thursday, December 6, 2012. Guests who were lucky enough to be at Epcot on Monday, December 3, had an early opportunity to experience…


It’s Kind Of A Cute Story – Rolly Crump Legendary Disney Imagineer
For me, today is a very special day. You see, aside from writing a multitude of columns right here on MiceChat every week and doing Communicore Weekly, I’ve been quietly toiling away on another project.…

Happy Birthday Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse
Sunday November 18th was the birthday of the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse. Or, rather, it would have been if it was still at Disneyland today.


The Grand Floridian Gingerbread House
Can you believe that the Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian is celebrating its 14th anniversary? This bakery gem was first introduced at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in 1999.  Nestled inside the house…


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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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