|Welcome to the MiceChat Disney News Roundup!|
With the Winter Holiday season now in full swing, Theme Parks on both Coasts have put away the Pumpkins and Bats for Snow, Wreaths and Holiday lights! This week’s Roundup has the latest news and photo updates on all the newest Holiday additions and returning fan favorites!
Let’s get this Holiday RoundUp started!
|This week’s Top Stories|
Disneyland Resort Update – A Legionnaire’s Christmas for Disneyland
Nothing says Merry Christmas like the threat of getting a potentially lethal disease. Unfortunately, that’s a very real scare going on right now at Disneyland as 15 visitors/residents of Anaheim have come down with Legionnaires’ disease with two fatalities. 11 of those cases visited the happiest place on earth. In response to the epidemic, Disneyland has shut down two cooling towers located backstage in New Orleans Square which had high levels of the bacterium which causes the disease. If you visited the Disneyland Resort any time since late August and have any of the following symptoms, you should see a doctor: A Fever of 104º or higher with muscle pain, chills, cough (often with blood), shortness of breath, chest pain, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion or other mental changes. Hopefully, the shutdown of the cooling towers has isolated the threat.
|All Things Disney!|
Katherine’s 11th Birthday Dapper Day trip with Club 33!!!
Whoever takes Katherine on a magical & dapper trip to Disneyland with lots of fun and special surprises!
(Poll) Would you approve a major upgrade for the Haunted Mansion?
Interesting poll created by 1LE McQueen about making major updates to the Haunted Mansion, how would you vote?
Mission Breakout wins Industry Award
With all the news and discussions about Mission Breakout! How do you feel it winning a industry award?
Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer Coming to Downtown Disney
Disney has finally announced the new tenant for Downtown Disney, do you feel this is a good replacement for Build a Bear and Ride Makerz?
Mark Hamill on Star Tours
What a treat! Mark Hamill is on the promotion train for the upcoming movie, do you wish more Star Wars Celebrities would join in on the fun?
|Other Theme Parks & More!|
Knott’s Merry Farm 2017 offerings announced
Spaceman Spiff brings us the Knott’s Merry Farm holiday line-up for 2017.
Knott’s 2018 offerings include Peanuts Celebration & Ghost Time Alive storytime
Then, once the holiday season is past, Spaceman Spiff shares with us the line-up for Knott’s 2018 Seasons of Fun.
|Podcasts & Videos|
Don’t Miss The MiceChat Podcast
NEW! MiceChat Podcast: It’s the hap-happiest time of the year as the Disney theme parks unveil their holiday offerings for 2017. But that’s not the only jingle jangle for this show. We have the rundown on all the big new attractions set to debut next year AND the theme park industry awards for the best of last year. This show is PACKED with holiday and theme park delights from your MicePals Doug and Dusty. But beware, they’ve been drinking too much eggnog. . . as usual.
Mousetalgia: This week, travel to China with Mousetalgia as Kristen concludes her series of reports from Asia with an overview of the Adventures of Disney tour experience. Joined by Mouse Fan Travel CEO Beci Mahnken, Kristen and Beci discuss Beijing, Hong Kong, the airports, the tour groups, the value of the experience, the elite ABD guides, and some all-time highlights from various Adventures by Disney excursions. As a bonus, they also review a dining experience in Club 33 in Shanghai Disneyland! Next, we preview Pixar’s upcoming film “Coco.” Director Lee Unkrich, Co-director Adrian Molina and producer Darla Anderson share some secrets from the making of Coco, recorded live at Pixar Day at AT&T Park in San Francisco on September 17. The filmmaking trio talk about the inspiration for the film, the characters and what to watch for, and some of the hidden secrets inside the film. Plus – we discuss our bucket-list Disney destinations, Tiny Tinsel returns – and more!
The Sweep Spot: In this episode, we take a look at Disneyland in the year 1977. We discover some attractions that opened that year, and some closed, plus many other interesting facts. This is a fun way to virtually take a walk around the park in 1977. Plus the latest in the Disneyland Resort Current Events.
The Season Pass: Technology has been rapidly advancing over the last several years. Completely changing how we vacation as well as how we go about our daily lives. Cell phones, RFID, virtual queues, augmented reality, virtual reality, and so many other kinds of tools are redefining how a day is spent. Innovation pushes the themed entertainment industry forward. It provides new avenues for creativity and opens the doorway to possibilities for the audience. People who have that drive to keep pushing technological boundaries in innovative ways provide some of the most interesting Season Pass Podcast interviews. One of the best places to find those talented minds is the TEA Summit!
|But WAIT There’s More!|
PLUS, more featured MiceChat columns!
You’ve Got To Be Kidding: A Time for Thanks
It’s Thanksgiving time and we all have a lot to be thankful for. That includes some things that are very specific to us Disney fans. In case you need a reminder, here’s a quick list.
- Yesterland: Four Ways to Enjoy Golf at the Disneyland Hotel
- Disneyland – Ho Ho Holiday Time Photo Update
- Holidays Hits and Misses at the Disneyland Resort
- Gilroy Gardens Debuts Beer, Wine and Food Fest
- Disney California Adventure Update – Holiday Preview
|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 our fearless leader Dustysage.
If you have questions for our Editor or our MiceEars Disney News crew they can be e-mailed at: [email protected] !