MiceAge Disney News Round Up: More Mara, C33 Date, Holiday Shift

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Published on September 04, 2013 at 2:00 am with 2 Comments

Welcome to another installment of the MiceAge Disney News Round-up! Mara’s voice was changed AGAIN in the Indiana Jones attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim and we get some great announcements from Six Flags for ALL of their parks worldwide.  Speaking of worldwide, Hong Kong Disneyland announced their Halloween plans and Disneyland Paris will feature characters from Frozen.  But that is just the tip of the iceberg.  Are the holidays hitting the parks too soon?  Will Windseeker’s flight to Kansas City work out as planned?  Will you be among the few to see the show, Standing Room Only, in Hollywood this coming Monday?  Better get your tickets now!  At $10 they are going fast.

And, a date has been set for the closing of Club 33. Okay, onto the round up!

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Six Flags Announcements – 2014 Expansion Plans
This Morning, Six Flags CEO Jim Reid Anderson, took to the internet to share the new attractions coming to Six Flags parks nationwide. The attractions range from the thrilling (new coasters and drop towers), new water rides (and an all new water park) as well as some kids area expansions at some parks that really need it.

STANDING ROOM ONLY – A Night Of Disney Fun – You’re Invited
We are about to share some information which will make you feel like a Hollywood insider. Disney and Broadway stars are taking to the stage for a special cabaret style performance of Disney songs on the evening of September 9th and the MiceChat readers are invited to join in the fun. At just $10 it’s an amazing opportunity. Some of the names include Michael-Leon Wooley (The Princess and the Frog), Kate Pazacis (South Pacific), Jim Cummings (Jungle Book), Carla Renata (Lion King), Adam-Jon Florentino (Mary Poppins), Chandra Lee Shwartz (Wicked), Jo Ann Worley (Beauty & The Beast, Laugh In), Nicole Parker (MADTV), Daisy Eagan (Tony Winner), Eric Peterson & Lisa Maria Morabito (Kirstie Alley’s New Show), and many more!!! All that’s missing is YOU! Find a sitter for the kids, take off early from work and enjoy this rare opportunity to mingle with the stars!!!

Club 33 Sets Closure Date
Back in July, we told you about the BIG changes coming to Disneyland’s exclusive Club 33. Well, the date has officially been set and club members will be notified as early as today that the club will close for 6 months beginning January 6th. Click through for the full story on what’s coming to Disneyland’s most prestigious address.

Only You Can Give Kids The World
There are many great charities, but perhaps none more sentimental for us than Give Kids The World. They are an amazing group that sends terminally ill children on dream vacations to Disney World. Many of MiceChat’s staff have volunteered at the GKTW Village, where the kids stay between visits to the parks. What these folks do is magic. To help Give Kids The World pay the bills, MiceChat is participating in a Blogger Bowl. We know we can’t win the bowling competition, but we’d sure like to make a good showing on the donations. If you can find it in your heart to give a few dollars to support Team MiceChat (all funds raised go directly to Give Kids The World) we’d be forever grateful. You won’t regret helping a family find moments of happiness in their time of personal challenge. Donation page HERE

Tip of the Week

Dole Whips as far as the eye can see, oh wait there’s a Citrus Swirl!

Did you know that the Orange Bird is back in the Magic Kingdom and it even has its own special dessert? We all know Dole Whips are famous and their reputation precedes them, but this lesser-known Citrus Swirl which is served at the Sunshine Tree Terrace in Adventureland rivals the whip for deliciousness. With its sweet vanilla soft serve and tart frozen orange juice slush, it has a contrasting flavor combination that makes it very interesting. Give it a try on your next trip to the Magic Kingdom!

Disney Parks News and Reports

Summer has come to a close at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, and preparations for Halloweentime are in full swing.  We have several reports, covering everything from Long Lost Friends, to the Disneyland ½ Marathon.  We also have news of a Celebration for Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, BUT without Oswald?  Also, keep your eyes open for details about a special Friday the 13th Villainous start to Halloweentime! ~ Aladdin

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Good Times, Bad Guests
chris001 and his wife get their daughter situated in her dorm room, and then take a side trip to spend some time at the Disneyland Resort!

Joe’s 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon trip report
Congratulations Joe, aka mre200200 who participated in the 8th Annual 1/2 Marathon at Disneyland, for the 8th year in a row!!! He has the full report here, from check in, to the finish line, and includes ALL the special photo opps in between!

Long Lost Friends Trip Report part 2 by Cap. Hook
Capt Hook visited some Long Lost Disney Friends last week, and has this photo report!

Disneyland And California Adventure After Dark
Regions Beyond returns with some of his favorite night time photos from around the Disneyland Resort!

Disney California Adventure Park After-Hours Event for Annual Passholders
DCA will stay open for 3 additional hours for a limited number of Annual Passholders, on two nights in September. All the details are here!

LTM Celebrate Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
We thought we had GOOD news when Limited Time Magic announced it will be Celebrating Oswald the Lucky Rabbit! But then they came back with the BAD news, that this will NOT include an Oswald meet and greet. Will Disneyland and Limited Time Magic change their mind? Let your voice be heard!

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This week gives us a look at trip planning for a Walt Disney World first timer, a question about the “seasonalness” of the seasonal decorations, and ideas for a guys’ night out at WDW. Check out these threads and everything else going on in the Walt Disney World forum this week! ~ YoYoFlamingo

Guy’s Night Out at WDW?
What are the things that can be done at Walt Disney World for some ‘wild and crazy guys?’ While drinking is not high on their priority list, share some fun these guys can have while their wives and children are left behind for a night.

My first trip to Florida and Disney World planned for September 7-16…
CaliforniaGirl1990 queries about the details of a Disney/Florida trip for a newbie. This is where MiceChat shines; share your opinions, insights, and helpful hints for visiting Walt Disney World to a California veteran.

Do Disney seasonal decorations go up too early?
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The oversea parks are filling in the blanks for this year’s season as we find out about Halloween in Hong Kong and a Christmas offering in Paris. ~ DLandFansAZ

HKD halloween plans 2013
The Halloween at the Hong Kong Disneyland they will launch a ‘Scream-No-More-Challenge’ to test visitors ability to fight fear while they stare down ghouls and zombies.

Disney Dreams of Christmas
Christmas in Disneyland Paris will feature frozen characters when Disney Dreams is replaced with Disney Dreams of Christmas.

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Sarah the MiceChatter – Vanishing Attractions at Disneyland
How do you feel about Captain EO and The Court of Angels disappearing from Disneyland? Get ready for some sweet Limited Time Magic offerings this Fall. And get ready for Dapper Day in this week’s MiceChatter video!

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Golden Horseshoe Game, Dream It Do It, and Muppet Penguins! DISNEY HISTORY! — There was an amazing interactive game played at the Golden Horseshoe last week. Hear Jeff talk about in this weeks Disney History! BOOK OF THE WEEK! — George and Jeff take a look at Marty Sklar’s new book Dream It Do It for the Book of the Week! FIVE LEGGED GOAT! — And finally, the Muppet Penguins are also this weeks Five Legged Goat!

Indiana Jones & the Temple of the Forbidden Eye – Voice Change again!
Disneyland – Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye gets another adjustment as the voice of Mara gets another alteration. All options are shown here, Chamber of Earthly Riches, Observatory of the Future, and the Fountain of Youth.

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Wakefield Report, covers the latest in theme park news! find full notes on this podcast at WakefieldReport.com.

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Coffee with Kurtti features Keith and Jeff reflecting on their in-person recording failure, how fun the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet was, the Saving Mr. Banks trailer, and a little-known Disney employee periodical Jeff worked on called WD Eye.

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast, brings you one of the greatest interviews we have had the pleasure of conducting, we welcome on to the show, John Murdy, the current Creative Director of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood.

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The Season Pass: This week CEO of Renaissance Entertainment Jon Binkowski joins Doug Barnes and Robert Coker in the Season Pass Discussion Room!  Jon discusses the start of his career at SeaWorld, to starting Renaissance Entertainment, to becoming the CCO of the most famous “Unfortunate” Theme Park in U.S. history–Hard Rock Park.

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LAST CHANCE: MiceChat Podcast – Star Wars rules the galaxy, the box-office, and now Disney Park Discussion.  Is the famous sci-fi franchise taking over Disney Hollywood Studios and Tomorrowland in Disneyland?  What about the catch 22 happening in Club 33??  All this plus an exclusive interview with Halloween Horror Nights mastermind John Murdy.  Sceraming from Monstropolis to Evil Dead, this is MiceChat Podcast 10.  We’ll have a new show for you next week, so please get caught up on the current show now.

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Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast, Eric and Mike are back with another episode of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast where they interview Catherine Brown a Sea Lion Trainer from SeaWorld San Antonio, and more.


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V24 Disney Radio

V24 Radio’s Halloween season kicks off September 9 officially…but we’re giving you a sneak pre-BOO of it all THIS FRIDAY!

Tune in at V24Radio.com from 1-2pm Eastern as we open our SPOOKtacular vault of Disney Park and Universal Studios Halloween music. From HalloWishes, to the Resident Evil Maze….from the Black Sabbath Maze to the 1998 Live MGM Studios Show “Goosebumps”….we’re bringing in the season like no other!

Be sure not to miss this celebration on V24 Radio – where Your Vacation Continues!

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Koutesu’s 2013 Visit
Koutesu
brings us a wonderful report from the “farm” favorite for many, their last trip was in 2011 and was their 2013 better? Click and find out!

Six Flags Announces “Six Flags Running”
New runs coming to Six flags! The first race is the Holiday 5k at Discovery Kingdom on December 7th with a 1/2 marathon coming to SFMM and SFGAdv next year.

Worlds of Fun announces Steelhawk (Knott’s Windseeker) for 2014
Though NOTHING has been confirmed yet, there is a new attraction announcement for Worlds of Fun in 2014 which is interesting to say the least, especially for Knott’s fans.

MiceAge Disney News Round up

’626 Night Market’ Trip Report 9/1/13!
KiMcHeEfOrLiFe brings their very  first official Trip Report on MiceChat, and today they will be sharing my trip at the “626 Night Market” at Santa Anita Racetrack!

Joe’s visit to the John Williams Concert at the Hollywood Bowl
mre200200 also has a great report from April 1st of this year at the Hollywood Bowl, John Williams: Maestro of the Movies conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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Joe’s 2013 Manhattan Beach AVP Beach Volleyball trip report
mre200200 brings us a trip report that’s not at Disneyland, the next most likely place to find them is on the beach playing volleyball. So when the AVP comes to town, of course they are there!

Other Theme Parks

Nights of Horror

ACT FAST: MiceChat’s Knott’s Scary Farm event is nearly sold out. This is your last chance to pick up tickets to the hottest event of the year.

Disney Cruise

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. And as a special surprise, we’ll be traveling with Disney legend, Bob Gurr! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Don’t miss the boat!!!

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Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights Decorations and Park Update
As the Labor Day weekend comes to a close, summer officially ends for the Orlando parks. Crowds quickly disappear and Universal begins gearing up for its seasonal fall events and major expansion plans for 2014.

SeaWorld Orlando Phased Openings
After last week’s article about SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment’s tough summer, we have a follow up article about changes being made at SeaWorld Orlando, and some updates around the park, along with some new babies.

Summer comes to an end as Halloween continues to creep in at Disneyland
Happy Labor Day! The holiday brought Disneyland‘s busy summer season to an end over the weekend with high temperatures and events and changes across the resort. Despite the heat, over 25,000 runners turned out.

Dream It! Do It!: My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms by Marty Sklar
George: A lot of people have been asking me about Marty Sklar’s book, Dream It! Do It!: My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms.

The 626: Interactive Golden Horseshoe Play Test
It was almost high noon when the group of MiceChat roughians sauntered up to the saloon. With the sun glaring down over head, they walked up to the door, paying it no mind.

Breakdown Mountains – Disneyland Paris Suffers in Summer Heat
It seems that Disneyland Paris is suffering from a spate of mechanical breakdowns recently. What was supposed to be an uneventful day for Disney and More blog reporter “Max” turned out to be a day.

Catching Up With Busch Gardens Tampa
We have lots of news for you today from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, including construction on new attractions, Halloween and more. Falcon’s Fury Construction Progress Not too much visible progress has been made yet since.

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A Visit to the San Diego Zoo Australian Outback
The San Diego Zoo easily ranks as one of the finest zoos in the world and is considered by many to be the best there is. Gone are the days of chain link cubicles.

Scarlett Stahl’s Adventures in Russia Part Two
As we continued our adventure in Russia, our car was right on time to pick us up and we enjoyed a 15 mile ride southeast of the city to Catherine’s Palace, which was built in 1717. The original building has been changed many times and rebuilt.

The Disney Review: Return To Never Land and Winnie The Pooh
The past two weeks, two more Disney films were released to Blu-Ray, to add to the high definition vault that they are starting to amass.

More Mara Changes at Disneyland and Starbucks Spy Pics
Main Street USA is already littered with pumpkins as Halloween is very much the new season at the Disneyland Resort.

Epcot Starbucks and Magic Kingdom Halloween
Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’ll take a look at a few tidbits in Epcot, as well as Halloween time arriving at the Magic Kingdom!

Mulan’s Chinese New Year Greetings
The year is 2004. It’s more than a meet-and-greet. It’s less than a parade. Perhaps you should think of it as a “mini-parade” with autographs. It’s “Mulan’s Chinese New Year Greetings.”

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Samland Grabbag, LA History Museum and Book Reviews
BECOMING LA – LA COUNTY MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY For those familiar with Charles Phoenix, I believe one of his great contributions to humanity was linking downtown Los Angeles to Disneyland.

Focusing on the Magic: What Camera is Best for Theme Parks
Disneyland and Walt Disney World could very possibly be the two most photographed locales on the planet. Pictures have long been an important way of remembering a vacation.

Universal Studios Hollywood Previews Halloween Horror Nights
Universal Studios Hollywood invited us up to the park this week to see first hand what horrific things are in store for their annual Halloween Horror Nights event.

Dueling Disney: Nighttime Spectaculars
One of the most iconic images that one can think of when referring to Disney is a shot of Cinderella Castle, with fireworks exploding in the night sky above it.

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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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  1. It is always crazy to reflect how much news has happened in a week!

  2. FYI – Worlds of Fun (that’s getting the old Windseeker) is in Missouri. A common mistake when living in Kansas City.